If Only I Had Known: Integrative & Alternative Paths to Recovery from Breast Cancer


Aviva Mayers was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Like millions of

women throughout the world, she initially agreed to a conventional treatment

out of fear and confusion. But she began to question those choices as the

treatment progressed. Following her treatment she took herself on a journey

to learn about gentler, less invasive treatments outside of conventional

medicine. Aviva attributes her current state of good health to the integrative

and alternative paths she ultimately followed.

This is a book about options… options for treatment, management

and prevention of breast cancer outside of mainstream medicine. It is

the result of the journey that Aviva took back to health, and many of her

choices outside of mainstream medicine are discussed here. The book includes

interviews with patients who followed a path to recovery, much of which they

attribute to alternative treatments. And it includes interviews with a range of

health care practitioners working with patients with breast or other cancers.

The professionals share their thoughts on mainstream treatments, discuss

integrative and alternative interventions that can help with recovery, and in

some cases even replace conventional treatments. The book also offers advice

on how to prevent breast cancer in the first place or how to avoid a recurrence.

If Only I Had Known is essential reading for anyone diagnosed with breast

cancer. It provides a unique perspective on treatments that your doctor may

not tell you about. Knowing about these options could improve your life both

physically and psychologically. The information contained here is also relevant

to people suffering from other cancers, since many of the same inflammatory

processes may contribute to their cancers.

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