Cancer Journey

with Herbalist and Cancer Survivor Mary Pat Palmer
and Matthew Wood

We begin by laying out the basic physiology of cancer. The growth of cancer involves the extracellular matrix, and this was not understood until the early twenty-first century. (Reading on this will be provided.)

Mary Pat discusses her own case, starting with a dangerous condition in her colon that was pointed out to her by herbalist William LeSassier. He sent her to oncology. She discusses the subsequent course she took and why she made her decisions; and the herbs she used.

We also share some amazing histories. Last but not least, we discuss many herbs traditionally and reputedly used for cancer, including: Lady’s Thumb (Polygonum persicaria), Red Clover, Violet, Ground Ivy, Echinacea, Chaga (and mushrooms in general), Raw Sesame Seed, Oak bark (for lymphedema from mastectomy; not for cancer per se), and Nigella (immune support; standard practice in Saudi Arabia for cancer patients).

NOTE: This is not medical advice. We are sharing personal accounts and case histories of those who credit herbs in helping their Cancer Journey.


  • Support Materials

    40 pages of manuscripts (view only, not downloadable) by Matthew Wood plus links to additional helpful resources

  • 1 year access to materials and Q&A

    1 year to view and review content, ask questions, and discuss with fellow students and teachers.

  • 3 hours of teaching

    3 hours of in-depth teaching with Matthew Wood and Mary Pat Palmer.


    1. Cancer Journey - Preview

    2. About the Bonus Material

    3. The Incurables Part 1

    4. The Incurables Part 2

    5. The Incurables Part 3

    6. The Incurables Part 4

    1. Welcome Message

    1. About Non-Downloadable Documents

    2. Ground Substance by Matthew Wood (40 pages, not downloadable)

    3. Congealed Blood by Matthew Wood (11 pages, not downloadable)

    4. A Journey Through Catastrophic Illness; Surviving Cancer With Alternative Medicine by Mary Pat Palmer, MA, RH (AHG) (7 pages, not downloadable)

    5. Cancer Journey - Summary Notes

    1. Cancer Journey Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Links

    2. Cancer Journey Part 1 - Video

    3. Cancer Journey Part 1 - Audio

    4. Cancer Journey Part 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Links

    5. Cancer Journey Part 2 - Video

    6. Cancer Journey Part 2 - Audio

    1. Tests and Certificates

    2. Cancer and The Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Test

    3. Cancer and The Blood Test

    4. Cancer and The Bone Marrow Test

    5. Cancer and The Lymph Test

    6. Cancer and The Cell Test

    7. Cancer and Toxins Test

    8. Cancer and Herbs Test

    9. Cancer - Definitions Test

    1. Please share your thoughts

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 28 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content



Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.

Single class purchase

1-year access to this class

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(Full list can be found on The Library page.)

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Certificates designed and signed by Matthew Wood are available for purchase to those who successfully complete all tests with a passing grade of 70% or better. More details regarding herbal course certificates are here.

Tests are multiple-choice, and multiple attempts are permitted.

For those of you seeking clinical hours, we have a list of all classes/courses with corresponding accreditation hours.

5 star rating

Excellent course

Signee Hoffman

I learned so much in this class.I learned about Chaga which I never knew about.

I learned so much in this class.I learned about Chaga which I never knew about.

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Jeanette Hess

Thank you so much for the relatable stories that help with remembering of the information. Real world uses and a great atmosphere. I value the information w...

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Thank you so much for the relatable stories that help with remembering of the information. Real world uses and a great atmosphere. I value the information with clear explanations with a solid understanding of the herbs and why each one is used for what purpose. Thank you

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About our Co-teacher Mary Pat Palmer


I received my MA in Psychotherapy in 1979. Subsequently, I worked for over 20 years in hospitals and private practice, primarily with psychogeriatrics and incest survivors. I also served as the President of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor Association.

I received my Registered Herbalist status from AHG and am now a Northern California herbalist who has been diagnosed with cancer twice. The first time in 2001, Colon Cancer, was Stage 4 and after surgery, I was told I would die without chemotherapy. I chose herbs, mushrooms, and acupuncture and am quite alive. The second time was about 2010 and was Ovarian Cancer following a burst ovarian cyst and a CA125 test that was very high. That is a very unreliable test, so I decided against a hysterectomy in favor of herbs, mushrooms, and acupuncture. It took four months to get below the marker. My herbalist friends have been invaluable beginning with William Le Sassier who diagnosed me in a class on facial diagnosis.

Learn more about Mary Pat at