Mind and Medicine

Tonight Only:
Special Time and Location

July 9, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Live Music

Renaissance Boulder Suites Hotel at FlatIron
500 Flatiron Boulevard
Broomfield Colorado 80021

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Larry Dossey, MD

July 9, 2009

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Throughout the modern era, consciousness has generally not been viewed as a major factor in healing, and has taken a back seat to pharmaceuticals and surgery in clinical practice.

During the past three decades, an abundance of evidence has accumulated suggesting that consciousness can have a significant, life-and-death influence in health and longevity.

This realization is making a difference in how medicine is taught and practiced in the United States. Currently, around 90 of the nation’s 125 medical schools have formal course material exploring the correlations between spiritual practices, health, and longevity. This development comes as a surprise to many, who have presumed that there is no such evidence, and that medical science and spirituality do not mix.

Of particular interest — and controversy — are several lines of evidence for a nonlocal, distant, non-sensory-mediated function of consciousness that manifests in ways that are health-relevant.

Historically, illness and health have been viewed as “physical” issues: disease is due to malfunctioning atoms, molecules, cells, and tissues; health is due to their proper functioning. The mind and the body are seen as fundamentally separate. Dr. Dossey explores the flaw in this logic, presenting scientific evidence to show that not even common diseases can be understood without taking into account the manifestations of a patient’s mental state, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and perceived meanings.

Consciousness does, in fact, occupy a significant place in the origins of health and illness. This model coheres with good science and substantiates humankind’s persistent conviction that there is “something more” than the physical.

Dr. Larry Dossey, author and former internist, will discuss these challenging developments and what they portend for the future of healing.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define spirituality
  2. Describe the general correlations between spirituality, health, and longevity
  3. Describe one clinical study suggesting a therapeutic effect of intercessory prayer
  4. Describe one clinically relevant report suggesting the nonlocal operation of consciousness

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About the Presenter

This tall and distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine.

Dr. Dossey graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining a degree in pharmacy. In 1967 he obtained his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was the Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982.

The author of ten books and numerous articles, Dr. Dossey is executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. The primary quality of all of Dr. Dossey’s work is scientific legitimacy, with an insistent focus on “what the data show.” As a result, his colleagues in medical schools and hospitals all over the country trust him, honor his message, and continually invite him to share his insights with them. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States — Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, and Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.

His books include The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Thing; Healing Beyond the Body; Reinventing Medicine; Be Careful What You Pray For, Prayer Is Good Medicine; Healing Words; Meaning & Medicine; Recovering the Soul, Beyond Illness; and Space, Time & Medicine.

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This will be the last meeting for 2009