What People Are Saying

July 16, 2015

RE: Heal versus Cure – Is there a Difference?

A lovely column this week! Your article about healing versus curing truly resonated with me. In this week’s Economist, there was an advertisement for a conference called “The War on Cancer.” This catch-phrase caught on in the Nixon era and look how far the “war” has progressed! Good grief, the millions and millions of dollars going into cancer research are still, for the most part, looking at the troika of chemo, radiation and surgery exclusively. So learning to practice healing from within -fostering a healing mindset through sound nutrition, meditation, self-talk and self-love – is essential to continued well-being—particularly after submitting to some of the aggressive treatments that are so disempowering and diminishing as you put it so well.

The more empowered our thoughts, the more empowered our actions become, the more likely we are to take responsibility for part of the healing journey, and not simply surrendering ourselves to medical science like lambs to the slaughter.  After my experience with cancer last year, I became so disenchanted with the kind of cancer medicine that’s become the norm today. I was shocked by the ho-hum attitude of the doctors, their lack of empathy and their closed-mindedness to ideas beyond their own knowledge. But I did feel empowered and strong when I started to take charge myself, do some research and open my mind to the wonders of natural therapies that Western doctors disdain. I don’t know how they can be so arrogant and blind. You’d think they’d be falling over themselves to embrace new ways of healing.

Sorry for the huge rant! I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful column. It’s a timely call to action for all of us to take care of ourselves, love ourselves and be ready to be a willing and determined partner in our own healing.

Sending you a warm hug,

Jane Hurly

July 16, 2015

RE: Heal versus Cure – Is there a Difference?

As always you seem to speak to me just when I need it. I think I am going to need constant reminders to maintain balance. When I read your articles you seem to calm my mind (like virtual meditation).  Thanks so much for what you do and I will continue to wait for your email every week.

Leslie Scherger

April 23, 2015

RE: How to Know When Enough is Enough

As usual your articles are so timely. I really appreciate the insights they provide that I’m sure will cause me to shift to where I should be instead of where I think I should be. Thanks so much.


April 16, 2015

RE: Cancer Treatment – Are We Making Progress?

“Wow! That was a brilliant news brief this week and bravo for putting into words what so many of us are thinking. It’s funny, but shortly before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a friend and I had been talking about Run for the Cure and other fundraising initiatives for cancer research and we pondered the same thing: how come billions of donor dollars for research came up with the same treatment modalities and that were still more scary to people than the disease itself? Perhaps the answer lies in what one of the doctors on the Truth about Cancer series said: “There’s no money in keeping people well.”

After the 60 Minutes documentary some months ago looking at the pharmaceutical industry’s collusion with the medical community to milk millions from sick people with drugs that had little efficacy or helped them live longer, you have to wonder. Bankruptcy, as the reporters found, was a side effect of cancer in the US. Shocking, yes. But not when you follow the money.

You’re right: where the heck did that Hipprocratic oath disappear to?

Keep rocking the universe, Barbara! I applaud your efforts to keep rocking the boat and spreading the word that the medical community may not know the answer but that doesn’t mean that no one else does.”

Jane Hurly

April 16, 2015

RE: Cancer Treatment – Are We Making Progress?

“Thanks for your comments and insights about the two cancer-focused series running last week and this week. I too watched the PBS series and have been faithfully watching Ty Bollinger’s web series every night, and I too found the disconnect between the two viewpoints really impactful.

In fact, I found the first night of Ty’s web series so inspiring, I decided to take a break from chemo. I’m almost finished – five of six rounds done – so it wouldn’t be all that tough to continue, but I needed time to reconsider. I’ve really been impressed with the depth and breadth of information Ty has presented, and while some of the therapies and opinions are pretty controversial, I’m grateful for the dissenting viewpoint. I now feel empowered to do my own research into some of the alternatives and see what fits for me, and whether I continue chemo or not, I’m making a much more informed decision, rather than a fear-based one.

Thanks again for letting me know about the series.”

Rhonda Greenaway

April 16, 2015

RE: Cancer Treatment – Are We Making Progress?

“After reading this latest of your messages, I had a “me too”, an “Gee, I never thought of that”, and an “I wonder if you’ve tried this”.  The last is “Tapping”.  I don’t know if it’s mind-over-matter or truly scientific, and it’s not about Cancer, but Pain.  But my stomach seems happier with it than Tylenol, or Motrin.”

Arla Jean Murch

October 23, 2014

Nice work on today’s newsletter. I’m so glad that you pointed people to The Truth about Cancer series. I watched the series earlier this year, then The Quest for the Cures Continues, which is currently on. Ty Bollinger deserves a huge round of applause for taking on this quest. I have learned so much. I always wondered why in all the years of fundraising for cancer research they could still only come up with chemo, radiation and surgery and slightly different variations of them. It’s really sad how ingrained the allopathic model has been become as the only ‘real’ way to treat cancer when brave and brilliant scientists have been treating it naturally for decades, to accusations of quackery and fraud.

My instinctive reaction to being told I was being prescribed chemo was to recoil. How could infusing poison, and a known carcinogen, into my body possibly help me get well? It’s interesting, isn’t it, that it’s just about the only disease where people are more terrified of the treatment than the disease. They try to make ‘collateral damage’ like damage to the organs and ‘chemo brain’ sound benign, when in fact these are real and potentially life-threatening long-term effects. What happened to the Hipprocratic oath, I wonder? I loved what TTAC had to say about that!

Did you see the expose on the pharmaceutical industry on 60 Minutes recently? It was a real shocker. Oncologists in the US are incentivized by the pharma industry to prescribe their drugs. I don’t know if that happens here, but why else would oncologists be blind to all this other good stuff going on? If you didn’t see it, here’s a link to the segment on a cancer survivor’s website: http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/60-minutes-exposes-high-cost-of-cancer-drugs/

Jane Hurley, Alberta

October 2, 2014

A wonderful, thoughtful newsletter this week. Thank you!

My employer waited till just 3 weeks after my surgery to inform me that they were going to hire someone into my position. I was very saddened and truly shocked at their haste. They said I could come at any time but could not answer the question: as what if someone else had my job? So I would, it appeared, just be a hanger-on with little purpose. It felt like I was being eased out because of my illness.

I left and decided it was the Universe telling me it was time to retire (I was just turning 62). So I carried on with my studies, working towards my master’s degree. I remember the classes at the U of A began just a month post-surgery. I had no idea how I would keep up or even if I would be able to make it. Thanks to my wonderful professor, whom I apprised of my situation, I found the wherewithal and support to carry on—and I completed the course, and did well. I also learned to meditate, to take time for peaceful reflection in nature and to mindfully de-stress. My loving husband was, and is, my rock as well, God bless him.

Today I’m completing my final course towards my degree and getting ready for my thesis next year. You’re right, with cancer you have to rebuild from the rubble, but something beautiful does emerge in the end. I have to say that it tests one’s resolve mightily though!

Jane Hurley, Alberta


June 5, 2014

An interesting post today! Thanks for battling through the brain fog to get it out to all of us. :)

I just wanted to add that it’s known to oncologists and other researchers in this field that chemotherapy does damage other organs and tissues as well—kidney, liver, lungs, heart and yes, the brain. Somehow in “chemo class” they don’t explain any of these impacts—they certainly glossed over them in my class, in fact, not even mentioning the benignly-named “chemo-brain” which is, in effect, damage to the brain and can cause lifelong problems such as you describe.

In his book “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients”, Russell Blaylock suggests a supplement regimen that may be helpful, including curcumin, alpha-lipoic acid, quercetin and CoQ10, among others (p. 104-5). It may be worth a look.

All the best. Namaste.

Jane Hurley,  Alberta


February 13, 2014

I’m so glad today’s newsletter looked at energy healing and Reiki. I’ve just begun exploring Reiki, having experienced my first energy healing session from a gifted teacher. I’ve been amazed at how easy it is, with an open mind and heart, to receive the gifts of Reiki and even to teach oneself the basic hand positions to administer this marvellous modality oneself. I’ve found most people balk at the very idea of alternative ways of healing the body. This one has gained enormous traction even in cancer clinics and hospitals, sadly not all. At our cancer institute here in Edmonton its conventional all the way as though alternative ways of knowing and healing barely exist. Even the volunteers (God bless ‘em) offer high-sugar drinks and cookies to people undergoing treatment who should be avoiding refined sugar and flour, coffee and dairy products. Sigh.

Jane Hurley, Alberta

January 16, 2014

“Barb, I can really relate to all of the above.

1.  Records
The cancer centre I attended had record books for free to keep all your appointments, records, tests results, etc. They were fantastic. But later I did develop my ow system with 3-ring binders for cancer treatment, lymphedema, reconstruction because they became separate issues. I took a companion to every major medical appointment who kept great records, often not quite agreeing with my opinions so an importnt gret cross-check afterwards.

2. Hair loss
Yup, it came in thick and curly after hair loss but I was soon disappointed when it returned to thin and straight. As it has thinned even more, I have found having extensions woven into my hair really effective! It’s real hair and I treat it as my own. It lasts 2 months, then needs re-braiding and extending, and it is not too expensive. So for now it’s a nice resolution to the problem which also faces us as we age, regardless of chemo

3. Image
I didn’t realize that image was so important to me until I decided to go the reconstruction route. It took a lot of research and doctor-shopping to find the right combination. 7 years after my surgery for stage 3C BC, and 5 years after reconstruction, I am happy with all of imperfect me! I took up diving again, hike, ski and swim – and don’t have to think about where that lump of silicone has gone!”

Sheila Foster, Calgary