The purpose of this blog is purely educational. It does not advise any reader to forgo medical treatment for any condition. It describes methods that have not yet been proven effective through widespread scientific testing. Readers who are concerned about their health are advised to contact their physician.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Most cancer caused by "bad luck"?

Recently there was a spate of headlines in the mainstream news media trumpeting a new study that claimed that most cancer was caused by "bad luck" rather than genetics or poor lifestyle. This came as very disheartening news to anyone trying to use diet, exercise, and supplementation to decrease their chances of developing cancer. But the headlines need elaboration, because once again the mainstream media overlooked some important details in their eagerness to deliver a sensational story.

The study was in fact a statistical exercise, measuring cancer incidence in various tissue types. It was found that the more often cells divided in a particular tissue, the greater the likelihood was that something might go wrong and result in cancer. The study authors have now pointed out that the correlation is comparable to the greater likelihood of getting into an accident on a long road trip than a short one by virtue of spending more time in the car. They insist that to say that most cancer is a result of "bad luck" is to misunderstand their findings. In their statement they write "We want to stress that cancer is caused by a combination of many factors." (For more detail, read the article on

It is simply common sense that the more a cell divides, the greater the chances are that something might go awry. That is why the longer a person lives, the more likely they are statistically to develop cancer. But if you read George Johnson's Cancer Chronicles, you'll came away surprised at how many things have to derail before cancer actually takes hold. There has to be a cascade of things that go wrong, and at each juncture the body has defense mechanisms at its disposal. It also makes sense that the healthier the body is, and the stronger those defense mechanisms are, the more it will be able to overcome the effects of "bad luck" cell divisions. So rather than feel helpless and disheartened by the headlines and reach for a second piece of chocolate cake because "doctors say that lifestyle doesn't matter," just keep carrying on with the healthy diet and the exercise.

Here is Chris Wark's take on the "most cancer is bad luck" hype in his blog, Chris Beat Cancer.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Healers in the operating room

Dr. Oz started it, with Reiki Master Julie Motz, who was allowed to perform Reiki in his operating room while he did open heart surgery. Dr. Sheldon Feldman, chief of breast surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, followed suit. In Dr. Feldman's program patients could choose to work with a Reiki pracitioner before, during, and after breast surgery, and Dr. Feldman has said that "the positive impact [of Reiki] on healing after surgery can be potentially huge." In this article, posted by, patients spoke of their experience in very positive terms. One patient commented that without the help of her Reiki healer she would have been overwhelmed and unaware that she could direct her own healing process. Another patient called her Reiki healer her "surgical doula" and said that her presence made procedures not only tolerable, but a healing experience.

A more recent article describes the experience of a patient in Dr. Feldman's program who healed from stage-4 breast cancer after being given two months to live. It also quotes Dr. Feldman's explanation of the usefulness of Reiki to cancer patients. "It’s not just about curing people of cancer and keeping them alive," he says, "but having less trauma in going through these difficult medical experiences is a big deal."

Reiki healer Pamela Miles (who demonstrated Reiki on the Dr. Oz show) has logged many hours treating surgical patients. Time and again she has seen patients who had been treated with Reiki turn down pain medication because they didn't need it. She has also seen them heal faster than anyone expected. She explains:
When the surgeon is finished, it’s up to the patient’s body to heal. That’s where the balancing effects of Reiki practice make such a difference. Reiki treatment soothes the shock and optimizes the body’s innate ability to heal. And when you are practicing on someone hooked up to monitors, the benefits of Reiki are often measurable: improved heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. If patients improve faster and need less pain medication, they are able to get out of bed sooner, which helps prevent post-surgical complications. Patients receiving Reiki treatment recover bowel function faster, which means they often can go home sooner.
In short, Reiki helps.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reiki in hospitals - is it in yours?

According to a UCLA study, more than 60 hospitals in the U.S. now offer Reiki as part of their services. Many hospitals also offer Reiki instruction for nurses.

Here is a partial list of hospitals and medical centres that offer Reiki for cancer patients:

Sloan Kettering (they also offer medical Qigong)

Yale-New Haven

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Columbia University

Johns Hopkins Hospital

University of Maryland

University of Pennsylvania Health System

University of Maryland Medical Center

The Cleveland Clinic

New York University Medical Center

And here is a PDF listing some others.

There are a number of major hospitals and medical centres on this list. Good news for patients and care givers, I should think. See why it's good news in my earlier post, Study Finds Reiki is Helpful to Cancer Patients.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Michael D'Alton in Toronto, Part 2 (Context)

Michael D'Alton was in Toronto to give Level 1 of his workshop May 3rd and 4th. People paid anywhere from approximately $500 to $1500 to attend, depending on when and where they purchased their tickets. Regardless of how much they paid, they all learned the same material and they were all likely invited to Vancouver to take more advanced levels of the method.

A friend of mine attended Mr. D'Alton's free preliminary evening and was impressed by his polished presentation. He spoke a lot about chakras and also about mind/body interaction. She read some of her notes out loud, and much of it reminded me of Louise Hay and The Secret. Some examples: if you have problems with your eyes, there is something you don't want to see; if you have problems with your ears, there is something you don't want to hear; if you have lower back problems, you feel unsupported; if you believe something, so it is. All solid New Age wisdom you can get free from your library or Youtube, and I honestly don't know anyone in my circle who doesn't already know it, but then that tells you more about who I hang around with than what the general population is aware of. I am sure the workshop itself goes into it in greater depth, and that I would find information in there that I didn't already know, but, really, $1500?

My friend and I started discussing the possibility of doing the training in Ireland with the Plexus Bioenergy folks who trained Michael D'Alton, on the grounds that a trip to Ireland would be more exotic and less expensive than a trip to Vancouver. Neither one of us has been to Ireland before, and Michael O'Doherty of Plexus Bioenergy only charges 350 euros for his Level 1, which is about US$485 or CDN$535. But then I found a webpage entitled "Plexus Bio-Energy Institute (The Domancic System) - Diploma Course Outline". The magic words here are "The Domancic System". I have already learned the Domancic Method (Level 1, US$600; Level 2, US$800) from Zdenko Domancic's authorized North American representative, Zoran Hochstatter, in Toronto and Sarasota. I imagine that the Plexus Bioenergy course is the Domancic Method plus what Michael O'Doherty added to it, and Michael D'Alton's course is the Plexus Bioenergy course plus what Michael D'Alton added to it. Since the Domancic Method is probably the most effective free-standing healing system I have encountered in all my studies (and since all healing methods are strongest at the source), I see no reason for anyone to add anything to it. So I guess there is no need for that trip to Ireland after all, unless I want to go as a tourist.

I am still puzzled about why Michael D'Alton charges 2 to 5 times more for his workshops than his peers and competitors, including the very people who taught him. Is it pure capitalism (what the market will bear)? Is it chutzpah? Or does he sincerely believe that what he offers is that much better? And if so, what are his reasons?

Postscript: Just for fun, here is Level 2 Domancic therapist Alex doing psychokinesis. He would look a lot more impressive if he weren't chewing gum, but maybe he is saying "look, I can do psychokinesis and chew gum at the same time".

Psychokinesis is one of the first things taught in the Domancic Method. Its chief purpose seems to be the wow factor it introduces, giving the client incontrovertible proof that the therapist can affect his or her energy field. It's an interesting question what it adds to healing, as many modalities manage without it.

Here is Michael D'Alton doing his version, with a cool light effect and the wow factor in full evidence. He seems to be adding a second technique we were taught called "take-out" that is also part of Pranic Healing:

And for further reference, here is psychokinesis in Zagreb:

And since I'm on a roll, I can't leave out this gem I just found, a 1986 video of Zdenko Domancic himself doing psychokinesis. Start watching at 24:18.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Michael D'Alton in Toronto

Vancouver's Michael D'Alton is coming to Toronto to teach Level 1 (Bio-inspired) of his bioenergy healing method on May 3rd and 4th. If you are considering taking the workshop to become a practitioner, you may want to ask whether you will also need to take the significantly more expensive Level 2 before being allowed to set up a paying practice. According to information I received from someone who trained in the method, Level 2 can cost anywhere from $3500 to $6000 ($3500 is the early-bird discount). I discussed Mr. D'Alton's pricing in the context of energy healing courses in general in an earlier blogpost, "How to be a wise consumer of bioenergy healing workshops".

Sunday, April 6, 2014

An energy healer speaks out

There is a wonderful internet resource for cancer patients called CancerCompass. It provides a wide variety of forums for cancer sufferers, and among a large selection of topics on conventional treatments it also offers a section for alternative approaches. It was in this section that some years ago I first encountered the name of an energy healer who specializes in treating cancer, Kurt Peterson.

According to his website, Cancertouch, Kurt Peterson has been treating cancer exclusively since 2008 with his own signature energy healing method. He keeps meticulous records and says that between January 1st, 2009, and December 31st, 2012, he has seen a 71% success rate. Almost 3 out 4 people he treats go into remission even though the cancers he treats tend to be advanced.

There was a discussion about him on CancerCompass beginning in 2008 when someone on the forum asked whether anyone has heard of him and whether he was any good. There were some positive comments and some comments that indicated that he could not help everyone. Then suddenly he came on the board to participate in the discussion. Here is part of what he said:
I'm going to make a really bold statement here: If every major cancer hospital in the world were to use energy healers for cancer, using the DNA Signature Destruction Method, percentages of remissions would double and even triple. This is not my opinion. This is a fact. Being a healer, I've been the target of many critics over the years. I've heard every hostile name that one can throw my way and been a punching bag for the E/H industry. I'd like to see the cancer hospitals all over the world at least try to implement it. While you may not be able to charge $250,000 for it, like you can for chemo and radiation, it can still be made available as a paid service. I know that there will be critics to my message here, but that's okay. I believe that within one decade, energy healing will be a part of every single cancer patient's treatment. When a person suffering from this horrible disease witnesses another beating it with E/H then they will step up and demand it as well. This is exactly what all patients or consumers should do ... All cancer patients have huge choices to make when seeking treatment. Energy healing should be, and is, a viable adjunct treatment method for this disease.
The bottom line is that for cancer patients any kind of energy healing is a net positive, especially if they have no other options. And yet, no matter what their options are, energy healing is the one option they are being denied, in most hospitals. This is in part due to ignorance, and in part to general hostility to an idea most doctors don't understand. But shouldn't compassion, humanity and the recognition that the patient's needs come first prevail over fear and ignorance?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hot off the presses: Kelly Turner's "Radical Remissions"

Dr. Kelly Turner, who did a PhD dissertation on spontaneous remissions of cancer around the world, just published her book Radical Remissions. In this book she describes the nine factors that the cancer survivors in her research believed to be instrumental to their recovery. Her goal is to empower cancer patients on their healing journey.

Here is an interview: