- Question from Brenda: Which holistic method would you say is the safest and most effective in the treatment of breast cancer—or would a combination of methods be the best?
I feel the holistic method that is most helpful for any individual is the method that will help bring that person's life into balance. If that means opening to a more spiritual approach, or adding exercise in order to move the body in a more regular way, or changing the diet, all of these may be incorporated into the holistic approach.
It's different for different people. Whichever aspect is most needed for a person generally becomes obvious. After that area of the life is more balanced, frequently another area will become apparent and need to be balanced. Each person's life needs to be evaluated in order to find a place to start on the path toward healing.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. It sounds like it really is an ongoing, dynamic process that you create and sustain every day. It probably happens in steps, and there's a lot of learning all along the way for what needs to be addressed and how to do it. It is a process of discovery, too. Try not to be critical of yourself if you feel you are not always making progress in identifying and making lifestyle and spiritual changes. It takes a lot of learning, moving forward, standing still, and sometimes losing some ground along the way.
- Dan Benor Part of this question was, "What is the safest modality?" Spiritual healing—as in Reiki, therapeutic touch, or prayer—is simply one of the safest. In general, there tend to be far fewer and far less dangerous side effects with complementary therapies.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary and Holistic Treatments featured Daniel Benor, M.D., Patricia Johnson, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about what complementary and holistic treatments are, how to find reliable practitioners, and which might be the best treatments for you.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2002.
The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.
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