Nine Common Denominators For Radical Cancer Remission

When we were facing down a cancer diagnosis that hit our family in 2019, one book stood out as a huge help for us: Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner, PhD.  

Dr. Turner’s book outlines nine key factors she observed in people who have experienced radical recoveries from cancer.

I often recommend this book to my cancer coaching clients, but it would be wise for everyone to pick up a copy and read it.  

Putting these principles into daily practice would be a powerful force for prevention and better health overall. 

Here are the Nine Factors

  1. Radically Change Your Diet:  Eat real, whole foods. This involves adopting a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lentils, and healthy grains while eliminating processed food stuff, sugars, and unhealthy fats.
  2. Take Control of Your Health: Empower yourself to actively participate in your healing process by making informed decisions about your treatment and lifestyle choices.  Ask a lot of questions when seeing your doctor and don’t be a passive sheep.
  3. Follow Your Intuition: Trust your instincts and inner wisdom to guide you in making decisions about your health and well-being. Trust that your body knows what it needs in order to heal. 
  4. Use Herbs and Supplements: Incorporate complementary therapies such as herbs, vitamins, and supplements to support your body’s natural healing processes while strengthening your immune system and detoxifying your body. 
  5. Release Suppressed Emotions: Address and release emotional traumas, anger, stressors, and negative emotions that may be contributing to illness. Letting go and staying peacefully centered allows your body to relax and helps the body’s ability to heal.
  6. Increase Positive Emotions: Cultivate positive emotions such as love, joy, gratitude, and hope to promote healing and overall well-being. Our bodies respond physically to positive emotions. Please keep in mind, this does not mean you have to feel happy all the time.  Just feel fully the negative emotions you have and then release them fully; don’t hold onto them.
  7. Embrace Social Support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and healthcare professionals who uplift and encourage you throughout your healing journey. Receiving love helps the body heal; the goal is not to feel alone. 
  8. Deepen Your Spiritual Connection: Nurture your spiritual beliefs and practices to find meaning, purpose, and inner peace during challenging times. This can be accomplished through walking outside, guided imagery, guided meditation, daily prayer, spiritual groups, and even online groups. You do these things for both emotional well-being and physical health. 
  9. Have Strong Reasons for Living: Discover and reaffirm your reasons for living, whether they involve personal goals, relationships, or contributions to the world. Find your calling. 

Although not included in Dr. Turner’s book, there may be an important tenth factor common to those who have experienced radical healing – exercise.  

10.   Exercise:  Moving every day is important. The German integrative oncologist that we worked with during our 30 days at his private clinic insisted that a 30-minute walk be included each and every day. So in our family, rain, snow, or sunshine, you will find us outside walking for at least 30 minutes. We can attest that including exercise in our daily routine was a foundational factor in the radical recovery we witnessed.


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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.