“I start with looking at the diet and suggesting that their diet should be plant-based, greens and grains, that we should eliminate as much animal fat as possible…
–Donald Abrams, MD
Chief of Hematology/Oncology
San Francisco General Hospital
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Although many people crave the break from daily work they receive upon retirement, in some cases the experience of an “endless vacation” eventually causes individuals to feel purposeless. They often feel lonely and depressed, drifting with too much spare time in which to think about their physical ailments. With the erosion of savings caused by the economic downturn starting in 2008, many seniors seeking extra income will now be moving back into the workforce.
Near Portland, ME, people afflicted with chronic pain from medical conditions support each other in a group where attendees who are discouraged learn to take an active role in their life and to see themselves not as a patient but as a complete person.
Living Fully With Illness
The power of a patient’s self-reflection as a tool for coping with illness is explored by a nurse scientist who has studied meditation as a health technique, and by a cancer survivor who teaches other patients about the value of therapeutic writing in expressing their inward feelings.
Bernard Lown: The Lost Art of Healing
An elderly physician and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Bernard Lown, pleads for a revolution in health care that would place greater emphasis on personal interaction between doctor and patient.
We hear from a variety of nurses about the stresses they face in today’s fast-paced medical setting—and how they struggle to find the time needed to treat the whole person.
Journey for Recovery
Part A: Cancer patients confront their fears, real and imagined; and a scientific look at the mind/body connection.
Part B: How relaxation exercises and healing imagery can diminish cancer pain; and the health benefits of keeping a personal diary.
- Resilient Nurses
A no-holds-barred look at the stressful conditions in which many nurses work: the long hours, the emotional toll, the rapid pace, and the way that technology and institutional practices can make it hard to form a caring bond with patients.
- Simple Relaxation Exercise
A 15-minute stress reduction session to calm the body and mind.
- The Power of Nonviolence
The Power of Nonviolence seeks deep solutions to this vexing problem. We turn to wisdom teachings across our great spiritual traditions for guidance—and inspiration—on how the lasting wounds can be healed.