“Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that

produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Judy Seeger,

doctor of naturopathy.

Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal.

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


Why do Veterans Love Qigong? by Jeff Primack

Author Jeff Primack has practiced qigong for 20 years and trains thousands of people annually at Qi Revolution seminars held across the United States.


igong helps overcome trauma with

an “energetic solu- tion,” as opposed to pharmaceutical or psychological ap- proaches. A Qigong Master I studied with was imprisoned by the Chinese government, and while in a jail cell, he practiced qigong for many years and he was strengthened. At age 80, he still practices! The postures develop a “magnetic

energy” that gives peace, increased faith and creates a tangible increase in energy on command. Doctor Alina Mayo, M.D. of the

Veterans Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida, says qigong with our instructors has been well received. When veterans do qi breathing, trust issues and whether the teacher is also a veteran becomes less important. Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed, as the FEEL- ING OF QI is strong enough to give a natural high. Many vets report this has been invaluable to replace harm- ful addictions. Skeptical views on qi are instantly overcome by the tangible waves of vibration that dissolve tension and relax tight muscles. Todd Nichols is a brave teacher sharing “breath empowerment” with more than 1,000 veterans.


in lockdown facilities where chairs are held down with bags of sand, it can be challenging to lead qigong breath- ing. Frequent outbursts and flickering fluorescent lights compound the dif- ficulties of teaching in the Veterans Ad-

ministration buildings themselves. Veterans are guarded and ap- prehensive. Todd draws them in and challenges them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their bel- lies. A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles. All it takes is their breath- ing participation and it works.

Traumatic memories are not

erased, yet their grip on muscles and minds is temporarily lessened long enough for veterans to realize they have control over their minds with their breath. Our technique “9-Breath Method” oxygenates to the core creat- ing a wave of peace that shuts down over-thinking. Breath training is the best thing veterans can use to regulate stress without drugs. QI REVOLUTION is the event

where most people first encounter us. When hundreds of people do qigong in one room, profound group energy is created. It quickens people’s ability to feel qi and progress. We keep the Qi Rev conference price affordable and free of vendors to maintain integrity and focus at our trainings.

Qi Revolution comes to the Civic Cen- ter in Denton, Texas, October 6 through 8. The cost is $149 for three days. Open to the public. Veterans are admitted free. Continuing education hours avail- able. For more information, call 800- 298-8970 or visit See ad, page 3.

Qigong is a very positive natural modality we are proud to offer for our men and women who served our country. ~Alina Mayo, M.D., Veterans Hospital, Bay Pines, Florida

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