Official Review: 90 Days to Live

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Official Review: 90 Days to Live

Post by kandscreeley » 19 Nov 2018, 16:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "90 Days to Live" by Rodney & Paige Stamps.]
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You are living your life as normal. You go to work. Come home. Have dinner with your family. Then, one day, you find a bump somewhere on your body. It doesn't worry you a lot. It's probably nothing. After all, you're fairly healthy, right? It's not long, though, before you start feeling really fatigued, and you just can't do what you used to. You can't ignore it any more. Something is wrong.

After the doctor runs his usual tests, he comes back with the dreaded diagnosis. You have cancer. He mentions to you that if you don't start chemotherapy right away, you only have about 90 days to live. No matter how toxic it was or how sick it made us, most would start the chemo right away.

In 90 Days to Live Rodney and Paige Stamps tell us their reaction to the cancer diagnosis. Rodney is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma but chooses to seek an alternative to traditional treatments that don't even promise a cure but merely a prolonging of life.

What I loved most about this book is the conversational tone. It's like you're sitting down having tea with the Stamps while they tell you their life story. It isn't just about his diagnosis and treatment; we learn more about how they met, their lives before cancer and even their battle to keep their business afloat during the treatment. It made Rodney and Paige real to me, which makes the story that much more poignant.

We learn quite a bit about the protocol that Rodney ends up following to beat the cancer. However, if you are searching for a step by step guide, there's a better book for that. Dr. Kelley's treatment protocol can be found in a separate book. No, this is about Rodney and Paige, and it just happens to include his cancer.

The protocol is not traditional by any means of the word, which could be offensive to some. The Stamps don't mince words, and some of their opinions might come across as cynical or harsh. However, I am one for whom conventional medical wisdom failed. While I don't have cancer, I have explored alternative treatments of my own and found great success. So, rather than being turned off, I felt a camaraderie with Rodney and Paige. Some of their feelings resonated with me. Alternative treatments are not looked upon favorably by the medical community. In fact, the authors put it this way. "No one ever seemed to sue a doctor for injecting them with mustard gas, but if he were to suggest a change in diet along with pancreatic enzymes, he would face ridicule and ostracism from his peers—and possibly even jail time."

All in all, I eagerly looked forward to reading Rodney's story. It was well-written and edited, and I have no complaints. Therefore, I give 90 Days to Live a 4 out of 4 stars. It would be very inspirational for anyone with a cancer diagnosis, those who are a bit frustrated with the medical community or anyone who enjoys an inspirational success story. If you are one that feels that the medical community can do no wrong, you might want to skip this one.

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Post by hsimone » 20 Nov 2018, 16:45

Wow, this sounds like a story that could leave an impact on your life. I love when non-fiction books have a conversational and inviting tone; it definitely makes any book more enjoyable and readable. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and found it inspirational. Thank you for lovely review! :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Nov 2018, 16:51

hsimone wrote:
20 Nov 2018, 16:45
Wow, this sounds like a story that could leave an impact on your life. I love when non-fiction books have a conversational and inviting tone; it definitely makes any book more enjoyable and readable. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and found it inspirational. Thank you for lovely review! :)
Thank you for commenting. It definitely is one that will make you think. It is also about persevering and not giving up no matter your circumstances. So many good lessons.
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Post by charmperit » 20 Nov 2018, 21:04

I think this book could also br an inspiration even with those without a cancer. It shows how to face obstacles in life.

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Post by Amanda Deck » 20 Nov 2018, 22:18

I was just looking into this subject. In a PubMed article it says,
"With excellent safety profiles, reduced toxicities, antioxidant properties, and general acceptance for use as dietary supplements, natural compounds are viewed as a desirable area of investigation for chemoprevention."

We've tried so hard to find more effective cures than the naturally occurring ones that didn't seem to do the job, but we're right back to them again. I don't know what to think about it. What really bothers me is that when someone develops something that DOES work, they're a hero...until the side effects show up. Not that they were known ahead of time, only time will tell in many cases. Then that same person is considered an evil demon from hell, out for only money, power, and fame. Do we really have to go back to tribal days?

I admit that I love success stories like this. They offer hope but...the ramifications are frightening.

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 21 Nov 2018, 00:30

I am interested in the better and safer alternatives to cancer, other than chemotherapy and radiation. I'm glad he was able to beat it. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 21 Nov 2018, 01:09

Hhmmm... this story opens up a debate that has strong opinions looming on both sides, and I think it is a good thing. Firstly, the shock of being given such a final time-frame must be extremely daunting and cause one to swiftly re-evaluate every facet of one's life. Secondly, the minefield of consultations, diagnoses, and treatment protocols would be acutely bewildering - even to someone with medical experience. Hats off to the Stamps for being strong enough to follow their beliefs, and brave enough to share the journey - God bless! Thank you for the sensitive review.

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Post by kislany » 21 Nov 2018, 07:10

This book is one that I will probably pick up to read. Medical establishment failed me quite a few times (either through greed or doctor's ignorance with almost putting my life in jeopardy), so I've since been an adopter of alternative treatments (not only for cancer, but just generally for good health). I'm sure I'll be enjoying the story of Rodney.

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Post by TJanowski23 » 21 Nov 2018, 08:00

Alternative medicine fascinates me as well. The medical community failed my son and since then we approach them with caution. I will definitely look into this book. Thanks!

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:30

charmperit wrote:
20 Nov 2018, 21:04
I think this book could also br an inspiration even with those without a cancer. It shows how to face obstacles in life.
Absolutely! Also perseverance no matter your circumstances. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:33

Amanda Deck wrote:
20 Nov 2018, 22:18
I was just looking into this subject. In a PubMed article it says,
"With excellent safety profiles, reduced toxicities, antioxidant properties, and general acceptance for use as dietary supplements, natural compounds are viewed as a desirable area of investigation for chemoprevention."

We've tried so hard to find more effective cures than the naturally occurring ones that didn't seem to do the job, but we're right back to them again. I don't know what to think about it. What really bothers me is that when someone develops something that DOES work, they're a hero...until the side effects show up. Not that they were known ahead of time, only time will tell in many cases. Then that same person is considered an evil demon from hell, out for only money, power, and fame. Do we really have to go back to tribal days?

I admit that I love success stories like this. They offer hope but...the ramifications are frightening.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, I do think that the pharmaceutical companies would rather you spend all your money on their drugs than trying something that doesn't make them any money...
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:33

Book Lover 35 wrote:
21 Nov 2018, 00:30
I am interested in the better and safer alternatives to cancer, other than chemotherapy and radiation. I'm glad he was able to beat it. Thank you for the review!
There are definitely other options worth researching! Thanks for commenting.
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:34

Caylie_Cat wrote:
21 Nov 2018, 01:09
Hhmmm... this story opens up a debate that has strong opinions looming on both sides, and I think it is a good thing. Firstly, the shock of being given such a final time-frame must be extremely daunting and cause one to swiftly re-evaluate every facet of one's life. Secondly, the minefield of consultations, diagnoses, and treatment protocols would be acutely bewildering - even to someone with medical experience. Hats off to the Stamps for being strong enough to follow their beliefs, and brave enough to share the journey - God bless! Thank you for the sensitive review.
Very true. It's difficult with that looming in front of you to take the time to really do your research. But they were strong and stuck to their guns! Thanks for commenting.
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:35

kislany wrote:
21 Nov 2018, 07:10
This book is one that I will probably pick up to read. Medical establishment failed me quite a few times (either through greed or doctor's ignorance with almost putting my life in jeopardy), so I've since been an adopter of alternative treatments (not only for cancer, but just generally for good health). I'm sure I'll be enjoying the story of Rodney.
You would definitely enjoy this book then! Thanks for commenting.
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:36

TJanowski23 wrote:
21 Nov 2018, 08:00
Alternative medicine fascinates me as well. The medical community failed my son and since then we approach them with caution. I will definitely look into this book. Thanks!
It's sad to see how many people the medical community has failed. Doctors aren't perfect; I think we all understand that. It's just too bad that so many times they won't consider any alternative treatments!
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