It was like This is a weird one that will go unnoticed in the white chop and froth of the internet but feels necessary. Why is it that so many people are so worried about cancer patients wasting their time and money on diet and nutritional supplements — one never hears them moaning about cancer patients going on holiday, buying new clothes or spending money on eating out in restaurants. I would have thought that Michael Gearin-Tosh speaks the language of the Establishment; however, this battle has been waged for much of this century read the majority of my Editorials in Positive Health for my views on the issue. Intuitively, not on the basis of reason. I write so-called alternative because it is often forgotten that these alternatives were devised by highly qualified and experienced doctors, qualified in orthodox medicine, and also in my case by a winner of two Nobel prizes. Almost eight years later I still do my job and enjoy life.
I was no one special, nor were the dozens of other ex-students that Michael had the incredible grace, caring and love to give a mention to I mean who has the time for that in a book about battling cancer??? But Michael believed in the Gerson Therapy and this, coupled with his self-belief and natural energy, has seen him through the last eight years. Secondly, your spirits are lowered which gives the cancer an evil boost. Michael Gearin-Tosh is diagnosed with cancer at the age of fifty-four. Some 15% die within the first three months. Did my cancer simply disappear? He also turns to unexpected guides within his own memory and in the authors he loves, from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Jean Renoir, Arthur Miller, and Václav Havel. The median survival time from clinical confirmation to death is under a year in untreated patients, and two to three years with treatment.
In addition Gearin-Tosh, perhaps not surprisingly given his background, is often wooed more by narrative than by scientific argument. He rejected that advice because of the toxicity of chemotherapy, the uncertain prognosis, and his aversion to the bedside manner of the advising physicians. Now, Michael Gearin-Tosh is no ordinary man on-the-street. Firstly, diary entries cover Gearin-Tosh's initial diagnosis and the turbulent year that followed. Perhaps it is the only way to replicate their successes.
It is amusing that when a review of this book appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, some alternative medicine advocates celebrated, concluding that this respected journal had finally admitted that alternative medicine was better than chemotherapy. Alternative practitioners are not all repressed seekers of truth and to give them carte blanche is naive. He had the amazing good sense to tape record his consultation with his Consultant, so that he could listen to it over and over again when the shock of the death sentence wasn't quite so numbing, something with which Professor Robert Kyle Mayo Clinic concurs. For acute leukaemias and many solid tumours the sole therapeutic opportunity may be lost in delay. Although the principle of giving treatment only when it is needed is sound, Gearin-Tosh's arguments are zealously impractical. On no occasion do they speak with one voice.
I am, of course, delighted he is still alive. He begins to probe the experts' words and the meaning behind medical phrases. So here is my bone pain: I slipped a disc in 1989 that went on for months, and I am still sore if I sit for any great length of time. In the end, he chooses not to have chemotherapy but to combat his cancer largely through nutrition, vitamin supplements, an ancient Chinese breathing exercise with imaginative visualizations, and acupuncture. Living Proof is also a wonderful study in neurosis, and a warning to doctors about the futile cycles our hastily chosen words engender in susceptible people.
Our highly usable coverage extends from details on drug side effects to diet therapies that have clinical trials supporting them, and on supplements from herbs to vitamins that can play a proven anti-cancer role, and full coverage of complementary therapies from acupuncture to meditation, from massage to hands-on-healing. This book is both excellent and controversial. The doctors urge immediate treatment. Almost eight years later I still do my job and enjoy life. Almost eight years later I still do my job and enjoy life.
The author, an Oxford professor of English literature, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and advised to have chemotherapy. After seeking seven different medical opinions Gearin-Tosh discovers, almost by default, that he has rejected orthodoxy. Any doctor reading them could be forgiven for prejudging Gearin-Tosh as an academic revealing nothing more than his ignorance of bell-shaped survival curves which show that it's totally possible to live longer than the average and still not be cured. I have not had conventional treatment. A number of things happened, some by accident, most by design.
It does not constitute proof that the course of his disease was influenced by his treatment, as he himself admits. This essay is by Carmen Wheatley and it is peer-reviewed by eminent orthodox authorities. Did my cancer simply disappear? This book can be ordered from the Positive Health bookstore. There are some good life lessons in this book. This book really opened my eyes to the process of being treated for a life threatening illness. He tries to relate what each doctor says -- and does not say -- to the doctor's own temperament. This article was originally published in the.