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.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
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About the Author
Martha Sears, RN, is a breast cancer survivor, mother of their 8 children, and co-healer in this book.
Table of Contents
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
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
Make a Smart Choice!
7 Use Healing Conquer-Cancer Spices
"Curry Up" Your Cancer Healing
8 Savor Science-Based Supplements (SBS)
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
Grow Your Own Garden
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
Recommended Reading and References 215
What People are Saying About This
“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