Medical research evaluating the effects of different yoga and nutritional practices will be featured here. These studies inform the approach of the Biome Project.

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Yoga and Related Practices

  • Yoga is effective for low back pain

Cramer H, Lauche R, Haller H, Dobos G. A systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga for low back pain. Clin J Pain. 2013;29(5):450-460. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e31825e1492. PMID: 23246998

Holtzman S, Beggs RT. Yoga for chronic low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pain Res Manag. 2013;18(5):267-272. PMID: 23894731

  • Yoga is as good as physical therapy in reducing chronic low back pain

Saper RB, Sherman KJ, Delitto A, et al. Yoga vs. physical therapy vs. education for chronic low back pain in predominantly minority populations: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials; Prev Med. 1996;15; 25(6):67; 741-747. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-67; 10.1006/pmed.1996.0114. PMID: 24568299

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  • Relaxation response improves energy metabolism, insulin function, and inhibits inflammatory pathways

Bhasin MK, Dusek JA, Chang B-H, et al. Relaxation response induces temporal transcriptome changes in energy metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways. PLoS One. 2013;8(5):e62817. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062817. PMID: 23650531


  • Stress and major depressive disorder can induce inflammatory pathways regardless of meal differences

Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Fagundes CP, Andridge R, et al. Depression, daily stressors and inflammatory responses to high-fat meals: when stress overrides healthier food choices. Mol Psychiatry. 2016;(February):1-7. doi:10.1038/mp.2016.149. PMID: 27646264

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