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It’s a miracle! Don’t scoff, says top shrink, we can heal ourselves

Spirituality and science aren’t bitter bedfellows at all, says a man who studies remarkable recoveries from illness

Luke Mintz

At 63, Claire Haser was looking forward to a quiet retirement in Hawaii when she was diagnosed with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the most lethal form of pancreatic cancer, which kills 96% of those it affects within five years.

The former healthcare administrator was offered Whipple surgery, a risky and invasive procedure to remove part of her pancreas and stomach, leaving her in debilitating pain. But she decided against it after watching hours of YouTube footage of Whipple patients writhing in agony.

Instead, Haser changed her diet, shifting towards plant-based foods and eliminating sugar. At the same time she psychologically accepted the inevitability of her own demise, forgiving those with whom she had quarrelled and embracing friends and family in her tight community in Portland, Oregon...

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