Cancer Is Not a Disease – It’s a Healing Mechanism 4th Edition, Kindle Edition
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If you are diagnosed, it's terrifying. You panic. You want that horrid thing out of you now and you want to hunt it down and kill every last cell. I was 'lucky' - I had surgery and did not need further treatment (i.e. - chemo or radiation.) Am cancer-free and doing great.
I gave this book 4 stars. There are many things I did not like about it and many things I did.
This author has never had cancer and is talking in theory and not fact. He does not recommend chemo or radiation or even surgery, which is great unless you're the patient and have already gone through those things. Then what he says is terrifying.
He talks a lot about how bad the AMA, FDA, lobbyists, Big Pharma, etc... are. I believe this, but it is overwhelming because, really, what is an individual to do about that? You're scared. You're desperate. Knowing this is one thing, but causing a person in dire straights more stress is not a good thing. So I skimmed over those chapters, because this is something I think we all probably know anyway.
I found his theory of what cancer really is, comforting. He says cancer is not out to kill you. Your body and all the cells in it are all trying to live and be well. We have so many immune responses and tactics in our bodies, it's really very amazing. And think about this: cancer is in every single person. It's not a disease that comes out of nowhere because your immune system was down. We ALL have cancer cells from the day we were born. Why? What is their function? That's where this book shines. He accertains that cancer is actually helping your body to overcome certain toxic conditions. He likens it to a poisonous mushroom in a forest. Why is the mushroom poisonous? Because it's been soaking up the poisons in the soil around it. So cancer accumulates when maybe your body becomes too acidic (a specific organ or area) and it's trying to soak up those toxins. He says nobody ever died of cancer (unless a certain organ is blocked by it) and you know what? My doctor said the same thing. In other words, it doesn't cause the weakness or illness, it is responding to it. And it's naturally occuring in your body because it has a function. Your whole body and all it's cells are life-ward. We don't have cells in us ready to kill us, but we can become sick with toxins from bad diets and even thoughts
What I want to convey is this: I didn't like all of the things he said in the book. Some of it I think is a little hardcore. I know some people like this who refuse to wear makeup and only drink boiled, distilled water from a special place in Argentina, who only eat home-grown food, never wash their hair and won't wear deodorant. I think that's extreme and the author even gives an example where one of his patients only follows some of his advise and is cured. Mostly the advice is eat mostly organic, hormone-free, antibiotic-free foods (this is actually not too difficult because I find all these things at regular markets now and they are not as expensive as they used to be.) Stay away from sugar. Exercise. Work through your emotional problems and keep your body in an alkaline state (mostly veggies, some fruit, and no or little prepackaged foods like Doritos or canned sauces and stuff like that.) It's not really hard to make your own spaghetti sauce or salad dressings, so the diet isn't bad and is in fact healthy anyway for anybody.
In conclusion, I recommend this book because it is a comforting thought and when going through something like this, it helps when you're feeling stressed and scared and it is calming. I also recommend Radical Remissions by Kelly Turner. Sometimes reading about people who have been through this and have overcome it despite their doctor's dire diagnosis, is wonderful. Because if they can do it, others can too.