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Studies and Progress Notes (Mar 2010)



Using Traditional Spirituality to Reduce Domestic Violence Within Aboriginal Communities

Objectives: Traditional healing elders (THE) were involved in the clinical care of aboriginal families who were involved in domestic violence.

Methods: Psychiatric consultations were requested from senior author L.M.M. for 113 aboriginal individuals involved with domestic violence as recipients or perpetrators (or both) between July 2005 and October 2008. The most common presenting symptom was being beaten (39 people), followed by drinking (37 people), drugs (13 people), grudges and anger (12 people), sadness (9 people), hates self (8 people), fear (7 people), sleep problems (6 people), anxiety (5 people), and lost spirituality (2 people). Each person chose two primary symptoms to rate. As part of their clinical care, all were encouraged to meet with a THE, with 69 agreeing to do so. The My Medical Outcomes Profile 2 scale was used as a clinical instrument to document effectiveness. Elders used traditional cultural stories and aboriginal spirituality with individuals, couples, and families to transform the conditions underlying domestic violence.

Results: For those people who met with the THE, a statistically significant change (p < 0.0001) occurred in symptom severity from baseline to final interview of 4.6–1.52 on a scale of 0–6.

Conclusions: Including elders in the care of people who are the recipients of domestic violence is effective. We speculate that it helps by providing traditional stories about relationships and roles that do not include violence. Spiritual approaches within aboriginal communities may be more effective than more secular, clinical approaches. Research is indicated to compare elder-based interventions with conventional clinical care.

Source: Chassidy Puchala, Sarah Paul, Carla Kennedy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. January 2010, 16(1): 89-96.

IJHC – WHR Observations

When therapy is offered that is congruent with the culture of the recipient, the therapy may be enhanced. Unfortunately, no control group was included, so one cannot be certain that the therapy would not have been successful without the THE.


The IJHC/WHR E-Zine features monthly suggestions for future research in healing.
If your topic is chosen, you ill receive free access to the IJHC for a month, including the current issue and all back issues. 
Self-healing approaches may be culturally congruent with aboriginal and other indigenous peoples

Self-healing methods such as WHEE and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may also be acceptable and helpful to people in indigenous cultures. These methods are capable of reducing pain and suffering, both physical and psychological. See for example reports of Remarkable Recoveries.


Physical exercise slowed mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with aging

We compared the frequency of physical exercise among 198 subjects with MCI with that among 1126 subjects with normal cognition and adjusted the analyses for age, sex, years of education, medical comorbidity, and depression. The odds ratios for any frequency of moderate exercise were 0.61 (95% confidence interval, 0.43-0.88; P = .008) for midlife (age range, 50-65 years) and 0.68 (95% confidence interval, 0.49-0.93; P = .02) for late life. The findings were consistent among men and women. Light exercise and vigorous exercise were not significantly associated with decreased risk of MCI.

CONCLUSION: In this population-based case-control study, any frequency of moderate exercise performed in midlife or late life was associated with a reduced odds of having MCI.

Source: Geda, Y.E. et al. Physical exercise, aging, and mild cognitive impairment: a population-based study. Archives of Neurology 2010, 201, 67(1), 80-6.

Aerobic exercise slows mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in women with early Alzheimer's Disease

Six months of high-intensity aerobic exercise had sex-specific effects on cognition, glucose metabolism, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and trophic activity despite comparable gains in cardiorespiratory fitness and body fat reduction. For women, aerobic exercise improved performance on multiple tests of executive function, increased glucose disposal during the metabolic clamp, and reduced fasting plasma levels of insulin, cortisol, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. For men, aerobic exercise increased plasma levels of insulinlike growth factor I and had a favorable effect only on Trails B performance.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides support, using rigorous controlled methodology, for a potent nonpharmacologic intervention that improves executive control processes for older women at high risk of cognitive decline. Moreover, our results suggest that a sex bias in cognitive response may relate to sex-based differences in glucometabolic and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis responses to aerobic exercise.

Source: Baker. I.D. et al. Effects of aerobic exercise on mild cognitive impairment: a controlled trial. Archives of Neurology 2010, 201, 67(1), 71-79.

IJHC – WHR Observations

Exercise is a simple intervention with no side effects. Good for cardiovascular health as well.


India inmates take yoga to reduce their jail sentences

Prisoners in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete yoga courses.

For every three months spent practising posture, balance and breathing the inmates can cut their jail time by 15 days. The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners' self-control and reduce aggression.

Some 4,000 inmates across the state are benefiting from the scheme, and many go on to become yoga instructors.

Many successful inmates go on to become yoga instructors

The state's inspector general of prisons, Sanjay Mane, said: "Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress.

"When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case."

Prisoners can also gain credit for attending adult literacy courses or studying for degrees.

An inmate at Gwalior central jail, Narayan Sharma - who has now moved on to become an instructor - says it helps to banish the "angry thoughts" in his mind.

"It was these thoughts that made me commit crimes," he said.

"I hope that after we are released, we can use what we have learned and promote yoga in society so that people no longer commit crime."


IJHC – WHR Observations

What a wonderful, healing approach to dealing with people who are incarcerated! Contrast this with the punitive approaches in prisons in the US and other Western countries. Of course, now there is also the incentive to not rehabilitate prisoners, because the privatized prisons would lose business.

Herbal remedies (phytotherapy) increase survival when combined with conventional cancer treatments

Objective: Clinical trials have investigated phytotherapy (PT) in the treatment of cervical cancer. This study aimed to assess the quality and data of current available trials, to compare the efficacy and safety of conventional therapies (CT) including surgical therapy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy with that of CT plus PT (CT-PT), and to identify herbs used commonly in clinical trials.

Methods: Forty-three (43) electronic databases were searched. The quality of eligible trials was assessed by Jadad's scale, and Revman 5.0 software was used for data syntheses and analyses.

Result: (1) Of the 48 potential trials retrieved, 18 trials involving 1657 patients met the inclusion criteria, and two trials were graded as high-quality trials; (2) CT-PT achieved a higher 1-year survival rate (SR, p = 0.0002) and tumor remission rate (TRR, p < 0.0001) than CT alone; (3) PT showed therapeutic effects comparable to those of Western medications in diminishing vesical complications (VC, p < 0.0001) and rectal complications (RC, p = 0.08) caused by CT; (4) top 15 herbs used frequently to improve SR or TRR and to treat VC or RC in the retrieved trials were identified.

Conclusions: Adjuvant PT may improve the efficacy and safety of CT in clinical treatments of cervical cancer, although this result needs to be further verified by more high-quality trials.

Source:  Min Xu, et al. Adjuvant phytotherapy in the treatment of cervical cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2009, 15(12), 1347-1353.

IJHC – WHR Observations

Herbal remedies rarely have serious side effects. It appears well worth including phytotherapy in treatments of people with cancer.

More CAM reviews at
AMSA website


Brain scans can confirm presence of PTSD

Abstract. Traumatic experiences can produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is a debilitating condition and for which no biomarker currently exists (Institute of Medicine (US) 2006 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment (Washington, DC: National Academies)). Here we show that the synchronous neural interactions (SNI) test which assesses the functional interactions among neural populations derived from magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings (Georgopoulos A P et al 2007 J. Neural Eng. 4 349–55 <> ) can successfully differentiate PTSD patients from healthy control subjects. Externally cross-validated, bootstrap-based analyses yielded >90% overall accuracy of classification. In addition, all but one of 18 patients who were not receiving medications for their disease were correctly classified. Altogether, these findings document robust differences in brain function between the PTSD and control groups that can be used for differential diagnosis and which possess the potential for assessing and monitoring disease progression and effects of therapy.
Source: Georgopoulos, A P et al. The synchronous neural interactions test as a functional neuromarker for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a robust classification method based on the bootstrap. J. Neural Eng. 2010, 7, 016011 (7pp)   doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/7/1/016011

 IJHC – WHR Observations

It will be a great blessing to veterans and others in their applications for help if this assessment is accepted as evidence of PTSD.


Most classrooms in the world would insist on having students turn their mobiles off - but one scheme in Bangladesh is very much about keeping them on.
The Janala service - created by the BBC's development charity the World Service Trust - gives anyone with a mobile the chance to learn English - simply by calling a number and listening in.
Mobile telecommunication is the fastest growing industry in Bangladesh, and the Janala service has already logged over 400,000 calls.
"We can't carry a dictionary everywhere," said one Bangladeshi student.
"But now we can carry a mobile phone which helps us learn."


The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was announced in 2005.
The "$100 laptop" was intended to provide rugged technology to students in some of the world's poorest areas.
Although falling short of its initial ambitious targets of connecting millions of children, the OLPC project is being well received in the developing world - despite never becoming quite as cheap as $100.
However, some countries have taken the project to heart. The government of Uruguay has bought a laptop for every child, whilst the
state of La Rioja in Argentina has also said that it will purchase the machines for its pupils.
In Brazil the government has bought 150,000 laptops to deploy in 350 schools.

IJHC – WHR Observations

Wonderful how the world of technology can contribute to education at many levels of capabilities.
Some cautions, however:

1. Regarding cell phones possibly contributing to the development of cancers.

2. Regarding the globalization of modern Western culture - which tends to supersede and replace local culture, with a great loss in diversity of perspectives and richness of traditional views of the world.


President Obama is promoting construction of new nuclear energy plants

President Obama spoke about the importance of clean energy for the country's future.
"Whether it’s nuclear energy, or solar or wind energy, if we fail to invest in the technologies of tomorrow, then we’re going to be importing those technologies instead of exporting them.  We will fall behind.  Jobs will be produced overseas, instead of here in the United States of America.  And that's not a future that I accept."
As one plank of that future, he announced loan guarantees through the Department of Energy to operate two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia. It will be the first new nuclear power plant in nearly three decades. The plant is expected to create approximately 3500 construction jobs and 800 permanent jobs. When the nuclear reactors come online, they will provide reliable electricity for 1.4 million people in Georgia…
Source: White House Blog

IJHC – WHR Observations

Building nuclear plants without a foreseeable safe means for disposing of spent fuel is a very poor policy. Renewable energy sources should be promoted instead.


Scientists can tell us how to be happy.  Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.

Source: Sonja Lyubomirsky. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, New York: Penguin Press, 2008

IJHC – WHR Observations

Happiness can be cultivated. We don't have to wait for it to happen.

Questions are being raised about the global Swine Flu campaign

What if the government is lying about the number of Swine Flu cases to bolster its case for mandatory vaccination of school children and government employees?

It appears they're cooking the books in a massive way and are actively obstructing the news media's attempts to get the real numbers.

For example, in Alaska only 1% of all people reported as having Swine Flu actually had the disease when actually tested for it.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has this data, but flat out won't release it.


IJHC – WHR Observations

European authorities are also investigating fraud in the swine flu scare and resultant sale of billions of dollars worth of vaccines.

Iceland may become a haven for leaked information to journalists

The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), calls on the country's government to adopt laws protecting journalists and their sources.
It will be filed with the Althingi - Iceland's parliament - on 16 February.
If the proposal succeeds it will require the Icelandic government to consider introducing legislation.
Julian Assange, Wikileaks' editor, told BBC News that the idea was to "try and reform Iceland's media law to be a very attractive jurisdiction for investigative journalists".


IJHC – WHR Observations

What a commentary on global media censorship – that an international place of safety for journalists should be needed!


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