A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer
"There is so much wisdom in this heartfelt, moving, and deeply personal book"
— Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center; co-author, Anti-Cancer Living
In 1997, Timothy McCall, MD left a successful medical career to become a yoga therapist. Twenty years later, diagnosed with metastatic cancer, he returned his focus to the practice of medicine, this time as a patient. He would need all he had learned in both healing worlds….
Dr. McCall, author of the Amazon Bestseller Yoga As Medicine, leads us on a surprise-filled journey from South India to the US and back, from banana, jackfruit and coconut groves:
"Wearing only a muslin loincloth, I lie on a hardwood table. Its legs are still the original color, but the surface is stained dark from years of oil massages. A warm breeze stirs the sun-bleached crimson sari that separates the treatment room from the garden and the coconut palms outside."
… to sterile hospital wards:
"Conventional medicine handles disease the way conventional agriculture handles crop pests: excise and poison the invaders until they’ve been killed off. Holistic medicine, on the other hand, resembles organic gardening: nurture the soil in which your plants grow, and your plants will be healthy. I’m using both of these approaches: the cancer is being dosed with toxic chemicals and radiation, while the soil of my body is cared for with healthy whole foods, deep relaxation, and herbs."
Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey through Cancer is for yogis and non-yogis alike. It's for healthcare professionals, holistic healers and those facing health challenges — and anyone who loves a good story.
"A masterpiece written from the heart."
— Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, DLitt, Associate Professor of Surgery (Retired), Eastern Virginia Medical School; Past President, International Association of Yoga Therapists
Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer
by Timothy McCall, MD. Whole World Publishing.
Full-color Hardcover, 390 pages.
May 2, 2019. MSRP $36.
Praise for Saving My Neck
"There is so much wisdom in this heartfelt, moving, and deeply personal book. Dr. Timothy McCall takes us on a colorful journey from South India through the halls of American hospitals. He deftly describes how he wove together the best of conventional and complementary medicine into a treatment plan that was both safe and effective."
– Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Co-Author, Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six
"In this engaging memoir, Dr. Timothy McCall shows how he combined state-of-the-art scientific medicine with a variety of holistic healing tools, in order to address the many aspects of body, mind and spirit that modern medicine tends to neglect. This kind of integrative approach is the future of health care, and as this book deftly illustrates, it can be the present, too."
Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
“Dr. Timothy McCall’s new book documents his life-changing journey using Ayurvedic and Western medicine to cure his cancer. It is a guide that will change your life.”
– Dr. John Douillard, DC CAP, bestselling author and founder of LifeSpa.com, which has over 8 million YouTube views and 100k+ newsletter subscribers.
"Authoritative, compelling, and down-to-earth, Saving My Neck is also surprisingly relatable, even if one shares neither Dr. McCall's background, diagnosis or prognosis, because it helps us more deftly explore and navigate our own experiences with health, patient advocacy, medicine and mortality. I love this book, have highlighted many full pages of it, and expect to recommend it to many."
– Dr. Claudia Welch, DOM, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science
"A moving personal testimony to the wisdom and effectiveness of a holistic approach to cancer. As he achieves physical well-being and deeper self-knowledge, Timothy McCall, a distinguished physician-yogi, provides an inspiring example and guidance for all of us who may deal with the challenge of cancer."
– James S. Gordon, MD, author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression, and Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
"This is the first book I would give a friend recently diagnosed with cancer, IF my friend was open to both conventional and traditional healing methods – such as Yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine – AND, most importantly, willing to be an active participant in his or her own healthcare. If so, this is a wonderfully inspiring and educational resource. For traditional healing practitioners and researchers, this book is also an excellent education into why Evidence-Based Medicine does not appropriately or fairly evaluate those methods."
– John Kepner, Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists
“Saving My Neck is a must read for yoga therapists, and for their clients. I also recommend it to anyone with cancer or any other serious illness, who is looking for complementary and integrative healing, and to clinicians who are looking to provide such care.”
–Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Editor in Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy; Chief Editor, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care
"A masterpiece written from the heart."
– Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, DLitt (Yoga); Associate Professor of Surgery (Retired), Eastern Virginia Medical School; Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM), American College of Surgeons (ACS); Past President, Board of Directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists