For those of you who are dealing with chronic or malignant deisease who may not have seen the outstanding Radical Remission 10 episdoe docuseries, I've written a summary which I'm sure will motivate you to find it online and watch it.
Researching cases in which people recovered from severe health conditions with harsh prognoses is a very inspiring idea yet not as common as one might expect. There is so much to learn from these cases in terms of what is required to turn around life-threatening sitiuations and so much hope may be found in knowing that recovery is possible even when doctors have nothing more to offer and basically give up.
As you will see, some of the strategies people applied in their healing journeys must be tailored individually but there are also many reoccurring themes in terms of both protocols and mind-set.
During the nearly fourty years I’ve been a clinical emotional healing specialist I have witnessed many impressive healing processes acomplished using a large variety of modality combinations. With that, the stories presented in the Radical Remission Docuseries are extraordinary and many of them touched me very deeply.
I have done my best to write this summary with outmost loyalty to the way the topics were presented in the series.
I was not surprised that of the ten topics Dr. Kelly Turner found most common amoung the people she interviewed , half addressed the emotional, mental and spiritual worlds. That definitely supports my clinical experience and the message I’ve been trying to get across for many years that true profound healing can happen only from the inside out.
Personally, I was extremely inspired and empowered by the series. I was humbled by the power of the human spirit capable of what would be considered by many to be “unbelievable” or “impossible”.
Radical remission is a remission with low statistic probabilty:
1.Recovery without medical protocols
2.Recovery despite of failure of medical protocols forcing people to look for alternative treament methods
3.Recovery despite grim prognoses ( 25% or less five year survival rate) combining conventional and complementary medicine
4. Any recovery that beats the statistics
The docuseries presents the stories of twenty one people who recovered from extreme health conditions that meet the above criteria, some of which were sent home by their doctors to die.
The research goal was to search for common themes that charaterize radical remission stories that can be applied in other cases. Ten such common themes were found. All togther the series includes ten episodes, each episode is focused on one of the ten common themes.
3.Releasing suppressed emotions
4.Increasing positive emotions
5.Exercise and movement
6. A good reason to live
7.Deepening spiritual connection
8.Herbs & Supplements
9.Following your intuition
10.Embracing social support
Diseases Addressed in Series
Melanoma stage 4
Lung cancer stage 3
Metastatic triple negative breats cancer
CLL chronic lymphocytic leukemia ( six months prognosis)
Ovarian cancer stage 3 then colon and liver cancer a few years later
Cervical cancer with metastases in the lungs
Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus
Invasive lobular breast cancer stage 4
Liver cancer + heart disease + kidney failure
Hashimoto + chronic fatigue syndrome + dysautonomia
Neuroblastoma stage 4 in baby less than one year old
Liver cancer stage 3
All of the participants invested vast amounts of time in independent research, reading articles, exploring multiple resources and acquiring extensive knowledge relating to their condition. None of them relied solely on medical advise and treatmnet protocols.
In may cases people dealing with disease knew more about therapeutic options than their doctors.
They all embraced the position of “disease management”. They were literally the managers of their condition. Based on the information they had acquired they were involved in all medical decisions often the one’s to determine.
They did not fear responsibility. On the contrary. For them taking full responsibility and managing their disease was the only way to beat disease. Blind medical compliance was not an option. They had no problem resisting medical coercion, familiar to anyone who has dealt with the medical establishment in cases of malignant or otherwise severe or life-threatening disease.
In one case after a two hour meeting with the medical staff where they attempted to coerce him into following the medical protocol, his response was: “I’m the captian of this ship. You advise-I decide”. He left the room and refused to do the medical protocol.
The most important conclusion in the episode regarding diet is that it is critical that diet be tailored individually. There is not A
diet protocol that suits everyone. Some of the people did functional medicine testing to better map out the right diet, others made fundamental dietary changes based on the following general guidelines:
1.Plant based diet
3.Daily coffee enemas
4.High fat consumption ( especially in brain cancer and neurological disorders)
5.Complete elimination of sugar, dairy products, gluten and and type of fastfood or industrialized food.
3.Releasing Suppressed Emotions
Often people think that past trauma doesn’t affect them at present. The truth is, that childhood trauma and other people’s emotional wounds that we internalize as children are stored as negative emotions, unresourceful belief system and very undermining coping mechanisms that stay with us for the rest of our lives. The only way to transfom them is in therapy.
Many people are unwilling to “go there” and dismantle their emotional baggage. They refuse to recall painful events or situations, they resist acknowkedging that the people they trusted or counted on let them down and weren’t there for them, betrayed or otherwise wounded them.
People who recover against all odds do deep emotional work. They access painful memories including the shadow aspects of themselves that often they’re ashamed of. They’re willing to couragously acknowledge their emotional wounds and how they were hurt. They are also willing to acknowledge that they hurt others and ask themselves with utmost sincerety why they behaved that way. They’re willing to cope with negative emotions such as resentment, anger, fear, shame guilt and any other nagetive emotion and to do whatever is needed to resolve past trauma and befriend their deepest demons. They will do whatever it takes to let go of negative and crippling emotions so that they can awaken their light.
Each one of the particiapnts had a complex life story full of trauma and painful memories. With no exception, they all acknowledged these memories courageously and processed them with a professional therapist. They all stated that the emotional work had a tremendous affect and was a significant contribution to their recovery.
Some of them shared the insight that many people live their lives with the notion that “that’s how life is”. They resign to the belief believe that life is inevitably challenging or painful and that there’s nothing one can do to change that.
People who experience radical remission don’t accept life challenges as a given. They do anything in their power to resolve their issues and they are commited to making any necessary life-style modifications.
4.Increasing Positive Emotions
This episode referenced the work of Professor Ellen Langer from Harvard who proved in her research that the body always follows the mind. Therefore if the mind is positive the body will be in a positive mode as well.
In one of her most famous studies titled “The Counterclock Study”, (1979 ) eighty year old men were put in a retreat environment designed to simulate the 50’s era. The control groups went through similar experiences by reminiscing about the era without physically being at the retreat. Within five days the results were impressive: improvement in eye sight, hearing, memory and in general energy levels. Participants in both groups looked significantly younger. Retreat parcipants also experienced better joint mobility. Arthritis type symptoms subsided or disappeared completely
To this day, all the studies done on the power of the mind demonstrate that the power of the mind is much greater than we think.
A few guidelines:
1.Accepting reality as it is promotes serenity.
2.Gratitude promotes happiness and contentment.
3.The most exalted expression of love is joy. The more joy in our lives the more available energy for health and healing.
4.Ask yourself: what energizes and uplifts me? Energizing and uplifting yourself nurtures the immune system.
Society promotes the concept that happiness is found in things we do, things we have or buy and in our social status. You’ll be happy if you graduate a valued college or if you buy this ot that product. Happiness is inside us. We bring joy to life. Joy is a spark that resides deep inside us at the core of our essence. When we bring that spark into our lives, it transforms our life.
Dr. Dean Ornish says that the irony is that when we pursue the things we think we need to be happy we often hinder what we could have in the present if we could stop chasing what we don’t have.
Positive emotions are a healing resource. When we know how to apply them to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms they become truly therapeutic.
“No matter what bad news you get or what they (the doctors) tell you, if you can find a inner place of resilience and endurance, a place with inner resources that help withstand and fightback when what’s going on in reality is unfavorable.”
It is impossible to heal or thrive in an internal or external environment that is negative.
Professional consultation is needed. Talking to someone who not only listens but also knows how to guide you, give you tools and help you heal.
5.Exercise and Movement
Exercise is essential for both body and mind:
Exercise stimulates the production of “happy chemicals” and uplifting hormones, regulates stress hormones and assists in lowering body acidity causing the body to be more alkaline.
Start gradually 30 minutes a day depending on your condition.
Even 10 minutes a day is great if that’s what you can do- the main thing is to do the best you can.
When exercise is not an option 3-5 hours a week of basic movement is considered the minimum requirement.
Weights are recommended because muscle mass improves general resilience. Muscle atrophy due to lack of exercise weakens the immune system.
Tramopline stimulates lympatic drainage.
Certain integrative medicine clinics recommend moderate aerobic exercise 10-20 minutes before chemotherapy because it has been show to reduce acute toxicity and side affects by 50%.
6. A Good Reason to Live
It’s vital that anyone dealing with a chronic or life-threatening disease have a life to look forward to. Some of the people in the series didn’t like their lives prior to the onset of disease. They were in toxic relationships or jobs they disliked and basically felt trapped in unhappy situations. In that regard disease was a wake-up call to start taking care of themselves in that, to free themselves of distructive situations.
It is crucial to shift the focus from death to how life will be if recovery is achieved. There should be a life plan that is exciting and inspiring enough to dominate the entire system.
A good reason to live motivates all our actions including action at the cellular level. There must be good enough a reason to awaken the life-force and activate the self-healing mechanisms.
Ask youself: What is the one thing that really makes you happy. Dedicating yourself to what makes you happy has a therapeutic effect.
Healing from cancer is a marathon. Inspiration and rejuvination are needed along the way. When there’s a good reason to live the process becomes more doable even if the marathon itself is unpleasant.
Challenging diagnoses awaken questions regarding the significance of life. Some people think that their life has significance but then something happens that demonstrates that the significance they associated with their lives doesn’t withstand reality tests. This motivates an inner search to find new more meaningful significance. Life threatening diagnoses awaken an inner fire that facilitates the inner power to follow one’s truth despite what others may think or say about it.
Cancer patients that in addition to the disease are dealing with depression die much faster. Finding a good reason to live has been shown to not only alleviate depression but also extend life span.
7.Deepening Spiritual Connection
Deepening one’s spiritual connection means connecting to a higher force of any kind not necessarily in the context of religion.
Spirituality is not religion. It is a consciousness that facilitates connection with a higher force that we are a part of. Spiritual connection helps get out of the mind and promotes a sense of unity and oneness.
Any type of spiritual practice can suffice to deepen your spiritual connection. Whether it’s working in the garden, meditation, prayer or any other practice – as long as your practice of choice is consistent and regular preferably daily, if it works for you, that’s good enough.
Connecting to the divine within us introduces profound inner peace. This is where we connect to our soul and to a sense of “knowingness”. This is where we are able to receive authentic spiritual inner guidance that allows us to feel divinely supported.
8.Herbs & Supplements
Supplement recommendations MUST be tailored individually and updated approximately every three months.
The main goals of adding supplements to therapeutic protocols:
-To create an inner environment in which cancer cannot thrive
-To stregnthen the immune system
-To enhance the affect of medication
-To reduce side affects of medical treatments
Each participant had an individually tailored supplement protocol.
A few common highlights :
1.Intravenous vitamin C
4.Chinese, Tibetian and Western herbs
9.Following Your Intuition
The body has a way of communicating with us and telling us what it needs. If we know how to listen to the body we can know what’s bothering it and what it needs. Listening to the body is facilitated through awareness to body sensations and to the subtle energy indications.
1.Notice messages received through dreams.
2.Notice things that seem to happen accidently or randomly but that actually introduce valuable guidance.
3.Certain modalities help stregnthen connection to the subtle energy field such as energy healing, Reiki and Qi-Gong.
Its important to remember that despite cultural conditioning that teaches us to disconnect and distrust ourselves, at our most fundamental level we are all psychic. We all have the ability to get information from our sub-conscious mind and from our energy field.
Keep in mind that significnat healing power is found at the intuitive level.
10.Embracing Social Support
Stop being afraid of being a burdon. Allow people to support and help you. There are many gifts in allowing people to support us.
Learn to ask for help
Community support helps sustain regular routines
Lonely, depressed and isolated people have a 3-10 higher probability of developing chronic disease and of dying prematurely.
Support groups are important for people who want to share their experiences with others that are going through similar situations.
Studies show that strong community support can prolong survival time by 25% and in some cases up to 50%.
The body knows how to heal itself but we can’t do it by ourselves. We need the help and support of professional therapists as well as of family and friends.
Community can be established any where even around a hospital bed. For example inviting a group of friends to have a healing circle at the hospital. The idea is to leverage the power of groups.
Important to note that all participants had total and unequivocal support from their spouses even through spouses did not always agree with the therapeutic strartegy they chose. In these cases spouses honored their choices realizing that by doing so they were increasing the probablity of success.
In cases where there was no spouse there was always the strong support of some other family member usually mother.
The significance if this information is that people dealing with disease did not waste valuable energy on domestic conflicts.
Realtionship with Doctors
The relationship you have with your doctor is critical for recovery. You must feel that your doctor is on your side. If you doctor feels more like an enemy or opponent - that’s the first thing that must be resolved.
Many of the participants talked about pressure from doctors to act fast. In some cases doctors did not properly explain medical procedures so that people had no idea what was invovled or what the side affects might be and there were cases where doctors scheduled medical procedures without the patients’ consent or against their will.
In cases where doctors tried to force medical procedures, all parcipants took an assertive stand point and firmly refused. They did not give into medical coercion nor were they afraid to stand up to doctors, ask questions, disagree with the medical advice or take time out to explore other options.
One participant said: “My goal was to make the doctors do what I needed them to do and not allow then to make me do what they wanted me to do”.
Important Closing Comments
1. Take into consideration that life-style or any other changes integrated during recovery must be maintained after recovery is completed. These changes are for life.
2. Whether new practices are introduced to mind-set, emotional state, nutrition, spiritual practice or exercise, practice must be consistent and unyieldingly. To get best results dedication and commitment must be total. Doing things “moderately” or “off and on” will not achieve the desired results.
3. Prepare for a marathon. Recovering from severe disease is not a short term process. Physical and emotional stamina is required to withstand long term processes. Prepare accordingly.
4. New practices and other changes should be integrated with joy. If new practices feel more like a punishment, the affect will be considerably lower.
5. Sleeping well is vital. Sleeping disturbances should be the first thing addressed.
6. Modality combinations is an important key to success. Complex conditions require complex solutions.
7. Shifting focus from death to creating a life you love to live is crucial. Do whatever is in your power to continue doing things that inspire you and make you feel good.
8. Don’t attach to specific outcomes. What needs to happen will happen. Do the best with what is in your power to become the healthiest version of yourself and make sure that your commitement to that goal is stronge enough so that nothing can undermine it.
9.Connect and express your authentic true self. Let go of who you thought you wanted or were expected to be.
1.We’re not here to cure our diseases. Our disease are here to cure us
2.I wasn’t battling cancer- I was getting healthier
3.You must believe you are already healthy
4.I don’t know if I stopped fearing death or that suddenly I wasn’t afraid to live
Radical Remission Docuseries Producer
The Radical Remission Docuseries was produced by Dr. Kelly Turner
, Harvard graduate with degrees in counsellling from UC Berkely. She accidently came across a story about a radical remission case that motivated her look for other radical remission stories which ultimately lead her to 1500 more cases documented on PubMed. She believed that even if there is no scientific explanation for these stories they cannot be ignored. She went back to complete her doctorate at Berkely where she studied radical remission cases.
In the docuseries she produced she summarizes the ten most common themes she found in the protocols of the many people she interveiwed and studied in her research.
She is also author of two New York Times best selling books:
Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds
Radical Hope: 10 Key Healing Factors From Exceptional Survivors of Cancer & Other Diseases
More info about radical remission at: https://radicalremission.com/
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