Read yourself healthy

Ignorance is definitely not bliss when it comes to a cancer diagnosis.  If you don’t know that, for example, lifestyle is the most significant determining factor in getting cancer, then how can you know how to address it?

Hence, I am a big fan of reading everything and anything on the subject.  And I thought it might be helpful to pass on some of my best reads.

Please do add your own favourites.

Anti-Cancer – a new way of life by David Servan-Schreiber.  The author is a physician himself who has also recovered from cancer.  A huge amount of research has gone into this book and it is packed with scientific references for his suggestions on everything from diet to holistic practices.

The Rainbow Diet by Chris Woollams. Now in its second edition – masses of diet information.

Cancer as a Turning Point – Lawrence Le Shan.  This has been in print since 1989, and is an enduring classic – an insightful and compassionate exploration of all the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a cancer diagnosis. His self-described method is using “psychological change to mobilize the compromised immune system”.

Grace and Grit by Ken Wilber.  An autobiographical account written by philosopher Wilber and his wife, Treya, who had breast cancer.  A huge book, incredibly moving and informative as Treya works to heal herself.  Although she does ultimately die, the book is not gloomy in any way. I have read this book at least seven times for the insights it holds into thinking about and experiencing cancer – from the point of view of the person who is ill, but also from the one closest to them. 

Embrace, Release, Heal by Leigh Fortson.  A great survivor’s story with excerpts from some of today’s foremost consciousness teachers and writers, including experts in psychoneuroimmunology and the power of faith.

And I couldn’t do a cancer book list without my own book!  So here it is:

Overcoming Cancer: 24 true stories of triumph and hope, edited by Ginny Fraser. Twenty four inspiring recovery stories that will bring hope and a sense of possibility to anyone with cancer.

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