I’ve been happily noticing the uptick in Integrative Health Departments and holistic wellness centers, popping up in hospitals all over the U.S. It seems like a critical mass has been reached, and now they’re really proliferating. This is very good news for patients and for health care.
I hand the bulk of the credit to Andy Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD, who’ve been transforming medicine, doc by doc, N.P. by N.P., P.A. by P.A., with their two-year, 1,000-hour Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Many of their graduates are now running those IM hospital departments you and I are visiting.
Speaking of which, I recently visited the very impressive Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Hello there, everyone.
Not so long ago, people in treatment for cancer were encouraged to put up a good, optimistic front, stay “positive” (whatever that means), and be “fighters” in their “battle” to “defeat” their disease. Now, this fits naturally for some personalities, but certainly not for everyone. And it raises more questions than it answers.
Luckily, we’ve gotten smarter since those days. Putting on a “happy face” doesn’t make cancer go away any more than feeling scared, sad, angry or discouraged makes it worse.
This simplistic idea was popularized in the 80s, when we were under the spell of the “new” idea that there was a mind-body connection (doh!). And yes, there is indeed.. But imposing a childlike cause and effect relationship between “good” feelings and healing cancer, and “bad” feelings and getting sicker, is just plain misguided and incorrect. And it’s scary, too, because it means that every time you feel worried or upset, you think you could be making yourself sicker.
Listen up and save the date, good people of Cleveland, Akron, and Northeast Ohio! The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is having its free, one-day conference for parents, early learning educators, social workers and mental health professionals, on what makes young children tick and how to support their healthy development.
It’s on Saturday, April 29th, from 8 am to 3:30 pm in Shaker Heights at the Center.
And this year, they’re adding a new track for parents.
First, a hats off to the Healing Warriors Program of Colorado, and to Ana Yelen, its visionary leader, co-creator and executive director. She and her team are building up a robust, much needed service for our vets.
Healing Warriors offers powerful, carefully chosen integrative medicine techniques, such as Acupuncture, Healing Touch, Guided Imagery and CranioSacral therapy, free of charge, to active duty and veteran service members (and their families) to help with chronic pain, sleep disorders, posttraumatic stress and other issues.
The Health Journeys staff members celebrated the implementation of the new HJ Player app last July, after fielding questions daily from iDevice users who were having problems navigating the old, multi-step process to sync the downloads they had purchased to their devices.
Sometimes customers would get so frustrated they would simply give up and purchase our programs from iTunes, but not everything we carry is available there.
We have a simple, easy solution for this!
Now, when you order one of our downloads, we’ll send you the link to our app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player, that lets you easily and quickly download our guided imagery.
Wow. Guided imagery has come a long way. This past week we marveled at the dramatic and dizzying shift we were witnessing. We had an upsurge of requests for our content - from medical centers, academic researchers, app builders and universities.
Happy New Year to mind-body therapies!!
I remember when I first began making our “tapes” 27 years ago, in 1989. The only medical professionals who would help me with my research on specific illnesses and their remedies were the docs and nurses who were my friends and neighbors. I needed to have a correct understanding of the disease process and how the body naturally fights it, in order to write physiologically accurate imagery, so I had to have expert answers to my questions. Those answers came from friends.
This week’s question about “severe, post-election anxiety” is one we’ve gotten many times over this past pre- and post-election year. I’ve also encountered a dramatic level of distress at workshops and training sessions I’ve been giving to professionals.
So I’m eager to post this Q and A and get your feedback on what your experience is. So if you’re up for it, please post how you’ve been feeling and coping with the massive political changes we’re all experiencing. I’m not after a political discussion so much as a conversation about our own personal reactivity and the search for effective solutions.
Although potentially challenging, identifying what we’d like to be different in our lives, and creating a plan for change, can help us feel happier, be healthier, and set us free from things we know, deep down, are unhealthy for us.
If you’ve read my earlier post, “8 Essentials for Creating Positive Change,” you are already armed with the fundamental tools to address those habits, patterns, or relationships that need tweaking (or more).
Below, I address in a bit more detail how to successfully engage in the process of change. What follows are some of the most common changes people seek to make, and what to keep in mind.
Hello all, and Season’s Greetings!
If you’re like me, this time of year may be when you more “formally” think about what you want to change in your life. But really, any time of year can be a good time for self-reflection, deciding what works for you, and what to finally toss, whether figuratively or quite literally!
Some of us may be contemplating a more significant shift – such as deciding whether to stay in a relationship, change careers, return to school, or move across country. Or, our primary goal may involve a habit change, such as eating better, moving more, quitting smoking, or leaving nail biting behind. As you know, contemplating any sort of change can feel stressful, but there’s a lot you can do to remain calmer and more optimistic, and achieve those goals that are important to you. (Remember, there are probably very good reasons why you’ve set such goals in the first place!) Whether your goal is large or small, the steps below can help get and keep you on track, while remaining sane during the process.
We thank you for all your loyalty, support and encouragement, and we wish you the very best in 2017!!!
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