A Book Review: Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce, M.A. MFCC

Recently I was given a book to read, Outsmart Your Cancer – Alternative Non-Toxic Treatments that Work. It was recommended by a nurse at my doctor’s office. In fact she loaned me her copy. It wasn’t a book I would have picked on my own, but it was recommended to me by a person I have come to respect so I decided to read it.

The first two chapters do a good job of introducing you to the world of cancer. Not the world you hear about in your oncologist’s office, but the world you find if you look beyond the surface. The world you find if you go searching for answers because you’re not satisfied with the answers you are given by orthodox medicine. Here you discover some new truths; from how statistics that are regularly published for cancer cure rates using traditional therapies are determined to what causes cancer. For the record, not everything causes cancer and your choices largely impact your chances of developing this disease and also getting well.

The book goes on to devote a large number of chapters to different therapies. If you are just beginning your cancer education then this will largely be new information for you. It is a place for you to begin your search in finding the treatments that are best suited for you. If you’ve been doing this for a while then you will likely be familiar with a number of options discussed. There were a few that I was unfamiliar with. I hadn’t heard of Protocel® and the author devotes four chapters to this “drug”. I can’t say whether it works or not, but I will say that at this point I became a bit disillusioned by the book.

I’ve spent a lot of time researching healing. At first I researched cancer, but as I learned more I realized that I needed to heal my body. It didn’t matter if it was cancer, or twenty years of smoking, or from the six rounds of one of the most toxic chemotherapy regimens available for breast cancer. My body needed me to give it the best chance I could to heal. I don’t believe that there is a wonder drug. When we find a wonder drug it is often a band aid that reduces or hides the symptoms, but doesn’t heal the disease. This is why the four chapters devoted to Protocel left me unsettled. I don’t think it is wise to take a drug and make no other changes to your lifestyle.

I would recommend this book to others, but it would come with a disclaimer. While you can try any of these treatments I would stress a change in diet if it’s heavy in processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and white flour. I would focus on healing at an emotional level; this means all the things you have held onto; like anger at your spouse, family, and close friends, or hurt at being betrayed. To help you determine what these wounds are, they are often connected to the stories that we tell others. I’d also recommend a low stress life. Your purpose, if you are sick, has become to heal. You can’t do this while you are worried about everyone else and living to their standards and not your own.

Healing starts within us. It needs our faith, our belief, that it is possible. I believe it can also come from those around us, but that’s another topic. This book provides you with a number of treatment options to aid you in your journey. When combined with other factors, like change in diet, emotional and spiritual healing, a low stress life, and a renewed desire to experience life, they can help with healing. I use one of the treatments discussed in this book. I take low-dose Naltrexone before I go to sleep at night. It appears that sometimes your decision to pursue treatment is enough of a push for your body’s healing mechanism to be triggered; however it still needs the right elements (you have to discover your combination) to heal.

The third part of the book provides additional guidance in terms of healing. I found this part of the book to be filled with helpful information. Here you will find the concept of alkalizing explained. You’ll find information in regards to hormones and different options to replace them. There is a chapter helping people weigh the risks of conventional treatment and monitoring progress. It even discussing the mind/body connection and dealing with fear.

My favorite part of the book may come at the very end when the author lists the many accomplishments of the various creators of the treatments discussed. There is often a stigma associated with choosing an alternative path to healing. The author does a good job of providing information that will help you understand why many treatments are not offered in the orthodox system. While there are quacks out there, not all alternative methods are bad or harmful. Many of them are beneficial, but our world doesn’t always choose the best option. Often the option that provides the most profit and the shortest investment time becomes the standard.

This book is a good introduction for someone wanting to become more familiar with options that are available outside the orthodox system. I wouldn’t make any decisions based upon this book alone, but it may introduce you to options you weren’t aware of and can research further. While there are some methods discussed that I find rather farfetched I’ve learned to keep an open mind. The frontier of science is only just beginning to discover how sound, light, thought, and environment come into play when it comes to our reality and healing. I often believe six impossible things before breakfast so I’m not one to judge whether or not the ideas discussed in this book are beyond plausibility. You’ll have to make your own decisions.

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