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Re: [MOL] Doctors & neg. messages/ Interesting Book



Steve, thanks for bringing us up to date on the book you are reading.  It
seems to me that I saw something so simular to this book on T.V. quite a few
year's ago, say in the 80's.....In any event one can not write enough books
on hope and being positive.  Thanks, your friend, lillian


-----Original Message-----
From: Mntlvr23@AOL.COM <Mntlvr23@AOL.COM>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, February 04, 1999 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Doctors & neg. messages/ Interesting Book


>Hello All, and thanks for the wonderful notes.
>
>I am reading an interesting book called "Remarkable Recovery" by Hirshberg
&
>Barasch (1995).  It seems to fit well with the philosophy of this
outstanding
>forum of  Mol - Angels.  I thought someone may be interested in my
preliminary
>summary and review (I'm not quite done with it yet). I've done an awful lot
of
>reading lately, I usually stop at night when my eyes can't stay open
anymore.
>
>By "Remarkable Recovery" they don't necessarily mean complete curing but
>include such conditions as: spontaneous remission, unexpected remission,
>growth equilibrium, delayed progression and unexpectedly long survival,
etc.
>In the book they recount dozens of representative cases that they have come
>across.
>
>The general premise is that while not enough is known about cancer, many
>factors that may help us learn about certain mechanisms of recovery are
>virtually ignored.  Unfortunately doctors tend to keep records on only
certain
>"medically measureable" items such as blood count, size of tumors, number
of
>months, etc.   Intangible human elements such as personality, attitude,
>spirituality, etc. are virtually ignored and are not recorded.
>
>When the not so uncommon event of remarkable recovery occurs, doctors
cannot
>explain it, tend scratch their heads and write it off as a "statistical
blip".
>The human factors which may have contributed are never documented in the
>medical records and therefore cannot be learned from.
>
>The writers set off to find and research these remarkable recoveries to see
if
>they could find some common denominators threading together their cases.
They
>studied interesting factors in various cases which seem to have
contributed,
>including:
>
>Biological Factors  - Our miraculous bodies may well have the mechanisms to
>fight almost anything including cancer, but the body needs a jumpstart to
turn
>on those genes.  (i.e. remissions that occurred after a extremely high
>prolonged fever turning on the immune system / or immune system jumpstarted
>after injection of other viruses)
>
>Mind/Body Interactions  -  Visualization of the body and drugs physically
>attacking the cancer cells and winning.  Effects of hypnosis.
Suggestibility
>and placebo effects.  Persons who differentially focused on the good.
>
>Miraculous Events  -  Studying events at Lourdes, etc.    Effects of one's
>religous beliefs and spirituality, etc.  Effects of prayer, etc.
>
>Recovery Prone Personalities  -  Searched for underlying personality traits
>that are common with cases of remarkable recovery.  Including:
 Congruence -
>being able to be true to oneself in the midst of crisis.  Fighting spirit
in
>lieu of rolling over and losing hope, etc.
>
>The Social Connection -  Documentation that people with social ties, strong
>families, supportive friends, places to vent, and/or support groups etc.
>perform better than those who are cut off and isolated.
>
>Purpose  -  Unexpected longevity of those who have found a purpose to live:
>writing a book, raising children, working on a special project, etc.
>
>Activity and Health  -  Benefits to those who try to stay as active as
>possible, have good nutrition, etc.
>
>I haven't finished the book yet so therefore I have not reached their
>conclusion.  I think its a good guess that they do not have an answer
except
>that the evidence regarding the above mentioned factors is too much to be
>ignored and the medical profession may be missing many natural clues that
are
>under their noses.  By no means is it an anti-doctor or anti-medicine book,
>but it is definitely a eye-opener.
>
>Enough with my version of "Cliff 's Notes".  I hope this was of some
interest.
>
>Steve
>
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