In the New York Times bestselling book Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, Dr. Kelly Turner presents 9 Key Factors found to be consistent in over 1,000 researched cases of spontaneous cancer remissions.

For years, Conners Clinic (CC) has developed standards of practice which parallel each of Turner’s 9 Key Factors, giving patients the opportunity to take control of their own health journey. These factors are by no means mysterious, rather they are natural and foundational healing modalities which help bring the body back into a better state-of-existence.

As stated in Radical Remission, the numerical order of key factors is not indicative of their rank or priority. Each factor has inherent value for any person desiring to play an active role in his or her recovery from cancer.

Key Factor #1 – Radically Changing Your Diet             

Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

In the same manner our healthy cells need fuel to survive, so cancer cells need fuel. Whatever diet a person may be pursuing to support his/her health, those same foods can be used by cancer cells to build strength and support replication.

Diet is a foundational component of each of the cancer programs developed by CC. Although we do not practice a one-size-fits-all dietary plan, all patients are tested-for and presented-with a dietary protocol tailored to maximize their body’s immune function. This is because different cancers are fueled by different foods and different cancer patients respond to similar foods individually/differently (think food allergies, genetic pre-dispositions, etc.).

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Key Factor #2 – Taking Control of Your Health

Galatians 6:4-5 “But let each one test his own work, and the his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.”

All of CC’s patients are expected to become the captain of their own healing journey. Practitioners can do everything possible to assist their patients, provide valuable direction and resources, and recommend which path – from a clinical perspective – might be a beneficial option, but ultimately the responsibility falls to the patients themselves to put in the necessary work that will lead to their recovery. “You can lead a horse to water…”

Western medical practices often foster states of victimhood, where the patient feels helpless beyond the all-knowing admonishments of the oncologist. This is understandable, since chemotherapy drugs, radiation machines, high-tech scanning equipment and surgical knowhow aren’t purchasable over-the-counter. But Western medicine isn’t the only option available for people with cancer. Each person has the ability to fully understand his/her state of dis-ease and make confident, educated decisions on which therapies, lifestyles and interventions (natural or medical) are best for him/her. Practitioners are meant to be a guide throughout a patient’s program, not a “god”.

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Key Factor #3 – Following Your Intuition

Proverbs 4:6-7 “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding.”

As an integrative practice, CC is does not operate in-opposition to traditional medical systems. There are many instances where we completely agree with oncologists/primary practitioners because traditional interventions are needed to bring stark symptoms, pain, or rapidly replicating cancer cells into submission.

At times patients have looked to us to “take sides” and affirm that surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or pharmacological prescriptions are a “wrong” step to take. But that’s simply not our philosophy. Every aspect of Western Medicine can be beneficial if incorporated at the right time and with wisdom. The blind acceptance of either Western or Alternative medicine – without regard for any other option – could ultimately restrict a patient’s ability to heal.

We encourage our patients to approach all of their decisions prayerfully and wisely, whether that be about their decision to do traditional medical treatments, to take one of our recommended supplements or therapies, or to become a patient of our clinic altogether.

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Key Factor #4 – Using Herbs and Supplements

Proverbs 15:17 “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.”

Although CC implements an integrative approach in our patients’ programs, fundamentally we are an alternative clinic. In addition to dietary testing we also test for which specific supplements or nutraceuticals will help activate patients’ immune systems. There is no set supplemental protocol, each patient is tested based-upon his/her individual needs, and each patient moves forward with a supplement regimen uniquely theirs.

At CC we spend a great deal of time researching, testing and curating our supply of supplements so patients have full confidence that their individualized protocol consists of the best products the market has to offer.

Idealistically we would love our patients to get all of their nutrients through a healthy diet, but in today’s toxic and adulterated world that isn’t often possible. Therefore, a customized supplement regimen strikes a great balance between providing additional minerals & nutrients to patients’ nutritional input, and not overburdening patients’ systems with unnecessary or unhealthy products.

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Key Factor #5 – Releasing Suppressed Emotions

Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within mem, your consolation brought me joy.”

Emotional barriers which can prevent healing, or even cause dis-ease, are much more prevalent in the medical community than most people might realize. Hearing the words “you have cancer” can immediately induce feelings of shock, fear, panic, hopelessness and anger. The physical distress these feelings can cause may be enough to strangle a person’s immune system and send cancer into overdrive.

At CC we go to great lengths to provide our patients with tools to help assess their current mental & emotional states so they can work through what might be holding them back. We use our website as a teaching tool so patients can feel a greater sense of understanding and are empowered to make educated decisions for themselves. We’ve established a Conners Clinic Prayer Group on Facebook so both patients and non-patients can support each other through difficult times and hold one another up in prayer. We send our patients home with emotional exercises, meditations and videos which align with our commitment to “treat the whole person” and not just focus on the dis-ease.

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Key Factor #6 – Increasing Positive Emotions

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

An important aspect of CC’s program is that we do not have patients stay in our clinic for weeks or months on-end, instead we use our Two-Day Intensive to launch patients into their new at-home healing journeys. The reason for this is because lengthy clinic stays can generate dependency rather than empowerment. If a patient separates him/herself from everyday life in order to “heal”, then what happens when he/she returns home? Are they capable of maintaining the therapeutic regimens so easily accessible at the clinic? Or will they find themselves slowly slipping back into their former routines, routines which may have been fostering the very environment that rendered them sick?

Our goal is to empower patients to look for ways they can adjust their current lifestyles to better support their health, which ultimately increases their focus on the positive or best aspects of their lives. Instead of taking 2 months of work off to “heal” and then return to a normal schedule, perhaps the healthier option is negotiating a position change, working from home, or switching to part-time status. Instead of staying in a pristine, sanctuary-like clinic, the healthier option might be to look for ways to turn your own home into a healing sanctuary by decluttering, rearranging or remodeling. Instead of separating oneself from friends and family, the healthier option might be reaching out to them to lend a hand in establishing your new lifestyle. People who love you want to help, they might just need guidance as to how.

We don’t want our patients to focus on what they can’t do or what they don’t currently have, we want them to take responsibility for what they are capable of accomplishing and find the beauty, the positivity and the blessing in the actual journey.

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Key Factor #7 – Embracing Social Support

Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

A cancer diagnosis can be isolating. Add an alternative or natural therapy approach and a patient may actually feel ostracized from their support system (it is not uncommon for patients to be “fired” by their practitioners if they don’t immediately succumb to traditional medical recommendations). CC has established a support group for all of our full cancer plan patients so that they have a safe and non-judgemental space to ask questions, connect with their peers, and solicit much-needed encouragement, advice and love. Our entire team monitors the support group to help answer questions, and the support group is available 24/7.

Additionally, since CC is an integrative clinic we fully support and walk beside our patients if they choose to continue, return to, or embark on any traditional medical interventions. We do not fire our patients for choosing a complementary approach to their health, rather, we back their decisions 100%. We readily recognize that each of our patients has a responsibility to do what’s right for him/herself, and it is not our place to stand in the way of that.

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Key Factor #8 – Deepening Your Spiritual Connection

Psalm 34:4 “I prayed to the Lord and He answered me, He freed me from all my fears.”

CC is a Christian ministry. This does not mean that patients coming to work with us must maintain the same spiritual practices as our clinicians. On the contrary, we welcome people following any religion or spiritual disposition as long as patients understand we may address certain viewpoints from a different perspective. Whether or not our patients profess to be Christians, we strongly encourage them to find ways to deepen their daily spiritual practice or faith journey so that they may find hope in something bigger than themselves.

A spiritual practice can be the reason patients find strength to push through some of the darkest days of their lives. The Bible teaches its readers to not worry, to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid, and that there is no need to be anxious about anything. It teaches that faith will give us rest, that we are eternally loved, that we can have peace which surpasses all understanding, and that we are cared for. It teaches that God is a refuge, a strong tower, a source of strength, a hiding place, and a reason for us to sing with the joy of living.

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Key Factor #9 – Having Strong Reasons for Living

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that it prevails.”

Each of us desires to live a meaningful life and finding that purpose is never more important than when we are presented with grave circumstances. Cancer is not a guaranteed death sentence, but it certainly should be a wake-up call. At CC we encourage our patients to find the things in life which bring them the greatest joy and use them as supportive pillars along their journey.

A cancer diagnosis shouldn’t turn us into pill-popping, depressed, anti-social nay-sayers, it should be the reason we pull out the Bucket List and tackle “living” at full speed. Cancer should be the reason we learn to truly love others and ourselves; the reason we take an honest look at our lives and throw superficial quarrels or successes out the window; the reason we face our fears head-on and find the strength within ourselves to make miracles happen.

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