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The Great Debate: Is Dying of Cancer Optional?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 24, 2012

Is Dying of Cancer Optional?

I know for a fact that for many people – people who have lost loved ones to cancer – this question will seem grotesque.

But the fact that many people have died of cancer doesn’t mean that cancer is not curable. It is. It also doesn’t mean that the ways by which cancer can be cured are not known.

It is my belief that there are many ways of curing cancer – and that we know what they are. We may not have ‘proof’ but that’s something else again (a whole kettle of worms!)

No-one is saying that each ‘cure’ is 100% effective. But if these ways do cure cancer – even for a few –  then it stands to reason that the more of these ways that you commit yourself to, the better your chances of recovering and becoming cancer-free again. The decision not to seek these ways out is a choice. The decision not to do them is a choice.

It is my calculation that if there is any substance at all  to all the anecdotal stories (personal experiences are always categorised as ‘anecdotal’)  that have come my way then if you commit yourself to 10-12 therapies then you are boosting your chances of  recovering to well above 90%

I have listed well over 100 possible therapies in my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible – for details.

So, not doing these therapies is a choice – if  you know about them. No knowing about them may be the result of a decision not to look for them – which is a choice. Unfortunately,  for some people, the idea that there might be something they can do beyond what their doctors suggest is simply not something they are aware of. Or they lack the confidence to explore these areas.

The question is: how can we spread this message?

It’s spreading fast but still I am finding very intelligent people completely disregarding natural approaches (because they are ‘unscientific’ or because they are in thrall to their doctors (and I completely understand why they would be, it’s a natural response to the supposed authority of Medicine)). That’s the choice they have made. They have to live with the consequences.

So let’s debate this question: Is dying of cancer a matter of personal choice? What do you think?

New thoughts

Since posting this, I have been slightly uncomfortable that I have put this question in a way that will appear to be a matter of willingness (willingness to search out options) but I do understand that cancer, for the person who has the cancer, is an existential issue, and for those who have not gone through the journey and embraced their fate, a matter of profound fear. On top of that cancer carries with it its own physical burden – and there is the issue of having the energy and the commitment to persevere with a life prolonging strategy. So there is no moral issue, no suggestion of blame, attached to the question.

Finally, in relation to what I have called ‘the journey’ , Sheryl Malin, wrote the following  (on my Facebook Cancer Recovery site) which is so wonderfully expressed that I will leave it to say what it has to say:


It’s impossible, said pride. It’s risky, said experience. It’s pointless, said reason. Give it a try, whispered the heart. It’s early in the morning and this message came to me. I fear no more for I have managed the cancer. I trusted my heart to find another way to treat my cancer other than cut, poison, and burn. I also realized without having cancer I would have not met these amazing people that have taught me so much about life and I would have never experienced Mexico and their culture.

Through taking a detour in the road, I have better knowledge and have tried to educate others on other ways to control cancer. Through my journey I have been sharing my personal healing process in hopes that maybe your heart is whispering to you like it did me.

Through the knowledge that I have gained, I do not fear the unknown, I look past that and take each day with a grain of salt. The future will be full of experiences that will not be impossible for I took something bad and made it good. We all deserve to follow our hearts and choose our own journey, but first we have to research the unknown.

Research and you will find that life is not pointless. Your mind will grow full of hope and your journey will continue for many years.

To finish I must say that with our hearts we can change our fear of the unknown and give hope to our future. Enjoy the now, for the future depends on it.

Sheryl has a blog at

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible   is now out – 550 pages of discussion, analysis and therapies –

“You have succeeded in making a complicated subject accessible.”

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Testimonials for The Cancer Survivor’s Bible

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 24, 2012

Some Testimonials for Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide (Now also known as The Cancer Survivor’s Bible)

“I now can recommend your book to the people in my support group, as “the” book to read.,…The book is more precious than gold!”  –Richard Thompson

Mr. Chamberlain has a voice that is at once humble and powerful. I like writers that cut to the chase, and then do not skimp on the practical details…and I really like his attitude. He speaks from the heart, but clearly wants you to use your head. Good combination.      – Andrew Saul PhD.  The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER

First of all let me say: Congratulations on your superb book!  You have succeeded in making a complicated subject accessible. – Leonard S. Rosenbaum, M.A.
Board of Dirs., Intl. Assn. of Cancer Victors & Friends (IACVF;

“This is an incredibly informative and useful book. Every one of you needs it in your library. Jonathan’s book is called Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide …. This is, from now on, my primary encyclopaedia when I have a question about cancer and its treatment.’—Bill Henderson, author of Cancer-Free

‘An excellent, up-to-date resource…. I am the list administrator for several ACOR paediatric cancer support lists, and often need to look something up, as many list members are interested in CAM.’ ’—Patty Feist, website manager of

I recently bought your book because I have become very involved in the life of an old friend, and the challenges she faces with a diagnosis of secondary liver cancer. We were both comforted and somewhat inspired by the broad sweep of your book.” – Ron Crennel

‘Well done, I do think you have made a good job of covering such a wide variance in subjects and keeping it readable. I particularly like your writing style, factual and calm about what is frankly the ridiculous state of relationships between orthodox and alternative approaches.’—Patricia Peat, Cancer Options (cancer consultancy)

‘Having just been through surgery myself to remove a breast cancer lump and facing follow-up treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy, I am so glad I was tipped off to read this book… This book helps to put things in perspective and was invaluable to me in making my decisions about follow-up treatment.’ – Lucy W. (Amazon review)

‘I work with cancer patients and have found this book incredibly helpful to them (and me & my work colleagues). Very well laid out, well written.’ – S. Lumley, cancer patient counsellor

“I want to say how inspirational your book and all its suggestions have been. It has enabled me to keep positive for my sister over the past terrible months.”
– Emma Greener

“I recommend this book to everyone, whether or not you have cancer, as ‘The’ reference book on cancer. This book gives hope…. It explains clearly the arguments for and against a multitude of treatments…. I wish I had read this before I was diagnosed as doctors and the cancer charities didn’t tell me any of this. ” – D. Bushell, cancer survivor

“Being someone diagnosed as a terminal cancer patient, I have scoured the ‘net and read many books. This is the best. And it gives hope too…Get this book; read it; be inspired by it.”– Ian Clements, cancer survivor

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Howard’s prostate cancer cure

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 15, 2012

Howard’s Prostate Cancer Cure

Howard Cohen has provided a detailed description of how he overcame prostate cancer at this link. The route to his cure will surprise you. Rather than tell you myself I am going to let him tell you. It could be a cure for many other kinds of cancer.

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible is now out (see two posts below for details)

“This is the book every cancer patient needs.”

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Coping with the Big C: Compassion by Jack and Colleen Pelar

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 11, 2012

Coping with the Big C: Compassion by Jack and Colleen Pelar

I agreed to read this book because I believe in the importance of the individual experience of cancer. From the moment cancer is diagnosed to the end of treatment and beyond truly is a journey. We are changed. Just as you forget you have a thumb until you hit it, you forget you have a life until it is seriously threatened. And Jack and Colleen make this a particularly interesting journey because it is a dialogue between the two of them. The journey is not the same journey for Colleen as it is for Jack – it may be his cancer, but he is her husband.
What comes out of the book for me is the strength of their relationship – rock solid, despite the enormous differences between them. But what is interesting is how they are aware of these differences and work with them, around them even through them.
And then, of course, there are the details of how the cancer is treated by their doctors. There is nothing about ‘alternative therapies’ or diets or any of that stuff. The doctors are the experts and Jack and Colleen are unquestioningly committed to this route – and at the end of the book Jack has just finished a gruelling course of radiotherapy. So the book ends on a note of hopefulness about the future – and I do hope that hopefulness is justified (just as I hope Jack doesn’t just say: “Done that, Got the t-shirt” and go back to his sugary cereals and coca colas but does start to take an interest in diet and supplements and herbs)
What I particularly like about this book is how open Jack and Colleen are about their inner thoughts – so by the end of the book they are friends and we care about them.
This is a thoughtful, wry, funny and painful account of a year that Jack and Colleen will not want to revisit. Reading this book is very educative. This is a report from the front of a very personal war.

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