He was quiet for a few moments, then said, "What would you say if I told you I was studying yoga in TB patients?" We both laughed and then ended up having a good talk... and he brought up some good points that I appreciated:
- "[Studying something like yoga] has to be randomized... otherwise how will you know it's not all placebo effect? Anything that offers community, support, time for reflection, etc, will be show benefits."
- "You know, yoga will never be reimbursed." (Then a few minutes later) "Well, if you can show that you can reduce long-term costs with these interventions, that would be a really beneficial study" (and maybe eventually would be reimbursed).
- "Why breast cancer patients? We already have good treatments for that. But if you were to study yoga in blue-collar hypertension patients, now that would be an interesting study... Bringing a new cultural practice to that population."
- He eventually became more encouraging: "Breast cancer patients do suffer from pain, anxiety, depression for which he could see yoga being beneficial... And we do need to figure out how to help people exercise more."