The heart plays a vital role in keeping the body alive. Anger has been linked to heart disease, and research has suggested that hardening of the arteries occurs faster in people who score highly in hostility and anger tests. By comparison, although more patients (36%) responded positively to standard chemotherapy treatment, the improvements lasted on average for only four and a half months.

So, in addition to augmenting the best practices of your doctor, there are some proven holistic practices that are very effective in reducing stress and promoting the healing process: healthy deep breathing, energy healing or healing touch, massage, guided imagery, meditation, music therapy, mindfulness meditation.

Health insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and health care provider groups are all growing larger, but bigger has not been better for patients. One in four Medicare beneficiaries—15 million people—spend over 20 percent of their income on premiums and medical care.

However, we …