The Science and Practice of Heart-Brain Coherence

May 4, 2022
Hosted by Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

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Episode Description

A fascinating revelation of how our hearts and brains communicate by Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at the Heartmath Institute. Learn how this is reflected in our heart rate variability (HRV) and why this metric is so vitally important. It turns out that the heart has a nervous system of its own, a 'heart brain,' that sends nine times more the information to our intracranial brains than it receives from it, in this bi-directional flow. HRV reflects the functioning of our nervous system and can be used as feedback, enabling us to reach a state of coherence, that is, a more optimal state of mental, emotional, and creative functionality, even improving our equilibrium and intuition. In this mode of enhanced self-regulation there are also numerous health, behavioral and cognitive benefits. Backed by hundreds of studies, the phenomenon operates not only at a personal level but also at a societal one, even having a global reach. Given the punishing, unrelenting global stress levels of the last two years, this much needed, vitally important information could hardly be more timely.


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Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

Dr. Trevor Campbell has been a family physician for 40 years. His work has included occupational and disability medicine and chronic pain management, where his expertise is now focused on the bio-psychosocial treatments for pain, (which deals with the psychological and social issues along with the medical). Originally from South Africa where he was educated, he has been working in Canada since 1996. He is the author of The Language of Pain, a self-help book for those with chronic pain and their caregivers, as well as an online course of the same name. He is (also) an avid hiker, cyclist and reader.

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