Acupuncture & Pancreatic Cancer by Bonnie Cashwell

How can acupuncture help with pancreatic cancer?

Glad you’re inquiring.

We know that typically pancreatic cancer is discovered in advanced stages and rapidly metastasises. This discovery can put the individual in a heightened state of stress, emotional disruption and perhaps depression – a challenging place from which to make sound decisions. These factors added to the already compromised state of health and symptoms being experienced can be overwhelming.

The benefits of receiving acupuncture in this situation are numerous:

  • Provides symptomatic physical relief of digestion, fatigue, appetite, pain – it’s important physically and psycho/emotionally to get a break from the pain cycle.
  • Provides balancing of the emotions i.e., depression, anger, fear, etc.
  • Effectively provides relief from the side affects of chemotherapy i.e., nausea, fatigue, appetite

This is all accomplished naturally without the use of additional pharmaceutical drugs.

Let’s not overlook those who are the care givers. Care givers also need support in maintaining their stamina and balance on the physical and emotional levels. Being in a supportive role requires sound decision-making while simultaneously dealing with their own emotional challenges of the process.

In summary, acupuncture can reduce the trauma of this experience – whether you are the patient or the care giver.

Bonnie Cashwell is a licensed acupuncturist and diplomate in Oriental Medicine in Littleton, CO. For further information on acupuncture or to make and appointment go to www.balancingacupuncture.com

Building a Healthier Life after Illness or Addiction by Lily Passfield

After a period of long-term illness or substance abuse and addiction, a person can feel as though their life has fallen away from its intended path and getting it back on track can seem like a lot of work, effort and stress. However, the benefits of making this effort is that it can have a massive impact on the daily life of the affected person and everyone around them.  This is true especially if one of the first steps to recovery is to improve their daily lifestyle into a much healthier way of life; this type of change can help improve many aspects of life.

Making a Change

People who are just overcoming addictions will often be so focused on beating their habit that they do not consider the various means available to them which can be used as an aid to coping with their feelings and cravings. The number of people trying drugs is steadily increasing, with over 22 million people in the US having tried drugs within a one month time period, as stated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A number of these people will become addicted to the substance they have tried, which can lead to a worrying downwards spiral of erratic behavior until there is an intervention. After this intervention the affected person may find it beneficial to improve their lifestyle with a diet change and an increased exercise regime. This can help keep the mind and body occupied, whilst also steering the person away from any old triggers they may have developed linked to the drug abuse, such as a specific food or place.

Similarly, people who have been bed-ridden or in a hospital for an extended period of time can also suffer from issues linked to food and exercise as their body has become accustomed to the lack of movement due to their illness. Gradually building up a healthy diet and gentle exercise regime can help both the body and mind of the person, to ensure they regain confidence in themselves and their body regains strength as well.

Where to Begin

One of the best starting places when a healthier lifestyle is needed is to begin with the contents and size of the healthy diet that is going to be adopted. A balanced diet is essential for recovering addicts or people building their strength after illness. It ensures the body gets all of the nutrients needed, allowing cravings to be quelled much more easily, and building strength and a better immune system for everyone involved. Ideally there should be plenty of fruits, vegetables and starchy foods such as whole grain pasta or rice as these are good for both nutrients and energy for the body. The diet should also include some meat and fish for protein, as well as some dairy products; however these foods should be consumed in lesser numbers than the previous examples. Finally there should be a small amount of foods high in fat and sugar; these however should be eaten minimally where possible. A diet such as this should be scaled in portion size for the amount of exercise being done by the person eating it. Research has shown following this ratio of food intake can lower the risk of serious illnesses and conditions from the common cold to numerous types of cancer as it allows the body to have a much stronger defense system against these invasions. This is essential for people recovering from long-term illness or overcoming an addiction as their bodies will often be weak against disease so rebuilding this immune system is essential for the human body to function at its full potential.

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The next step after starting a healthy balanced diet is to decide on the amount of daily exercise that should be aimed for. After a period of long-term illness it could be dangerous to jump straight into a serious exercise regime, so it is essential to seek professional help, usually from a doctor, as to what they believe your body can handle. Sometimes the best starting point for this exercise can be to walk to local places rather than drive, or to take the stairs rather than an elevator. This can then be built upon as time goes by; building body strength over a period of time to allow the body to adapt and recover successfully.

Allowing the body to recover and work to its full potential after a period of illness or addiction can be a tough change to make. However, once the effects of the diet and exercise begin to be felt, it can boost confidence, body strength and immunity to sickness to an excellent standard, allowing the body to function to its full potential. This feeling can make up for the initial effort, allowing the person to grow into a new lifestyle, and get their life fully back on-track.