August 2009 Newsletter
A Newsletter for Integrative Treatments

We believe that complementary treatments can be integrated with standard practices to offer patients the best of both worlds. As clinician researchers we seek new approaches to relieve emotional and physical problems while reducing medication side effects. The goal of this newsletter is to share with you Integrative Treatments we find to be safe and beneficial. We welcome your comments and ideas at: www.haveahealthymind.com.

Featured Teacher

Jenna Ritter, MS has developed successful programs for teaching yoga to chronically mentally ill people. She is offering a Full Day Retreat for Service Providers.

“As service providers we make great contributions every day. But when we are not taking care of what we really need, when we forget to nurture our spirit, we become weakened. As a result our work often is not as effective as it could be, and our relationships with ourselves and others can suffer. This full day workshop offers service providers a healing space to let go and relax while learning practical self-healing techniques from Indian and Chinese Yogic Lifestyle Systems. Breathing, gentle movement, rest and relaxation techniques support the body and strengthen our internal power.”

Saturday August 22, 2009
10am – 3pm at The Breathing Project: 15 West 26th Street, 10 Floor NYC. Contact: jenna@dharanyc.org or 718-909-6493 Information:  http://www.dharanyc.org
Facilitator, Jenna Ritter, MS, has been a service provider for 15 years and is Founder of Dhara, a non-profit teaching self-healing practices of the East to those who frequently are not offered such opportunities due to low income and/or extremely chaotic, stressful life situations.

No prior experience necessary.
Bring your own lunch. Wear loose clothing & bring a layer to keep warm.
Cost: $75.

Current Projects

Serving Those Who Serve (STWS) is a non-profit group providing services to people who are still suffering from physical and emotional illnesses related to the NY September 11th World Trade Center Attacks. The 9/11 Community includes First Responders, Ground Zero workers, WTC workers, and area residents. STWS sponsors our new Breath~Body~Mind© program for relief of physical and emotional distress as well as for personal development. Workshops are open to the public and a portion of the profits are donated to STWS.

In addition to positive feedback from participants, our preliminary research data indicate significant improvement in measures of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms (Martin Katzman and Monica Vermani, in process).

Upcoming Lectures and Workshops

Breath~Body~Mind© Courses with Dr. Richard Brown
Dr. Brown teaches a fusion of modern and ancient practices to rapidly balance the stress response system, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance physical and mental health. Training includes QiGong breathing and movement, Christian monk breath moving techniques, Coherent Breathing, and Open Focus Meditation. Proceeds from these courses will be used to benefit the 9/11 Community.


September 26 and 27. Manhattan, NY.
October 3 and 4. Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
Information and pre-registration will be posted in September: www.stws.org or www.haveahealthymind.com


Saturday Oct 3 & Sunday Oct 4
BREATH~Body~Mind in Manhattan
To Benefit Serving those Who Serve
Dr. Richard P. Brown
Save the date and watch for details in upcoming newsletters.


October 17 and 18:
Dr. Brown will teach Breath~Body~Mind© at The Arlington Center (near Boston, MA) with a follow-up session Oct 24, 2-4 PM.
Save the date. Details to be announced


Publications & Reviews

"Yoga for Anxiety and Depression" Harvard Mental Health Letter April 2009
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

Review of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, by Cathy Durga, LA Yoga magazine, June 2009.


August 2009 Newsletter
A Newsletter for Integrative Treatments

We believe that complementary treatments can be integrated with standard practices to offer patients the best of both worlds. As clinician researchers we seek new approaches to relieve emotional and physical problems while reducing medication side effects. The goal of this newsletter is to share with you Integrative Treatments we find to be safe and beneficial. We welcome your comments and ideas at: www.haveahealthymind.com.


Rhodiola Research Update

Rhodiola rosea and its related species, Rhodiola crenulata may be of benefit in reducing fatigue, but also in treating fatigue related to cancer and chemotherapy.

Previous studies have found that R. rosea reduces mental and physical fatigue, particularly under stress (Brown et al. 2009). Recently, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of R. rosea (SHR-5) in 60 individuals with stress-related fatigue found that those given SHR-5 (576 mg/day) for 28 days showed significant improvements in fatigue (Pine’s burnout scale), some indices of attention, and decreased salivary cortisol response to awakening stress (Olsson et al., 2009).

Fatigue is the most common complaint among Cancer patients before, during, and after treatment. Doctors are often unwilling to allow cancer patients to take supplements because of concerns that they might interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy or increase the risk of cancer reoccurrence. Numerous studies of human cancers transplanted into rodents have found that Rhodiola rosea enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy, reduces metastases, and protects both the bone marrow and the liver from the toxic effects of chemotherapy agents (Brown et al. 2009). A recent cell culture study showed that a phenolic-enriched extract of Rhodiola crenulata inhibited the proliferation and invasion of aggressive human-derived MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells and induced autophagic-like vesicles leading to death of tumor cells but not normal human mammary epithelial cells. The R. crenulata extract also prevented the initiation of tumors and slowed tumor growth in mice bearing human breast cancer grafts.

Studies of R. rosea and some related species such as R. crenulata are needed to develop new treatments that could augment the effectiveness of cancer therapy while at the same time protecting vital organs from chemotoxicity and relieving side effects such as fatigue.

Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Muskin PR. How to use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. W. W. Norton, 2009.

Olsson EMG, von Schéele , Panossian AG. A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Standardised Extract SHR-5 of the Roots of Rhodiola rosea in the Treatment of Subjects with Stress-Related Fatigue. Planta Med 2009; 75: 105–112.

Tu Y, Roberts L, Shetty K, Schneider SS. Rhodiola crenulata induces death and inhibits growth of breast cancer cell lines. J. Med. Food. 2008 Sep;11(3):413-23. Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA.


Featured Teacher

Jenna Ritter, MS has developed successful programs for teaching yoga to chronically mentally ill people. She is offering a Full Day Retreat for Service Providers.

“As service providers we make great contributions every day. But when we are not taking care of what we really need, when we forget to nurture our spirit, we become weakened. As a result our work often is not as effective as it could be, and our relationships with ourselves and others can suffer. This full day workshop offers service providers a healing space to let go and relax while learning practical self-healing techniques from Indian and Chinese Yogic Lifestyle Systems. Breathing, gentle movement, rest and relaxation techniques support the body and strengthen our internal power.” No prior experience necessary. Bring your own lunch. Wear loose clothing & bring a layer to keep warm. Cost: $75.

Saturday August 22, 2009 from 10am – 3pm at The Breathing Project: 15 West 26th Street, 10 Floor NYC. Contact: jenna@dharanyc.org or 718-909-6493 Information: www.dharanyc.org

Facilitator, Jenna Ritter, MS, has been a service provider for 15 years and is Founder of Dhara, a non-profit teaching self-healing practices of the East to those who frequently are not offered such opportunities due to low income and/or extremely chaotic, stressful life situations.


Current Projects

Serving Those Who Serve (STWS) is a non-profit group providing services to people who are still suffering from physical and emotional illnesses related to the NY September 11th World Trade Center Attacks. The 9/11 Community includes First Responders, Ground Zero workers, WTC workers, and area residents. STWS sponsors our new Breath~Body~Mind™ program for relief of physical and emotional distress as well as for personal development. Workshops are open to the public and a portion of the profits are donated to STWS.

In addition to positive feedback from participants, our preliminary research data indicate significant improvement in measures of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms (Martin Katzman and Monica Vermani, in process).

Breath~Body~Mind Courses with Dr. Richard Brown

Dr. Brown teaches a fusion of modern and ancient practices to rapidly balance the stress response system, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance physical and mental health. Training includes QiGong breathing and movement, Christian monk breath moving techniques, Coherent Breathing, and Open Focus Meditation. Proceeds from these courses will be used to benefit the 9/11 Community.

* Manhattan, NY. SUBUD 230 W 29th St (between 7th & 8th Ave)
September 26 (10 am - 6 pm) and Sept 27 (10 am - 1 pm)

* Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Level 1 and Level 2 Courses
Level 1 for Beginners
October 3 (2 pm - 7 pm) and Oct 4 (1 pm - 6 pm)

Level 2 Prerequisite: completion of Level 1 and breath practice
October 3 (5 pm – 8:30 pm) and Oct 4 (1 pm – 7:30 pm)

Information and pre-registration will be posted in September: www.stws.org or www.haveahealthymind.com

For Martha’s Vineyard courses, be sure to reserve a room in advance and check the ferry schedules at http://www.steamshipauthority.com

Boston, MA. October 17 and 18: Dr. Brown will teach Breath~Body~Mind at The Arlington Center with a follow-up session Oct 24, 2-4 PM. Save the dates. Details to be announced


Publications & Reviews

"Yoga for Anxiety and Depression" Harvard Mental Health Letter April 2009 https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/
2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

Review of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, by Cathy Durga, LA Yoga magazine, June 2009.

Saturday Oct 3 & Sunday Oct 4
Breath~Body~Mind™ in Manhattan
To Benefit Serving those Who Serve
Dr. Richard P. Brown
Save the date and watch for details in upcoming newsletters.

Saturday August 1st 2-7 PM & Sunday August 2nd 1-6 PM
Breath~Body~Mind™ Goes to Martha’s Vineyard!
Dr. Richard P. Brown
Associate Professor Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University
Location: The Yoga Barn on Martha’s Vineyard

Fee: $50   No prerequisites required


About the Authors

Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, NY is a psychopharmacologist and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.

Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, New York Medical College, has a clinical practice in psychiatry and provides consultation for research on mind-body practices.