Amidst the global pandemic, volunteer cast and crew drove in from across Washington state, donning masks and practicing social distancing, to film against the backdrop of the stunning Olympic Peninsula forest - for Iraqis in Pajamas' music video, "Cancer Is My Engine."The video tells the story of front woman Loolwa Khazzoom's choice to reject the conventional thyroidectomy treatment for thyroid cancer, despite medical and financial pressure. Khazzoom instead chose to approach the diagnosis as an opportunity for radically transforming her life - such as by going vegan and practicing numerous forms of mind-body medicine...
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Loolwa Khazoom is one of the most uniquely powerful and creative people I have ever met...I recall her experience with thyroid cancer and the remarkable intelligence, research, and deep thoughtfulness she put into making her decisions about treatment. In her case, she decided to go with an intensive immersion in natural healing, involving dietary changes, deep mind/body/spirit work, dance, and natural remedies. She’s obviously been successful...and all credit goes to her and her fierce belief in following the life that her deep soul guides her in. This song and video, "Cancer is my Engine," is just a taste of the passion and commitment that Loolwa brings not only to her healing, but to everything she does.
Martin L. Rossman, MDFighting Cancer from Within: How to Use the Power of Your Mind for Healing
Pay attention to Loolwa Khazzoom, especially if you ever had cancer. Music and dance became her path to healing, along with a robust program of organic foods, botanicals, and nutrients. I am a medical oncologist and hematologist who worked with Ms. Khazzoom as a patient from 2012 to 2014, and watched her large malignant thyroid nodules (Hurthle cell tumor) stabilize as she found her voice, and made cancer her engine, as the song goes.
To me, cancer represents not an enemy, but a call for transformation. Loolwa transformed her life profoundly, followed her intuition wherever it took her, and healing was the result. The joy that this transformation brought into her life is in every breath of her music, in every tone of her chants, in the fluid movements of her dancing...We can all learn from Loolwa Khazzoom. And enjoy her music.
Dwight L. McKee MD, CNS, ABIHMAuthor, After Cancer Care: The Definitive Self-Care Guide to Getting and Staying Well for Patients with Cancer
Loolwa Khazzoom's journey from cancer to healing demonstrates how attention to emotions, attitudes, and lifestyle can serve as powerful factors promoting recovery. Her experience should give hope and guidance to anyone facing serious health challenges. She reminds us that healing forces originate from within, not only from without. In a world enchanted with high-tech approaches to health and wellness, this is a message we desperately need to remember.
Larry Dossey, MDNY Times Bestselling Author, The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Executive Editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Loolwa is a force of nature. It's no surprise to us that the cancer wilted beneath her phenomenal presence and no wonder also, that her courageous heart expresses itself so eloquently in the hurricane of her gritty music.
Deva Premal & MitenBillboard chart-topping musicians and pioneers of mantra music
Iraqis in Pajamas song, "Cancer Is My Engine," is the soundtrack for the epigenetics revolution. This soulful music, inspirational lyrics, and captivating music video awaken us to the fact that with a positive mindset and healthy lifestyle choices, we can heal ourselves from chronic illness, no matter what our genetic predisposition. Through her bold decision to follow her heart through a cancer diagnosis, songwriter Loolwa Khazzoom is now living proof that music is truly medicine and that with the right mindset, a cancer diagnosis can serve as the portal to an extraordinary life.
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MDAuthor, Change Your Genes, Change Your Life
"Cancer Is My Engine" is a wonderful story about our body’s tremendous ability to heal—if we give it a chance.
Joseph Pizzorno, ND Author, The Toxin Solution, Editor, Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal