Choices in healing: integrating the best of conventional and by Michael A. Lerner

By Michael A. Lerner

This article is designed for the melanoma sufferer or general practitioner who seeks an summary of the to be had offerings, either in remedies and in residing with melanoma. It deals suggestions for the entire lifestyles cycle of melanoma - from the preliminary surprise of prognosis to judgements approximately picking out a doctor and standard treatments, determining complementary cures, dealing with remedy and dwelling totally with the opportunity of recurrence. The booklet explains and evaluates quite a lot of complementary treatment programmes, together with non secular and mental techniques, dietary remedies, actual treatments, pharmacological remedies and conventional medicinal drugs from around the globe. There also are sections on prayer and religious therapeutic; psychotherapy, aid teams, visible imagery and hypnosis; therapeutic massage, healing contact, yoga and Qi Gong; macrobiotic nutrition and different melanoma diets; acupuncture and chinese language natural drugs; and various different unconventional treatments utilized by US melanoma sufferers. the writer describes his conclusions after greater than a decade of research of unconventional melanoma remedies in North the US, Europe, India and Japan. He additionally attracts largely on his paintings with hundreds of thousands of melanoma sufferers from the Commonweal melanoma support Programmes, the residential aid programme depicted via invoice Moyers within the 1993 PBS documentary, "Healing and the Mind". From 1988 to 1990, Michael Lerner served as detailed advisor to the U.S. Congress place of work of know-how overview for its landmark examine "Unconventional melanoma Treatment". In 1983, he obtained a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his paintings in public wellbeing and fitness. he's the founder and president of Commonweal, a healthiness and environmental study institute.

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Again, I do not ask you to accept the maps I have drawn of informed choice in conventional or complementary cancer therapies, but I hope that the experience of mapmaking that you see me engaged in will help you as you undertake the challenge of living with cancer. In doing this, I am consciously using scientific research differently from the way most cancer researchers use it. Cancer researchers, like all scientists, Page xxiii often do their work best by a constant process of doubting whether promising results from a new study are actually correct or not.

Each lived, as it happened,far beyond what others thought was the appointed time. Each was a true friend. Contents Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn xi Preface xix PART ONE Paths of Hope and Ways of Healing 1 one On Never Giving Up Hope: Three Stories 3 two Healing and Curing: The Starting Point for Informed Choice 13 PART TWO Choice in Conventional Cancer Therapies 27 three The Crucial Difference: International Variations in Conventional Cancer Therapies 31 four The Debate Over Conventional Cancer Therapies 47 five PART THREE Choice in Unconventional Cancer Therapies 77 seven The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies 83 eight A Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Cancer Therapies 93 nine Spiritual Approaches to Cancer 113 ten Psychological Approaches to Cancer 137 PART FOUR Mainstream Nutritional Science and the Unconventional Nutritional Cancer Therapies 195 eleven What Science Says about Nutrition and Cancer: Macronutrients 197 twelve Can Vitamins and Minerals Help?

On the other hand, I believe that people who are inclined to fight for life with cancer using whatever combination of conventional and complementary cancer therapies that makes sense to them are wise to do so. I am certain that some of the complementary cancer therapies I discuss in this book enhance Page xxv quality of life. I am equally certain that some of the complementary cancer therapies, given sufficient time to work, help people become healthier cancer patientsthat is to say, physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier people who happen to have cancer.

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