Mind-Body Medicine


Introducing John Patterson, MD, MSPH, FAAFP


          Even though John’s 1970 undergraduate degree was in psychology, he never imagined he would later practice mind-body medicine. Even though he almost stayed in college an extra year to study comparative religions, he also never imagined he would later practice holistic mind-body-spirit medicine. John’s inspiration to study medicine was Albert Schweitzer, who already had doctorates in music and theology when he was driven by a sense of compassion to become a doctor serving humanity for the rest of his life.

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Saybrook Team Publishes New Work on Trauma


Congratulations to my friends and colleagues, Stanley Krippner, PhD, Daniel B. Pitchford, PhD, and Jeannine Davies, PhD, on their new book, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The book was just published, in March 2012, by Greenwood Press, in their Biographies of Disease series. Stanley and Daniel are both faculty at Saybrook University, and we have held residential conference programs together, on a mind-body understanding of trauma. Jeannine is currently pursuing her doctorate at Saybrook. This book is valuable because it highlights some areas not touched by other works on PTSD. For example, it shows how post-traumatic growth can unfold, creating in the person post-traumatic strengths never present before.

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MBM Instructor Honored as a “Season for Nonviolence Local Hero”



     David Paul, MD, PhD, a faculty member of the College of Mind-Body Medicine, has been recognized with the Season for Nonviolence Local Heroes Award.  The award was given jointly to David and his wife Bonnie Paul, Ph.D., both Saybrook graduates, recognizing them for their work through the Freedom to Choose Foundation, teaching decriminogenic and life skills to women incarcerated at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, California since 2004. David and Bonnie co-direct the work of this foundation. David and Bonnie will receive the awards on Sunday April 1, at a ceremony in Culver City, California.

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James S. Gordon, MD, Dean of Saybrook University’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, today announced the College’s Mind-Body Medicine Scholars Program. The program is a unique, one-time only opportunity for outstanding and deserving students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mind-body medicine. The program provides multiyear scholarship assistance to new students applying and enrolling in Fall 2012 and to current MBM MS students who are eligible to apply for Fall 2012 MBM doctoral programs.

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MBM Student Participates in End of Life Research: Introducing Frank Munoz



          As a Chaplain Frank Munoz was an integral part of the health care team at Children’s Hospital in Orange County, California assisting children with cancer and their families manage their diagnosis.  Through his work he noticed an invisible boundary between patient and families, and the health care team.  Something was missing.  Despite the best efforts of the group to provide the most compassionate care to the patients and their families, they were unable to reach some people and help ease their suffering.  The boundary that Frank experienced fueled his desire to seek knowledge and develop skills to better serve the children and their families facing a life altering diagnosis.  This inspiration led Frank to Saybrook University where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mind Body Medicine. 

            Frank then actively pursued funding for his education through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pursuing a grant that would complement his interests.  Doctoral coursework combined with the demands of learning how to be a healthcare researcher is time consuming.  The combination is a beautiful synergy that is assisting Frank in learning how to best care for people that he works with, and at the same time is allowing him to make a significant contribution to health care professionals working in similar situations.

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Mind-Body Medicine and Dogs?



          How can the influence of the human and animal (HA) bond be used for the greater good? Angeline Siegel is so fascinated by this subject matter, that she felt compelled to study Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook, with the intention of relating her degree to both humans and animals.  Angeline was the first recipient of a Master’s in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University.  Her master’s project title was “A Veterinarian’s Guide to Mind-Body Medicine: Creating Greater Health and Well-Being in the Human-Animal Bond.” 

          Angeline worked with holistic veterinarian Michael Bartholomew for a two-week practicum in November, 2010 in South Salem, New York at the Smith Ridge Veterinary Center.  That opportunity gave her the time and experience to define the audience she is working with, and to look at how veterinarians can influence the health of the human animal bond.  Then for her master’s project, she used Saybrook University faculty member Jeannie Achterberg as her committee chair, and Dr. Bartholomew as a committee member.  Dr. Achterberg is widely known for her research and publications on the use of imagery for healing, but also has a long-standing interest in the bond between humans and animals.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Students Complete Practicum at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute



  As PhD candidates in Mind-Body Medicine, LaVera Forbes and Beth Haggett keenly listened to Dr. Michael Roizen at the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) conference in Las Vegas, they both had the same thought “…we should do our practicum with him.”  After the presentation they approached Dr. Roizen.  They introduced themselves as Ph.D. students in the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and presented their idea to do a practicum with him.  Within minutes their idea turned into a reality, as Dr. Roizen gracefully agreed.  Actualizing this practicum required some coordination work on Beth and LaVera’s part, as well as some trust as for months they communicated only through Dr. Roizen’s assistant. One year later they were shadowing Dr. Roizen around the internationally respected Cleveland Clinic.
            Dr. Roizen, who continues to practice anesthesiology and internal medicine, wears many hats.  He is the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and leads the Wellness Institute. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 13 times, the Today 17 times, 20/20 (3 times), Good Morning America (24 times), CBN (15 times), CNN, CBS, and that is just a sample. The following statement from Dr. Roizen sums up his passion for preventive medicine, “I have the honor and pleasure of working each day from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, but I love it and it is an honor.” 

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Newsflash from the Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis in Charlotte, North Carolina


It's been a blast here at the ASCH meeting in a sort of sleep-deprived way.  Yesterday after Pierre Rainville's keynote, I spent 2 hours with him (and David Spiegel of Stanford) in my room doing Dr. Rainville’s video interview and talking about his perspective that hypnosis is the humanistic connection between neuroscience and the study of subjective experience, something that the Cognitive Behavioral perspective misses.  Dr. Rainville (University of Montreal) filmed a short "hello" to the Saybrook Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Cognitive Neuroscience students, responding to the question, “Why should a student in Mind-Body Medicine study __________?”   Dr. Rainville is a great guy, who researches everything from brain mechanisms in hypnosis to pain perception in Zen meditators.

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Highlights of the AAPB (Biofeedback and Neurofeedback) Meeting in Baltimore


The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) is the original biofeedback society, which was founded by a group of humanistic psychologists and lab scientists at the Surfrider Inn in Santa Monica, California in 1969. The group began as the Biofeedback Research Society of America and later was known as the Biofeedback Society of America.  AAPB has two professional journals, and provides webinars and workshops on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and stress management interventions.

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In Memoriam: Jeanne Achterberg, PhD


It makes me so sad to hear of Jeanne Achterberg’s death. She was such a wonderful, generous, courageous spirit. I remember meeting her 35 years ago and being stunned by the intelligence and audacity of her research on imagery and cancer. When NIH opened its office of Alternative Medicine, Larry Dossey and I worked closely with Jeanne on developing the state of the art paper on Mind-Body Medicine; actually Jeanne did far more of the work with such skill and grace than either Larry or I. And then there were the times that Jeanne came to Macedonia and Kosovo with me and my team from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine-ready at a moment’s notice to put her gifts in the service of people who desperately needed and deeply appreciated her skill and commitment.

It’s been such a joy too to be with Jeanne at Saybrook, to see the intelligence and commitment she brought to her work with students, to feel us once again moving ahead together. I keep her spirit with me and feel her passion and love.

James S. Gordon, M.D.
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