In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease. After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”
After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight. Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.
Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene02/25/2014
One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives. As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams. As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.
Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement02/21/2014
School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy. Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.
Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Delahna Flagg is a professional chef and full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine. Delahna is passionate about aphrodisiac nutrition and intends to combine
Food - Love - Relationship
as a way to ignite passion and self-awareness, and elicit a higher sense of consciousness for the people that she works with.
David Spiegel, MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, addressed the SCEH conference in October, 2013, from Paris where he was spending a three month sabbatical. Hypnosis has a venerable tradition in France and in Paris, specifically. Once Anton Mesmer gained some recognition, for his work in animal magnetism, he moved from Vienna to Paris.
Spiegel emphasized that hypnosis is the oldest Western model for psychotherapy. Over 100 years before Freud, Mesmer established the principle that an interpersonal interaction with a patient can be therapeutic. Freud himself began his professional work by studying hypnosis with Charcot in Paris. Only after he was frightened by a female patient expressing affection for him, did he abandon hypnosis as his therapeutic approach. Ironically, at the end of his career, after his move to London, Freud placed a photograph of Charcot on the wall above his analytic couch.