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Archive for October, 2009

Yikes Another Flu Shot!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Dr. Charlotte

Dear Community,

Yikes Another Flu Shot! Kids Face Medical Procedures with The Power of Imagination

Whenever Edward started up the stairs to his pediatricians office, he would panic. Hed fall down and refuse to move. Even though his doctor was the kindest, caring doc around, Edward was terrified of the shot. He had to be carried in and held down for any immunization. Now that its flu season, another shot is coming up and his parents are distraught over their sons suffering.

Click HERE to read Dr. Charlotte’s blog to learn more about how to help your child weather medical procedures with the power of imagination.


O. Carl Simonton dies at 66 [corrected]

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


by Susan Ezra, RN, HNC

O. Carl Simonton, MD

O. Carl Simonton, MD

We at Imagery International would like to acknowledge O.Carl Simonton, MD who died on June 18 of this year (2009). He died at the all-too-young age of 66. The notice of his death has just recently come to our attention.  With much respect, we would like to highlight his contributions to the field of mind/body medicine and mental Imagery as a powerful component of healing.

He began his exploration in the 1970’s when, as a radiation oncologist, he was one of the first doctors to connect the mind with the body. His work with “terminal” cancer patients was ground-breaking at the time.  He found that patients who had a positive attitude tended to live longer and have a better quality of life and ability to cope with cancer and treatment.  The idea of Imagining the immune system with chemotherapy fighting the cancer was spawned from this pioneering work.  The “pac man” could be visualized eating up and destroying the cancer cells. What a radical, fanciful notion! Yet people felt empowered and did better than other patients with similar diagnoses.

Two widely acclaimed books followed – Getting Well Again(1978) and The Healing Journey (1994).  The first book became a classic on the subject and the second book showed an evolution incorporating some of the science supporting mind/body medicine.  The Simonton Cancer Center in Pacific Palisades continues to train practitioners internationally and offers retreats for cancer patients and their loved ones.  In November of 1997, Dr. Simonton was honored by the American Medical Association for his film, Affirmations for Getting Well.

In addition to these highlights, an in-depth article will be available in the December ImagiNews.  To honor Dr. Simonton, please make a donation in his name to:

The Simonton Cancer Center Scholarship Fund
P O Box 6607
Malibu, CA 90264

“Carl Simonton opened the door in mainstream culture to the power of Imagery in healing.  Those of us who honor Imagery in our work are forever indebted to him”, well spoken words by one of our board members, Juliet Rohde-Brown.

November 1 Fall Women's Retreat

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


Sunday, November 1, 2009 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Registration deadline is October 28. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Here is the link to Liv Lane and Colleen Bergstrom’s   GET REAL Show.

I also posted a segment of the show with my interview and a slideshow of inspiring images here:

A few words about imagery and creativity that I didn’t get to share yesterday……
Children are visionaries, and we as adults can disconnect from that part of our soul as we grow older… We still continue to use our imagination but —unfortunately our imagination often moves to worry imagery—


November 1 Telechat: Imagery and Pain

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

November 1, 2009, 5:30 PM PST.

Working with Imagery to Address Chronic and Acute Pain

wagnerAndrew Wagner, MD, a family physician in private practice specializing in work with pain and injury. He has been using Imagery in his practice for over 15 years.  He will share the wisdom he has acquired using imagery to help patients cope with pain.  He’ll share cases that deepened his understanding, challenges he’s faced and offer some basic tools that he uses.

We offer qualified non-member professionals a one time opportunity to join the conversation. Click here to request admission to the telechat.