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Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate

Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate Hi, my name is Nancy and I came to counseling and social work in a roundabout way. I was raised in northeast Ohio and my father and grandfather were both physicians. As long as I could remember, I had wanted to be a doctor. I read every book I could find about female physicians. When I began high school however, chemistry hit me like a ton of bricks, and I quickly assumed … Read Full Article


Alex Baker: Intimacy and Sexual Wellness Counseling

Alexzandria's Biography As a professional coach, Alexzandria Baker specializes in sexual wellness, relationship, and intimacy issues. She integrates mind-body skills and spirituality into her work with people, couples, and groups to form a more holistic base for healthy relationships, intimate human connection, sexual healing and sexuality education. Alexzandria has spoken to groups and written guest blogs on topics … Read Full Article


Music Therapy: Lisa Ziemelis Joined Absenger Cancer Education Foundation

Music Therapy News: Please Help us Welcome Lisa Ziemelis, MT-BC, NMT to the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation! I was raised in Muskegon, MI, and from an early age was strongly influenced by music. Each of my family members either played an instrument or sang, and it wasn’t long before I was begging to be allowed to take piano lessons like my older siblings. Finally, at the age of seven, my parents conceded, and thus … Read Full Article


Women with Cancer Thwart Vaginal Dryness Using Personal Lubricants

Last month, I had the honor of speaking to a wonderful group of women with cancer at Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During that talk, an interesting question came up: What is the difference between vaginal lubrication, moisturizer, and estrogen cream? When and why would each be used? This is an important question for women with cancer because different types of cancer or cancer treatments can cause … Read Full Article


Homeopathy: A Little Poison is Good for You?

How does Dr. Steven's "The Healing Paradox" fit in the realm of cancer patients and oncology? Before delving into the book review, I want to reiterate that patients with cancer are increasingly opting to be treated with CAM therapeutic regimens. Cancer patients' use of "...herbs, minerals, vitamins, homeopathic remedies and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise worldwide (Frenkel et al., 2009, … Read Full Article


Stress Management for Hospitality Employees at GVSU Hospitality Summit

Today I lead a breakout session at Grand Valley State University's 2014 Hospitality Summit. The title of the presentation was "Stress Management for Hospitality Employees." As of now, research on stress in the hospitality industry remains an utterly unstudied topic. We really don’t have a very good grip on the type and size of hospitality employees’ stressors. The subject presents much potential for research to … Read Full Article


Tai Chi, Stress, Mental Health and Cancer Patients [InfoGraphic]

The following infographic, adapted from a paper by Wang et al. (2010) titled "Tai Chi on psychological well-being: Systematic review and meta-analysis," highlights the outcomes of Tai Chi on mental health. Tai Chi is an effective relaxation, meditation, and stress management technique while also providing exercise. The mind-body medicine camp touts such a modality as “moving meditation.” While none of the studies … Read Full Article


Sexual Wellness During and After Cancer Treatment

This blog entry is the first in a monthly series aimed at addressing some of the concerns around sexual wellness during and after cancer treatment. This is in no way meant to replace medical advice or psychological therapy. Always discuss with your medical support team any alternative therapies you might be incorporating into your treatment and recovery. Sexual wellness is a journey, not a destination. Never is that more … Read Full Article

Acupuncture can be beneficial to cancer patients in a variety of ways...

Treating Cancer with Acupuncture

Guest post by Dr. Marina Abrams, ND, MSAOM. Dr. Abrams is the Medical Director of Water's Edge Natural Medicine, a naturopathic clinic specializing in holistic health and anti-aging treatments, located in Seattle, Washington. She can be found on Twitter @WatersEdgeMed. Treating Cancer with Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality in which practitioners insert thin needles into the skin. This process … Read Full Article

Werner Absenger with his SCEH Scientific Poster

Cytokines: Report from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Werner Absenger, Saybrook School of MBM PhD Candidate, Examines How Hypnosis Can Impact the Modulation of Cytokines: Report from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Adapted with permission from Dr. Don Moss and The Saybrook Forum). Werner Absenger is a PhD Candidate in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, with a specialization in healthcare research.  On October 5, 2013, he delivered a … Read Full Article