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GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg featured in GW Cancer Center magazine

Check out the inaugural issue of the GW Cancer Center, which has pooled resources from throughout GW to reimagine an end to cancer.  Check out the article on page 22-23 about the weekly class GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg has offered to people living with cancer for four years. Gentle yoga can strengthen the body and help those in treatment as well as cancer survivors deal with uncomfortable side effects and stress.

Important film about chronic pain: “All The Rage: Saved by Sarno”

An important documentary movie by filmmaker Michael Galinsky entitled “All The Rage: Saved By Sarno” premiered in New York on November 12, 2016.  This film is about the ground breaking work of John E. Sarno, M.D. demonstrating that most common chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions occurring in the back, neck, shoulders, knees, feet, etc. are caused by psychological tension (repressed rage).

Read more about this film is this article:

7th SIMPLE Symposium July 11-14, 2016 in Taos, New Mexico

After six successful conferences under the direction of Dr. Arti Prasad, the University of New Mexico, Section of Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, Integrative Medicine de Taos (IMdT), and Continuing Medical Education will present SIMPLY Botanicals and the 7th Biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) July 10-14, 2016 at the Sagebrush Inn in beautiful Taos, NM.

more info here

GWCIM Medical Director Dr. Kogan is one of the major speakers.


Dr. Kogan reviewing Gwyneth Paltrow’s smoothie on Wash Post

WP:  “Dr. Mikhail Kogan, our medical supervisor for the video, works at George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Kogan incorporates some alternative medicine practices into his treatments, so he’s a little more open to the ingredients found in Paltrow’s smoothie than we are. But even Dr. Kogan is skeptical about the cocktail.”

To watch video (and smile) follow this link:


Alexander Technique 2016, April and June – affordable group classes in Takoma Park

We all experience the habits, tensions and stresses of life that can challenge our innate abilities, sometimes to the point of crippling our capacity to move and think with ease.  The Alexander Technique is a form of postural re-education that teaches you to use your whole body with ease, efficiency, balance and power.  Read about Alexander Technique more here.  Learn Alexander Technique with our instructor Mary Naden.

3-Class Spring Series  $120

Three 90-minute group classes + ½ hour Private Lesson*

April 4, 11,18 | 7:30-9 p.m.


1-Class Summer Intros: $75

2-hour small group class + ½ hour Private Lesson*

Monday, June 13, Saturday, July 16, or Tuesday, August 9


To register, call or email
Mary Naden



HeartMath Brings Relief By Connecting Heart, Mind and Emotions

An article by Dr. Ilana Seidel published in Natural Awakenings magazine.

“Picture this scenario. A quickly beating heart, sweaty palms, shallow breath and focusing on one thing—staying alive. Driving downhill in Pittsburgh on black ice petrified him. His mentor, however, entered the office with a smile and calmly shook the snow off her boots. Notice that the stressor was the same. One chose a sympathetic nervous system mediated response, while the other chose a more coherent response.

When one chronically chooses to respond with depleting emotions, such as anxiety or fear, these emotions create a sympathetic nervous system cascade and a stress hormone cascade. The sympathetic pathway regulates the ‘fight or flight’ response, which was historically used to intermittently run away from tigers and bears. ….”

Read full text HERE 

European Mistletoe injections are now offered

We are happy to announce that we are now offering European Mistletoe (mistletoe)

injections as a complementary treatment for individuals with qualifying diagnosis.

More than a popular romantic symbol of love and fertility, mistletoe has been used

throughout history to treat medical conditions from arthritis to seizures, and was even

thought to be a healer of all ailments in some cultures. In the early twentieth century,

European physicians began treating their patients who were living with cancer with

injections of mistletoe extract. Unlike it’s red-berried American counterpart, European

mistletoe, Viscum album L., is a hemiparasitic plant with white berries. It contains

lectins and viscotoxins, active constituents that have been shown to stimulate immune

function and display anti-cancer properties in cell culture and animal studies. [1,2]

Many of the studies which investigate the efficacy of mistletoe as a treatment for cancer

present mixed results regarding its potential ability to prolong survival and reduce

tumor recurrence and metastases. However, many of these studies lack methodological

validity. Despite the controversy presented in the available research, mistletoe

treatment is commonly prescribed as a complementary cancer treatment in Europe.

The strongest current evidence for mistletoe treatment indicates its potential ability to

improve quality of life and well-being in individuals who have cancer. Subcutaneous

injections of mistletoe have been shown to improve appetite, sleep, weight maintenance,

and overall quality of life in individuals who are receiving best supportive care as well as

conventional cancer treatment. Moreover, this treatment has not been shown to

interfere with chemotherapy or commonly cause serious adverse effects. [3, 4]

Randomized controlled trials have shown mistletoe treatment to improve quality of life

in individuals with non-small cell lung, ovarian, breast, and pancreatic cancers. [5,6,7]

Quality of life was not shown to be improved in individuals with head and neck cancers,

however. Mistletoe treatment has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug

Administration (FDA), and clinical trials are underway in the US to evaluate the safety

and efficacy of this treatment.

The average cost of mistletoe treatment ranges from $100-200 per month. To learn

more and decide if this treatment is right for you, please call the center and schedule a

visit with Dr. Orceyre or Dr. Kogan.

For more information:



1 Estko, M et al. Tumour cell derived effects on monocyte/macrophage polarization and function and modulatory

potential of Viscum album lipophilic extract in vitro. (2015) BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

2 Cebovic T et al. Cytotoxic effects of the Viscum album L. extract on Ehrlich tumour cells in vivo. (2008)

Phytotherapy Research.

3 Weissenstein U et al. Interaction of standardized mistletoe (Viscum album) extracts with chemotherapeutic drugs

regarding cytostatic and cytotoxic effects in vitro.

4 Adverse Drug Reactions and Expected Effects to Therapy with Subcutaneous Mistletoe Extracts (Viscum album L.)

in Cancer Patients.

5 Piao et al. Impact of complementary mistletoe extract treatment on quality of life in breast, ovarian, and non-small

cell lung cancer patients. A prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. (2004)

6 Troger et al. Quality of Live of Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer During Treatment With Mistletoe (2014)

7 Troger et al. Five-year follow-up of patients with early stage breast cancer after a randomized study comparing

additional treatment with viscum album (L.) extract to chemotherapy alone.


Sincere thanks. CIM really takes its mission seriously to be health partners. I could not explore various alternative approaches without such support. – Sarah, July 2015


Yoga May Ease COPD Symptoms

The results of a small study conducted in India by Randeep Guleria, MD, of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and colleagues show that yoga may improve some symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and overall quality of life, as reported by the Clinical Advisor.

Lack of patient compliance is a known problem with many standard pulmonary rehabilitation programs, so Guleria and colleagues enrolled 29 patients with COPD to determine if yoga could be beneficial. Twice weekly yoga classes improved several measures of dyspnea and living quality over the course of 12 weeks. The researchers measured lung function, dyspnea severity, quality of life and inflammation at baseline and 12 weeks. During the study period, the patients experienced significant improvements on all measures of dyspnea severity. Overall quality of life scores also significantly improved from a baseline value. There were no significant improvements on pulmonary function tests or inflammatory markers.

In 2011, scientists from Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science reported that 22 patients were given six weeks of yoga-based interventions, which included stretching, posing and deep breathing. The team noted that participants’ COPD symptoms became milder after a month and a half of yoga. Both teams call for more research on the subject.


1.Guleria R et al. e-Poster #1079. “Efficacy of yoga on inflammatory markers, dyspnea, and quality of life in COPD.” Presented at: CHEST 2013. Oct. 26-31, 2013; Chicago.
2.Fulambarker A, Farooki B, Kheir F, Copur AS, Srinivasan L, Schultz S. Effect of yoga in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Ther. 2012 Mar;19(2):96-100. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0b013e3181f2ab86.


Reiki volunteer practitioners marked 5,000th visit to the GWU hospital

GWCIM Reiki Master Teacher and Biofeedback Instructor Luann Jacobs and 43 trained volunteer Reiki practitioners who worked with her over the years celebrated their 5,000th visit to GWU Hospital to provide Reiki to patients, their families, and staff.

Under the leadership of two forward-thinking and visionary doctors — John Pan, the founder of GWCIM, and Joel Rosenberg, GWU Hospital’s Clinical Director of Cardiology, the Reiki Relaxation Therapy Program was launched in 2004 as a six-month pilot project at the GWU Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The goal of the program was to help patients relax before cardiac procedures. The pilot program was a great success, and continued until April 1, 2007, when a permanent GW Hospital Reiki Volunteer Program was formed under Luann Jacobs’s leadership. It quickly expanded to many other departments of the GWU hospital and now offers sessions led by an assigned volunteer almost on a daily basis.

Marking the milestone, volunteers expressed appreciation and gratitude for the program and for the many benefits it has brought to their lives. As one of the early volunteers, Craig Cameron, said, “I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say that the GW Reiki volunteer program was an important part of my Reiki training and my Reiki practice today. I learned so much from the patients about patience and courage — that no matter how bad things are, Reiki can help. And I learned a lot about my own strengths as well. It was healing all around.”

Luann says a huge THANK YOU to all the Reiki volunteers who have brought their special way of caring into the medical realm and have helped all they have touched.