We list these resources on the website to be of support to our community. Ceres does not necessarily endorse any of these providers or resources. We offer this to give you an idea of the breadth of resources available, and we suggest that you explore these to find what might be helpful to you.

We strive to maintain updated information, however, these lists are provided for informational purposes only. These resources may not always be complete or up to date. Inclusion or exclusion from our resource lists should not be understood as an indication of approval or disapproval by Ceres.



General Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition:  A Holistic Approach, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A, 1978

Digestive Wellness, Liz Lipski, McGraw-Hill, 2005

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, Atria Books, 2005

Enzyme Nutrition, Edward Howell, Avery, 1985

Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, Three River’s Press, 2000

The Safe Shopper’s Bible: A Consumer’s Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics and Food, David Steinman, Samuel S. Epstein, Wiley Publishing, 1995

The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight and Gain Health, Dr. Dean Ornish, Ballantine Books, 2007

What to Eat, Marion Nestle, North Point Press, 2007

Nutrition & Cancer

Anticancer: A New Way of Life
Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, Viking Adult, 2009
This monthly newsletter from Dr. David Servan-Schreiber includes ground-breaking research information on how lifestyle choices, including what we eat (or don't eat) can prevent cancer and cancer recurrence. [email protected]

Foods to Fight Cancer: Essential Foods to Help Prevent Cancer
Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras, DK Adult, 2007

Nature’s Cancer Fighting Foods
Verne Varne, Penguin Putnam, 2001 - American Institute for Cancer Research is the cancer charity that fosters research on diet and cancer prevention, interprets the evidence, and educates the public about the results. - Expert reports from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:  A Global Perspective, as well as the companion report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.  Website provides the most up to date reference and resource materials associated with both reports.

Heart Health

Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Dr. Dean Ornish, Ivy Books, December, 1995

Reversing Heart Disease: A Vital New Program to Help Prevent, Treat, and Eliminate Cardiac Problems without Surgery, Julian M. Whitaker, M.D., Warner Books, Inc. 2002

Stress, Diet and Your Heart: A Lifetime Program for Healing Your Heart Without Drugs or Surgery, Dr. Dean Ornish, First Signet Printing, 1984

The Sinatra Solution, Metabolic Cardiology, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2005.




General Whole Foods

Nourishing Connections: the Healing Power of Food & Community, Cathryn Couch & JoEllen DeNicola, Ceres Community Project, 2009   (click here to purchase)

Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More than 200 Recipes for a More Sustainable You, Terry Walters, Sterling Epicure, 2009

Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables, Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006

Healing with Whole Foods:  Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, Paul Pitchford, North Atlantic Books, 2002

Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing, Inc., 2001

Specialty Cookbooks

Wild Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003

Sprouts:The Miracle Food, Steve Meyerowitz, Book Publishing Co., 1999

For more information on sprouting and how to prepare live/raw foods:

Conscious Eating, Gabriel Cousens, M.D., North Atlantic Books and Essene Vision Books, 2000

Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, Gabriel Coursens, M.D., North Atlantic Books and Essene Vision Books, 2003

The Complete Book of Raw Food, Julie Rodwell, Victoria Boutenko, Juliano Brotman, and Nomi Shannon, Hatherleigh Press, August 2008

Cancer Specific

The Cancer-Fighting Cookbook, Rebecca Katz, Random House, 2009

Cooking with Foods that Fight Cancer, Richard Beliveau, Denis Gingras, McClelland & Stewart, 2007

One Bite at a Time:  Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and their Families, Rebecca Katz, Celestial Arts Press, 2008

The What to Eat if you Have Cancer Cookbook (Revised): Healing Foods that Boost Your Immune System, Daniella Chace and Maureen Keane, McGraw Hill, 2006

Diabetes Specific

Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook, Published by: the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association

There Is a Cure for Diabetes, Gabriel Cousins, MD, North Atlantic Books, 2008

Heart Health

The Healthy Heart Cookbook: Over 700 Recipes for Every Day and Every Occasion, Joseph C. Piscatella and Bernie Piscatella, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2004



Herbal Information

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief, David Winston & Steven Maimes, Healing Arts Press, 2007

Breast Cancer? Breast Health!  The Wise Woman Way, Susan Weed, Ash Tree Publishing, 1996

Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer, Donald Yance, Keats Publishing, 1999

Holistic Herbal:  A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies, David Hoffman, 2003



Integrative &
Alternative Education

Anticancer:  A New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber, Viking, 2008

Choices in Healing:  Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer, Michael Lerner, MIT Press, 1996

The Healing Secrets of Food, Deborah Kesten, New World Library, Novato, California, 2001

Integrative Oncology, Donald Abrams, Andrew Weil, Oxford University Press, 2009

Life over Cancer:  The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, Keith Block, Bantam Dell, 2009

Mind-Body Unity:  A New Vision for Mind-Body Science and Medicine, Henry Dreher, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003 - Website created by Ralph Moss, Ph.D., a leading author and consultant on cancer treatment. The Moss Reports provide detailed yet readable explanations for each type of cancer diagnosis.  Each report contains Moss’s recommendations of the most successful treatments in North America and Europe, as well as innovative therapies offered at cancer centers. - Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment - Founded nearly 30 years ago, the Block Center is one of the leading integrative cancer treatment facilities. - Environmental Working Group – Information about organic food and products that are green and chemical free. - Nutrition information and teleseminars on health and nutrition by Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CCN. - Weston A. Price Foundation - The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies.



Caregiver Resources

Elder Care Online
(click on "The ElderCare Forum")

Family Caregiver Alliance

Lotsa Helping Hands

Caregiver Action Network

Well Spouse Association



San Francisco Bay Area
Practitioners and Centers

Integrative and Alternative Care

American Cancer Society – Sonoma County (Resources and support group)
1451 Guerneville Road, Ste 220
Santa Rosa, CA  95403
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering. On the website you'll find medical information, treatment decision tools, news updates, and support resources. You can also read about survivors' experiences, find hope, and inspire others.

Amitabha Medical Clinic & Healing Center
398 Tesconi Circle
Santa Rosa, CA  95401
A leading Northern California medical center, Amitabha Clinic specializes in unique solutions to diverse health challenges, with expert focus on cancer prevention and treatment. They offer a wide range of research-based therapies drawn from multiple medical systems: Western, Traditional Chinese, Homeopathic and others.

Commonweal Cancer Help Program
Program Coordinator:  Kate Holcombe
PO Box 316
Bolinas, CA  94924
415-868-0970, fax 415-868-2230
[email protected]
The Commonweal Cancer Help Program (CCHP) is a week-long retreat for people with cancer. The goal is to help participants live better and, where possible, longer lives. The Cancer Help Program addresses the unmet needs of people with cancer. These include finding balanced information on choices in healing, mainstream and complementary therapies; exploring emotional and spiritual dimensions of cancer; discovering that illness can sometimes lead to a richer and fuller life; and experiencing genuine community with others facing a cancer diagnosis.

95 Montgomery Drive, Suite 90
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Farmacopia is an integrative clinic and wellness store encompassing holistic values and comprehensive approaches to healing, specializing in naturopathic medicine, herbal and nutritional therapy, acupuncture, manual medicine and Bowenwork. Farmacopia’s practitioners can work as a team or in tandem with a client’s conventional physician providing a truly integrative approach to health care. In store, you'll have access to hundreds of professional-grade herbs and nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, traditionally only available through physicians, along with immediate advice and guidance from the knowledgeable staff and on-premise practitioners.

Kira Skidmore Breast Cancer Center
Rose Cook RN, Kaiser Breast Cancer Coordinator
The Kira Skidmore breast care center opened at Kaiser Santa Rosa’s Medical Center in February, 1994.  The purpose of the center is to provide the highest quality, comprehensive breast care services for its patients.

Pine Street Clinic
124 Pine Street
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Founded in 1982, the Pine Street Clinic offers alternative medical services as well as a variety of herbs and supplements. They also conduct research on alternative treatments for cancer and work with many cancer patients using both eastern and western herbs.

Redwood Regional Medical Group & Breast Care Center
121 Sotoyome Street
Santa Rosa, CA  95405
Based in the North Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Redwood Regional Medical Group is the largest privately owned physician organization in the region consisting of 10 medical campuses with 45 physicians and more than 300 care providers.
As the leading multi-specialty practice in its area, they offer a complete and integrated approach to patient care. Services include radiology, oncology, surgery, and research. *Other locations:
            121 Sotoyme Street, #203, Santa Rosa    707-525-4080
            110 Lynch Creek Way, A, Petaluma       707-763-0600
            3555 Round Barn Cir #100, Santa Rosa  707-528-1050

The Sutter North Bay Women’s Health Center
Nurse Navigator:  Leah Borden
625 Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA  95405  
The Sutter North Bay Women's Health Center provides a wide range of imaging and support services in one convenient location. We are experts in screening and diagnostic mammography, minimally invasive biopsies, complete ultrasound services for women, and bone density testing. Support services include the Nurse Navigator for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, the Integrative Health and Healing Program, and the Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Services.

The Women's Health Center Integrative Health & Healing Service (IHHS) offers free complementary therapies for women with cancer. Services are provided by volunteer practitioners and include acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, nutrition, movement and stress reduction therapies.




Support Services
for people living with cancer

National Websites - Non-profit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. - National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country and a highly respected authentic voice at the federal level, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. - Society for Integrative Oncology - The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization founded in 2003 for health professionals committed to the study and application of complementary therapies and botanicals for cancer patients. It provides a convenient forum for presentation, discussion and peer review of evidence-based research and treatment modalities in the discipline known as integrative medicine. It makes a clear distinction between "alternative" or unproven and "complementary" or tested useful therapies in cancer care.

Bay Area Resources - Local - offers a complete array of services for cancer patients throughout Northern California.  Nine certified cancer centers share their expertise and resources to improve cancer care. - To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation reaches out to enrich the lives of women and men living with breast cancer by providing grants to support programs, early detection screening, emotional and educational services, by securing resources for Bay Area organization, and offering healing opportunities through our events for those living with breast cancer. - The North Bay Cancer Alliance is an independent community-based and operated nonprofit founded in 2005 whose principal function is helping North Bay residents take on cancer with financial, medical, and informational solutions. NBCA will continuously assess the cancer needs of the North Bay communities and will attempt to fill needs that are going unmet. - Arts for Healing uses the healing power of art to support people coping with cancer.  In free painting support groups, people touched by cancer create wild and wonderful art while they share a lifeline of camaraderie and caring with each other.  Art exhibits and public sculptures express powerful messages of encouragement and hope from (and to!) people touched by cancer. - Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS). A support and action group for young women in the SF Bay Area living with breast cancer. - Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC is an international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.



Support Groups
for people living with cancer

*Please note that this information sometimes changes. We do our best to keep this page current and updated, however, please check with the contact person below to confirm that the group is still happening.

American Cancer Society – Sonoma County
1451 Guerneville Road, Ste 220
Santa Rosa, CA  95403

Sutter Pacific Cancer Support Services in Santa Rosa
Free cancer support services for men, women and families.

2449 Summerfield Road
Main Entrance 2nd floor
Santa Rosa, CA
707-521 7785

Current list of Sutter Pacific Cancer Support Groups and Classes:

  • Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Breast & Gynecological Cancer Support Group
  • Women's Cancer Support Group
  • Living Well With Later Stage Cancer
  • Blood Cancer Support Group
  • Partners, Family and Caregiver Support Group
  • Lymphedema Prevention and Care Class
  • Prostate Cancer Peer Support Group
  • Grupo de Apoyo Para Mujeres con Cualquier Tipo de Cáncer (en Español)
  • Clase de Prevención de Linfedema
  • Cancer Peer Support Program
  • Cancer Navigation services...throughout your cancer journey
  • Free Lymphedema Prevention and Care Class
  • Free classes and lectures on cancer related topics

Cancer: Leukemia/ Lymphoma/ Multiple Myeloma
Michelle Kane, RN 707-525-5300, ext. 6196, Every third Thursday of the month, 12:30-2:30pm, Location: 300 Doyle Park Drive, Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Support Group for Prostate Cancer – John Nidecker 510-864-1785, 707-537-6785, Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm, Location: 300 Doyle Park Drive, Santa Rosa

Painting Support Group for people who have or have had cancer-
Martia Nelson 707-823-4403, Fridays 9:45am - 12:00
*Call for location and information. Visit

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients and Others – 707-525-5285 Life Learning Center, Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm. Call to register.

Support Group for Women Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer
Marie F. Piazza, MFT
On-going group.  Safe place to share stories, feelings, needs and resources. For more information and/or mutual interview, please call Marie at 707-570-3940.

Petaluma Education & Empowerment Program - The Education & Empowerment program has returned to Petaluma. We will be meeting 10 months a year with a different speakers presenting topic’s of interest to women.  This is an inclusive program and is open to all women who are interested in the topics.  It is a supportive environment for women affected by cancer, patients, survivors, family, friends, medical professionals, researchers and all who are interested.
The Sonoma County Education & Empowerment program meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma (Luchessi Park, across from Longs Drugs), Meeting Room A from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm RSVP:  707-481-5640 or email [email protected]



Other Support Groups


Diabetes Society of Sonoma County
(707) 578-0887
*Call for schedule.  Type 1 and Teen and Preteen groups available  - 1451 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa

Children Children's Diabetes Foundation of the North Bay
*Call for schedule.  (707) 782-0774, 128 Saratoga Court, Petaluma

Heart Disease

Mended Hearts - Affiliated with the American Heart Association, Mended Hearts offers hope to patients coping with heart disease. Through hospital visitation, monthly educational forums and support group gatherings, they “inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families.” For a schedule, contact the American Heart Association at (707) 542-1992. Visit



Additional Community Support

Brighter Days
Redwood Regional Medical Group
Dr Dale Westrom
121 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa
[email protected]
A program of hair, skin and nail care for cancer patients.
Redwood Regional Medical Group

Discounts on Fresh Vegetables - MarketMatch
Ecology Center
Carle Brinkman
[email protected]
Through a program called Market Match, now available to anyone enrolled in Cal Fresh, at any Farmers' Market in the state, when you purchase $10 worth of vegetables and fruits using your benefits, the market will give you an additional $10 credit to use that day.

Kathy’s Camp for kids
PO Box 541
Cotati, CA  94931
Provides fun, friendship and encouragement to children of cancer patients.

Slow Food – Sonoma County, North - Sonoma County non-profit organization that works to reconnect those in our community with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils, and waters that produce our food. Supports a transformation in food policy, production practices, and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat.

The Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA  94609
The Women’s Cancer Resource Center empowers women with cancer to be active and informed consumers and survivors; to provide community for women with cancer and their supporters; to educate the general community about cancer; and to be actively involved in the struggle for a life-affirming, cancer-free society.


Final Passages
PO Box 1721
Sebastopol, CA  95472
Provides resources, support and services for green and loving family-directed home funerals.

Zen Hospice Project
273 Page Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
Inspired by a 2,500 year-old tradition, Zen Hospice Project aims at cultivating wisdom and compassion through service. They provide a spectrum of collaborative services in end-of-life care, including residential hospice care, volunteer programs, and public education events, which support mutually beneficial relationships among caregivers and individuals facing death.

Out of State Resources

Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 350
Evanston, IL  60201
Founded nearly 30 years ago the Block Center is one of the world’s leading cancer treatment facilities.  An outpatient clinic specializing in the treatment of the entire range of cancers, the Block Center is dedicated to providing a caring environment that emphasizes the unique biological, physical and psychological qualities of each person we treat. 

BioMed Clinic for Oncology
Tischberger, Street 5-8
Bad Bergzabern, Germany
+49-6343-705 912
[email protected]
Dr. H. Friedrich Migeod MD.
Integrative oncology center with the most up to date technology for treating cancer (some not available in the US). 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
13200 West Fillmore Street
Goodyear, AZ  85338
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) offers patients the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy in combination with complementary medicine therapies, including nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, and spiritual support.