Any suggestions welcome



I’ve been trying to find a publisher to publish a new edition of  the Cancer Survivor’s Bible. I told them there was big interest in India. Below you can see the comments. They love the book but don’t think it has commercial value. (I am soon going to have to put the price up so if you’re interested now could be the time to buy!) – so if anyone knows a reputable Indian publisher, let me know. Below are the comments provided by the publisher’s readers:

  1. This is a difficult one. Love the title, approach, good writing, looks down our street. But it’s big – 7-800 pages or so. No medical qualifications or platform. I don’t know how much this is re-vamped material already published, what the previous sales were, etc. Many tens of thousands of titles on cancer out there. Nothing here on the marketing – and we can’t afford to pay for book tours/interviews etc for authors who aren’t already bestsellers, and it’s not possible to get books into India at West European prices, etc….. The book is available on Amazon. A number of 5 star reviews. Could we add enough value, trying to get it into the trade? I don’t know. Shops generally have room for 2 or 3 titles on cancer. They already know this one, it’s available. Takes them a couple of seconds to look the sales figures up. They aren’t going to stampede to buy a new edition. And we’d struggle to bring it out (given the length) at the same price as it’s currently on amazon. Unless we were really sure about the sales estimate. Regretfully, I’d pass. 

2. This is excellent – there should be a copy in every home. It’s well written using reader friendly language and a touch of humour. Sadly, the fact it’s been published in different forms with additional information but essentially covering the same bases goes against it. It’s also very long and therefore costly to produce and very reluctantly I’m afraid it has to be a pass. I do wish the author the very best with it. 


3. Wonderfully written. Sadly, this would be difficult to re-introduce as something new plus the size would increase the RRP making it difficult to sell to the numbers we would require. I feel 20,000 to 200,000 copies would be incredibly ambitious with so many similar titles on the market. Fantastically written though and I wish the author the very best for the future. It’s a pass from me.

One Problem with Doctors

One problem with doctors is that they assume you will fit in with their suggestions and decisions – and you may not want to. I faced this situation myself just the other day. I have high blood pressure and my consultant shouted at me that even though I didn’t like the side effects of a certain drug I had to start taking them again. If I didn’t I was increasing the likelihood that I would have a stroke. She certainly scared me into getting the prescription filled and taking the drugs home. But then I started to think. There were three risks. The first was that my blood supply might coagulate. But I take a blood thinner so that was unlikely. More likely was that the arterial walls would break under the pressure of the blood – but I take a lot of vitamin C -around 5 grams a day (and now plan to take much more – 10-15 grams a day). Vitamin C makes tissues stronger. The third risk is a heart attack but I am also taking Vitamin E 800 iu a day which helps the heart and also coQ10 200 mg which provides the heart with energy. But I can’t explain this to the doctor because they don’t have any knowledge of high dose vitamins – and even less faith in them. Maybe the doctors are right and I will suffer a catastrophic stroke or heart attack. If I do they will be proved right and I will be shown to be wrong. But since I also have an active life – I cycle three times a week for an hour each time. I also have a good social life and this has been shown to be life extending. All my other blood test results show a very healthy picture. At 70, I don’t suffer from arthritis, and have no need of knee or hip replacements. I feel well and happy. I also take Niacin (1,000 mg per day). I don’t know all the benefits of this supplement but I am assured it will help me live longer and is perfectly safe. I have a tranquil temperament.  So, for now, I am going to ignore the doctor. Watch this space 🙂

This is what I mean by taking responsibility. It is deciding your own agenda – what is important to you (not the doctors). From the doctor’s perspective all health measures should be within the healthy zone. But at 70, I have long since come to terms with the fact that I can die at any moment. My agenda is not to live as long as I can but to enjoy the life I have left.

I know of a man who decided to have corrective surgery when he was 92 years old – and he died on the operating table. I have recently heard of an 84 year old undergoing chemotherapy for his cancer! I hope it works out for him but I know that after the age of 80 you might as well let cancer take its course. It will grow slowly and you -as likely as not – will live just as long. Another woman wrote to thank me for saying ‘doing nothing’ was a viable approach. Her mother was 82 at the time. She wrote again, ten years later to say her mother was 92 and the cancer was developing to the extent that her sons/brothers were insisting she should take chemo. Did they expect her to live forever?

A classic book on taking responsibility for yourself is Norman Cousin’s book “Portrait of an Illness from the point of view of the patient. Cousin had a severe metabolic illness that he felt was not being dealt with correctly. He booked himself out of hospital and developed his own programme which was eventually successful. A great – and wise – read.

The Contents of the Cancer Survivor’s Bible

If you have cancer, then I can honestly say that the best book for explaining the whole world of cancer (and not just a bit of it) is my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible. And to prove it, here is the contents list. Compare this with any other book and you’ll see that I cover a great deal more:


The Cancer Survivor’s Bible

Section One:


Part 1:  Overview of Basic Facts & Concepts
Part 2:  Knowing Yourself
A Questionnaire: what kind of patient are you?
Part 3: The Four Sensible Strategies
Part 4: Resources
Section Two: Cancer Diagnosis and Conventional Treatments
Problems with tests
Some specific tests
Alternative Testing Procedures
Childhood Cancers: Late Effects of Chemo and Radiation
Other Treatments
Reducing the Side-Effects
Section Three: Cancer Research and Politics
Part 1: Cancer Research
Part 2: The politics of Cancer
Part 3: Cancer Pioneers and Outcasts
Part 4: Issues and concerns
Section Four: Cancer Detox and Diet
Dietary Approaches
Other Food Based Therapies
Individual Foods
Section Five: Herbs, Botanicals and Biological Therapies
Herbal Formulas
Botanic Healing Systems
Biological Therapies
Section Six: Vitamins and other Supplements
Other Supplements
Anti-Cancer Formulations
Section Seven: Energy, Mind and the Emotions
Energy Medicine
Complex Electromagnetic Therapy Machines
The Mind and the Emotions
Section Eight: Cancer Survivors’ Stories
25 stories of recovery using various combinations of therapy, mainly, but not exclusively,  alternative.

Can Niacin help to cure cancer?

Vitamin B3, aka niacin, is known to have positive effects on mood, so can be taken as an  antidepressant. It is used by many doctors also as a therapy for people with schizophrenia. But it has many other uses. I personally take it because I found it helped me get out of bed in the mornings without pain. Previously, I had got out of bed very slowly and awkwardly. Now I jump out of bed.

There are also a number of cases where the combination of niacin (3 x 1,000mg per day with meals) combined with Vitamin C has had the effect of curing a number of different cancers. For example, this case as described by Dr Abram Hoffer: “ a woman I had treated for depression several years earlier consulted me again. This time she was depressed because her 16-year-old daughter had Ewings tumor (a highly malignant sarcoma) in one arm and she was slated for surgery to amputate her arm. This was the standard treatment. I told her about the previous patient and his recovery and suggested that although there was no evidence it would help it could do no harm and might possibly be of some value. Her daughter agreed to take niacinamide 1 gram after each meal and ascorbic acid 1 gram after each meal. Her surgeon agreed to postpone surgery for a month. She recovered and the last time I heard from her family she was married and leading a normal productive life, with both arms. I concluded that vitamin B-3 was the most important component and that the vitamin C was helpful.” – Hoffer’s full article, which contains other case studies of people recovering from cancer with the help of niacin,  can be found at

Salicinium – a cancer cure?

I am currently updating my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible and have just stumbled on a substance that really can claim to be an alternative cancer cure that does not cause pain and damage. The substance is Salicinium Continue reading “Salicinium – a cancer cure?”

Cancer: making sure your tissues are alkaline


Many people make the claim that a healthy person cannot get cancer – that cancer develops because the body is already in a state of ill health. A healthy body is alkaline (high pH levels) in its tissues and an unhealthy body is acidic (low pH levels).

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

One approach to curing cancer by raising pH levels, originally promoted by an Appalachian folk healer in the 1930s, is to… Continue reading “Cancer: making sure your tissues are alkaline”

What Kathy Downer discovered

Everyone is, potentially, an amateur epidemiologist. You see something that, well, just seems odd. So you investigate further. You understand that something can be a coincidence, so one or two examples simply won’t cut the mustard. You also understand that something can be true even though we don’t understand why it is true. Or we might suspect a reason but be totally unable, through lack of resources, to prove it. Continue reading “What Kathy Downer discovered”

Book description

This book aims to provide a complete orientation to the subject of cancer for the purpose of informing and arming the cancer patient who needs to make treatment decisions.

This book tells you what cancer is; what the diagnostic tools are; what the pros and cons are of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy; how to protect yourself from damage; what the other new mainstream treatments are; why cancer research is failing to come up with cures; what the alternative therapies are that many people are doing – often with great success: the additional diagnostic tests you might want to consider; the detox regimes; the diets, herbs, vitamins, supplements and other approaches that have helped. Continue reading “Book description”

Julie’s Ovarian Cancer Cure Story

Julie was a self-employed, 56-year-old woman, living in the Pacific Northwest when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This is her story in her own words:

I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2003. The following is my story:

At the time of that diagnosis, three things were going on. I was hospitalized with life-threatening pulmonary embolisms that damaged my heart and lungs. I did not have any health insurance, and was already facing the loss of my lifetime savings and more. Continue reading “Julie’s Ovarian Cancer Cure Story”

The Great Debate: Is Dying of Cancer Optional?

I know for a fact that for many people – people who have lost loved ones to cancer – this question will seem grotesque.

But the fact that many people have died of cancer doesn’t mean that cancer is not curable. It is. It also doesn’t mean that the ways Continue reading “The Great Debate: Is Dying of Cancer Optional?”