Three-quarters of our healthcare spending is on chronic conditions, including cancer, heart disease depression and chronic pain – for which self-care is best suited.
‘Inexpensive self-care strategies, or alternative therapies might address the underlying biological and psychological imbalances that contribute to chronic conditions – including nutrition, exercise and mind-body techniques like biofeedback, meditation and guided mental imagery’- said James S. Gordon, MD, then a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, forty years ago.
Since then research in alternative therapies has shown that ‘mind – body approaches reduce stress and improve mood and immunity, decrease blood pressure in hypertensives, blood sugar in diabetics and pain.’
Neurofeeedback or EEG Biofeedback , in training self -regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System, has been shown to be effective in stress- reduction and relief for many neurological conditions, including Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain and Trauma.
‘What was unexamined and ‘alternative’ 40 years ago is now well researched…If we are going to reduce our ruinous costs and improve our declining national health, we must make self-care and group support central to all care.’
— James S. Gordon, psychiatrist, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and was chairman of the White House Commission on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Policy appointed by President Bill Clinton. From a New York Science Times article, ‘Invitation to a Dialogue: Alternative Therapies, May 14, 2014.