’The book is written from the standpoint that integrated medicine is about accessing a range of professionals such as nutritionalists, life coaches, alternative and complementary medical practitioners in order to help people make healthy choices in dealing with cancer’
Title: The Cancer Revolution; Integrative Medicine; The Future of Cancer Care
Author: Patricia Peat with 37 expert contributors
Publisher: Win-win Health Intelligence Ltd
Reviewer: Claire McGuigan, practice education coordinator, Northern Health & Social Care Trust; Northern Ireland
What was it like?
From the title of this book it is difficult to identify who the intended audience is. This e-book is a heavy yet expansive read that provides a comprehensive descriptive tour of “who’s who” in integrated medicine. The book recognises that conventional treatment is only one component of your approach to fighting cancer. The book is written from the standpoint that integrated medicine is about accessing a range of professionals such as nutritionalists, life coaches, alternative and complementary medical practitioners in order to help people make healthy choices in dealing with cancer. In doing so readers are encouraged to think of what has made them ill and what will make them well again.
What were the highlights?
This book profiles cancer as a chronic illness and encourages us to recognise that “a cancer diagnosis is not an emergency” and that people should be given time to educate themselves: take stock and approach the future with a full evaluation of what it is they want to do and ensure they have a supportive programme in place.
Without doubt the book is well written and dense with information. It is divided into eight parts and boasts sixteen chapters, which describe the various specialisms of integrated medicine and how they can support conventional medicine to “make you whole again- right down to a cellular level”. The causes of cancer are explored and one memorable quote by Nobel Prize Winner Otto Warburg 1931 who states that; “above all diseases cancer has countless secondary causes but its prime cause is the replacement of respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar” is captivating, empowering and encouraging but perhaps a little too technical.
Yes the book could help people to think about what has made them ill, especially part 1 - Crucial Role of Hormones; which challenges perceptions of the role hormones play at times of stress and how they are causative factors to all cancers not just the obvious cancer of breast, ovaries or prostrate. Equally part 4 - Avoiding or Reducing Toxins, discusses environmental toxins, is excellent as it coaches us to examine our lifestyle and consumer habits with regard to mobile phones, microwaves, laundry detergent. Part 2 – Nutrition; reinforces the need for healthy choices, recommends and provides several juicing recipes to aid cellular repair. Part 3 – Further Lifestyle; clarifies the importance of doing regular exercises and offers a selection of yoga exercises and balance exercises; examples provided. While Part 5 – Hospitals & Testing, is well written and successfully provides information and on the various treatments used to manage cancer.
The vast content of this book is supported by adjacent web resources and a comprehensive list of references some of which can be accessed by scanning the QR codes as you read. (If you install the QR Reader app on your smartphone!).
The highlight of the book is Chapter 9- Managing Stress by Rosy Daniels. This section connects directly with the reader on a personal level. In particular “Ten vital facts for you to know and commit to memory” uses empowering statements such as;
“You are a unique and a very powerful person in your anti-cancer team”; and “the average medical statistics cannot be applied to individuals”.
These statements have the power to resonate, liberate and challenge the reader to stop and think and that is the beginning of the internal revolution. However I feel that if the book is read in isolation it has the power to overwhelm as well as inform. Therefore I would recommend that this book is not assigned solely to the lay community as intended, but if used in partnership with a wide audience of policy makers, industry, mainstream education and healthcare professionals then the co-production of high quality evidence based integrated services can begin in earnest. The external revolution!.
Strengths & weaknesses
The author has anticipated the volume of information within and has included “suggested reading plans that are aligned to the cancer trajectory with the intention of guiding readers to get the best out of the book. The book also offers a range of person centred guided/tools such as exercise guides, “when to contact a professional?” and the ten key emotional needs are all useful. If this tool was used by health professionals it could support effective communication with clients and in doing so progress the integration of medicine in this field.
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