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Deepak Chopra Announces Expansion of the Mind Body Medical Group at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

June 5, 2014 12:07 AM EDT Send to a Friend

Carlsbad, California (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

Mind-body health and integrative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra, M.D., announced today that the Mind Body Medical Group located at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing is working with researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and other renowned scientific institutions to study the health benefits of an integrative approach to healthcare that combines the newest discoveries in medical science with complementary practices rooted in wisdom traditions, including meditation and mindfulness, yoga, Ayurvedic massage, and other mind-body tools that allow individuals to influence their autonomic and endocrine system in order to facilitate self-repair, self-regulation, and homeostasis.

"We're living in an exciting time of transformation in the field of medicine. Where scientists once believed that our genes dictated our health and destiny, new research now shows that we are not doomed to get the same illnesses as our parents and grandparents. The emerging science of epigenetics has shown that through our daily lifestyle choices, we can influence the activity of our genes, 'downregulating' the genes causing inflammation associated with many chronic illnesses, while 'upregulating' the genes that influence homeostasis and self-regulation. In short, we have an incredible power to prevent and even reverse disease through the lifestyle we create," said Deepak Chopra.

"For many years, people from throughout the world have come to the Chopra Center to attend our Perfect Health program and experience our integrative approach to total wellbeing. Now we are also launching new studies of the Perfect Health program, looking at cell markers of aging, including the enzyme telomerase and its influence on the length of telomeres. Similar studies by Dean Ornish, M.D. and others have shown enhancement in the telomeres and other cell markers will optimize healthy aging and wellbeing as it occurs with lifestyle changes. The Chopra Center's own studies are being conducted under the supervision of Paul Mills, PhD, a professor in the behavioral medicine program at UCSD, and Director of Collaborative Research Program Development at the UCSD Center of Integrative Medicine. The research focuses on measuring the effects of meditation on cell biology. We are looking at the Perfect Health program and its effects on cellular biology, including gene expression and proteomics. In collaboration with several medical schools, the micro biometric results of this research will soon be published. Heart health and brainwave activity are also being monitored selectively on patients practicing Primordial Sound Meditation, as taught at the Chopra Center, through the latest digital technology," Deepak Chopra said.

( Click here to watch Deepak Chopra discuss the relationship between integrative medicine and his own medical specialty of endocrinology and metabolism.)

The integrative physicians at the Mind Body Medical Group located at the Chopra Center are board-certified doctors as well as experts in Ayurveda and other traditional healing systems. They offer individual mind-body medical consultations as well as group programs such as the Chopra Center's Perfect Health program. Developed by Chopra Center co-founders, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D., Perfect Health is a 6- or 10-day healing immersion where guests experience daily customized Ayurvedic massage treatments, a mind-body medical consultation, and a mild detox that helps to change the body's microbiome through the use of plant-based fiber, herbs, and vegetable oils (click here to watch a video of Deepak Chopra interviewing Dr. Larry Smarr about the Mind Brain Genome Microbiome). Perfect Health also includes daily sessions led by the Center's master educators in Primordial Sound Meditation, yoga, stress management, nutritional guidance, and the healing wisdom embodied in the traditions of Ayurveda.

The Mind Body Medical Group and the Chopra Center also offer Journey into Healing, an accredited course in integrative medicine that offers AMA-approved CME credits to physicians and medical professionals in partnership with the UCSD School of Medicine. This experiential workshop is for health care professionals who want to expand their knowledge of mind-body medicine and patient care.

About the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Founded in 1996 by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D., the Chopra Center has pioneered the field of integrative mind-body medicine. The Chopra Center's board-certified medical doctors are leaders in their fields and offer individualized patient-centered care that blends modern evidence-based medicine with traditional healing practices. The Chopra Center offers a variety of programs, workshops, teacher training certifications, and online courses, including the popular 21-Day Meditation Experience™, a free guided meditation program led by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. Register at and receive a monthly free inspirational newsletter.

About the Mind Body Medical Group

Located at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the Mind Body Medical Group offers an integrative approach to health care that addresses the whole person – the mind, body, spirit, and environment – and focuses on addressing the root causes of illness rather than simply treating symptoms. The integrative physicians at the Mind Body Medical Group are board-certified doctors as well as experts in Ayurveda and other traditional healing systems. They offer individual mind-body medical consultations as well as group programs such as the Chopra Center's signature Perfect Health program. If you are coping with physical illness, emotional pain or chronic stress – or if you want to nurture your current state of health and balance – the Mind Body Medical Group is here to offer you professional, compassionate guidance on your healing journey. Learn more about the Mind Body Medical Group here.

About Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Deepak Chopra, M.D. is the author of more than 75 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. For more than a decade, he has participated as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School's Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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