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Jonathan was raised in Ireland and Hong Kong where, after graduating in Social Anthropology, he lived for a further 25 years as a teacher and writer.
When his daughter was born with Down Syndrome and later suffered severe disability when an operation went wrong, he responded by founding two charities – one now a major Hong Kong charity – the Hongkong Down Syndrome Association – and the other influential in guiding service developments in China.
Then his wife got cancer and he responded by writing his cancer books, the latest being The Cancer Survivor’s Bible, The Amazing Cancer Kid and Cancer? Don’t Panic! His website is www.fightingcancer.com
Look at this photo. Bernadette and I had a lot of fun trying to cycle this weird contraption along an empty road in China.
What a happy time we had that day! It is to the memory of Bernadette that I dedicated my book Fighting Cancer-A Survival Guide (this was the original title of the book which I now call Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide) I wrote this book because Bernadette was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1993. She underwent surgical investigation, radiation, and chemotherapy and was dead exactly a year later.
Looking back, if I were to summarize my experience I would say the biggest mistake we made was to do what the doctors advised. Bernadette could not have died sooner if we had done nothing.
There is no doubt that she died as much from the treatment as from cancer itself. In addition, that year – the year of her illness – caused us a great deal of seemingly unavoidable, painful relationship difficulties as we responded to her illness in very different ways. Yet, how could we have avoided these difficulties?
If only we had had a book that could lead us through the whole field from an intelligent unideological point of view. I read over 150 books and could not find the book I was looking for. Most of the books were selling single cures. Others talked about a range of alternative cures but gave no rationale for choosing this route over the orthodox route.
Many others vilified anyone who suggested anything other than surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy … What was the truth? And even when Bernadette died I was still faced with the questions: What will I do if I get cancer?
What will I do if Patrick, my son, gets cancer? I could see that if I didn’t keep on looking for answers – and above all for a framework in which I could make a decision – I would be destined to repeat the folly and suffering that marked Bernadette’s last year.
So I wrote this book partly as therapy and partly as a means of arriving at an answer for myself – an answer that I could share with friends – an answer that would lessen the suffering of mankind. I owe that much to Bernadette for the suffering she went through. It must not be in vain!
I am involved with two charities that I founded: The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and Mental Handicap Network China. These are dedicated to the short, seemingly tragic, but ultimately transforming the life of my daughter Stevie. Stevie was born with Down Syndrome. As a result of a hole in the heart, she had an operation. Something went wrong. She suffered an oxygen shortage that caused brain damage leaving her blind, epileptic and so profoundly handicapped that she could not sit or roll over. Yet she was, when she recovered from the trauma of the operation and the seizures were brought under control, a happy girl, a girl who centered us and made us understand the power of love. Quite simply, she changed our lives. She taught me about pain and about fighting back stubbornly. I have written a book about my life with Stevie and Bernadette, Wordjazz for Stevie, which was published by Blacksmith Books.
This work, in collaboration with Dr. Brian and Maureen Stratford, has resulted in the establishment of a parent resource center in Guangzhou, and an annual conference attended each year by several hundred participants from many distant parts of China. This work continues to move forward.
I’m the author of The Cancer Survivor’s Bible.
I just want you to know that I have been researching cancer since 1994. That’s when my wife, Bernadette was diagnosed. She died a year later.
If I knew then what I know now, She might still be alive today.
From the moment she was diagnosed I started reading. I read book after book but not one of these books was the book I was looking for.
I wanted a book that would wrap its arm around me and say: “Jonathan, this is how it is. This is the whole picture. This is everything you need to know.”
Because I couldn’t find that book, I wrote it.
I called it The Cancer Survivor’s Bible because this is the whole truth about cancer and all the options available to you.
This is your complete and extremely accessible guide to all your options.
And, I want you to understand this, I wrote this book for myself because I wanted to know everything I needed to know so that I wouldn’t follow after Bernadette. This is the book that I will have on my bedside if it ever happens that I am myself diagnosed. (although I have learned a lot and put into practice some of that so I am hopeful that cancer won’t come knocking on my door).
Information is power!
Without information, you will just be a victim. Believe me. I’ve been there. What your doctor is telling you is NOT the whole picture.
And remember, it’s your life. Any treatment decisions are YOUR decisions.
And the best decisions are fully informed decisions.
Decisions made in anguish, horror, and panic are very unlikely to be good decisions.
So, what is it you need to know?
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Often with great success. Why are they successful? Because they work with the body, not against it.
Tests that your doctors won’t tell you about. Tests that put you in charge by helping you see the wider context.
How can you get well again if you keep taking the poisons that caused your cancer in the first place? Regimes that regenerate the liver and help boost the immune system.
Your doctor won’t tell you about them but you’d be a fool to ignore them. Diets that can help boost your energy and immune system – and maybe even cure cancer.
Learn about the controversies surrounding such foods as alfalfa sprouts, soy and other foods you might imagine were completely healthy.
The evolutionary process means that we are biologically adapted to our natural environment; why then do we suppose that artificial, patented chemicals in drugs will be more effective? Work with nature not against it. Herbs are powerful healers. If drugs were so good, modern medicine wouldn’t be the third major cause of death in the West.
Everyone knows vitamin C is good (but there are different types of vitamin C and some types are ineffective). What about Vitamins A, B, D, and E – and what about iron? Calcium? What about the minerals and the many other supplements that have been developed? (Don’t assume they are all good!)
Your doctor almost certainly won’t know about them despite the references in leading medical journals.
Did you know that stress promotes cancer?
There are many cancer-fighting strategies that can play a crucial role in helping you recover from cancer.
Stories of people who have recovered from cancer by following non-conventional therapies. Did you know that 80 percent of women with breast cancer are following alternative strategies as part of their anti-cancer recovery program – and they’re not telling their doctors?
Different cancers, but the same characteristics. What’s caused these cancers to appear? Why do we have more cancer now than at any other time in history? Something toxic is happening. But we don’t have to be passive victims. The first step to recovery is to know the facts – and to evaluate all the options. Read: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible.
“I’ve never seen a book with more information in one place than your Cancer Survivor’s Bible. If only it had been available in 1982 – my life would have been so different” – Jan Millington, chairman, RAGE (patient advocacy group for radiation damaged cancer patients)
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