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|Feb 28 2007
Taking a holistic
approach to cancer treatment
By Erin Beil
an instructor at Holistic Healing and Health Center,
offers Qigong classes to help individuals with cancer or
other chronic diseases.
The Holistic Healing and Health Center in
Silverdale has a new take that might help prevent or stunt the spread of
In a small studio with bamboo swags placed delicately above windows and
a small gold gong in the corner, tranquility is only one sensation upon
entering the room. A peaceful bamboo flute can be heard on the speakers
as a small oscillating fan blows a gentle breeze in the background.
Through Qigong exercises, an ancient Chinese form of exercise to treat
cancer patients, and various meditation exercises, patients can help to
manage unnecessary stress which is believed to be linked to the
possibility of cancer cells.
Deborah Marcantoni, an instructor at Holistic Healing and Health Center,
is trained in three different exercises to help balance out an
The three different types of treatment are healthy touch, engergetic
therapy and Qigong healing. Through movements, stretches and breathing
techniques, different courses are offered to help individuals maintain
tranquility in their life.
“Most of our cancer today is caused by stressful lifestyles,”
Marcantoni said, adding that she is a survivor of cervical cancer. “I
want to teach patients how to balance their life force to heal from
Focusing primarily on patients who are suffering from either cancer or
other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, the Qigong
treatments involve body movements and breathing techniques to change the
internal chemistry of the body.
“We don’t want clients to become dependent on us,” Marcantoni
said, adding that in her classes, she teaches meditation varieties and
movements that can be done at home as well as in the studio. “We
become distracted and don’t take care of our health until it’s too
With a majority of her patients fighting breast cancer, Marcantoni said
assistance in managing stress can help with emotions and aid in
“The meditation gives you a tool to manage your stress,” Marcantoni
added. “Then your body can heal.”
For Kathy Inboden, Qigong meditations are what helped her remain
positive while fighting breast cancer. With a daily meditation at either
her home or in the studio, Kathy’s husband Fred Inboden said it was
the only remedy that helped her find peace.
“It returned her life to her,” Inboden said. “In a way that
traditional means couldn’t have done.”
Upon being diagnosed with breast cancer, Kathy began meditation
treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy immediately. Inboden said
that he noticed a difference in her presence after the first class.
“It brought her a sense of peace and calm,” he added. “You
would’ve never known she had something like this going on.”
During multiple exams and X-rays, doctors found additional spots on
Kathy’s liver along with the abnormal lumps in her breast tissue.
Marcantoni said that Kathy had three spots on her liver when she began
her meditation classes. However, when she went in for another
examination after a few months of the Qigong treatment, the spots had
reduced to one and it had not grown since her previous appointment.
“She had a radiant smile and consistent courage, including a zeal for
life,” Inboden said.
Unfortunately, Kathy succumbed to her disease and passed away on Oct.
12, 2006. Although his wife was unable to survive breast cancer, he said
he would still reccomend the Qigong treatments to anyone because “it
made such a difference.”
“(Breast cancer) is a very insidious disease,” Inboden added. “She
was my soul mate and my best friend ... I am so thankful for the
The Holistic Healing and Health Center is located at 9301 Linder Way in
Silverdale. For information, call Marcatoni at (360) 692-4325
© Copyright 2007 Central Kitsap Reporter
Deaths From Cancer – Are We Succeeding?
Integrated Medicine Expanding in Kitsap
The American Cancer Society is reporting the second
consecutive year in the decline of deaths due to cancer.
That is great news! Although
the death rate from cancer is declining due to new medical technologies,
preventive screenings and pharmaceutical drugs, the incidence of cancer in
our American society seems to on the rise.
We all know that genetics and environment play a role in our
risk to cancer, yet after a 20 year study the American National Health
Institute now believes that 70% of the illness and disease that affects
Americans is due to unmanaged stress. Patients
are listening to their physician’s advice on current medical treatments and
taking action to understand what lifestyle choices may have encouraged
abnormal cells to proliferate.
Most medical experts agree that to successfully treat cancer
we must take action to surgically remove and/or chemically treat or radiate
the abnormal cells. Successful
medical procedures can eliminate the abnormal cells from our body and give us
time to make necessary changes in our lifestyles, so we can insure total
healing. The body has great
resources to heal itself if we make choices that positively support that
Integrated Medicine has become well rooted in the field of
cancer therapy, for this type of holistic medicine recognizes that true
healing requires patients to implement complimentary therapies for
nutritional, physical, emotional, mental and energetic support, which all
play an important role in strengthening the immune system.
An ever growing area within Western Integrated Medicine is
energy therapy, which has been an integral part of Eastern Medicine for
thousands of years. Although
there are many forms of energy therapy practiced in
, the goal of energy therapy is to balance the energy system so that the body
can continue to heal itself and strengthen its own immune defense against
cancer and/or against any other illness or disease.
Today throughout the world, Western and Eastern medicines
compliment each other in a variety of ways in the treatment of illness,
disease and pain. Americans have
become increasingly aware of energy therapy through Traditional Chinese
Medicine and acupuncture. In
, hospitals treat cancer patients with both Traditional Chinese Medicine and
Western medicine, and add an ancient form of energy exercise called Qigong
(Chi Kung). Qigong is the
patients own self-care exercise
that strengthens the immune system while it rebuilds and balances the life
force of qi, which gives life, vitality and health to all cells, tissues and
A form of Walking Qigong dates back thousands of years to the
Han Dynasty and has been researched for over 30 years in
as a successful complementary therapy to treating cancer when combined with
traditional Eastern and Western therapies.
Walking Qigong utilizes specific breathing techniques that strengthens
the immune system and tonifies yang qi, to enable healthy cells to
regenerate. A healthy body needs
to have strong yang qi and balanced with the right amount of yin qi.
Chinese research has shown that the immune system is
compromised when the body becomes too yin, and it is this over abundance of
yin qi and decrease of yang qi which creates an environment where abnormal
cells proliferate. Stress
and emotions plays a major role in disturbing the natural balance of yang and
yin energies in our body. With
that in mind, it is no wonder that the incidence of cancer has risen
dramatically in the last several decades.
Coming to Kitsap County for the first time is a complementary
integrative therapy called Qigong for
Cancer, which will teach Walking Qigong (strengthens yang qi and immune
system) and a Heart Meditation (for emotions and stress).
Research has shown that this form of Walking Qigong has a positive
effect on breast cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer and leukemia.
Qigong for Cancer is simple to learn, can be practiced any
time and anywhere, and gives the cancer patient a means to positively effect
their own healing capacity. Qigong
for Cancer will be offered as a series of 2 classes over 8 weeks. For
registration and more information, click
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