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Saybrook University Instructor Ruthann Russo: New Research Reveals that 86% of Patients Can be Treated with Integrative Medicine

03/24/2015
Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, LAc

 

Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, LAc, is an integrative health practitioner, consultant, and policy expert in integrative health and wellness.  She teaches on an adjunct basis at Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, where she is also earning her second PhD. This blog posting will cover Integrative Population Health Management and is Part 1 of a four-part series.

Integrative population health management is the use of integrative health modalities (IHM) to adjunctively manage chronic conditions for all patient populations. Under the Affordable Care Act, the phrase “population health management” has become the new buzzword for administering the health of the public.  With this new phraseology comes a shift in responsibility – from governmental agencies to private sector healthcare systems and providers.  Population health management requires that each healthcare organization step back from its current position and view its geography and the people who give life to that geography from a different perspective.  It requires identifying patterns in the population – not just disease patterns – life patterns.  Patterns that if managed more effectively will reduce the escalating costs and decreasing quality associated with common chronic conditions such as increased blood glucose, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, obesity, chronic pain, and stress.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Saybrook University Doctoral Student Applies Breath Training, Imagery, and Stretching to Life-Threatening Blood Clots

03/18/2015
Arielle Dance

 

Introduction:  Arielle Denise Dance, with an MA in Women's Health, is a PhD student in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women's health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and minority groups.

The Story:  She couldn’t breathe. “ Just breathe … Deep breaths should help.” She could not manage even a shallow breath without sharp pains ripping through her body. That is how Arielle Dance, second year PhD student in the MBM program, felt when she was hit with a Pulmonary Embolism for the second time in her twenties. In August 2014, after a cross country trip back to New Jersey following the Fall Residential Conference, Arielle began feeling short of breath, and experiencing severe chest and back pain. Convinced that these were signs of an asthma attack, Arielle was not prepared for all that she would endure.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Saybrook Doctoral Student Jana Downum Presents Case Report on Biofeedback for Stroke Survivors at Austin Conference

03/18/2015
Poster by Jana Downum

 

Jana Downum is a doctoral student in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Jana presented a case report at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology amd Biofeedback annual conference in Austin, Texas on March 11 to 14 (see http://www.aapb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1).

Jana’s Case Report, which was presented in poster form, demonstrated her effective use of heart rate variability biofeedback with one of her patients, a stroke survivor.  Within the field of biofeedback, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback is a promising new intervention technique.  Jana introduced the techniques to the patient during their first session. In subsequent sessions, the patient practiced and regularly applied mindful breathing, and used HRV strategies outside of sessions in all settings.  The poster presents the data, progress, and how the patient successfully achieved higher levels of difficulty within the HRV program. 

Jana has been a member of the Biofeedback Society of Texas (BST) for several years and has presented at prior Annual BST Conferences. She is a biofeedback therapist at Pate Rehabilitation, in the Dallas, Texas area.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine Doctoral Student, Deborah Klein, Integrates Health Coaching and Mind-Body Skills with Dietician Practice

03/17/2015
Deborah Klein, MS, RD

 

Deborah Klein, MS, RD, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, is the world’s first Livitician® coach, a term she coined as an alternative to Dietician, and has been counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for over 20 years.  Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise. 

At the University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology. She then earned her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia.  She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.  She is now a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine. 

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New Existentialists

The Platinum Rule, Religion, and Psychotherapy

01/29/2015
The Platinum Rule, Religion, and Psychotherapy
My wife, Angie, served on the Executive Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions from 2002 to 2010, the first Pagan to be appointed to a leadership position in that prestigious interfaith organization. I served as an Ambassador for the Parliament for their event held in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. Though we certainly don’t speak for all contemporary Pagans, we are often asked about our religious beliefs, values, and practices in that venue. As practitioners of a religion that (to us) honors and celebrates the spirit of indigenous pre-Christian religious...

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Martin

01/28/2015
Martin
I recently took my son to see Selma. There was no school because of the weather, so it seemed like a history lesson was in order. Oyelowo was brilliant as Martin Luther King, Jr.. A sensitive performance, nuanced. Fear in his eyes at just the right moment, to just the right degree. Not a film for the faint-hearted, at times brutal and shocking. My son, just ten, was moved pretty deeply by it by the end although he had trouble with some of the more violent scenes. I worried about exposing him to this story, knowing many of the facts and events that would be portrayed. But the fact is the...

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The Creative Landscape of Aging: A Book by Judith Zausner

01/27/2015
The Creative Landscape of Aging: A Book by Judith Zausner
I could introduce this book by telling you it was written by a dear friend, I know some of the individuals interviewed, and I wrote the Forward—but I’d rather tell you it is inspiring reading for anyone who is interested in aging, creativity, and self-expression. A central theme of Judith Zausner’s career has been creativity. Her early employment included fabric design and work as an occupational therapist. Because she found activities and materials for people with handicaps were limited, she formed a business and website Caring Crafts that sells kits and safe tools. Her...

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Rethinking Complexity

Holocracy: Leadership From Inside Out

01/23/2015
Holocracy: Leadership From Inside Out
Holacracy is a real-world-tested social technology for purposeful organization. It radically changes how an organization is structured, how decisions are made, and how power is distributed.Implementing holocracy means that CEOs give up some level of power. The advantage is that they get to view their company through an entirely different vantage point. But it’s an adjustment for both leaders and employees. Even in the most competitive organizations people are told what to do to some degree. We think of ‘work’ in a traditional paradigm. Direction...

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Gordon Allport’s Narrative Approach to Personality

01/20/2015
Gordon Allport’s Narrative Approach to Personality
Gordon Willard Allport combined methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches: rigorous experimental and quantitative research and qualitative means of data collection and analysis. Allport’s interest in the entire life and the whole personality marked the historical emergence of the narrative approach in psychology (Allport, 1942). In his autobiography, Allport posed these three empirical questions for the social sciences: “How shall a psychological life history be written? What processes and what structures must a full-bodied account of personality include? How can one...

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Rethinking Complexity

An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models

01/16/2015
An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models
As I began my PhD journey 3 years ago I never thought it would lead to me exploring economic models. In my graduate program in the 90s I had taken two semesters of economics and healthcare finance and I must admit it was painful.   I considered those courses my foreign languages.  As a nurse, I was and continue to be all about the patient and the staff and what was needed to provide care leading to well-being and health.               My dissertation vision was clear, I would create an Integrative Healthcare (IH)...

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