For years, the mind/body aspects of cancer care have been overlooked by many. But times are changing, and mind/body is no longer considered to be voo-doo.
Exercise, for example, is being recognized as a key part of any anti-cancer plan for health. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network writes: “Research has found no harmful effects on patients with cancer from moderate exercise and, in fact, has demonstrated that those who exercised regularly had 40% to 50% less fatigue, the primary complaint during treatment.”
Meditation and guided meditations are being used to manage stress and develop positive imagery. Scientists such as Candace Perth, author of Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine provide the science behind the mind/body connection.
Researchers such as Kelly Turner, PhD provide insight into the mind/body modalities and their impact on cancer in books such as Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.
And this delightful conversation between Dean Ornish, M.D. and Deepak Chopra brings it all together:
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