8 Inspiring Books on Healing Cancer
What are the best books to read after being diagnosed with cancer? Here are the top eight books for healing cancer that I found the most integral to my healing journey.
After my diagnosis, books were amazingly helpful sources of inspiration and knowledge. During a two-year period, I probably read twenty to thirty books on the topic of cancer. I am a voracious reader, so this came naturally to me.
But I would say these eight books on healing cancer were the ones that had the most impact on me and my understanding. Many of these books I went back to again and again.
Some books on healing cancer focus on cancer from a purely physical perspective, while others focus on mental, emotional and spiritual ways to deal with cancer.
Here are my top eight:
Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly Turner
Kelly Turner, Ph.D, spends several years interviewing hundreds of cancer patients across the globe who have defied the odds and survived far beyond their prognosis. Backed by research and examples, she hones in on nine factors that came up:
- Radically changing your diet
- Taking control of your health
- Following your intuition
- Using Herbs and Supplements
- Releasing Suppressed Emotions
- Increasing Positive Emotions
- Embracing Social Support
- Deepening Your Spiritual Connection
- Having Strong Reasons for Living
You Can Conquer Cancer: A New Way of Living by Dr. Ian Gawler
Dr. Ian Gawler, an Australian diagnosed with bone cancer back in 1975, tells his amazing tale of recovery and discusses how to heal by incorporating spiritual, emotional and biological approaches.
This book takes a truly integrated, holistic approach to cancer, emphasizing nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family and social support, and the spiritual dimension of life.
Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
One of my absolute favorite books of all time, I go back to this one again and again. Through her own inspiring and mind-blowing journey, Anita Moorjani provides a beautiful example of how what ails us spiritually and emotionally is at the root cause of cancer. A New York Times Bestseller because it is so profound and full of amazing insights.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
This book, published back in 1984, argues that almost anything can be healed if you’re willing to do the work to uncover and address the emotions that led to the illness. The author spent decades working with clients, helping them to heal from various ailments through a metaphysical approach.
Later in life, when she developed cervical cancer herself, she knew that it stemmed from the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and her suppressed anger as a result. Without any treatment, she was able to heal herself through doing the work she so often prescribed to her patients.
Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality by Dawson Church
For those who really want a science-backed text on how the mind can affect healing of the body, look no further. The author is a researcher focusing on the field of neuroscience, and in this book, he addresses energy, our inner thoughts and how they contribute to our external reality.
Although the book does not focus solely on cancer, he discusses several studies and personal experiences that deal with healing from cancer via changes in the electromagnetic field.
AntiCancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
Authored by a renowned neuroscientist who finds himself with brain cancer, AntiCancer, another New York Times Bestseller, explores various elements that cause cancer to appear (lifestyle, environment, trauma). It discusses various ways to enhance healing using the body’s own natural healing capabilities through diet, lifestyle changes and mindbody practices such as yoga and meditation. The author is an advocate of both conventional and alternative approaches and uses science to explain why.
Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment by Dr. Keith Block
Another book that blends both conventional and alternative approaches to treating cancer, Life Over Cancer is well worth a read. This book focuses on mostly a biological approach, as in what to eat and what supplements to take and why. But it also advocates stress reduction through meditation and yoga.
I loved that this book also discusses what you can do to optimize your recovery during surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Through this book, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of your terrain (body) and what will cause cancer to thrive and what will shut it down.
How to Starve Cancer Without Starving Yourself by Jane McLelland
The author, Jane McLelland, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and beat the odds through her own determination. She became a cancer detective and through the use of diet, supplements and pharmaceuticals, she was able to heal herself.
Through her book, I gained a much deeper understanding of cancer, its many pathways, and how we can strategically starve cancer.
The author has started a revolution as many cancer clinics are now following her protocol.
What about you? What books on healing cancer would add to the list? I’d love to know what books were instrumental in helping you heal and get through a difficult illness? Leave a comment in the comments section.
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