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Cancer: What Your Doctors DON’T Tell You!

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I never tire of hearing stories about people who survive cancer against the odds. You don’t read about these stories in medical journals. You’re more likely to find them in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, or on a blog. In rare cases, you will find collections of these “miraculous” stories gathered together in a book ( such as, “From Incurable to Incredible”, by Tami Boehmer). But it’s not the stuff that science or modern medicine is made of. After all, if a doctor TELLS you that you have six months left to live, he is not going to shout it from the roof tops when you are alive 38 years later! Such is the case of Carl Helvie.

I first read about Dr. Helvie on Elyn Jacobs blog (read the whole story here). His credentials are pretty impressive: “Dr. Helvie holds an M.P.H. and Dr. P.H. from John Hopkins University and has 58 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher. The author of seven books, he is host of the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio. Thirty-eight years ago, he developed lung cancer and was given six months to live by a conventional physician. He is now among the longest living survivors of lung cancer.”

I don’t know a lot about lung cancer, being a breast cancer gal myself, but I do know that it is considered one of the deadliest types. When Dr. Helvie was diagnosed, his prognosis was grim. With just six months left to live, he decided to try to make himself as comfortable as possible. However, using a combination of alternative therapies, prayer, meditation, affirmations and visualizations (which by the way, are ALL talked about in our book, 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It)….he cured himself of cancer and has been cancer free for an amazing 38 years!

I devoured every word of Dr. Helvie’s interview, but this is the line which really caught my attention: “Cancer treatment is a multimillion dollar industry in which drug companies make lots of money, hospitals have wings donated, the American Cancer Society stays in existence, there is lots of research money available, doctors make money and on and on. So there is not much incentive to disturb the status quo and find a cure. Alternative doctors have offered successful treatments for over 80 years but when one practitioner gets too successful the anti quack law is pulled out and there are attempts to put them out of business. Many such cases are documented.”

So is there stuff our doctors are NOT telling us about how to survive cancer? Damn right there is! Here are some of the things that my doctors did not tell me about how to survive, and prevent a deadly recurrence:

-By following a regular exercise program, I can reduce my risk of having a cancer recurrence by as much as 40%.

-By eating a mainly whole food, plant based diet, I can reduce my risk of recurrence by a whopping 30%.

-Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and breast cancer. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. I live in Newfoundland (enough said….) People who live in northern climates are at high risk of being deficient in this vitamin, which in turn puts them at risk of developing breast cancer. To reduce the risk, take a supplement (new studies show that you should take K2 along with D3……don’t ask me why.)

-Numerous studies have demonstrated the power of natural substances such as curcumin, mushroom extract, and dandelion root, just to name a few, which in lab studies have been shown to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells.

I could go on and on sharing my “quackery” with you but the bottom line is this: people believe what they want to believe, and for the most part, they don’t want to hear the bad news about their bad habits.   It takes guts to make lifestyle changes, and change is not for the faint of heart. Are you ready for a change?

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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.

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In the early hours of Saturday, January 19th, an emergency Skype meeting was called by the executive of “Perks of Cancer” (consisting mostly of me and Susan with Shawn popping on the screen from time to time to give his 2 cents worth).   Key on the agenda was the Armstrong Fiasco.  We figure it is only a matter of time before the press starts hounding us for a statement, so we had to get to work on our press release.  Here it is: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LANCE ARMSTRONG MAY BE A CROOK AT CYCLING, BUT HE IS A CHAMPION OF CANCER, SAYS PERKS OF CANCER EXECUTIVE.

But seriously, folks, you can’t turn on the T.V. or radio these days without hearing about the Armstrong debacle.  It seems that everyone has an opinion on Lance, with most of them being very negative!  Hey, I’m not saying that cheating is ever right, but it’s not black or white; no one person is completely good or completely bad.  There are shades of grey (50 of them, to be exact!).  In the words of my fellow blogger, Tami Boehmer, “He isn’t evil. He isn’t a hero. As much as we want to wrap someone up in a neat label, it’s an illusion. Mother Theresa suffered from depression and admitted she was miserable most of the time. JFK was a great leader, but he cheated on his wife. A majority of our early presidents, including the great George Washington, owned slaves. Does that erase the good they’ve done? Hardly.”   (To read more of Tami’s post, go here: http://www.tamiboehmer.com/)

And so, while we briefly considered striking the name of Lance Armstrong from the pages of “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It”, in the end we decided that it will stay.  While we do not agree with how he cheated the sports world, we do admire how he cheated death, and we recognize all that the Livestrong Foundation has done for the cancer community.  The way we see it, you can cheat at sports, but ya can’t cheat at beating cancer.  He did that fair and square.  Gotta go, the phone is ringing, I think it is NIKE looking for an endorsement…LiveSTRANG! (Get it, Florence Strang…LiveStrang???? No?)