This page was written for the benefit of anyone out there who has had to look cancer in the eye. You may have just been diagnosed, you may be undergoing treatment or you may be post-treatment and in remission. If you’re looking to help yourself beyond conventional advice - to gain insight into alternative treatment options; to gain energy; to support on-going treatment; to enhance recovery; to prevent recurrence; and to look for ways to heal on all levels – this page will open a wide door for you to a host of resources you may not have known existed. For obvious reasons the main focus is nutrition, but the resources below – the clinics, books, films, forums and websites – list many other helpful therapies you may want to explore. I truly hope that you and your dear ones will be able to find positive and useful information that will send you back toward health and keep you there safely.
The following suggestions are intended to be used for informative and educational purposes only. They are not a substitute for clinical advice or treatment for any disease, condition or illness, nor do they necessarily represent Vardit’s opinions. Vardit Kohn and For Goodness’ Sake take no responsibility for any damage, liability or loss caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application or interpretation of the suggestions included in this posting. If in any doubt, visit a reliable holistic practitioner.
The following clinics offer partial or full holistic treatment of cancer under the Hippocrates motto “Do no harm”. By ‘holistic’ I mean treating the patient as a unique individual, deserving a healing process specifically adapted to his/her individual needs on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – while causing as little damage as possible. Some of the clinics mentioned below use some form/s of conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, but at reduced dosages or using modified techniques. All of them use natural methods, including pure, natural nutrition of course, to strengthen the immune system, support the clinical protocol, enhance the healing process and alleviate symptoms. The emphasis is on individual care rather than standard protocols. Cancer is strictly a time for bio-individuality – what works for one may not work for the other. With the understanding that cancer is not purely a physical disease, most of the clinics listed below offer psychological and spiritual support. Check this point as it can be crucial for the success of your healing. Lastly, I strongly suggest that you check post-care support – what does the clinic offer in terms of education and support to keep you on the health path once you’re healed. IMPORTANT – the following clinics are all private. Speak with your health insurance provider to see if they will cover your treatment costs in another European country (costs of care in the US for European citizens are unlikely to be covered). European law is not clear-cut on the subject, but it is worthwhile putting pressure on your insurer to get the treatment you want while checking out your rights. See here for more general information on the subject. To obtain more precise advice check this page.
- An Oasis of Healing, Arizona – run by a medical doctor with a very holistic view of cancer, the clinic’s philosophy is to treat the patient on three levels: teach the patient to stop making cancer; target and eliminate the cancer without harming the patient; and stimulate the immune system. The clinic sees itself not as a treatment centre but as an educational centre for its patients, teaching them how to look after themselves for the rest of their life once healed. To get an idea of the clinic’s approach listen to the short video introduction by Dr. Lodi.
- 3E Centre, Germany – a very holistic centre with broad knowledge of natural cancer therapies. Patient needs to be physically capable of taking care of himself, no 24/7 medical help.
- Lukas Clinic, Switzerland – offering integrated approach conventional/alternative and strong supportive care. Based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy.
- Hufeland Clinic, Germany – combines conventional and alternative treatments. Seeks to rebalance patient first of all, to allow the immune system to do its job.
- Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland – with 50 years track record and an emphasis on natural healing.
- St. Georg Clinic, Germany uses a holistic approach and hyper-thermic treatments – treating the cancer cells under high heat, which weakens them and enables low dose chemotherapy. You can read about the clinic’s approach to cancer treatment here.
- Burzynski Clinic, Texas – offers individually tailored, gene-targeted cancer treatment based on individual gene mapping. For brain cancers, including very advanced cases, the clinic offers an innovative alternative treatment using non-toxic peptides and amino acids, known as antineoplastons, which act as genetic switches that turn tumor suppressor genes “on”. The treatment has with minimal side effects and high success rates, as detailed in this inspiring film.
- The Hippocrates Institute, Florida – not so much a clinic but a holistic centre with 50 years’ experience offering life transformation programs into a much healthier lifestyle. Strong emphasis on raw, fresh, living foods (the centre continues the teachings of Ann Wigmore) – see also their book “Living Foods for Optimum Health: Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy World”.
The websites listed below offer a wealth of free information in the form of e-books, online lectures, webinars, protocols, documents and in some cases even free consultations.
- The Centre for Advancement in Cancer Education - a not-for-profit cancer information, counseling and referral organisation.
- Cancer Decisions for extensive and comprehensive reviews of conventional, alternative and complimentary approaches to all types of cancer.
- Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.) - a non-profit educational organization that supports non-toxic, biologically sound approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. Check especially their resources section and their film, “Rethinking Cancer”.
- Crazy Sexy Life may not sound like much of a cancer website, but is actually the helpful and inspiring product of Kris Carr, a cancer survivor and activist. Plenty of tips, ideas, affirmations and recipes from someone who has had to heal herself against all odds.
- Inspire Health - the website of Canada’s only government-funded integrated cancer care centre. Although the centre and its programs are local (Vancouver), the FAQ and Healing Modalities pages are useful for all. Is there such a centre in your country, too? (and if not – why?!).
- Doctor Nalini combines the best of both worlds of Eastern and Western medicine.
- The Annie Apple Seed Project - scroll to the bottom of the page for lots of useful links.
- The Amazon Alternative Therapies for Breast Cancer is a forum to join for those living with breast cancer or are in remission and are looking for alternative options.
- Cancer Action Plan by the creators of the films “Food Matters” and “Hungry for Change”.
- Cancer Tutor lists many (very) alternative protocols for cancer treatment and endless amounts of information.
With a special focus on nutritional approaches to cancer.
- “Life Over Cancer”: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment by Dr. Keith Block
- “Anti-Cancer” by David Servan-Schreiber
- “Your Life in Your Hands” by Prof. Jane Plant (especially about breast, ovarian and prostate cancer)
- “What to Eat if You Have Cancer: Healing Foods that Boost Your Immune System” by Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace
- “The Journey through Cancer” by Dr. Jeremy Geffen
- “The Nutritional Therapy of Cancer” by Laurence Plaskett
- “Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide” by Jonathan Chamberlain
- “Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer” by W. John Diamond
- “Waking the Warrior Goddess” by Dr. Christine Horner (specifically about breast cancer)
- “A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer” by Max Gerson (considered a seminal piece of work although arguably partly out of date as it was first published in 1958)
- “Why We All Don’t Get Cancer” - Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (you don’t get more mainstream than that), discusses new ways to think about cancer. Specifically, he makes a great case for a high fat, medium protein and low to no carb diet to prevent and to eliminate existing cancerous cells.
- “Cancer, Nutrition and Healing” by Jerry Brunetti
- “Rethinking Cancer” - a documentary featuring cancer survivor stories and providing a rare look into the psychological and therapeutic journeys of five men and women who used alternative cancer therapies to overcome serious illness.
- “Nutrition and Cancer” – a rare case of an oncologist discussing the relationship between nutrition and cancer. Informative.
- Crazy Sexy Cancer – the personal story of Kris Carr, diagnosed with a stage 4 rare form of incurable cancer. Today she’s healthier and happier than ever and busy helping others on a similar path. Very inspiring.
- “Food Matters” (not specifically about cancer but a good explanation of the principles of natural nutrition)
- “Burzynski – Cancer Is a Serious Business” – a moving and inspirational film about a potent, potential, natural cure for cancer (especially brain cancer) and how (and this is far less inspirational) the FDA does its best to keep it off the market.
Self-help in Holland
- Henk Fransen – a doctor with 20+ years’ experience of helping cancer patients with alternative advice. Plenty of information and helpful tips on the site, plus the required positive attitude!