January/February 2011 Newsletter
A Newsletter for Integrative Treatments

Stress and Health Effects Following the Gulf Oil Spill

2011 promises to be a very busy year. We are working on a grant from the Department of Mental Health of the State of Mississippi to provide training in stress reduction techniques to public and private health care workers, teachers, and volun teers with non-profits serving the needs of homeless and other vulnerable populations in Mississippi. The plan is to train health care workers and others serving the community in some of the Breath~Body~Mind© techniques that they could use in their work with people experiencing stress due to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster. Many of the people had not yet recovered from Hurricane Katrina when they were hit with the economic and health effects of the oil spill. There are similarities between the stress and the kinds of toxic exposures that occurred during the World Trade Center attacks and those occurring as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill. Just as thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling with long-term respiratory and other health consequences, it is anticipated that residents of the Gulf area will be dealing with this for years to come. We hope to bring our positive experiences working with 9/11 First Responders, Ground Zero workers, and area residents to help the people of Mississippi recover from the disaster. If you are a healthcare worker, a teacher, a yoga therapist, a member of the clergy, or a private or public provider of social, support, or health services in the state of Mississippi, check our website link for Lectures and Workshops during the next few weeks for details. The trainings in Mississippi will be free and will offer continuing education credit.


Lectures, Workshops, Conferences 2010 and 2011

March 5-6
Breath~Body~Mind workshop in New York sponsored by Serving Those Who Serve.
Open to the general public as well as members of the 9/11 Community and health care providers.

March 6
Integrative Health Care Symposium

March 23-27
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC

April 10
Dr. Richard brown speaker at Schizophrenia Symposium, Columbia University College of physicians and Surgeons

April 15-16
Dr. Brown Breath~Body~Mind program at the Graduate Institute

July 8-9
Dr. Brown Brown Breath~Body~Mind program at NY Insight Meditation Center


SAVE THE DATES

Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2011
The First Intensive Breath~Body~Mind© training at Kripalu Yoga Center, MA., for yoga teachers, therapists, health care providers, and disaster relief workers with Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, and Heather Mason (Yoga for the Mind). Watch for details and registration information in 2011.


Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events

Feb - April
Breath~Body~Mind Training for healthcare professionals, volunteers for non-profits, clergy, and teachers serving people affected by the Gulf Oil Spill in the state of Mississippi. Location: Marsha Barbour Community Center in Pass Christian, MS.

June 10
Building Connections. Sexual Assault Prevention Consortium. Breath~Body~Mind©
Dhara NYC Update: Courses sponsored by National Association for Mental illness NAMI-NYC


Book Awards

“How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care”
National Best Book Awards 2009 – Health Alternative medicine – Winner First Place
Living Now Book Awards 2010 – Health/Wellness – Winner Bronze
International Book Awards 2010– Health: Alternative Medicine – Winner First Place
International Book Awards 2010 – Psychology/Mental Health – Finalist


Breath~Body~Mind Workshop Level 1

Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg
Sponsored by Serving Those Who Serve.
March 5-6, 2011

Open to the general public, members of the 9/11 Community and health care providers.

Breath~Body~Mind is a unique fusion of breath, movement and meditation techniques derived from yoga, Qi Gong, orthodox Christian monks, Buddhism, and modern science. These powerful self-regulation techniques relieve anxiety, improve focus and increase well-being.

Coherent Breathing, Victory Breathing, and Breath Moving enhance and optimizes brain, heart, and lung function while stimulating the healing, calming, recharging parts of the nervous system. Open Focus meditation can be used to relieve physical and emotional pain.

Bring mats, blankets, pillows, etc. to feel warm & comfortable sitting and lying on the floor.
Serving Those Who Serve (STWS), a non-profit group provides services to people suffering from physical and emotional illnesses related to the NY September 11th World Trade Center Attacks. The 9/11 Community includes First Responders, Ground Zero workers, WTC workers and their families, and area residents. STWS sponsors our Breath~Body~Mind© program for relief of physical and emotional distress as well as for personal development. Workshops are open to the public and a portion of the profits are donated to STWS. In addition to positive feedback from participants, preliminary research data indicate significant improvement in anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms (Martin Katzman and Monica Vermani, in process). www.stws.org

STWS also provides Drs. Pankaj and Smita Naram’s Ayurvedic herbs (at cost) to help detoxify people exposed to chemical fumes from the WTC attacks and from working at Ground Zero. James J. Dahl, Ph.D., Research Director, Phoenix House Foundation, and Dr. Katherine Falk reported on a web-based survey of 50 people affected by the WTC attacks who were treated with these Ayurvedic herbs. All 50 respondents reported significant improvements in long standing, intractable respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and depression that had not responded to standard treatments. This article appeared in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Jan/Feb 2008; 14(1):24-48. Correspondence: jdahl@phoenixhouse.org For Dr. Naram see: (www.ayushakti-usa.com).
Registration and Information at: www.stws.org


March 6 Integrative Health Care Symposium
Breath-Body-Mind™ Experiential for Healing and Transformation

Richard P. Brown, MD & Master Robert Peng

Hilton Hotel, New York 4:00-6:00 PM Continuing Education Credits
Information/Registration: www.ihsymposiu.com

Whenever we adapt to change, stress occurs, depleting energy reserves and leaving impressions within our mind-body nervous systems. Accumulated stress creates layers of reactions and defenses that block access to our true, natural self and interfere with our perception of others. Breath practices with Open Focus meditation enhance mental clarity and awareness of our self and others.

Breath practices provide a portal to directly communicate with the body’s interoceptive (internal sensory) network, the moment-to-moment dialogue between the mind and the body. By changing the pattern or our breathing we can change the messages sent from the body to the brain and thereby influence how we think, feel, perceive, and regulate autonomic functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, energy utilization, immune function, and stress response.

Breath~Body~Mind™ introduces natural methods to enhance stress resilience, mental and physical energy, and connectedness to the true self.

Elixer Light Qigong allows you to transform your energy, improve your relationships, and enhance your health and quality of life.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: experience Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving for stress reduction awaken the three important energy centers for wisdom, love, and vitality experience Open Focus meditation for stress reduction, improved attention, and relief of physical and psychological distress observe Master Peng using Shaolin healing practices on an audience volunteer and discuss these with the audience develop a program of further learning about breath and meditative practices that are accessible and that can improve clinical outcomes.

Master Robert Peng
Robert Peng began his secret apprenticeship under the legendary monk Ye Xiao Yao, Abbot of the Shaolin Monastery, when he was eight years old. As part of his training in martial and healing arts, he spent 100 days meditating and fasting in a dark, underground chamber deep in the mountains. Xiao Yao visited him daily and instructed him in advanced practices to accelerate his spiritual development. His healing powers include the ability to generate energy through his hands equivalent to an electrical charge. Peng has become one of the renowned Qigong masters of our time. Elixir Light Qigong is a distillation of his training drawn from traditional Buddhist and Taoist practices to for personal and spiritual development. His book, Qigong Master: My Life and Secret Teachings was published in 2010.


About the Authors

Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, NY is a psychopharmacologist and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, New York Medical College, has a clinical practice in psychiatry and provides consultation for research on mind-body practices.