In Cancer as a Wake-Up Call, Dr. M. Laura Nasi presents a new way of looking at how we view and treat cancer. With current advances in medicine, we’re learning more about the ways different aspects of our lives and health impact and interact with one another—why does one long-term smoker get diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer while another remains cancer-free? Why does someone exposed to a known carcinogen get sick while someone else is apparently immune? What seemingly unrelated factors end up playing key roles in disease etiology, progression, and prognosis?
In this well-researched, inspiring, easy-to-read guide, Dr. Nasi offers an integrative, whole-person approach to cancer, a systemic disease manifesting a global condition locally. Conventional medicine focuses on attacking malignant cells. Integrative medicine encourages chemo and radiation when necessary, while also focusing on a patient’s internal balance to make it more difficult for the cancer to advance. Nasi draws on the latest research on the PNIE (psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrine) network to help our systems recognize, repair, and/or eliminate the cancer cells, focusing on nutrition, stress-management, exercise, adequate sleep, healthy relationships, and other body/mind/spirit modalities. Dr. Nasi encourages patients to become empowered agents of their own care.
María Laura Nasi is an integrative oncologist in private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialized in Internal Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia and in Clinical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was Clinical Research Coordinator for the International Breast Cancer Study Group in Bern, and Research Director for a Swiss pharmaceutical company. She specialized in Mind Body Medicine at the Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University and in psycho-socio-spiritual interventions for cancer patients at the Simonton Cancer Center in southern California. She was founder and president of the Association of Integrative Oncology in Argentina, and co-creator and member of Fundaleu's Integrative Medicine program and the FertilMente program for couples with fertility problems. She teaches psycho-endo-neuro-immunology at the Catholic University of Argentina, the University of Belgrano, and the Catholic University Montevideo, Uruguay, is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and served as Scientific Advisor of the Columbia Foundation of Consciousness and Energy. Her vision is of a medicine in which the person is seen as a multidimensional being, investigating life and death, science and spirit, and living mindfully.