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26 Jan

Two-thirds of women treated for breast cancer followed their conventional medical therapy with one or more CAM (complementary and alternative) therapies, and most especially relaxation/meditation, herbs, spiritual healing and megavitamins.

More and more women are now successfully being treated for breast cancer, and wind up searching for ways to hedge their bets on staying strong and well after treatment is completed. A recent survey out of Western Oregon University asked 551 ex-breast cancer patients about their use of 15 different complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies after completion of allopathic therapy for breast cancer. These were women in the Portland OR area who were diagnosed an average of 3.5 years earlier.

26 Jan

Google has taken me back 22 years, to the days when my then 5-year-old youngest son busted me (unfairly, I swear!) in the Washington Post for being a clueless mom who made insufferable lunches..
19 Jan

Someone asks if there are any distance learning programs currently available for training in guided imagery, and BR says she knows of at least one in the works for the future..
19 Jan

Say, did you know you could find a certified, impeccably trained, fully qualified practitioner of interactive guided imagery in your local area by visiting the website for The Academy for Guided Imagery..
12 Jan

A young couple have their first baby, jointly participating in guided imagery, prenatal yoga and birth classes during the pregnancy. They made a great team and produced a great baby, of course..
12 Jan

Does looking at beautiful artwork help increase the effectiveness of guided imagery, or is it better to just close your eyes and experience your own, unique, inner images? Inquiring minds want to know..
12 Jan

The 2nd week of 2004 shows some new studies on posttraumatic stress and heart attack; the development of a new, one-stop open heart recovery unit; and imagery helping with labor & delivery..
05 Jan

Effect of autogenic training on drug consumption in patients with primary headache: an 8-month follow-up study.

Researchers from the Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Experimental Medicine, and the Department of Vascular Neurology at Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary examined the effects of Schultz-type autogenic training on headache-related drug consumption and headache frequency. They compared patients with migraine, and patients with tension-type headache, or mixed (migraine plus tension-type) headache over an 8-month period.

05 Jan

Two headache studies show interesting preliminary findings - one on how Biofeedback helps migraine sufferers, with and without auras; and another on how Autogenic Training impacts migraine versus other kinds of headaches..

Researchers examined whether people suffering from migraines who have auras respond differently to biofeedback-assisted relaxation than those without auras and, if so, whether the variability in outcome could be explained by blood flow velocity.

05 Jan

A survivor of metastasized breast cancer tells her success story, 12 years after her diagnosis, thanks, she says, to excellent care, chemo, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplantation and guided imagery..
05 Jan

Happy 2004! If any of you know of a book, audio, video or software that is an important help to trauma survivors; or even a practitioner or a website, I’d be grateful to hear about it..
29 Dec

A pretty miraculous, O. Henry-type story from Terry Reed RN, co-director of Beyond Ordinary Nursing, sounds too good to be true, but we’re hoping it is (true) anyway..