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Anita Moorjani’s amazing cancer recovery experience

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 25, 2013


Anita Moorjani’s Amazing Cancer Recovery Experience
Anita Moorjani was born in Singapore but, at the age of two, moved to Hong Kong where she has lived ever since. Growing up she found herself negotiating the cultural differences in the world around her: the Indian world in which she was expected to marry early and devote herself to domestic pursuits; the Chinese world of commerce that swirled around her; and the dominating British ethos that made Hong Kong not just another Asian city but a truly international territory.

Anita was very sensitive to the cultural conflicts – particularly as she refused to conform to the expectations of her own community but instead went out into the commercial world where she set about the task of making a living and developing herself.

Her first brush with cancer occurred when her close friend, Soni, was diagnosed in 2001. Anita was shocked by the impacts of the chemotherapy and radiation on her friend and set out to do what she could to help by reading as much as she could about cancer. The more she read the more scared she became. Everything it seemed had the power to cause cancer: pesticides, microwaves, preservatives and more. Then her brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. And he too suffered badly from the treatment he was given. And then, a year later, in April 2002, Anita, herself, was told that she too had cancer – a lymphoma.

By this time it was clear that her friend, Soni, was dying. Anita’s visceral response to her own diagnosis was to reject chemotherapy and radiation. It hadn’t done anything for Soni, she argued. It had just made her friend’s health worse. And then Soni died and Anita found herself in a cycle of negative emotions: “Anger. Dread. Frustration. Fear. Desperation. That was the spectrum of emotions that I dealt with following Soni’s death. From morning to night, each day was an intense roller-coaster ride as I questioned, challenged, raged and despaired over my situation. I felt these emotions not only for myself but also for my family. I dreaded the thought of them having to deal with my death.”

Anita launched herself into a the world of natural and alternative therapies doing everything she could from Chinese herbs to hypnotherapy and prayer. Then she went to Pune in India and spent time with a guru there, devoting herself to yoga and following an ayurvedic dietary and herbal therapy. After a few months she felt much better and after six months she believed that she had been fully healed.

But on her return to Hong Kong she again encountered the conflicts between western, Chinese and Indian approaches and mixing them up didn’t seem to work. To take one example: sugar. The western naturopathic therapists all said it was very bad – but it was an integral part of her ayurvedic diet that seemed to be helping her get better. These conflicts disrupted her sense of confidence in herself and once again she entered into a state of confusion and fear. And her health started to decline again and the cancer returned.

In early 2006 it seemed that Anita was finally going to lose her battle with cancer. She was rushed to hospital and began to sink slowly into a coma.

It is what happened next that has made her famous. She had a profound revelation in which she met with the presences of both her father and of her old friend Soni. In a conversation I had with Anita in late 2012, I asked her if she viewed the presences as actual in a religious sense, or as psychological, being self-created. She said she had no belief in one or the other and made no special claims in relation to it. What was important was not the actuality of the presences but rather the journey she had taken – which she movingly describes in her book Dying To Be Me (Hay House, 2012). She felt she had a choice and that the choice to return to life was also to be a return to vibrant health.

In her visionary state she came to understand the total importance of accepting and loving one’s self and of living fearlessly. It was an intense revelation. “I now see myself as an infinite being, the physical takes care of itself because it’s only a reflection of what’s going on in my soul.”

The result was that she emerged from her coma and did so with the sure knowledge that she would be cured of her cancer (and indeed it did melt away over the next few weeks). She also allowed herself to undergo chemotherapy. However one oncologist who looked into her case stated that her recovery could not be ascribed to the chemo.

In one of the closing chapters of her book, she writes: “Before, without even realising it, everything I did was to avoid pain or to please other people….My life was driven by fear – of displeasing others, of failing, of being selfish, and of not being good enough…Since my NDE (Near Death Experience) I don’t feel that I came back to accomplish anything. I only came back to be. Because of this, everything I do comes from love. I don’t worry any more about trying to get things right or complying with rules or doctrines. I just follow my heart and know that I can’t go wrong when I do so.”

Anita Moorjani has written her story Dying To Be Me, (Hay House, 2012). Her website is http://anitamoorjani.com

The question is: how useful is this story to others: it appears to be a unique experience which is impossible to replicate.

The main lesson I draw from it is that cancer can be destroyed by means of personal energy flow if the circumstances are right. Anita’s story also demonstrates the healing power of embracing, accepting and loving one’s own self. The question then is how to recreate and develop these ways of being without actually having to go into a coma.

To read other stories of cancer recovery, many seemingly miraculous, read The Cancer Survivor’s Biblewww.fightingcancer.com

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Some Doctors avoid mammograms

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 19, 2013


Mammograms – A medical expert quoted in the Guardian today said they would never have a screening mammogram. Why not?

“I won’t go for a screening mammogram. Down the microscope, doctors can’t always tell the difference between “dangerous” and “OK to leave alone”. So it is possible to find things “too early” that are not really life-threatening cancer. The independent review of breast cancer screening published last year in the Lancet helpfully distinguished biases, uncertainties and some bad science. The latest quantification is that of every 10,000 women screened every three years from age 50-70, about 43 fewer will die from breast cancer. Approximately 700 will be given a cancer diagnosis and a whole lot more women will be frightened by being recalled for further tests. Although most women who are told they have cancer by screening are grateful, I wouldn’t be sure whether my life was really “saved” or if I’d just become an extra cancer patient.

It appears that for every 15 women who are “screen-diagnosed”, three will still die of breast cancer (so screening doesn’t save their lives), eight will still live (so screening brought the diagnosis earlier, but treatment would have worked anyway), one will not die of breast cancer (so screening prevents this cause of death) but three extra will become “cancer victims” (so screening leads to having surgery and/or radiotherapy/chemotherapy that wouldn’t have happened in her lifetime). Screening can only be credited with one woman not dying of breast cancer, but all 15 have to be treated once something is found. It’s complicated enough to understand, and some women will take these odds. But I’m happy to wait until I have symptoms.”

Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics, King’s College London

For a full discussion of various screening options and issues see The Cancer Survivor’s Bible – http://www.fightingcancer.com

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Is Cancer an Alien Invader?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 19, 2013


I saw an advertisement just now for Cancer Research UK . It said: “Now Cancer’s starting to get worried…”

This is really stupid and betrays an attitude to cancer that is false. OK Obviously cancer doesn’t have thoughts and feelings. That’s not the problem. It is the assumption that cancer is an enemy. That’s the problem. Isn’t it an enemy? Well, no. Actually you might say it is a friend. It is a sign that something is wrong. You now have time to correct it – whatever it is that is wrong (and it will take some trial and error to work that out).

If I had two baskets and in one of those baskets I put ‘normal cells’ and in the other basket I put ‘bacteria’, ‘virus’, fungus’ ‘parasite’ and ‘alien invader’. Now I pick up the word ‘cancer’ – which basket should I put it into? Well, if you’re Cancer Research UK you would put it into the basket with viruses and alien invaders. But really it should go into the basket where we put ‘normal cells’ – because cancer is some part of our normal existence that has become abnormal.

If our enemy is an alien invader then it makes sense to attack them with all the fire-power we can muster. But if the problem is our bodily processes and the bodily environment that those processes occur in, then zapping no longer makes much sense. We need a different approach – one that seeks to affect the bodily processes.

Simple really.

For other discussions in relation to cancer read my book The Cancer Survivor’s Biblewww.fightingcancer.com

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Cancer? Maybe the best thing is to just do nothing

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 17, 2013


Cancer? Maybe the best thing is to just do nothing

by Jonathan Chamberlain

A couple of years back I was in a pub and I got talking to a man aged 89. He had just been told he had melanoma and was feeling a little shaken.

“I blame the sun in the Middle East where I worked for twenty years,” he told me.

I’m afraid I wasn’t sympathetic. The man did not look or act like an 89 year old. He had walked in and ordered his pint like anyone else. He was in good shape. Except, of course, he had this melanoma. And he was blaming the sun – that searing sun of the Middle East. Hmm?

“Maybe you should thank the sun for getting you to the good old age of 89 in otherwise pretty good condition. All that vitamin D must have done you some good,” I said, nodding in a friendly way to show I wasn’t taking the piss.

Thank the sun? Was I crazy? I could see his eyes retreat from mine. And anyway, what was he supposed to do now? I could see the concern and worry on his face.

Yes, that’s the question, what was he supposed to do now that the melanoma had spread? I could see the whole situation was new and a great shock to him. He was staring imminent death in the face. But, hang on here. He was 89 after all. Shouldn’t he have been staring imminent death in the face for at least ten years? I imagine when I’m 80 I’ll wake up every day wondering if it will be my last. I’m only a sprightly 63 and already I am wondering if this year will be my last – over sixty and you’re in the death zone. So what? We all die. Run from that truth as hard as you can but one day… Let’s be blunt. None of us are going to live forever.

I know of a man, the father of a friend of mine, who decided he needed some ‘necessary, life-extending’ surgery. He was 92 years old and he died on the operating table.

When you’re 80 plus you are not going to bounce back quickly from surgery. Surgery is something to be very cautious of. Yet doctors will recommend surgery and patients will go along with it. Like my 82 year old wheel-chair bound father who was suffering from Parkinson’s. He had hip surgery because he thought it would help him get out of the wheel chair. It didn’t. He had always been a very fit and healthy man – a Cambridge boxing blue, he was still playing field hockey well into his sixties. The operation only made things worse to his great frustration. There is nothing worse (certainly, I can’t think of anything worse) than to be very old, unable to be in control of the simplest aspects of your comfort, to be in pain and to feel the loss of all hope. So it is very easy to say: “I want an operation to just sort everything out and then I’ll be fine again.” If only.

Just yesterday there was the report of the 91 year old compiler of the Guardian crossword puzzle who announced that he was dying of cancer. The report quoted him as saying “Fortunately the doctors decided that I shouldn’t do chemotherapy.”

There was the strong suggestion that if the doctors had recommended chemo he would have gone along with it, even if he might have had misgivings about the pain.

Let us be very clear about this: It wasn’t the doctor’s decision to make. It was his own. Doctors can lay out the options but all treatment decisions are the responsibility of the patient. If he didn’t want chemo, then no-one could make him have it. That’s the truth whether you’re 17 or 70. You always have the right to refuse treatment. [Children under the age of 16 are another matter – here the State will intervene to enforce compliance with standard medical protocols, but that’s another issue altogether.]

Giving a talk to a Rotary club a few years ago, I made the point that anyone over 80 diagnosed with cancer might very well do best by doing nothing at all. Why? Because cancer grows slowly when we are old. Because we are more adversely affected by surgery, radiation and chemo when we are old. Because we have already had a good life and we should not fill the time remaining with unnecessary pain.

One of the members of that Rotary audience told me his mother’s story. At the age of 87 she had been told she had breast cancer and the doctors had then laid out the various options they proposed. She, however, waved them away, saying she was old enough and she had to die sometime and if it was to be because of breast cancer then so be it. She had then continued to live as she always had and did eventually die – aged 100.

So doing nothing for your cancer is one sensible strategy – one which becomes more and more sensible the older we become. I may have said something along these lines to the 89 year-old man with melanoma – but this was not a suggestion he really wanted to hear. He wanted to do something about it – probably the more radical the better.

But, it does pay to stop and think, long before cancer comes knocking on your door, what you – yes, you – would do. Ask this of yourself: What will I do when I get cancer? Doing nothing is one approach but it is certainly not the only one. The better prepared you are the longer you are likely to live and the less pain you are likely to suffer.

© Jonathan Chamberlain 2013, author of The Cancer Survivor’s Bible [ISBN: 978-1-908712-09-7] and Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guides – Books 1-8 (Kindle). http://www.fightingcancer.com

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Cholesterol, steroids, low fat diets heart disease and the failed paradigm

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 13, 2013


Check out what heart surgeon Dwight Lundell says about the causes of heart disease:

http://www.sott.net/article/242516-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease

And if you want to see an attack on this theory go to Quackwatch.

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Guayabano – soursop, graviola – a health powerhouse

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 12, 2013


I have just been to the Philippines where I was introduced to the Guayabano plant. The fruit is one of those tropical powerhouses of nutrition – tastes like a half-way house between pineapple and banana. But it is the leaves of the tree that are particularly interesting. Locally it is used as a cure for constipation and my own experience of it suggests that it works very well! People also say they ‘feel better’ when they drink the tea. No need to go to the herb shop, instead they just go out into their garden and pick the leaves. Then they boil up seven leaves (magic number) in a pot of water for 20 or so minutes and then drink the tea over the following days.

In Brazil they call this plant graviola, which is a famous anti-cancer remedy. In the Philippines the guayabano tree is everywhere.

However anyone seeking to follow a graviola approach to cancer should read the discussion on ATP reducing verus ATP promoting therapies in The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (aka Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guides Books 1-8 (paperback and Kindle)- see www.fightingcancer.com

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Vaccinations are a hoax it is claimed

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 8, 2013


Natural News does sometimes go into paranoia mode far too quickly – however this report is extremely interesting – and worrying;

http://www.naturalnews.com/038598_vaccines_medical_hoax_government_documents.html

 

 

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Metformin and cancer

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 8, 2013


Metformin, an anti-diabetes drug, appears to have powerful anti-cancer effects.

For full details go to:

http://knowledgeofhealth.com/what-may-become-worlds-first-proven-cancer-preventive/#more-525

For other non-cancer drugs that have strong anti-cancer effects go to The Cancer Survivor’s Bible www.fightingcancer.com

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