by Mary K.  Clark

Can story be used to improve blood pressure?

African-Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure benefited from an intervention using DVDs of real patients’ stories of how they dealt with their chronic disease.

Read the rest of the article at:  http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=71702.  This article is shared  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  To view the full text article  you must have a subscription to the Annals of Internal Medicine.

By the way, a book you might find interesting on the topic of blood pressure is Healing Hypertension – A Revolutionary New  Approach by Samuel J. Mann, M.D.  This book (1999) is not about storytelling per se  but it speaks  between the lines about the stories we hold within us – a very interesting read – in part about the mind/body connection.

Leave a Reply