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Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrated Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing (Alternative Medicine Definative Guide) Hardcover – June 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Alternative Medicine Definative Guide
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 2 edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* An extensively revised and updated second edition of Alternative Medicine magazine's definitive guide to integrative cancer prevention and treatment.
* Includes current cancer research, expert interviews, and real-life stories from practitioners, patients, and caregivers.
* Peer reviewed by an editorial board of integrative practitioners.
* The American Cancer Society reports that one in four Americans dies from cancer.

About the Author

LISE ALSCHULER, ND, is the director of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center--Cancer Treatment Centers of America, an accredited regional hospital specializing in comprehensive integrative cancer care in Zion, Illinois.


KAROLYN A. GAZELLA is a research journalist and health writer, the founding publisher of the journal Integrative Medicine, and currently executive director of a nonprofit alternative healing program in Boulder, Colorado.

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This book is filled with useful information.
Grateful reader
As a physician, I have and will continue to recommend this book to anyone who is newly diagnosed with cancer.
SWR
It is NOT a Guide to an integrative approach.
Linda E. N-Eaton

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Curious on July 27, 2009
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As a practitioner of natural medicine, I have been surveying the books that address the interface of conventional oncology and integrative medicine. I found this book had a number of unique useful features, but calling this edition of the book 'definitive' is more than an overstatement. I found a number of other books to be more insightful on a number of counts. When I compared this 2nd edition book with the 1st edition, I found that they bear absolutely no relation to each other. It seems pretty clear that ownership of the book as a property changed hands, which perhaps gives formal license to continue the use of this title, but it would be more honest to title it otherwise, as I detail below.

Overall I found the book vastly understated the potential value of natural therapies, and deferred to conventional cancer therapy as 'the way.' The stance the authors/editors take is one of supporting conventional therapies more or less without question, with 'alternative medicine' taking a back seat and offering palliative care. Thus this book is not really about Alternative Medicine and what it has to offer; it should rather be titled, "What Alternative Medicine can do to support Chemotherapy and Radiation." This is a very salient point, given the overwhelming level of PR in favor of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, even when they have a relatively poor track record. And on the other hand, there are dozens and dozens of natural therapies which have been suppressed in this country, but are widely used outside of it, in combination with low-dose chemo, etc. to great effect and to the benefit of the patient. That is what I wanted to hear about, in a thoughtful and definitive way. I did not get anything close to that from this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Reilly on June 7, 2007
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If knowledge is power, Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Cancer is a real powerhouse. Eschewing medical or technical jargon, this book helps readers decipher the terminology used by oncologists. I especially appreciated the discussion of 10 ways to analyze internet information. This alone is worth the cost of the book for patients desperately sorting through reams of information and claims.

The book is organized into four distinct parts, plus a useful appendix. Part I covers cancer basics, detailing early detection and diagnosis techniques in clear, accessible language. Each form of conventional treatment such as radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy, is addressed in Part II, which explains what to expect and how to minimize side effects. Part III contains a detailed discussion of supporting key body functions and explanations of how and why each step is desirable. Handy charts of common chemotherapy agents list which supportive nutrients to increase and which may be contraindicated. These are invaluable to help patients and providers design supportive plans and avoid undesirable interactions. Part IV discusses individual cancer types, detailing the basic biology of the organ, common treatment options, and best supportive therapy ideas. The appendixes include a nutrient directory, a glossary of medical terminology, and copious references.

Included throughout are first-person patient stories that humanize the technical information, allowing a deeper understanding of the impact a diagnosis of cancer can have on patients and their loved ones. These stories also remind us how important it is to treat the whole person, not just a diagnosis, and how each patient must find their own pathway to healing.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SWR on June 14, 2007
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As a physician, I have and will continue to recommend this book to anyone who is newly diagnosed with cancer. This book is readable and yet so thorough in its scientific research. This should be the standard for all healthcare-consumer books.

Medicine can no longer afford to ignore Integrative Healthcare offerings.
It is informative and empowering. You want this on your shelf at home because someone you know and love will one day NEED this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grateful reader on June 5, 2007
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This book is filled with useful information. I already have a list of people I want to buy it for, basically everyone I know with cancer or who has a family member with cancer. A description of traditional treatment for each cancer type is given and then complementary treatments are also described. All the information is supported by scientific research, and has been carefully vetted. The information empowers the layperson to make informed decisions about what treatments to try and how effective they might be. There is an overwhelming amount of information on the web about alternative cancer treatments, and unfortunately most of it is a sales pitch for some unproven product. This book provides the information you need. In addition there is a great deal of information about cancer prevention, causes and treatment in general. The inclusion of patient stories, breaks up the factual information and gives something for patients and family members to relate to. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Belcher on September 17, 2007
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Diagnosis: Cancer. Here is your first step in fighting back if you or a loved one has been given this diagnosis. To have all this information at your fingertips is empowering. This book is so well written, very understandable for a layperson; you will want to keep it close-by for answers to questions that pop up all the time. Each page is backed with research, which is encouraging and impressive. Hopefully this integrative approach to treating cancer will become the rule. It just makes sense.
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More About the Author

As a naturopathic physician with board certification in naturopathic oncology and a cancer survivor myself, I know the power of natural therapies to bring health and healing to people diagnosed with cancer. Natural therapies are powerful weapons in the fight against cancer. The safe and effective integration of natural therapies with conventional cancer treatments to improve outcomes as well as the use of natural therapies to reduce cancer risk brings health, healing and vitality to people diagnosed with cancer.

Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been a practicing since 1994. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and received a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Dr. Alschuler is past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently serves as a Director on the Naturopathic Post-Graduation Association. Dr. Alschuler works as an independent consultant in the area of practitioner and consumer health education. She also oversees the Quality Program for Emerson Ecologics, one of the largest nutritional supplement distributors in the U.S. Previously, she was the department head of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center - Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She was also the clinic medical director and botanical medicine chair at Bastyr, as well she was on the faculty of Southwest College.

Dr. Alschuler is the co-author of The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing, and Five To Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan. She co-created www.FiveToThrivePlan.com, and co-hosts a radio show, Five To Thrive Live! on www.w4CS.com about living healthier lives in the face of cancer. She currently practices with Naturopathic Specialists in Arizona, and calls Tucson AZ and Chicago, IL home. Learn more at www.drlise.net.