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- BALANCE

: nature's way to heal your body

by Susan Manion MacDonald, consultant editor Virginia Houston, edited by Francis Mitchell

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Canadian Best-Seller (5th large print run in 2 years). Inspiring book of courage and perseverance by the author who was diagnosed with terminal cancer with no offer of treatment or hope via conventional medicine. But one year later, using ‘natural medicine’ and detoxification, her cancer was gone; a year later a quality of health and vitality she had not known for thirty years. Learn how you too can reverse critical illnesses, improve your energy, and maintain quality health. Important chapters dealing with cancer, detoxification, blood pH, food additives, exercise, nutrition, caring for and understanding your body, coping skills, plus recipes and common home remedies

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Susan Manion MacDonald

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Virginia Houston

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Francis Mitchell

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Contributor Notes

Foreword/Biography-- Today, Susan Manion MacDonald is a thriving mother of three, a grandmother, sister and partner to husband Jim. She is currently living her dream of helping others through her work as a naturo-therapist and owner of the JTW Natural Health Guidance Centre. She has abundant energy and excellent health to meet all of her personal and family commitments, and live life to the fullest.

But it was not always that way!

Born Susan Manion in 1949 in Ottawa, the second of six children, she attended a variety of Roman Catholic schools in a host of cities and towns throughout Canada and the United States - as her father transferred constantly to new locations as a member of the Canadian Air Force. She learned to make friends quickly, but they did not last - and, as a result, her siblings became her real ‘best’ friends.

However, there was a lot of instability in an alcoholic home and she dropped out of school at age sixteen to marry her first love, and subsequently suffered eight years of mental and physical abuse for the sake of her first daughter. In hindsight that was a huge mistake as that relationship ended in violence, following which Susan jumped almost immediately into a new four year relationship that fared no better and ended badly as well.

Quite early in her first marriage she had lost her family values, traditions and any semblance of self-esteem and balance - to the point of attempted suicide - and ended up on social assistance. And, if that was not enough, in 1977 a fire destroyed their apartment and all of the family’s possessions. Susan and her daughters were fortunate to escape with their lives.

But somehow she persevered and survived, as she now had two daughters to care for. She worked at several jobs and volunteered within the community, learning and growing more each day. Through these experiences, Susan developed new life skills and responsibility, as well as interpersonal and organizational skills - all of which contributed to her self-esteem and sense of self-worth. She was beginning to find stability in her life, and her sense of balance and personal worth was strengthened in 1978 when she met and married Jim MacDonald, a caring, trusting man who shared her values, traditions and love.

Life was good!

She continued to work at a variety of interesting jobs and career paths, including work as an assistant to the federal Member of Parliament, and as president of the provincial constituency association. She also completed high school, attained university credits, and earned a diploma in adult education.

She was on a lifetime high, but that would soon come to an abrupt halt in December, 2002 when she walked into her Doctor’s office and heard those most dreaded of words: “You have terminal cancer!”

With no offer of viable treatment options, nor any words of hope, many people in the same situation might be crushed, but this was a new Susan. She faced the situation head on, and not only survived, but thrived through dogged determination, faith, and a profound commitment to research, which not only cured her cancer, but ultimately formed the basis for her life’s work and this book.

It is a story worth reading. It is a model for how ordinary people can improve their health and the quality of their lives by emulating what Susan did, or by simply following her advice. Do not wait until you become ill before beginning to walk the walk - the advice in this book is both preventative as well as restorative. And do not forget to ask for help - everyone knows how to give advice, but often we do not have the skills or courage to seek assistance from others.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
16 to 85
Grade:
11 to 17
Awards
  • Commended, Canadian Best Seller
  • Commended, Nova Scotia Best-seller
Editorial Review

1. “If you are interested in preventing cancer or looking for ways to assist yourself in getting well from cancer or any other degenerative disease, I strongly recommend this book . . . following the author’s main premise - that of BALANCE. Susan is travelling the road to wellness herself by following the recommendations in this book.” Bruce Hayhoe (Naturopathic Doctor)

2. “An exhaustive body of research written in simple terms with a voice that radiates hope . . .” JuliannaBergwerff, Atlantic Books Today

3. “Gifts such as this have a way of finding a path of their own . . agreat resource and a great story . . . highly recommended.” Christina, ISSUES Magazine (BC).

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