The New Sun

Help From France

Carol Silverander was diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer and given a three percent chance of surviving. Then, she discovered an innovative form of cancer treatment pioneered by two physicians from France and wrote a book about her remarkable healing journey.

Here is an excerpt from With the Help of Our Friends From France: Stabilizing and Living With Advanced Breast Cancer:

When I was told that cancer had spread from my breast to my liver, and that I had only a three percent chance of beating it, I knew I was going to be in for the battle of my life. The oncologist who was my doctor at the time said she thought I would be able to live for two years. That was a very frightening thought -- there was still a lot of living I wanted to do.

Now, more than five years after receiving that news, I am being treated by a forward-thinking oncologist and another, quite unique physician from Paris, France. While the cancer remains in my liver, my condition is extremely stable and my general health is excellent. The cancer does not restrict my life in any way, and those who meet me - particularly medical professionals -- are astounded to learn I have fourth-stage breast cancer...

...Dr Lapraz (from France) made a point of saying that he wanted to work as part of a team with my Santa Barbara (California) oncologist in treating me. I liked that a great deal. I think if he had made me feel like I had to choose between his treatments and what I was doing in Santa Barbara, I would have been very concerned.

He also told me that he would create a report on his findings for Dr. Wolver, including what medicines he wanted me to take and why. Dr. Lapraz also mentioned that he had been working with other patients whose cancer had spread to their liver, and many of them had been living for quite a number of years. This was a very different scenario than the one I had heard in the States.

I learned that Dr. Lapraz and his colleague, Dr. Christian Duraffourd, were both medical doctors who had been in general practice for more than 30 years. For eight of those years they worked solely as oncobiologists at a hospital in Paris, specializing in the treatment of cancer.

A few years before my first appointment with Dr. Lapraz, he and Dr. Duraffourd had gone into private practice in order to work with patients on a preventative basis, as well as continuing to work with patients whose disease had progressed. In the hospital, they had mainly worked with patients whose cancers were already in advanced stages. This had allowed them to realize the secondary effects of chemotherapy and radiation. But, they wanted to do more, and hoped to help patients before their disease became advanced.

Both doctors had been disappointed by the limited ability of conventional medicine to deal with pathologies like cancer. They felt that traditional medicine was based on too standardized an approach, utilizing very rigid protocols that did not take the patient's background into account.

Over the past 20 years, Doctors Lapraz and Duraffourd conceived and designed a different approach to medicine, which they refer to as endobiogenié. It's a global approach to the health of a patient, as opposed to the traditional approach, which is purely symptomatic. Endobiogenié looks at the body as a single system managed by the neuro-endocrine system. That is the system of glands, such as the thyroid, thymus and pituitary that, when stimulated by the nervous system, secret hormones that regulate or influence other organs in the body.

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