What We’re Reading: Radical Remission
The following review is a Guest Post from Dana McIntyre, founder of The Crushing Cancer Kitchen – a fresh and colorful food blog created to inspire you to embrace your vegetables and take control of your health. The recipes are created based on the discovery that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. The result is alkalizing, plant-based, whole food recipes that taste amazing, feed your healthy cells, discourage inflammation and support your immune system.
This book was first recommended to me by a friend of my sister’s who I met while she was battling a recent cancer recurrence. We were sitting by the neighborhood pool, watching the kids swim (including her little ones) when she told me that she had just read a book that changed her feelings about her prognosis. To her, this book turned things around, empowering her to start to make some big changes. It was a pretty powerful testimonial and I immediately picked up a copy.
While counseling cancer patients at a large cancer research hospital, the author of Radical Remission, Kelly A. Turner Ph.D, discovered over 1000 cases of radical (aka spontaneous) remission quietly tucked away in medical journals and largely ignored. These are cases in which patients mysteriously outlive their statistical prognosis. This angered her, and believing that this was where the cancer research should be happening, began doing the research herself. After 10 years of research and over 100 personal interviews with people who had healed themselves of cancer, she wrote her findings in this book.
I devoured it in two days. Here is a fragment of what I learned:
- A ten second hug can lower your blood pressure, reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and increase oxytocin (happiness hormone).
- Giving love to a sick person helps them to clear energy blockages.
- Positive emotions encourage our healing hormones to scan the body for cancer cells and get rid of them.
This is not difficult stuff! She uncovered nine key factors that all of the survivors had in common and gave each one its own chapter. In each chapter there are also personal anecdotes from the survivors, which include varied age groups, men and women with different stages and types of cancer, some of who only figured it out after multiple recurrences. Despite its fascinating but heavy subject matter, it is a light and entertaining read. And just so hopeful.
Dr Turner makes it clear that she is not promoting alternative therapy over conventional; many people do both. She also doesn’t want to offer ‘false hope’ as there is no guarantee it will work for everyone. My feelings are that in a situation like a cancer diagnosis, there is very little that we are currently told we can do to make a difference beyond crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, so a little hope and empowerment go a long way.
Get your own copy of Radical Remission via Amazon.