A Letter to the Editor

James S. Gordon MDDepression, Healing Ourselves

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…antidepressant drugs, which are burdened with such depressing side effects as weight gain and sexual dysfunction are, at best, only marginally more effective for mild to moderate depression than placebos.

A Holiday Treat – Empty Your Cup

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By James S. Gordon MD During these joyous yet stressful holidays, we want to take a moment to stop and appreciate everything we have to be grateful for. At the top of our list is YOU — the people who make our work possible! As a thank you, we want to share with you one of our favorite stories, Empty Your Cup. … Read More

Creating a Safe Place for Teenage Tibetan Refugees

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By James S. Gordon MD Recently, I was in Dharamsala, India, for a conference at the Tibetan Medical College sponsored by the Dalai Lama. While there, I had the opportunity to do a workshop for 200 teenage refugees who had just fled Tibet. I taught soft belly breathing, talked about fight or flight and stress responses, did shaking and dancing, … Read More

Audio Clip: Empty Your Cup

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By James S. Gordon MD This is the first in a series of treasures from our audio archives, classics and favorites that we think you’ll love. Our founder and director, Dr. James Gordon, is a renowned raconteur. He has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wise and funny stories that tend to illuminate key aspects of human nature, which he deploys throughout … Read More

A Long Way to Go

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By James S. Gordon MD The next day, before we leave, we spend time at the Foyer des Orphelins d’Haiti,  an orphanage not far from the airport. The cramped gray-walled quarters, beds without mattresses, and, especially, the kids’ desperate need for attention and touch and anything else we might give, bring us all to tears or to that state in … Read More

Now…and Then

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By James S. Gordon MD In Port-au-Prince the next day, Kathleen and Catherine have the opportunity to see the small groups—with kids, teenagers, and adults—in action, to hear which technique has been most helpful to each person, to feel the closeness that develops over the weeks of regular meetings.

On to Jacmel

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By James S. Gordon MD Jacmel, a seaside town famous for its crafts, is a three hour drive south across the mountains. At the side of the road are chickens, donkeys and the occasional stray dog, behind them banks of vegetables in stalls; overhead, blue, purple, pink, and orange flowers, and, beyond, ranks of mountains marching off toward the horizon.

Visiting Notre Dame de la Guadeloupe

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By James S. Gordon MD Before we leave for the countryside we visit classrooms at Notre Dame de la Guadeloupe where our Haitian team is currently leading workshops. After workshops, which take place in classrooms, have been offered to all 700 students, we’ll begin 10-week-long small mind-body groups for all the kids, and the teachers and administrators as well.

Our Haiti Team, Bill Clinton, and More

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By James S. Gordon MD With me in Haiti is Kathleen deLaski, a former journalist and AOL executive, whose father Don has made possible everything we’ve done in Haiti. Since Don’s death a year ago, she has headed up the family foundation, and now wants to experience firsthand the program that Don so generously and lovingly funded. Her daughter, Catherine … Read More

Coming Together to Heal

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By James S. Gordon MD The terrible deaths of school children and those who care for them in Connecticut are bound to touch all of our children and, indeed, all of us. I’ve learned, over 15 years of work with populations traumatized by violence and natural disaster, that we must pay attention to whole populations as well as to the people … Read More