How to Achieve “Spontaneous Remission”
(This is the first of three articles about the 2015 Annie Appleseed cancer conference in West Palm Beach, Florida.)
The Annie Appleseed cancer conference is one of the most valuable events on my calendar. A visit to this exclusive meeting almost always yields a path-breaking new way to beat cancer, and this year was no exception.
One of the most interesting presentations was by a young author, Kelly Turner, who earned her Ph.D. by studying cancer cases that resulted in spontaneous remission. The American Cancer Society funded her research, in which she analyzed about 1,500 cases and interviewed more than 100 alternative healers.
Her book, Radical Remissions: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, came out last year and is now available in 15 languages.
Ms. Turner painstakingly interviewed the spontaneous remission patients and asked them open-ended questions about what they did to make the disease literally disappear. What’s most valuable for cancer patients is that Ms. Turner identified nine key factors that just about all of the “spontaneous remission” cancer patients had in common.
Cancer patients who apply these nine factors in their own lives and treatment plans could tip the scales in favor of beating the disease.
Three Foundational Factors for Cancer Survival
The first three factors are the foundation. Once these three are in place, applying the other six will be easier, Ms. Turner said.
Factor #1: Having a strong reason for living. Some of the spontaneous remission cancer patients weren’t afraid of death. Some of them were. But even the ones who were afraid of death were really excited to stay on this planet because they still had things to do.
That’s a lot different from being afraid of death and fighting against cancer because you’re scared, Turner said. She found that depressed cancer patients die sooner, but depressed cancer patients who get counseling live longer.
One cancer patient, a young man named Glen, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia just after he got married. He told his doctor, “I just got married. I want to have kids. I’m just starting my career, which I’m excited about. Don’t tell me this is going to kill me because it’s not.”
Ms. Turner urges cancer patients to ask themselves, “What are my strongest reasons for living at this moment?”
Factor #2: Taking control of your health. Turner described a patient whose doctor had suggested “watchful waiting.” The patient replied, “Watchful waiting? I’m not going to watch. I’m not going to wait for something bad to happen. I’m going to take action!”
Ms. Turner recommends being an active “bad” patient (a patient who isn’t afraid to question the doctor). As she put it, “You want a doctor who welcomes a healthy debate and isn’t afraid to look at evidence for holistic treatment. Helpless patients have a 60% greater chance of dying than those who don’t feel helpless.” One cancer patient was healed after seeking help from a qigong master and became one herself to help others.
Taking control of your health involves doing your own medical research, and Turner gave a valuable tip for doing this research. If you log onto the website PubMed.gov, you will enjoy access to a Google-like search engine for professional medical journals. For example, you can enter “cancer and meditation” into the search engine and see a listing of medical articles about the subject.
Factor #3: Embracing social support. Love from friends and family helps cancer go away. So does the love from a pet. Receiving love and support requires a different skill than giving it. The cancer patient needs to learn how to accept help.
Ms. Turner described a community in Sicily that has communal dinners. They eat lots of meat and cheese, drink plenty of red wine, and smoke cigars. Yet they live to about the age of 100 in good health.
Turner said the social support keeps their immune system super, super strong.
Ms. Turner urged cancer patients to perform an exercise in “social support” by asking someone for help this week. Some may find it difficult to ask for help, but the social benefits of receiving help are significant.
The other six factors are physical.
Factor #4: Radically change your eating plan. Avoid meat, wheat, sweets, and dairy products because they’re inflammatory. Ms. Turner urges cancer patients to replace the inflammatory foods with vegetables and fruit. “If you remember nothing else today, make sure half of your plate at every meal is vegetables or fruit,” she said.
Factor #5: Take herbs and supplements. Regarding herbs and supplements, one size doesn’t fit all. The Hawaiians she interviewed drank noni juice. The Japanese ate medicinal mushrooms.
Ms. Turner said supplements are necessary because foods grown in depleted or deficient soil no longer have the same nutritional benefit. She recommended a simple morning detox: drinking water and fresh squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning will help detox the liver.
Cancer patients may “hear a voice”
Factor #6: Trust your intuition. Ms. Turner said your intuition may be located in the brain or in the gut. Among the patients she interviewed, some said they “heard a voice.”
I know that’s true because one of my relatives told me about such an experience. He said that in the midst of his chemo misery he prayed to God from the bottom of his heart to take away his cancer. He told me, “I heard a voice. The voice said, ‘Stop all treatment.’” He heeded the voice and stopped the treatment, which deeply offended his cancer doctor. He lived several more years with an excellent quality of life!
Ms. Turner described another patient who “heard a voice.” The voice told him, “You have to move!” He had a strong gut feeling that he should heed the voice, so he moved. He later learned that the house he’d lived in for 20 years was jam-packed with toxic black mold behind the walls. The moldy house had been killing him.
Factor #7: Release suppressed emotions. Illness equals blockage, said Ms. Turner. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in your body, especially severe stress. Relieving stress will increase the natural killer cells you need to beat cancer.
She recommended “shaking qigong” as a simple, stimulating, and effective exercise to relieve stress, and she encouraged cancer patients to Google “shaking qigong.” I Googled it, and three YouTube videos popped up.
Factor #8: Increase positive emotions. This is crucial, Ms. Turner said. It requires daily practice. It’s not necessary to feel happy all the time, but laughter is important.
Factor #9: Deepen your spiritual connection. This can be accomplished by different methods, such as prayer, meditation, or even gardening. The cancer patient should do whatever is necessary to get into such a deeply peaceful state that it feels as if you’re breathing peace with each breath.
This meditative state, which produces theta brain waves, a slow heartbeat, and an “empty” mind, can actually turn off cancer-causing genes, Ms. Turner said. She added that it’s possible to turn off harmful genes in six to 12 weeks by positive behavior, such as the act of forgiving others.
Part Two of our conference report next week: “The liver is always involved in cancer.”