Western and Eastern approaches to disease and wellness join forces

NY Times In One Sec­tion of Beth Israel Hos­pi­tal, Some Patients Are Say­ing ‘Om,’ Not ‘Ah’ is an arti­cle about a year-​​long exper­imenet in a New York City hospital:

But Dr. Ben­jamin Kligler, the research direc­tor in inte­gra­tive fam­ily med­i­cine for the Beth Israel-​​affiliated Con­tin­uum Cen­ter for Health and Heal­ing and the research project’s prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor, acknowl­edged that the exper­i­ment of yoga teach­ers and their inter­ac­tion with patients did not lend itself to the ran­dom, double-​​blind placebo tri­als favored in the med­ical world.

Of course, it helps that the project spon­sor is the fash­ion designer Donna Karan and her foun­da­tion. But she has also mus­tered many experts, both inside and out­side the yoga world, to col­lab­o­rate on this effort.