Eric Secor, PhD

Integrative Medicine

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Yoga for Cancer

Why We’re Testing Y4C: Yoga for Cancer Patients, Survivors

Many cancer patients seek out yoga to provide comfort, relaxation, reduce pain and anxiety. Yoga, the ancient Indian system, incorporates physical exercise and movement with mental and spiritual practice. In the United States, yoga is one of the most common forms of integrative medicine. But not all forms of yoga...

Acupuncture and Cancer

Why Cancer Patients Should Consider Acupuncture

One of the best integrative medicine treatments for cancer, both when receiving chemotherapy and well into survivorship, is also one of the oldest. Acupuncture, a distinct clinical subset of Traditional Chinese Medicine, dates back thousands of years. Today, in numerous pilot and feasibility trials, acupuncture has been found to safely, and...

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Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

By Diane Avino and Dr. Eric Secor Prostate cancer patients experience specific health challenges after initial diagnosis and treatment, especially those being managed long-term with hormone deprivation therapy such as leuprolide acetate. The effects on a patient’s quality of life can include weight gain, reduced insulin resistance and reduced muscle...

Reiki

Why We Call This Medicine: Yoga, Art/Music Therapy, Reiki, Massage . . .

According to the National Institutes of Health, “integrative health or medicine” brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated evidenced-based approach to patient care. Integrative medicine includes a variety of modalities: Acupuncture. Stress reduction. Yoga. Nutrition. Reiki. Massage therapy. Art therapy. Music therapy. Tai chi. Qi gong. Physician consultations....

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Which Nutritional Supplement (If Any) Is Right For You?

Almost every day you see an ad or hear someone talking about taking a supplement to help with metabolism, memory or sleeping, but the shelves at the drugstore are loaded with so many types of supplements it can be dizzying. Where do you start? As with many health-related questions, start...

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Is This All it Takes To Avoid Cancer?

When it comes to cancer prevention, genetics are only part of your body’s story. How you live and what you eat can also promote overall health and keep your colon happy. Dr. Eric Secor, associate medical director of integrative medicine with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, echoes the American Institute...