Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bastyr Testing Natural Medicine Therapy at Hawaii Cancer Retreat

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.

About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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Phone: (425) 602-3107
Email: media[at]bastyr[dot]edu

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