Cancer : A Healing Journey
by Dr. Shoshana Margolin *
Diagnosis of the Big "C" is not easy to digest. However, being
informed that the situation is "terminal" is twice as overwhelming.
In 1981, I received this double-whammy from three medical
experts: Heads of the departments of oncology, gynecology and
hematology at the large teaching-hospital in which I was in
training at the time. The only discrepancy among these
distinguished professionals was the time-frame:
Two of them determined that I had only six weeks to live, while
the third thought that perhaps I could stretch it out to eight weeks.
Usually, these time predictions, based on a lot of experience, are
pretty accurate - but the way I felt, I could barely hold body and
soul together for a few more days.
At the time, there was a unique laboratory in Florida, devoted
exclusively to cancer analysis, with greater precision-markers
than other conventional methods. It classified malignant
conditions on a scale from 1 to 5. "1" being "borderline"
and "5" being "terminal". As a last desperate act, I sent my blood
on ice through an air-shipping service that guaranteed hand
delivery within hours. I wrote my maiden name as the "patient"
and my married name as the physician.
Three days later the
laboratory chief called me:
"Dr. Margolin, is your patient still alive?"
"Barely" I answered.
"Her classification went beyond our highest number," he continued.
"If she is still alive, you are witnessing a meducal miracle!"
Needless to say, I did not divulge the horrible secret that the one
destined to die was myself and I.
Looking back from my current vantage point, I know that I
"earned" the gloomy status of "terminality" quite appropriately:
* I invested 16 to 18 hours a day in medical study prior to the
hospital-based training. This and the frequent tests, were
accompanied by tremendous stress (sleep deprivation being
only one of them).
* During the hospital training, I was totally malnourished,
because the cafeteria did not cater to vegetarians, did not serve
natural food and I found myself living on "junk food" from
vending machines. There was no time or energy to prepare
and bring food from home.
* During the last few months, I spent 12 hours a day on the
ward, in addition to two 36-hour shifts twice a week. It is
no wonder that medical students feel totally exploited and
totally exhausted. "Enslavement" is a better term for it.
* When working in the surgical unit, I was frequently exposed
to radioactivity, which I had no way to avoid.
* On the emotional level, I was immersed in an atmosphere
of fear, pain, suffering, disease and death to the point that
every morning, before leaving the house, I used to pray and
ask forgiveness ahead of time, for the patients to whose
deaths I may be contributing that day.
Time again I tried to
convince myself that these people were victims of their own
free choice, that they came to the hospital for the purpose of
getting this type of treatment and that if I will not administer
it to them, someone else will... but these rational arguments
did not dull my sensation of being part of a cold, cruel and
destructive scheme which victimized people and cost human lives.
After the cancer diagnosis, I had to abort my studies (five months
short of completion) and started to treat myself with natural
methods in order to save my life. Not only that, but I held on to
all my organs and avoided all the "good advice" that friends
showered upon me (all in the conventional direction).
During the 26 years that passed since then, I helped many others
escape the bitter fate that awaited them at the end of the path of
torment that was to be imposed by modern oncology. It is common
knowledge that chemo'therapy' and radiation are highly immuno-
suppressive - and it is also widely known that we need a strong
immune system more than anything, in order to overcome disease
and restore health.
It is also not a secret that these treatments are
toxic and accompanied by severe side-effects. However, the
following facts are not well known:
1. Chemo'therapy' - which impregnates the body with toxic
chemicals - pushes the pathology into deeper layers, with
resulting metastases in the brain, the bones and the lungs.
2. Radiation treatments are obviously radio-active and
cancer-causing. Madame Curie, the researcher who
discovered x-rays, got leukemia from this exposure and paid
with her life. These radiations seem to "cook" the liver and
other organs and they cause mutations in the DNA of exposed
cells. (mutations are a major cause of cells growing wild).
3. Medical Myopia is unfortunately a common condition,
infecting many branches of medicine, but especially
oncologists (the cancer specialists). This is due to the
misinterpretation of the temporary receding of symptoms
as "cure", although this is actually a serious aggravation
of the situation, because the malady penetrated into deeper
layers and into more essential organs. Suffice it to say that
suppressive measures are most dangerous when they are
"successful", when they repress the body's efforts at
The common process if as follows:
The body tries to expel toxins by creating a lump (either on
the skin, or the breast, or another non-essential organ), in
order to keep the blood as pure as possible and make sure that
the debris is not disturbing the every-day function of the body.
Instead of acknowledging the inner wisdom and encouraging
the body in the direction that it chose (by helping it detoxify),
the oncologist burdens it further with toxic chemicals.
This causes the body to withdraw from its project of self-
cleansing (because now it has to cope with harsher poisons...
those imposed from outside) and this results in regression of
the symptoms, which now go inwardly.
This calls for a celebration: "HURRAH! We conquered the cancer!
The tumor has shrunk and you are on your way to total health"
announce the oncologists to the gullible family. Medical Myopia
is surely contagious, because the patient is now elated and this
feeling alone will make him or her feel better (at least for a while).
Hope and faith are powerful tools in endorphin production
(endorphins are the feel-good healing hormones that we produce
in our brain).
Meanwhile, the artificial poisons start to consume internal
tissues and to create metastases. Usually, within a year or two
the cancer resurfaces.., this time in a much more aggressive form.
The concerned family now take their suffering loved one from
doctor to doctor, till they get the final verdict: "Sorry, we tried
every weapon in our arsenal." Indeed they have. We may do well
to memorize the saying:
THE PATH TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
So what is my purpose of sharing this with you?
To have you understand that modern oncology exists by virtue
of people's ignorance (a cases of the blind leading the blind) and
the panic they experience the moment that the diagnosis of
"cancer" is revealed to them. It is akin to hearing a death sentence.
When a person is in a state of anxiety and overwhelm, his
intellectual faculties may be compromised and he may go along
with anything that promises even a slim chance of hope. He may
even agree to have an organ cut out of his body, or subject his
system to harsh chemical bombardment or severe radiation
We can add to this the sacred-awe and blind trust in
an authority figure (considered by society as the expert for life-
threatening situations ) and then we can comprehend how this
"cocktail" of circumstances causes even intelligent, highly-
educated people to lose sight of the value of their body's integrity
and coaxes them to become victims of a false Belief System.
They probably had no chance or the mind-set to research the
statistics involved, so they don't realize that a large number of
cancers diagnosed are actually FALSE POSITIVES.
These people do not have cancer at all, but they are very
valuable to the cancer-care campaign because it is so easy to
"cure" them of a disease that they do not have. So the illusion
of "successes" is based on these false positives. These are the
cases that encourage people to submit to "early screening".
more people who are tempted to do this, the greater the number
of false positives, the more such virtual "cures", the more money
that the public will sink into "more research". Some of these
false-alarm victims (who suspect nothing of how the system
works) will pay with their health, and even with their lives, as a
result of the toxic treatments. Some have enough immune power
to overcome the chemical attacks - and these are the great
"achievements" of modern oncology.
So what is the solution?
Firstly, there has to be a mind-set shift, based on understanding
how the body works and how it tries to protect itself under all
circumstances. Real cancer is a collapse of all biological systems.
Not every breast lump or skin tumor is a cause for alarm.
When we do Holistic Testing - even years after the diagnosis
- we often find that the label of "cancer" was falsely assigned.
This is where the person is really tormented by the memory of
all the painful treatments that she had to endure or the breasts that
were cut off needlessly.
Secondly, we have to identify the causes that resulted in ill-health
and the natural treatments that are suitable to each individual.
Guesswork - no matter how professional - is just not good enough.
In Holistic testing we pinpoint the causes with great precision.
We usually find more than one of the following:
* Geopathic stress
* Lymphatic congestion
* Exposure to toxic chemicals (industrial or medical)
* Pathogenic organisms (fungus, virus, bacteria)
* Liver or kidney overload
* Emotional repression
* Compromised immunity
Needless to say, "lack of toxic chemicals" or "not enough radioactive
exposure" never, ever, show up as"causative factors" - and
therefore, imposing them on the body cannot possibly relate to
the body on a level of "cause".
Fortunately, once the real causes are identified, it is relatively
easy to remove them through non-toxic, non-invasive, non-
medical Holistic measures, all custom-tailored to the patient
and his uniqueness.
* Dr. Shoshana Margolin (MA, ND, PMD, CCN) developed
Quantum Therapy and Holistic Testing as a way of
communicating with the body on a deep, sub-cellular level.
This acknowledges the body as "the Holder of Knowledge"
- and the one that can actualize the healing process.
is author of "Homeopahy - Medicine of the Future",
"LET THE BODY SPEAK", "Let the Body Ask",
"Worlds Beyond the Atom", "QUANTUM THERAPY:
Anything Less is a Compromise", "LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE"
and several other books.
She is director of the Institute of Holistic Studies.
For more information, see
www.naturaltherapy.com (basic) and
Dr. Margolin welcomes questions, comments and constructive
criticism. She may be reached by tel 212-932-2381
Books which are being revised and expanded are:
HOLISTIC LIFE MANAGEMENT
CANCER CAN BE REVERSED
The forthcoming books in this series are:
LET THE BODY PLEAD
LET THE BODY DISCOVER
LET THE BODY REVEAL
LET THE BODY HEAL
LET THE BODY WIN
LET THE BODY REJOICE
LET THE SPIRIT SOAR
(these are currently in various stages of preparation)
the following website is still under construction www.breast-healing.com
As the saying goes: " The pre-requisite of divorce is marriage".
How true. Equally true is a new utterance (coined by this author):
"A pre-requisite to invasive, toxic, disfiguring and often fatal
treatments - is the cancer diagnosis"..
It may sound drastic, blatant, daring... but it's tragic reality when
stripped of the propaganda and all the hype.. and I am not the only
one who reached this inescapable conclusion. See the book
"Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here's Why"
by Dr. H. GILBERT WELCH (University of California Press)
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This topic was discussed in a NY Times essay on January 2, 2007
"What's Making Us Sick Is an Epidemic of Diagnoses"
By H. GILBERT WELCH, LISA SCHWARTZ and STEVEN WOLOSHIN
For most Americans, the biggest health threat is not avian flu, West Nile or
mad cow disease. It's our health-care system.
You might think this is because doctors make mistakes (we do make mistakes).
But you can't be a victim of medical error if you are not in the system. The
larger threat posed by American medicine is that more and more of us are
being drawn into the system not because of an epidemic of disease, but
because of an epidemic of diagnoses.
Americans live longer than ever, yet more of us are told we are sick.
How can this be? One reason is that we devote more resources to medical care
than any other country. Some of this investment is productive, curing
disease and alleviating suffering. But it also leads to more diagnoses, a
trend that has become an epidemic.
This epidemic is a threat to your health. It has two distinct sources. One
is the medicalization of everyday life. Most of us experience physical or
emotional sensations we don't like, and in the past, this was considered a
part of life. Increasingly, however, such sensations are considered symptoms
Everyday experiences like insomnia, sadness, twitchy legs and
impaired sex drive now become diagnoses: sleep disorder, depression,
restless leg syndrome and sexual dysfunction.
Perhaps most worrisome is the medicalization of childhood. If children cough
after exercising, they have asthma; if they have trouble reading, they are
dyslexic; if they are unhappy, they are depressed; and if they alternate
between unhappiness and liveliness, they have bipolar disorder.
diagnoses may benefit the few with severe symptoms, one has to wonder about
the effect on the many whose symptoms are mild, intermittent or transient.
The other source is the drive to find disease early. While diagnoses used to
be reserved for serious illness, we now diagnose illness in people who have
no symptoms at all, those with so-called predisease or those "at risk."
Two developments accelerate this process. First, advanced technology allows
doctors to look really hard for things to be wrong. We can detect trace
molecules in the blood. We can direct fiber-optic devices into every
orifice. And CT scans, ultrasounds, M.R.I. and PET scans let doctors define
subtle structural defects deep inside the body. These technologies make it
possible to give a diagnosis to just about everybody: arthritis in people
without joint pain, stomach damage in people without heartburn and prostate
cancer in over a million people who, but for testing, would have lived as
long without being a cancer patient.
Second, the rules are changing. Expert panels constantly expand what
constitutes disease: thresholds for diagnosing diabetes, hypertension,
osteoporosis and obesity have all fallen in the last few years. The
criterion for normal cholesterol has dropped multiple times. With these
changes, disease can now be diagnosed in more than half the population.
Most of us assume that all this additional diagnosis can only be beneficial.
And some of it is. But at the extreme, the logic of early detection is
absurd. If more than half of us are sick, what does it mean to be normal?
Many more of us harbor "pre-disease" than will ever get disease, and all of
us are "at risk." The medicalization of everyday life is no less
problematic. Exactly what are we doing to our children when 40 percent of
summer campers are on one or more chronic prescription medications?
No one should take the process of making people into patients lightly. There
are real drawbacks. Simply labeling people as diseased can make them feel
anxious and vulnerable - a particular concern in children.
But the real problem with the epidemic of diagnoses is that it leads to an
epidemic of treatments. Not all treatments have important benefits, but
almost all can have harms. Sometimes the harms are known, but often the
harms of new therapies take years to emerge - after many have been exposed.
For the severely ill, these harms generally pale relative to the potential
benefits. But for those experiencing mild symptoms, the harms become much
more relevant. And for the many labeled as having predisease or as being "at
risk" but destined to remain healthy, treatment can only cause harm.
The epidemic of diagnoses has many causes. More diagnoses mean more money
for drug manufacturers, hospitals, physicians and disease advocacy groups.
Researchers, and even the disease-based organization of the National
Institutes of Health, secure their stature (and financing) by promoting the
detection of "their" disease. Medico-legal concerns also drive the epidemic.
While failing to make a diagnosis can result in lawsuits, there are no
corresponding penalties for overdiagnosis.
Thus, the path of least
resistance for clinicians is to diagnose liberally - even when we wonder if
doing so really helps our patients.
As more of us are being told we are sick, fewer of us are being told we are
well. People need to think hard about the benefits and risks of increased
diagnosis: the fundamental question they face is whether or not to become a
patient. And doctors need to remember the value of reassuring people that
they are not sick.
Perhaps someone should start monitoring a new health
metric: the proportion of the population not requiring medical care. And the
National Institutes of Health could propose a new goal for medical
researchers: reduce the need for medical services, not increase it.
Dr. Welch is the author of "Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and
Here's Why" (University of California Press). Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Woloshin
are senior research associates at the VA Outcomes Group in White River
From an email Dr. Margolin sent us in September 2007
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