Book on natural medicine tells story of cancer struggle

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - It has been nearly five years since Susan MacDonald was given the gift of cancer.

AMHERST - It has been nearly five years since Susan MacDonald was given the gift of cancer.

That's right, when MacDonald was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2002, she didn't get angry or depressed. She was determined to defeat cancer and turned to natural medicine to beat it.

"I decided that I wanted to live so I had to find another way. I found natural medicine, which I hardly knew anything about it at the time," MacDonald said. "I found that I was feeling better, I was getting my energy back and my allergies were going away."

A year later her cancer was gone.

During her ordeal, MacDonald did a lot of research on natural medicine and discovered that was no real book that explained everything in simple terms. Because of this she decided to write her own book to simplify things for people forced to go through what she did.

The result, "Balance, nature's way to heal your body" was published by New World Publishing and was launched during a celebration in Amherst last week.

At first, MacDonald taught a course on natural medicine at the Cumberland YMCA, but she soon discovered a four-hour course wasn't enough to tell people what they wanted to know. That's where the book came from.

"The book is my story, going through the process that I went through," MacDonald said, adding her abilities as a researcher helped her through the process. Unfortunately, most people don't have that ability.

Her book is simple and ideal for those looking for guidance during a time of need.

"Balance actually stands for body, acid-alkaline, lymph and liver, additives and chemicals, nutrition, coping skills and exercise. Each chapter describes how you can get your body to balance and how those parts are important," said MacDonald, who feels writing the book has empowered her to help others.

MacDonald, who had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, wants to help others live a healthier life.

"I hope to help prevent illness," she said. "For people who are ill, I hope they realize what they have is the symptoms of an unhealthy body, whether its arthritis, or multiple schlerosis or something else. If you bring your body back to balance then you have a chance to be disease free."

The book, she said, guides people from step to step from the proper amount of water, to detoxification, to clean food

Organizations: New World Publishing

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Mona peeples
    May 11, 2012 - 06:36

    can you tell me the name of the bath detox for people that are going through cancer treatment??

  • Melanie
    January 18, 2010 - 11:24

    Where can we get this book?

  • Charlene
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    Susan is currently sharing her book through events, at Coles in Amherst and at the All In One Health Mart in Amherst. Until it is distributed out to more locations it can also be purchased through her web site ( or by emailing her at