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Though doctors and medicines are often needed to treat diseases, a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for avoiding and overcoming disease, and improving health. This includes such things as diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, and countering pollution in the mind-body-environment by such things as stress reduction, and clean air, water, and food. A basic overview of this is discussed on Tom's Guide to Health and Long Life (TGH).

What doctors usually treat are acute symptoms (even life-threatening), but they often do not eliminate the disease nor do they become much of a lifestyle coach for such problems as obesity that is a major factor in diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Medical schools offer doctors little in nutritional study.

Many doctors, mainstream and alternative, talk too often in terms of "magic bullets" that give cures.  In a recent newsletter, Jon Barron points out, 

"We live in a world of absolutes. Everyone wants their health advice in black and white. They want health guarantees. Tell me what herb cures cancer. Does Echinacea cure colds? What drug should I take if I have diabetes? And everyone from the media to natural health practitioners to the medical community is only too happy to comply. Ahh! If only things were that simple. If only our health options truly existed as clear cut choices that provided health guarantees. Unfortunately, in the real world they do not. Ultimately, health is a game of odds -- and the real world choices we face are anything but absolutes.

"As I said in the very first edition of Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, there are no health guarantees. Good health comes down to "playing the odds."

The following website will focus more on dealing with cancer using alternative approaches. When a serious disease such as cancer occurs, it becomes imperative for the immune system to react quickly and strongly against the disease. But a compromised immune system needs help.

There is no magic bullet against cancer, and many other diseases. This is particularly true of cancer since it includes a variety of diseases from different causes in different stages.

The following that deals primarily with cancer will give a general overview. The idea is that a person can take these notes as a starting point to continue researching the best approaches to try.

If one has advanced stages of cancer, of course time is of essence. As will be discussed below, because of information overload on the internet, look for an alternative therapy cancer coach (a website such as or a person such as found on who is not advocating one approach, but is knowledgeable of the best approaches for different cancers.

Two websites recommended to start a search are those of Jon Barron and Cancer Tutor.

Jon Barron is an alternative healer whose website provides an excellent SEARCH for words related to diseases, supplements, foods, and other aspects of health.

He offers on that website a free bimonthly newsletter you can sign up for. He has also written an excellent book, Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, that outlines a program for health. An abbreviated version of this book is available as a free download here.

It should be noted that Jon and his staff are not able to answer the more than 10,000 questions his website receives each month. He is interviewed on the radio, written up in newspapers, and gives talks to audiences, some of which are available as free podcasts on his website. The classic is Cancer, The Big Lie.

The second website, Cancer Tutor, is specifically directed toward dealing with cancer.

It does have a section on Jon Barron and gives a summery of his book. It states: ". . .no matter what other treatment plan you use, you need to read this book!! It is probably the best "big picture" book on why a person gets cancer, and how to fix the cause. It is an amazing book, and it is free!"

It goes on to say: "It would be far better to consider the Jon Barron diet as a "cancer diet," not a cancer treatment."

Cancer Tutor is ideal for a methodical search of all aspects of cancer. There are many links on the left side of the home page. Besides the Must Read Links at the top, there are links for specific cancers below, alternative cancer clinics, Stage I-III & IV cancers, cancer diet, and at the bottom are links for other diseases such as diabetes, heart issues, flu, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinsons, etc.

Here are some other alternative cancer therapy websites.

Best Cancer Websites

"This website is designed for one central purpose - to enable you to quickly find the world's best English-language cancer-related websites for your particular needs."

Self-Help Cancer

This website makes the important observation: Information Overload.

"Most people know of the existence of some of these complementary and alternative cancer therapies, but until faced with the disease either in oneself or a loved one, few feel the need to investigate in detail. And when a closer look is taken, it is not long before information overload sets in. There is just so much data out there, so many possibilities, so much sales hype, and so many hidden agendas, that to assimilate, assess and act upon it is not so simple. There are probably over 100 complementary and alternative treatment options for cancer. Making use of the best of these is a good idea, for it is generally accepted that it is the pro-active cancer patients, who set about doing something to help themselves, who have the best chances of recovery and longer-term survival. But how to decide on which treatment options to use?"

He suggests "Choosing a Personal Treatment Regimen" and gives information on contacts to find coaches to get guidance.

I should add that finding a coach is not as easy as it sounds. If you search for "cancer coach" you will get mainstream medicine coaches who advise you whether you should have radiation, chemo, or surgery, etc. If you search for "alternative therapies cancer coach" you find that mainstream medicine coaches include statements such as using complementary therapies that integrate "alternative therapies" into conventional treatments, which often means they are trying to co-opt your search and get you into mainstream medicine, but may let you take your antioxidant pills, if the doctor approves.

Here are a few more sites for alternative and complementary therapies cancer coaches. They need to be checked out in detail as to their objectives.

The National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches

This looks fairly mainstream, but it is non-profit and may have some valid options.

The American Anti-Cancer Institute

They say that coaches via telephone usually cost under $200.

Jennifer Alhasa, Cancer Coach

Donation basis coach.

Hope for Cancer . . . for $79.

A Stage IV Cancer Treatment -- from Cancer Tutor

"It is also one of the most inexpensive treatments available at about $200 a month."

If a person with cancer lacks the time and energy to do the research required, consider asking a friend or hiring part-time a college student or someone knowledgeable of science and internet research.

The Cancer Cure Foundation

"The ultimate one-stop source for information about alternative cancer treatments, therapies and clinics."

"The Cancer Cure Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and providing information about alternative cancer treatments and therapies since 1976."

Healing Cancer Naturally

"Here you will find a wealth of useful and interesting information on this site devoted to the extensive field of alternative non-intrusive healing modalities for cancer that have proven successful for people with this serious challenge!"

Wormwood information:

This is a new, cutting-edge treatment that has a few dramatic results, such as with some Stage IV breast cancer patients. No in-depth studies have been performed.

We read, ". . . test tube studies demonstrated that it is most effective against leukemia, colon cancer, and then demonstrates varying degree of activity against many other cancers, including: melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate, central nervous system and renal cell carcinomas."

It is unique in that, unlike most treatments that work with antioxidants, it generates free radicals that become activated by iron in cancer cells and it tears them apart. It is usually taken with a low antioxidant diet.

Dr Lam on Artemisinin (Wormwood)

It seems that Dr. Lam would be a good starting point as a cancer coach for this. He gives his toll free number to call and a box: Have a Health Question? Ask me for Free!

"Iron is required for cell division, and it is well known that many cancer cell types selectively accumulate iron for this purpose. Most cancers have large number of iron attracting transferring receptors on their cell surface compared to normal cells. In laboratory studies of radiation, resistant breast cancer cells that have high propensity for accumulating iron revealed that artemisinin has 75 percent cancer cell killing properties in a 8 hours and almost 100 percent killing properties within 24 hours when these cancer cells are "pre-loaded" with iron after incubation with holotransferrin. On the other hand, the normal cells remained virtually unharmed. Another study showing the effectiveness of artesunate in treatment of cancer was also published in Oncology (April 2001: 18(4): 767-73)."

Check out websites that follow the research of Professors Lai and Singh at the University of Washington that originated from wormwood mentioned in ancient Chinese medicine for destroying malaria parasites that contain much iron. Read:

Cancer Smart Bomb - Part I:

At the bottom are links to Part 2 and ARTEMISININ UPDATE.

Wormwood, like resveratrol and generic drugs, is not a very expensive drug that pharmaceutical companies and mainstream medicine would want to use. Consider this perspective:

Metformin - Generic diabetic drug, or resveratrol.

What May Become Worlds First Proven Cancer Preventive

Cancer likes sugar and refined carbohydrates. Using that generic, anti-diabetic drug Metformin indicates something that should be considered in the diet. Cancer cells thrive on sugars, even fructose from fruit. Thus we need to avoid fructose corn syrup and limit our intake of healthy fruits depending on how well we digest sugar as reflected in our blood tests of glucose and A1c levels. For someone who is diabetic or pre-diabetic, this is more critical than for someone whose blood sugar level is normal. Since artificial sweeteners such as aspartame should be avoided, it seems that stevia should be the sweetener of choice.

Having said all that, we find in special raw food and juicing diets that use glucose as bait to kill cancer cells.  Here are a few comments from Raw Food Treatment For Cancer webpage of CancerTutor:

"Another issue is glucose. Carrots have a high level of glucose. This glucose is readily taken in by cancer cells. When the glucose is taken in so are the nutrients in the carrots, etc. that kill cancer cells. Cancer cells steal from normal cells not only glucose, but nutrients as well."
"A Note About Carrots
A special note about carrots is in order. Like virtually all vegetables, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of phytonutrients (i.e. nutrients in plants not otherwise classified) in carrots that have not yet been identified or tested for cancer-fighting abilities. It may be that we do not yet know the best cancer-fighting nutrient in carrots, but based on many testimonials and some books, carrots may be the best cancer-fighting vegetable of all."
"Vegetables Juices
The RAW vegetables you should focus on are: carrots, cabbage, green asparagus, broccoli, red beets (i.e. beetroot), beet tops, cauliflower and related vegetables. Peppers also have cancer fighting substances. The spice turmeric can be added as well."

This is where extensive research (and/or a cancer coach) is very important because diets may be different for the types of cancer, stages, etc.

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.  Coffee enemas are the primary method of detoxification of the tissues and blood on the Gerson Therapy.  Check out the many details here.

Generally, the Gerson Therapy has had repeatedly good results with melanoma, lymphoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, Duke’s C colorectal cancer, and systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE).  It also helps against diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and many others.
Cancers that tend to not respond well to the Gerson Therapy include acute leukemia, pancreatic cancer after treatment with chemotherapy, and brain cancers other than an early stage astrocytoma.  Parkinson’s disease and ALS do not respond well to the therapy.

The Gerson Institute licenses two treatment centers, one in Mexico south of San Diego and one in Hungary. Patients come to the clinics to learn the Gerson Therapy under the care of the Gerson doctors.

 For an excellent, in-depth, almost three-hour explanation of the Therapy by Dr. Gerson's then 80-year-old daughter see,

The Gerson Therapy website sells several DVD's that describe the therapy.

Some of these videos can be found on YouTube as can the Gerson coffee enema.  Here you can find
Dying to Have Known (excellent) -- 79 minutes
and The Gerson Miracle -- 90 minutes

But The Beautiful Truth on many websites seems to be blocked in the US.

If blood glucose needs to be lowered, Jon Barron has developed a compound of natural plant extracts that help lower the blood sugar level by partial blockage of their absorption in the intestines. It is called Glucotor v.2. Here is some research data on it.

And here is the product.

Diet is fundamental in cancer as it is in heart disease. It is said that diet and exercise can cure heart disease and Bill Clinton illustrates that. But diet is a complex subject in alternative treatments. Thus a coach helps.

Learn some meditation or relaxation techniques. An improvement in health is often a side-effect of meditation. In the British Financial Times, the author of the book, Teach Us to Sit Still: A Skeptic's Search for Health and Healing, tells of his experience.

In Tim Parks' own words

The mind is part of the therapy needed to overcome cancer or any disease. Besides relaxation and meditation techniques, a sense of humor helps. Norman Cousins wrote a book, Anatomy of an Illness. Of Cousins it is said:

"Told that he had little chance of surviving, Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."

Cousins received the Albert Schweitzer Prize in 1990. He died of heart failure on November 30, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, having survived years longer than his doctors predicted: 10 years after his first heart attack, 26 years after his collagen illness, and 36 years after his doctors first diagnosed his heart disease.

One last thing that is cheap and effective for some cancers is hydrotherapy using hot and cold showers. Use a shower head filter, such as Aquasana ($68), to remove the chlorine.

If you want to observe the trivia of someone's searches as he considers diet, supplements, exercise, teas, and other aspects of strengthening the immune system against skin and bone cancer,

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