Integrative Oncology

The best of class on integrative Oncology!

Donald Abrams MD and Andrew Weil MD.

altDon’t let this title fool you. This book is a thoughtful and thorough practical addition to the literature or better yet the tools for the growing integrative healing model of medicine. As for its connection to guided imagery the better-informed client, patient, caregivers are regarding the current state of medicine and the spirit mind body paradigm the better able practitioners and patients communicate.

Alternative Healing and Complementary Medicine

This latest addition to the integrative medicine Library, published in 2009 has a number of important dynamics. Donald Abram’s stated audience are the health care providers who seek up to date, comprehensive, user friendly source of information that will be relevant to the care of their patients. In his preface, Donald goes on to say, “integrative oncology can be defined as the rational, evidence-based combination of conventional therapy with complementary interventions into an individualized therapeutic regime that addresses the whole person living with and beyond cancer -- body, mind, and spirit. The number of cancer patients and survivors incorporating complementary modalities into their treatment program is difficult to estimate precisely but seems to be large and on the increase”.

 

Return to Wholeness

Embracing Body, Mind and Spirit in the Face of Cancer

by David Simon MD

titleIn the current field of materials on guided imagery and healing a number of books stand out. It is always easy to reference the latest materials, while dismissing earlier works. Much of the good literature on guided imagery was written in the 1980s and early 90s and is still readily available on bookshelves everywhere. All one needs to do is simply type in guided imagery, and these works will surface. One book that won't surface is Return to Wholeness written in 1999 because its title doesn’t trigger the search engines’ keywords, and its holistic leanings obscure it from the literature of guided imagery. The rich context of this book is rooted in the most essential and holistic worldview that of spirit mind body. It is from the practitioner’s (Dr. Simon) own passion for honoring the patient that makes reading this material enriching and compelling.

David Simon’s optimism and vision addresses a medical system that doesn't yet embrace spirit, mind and body: "I'd like to envision a medical system that embraces the best of the principles discussed in this book. It would not be a disease care system as currently exists, and would not stop at being a health care system. It would be a healing system, dedicated to providing care that honors the sanctity of life and treats each person with dignity, compassion, and love. It would be a place in which each person is treated the way we would want our family members or ourselves to be treated. The very best of standard medical care would be available and always offered in the spirit of caring and respect. Our minds are thought fields. Our bodies are molecule fields. These two fields are inextricably interwoven so that a disturbance in one generates a disturbance in the other. When we are composed, our thoughts are impulses of balance and creativity and our bodies experience comfort and ease.”

 

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