CANCER FOR THE REST OF US attempts to answer two burning questions of our times – why is American oncology still so bad at its job? And – what else is there? It views the commercial, experiential and social aspects of our epidemic through a wide-angle lens, building a logical case for a whole-body approach to healing cancer with natural medicine – not merely because chemo and radiation are scary and repellent, but because when our current cancer system is seen as it really is, warts, handicaps and all, it makes sense to look elsewhere. The book then discusses numerous alternative strategies and treatments that are effective, legal and accessible to cancer patients, now. It re-focuses the epidemic and frames patients' rights, responsibilities and options in terms of healing cancer as a correctable, whole-body condition, as opposed to a localized kill zone for short-visioned, high-tech and often bankrupting medical weaponry. The concept and practice of restoring and rebuilding health for the long term shouldn't seem like a radical approach to cancer, but in the shadow of the FDA, medical, drug and insurance industries, this is perpetually marginalized as 'alternative'. That makes sense from a profit angle, but not from an epidemic public health angle.
Three books in one, CANCER FOR THE REST OF US first dissects the cancer industry, examines the viscera and explains how this big medical juggernaut can't create better answers for us, precisely because of its innate design flaws and the forward momentum of epidemic-sized business logic. It then gives an insightful, un-pc view of the conventional treatment experience, identifying surgery, chemo and radiation more as historic phenomena than as inevitable features of our survival hopes, and it analyzes the many ways that cancer creep is affecting our epidemic society and popular psychology. Finally, it catalogs dozens of practical possibilities for reversing cancer, offering thoughtful discussion and external links to the science behind them.
Cancer is a hot topic. This book respects differences but squarely sides with a philosophy of medicine that differs from the shotgun oncology model down to its very core. Engagingly straightforward, this dogged survivor's take on cancer is incisive, well-researched, and persistently, humanely vested in the individual's best shot at deep healing, and not just clobbering cancer into temporary remission with the usual big guns of chemo and radiation.
Part recovering existentialist, part investigative cancer war reporter, wholly freelance, Linda Jaques has taken a magnifying lens to our epidemic, exposed oncology and pink-hued cancer culture as optional, not mandatory, and given readers something else to aim for – and with. Whether you're facing tough treatment decisions, you're committed to alternative healing, you're interested in making conventional treatment more effective and less harmful, or you're just cancer-curious – this book is thought-provokingly hands-on and practical. It's for anyone with an even slightly open mind.
CANCER FOR THE REST OF US is a lot of book. Some readers will be feeling the urgency of suddenly finding themselves in the crosshairs of a cancer diagnosis. Despite the context-building value of reading the book more widely and deeply, they may understandably just scan the Table of Contents and jump right ahead to the vast resource of cancer-fighting actions and natural healing substances to be found in Part III. If this is you, two sections in particular will be useful guides. First read 'Suggestions For Navigating This Material' at the beginning of the book. And in Chapter 12 read the section 'In A Hurry?' It links to lists in the book which you may find helpful in examining your situation, in clarifying your cancer fighting stance, and in selecting certain actions, supplements and treatments and looking at their supporting science.
For any reader it's strongly recommended to first look at the Table of Contents in order to grasp the scope and depth of the book, and then to read the Introduction and Suggestions for Navigating for a good working overview of the widely ranging material presented. From there, you'll find over a thousand internal and external links will help you navigate according to your needs and interests.
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