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Preface

Cancer is an elusive, complex, and difficult disease to treat. Unfortunately, medical politics and pharmaceutical interests have added to this complexity by heavily influencing the kinds of treatments available to people with cancer. Conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, are usually the only options initially offered to cancer patients, but they aren’t always effective.

Fortunately, integrative, naturopathic, and other types of “alternative” medicine frequently offer more effective solutions, which have been proven in clinical outcomes studies and in doctors’ experiences with their patients. I put the word alternative in quotes because I believe that labeling non-conventional treatments as such is to assign them an undeserved inferior status.

In this book, a wide variety of treatments are described, all of which have effectively helped many cancer patients live long, productive lives. The physicians in this book practice integrative medicine, which takes the best of conventional, naturopathic, and other medical disciplines such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and homeopathy, to formulate protocols that treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than just its symptoms.  These doctors share the goal of treating their patients with whatever works, regardless of medical politics or other non-beneficial influences.

While conventional medicine has proven to be useful for treating a handful of cancers, for most types of cancer, its track record has been dismal.  Dr. Robert Eslinger, DO, one of the doctors who participated in this book states that, “From 1990-2004, over 150,000 people with all types of cancer were studied, and it was found that only 2.1 percent of them were still alive after five years. All had done full dose chemotherapy.” (Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2004) Eslinger adds that more than 250 billion dollars have been spent on cancer research over the past 60 years, and yet, the cure rate for cancer hasn’t improved much since 1950.

In my interviews with the fifteen physicians in this book, I learned that conventional treatments for cancer have their place, but are useful only for certain types of cancer, are often inappropriately prescribed, and are inadequate in the absence of a holistic approach that includes botanicals, dietary modifications, and other therapies which augment the effects of anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) therapies.

The physician participants in this book have discovered better, and in some cases, incredibly effective ways to heal the body from cancer, without weakening the immune system and producing the same side effects as most conventional treatments. Research studies have proven their success, as have the doctors’ clinical experiences with them. Unfortunately, the American Medical Association (AMA), FDA, and associated organizations don’t recognize clinical outcomes (or patient experiences) as valid indicators of a treatment’s effectiveness. Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are valued over the actual results that doctors get with their patients. Whenever front-line, practical studies have been conducted in doctors’ offices to evaluate alternative treatments, their results have often been disregarded and trivialized by the medical establishment.

Book Introduction Trailer from Author Connie Strasheim:

In writing this book, I didn’t intend to address cancer politics, but I quickly learned that it’s impossible to talk about cancer without mentioning the politics behind it, because politics have limited peoples’ access to beneficial treatments and brainwashed much of society into thinking that full-dose chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are the only effective treatments for cancer, when in reality, there are safer, better alternatives for many people. People often don’t know about these alternatives unless they research them, because they aren’t actively promoted by the FDA, AMA, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, or the media, which is heavily subsidized by the pharmaceutical industry. However, the doctors in this book, as well as their patients, will attest to the fact that these treatments have been used by thousands of people, and that they work. Patient success stories can be found on the doctors’ websites, and elsewhere. The purpose of this book is to help people with cancer access important information that would otherwise be difficult to find.

Politics aside, those who read this book will find a wealth of information on cancer treatments that have either successfully put many people’s cancers, even terminal cancers, into remission, or have allowed them to live functional lives for many years, even though tumors may still be present in their bodies. Advances in medicine have transformed many kinds of cancer from a terminal disease into a malady that can either be cured or managed successfully for years, like other non-fatal chronic illnesses. 

It may seem improbable that a person could live for years or decades with a tumor present in the body and yet not have symptoms. Nevertheless, some doctors, such as those found in this book, are accomplishing that with their patients. Of course, these doctors are also putting many cancers into remission. In both cases, their outcomes are far more positive than what is typically seen in conventional medicine.

A plethora of treatments are described in this book, from Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) to gene-targeted therapies, pancreatic enzymes, mistletoe, dendritic cell vaccines, nutrients, botanicals, and other proven therapies. No one doctor’s protocol is exactly like another’s, and by studying the similarities and differences among them, readers may find it easier to discern the treatments that may or may not work for them.

A multitude of alternative cancer treatments are promoted on the Internet, in support groups, books, and elsewhere, and it can be challenging for the average person to know which treatments to pursue. My goal in writing this book has been to diffuse some of the confusion by presenting options that have worked for many people, based on the authoritative clinical experience of licensed doctors, rather than anonymous Internet websites.  You may feel overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of information contained herein, so I suggest that you highlight those sections that seem most beneficial or relevant to you, and take note of the treatments that are mentioned multiple times throughout the book. Chances are, if several doctors are using the treatment, it’s because it has worked for many people. The ability to make comparisons between alternative treatments based on different doctors’ perceptions is one of the benefits of this book.

As a survivor of chronic Lyme disease who was severely disabled by symptoms for more than seven years, I have learned that similarities exist between Lyme disease and cancer. People with these diseases must do more than just take a drug or receive six rounds of an intravenous treatment to get well. The desire to get well powerfully influences healing, as do people’s beliefs and emotional support systems, attitudes, diets, daily habits, and nutritional protocols, in addition to other factors.  While this book describes medical treatments for cancer, it also discusses other factors that influence healing. This is to provide a comprehensive perspective on attaining and maintaining health, so that the factors which caused people to be sick in the first place are minimized or eradicated from their lives. The importance of a holistic approach to healing, which takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life and biochemistry, shouldn’t be underestimated.

I am not the author of the information in this book. The authors are the fifteen doctors who agreed to devote their time and energy to interview with me and then revise their interviews several times after I transcribed and re-wrote them. I have provided medical definitions and clarified the doctors’ perspectives throughout the book, but only in a grammatical sense, so that the information would read like a book, rather than a conversation, and readers would fully understand the doctors’ information and the medical concepts contained herein. I have done my best to act as a conduit of information between the doctors and my readers. This book, if I have done my job, should get readers as close as possible to a face-to-face conversation with these doctors.

Yet, because the information has been taken from my conversations with the doctors, it won’t read exactly like a textbook or any other type of medical book. In fact, readers may notice that my writing style differs somewhat from chapter to chapter, according to the doctors’ manner of expression and how they shared information with me.  Maintaining these stylistic differences was necessary and desirable in order to preserve the doctors’ information.

Also, the information found within this book is intended to provide an overview of each doctor’s treatment approach, rather than an in-depth dissertation on every aspect of their protocols. A highly detailed explanation of each doctor’s protocol would have required that a separate book be written for each doctor. Having suffered from a chronic disease myself, I understand the value of obtaining a bird’s-eye view of a complex topic, and this book was written partly for that reason.  Those who want to learn more about a specific type of treatment can do further research on their own. I believe that readers will find that the book offers an informative and comprehensive overview of the best cancer treatments available in integrative medicine. These provide a solid foundation upon which to conduct more detailed research.

Finally, while each doctor who participated in this work provided a unique viewpoint, I noticed two common themes in all of the chapters. First, there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” treatment for cancer in integrative medicine. “Cookie cutter” protocols don’t work for most patients. Every patient is unique and requires an individualized, customized treatment approach.  Second, healing from cancer isn’t just about eradicating tumors and cancer cells. It’s about addressing the multiple systemic dysfunctions and factors which caused the cancer to establish a foothold in the body in the first place. It’s about healing the immune system, removing toxicity from the body, establishing healthier habits, balancing hormones, replenishing nutrients, healing past trauma (emotional and physical), and dealing with various other problems, biochemical and otherwise.

May this book provide you, the person with cancer, hope, healing, and the prospect of better days ahead, and may it provide you, the cancer doctor, with new and innovative ways of treating your patients. And to everyone else who picks up this book, may it enable you to better understand the disease that we call cancer, so that you may know how to prevent it in your own life, and better support others in their quest for healing.

About the Author

Connie Strasheim is a medical researcher and writer who has experienced the hardships of chronic illness firsthand through her seven-year battle with Lyme disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is author of three other books, including:

  1. The Lyme Disease Survival Guide: Physical, Lifestyle and Emotional Strategies for Healing (learn more)
  2. Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: Thirteen Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies (learn more)
  3. Healing Chronic Illness: By His Spirit, Through His Resources (learn more

Ms. Strasheim’s second Lyme disease book, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment, has been a bestseller within the Lyme disease community since its release in September, 2009. In addition to writing books on medicine and spiritual healing, she maintains a blog on chronic illness and Lyme disease, which can be accessed here: www.lymebytes.blogspot.com. She also leads a bi-monthly prayer conference call group for the chronically ill across the United States.

Prior to becoming a medical researcher, she was a medical interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients, as well as Spanish instructor, novelist and flight attendant for United Airlines. Her travels to over fifty countries on six continents have provided her with broad and unique perspectives on healing, and life.

Press inquiries can be made by calling (530) 573-0190. Connie can be reached for interview requests.

A Note from the Publisher

This book contains a tremendous amount of information, and readers may become overwhelmed if they are not prepared to assimilate it.

When reading the book, you are encouraged to employ an “information organization strategy,” so that you can keep track of the information that is most relevant and important to you.

It is recommended that while you read the book, you have at your side a highlighter marker and a notepad. You can use the highlighter to mark information that you feel is important, and that you wish to return to in the future. You can use the notepad to write down the names of treatments, tests, or procedures that you want to integrate into your treatment plan or discuss with your doctor.

 
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