Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches (Google eBook)

Front Cover
MIT Press, Feb 28, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 693 pages
0 Reviews
Written by one of the country's leading authorities on alternative and complementary cancer treatments, Choices in Healing is designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer.Choices in Healing offers valuable information and guidance for the whole life cycle of cancer -- from the initial shock of diagnosis to decisions about choosing a physician and conventional therapies, selecting complementary therapies, coping with treatment, and the art of living fully with the possibility of recurrence.There are detailed explanations and evaluations of a wide range of complementary therapy programs, including spiritual and psychological approaches, nutritional therapies, physical therapies, pharmacological therapies, and traditional medicines from around the world. There are sections on prayer and other forms of spiritual healing; psychotherapy, support groups, visual imagery and hypnosis; massage, therapeutic touch, yoga, and Qi Gong; macrobiotic diet and other cancer diets; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines; and numerous other unconventional therapies used by American cancer patients.With an unusual combination of compassion and objectivity, Michael Lerner describes his conclusions following more than a decade of study of unconventional cancer treatments in North America, Europe, India, and Japan. He also draws extensively on his work with hundreds of cancer patients who have participated in the Commonweal Cancer Help Programs, the residential support program depicted by Bill Moyers in his 1993 PBS documentary "Healing and the Mind."
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Choices in healing: integrating the best of conventional and complementary approaches to cancer

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Alternative cancer therapies tend to be more controversial than other forms of alternative medicine. Many physicians feel that by using such therapies patients may avoid or delay treatments that have ... Read full review

Contents

On Never Giving Up Hope Three Stories
Healing and Curing The Starting Point for Informed Choice
3
Choice in Conventional Cancer Therapies
17
The Crucial Difference International Variations in Conventional Cancer Therapies
21
The Debate over Conventional Cancer Therapies
37
American Cultures of Conventional Cancer Therapy
47
Choosing Conventional Physicians Hospitals and Therapies
53
Choice in Unconventional Cancer Therapies
67
Physical Traditional and Pharmacological Therapies
353
Physical and Energetic Approaches Exercise Massage Therapeutic Touch and Chiropractic
355
Traditional Chinese Medicine A Favored Adjunctive Therapy for American Cancer Patients
369
Unconventional Pharmacological Therapies An Overview
397
Stanislaw Burzynski Antineoplastons on the Edge of Medical Credibility
405
Joseph Gold Does Hydrazine Sulfate Prevent Weight Loss and Extend Life with Cancer?
433
Emanuel Revici Will His Unique Therapy Ever Be Scientifically Assessed?
443
Living with Cancer
455

The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies
73
A Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Cancer Therapies
83
Spiritual Approaches to Cancer
113
Psychological Approaches to Cancer
137
Mainstream Nutritional Science and the Unconventional Nutritional Cancer Therapies
195
What Science Says about Nutrition and Cancer Macronutrients
197
Can Vitamins and Minerals Help? The Scientific View Micronutrients
219
Unconventional Nutritional Approaches to Cancer An Overview
251
The Gerson Diet A Radical Anticancer Therapy
261
Macrobiotics A Diet and a Way of Life
285
Virginia C Livingston Integrating Diet Nutritional Supplements and Immunotherapy
319
Keith Block Integrating Diet Fitness and Psychological Support into an Oncology Practice
335
Living with Cancer
457
Controlling Pain
471
On Living and Dying
489
Making Your Choices
521
Choice in Resources
537
Professional Training Programs in Spiritual and Psychological Approaches to Cancer
607
Glossary
611
Acknowledgments
619
About the Author and Commonweal
623
Index
625
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information