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Cancer Resource Guide for Alternative and Complimentary Treatments

 dad and meThis resource page is dedicated to my dad, Joseph DiMauro, who lost his battle with bladder cancer in 2009.  He was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and opted out of following a conventional protocol to treat his cancer (with surgery, chemo and radiation) but instead, chose to use a natural, holistic and non invasive approach in dealing with his disease.  With this being said, he maintained an excellent quality of life, doing the things he loved to do right up to the end; golfing, living, loving, laughing, playing his guitar and enjoying every moment up until about 3 weeks before his passing. When I close my eyes I can still hear his voice and his laugh or picture his face when he would say one of his favorite expressions, “unreal,” or “out of this world!”  I love you Dad.

As a health coach, I helped him as best I could at that time, and often wonder if I had known more, had explored more resources, would he still be alive today?  I have to believe that his time to leave had come and I have made peace with that. Dad was a special quiet soul and I know in my heart that he had made peace with it too.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a shocking, numbing and frightening experience whether it’s for you or for a loved one. I wanted to provide an easy access of information, a compilation, go-to list of some alternative and complimentary cancer treatments and resources for anyone who faces a similar situation or is at a loss as to where to begin.  I hope this can help you in your search for health and healing.

Much love and peace,


 Cancer Resource Guide for Alternative/Complementary Treatment

Adios Cancer by Frank Cousineau.  How rich and poor alike beat cancer in clinics south of the border.  Bill Henderson, author, personal health coach has helped thousands of people all over the world heal their cancers. This latest book gives you a precise regimen for the cheapest, most effective, non-toxic self-treatment along with extensive information on other resources now available to you.

My Beautiful Life by Mina Dobic explains how Mina recovered from stage IV ovarian cancer by rejecting conventional treatments and adopting macrobiotics.

Breast Cancer? Breast Health!  By Susun Weed For women who want to maintain breast health or for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy.  Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen.  Foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Burzynski Clinic | Advanced Alternative Cancer Treatment | Houston, Texas The Burzynski Clinic is a unique organization providing a wide variety of advanced alternative cancer treatments.

Cancer Cleanse Camp the best cleanse, body detoxing, and cancer cure-the solutions are here!” Naturopathic doctor Judy Seeger educates people about their health and empowers them to heal themselves in a very organic way.

Cancer: The Forbidden Cure,  a documentary film. Discover many effective and highly successful forms of cancer treatment that have been suppressed and discredited for time by the FDA

The Cancer Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery by Rebecca Katz features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes, and weight loss.

Cancer:  Step Outside the Box by Ty Bollinger, is a roadmap to successfully treating cancer and regaining your health.  This book is chock full of the most effective, non-toxic cancer treatments in the world. Truth be told, there are many potent and well-proven alternative strategies for preventing and treating cancer… without surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation (the “Big 3”).

Crazy Sexy Cancer – Kris Carr is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen, a wellness activist and cancer thriver. She documented her battle against epithelioid hemangioendothelioma in her documentary film Crazy Sexy Cancer.

Chris Beat Cancer: Nutrition & Natural Cancer Therapies, No Chemo Information on Nutrition, Natural Alternative Cancer Therapies, Cancer Prevention, Chemotherapy, Raw Food, Healthy Living, Anti-Cancer Foods, and more!

Some Cancers May Just Go Away A study posted by Dr. Mercola. How likely is it that certain cancers may spontaneously disappear? Cancer Control Society has brought life-saving information to thousands of patients and their families.  This resource gives a list of people who give their phone numbers and addresses and will share their cancer stories and how they used a holistic method.

Defeat Cancer Now by Tamara St. John.  Her story of how she healed herself of breast cancer using only alternative and natural treatments w/o surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Far Infrared Light Treatment can detect and heal health issues including cancers.  Dr Kazuko Hillyer, who travels around the world giving seminars and workshops, is home based in NYC, has helped and assisted many people heal of all sorts of diseases including cancer.

German Cancer Clinics German hospitals and cancer clinics offer the world’s most advanced treatments including Photo Dynamic Therapy, Hyperthermia, Insulin Potentiated Chemotherapy – IPT, and Dendritic vaccines. They provide proven natural therapies such as Miseltoe therapy, and Galvano cancer treatment at a cost much lower than you can find in the USA or Canada.

Dr. Max Gerson Therapy For Cancer The Gerson Institute for alternative cancer treatments.

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D.  Scientific Proof that You can Heal Yourself.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, NYC For individualized aggressive nutrition protocols for treating many types of cancer.  He is often referred to as “the doctor of last resorts” and specializes in pancreatic cancers.

Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, FL, a leader in the field of Natural and Alternative Health Care

How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine by Dr. Michael Murray A valuable resource book that provides not only the latest information on dietary and supplementation strategies to prevent cancer, but also the critical guidance that the cancer patient desperately needs in winning their battle. Whether you want to prevent, treat, or deal with the side effects of conventional cancer care, Dr. Murray and his coauthors offer a comprehensive program of dietary measures and the proper use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural measures.

Mesothelioma Survivors Support Alternative Treatments
– is cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that most often forms in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. 

New Dimension Thermography, NY Thermography detects issues in your breasts long before mammography can.

Oasis of Hope -alternative cancer treatment hospital in Tijuana, Mexico

The Only Answer to Cancer, by Dr. Leonard Coldwell.  Dr.Coldwell’s secret of how to cure all forms of cancer in 2 to 12 weeks – no exceptions.

Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce. This popular book details alternative medicine non-toxic treatment and approaches.

The Promise The truth about the routine breast screening program. The film every woman needs to see.

Sanoviv Medical Institute in Tijuana, Mexico, founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, offers alternative, holistic and integrative programs to treat cancers.

Dr. V  -empowers women around the globe to prevent and heal breast cancer naturally.



My 3 Day Detox

detox smoothieIt’s day 3 of my Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox and I feel fantastic, completely cleared out and full of energy.

Usually I like to do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Cleanse but this year I thought I’d try something different, a juice fast.  It’s only 3 days-how hard could that be?

 The first day I did not feel so good.  I was having withdrawal symptoms coming off of caffeine and sugar which, for me, manifested in the form of a headache.  I was tired, irritable, depressed and had an overall flu-like feeling. Yuck! My body was detoxing.  I KNOW better and would suggest to anyone who wants to do a cleanse, it is best to wean yourself off of caffeine a few days before going cold turkey.  That way you will avoid major withdrawal symptoms.  I didn’t realize how much caffeine and sugar I actually was ingesting on a daily basis from my multiple cups of green tea and from, I admit, my weakness, which is baked goods and chocolate.  Oh, denial is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?!

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Joanne’s Blog

Sweet Stuffed Squash

Joanne’s Blog posted by Joanne DiMauro Sept 25, 2013

Squashes are all the rage right now because they’re in season and you can find them fresh at your local farmer’s market.  I love fall for all it’s glorious colors, delicious sweet and colorful vegetables…

Natural Relief for Allergies

Joanne’s Blog posted by Joanne DiMauro

Are you struggling w/seasonal allergies? Headaches, sinus stuffiness, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, feel like you’re under water? Instead of constantly taking medications there are many natural remedies to treat allergy symptoms…

 My 3 Day Detox Experience

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro May 8, 2013

Usually I like to do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Cleanse but this year I thought I’d try something different, a juice fast.  It’s only 3 days-how hard could that be?…

Get Out of Your Food/Mood Rut!

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro May 5, 2013

Do you ever get stuck in a food rut? Do you find yourself eating and craving the same certain foods and can’t seem break out of negative thinking and unhealthy eating habits?…..

Go Green and Get Off the Joe

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro

Green and white tea are available in a range of varieties and have many health benefits…

I Love You with all my Liver

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro

Do you have spring fever yet? I do and at this time of year I always feel the need to clean out my home and clear my internal house too….

How Stress Causes Belly Fat and that Middle Age Spread

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro

A chronic complaint I hear from my female clients is “why is my middle getting thicker all of a sudden? Did you notice once you hit your mid 40’s it seemed like overnite, you gained weight around the belly area!…

Spring Cleaning

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro

It’s the time for spring cleaning, out with the old, in with the new! For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned…



Get Out of Your Food/Mood Rut

woman eating cakeDo you ever get stuck in a food rut? Do you find yourself eating and craving the same certain foods and can’t seem break out of negative thinking and unhealthy eating habits?

I admit, I’ve been stuck in a food/mood rut (too much baked goods and carbs), and I need a good kick start to re-boot my body and break these habits.  I’m excited to begin a 3-day juice fast tomorrow!

Spring is a great time to shake things up with cleansing or fasting for a short period of time.  It will clean your body by giving it a break from rich and complicated foods.  Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water, whole grains and minimal protein.  Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups.  I usually do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Detox and Cleanse (the 4th product in my Healthy Life Series), but this year I’m trying something different and doing a 3-day fast! I’m following Dr. Oz 3-day Detox/Cleanse with a few minor alterations.  It’s only 3 days!  How hard could this be? Read More→


Spring Cleaning


Spring Cleaning


People like “stuff.” We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save, and eventually stock up on, things we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”  If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past, and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future.

For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our dwellings and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going towards digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also lead to improved immune function and better digestion.  If you’d like a guided whole foods based 5-7 day spring detox, check out our Spring Detox and Cleanse, the 4th offering in Know Your Body’s Healthy Life Series.

While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter in.



What to Do About the Flu

dog w fluWith all the media hype over the flu outbreak this year, it’s enough to send anyone in a panic running for the hills or else caving in and getting a flu shot.  I don’t recommend doing either but a better way to deal with winter colds and the dreaded flu is to boost your immune system naturally. Ok, sounds good, you say, you probably hear it all the time, but how the heck do we do that?

I am a firm believer in healing your body with whole foods and healthy lifestyle practices and using the occasional homeopathic or herbal remedy to get you through the tough times. First of all, eating nutrient rich foods is a great way to keep healthy and boost your immune system naturally. More than 200 viruses can cause cold symptoms. That’s alot of bugs and healthy winter eating can boost your immune system to ward off illness. So I’ll start with food-here’s a few top  immune boosters:  Read More→


Natural Relief for Allergies

Are you struggling w/seasonal allergies? Headaches, sinus stuffiness, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, feel like you’re under water? Instead of constantly taking medications there are many natural remedies to treat allergy symptoms as well as ones to boost your immune system which can actually eliminate them. Here are a few.

  1. For immediate relief try the herb freeze dried stinging nettle every 4 hrs instead of antihistamines.
  2. Wash pollen from hair, face and clothes before lying down to avoid spreading it on your pillow and bedding. Keep windows in bedroom closed at nite.
  3. Try nasal rinsing w/a neti pot or use a store bought bottle solution called Ayr. Rinsing the nostrils out (gently!) in the morning and evening with this mixture of warm water, sea salt and baking soda will clear out pollen and prevent sinus build up.
  4. Decrease intake of dairy products during this season. Dairy increases mucus and sets up a breeding ground for sinus bacteria to live and thrive in.
  5. Go green! Eating dark leafy greens (which are in season right now) will clear congestion and strengthen your respiratory system. Bump up your green tea intake. Drinking green tea daily will also, over time, build your immune system and help eliminate your allergies.  A great tasting one is Ban-cha (toasted green tea). Allergies are a lowered immunity response to stimuli.  Green tea is packed full w/phytonutrients and antioxidants which will boost your immune system.
  6. Try acupuncture.  It may have an immediate effect in relieving acute symptoms but I also found that it tends to have an accumulative effect in relieving allergies.

I highly recommend it for whatever ails you from muscle/joint pain to allergies/headaches/pms/menopausal symptoms.  It’s a good way to balance out your “chi” and keep your energy flowing throughout the body. It’s also a great compliment to the spring detox because it is one of the most efficient and effective ways to restore and renew yourself.  I always feel as though I just took a trip to Tahiti when I get a treatment. Ahhhhh….so relaxing.  If you’ve never tried it, you might give it a shot and see if it works for you.

Looking for a good practitioner? If you live in the NYC area, I highly recommend Kathy Yocum M.S.,L.Ac.  212-246-3153 or e-mail her for an appointment @ Kathy Yocum Acupuncture. She’s a terrific healer and is currently offering a special spring season package.