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Cancer Patients Use New Guided Imagery CD to Help Boost Healthy Immune Functioning
Date:6/22/2009

A self-help technique called guided imagery has been steadily gaining in popularity and mainstream distribution by hospitals, pharmas and insurance companies, as new research demonstrates its efficacy for producing heightened immune cell activity.

CLEVELAND, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new self-help audio recording designed to strengthen natural immune function in people fighting cancer or other viral and bacterial illnesses was released this week by Health Journeys, a company that has successfully pioneered and tested scores of CDs and downloads for over 50 health challenges, using a technique called guided imagery. The recording, Healthy Immune System, was created by psychotherapist and national imagery expert Belleruth Naparstek, L.I.S.W. in collaboration with composer Steven Mark Kohn. The new audio complements a host of other oncology titles that include Fight Cancer, Optimizing Chemotherapy, Optimizing Radiation Therapy, Help with Chemo-Related Fatigue, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Successful Surgery.

Recent research with breast cancer patients at Queen's Medical Center in the U.K. by Dr. Oleg Eremin was one of several new studies to demonstrate the mind's ability to up-regulate the body's defenses against cancer. Patients randomly assigned to the relaxation and guided imagery group had significantly higher numbers of activated T-cells, Natural Killer cells and LAK cells than patients who received standard care. It has long been known that guided imagery can improve coping and quality of life by mitigating pain, depression, nausea, fatigue and anxiety; but only recently have blood tests revealed changes in white blood counts and other hard measures that show a more robust cellular defense operating within the body.

Guided imagery is a gentle form of self-hypnosis that uses soothing music and a calm voice to evoke healing images that catalyze a more proactive, empowered response from the patient, both p
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