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.

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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 II: Surgery & Who I am

Mindy: One of the things that I admire about Tom is his ability to recreate himself and pursue in great depth very diverse interests. Tom, once a vegetarian on Wall Street from 1974 to 1997 (such an oxymoron!!), had recreated himself and established a thriving Permaculture Center in Durango, Colorado. A number of years later, Tom discovered Donna Eden and her brand of Energy Medicine. He subsequently pursued a three year study and certification program with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). He had just completed the first level of certification a month before his surgery at the end of February 2014. He was able to use this advanced medicine on his own body before and after the surgery and was released in record time (just five days) from the hospital and was hiking in a week- all this after more than five hours of surgery that essentially restructured Tom’s digestive organs.

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You might be wondering how I got from Wall Street to Permaculture and EEM. I had been an organic farmer in the early 1970s while I was finishing graduate school. Later in the 1970s I became a vegetarian and became very aware of what I was eating. In 1999 when I retired in Durango, I began once again to garden. In the fall of 2000, I discovered Permaculture and decided to use Permaculture principles on my land. I became very excited about Permaculture, and I wanted to share what I was learning with as many people as I could. That desire led to Oakhaven Permaculture Center and three big summer festivals at Oakhaven where I invited my community to come and see what Permaculture looked like. I was one of five people in my community recognized as Bioneers of the Animas Valley for 2004.Tom: Yes, at age 76 no less, I was the first patient released in just five days after undergoing a modified Whipple procedure. I had requested that one of my EEM teachers work with me the day before the surgery and two days after. Her work in those two sessions plus the cumulative effects of doing my Daily Energy Routine really paid off in my rapid and unique recovery.

By 2006 I had pretty much realized my goal of using Oakhaven to demonstrate to my community what Permaculture could do, and I decided to focus on my role as one of the founders of the newly created Sustainability Alliance of SW Colorado This left a bit of a vacuum in my life, and it was not until the Spring of 2008 when I went on a 10-day vision quest that I began to connect with my inner self. Later that summer I began to study Shamanism and my inner world began to grow. Shamanic healing drew my interest because I was fascinated by how it worked. Then in 2010 I discovered Donna Eden, and I took her 5-day Basic Energy Medicine course and began doing her Daily Energy Routine every day. As an engineer and techie, I was very skeptical at first, but within the first six months, I was surprised to see the shift which occurred in my life. I felt empowered, a new ease, and a joy that permeated my life. In 2011 I took a 4-day advanced training with Donna, and in 2012, I began the two year certification program which I completed just a month before my surgery.

That same year I also began the Foundation for Shamanic Studies three year program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing.

During a series of Shamanic journeys in the Fall of 2012, I got the very strong message that Love is all there is. I experienced the knowing that Love (or the lack of love) motivates everything that we do. That was just two-and-a half months before Mindy and I were introduced by a mutual friend. Over the last three years, I have experienced that power of love with Mindy. I have let myself feel the vulnerability of loving someone unconditionally. It has not always been easy, but the reward to each of us has been the joyful feeling of being so loved in return.

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The Story of Tom, Mindy & the Pancreatic Tumor Part I: The Diagnosis & Pancreatic Cancer

Mindy: Tom and I were blessed to find love again, meeting each other as mature adults. And in our first year of loving and celebrating life, we got a shocking diagnosis that Tom had Stage ll Pancreatic Cancer. His Doctor was telling him ‘that he was so very sorry’ and our honeymoon period of new love crashed into the new reality of dealing with cancer. After much research and soul searching, Tom decided that he would go through the Whipple procedure surgery to remove the tumor.

Tom: When I was diagnosed with a tumor on my Pancreas in December of 2013, I knew in my heart that I would survive the ordeal physically. I did not think then that surviving it physically would become a threat to my financial health, but that is what has happened. I discovered at the end of 2014 after I had spent nearly $14,000 on holistic healthcare treatments, that NONE of those expenses would be covered by Medicare or my Medicare Supplement insurance. It is highly unlikely that I could have gone without that support and be as physically healthy as I am today.

I was very fortunate that my tumor was caught at an early stage while it was still operable. Deciding where to have the surgery was not easy. The first place we explored was the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. When we met with the surgeons there to discuss the procedure, they were not very forthcoming with answers to our questions.

This led us to seek a second opinion. We spoke with the head of outreach at the Colangiocarcinoma Foundation (At that time the tumor appeared to be on the Common Bile duct.) She gave us the name of an oncologist at the University of Southern California (USC). We made a trip to California and spoke with him and met Dr. Yuri Genyk, the head of transplant surgery there. We were impressed with his willingness to give us in-depth answers to all of our questions, and at that first meeting we decided that he would be our surgeon.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the more deadly forms of Cancer. The five year survival rate for all patients is only 6%. I was fortunate that mine was discovered early enough that I could have surgery. A 2003 study reported in the Annals of Surgery found that pancreatic cancer patients over the age of 65 who had surgery to remove their tumors had a 3-year survival rate of 35%. And for patients who had their surgery in a teaching hospital (mine was at the Keck Hospital at USC) or had Chemotherapy that rate went up to 41%.

It is now 20 months since my surgery – the mean survival time in this study. I am by no means out of the woods. It is critical that I continue these holistic healthcare treatments to prevent metastasis and to keep my immune system strong.

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“Saving” for your Golden Years

Saving for your Golden Years has very little to do with money and everything to do with Saving — that is taking care of — the beautiful living vessel gifted you at your birth in which your soul lives out this current incarnation — otherwise known as your body.

I have just come out of major surgery — five hours on the table — following a modified Whipple procedure in which about a quarter of my pancreas was removed along with a tumor that sat on its head, my gall bladder, and my duodenum — the first twelve inches of my small intestine. All the loose ends — pancreas, bile duct from the liver and the remainder of the small intestine are joined just below the sphincter of the stomach to restore the integrity of my digestive system. I am 76 years old, yet I was released in record time — only five days — because of my rapid recovery. What’s going on here?

What’s going on — and is still going on — is 30 years of yoga and 40 years of aerobic activity 2-3 times a week plus 35 years of eating a strictly organic (or local when I know the farmer or rancher) diet and almost no processed foods. As Michael Pollan says, “If it’s a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.” It has also been 40 years of NEVER saying to myself “I’m too old to do that.” So I continue to do my yoga — which has kept my spine and all of its intricate muscles balanced and active and allowed my breathing to be deep and even. During my short hospital recovery the medical staff were amazed at my ability to draw such a large quantity of air in a single breath — 3500 on a scale of 4000 only a few hours after my surgery. This is also a tribute to 40 years of aerobic activity — running in the 70s, biking replaced running beginning in the 80s, cross-country skiing beginning in 90s and African Dance and Nia beginning in 2010. All  of these continue today, and they are something that money cannot buy. You will only have this kind of Balance in your Body’s Saving Account if you dedicate your life to staying healthy.

You may well ask that if I was so healthy, how did I end up with a tumor on my pancreas? I cannot say exactly why I got the tumor. I can understand how and why it might have arisen, but the more important question is that If I were not so healthy, I would have had a much more difficult time dealing with and surviving it. And surviving is still and always a question. And the best way to prepare yourself is to STAY HEALTHY.

And to Stay Healthy you have to be your own advocate, and stay away from the Cornucopia of prescription meds offered by Big Pharma. I am such a rarity — imagine that I don’t take ANY prescription drugs! The Corporate Media have become so overreaching and so brimming with false information and outright lies, that you have to do your own research, ask your own questions, and experiment. Simply buying some food like substance that is advertised as “good for you” or “low fat” is not going to get you where you want to be. Neither is using Statin because your doctor says that it will reduce your high cholesterol. You must be skeptical of all claims. You might want to read “The Great Cholesterol Myth” by Bowden and Sinatra.

I began cooking my own meals when I was just 20 – from scratch. In the 80s I discovered Rudolf Ballentine’s book “Diet and Nutrition” which exposed the false claims about saturated fats and many other food issues. Then in 2003 I found Sally Fallon’s book “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.” I made my own bread for thirty some years, and today I make cheese from raw milk and kefir using grains. I’ve made tofu and Seitan and sauerkraut. You will need to cook most of your own food — and that means from scratch — not just warming up some food like stuff that you bought at the supermarket.

How do you know who to believe? You may not always know. You have to continually question and look for other authors or research that may support or refute someone else’s claims. YOU have to decide, and you have to always be proactive and exploring. Start with the some of the books I described above. Read Michael Pollan’s books “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food” and check out his recent book “Cooked” which explores the four different modes of preparing food.