We arose on Thursday with a message in our inbox from a listener who had included a link to a story which told of Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s passing. Not knowing whether this was a rumor or not, as the major alternative websites were not running the story, we contacted Dr. Gaynor’s office and were told that his passing is indeed true. We didn’t ask for details and will not speculate. We will, however share some highlights of the great work he did and say that we are extremely saddened by his departure.
Update: The New York Times has run a story saying Dr. Gaynor committed suicide. Did he? Maybe he was just curing and educating too many people. He’s the 11th holistic doctor to add to the list of mysterious doctor deaths
Books written by Dr. Gaynor:
Bio from Dr. Gaynor’s Website:
Gaynor Integrative Oncology was founded by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a board certified medical oncologist, internist and hematologist. Currently, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Gaynor also served as the medical director and director of medical oncology at the Weill Cornell Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Mitchell Gaynor, MD, founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology (GIO), is also affiliated with New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Gaynor has served on the Executive Review Panel at the Department of Defense – Alternative Medicine for Breast Cancer Sector and the Smithsonian Institute’s Symposium on New Frontiers in Breast Cancer and the Environment. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at hospitals, conferences, and universities throughout America and abroad.
Dr. Gaynor is a leading oncologist who has pioneered new strategies for both the treatment and prevention of cancer. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and five books:
•Sounds of Healing (Broadway Books 1999)
•Dr. Gaynor’s Cancer Prevention Program (Kensington Health 1999)
•Healing Essence (Kensington Health 2000)
•The Healing Power of Sound (Shambhala 2002)
•Nurture Nature, Nurture Health: Your Health and the Environment (Nurture Nature Press 2005)
His work has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, Healthy Living, Vegetarian Times, and many other publications. He has also been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Edge with Paula Zahn, Discovery Health, CNN, and Fox News.
Gaynor Integrative Oncology has a practice located in Manhattan at 215 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021. To meet with Dr. Gaynor for an initial consultation, please call the office: 212-472-2828. The practice coordinates care between Dr. Gaynor, nutritionists, physical therapists, and other health professionals to develop the best treatment plan for each patient and to help patients restore their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. GIO is unique because unlike many centers and practices that simply offering a smorgasbord of integrative services to patients, Dr. Gaynor tailors the use of treatments to each individual patient’s needs.
Over the last 30 years, Dr. Gaynor has studied the mechanism of bioactive nutrients on cancer-related gene expression, as well as signaling proteins and transcription factors that also affect these genes. These nutrients have powerful effects on inflammation, hormone regulation, toxin metabolism, cell growth, and angiogenesis – all at the level of our gene expression.
Dr. Gaynor is a well respected pioneer in Integrative Oncology. His practice offers cutting edge personalized cancer therapies and diagnostics. This includes chemotherapy, monoclonal antibodies and targeted therapy. In addition, Dr. Gaynor customizes a targeted nutritional program for each patient that focuses on several areas:
•Cell and blood vessel growth
The practice also provides music-based meditation sessions and educational conferences for music therapy, yoga, chi-gong, and other alternative therapy instruction. Patients may participate in both group classes as well as see individual practitioners. Patients can thus incorporate meditation, healing sounds, guided imagery, and cognitive behavioral therapy, in concert with activities such as restorative physical therapy, aerobic exercise, chi-gong as well as botanical and nutritional counseling.
This type of practice meets individual patient needs, which are unique to patients confronting cancer. No other disease, with the possible exception of AIDS, generates as much fear and apprehension as cancer. Gaynor Integrative Oncology has as its mission to treat the entire person by emphasizing healing in a way that acknowledges the complex nature of chronic illness. As a result, Dr. Gaynor works with every level of the body’s healing processes (physiologic, genetic, psychosocial and spiritual) to create an optimal state of well-being. Gaynor Integrative Oncology is making available to patients the tools needed to enhance health through state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and assessments, dietary and life-style changes, use of nutritional counseling, and mind-body health supporting techniques.
Since President Nixon declared war on cancer almost 50 years ago, the major advance is that we have become better able to kill cancer cells, but this has not achieved the goal of finding a cure in many cases. The most hopeful development is the understanding that dormant cancer cells develop commonly in people. The key is both to keep these cells dormant and re-induce dormancy by focusing on therapies that inhibit abnormal formation of new blood vessels around tumors (angiogenesis) and help cells regain the ability to die when they are old (apoptosis), strengthen the parts of the immune system that are responsible for fighting cancer using therapies such as interleukin 2 and colony stimulating factors, as well as focusing on decreasing tumor promoters such as insulin-like growth factor, AP 1, and NF-kappaB.
Apparently, then, if we’re waging a war against cancer, our strategies are sorely in need of improvement. This is not surprising, considering our inadequate responses to the threats that surround us. What we put in our bodies, the way we live our lives and ultimately, the way we treat our planet, plays a role in our risk for cancer. Because of the nature of cancer, the best cure by far, is never to get it.
Gaynor Integrative Oncology allows patients to integrate state-of-the-art allopathic medicine with nutrition and mind-body techniques, which Dr. Gaynor has pioneered. This integrative program is the foundation for creating a healing partnership between doctor and patient.