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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Keats Publishing; 1 edition (September 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879839686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879839680
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A certified nutritionist and master herbalist, Yance here touches on the very broad areas of herbs, natural healing, and cancer. While critical of the established medical community for its attitude toward natural healing, whose scientific basis he tries to explain with extensive references, he nevertheless combines conventional therapies with herbs, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes to achieve the best results. Yance covers many topics but not in enough depth to make this book useful for lay readers, except for the sample recipes and coverage of the natural ways to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. The chapters on the chemical composition of herbs and supplements are more suitable for medical doctors, herbalists, and nutritionists. Recommended for specialized collections of herbal medicine.ALily Liu, Arkansas Children's Hosp. Lib., Little Rock
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Donald Yance, C.N., M.H., is a certified nutritionist and clinical master herbalist who specializes in nutritional and herbal approaches to cancer, AIDS, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions. He has written for several nutritional/herbal journals and has been a contributing writer for a number of books on healing.

Arlene Valentine is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.


More About the Author

Read more about Donnie's new book, Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism, which is set to release August 2013, at www.AdaptogensBook.com.

Donnie Yance is a Clinical Master Herbalist and Certified Nutritionist renowned for his extraordinary knowledge and deep understanding of the healing properties of plants and nutrition. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He is also professed as a Secular Franciscan, which equips him with the breadth and wisdom to touch on the spiritual aspects of healing. Donnie conducts his clinical practice at the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, OR utilizing his unique integrative model known as the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, which he evolved over more than twenty years of successful patient care.

He is the Founder and President of the Mederi Foundation, a not-for-profit organization for professional education and clinical research in integrative medicine. He is also the President and Formulator of Natura Health Products, a line of advanced botanical and nutritional products for health care practitioners. Donnie is an avid researcher and lectures nationally on his pioneering work in the field of botanical and nutritional medicine. Donnie is the author of "Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer" and "Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging and Chronic Disease".

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This book is a must have for any illness.
Tala
It has excellent information on natural healing prevention and treatment combined with traditional cancer treatments.
Jacalyn
This book was very easy reading and easy to understand in spite of the terminology.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Gail Merrill on November 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This author has rave reviews from cancer patients in my area. I have gone through breast cancer treatments with this author's help, one year after my mother died of breast cancer (most breast cancer is environmentally caused ). I am doing very well. I also learned of a man with prostrate cancer who was cured with Donald Yance's help; he wrote his story in the local newspaper. In my opinion he is brilliant and a very loving human being who had so many cancer patients that he wrote a book to make his infomation available to others. I am so very grateful for his help and recomend this book as a first choice resource.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rodgers on August 19, 2006
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Several times in the course of completing a 4 year degree in Phyto Medicine I came across the work of Donnie Yance. He is well known for his work in treating cancer with Herbal Medicine. This book provides an excellent insight into his experienced approach and use of Herbal Medicine as an adjuvant to "conventional" treatment. Clearly influenced by the great American physicomedicalist, Eli G. Jones (who treated many cancer patients in the early 20th century - when Herbal Medicine was the conventional medicine), he brings the historical evidence base & treatment approaches up to date and expands upon them in the light of modern scientific research.

For the layperson looking for a reputable source of information on Herbal Medicine in cancer treatment & prevention, this would certainly be one of the books to read. As well as being eminently readable for the layperson it is also sufficiently referenced with primary sources for the use of medical practitioners.

From reading the book it is immediately clear that Donnie is a religious man, often mentioning his beliefs in explanation of his own personal approach to the therapeutic relationship with his patients. Rather than clouding or detracting from the scientific content of the book, it helps repeat a common theme in his treatment approach - "compassion" and "treatment of the person, not the disease".

In short, one of the very few non-conventional medicine books relating to this subject that I have on my bookshelf.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shea on May 3, 2004
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A cooperative working relationship between "allopathic" physicians and "naturalists" is long overdue in my opinion, and my opinion ought to be worth something. I am a physician with 25 years experience in cancer medicine and I have board certifications in internal medicine, medical oncology, hematology, and radiation oncology. Mr. Yance's book is a step in the right direction, and I feel it is a worthwhile reference for any physician who is interested in the nutritional welfare of his patients. The book is far from perfect, however. For example, Mr. Yance overstates the risk of carcinogenesis from therapeutic radiation, presents site-specific side effects such as dry mouth as if they were general effects of radiation, underplays the value and effectiveness of radiation for common adult tumors such as breast cancer, and claims benefit for herbal or nutritional remedies for side effects of cancer treatment even when they have been shown to be ineffective in clinical trials. Administration of vitamin B12 and folate to prevent chemotherapy-induced neuropathy is the most egregious example. At the same time, glutamine is not mentioned for prevention of neuropathy though it is known to be useful, at least for prevention of nerve injury from vinca alkaloids.
Another problem is that much of the nutritional information is too technically advanced for most lay readers. One would have to know more biochemistry than the majority of phyicians to wade through the terminology.
Despite its shortcomings, I think Mr. Yance's book is a valuable resource and would recommend it to my medical colleagues. My advice to the general public is to go to the best source for information about cancer treatments.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Raphael Mendoza on August 19, 2000
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Yance and Valentine have done a comprehensive job of cataloging the herbal treatment options for people to choose from for their fight against cancer. I did a little reasearch of my own to discover which of these herbs were being sold on-line and what was being said about them. The site, iHerb, not only coroborrated thier research information, but also sold a variety of good products. For those seeking alternatives or companions to their cancer treatments, this book and iHerb would be two great places to begin.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bergner on August 30, 2000
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Donald Yance is unquestionably the contemporary North American herbalist-nutritionist with the most hands-on experience treating cancer. He has practiced for some twenty years in Connecticut, and recently in southern Oregon. We are lucky that he took time from his busy practice to write this book. The book doesn't give pat protocols for treating cancer, but, like the writings of Eli Jones, the physician-herbalist who wrote the first major work on the treatment of cancer in American Medical history a hundred years ago, Herbal Medicine, Healing, and Cancer offers a mixture of overall healing strategies with extensive herbal and nutritional materia medica.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Dawes on April 9, 2000
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When we found out my step-daughter had stomach cancer, I scrambled to look for reading, that would be straightforward, yet offer alternatives. I wanted my daughter to know there was much more to cancer, than that of which the doctor's offered. This book allowed reading for her, after I read it, and gave hope with those alternatives. Everyone is different when going through something like this, this book offers a vast variety of options, hope and support! Some information and education for everybody, no matter your beliefs or thought processes!
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