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World Cancer Day

world cancer day

Today, February 4th, is recognized as World Cancer Day.   The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day centers around debunking the myths of cancer.  In particular, the message is focused on these four common myths:

We don’t need to talk about cancer.

-Cancer….there are no signs or symptoms.

-There is nothing I can do about cancer.

-I don’t have the right to cancer care.

It is the third myth….”There is nothing I can do about cancer” that really grabbed my attention.   When my treatments ended, I really believed that there was nothing I could do about cancer.  I felt like a helpless victim.  But not anymore!

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the “Radical Remission of Cancer”; those seemingly miraculous cures of “incurable” cancer.  You can read about it here.  Once thought a fluke of nature, and referred to as “spontaneous remissions”, researchers are now discovering common attributes among these miracle survivors.   I am very interested in reading Dr. Kelly Turner’s book, “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds”, due to be released next month.  After examining more than a thousand cases of radical remission and interviewing survivors from all over the world, Dr. Turner has uncovered 9 common threads among these miracle survivors.   I cannot wait to learn about her findings!

In our book, “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It”, we make reference to  a similar book by Tami Boehmer (“From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds”) .   In her book, Ms. Boehmer  found 8 common characteristics among the people she interviewed.  These were:

-refusing to buy into statistics and the death sentences many of them were given

-never giving up, no matter what

-relying on support from family, loved ones, or support groups

-choosing to look on the bright side and see the gifts cancer brings

-giving back and making a difference in other people’s lives

-having a strong sense of faith

-being proactive participants in their health care

-viewing their lives as transformed by the experience

It will be interesting to find out whether Dr. Turner found similar characteristics among her miracle survivors.

My co-author, Susan, and I have our own theories on how to increase your odds of surviving cancer and reduce your risk of a cancer reoccurrence.   We believe that the most effective treatment focuses not just on healing the body, but also on healing the mind and the spirit.

Healing the Body

We believe that your fight with cancer does not end when your treatment ends.  Rather, it requires a lifelong commitment to healthy living.  Like Tami Boehmer, we encourage people to be active participants in their own health care.  We also promote healthy living practices such as exercise (which can reduce your risk of a cancer reoccurrence by as much as 40%) and eating a mainly plant based diet (which can reduce your risk by as much as 30%).  “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It” talks about hundreds of other healthy living tips for cancer prevention.

Healing the Mind

We are also strong believers in the mind-body connection and through our research we have learned that your mental attitude can impact a great deal on your physical health.  Therefore working on healing your mental state is as important as healing your body.  There are actually exercises that you can do each day, such as practicing affirmations, which can change your mental outlook.  This in turn can have a positive impact on your physical health.

Healing the Spirit

Finally, we believe that true healing requires a healthy spirit in addition to a healthy body and mind.  Having a sense of hope and faith have been linked to improved physical health.   There are many other practices presented in our book, such as forgiveness exercises and mindfulness, which can promote a healthy spirit.

Cancer is a disease that not only wreaks havoc on the body, but can also leave deep emotional and mental scars and sometimes a broken spirit.  If your goal is to give yourself the best odds of surviving cancer, you need a plan!  This plan must address the health of all areas of your being: body, mind and spirit.



Radical Remission of Cancer

When my cousin was just 2 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia and was literally “at death’s door”.  The doctors informed my aunt and uncle that there was no hope; cancer had invaded more than 90% of her body.  She was sent home to die.  Weeks later, her condition seemed to be improving and she was brought back to the hospital for a check- up.  Miraculously, without further medical treatments,  the cancer had completely vanished from her body and now, 35 years later, she remains cancer free!  She is one of thousands of documented cases of what was once known as “spontaneous remission”, and is now more appropriately named “radical remission.”

I have since read about and actually met other survivors who have experienced radical remission of cancer.  One of the most amazing examples is my friend, Sherry Bishop.   More than four years ago, she was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 breast cancer, and given a life expectancy of two years.  Today, there is no evidence of the disease in her body.  (You can read  her story here.)

How do we explain these seemingly “miraculous” cures of “incurable” cancer?  I just happened to stumble upon the work of Dr. Kelly Turner, PhD, whose book, “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,” will be published by Harper Collins in March 2014.  Dr. Turner has examined over 1000 cases around the world of the radical remission of cancer.  She prefers the term “radical remission” to “spontaneous remission” as the latter term implies that the remission is a fluke of nature.  The data that she has been collecting suggests otherwise.  It appears from her work, and the research of others, such as Tami Boehmer (“From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds” ) that in most cases, these miraculous cures are not just happenstance.  There are common threads that run through them, and in most cases, these commonalities involve making certain lifestyle changes, or the use of alternative therapies.

So just exactly what type of lifestyle changes have been linked to higher survival rates, decreased risk of a reoccurrence, and even in rare cases, the radical remission of cancer?   I guess you will just have to wait until Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day when I tell you what my co-author, Susan Gonzalez, and I have learned from our research and experience!   (Please be cautioned however that making lifestyle changes does not GUARANTEE higher survival rates, and in no way am I implying that those people who do not “beat cancer” are doing something wrong.)

In the meantime, if you have a personal story to share about your radical remission of cancer, please go to Dr. Turner’s website.