© 1994 Michael Lerner
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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.
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
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
Choice in Unconventional Cancer Therapies
- Chapter Seven
The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies
- Chapter Eight
A Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Cancer Therapies
- Chapter Nine
Spiritual Approaches to Cancer
- Chapter Ten
Psychological Approaches to Cancer
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
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?
Living with Cancer
- Chapter Twenty-four
Living with Cancer
- Chapter Twenty-five
- Chapter Twenty-six
On Living and Dying
- Chapter Twenty-seven
Making Your Choices
- Appendix A
Choice in Resources
- Appendix B
Professional Training Programs in Spiritual and Psychological Approaches to Cancer
- About the Author and Commonweal