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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-10-31

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SHARON LUCKERMAN
StaffWriter

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important when coping with an illness
to learn to quiet the mind," she says.
Relaxation techniques, such as breath
work, can calm a person who has a high
level of anxiety, resulting in lowered
heart rate and blood pressure, she says.
This can lead to decreasing anxiety
medication; it also helps some people

fter surgery and chemothera-
py and radiation treatments
for a brain tumor, Gayle
Halperin Kahn and her hus-
band Mark found holistic ways to
soothe her pain and to help contin-
ue the loving bond between them.
Kahn, for example, would mas-
sage his wife's feet. He says it corn-
forted her but also helped him
maintain his involvement in her
treatment and recovery.
Through word of mouth and rec-
ommendations from the Southfield-
based Jewish Hospice and
Chaplaincy Network, Gayle found
other health treatments that greatly
reduced stress and anxiety.
Methods she used included heal-
Marge and Robert Alpern
ing touch massage therapy, yoga,
acupuncture and guided imagery.
sleep.
During those years, Mark Kahn says,
"From a spiritual standpoint, we don't
he learned more about living and loving
support or recommend a specific reli-
than any other time in his life.
gious system. But it is important that
"Clearly, her family and friends gave
people have some sort of spiritual prac-
her the greatest strength of being," says
tice," Dr. Myklebust says.
Kahn. "But when Gayle needed relief
Studies show that prayer leads to a
from the pain or to feel in control of her
better outcome, whether recovering
fear of what was happening to her, these
from surgery or chemotherapy. "So we
alternative holistic treatments were a
sometimes recommend that patients put
great comfort."
themselves on a prayer list at their
To further study these alternatives
church
or synagogue," she says.
treatments, Mark Kahn established the
The
clinic
has three conventionally
endowed professorship in his wife's
trained family doctors who have had
name. She died in February 2002.
additional training in alternative medi-
"The Gayle Halperin Kahn professor-
cine. The center also makes referrals to
ship creates the University of Michigan
alternative practitioners.
hospital as a major U.S. centers for inte-
Dr. Myklebust says, "The point with
grative medicine," says Marge Alpern of
integrative
medicine is it's so individual-
Bloomfield Hills, who teaches yoga and
ized.
Each
person
requires a different
meditation and believes "the body is a
integrative approach. Often people who
self-healing mechanism."
come to the clinic feel very fragmented,
Three years ago, she and her husband,
Robert, made a gift to the clinical servic- split between the various doctors they
es part of the U-M Integrative Medicine see for their different problems, a doctor
for bladder, another for their headaches.
Program. Their gift helped establish the
They
are on many medications and
I M Well Integrative Medicine Wellness
treatments.
Center, in Ann Arbor.
"Integrative medicine looks at the
"Our approach at the clinic is to look
at mind, body, spirit and emotion of the whole person and many of our patients
say it makes them feel whole again.
patient," says Dr. Monica Myklebust,
"They're taking charge of their life
director of the center.
again. They get things — treatments,
"While it's important to many people
techniques — they can do rather than
to gather information about their illness
things done to them." ri
— encouraged by the clinic — it's also

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