Study: Wellness Activities Extend Lives of Cancer Patients

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So headlines this morning report that the new chief of Blue Cross in MA says that reining in costs is a top priority. Well, those sound like political campaign words - "it's all about taxes," but in the world of health care, it's all about premiums and coverage. Call me a skeptic after decades of jumps in health insurance premiums, and decreases in--or more complicated rules--or getting coverage. I will take a wait-and-see approach on this one.

Just the other day, it was reported that a hospital charged $300 for a $17 device. So you can see why I am a skeptic.

One thing I am not a skeptic on is this new study that palliative care extends the life of cancer patients. Back when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and had two surgeries and was starting chemo and was a tiny bit stressed, I joined a support group at a local non profit (where I now work), which also offered wellness activities including Reiki. I was a skeptic then, but desperate - not sleeping, totally stressed, a tiny bit crabby. I was offered a reiki session and poo-pooed it. But then I tried it and felt nothing during the session but went home and took a nap - and actually felt rested.

Now the organization I work for has expanded their offerings to include reiki, meditation, polarity and all sorts of activities for those touched by cancer - current and former patients, caregivers, and family members.

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So maybe my skepticism will change to optimisim if the health insurance rates stop having these giant jumps and overcharging for things - just like the government was accused of in the past - the $50 box of paper clips.