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

hysiologically and psychologically. It has the advantage of being user-friendly, requiring no expertise from the patient - just the ability to listen - and it works well with standard treatment. Naparstek explained, "It's a truly democratic intervention. Anyone, any age, can use it. Special training isn't needed; nor is education, physical strength, or a sophisticated understanding of how it works."

According to the Mayo Clinic, which actively distributes Health Journeys audios through its website and clinical programs, "Guided imagery is more than listening to relaxing sounds. It's a learning process to listen to someone's voice, relax the breathing and consciously direct the ability to imagine. The effect sends a message to the emotional control center of the brain. From there, the message is passed along to the body's endocrine, immune and autonomic nervous systems. These systems influence a wide range of bodily functions, including heart and breathing rates and blood pressure."

Health Journeys guided imagery is now a widely recognized tool, used by major health care institutions, such as Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and hundreds of U.S. hospitals, including Mayo, Columbia Presbyterian, the Cleveland Clinic and Bethesda Naval Hospital. Pharmas such as Roche, Glaxo Smithkline and Ortho Biotech have distributed over half a million CDs to Chemotherapy and Radiation patients around the English speaking world, and there are currently over a dozen clinical trials testing efficacy, yielding particularly powerful results in studies with returning troops suffering from acute stress and PTSD, and for surgery patients.

According to David Sobel MD, Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for Kaiser Permanente, "Naparstek's recordings are by far the most powerful, responsible and inspiring guided imagery I have heard." The Kaiser website offers ten different
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