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Dr. Servan-Schreiber

Cindy Bear
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Hello ladies. Perhaps you already know this, but I just read on Inspire.com (ovarian cancer board) that Dr. Servan-Schreiber has had a recurrence of his cancer . I only mention this because I know many of you are avid followers , and I thought you'd want to know so you can keep him in your thoughts and prayers as I will. The fact that he has lived so long (20 yrs or so) with a cancer that has a very grim prognosis really says something about the lifestyle changes he advocates.
Hugs to all,

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Thanks for letting us know.

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Most of the information in the news on his recurrences and life is written in French. My good friend has gone thru Google to translate from French to English and I've attached just a small portion of news to read.

I've got more articles with translations if anyone has interest...happy to send to you.



His story was featured in the nation's leading french magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, a weekly, this last week.

I translated article via Google translation tool. You get the jist...

French to English translation

(File "The Book will of David Servan-Schreiber" to read in Le Nouvel Observateur, on newsstands June 16, 2011)

The apartment is flooded with light, despite the sky money from the last day of May The picture window overlooks a tree-lined avenue of Neuilly. Inside, a large family table, cluttered with paperwork, a piano and a partition of a Bach toccata open. The intercom rings at regular intervals, restlessness prevails. Everyone here seems to bustle around a single, David. David Servan-Schreiber.

In June 2010, the famous neuropsychiatrist and author of "Anticancer" and "Heal", suffering from brain cancer for nearly twenty years, made a serious relapse. In February, areas of cancerous growth, inoperable, have appeared in his frontal lobe. Since then, the left side of his body is paralyzed. His eye, his arm, his leg is affected, until his vocal cords.

In April, David Servan-Schreiber has celebrated 50 years in the Paris apartment of his brother, Franklin. A close friend, he decided to tell the truth: "I am suffering from a stage 4 glioblastoma whose forecasts are among the worst of all cancers." But the battle continues, he has said. [...]

> Le Nouvel Observateur: How are you today? How do you feel?

- David Servan-Schreiber [He speaks in a whisper, very slowly at the pen of the interviewer on the notebook.] I feel good. I am happy to be here with you and to have this interview, with the support of Catherine [her publicist and friend].

> How has your health for a year?

- There is one year, everything was fine. I accepted trips, conferences ... I jogguais again, I played squash several times a week. I went quite often to walk in Paris with my wife, Gwen. We prepared a week's holiday together in Portugal. I agreed to participate in Lisbon at a major conference on global resistance to the aging process. I went one end, and for three days, I thought of death. It was a kind of meditative session that felt good.

> You think about your own death? Are there in this case thoughts that reassure or console?

- The first idea that console is that it is no injustice in death. In my case, the only difference is when this happens, not that it happens. Death is part of the process of life, everyone goes. That in itself is scary. We are not detached from the boat. It's not like if someone said: "You, you have no map, you can not go up." This one says simply: "Your card runs out soon, it will not work. Enjoy it now, do the important things you have to do." [...]

> What do you say to those who doubt of "Anticancer"?

- I tell them that it is legitimate for them to ask the question. Personally, I have no doubt that the methods of "Anticancer" have a major impact on strengthening the body's natural defenses against the disease, and many others elsewhere. The science behind it is solid. But we must know two things. The first is that I never promised miracle cure. There is no miracle cure against cancer, which is a very difficult disease. The second is that it is important not to stop conventional treatments, they are not 100% effective, but they are critical because they reduce the spread of the disease, and even set back, sometimes dramatically. And it's not because we have a friend in whom chemotherapy did not work we will begin to shout across the chemo does not work! Finally I tell them that we must cling to the end because there are treatments that slow the cancer process [...].

Interview by Eve Roger - Le Nouvel Observateur

Read the entire file, and extracts from "We can say goodbye several times" (Robert Laffont) in Le Nouvel Observateur, 16 June 2011.

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Thanks so much for translating and posting article - my French is getting a little rusty.

I am so sorry to hear this news and am so appreciative of all that he has contributed to complementary treatments for cancer. He turned that mountain of research material into such a well-written, organized, and so accessible resource. Can't thank him enough.

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He opened people's eyes to all of the possibilities. Who knows how many people's lives he extened for decades, as he did his own.

I will forever be appreciative of his contribution to finding ways to slow, or cure cancer and give one a greater overall understanding of the cancer process. And for showing us the inspiring story of that little mouse number 6, who could not be killed or even phased by cancer no matter how many billions of cancer cells they implanted in his abdomen.

What he gave to the world was hope.

Hope is a powerful, powerful weapon.


M.D. Anderson was working with him and his ideas to establish their intergrative medicine department. Sometimes it only takes an army of one to instigate humongous change.

We can each be that army if we but try.

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I agree he has been and will continue to be a wonderful positive force to all of us still fighting the battle. He gave us all hope and guidance.

I was always a "good eater" but after reading his book, wow did my eyes get opened full tilt. Never knew about pesticides in foods, hormones in cattle, spices that can shrink tumors, exercise that can de-stress our bodies to build up our bodies...just to name a few! All of them I've learned from him and still kicking 2 years after treatments.

Seems like intergrative med departments are growing more and more. Nice to see this, as there are signs of hope outside of medicine to heal.

Feel we've got a little arm here, don't you?

To what do we owe this pleasure of having you peak into the site and post more frequently? Do you still only have access at local library? Whatever the reason, I always look so forward to your postings...you're full of great knowledge.

Happy weekend all...

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Funny you should ask and notice. I have gotten internet at home after taking in down for about a year or so. It has, no doubt, been to the delight of some and the consternation of many that I am back. One camp feels I am full of knowledge. The other feels I am just full of it. I do think opinions give one things to consider whilst one is considering things.

I am what I am.

On another note, I don't know if you were here, think you were when I went into the discourse on my one big boob and one little boob dilemma, but I always felt the problem was one of lymph drainage being blocked. My doc insisted it was normal. Pshaw! It is not normal to have such a difference in size, especially if it began to occur around the same time as the cancer. It was at the point where I could appeal to two entirely different type of boob men. After doing my usual due diligence of research, I discovered that the greater the difference in size, the greater the likelihood of getting breast cancer. And here's where I get to my point. After getting the net at home, I looked up breast lymph massage, not the sort of thing one can look up comfortably at your public library, and after only four days of applying the principals of massage and not sleeping with a bra at night, the lumps are gone, and that thing was one lumpy mamma jamma, and is no longer invading the space of the neighboring smaller boob.

I am back down to the traditional two boob look as opposed to the more three-like look I had been sporting. I am soooooooooooooo excited about the progress. Of course I do hope that the cancer has not already developed and I have not inadvertently let it loose.

But as I say, one can only hope.

And to address the place of levity in under such dire circumstances as these. Sometimes a little laughter is the best medicine of all.

My love to you all,


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About the boob size difference - I've been lopsided all my life, even when I weighed 103. As I've aged and added lots more fat cells, the difference in the size of my boobs became more noticeable - at least to me. Even tho I looked ok in clothes, I struggled with front closures pulling to one side, and necklaces didn't dangle right, cleavage was fuller on one side, etc. Still everyone says they never noticed.

I'm interested in this research of yours because I got breast cancer - in my big boob. I chose a lumpectomy which became a "partial mastectomy" because I had oncoplasty at the time of my surgery. I now match. I don't think massage would have made a lick of difference in my case, because I'm consistently lopsided, one hip is fuller than the other, etc. I think it's pretty common to be lopsided if one has always been lopsided.

Glad you're connected again.


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I was always wonderfully symetrical. But now, my entire right side is bigger. thus far I have just worked on the boob issue because of the cancer prediction. But I just today got a body brush and intend on addressing the whole lymph system. Began that today.

If you google lymph massage or breast lymph massage, there are lots of videos out there. If you have most always worn a bra, try forgoing it for a bit along with the massage and see if it doesn't help. Since mine has only been for three or four years I don't have such a long time of lymph buildup to work through, but it could help.

This site has a fantastic set of information on the entire lymph system. Bet there will some ah ha moments if you read it through.


This is the youtube video I used. it's quite simple.


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