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Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds Paperback – September 15, 2015
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Never before has anyone with Dr. Turner’s credentials dared to research the million dollar question: why do some patients get better from seemingly “incurable” illnesses? Dr. Turner has uncovered the holy grail those who want to optimize their chances for cure have been seeking. Bravo, Dr. Turner! (Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine & host of the National Public Television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine)
This book is filled with important information for everyone, whether struggling with cancer or not. She is giving the world a gift at such an important time as so many are feeling like they can’t take their lives into their own hands. Kelly empowers us all to do exactly that. (Colleen Saidman, cofounder and codirector of Yoga Shanti)
Kelly Turner delivers the message people addressing cancer -- or seeking to prevent it -- need to hear. Turner’s book gives you the support you need -- from science, tradition, and common sense -- to make powerful lifestyle changes that will tip the scales in your favor. (Pamela Miles)
“Radical Remission is a treasure trove of BIG TRUTH about the incredible healing power available to each and every one of us!” (Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the ,New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause)
“Radical Remission shows how we can shift the odds of remission in our favor. What I like most about this book is balance. Turner does not ask anyone to abandon conventional therapy, but instructs us on how to add healing factors that are often overlooked.” (Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters)
Radical Remission is a personal and deeply moving exploration of the power of the human spirit and innate wisdom of the body to overcome catastrophic illness. Persons with cancer and their families and friends will find it especially helpful. (Andrew Weil, M.D.)
Kelly Turner is studying phenomena that is the very research and story sharing that will step us forward into solving the cancer plague. Kelly Turner writes as an accomplished scientist and as a compassionate human being to inspire us to question deeply the roots of our illnesses. (Rodney Yee, author of Moving Toward Balance)
About the Author
Dr. Kelly A. Turner is a researcher, lecturer, and consultant in the field of integrative oncology. Her specialized research focus is the Radical Remission of cancer, which is a remission that occurs either in the absence of conventional medicine or after conventional medicine has failed. Dr. Turner has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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1. Radically changing your diet.
2. Taking control of your health.
3. Following your intuition.
4. Using herbs and supplements.
5. Releasing suppressed emotions.
6. Increasing positive emotions.
7. Embracing social support.
8. Deepening your spiritual connection.
9. Having strong reasons for living.
My uncle, in his 90's, has tracked family members who followed traditional Western medicine to deal with cancer, and those who combined traditional methods with a special tea. He eradicated his colon cancer quickly drinking 32 ounces of this tea, for which he has advocated, for over 40 years. The U.S. does not allow a Chemo sensitivity test to ensure the effectiveness of the recommended Chemo, before a patient starts chemotherapy. This is done in Europe, otherwise a patient can go through Chemo, suffer side effects, only to find it is ineffective. This book is just the tip of the iceberg.
It is awesome to know that family and friends can offer more support, as outlined in this book, to loved ones given a cancer diagnosis. I really like the summaries, down to earth language and examples, and action steps we can all take. Thank you, for the in-depth research and time you took in writing the book.
I think increasing laughter in the cancer patient's life is important as the book recommended, and the advice to family and friends about maintaining the social circle of love and friendship are important as well. The book bring hope to the cancer patient, regarding radical remissions that do occur and are something you will not hear about from your oncologist.
It didn't disappoint - I found it well documented and engagingly, clearly written, without any over-simplification of the complexities of the research, of cancer, or of individual human lives. The author shows profound respect and consideration for the reader's beliefs and circumstances, describing her research and inviting the reader to simply consider the results, without trying to coerce anybody into believing anything. It's a very integrative approach which avoids pitting conventional cancer treatments against other forms of treatment. Like any good research and journalism, it presents the evidence and lets readers draw our own conclusions.
I also found it affirming of the approach to diet, lifestyle, spirituality and health care that I've gradually come to over the years, after starting life on the SAD (Standard American Diet - which in the 1950s wasn't nearly as toxic as it is today). I also learned a lot that will continue to guide my choices in my coming years, to optimise my vitality and prevent disease, and to heal if I should encounter a major health challenge. For me, this book confirms that the formula for living a vibrant, sustainable, optimal human life is also the best prescription for avoiding illness. I recommend it without reservation to all my friends, those with health challenges and everyone else.
My deepest gratitude goes to the author, for her commitment to tell these enheartening stories and to continue documenting such cases through her website, which is listed at the end of the book.
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Whilst it is very important to remember the complexity and heterogeneity of cancer, and how it resounds to treatment, it is interesting to see what is possible.
Now the reason behind the possible is a different story. Tumours can have a dizzying array of kinase mutations, and the response intracellularly to lifestyle/treatment is quite unique. So it is very possible that a person with the right kind of mutations in the right places, may respond to different things.
Caution- it is impossible to know how everyone responds to certain modifications in diet or lifestyle, yes there are lucky people that have did just the right thing, which was enough to stimulate their immune function or slow down/reduce tumour burden. But what has biological effect, also can have negative consequences. Say if someone was to go on a ketogenic diet melanoma. Certain melanomas can grow fast with the addition of ketone generation (BRAF type). This varied response is likely just the tip of variation. This is why clinical trials with diet are so terrible, finding the type and sub type of cancer that responds to certain macro nutrient ratios or phytonutrient ratios, would take a lot of death, before finding what works for who.
Late stage cancers may also have one weakness, that they are highly mutated, and may have developed an oncogene addiction to one driver, or group of. Altering microenvironment at this point, may in some people, cause remission. Tumours that have varied mutation drivers likely evolve and selection pressure will favour the resist sub types.
Read with an open mind, but remember evidence based BEFORE any anecdotes. Start with what you KNOW to be true, then work from there.
Imagine my horror when I discovered that he is in jail being accused by 100's of women of rape and sexual assault of women & girls aged 9-67yrs, imprisonment of young girls, selling their babies, and even of murder!
Oprah Winfrey once championed this charlatan who became a celebrity healer as a result of her interviews and presumably also as a result of Dr Kelly Turners' book. Oprah Winfrey has since stopped supporting him by deleting interviews and recordings with him. Why is Dr Kelly Turner still promoting him by including his name and organisation in her book and implying that he is indeed a profound and bone fide spiritual healer? It's appalling.
These facts have put me off the whole book since if one testimony can get things so drastically wrong, what is the validity of the rest of it? I cannot recommend this book to any friends and especially not to cancer sufferers now because I realise if they know the truth about this one small section they will obviously and quite rightly distrust the whole book. Genuine healing at the deepest level, such as with cancer, whether it is conventional or "complementary" in nature, requires total openness, commitment, belief and above all truth if it is going to succeed.
Has Dr Turner ever considered the fact that some of her most vulnerable readers may have been inspired to visit “John of God” in Brazil by reading the book and instead of receiving healing may have been sexually assaulted or raped by him? Others may still be inspired to visit similar predators masking as spiritual healers.
If she believes these rape claims, as she apparently now says she does, why didn’t she stop the current print run and reissue a 2nd edition with this section replaced by a more appropriate example combined with a forward explaining her actions and perhaps even exploring the mechanisms of this type of “spiritual healing’ in more depth, emphasising the dangers. She could also have followed up on the chap (Mathew) & his wife who had experienced healing after visiting this fraud, both were clearly deeply enmeshed in the cult of "John of God". If this was impossible for some logistical reasons, why couldn’t she have added a warning to people on a piece of paper inserted into each new book sold and put this warning clearly on view on the home page of her website?
I contacted Dr Turners' office directly to complain about these facts and her assistant mentioned that her “official response” (wherever and whenever that was published?) stated that she is "sickened and saddened”by these accusations, which she believes are true. Of course she is sickened and saddened, any sane person would be if they heard these stories. However, the fact that she continues to promote and sell thousands of her unchanged books around the world without even a piece of paper or web page explaining why she distances herself from this man and the story, despite believing the lurid accusation, also makes one question her integrity and motives. Does she care more about her career and book sales than she does about the cancer patients she writes about and whose stories have brought her such recognition and financial rewards? One does begin to wonder...................
One thing though: everyone has their own way of coping, their own beliefs, and I DO believe in the placebo effect, but spiritual stuff isn't for me, so I had to discard the whole chapter devoted to this.