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This is a collection of current news and older, still pertinent news related to SDCRI, with a few mentionings of our affiliates and friends who are endeavoring to carry on the Integrative Torch.

Select a section of News to explore:
Special Updates The news you want to know!
Current News What are the recent happenings?
News Archive See how things lead up to now…


Special Updates

On April 8th (2017) our very own Dr. Daniel Vicario, MD, ABIHM, gave a talk at the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Symposium in Long Beach. Don’t worry! If you missed it, you can still catch that talk in this video, titled, “Metastatic Breast Cancer Symposium- Helping Me Help Myself“. In this talk, Dr. Vicario explains Integrative Oncology and Epigenetics, and their importance in helping cancer patients and survivors.

Ready for more? Relax and enjoy this great interview with Dr. Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego and our own Dr. Daniel Vicario, MD, ABIHM. In this video, Dr. Mills and Dr. Vicario talk about pioneering research in integrating Western medicine with ancient healing techniques and developing comprehensive treatment plans for cancer patients. Dr. Vicario gives examples of treatments that have led to a decrease in cancer and treatment related symptoms, fewer doctor visits and a higher quality of life for those who are responsive to holistic cancer care. Click the following link or the image above to view the video on the UCTV (University of California) website, recorded in March, this year (2017): Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrative Oncology

The Hope Made Visible™ flags are going on display at Cal State San Marcos in February, 2020. Stay tuned for more info!

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If you haven’t yet, be sure you check out Dr. Paul Brenner’s wonderful videos on Epigenetics, Psychology and Healing for cancer patients, survivors, families and even the people who’ve never been touched by cancer. We have 23 short, but beautiful talks by Dr. Brenner.
Check out SDCRI’s YouTube site here to watch them all!
Don’t forget to check out our secondary Blog site for Dr. Brenner here!

photopaintingarticleDon’t forget to check out our Featured Articles! Each month we will post a new article written by someone in the Integrative community, and very often, one of our former Free Integrative Service Volunteers!
Click here to see who has contributed and what they had to say!

Missing the old Nutrition group with Mary and Jessica? You’re in luck! Mary has her very own Nutrition Blog online and we are happy to host a secondary site for that blog.
Click here to see what you’ve been missing!

SDCRI would like to share this empowering and inspirational video:
Intentional Medicine – Shifting the Focus of Healthcare by Libby McGugan at the TEDxGlasgow talks.
Click here to be taken to the YouTube page.

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News Archive

Select a sub-section of the Archives:
Important Updates for Classes and Groups
Past News Updates Archive
Updates on SDCRI as a Whole

Class and Group notifications for 2015:

Mindful Living Support Group: New Location as of Wednesday, March 4th, 2015!
This group of 8-16 members meets weekly for 90 minutes with certified and long-time mindfulness meditation teacher, Diana Shimkus, LCSW. The aspiration of this group is to explore and adapt the many ways that mindfulness practices and training can be effective in encouraging everyone to directly encounter and use all the unexpected and present aspects of their lives, including illness, medical treatment and aging in which to learn, heal and cultivate qualities of resilience, compassion, kindness, connection and well being.
Each week the group will discuss mindfulness teachings and principles based upon identified group needs, explore a 30 minute guided practice together, review the practice for weekly practice and offer 20 minutes of mindful movement in which to embody the practices fully. An audio file is made of the guided meditation each week and made available to all participants through email.
Please join Diana for this drop-in series. Chairs are available and meditation cushions and other supportive devices can be made available upon request.
The group has moved to a new location to make room for additional participants as of Wednesday, March 4th at the Soul of Yoga located at 627 Encinitas Blvd, just off of Westlake, in Encinitas, CA 92024. The group will meet from 1:00-2:30 PM. There is no charge for this group. There is ample parking and a welcoming community awaiting you.
Mindfulness practices offer many benefits, including:
increased capacities and personal resources, improved health and well-being, greater joy and ease and a sense of true belonging in community.
Check out the new flyer by clicking here!
Please go to: to learn more or contact Diana directly at:
(760) 310-2920.
Diana M. Shimkus, LCSW

-Zumba: Gentle (both Encinitas and Vista) and Gentle Fitness (Encinitas) are continuing indefinitely in the care of Yoga Vista Studio and North County Cancer Fitness!

Currently On-Going Classes & Groups

Please keep in mind that none of these classes are directly a part of SDCRI any longer, but are being supported by individuals and groups who were gracious and wonderful enough to take over the reins!
Multiple cancer fitness classes are now hosted by North County Cancer Fitness!
Go to their website for info and to sign up!

Gentle Fitness
Exercise has been shown to improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen muscles, regain balance, increase flexibility while reducing fatigue, anxiety, and depression in cancer survivors.
Certified Personal Trainer, Erzsi Kovacs will lead the way!

Zumba: Gentle is held every week! Come and dance, sway or just sit and enjoy the music! Learn Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip-Hop, and free flow too!
Caregivers are welcome! No experience needed!
Email Alessandra for more details at

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Past News

Hope Made Visible™: Creating & sharing artful flags among cancer patients, survivors, families/friends, & caregivers
Alessandra Colfi has been engaging patients at San Diego Cancer Research Institute – SDCRI, and UCSD Moores Cancer Center in creating Flags in various art media. We have made and received over to 1,000 flags now, from all over the USA, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Ghana, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Australia, and many other countries; even more are on the way!

Recently, the flags were hung in Germany at the Karlsruhe Museum! Here are just a few photos of the exhibit:



We will keep you posted as to new times, dates and special events involving Hope Made Visible.

 2016 News

Our wonderful Social Worker and Meditation Facilitator, Erin Graves, will be able to start seeing clients again! Starting April 13th, Erin will be welcoming patients, their family, and their friends to her Therapy Groups and Individual sessions. She recently sent us an email with this message, and her contact info:

“I am really excited about this new opportunity to provide supportive individual and group counseling services to those experiencing anxiety, depression, life-transitions, life-altering medical diagnoses, grief, loss and relationship issues. In addition, I will facilitate support groups in meditation, mindfulness, and self-care for women, healthcare professionals, first responders, public school educators, and college students. As I am eager to offer my services to a wide range of individuals, please feel free to refer acquaintances, family, and friends who may be interested in individual or group counseling including introductory meditation and self-care classes. I offer day, evening and Saturday appointments. I am also able to offer an income-based sliding-scale to individuals as needed.
Thank you so much for your support as I embark on this new endeavor! My bio and contact information will be added to the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma website soon. Please contact me if you have any questions and feel free to pass my information to anyone who may be interested.

Take care,
Erin Graves, MSW, ASW6098
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma
619-272-6858 x705

Contact Erin, today!

Our SDCRI family lost a dear friend & colleague on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. Deb Snyder, the founder of North Coast Cancer Fitness, NCCF, and a Cancer Warrior herself, will be missed by so many in the cancer community. Her commitment to cancer fitness was unparalleled.
If you have not yet had a chance to read this article written about her in 2015, please take the time to learn about this amazing woman.

debsRecognize this face? If you’ve ever attended a Gentle Fitness session, or been to a few of our other classes, odds are you would have met this fantastic lady! Deb Snider is a long time client and partner of SDCRI and, more importantly, is a co-founder of the North County Cancer Fitness (NCCF) program, helping so many cancer patients and survivors get back to the health and functionality they very much need!

Check out this great interview article, posted on the San Diego Union Tribune website, to learn more about Deb, her personal struggle with Cancer, and her work with cancer survivors in San Diego county!

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