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Wellspring - December 3, 2014

Psycho-social (lifestyle) Interventions for Heart Disease


Dean Ornish M.D., renowned Cardiologist, has proven through his evidence based research and psycho-social interventions that 82% of his patients have reversed their heart disease without drugs or surgery. Stress Management is a key component in his program.


The psycho-social interventions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) enable the patient to develop the tools and practices of changing a thought before it becomes the seed of a negative feeling and action. Adding Mindfulness Principles enables the mind to stay open, comfortable, competent and connected. The mind, like a parachute, works most effectively when open.



When the principles of CBT and Mindfulness are applied together the result is a fertile environment for positive change. These interventions have the added feature of helping the person feel and act more in control over themselves (rather than attempting to alter the situation or someone else’s conflicting opinion).



Stress management’s positive side effects are: self-advocacy, self esteem and the ability to focus one’s attention on their best response to a situation, responding instead of habitually reacting providing prevention. Prevention promotes wellness and costs significantly less money than intervention. It also becomes a learned life skill that is at your disposal whenever it is needed.


Xander Abrams, Ph.D helps people afflicted with a variety of diseases make significant life style changes using a combination of the basic principles of Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Principles and experiential wisdom. Dr. Abrams uses mind/body stress management approaches to health to turn off the flight/fight response before it becomes habitual and chronic. Stress management is a powerful tool in healing heart disease. 
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