The Spiegel Lectures

The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation in collaboration with Stanford Hospital and Clinics International Medical Services and the Santuario de San Antonio Parish Health Care Ministry & the Makati City barangays of Forbes Park, Dasmarinas, Urdaneta, Bel-Air, Magallanes & San Lorenzo cordially requests the pleasure of your company during the Philippine Lay Community Session (Metro Manila) of The Spiegel Lectures on the topic “MIND BODY MEDICINE – CONCEPTS & PRACTICE.”

When & Where
Thursday, September 25, 2008
8:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Santuario de San Antonio Parish Center in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

The lecture is free and open to the public. However, since the venue has seating limitations, requests for confirmed seats will be responded to only on a first-request-first-served basis. You may register your attendance at the Parish Office c/o Leonor or Joan (843-8835 / 843-8830) who will write down your name in the list of confirmed attendees. You may also register at your respective Barangay Office.

Alternatively, you may email your request for confirmed seats to the Foundation at: . You will get a response, based on seat availability at the time of your request, if your request can be accommodated through an emailed encrypted pass that must be printed and presented at the gate. Emails will be accepted beginning September 1, 2008. Cancellations of confirmed seats should be done as soon as possible to give others the chance to take the cancelled seats. Email your cancellations or call Leonor or Joan.

About the Speaker
Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Director of the Center on Stress and Health
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. David Spiegel is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975 and is Director of the Psychosocial Research Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Yale and his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard prior to coming to Stanford. He is the author of over 300 research papers, chapters in scientific journals, and books.

Dr. Spiegel is a leader in the field of psychosomatic research, treatment and development. He is well-known for his work on support groups for cancer patients and has published numerous studies showing that group therapy (psychotherapeutic interventions) improves the quality of life leading to better coping, improved mood, and reduced pain, depression and anxiety in cancer patients. When Spiegel started his research in the 1970s, virtually no cancer patients were in support groups. Now the therapy is a much more accepted part of cancer care. “Almost every cancer center, including Stanford’s, offers some sort of support group,” he notes, adding that it is “very clear” support should be an important part of treatment.

Dr. Spiegel has developed a long overlooked area – compassionate supportive care for the medically ill which does not make the error of teaching patients that survival is simply mind over matter. His research has shown, however, that mind matters.

His landmark work, Effect Of Psychosocial Treatment On Survival Of Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer (The Lancet; October 14, 1989; 888-891), studied the effects of psychotherapeutic intervention in women with metastatic breast cancer and applied rigorous scientific methodologies to address the relationship between psychosocial and biological variables in breast cancer and possible mechanisms through which they may be related. The study spawned a new line of research on the health effects of psychosocial support and was the subject of a segment on acclaimed TV journalist’s Bill Moyers’ Emmy Award-winning PBS TV special, Healing and the Mind that explored the fascinating, complex and powerful connection between mind and body in human health. The series was later published in book form, one of the earliest to deal in what is now known as `mind-body medicine’.

In his book, Living Beyond Limits: New Hope and Help for Facing Life-Threatening Illness (Ballantine/ Fawcett, 1994), a careful description of his fifteen years of experience in helping patients with advanced cancer cope with their illness, examines consistent themes, including the importance of forming strong bonds of mutual support, facing fears of dying and death directly, reordering life priorities, managing relationships with family, friends, and physicians, and learning to control pain and other symptoms with self-hypnosis.

Dr. Spiegel has long had an interest in the use of hypnosis as treatment for medical symptoms and treatment side effects. In 1978, he and his father, Herbert Spiegel, M.D., co authored what has become a standard textbook on the clinical uses of hypnosis, Trance and Treatment. Dr. Spiegel is currently conducting a large prospective trial of the efficacy of training in self-hypnosis in facilitating smoking cessation that will provide information regarding predictors of smoking abstinence and subsequent risk for cancer and other illnesses. He is the past president of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and in 1986, was the recipient of the Schneck Award for significant contributions to the development of medical hypnosis. (Abstracted from Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences data.)

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One thought on “The Spiegel Lectures”

  1. I read the article wrote by Anne A. Jambora at regarding that Signs of depression, I am asking how can you defined if i am state of depression, becouse the you mentioning in that article almost there all.
    “empty” mood
    Sleeping too much or too little
    Waking up in the middle of the night unable to sleep again

    Thank and God Bless
    OFW in Iraq

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