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Posted on: 07/22/2002

Glioblastoma Distance Healing Project

RECRUITING PATIENTS WITH GLIOBLASTOMA This website is part of a research project sponsored funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a research division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant is being administered though the Complementary Medicine Research Institute of the California Pacific Medical Center. The purpose of this research is to see if Distance Healing can be used as a treatment for patients with a specific type of brain tumor. The specific type of brain tumor is called glioblastoma multiforme, which is also known as a Grade IV astrocytoma.

Distance Healing is a treatment that is different from other kinds of therapies you may be familiar with, like radiation therapy or surgery. Distance Healing (DH) consists of a mental act, which is performed by one person (the healer) on behalf of another person, the patient with the intention of improving the patient's health and well-being. This intention is the treatment.

You may be familiar with other forms of mental healing in which one person uses their mind to heal another, such as so-called prayer healing or laying on of hands. Distance healing (DH) is different from that in two important ways:

1. DH is not associated with any particular religion religious beliefs.

2. DH is done at a distance; the healer does not actually meet the patient physically (like in hands-on healing) but rather brings their healing efforts to the patient by way of a photo of the patient.


This is a study being done to demonstrate whether DH will work for patients with glioblastoma. In this study, we will be comparing patients treated with DH to patients who are not. We are looking at DH an "adjunct treatment". This means that if you enroll in this study, you should continue with all of your other treatments like radiation therapy or chemotherapy or surgery. DH is NOT to be used instead of conventional treatment.

This study is what's called "double blind". What this means is that after enrollment, we randomly pick half the study enrollees to be treated with sixty hours of DH healing. The other half are not treated; however, nobody knows which group, treatment or control, you will be in.

If you are in the treatment group, your photo will be sent to a series of 10 healers (see Healers). Each healer will "work on" your photo for six hours about every other day. Then the next healer will work on the photo, and so on. Therefore, a total of 60 hours of healing will be performed on your behalf.

Except for a single follow-up call in six months, there will be no contact between you and study personnel after the enrollment. At the end of the study (in about three years) we will know what the results show.

PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE: WWW.GBMHEALING.ORG for the details of whether or not you qualify for this study.

Andrew Freinkel, M.D.
Project Manager
Glioblastoma Distance Healing Project
2300 California Street, Ste. 207
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 600-1294
fax (415) 921-6117

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