Kelly Turner Ph.D.

Radical Remission

Why We Should Study Anomalies like Radical Remission

A Radical Remission is when someone heals from cancer against all odds.

Posted Mar 27, 2014

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What do you call a cancer patient who tried conventional medicine to its fullest, but her doctors told her there was nothing more they could do—and yet she then managed to heal her cancer using alternative means? Doctors call this "spontaneous remission"; others call it a ‘miraculous healing.’ I call it ‘Radical Remission.’

A Radical Remission is when someone heals from cancer against all odds. To be more specific, I study three categories of Radical Remission:

  1. People who heal from cancer without using any conventional medicine at all.
  2. People with cancer who first try conventional medicine, but it does not work, so they are forced to switch to other methods, which do work.
  3. People who use conventional and alternative medicine at the same time in order to overcome a very serious prognosis (i.e., any cancer that has a less than 25% 5-year survival rate, such as advanced lung or pancreatic cancer).

The problem is I am one of only a few researchers in the world studying these cases. And that’s precisely what I’m hoping to change with my new book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.

I came across my first case of Radical Remission 10 years ago and thought, Did this really happen? Later that night, I did a quick search of the medical literature, and much to my surprise, found that there were over 1,000 cases of Radical Remission published in medical journals—yet I hadn’t heard of any of them. At the time, I was counseling cancer patients at a major cancer research center, so I wondered why none of the doctors I worked with had ever mentioned these cases before.

Having studied Radical Remissions for a decade now, including getting my PhD and conducting around-the-world research on this topic, I now understand the main reason why doctors aren’t studying Radical Remission—it’s because they can’t explain them.

This reason is easy enough to understand—it is inherently difficult to study something that you can’t even begin to explain. However, that doesn’t mean that it is okay to ignore it completely. In fact, one of the very first things I learned in my statistics class at UC Berkeley is that it is a researcher’s scientific responsibility to investigate any and all anomalies—that is, people or events that don’t fit into your hypothesis or theory. However, when it comes to the anomaly of Radical Remission, most doctors unfortunately just shrug their shoulders and move on.

Ignoring these cases is not only scientifically irresponsible, but also foolish, since there is the potential to learn so much from anomalies. For example, some of science’s greatest discoveries—such as penicillin, the pacemaker, and the x-ray—have occurred because a researcher decided to study an anomaly. When it comes to studying the anomaly of Radical Remission, at the very least we will learn about the body’s ability to heal, and at the very best we will find a cure for cancer.

Ignoring Radical Remissions was not an option for me personally, as I have lost loved ones to cancer, but it also was not an option for me as a researcher. Just because you can’t explain why something happened, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study it. In fact, that is the very reason you should study it.

That is why I have spent the last 10 years analyzing over 1,000 cases of Radical Remission, and interviewing Radical Remission survivors and alternative cancer healers from more than 10 different countries. Because science cannot currently explain why these people healed, I decided to ask them why they thought they healed, and then looked for common themes. Most of the people told me I was the first researcher to ever ask them what they did to heal their cancer.

In my research, I have found over 75 different healing factors that Radical Remission survivors use to help heal their cancer. Of those 75, nine factors were by far the most common. Almost every Radical Remission survivor I have studied used all 9 of these key healing factors, which include body, mind, and spirit interventions. Some of these factors you might expect—such as changing your diet or taking herbs and supplements. Others were less obvious, such as working with your emotions in particular ways. You can find an in-depth description of all 9 of the key healing factors in my book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. In addition, my research continues at—where people can quickly and easily submit their own case of Radical Remission, so that we can continue to learn from these incredible healing stories.

While there is still much research to be done on Radical Remissions before science can definitely explain how and why these people healed their cancer, the time of simply ignoring these cases has passed. After all, if we’re trying to ‘win the war on cancer,’ shouldn’t we at least listen to those who have already won?

Copyright 2014 Dr. Kelly A. Turner, Phd.

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