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BE: Mind Body Medicine; Your best Prescription Yet!

Mind-Body Medicine is not a new concept, but one that has gained support and attention in the U.S. since the 1970s. Very simply put, Mind-Body Medicine recognizes the significant role that the mind plays in fighting disease and promoting health. Tools include meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and social support groups. These practices can help the body relax, reducing the level of stress hormones, so that the immune system can function better.

Mind-Body Medicine can assist with the treatment of diabetes, cancer, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It also supports people without disease in maintaining their health and combat stress.

Navy Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), under the leadership of Cmrd. Jeffrey Millegan, M.D. M.P.H. F.A.P.A, has a thriving Mind-Body Medicine Department. The Mind Body Medicine Website hosts a great number of guided meditation classes and resources; the department also offers classes at different locations on topics such as yoga and stress resilience.

This department also offers Train the Trainer classes every two months, which are open to anyone who is interested. Its objective is to provide training and support to healthcare providers and personnel who want to bring these practices to their trainees and patients. The feedback from the classes and services has been overwhelmingly positive, and the classes fill with minimal marketing.

Millegan, a Psychiatrist by trade, believes that Navy Medicine is well equipped to implement Mind-Body Medicine because it already recognizes the benefits of regular training for the body to see improved physical results.

Millegan had no experience with meditation prior to attending training at Harvard led by Dr. Herbert Benson (considered the father of Mind-Body Medicine). He was impressed with the extensive amount of evidence of the benefits of meditation; since learning how to meditate, he has maintained a twice-per-day meditation practice. Now his wife and two children even join him for his evening meditations! Millegan has personally experienced improved attention, compassion, patience, and sleep, as well as reduced anxiety since starting his own meditation practice.

Learn more about NMCSD Mind Body Medicine, HERE!


Call: (619) 532-5128 NMCSD Mind-Body Medicine will be hosting a Military and Veteran Resiliency Medicine Summit on February 25 and 26, 2016, at NMCSD, Freedom Hall.

This summit will focus on sharing best practices and cutting-edge research on topics like Mind-Body Medicine with guest speakers: Deepak Chopra, Congressman Tim Ryan and Herbert Benson. All are welcome! Visit the website above or call for additional information!