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Cancer Anxiety Clinical Study

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NOTE: This study has concluded. Other similar studies are taking place at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at NYU.

Hello, My name is Alicia and I coordinate a clinical trial at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. We are working with participants who have anxiety due to metastatic cancer. We are providing the novel medication psilocybin, which is one of the ingredients in "magic" mushrooms. Here is a brief summary:

The study examines the use of psilocybin in a controlled setting to reduce the psychospiritual anxiety of people who have advanced cancer. As a society we spend a great deal of attention treating cancer, but very little treating the human being who is dying of cancer. This study treats the whole human being. It aims to help the patient move towards a “good” death. If we can learn to work more skillfully with dying, we will also learn to take better care of life. This is the first work of this kind with the dying since the early 1970’s. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Grob M.D.)

For background and information that goes into more detail about the inclusion/exclusion criteria for the study, you can check out this Web site: http://www.canceranxietystudy.org  (keyword: Grob). We are funded by the non-profit Heffter Research Institute.

We have one more open spot for this phase of the trial. Thank you for any support you can provide in helping me get the word out.

Kind Regards,

Alicia Danforth

Study Coordinator

Office: (310) 222-3175

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Dear Members,

We are excited to mention that we are moving to a more new and improved message boards on MONDAY MORNING AUGUST 9th! The boards will be done for a few hours while we are making the conversation. Remember we posted information about this move a month ago. For some of you this might seem a bit sudden,  but when we were reviewing the site we determined the current message board you are using is out of date and the company that designed it is no longer in existence. The good news is this new message board will have new features that have been requested in the past like more fields we can add to your profiles and a chat room up to 20 people at one time. If we find the chat room is bursting at the seams we will add additional room for extra people. All your old posts, private messages and such will be migrated to the new message board. You might have to put up your profile picture again but not sure. The new company will be doing the migration for us. Here is a short list of some of the new features on the board:

- Custom Profile Fields

- Users can customize their profile pages by selecting a background color or background image, with tiling options.

- Facebook and Twitter Integration

- users can respond to multiple posts at once with "mini-quote"

- Pinned discussion threads - like welcome to our board etc.

- Announcements made across some boards or the entire message board

- Search: Users can easily find all content generated by a particular member, by clicking the 'Find Content' button that appears on the main profile page, or in the Mini Profile Popup which can be accessed throughout the board. The results page allows content to be filtered by application, as well whether the member created it or merely participated in it.

- Privacy: allows users to sign in anonymously, hiding them from the online users list. Users also have the option to disable personal conversations and user-to-user emails, as well as ignore other users if necessary.

The next exciting piece of news about the new message board is it will have a new domain name of www.grieving.com for search engine optimization purposes. It will still be apart of Beyond Indigo and can be found through www.beyondindigo.com. We will be redirecting your current URL's to this new domain name but we might miss a few. If that is the case simply go back to www.grieving.com or www.beyondindigo.com to find your message board thread. We will try to make the transition as seamless as possible.

The bottom line is the new board will give us room to grow our community and more options to interact better with each other.

If you have any questions please direct them to feedback@beyondindigo.com.

Kelly Baltzell, MA


Beyond Indigo Family

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