Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. Filled with hope and practical advice on how to survive cancer against all odds. Great resource for everyone, no matter what. If you only read one book, this would be the one. The underlying takeaway: what is your re-mission? Your new mission in life.
She interviewed over 1,000 people who survived cancer, some who had been quite literally on their death beds. “What did you do to survive?” she asked them all. She culled about 75 common factors, and from those, she culled 9 factors common to them all. Each chapter in this book is a detailed, practical commentary on each of these survival realms: Radically changing your diet. Taking control of your health. Following your intuition. Using herbs and supplements. Releasing suppressed emotions. Embracing social support. Deepening your spiritual connection. Having strong reasons for living. Thanks to my niece Sarah Kerr.
Cancer Fighting Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz. Fabulous, nutritious food including how each ingredient helps us to survive cancer treatments, and shrink tumors. Big hearted woman. We are using this now almost exclusively, except for some macrobiotic cooking, and it is slowly making a difference for me. Wonderful resource. Thanks to my friend Amelia Hard.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukharjee. Extremely well written history of western medicine’s approach to cancer: surgery, chemo and radiation, some notions of prevention, new designer drugs. Integrative Medicine not on his radar, but still a useful map of the cancer world as we find it today. Thank you to the library at Rose Villa.
AntiCancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber, MD. Dr. Schreiber got brain cancer, had surgery, and then a few years later, the cancer returned. He turned to alternative methods in order to survive, and was able to live 20 years after being given essentially a death sentence. He goes into food, mind, fear, and dealing with change. His chapters on food are excellent and based on compelling scientific detail. Thank you to a colleague of Eric’s from Catlin.
Cancer as a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, their families and health professionals , by Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D. This one is a classic. Exercises at the end to help people come to terms with our own reasons for living, helpful ways to examine how our own mind might be working against us during this time. Thank you to multiple people who recommended this book, including Greg Johanson.
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. A wonderfully warm, wise collection of healing stories from Dr. Remen’s own practice over many years, and her own struggles with a chronic disease. When we might need a loving cup of tea, hope, and an arm around our shoulder, this is it. Thanks to Hannah Whitehead, a dear friend.