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Post by briellejee » 12 Jan 2019, 06:08

dublinkmy6 wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 16:08
Yeah, feels like medicine after death for me. I lost my adoptive dad to cancer last year and he could have made do with some information from this book. If only I had come across it earlier.
I wish I did too before losing my family one by one because of cancer. At least there could've been hope. I'm so sorry about your dad :(
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Post by Onyinye Excel » 12 Jan 2019, 08:22

I feel like the information is timely and in need of wide publicity. Especially for health maintenance.

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Post by lesler » 12 Jan 2019, 12:55

I think it would have been nice information to know, but I don't think this "cure" is any different from the hundreds of other remedies out there. Try as much as you can, try what makes sense.

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Post by jessinikkip » 12 Jan 2019, 22:29

I think that this information would have been a good thing to have read and had the option of trying and thinking about, but like with every other alternative option, everyone is different. You have to look at what is working and what isn't working for you, and look at your own beliefs before making your own decision on whether to try an alternative option or not.

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Post by Braunsucre » 14 Jan 2019, 12:48

Since cancer survivors escaped with their lives, I'm sure they would be highly interested in anything related to cancer inorder to face a possible reoccurence.

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Post by godreaujea » 15 Jan 2019, 10:08

My grandmother passed away from lung cancer several years ago. She underwent traditional care which caused her a lot of pain. I wish I had known more about alternative treatments back then because she could have possibly been spared some pain.

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 15 Jan 2019, 16:57

Having lost family members to cancer, I think it would been good to know about the alternative treatments available. Maybe u wouldn't have lost them that early.

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Post by Tzara Drusak » 16 Jan 2019, 20:54

My aunt is a cancer survivor, and I would totally recommend this book to her. She actually did veer in the direction of alternate medicine, incorporating her treatments with our acclaimed cultural practices. I distinctly remember reading about a Jamaican doctor who was researching the use of alternate remedies in medicine, and found some success in the cancer research field.
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Post by Misael » 17 Jan 2019, 07:39

Coming from a family with history of cancer and death because of it, I salute the survivors including my relatives and I wish will all prayers that there will be a treatment for longer life.

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Post by Cecil Rhodes » 17 Jan 2019, 11:01

Cancer survivors will find this book relevant thus are likely to identify with it.

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Post by sarahmarlowe » 21 Jan 2019, 10:34

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As others have mentioned, there are scores of treatments for healing cancer, as alternatives to disfiguring surgeries and toxic drugs. I certainly understand that many who have chosen the traditional route are grateful to have survived the disease. As for me, I reluctantly chose the traditional treatments, including chemotherapy. It is poison. It permanently destroyed numerous physical and cognitive systems, and my life is forever altered. There is an enormous group of people who have experienced what the author reveals in this book. Treatments for cancer present a very personal set of decisions, and I understand how daunting the choices are when mortality is on the table. I wouldn't fault anyone for their personal decisions. I would not, under any circumstances, choose traditional treatments again.
It is good to hear from a survivor. I am a survivor, too. That's why I posted this topic. I endured traditional treatments: surgery, chemo, and radiation. And, while I am thankful to have survived both the cancer and the treatment, like you, I don't think I would go through it again. I was out of work for months. I still have neuropathy, chemo-brain, joint pain, muscle cramps, and the list could go on. But, again, agreeing with you, those choices are easier when you're not sitting across from the doctor. Choices are easier made when you're not the one facing death. While my oncologist didn't suggest alternative treatments, he didn't discourage me from trying supplements and healthy food choices. I don't know what he would have said if I'd walked in with this book under my arm, though! Thank you for sharing here. :tiphat:
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 21 Jan 2019, 11:01

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I'm definitely open to alternative medical treatments, but I, too, would like to hear more reactions from cancer survivors regarding this book.
Thank you. Me, too.

I posted this question because I am a survivor. Reading this book elicited many emotions. At first, I felt like I was being shamed for having gone through traditional treatments. I got a little defensive about it, but I tried to put that aside and understand the point of the book. Yes, drug companies and even insurance companies are in business for the money. When I was going through chemotherapy, did the executives of the drug company actually care about me? No. But my oncologist did. And that's where I have to focus my thoughts and questions about this book.

I wondered if my doctor would have suggested alternative therapies if they were available to him. I believe he would have. Even though I went through the whole regimen (numerous surgeries, months of chemo, and months of radiation) my doctor never discouraged me from looking for other treatments. He didn't offer them, but if I asked about supplements or certain food choices, he always encouraged me to try them. He was interested in my well-being. Now, I know that I was blessed to have him as my doctor. Not all oncologists are so open. Nevertheless, I suffer from the after-effects of my treatments years later. I pray I don't have cancer again. If I do, I don't know what kind of treatment I would accept. I don't want to go through chemo again. However, it's a decision that cannot truly be made unless I am sitting across from a doctor knowing that I might die. That puts things in a new perspective.

I do admire the author and her tenacity in finding alternative treatments. I would love to see her be able to get them into mainstream medicine. I pray she keeps knocking down walls -- for all of us!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 21 Jan 2019, 11:53

sarahmarlowe wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 11:01
Cecilia_L wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 14:52
I'm definitely open to alternative medical treatments, but I, too, would like to hear more reactions from cancer survivors regarding this book.
Thank you. Me, too.

I posted this question because I am a survivor. Reading this book elicited many emotions. At first, I felt like I was being shamed for having gone through traditional treatments. I got a little defensive about it, but I tried to put that aside and understand the point of the book. Yes, drug companies and even insurance companies are in business for the money. When I was going through chemotherapy, did the executives of the drug company actually care about me? No. But my oncologist did. And that's where I have to focus my thoughts and questions about this book.

I wondered if my doctor would have suggested alternative therapies if they were available to him. I believe he would have. Even though I went through the whole regimen (numerous surgeries, months of chemo, and months of radiation) my doctor never discouraged me from looking for other treatments. He didn't offer them, but if I asked about supplements or certain food choices, he always encouraged me to try them. He was interested in my well-being. Now, I know that I was blessed to have him as my doctor. Not all oncologists are so open. Nevertheless, I suffer from the after-effects of my treatments years later. I pray I don't have cancer again. If I do, I don't know what kind of treatment I would accept. I don't want to go through chemo again. However, it's a decision that cannot truly be made unless I am sitting across from a doctor knowing that I might die. That puts things in a new perspective.

I do admire the author and her tenacity in finding alternative treatments. I would love to see her be able to get them into mainstream medicine. I pray she keeps knocking down walls -- for all of us!
Sarah, I didn't realize you were a cancer survivor. I'm sure that puts the book in a different perspective for you. I totally understand what you mean about feeling shamed for using traditional treatment. I feel each person must make the best choice for them. It's also beneficial to have as much information as possible, which is another reason I appreciate books like this one. I wish you the best!

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Post by EvaDar » 21 Jan 2019, 12:21

sarahmarlowe wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 10:34
Eva Darrington wrote:
03 Jan 2019, 14:00
As others have mentioned, there are scores of treatments for healing cancer, as alternatives to disfiguring surgeries and toxic drugs. I certainly understand that many who have chosen the traditional route are grateful to have survived the disease. As for me, I reluctantly chose the traditional treatments, including chemotherapy. It is poison. It permanently destroyed numerous physical and cognitive systems, and my life is forever altered. There is an enormous group of people who have experienced what the author reveals in this book. Treatments for cancer present a very personal set of decisions, and I understand how daunting the choices are when mortality is on the table. I wouldn't fault anyone for their personal decisions. I would not, under any circumstances, choose traditional treatments again.
It is good to hear from a survivor. I am a survivor, too. That's why I posted this topic. I endured traditional treatments: surgery, chemo, and radiation. And, while I am thankful to have survived both the cancer and the treatment, like you, I don't think I would go through it again. I was out of work for months. I still have neuropathy, chemo-brain, joint pain, muscle cramps, and the list could go on. But, again, agreeing with you, those choices are easier when you're not sitting across from the doctor. Choices are easier made when you're not the one facing death. While my oncologist didn't suggest alternative treatments, he didn't discourage me from trying supplements and healthy food choices. I don't know what he would have said if I'd walked in with this book under my arm, though! Thank you for sharing here. :tiphat:
Thank you for this discussion. I did some alternative treatments as well as the traditional ones. My doctors were also open to that but at the same time pushed the chemo as the only way to save my life. That's the approach I question. I appreciate the dialogue. :tiphat:
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Post by KateM234 » 23 Jan 2019, 08:01

My best friend is a cancer survivor currently in remission, and upon asking her this question her response was this: "Everyone has their own journey ahead of them when it comes to battling this disease, and I made the decision to follow the regimen I was given from my medical professionals. I don't feel slighted because we didn't use a different method - I knew what I was signing up for - however, it is exciting to know that there are alternatives out there! Being aware of your options is extremely important!"

Good luck to all those fighting their own battles with cancer, our thoughts and hopes are with you all. :angelic-innocent:

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