The Influence of Concentration/Meditation on Autonomic Nervous System Activity and the Innate Immune Response: A Case Study

  title={The Influence of Concentration/Meditation on Autonomic Nervous System Activity and the Innate Immune Response: A Case Study},
  author={Matthijs Kox and Monique Stoffels and Sanne P. Smeekens and Nens van Alfen and Marc E R Gomes and Thijs M. H. Eijsvogels and Maria T. E. Hopman and Johannes G. van der Hoeven and Mihai G. Netea and Peter Pickkers},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
Objective In this case study, we describe the effects of a particular individual’s concentration/meditation technique on autonomic nervous system activity and the innate immune response. The study participant holds several world records with regard to tolerating extreme cold and claims that he can influence his autonomic nervous system and thereby his innate immune response. Methods The individual’s ex vivo cytokine response (stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells with… 

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