Longevity, Regeneration, and Optimal Health: Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives, Volume 1172

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William C. Bushell, Erin L. Olivio, Neil D. Theise
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 21, 2009 - Science - 361 pages
A revolution is occurring in the Western science of longevity, regeneration, and health that is elucidating the potential for extended human lifespan in an optimal state of health. This investigation is being conducted on the molecular, cellular, physiological, and psychological levels.

Rigorous integrative medicine research can only be adequately developed if collaboration between scientists and practitioners from both fields is involved. This volume brings together researchers and scholars from both the Indo-Tibetan traditions and the international scientific community to open a dialogue about the potential to build a program of collaborative research to study the impact of Indo-Tibetan practices on longevity and health.

Indo-Tibetan Buddhism claims that its core of meditative, yogic, and related practices can potentially produce dramatic enhancements of physiological and psychological functioning, and a substantial body of Western scientific evidence is supportive of these claims. The evidence includes direct and indirect clinical medicine and data from basic science research in physiology, neurobiology, and medicine.

The reports in this volume establish a basis for a program of research that will advance our current understanding of longevity and health.

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Contents

Longevity Regeneration and Optimal Health
1
Potential Life Span and Health Span Enhancement through Practice
20
The Science and the Ascetic Experience
28
Can Meditation Slow Rate of Cellular Aging? Cognitive Stress Mindfulness
34
Yoga Breathing Meditation and Longevity By Richard P Brown and Patricia L
54
Does Meditation Enhance Cognition and Brain Plasticity? By Glen L Xiong
63
A Traditional Tibetan Medical Response to Advancements in Basic Longevity
70
New Findings in Stem Cell Research and Aging
88
Subtle Psychosomatic Aspects of Tibetan Medicine By Tenzing Dakpa
181
Attaining Superior Performance
199
A Complementary Science of Optimal Health By JosephJ
218
Excellence in Being and Doing and Everyday
231
Positive Affects and the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing By Diana
252
Complexity Theory Informs Alternate Models of the Body
263
What Can It Tell
270
Tibetan Medical Interpretation of Myelin Lipids and Multiple Sclerosis
278

A Hand Surgeons Perspective
95
Stress Allostasis and Learning in
123
An Introduction to Its Theory and Practice for Clinical
148
The Psychoneuroimmunologic Impact
163
The Inflammatory Reflex and the Role of Complementary and Alternative
172
The Interface between Mind
297
Immunosurveillance Longevity
312
Working toward an Integrative Methodology
338
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