The following are a list of resources which I’ve personally used and find helpful. If you have any other suggestions, please email me or mention in a comment below.
Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner, PhD (March 2014) – After a 10 month journey around the world, Dr. Turner, traveled to 10 different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1,000 of these cases. Her evidence presents 9 common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.
Anti-cancer, A New Way of Life (new edition) by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD (December 2009) – A medical researcher, Dr. Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer which then relapsed, and at that time he began scientifically researching the roles diet, stress and other lifestyle issues might contribute to the growth of tumors in cancer patients and in prevention for those without cancer. Highly readable, backed by scientific research, worth a read for anyone interested in the subject, cancer patient or not.
Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail by Raymond Chang, MD (2012) – A former Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center physician, Dr. Chang takes the position that instead of administering one chemotherapy drug at a time, perhaps by combining conventional drugs with known anti-cancer off-label drugs and nutritional therapies we might create a more powerful “cocktail” against cancer much as we now do with HIV/AIDS. Geared to the layperson, very readable as well, with convincing arguments to support Dr. Chang’s position.
The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer, (previous edition titled, “Five to Thrive”) (2013) Lise N. Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn A. Gazella – Using an easy to follow 5-step program, Alschuler and Gazella teach you how to not only survive but thrive after cancer by integrating the best of conventional, natural and alternative cancer prevention therapies. My favorite so far, recommended by my integrative primary care physician.
Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS with Noreen Quillin (2005) – Dr. Patrick Quillin is an internationally known expert in the areas of nutrition and cancer and this book (in an earlier edition) was an Amazon bestseller. Another must-read for any cancer patient interested in supporting their bodies through cancer treatments and beyond. The author was the Director of Nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and provides many case studies to support his guidelines. Very comprehensive.
How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine, Drs. Michael Murray, Tim Birdsall, Joseph E. Pizzorno, and Paul Reilly (2002) – Four of natural medicine’s most prominent doctors advise on what to eat, what supplements to take, what to avoid before surgery, what helps heal the body during recovery and what boosts the effectiveness of conventional medicine, all backed by peer-reviewed medical studies.
Consumer Safety & awareness
Environmental Working Group – Environmental Working Group empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment, and drive consumer choice and civic action with breakthrough research and an informed public. Here’s EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Food and Water Watch -Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.
Milk Sucks – This link takes you to PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website in the Dairy Industry section.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a broad-based coalition, housed at the Breast Cancer Fund, working to clean up the beauty aisle through public advocacy and market campaigns designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm and other adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
Farmer’s Market Directory – The Directory lists over 8,200 markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location. Maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Directory is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about farmers market listings to include: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Updated regularly.
Local Harvest – The directory lists over 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery stores that feature local food. Each member creates and maintains their own listing.
Co-op Directory Service – A food co-op directory service listing by state. Information about co-ops and buying clubs.
Giving of the best kind – it’s free to you and might mean so much to the person you’re gifting. This little blog started by someone who helped her friend through cancer is offering a free, periodic card service to help brighten the days of those battling this disease. All you have to do is just fill out a little form. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
The Annie Appleseed Project – a 501(c)3 organization based in Florida formed in 2003. It’s mission is to “bring complementary, alternative therapies to the mainstream as soon as may be, while serving as a place where all ideas are scrutinized.” There is a wealth of information on resources, research, and organizations dedicated to alternative and/or complementary medicine.
The National Cancer Institute – The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Cancer Information Service (CIS) is a federally funded cancer education program that was established in 1975 as an essential part of NCI’s mission and information efforts. Contact them to speak with a trained information specialist who can answer your cancer-related questions in English and Spanish.
They provide accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information on cancer that is easy to understand. The information specialists have access to trustworthy information on a range of cancer topics, including the most recent advances in cancer treatment. They are knowledgeable, caring, and experienced at explaining medical information. The service is confidential, and they spend as much time as needed for thorough and personalized answers.
Inspire.com – Inspire builds online health and wellness communities for patients and caregivers, in partnership with national patient advocacy organizations, and helps life science organizations connect with these highly engaged populations. It has groups covering all the major cancers and then some, plus other health conditions, and is a treasure trove of help and support. If you’re ill with cancer or take care of someone with cancer, run, do not walk, to your computer, find your group and spend some time every day on this site, giving and receiving.