I first got the feeling for this book when I saw a movie called ‘First Do No Harm’ starring Meryl Streep. The story unfolded of a young boy who had life threatening epilepsy, with massive and repetitive seizures. He’d had every medication, brain surgery, and was still having seizures. Eventually he was given a ketogenic diet (high protein, low carb) and promptly recovered. No more seizures.
Paediatricians and neurologists know about the ketogenic diet, but their patients are not told about the diet, just medications. Having been a nurse and natural therapist for close on 30 years, I was struck by the fact that I hadn’t heard about this diet. Turns out it’s been around since the 1920s. My first reaction was: “I bet loads of people would love to know about this diet and this story”.
Next, I was attending an Autism Forum in Sydney. A paediatrician presented the case of a non-verbal nine-year old boy, said to have an IQ of 70. His parents had been told to have him institutionalised and get on with their lives. They took him to a biomedical paediatrician who treated him, and found his IQ was around 140. That was a pivotal moment in my career. No one dares to speak of recovery from autism, and here I was sitting at conference (10 years ago) that was teaching parents and practitioners how to treat autism and recover from it.
Then I came across and Australian bloke ‘Bill’ who treated his own stage 4 melanoma with using nutrition and supplements. When his friend got prostate cancer, he told him to do what he had done, and he recovered too. Same story with another friend who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. In Bill’s own words: “Not bad for a layman.”
When I’m out socially, I’m often told about someone’s cancer, a child with epilepsy and so many recently diagnosed with autism. I always speak to these people about potential recovery from ‘incurable’ diseases, but they cannot believe that it is possible. If it was, wouldn’t their doctor tell them? Good point, but oftentimes, the doctor just hasn’t heard about treatments other than mainstream medical ones; pharmaceutical medicines, surgery and radiation therapy.
No one dares to believe that there could be a treatment for serious diseases other than medication and surgery, and there is no medical treatment for autism or epilepsy recovery.
So I decided I would like to get some good information on treatment options for debilitating diseases to as many people as I could, by interviewing people from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England and Mexico. All the people I interviewed have come through life threatening or debilitating illness. They were brilliant, enthusiastic, and passionate about letting the other people know about how they recovered. They allowed me to interview them because they really want other people with the illness they had, to know how they did it.
Several years later, Good News for People with Bad News has arrived. I loved listening to the dozens of stories of people who were not prepared to accept that they would be disabled, or die, and used a range of non-orthodox treatments to recover. They were courageous and I am so thrilled to bring their stories to you.
I hope the people telling their stories move you to do a little investigating on the choice of treatment options that are out there. There is a Resources section at the end of the book on a wide range of illnesses, referring to key websites, books and DVDs. It saves readers from having to figure out if a therapy is a bona fide one, because we all know that there is a lot of nonsense out there. I’ve distilled the information down so there’s no need to spend hours trawling through websites. Funny thing is, some people often have to take a look at a website a second or third time, because they think what they’ve seen sounds just too good to be true.