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Book Review: Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer by Raymond Francis

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It would be a mistake to view Raymond Francis’ Never Fear Cancer Again as a book solely about preventing cancer. What the book is really about is health and how to maintain it. Right from the start, Francis makes it clear that all disease originates in the cells, and that the only path to health — whether that’s curing cancer or any other disease — is to heal the cells. This is the central tenet of the book, which is all about how to avoid or cure cellular malfunction and thereby maintain or regain wellness.

Francis is extremely critical of the modern medicine, particularly what he calls the cancer industry. The book cites alarming statistics about conventional medicine’s lack of success with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which, Francis states, cause and promote, rather than heal, cancer. It’s pretty shocking stuff, as is the statement that conventional medicine in general is some 100 years behind biological science and that most modern doctors are irrelevant at best and dangerous at worst. While this may be a big statement to take on-board, the Six Pathways framework is clear and easy to understand and on an intuitive level alone, makes excellent sense in terms of living a high quality, healthy, disease free long life. It also aligns perfectly with Max Gerson, Victoria Boutenko and other proponents of self-healing through diet, exercise, reduction of stress, etc.

The first part of the process is to eliminate what’s making you sick — remove what Francis calls “The Big 4” from your diet — that is sugar, white flour, processed oils, and dairy/excess animal protein, replacing processed, highly toxic foods with organic, unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, sprouts, raw nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Other ways to get healthy include removing the toxins from our life. This is suprisingly difficult, since nearly everything in our houses, from the carpets to our toothpaste, our water, our clothing, and even our vehicles are toxic. I found this chapter a little alarming, and while there are certainly alternatives available for many of the toxic items Francis points out, it can be paralysing to think about just how many of the items that make up our day to day life, are toxic. Exercise, visualisations, getting adequate sunlight, and avoiding drugs and surgery at all costs are also key paths to wellness.

The simplicity of the Beyond Health model makes it very attractive, and certainly for those of us who are interested in staying well and avoiding diseases of all kinds, the advice in this book is easy to accept and very worthwhile. Eating less junk food and more fresh vegetables and fruit and raw healthy grains, sprouts and nuts can only do us good, as can reducing our exposure to toxins and perhaps supplementing with a good multi-vitamin and fish oil at least. Few people, including medical doctors, would argue that the traditional Western diet is severely deficient, or that most people don’t get enough exercise, fresh air and sunlight, and live lives that are chronically stressful.

Beyond that, a difficult choice has to be made. Do you accept that modern medicine has it terribly wrong, not only with the ubiquitous treatment of Cancer, but with the treatment of ailments of all kinds, from diabetes to asthma, heart disease to the treatment of infection, and simply stop asking for treatment for these conditions, instead going the full hog with alternatives? That’s a question that each individual will have to answer for his- or herself and it’s not easy to buck the entire medical establishment, eschewing everything from antibiotics to vaccinations. I haven’t yet made up my mind on this point, and I’m sure I’ll be hedging my bets for some time to come. In the meantime, the healthier you are and the closer you follow advice like Francis’, the less chance there is that you’ll have to make that difficult choice. Prevention certainly, as Francis points out many times in Never Fear Cancer Again is much easier than cure.

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About Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Sublime Planet, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Find out more about Magdalena at www.magdalenaball.com.
  • I have certainly noticed a difference since I dropped sugar, any kind of grain, and potatoes from my diet. I also eat very little fruit. And I agree that we are surrounded by toxic products that slowly poison us. I cannot disagree that most doctors are practically useless! The received myth that we are healthier than we have ever been is at the root of a lot of insanity, and behind what we take on as lifestyle staples. We are an unhealthy bunch, and fat, and entirely out of touch with what it feels like to be healthy. But what you say, Maggie, is also true – it is so difficult to rid oneself of all the urban shackles that tie us to a desk and make us breathe all the chemicals our ‘stuff’ give off, and we are so lazy and easily led, we’ll most probably stay sick for the rest of our dominance as a species. The ‘eat more fruit’ myth, for example, is making our children fat. Don’t believe me? Parents have tried giving their children a raw piece of cauliflower or half a carrot or a handful of snow peas instead of an apple for a month. The difference in weight and attitude is amazing. Never mind fat content – it’s the sugar that’s the culprit. There is as much as five teaspoons of sugar in every jar of mayonnaise, and about four in cream cheese. Make your own, and the whole family gets a bit healthier. It’s almost impossible to get a jar, packet or tin of ANYTHING in Australia that doesn’t contain sugar. Eat fresh, or make your own – I lost 14 kilos in five months.

  • Macric Utideaslovic

    Well, we all have to die from something.