This area of the website is specifically for those who are part of the Healing Cancer Naturally Meetup. Here we will gather the fruits of our healing journey together – books, websites, recipes, local resources, etc.

Narrative Medicine where members of our group can post writing about their healing journey.


The Budwig Protocol – read all about it at Budwig Center This is the single best set of practices I have come across.  Do take a look!


We all know  how healing garlic is – here is a bit of helpful info about exactly how to use it from

Using garlic
If you want to enjoy the health benefits of garlic—sprouted or nonsprouted, it’s important to know how to prepare it.

It’s important to crush, mince, or chop fresh garlic to trigger the process that transforms alliin to allicin, which provides many of the herb’s benefits. Let the cut garlic sit for at least 5 minutes before you cook or eat it. Enjoy raw garlic whenever possible.

If you do cook cut garlic, add it to your recipe during the last 5 to 15 minutes of cook time to reduce the amount of health-promoting compounds that are lost. Instead of roasting garlic at a high temperature, keep the heat at 250 degrees F or lower.


Sacred Fire  Community

The Sacred Fire Community (SFC) is an international community of over 60 local hamlets who gather around the fire on a regular basis and learn and grow together. We stand for the sacred and interconnected nature of all life. By gathering in community and re-establishing our relationship with sacred fire, we end the isolation of modern culture and build lives of meaning and purpose. Our vision is to develop deep community for the sake of personal and community well-being, and balanced relationship with nature. Please join us around the Fire.”


Eve Ensler — A Second Wind in Life: Inhabiting the Body After Cancer [remix]

There is lots of enthusiasm about EFT (tapping).  Thank you Ursula for the demonstration!  See for more information.

See my own resource page with lots of links

Qi Gong and Cancer

Lara Ferguson Diaz ( offers a drop-in qi gong class at Om Sanctuary Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 for a suggested $5 ($10) donation.  Qi gong has a history of helping people heal – see the title of this section to go to a google search on qi gong and cancer.

Lara will be coming to give us a mini-class for our next OM SANCTUARY meeting March

Flor•Essence® Herbal Tea Blend Judy told us today (February 3rd) about Flor Essence.  Looks wonderful: This traditional Ojibwa formula was rediscovered by humanitarian nurse Rene Caisse and perfected through years of clinical studies with her longtime research partner, Dr, Charles Brusch, personal physician to President John F. Kennedy. This formula enables the body to effectively remove toxins and wastes.

Plant Spirit Medicine
Plant Spirit Medicine is the shamans’ way with plants. It recognizes that plants have spirit and that spirit is the strongest medicine. Spirit can heal the deepest reaches of the heart and soul.

Since the beginning of time, when the traditional shaman-healer turned to the plant world, he turned to the spirits of the plants. It was the spirits of the plants that healed his patients. The spirits were his friends, his teachers, and his allies.

This ancient practice, long forgotten in the West, has now been remembered, revitalized, and reintroduced by American healer and shaman, Eliot Cowan and has proved as effective in today’s world as in times past.”

Plant Spirit Medicine Book Club
Now, after 20 years since its first printing, “The New Edition of Plant Spirit Medicine” presents a new introduction, a new conclusion, 5 brand new chapters and significant edits to the remaining chapters.

Join us for our monthly book club.
This month we will explore chapters 2 and 3 (Plants and Spirits)

Please visit the site below to learn more details. 

6:30 – 8:30PM 
at Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care 
207 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801 See More


Getting Well Again by O Carl Simonton

Based on the Simontons’ experience with hundreds of patients at their world-famous Cancer Counseling and Research Center, Getting Well Again introduces the scientific basis for the “will to live.”

In this revolutionary book the Simontons profile the typical “cancer personality”: how an individual’s reactions to stress and other emotional factors can contribute to the onset and progress of cancer — and how positive expectations, self-awareness, and self-care can contribute to survival. This book offers the same self-help techniques the Simonton’s patients have used to successfully to reinforce usual medical treatment — techniques for learning positive attitudes, relaxation, visualization, goal setting, managing pain, exercise, and building an emotional support system.

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin

We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. Therefore when Dr. Lissa Rankin’s own health started to suffer, she turned to Western medical treatments, but what she found was that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. To better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years.

Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

In this book, you’ll find a radical new wellness model based on Dr. Rankin’s scientific findings. Her unique six-step program will help you uncover where things might be out of whack in your life—spiritually, creatively, environmentally, nutritionally, and in your professional and personal relationships—so that you can create a customized treatment plan aimed at bolstering these health-promoting pieces of your life. You’ll learn how to listen to your body’s “whispers” before they turn to life-threatening “screams” that can be prevented with proper self-care, and you’ll learn how to trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and your life. By the time you finish Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own Diagnosis, written your own Prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help you make your body ripe for miracles.

Radical Remission by Dr Kelly A Turner

In her New York Times bestseller, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, 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.

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!  by Kris Carr

On the heels of Kris Carr’s best-selling cancer survival guidebooks and her acclaimed TLC documentary comes her new journey into a realm vital to anyone’s health. Infused with her signature sass, wit and advice-from-the-trenches style, Crazy Sexy Diet is a beautifully illustrated resource that puts you on the fast track to vibrant health, happiness and a great ass!

Along with help from her posse of experts, Carr lays out the fundamentals of her Crazy Sexy Diet: a low-glycemic, vegetarian program that emphasizes balancing the pH of the body with lush whole and raw foods, nourishing organic green drinks, and scrumptious smoothies. Plus, she shares the steps of her own twenty-one-day cleanse, and simple but delectable sample recipes.

In ten chapters with titles such as, “pHabulous,” “Coffee, Cupcakes and Cocktails,” “Make Juice Not War,” and “God-Pod Glow,” Carr empowers readers to move from a state of constant bodily damage control to one of renewal and repair. In addition to debunking common diet myths and sharing vital tips on detoxifying our bodies and psyches—advice that draws both on her personal experience as a cancer survivor and that of experts—she provides helpful hints on natural personal care, how to stretch a dollar, navigate the grocery store, eating well on the run, and working through the inevitable pangs and cravings for your old not-so-healthy life.

Crazy Sexy Diet is a must for anyone who seeks to be a confident and sexy wellness warrior.

Including contributions by: Dean Ornish, M.D. – author and founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute Neal Barnard, M.D. – author, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), author of Food for Life Kathy Freston –  author of Quantum Wellness and health advocate Alejandro Junger, M.D. – author of Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, and director of integrative medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Rory Freedman – coauthor of Skinny Bitch  and health advocate Mark Hyman, M.D. – author of The UltraMind Solution and pioneer in functional medicine Emily Deschanel – star of the Fox series Bones and health advocate Sharon Gannon – author of Yoga and Vegetarianism, and cofounder of Jivamukti Yoga Wayne Pacelle – president & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States Stacy Malkan – author and cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Dr. Lilli Link – specialist in raw foods and integrative nutrition Frank Lipman – author of Revive: Stop feeling Spent and Start Living Again and founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center

Crazy Sexy tips for optimal health:

Flood your body with alkaline nutrients * Flush stored waste products and chemicals * Reduce or eliminate animal products * *Dump sugar, you’re sweet enough * Go gluten-free *Shake your booty * Wrangle the monkeys in your mind and turn down the stress * Install healthy boundaries so you don’t burn out * Kill your television and Detox your In Box (Facebook too!) * Take fun seriously * Build a wellness posse support system *Be a “prevention is hot” cheerleader!


Life Extension Magazine all online and with lots of good articles from Ursula

The China Study  from Judy

T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study created a movement in the way people consider their diets. While the Internet features many great meeting places for the plant-based community, there has yet to be a one stop shop. The China Study Community website launched with the hopes of filling this niche and becoming the leading source of news for the plant-based community. Each day, you’ll find links to news stories, event information, recipes, reviews, and more from the top influencers in the plant-based movement, including specific information on The China Study and Colin Campbell-endorsed books published by BenBella Books.

“In addition to those who already follow a plant-based lifestyle, The China Study Community also aims to introduce these principles to the public at large. This means we promote progression, not perfection. We cover plant-based news in addition to all health- and nutrition-related information in the vegan, vegetarian, and medical communities with the goal of a healthier America that has less illness and fewer preventable deaths from chronic disease.”

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