Early in her career, Kelly Turner, Ph.D., a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was stunned to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical remission.
Radical remission cases occur when people with cancer recover against all odds, without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.
She became so fascinated by this kind of remission that she spent eight years traveling through 10 countries to learn what factors people from all walks of life were experiencing to have this phenomenon occur.
During her research she uncovered common threads between each of the cases that she believes can help even terminal patients turn their lives around.
“In medical school, western doctors are trained to treat cancer with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. So when a patient heals without those methods, doctors might be amazed and inspired, but there is nothing in their training to possibly explain why that happened. It’s very hard to study something you can’t begin to explain,” she said.
The result of her study is the NY Times bestselling book “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,” and an online data site Radical Remission Project , where she is collecting common threads that might help lead to future possible research. The site also offers support to cancer survivors.
Turner found nine key factors that radical remissions survivors employed.
1. They radically changed their diet
After analyzing hundreds of Radical Remission cases one of the most common threads that surfaced was a radical change of diet. The majority of people Turner studied tended to do four things:
• Greatly reduced or eliminated sugar, meat, dairy and refined (processed) foods
• Greatly increased their vegetable and fruit intake
• Ate organic foods
• Drank filtered water
Turner advocates taking small steps toward your new anticancer diet, such as eliminating one type of food at a time while adding one new healthier alternative.