Help Heal Yourself from Cancer: Partner Smarter with Your Doctor, Personalize Your Treatment Plan, and Take Charge of Your Recovery

Help Heal Yourself from Cancer: Partner Smarter with Your Doctor, Personalize Your Treatment Plan, and Take Charge of Your Recovery

Help Heal Yourself from Cancer: Partner Smarter with Your Doctor, Personalize Your Treatment Plan, and Take Charge of Your Recovery

Help Heal Yourself from Cancer: Partner Smarter with Your Doctor, Personalize Your Treatment Plan, and Take Charge of Your Recovery


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Cancer can make you feel powerless. Survival rate statistics can leave you feeling helpless and afraid. But you are a person, not a percentage. And you are not powerless—you have the ability to help yourself heal.

In Help Heal Yourself from Cancer, cancer survivors and trusted medical professionals Bill and Martha Sears help you go from patient to partner in your cancer-healing journey. They outline the steps you can take, both in working with your cancer-care providers and on your own, to maximize your chances of not just beating cancer, but thriving in its wake.

This comprehensive guide will help you:

  • Develop a conquer-cancer mindset. The science is clear: cancer healing begins with the brain. Believing you will heal is the first step.
  • Personalize your treatment plan. Find out what tests to ask for, which advice to pay attention to (and what to ignore), and how to talk to your oncologist about designing a plan that’s perfectly tailored to you and your cancer.
  • LEAN in to supporting your immune system. Learn how to best support your natural cancer-fighting army through lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition—giving chemotherapy and radiation the best chance of success.

With eye-catching illustrations to boost understanding and special sections on breast, colon, lung, and brain cancers, this book gives you the tools you need to stop fearing your cancer and start boosting your immune system, fine-tuning your treatment plan, and taking charge of your healing—all so you can ultimately Help Heal Yourself from Cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637741443
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,055,644
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

William Sears, MD, survivor of colon cancer and leukemia, has been advising busy parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years, and now turns his attention to the specialty of lifestyle medicine. He has served as a voluntary professor at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine. As a father of 8 children, he coached Little League sports for 20 years, and together with his wife Martha has written more than 40 books and countless articles on parenting, nutrition, and healthy aging. He serves as a consultant for TV, magazines, radio and other media, and his website is one of the most popular health and parenting sites. Dr. Sears and his contribution to family health were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.

Martha Sears, RN, is a breast cancer survivor, mother of their 8 children, and co-healer in this book.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Healing Words from Dr. Bill and Nurse Martha 1

How to Get the Most Healing from This Book 3

Part I How to Have a Conquer-Cancer Mindset

Chapter 1 Believe You Will Heal 11


Will TMs Thought, Food, or Action Feed or Fight My Cancer?

Enjoy More Self-Help Skills to Partner with Your Pills

Journal Your Personal Healing Path

Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body

Testimonial: Lessons from a Doctor/Cancer Thriver

Chapter 2 Meet Your Natural Conquer-Cancer Army Inside 23

Why You Get Cancer: An Overview

A Second Helping of Why You Get Cancer: A Tale of Two Cells

Cancer Is a Body Out of Balance

NK Cells: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Make Them Fight Better for You

Five Ways to Help Your NK Cells Fight Smarter for You

Keep in Touch!

Name Your Conquer-Cancer Plan

View It and Do It!

Make Your Own Immunotherapy

Part II How to Wisely Partner with Your Cancer-Care Providers

Chapter 3 What to Expect from Your Cancer-Treatment Team: An Overview 45

Become a Certified Health Coach

Cancer Speak: Terms You Must Know

How to Talk to Your Child About Their Cancer

Get Your Cancer "Vaccine"

Chapter 4 Partnering with Your Cancer-Care Providers 53

Prepare Yourself for Your First Consultation

Be Wise and Open-Minded

Ask for a Personalized Plan

You Are a Person, Not a Percentage

The Oncologist's Dilemma

How Insisting on a Personalized Treatment Plan Spared Martha Chemotherapy

Discuss Adverse Effects and the Concept of the Risk/Benefit Ratio

Research Your "Tipping Point"

Tame Your Treatment Anxiety

Dr. Bill's Treatment Anxiety Advice to a Patient

Seek Second Opinions and Sometimes Third and Fourth Ones

Should You Add an Integrative Oncologist to Your Team?

Prepare Your Hospital Nest for Healing

A Room with a View

Thank-Yous Are Therapeutic

Helpful Healing Advice from Martha's Breast Cancer Surgeon, Dr. Anderson

Build Your Support Team

The Benefits of Having a Cancer-Healing Mindset and Wisely Partnering with Your Oncologist

Our Cancer-Healing Wish

Part III How to L.E.A.N. into Cancer Healing

Chapter 5 Eat Our Eight-Part Conquer-Cancer Diet 79

Chemo Prevention

1 Think Before You Eat

2 Eat More Conquer-Cancer Foods

Science-Supported Conquer-Cancer Foods

A Second Helping of Conquer-Cancer Foods

Conquer-Cancer Effects of Seafood-Based Omega-3s

Measure Your Omegas

3 Eat Fewer Dumb Carbs

Sugar Shows Where Your Cancer Is

Your Conquer-Cancer Symphony Inside

Your New Conquer-Cancer Food Math

A Tale of Two Carbies

Transform Your Tastes

Less Alcohol, Less Cancer

4 Grazing Is Great for Cancer Prevention and Healing

Are You a Sugar Spiker? How to Tell

Cooking Cancer Away

5 Burn More Than You Eat

Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diets

6 Enjoy the Sipping Solution

Savor Synergy

Make a Smart Choice!

7 Use Healing Conquer-Cancer Spices

"Curry Up" Your Cancer Healing

8 Savor Science-Based Supplements (SBS)

Senior Alert!

Women, Read This!

Dr. Bill's Daily Conquer-Cancer Diet

The Leaner You Are, the Less Cancer You Are Likely to Get

Fat Loss Over Weight Loss

Why Cancer Increases with Age-If You Let It!

Chapter 6 Move More, Sit Less, Heal Better 125

Why Movers Heal Better Than Sitters

Movement Mobilizes Your Conquer-Cancer Army

Movement Blunts Sugar Spikes

Exercise Improves Every Organ

Exercise Goes to Your Head

Movement Balances Your Hormones

Beat Breast Cancer Alert!

How to Open Your Own Personal Conquer-Cancer Pharmacy: A Doctor-Patient Conversation

View It and Do It

Guy Alert: Movement Modulates Male Menopause

How to Make Your Movements Match Your Healing

Go Outside and Play-Chase Cancer Away!

Healing Effects of Movement Outdoors

Designing Your Own Home Greenspace

Vitamin G and Vitamin D: Partners in Cancer Healing

Chapter 7 Peace Be with You 139

Science Says: Manage Your Mind, Manage Your Cancer

How Mind Management Helps Cancer Healing

The Top Conquer-Cancer Stress-Management Tools

Read More About How to Have a Happy Brain

Pick Your Music Before Surgery

Grow Your God Center-Help Heal Your Cancer

Chapter 8 Sleep Cancer Away 149

Why Sleep Is So Healing

Try These Tips to Sleep Better and Heal Better

More Sleep-Well Tips

Get Less Cancer or More Cancer-It's Your Choice!

Chapter 9 Live Cleaner, Get Less Cancer 155

Sprayed in America

A Four-Part Plan for Cleaner Living

Cancer: Made in America

Go Meat-Less!

Grow Your Own Garden

Driving Cleaner

Learn More About Environmental Toxins

Consult a Toxicologist

Testimony from a Dietician Specializing in Toxin Testing and Detox

Steam Your NK Team

A World Without Cancer

Your Daily Conquer-Cancer Guide

Part IV Top Tips to Conquer Colon, Breast, Brain, and Lung Cancers

Chapter 10 Help Heat Yourself from Colon Cancer 173

Dr. Bill's Good-Gut Health Program: Eat Cleaner, More Gut-Friendly Foods

The Better You Poo, the Less Colon Cancer for You

Improving Your Waste Affects Your Waist

Don't Hold on to Stools!

Read-and Do-Dr. Poo

Get Screened Earlier, Get Cancer Treatment Earlier

Chapter 11 Help Heal Yourself from Breast Cancer 183

Advice for Breast Cells: Avoid Blood-Sugar Spikes!

How to Wisely Partner with Your Cancer-Care Providers for a Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment Plan

Top Conquer-Breast Cancer Tips from a Top Cancer Specialist

Keep Your Own Mammogram File

Testimonial: How a Husband and Wife Healed Together from Colon and Breast Cancers

Chapter 12 Help Heal Yourself from Brain Cancer 195

1 Learn About Your Brain

2 Tend to Your Brain-the Greatest Garden Ever Grown

3 Feed Your "Fathead"

4 Protect Your Blood-Brain Barrier

5 Value Your Vitamin D

Chapter 13 Help Heal Yourself from Lung Cancer 201

Help Your Aging Lung Tissue Stay Younger and Healthier

Dr. Bill's Belly-Breathing Tip

Breathe Cleaner Air to Heal Better and Lessen Cancer Recurrence

Can Cancer Begin in Your Mouth?

Cancer-Healing Recipes 209

Gratitudes 213

Recommended Reading and References 215

Index 229

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This new book by Dr. Bill and Martha Sears provides practical advice and guidance for patients with cancer and their families on how to embark on the journey to heal from cancer. The book is a riveting read that empowers patients and their families with self-help tools to become wiser partners in their cancer care.” 
Mahtab Jafari, PharmD, author of The Truth About Dietary Supplements, and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine
“This book will teach you how to work smarter with your doctor, customize an action plan, and take charge of your recovery by using invaluable, empowering, enlightening concepts such as ‘your genes are not your destiny,’ ‘your soil is more important than your seeds,’ and ‘you’re not a statistic or a percentage.’ Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig deep to find it.” 
Bryce Wylde, DHMHS, functional medicine clinician, founder of Mymmunity, cofounder of The DNA Company
Help Heal Yourself from Cancer empowers each of us to take control of our health and healthcare, with practical insight to help patients through their cancer healing journey. In an easy-to-read-and-understand format, important features of the book include practical science-based tips and guidance for building a conquer-cancer diet, building and partnering with your conquer-cancer team, and living ‘L.E.A.N.’ This is a must-read, serving as a guide for both patients and their health care team.”
Marla Anderson, MD, FACS, medical director of surgical breast oncology for Mission Hospital

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