Nine Factors for Radical Remission

These nine factors for radical remission came to my attention twice last week. The first encounter was with a friend who I met for tea. David showed me the list of nine factors for radical remission after I told him about the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing and showed him the diagram.

These seven principles provide a basis for my new book, Healing with the Seven Principles of Mindfulness: How to Thrive and Succeed in a Complex Cancer System. It is in the process of final editing and submission to agents and publishers (see below).

The nine factors for radical remission were originally published in a Ph. D. thesis by Kelley Turner titled, “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.” It is now a New York Times Best Seller. Here are the nine factors for radical remission that I received from David:

  1. radically changing your dietKelley Turner - Nine Factors for Radical Remission
  2. taking control of your health
  3. following your intuition
  4. using herbs and supplements
  5. releasing suppressed emotions….
  6. embracing social support
  7. Increasing positive emotions
  8. deepening your spiritual connection
  9. having strong reasons for living
  10. exercise
  11. 62 others

Yes, I know, there are more than nine factors! Dr. Lissa Rankin reports only six of these in her book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, as reported in The Healing Power of Sangha. Dr. Rankin included factors 1, 8, 7, 5, 4, and 3 in that order on page 174.

Now I want to tell you just how these factors of radical remission map into the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing (7 Principles). By the numbers, 1, 4, and 10 are treated fully in the chapter 5, “Make Health-Promoting Lifestyle Changes.”

Number 2, taking control of your health, is treated in full in chapter 3, “Be Your Own Advocate.” This principle is the entry point into all of the other principles. If you are currently not taking control of your own health, you will learn how to do so in 7 Principles.

Numbers 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 are treated in chapter 6, “Practice Daily Meditation.” This chapter is the foundation chapter of my book. The meditation practices and contemplations that you can learn are conducive to following your intuition, increasing positive emotions, releasing suppressed emotions, and deepening your spiritual connection. They also help you to make important choices for you health care.

Chapter 7, “Reach Out to Others,” is perhaps one of the most important principles, especially if you take into account what Lissa Rankin says:

Intimate connections with friends, family, romantic partners, and other loved ones may improve your health more than exercising, eating a
nutritious diet, or quitting smoking.
–Lissa Rankin, “Whole Health Self-Healing Kit, A companion guide to Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine.”

It is in reaching out to others that we embrace social support as in number 6, and perhaps deepening your spiritual connection as in number 8.

While not explicit the list of nine factors of Kelley Turner, Lissa Rankin definitely points out the importance of “the healing round table,” a group of practitioners that support you path to self-healing. This corresponds directly to chapter 8, Create Your Own Medical Team.

Up to now, we have touched on six of the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing. The last one, Give Back, seems to have been overlooked by Kelley Turner and Lissa Rankin. I know that service is an important idea in Lissa’s  Whole Health Cairn. Does Kelley Turner’s research reveal that this is valuable? I don’t know. For me, it has meant a great deal , and it integrates nicely with embracing social support (number 6) in that it allows for your giving back to the community that helped to heal you.

In my experience, giving back to the community was very important to me personally. From the first Mindfulness and Art in Healing class I taught in 1997 to serving on the Board of Directors of the Marin AIDS Project and the Community Council of the Institute for Health and Healing, and now to the Mindfulness in Healing sangha (meditation group) which I founded in 2009 and continue to be the guiding teacher, I have offered my services free of charge and have taken great joy in helping others heal.

Lissa’s and Kelley’s books are both based on extensive research. Lissa also shares her diagnosis and prescription in an appendix. 7 Principles is based on almost forty years of experience. We have all come to the same conclusions about the nature of self-healing.

Would you like to participate in this ongoing discussion? Do you know any cases of radical remission? If you have cancer, are you willing to investigate what Lissa, Kelly and I advise you to do? Please share.

Books by Kelley Turner

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

Kelly A. Turner

In her New York Times bestseller, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed.

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Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Lissa Rankin M.D.


We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. Therefore when Dr. Lissa Ran… [Read More…]


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