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Dealing With Cancer

Can alternatives help?

In Search of a Cure continued...

As for Nick Steiner, the New Jersey physician knew that there was no scientific proof that Chinese herbs could slow the growth of cancer. But he was also willing to put his trust in a system of healing that had evolved over thousands of years. And he liked the multifaceted approach that Wong offered, which included both herbs to help fight the tumors and herbs that might strengthen his immune system and boost his energy.

Since 1997, he has been boiling up a pot of a dozen Chinese herbs and drinking the brew five times a week -- and during that time his cancer has been in remission. "I know there's no way I can prove that the herbs are the reason I'm still alive," he says. "But I'm convinced they are. And I'm more convinced than ever that alternative treatments like this should be made available to all cancer patients."

Peter Jaret is a freelance writer based in Petaluma, Calif. His work has appeared in Health, Hippocrates, National Geographic, and many other publications.

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