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Does mindfulness really live up to its claims?

"Meditation researchers are concerned the exaggerated claims of mindfulness benefits will mislead vulnerable people and keep them from receiving evidence-based treatment," Britton said.

Little to no scientific evidence backs up most of the health claims surrounding the practice, said Willoughby Britton, director of Brown University's clinical and affective neuroscience laboratory. There's not even an agreed-upon definition of mindfulness that researchers can use to test the concept's effectiveness, Britton said.


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