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RETHINKING CANCER


A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


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usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recur- rences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her BeatCancer.org headquarters in


Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic ap- proaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s Immacu- lata University. “We focus on building up patients— minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and address- ing the reasons for sickness in the first place.”


“Conventional medicine never


addresses the cause, which is a pro- cess that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachu- setts Institute of Tech- nology-trained scien- tist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochem- istry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned.


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“Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environ- ment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.”


Doctor of Naturopathy Judy


Seeger, founder of CancerCleanse- Camp.com and host of CancerAnswers. TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recom- mends both a regular detoxification reg- imen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive mea- sures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward im- proving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.


Nourish Biochemistry Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce.


Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient ad- vocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documen-


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