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[Video] Criticisms: A Summary

One of the clearest signs that the conventional-only approach to cancer is on the wane is in the form of its criticisms of its competing treatment approaches. When we wrote our book, a loud chorus of criticisms came from conventional-only medical circles about the treatment path that Hollie chose. Our response was essentially this—that's it? That's all that mainstream cancer medicine has to say in response to Hollie doing just fine, indeed thriving, after rejecting chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy (Tamoxifen) and extensive surgery for her breast cancer in 2002?

When we gave our talk at the Cancer Strategies Symposium in 2011, we summarized the various criticisms we received, and our good friends at The Healthy Medicine Academy, who sponsored the conference, gave us permission to post that section of our talk. (Thanks to Dr. Robert Zieve and Eve Greenberg!) See the video below for a summary of those criticisms, and of our responses.

Oh, and the success of last year's conference has led to an even more exciting event this year. Check out this link to learn about this year's conference, entitled "Advances in Cancer Strategies Symposium." We look forward to seeing you there!


Review - Cancer Strategies Symposium 2011

Back in March, we had the honor of speaking at the Cancer Strategies Symposium, in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was an intensive, three-day conference featuring some of the world's best integrative cancer medicine and practitioners. It was a welcomed validation of the wisdom that we'd discovered back in 2002, when Hollie rejected chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy (Tamoxifen) and additional surgery for her stage 2, grade 2/3, HER2+ (+3 overexpression) breast cancer.

In short, it was three solid days of smarter, safer cancer medicine. Our goal in writing our book has always been to act as a conduit for diseminating as much information as possible about cancer treatments that are as smart and safe as possible, and whose successes are scientific and evidence-based. In many cases, this includes certain conventional treatments. In most cases, it does not. In many cases, conventional treatments may well represent medical mistakes in dealing with cancer. The best cancer treatments are integrative, and incorporate healing tools and wisdom from a variety of sources (conventional, herbal, nutritional, etc.). They are not one-size-fits-all, narrowly-focused toxic treatments. 

If you're on Twitter, you can read our conference notes as they unfolded. Look for our tweets from March 25-27:

One of the most exciting things about the conference was the fact that it reflected a clear shift in the cancer world, one towards more open discussion of the limitations of conventional treatments and science, and one that includes a lot of evidence-based and smarter, safer treatments. The speakers were mostly conventionally trained MDs who had swtiched to practicing integrative medicine, and the audience consisted mostly of practitioners. Here's a rundown of the topics and speakers:

  • Moshe Frenkel, MD, "Integrative Oncology: Current state in US academic centers." and "Integrative Medicine: The Future -Thoughts and reflections: Personal reflections on integrative medicine and cancer care."
  • Dwight McKee, MD, "Principles of Integrative Cancer Medicine."
  • Jeanne Wallace, PhD, "Targeting Oncometabolic Syndrome: How to Individualize Diet & Nutrition Protocols to Improve the Efficacy of Integrative Cancer Care"
  • Bruce Shelton, MD, "Comprehensive Homeopathy as the Best Detox Method for Cancer Patients; Introduction to Equol as a Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patients."
  • Jason Miller, LAc, "The Role of Acupuncture in Cancer Patient Care"
  • Jean Painter, LAc, "Three Case Studies of Patients Undergoing Various Forms of Conventional and Alternative Cancer Treatment Along with Acupuncture and Supplemental Therapies."
  • Glenda Monasch, "Therapeutic Eurythmy - A Modern Movement Practice."
  • Steven Johnson, DO, "Iscador Therapy as an Archetype for Holistic Cancer Treatment."
  • Ron Hunninghake, MD, "The Riordan IVC Protocol: Intravenous Ascorbate as a Chemotherapeutic and Biologic Response Modifier."
  • Donald R. Yance, CN, MH, RH (AHG), SFO, "Collaborative Oncology: An Introduction to the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS), a Clinical Holistic Approach to Cancer Care Utilizing Botanical and Nutritional Medicine as Targeted Therapies."
  • Hollie and Patrick Quinn, "Citizen Science: A Patient Declares Peace On Her Cancer."
  • Gilbert Renaud, PhD, "Recall Healing – Unlocking the Secrets of Illness."
  • Master Hong Liu, Grandmaster of Qi Gong, "Medical Qi Gong: Integrating powerful natural healing principles & practices for prevention, treatment, optimal quality of health, and life."
  • Karl Maret, MD, "Electromagnetic fields and cancer."
  • Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, "Targeting Inflammatory Pathways for Prevention and Therapy of Cancer."

DVD videos of all lectures are available here, and CDs of the audio-only recordings are here. (For the record, we have no connection to the Healthy Medicine Academy.) The 2012 conference is already booked, and Dr. Bernie Siegel has been tapped for the keynote address.



Join A Movement - Tell Cancer Docs What You Think

Later this month we're speaking at The Cancer Strategies Symposium. This is a gathering of practitioners who are delivering some of the smartest, safest integrative cancer treatments anywhere to be found, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of this movement towards better cancer treatments.

And we'd like to welcome you to be a part of the movement, too. We'd love to share your thoughts and experiences with those in this esteemed audience to which we'll be speaking. If there's something that you think cancer docs really need to know, either about your own cancer experience, or that of a friend or loved-one, please post it in the comments section below.

Thanks in advance for being part of the growing movement in the direction of smarter, safer cancer treatments!


We're Speaking At Cancer Strategies 2011

We're honored to have been invited to speak about our book at Cancer Strategies Symposium, March 25-27, 2011, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here's a quick blurb about the conference:

Cancer Strategies: Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life 
Join us for a world-class symposium where participants will hear the wisdom and experience distilled over many years by a wide range of practitioners spanning the spectrum of cancer care. Whatever your connection with the cancer community, whether you are a primary care and/or integrative physician, oncologist, naturopathic physician, herbalist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, nutritionist, psychologist, student, patient or family member of a person with cancer, you will leave this conference enriched with a depth of practical clinical approaches, along with a broad understanding of how the experienced practitioner conceptualizes and works with specific cases.

The conference is open to all, so please feel free to share this brochure (PDF):

The list of speakers is a who's who of the best minds in integrative oncology (including the founder of the natural medicine clinic that treated Hollie). Or, as we like to call it—smarter, safer treatments. The future of cancer treatment is represented by these and other people who are pushing for complete cancer care that's truly curative without being harmful. Hopefully we'll get to see you there!