Twenty-five years ago my doctors had no cure for my cancer. So I went on a quest to find my own treatment. This is my story... In 1991, Glenn Sabin was a 28-year-old newlywed diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)–a disease doctors called “uniformly fatal.” Treatments could buy him some time and eventually ease his discomfort, but there was no conventional cure. Glenn’s prognosis was clear: he was going to die. Although Glenn and his wife, Linda, continued to consult with doctors, cancer specialists and top oncologists, Glenn made a monumental decision: he would become his own health advocate. While he continued to “watch and wait,” Glenn would figure out how to stay alive. No one could predict when a large-scale clinical trial would discover a cure for CLL, so Glenn began his own, medically monitored and carefully researched lifestyle changes. He would conduct his own, single patient clinical trial. He would become an “n of 1.” Today, Glenn is not only alive, but a 2012 biopsy at Harvard confirmed that his bone marrow contains no leukemic cells. His case is now part of the medical literature. In n of 1, author Glenn Sabin takes readers along his remarkable journey with ‘incurable’ cancer, where he discovers:
- No two cancers are exactly alike. Our bodies, minds and diseases are unique, and need to be treated as such.
- Knowledge and empowerment are your best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis.
- Lifestyle changes are a powerful way to help prevent, manage and reduce the recurrence of disease—and to improve your quality of life.
- A strong support system and a clear mind may significantly improve your health.
We need to understand that self-induced healing is an entity. It is not a spontaneous remission. We all need to learn from those who don’t die when doctors expect them to. Glenn’s experience and book will help you to understand and to achieve what is involved in survival behavior.
Bernie Siegel, MD
Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and The Art of Healing
When I first met Glenn 10 years ago, he told me he was going to beat his chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Since then I have followed his activity and daily regimen, and indeed, he has been extremely successful. Is he an outlier or is his regimen worth studying on a larger scale?
David S. Rosenthal, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolHenry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene(Emeritus), Harvard University
Past president, American Cancer Society
How do we maintain a rigorous, scientific, yet open mind when it comes to discovery in medicine? In n of 1, Glenn Sabin reminds us that every observation is important—to be woven into the rubric of knowledge so that we may heal with collective experience.
Debu Tripathy, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
n of 1 should be required reading for all cancer patients, but especially anyone who has received a dire prognosis. Glenn’s determination, careful research, and willingness to change allowed him to find a cure for his “fatal” cancer, and we all have much to learn from his incredible experience.
Kelly Turner, PhD
New York Times bestselling author of Radical Remission:
Surviving Cancer Against All Odds
A remarkable story of self-efficacy and pure grit. Glenn is a poster child for evidence-based integrative oncology and an exemplar of what might be achieved for others. I highly recommend this book.Mark Hyman, MDDirector, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and 10-time #1 New York Times bestselling author
A special story about resilience and self-efficacy that resonates far and wide!
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Bestselling author of The China Study
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of
Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University