Books

  • After Cancer Care: The Definitive Self-Care Guide to Getting and Staying Well for Patients with Cancer by Gerald Lemole, MD; Pallav Mehta, MD; and Dwight McKee, MD – According to Drs. Lemole, Mehta, and McKee, your choices in diet, exercise, and even relationships can help determine your propensity for relapse. With more than three decades of post-cancer-care experience, the doctors create practical takeaways based on science  so that readers will drastically improve their quality of life to enjoy many years of cancer-free serenity.
  • Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins – This book is described as “the first book by a patient that spoke to our current interest in taking charge of our own health,” starting the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humor to boost their bodies’ capacity for healing.
  • Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jefferies – Introducing the concept of the “Mix of Six,” Cohen and Jefferies make an informed case that building social and emotional support; manag­ing stress; improving sleep, exercise, and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being.
  • Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail by Raymond Chang, MD – Conventional medicine’s core strategy has been re-examined, and a new, potentially more effective approach has emerged―one that combines the best of Eastern wisdom with Western science. This book takes a penetrating look at this bold new way of treating cancer.
  • Cancer as a Turning Point by Lawrence LeShan, PhD – In this book psychiatrist Lawrence LeShan shows how psychological and lifestyle changes, coupled with medical treatment, can mobilize a compromised immune system for healing.
  • Caregiving: A Step-By-Step Resource for Caring for the Person with Cancer at Home by Peter S. Houts, PhD, and Julia A. Bucher, RN, PhD – Written for caregivers, this updated and revised version of Home Care Guide for Cancer explains each major kind of cancer treatment, obstacles to recovery, when it is time to call in professional help, plentiful examples of how individuals can help their loved ones, and how to adjust your plan of action as needed.
  • Choices In Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer by Michael Lerner – This book is written for you—someone with cancer who wants to understand the many choices available to you in both conventional medicine and alternative therapies. It is also for your family members, friends, and healthcare professionals, but primarily it is for you. It is a book about how to find your way through the unfamiliar and often frightening territory that you face when you are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Fighting Cancer by Martin L. Rossman, MD – Dr. Martin L. Rossman shows cancer patients how to use imagery in specific ways that can help them in their fight against cancer. The Fighting Cancer from Within book and 5 CD set were specifically designed to help cancer patients work from within to support their own healing, and are compatible with any other form of treatment.
  • Getting Well Again by O. Carl Simonton, MD, James Creighton, PhD, and Stephanie Matthews Simonton – In this book the Simontons profile the typical “cancer personality”: how an individual’s reactions to stress and other emotional factors can contribute to the onset and progress of cancer—and how positive expectations, self-awareness, and self-care can contribute to survival.
  • Herbal Medicine, 2nd Edition: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects by Editors: Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor – Drawing from the work of leading international researchers in different fields, this book contains an in-depth scientific examination of effects of individual herbs, as well as their use in the treatment of important diseases such as cancer. This volume focuses on presenting current scientific evidence of biomolecular effects of selected herbs and their relation to clinical outcome and promotion of human health. This book also addresses the ethical challenges of using herbal medicine and its integration into modern, evidence-based medicine.
  • Integrative Oncology, 2nd Edition by Donald I. Abrams, MD, and Andrew T. Weil, MD – This book provides complementary interventions to conventional cancer care, Including the hot topics of cannabinoids, antioxidents, energy medicine. and nutrition.  New chapters have been added to this edition.
  • Life over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment by Keith I. Block, MD – Dr. Keith Block describes the Block program for fighting cancer to people who are at different places along the cancer continuum. Dr. Block’s evidence-based program is explained in easy-to-understand language that patients can implement both by themselves as well as with the assistance of their healthcare provider. Dr. Block includes in-depth descriptions of lifestyle practices as well as complementary therapies that are designed to enhance conventional cancer treatment, minimize side effects, and possibly prevent recurrence.
  • Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan Borysenko, PhD – This book provides time-tested tips on how to take control of physical and emotional well-being, drawing from success with thousands of patients with conditions ranging from allergies to cancer. Tips provide guidance on how to elicit the mind’s powerful relaxation response to boost the immune system, cope with chronic pain, and alleviate symptoms of a host of stress-related illnesses.
  • N of 1 by Glenn Sabin with Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH In N of 1, author Glenn Sabin takes readers along his journey with ‘incurable’ cancer, where he discovers 1) No two cancers are exactly alike. Our bodies, minds and diseases are unique, and need to be treated as such. 2) Knowledge and empowerment are your best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis. 3) Lifestyle changes are a powerful way to help prevent, manage and reduce the recurrence of disease–and to improve your quality of life. 4) A strong support system and a clear mind may significantly improve your health.
  • Naturopathic Oncology, 3rd Edition by Neil McKinney, BSc, ND – Informed by 30 years of practice and teaching naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, this guide to clinical success with cancer adds new therapies, new chapters, refinements of protocols, expanded references.
  • Rituals of Healing by Jeanne Achterberg and Barbara Dossey – This book is described as “a practical guide to using the powers of the mind and the imagination to form rituals that can help the body restore and maintain health.”
  • The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Second Edition by Rebecca Katz, MS, with Mat Edelson – Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects, this updated award-winning cookbook brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal
  • The Definitive Guide to Cancer, 3rd Edition: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn Gazella – Naturopathic oncologist Lise Alschuler and health writer Karolyn Gazella have written this book for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. “Compassionate while reflecting the most recent science, this book offers a thorough examination of integrative cancer prevention and treatment in an accessible and practical manner. Readers will develop a better understanding of what cancer is, what causes it, how to best prevent it, and how to include complementary therapies into their treatment.” Naturopathic therapies are provided for a number of specific cancers.
  • The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH – In addition to risk factors associated with hormone levels and reproductive development and history, many other, multi-level environmental variables also interact with human breast biology. In considering breast cancer as an ecological disorder, this book reviews and summarizes a large scientific literature and draws practical conclusions to stimulate more widespread efforts to prevent this disease and improve outcomes after diagnosis and treatment.
  • The Healing Journey by O. Carl Simonton, MD, and Reid Henson with Brenda Hampton – Dr. Simonton walks readers through an abbreviated five-day Simonton Patient Program, including a patient’s private journey with cancer, using tools at the heart of the Simonton Program to get and stay well.
  • The Meals to Heal Cookbook by Jessica Iannotta and Susan Bratton – This cookbook shares healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes that not only taste delicious but also mitigate the many side effects of cancer treatment.
  • The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It by Clifton Leaf – Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon.  A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress—brilliant young scientists—are now abandoning the search for a cure.”
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