My Favorite Cancer Healing Books, CDs, and DVDs
Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness As a Soul Journey by Jean Shinoda Bolen
I read this book after my first cancer experience and it literally launched me onto the path of self-discovery and healing.
Bolen writes, “The premise of this book is that illness can be soul evoking and that the soul realm is one akin to dream or reverie, a source of personal meaning and wisdom that can transform life and heal us.” When one first discovers an illness, it is as though the “ground gives way”.
Leigh’s path is similar to my own and when I discovered she lived in Colorado, I decided I must read this book. It’s longish, but full of information, tips, and names and addresses of alternative healing centers and doctors.
When Leigh Fortson was given her third cancer diagnosis in 2008, her doctor offered few treatment options and little hope. Unwilling to believe there was nothing left to do, Fortson set out to learn all she could about how diet impacts cancer, treatment alternatives, and the power of the mind-body relationship. Now cancer free, Fortson shares with us Embrace, Release, Heal, the fruits of her research and spiritual awakening distilled into one empowering book.
Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan by Lise Alschuler ND FABNO and Karolyn A. Gazella
I was given this book by my oncological naturopath in Denver, CO. Dr. Jacob Schor, 1181 South Parker Road, Suite 101, Denver, Colorado 80231, (303) 337-4884.
The inspirational concept of “thriving” is promoted in this groundbreaking plan, which pinpoints five specific pathways that are essential to preventing cancer: immunity, inflammation, hormones, insulin resistance, and detoxification/digestion. The strategy goes beyond basic advice on the immune system and dieting, describing in detail how the human body is designed to anticipate this sickness in the first place. Penned by actual cancer survivors, featuring accounts of current fighters, and including commentary from those who have lost loved ones to the disease, this guide weaves personal stories with a game plan for avoiding an all-too-common ailment.
Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment by Donald Yance and Arlene Valentine
During my third cancer experience, I worked with Donnie Yance’s medical team at the Medeiri Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland Oregon. Their advice and this book had a tremendously positive impact on my healing. 127 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland, OR 97520, (541) 488-0514.
More and more people who have been diagnosed with cancer or related illnesses embrace alternative medicines, and seek out holistic practitioners who use vitamins, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, and acupuncture to treat the disease. This long-awaited book by Donald Yance–one of the nation’s most respected herbalists–is a major contribution to the literature of natural healing and cancer.
Peace with Cancer: Shamanism As A Spiritual Approach to Healing by Myron Eshowsky
I found this wonderful little book on Amazon when searching for Cancer Healing books. I have found it to be very useful for my own healing and I like to share some of his concepts with cancer coaching clients because I’ve learned that they also relate to his approach whether or not they relate to shamanism.
Health Journeys provides resources for Body, Mind, and Spirit including excellent cancer specific guided imagery CDs, mp3’s and DVDs, some free downloads, and access to a great blog.
CDs and DVDs
The following CDs and DVDs I have personally used in my own healing and highly recommend them. They also have put together some great packages for healing from cancer. Enter cancer in the product search box and you can review all the choices.
This guided imagery combines images of tumors shrinking and fighter cells battling and triumphing over cancer cells, with motivation strengthening and energy mobilizing. Steve Kohn’s rich, empowering music broadcasts strength, support, safety and hope. (41 min.)
On this guided imagery audio, the central image is of a lovely fountain of healing liquid, cleansing and clearing the body, and helping the body’s own natural defense system do its work. The net effect is to put chemo in a more positive light, lift spirits, and to help reduce any side effects. (41 min)
Affirmations for Getting Well Again by O. Carl Simonton, M.D.
Carl’s award-winning footage generates its own kind of inner peace through the beauty of videographed nature, uplifting music and the power of the brief suggestions printed at the bottom of the screen. (38 min.)
Affirmations for Living Beyond Cancer by Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Bernie’s video combines gorgeous nature scenes and soothing music with simple but powerful affirmations, printed out at the bottom of the screen, to create a soothing, healing, inspired state of mind – perfect if external images help spark your internal ones. (30 min.)
Health, Wellness, and Medical Websites
Note to the newly diagnosed, use caution and stay self-aware when searching the internet for cancer information. Not everything you read is true or true for everyone and you can easily fall prey to information overload, confusion about conflicting advice, and fear. Making good decisions requires a calm, centered state of mind.
American Medical Association - The AMA bookstore has some great books in the category of “Health books.” Go to bookstore tab, then browse catalog.
Andrew Weil – Information on current health and wellness topics, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle interventions.
Health Finder – US Department of Health and Human Services sight offering an encyclopedia of health topics and personal health tools such as menu planners, physical activity planners, and health calculators.
HealthWorld Online – Internet network for wellness, integrative medicine, mind-body-spirit health. Comprehensive collection of expert content covers information on nutrition, specific conditions, complementary therapies resources, and a wellness inventory.
This site has a wealth of positive information on all kinds of things. It can be a bit overwhelming, but tends not to invoke fear as much as confusion if you are really unfamiliar with complementary healing methods.
The JourneyTM - The Journey is cutting-edge transformation and healing work pioneered by internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, speaker and mind-body-healing expert Brandon Bays,
I found The Journey when I was emotionally stuck and this stuckness was interfering with my healing and ability to move forward after cancer treatment. I had such tremendous emotional and spiritual healing through this work that I decided to become a practitioner. I’m now an internationally accredited Journey practitioner and have been certified at their highest level. I use many of the Journey tools with cancer coaching clients and have witnessed huge breakthroughs.
PubMed – PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
This site is great for mind types that thrive on more information. It can be overwhelming for a lot of people. It was for me when I was first diagnosed and now I actually like researching.
WebMD - A leading source for health and medical news and information. Provides health education, diet and exercise planners, symptom checker, drug and supplement information, community resources and support, expert commentary and medical review.
I can get easily overwhelmed on this site. I recommend that limit your time or you can get lost down a rabbit hole. Find what you need and get off. I have mostly used this site to look up drugs and drug interactions.
Websites with Cancer Information
- American Cancer Society - Extensive information on cancer types, finding support and treatment, tips for staying healthy, and exploring research.
- Breast Cancer Action - Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) is a national, feminist grassroots education and advocacy organization working to end the breast cancer epidemic. On this site, they have FREE fact sheets, toolkits, and recorded access to all the webinairs they have presented.
- Breast Cancer Network of Strength – (800) 221-2141, has information about breast cancer and support groups.
- Cancer Care Connect - (800)-813-4673. As the oldest and largest national nonprofit agency devoted to offering professional services (1944), Cancer Care has been dedicated to providing emotional support, information, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. Call or go online to register for FREE Telephone Education Workshops.
- National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations - (888) 806-2226. This non-profit organization has breast-cancer information, and helps women find breast-cancer services.
- National Breast Cancer Coalition - (202) 296-7477, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group seeking to eliminate breast cancer through research and better access to high-quality care.
- National Cancer Institute of Health – 1-800-4CANCER. This site has extensive information on cancer topics, articles, clinical trials and more. The service provides the latest scientific information on cancer in simple language.
- OncoLink- Comprehensive cancer information from Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Websites Focused on Children’s Cancer
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital - St. Jude is the largest childhood cancer research center in the world in terms of the number of patients enrolled and successfully treated on research protocols. This site contains many resources and information about enrolling as a patient.
- National Children’s Cancer Society – Whether a child has just been diagnosed, is currently in treatment, or completed treatment years ago, The National Children’s Cancer Society helps.
- The Pediatric Oncology Program (POP) provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child’s cancer treatment.
- The “Beyond the Cure” Survivorship Program (BTC) provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis. They encourage you to join the online community. It’s a private network for parents, caregivers & survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another.
- Ped-Onc Resource Center - Provides extensive resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.