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Where to start? Information about health is everywhere, often coupled with product sales, so it’s hard to know who to trust.Years ago, I read the book Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, by Adele Davis. I still use that as a nutritional reference and recommend it. I trust her, because I’ve used her recommendations, and they have worked. I also have successfully used advice and products by the herbalist Dr. Richard Schulze, by Dr. John R. Christopher, his late teacher, from my friends at Clearwater Herbs, and from many other sources.

In 1994, I went to a clinic in Mexico with two malignant tumors. When I got home, I followed some of the protocols from The Cure for All Cancers: Including over 100 Case Histories of Persons Cured by Dr. Hulda Clark. At some point, I got well, though I still had one apparently inactive tumor (the other tumor had disappeared) . However, it was hard to pinpoint the “cause” of getting well. People with family members or friends who had cancer would call me, wanting to know how I got well. I would tell them everything I had done, but eventually I stopped explaining all that to the family and friends. Instead, I would tell them I’d be happy to talk to the  sick person directly. However, unlike their family and friends, these sick people seldom reached out to talk to someone who had beat the big C.

One thing was evident to me; after I was diagnosed with cancer, I changed critical attitudes about my life. I became more open, proactive, independent, daring, self-confident, and – most important – I took things less seriously. I became this way by my own decision, and it felt like survival of the best kind. I came to the conclusion that healing has a great deal to do with the spirit and mind.

You may have heard the folk wisdom that a certain percentage of people get well no matter what they do to try to cure themselves and no matter what others do for them. Some researchers and doctors have found that huge percentages of people in double-blind clinical tests get well after receiving only a placebo (I’ve seen estimates from 20% to 90%). What is the common factor? Believing or thinking that  something would cure them. Believing, thinking, deciding, wishing, hoping, praying, knowing, dreaming…

In 1979, a book was published called Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. The author, Norman Cousins, was diagnosed as incurable, so he checked himself out of the hospital and healed himself with laughter and nutrition. He wrote a second book after he recovered from a heart attack on his own. Since that time, many people have been looking at our power to heal ourselves with laughter.