Beverly Rubik, Mind Body Medicine

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Beverly Rubik

Mind-Body Medicine Faculty

In 1980, Beverly Rubik was a faculty member at San Francisco State University, and received a grant to do research on subtle energy healing.The university administrator told her that they couldn’t accept it because “there’s no such phenomenon.”

She managed to channel the grant through another institution, and was able to keep her research going despite the refusal of much of the academic establishment back then to accept verifiable results that it couldn’t understand.

Things have changed:in 2002, 22 yeas later, she obtained a substantial grant to study subtle energy healing, now known as “biofield therapy” in a much larger context – this time from the National Institutes of Health.

It’s as official a stamp as you can get that there is a phenomenon worth investigating – and that Beverly Rubik, now a faculty member at Saybrook, is in the forefront of its study.

Founder of the Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit laboratory in Emeryville, CA, Rubik has been applying rigorous methods to the study of Mind Body Medicine for decades … long before the field received widespread public acceptance.

“We don’t have a great theory about what happens in much of Mind Body Medicine, but we have more and more empirical research that supports its effectiveness,” she says.“The best research is peer reviewed, it’s rigorous, there are numerous controls and a lot of steps involved to create strong research protocols– that’s what I try to do, and that’s what I try to get my students involved in.”

One of the foremost researchers on the subtle energy fields, which may be one of the links between mind and body, Beverly has received government, academic, and corporate grants for her research – and sat on NIH advisory panels.She has led community programs in holistic health, and serves as a consultant to industry on the safety and efficacy of nutrition and other wellness products.Published in numerous journals, she also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Today Beverly uses the Institute for Frontier Science to support a variety of high caliber Mind Body Medicine research projects, and continues to focus much of her own research on the human biofield.

“We need to investigate the enormous power of mind,” she says.“We also need to go deeper and think about extended concepts of mind at the level of the person, family, and community and see how they impact health.People want this kind of medicine, and my work at the institute, my teaching at Saybrook – this is all to help bring it out into the world.It’s pretty clear there’s a huge need.”