Karen Berrios Inner Healing - is't ok to take collagen if you had breast cancer

Why I Chose the Holistic Approach

Why I Chose the Holistic Approach

Holistic Approach.Holistic Approach. I started to educate myself as soon as I received my cancer diagnosis. My goal was to gather all the facts that I could, analyze it all, pray for guidance, and then make a rational decision.

I gathered information from different physicians and clinics in various geographic areas. I read books, including “Cancer: Step Outside the Box” by Ty M. Bollinger, “Beating Cancer with Nutrition,” by Patrick Quillin, and “The China Study” by Thomas and T. Colin Campbell. I visited a wide range of websites and read what seemed like hundreds of articles. I attended lectures, read postings on discussion boards, and more.

I gathered all the facts, laid it all out, prayed, and meditated. While I know that some people are just too ill to do all of this homework, that they really need an advocate to handle this for them, I was grateful to be able to look at all the statistics, read all the information, and make my own decision. Because ultimately I think that if we really sit with ourselves and spend time with ourselves in stillness, and truly focus on the facts that are laid out there, we will know what we need to do.

And the thing that was resonating with my mind and spirit and inner being was the holistic approach.

This conviction was reinforced in my consultations with various medical specialists, especially the surgeons. When I would ask these specialists questions about why I had cancer, how my diet may have impacted my situation, or what additional steps I could proactively take to improve the situation, they had no answers. None. Nada. Zip. The answers I got were along the lines of “It’s just bad luck, maybe something in your genes. But that’s okay. We’ll just remove it and treat it and then you’ll continue going on living your life as you always have.”

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But this just did not make sense to me. God did not create us to get cancer. There must be external and/or internal influences of some sort. Take food, for example. If you look at the things that mankind is now doing to our food—pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other toxic things—it seems to me that this must have an impact on our bodies today. If you compare how food was grown and produced 50 years ago to now, you’ll see it was completely different. It’s no coincidence that cancer rates were much lower then.

Nutrition is just one factor. It seemed to me that there must be many more.

I felt that I had to take responsibility for what was happening to me, and be responsible for making changes for my health. Because I wanted to live, and I believed that if I had been doing things right in the first place my body would not have developed cancer. So why would I want to go right back to whatever it was that got me here? Wouldn’t that approach increase the chances that I would get cancer again?

The truth is, throughout this entire education and fact-gathering process, the one thing that kept resonating with me was the holistic approach. It made sense. The conventional medical approach did not. So the holistic approach is what I chose.

Power Thought:

I choose to rest in God’s grace to carry me through my journey in peace with confident trust believing in faith for the evidence of things not yet seen.


  1. margaret on April 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Hey Karen
    when I was first diagnosed I was upset and didn’t understand the disease, I too had questions.. why did I have this how did I get this and what can I do about it. the Doctors had no answers except surgery and hormone pills, I prayed and seeked God for help. So I learned everything I could. I discovered the natural treatments, the Holistic treatments and so I prayed more and researched some more and learned so much about papillary thyroid cancer. I felt like surgery wasn’t for me so, I started eating healthy and juicing so I can make my body strong and started taking Vitamins and other stuff to help my body become healthier. before I had this diagnose I was eating very unhealthy eating tons of sugar, white breads, fast food, candy, pizza, ice cream, milk, dairy etc.. I was overweight. Then I talked to my Mother who was diagnosed with thyroid nodules in her 40’s or 50’s and she had a FNA (a biopsy procedure) but doctors couldn’t get a good reading on so they wanted her to have surgery to do another biopsy on her and she refused she is now 73 years old with her thyroid and nodules she says she can feel them every now and then but she doesn’t let them bother her and since her thyroid is functioning shes not having it out! So does my mother have papillary thyroid cancer? We don’t know and she won’t let them biopsy her no more. As I started learning more about papillary thyroid cancer I have realized its more common then people think and more and more people are starting to have it so it makes one wonder if its all the high tech machines finding these small cancers that aren’t ever going to bother us and they are best left alone. I chose to treat mine Holistically and I know GOD created our bodies perfectly and our bodies can repair and heal. He has healed us 🙂

    • Karen Berrios on April 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Margaret, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your journey with Thyroid Cancer. I’m so proud of you for taking responsibility of your health. I’m sure the Lord is leading your path to complete healing and discovery of a different yet better life… Truly an invitation to live again…!!!
      I’m glad to hear your mom is doing well, she sounds determined and in-charge of her health… Excellent !! Great supporter for you I am sure.
      My doctor told me once, imagine a beautiful luxurious car filled with attractive upgrades and a great motor, it runs well and it functions just right BUT it has a tiny dent however this car with proper care can last a life time even with its dent. This is how I see your nodule, your moms and mine, it might shrink, go away completely or it may remain a life time.
      Keep up your good work steady and focused on your healing. God bless you Margaret… Praying God’s healing, love and peace over you and your journey 🙂

  2. Melissa McHugh-Garcia on November 18, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Hello! I completely resonate with what you have written in the article. I could’ve written it myself! My diagnosis came several months ago. Leiomysarcoma, starting in abdomen and now metastasized to lungs. I am 39, married, with two girls 7 & 11. I stepped away from conventional medicine after 3 surgeries and seeing that I was getting worse not better. I had 3 oncologists that wanted me to have more surgery and start chemo but were not offering me any promises on the outcome. I knew it was time to reevaluate my life and correct every avenue where I had gone wrong. I now know that cancer is a whole body disease and am working on a complete healing using alternative methods for the mind, body and spirit. What a journey! It’s great to know that there are many others in this situation who have similar beliefs and share the same goal. Thank you!

  3. John Bailey on November 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks Karen,
    A single session of chemo for NHL and I lost my hearing. I now realise that the treatment was needed so that I could galvanise myself, overcome my wife’s resistance to the direction of my choosing. I now feel that the whole episode has been a blessing that has woken me out of many years slumber. A scan 10 weeks later and the stage 4 lymphoma had disappeared. The universe opens its arms once you start looking. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I am truly high on life. I’ll complete the two-year detox period next month.
    Best wishes to you and yours.

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