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Vitalism and the Connection to Spirit Conference 2019
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Introduction & Vitalism, Naturopathy, Ayurvedic, and Chinese Medicine: Roots & Legacy, Panel Discussion
An introduction to the conference followed by a professional panel discussion on Naturopathy, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine as it applies to vitalism and spirituality.
Daniel Assisi, EdD, Lowell Chodosh, ND, LAc and Savita Rajurkar, PhD
Value of Including Spirituality in Health Care
This is an exciting time in health-care, where both paradigms of health and well-being are beginning to demonstrate efficacy in arenas where traditional disease-based models have been more limited. Dr. Rediger presents a summary of 16 years of investigation into patients with indisputable evidence for improbable recovery or remarkable achievement involving illnesses traditionally considered incurable, and discusses the most salient factors associated with their recoveries.The relevance of this is shown for the major killers of western culture, namely, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune illness and lung disease. Dr. Rediger illustrates the power of a bio-psycho-social model using traditional biomedical markers for helping us see both health and illness from a different perspective, and concludes by discussing the power of grounded, ethical hope in the context of a science of health and well-being.
Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv
Current Research in Spirituality and Medicine
In this presentation, Dr. Edwards presents evidence from the current literature on the effects of spiritual practice and the capacities of consciousness and applicability to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
Louise Edwards, ND, LAc
Spirituality and End-of-Life Care with Panel Discussion
As compassionate professionals or devoted caregivers, we may at times be invited into conversations with patients or clients that addresses religious views on death and the afterlife. Meeting people “where they are” in terms of belief systems is a delicate art that requires patience, wisdom and skill. How do we offer compassionate listening and support for beliefs that may not resonate with our own? How can we honor the other person’s reality fully and lovingly, without imposing our own views and biases?
Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP, Louise Edwards, ND, LAc
Spiritual Assessment in Patient Care, and Understanding ‘Near Death Experiences’: Tools for Clinical Practice
In clinical care of patients, the spiritual aspects can be easily overlooked, and yet recognition may be central in the patient’s symptom presentation, and in providing optimal care. This presentation focuses on how to assess the spiritual aspects, in practical clinical questions, and in common spiritual themes that may be present in clinical situations. The presentation discusses “Near Death Experience” elements, comparison to delirium, and the challenges of various biological theories in understanding the “NDE”. It is vital that health care workers can recognize when a patient has had an “NDE,” and not minimize or discount such an important or possibly unexplained experience for the patient. NDE stories can be used to help patients struggling with fear of dying, with grief, with suicidal ideation, or lack of purpose. Finally, understanding the NDE can broaden our perspectives of consciousness; of how we perceive life and death; and how we can come to terms with the end of life for ourselves and for our patients.
Elaine Drysdale, MD, FRCPC
NUNM Research in Spirituality and Medicine
This class discusses the history and current understanding
Mindfulness training is increasingly used as a therapeutic intervention to manage stress and enhance emotional well-being. Mindfulness is defined as the capacity to notice one’s thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without engaging in physical or emotional reactivity to these experiences. The practice of distinguishing between experience (what one notices) and the response to experience (e.g. judgment, negative affect) helps participants identify and mitigate habitual reactions that contribute to emotional distress. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown benefit for a variety of symptoms associated with MS (anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue, physical function), but their use with MS populations has been limited. Psychological stress has a negative impact on the multiple sclerosis (MS) disease process. Stressful life events significantly increase the risk of MS exacerbation, and stress management has been shown to reduce the risk of new lesion development on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition to preceding physical symptoms, stress often precipitates mood disorders, of which people with MS are more prone. Compared to the general US population, people with MS have a higher lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders (36% vs 29%) and depression (36%–54% vs 16%). Adverse consequences of mood disorders among people with MS include reduced functioning and quality of life, decreased treatment adherence, and increased risk of suicide. Thus, psychological stress and emotional well-being are important targets for MS research and clinical care. This presentation presents the results of randomized clinical trial of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for people with MS conducted at the NUNM Helfgott Research Institute in collaboration with the OHSU MS Center
Courtney Pickworth, ND, John Phipps, PhD, & Angela Senders, ND
The Social Self, Health, and the Spiritual Journey
This class discusses the history and current understanding
of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Key ideas in neuroscience, social psychology, and transpersonal psychology point to a view of human identity as a social phenomenon. One important part of that view the presence of the fundamental need to belong, both as a primal biological impulse and as a psychospiritual quest. In that light, the relationship with the patient can be seen as a matrix of healing. In this lecture, we explore the concept of the self as being fundamentally social and how this helps with promoting greater wellbeing and the spiritual journey.
David Mercier, MS, LAc
Patient Spiritual Assessment Tools
The welcome and introduction to Spiritual Assessment Tools and how it helps create a person health plan for use in clinical practice. A consideration of the history and the emergence of spirituality and how it’s been shown recently to aid healing of the body.
Raymond Diaz, ND