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Mick Von Doxtater Joins Us as Thaichiwa Qigong Instructor

The Three Keys of Thaichiwa Qigong The three keys of Thaichiwa, the name of the - Mind, Body, Spirit, Chi exercises, Mick Von Doxtater practices and teaches are: Movement - Meals - Massage. The goal is to achieve and support a state of balance and harmony upon which good health and can rest. In 1976, Mick was first introduced to the Eastern concept of Chi (Qi) by his first teacher. That teacher was an US Navy Seal … Read Full Article

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The Art of Living In Cancer Survivorship Programs and Pricing [Infographic]

We are less than ten days away from bringing evidence-based mind-body medicine interventions to West Michigan. The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation (ACEF) will be West Michigan’s only organization dedicated exclusively to integrate evidence-based mind-body medicine, designed and tailored to guide and support you and your family's cancer survivorship needs. Now is as good as any time to introduce you to the … Read Full Article

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8 Reasons Why You Benefit From Cancer Support Groups and Individual Counseling

Your cancer experience may trigger fears about dependency and the loss of autonomy. Acute awareness of your mortality may threaten the values that shape your meaning of life. What do you do when experiences of loss of good health and fear of dying from cancer overwhelm your every thought? Why not turn to survivors who have been there before? True, their insights and experiences will not be able to prepare you … Read Full Article


The Art of Living: Charting the Journey to Being Whole Again in Cancer Survivorship

Mapping the Cancer Journey: Cancer as a Turning Point Cancer is unavoidably a turning point in your life. The difficulty will be for you to understand this turning point. Predictably, there will be a “before” and “after” cancer diagnosis. In that moment of cancer diagnosis and on, you become a patient who is treated for her illness. You are no longer the distinct person you were before you walked into your oncologist's … Read Full Article


Music Assisted Guided Imagery in Cancer Patients & Survivorship

Guided Imagery in Cancer Patients & Survivorship Lengacher and colleagues (2003) estimated that 27% of women with breast cancer used guided imagery at least once while 6% of women use guided imagery regularly. The authors write that guided imagery is one of the most often used integrative mind-body medicine cancer modalities. Although researchers have studied the use of guided imagery in cancer patients, few … Read Full Article


Breast Cancer Survivor? Want to Relax Mind and Body? Consider becoming a participant in a West Michigan Breast Cancer Survivorship Research Project

Please Consider Becoming a Participant in a West Michigan Breast Cancer Survivorship Research Project Be a participant in a research study using medical hypnosis, a meditative mind-body technique. We are still looking for men and women who have had breast cancer and who are a minimum of three months post regular treatment and not undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The study is used to understand better … Read Full Article

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Definite Evidence for Medical Hypnosis as a Non Drug Treatment for Cancer Pain

Medical Hypnosis Relaxation is the Most Commonly Quoted form of Non Drug Treatment for Cancer Pain A National Institutes of Health Panel (NIH) determined that there was a definite evidence for the use of medical hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer. The NIH endorses the use of medical hypnosis for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (Kanitz, Camus, & Seifert, 2013). … Read Full Article


Yoga Therapy Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship

Yoga Therapy Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship (Individual or small group) Yoga, originating in India, a mind-body medicine modality is being practiced for millennia. Yoga has proposed physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Yoga therapy is an adjunctive modality that cancer patients and survivors of all cultural backgrounds have sought out in ever increasing numbers. Major medical centers in the … Read Full Article


Drumming Circle Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship

Why Should a Cancer Survivor Consider Participation in a Drumming Circle? Drum circles have been part of healing ceremonies in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times. While drum circles are gaining increased interest as an integrative approach, very limited scientific data detailing biological benefits associated with drumming activity exists, especially where cancer survivors have been research … Read Full Article


Music Therapy for Children and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Why Should Parents Consider Music Therapy for Their Pediatric Oncology Patient? Young children make up a significant part of the pediatric cancer population. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12,400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Forty-nine percent of reported cases occur in children nine years of age or younger. Music therapy is the clinical use of … Read Full Article