Alternative Medicine Research Yearbook 2012

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Søren Ventegodt, MD (Editor)
Quality of Life Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Research Clinic for Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordic School of Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian Foundation for Holistic Medicine, Sandvika, Norway

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: HEA046000


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Volume 2

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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The field of holistic or integrative medicine needs a scientific approach. We need this kind of medicine – and we even need it to be spiritual to include the depths of human existence – but we need it to be a little less “cosmic” in order to encompass the whole human being. Many important research questions and challenges, empirical as well as theoretical, demand the attention from medical researchers. The field has been too preoccupied with orthomolecular medicine, and dietary supplements without much scientific foundation. Acupuncture needles and other seemingly effective, but strange elements from the traditional medicines, semi-religious procedures of meditation and healing manipulating “energetic dimensions” like “chakras” and “auras” in symbolic ways, and similar approaches have been in the forefront, but not easily compatible with the basic reason and common sense of a modern medical science.

This year book 2012 brings together the work we did over the past year with a broad research agenda on a global basis, addressing questions ranging from a discussion of a changing health paradigm, sleep disorders, Hippocrates, and life satisfaction to positive youth development in Hong Kong. We hope this book will provide you with new knowledge, link research to practice and policy, and help build networks of research collaborations and move science forward in this field. (Imprint: Nova)


Holistic and Integrative Medicine and Challenges
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)


Chapter 1:
The Forum: The People, the Place, the Process
(Jeanne Viall)

Chapter 2:
Consciousness and Medicine from the Point of View of a Family Physician
(Shadrick Mazaza)

Chapter 3:
Changing the Medical Paradigm: What Does Disease Look Like When We Shift our View?
(Bernard Brom)

Chapter 4:
Dimensions of Health Care and the Biomatrix
(György Járos)

Chapter 5:
A-Causality, Consciousness and Organisations
(Walter Baets)

Chapter 6:
Sustainability and Health: Back to the Roots and Feeding the Soil
(Jeanne Viall)

Chapter 7:
The Science of the Art of Medicine
(Bernard Brom)

Chapter 8:
On the Paradigm of Consciousness-Based Medicine and Quality of Life as Medicine
(Søren Ventegodt)

Chapter 9:
The Matter-Energy-Information (MEI) Body of the Human Being
(Bernard Brom)

Chapter 10:
Reflections on a Health Paradigm
(Saadiq Kariem)

Chapter 11:
An Integrated Approach for HIV Disease
(Gary Orr)

Chapter 12:
The Traditional Healing System in South Africa
(Nhlavana Maseko, Phephsile Maseko and Jeanne Viall)

Chapter 13:
South African Healing Villages
(Renee Usdin)

Chapter 14:
Heart Matters: The Art of Healing
(Erna Oldenboom)

Chapter 15:
The Third Way?
(Leslie Pleass)

Chapter 16:
Conversations: The Five Star Doctor
(Saville N. Furman)


Chapter 17:
Sleep Disorders and Sleep Patterns in Adolescents
(Donald E. Greydanus and Cynthia Feucht)

Chapter 18:
Adolescence and Hypertension
(Alfonso D. Torres and Donald E. Greydanus)

Chapter 19:
Breeath-Meditation: प्राणध्यान Prana-dhyana
(Vinod D. Deshmukh)

Chapter 20:
Antidiabetic Effect of Camel Milk on Alloxane Diabetes: Comparison with Insulin
(Amel Sboui, Touhami Khorchani, Mongi Djegham and Omrane Belhadj)

Chapter 21:
Transfer of Effect of Heat Shock and Drug Treatment from One Plant to Another through Water
(Sandhimita Mondal, Soma Sukul and Nirmal C. Sukul)

Chapter 22:
The Capabilities of New Chinese Entrepreneurs in China
(Jing Sun, Nicholas Buys and Xinchao Wang)

Chapter 23:
Mental Influencing of the Growth of Mung Bean Seedlings. A Pilot Study
(Andrea Leitner, Caroline Weckerle, Wolfgang Matzer and Christiane W. Geelhaar)

Chapter 24:
Gender Effects in Massage Therapy
(Thomas Edward Smith, Pamela Valentine and Bruce A. Thyer)

Chapter 25:
A Follow-Up Study on the Morphology of Isolated Rat Cortical Neurons and Information Transferred via a “Biophoton Device”
(Dietrich Vastenburg and Sjoerd Pet)

Chapter 26:
Holistic Medicine V: One Session Healing of Rape and Incest Traumas in a Group Setting
(Søren Ventegodt, Andrew Young and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 27:
Reflections from a Study Tour to Hippocrates’ Asklepieion on the Island of Kos
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick_


Chapter 28:
Aging and Quality of Life in Taiwan
(Luo Lu)

Chapter 29:
Interplay between Mood and Physical Activity and their Effect on Life Satisfaction in Later Life
(Jessica Jones and Natalie Wakefield)

Chapter 30:
An Evolutionary Perspective on Life Quality
(Bjørn Grinde)

Chapter 31:
Adolescent Life Satisfaction and Well-Being
(Danilo Garcia and Trevor Archer)

Chapter 32:
The Family Environment in Adolescence as a Predictor of Life Satisfaction
(Liisa Martikainen)

Chapter 33:
How People Assess Present and Future Quality of Life in the Elderly from Health Status Information
(Maria Teresa Muñoz Sastre and Etienne Mullet)

Chapter 34:
Conditions for the Dissatisfying Effect of Reference Group Income
(Chau-Kiu Cheung )

Chapter 35:
Sense of Community and Income as Indicators of Life Satisfaction
(Evie M. Muilenburg-Trevino, Megan K. Pittman and Mary Guilfoyle Holmes)

Chapter 36:
Life Satisfaction in Macedonian Work Organizations
(Elisaveta Sardjoska)

Chapter 37:
The Transition to Cohabitation: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy between Stress Management and Couple Satisfaction
(Antonella Roggero, Maria Fernanda Vacirca, Adele Mauri and Silvia Ciairano)


Chapter 38:
Spirituality as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Daniel T.L. Shek)

Chapter 39:
Beliefs in the Future as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Rachel C.F. Sun and Daniel T.L. Shek)

Chapter 40:
Cognitive Competence as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Rachel C.F. Sun and Eadaoin K.P. Hui)

Chapter 41:
Emotional Competence as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Patrick S.Y. Lau and Florence K.Y. Wu)

Chapter 42:
Self-Efficacy as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Sandra K.M. Tsang, Eadaoin K.P. Hui and Bella C.M. Law)

Chapter 43:
Self-Determination as a Psychological and Positive Youth Development Construct
(Eadaoin K.P. Hui and Sandra K.M. Tsang)

Chapter 44:
Positive Identity as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review
(Sandra K.M. Tsang, Eadaoin K.P. Hui and Bella C.M. Law)


Chapter 45:
About the Editor

Chapter 46:
About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development



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