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Archive for February, 2011

Integrative Medicine is Vital to Your Health

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Dear Friend,

Martin Rossman, MD

I have been thinking a lot about Integrative Medicine lately. I want to share my thoughts about some of the principles and practices that have caused me to dedicate my life to practicing this way and the important contributions that Integrative medicine has to offer patients, physicians, and society alike. As always, I welcome your feedback, questions, and thoughts.

The First Principle: Do No Harm

“Primum Non Nocere” is a cherished medical principle dating back to the time of Hippocrates. It cautions us not to make anyone worse through treatment than they were already. It is a precaution that is violated every day in the practice of modern conventional medicine, especially in treating people with chronic medical conditions, and the harm done can be serious, even fatal.

Regrettably, modern medicine has become the 3rd or 4th leading cause of death in America. In 1998 the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article ascribing 106,000 deaths a year to adverse reactions to prescription medication in hospitals. For perspective, compare that to 40,000 deaths a year from breast cancer. Remarkably, and discouragingly, this number is for reactions to “properly prescribed” medications, not medical errors, which in themselves knock off another several hundred thousand Americans. While there is a very active movement in medicine to reduce the number of errors through better oversight and electronic medical records, there is little to no movement seriously looking at whether or not we really need to be on an average of 5 prescription medications at age 65, or whether there are real alternatives to “better living through chemistry.”


Military & Mind-Body Medicine

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Armed Services Moving toward Mind-Body Medicine
Jan 31, 2011

[If you are interested in following up on the organizations mentioned in Naparstek’s article, you will find links in the original article here. We made those links bold and have not linked them in this excerpt.]

Belleruth Naparstek

Hello, everyone.

Well, I’m just back from the Military Health System Conference held at National Harbor, MD, and there seems to be plenty of reason to be encouraged about guided imagery and other mind-body therapies gaining respect, visibility and usage within our Armed Services.

For one thing, holistic health and mind-body therapies are a key element in the new, Patient-Centered Medical Home model which is being implemented in Army clinics nationwide. This model is a gigundo improvement over existing health and mental health services, and, as far as I’m concerned, they can’t implement these enlightened, holistic, one-stop medical care changes fast enough.  And let’s hope the rest of the world follows suit.

Cindy and Jerry had a Health Journeys booth there, and the Playaway people were a presence there as well.  They happily reported they had multiple visits from various TriCare folks, along with a lot of serious interest from health providers in all branches of the service.  Now, if TriCare decides they like guided imagery (and given the cost savings to insurers and HMO’s demonstrated by the Schwab et al Blue Shield of California Study, it’s surely in their enlightened self-interest to do so), a lot of troops, vets and families will be getting guided imagery.

There’s also great interest in mind-body methods for treating PTS (posttraumatic stress) and TBI (traumatic brain injury) over at DCoE, (Defense Centers of Excellence), the umbrella organization that includes both the Dept of Defense and the Veterans Administration, tasked with finding new, effective ways to deal with the multiple psychological and neuro-physiological challenges our troops face.

Just last week I learned that DICoE is about to include guided imagery as a “promising practice” in a review paper that’s ready to launch next week, titled “Promising Integrative Practices for Regulating Stress, Emotions, and Arousal”.  This document will feature a dozen integrative health practices, ranging from manipulative body-based and touch techniques, to yoga breath routines, to mindfulness and meditation based practices.  So, how do you like them apples?

For the rest of this story and links of visit Belleruth Naparstek’s website.


Belleruth Naparstek is a sychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer. She is the creator of the popular, 55-title, Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing.

Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages, with a new 2009 edition just released. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in their 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.

As Prevention Magazine recently noted, Belleruth has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, the U.S. Dept of Defense, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.

In addition, her audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for PTSD at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital.

Her audio programs, books and huge resource library is located at Health Journeys online site.

Happy Valentines Day

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Valentines Day – Everyone Deserves to be Happy

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Dear Community,

What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within… being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. With a strong foundation of self-love and self-acceptance, kids learn to value their own company and integrity over just fitting in.They realize they can nurture and depend on themselves.

Like six-year-old Chloe who ran from the playground because she felt excluded and believed she had no friends.  She imagined encountering a young wizard, Sparkle. who gifted her with a heart-shaped crystal to love herself even if her friends snubbed her, and a star crystal to feel like a star no matter what. Or 11-year-old Luke who had such a low opinion of himself he thought he didn’t deserve anything good and felt responsible to make everyone else except himself happy. He visited The Great Wisdom Library and received a perfect book, “How to Love Yourself.” The first chapter? “Believe in yourself!”

Here are six imagination tips to develop self-love, meet that best friend within, and invite happiness to your side:

Practice Forgiveness: Encourage your child to forgive himself as well as others. Have him imagine what forgiveness looks like, or sounds like. Is it a color, a feeling, a character, music? He can ask,”What do I need to do or understand before I can forgive… my parents, my friend, myself?” Have him bring whatever he imagines into his Heart and notice what happens.

Harness Paper Power: Suggest he put his negative views – his dark feelings and thoughts – on paper. Drawing and writing can be cathartic, a release of your child’s angst. Or perhaps he’d prefer to move out his feelings – hip hop or ballet – whatever appeals to him. Once he can let go of his negativity, it will be easier to create the positive.

Use Gifts Wisely: Allow your child or teen to ask for help and use whatever Gifts he receives from his inner guides (animal friend, wizard, wise person). Some kids have been given special glasses to see the bright side, precious stones to remind them how special they are, and magic mirrors to show them their real beauty.

Play with Color: Have him experiment with the wonder of color. See how breathing different colors in and out alters his gloomly feelings – from red anger to blue calm, black frustration to lavender love, from a closed heart to an open one.

Talk to Yourself Inside – Nicely: Sometimes we have to practice talking positively about ourselves and others. Have your child think of one or two nice things to say about himself, family members, and friends. Make an ongoing list and stick it on your fridge as a reminder.

Praise Progress, Not Perfection: Kids can mistakenly berate themselves for anything less than perfecdt. Help your child recognize small victories and how far he’s come on his road to happiness. By focusing on his efforts and improvements, success follows success.

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Guided Imagery Conference – Call for Proposals

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Imagery International Conference date Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 – Conference Proposals due May 6, 2011

From Jann Fredrickson, Conference committee chair:

Jann Fredrickson

Hi fellow Imagery lovers!!

It’s that time again!! The third annual Imagery International Conference co-sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing is happening September 30-October 2, 2011 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, USA. We are now calling for proposals for workshops. Our theme this year is: Imagery: Hope and New Beginnings.

If you would like to be one of our presenters, please email the following information to me, Jann Fredrickson –, by May 6, 2011:

1. All workshops are to be 90 minutes long.

2. Your name, address, and email address.

3. Brief biography ( 25-50 words) including expertise for presenting on your topic.

4. Title of the workshop and how it pertains to our theme.

5. Two objectives stated with one action verb per objective and in measurable behavior or outcome.

For example, say you are giving a workshop to teach folks how to use Emotional Freedom Therapy and Imagery. So your objectives would read:

a. At the end of the workshop, the participant will have a basic knowledge of what EFT is and HOW it can be used in combination with imagery.

b. At the end of the workshop, the participant will understand how effective the modalities of EFT and imagery are when used in conjunction with one another.

6. Course description (25-35 words).

7. Course outline.

8. What your audio/visual (AV) needs will be.

You can call me with any questions: 651-208-6458 during the hours of 12:30pm to about 3:30pm CST most days (this is walk time) or your can email me with questions.

We had a terrific lineup last conference and I know that this year it will be even better!!

Looking forward to hearing from YOU.

Jann Fredrickson
Conference Chair
call (651) 208-6458 between 12:30 and 3:30 PM CST

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