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Every day, people all over the world are waking up one day to discover their illness has gone. Ok so it probably doesn’t happen exactly like that but spontaneous remission is a thing and I think we should start talking about it.
There is much still to be learned about spontaneous remission. It feels magical, if not impossible sometimes. Often I lose hope I will ever get better. It is easy to forget about all the people who became well while facing the impossible.
SPONTANEOUS REMISSION: An Annotated Bibliography was published in 1993. The authors, Caryle Hirshberg and the late Brendan O’Regan, defined spontaneous remission as “the disappearance, complete or incomplete, of a disease or cancer without medical treatment or treatment that is considered inadequate to produce the resulting disappearance of disease symptoms or tumor.”
At the time of its publication, SPONTANEOUS REMISSION: An Annotated Bibliography was the first of its kind. It was the first full catalogue of the world’s medical literature on the subject of spontaneous remission. It was the largest database of medically reported cases of spontaneous remission in the world which included more than 3,500 references from more than 800 medical journals in 20 different languages.
This edition is actually aimed at doctors and medical professionals, not patients. It’s well researched and documented but focuses on the disease and never the patient. The issue with this book is that it will leave you so desperate for more. It is a reminder of how little weight the medical profession gives to state of mind, diet, eating habits, stress levels, and alternative health.
For a far more patient minded literature, there is RADICAL REMISSION: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. In this book, Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer, even after conventional medicine has failed.
While getting her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission-when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.
She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques.
Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases. Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.