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A Medical Mutiny

Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny

BOOK REVIEW

LIVING PROOF:  A MEDICAL MUTINY — by Michael Gearin-Tosh

At the age of 54, Michael Gearin-Tosh was diagnosed in 1995 with myeloma, bone marrow cancer, one of the most lethal cancers known.
The usual survival time with treatment is two to three years; without it, one year. Seven years later, when his book was published, the cancer was still in remission and Gearin-Tosh remains active and although understandably careful about his health, remarkably robust, a fully functioning member of society.

Gearin-Tosh rejected chemotherapy, the universally accepted treatment for his form of cancer, just as it is used for many others. An expert in the field, Ernst Wynder, former professor at Sloan-Kettering Hospital and recipient of a medal from the American Cancer Association, advised a mutual acquaintance to warn the author, “If your friend touches chemotherapy, he’s a goner.” This message understandably had a sobering effect.

Gearin-Tosh fought his cancer with a truly bizarre combination of therapies physical and spiritual. He undusted an old juicer and applied himself to the Gerson Therapy, which required an astonishing daily intake of freshly squeezed vegetable juices — and also at least three coffee enemas a day to repeatedly flux out the digestive system and purge the liver. He took regular acupuncture treatments. He consumed enormous daily doses of vitamin C as Dr. Linus Pauling prescribed, ignoring conventional medical claims that it was only a placebo.

He did Chinese breathing exercises, thousands of years old. In these he had to visualize for at least an hour at a time breathing oxygen in through his toes. In other visualization exercises, he repeatedly imagined the heroic Imperial Russian armies that defeated Napoleon in 1812 marching through his body looking for white cancerous cells to hunt out and destroy.

Michael Gearin-Tosh

Michael Gearin-Tosh

Gearin-Tosh is no crackpot. He is a fellow in English literature at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at Stanford University. His friends include some of the leading conventional oncologists in the world. Two of them contributed medical assessments to this book. Other world-famous medical experts have enthusiastically praised it. Gearin-Tosh really had a cancer that is invariably fatal yet he beat it using a combination of exceptionally unconventional alternative therapies, and he remains alive and well and active to tell his story.

 

 

In large part, Gearin-Tosh owes his survival to being a scholar of English literature. His academic discipline, by training and experience, gave him an exceptional understanding of the weasel words and code language that doctors use to manipulate their patients into taking courses of treatment that will inflict horrendous suffering upon them for astonishingly little, if any, long-term benefit.

A respected cancer specialist trying to persuade the author to take chemotherapy treatment writes him a warm and friendly letter. In it, he casually remarks: “I am sorry I forgot to mention to you that the best way of administering this chemotherapy is through a Hickman line which can be placed into one of the big veins, and tunneled out under the skin of your chest wall. This then stays in place for the duration of your treatment.”

Gearin-Tosh comments, “His phrase ‘I forgot to mention’ makes me paranoid about gradual disclosure, about bad news dripping out. Will there be more?

“And I saw a Hickman line at the Marsden (hospital): a patient’s shirt was open and a rubber tube hung from his chest … I decline the treatment.”

Gearin-Tosh’s description of the de-constructive interpretation he puts to the carefully calibrated soothing language aimed to coax him into a regime of chemotherapy while hiding its horrors and ultimate hopelessness is worth the price of the book itself. It is a stunning demonstration of why all values and qualities in any society, including technological progress and the struggle to maintain social justice and human liberty, ultimately depend on the honest and accurate use of language. “In the beginning was the Word.” And without it there is no salvation.

And no physical cure or relief either.

Gearin-Tosh is a glorious writer, and appears to be a uniquely attractive human spirit as well. He never loses his sense of humor, his tolerance or his intellectual curiosity. He does not trivialize or lessen the terrors and horror of his cancer treatment odyssey. But from the very beginning, it appears to have been a voyage of spiritual as well as physical discovery and renewal for him as well.

Source:  Healing Cancer Naturally

 

 

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Written by Tracey

September 6, 2008 at 7:11 am

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