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The area of CAM with perhaps the most extensive research base is mind-body medicine, which encompasses a diverse array of practices that overlap many traditions and whole systems of care. Astin and colleagues (2003) concluded, "There is now considerable evidence that an array of mind-body therapies can be used as effective adjuncts to conventional medical treatment for a number of common clinical conditions." They found strong evidence to support mind-body approaches in the treatment of low back pain, coronary artery disease, headache, insomnia, preparing for surgical procedures, and in the management of disease-related symptoms of cancer, arthritis, and urinary incontinence.

Given the relative ease of learning and employing such techniques, NCCAM has made research into mind-body medicine a priority. Mind-body medicine approaches may enhance healing and optimize health. They may be recommended to most patients for health maintenance and disease management and could easily be incorporated into a PCMH through group visits or health coaches. In addition, a recent study of 70 primary care physicians who participated in an intensive mindfulness education program over 1 year showed dramatic improvements in mindfulness skills, burnout, mood disturbance, and empathy (Krasner et al., 2009). An accompanying editorial noted that the study "demonstrates that training physicians in the art of mindful practice has the potential to promote physician health through work." Also,

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Figure 11-6 The Healing Foods Pyramid emphasizes "healing foods," which are known to have healing benefits or essential nutrients; plant-based choices, which create the base and may be accented by animal foods; variety and balance of color, nutrients, and portions sizes; a healthful environment; and "mindful eating" to savor and focus on the food being eaten.

(Courtesy Monica Myklebust, MD, and Jenna Wunder, MPH, RD, University of Michigan integrative Medicine Clinical Services, Regents of the University of Michigan. http://www.med.umich.edu/ unim/clinical/pyramid/.)

Figure 11-6 The Healing Foods Pyramid emphasizes "healing foods," which are known to have healing benefits or essential nutrients; plant-based choices, which create the base and may be accented by animal foods; variety and balance of color, nutrients, and portions sizes; a healthful environment; and "mindful eating" to savor and focus on the food being eaten.

(Courtesy Monica Myklebust, MD, and Jenna Wunder, MPH, RD, University of Michigan integrative Medicine Clinical Services, Regents of the University of Michigan. http://www.med.umich.edu/ unim/clinical/pyramid/.)

recognizing and enhancing the meaning derived from the practice of medicine using these skills may "protect against burnout and promote patient-centered care for the benefit of both physicians and their patients" (Shanafelt, 2009).

Online eAppendix 11-2 (www.expertconsult.com) highlights a well-known and well-studied mind-body technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and includes a short audio sample of mindful breath work for the interested reader to try.

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