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Integrating East and West

Posted 7/6/2014

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  As the remnants of Hurricane Arthur blew over our island, I was glad that I had mentioned that it might not be possible to post daily. We had no internet service for more than 24 hours, but were relieved not to lose any other power--and very relieved that our little cottage held. Awakening in the middle of the night to what sounded like a train, a wet train, bearing down upon us, was somewhat disconcerting What winds! What water! My husband had left a large glass outside the previous day and it was full of water when the storm ended.

  Today I am sharing an excellent article from Cure Today about combining or integrating conventional and complementary therapies. Keeping my remarks brief, in the interest of completing this before the internet flicks out again, I will just comment that almost everyone with whom I speak considers these possibilities. Whether the added therapy is Reiki or acupuncture or a support group, there is growing interest and acceptance of exploring ways to make cancer treatment a bit easier.

  Here is the start and then a link to read more:

Integrative Therapies Can Complement Conventional Cancer Treatments

When a routine mammogram revealed Marie Jackson’s breast cancer in February 2013, she set two immediate goals. First, she wanted to spend as much time as she could behind the counter at The Flaky Tart, the Parisian bakery she owns in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Second, she wanted to use whatever medical science she could to rid herself of the grape-size, aggressive tumor. But when the side effects of treatment started affecting every aspect of her life, she realized she needed to regain control.

Felt like I had food poisoning, a really bad hangover and the flu at the same time,” she says. “I was flat on my back.” Nauseated, worn out and more bedridden than a 47-year old should be, she was determined to do something about it.


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