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Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine, 1e: Marilyn Schlitz PhD, Tina Amorok, Marc S. Micozzi MD PhD, IONS: 9780443068003: Amazon.com: Books

This collection of essays on integral medicine, consciousness, and healing integrates mainstream medical knowledge with recent developments in the emerging areas of frontier sciences and insights from alternative healing perspectives. It promotes a model of healing in which personal relationships, emotions, meaning, and belief systems are viewed as fundamental points of connection between body, mind, spirit, society, and nature. Integral medicine embraces the recognition that human beings possess emotional, spiritual, and relational dimensions that are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the cultivation of wellness.

Readers learn from the leaders in the emerging field of integral medicine and consciousness research, from the most well known (Deepak Chopra), to the frontline policy makers (James Gordon-one of the heads of the White House Commission on Conventional and Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Readers also gain insights from health professionals who have experienced healing within themselves and witnessed remarkable healing in their patients.

We hear from other medical professionals (through the essays and the interviews on the accompanying DVD) who approach medicine from an array of cultural perspectives, and can attest to this multicultural, interdisciplinary, and participatory healing system in action. Consciousness and Healing contains 47 essays in the book plus 9 bonus essays read aloud on the DVD. Essays are short and in language suited to an audience of both lay and professional readers, with extensive references on the DVD to original scientific studies for those interested in further exploration. Marilyn Schlitz narrates the video, introducing the topics and defining terms that are discussed throughout the interviews. Topics discussed by the interviewees include: The Big Story in Healthcare, The Mystery of Healing, and The Search for a New Healing Model.

Interviewees include the following medical field experts: Mitchell Krucoff, MD (cardiologist and medical researcher at Duke University Medical School), Larry Dossey, MD (doctor of internal medicine and book contributor), Marie Mulligan, MD (family practitioner), John Astin, PhD (medical researcher at California Pacific Medical Center and book contributor), Tom Janisse, MD (director of physician’s health and senior manager with Kaiser Permanente and book contributor), Loretta Ortiz y Pino, MD (pediatrician in private practice), Paul Choi (fourth year medical student at Stanford University and a voice of the next generation in health care), Stanley Krippner, PhD (a leading authority in the study of healing at the Saybrook Institute and book contributor), and Nancy Maryboy, PhD (Navajo cosmologist and book contributor).

Amazon book link: http://www.amazon.com/Consciousness-Healing-Integral-Approaches-Mind-Body/dp/0443068003


Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine
Table of Content

Foreword: The Integral Vision of Healing — Ken Wilber
Preface: The Integral Impulse: A New Perspective for Medicine — Marilyn Schlitz
I: Defining Integral Medicine
Section 1 begins by introducing the implications of an integral perspective for medicine. In order for the transformation to an integral approach to medicine to take place, a full system shift is needed. Section 1 essays detail the needs of this transformation.
Editors Introduction
Towards a Post-Modern Integral Medicine — Elliott Dacher
An Integral Approach to Medicine — John Astin and Alexander W. Astin.
From Integrative to Integral Medicine: A Leap of Faith — William Benda
II: Mapping the Healing System
Section 2 explores the nature of the healing system through the review of recent developments in mind-body medicine. The subfields in this section (new perspectives on the body, a re-visioning of illness, and honoring the spectrum of life) are not well-known within modern medicine, but the contributors present a valid argument for their place in medicine.
Editors Introduction
Mind-Body Medicine
Mind and Mindlessness in Mind-Body Research — Harris Dienstfrey
The Psychosomatic Network: Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine — Candace Pert, Henry Dreher, and Michael R. Ruff
Psychological Aspects of Mind-Body Medicine: Promises and Pitfalls from Research with Cancer Patients — Stephanie Simonton-Atchley and Allen C. Sherman
New Perspectives on the Body
Meaning and the History of the Body: Toward a Postmodern Medicine — David Michael Levin
Breathing, Moving, Sensing, and Feeling: Somatics and Integral Medicine — Don Hanlon Johnson
Transformational Surgery: Symbol, Ritual and Initiation in Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery — Loren Eskenazi
Healing and Transformation Through Expressive Arts: Dance as Integral Therapy and as a Healing Force — Anna Halprin and Michael Samuels
Re-Visioning Illness
What Does Illness Mean? — Larry Dossey
Living with Cancer: From Victim to Victor, The Integration of Mind, Body and Spirit — Caryle Hirshberg
Our Evolving Views of Health and Illness: What Does it All Mean? — Richard B. Miles
Honoring the Spectrum of Life
The Conflict of Biological & Cultural Imperatives — Joseph Chilton Pearce
Aging with Awareness — Ron Valle & Mary Mohs
Timeless Mind, Ageless Body — Deepak Chopra
An Integral Approach to the End of Life — Karen Wyatt
Consciousness Beyond Death — Marilyn Schlitz
III: Healing: A Move Toward Wholeness
Section 3 presents more markers for the expanding role of consciousness in healing and embraces other dimensions of the healing system, including religion and spirituality. The essays in this section reveal the epidemiological data that better health is correlated with religious participation. In society, there is increasing interest in the influence of prayer on healing, both at bedside and intercessory prayer at a distance.
Editors Introduction
Psychology’s Movement Toward Wholeness
Integral Psychology: Psychology of the Whole Human Being — Bahman Shirazi
Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research — Stanislav Grof
Transpersonal Images: Implications for Health — William Braud
Spirituality, Religion & Healing
  Etiology Recapitulates Ontology: Reflections on Restoring the Spiritual Dimension to Models of the Determinants of Health — Jeff Levin
The Practices of Essential Spirituality — Roger Walsh
Opening Your Heart: Anatomically, Emotionally, Spiritually — Dean Ornish
The Return of Prayer — Larry Dossey
Essential Capacities
A Prolegomenon to an Epidemiology of Love: Theory, Measurement, and Health Outcomes — Jeff Levin
The Art and Science of Forgiveness — Frederic Luskin
Gratefulness — Brother David Steindl-Rast
The Contemplative Mind in Society — Jon Kabat-Zinn
IV: Honoring Multiple Ways of Knowing
Section 4 focuses on the multiple ways of knowing that are involved in an integral approach to healing. With the increasing popularity of alternative medicine in the United States, biomedicine is being forced to view health and healing within broader cultural contexts. These essays examine the assumptions in the medical field about health and healing and the role of worldviews in shaping healing experiences.
Editors Introduction
Epistemological Pluralism
The Implications of Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Science and the Scientific Process– Marilyn Schlitz and Willis Harman
The Technologies of Shamanic States of Consciousness — Stanley Krippner
Multiple Ways of Knowing — Frances Vaughan
Integrating the Wisdom of the World’s Healing Systems
Restoration of Dynamic Balance: Traditional Ways of Healing Expressed through Navajo Consciousness — Nancy C. Maryboy and David Begay
The Spiritual Heart of Tibetan Medicine: Its Contributions to the Modern World — Sogyal Rinpoche
Changing Perspectives on Healing Energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine — Garret Yount, Yifang Qian, and Honglin Zhang
V: Envisioning a New Story for Health & Healing
Section 5 reviews the challenges facing Western medicine: economic factors, an increasing burden of chronic illness, higher levels of physician and patient dissatisfaction, and environmental and social ills. The essays in this section call for a shift in individual and collective consciousness: one that leads to a more expanded, humanistic, ecological, and life affirming model for ourselves and future generations.
Editor Introduction
Transformations of Medicine
Recapturing the Soul of Medicine — Rachel Naomi Remen
Through Conventional Medicine to Integral Medicine: Challenges and Promises — Tom Janisse
Transformation of the Healer: The Application of Ken Wilber’s Integral Model to Family Practice Medicine — Larry George
Metaphysics of Virtual Caring Communities — Jean Watson
Socio-Political Transformations of Integral Medicine
The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and the Future of Healthcare — James S. Gordon
Sociopolitical Challenges of Integral Medicine — Sumedha Khanna
Healthy Earth-Healthy Human
The Ecozoic Era — Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry
Living in the Earth: Ecopsychology, Health and Psychotherapy — Sarah Conn
Surviving the Great Dying — Michael Lerner
Healing through Collective Consciousness: The Therapeutic Nature of the Human/Animal Bond — William Benda and Rondi Lightmark
Social Healing
Social Healing: Herald of a Shift in Human Consciousness — James O’Dea
Reinventing the Human — Thomas Berry