Health Wellness

Radical care

Written by Julia Menard

I read a book by someone who did her PhD on examining cases of radical remissions in cancer. Kelly Turner’s research included a year-long trip around the world interviewing 50 holistic healers and 20 Radical Remission cancer survivors about their healing techniques. She also analyzed over 1,000 cases of radical (“spontaneous”) remissions.

I like this book partly because it’s based on research. But I also like it because what she found boiled down to 9 basic recommendations for anyone who wants to take their health up a notch. These 9 suggestions are mostly common sense – yet seeing them together in one place can act as a bit of a checklist for any of us to review and spark new ideas for our own radical care!

Here are the 9 themes that came up time and again in Turner’s research:

  1. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, beans – not sugar, refined carbs, fat and salt. 
  2. Take control of your health – don’t accept what any one person says; it’s your body. 
  3. Follow your intuition – quiet your mind to hear that still, small voice more often. 
  4. Use supplements and herbs – to help support the other aspects of health you are strengthening. 
  5. Release suppressed emotions – allow all emotions to move through you. 
  6. Increase positive emotions – increase your gratitude and appreciations; it’s good for you! 
  7. Embrace social support – receiving and feeling the love from others helps us heal. 
  8. Deepen a connection to the spiritual – especially that sense of being connected to a divine, unconditional love; connect to that sense as a nourishing daily practice. 
  9. Have strong reasons for living – love life and make it a priority to do some aspect of what lights you up. 

If you are interested in purchasing the book for yourself (or as a gift for someone else) – you can find it here.

“You just need to keep changing until you come across the change that your body-mind-spirit was asking you to make.”  
… An alternative healer from Kelly Turner’s research

About the author

Julia Menard

Have you ever wondered why you can be so calm and rational for your clients, but when it comes to your own life, stress can creep in so easily? That’s the quest I set out on when, after 20 years as a mediator, my own marriage disintegrated. I teamed up with a therapist from Portland, and we wrote a book that captures much of what I’ve learned over the last five years about finding a the calm in the chaos. Hold On To Yourself: How to Stay Cool in Hot Conversations is the result. If you are interested in mindfulness, finding the leader within and engaging the gifts in conflict, then check out my website and sign up for my free monthly newsletter at:

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