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To Our Dear Reader…

April 30, 2024

I had the opportunity to review Dr. Wayne Jonas and Dr. Alyssa McManamon’s “Healing and Cancer” book. Reading it gave me a sense of optimism, inspiration, and gratitude.
As a Medical Oncologist for 35 years, Medical Director of two cancer centers, and specializing in Integrative Oncology for over two decades, I’ve learned the importance of caring for the Whole Person when we are working with and supporting cancer patients. In this guide to Whole Person Care, Drs. Jonas and McManamon eloquently and in detail, elucidate the steps in caring for cancer patients and their support team: their family members, loved ones, nurses, doctors, and extended medical care team. Treating the Whole Person is essential, not optional.
Fortunately, medicine and science have advanced greatly, yet there is a significant lack in understanding the wisdom of Integrative/Integrated Oncology. Treating the Whole Person and integrating complementary traditions and modalities make a significant difference. Recommending and supporting a comprehensive integrated approach for cancer patients is crucial, not only for their quality of life, but to improve their chances of living longer, and sometimes way beyond the statistics.
It is clear that people with cancer need to be heard, empowered, supported, and encouraged to believe in their intuition and their powerful ability to recover from any condition, including advanced cancer. This guidebook gives everyone those tools. True Healing is multidisciplinary and multidimensional. A truly Integrated approach is essential for all cancer patients.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has cancer and everyone supporting them, especially their medical team. It is a must-have resource for all cancer centers and oncology clinics/units of every institution.

~Daniel Vicario, M.D., ABIHM

Learn about and purchase the book here.

Dr. Brenner’s Musings

“#2 Epigenetic Phenomenon”

While we mourn the passing of our beloved Dr. Paul Brenner we can still enjoy the beautiful and inspiring words he shared with us over the years. We will now begin re-posting his old blogs, starting with the very first one:

Epigenetics is the study of environmental forces that affect the expression of genes. These genes have the potential to be passed down from parent to child, over multiple generations. How might your grandparents’ experiences affect your health, and how can you learn to change it?

Read it here!

On his personal page is a summary of Dr. Brenner’s professional career.

Expressive Arts Therapy with Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D.: Waves of Love, Waves of Care

Our new creative collaboration / initiative to engage the worldwide community with the expressive arts, making meaning, and coming together to uplift one another, will be assembled and featured as a photo booth at the CSU Symposium for Palliative Care in February 2024 in SAN DIEGO!

Read more here!
Watch for updates on this project soon!

Awakening Gratitude, Resilience, and Joy Retreat in Assisi, Italy with Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D., Larry Cammarata, Ph.D., and Linda Cammarata, RYT June 22-28, 2024

St. Francis Basilica

Gratitude is a part of a wider outlook on life that involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life. Recognizing and expressing gratitude for specific aspects of one’s life can result in improved mental, and even physical health in patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Learn and explore within a friendly and supportive small group setting.

Read about this special retreat and sign-up here.

Genomic Oncology

Dr. Mark Adler, Institute Director, heads the Genomic Oncology Diagnostics and Second Opinion Initiative, a new generation-platform for developing treatments tailored to the individual patient. It involves the application of sensitive genomic tests to the determination of a tumor’s drug sensitivity and resistance. In addition, a person’s hereditary traits and a tumor’s genetic signature will be used to determine how best to eliminate a given cancer with a specific therapy or agent.
We have added 5 new articles authored by Dr. Adler to this page.
Read more here!

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Videos and Talks

To Our Readers,

We would like to share some exciting projects that our nonprofit partner, The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is creating. Two important ones in the works are:

  1. A documentary-in-production: “The Energy that Heals”
  2. A comprehensive Learning Center

SDCRI and CHI have been collaborating for many years. Our SDCRI had the privilege of helping incubate CHI from its inception a decade ago. It remained under SDCRI’s umbrella until a few years ago when CHI established its own nonprofit 501 (c) 3 status.

The documentary “The Energy that Heals” is under production and will take another year or so until its release.
We enclose the link to CHI’s website with a recent Webinar that explains this exciting documentary project: https://www.chi.is/energy-that-heals/ 

When you have a chance, you can also explore CHI’s website which has excellent resources and detailed information about this cutting-edge nonprofit and the extensive work it is doing, in collaboration with several institutions and devoted scientists, physicians, practitioners of the many healing arts and healers. 

Please share with those you believe may benefit from this information or who may be interested in the topic.
With much gratitude and best wishes,


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