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"...an eloquent combination of modern science, ancient wisdom, and practical guidance, literate and accessible, as well as scientifically sound." -- James S. Gordon M.D., Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington DC, and Clinical Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and author of "Comprehensive Cancer Care", August 2001.

"...compelling reading for all those who look after cancer patients,...whether they are healthcare professionals or family members." -- Edzard Ernst MD, PhD, FRCP, Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, UK., September, 2001.

"Sagar creates a symphony from the cacophony that cancer creates...we are blessed with an enlightened view of cancer treatment". -- Mehmet Oz MD, Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, New York, and author of "Healing from the Heart", September, 2001

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Foreword By James Gordon MD

Over the last twenty years I’ve been exploring the integration of Chinese medicine into individualized programs of comprehensive care for cancer patients. Each year, at the Comprehensive Cancer Care Conferences of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, we hear about the latest research on these therapies, in the West as well as in China. It is now clear to me and to many others in the field, that Chinese medicine can and should be available to everyone who is being treated for cancer.

This new book, by Dr. Stephen Sagar, makes this case in a way that is at once evidence-based, thoughtful and poetic. Dr. Sagar is a radiation oncologist who deals every day with the challenges of cancer treatment, and with the accompanying side effects of treatment. He is a fine clinical observer and an imaginative, indeed, visionary thinker. What he has done in this book is to describe precisely and well the worldview of the 4000-year-old Chinese medicine, and how its traditional approach to cancer treatment may dovetail with our most modern western scientific understanding and technological approaches.

Dr. Sagar understands the power of Chinese therapies – acupuncture, herbal therapies, the exercises of Qi Gong, hands on healing, and above all, intention. He shows us how these therapies are already being used to enhance immunity, improve overall physiological functioning, frustrate tumor growth, improve mood, and provide relief for such debilitating treatment side effects as nausea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and mouth ulcers. He shares with us the modern scientific papers on which his conclusions are based, and lets us know when evidence is lacking. Equally importantly, he gives us a sense of Chinese medicine, and of how it may well contribute in significant ways to the more harmonious functioning of our minds and our spirit, as well as our bodies.

In summary, this book is a fine and eloquent combination of modern science, ancient wisdom, and practical guidance, literate and accessible, as well as scientifically sound. I recommend it to all those who are concerned with creating more effective, humane, and comprehensive programs of cancer care.

James S. Gordon, M.D. Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington DC; Clinical Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; Co-author, Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Complementary, Alternative, and Conventional Therapies

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Dreaming Dragonfly Comm (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968948804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968948804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shea on May 4, 2004
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Dr. Kohn and Mr. Greenwood have written excellent reviews of Dr. Sagar's work, and I agree with both of them. "Restored Harmony" is an excellent introduction to the ways in which traditional Chinese medicine can be incorporated into a more holistic approach to cancer treatment. The fault of Western medical thought is that the whole can be understood as a sum of parts. In other words, life can be understood once the structure and function of each biochemical pathway and organ system has been elucidated. But our everyday experience contradicts this 'reductionist' viewpoint. For example in no case can the behavior of any element or molecular structure be accurately predicted simply from an understanding of the behavior of the subatomic particles from which they are all constructed. The reductionist model leads inevitably to a mindset that cancer can be conquered simply by eradicated the diseased cell clones. I agree with Dr. Sagar that this view is simplistic and incomplete. The bible of cancer medicine, "Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology", contains in its index not a singe reference to healing. All of traditional Western medical oncology is based on tissue destruction, not healing. My personal belief is that reorientation of our Western mindset is in order, and Dr. Sagar's book is a valuable step in that direction.
Michael Shea, MD
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lee Shen on November 23, 2004
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I am also a professor of Chinese Medicine in the United States and I totally disagree with the comments from the Chinese Medicine doctor from Canada. Restored Harmony is an excellent book for bridging the gap between cancer physicians and their patients and TCM doctors. I don't think it was ever intended to be a text book on Chinese Medicine. I have heard Dr Sagar lecture and he clearly has a fundamental understanding of what Chinese Medicine is all about and makes it clear that he is an oncologist with an interest in using Chinese Medicine to support patients during their cancer treatment. I recommend that all my students read this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Greenwood on November 20, 2001
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The appropriate place of complementary medicine in the treatment of cancer can be hard to discern. For example, can acupuncture have a favourable influence? And what is the place of herbal therapy, therapeutic touch, or meditation alongside conventional regimens such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy? Restored Harmony addresses all these questions and more. Written by a respected oncologist with extensive experience with both traditional and complementary medicine, the book weaves science and ancient wisdom together in a lucid and engaging style.
The conventional medical view is that cancer represents a clone of cells which has outgrown its environmental constraints and control mechanisms. But as Dr. Sagar points out, this view is giving way to a deeper holistic view, which includes complexity theories, informational field effects, and the science of complex adaptive systems. In complex systems there is a dynamic balance point between chaos and order, the stability of which reflects the system's overall fitness. Cancer arises when this balance point shifts away from order toward chaos, which in turn reflects a disharmony in the information field. Because field disharmonies are the very stuff of acupuncture, herbs and therapeutic touch, the emerging holistic view bridges the gap between orthodox and complementary medicine.
Dr. Sagar's wide ranging discussion goes from mechanistic reductionism to quantum theory, from psychoneuroimmunology to the Chinese 5-elements, from chemotherapy to herbs and acupuncture, while remaining concise and to-the-point, and without getting caught up in hard-to-understand scientific verbiage of evidence-based medicine. In doing so he enlarges our view of cancer, demonstrating the underlying beauty of the human body and its responses to life challenges. Dr.
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