Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Breast Cancer Patients Can Benefit Most From Yoga And Meditation, Says New Guide Rating Complementary Therapies
- Experts produced first science-based guide on complementary therapies
- Therapies are graded their effectiveness at easing cancer symptoms
- Said yoga and meditation can manage anxiety, depression, and fatigue
- Acupuncture can control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
- Only a handful of therapies currently have a strong evidence base
- One supplement sold to prevent neuropathy increased risk for condition
Yoga and meditation can ease the symptoms of breast cancer, says a top-level investigation.
The first guidelines on complementary therapies awarded the relaxation techniques an ‘A’ rating for routine use to manage anxiety and other mood disorders suffered by women with the disease.
Most patients would also benefit from the techniques for reducing stress, depression, and fatigue, says the guidance.
Acupuncture received a ‘B’ rating for controlling nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
For the first time, the US-based Society for Integrative Oncology has produced science-based guidance to inform doctors and patients about the safety and effectiveness of complementary therapies for breast cancer.
Around 80 different therapies were analysed.
The guidance does not investigate if complementary therapies can affect the cancer itself, but whether their use makes a difference to a range of related and common health problems such as anxiety and fatigue
Around four out of five cancer patients take a complementary treatment or follow a special diet.
Surveys show alternative therapies taken by patients include shark cartilage, blessed thistle, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and potentially toxic doses of vitamins.
But some cancer specialists have been concerned that alternatives may cause harm by delaying or replacing scientifically tested conventional therapy.
To produce the guidelines, the researchers reviewed randomised controlled clinical trials conducted from 1990 to 2013 among breast cancer patients who had complementary therapies together with standard cancer care — defined as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy.
The researchers considered the magnitude and type of benefit and harm along with trial quality and size.
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA
Of 4,900 research articles reviewed, 203 met the criteria for the final analysis and grading.
The top ‘A’ rating was awarded to meditation, yoga, and relaxation with imagery, which had the strongest evidence supporting their use.
The same techniques received a ‘B’ grade for reducing stress, depression, and fatigue, along with acupuncture for controlling chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
More than 30 interventions, including some natural products and acupuncture for other conditions, which had weaker evidence of benefit due to either small study sizes or conflicting study results, were given a ‘C’ grade.
One therapy was found to be harmful: acetyl-l-carnitine, which is marketed to prevent chemotherapy-related neuropathy, and actually increased risk for the condition, said the guidance.
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and other institutions in the US and Canada drew up the guidance.
It was presented yesterday at the Society for Integrative Oncology's 11th International Conference held in Houston, Texas. (MORE)
Source: Daily Mail
Monday, October 27, 2014
Part of the ever-growing fraternal culture of "brohood," an increasing male demand for yoga (possibly driven in part by pro basketball player advocates such as LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal) has spawned a new wave of guy-centric "broga" courses.
Broga Yoga trademarked the catchy term in 2009 and debuted its program for guys by guys — namely, co-founders Robert Sidoti and Adam O'Neill — in Martha's Vineyard. Described by O'Neill as "a unique blend of vinyasa-style yoga, body-weight based functional fitness movements and high-intensity interval training," the regimen also substitutes rock music for chanting in the safety zone of a "bro" environment, although approximately 15% of class participants are women.
According to Yoga Journal's most recent 2012 Yoga in America study, 20.4 million Americans practice yoga, up from 15.8 million in 2008, and 17.8% of them are men.
"[The] study also indicated that there are 105 million 'aspirational yogis' in the U.S. and roughly half of those are men," O'Neill said. "Based on current trends, we expect about 2 million men to take up yoga within the next year. With the adoption of yoga among professional male athletes, special-forces military training programs and police departments, men are gaining a greater understanding of yoga's many benefits and beginning to participate in increased numbers." (MORE)
Source: LA Times
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
There’s a sign on the Ave, an advertisement for hot yoga, that reads: “Do hot yoga, look better naked.” I hate that sign.
I’ve been doing yoga and meditation for years. One of my goals in the next few years is to get yoga-instructor certified so I can teach. And the idea that yoga is there to get your body slim and fit, that it is only a material thing, is one of the misconceptions about yoga that frustrates me. Yoga, at its core, is about the relationship between the mind, the body, and the soul.
The core of yoga’s philosophy is that everything can be supplied from within the individual, whether it be physical exercise or spiritual enlightenment.
Yoga originated more than 5,000 years ago. No one is really sure exactly when, because the practices are often only passed down from student to teacher. Yoga originated from the need for self-understanding, a harmonious interaction between the mental and physical. It has been recommended by doctors for aiding a number of ailments, including back pain, arthritis, depression, and other chronic conditions.
Despite the current surface-level yoga that many people practice, a lot of yoga was originally based in deep meditation. Its purpose was to work toward the ultimate step of classical yoga, samadhi, the Sanskrit word for contemplation. Samadhi is the realization of the essential nature of the self. In fact, three of eight steps have almost nothing to do with the asanas, or the physical exercises, of yoga.
I think a lot of people are scared away from yoga because it seems like an “athletic” exercise, but I can assure you it’s not. My legs look like cold spaghetti when I run but I can still do yoga. Yoga is about trusting your body, about letting it do exactly what it needs to do. I mostly practice alone in my apartment, and I use what I’ve learned to do in yoga class on my own. Practicing yoga is about letting go and understanding yourself on a physical and mental level.
Being flexible isn’t a requirement for a good yoga practice. If you haven’t done it before, I suggest signing up for a Hatha yoga class. These are more pose-based and slower-paced. Hatha allows you to explore your body at your own pace. It also gives you a chance to focus on breathing techniques. (MORE)
Source: Daily UW