I’m sure I’ll be posting many articles like this. It seems like researchers are really pumping out a never ending stream of results showing THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS (often MBSR). It also seems like everyone is beating a dead-horse….as a reader of this kind of stuff…I GET IT. Its good for so many things. But that is science – you have to prove EVERYTHING. Nothing is surprising to me now – meditation seems to benefit overall health in MANY different ways.

Mindfulness: theories & benefits

Henderson, V. P., et al. (2013). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer Receiving Radiotherapy. (Abstract). Integrated Cancer Therapy, Epublished January 28.

Purpose. To test the relative effectiveness of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR) compared with a nutrition education intervention (NEP) and usual care (UC) in women with newly diagnosed early-stage breast cancer (BrCA) undergoing radiotherapy.

Methods. Data were available from a randomized controlled trial of 172 women, 20 to 65 years old, with stage I or II BrCA. Data from women completing the 8-week MBSR program plus 3 additional sessions focuses on special needs associated with BrCA were compared to women receiving attention control NEP and UC. Follow-up was performed at 3 post-intervention points: 4 months, and 1 and 2 years. Standardized, validated self-administered questionnaires were used to assess psychosocial variables. Descriptive analyses compared women by randomization assignment…

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