Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches / Edition 1

Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches / Edition 1

by Michael A. Lerner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262621045

ISBN-13: 9780262621045

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: MIT Press

Written by one of the country's leading authorities on alternative and complementary cancer treatments, Choices in Healing is designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer.

Choices in Healing offers valuable information and guidance for

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Written by one of the country's leading authorities on alternative and complementary cancer treatments, Choices in Healing is designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer.

Choices in Healing offers valuable information and guidance for the whole life cycle of cancer — from the initial shock of diagnosis to decisions about choosing a physician and conventional therapies, selecting complementary therapies, coping with treatment, and the art of living fully with the possibility of recurrence.

There are detailed explanations and evaluations of a wide range of complementary therapy programs, including spiritual and psychological approaches, nutritional therapies,physical therapies, pharmacological therapies, and traditional medicines from around the world. There are sections on prayer and other forms of spiritual healing; psychotherapy, support groups, visual imagery and hypnosis; massage, therapeutic touch, yoga, and Qi Gong; macrobiotic diet and other cancer diets; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines; and numerous other unconventional therapies used by American cancer patients.

With an unusual combination of compassion and objectivity, Michael Lerner describes his conclusions following more than a decade of study of unconventional cancer treatments in North America, Europe,India, and Japan. He also draws extensively on his work with hundreds of cancer patients who have participated in the Commonweal Cancer Help Programs, the residential support program depicted by Bill Moyers in his 1993 PBS documentary Healing and the Mind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621045
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
693
Sales rank:
517,552
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1Paths of Hope and Ways of Healing1
1On Never Giving Up Hope: Three Stories3
2Healing and Curing: The Starting Point for Informed Choice13
Pt. 2Choice in Conventional Cancer Therapies27
3The Crucial Difference: International Variations in Conventional Cancer Therapies31
4The Debate Over Conventional Cancer Therapies47
5American Cultures of Conventional Cancer Therapy57
6Choosing Conventional Physicians, Hospitals, and Therapies63
Pt. 3Choice in Unconventional Cancer Therapies77
7The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies83
8A Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Cancer Therapies93
9Spiritual Approaches to Cancer113
10Psychological Approaches to Cancer137
Pt. 4Mainstream Nutritional Science and the Unconventional Nutritional Cancer Therapies195
11What Science Says about Nutrition and Cancer: Macronutrients197
12Can Vitamins and Minerals Help? The Scientific View: Micronutrients219
13Unconventional Nutritional Approaches to Cancer - An Overview251
14The Gerson Diet - A Radical Anticancer Therapy261
15Macrobiotics - A Diet and a Way of Life285
16Virginia C. Livingston - Integrating Diet, Nutritional Supplements, and Immunotherapy319
17Keith Block - Integrating Diet, Fitness, and Psychological Support into an Oncology Practice335
Pt. 5Physical, Traditional, and Pharmacological Therapies353
18Physical and Energetic Approaches - Exercise, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, and Chiropractic355
19Traditional Chinese Medicine - A Favored Adjunctive Therapy for American Cancer Patients369
20Unconventional Pharmacological Therapies - An Overview397
21Stanislaw Burzynski - Antineoplastons on the Edge of Medical Credibility405
22Joseph Gold - Does Hydrazine Sulfate Prevent Weight Loss and Extend Life with Cancer?433
23Emanuel Revici - Will His Unique Therapy Ever Be Scientifically Assessed?443
Pt. 6Living with Cancer455
24Living with Cancer457
25Controlling Pain471
26On Living and Dying489
27Making Your Choices521
Appendix A Choice in Resources537
Appendix B Professional Training Programs in Spiritual and Psychological Approaches to Cancer607
Glossary611
Acknowledgements619
About the Author and Commonweal623
Index625

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