Post category: Mind-body; spiritual
Preparing to Be Vaccinated: An Integrative Approach
If you’re planning to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to optimize your vaccination response. The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) has developed a Pre-Vaccination Protocol with actions you can do by yourself as well as with your doctor that may improve your immune response to vaccination.
Guided Imagery in Cancer Care
Most people dealing with cancer can learn simple, straightforward imagery techniques to relax, reduce anxiety and fear, reduce or relieve side effects like nausea from chemotherapy, prepare for and recover from surgery, reduce pain and discomfort, and help themselves sleep.
Integrative Oncology Leaders’ Criticisms of JAMA Oncology Article on Complementary Medicine Link with Increased Risk of Death
In July 2018, Media Watch Cancer News listserv sent an article regarding a study published in JAMA Oncology.
A similar review was published in Reuters: Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care.
Several leaders in the field of integrative oncology have since written criticisms of this study. Main points from Moshe Frankel, MD, are included here, followed by links to other commentaries.
After Mastectomy Surgery: It’s the Little Things
I’ve learned there’s a huge difference between having a lumpectomy and having a mastectomy, because I’ve now had both. Both are scary—what surgery isn’t?—but a mastectomy is “major,” as countless people have told me, and much more physically challenging in the immediate post-operative days and weeks. Read more.
Cancer, Again: Acupuncture and Guided Meditation as Part of the Surgery Experience
Acupuncture made an enormous difference in my ability to tolerate chemo during my first breast cancer experience in 1999. So when I got diagnosed with a second breast cancer earlier this year, I turned instinctively to acupuncture. Read more.