The Story of Tom, Mindy & the Pancreatic Tumor Part VI: Energy Medicine, Cancer & My EM Practice

Eden Energy Medicine

The term energy is generally associated with two kinds of energy fields—veritable energy fields, which can be measured, and subtle energy fields, which (for the most part) cannot be measured with current technology. The human body creates and is affected by both types of energy fields. Energy Medicine (EM) is a collective term that is used to refer to a variety of approaches and techniques involving subtle energy fields as well as a measurable regulating fields of energy and information—the Human Body-Field.

The prevailing premise of energy medicine is that unrestricted flow and balance of the body’s subtle energies and an undistorted body-field are vital for mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health and for fostering high-level well-being. EM focuses on identifying blockages and distortions in the body’s energy and information fields and on engaging specific processes and techniques to resolve them, with the goal of boosting health and vitality.

Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) is a method of working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. It is both a complement to more traditional medical modalities and a complete self-contained system for self-help and self-care. In Energy Medicine, energy is the medicine and also the patient. Energy interventions are used to help balance energies. EEM teaches specific techniques that can be used to activate the body’s natural healing abilities. This can help to restore vital energies that have become weak, disturbed or out of balance.

EEM can be used to ensure that your body’s energies flow in an overall balanced and harmonious manner. This creates an energetic environment within your body that supports health, vitality, and healing. Another way is to use EM techniques to assess specific body energies and how they relate to your current health. From this assessment, an individualized plan can be developed to help you address any physical or emotional issues that could be contributing to less than optimal health.

Eden Energy Medicine can empower you with healing techniques for yourself, your family, and others. It offers potent tools for addressing illnesses and emotional blocks. It can help promote high-level wellness and peak performance.

Limitations of Energy Medicine

While energy medicine appears to have promising mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits, it has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities and, therefore, is considered experimental at this time. The field of energy medicine is, for the most part, self-regulated, and it is considered complementary or alternative to the traditional healthcare professions that are licensed in the United States and in the State of Colorado.

Energy medicine is not a substitute for the diagnosis and/or treatment of medical or mental-health conditions by a licensed healthcare professional. If you have a disorder that has been previously diagnosed, treated, or managed by a licensed medical or mental-health professional, my services should be used only in conjunction with your obtaining that care. In addition, any information shared during our sessions is not to be considered a recommendation that you stop seeing any of your healthcare professionals or using prescribed medication, if any, without consulting with your healthcare professional, even if after a session it appears and indicates that such medication or treatment is unnecessary. You should discuss any recommendations made by me with your primary-care physician, obstetrician, gynecologist, oncologist, cardiologist, pediatrician, or other board-certified physician, as applicable.

Cancer and Energy Medicine

If you are about to have surgery to remove a tumor, EEM can be very helpful in preparing your body for the energetic shock of surgery. Keeping your energy systems in balance after the surgery will accelerate your recovery. At age 76 I was the first patient under my surgeon’s care to be released only five days after surgery.

 Doing Nia in Portland

            Doing Nia in Portland

If you are about to start or are currently doing chemo, EEM will help prepare your body to receive the infusions, and it will also help your body to process the chemo drugs most effectively after an infusion. Before I started my Chemo treatments, I was able to check my body in the presence of the Chemo drugs that were to be used and balance the energies that were affected by those drugs. Last summer while I was in the midst of my chemo I was still riding my bike on 20 mile trips, doing Nia Dance 2-3 times a month, and hiking in the high country above 11,000 feet.

Other EEM techniques strengthen your immune system and give you more energy as well.

My Eden Energy Medicine Practice

This spring I began my Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) practice as an EEM certified Clinical Practitioner. That has allowed me to both trade my EEM services for some of my monthly doctor visits as well as earning an additional income.

As your practitioner, I can do all of the things described above, and I can also teach you to do a number of these things for yourself. My goal is to empower you to take charge of your body’s energy systems.

I have completed three years of rigorous, hands-on training in everything from the rhythms of Ancient Chinese Medicine to Strange Flows to earn my certification as an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. I have been trained to assess and balance your body’s energy systems.

To complete the 3rd year of training I had to conduct 100 sessions with clients supervised by my teacher/mentor using energy protocols designed specifically to deal with the energies of Cancer, Heart disease, pain, and hormone and Auto-immune disorders among many others. Next year I plan to complete the fourth and final year of EEM training which will certify me as an EEM Advanced Practitioner.

When using energy-medicine techniques, I am not diagnosing or treating your physical body, which is the domain of medical and allied healthcare professionals; instead, I am working with energy and information flows and structures in the body-field and with the body’s subtle energies. There is a distinction between healing using energy medicine and the practice of medicine or any other licensed healthcare profession whose mission it is to cure. The purpose of healing is to assure a state of wholeness, whereas curing means to erase symptoms of illness or disease in the physical body.

The various EEM techniques I use and teach involve touching, holding, tracing, tapping, and moving over specific areas of the body while you are standing, sitting, or lying down. I also engage elements of applied kinesiology, commonly referred to as muscle-testing, that involve a light-pressure/counter-pressure technique with specific muscles. This technique is a way of assessing the energy flow through certain areas of your body and often helps to identify the specific approach that will be most beneficial for your needs. Throughout the session, I will explain to you what I am doing and why; I will ask your permission before touching your body; and I will encourage you to ask me questions and provide feedback on how you are feeling and what you are experiencing.

EEM is truly amazing! See my Facebook page at for information about the Science behind Energy Medicine – the why and how of its workings are in a table near the bottom of the page. There is a link there to the whole article. The table on my Facebook page provides just a quick summary.

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The Story of Tom, Mindy & the Pancreatic Tumor Part III: Chemo & Holistic Oncology Approaches

Mindy: Though Tom’s surgery was very successful, nine of the 21 lymph nodes removed for testing during surgery contained malignant cells. For this reason Tom choose a six month course of chemotherapy to prevent the possibility of metastasis from any of the lymph nodes not removed in the surgery.

Tom: Traditional allopathic treatments for cancer focus on surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but they offer nothing to support the cancer patient’s immune system or physical body. Some 40% of cancer patients die not from cancer but from the starvation that results from a loss of appetite and the lack of proper nutrition. And because chemo and radiation attack both cancerous and healthy cells, these treatments seriously weaken the patient’s immune system, so many other patients die from opportunistic infections that a strong immune system would have prevented.

Mindy: With these things in mind, Tom went to get advice from a Naturopathic Physician at Namaste Health Center in Durango, a clinic well versed in Cancer treatment and recovery. At the end of June 2014, Tom began a very disciplined regimen changing to a ketogenic diet (high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrates) supported by systemic and digestive enzymes, vitamins and supplements. He also began weekly intravenous infusions of high dose vitamin C, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid and B vitamins and nutritional supplements to help those medicines be most effective.

Tom: In addition to a proper diet and supplements, it is also important to do aerobic exercise because tumor cells do NOT thrive in an oxygen rich environmnet. With that in mind at the end of June two months into the six month Chemotherapy regimen, we decided to hike up to Ice Lakes just outside of Silverton. We had hoped to make the climb all the way up to Ice Lake at 12,257 feet. It is a very steep hike beginning at 9,850 feet. As we climbed the steepness became very daunting, but we pressed on. And when my body didn’t think it could go further I pushed myself up to the lower basin at 11,600. So we had a great aerobic climb of almost 1800 feet! We didn’t get to Ice Lake, but I got to feel the exhilaration of climbing and being in an incredibly beautiful place with my sweetheart. Sharing such beautiful experiences is one of the rewards of loving and being loved. And the love and care given to my body gave me physical stamina not often seen in people undergoing Chemo.Part-III Pix

“To fully thrive, we must not only eliminate the stressors but also actively seek joyful, loving, fulfilling lives that stimulate growth processes.” (Dr. Bruce H. Lipton) So love is good for your health, and fear and stress are bad for it. Fear and stress put the body into the fight, flight or freeze mode where blood flow is diverted away from digestion and your internal organs and into your body’s extremities.

Mindy: In early August, Tom began to experience such severe swelling in his left arm that he could barely bend his arm enough to touch his face. We went to the emergency room, where an ultrasound discovered that he had a clot in a vein in his left forearm and another in his left Jugular vein. He was given a shot of a liquid blood thinner and a prescription for another six syringes of the same.

A few days later we had already committed to be volunteers to help our local public radio station with a music concert in one of Durango’s public parks. We were making an effort to continue enjoying life by participating in Community events. Tom’s sister was visiting and she had also agreed to join us as a volunteer. On the day of the concert we weren’t sure if Tom would be physically able to work as a volunteer, but in his usual energetic way, he worked through his three hour shift with me and then all three of us enjoyed the remainder of the concert dancing on the grass in front of the bandstand.

Tom: This was one of the most significant problems that I experienced during my six months of Chemo. My mainstream Oncologist wanted me to take Halfway Through ChemoWarfarin (rat poison) to thin my blood to prevent further clots and perhaps to help these two clots dissolve. My Naturopath prescribed Vascuzyme, a supplement which contains nattokinase that is a natural blood thinner and does not poison the body. I chose the latter because the former requires weekly monitoring and in my view was much more dangerous. I was also able to use one of my Energy Medicine protocols to help my body absorb the clots.
It is unfortunately that the expense for most of what I have to do to stay healthy now that I have finished Chemo is NOT covered by Medicare or by my Medicare Supplement provider. This is not an uncommon experience for cancer patients in this country, because Medicare is set up to pay primarily for surgery (and an associated hospital stay), chemotherapy and radiation and anything that might happen along the way – like infections and blood clots – both of which I had to deal with. It also pays for periodic blood tests and imaging like ultrasound, CT and PET scans. Anything else – like proper nutrition and critical supplements – are considered by Mainstream medicine to be unnecessary. There is nothing in their regimen to directly support the immune system or to assure proper nutrition.

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