The following letter of Mark Lipsman that was published in Spirit of Change (a Boston-area holistic magazine)
about a year ago:
Editor, Spirit of Change
It always surprises me to come across another article like the one in the
last issue by Karen Dillon about her breast cancer. It surprises me to see
that so many people still assume the best or only options for cancer are
surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy (otherwise known as slash, burn, and
I refuse to believe that God put us here to live in fear of dread
diseases and to ransom our health back from the medical profession for tens
of thousands of dollars. Although Ms. Dillon was lucky, too many women are
going through ordeals like hers and having their breasts cut off for no
reason. The situation for men isn't much better. It's time to get the word
out: cancer, like any disease, is not a random misfortune. There are
reasons for these things. When you understand the reasons, you can get rid
I know that clammy feeling of discovering you have cancer--that something
is chewing away at you every second. I've had cancer three times and have
gotten rid of it each time without conventional treatment (or going to a
Each time, I came to realize, it was because I wasn't following
one of the guidelines below.
Each time, I've learned more about it and
gotten rid of it faster. I've written a long article about my experience
and what I've learned, posted on a web site I created for holistic health
However, the main points are simple, and I
can summarize them here.
Cancer is not hard to get rid of, but there are five things you must do,
and you must do them strictly. Sporadic adherence is not sufficient.
1. Cancer is a toxicity issue. Therefore, you must stop taking in more
toxicity. If you're in any doubt as to what this means, see Michio Kushi's
book The Cancer Prevention Diet. It means a strict vegetarian diet: organic
produce and grain, no animal products, no dairy, no refined, chemicalized,
or processed foods, no oil, and no sweets, caffeine, alcohol, or spices.
The best way to do this that I know of is macrobiotics, because it's based
on the principles of Chinese medicine and the idea of using the energy in
food to promote health and help you heal. Avoiding electricity in cooking
(microwaves, electric ranges) and chewing well are also helpful.
2. Besides not taking in more toxicity, you have to make sure your body is
able to eliminate the toxicity that's already there. This is not as simple
as having a daily bowel movement, although some people don't manage even
that. It means making sure the organs are working together optimally and
particularly that the liver, which eliminates toxins, and the gallbladder
are functioning properly.
Virtually everyone has some kind of energy
blockage that needs to be fixed. The best way I know of to do this is Touch
For Health, which uses applied kinesiology, also known as muscle testing,
to ascertain which systems aren't working well and balance them. The
goodhealthinfo.net web site contains interviews with several Boston-area
practitioners and a description of muscle testing.
3. In addition to toxicity, any nutritional deficiencies must be addressed.
Virtually everyone has nutritional deficiencies now, because of the poor
quality of the soil in which conventional produce is grown and because most
people don't eat enough produce anyway. But even organic produce doesn't
have everything we need.
Herbs are a good way to remedy these deficiencies.
Herbs are foods, so the body assimilates them better than chemically
synthesized vitamin or mineral pills. Herbs also have trace elements that
promote their action, which synthetic products don't. However, herbal
manufacturers are not all the same--some make much higher quality products
than others. Low-quality herbs are a waste of time and money and can even
Muscle testing by a competent practitioner is a good
way to find what you need, how much, how often, and for how long.
4. For a certain period, while the body is coming back into balance, you
may need something to kill the cancer. On the web site, I list a couple of
preparations I've found effective. One of them is called Cansema Tonic I,
made by Alpha Omega Labs in the Bahamas (herbhealers.com). It contains
chaparral, a traditional cancer remedy, along with other herbs. The only
drawback is that it tastes awful and is hard on the stomach. But
considering the alternative, it's not so bad. Alpha Omega also makes other
remedies that may work for some people. These are good folks--they're
helpful, they charge reasonable prices, and their products work.
the idea is not to have to take something indefinitely--just long enough to
give your own defenses a chance to kick in. Nature's Sunshine, another good
herbal company, has an herb called paw paw that's been shown in clinical
tests (if that sort of thing interests you) to reduce tumors. Other herbal
products are also available and have been effective in some cases. Whether
they work depends on what you need, and it's an individual matter; one size
doesn't fit all.
Again, muscle testing by a competent practitioner can tell
if you need these things (although you may have to buy a bottle first and
take it with you for testing. But if it's unopened and you don't need it,
the company will usually take it back.)
5. If you follow all of the above, the pH of your blood should be alkaline,
which is necessary, because cancer can't survive in an alkaline environment.
How long does it take to get well? It depends on how toxic you are, how far
out of balance your organs are, what energy blockages you have, and how
well you adhere to these guidelines. But don't expect it to drag on
The body is extremely forgiving, and you should expect to see
changes even a day or two after beginning a macrobiotic diet. You may not
feel better--you may feel worse, because the toxicity is beginning to
discharge--but you should notice something. As time goes by, there'll be
periods when you feel lousy, but overall, the trend should be up.
on the seriousness of your condition, in three to six months the cancer
should be pretty much gone. The subject of discharges is worth reading up
on, and again Michio Kushi, one of the foremost teachers of macrobiotics in
our time, is a good source-he covers it in The Book of Macrobiotics.
Ms. Dillon also mentions several times the clues she got from her face
about her condition: "I . . . considered my face aged and dull . . . my
eyes ringed with shadows . . . I looked old and tired . . . My face has
always tattled when my body is sick." This is not coincidental.
like the hands, feet, and eyes, is a map of the body and reflects the
condition of the organs. Chinese medicine has systematized specific and
accurate diagnosis based on facial examination. Moreover, a macrobiotic
diet and exercise will, over time, rejuvenate the appearance. Michio Kushi
has contributed to understanding facial diagnosis with a small but
invaluable book, Your Face Never Lies.
Although the above should be sufficient to get rid of cancer in most cases,
other factors may exacerbate the problem and may need to be addressed.
These include electromagnetic radiation (cell or portable phones,
computers, TV, other electronic equipment, electric blankets, heating pads,
waterbed heater), aluminum cookware, mercury dental fillings, and geopathic
stress (or any other kind of stress).
I recall, some years ago, reading a full-page article in the Globe about
the prevalence of breast cancer. One woman was quoted as saying, "We just
assume we're going to get it." I felt so sorry for this poor woman. Don't
assume you're going to get it, and if you do get it, don't assume you have
to go the slash-burn-poison-nausea-baldness route. Can you spare a few days
first to try a better way?
It always reminds me of Dorothy in The Wizard of
Oz: she goes through the whole book trying to find a way to get back to
Kansas, and at the end she learns she had the ability all along, with the
witch's magic slippers. All she had to do was click her heels together
three times and wish. It may be hard to believe getting rid of cancer can
be that simple, but it really is if you know what to do.
Remember that disease is a message about imbalance in the body resulting
from improper diet, toxins in the environment, and energy blockage. As
Michio Kushi put it in the title of an article, "Civilization is the
disease; cancer is the cure."
LINK to Mark Lipsman's site
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