Mind-Body Conference to Explore the Mind's Essential Role in Health and Healing

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There is little doubt that the mind-body connection in health is strong. Many health care practitioners realize that it is not enough to simply attend to the physical symptoms of disease, and that a more holistic approach to health and healing is needed. The upcoming conference "Transforming the Mind: Consciousness in Medicine" will explore the role of this kind of transformative change in healing.

How do you harness the power of the mind? Movies like "What the Bleep Do We Know" and books like "The Secret" have sparked excitement, encouragement, and curiosity in the minds of millions. Historically, physicians and healers the world over have acknowledged that consciousness impacts a person's health and well-being. Scientific inquiry into the links between consciousness and health---mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual---is just beginning, however.

Many questions lurk in the midst of this stirring conversation; for example, Medically, what tools are available for generating health promoting consciousness shifts? Where do we find healers that offer this support and the required tools? What research is being done in these areas? What are the challenges in doing such research?

These and other issues will be examined March 15 and 16 at "Transforming the Mind: Consciousness in Medicine", a conference presented by the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). This groundbreaking conference includes over a dozen medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, researchers, and shamans who will discuss ways to change our frame of mind through shamanic and other indigenous healing forms, meditation, writing, Emotional Freedom Technique, and more. As well, speakers will consider the challenges inherent in mind-body connection research.

The conference will be held at National College of Natural Medicine (049 SW Porter Street, Portland, OR 97201) on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the conference, visit http://www.helfgott.org. To register, visit http://www.ncnm.edu/research/transform.

Founded in 1956 with a mission to educate and train practitioners and physicians in the art and science of natural medicine, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) confers doctoral degrees through its School of Naturopathic Medicine and master's degrees through its School of Classical Chinese Medicine. NCNM operates two full-time teaching clinics and 13 community clinics in conjunction with social service agencies in the Portland metro area. NCNM is also home to the Helfgott Research Institute, which is dedicated to advancing the science of natural medicine; the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Institute, which is developing a comprehensive textbook of naturopathic medical history and philosophy; and the Institute for Natural Medicine, which funds public education projects to raise awareness of naturopathic medicine.

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