Posts Tagged ‘acupuncture’

Can Acupuncture Reduce Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that acupunctuure may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeted therapies to treat breast cancer. Hot flashes in breast cancer survivors may be severe and frequent but the FDA-approved remedies such as hormone replacement therapies are not appropriate for breast cancer survivors because they include estrogen. The researchers say that “though most people associate hot flashes with menopause, the episodes also affect many breast cancer survivors who have low estrogen levels and often undergo premature menopause, following treatment with chemotherapy or surgery. ”

In the study the researchers included 120 breast cancer survivors who reported experiencing multiple hot flashes daily. These were randomly placed into four different intervention groups in order to analyze the effectiveness of an acupuncture technique  (electroacupuncture) in  which embedded needles deliver weak electric current and comparing results of this group with a group receiving an epilepsy drug gabapentin to determine effectiveness in reducing hot flashes.  . Gabapentin was previously shown to be effective in reducing hot flashes for these patients. The study continued eight weeks and subjects received either gabapentin 900 mg daily, or gabapentin placebo daily, or electroacupuncture twice weekly for 2 weeks and then one time a week, or a sham electroacupuncture in which there was no actual needle penetration or electric current.

After the eight weeks treatments, subjects in the electroacupuncture group demonstrated the greatest improvement in a standard measure (hot flash composite score) of hot flash  frequency and severity. It actually was 25% more effective than the next group on the standardized test. The next most effective group was the sham electroacupuncture followed by the gabapentin medication group and the placebo pill group was last. In addition, the electroacupuincture groups reported less side effects than either pill group. At sixteen weeks follow up the subjects who were in the two electroacupuncture groups reported a sustained and slightly deficit of hot flashes. In addition, the placebo group reported a slight improvement in hot flashes but the gabapentin pill group reported worsening hot flashes. The researchers said “Acupuncture is an exotic therapy, elicits the patient’s active participation, and involves a greater patient-provider interaction, compared with taking a pill.” Importantly, the results of this trial show that even sham acupuncture–which is effectively a placebo–is more effective than medication. The placebo effect is often dismissed as noise, but these results suggest we should be taking a closer look at how we can best harness it.”

Interviews with Cynthia Stamper Graff (holistic weight loss) Jessica Ortner (tapping and weight loss) and a brief Overview by Me (natural Rx for Lung Cancer) now Available for Listening.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015


Best Selling Author Cynthia Stamper Graff is the President and CEO of Lindora, the nation’s largest medical-based program that has helped more than 750,000 people lose 15 million pounds and is the author of The new Lean for Life-her first book sold over 1 million copies. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:


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My second guest, Jessica Ortner is co=producer of Tapping Solutions, a documentary on EFT/MeriodianTapping and weight loss and has lead over 3,000 women through her weight loss program. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at:



With a Brief Overview of My Natural Lung Cancer Treatment 40 Years ago.


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Interview with Sara Carapezzi (yoga/visualization- cancer patients) and Kimberly Luker (breast cancer survivor) now Available for Listening.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Back cover thumbnail vertical 081609HeadShotHiResGuests on the show yesterday were Sara Carapezzi (left) and Kimberly Luker.

Sara has worked in yoga for 15 years and is currently Director of the School of Royal Yoga in Chester, new Jersey. More information was presented earlier and can be found at:

Kimberly Luker is a breast cancer survivor who subsaequently establi8shed skin care products for cancer patients known as Botanicals for Hope Products.   More information was presented earlier on this siute and can be found at:

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Interviews with Cancer Survivors, Susan Gonzalez (breast) and Sam Corti (cervical) Now Available for Listening

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Guests for the Holistic Health Show on Saturday were Susan Gonzalez (left) and Sam Corti (right).

Susan is a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree and is in partnership with one of the top preventive cardiologists in the country where she counsels hundreds of patients on creating and meeting their lifestyle needs. Her upcoming book,. 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Tips for Surviving It is due on the market Spring 2013. More information was presented earlier on this website.

Sam Corti, from  England, survived cervical cancer using a combination opf traditional and natural intervention and now has a tea business called tea4life at

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Saturday’s Show with Cancer Survivors Kathleen O’Keefe Karnavos, Margaret Bermel, and Claire Petretti

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Guests for the show on Saturday included cancer survivors Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos (left) , Margaret Bermel (middle), and Claire Petretti (right) .

Kathleen  is an inspirational speaker, phone counselor at R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation and author of Surviving Cancerland: The Psychic Aspects of Healing. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at

Margaret has co-authored management articles in scholarly journals, was the co-recipient of the Human Resource Management and Orgamizational Behavior Journal’s Distinguished Paper Award in 1985, and is author of The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at:

Claire Petretti studies for law but decided it was not for her and has spent many years working with Yoga and Cancer Recover, completed a DVD on Yoga for Cancer Recovery and finishing a book based upon her self-written cancer journals. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at:

Interviews with Breast Cancer Survivors Carmelina Vargas (singer/songwriter) and Tamara St Johns (adjunct professor) Now Available.

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

My guests yesterday were Carmelina Vargas (left) and Tamara St John (right). Both are breast cancer survivors.

Carmelina is a singer/songwriter from Barahona, Dominican  Republic who lives in New York and has published singles and albums of her music. More information was presented earlier on this site.

Tamara has a masters in business and is an adjunct professor in southern California. More information was presented earlier on this site.

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Hot Flashes from Prostate Cancer Treatment Relieved by Acupuncture

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


A study published in the April issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology-Biology-Physics concluded that acupuncture provides long-lasting relief for hot flashes, heart palpitation, and anxiety that are common side effects of hormonal therapy commonly used for prostate cancer. Hormonal therapy to reduce the level of testosterone in the body or surgery are the two most used treatments for prostate cancer. Because it is known that testosterone induces prostate cancer, reducing this hormone in treatment has been shown to keep the cancer in check by starving the cancer cells of the hormone it needs to grow and spread. However, the therapy produces hot flashes as one side effect.
In a prospective study 14 men experiencing hot flashes due to hormone therapy were evaluated. Upon enrollment they were given a hot flash score (HFS) evaluating their daily hot flashes and the mean score was 28.3. Subjects then received acupuncture twice weekly for 30 minutes for 4 weeks. After two weeks the HFS was remeasured and had dropped over a half to 10.3. Six weeks following treatment their HFS had dropped to 7.5. Further research is planned. More information is available at:

Doctors of Medicine, Oriental Medicine, and Naturopathy Discussed Natural Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies

Sunday, September 5th, 2010



Yesterday on the Holistic Health Show Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Dr Murray Grossan, M.D., Dr Steven Morrissey, O.M.D., and Dr Bianca Garilli, N.D. about natural ways to deal with seasonal allergies. Dr Grossan is board certified by the American Board of Otolarngology and Head and Neck Surgery and is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles. More information is available on an earlier blog on this website or at

Dr Steven Morrissey has more than 25 years experience in oriental and herbal medicine and has two joint companies with others in China to undertake research on safety, efficacy and quality of botanical medicine. More information is available on an earlier blog and on

Dr Bianca Garilli, a naturopathic physician, practices in Orange County, California. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at and

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Dr Allan Stillerman, Dr Terrawong Kasiolarn, and Mr Daniel Chapman Discuss Natural Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

Sunday, August 8th, 2010




Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show interviewed three guests who talked about natural solutions to seasonal allergies on his show yesterday.

Dr Allan Stillerman joined the Allergy and Asthma specialists, P.A. in 1998 and lectures regionally and nationally in the fields of asthma, food allergy, anaphylaxis and allergic Rhino-conjunctivitis. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can be found at Http://

Dr Terrawong Kasiolarnis a certified naturopathic physician with certification in acupuncture and is on the staff of the NOVA Medical and Urgent Care Center. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can be found at

Mr Daniel Chapman is founder and CEO of Redd Remedies with origins dating back to 1961. They recently received the Best of Expo 2010 Gold Award in the vitamin/supplements category at the National Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California. More information was presented earlier and can be found at

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Do Expectations and Preferences Predict Outcome of Acupuncture as Back Pain Therapy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010


In a recent study published in Spine researchers concluded that contrary to previous published studies their results on treatment expectations and preferences of patients were not predictive of treatment outcomes for patients with chronic back pain. This was one of the first studies using acupuncture as the treatment and there were 477 acupuncture naive individuals with chronic back pain as subjects. Subjects were randomized to 1 of 3 acupuncture or simulated acupuncture treatment groups for 10 treatments over a 7 week period and were masked regarding treatment assignments. Before treatment subjects were asked about their expectations of treatment success, impressions, knowledge about acupuncture and treatment preferences. Outcome measures included functional status measured on the Roland score and symptoms bothersome and were measured at 8 and 52 weeks by telephone interviewers who were unaware of which group the person being interviewed was in. Those with high pretreatment expectations for the success of acupuncture were more likely to report higher general expectations of improvement,a preference for acupuncture, had heard that acupuncture was an effective treatment, and had a positive impression of acupuncture. Yet, none of these variables was a significant predictor of improvement of back pain symptoms at 8 or 52 weeks. The researchers concluded that the relationship between expectations and outcomes may be more complex that previously thought.