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Cured: Strengthen Your Immune System and Heal Your Life

by Dr Jeffrey Rediger


This is my blog about the book Cured, which is about “spontaneous remission” – people who were diagnosed with a terminal or incurable illness and who then survived or overcame the illness. The author, Dr Jeffrey Rediger (referred to from now on as JR) details various case histories and draws his conclusions about the commonalities between the recoveries.


“When it comes to disease, who beats the odds – and why?” JR


Here are my takeaways from this excellent book. It was very difficult to summarize because JR covers so many topics related to all aspects of health. I encourage you, if you find any value here, to please read the whole book. It’s an education.

*Apart from direct quotes written in brown italics the writing is my summary of what is in the book and not directly taken from the book word for word.

*This is a shortened version of a total of 24 pages of notes I made. If you would like to read the longer version, please send me a message by email to thewellbeingsense@gmail.com.


“There is nothing spontaneous about spontaneous remission.” JR


What we really want to know:

JR’s 4 pillars of health based on typical action/life changes made in the thousands of spontaneous remission cases he has researched:

¨ Heal the immune system,

¨ Heal nutrition,

¨ Heal the stress response,

¨ Heal the identity (including attitude and self-care habits).

He also recommends that we educate ourselves and do our research.


“I accepted the diagnosis, but not the prognosis.”

Juniper (spontaneous remission case)


JR is keen to point out that he has not come across a ‘one size fits all’ solution to healing, but he has seen the above changes over and over again.


In addition JR asserts that the medical profession must be remodelled on the above and that the root causes of disease must be taken into consideration.


“The body wants to heal. We must create a biological environment in the body and mind that sets the stage for healing.” JR


Who is Dr Rediger and how did he come to write this book?

The author, Jeffrey Rediger MD MDiv, is a working medical doctor with a Masters in Divinity, so his interest lies in both science and spirituality. Many years ago, he declined to follow up a patient’s experience of spontaneous remission (he was too busy and did not want to risk his reputation on controversial ideas), but some years later he did begin researching and this book is the culmination of 17 years of research into individuals who have recovered from incurable illnesses.


“Today’s miracles are tomorrow’s normal.” JR


Research and Sources

JR’s sources of research evidence included: hotspots of healing in South American healing centres (including the controversial John of God) and faith healers in the US (Dr Issam Nemeh - electronic acupuncture guided by God), an accumulation over many years of a lot of people’s stories, and a database from 1993 (3500 references in 800 journals).

¨ He decided early on to focus not on the “healers”, but on the people who were healed.

¨ He applied rigorous research criteria; for example, there had to be a crystal clear diagnosis and a total remission, or at least a significant length of remission. He did not include anything that could considered a “fluke”.

Randomised double-blind controlled studies on spontaneous remission (SR) do not exist (for ethical reasons, it would be impossible). Furthermore, SR happens when no one is looking, when the doctors can do no more and send the patient away with only an offer of palliative care. Usually, no further tests are undertaken and the patient goes off of the doctor’s radar.

JR suspected that spontaneous remission was not, in fact, rare, but only controversial, so barely got documented by doctors, afraid of risking their reputation, as he had been.


Brief History of attitudes towards illness:

In Ancient Greece, there was a holistic approach to treating illness, as there still is in the East today. The theory of mind-body dualism (relative to the changing times of the 17thC) then became popular (credited to Descartes), which stated that the soul was in the mind and separate to the body. Germ theory developed in the 19thC (Pasteur) and the silver bullet “kill all the germs” attitude commenced. The disease was treated, not the person. We now know that the mind and body are deeply connected, and it’s slowly coming full circle.


The Immune System

(Immunotherapy, The Nervous System, Psycho-neuro Immunology, the Microbiome)


à Simply put, the immune system is the body's defense against foreign bodies; pathogens/germs, such as bacteria, viruses and toxins. It identifies and takes care of any internal threats to our system.

à It starts in our bone marrow where white blood cells are born and extends all the way to our skin and mucus membranes.

à It usually works effectively, for example, a fever or redness / swelling (good inflammation), but sometimes the immune system can over-react; e.g. allergies (the immune system reacts to something that doesn’t actually pose any threat) and auto-immune disorders (the body turns on itself, flags its own cells, tissues or organs as foreign, e.g. Type 1 diabetes – the immune system destroys the cells of the pancreas.

à Once written into our body’s codes, these reactions can be difficult to irradicate, possibly due to environmental and nutritional factors.

à Lifestyle illnesses: Studies indicate that 90% of chronic illness is driven by disease creating factors in our environments, such as nutrition, stress etc., and not by our genetic makeup.


“The best way to repair a cracked and ineffective immunological wall is to build health and vitality from the ground up. The body, if you can get out of its way, is a brilliant self-correcting organism that wants to get better.” JR

The immune system and the nervous system are not independent, they are intricately interwoven… they talk to each other. The nervous system connects directly to the thymus (the gland that sends out killer cells plus into the body). Also the cells of the immune system have neuroreceptors (think walkie-talkie cells) on them. Neuroreceptors make communication between cells possible.


Psycho-neuro Immunology - the gut as “another brain”, the microbiome, 90% of serotonin is synthesized in the gut (Candice Pert study).


The microbiome is the bacteria in the body. These bacteria are not only in the gut but throughout the whole body. Antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bacteria and good bacteria need to be replaced (think probiotics). Chemotherapy also wipes out the microbiome. Imagine the body is garden - the PH of the soil is important and directly affects what can be grown. This changes from garden to garden.


“The person who takes medicine must recover twice. Once from the disease, and once from the medicine.” Dr William Oslar


Nutrition – Eat to Heal

(Common Findings, Food Philosophy – 4 main points, The China Study, the History of Cravings)


“Food can be medicine or it can be poison.” JR


JR’s common findings regarding nutritional habits/changes of people who have experienced spontaneous remission include:

à Nutritionally dense,

à Mostly plant-based,

à Unprocessed,

à Not too much,

à Keep in some of the things you enjoy, don’t deny yourself some of the food that you love.

He emphasizes that he has not found any hard or fast rules. It’s not one size fits all. Each person has their own nutrition key, although clear nutritional trends exist.


“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Michael Pulman “In Defence of Food” book


Malnutrition in western cultures: JR states that it’s a myth that malnutrition does not exist in western cultures with plenty. The western diet does result in malnutrition – obese people are malnourished. They are eating food without sufficient nutritional value.

Food philosophy – 4 main points:

1. Sugar and salt – no refined sugar or sugar hidden in processed food. Sugar disguised as many different names in processed food e.g. corn syrup etc. Eat little processed food in general.

2. Readymade food advertised as “healthy” or “health food” doesn’t necessarily mean it actually is healthy, e.g. wholewheat bread.

3. Relationship with food, eating as way of sharing love and community (if dietary changes ostracize you from family and sharing food, this is not helpful).

4. Focus on what nutrition you are providing your body, rather than a focus on what you can’t have.


“Diet changes can be the doorway into radical healing” JR


à Simple whole foods natural enough to decay when not fresh.

à It’s not always about what you are eating, but about what you are not eating, e.g. gluten, refined sugars.

à Nutritional density – Increase nutritional level (stimulates natural killer cell activity). Is the food I’m eating loaded with nutrition?

à Slow the eating process down, focus on the nutrition flowing into your body, eat with gratitude.

à Avoid emulsifiers – used as preservative and for “mouth feel” – studies show they unbalance the microbiome, leading to inflammation, weight gain etc, even in very small quantities.

à Be prepared – know where you can buy readymade good food, and what restaurants serve that.

à Supplements: The complex interaction of nutrients in food is what matters, not supplementing with any particular nutrients. What’s essential to health and healing is the overall nutritional pattern rather than eating as “usual” and taking a vitamin and/or supplement.

à Keto diet (i.e. a high fat diet) has been found to be good for cancer (cancer loves glucose), but any possible long-term effects of a high fat diet are not known yet.


The China Study - the most unique and comprehensive study of nutrition ever (T Colin Campbell et al 1980). The knowledge has not been integrated into the health care system.


The History of Cravings - fat, sugar and salt have a fast impact on the body, known as the pleasure pathway, they create a dopamine dump. Why are we wired this way? Think about Palaeolithic ancestors and survival – food was hard won. Sugar and salt helps store fat and this was useful when food was scarce. So acquiring it gave a dopamine hit to encourage us to eat it. But it’s gone nuts. Human’s haven’t had a software update - what we call hunger is actually craving – addiction.


“A body that’s receiving the nutrition it needs simply doesn’t crave in the same way.” JR


Stress - The Inflammatory Response

(The Inflammatory off switch, The Relaxation Response, The Autonomic Nervous System – stress, fight/flight and rest/digest mechanisms, Negativity bias, Telomeres and longevity, Adrenal fatigue, Perception and types of Stress, Updating our stress software program)


à The link between inflammation and immune system is clear, since inflammation is an immune response.

à Treating symptoms buys time and is very helpful for immediate suffering, but we can’t do that for ever, we really need to get to the root of what’s causing the symptoms.

à Acute inflammation is a good thing; it is clotting and repair. Chronic inflammation is when the inflammation response doesn’t get turned off. This creates unceasing wear and tear on the body, making it ripe for disease.

à Chronic inflammation is a disease super highway that runs straight to many of the serious and most common diseases of our time, e.g. heart disease, diabetes, also depression. These are lifestyle illnesses, resulting from how we think, feel and live. There are various ways to press the “on” button for chronic inflammation.

à An anti-inflammatory lifestyle is based on our relationship with our body.

à The link between chronic stress and inflammation cannot be ignored. Unmanaged chronic (long-term) stress and the release of stress hormones wears down your immune system overtime, and can also have the same impact as sugar. Sugar creates micro-cuts to arteries. The inflammation response switches on to repair the cells, and overtime the tissue becomes rigid and less flexible (think scar tissue). Some additives do the same thing.

à Just 20 minutes of exercise is enough to reduce inflammation in the body.

à C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance the liver produces in response to inflammation and is an inflammatory marker. A high level of CRP in the blood can be an indicator for the presence of inflammation in the body.

à Stress hormones are necessary and essential. They are part of the survival response and help alert us and decide how to react in threatening situations (see Autonomic Nervous System below). But chronic stress, the drip drip drip of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, overtime desensitize our cells which then cannot respond effectively. And genes can get reprogrammed and so the new cells being produced have the same problem.


“Widespread inflammation in the body and brain precedes the onset of all the most deadly diseases.” JR


The Inflammatory Off Switch:

1. Nutrient dense diet and no processed foods and sugar.

2. Look for stress triggers and take action to reduce them.

3. Prioritise your health.


The Relaxation Response - a bestselling book by Herbert Benson published over 40 years ago. It is a brief daily meditation which turns off the flight/flight mode and activates healing mode. The meditation is based on a user friendly form of Transcendental Meditation (TM).

1. Sit quietly in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, relax all your muscles and breathe slowly and evenly through the nose, in and out.

2. Mantra – as you continue to relax and breathe in and out evenly, focus on a word, phrase or sound in your mind. It can be any word that is personally meaningful.

3. Unwanted thoughts will come – it’s important to refocus and continue.

4. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.


The Autonomic Nervous System - controls all of your automatic (mostly subconscious) vital functions like heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, and sexual arousal.

*my note: It’s very useful to have a basic understanding of how the ANS works, especially if you are suffering with any level of anxiety or depression.

à It is divided into 3 branches – the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), and the enteric nervous system (ENS). The SNS activates the (acute) stress response when there is a threat (to prepare the body for fight or flight), and the PNS activates once the threat has passed (to bring the body back to balance, and to rest and digest).

à The SNS is important for survival, but we should be in PNS most of time, and we should be able to toggle back and forth as necessary.

à Chronic stress is when we get stuck in SNS and only enter into PNS for brief periods, not long enough to properly recuperate.

Negativity bias – for survival we have a high sense of alertness for danger, however, in these times, due to global connectedness and media in our homes 24/7, it has gone into overdrive.

What to do about that? Notice where we hold stress in our body – and notice what it feels like when it drains away. Notice what makes us feel non-stressful – and do more of that - lean into it, make space for it as if were medicine (it is!).

*my note: Mindfulness is a good, practical technique for this.


Telomeres and Longevity - Telomeres are the key to health and aging. They are like the plastic tip on the end of a shoelace; they protect chromosomes which contain the operating instructions for each of our 37.2 trillion cells which are mostly regenerating constantly (a few days to a few years). Telomeres keep instructions intact, but they get shorter each time a cell is copied. When they are short they become pro-inflammatory or die and stop reproducing cells – this is aging. This process leaves us open to disease as we get older (the disease span). It is possible to extend your “health span” by reducing chronic stress, lowering cortisol, doing regular meditation along with activity. This leads to telomeres lengthening.


Perception and Types of Stress – we don’t want to get rid of all stress. Acute stress is essential for survival. How we perceive stress is plays an essential part (The Whitehall Study). It’s about changing our relationship to stress – from threat stress to challenge stress. Threat stress = telomere shortening, challenge stress = longer telomeres.

How to Update our stress software program?

à Hormetic Stress - inducing a mild stress response intentionally to improve rest and repair cycles.

à Attitude – remind yourself of the resources you possess, don’t take them for granted or devalue them. How are you already prepared to navigate this situation and who can you ask for help? Consider the opportunity to learn. Acknowledge that you will gain something of value from the experience.

à Acceptance – turn towards the stress and anxiety, instead of turning away and resisting. Move through it with acceptance (like a hermit crab outgrowing its shell – pain and discomfort is the thing that tells them to find another shell. Shed your shell!).

à *my note: Kristen Neff is a good resource for being with moments of difficulty.

à The key is to reduce stress or manage it more effectively – meditate, exercise, walk, look at old traumas, relationships (forgive whenever possible), etc.


“It’s the perceptions that create the thought that creates the feeling.”

Mirrey (spontaneous remission case)


Love and Connection

(The Vagus Nerve, Survival of the fittest or survival of the kindest, Poly-vagal Theory, Loneliness, Reversing damage already done, Activating the vagus nerve)


“The body is the instrument of the mind. The mind is an instrument of the heart.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan


We need to stay in PNS mode longer for healing. Love and connection are potent medicines and fuel the PNS. Not necessarily deep connections. In fact, research shows that superficial brief in person connections are better than a long distance skype call with a loved one, for example.


“To feel better, we need to expand our definition of love.”

Barbara Fredrikson – Love 2.0 book

The Vagus Nerve - the link between mind and body. It influences heartbeat, breathing, the endocrine system (glands and hormones, like oxytocin, the love hormone), digestion, and the immune system. Higher vagal tone means we can slip back into PNS mode from SNS mode more easily (= stress resilience).


Survival of the fittest or survival of the kindest? - Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species, commonly known as “survival of the fittest”. Few know that his other work, The Descent of Man argued for “survival of the kindest”; the importance of love, kindness and empathy which he referred to many more times. He found that social connection is an important survival skill because we can use it to diffuse a threat situation so we don’t need to fight or run away (which uses precious energy resources and carries more risk of injury). This ability is an essential biological response our ancestors developed – a highly evolved pro-active defence mechanism.

à The vagus nerve plays an important part in this. It is responsible for the face/heart connection, to express how we are feeling. For example, in SNS mode we have a flatter or forced effect, in PNS mode our expression is more relaxed and open, ready for connection.

à Neuroception is the way the brain determines if we are in a safe or dangerous situation.

à We now know that stimulating the vagus nerve reduces inflammation (Kevin Tracey study), and boosts the immune system and recovery from injury or illness is faster in those with higher vagal tone. In fact, Frederikson’s work showed that vagal tone can be an accurate indicator of overall health.

à Heart rate variability (HRV) is the changing time interval between heartbeats.

à High HRV is good and shows that the body can adapt its heart rate to its circumstances; its level of activity, emotions and environment. This in turn indicates a high level of ability to deal with and recover from stress. Also, the higher the HRV, the more engaged the vagus nerve is and the more active the PNS is in the system.

à Low HRV is concerning and indicates rigidity in the system; it has become less responsive. Low HRV is associated with anxiety, depression, increased risk of cardio vascular disease, and early death.


Trauma and Poly-vagal Theory - developed by Stephen Porges - an in depth theory explaining how the vagus nerve works alongside the SNS and PNS modes.

He describes 3 states – 1. PNS mode – rest and digest = ventral vagal state / 2. SNS – fight or flight = sympathetic state (same name) / and then a state at the other end of PNS = 3. dorsal vagal state = freeze. This helps us to understand the effect of trauma and anxiety and chronic stress (which are freeze states). Chronic stress shuts down our ability to read other’s expression accurately (we see threat where there is none) and we are unable experience micro-connections of positivity, which disrupts healing and puts us into the disease span.


Loneliness – can compromise the immune system.

à Loneliness study (John Kasiopo & Steve Cole) showed the effects of loneliness on health and found the immune system cells became more inflammatory. That means more cells were constantly cycling through the body looking for something to fight like an army unit always on patrol with no break, because of this they tended to fixate on the body’s own tissues as happens in many of the autoimmune illnesses. The immune system has a fixed fighting capacity; when too many of the battalions are directed towards combatting inflammation, it doesn’t have the bandwidth to take care of other problems like viruses, infections, and even mutating cells.

à It has been found that loneliness or social isolation can indicate a bigger risk of heart attack and stroke, disrupted sleep patterns, altered immune systems, higher inflammation, and increased levels of stress hormones.

à Loneliness is contagious and can be passed, from one person to another as people avoid eye contact. Also the gene expression can be passed down to offspring.


“How is the emotional nutrition in your life?” JR


Reversing damage already done - Activating the Vagus Nerve:

It’s never too late to shift gears into living in healing mode. The more you use the vagus nerve, the stronger it becomes. What you practice grows stronger.

The vagus nerve can be activated by:

o Deep abdominal breathing

o Social connection - fleeting moments of meaningful connection suffice. It doesn’t need to big, serious or intense things - micro connections light up the vagus nerve - smiling, laughing with a stranger, eye contact etc. Create more opportunities for social interaction - join a class, a book club etc.

o Compassion - for others, for self - positive feelings in general.

o Meditating, e.g. The Relaxation Response

*my note: JR doesn’t mention this, but as we are on the subject, other things proven to activate the vagus nerve are:

o Humming, singing, chanting and gargling

o Probiotics – balancing the microbiome

o Exercise

o Massage

o Controlled cold exposure


Faith healing

(Prayer, The Placebo Effect, Beyond Placebo - Quantum Physics and MRI, Beliefs)


“It is better to believe than to disbelieve. In so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.”

Albert Einstein


Prayer - there is not a lot of hard research available into the effectiveness of prayer, and the studies done so far are inconclusive (Herbert Benson study, 2006). As with SR, randomised double blind placebo controlled studies are difficult to do for prayer.

What is “faith”? - Can a belief that healing is possible, that there is a power bigger than us etc, something in the mind/body/spirit connection that we don’t know, that expansive idea, hope… actually affect the functioning of your physical body?

The Placebo Effect - these days, it is acknowledged that placebos are not just “quack” medicines - they access powerful healing resources in the mind. What you believe can heal you. Nowadays the placebo effect is built into medical research because it is known that 10-90% (average 35%) of participants in a study will experience a placebo response. It is well known that blue pills are better for calming, red pills are better for pain relief, big pills are better than small, injections work better than pills, and surgery is the most effective option. For example, a knee arthroscopy op gives the same result when people have the op or just have a small cut and nothing else. The placebo effect is not some superficial nonsense where the mind fools the body into believing its better – sometimes the body really does get better.

Beyond Placebo - Quantum Physics and Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) - the magnets can actually interact with cells in the body. The magnetic field can effect brain function. New findings indicate that it might be a potential treatment for depression in Bipolar disorder.


Beliefs – a placebo can work even when you don’t believe it will – how can that be possible? What do we truly believe is possible or not possible? What do we really believe about ourselves and life deep down? Conditioned beliefs are harder to identify and then change, as are subconscious beliefs.


Healing Identity

(The DMN – Default Mode Network, Trauma and Lifestyle Illnesses, ACE scores, How to heal, You are not your illness, Finding your true self, Facing death, Believing the prognosis, Therapy, Psychological work and longevity, Self-care and Self-help, TMS and Neural Pathways)


In cases of SR, one common theme is self-discovery, getting right with oneself and understanding oneself.


DMN – Default Mode Network

à The DMN is like the black box in an airplane. It’s the “me” network in the brain.

à Daydreaming, thinking about self and others, remembering past, self-reflection, thinking about the future, turning inward, being introspective – this creates a story of who we are – like grooves in a record, neural pathways in the brain.

à This isn’t all of who we are though.

à What’s in your black box that could be keeping you from being well/healing?

à Adverse Childhood Experiences Score (ACE) - strong links exist between childhood trauma and ill health (study by Felide & Ander, 1998). The ACE score is a major predictor for disease causing behaviours and stepping prematurely into the disease span.

à Trauma – disrupts neural development – leads to bad choices, e.g. abusive relationships, drug abuse etc, and leads to lifestyle illnesses.

à The medical world did not embrace findings of this study at all.

à How to disrupt the DMN and get out of DMN patterns - break usual routines, challenge assumptions about yourself, new experiences, new ways of thinking, ritual – prayer, meditations, yoga, travel, dance, journalling (dreams, thoughts etc), actively integrate a new truth/behaviour into your life in tangible ways.


“Run your own clinical trial with only one subject, where you study yourself and find the individual changes necessary for you and then lean deeply into those changes.” JR


You are not your illness - there is a gap between who we really are and who we appear to be. It’s critical to know your value regardless of what other people see – it can affect your ability to heal (e.g. the ill person).

Illness can become part of your identity when:

o People get much desired attention

o They get given an excuse to opt out of a difficult life

o It can be an excuse to not do things you don’t want to do

o It can be a way out of people pleasing, etc…

What is this illness holding for me? Something you feel unable to express in another way?


How do we find our “true self” - beyond labels and masks?

Spontaneous might not be so spontaneous – it’s a long period of discovery.

We can’t force these kinds of life shifts to occur, but we can be ready for them - cultivate the soil, prepare and invite them in.

Death: Facing and accepting your own death can deliver a blast of clarity towards the shift. Facing death can be a doorway into life. A terminal diagnosis and facing death can be the death of a “false self”.


“Confrontation with death allows us to be the person we want to be and really are, rather the person others need us to be. It can be the final thing that pushes us to heal our identities, shifting us into authentic fulfilling lives. … we are liberated into our authentic self”. JR


Believing the prognosis the doctor gives you - a prognosis is not a sure thing – it’s the most likely thing that will happen given the average of the data that is available. But what about all the other dots that make the average?

Stephen Jay Gould book - The Median isn’t the Message. In studies the average results wash out the exceptional, the nature of the design of the study (i.e. averages), makes it difficult to show any definitive results.


“Remember that if you don’t take charge of your healing, someone else will, and you probably won’t like the outcome.”

Jerry


Figure out what you need to do and then go all in – burn your boats – don’t leave an escape hatch.


Therapy and survival link - a get up and go attitude might be related to longer life and remission outcomes.

Psychological work and longevity link – psychological self-help - “fighting for life” attitude and people involved with “self-help” therapies lived up to 3 times longer than those who thought self-help could not help at all (Cunningham study, 2002).

Self-care – take a good look at your relationship with yourself and your self-worth, what you say to yourself about yourself. Acknowledge your weaknesses, but focus more on what is good about you.

Taking responsibility for you healing process is not the same as “taking the blame” for your illness. Being sick is not your fault – it’s essential not to blame yourself for your illness.


Conditions associated with poor survival outcomes:

à Inflexibility associated with low self-esteem or fixed world view

à Scepticism about self-help techniques or a limited ability to apply them

à Other activities seem more immediately appealing

à Meaning sought outside the individual, from some external source

à Strong contrary views about the validity of spiritual ideas

Conditions associated with longer survival:

à Strong will to live

à Actual changes in habits of thought and activity

à Relaxation practices, meditation, mental imaging, cognitive monitoring

à Becoming involved in a search for meaning in one’s life


“When we know better, we do better.” Oprah


TMS (The Mind-Body Syndrome or Tension Myositis Syndrome) – and neural pathways, Dr Sarno’s work - science backs it up now.

Forging a new neural pathway is a leap of faith. It takes 45 days to create a new neural pathway. (You can do anything for 45 days!)

Reward yourself well when you stick to the plan.


Also now backed up by latest science:

Cannabis for pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, effects of Microbiome imbalance, yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Technology advancements are rapid – but institutional change is slow.


Final thoughts:

à Overcome old thought patterns, habits, routines and beliefs, addictions - familiar neural pathways – the DMN.

à Prepare and plan so when you are triggered you are able to not click into the old familiar pattern.

à The individuals in the examples in this book didn’t try to cheat death. They accepted the end was coming and decided in the meantime they would live their best life.

à They restructured their lives, reprioritized, and made big, deep changes.

à They let go of limiting relationships.

à They healed who they were and asked “What is the story I’ve been telling about myself and how is it wrong”.


“I healed my mind and spirit and the body followed.”

Mirrey (spontaneous remission case)



Spontaneous remission examples in the book:

Case histories of spontaneous remission examples include: various cancers, (pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer (Glioblastoma Multiforme), Metastatic Melanoma, breast cancer, spine cancer, bone marrow cancer (Multiple Myeloma), Renal Cell Carcinoma, as well as other diseases; Lupus, Diabetes Type 2, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Heart Disease, and Cerebral Palsy.

For details of examples see original book, or email me for longer version of blog.


Thank you for reading.

I hope you learned something of value to you.

If you’d like to know more, please read the book.

Any questions or feedback, email me at thewellbeingsense@gmail.com


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