Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment


Fighting Cancer describes the Gorter Model, an integrative, nontoxic approach to cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system. It was developed by Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, who in 1976 recovered from Stage IV testicular cancer by using nontoxic treatment and no chemotherapy or radiation. Based on self-experience, extensive research, and decades of clinical practice, the treatment consists of supporting the immune system using fever therapy (hyperthermia), inoculation with immune cells, the use of the botanical...

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Fighting Cancer describes the Gorter Model, an integrative, nontoxic approach to cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system. It was developed by Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, who in 1976 recovered from Stage IV testicular cancer by using nontoxic treatment and no chemotherapy or radiation. Based on self-experience, extensive research, and decades of clinical practice, the treatment consists of supporting the immune system using fever therapy (hyperthermia), inoculation with immune cells, the use of the botanical mistletoe (Viscum album)—the single most commonly prescribed anti-cancer medication in much of Europe—supportive nutrients, and diet and lifestyle changes.
Organized into three parts, Fighting Cancer presents a clear overview of the model, the research behind it, and strategies for strengthening natural immunity. Emphasizing stress reduction and minimizing toxic exposure, the authors provide practical guidance for patients: questions to ask doctors after diagnosis and advice for evaluating options, gathering information, and getting second opinions. Included are powerful testimonials from patients—most of whom have outlived their prognosis and, in some cases, achieved complete and sustained remission.

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Editorial Reviews

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Fighting Cancer reveals approaches to cancer treatment that have worked for many individuals, but which are not widely known in the United States. Cancer is not a single disease, and there is no single approach to treatment that is right for everyone. This book provides important information and options that can empower individuals to make wise therapeutic decisions when faced with the dreaded diagnosis of cancer.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

“This long-awaited guide from two masters of integrative medicine gives people the choice to participate in their own healing. The self-guided mind-body exercises are real gems—I know I’ll be turning to them again and again in my efforts to help cancer patients and survivors.”
—Dianne M. Shumay, PhD, clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California-San Francisco
“One of the darkest, well-kept secrets in medicine is how the debilitating toxicity of conventional cancer treatments (chemotherapy and radiation) create side effects so severe that the treatment often winds up killing the patient before the disease does. Finally, with the arrival of Fighting Cancer by Robert Gorter and Erik Peper, the growing number of people struggling with cancer can turn to this life-affirming, credible resource. The science-based Gorter Model is effective, humane, nontoxic, and stunningly successful for a wide range of cancers. Supporting the immune system has always been a compelling argument, but few have had the courage and clinical wisdom to chart the exact pathway and redefine cancer treatment from the ground up. Fighting Cancer encourages millions to take action and restore hope.”
—Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, chair and professor of Integrative Health Studies at the California Institute of Integrative Studies and editor-in-chief of American Fitness magazine

“In a thoughtful manner, Dr. Robert Gorter and Dr. Erik Peper offer cancer patients new options that are useful adjuncts to conventional treatment. Their extensive research demonstrates the scientific basis for this comprehensive approach to immunotherapy that focuses on supporting and stabilizing the immune system. These authors also provide advice on self-care techniques founded in mind-body science. This is a book every patient should read.”
—Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc), clinical professor of Medicine and Family and Community Medicine and professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona and University of California-San Francisco Schools of Medicine, chairman of the American Health Association, and author of New Medicine: Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine
“Robert Gorter’s and Erik Peper’s forward-thinking contributions are a must-read for every physician treating cancer and every patient with cancer. As they so adeptly point out, the healing journey includes, but is immensely more than, a sterile scientific process that manipulates biochemistry. Engaging the full participation of our inner healer in conjunction with immune stimulation and intelligent self-care is a commonsense and much-needed evolutionary milestone in an era of failed cancer management.”
—Len Saputo, MD, founder and medical director of Health Medicine Forum and author of A Return to Healing
“Erik Peper has been a mentor and pioneer to many of us in the field of healing whose view goes outside the box of conventional medical treatment. His and Robert Gorter’s Fighting Cancer is a brilliant book, a must-read for anyone who has cancer or has friends and family members who are struggling with this disease. The authors describe a methodology for helping the body to heal itself, and for those of us in the field of alleviating the suffering of the body, this is the essential focus for any effective treatment.”
—David Wise, PhD, director of the National Center for Pelvic Pain Research and co-author of A Headache in the Pelvis
“I recommend this book not only to those facing the sentence of cancer, but to all those interested in a broad view of how wellness (and the occurrence of illness) comes about; how the occurrence of illness can be viewed as a means of examining ourselves in new ways; and how general health and wellness can be encouraged and implemented. I also recommend the book to physicians, not only because of the information and professional resources it contains but because it provides evidence that how they respond to their patients in terms of openness and caring can influence the path to recovery.”
—Maria C. Linder, professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton and author of Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism with Clinical Applications

“This important, innovative book offers hopeful strategies to improve your immune function so your strongest ally in the war on cancer is maximally mobilized. I’m giving it to a friend who has recurrent metastatic disease.”
—Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, Caryl J. Guth Chair for the Center for Integrative Medicine and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and author of Mental Health, Naturally, The Holistic Pediatrician, 2nd edition, and Addressing ADD, Naturally

"This is what I have been waiting for! Grounded in solid, evidence-based practice, this thoughtful collection illuminates the many complementary methods available to patients to support and nurture their own health. By drawing on all the healing forces available, patients can tap into their own innate healing mechanisms to fight their cancer and finally reclaim their lives. Giving patients this knowledge and these tools can and will benefit their outcomes, and they won’t be the only ones to benefit. Health care providers will learn new ways of understanding their role, the reasons for developing broader attitudes about health, and how to better facilitate healing. This book is an inspiring reminder of the power of the body and mind to make healing a reality.”
—Cybele Pelcher, RN, Dermatology nurse  

“A must read. Fighting Cancer provides provocative insights into the workings of the immune system through an alternative to toxic methods of cancer treatment. The authors, who both experienced cancer personally, offer many essential practices for stress release and self-healing. This book will be remembered as a pioneering turn in the treatment of cancer.”
—Gay Luce, PhD, founder of The Nine Gates Programs

“[Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, and Erik Peper, PhD offer] a refreshing relook at the way medicine regards [cancer]. …. Fighting Cancer is a book that offers not only a radically different paradigm; it is also one that offers hope. It effectively moves the responsibility of surviving and curing cancer from the medical practitioner to the patient, who after reading this book should be substantially empowered. For clinicians who work with cancer patients, this book provides numerous concepts and practical advice.”
—Tim Brunson, PhD, founder and executive director of The International Hypnosis Research Institute

Fighting Cancer describes an approach to fighting cancer that integrates traditional western academic medicine with innovative, nontoxic treatments specifically tailored to the patient and the tumor. The Gorter Model includes treatments with dendritic cells, adult autologous stem cells, various forms of hypothermia, thymus peptides, Viscus album, orthomolecular medicine and intestinal flora. The patient’s immune system is mobilized, and the treatment is designed to have little or no serious side effects. The book is organized into three parts – presenting a comprehensive summary of the model, the research to support it and tactics that strengthen natural immunity.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583942482
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 960,593
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gorter earned his medical degree at the University of Amsterdam Medical School in the Netherlands in 1973. The same year he completed specialty training in anthroposophical medicine, with an emphasis on oncology, in Switzerland. From 1983–1986 he received post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School. Dr. Gorter was a full UCSF faculty member from 1986 to 2008 and he earned a PhD from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany, where he continues to serve as a faculty member, in 1993. In the 1980s he was a physician and researcher on AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital in the world-renowned Ward 86. Subsequently, for four years, Dr. Gorter was medical director of the Department of AIDS Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. In 1993 he founded the European Institute for Oncological and Immunological Research in Berlin. In 2000 he founded the Medical Center Cologne, dedicated to the treatment of cancer using dendritic cell vaccinations and adult mesenchymal stem cells in combination with immune supportive therapies and hyperthermia, and has been its director since then. Dr. Gorter has written numerous articles and abstracts, contributed to many books, and been featured on ABC and CNN.
Erik Peper is an internationally known expert on holistic health, stress management, and biofeedback. He received his BA from Harvard University in 1968 and his PhD in psychology from Union Graduate Institute in 1975. Since 1976 he has taught at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where he was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, the first holistic health program at a public university in the U.S. Dr. Peper is president of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, former president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and of the Biofeedback Society of California, and was the sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Team for four years. He received a State of California Governor’s Employee Safety Award in 2004 for his contributions to improving workplace health for computer users. Dr. Peper lectures and teaches frequently all over the world and runs a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth in Berkeley, California. A recognized expert on stress management and workplace health and the author of numerous books and articles, he has been the editor of Psychophysiology Today since 2004 and has been featured on and in GQ, Glamour, Men’s Health, Reader’s Digest, the San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, and Women’s Health.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue xi

Part I Asking Questions 1

1 Challenges in the War on Cancer 3

2 Questions I Wished I Had Asked 19

3 Why Me? 39

4 New Perspectives on Cancer 47

Part II Immune Therapy 59

5 The Gorter Model 61

6 Therapeutic Fever 73

7 Restoring Immune Function 105

8 Extended Immune Therapies 117

Part III Self-Care 137

9 Optimizing Your Health 139

10 Getting Your Lifestyle in Sync 167

11 The Role of the Mind in Healing 179

12 Breathing for Healing 211

13 Physical Relaxation 233

14 Healing Visualization 257

15 The Role of Hope 273

Appendix A Problem Solving 297

Appendix B Web Resources 303

Appendix C Glossary 311

Notes 319

Index 357

About the Authors 367

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Informative, pragmatic, relevant, impactful!

    This book has something for everyone, whether you're the cancer patient, the friend or family member of the cancer patient, or the practitioner who is treating the cancer patient. The self-care portion of the book is extremely helpful for individuals like myself who want to be a more active participant of his/her own health. Living a stress-free lifestyle is key to healing yet can be such a challenge to do in this day and age. "Fighting Cancer" reveals simple behavioral strategies/stress management techniques that, when seriously implemented, do wonders for the mind and body!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Straightforward and interesting

    Let me start off by saying that holistic health approaches to fighting cancer are not my forte to say the least. I was taking a health class that required me to choose a book that centers on non-traditional approach to a disorder or disease. The book was incredibly straightforward and knowledgeable on the topic and allowed me to take a complex issue and actually comprehend the ins and outs of it . I recommend this book whole heartedly and encourage all readers who are just beginning to learn about holistic approaches to medicine to give this book a shot.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended for individuals who think outside the box

    Fighting Cancer was a wonderful eye opening book a holistic health approach in battling cancer . The book takes the viewpoint that in order to successfully fight this often fatal diagnosis we need to boost our immune system not degrade it by chemotherapy and radiation . I have had many personal friends that have had to undergo the horrors of cancer and I have always been interested in what holistic health experts stances have been . I implore all of you to give this book a chance to change our pre-conceived notions about embattling cancer and begin to think outside the non-toxic box!

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