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The Paleo Project

By Jenn Mager, ANP Paleo image 3-1

Learn how to use food as your vehicle to meet your health goals with our educational cooking demonstration and tasting.

Posted In: Blog Cardiovascular Health Diet and Prevention Gastrointestinal Health Obesity Paleo Diet Physical Fitness Preventative Health Weight Gain Weight Loss

Seeing the Gift with Cancer

By Heidi S. Puc, MD

Does that title surprise you? What goodness could possibly come from the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis? In my twenty plus years of clinical practice in adult oncology, I have seen the full spectrum of patient emotions and journeys—leaving some patients feeling defeated, yet others empowered.

I have learned, and witnessed, that curing may not always be possible, but tremendous healing can be.

Let me tell you about Mary. I met Mary when she was 60 years old.She sat in my office at our initial consultation, with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer.Mary was angry, bitter, frightened, and deflated—all at once.As a busy, “Type A”, highly successful real estate agent, she said, “I don’t have time for this #!%&* cancer!!”Her career was her life—unmarried, no children, no hobbies, no religious or spiritual support, and estranged from many family members.

As she cried, both sad and angry at the same time, I held her hand and told her I would do my best to get the cancer into remission.I tried but unsuccessfully fought off my gut instinct that was telling me I needed to take a “leap of faith” with her.I said, “Mary, I would like you to meditate on what gift this cancer is providing for you.”She was at once stunned, and then with a slightly nervous smile Mary said, “Ok I will do it.”

That was ten years ago.Mary had from that moment found her inner strength.She re-created the story of her life.She slowed down the intensity of her real estate work.She regularly meditated and journaled, and joined a meditation group.She ate healthier foods and exercised more, often taking walks in nature.Mary reunited with family members and friends whom she previously discarded—they could not believe her transformation.Her smiles and laughter melted away her angry brow.Mary’s cancer responded quite well to various hormones and chemotherapies, often with few if any side effects.

In late 2013, Mary’s cancer had become resistant to conventional therapies, and she weakened.She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, almost ten years since her diagnosis.

I remember that at my final visit with her, Mary had appeared withered and pale, yet she maintained a warm glimmer in her eyes and a welcoming smile.Mary said, “I want to thank you for asking me to look for the gift my cancer was giving me…I found it.”I asked, “What was the gift?”She responded, “The gift was the message to slow down, to see what really had value in my life, and to feel joy—joy I couldn’t feel before the cancer came.You know, I wasn’t really living before the cancer arrived.That cancer allowed me to truly live.”As my eyes filled with tears, I smiled, and I held her hand.

Posted In: Blog Integrative Cancer Care Nutrition Cancer Prevention

Relax and Renew with Gentle Movement, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

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Recharge Your Body, Mind and Spirit with

Gentle Movement, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Kathryn Crago - Instructor

Sunday September 27, 2015
12:30 to 3:00 pm/$45
Preregistration required/class limited to 10

Call the Center to register.

Posted In: Blog Mind Body Medicine Mind Body Medicine, Meditation Women's Health Yoga

New One-on-One/ Hands-on Cooking Classes

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Hands on cooking image

Let Eric Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN teach you how to meet your unique nutritional needs with personal cooking and nutritional instruction.

Posted In: Blog Allergies - Food Sensitivities Cardiovascular Health Cleanse and Detoxification Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Gastrointestinal Health Integrative Medicine Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health Recipes Weight Gain Weight Loss Women's Health

What Is Integrative Oncology?

By The Stram Center Integrative oncology

Integrative Oncology focuses on nutritional, herbal, and mind-body therapies that can complement standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation in order to strengthen the immune system, minimize side effects, and improve quality of life, encouraging the best overall outcome.

Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Diet and Prevention General Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Lyme Disease Mind Body Medicine Mind Body Medicine, Reiki Nutrition Cancer Prevention Pain Management Preventative Health

Fight Inflammation With Gardenias (or Zhi Zi)

By Rebecca Rice, L.Ac., MSAOM Gardenia

Gardenias or "Zhi Zi" are a popular herb used to reduce inflammation.

Posted In: Blog Aromatherapy Diet and Prevention Gastrointestinal Health Integrative Medicine Mind Body Medicine Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health Rebecca Rice L.AC Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cooling Off at the Pool: Large Intestine 11

By Chris Reilly, L.Ac., MSA Li11

Did you know you have a "pool" in your arm that can help you keep cool in the summer?

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Acupuncture, Community Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Cleanse and Detoxification Gastrointestinal Health Integrative Medicine Mind Body Medicine

Strawberry Spinach Salad

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Strawberries

Enjoy the nutritious and delicious summer bounty with this amazing salad. Eat in season and try to eat as local as possible when choosing your produce to ensure the most intact nutrients and fresh produce. Alter this recipe with whatever produce you have present, such as using different greens, different berries, or adding in your favorite garden produce.

Posted In: Blog Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine

Open Up That Liver Channel

By Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Tai chong

The third point on the liver channel - when open, emotion run freely, sleep is easy, and our lives move forward. When closed, our body responds.

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Integrative Medicine Pain Management

Heart Disease: A Preventative Approach

By Ronald Stram, M.D. Heart2

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Find out your cardiac risk with a simple test (and its not cholesterol)!

Posted In: Blog Cardiovascular Health Diet and Prevention General Nutrition, Food as Medicine Ronald L. Stram MD

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This Week's Classes, Lectures and Events

Free Guided Meditation
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Gentle Yoga
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Monthly Chakra Cleanse Yoga Class
Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Latest News and Announcements

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That Sugar Film documentary presentation and Q&A Discussion read more

New Weight Loss Program read more

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