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areas included Heart Behavior, Blood Pressure, Migraine Headache, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Asthma, Neuromuscular Disorders, Tension Headache, Anxiety tension States, Epilepsy and Cerebral palsy. Concluding their discussions on the applications of biofeedback, the Doctor Greens reported that their colleagues made half-joking remarks that researchers in biofeedback sound like snake-oil salesmen, using biofeedback as a panacea. The Doctor Greens then suddenly realized that it isn’t biofeedback that is the “Panacea” ---- it is the power within the human being to self-regulate, self-heel, and re-balance. The Doctor Greens concluded that biofeedback does nothing to the person; it is simply a tool for releasing that potential to regulate and to heal.

MEDITATAION, RELAXATION AND THE HEART PATIENT The following excerpts, from two American Heart Assoriction pamphlets will help to show you that meditation and relaxation is accepted by conventional extablishments too.

From the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION pamphlet ---- LIVING WITH ANGINA **

HOW TO LIVE WITH ANGINA

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Whatever causes you to feel pressure in an unpleasant way is likely to bring on angina. Indentify everyday situations which make you angry. Practive of a relaxation exericse may help you control these situations. Modern ways of calming down include meditation & relaxation exercises. Some doctors suggest that you take two twenty minute periods per day to practice total relaxation of all your muscles. Others recommed that you try deep breathing, concentration on one thing, or relaxing all of your muscles, whenever you feel pressure building up from stress. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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From the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION pamphlet ------ AFTER A HEART ATTACK **

“Try to relax more and enjoy your leisure which is easy to say, but may be difficult to do. First, you should ask yourself what stresses in your life are the most unpleasant and make you feel the most tense and frustrated. If these stresses cannot be eliminated, perhaps they can be mininized, either by better planning or by using specific physical ways of calming down under stress like relaxation exercises of “meditation”. Some doctors suggest that you take two 20 minute periods per day to practice total recommend that you try exercise, such as deep breathing, concentrating on one thing, or relaxing all your muscles, whenever you feel pressure building up.

MEDITATION AND THE DIABETIC Lyn Walsh O.T.R., M.Ed., is an occupational therapist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA:. In the July/August 1980 issue of Diabetes Forecast, a publication of the American Diabetes Association for the professionals as well as the lay public diabetic patients and family, Lyn wrote about the relationship between diabetes control and relaxation: ¶¶

** American Heart Association ¶¶ American Biabetes Association

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