We discussed this N-times that it is all mental. State of health or speedy recovery from unavoidable sickness (due to past life karma) is all based on how strong your mental sphere is! Once you are sick, your doctor can help. your family can help. After all, we all are one. We are connected. WE are here to help each other!
In ideal school setup, children are taught these (Prayers, SAndhya, Fire ritual, Yoga, Asanas) methods. We have no such schools. And so these children grow as scary, timid and weak Adults. With weak mind succumbed to various addictions, lethargy, procrastination, it is difficult to sustain against bad times.
This research shows that, meditation helps in even curing Chemo-therapy impact on brain!
This reality we see is construction of our collective minds 🙂 (Y) . Control them, divert them, strengthen them!
Mindfulness-based stress reduction reduces chemo brain, Regenstrief and IU study reports
INDIANAPOLIS — Participation in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program yields robust and sustained improvement in cancer-related cognitive impairment, a prevalent and potentially debilitating condition that affects attention, memory and executive function in survivors, according to a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine.
Although cancer-related cognitive impairment, sometimes referred to as chemo brain or post-cancer cognitive fuzziness, is common among survivors — disrupting social relationships, work ability, self-confidence, and quality of life — clinicians have few treatment options to offer. Cognitive deficits have been seen to persist for more than a decade following cancer treatment for many survivors.
“Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Breast and Colorectal Cancer Survivors: Effects on Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment,” published online in advance of print in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, is the first randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction, known as MBSR, on fatigued breast and colorectal cancer survivors, the majority of whom had been treated with chemotherapy.
In the study, MBSR participants reported significantly greater improvement in the ability to pay attention, and also made fewer mistakes on difficult cognitive tasks than those in the control group, which received patient education materials and supportive counseling. Both groups attended eight weeks of two-hour classes led by skilled facilitators.
Retention rates in the trial exceeded 95 percent, strongly suggesting that participants found the program to be worthwhile. Previous studies by the Regenstrief-IU research group have found MBSR to have a positive impact on post-cancer fatigue, depression and sleep disturbance.
Mindfulness training is thought to improve cognitive functioning through mechanisms of focused attention and non-reactive coping with one’s internal experiences, such as thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Programs in MBSR include a variety of meditation and yoga practices and other elements. These programs typically range in cost between $200 and $800 for an eight-week program, and are widely available in communities and over the Internet.
Those who participated in the MBSR arm of the Regenstrief-IU study reported significant engagement with high rates of self-reported home practice of mindfulness techniques during the study. The majority continued to practice mindfulness throughout the six-month period following conclusion of the program.
“More people than ever are surviving cancer due to the development of targeted and effective treatments,” said Shelley Johns, Psy.D., the clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who led the Regenstrief-IU study. “Yet many cancer survivors are living with difficult and persistent side effects of these treatments, which can be incapacitating.
“Mindfulness meditation practices enable cancer survivors to better manage cancer-related cognitive impairment, reported by approximately 35 percent of cancer survivors who have completed treatment,” said Dr. Johns, who is a Regenstrief Institute investigator and assistant professor of medicine in the IU School of Medicine. “MBSR provides a creative solution for survivors whose social and occupational functioning may have been negatively impacted by cognitive difficulties.”
Randomized controlled pilot trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for breast and colorectal cancer survivors: effects on cancer-related cognitive impairment
MBSR participants reported significantly greater improvement on the AFI total score compared to ES participants at T2 (d = 0.83, p = 0.001) and T3 (d = 0.55, p = 0.021). MBSR also significantly outperformed ES on most AFI subscales, although both groups improved over time. MBSR produced greater Stroop accuracy rates relative to ES at T2 (r = 0.340, p = 0.005) and T3 (r = 0.280, p = 0.030), with improved accuracy over time only for the MBSR group. There were no significant differences in Stroop reaction time between groups. Improvements in mindfulness mediated the effect of group (e.g., MBSR vs. ES) on AFI total score at T2 and T3.