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Choices In Healing

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Publisher: 
M.I.T.
 | 
February, 1996
ISBN:
9780262621045
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Written by one of the U.S.’s leading authorities on complementary cancer treatments, Choices in Healing is designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer. Michael Lerner is director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Programs, the residential support program depicted by Bill Moyers in his 1993 TV documentary “Healing and the Mind.”

Just loaded with research, advice, suggestions, and encouragement, Choices in Healing offers valuable information and guidance for the whole life cycle of cancer. It includes detailed explanations and evaluations of a wide range of complementary therapy programs, including spiritual and psychological approaches, nutritional therapies, physical therapies, pharmacological therapies, and traditional medicines from around the world. There are sections on prayer and other forms of spiritual healing; psychotherapy, support groups, visual imagery and hypnosis; massage, therapeutic touch, yoga and Qi Gong; macrobiotic diet and other cancer diets; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines; and many other unconventional therapies.

Lerner provides his tentative evaluations of each and is frank and realistic in his judgments. He also draws extensively on his work with hundreds of cancer patients, including many stories of actual people who have tried the various therapies and deeply thoughful sections on psychological approaches to cancer, death and dying, living with cancer, choosing your own path, and resources for self-management

This remarkable book, with its in-depth index and extensive resource guide, has been hailed as an intellectual breakthrough by physicians of every stripe.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Written by one of the country's leading authorities on alternative and complementary cancer treatments,Choices in Healingis designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer.

Choices in Healingoffers valuable information and guidance for the whole life cycle of cancer—from the initial shock of diagnosis to decisions about choosing a physician and conventional therapies, selecting complementary therapies, coping with treatment, and the art of living fully with the possibility of recurrence.

There are detailed explanations and evaluations of a wide range of complementary therapy programs, including spiritual and psychological approaches, nutritional therapies, physical therapies, pharmacological therapies, and traditional medicines from around the world. There are sections on prayer and other forms of spiritual healing; psychotherapy, support groups, visual imagery and hypnosis; massage, therapeutic touch, yoga, and Qi Gong; macrobiotic diet and other cancer diets; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines; and numerous other unconventional therapies used by American cancer patients.

With an unusual combination of compassion and objectivity, Michael Lerner describes his conclusions following more than a decade of study of unconventional cancer treatments in North America, Europe, India, and Japan. He also draws extensively on his work with hundreds of cancer patients who have participated in the Commonweal Cancer Help Programs, the residential support program depicted by Bill Moyers in his 1993 PBS documentary "Healing and the Mind."

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