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Author: Susan Blum, MD, MPH

Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Center faculty member; Board Certified in Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, NY; Member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show.


Bringing Mindfulness to Medicine

By Susan Blum, MD, MPH

I learned to meditate over 20 years ago. It opened the doors to a lifelong practice of meditation techniques, including Vipassana and yoga, and spiritual exploration with wonderful teachers. As I practiced and practiced, I noticed that I was able to listen more deeply to both my patients and myself, and felt less stressed in my daily work as a medical doctor.

It wasn’t until 15 years ago when I began to work with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine that I learned the importance of teaching my patients these skills, too. Stress is a contributing factor for 80% of all chronic illness in our country, and numerous studies have shown the power of meditation and mind-body skills to reduce the effects of stress and even reverse illness. I talk at length about this in my book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, A Doctors 4-Step Program for Treating Autoimmune Disease. At Blum Center for Health we teach these skills in Mind-Body Groups, following the model developed by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

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