When you say no to your doctor’s gloomy prognosis

Lynne McTaggart

If you’re the victim of a near-fatal car crash, Western medicine, with its array of high-tech gadgetry, is without parallel in its ability to put you back together again.

But for anything other than emergency medicine, or certain forms of surgery like joint replacement, modern medicine doesn’t really offer much in the way of miracle cures.
When it comes to most chronic degenerative illnesses plaguing society today, stories of complete healing with conventional treatments are especially thin on the ground. The US National Health Council now estimates that some 133 million Americans, or more than one in three, suffers from at least one chronic condition that is both ongoing and considered incurable.
These sobering statistics, which have parallels in other developed nations around the world, represent an indictment of not just our current lifestyles but also the tools conventional medicine has at its disposal.
With so few true cures, doctors have learned to view virtually all major degenerative diseases as developing in a simple linear progression—from bad to worse. Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases like diabetes, heart disease, Alzeimer’s and other forms of dementia, cancer—you name it—will leave you ever more debilitated and may even kill you in the end. If you’re lucky, the best that most medicine can do is to stave off the inevitable.
As a consequence, medicine as it is practiced today is essentially an exercise in dodging bullets.
If a patient’s disease violates that progression and he or she actually undergoes a cure, the situation is characterized as a ‘spontaneous remission,’ as though at any point, without warning, the disease can mysteriously reappear.
So unusual is this situation, in the eyes of conventional medicine, that it is written off as a weird anomaly, unlikely to be repeated and so not worthy of study.
Since 1989, in our publication What Doctors Don’t Tell You we’ve been reporting on thousands of such anomalies. We’ve encountered case after case of people who have defied every medical prediction and overcome the odds. These include cases of many so-called ‘no-hope’ diseases: stage 4 cancer of many varieties, rheumatoid and other forms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, dementia, Parkinson’s, underactive thyroid, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease and more.
As we wrote about them, we discovered that these patients had several important characteristics in common: a refusal to accept a prognosis of ‘you’ll have to learn to live with it,’ coupled with a gritty determination to get well.
When their ordinary doctors could not offer them a cure, they began educating themselves about the potential causes of their illnesses and any alternative treatments with evidence of success. Occasionally this healing journey involved trial and error—experimenting with several modalities before finding the one that was going to make the difference.
But in every single instance, the patient understood that to get well, they needed to take their lives into their own hands. 
There was David Passmore, who beat stage 4 lymphoma with a combination of supplements and positive thinking, and Ivan Misner, who disparaged alternative cancer as ‘woo-woo’ until he found out he had prostate cancer and turned to alternatives to avoid debilitating surgery or radiation.
And Sean Codling who refused to resign himself to a wheelchair after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and, through some detective work, discovered that the cause of his condition had its origins in his gut. And Sarah Gall, who overcame her painful osteoarthritis with the help of honey and apple cider vinegar.
On a vast range of autoimmune conditions, cancer, chronic pain and women’s health, we offer a detailed blueprint for how each of these patients got better. We’ve highlighted the best wellness diets and the most successful alternative treatments—from well-known therapies like homeopathy and acupuncture to more recent discoveries purporting to work on an energetic level.
The truth is that any medical prognosis is, at best, a highly inexact science. No doctor, no matter how learned or experienced, can predict with any certainty how any given patient will respond to the challenge of illness and healing. In fact, no one can say with any certainty who will live and who will die. In our long experience, there is always hope, no matter how advanced and disseminated the disease, and a cure for virtually every condition.
May you never give up until you find the one that works for you and yours.

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

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1,038 comments on “When you say no to your doctor’s gloomy prognosis”

  1. Thank you for this article. I will share it. It is important people hear about the successes in dire predictions. Yes there is hope and healing. Thank you Lynne and Byran

  2. Lynne, many congratulations on such a brilliant and concise piece of writing. I have already sent it out to WDDTY licensees around the world.

  3. What a joy. Finally I can add comments. Or, at least I thought I could.
    As it now seems inevitable that facebook and I must part company due to their abrogating to themselves the right to censor what can and cannot be said even in matters of health and I am, here, required to sign-in with a facebook account to be allowed to comment, this joy must be short-lived.
    In more than 40 years practise I have learned that a maximum of 40% of medical diagnoses are even approximately correct. This is due to inadequate basic training and disincentives to expand their knowledge. They are deliberately taught nothing of nutrition because this would drastically reduce pharmaceutical sales. They are required to believe that the advanced development of pharmaceuticals - homoeopathy - is unscientific and ineffective. They are taught nothing of either physical, mental or emotional structures; all things belonging to a basic training to become a healer. Small wonder then that they are, mostly, incapable of helping people - they have neither the tools nor the training required.
    Thereto, there comes a well-tutored lack of personal responsibility “no matter what stupid thing I do, the medico’s will make it right again”.
    When those who have been taught nothing are carers for those who want to know nothing it is inevitable that many will die and many more be crippled.
    Blessed be
    Karma Singh

  4. I am currently re-reading Bernie Siegel's books Love Medicine and Miracles; Peace, Love and Healing; and Living, Loving and Healing. All published between 1986-1993. This wonderful doctor/surgeon took the trouble to learn from his 'survivor' patients, who were mainly cancer sufferers, how they coped with their illness. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO HELP YOURSELF TO HEALING, I RECOMMEND YOU READ HIS BOOKS, preferably in this order. I would even say to anyone, "Read his books" They are a tonic for living well.

  5. Yeah, this is what I did after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. I had surgery, was sent to an oncologist, was told I'd need chemo or I'd die soon. I walked out, never went back to the oncologist. Didn't do anything special except get more sleep, which I had been scrimping on. I just told myself I have to keep going for my family, and prayed for myself. I have an age in mind that I would like to live to be--78 or 79. I don't care about living past that. I'm almost 68.
    More than two years after diagnosis, I have no sign of cancer. While having the initial tests, I found out I had ovarian cysts that caused a hormone imbalance in my body, and probably caused or enabled the cancer elsewhere, I deduced. So I had surgery for that as well. So I did take that action, the surgery. Making two surgeries.

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