A book review by Tim Brunson, PhD
Seemingly forever medical science has been searching for a magical cure for cancer. This non-communicable, often deadly disease is indeed one of the most feared in modern times. Furthermore, traditional treatment, which is designed to remove cancerous cells, leaves the patient less capable of warding off future recurrences. Add to this the fact that approaches to many childhood diseases may in fact greatly increase the probability of cancer occurring later in life.
The Gorter Method, which is clearly explained in Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment offers an alternative. The authors, Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, and Erik Peper, PhD, present a clear explanation of how cancer results from a failure of the patient's immune system and how conventional methods unfortunately further impede the ability of this vital resource of our health to prevent cancer returning. Their ideas present a refreshing relook at the way medicine regards this disease.
The Gorter Method is basically one that seeks to recharge the patient's immune system. It focuses on an approach designed to enhance the patient's immunity as it detects and eliminates cancerous activity. To do this Dr. Gorter primarily uses injections of dendritic cells, which help the body locate cancer cells, and induces all-body or localized hyperthermia, which is intended complete their destruction. The goal is to return the patient's body to a natural state of immune functioning.
The authors readily admit that this alternative approach to the treatment of cancer needs substantial controlled studies. However, years of experience at Dr. Gorter's clinic in Germany has produced sufficient results to warrant a high level of credibility. Furthermore, their immunity-related explanation and treatment provides a very clear hypothesis as to why cancer occurs, why traditional treatment either often fails or results in a recurrence, and how it can be cured. Interestingly, throughout the book they point out that most of Gorter Method patients have come to the clinic after being diagnosed with incurable cancer, which has either reached Stage III or Stage IV. The clinic's admirable track record of showing significant results – if not total remission – for approximately 70% of their patients clearly indicates that this radically different way of thinking deserves considerable attention.
While the first half of the book provides a clear discussion of the Dr. Gorter's medical protocols, as a clinical hypnotherapist, the second half clearly got my attention. I have no doubt that this was influenced heavily by Dr. Peper, who is a well-known alternative health care expert. This section presents substantial – and very well presented – ideas as to how a patient, who has been diagnosed with cancer, should approach the disease. This included advice on physical movement and mental attitudes, as well as several very well-written relaxation and healing scripts. (Although the words hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not used in this book, I consider it a significant contribution to the field.) The emphasis is on getting the patient to become the major factor to their regaining complete health.
Fighting Cancer is a book that offers not only a radically different paradigm. It is also one that offers hope. It effectively moves the responsibility of surviving and curing cancer from the medical practitioner to the patient, who after reading this book should be substantially empowered. For clinicians, who work with cancer patients, this book provides numerous concepts and practical advice. This is a book that I highly recommend.