Category Archives: Emotional Health

The Block Program’s New Year’s Resolutions for Cancer Patients

2017 has arrived, so it’s time to get going and keep going with good, uncomplicated New Year’s resolutions. But facing several helpful lifestyle changes that can produce better health for cancer patients, it might be hard to decide what to work on first. We’ll address that problem by suggesting three major priorities for cancer patients this year. If you use these for your resolutions, you’ll be taking concrete steps to improve your overall health and ability to tolerate and respond to cancer treatment.

Resolution 1: Eat an anti-inflammatory diet

healthy lifestyleInflammation in your body is a major driver of cancer growth. That’s the primary motivation to reduce excess inflammation. But that’s not all inflammation does. Inflammatory molecules called cytokines also contribute to cancer-induced fatigue, the most widespread side effect plaguing cancer patients. Of course, there are drugs and supplements that fight inflammation, but eating a diet that promotes inflammation at the same time you are trying to reduce it by taking supplements or drugs is like trying to run up a down escalator! Continue reading

Soften, Soothe, Allow

This is an adapted meditation called “Soften, Soothe, Allow”. We can bring the ability to soften, soothe and allow when we are struggling with some physical discomfort or the discomfort of an emotion in the body. Its something that we can do for very brief periods of time or for longer.

Presented by Aleeze Moss, adapted from Christopher Germer



Kids Helping to Heal Their Loved Ones

In the first five years of life, children have to learn how to sit, crawl, walk and run. They also have to learn how to eat using utensils, talk, sing, joke, poop in the toilet, dress themselves, share with others, count and read. Little kids are tiny human sponges that absorb the world around them at an alarming rate. They have a natural curiosity and pure hearts, and they like to please the people they love. That is why teaching children Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) can help them get in tune with their energy fields, so they can send positive, healing energy to a sick loved one in what is called a heartlink.

 IET was developed by former engineer, Stevan Thayer, a certified Reiki master, ordained interfaith minister, and author of several books. It uses special techniques to rebalance a person’s energy field, which in turn increases wellbeing, creativity, happiness and so on. The premise is that energy blockages will eventually result in physical blockages that can cause disease. IET uses healing energy to release the blockages and restore the flow of energy that includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy.

For skeptics, this concept is probably a little difficult to wrap their arms around, but scientific research has proven that holistic and spiritual practices have positive impacts on the human body and mind. That is why the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has partnered with Debbee Radcliff to teach Integrated Energy Therapy to the children of breast cancer patients.

“IET teaches kids about their emotions, their chakras and where emotions hang out in their bodies,” said Radcliff, a teacher for almost thirty years and a master IET instructor. “For example, when someone is sad, his shoulders will hunch forward.”

Radcliff states IET was the first energy technique she learned. She was raised Christian, so this modality was comfortable to her. Now, she teaches kids to connect with their guardian angels. Kids also learn to heartlink with their guardian angel to send positive, healing energy to someone they care about. Children want to be active participants in helping their parents feel better during a serious illness like cancer. “Kids are naturals at this stuff,” Radcliff said. “Teaching them IET is giving them a tool for life.”

In her three-hour class, sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Foundation, Radcliff teaches children how to identify negative feelings within themselves, how those feelings affect people, and how to safely release those feelings through activities and games, in a fun and loving environment. The children also learn how to clear basic energy blocks.

For the most part, children have yet to be tarnished by life situations and have not developed the cynicism that inhibits their capacity for learning something new and different. They are open to discovery and open to Healing with the Energy of Angels, the title of Radcliff’s program.

By: Carol Donnelly, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation