For those of you who read my blog, you know that I am always happy to discuss books that feature a healthy and holistic lifestyle. This small book I discovered is a gem. More in my review below.
Book Title: Reducing Your Cancer Risk: A Holistic Approach by Carl O. Helvie
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 174 pages
Genre: Education / Alternative Medicine / Cancer
Release date: July 25, 2017
Content Rating: G
The latest statistics show one of every two adults will have cancer and about half of these are preventable. For example, research shows that 30 minutes of exercise daily could reduce cancer risk by 50% and proper nutrition could reduce it 35%. Mental/Spiritual aspects are also important. One study reported those who expressed gratitude had stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and fewer symptoms of illness, slept better and were better able to tolerate aches and pains.
This 174 page book includes a theoretical framework that provides an overview of factors that are carcinogenic and when avoided can reduce your cancer risks including electromagnetic frequencies, selected carcinogenic chemicals and metals, and ultraviolet rays. It also includes things you can do to strengthen your mind/spirit/body against carcinogens including 1) physical things such as exercise; fluids; nutrition; vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements; immune builders; sleep; smoking cessation, and music, and 2) mental/spiritual activities including affirmations, compassion, faith, forgiveness, gratitude, meditation, optimism, prayer, relaxation, serving others, social support, stress reduction, and visualization. Research based ways to avoid or become stronger against carcinogens, and interviews with over 40 national leaders on these subjects are included in this holistic approach to cancer prevention.
Reducing Your Cancer Risk is an excellent and practical resource book chock-full of information that can motivate one to make lifestyle changes that can prevent cancer. The book is written by Carl O Helvie, President of the Holistic Cancer Foundation and a lung survivor since 1974. He is a pioneer in the use of holistic approach to cancer prevention and cure.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part discusses Environmental Factors and includes ways to avoid or prevent exposure to risk factors, such as EMF waves, toxic chemicals and metals, and UV rays, all of which are factors I have read about recently. It astounds me at how toxic our modern world has become and we are exposed from our womb to our death. It can be overwhelming, but as Mr. Helvie states, even small changes can make a difference.
The second part discusses Individual Factors and includes lifestyle choices to increase one's resistance to cancer and build a better immunity, such as exercising, nutrition, sleep and a section on how to quit smoking successfully. It is empowering to know we do have a measure of control. As Mr. Helvie noted from his own experience as a cancer survivor, "it is less traumatic in one's life to improve diet, add exercise, prayer, meditation, and other lifestyle changes than it is to be disrupted by a diagnosis of cancer." How true!
The third part discusses Mental and Spiritual Aspects and includes compassion, meditation, forgiveness, prayer and stress management. This is such an important section in leading a healthy lifestyle but that many practitioners omit when discussing illness.
Although written by an educated man with extensive knowledge, Mr. Helvie keeps the information easy to read and follow by using the format of bullet point suggestions that can be implemented immediately. His tone is friendly and the information succinct and useful with plenty of references and links to interviews with professionals in the field. I have already implemented some of the suggestions in this book and educated my children about them as well.
If you are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle and want to have a practical manual on what to do to prevent cancer, this is the ideal book for you. It is a great starting point that will lead you to more information on specific factors you may personally be dealing with. The contents page, index and numerous links and references to over 40 other professionals make this book a handy resource that has gained a coveted place on my desk. This small humble book is part of my research, as I continue on my quest for a healthier me.
Carl O Helvie, R.N., Dr.P.H. is a registered nurse with a doctorate in Public Health (Johns Hopkins) and over sixty years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, educator, author and researcher. He has published 9 books and chapters in 4 additional ones, and published 40 articles, presented over 55 research papers internationally and 60 papers for lay groups. Some of his books resulted from his development and over 35 years refinement of the Helvie Energy Theory of Nursing and Health that has been used internationally in practice, education and research in 9 countries. During his academic career Helvie received grants up to $800.000 each for his work with homeless and low income populations and other projects. He has been recognized in most major national and international references such as Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Nursing, and Outstanding Educators in America and has two listings in Wikipedia. He received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Association in 1999. He was listed in 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2014 and in 2015 was nominated for Nurse of the Year Award by Medical News.
In 1974, Dr Helvie was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 6 months to live by traditional medicine. He refused chemo and surgery and choose instead to use a holistic natural approach of treatment including physical, mental and spiritual components based upon concepts he learned in public health, from his research of and used in practice, the Edgar Cayce readings and other sources. He not only was cured of cancer but never had a recurrence. He has been called a pioneer in the field of Holistic Health and has taught and used this approach since 1970. For the past 10 years he has been host of the Holistic Health Show (radio) where he interviews leaders in alternative, integrative medicine and health who use all or parts of a holistic approach for chronic illnesses and wellness on www.BBSRadio.com and www.HolisticHealthShow.com In 2012 he published a book on lung cancer that included the holistic treatment plan used when he had lung cancer (Amazon #1 Best Seller). He was subsequently interviewed on over 100 radio and television shows.