There were three triggers that led to the birth of this book. When I saw the movie ‘First Do No Harm’ starring Meryl Streep, I realised there were many, many more recovery stories to tell. The film is about a young boy who had life-threatening epilepsy, having multiple severe seizures every day. He had been treated with every possible medication, had had brain surgery, and was still having seizures. Eventually, he was given a ketogenic diet and recovered within a few days. The boy had no more seizures.

Paediatricians and neurologists know about the ketogenic diet, but they generally don’t tell their patients about the diet, and prescribe medications. It turns out the ketogenic diet for epilepsy has been successfully used by families since the 1920s. My first reaction was: “I bet loads of people would love to know about this diet and this story”.

Next, I was attending an Autism Forum in Sydney. A US paediatrician presented a case of a non-verbal nine-year-old boy, who had been diagnosed with an IQ of 70. His parents had been advised to have him institutionalised and get on with their lives. Unhappy with this bleak recommendation, they consulted with a biomedical paediatrician who treated him with diet and supplements. He improved, and then found his IQ was around 140. No one dares to speak of recovery from autism, and here I was sitting at conference in the early 2000s that was teaching parents and practitioners how to treat autism and recover from it. That was a pivotal moment in my career.

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Then, I came across an Australian bloke I’ll call ‘Bill’ who had treated his own Stage 4 melanoma using nutrition and supplements. When his friend got prostate cancer, he told him about what he had done, and he recovered too. Same story with another friend who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. In Bill’s own words: “Not bad for a layman.”

When I’m out socially, I’m often told about someone’s cancer, a child with epilepsy and so many recently diagnosed children with autism. I always mention potential recovery from ‘incurable’ diseases, but there is usually a blank look of disbelief. If this was true, wouldn’t their doctor would tell them? Oftentimes though, their doctor hasn’t heard about treatments other than what they learned at medical school. I didn’t learn about them at naturopathic college either.

Few people dare to believe that it is possible to successfully treat conditions like autism, epilepsy, cancer and other serious illnesses. We are taught: ‘If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is’. So I decided I would find out about people who have defied the odds and survived. I interviewed survivors of debilitating diseases to as many people as I could from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England and Mexico. These people were brilliant, enthusiastic, and passionate about letting the other people know about how they recovered. They allowed me to interview them because they really wanted to let other people know how they got through their diagnosis. I loved listening to dozens of stories of people who were not prepared to accept that they would be disabled, in pain, or die, and used a range of non-orthodox treatments to recover. They were courageous. I am so thrilled to bring their stories to you.

Several years later, Good News for People with Bad News  emerged.

I hope these life-giving stories move you to do a little investigating on the choice of treatment options out there that you might benefit from. The Resources section at the back of the book refers to key websites, books and other resources which are intended to save readers from exhausting themselves trawling through websites.

Some of the people I interviewed said that they had to take a look at some websites a second or third time, because they thought what they’d seen sounded just too good to be true. Turns out they were seeing something that really was that good.

I wish you well in your health-giving journey.