Profile of the holistic cancer therapist W. Douglas Brodie, MD, HMD. (Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics)

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Author: Morton Walker
Date: February-March 2002
From: Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients(Issue 223-224)
Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,785 words

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This is the 30th year that W. Douglas Brodie, MD, HMD, of Reno, Nevada has practiced anticancer medicine using innovative and integrative methods of healing. Correctly identified today as an American holistic cancer therapist, Dr. Brodie came to his present calling only after struggling with his conscience. He has fought a difficult struggle because Dr. Brodie's natural and nontoxic anticancer methods of treatment had been offensive to California's medical establishment. Today, having long since moved away from any jurisdiction by that oncologically backward state, he performs benevolently as a conscientious physician to provide cancer patients with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

In 1955, as Chief Medical Resident at the Highland-Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, California, young Dr. Doug Brodie was exposed to the misery of cancer patients being given the usual conventional treatments. He was forced to administer chemotherapy to sick and uninformed people. It was quite obvious to him that such cytotoxic therapies made them even sicker. And his giving poisonous treatment altered the new physician's medical beliefs. He could not avoid giving cytotoxic therapy to cancer patients because this is what the protocols of their attending physicians required from him.

That previous Highland-Alameda cancer treatment experience planted in Dr. Brodie a disillusionment with the efficacy, usefulness, or appropriateness of almost any standard, conventionally-practiced procedures of oncology which continue today. So his current right-minded cancer therapies reflect his personal recognition of what is right and wrong regarding intrinsic actions and motives as a physician who administers to patients with malignancies. Foundations for his practice today go back to that period of his chief residency, approximately 47 years ago.

The Caring and Compassionate Cancer Therapist

During interviews with Dr. Douglas Brodie, I learned about the inner man -- his humanity, empathy, tenderness, and openness to individuals from all walks of life. My recognition is that he also possesses an intuitive perception as to the needs of his cancer patients. His vast knowledge of complementary/alternative methods of healing offers many patients the chance to overcome their malignancies. Most of all, however, Dr. Brodie has an ability to connect with the sick person's conscious and subconscious mind. Here is where he stands out as a cancer therapist -- caring and compassion are this doctor's emotional tools for mending people who seek his services.

"With almost all cancer patients, I attempt to establish a warm and close relationship because my belief is that I cannot help anybody who is sick unless I create a bond between us. During my over four decades of private practice, one of the most important aspects of treatment has been for me to get into the individual's mind to understand all of the underlying factors which led to the disease," Dr. Brodie says. "I do feel a true caring and compassion for those who put their lives in my hands.

"Anytime I lose a patient, the circumstance take a toll on my mind and emotions. I must work at not allowing such a loss to cause me to...

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Walker, Morton. "Profile of the holistic cancer therapist W. Douglas Brodie, MD, HMD. (Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics)." Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, no. 223-224, Feb.-Mar. 2002, pp. 130+. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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