Bastyr Testing Natural Medicine Therapy at Hawaii Cancer Retreat

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Summary

Farm's location offers restorative qualities that could help boost immune systems

Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats on the Big Island of Hawaii has joined forces with Bastyr University's Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) to test the hypothesis that exposure to a two-week therapeutic in-patient experience at Kokolulu Farm will improve participants' immune system responses, anti-cancer blood cell activity and quality of life.

Bastyr University researchers are testing the hypothesis that comprehensive natural medicine therapy that includes western and Asian botanical medicines, mind-body medicine (meditation, qigong, imagery and other stress-reduction techniques) and nutritional medicine improves survival, reduces cancer relapse rates and improves health-related quality of life.

Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats combines all the elements of deep nature cure: sea water, sunlight, vegetarian fresh farm-grown food, daily meditation training and qigong. The location's restorative qualities led BIORC researchers to select Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats for the study.

Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats is located on the northern tip of the Big Island.

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