The connections between the mind and the body have long seemed the province of fringe practices. But there is increasing scientific evidence that psychological and mental factors have a profound impact on physiological functions. We discuss this research with one of the country’s most prominent investigators into the mind/body connection, Dr. Herbert Benson.
Guests: Herbert Benson, MD, is Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), and Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. His books include The Relaxation Response and The Relaxation Revolution.
Daniel Hoch, MD, PhD, is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine. He is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The photo is of Dr. Hoch.
Dr. Hoch helped found Braintalk.org, a collection of over 200 separate online support groups for individuals with neurologic disease. He is a member of a group formed by the late Dr. Tom Ferguson to promote participatory healthcare, and a founding member of the Society of Participatory Medicine and its fledgling publication, the Journal of Participatory Medicine.
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