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April 9, 2007

06 Apr
Each year we donate a portion of the proceeds from selling our Pink Ribbon Pack to an organization that supports breast cancer initiatives. This year, the team chose the Vera Bradley Foundation ..
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As many of you know, each year we donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Pink Ribbon Pack - a lovely combination of audio and video resources for breast cancer patients, which includes special yoga exercises and guided imagery - to an organization that supports breast cancer initiatives. This year, the team chose the Vera Bradley Foundation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to receive our check. They directly fund breast cancer research at Indiana University’s School of Medicine, and their major fundraiser is a golf and tennis event in Fort Wayne - this year, it’s on June 1-4.

I’ll be speaking to the Northeast Ohio Parkinson’s Foundation’s annual meeting for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and providers in Tallmadge, Ohio on April 21st , on the supreme usefulness of guided imagery for helping with some symptoms. (For more info on this day, call 800.630.3193). So you can imagine my delight when 4 different articles appeared in my beloved NIH Library of Medicine cubby this morning on CAM therapies for PD. It seems there’s a whole spate of new studies getting published in this area. One article established the efficacy of motor imagery (imagining movement to help with movement), and another of music therapy. An article looking at Qi Gong showed no improvements; and another article on acupuncture showed subjective improvements as reported by the subjects. I’ll be posting these studies on our Hot Research page and in our archives over the next few weeks. It’s great to see the mind-body research start to weigh in on this condition.

Do keep checking our events Calendar for new speaking gigs, which get posted as they arise - more are added all the time. For now, I’ll be in Detroit on April 27th ; Tulsa on May 17-18th ; Traverse City, MI on June 20th; St. Louis on June 23rd; and Aspen on August 19th.

Okay, take care and be well!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award