Research and Research “Take-aways”


According to the book “Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing”, Dr. Herbert Benson MD and his colleagues have delved further in to mind-body healing. Their research shows the mind can alter how genes express themselves. When asked what has been the most important discovery since he introduced the research of the relaxation response, Benson responded, “I think that perhaps the most important is when you evoke the relaxation response that there are changes in one’s gene activity, and the genes that change are the genes that control metabolism, insulin production in the body, inflammation and the immune system, and the aging of cells.


My Research Take Away: Stress can affect your energy levels, make you more vulnerable to becoming sick, and physically age you. From the basic building blocks of your body, i.e. your genetic expression, achieving the relaxation response can improve your metabolism, build the health of your immune system and provide anti-aging benefits!


Candace Pert is a scientist who has made breakthrough discoveries on the body/mind connection: Neuroscience has long been focused on the concept of the nervous system as an electrical network with neurotransmitters at the synapses allowing electrical impulses to pass from neuron to neuron. Dr. [Candice] Pert admits only about 2% of communication within the brain occurs via synapses and 98% of information is by molecules such as hormones and neuropeptides, which act over longer distances. “I believe that happiness is what we feel when our biochemicals of emotions, the neuropeptides and their receptors are open and flowing freely throughout the psychosomatic network, integrating and co-ordinating our systems, organs and cells in a smooth and rhythmic movement … I believe that happiness is our natural state …”
Author of Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine
Visit for more information about Dr.Pert’s groundbreaking research.
My Research Take Away: Anything impeding the mailmen of your body, AKA the messengers called neuropeptides, can be the root of dis-ease. The release of blockages (often in the fascia) allows the movement of this special delivery system, so your body has the freedom to experience that biochemical of emotion called happiness!

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