© 1994 Michael Lerner

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Lerner, Michael, 1943 – Choices in healing : integrating the best of conventional and complementary approaches to cancer / Michael Lerner. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-262-12180-8 1. Cancer–Treatment. 2. Cancer–Alternative treatment. 3. Cancer–Popular works. I. Title. RC270.8.L47 1994 616.99é406–dc20 93-39913 CIP

This book is dedicated to Jenifer Altman, Brendan O’Regan, and Max Lerner.

Jenifer Altman was a participant in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and subsequently a Senior Research Associate at Commonweal.

Brendan O’Regan was Vice President for Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Max Lerner, my father, was an observer of American civilizations, and a public intellectual.

Each faced a life-threatening illness with courage.

Each lived, as it happened, far beyond what others thought was the appointed time.

Each was a true friend.

Contents

PART ONE

Paths of Hope and Ways of Healing

  • Chapter One
    On Never Giving Up Hope: Three Stories
  • Chapter Two
    Healing and Curing: The Starting Point for Informed Choice

PART TWO

Choice in Conventional Cancer Therapies

  • Chapter Three
    The Crucial Difference: International Variations in Conventional Cancer Therapies
  • Chapter Four
    The Debate Over Conventional Cancer Therapies
  • Chapter Five
    American Cultures of Conventional Cancer Therapy
  • Chapter Six
    Choosing Conventional Physicians, Hospitals, and Therapies

PART THREE

Choice in Unconventional Cancer Therapies

PART FOUR

Mainstream Nutritional Science and the Unconventional Nutritional Cancer Therapies

  • Chapter Eleven
    What Science Says about Nutrition and Cancer: Macronutrients
  • Chapter Twelve
    Can Vitamins and Minerals Help? The Scientific View: Micronutrients
  • Chapter Thirteen
    Unconventional Nutritional Approaches to Cancer–An Overview
  • Chapter Fourteen
    The Gerson Diet–A Radical Anticancer Therapy
  • Chapter Fifteen
    Macrobiotics–A Diet and a Way of Life
  • Chapter Sixteen
    Virginia C. Livingston–Integrating Diet, Nutritional Supplements, and Immunotherapy
  • Chapter Seventeen
    Keith Block–Integrating Diet, Fitness, and Psychological Support into an Oncology Practice

PART FIVE

Physical, Traditional, and Pharmacological Therapies

  • Chapter Eighteen
    Physical and Energetic Approaches– Exercise, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, and Chiropractic
  • Chapter Nineteen
    Traditional Chinese Medicine–A Favored Adjunctive Therapy for American Cancer Patients
  • Chapter Twenty
    Unconventional Pharmacological Therapies– An Overview
  • Chapter Twenty-one
    Stanislaw Burzynski–Antineoplastons on the Edge of Medical Credibility
  • Chapter Twenty-two
    Joseph Gold–Does Hydrazine Sulfate Prevent Weight Loss and Extend Life with Cancer?
  • Chapter Twenty-three
    Emanuel Revici–Will His Unique Therapy Ever Be Scientifically Assessed?

PART SIX

Living with Cancer