4th Complementary & Alternative Cancer Conference

About Annie Appleseed Project

The Annie Appleseed Project was founded by Ann E. Fonfa when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Due to her chemical sensitivities, she refused chemotherapy, exploring alternatives. She has since attended hundreds of medical/scientific and research meetings to gather and disseminate information and has formed the Annie Appleseed Project (AAPr). The mission of the (AAPr) is "to provide information, education, advocacy and awareness for people with cancer about natural therapies, substances, lifestyle issues, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and other issues from the patient perspective."

About the Conference

AAPr held its 4th annual conference in early March 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida. I attended. The following is a summary:

There were over 21 speakers at the conference. Their main focus was to provide talks from many disciplines, and to offer the perspectives of practitioners, patients and their caregivers. There were speakers on nutrition, yoga, Qi Gong and Lebed Method classes, mind-body-spirit-connection, cleansing and safer products. There were also speakers on dietary supplements, Chinese and Western Herbology, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Thermography, Insulin Potentiation Therapy, Endothermic, Oncothermia, Lymph System Therapy, Electrochemical Therapy, IV Vitamin C Therapy, Therapeutic Mushrooms, Oncometabolics, to name a few, as well as a Breast Cancer Symposium. Conference DVDs can be purchased directly from the Annie Appleseed Project.

About Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines and practices not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional treatments for cancer often include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormonal therapy.

CAM treatments include a large number of practices and systems of health care that, for a variety of cultural, social, economic, or scientific reasons, have not been adopted by mainstream medicine.

Complementary Medicine refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine refers to the use of CAM in place of conventional medicine.

Complementary and alternative medicine therapies fall into five major categories:

  1. 1. Biologically Based Therapies
    Include substances found in nature, such as herbs, foods and vitamins. Some examples include dietary supplements and herbal products.
  2. 2. Alternative Medical Systems
    Include systems that have developed in non-Western cultures, such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
  3. 3. Mind-Body Interventions
    A variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. These techniques include meditation, prayer, mental healing, and therapies that use creative outlets such as art.
  4. 4. Energy Therapies
    Energy Therapies involve the use of energy fields.
  5. 5. Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
    Examples include chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation and massage.

Some Resources

For the past 35 years Moss has evaluated the claims of various conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments worldwide. He publishes a weekly newsletter to educate patients about alternative options. Visit his web site for more information.

www.NCCAM.nih.gov offers an extensive list of CAM treatments.

INTERNATIONAL Complementary and Alternative Medicine Assessment in the Cancer Field (CAM-Cancer) is working to build an international authoritative network around CAM research and to disseminate suitable evidence-based information regarding the efficacy/effectiveness and safety issues of CAM treatments. www.cam-cancer.org

Get More Information

For an extensive article by Elise Alpert describing the cancer treatments/therapies discussed at the Annie Appleseed Conference, please contact bkling@sharecancersupport.org

Michele Forsten has also written extensively about this conference.


Elise Alpert
Elise attended the Annie Appleseed Conference for SHARE in 2011.