In the beginning of August 2016 my daughter in-law Andrea told her mother and me that she was told by her doctor that she had third stage cancer of the uterus and third stage cancer of the cervix. This came as quite a shock to both of us because Andrea was only thirty years old.Andrea also said that the doctor had also scheduled her for a pap smear for the first week of September. Andrea knew that I had been spending a lot of time on the computer researching cancer cures because I have several friends who are stricken with this disease and Andrea wanted to know what I recommended.I am 63 years old and in my lifetime I have witnessed the media announce several different cancer cures that were all silenced. I believe that the medical industry makes too much money from the chemo treatments to ever want to really find a cure for this disease that is killing all our loved ones. This only makes sense because what would you do if you were making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on chemo therapy, you lived in a huge mansion behind a gated community and you knew if the public ever found about all the cancer cures available your money would dry up.I am amazed at all the grief and sorrow these people have put us through so they can live in their gated communities. The big Pharma industry is a 300 billion dollar a year industry mostly from chemo therapy. The health insurance industry is a trillion dollar a year industry. Think of how much money would be saved without cancer treatments. Any time you make the choice to put money ahead of people you are at risk of paying heavenly dues.Some of the cures that have been already silenced are, in 2007 channel 7 news in Los Angeles reported that cancer had finally been cured. They reported that the doctors were taking white blood cells from the patients and breeding them in a dish and then injecting them back into the patients thus curing the cancer. I heard this story only once on channel 7 news. I never seen or heard of any followups since then.In 2015 HBO had a special about cancer. This doctor was taking T cells from aids patients and injecting them into cancer patients thus destroying the cancer. This doctor said that he expected to receive the patent from the FDA sometime in 2016. That never happened because it is already 2017. He was either bought off or killed.The German doctor Leonard Coldwell has a cancer clinic in Germany and has a cancer cure rate of 92%. When he tried to establish a clinic in the United States the drug industry tried to buy his patent. When he wouldn’t sell he has had his car blown up and has been shot at several times. Dr Coldwell also stated in his book “The Only Answer To Cancer” that when the people of Big Pharma get cancer they fly to Germany for treatment.Also in Dr Coldwell’s book he uses Certified Food Grade 35% hydrogen Peroxide to cure cancer. He would start his patient’s with three drops in 8 ounces of distilled water per day and increase the dosage by one drop per day until he reached 25 drops. We did this treatment on a friend of a friend who had leukemia. After the treatment was completed he went to his doctor and his blood work came back as “normal”.Just recently it has been reported that doctors were finding that anti-fungal drugs were curing cancer by accident. Of course that’s all that was ever said about anti-fungal drugs and the doctors keep right on killing their patients with chemo therapy. Any substance that kills fungus kills cancer.Anti-fungal drugs curing cancer should not be of any surprise to any doctor. In 1931 doctor Otto Heinrich Warburg of Germany received the Noble Peace Prize in medicine. One of his studies concluded that cancer is a fungus. This is the same claim that Dr.Tullio Simoncini of Italy has been saying for years. The American doctors claim that Dr Tullio Simoncini is a quack and yet don’t offer not one shred of proof as to why he’s a quack.Dr Tullio Simoncini has a video on YouTube where he shows the cancerous tumors inside a patient and how he washes the cancerous tumors away with a baking soda solution. Dr Tullio also tells a story about this patient who was in a coma and had a cancerous brain tumor. The other doctors gave the patient no chance of recovery. Dr Tullio administered an IV containing a solution of baking soda. After seven hours the patient regained consciousness and the tumor was gone.Dr Mark Sircus also says that cancer is a fungus and has been curing cancer with baking soda. Dr Sircus has a clip on YouTube explaining how to use the baking soda regiment correctly in the fight of cancer.I also watched a video on You Tube about a lady about sixty years old who had five cancerous tumors throughout her body. She tried chemo therapy without any results. she then tried vitamin B-17. When she took the B-17 all five tumors disappeared. She also discovered that when she stopped taking the B-17 the cancerous tumors returned so she concluded that because she took the chemo therapy (which destroys your immune system) she would have to take the B-17 the rest of her life.There is a hour and a half program on YouTube called “Cancer the forbidden cure”. This program covers the one hundred year old history of cancer and the many numerous cures the people and medical doctors had discovered through the years only to have the FDA outlaw every cure submitted.The bottom line is this. If you want to cure your cancer you are going to have to do your own research. The medical industry values your money more than your life.When Andrea asked me what I would recommend to fight her cancer I didn’t want to take any chances or any risks. I was undecided between baking soda or B-17. I concluded that in taking baking soda or in taking B-17 neither had any side effects so why not take both and see if we couldn’t destroy this cancer quickly. That’s exactly what we did. During the several weeks when Andrea was taking the baking soda and B-17 she was worried and would ask me if I thought that the treatments were going to work before her next doctor’s visit? I told her I wasn’t sure if we had enough time, we would have to wait and see.We then started Andrea on 500mg of B-17. We gave her one 500mg capsule in the morning and another 500mg capsule at evening. At the same time Andrea took 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water three times a day. Morning, noon and at night.In the beginning of September 2016 when Andrea went to the doctor for her pap smear the doctor after examining her said that the cancer was completely gone. Andrea immediately went on Facebook and told everybody that the treatments worked!Why am I writing this article? I have seen my Grandmother die of lung cancer, both my parents died of cancer, my uncle died of colon cancer. I have had several friends die of cancer. My best friend recently had cancer and I told him about what I have discovered about cancer. James decided to trust his doctors instead of trying B-17 or baking soda. James is now dead!! unbelief killed him along with the help of his doctors.It’s been said that if you want to find corruption follow the money. Big Pharma is telling us that they are going to spend our money on genetic research. They are doing this because they know where cancer really comes from and they know that they could spend all the money in the world and never find a solution from genetic research. Genetic research would guarantee them and their future employees a paycheck for at least the next hundred years.Some of the facts that I discovered are chemo therapy comes from mustard gas. It is highly toxic. To use chemo as a cure for cancer is ridiculous. Chemo kills everything, cancer cells as well as normal cells. The doctors objective is to kill the cancer cells before the chemo kills you. This approach in itself is deadly and retarded. Even if they kill the cancer first the poison has still left your immune system dead. And as in the case of my mom they killed the cancer first and a year later when she caught a cold, without an immune system the cold developed into pneumonia and killed her.According to Google the cancer cure rate in the United States is 2.1% and in Australia the cancel cure rate is 2.3%. Neither of which are acceptable. That means that there is a 97.9% chance that you will die using chemo and radiation as a treatment for cancer! I also read that the average lifespan for a cancer patient on chemo is six months. The study also found that if you did nothing in your fight against cancer you would then have a 7% chance of survival!Another interesting fact I came across is Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael D.Farley said in an interview that of all the countless autopsies he has performed in his career on cancer victims not one of them has ever died of cancer! The cancer victims have died of either chemo poisoning or radiation poisoning or both or in the case of people like my mom they died as a result of no immune system.Currently in the United States they say that one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. Do yourself a big favor if you are one of the three. Do your research. Don’t take any advice from anybody making money from cancer treatment. It only makes sense to try the baking soda first. If taken correctly it only costs about a dollar and doesn’t have any side effects.The B-17 is another good bet and will only run you about $100.00.In conclusion, cancer is a simple fungus that is easily killed. Baking soda kills cancer, B-17 kills cancer, a raw vegetable diet kills cancer, your doctors anti-fungal medication kills cancer, turmeric prevents and kills cancer, Food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide kills cancer, chemo therapy and radiation kills you!These medications are relatively cheap and doesn’t require any faith or belief on your part to work effectively. You can be the biggest skeptic on the planet. You can not even believe it will work for you as long as you take these treatments your cancer will be gone.
Cancer is at epidemic levels in the United States.Conventional methods do not cure cancer. They prolong life for a few years.Conventional methods eradicate cancer cells, but cancer often returns later. This is because conventional treatment does nothing about the underlying causes of cancer. Conventional treatment destroys healthy cells along with cancerous cells and damages the immune system.Generally speaking, conventional medicine treats cancer as a death sentence. It is used to prolong life for a few years, but not to cure cancer.While conventional medicine searches for the “Cure,” alternative medicine says we have the “Cure” already- and the Cure is the holistic mind, body, spirit (energy) approach to cancer.This article focuses on holistic methods that are being used to reverse cancer. Holistic methods include natural techniques, methods and products.Historically, holistic techniques, methods and products have not been subject to well-funded clinical trials. But, there is much anecdotal evidence to support their effectiveness. Some holistic health clinics that are dedicated to reversing cancer like the Budwig Center in Spain, the Oasis of Hope Clinic in Mexico and the Gerson Institute in San Diego assert that the five year survival rate for holistic methods is better than conventional treatment by multiples. Depending on the type of cancer, some holistic practitioners assert that the five year survival rate for the holistic approach to cancer is as much as 90 percent.Clinical trials of natural supplements take place with more frequency now. Clinical trials are very expensive and not within the budget of holistic practitioners, clinics and organizations. But, they are beginning to take place by universities. Naturally, there is resistance to holistic techniques, methods and products. After all, cancer is a $100 Billion per year industry.In general, people diagnosed with cancer opt for conventional treatment before they turn to alternative therapy. This puts alternative medicine and the holistic approach at a marked disadvantage. Conventional treatment (especially chemo and radiation) does massive damage to the body. So, the holistic approach used after conventional treatment attempts to reverse cancer after the body has been greatly damaged by the conventional treatment. The cure rate for the holistic approach would be much higher if the patient elected alternative therapy from the beginning.With respect to disease, the holistic approach treats the whole person-mind, body and spirit to bring the person back into a state of good health and balance. The holistic philosophy begins with the premise that disease is “dis-ease”, an imbalance in the body that must be brought into balance to heal disease.The holistic approach first identifies the causes of this imbalance and then eliminates, greatly reduces and/or mitigates them. The holistic approach to disease also involves the use of natural techniques, methods and products to build up the bodily systems- the immune system, the digestive system, the metabolic system, the lymphatic system and the circulatory system. This is also true with cancer.So, first holistic practitioners identify the causes of cancer. Holistic practitioners believe the main cause causes of cancer is a weak and compromised immune system, an acidic PH balance and low oxygen levels in the blood and carcinogens and other toxins (chemicals, heavy metals and radiation) which cause some cells to mutate and spread as cancer. We regularly ingest and absorb carcinogens and other toxins. These toxins are in the food, water, beverages, body products, cleaning products, the environment, pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.Other causes of cancer include stress, negativity and negative energy, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and a poor diet, i.e., a diet that consists primarily of processed and manufactured foods, meat and dairy.Holistic practitioners and writers believe that all of the above causes lead to the ultimate cause of cancer- a weak and compromised immune system that is not able to stop the spread of cancer cells or the formation of tumors. Our bodies produce cancer cells on a regular basis. But, a normal immune system swiftly destroys them and prevents them from spreading and forming tumors. A weak immune system cannot destroy cancer cells or prevent them from spreading and forming tumors.The main causes of a weak and compromised immune system begin with oxidation and inflammation and low energy at the cellular level. The causes of this include all the causes listed above. The result of all these causes is to damage all of the other bodily systems (i.e., the digestive system, the metabolic system, the lymphatic system and the circulatory system) and the organs-especially the kidneys, liver and thyroid. The end result of damaged bodily systems and organs is a damaged and weak immune system that cannot stop the spread of cancer.The holistic approach to cancer starts with the belief that the body can heal itself. All that is needed is to use natural techniques, methods and products (foods, herbs, herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants) to boost the body’s ability to heal. As mentioned above, in holistic parlance, disease is referred to as “dis-ease,” an imbalance in the mind, body and spirit that has a deleterious effect on health. With respect to cancer, there are imbalances and deficiencies that have to be corrected.The holistic protocol discussed in this article employs mind, body and spirit (energy) techniques to eliminate or greatly reduce the causes of cancer and boost the immune system, while repairing damage done to other bodily systems and the organs and restoring cellular energy. The focus of the holistic protocol is to empower the immune system so that it destroys the cancer cells and tumors and prevent them from spreading. At the same time, the holistic approach restores the health and vitality of the non-cancerous cells so they can defend themselves from the spread of the cancerous ones.The most important bodily systems to boost with respect to cancer are the immune system and the metabolic system- especially that aspect of the metabolic system related to cellular mitochondria and cellular energy. But, all the bodily systems and organs work together. So, they must all be dealt with together through the holistic protocol. This will enable the body to function at an optimal level.The holistic protocol uses diet, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements and other natural supplements to boost the immune system and energy. It also uses vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and oxygen for the same reason. At the same time, it employs natural supplements to directly target and destroy cancer cells -like natural chemo. The holistic protocol also uses diet and natural supplements to de-toxify toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) that are stored in the body’s cells. Detoxification is specifically focused on the intestines and organs to get them to function better.The optimal diet to reverse cancer is a raw organic vegan diet (which consists of raw organic, whole, plant-based foods). This consists of fresh whole organic vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds. They should be consumed in raw form as much as possible. This will boost the immune system.This diet includes a lot of salads with dark green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, spinach and arugula (green leafy vegetables contain a lot of cancer fighting chlorophyll) and an assortment of colorful vegetables- i.e., cucumber, tomato, onion, mushroom, celery, beets, pepper, radish, avocado, green and red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Green juice, beet and beet root juices and carrot juice are also good along with smoothies. These foods are filled with what the body needs for good health- vitamins minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, water, oxygen and life force energy. When, you eat them in raw form, you maximize the ingestion of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, water and oxygen in them. This will boost the immune system.There is a split in the holistic world on fruit because fruit contains sugar (albeit natural fructose), and sugar (along with an acidic PH balance) feeds cancer. If you continue to eat fruit, make it low glycemic fruit such as berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Avoid whole grains that contain gluten. Gluten is a form of sugar- and sugar feeds cancer. The best whole grain is quinoa because it is gluten free and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Brown rice is second best for the same reasons, but it contains fewer nutrients than quinoa.The typical meal and snacks include salads and fresh juices and smoothies. Eat plenty of nuts and seeds. Nuts include walnuts, cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts among others. Seeds include pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds among others. Nuts and seeds will provide you with needed protein and fats (along with avocado and coconut). They will also help stabilize brain chemistry, which is important for happiness and positive thinking which is important for a strong immune system.The optimal diet includes super-foods along with pre-biotic and pro-biotic foods. Superfoods are filled with anti-oxidants include, among others, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorophyll, fresh onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Garlic, ginger and onion are also pre-biotic foods. Also, drink water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime. Lemon and lime are rich in vitamin C, a strong anti-oxidant. Probiotic foods are fermented foods and include sauerkraut, pickles and kefir (which is not plant based). Prebiotic and probiotic foods are especially important to boost the immune system.The above-described diet is similar to the Gerson Diet, Bud wig Diet and the Oasis of Hope Diet discussed below.Because it is organic, this raw vegan diet is free of carcinogens and other toxins from pesticides and herbicides. It contains no toxic GMOs. This diet contains needed vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, oxygen and life force energy to help repair the body and immune system. It is also very de-toxifying as it contains a lot of fiber needed for detoxification.Refined salt is toxic and devoid of minerals. So, only use a fully mineralized salt such as Himalayan salt or Celtic salt.Eliminate or greatly reduce meat and dairy. If you include them, make sure they are organic and grass fed/free-range. Egg whites and wild, fresh water fish are the best source of animal protein for health. But, the raw vegan diet contains sufficient amounts of protein (you only need 60 to 120 grams of protein per day depending on your size and body type). There is a lot of protein in nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains (especially quinoa). Vegetables also contain protein. So, animal protein is not needed.Eliminate refined sugar and processed and packaged foods. These manufactured foods are not real food. They are not easily digested. They are toxic and full of sugar and, along with dairy and meat, tend to make the PH balance acidic. An acidic PH balance and sugar feed cancer. The need to keep the PH balance alkaline and the need to eliminate or greatly reduce sugar (especially refined and processed sugar) is discussed below. The optimal diet discussed above is an alkaline diet and a low sugar diet.To reverse cancer, we must conserve and boost our cellular energy. We expend most of our energy on digesting and metabolizing food (and on ongoing negative thoughts). The raw vegan diet consists of natural plant-based foods that are easy to digest and metabolize. Meat and processed foods take a lot more energy to digest and metabolize. This is another reason to avoid these foods.Ongoing negative thoughts burn energy. Mindfulness and positive thinking techniques discussed below keep us in a relaxed state. We must greatly reduce stress and negativity and stay in a relaxed state to conserve and boost cellular energy.To reverse cancer, maintain an alkaline PH balance. This will boost your immune system. Alkaline is the opposite of an acidic PH balance. Acid an acidosis feeds cancer. You can test your PH balance with test strips. These test strips will show you whether your PH balance is alkaline or acidic.The raw vegan diet is alkaline. To maintain an alkaline PH balance, eat the raw vegan diet and drink a lot of pure water each day. Some advocate a gallon of pure water each day or eight, eight ounce glasses of water each day. But, make sure your water is filtered, distilled or spring water. It is best to filter your water with a strong filter that gets out all chemicals and heavy metals including sodium fluoride. A reverse osmosis filter is best for this. To maintain an alkaline PH balance only drink pure water and tea, especially herbal tea and green tea. Avoid or greatly reduce coffee. It promotes an acidic PH Balance. Eliminate soda, soft drinks and sugary and artificially sweetened drinks. They promote an acidic PH balance.Also, to maintain an alkaline PH balance, drink a few eight ounce glasses of pure water with a teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda and fresh lemon a couple of times each day. This will help you maintain an alkaline PH balance. Water, fresh lemon and Himalayan salt is alkaline. You can buy alkaline water.On a daily basis, take a good size dose of vitamins and minerals – 10 to 15 times greater than the Recommended Daily Allowance. The Recommended Daily Allowance is not sufficient to boost the body’s immune system and cellular energy. Multi-vitamins include vitamins A, B complex, C, D3, E, K1 and K2. Take a good size daily dose of colloidal trace minerals, which includes all of the trace minerals needed by the body. The body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals for good health. Whole plant-based foods are important but not sufficient to deliver all the vitamins and minerals needed for good health. This is because of the enormous amount of toxins we ingest or absorb that we must combat along with the fact that the soil has been depleted of needed vitamins and minerals.Take supplements that boost your immune system and cellular energy including ginseng (American, Asian, Siberian Ginseng), resveratrol, B complex vitamins, Asian mushroom supplements (reishi shiitake maitake mushroom extract), green tea and green tea extract, Bee Propolis, beta glucan, grape seed extract, quercetin, alpha lipoic acid and maca.All disease including cancer is triggered by oxidation (oxidative stress) and inflammation at the cellular level. So, take anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories on a daily basis. This will boost the immune system. Take a good size dose of Co Q 10/Ubiquinol. This is a super anti-oxidant – and the immune system needs to be flooded with anti-oxidants to fight cancer. Also, take a good size dose of turmeric or curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric). Turmeric is a super food. It is an herb from India that is both an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.Eat fresh garlic and ginger on a daily basis. Garlic is a super food and strong anti-oxidant. Ginger is a super food and strong anti-inflammatory. Take a good size dose of flaxseed oil supplements. Flaxseed oil contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are beneficial for health and will help boost the immune system. Also, consider hemp oil. Hemp oil also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Other seeds such as pumpkin seeds and chia seeds also contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Some practitioners recommend fish oil for omega 3 fatty acids, while others believe that fish oil may contain contaminants from the fish and from how it is processed. So, flaxseed oil and hemp oil are the preferred choice for omega 3 fatty acid.The whole, organic, vegan diet contains vital nutrients and fiber needed to boost the immune system and cellular energy. The whole, organic, vegan diet consists of foods that contain a lot of water and oxygen needed for good health.A lot of oxygen is needed to bolster the cells to fight cancer. Also, oxygen destroys cancer cells. Water contains a lot of oxygen. It will also keep your body hydrated for good health. So, drink a lot of pure water. You can add oxygen to your water with an ozone machine. Besides pure water, practice deep breathing. Take deep cleansing breaths from time to time and make sure your breaths are slow and deep. Buy alkaline water.Do not drink soda, artificial or bottled drinks. Do not drink artificially sweetened drinks. These are made from toxic chemicals. Drink pure water, green tea and herbal teas while healing.Do not use refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. They are toxic and will damage the immune system and cells.To boost the immune system, you must greatly eliminate and avoid toxins. At the same time, you must de-toxify the cells of your body including the intestines and colon, liver and kidneys. This will rev up your immune system.For general detoxification of the body, drink apple cider vinegar and water on a daily basis. Put apple cider vinegar on your salads. Drink water with diatomaceous earth or bentonite clay. Use psyllium husk and activated charcoal. Eat fresh onions. Take colloidal trace minerals on a daily basis. Drink a juice made with fresh parsley and cilantro. Boil water and put clumps of parsley and cilantro in the hot water and let it steep overnight. Then drink the juice. All of this de-toxifies chemicals and heavy metals stored in the body’s cells by drawing them out of the cells. The body then eliminates them as waste.To boost the immune system, it is important to de-toxify the intestines and colon along with the kidneys and liver. With respect to the kidneys and liver, take herbal supplements designed to remove toxins from them. These supplements include milk thistle and dandelion root and other beneficial herbs. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice and eat kidney beans for the kidneys. If your energy is low, you may need to bolster the thyroid with iodine and Indian herb called guggul gum.A healthy colon and intestines are critical to boost the immune system. To de-toxify the colon and intestines, you must get rid of the parasites and candida over-growth that smothers interior walls of the intestines and colon and limits their effectiveness. Candida over-growth and parasites feed on refined sugar, processed foods and an acidic PH balance. So, most people have candida over-growth and parasites in their intestines and colon because they have eaten refined sugar and processed foods and they have drunk acidic beverages such as coffee and soda for a long time.By adopting the alkaline diet discussed above, you will eliminate sugar and processed foods and move to an alkaline PH balance. Next, take herbal supplements designed to destroy candida over-growth and parasites in the intestines and colon. This includes a combination of wormwood, black walnut shell and cloves extract along with grapefruit seed extract. Whole grapefruit is also beneficial in treating candida overgrowth.Finally, good digestion requires the gut to be populated with beneficial bacteria to get it to function effectively. But, often antibiotics, drugs and toxins kill off beneficial, gut bacteria. So, re-populate your gut with beneficial bacteria. You do this by eating pre-biotic foods and fermented foods or by taking a good pro-biotic supplement. This will keep candida overgrowth in check.Detoxification is important to boost the immune system. Toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) that are ingested and absorbed are stored in the body’s cells. While de-toxifying, it is essential to stop ingesting and absorbing additional toxins that will damage your immune system. So, eat a clean organic, vegan, raw diet. The foods in this diet contain a lot of fiber that will help to de-toxify the body and, because they are organic, they will not add toxins to your body. Drink pure water, green tea and herbal teas. Pure water and these teas help to de-toxify the body and they will not add toxins to your body.Also, use body products (soap, lotion, shampoo, etc.) and cleaning products that are organic and toxin free. Be careful of drugs and vaccines. Drugs are made from chemicals. Vaccine fluid contains chemicals and heavy metals. Refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes contain heavy metals and chemicals and alcohol is a chemical.Take good sized doses of supplements that specifically target cancer cells for destruction. These supplements assist the immune system in destroying cancer cells and they take pressure off the immune system. These supplements include dandelion root, oregano essential oil, turmeric/curcumin, Vitamin B17 (laetrile)(sold only in the form of apricot kernels in the US per the FDA), black walnut hull extract, arteisinum or wormwood extract (especially when combined with iron), grape seed extract, colloidal gold (gold nanoparticles), soursop, pau’ d arco, black cumin seed essential oil, bitter melon, thunder god vine (lei gong teng), modified citrus pectin, pyrroloquinoline quinone (pqq), milk thistle, medical marijuana and cannabis oil. Some of these herbal supplements also come in the form of tea. Essiac and dandelion tea are also highly recommended to reverse cancer. Essiac tea contains a blend of herbs including sheep sorrel, which is believed to be the main cancer fighting herb in Essiac tea.With respect to breast cancer, holistic research indicates a topical application of black cumin seed and frankincense essential oil.The holistic approach also includes injection of large doses of vitamin C to target cancer cells. Vitamin C is a super anti-oxidant that destroys cancer cells.Daily exercise and stretching are important. This improves the circulation- which is necessary to bring needed nutrients, oxygen and life force energy to the cells. Exercise includes walking two to three miles per day, cardio-vascular exercise (that gets the heart rate up) and lifting light weights (that aids metabolism and circulation) along with stretching and yoga (that also aid circulation). You should exercise at least 1.5 hours per day. Get outdoors and get at least 20 minutes of sunshine on your arms and face as often as possible. This promotes the body’s production of Vitamin D- which boosts the immune system.The mind is an important aspect of healing. With respect to the mind, the holistic protocol starts with beliefs. The mind can trigger disease and help to reverse it. To reverse cancer, we must believe in the conscious and unconscious mind that we are healthy and whole and the cancer is a temporary problem that will be solved with the holistic methods. Essentially, we must visualize ourselves as healed, whole, peaceful and happy. This requires us to use positive affirmations to change our beliefs from negative to positive ones. If we believe what we are told by a medical doctor – i.e., that we are very ill and cancer is a death sentence and the prognosis for survival is bad – then you will most likely succumb to the disease. It also requires a lot of meditation, prayer and the use of emotional release techniques to let go of all fear and worry and to maintain an relaxed, positive and happy state. Fear and worry damages the immune system, but can be overcome with inner work.We must achieve and maintain a relaxed state. This is important to boost the immune system and cellular energy. A relaxed state stops the body from producing cortisol – which is a toxin that damages the body. A relaxed state ensures that nutrients, oxygen and life force flow freely to all the cells of the body through the circulatory system A relaxed state requires us to use meditation, prayer and emotional release techniques to release negative energy related to anxiety, fear, worry, anger, resentment, etc. In addition, we must greatly reduce stress and stress factors in our life. It requires us to have faith. This will help boost the immune system.While stress is triggered by external factors, it is really caused by ongoing negative thoughts and negative self- talk. It is important to eliminate or avoid triggers. This is done, in part, by building and maintaining strong boundaries and staying away from negative and toxic people and environments.Practice mindfulness. Through mindfulness techniques, we monitor our thoughts and related emotions. Use “distract and substitute” techniques to turn negative thoughts into positive ones or just focus on your breath or details that you encounter in the moment.When you experience negative thoughts, command yourself to stop thinking about that and substitute positive thoughts, images, affirmations and prayer for negative thoughts. The holistic approach includes energy healing, holistic health coaches, hypnotherapists and bio-feedback specialists to get the mind to be relaxed, centered, balanced and positive. This along with being happy will boost your immune system.There are many herbs and supplements that help reduce stress and get the mind and body to relax, while boosting your energy. This includes Adaptogens (such as ashwaganda, rhodiola, astragalus, ginseng ( American, Asian and Siberian Ginseng) and maca. Also helpful with respect to stress reduction and relaxation are the following supplements: 5 htp, valerian root extract, magnesium, theanine, chamomile, hops, hawthorn, lavendar, kava, passionflower, skullcap and lemon balm along with medical marijuana and cannabis oil. Hot baths (with Epsom salt, magnesium powder and lavender essential oil) also helps get the body to relax, along with massage.A lot of rest, sleep and relaxation are essential to boost the immune system. This is true for all diseases including cancer. If you can get a leave from work, take it. Spend your time resting, sleeping, relaxing and enjoying life. Be in a clean and comfortable, stress-free environment. Listen to relaxing and upbeat music. Get into nature often. Turn off the news. All of this will help to keep you in a relaxed, positive and happy state, which will boost your immune system and energy level.Daily heart centered meditation and inner work (including daily prayer and expression of gratitude) are essential to boost the immune system. This is the spirit aspect of mind, body, spirit. It is important to focus on blessings and what is good in your life (and give thanks for that on a daily basis) and to not focus on the disease and what is lacking in your life. Start with the blessing of life and being alive and the basic things that you have-loved ones, pets, shelter, food, a car, a job, etc. Have fun, enjoy life, turn on the music, dance and live in the moment through your senses and not through ongoing negative thoughts.There is an energy component to all diseases including cancer. So, the spirit (energy) aspect of mind, body, spirit includes energy healing.. Our cells are mostly energy. They are re-vitalized with additional life force energy. Negative energy depletes them of needed life force energy. Energy healing replenishes them.Life force energy flows to all the body’s cells through the circulatory system. This free flow of life force energy is needed for good health and a strong immune system. Negative energy (low vibration energy) blocks the free flow of life force energy (high vibration energy).These negative energy blockages are the same as emotional blockages and always manifest in disease. Energy healing brings extra positive life force energy into the body to break up energy blockages and restore the free flow of life force energy. Energy healing includes Reiki and acupuncture. Yoga, chi gong and Tai Chi are also helpful along with prayer, meditation and meditative visualizations designed to fill the body with life force energy and cleanse the body of negative energy.As mentioned above, to reverse cancer, it is essential to do inner work on a daily basis i.e., heart-centered meditation and prayer and meditative visualizations. The goal of inner work is to infuse the body with life force energy and to raise vibrations and bring inner peace at the same time. Breathing techniques are important to combine with meditative visualizations. Breathe in visualized white light in meditation. Take long and slow breaths and fill up with visualized white light and then expand it out a foot or two from your body and hold it there. Fill the body with a visualized violet flame and the color green (the color of healing). The body responds positively to visualized white light, the visualized violet flame and the color green for healing. Short quick breaths (about 20 in a row) in rapid succession also will help raise your vibrations. High vibrations will burn off negative energy (which is low vibration energy).Use high vibration crystals such as orgone, citrine and clear quartz. Hold them in your hands during meditation to raise vibrations. Angel light and fluorite help bring inner peace. So, hold them in your hands while meditating and carry these and high vibration crystals in your pocket. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy help to raise vibrations and bring inner peace. Orange and lemon help raise vibrations, while vanilla, sandalwood and lavender help bring inner peace. The essential oil frankincense along with the plant it is derived from (boswellia) also boosts the immune system.Burn white sage in your home and spread the savory smoke to clear it of negative energy.Here are some other well-known holistic cancer protocols:Cesium Chloride Therapy Many holistic practitioners use cesium chloride or a combination of cesium chloride and potassium for advance states of cancer. Cesium and potassium make cancer cells alkaline, while cesium chloride inhibits their intake of glucose. Cesium chloride and potassium starve cancer cells by cutting off their” food” -i.e., sugar and acid.Ozone Therapy Oxygen destroys cancer cells. So, ozone therapy is part of the holistic approach to cancer. Ozone therapy is administered by licensed medical professionals. Ozone therapy gets oxygen to the cells by using oxygen or hydrogen peroxide. The most common approach of ozone therapy is to draw a pint of blood from the patient and infuse it with oxygen. The blood in the bottle turns bright red. The oxygen- infused blood is then injected into the patient’s bloodstream. Ozone therapy may include drinking edible hydrogen peroxide mixed into a glass of water. Edible hydrogen peroxide can be taken orally when mixed with water.The foregoing is not intended to be medical advice. It is holistic health information. Consult your physician for medical advice.
More and more people have cancer these days. It is almost like the plague that no one wants to talk about, and it keeps getting worse.
In the early 1900s, one in 20 developed cancer.
In the 1940s, one in 16 developed cancer.
In the 1970s, it was one in 10.
Today, it is one in three!
Conventional medicine is no where close to finding a cancer cure. Cancer, in fact, is huge business for the pharmaceutical companies. It is a US $125 billion industry! The typical cancer patient spends $50,000 fighting the disease. Chemotherapy drugs are among the most expensive of all treatments, many ranging from $3,000-7,000 for a one-month supply.The cancer industry spends virtually nothing of its multi-billion dollar resources on prevention strategies, such as dietary advice, exercise, and obesity education. Instead, it pours its money into treating cancer – chemotherapy drugs, radiotherapy, surgeries, and diagnostic technologies.Why? Many people believe if the drug companies find a cure, the patient base goes away. It is much more profitable to keep a steady stream of cancer patients alive, but sick, so that they will keep going back for more drugs. Is this not the same formula for many other modern chronic diseases, such as diabetes?Do not ever believe that if you get cancer, it is merely the draw of bad luck or it is inevitable. The most common cause of cancer, in 90-95% of all cases, is acquired mutations, which are directly caused by dietary and lifestyle factors. Even if you have inherited the types of genes that are linked to cancer, which only makes up about 5-10% of all cancers, there is ample evidence that genes interact with their environment. In other words, if you eat and live right, you still stand a good chance of preventing the development of cancer.Therefore, you need to take preventive steps NOW. It is much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it once it takes hold. The following are three key actions to cancer prevention.I. Eat REAL FoodA recent study found that Americans obtained:
63% of their calories from highly processed foods (e.g. hots dogs, margarine, frozen entrees, baked goods, ice cream, and candies),
30% from moderately processed foods (e.g. white rice, pasta, peanut butter, jam, canned produce, processed dairy products, and processed meats/cold cuts),
only 7% from unprocessed or minimally processed foods (e.g. fresh or frozen produce, beans, nuts, eggs, brown rice, milk, and fresh meats).
For thousands and thousands of years, human beings have been making food from scratch. Never in human history have we eaten so much convenience food products, microwave meals, packaged snacks, and fast food.The cancer “plague” is a wake up call for all of us to change our mindset and lifestyle. Yes, it is really tempting after a long day’s work to open a package and stick it into the microwave, or to pick up a pizza or take-outs on the way home. But as we all know, these are not nutritious food and in the long-run, they may result in detrimental consequences to our health.We need to eat REAL food. Processed and packaged foods are not only nutrient deficient (low in antioxidants and phytochemicals), they also contain unhealthy ingredients, such as processed vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, excess sodium, preservatives, and additives. The more we eat, the more health problems we develop.1. Prepare your meals
Cook your food from scratch but avoid deep frying or charbroiling as these cooking methods create carcinogenic substances. If you don’t have time to cook during the week, prepare your food on weekends and freeze in individual containers. Reheat on the stove or oven.
Use only good oil for cooking. Restaurants and processed foods generally use cheap vegetable oils derived from canola, corn, soy, safflower, or sunflower. Some may use grape seed oil or rice bran oil. All these are processed, refined oils that are relatively high in omega-6 which promotes inflammation, an instigator for cancer. The best oils to use for cooking are coconut oil and organic animal fats, ghee, and butter. Reserve extra virgin olive oil for low heat cooking and salad dressing.
Incorporate some raw food into your diet as they are rich in enzymes which can be easily destroyed by cooking. Not everyone can tolerate a lot of raw food in the diet, therefore, it is important to find your own balance.
Stay away from packaged snacks. It is one thing to bake home-made cookies using organic butter, whole grain flour, and may be a bit of natural sugar like maple syrup or honey. It is a totally different thing when you buy commercially baked goods and cookies. These packaged snacks are often made with processed vegetable oils, some even with trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, and all kinds of additives and preservatives.
2. Watch your sugar
Processed and packaged foods are usually very high in sugar. Look at the boxed cereals you eat every morning, the packaged snacks you eat in mid-afternoon, or the fruit juice/soda that you drink. Add everything you eat and drink in one day and see how much it is. Know that a teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to 4 grams. On average, Americans consume 20 teaspoons of sugar a day!
More than one out of three Americans aged 20 and older has pre-diabetes, a condition in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. A recent meta-analysis that included data from nearly 900,000 people show that those with pre-diabetes have a 15 percent higher risk of cancer, especially cancers of the breast, endometrium, liver, pancreas, and stomach.
People who have pre-diabetes generally have higher levels of insulin as well as insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 plays a key role in cell growth and proliferation. This is why diabetes and pre-diabetes raise your risk of cancer.
Sugar is the ideal food for cancer cells and promotes their growth. If you currently have cancer or are pre-diabetic, you must absolutely avoid all forms of sugar, both natural and refined. You should also refrain from eating refined carbohydrates as they are broken down very quickly into simple sugars. For healthy people, keep your sugar intake to a minimum and use it only as an occasional treat.
Some names for added sugars include agave syrup, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose), high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, honey, invert sugar, malt sugar, molasses, raw sugar, sugar, and syrup.
People who have diabetes and pre-diabetes should particularly pay attention to their fructose intake. While every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts. The liver turns the fructose into fat, which is exported as VLDL cholesterol, resulting in high blood triglycerides and cholesterol, fat around the organs, and ultimately heart disease. Fructose increases uric acid in your blood and contributes to gout and high blood pressure. Deposition of excess fat in the liver leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Too much fructose brings on insulin resistance, which gives rise to elevated insulin and IGF-1 and may eventually cause cancer.
Some forms of sugar are especially high in fructose. Agave is the worst, with a fructose content ranging from 70-97%, depending on how it is processed. High fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose, table sugar is 50%, and honey is about 40%.
Fruits, obviously, contain fructose or fruit sugar. Those who have blood sugar issues or have cancer should limit their fruit intake to just berries as they are much lower in fructose. If you are healthy, you can eat whole fruits but do not drink fruit juice. With juice, it is too easy to overdose and reach a harmful level of fructose.
3. Buy only quality meats and dairy
Choose grass-pastured, sustainably-raised, organic meats to reduce your exposure to antibiotics, hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and genetically-modified animal feed.
If you are on a budget, buy grass-fed ground meats or cheaper cuts of meats that require longer cooking time.
With dairy products, it is best to buy organic and/or grass-fed.
4. Eat cancer-fighting foods every day
A recent study shows that a typical American eats less than 4 tablespoons of vegetables (both cruciferous and dark leafy) every day. Iceberg lettuce, which Americans eat tons of, does not count as a green because it is far too low in nutrients.
Incorporate more of these cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, and spices into your daily diet – cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale), dark leafy greens, asparagus, tomatoes, berries, pomegranates, green tea, oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
II. Reduce Your Body’s TOXIC LoadIt is unfortunate that we now live in a chemical soup. There are 84,000 artificial chemicals in our air, food, water, and household products. More than 10,000 chemical additives with questionable safety (as they have never been tested in humans) are allowed in food and food packaging alone.Roughly 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, of which only 10 percent have been evaluated for safety. According to the Environmental Working Group, the average U.S. woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals. While most men use less products, they are still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily. Many of these chemicals affect the human endocrine system. Scientists warn that these toxins may fuel breast and prostate cancers.Children are entering puberty at younger and younger ages. In 2010, the average age of the onset of puberty was 10.5 years for girls, six years younger than in 1860 when it was 16.6 years. Scientific evidence strongly suggest that hormone-disrupting chemicals are likely the cause.Likewise, exposure to industrial chemicals and pollutants is contributing to a wide array of health problems, including asthma, cancer, and reproductive abnormalities.The following discusses the eight major sources of cancer-promoting toxins in our bodies – food, skin, dental amalgams, alcohol, air, radiation, vaccines, and water.1. FoodPesticidesVegetables and fruits are among the healthiest foods you can eat, but they are also foods that are commonly contaminated with pesticides and herbicides. The U.S. uses about 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides each year. It is not uncommon for your apple or strawberries to contain multiple pesticides. Pesticides are the most harmful to kids’ brains. Pregnant women should watch out for their exposure to pesticides.Genetically modified crops are often heavily sprayed with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate). Eating organic is one of the best ways to lower your overall pesticide and herbicide burden.If you cannot afford to go all organic, at least opt for organic versions of these heavily contaminated produce – apples, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, collard greens, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, kale, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, and sweet bell peppers.MercuryMany ocean fish, especially the larger kind contain copious amounts of mercury. Bluefish, grouper, mackerel (King, Spanish, Gulf), marlin, orange roughy, Chilean seabass, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and tuna are the worst among all.Beware that farmed fish may not have mercury, but they can be contaminated with PCBs. Wild caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, herrings, and anchovies are your best bet.AntibioticsMulti-drug-resistant typhoid, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, and it is increasingly getting worse. Scientists have been warning about this for a number of years, but now it seems the antibiotic apocalypse is really close at hand.Researchers recently discovered a new gene, called mcr-1, in pigs and people in China. It is a gene mutation that makes bacteria resistant to our last-resort class of antibiotics. What’s more, this resistance can reach epidemic potential as the rate of transfer between bacteria is exceptionally high.
To combat antibiotic resistance, livestock farmers must end the use of low-dose antibiotics. Eighty percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are for livestock, to ward off disease and to promote weight gain.
We should only buy meats that are raised without antibiotics. If we buy USDA organic meats, we know that no antibiotics could be used for growth promotion.
Antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections, therefore, avoid the use of antibiotics to treat viral illnesses, such as colds and flus. One course of antibiotics may disrupt your microbiome (gut flora) for a year. Reserve antibiotics for severe, life threatening bacterial infections only.
Avoid using antibacterial household products, such as hand soap.
Food AdditivesIf you buy any packaged or processed foods, it is most likely that they will contain a number of food additives. These chemicals are added to improve the look, taste, and texture of the food you buy. Some of these chemicals are probably innocuous but the following are the ones that you should definitely avoid:Artificial Colorings
All food dyes
Artificial FlavorsArtificial sweeteners
High Fructose Corn SyrupMonosodium GlutamatePotassium Bromate (E924)
Sodium benzoate or benzoic acid
Sodium nitrate and nitrite
Trans fats- Partially hydrogenated oils such as those made from canola, corn, cottonseed, soy, safflower, and sunflower.2. SkinYour skin is your largest, most permeable organ in the body. Just about anything you put on it will end up in your bloodstream and be distributed throughout the body. Once these chemicals enter the body, they accumulate over time. Putting toxins on your skin is worse than eating them. At least if you were to eat these ingredients, your liver would have a chance to detoxify and eliminate them before any permanent damage could be done.Beware that products boasting “all natural” labels may still contain harmful chemicals. Of course, the safest bet is to buy USDA 100% organic.Check your shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, cosmetics, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair dye, and nail polish to make sure they do not contain the following toxins. Only use aluminum-free antiperspirants.
Parfum or synthetic fragrances
Petroleum-based compounds – polyethylene and propylene glycols (PEG)
Sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
3. Dental AmalgamsAmalgam fillings contain 50 percent mercury. Every time you chew, you release toxic heavy metals into your body. If you have any amalgam fillings in your mouth, find a biological/mercury-free dentist to safely remove your amalgam fillings.4. Alcohol
Alcoholic drinks contain ethanol, which is produced by the fermentation of sugars or starches by yeasts. When we drink alcohol, the body has to break down the ethanol to acetaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical. One of the functions of the liver is to neutralize all sorts of toxic substances we consume. That is why it is not a smart idea to overload the liver with too much toxins. Chronic heavy drinking can result in fatty liver and ultimately liver cirrhosis, where healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, preventing the liver from proper functioning.
Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, larynx (voice box), liver, breast, and colon. The more you drink, the higher your risk. The risk of cancer is much higher for those who drink alcohol and also use tobacco.
If you don’t drink, do not start. If you do drink, do so moderately. Moderate alcohol consumption is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. One drink is 12 oz of beer (5% alcohol), 5 oz of wine (12% alcohol), and 1.5 oz of hard liquor (40% alcohol).
Studies show that moderate alcohol consumption, especially red wine, is linked to reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and may actually increase life expectancy. The bottom line is if you drink, do not drink every day because alcohol is very addictive. Drink moderately and responsibly.
5. AirMany industries release thousands of toxins into the environment every day, heavily polluting the air that we breathe in. The biggest culprits are the mining, chemical, paper, and transport industries.The smaller the diameter of the particle, the greater its risk of health damage. These particles can easily pass deep into your lungs, causing damage to not only your lungs, but also your heart and brain. Research shows that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution is associated with atherosclerosis and significantly faster cognitive decline in older adults.
If you happen to live in a heavily polluted area, the ideal option is to move.
If it is not possible, it may be best to stay indoors as much as possible.
However, indoor air can be 5-10 times more polluted than outdoor air due to lack of ventilation. Therefore, consider using a high quality air purifier.
Vacuum your floors regularly using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
Get some house plants.
Leave your shoes by the door when you enter the house.
Do not allow tobacco smoking in the house. Smoking is terrible but second hand smoke is almost as harmful. Each year, because of exposure to tobacco smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer and 300,000 children suffer from lower respiratory-tract infections.
Use non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and VOC-free household cleaning products.
Avoid using air fresheners and scented candles.
Avoid non-stick or Teflon-type cookwares, which release toxins into the air when heated. It is much safer to use ceramic cookwares instead.
Minimize your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including body and dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. This form of ionizing radiation has been proven to increase your risk of cancer over time. Each exposure to radiation builds up in the body and the risk of cancer increases with each radiation exposure. So even though a single source of exposure to radiation is unlikely to cause cancer by itself, the combined exposures add up throughout our lifetime and increase our risk of cancer in the long-run.
Mobile phonesgive off radio frequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the electromagnetic field produced by mobile phones as a Class B carcinogen in humans.This classification came in part in response to research showing wireless phones increase the risk for brain cancer.
An Israeli research group found a four-fold increase in parotid gland cancers from 1970 to 2006, with the steepest increase happening after 2001. Parotid gland is a type of salivary gland, located closest to your cheek, the same area where most people typically hold their cell phones. Study showed that rates of other salivary gland cancers remained stable.
Never hold cell phone close to your ear. Instead, use the speaker phone feature or a wired headset.
Never carry your cell phone on your body. For women, do not tuck the phone into your bra. For men, do not put the phone in close proximity of your reproductive organs.
Children and teens are at greatest risk for both parotid gland tumors and brain tumors as their thinner skull bones allow for greater penetration of cell phone radiation, all the way into their midbrain. Also, children’s cells reproduce more quickly, so they are more susceptible to aggressive cell growth.
Pregnant women would also be wise to avoid cell phones as much as possible.
7. VaccinesVaccination is a very controversial subject. There are benefits and risks involved, therefore, it is best to educate yourself before making a decision.The truth about vaccines is that they are not as effective as the medical community and the media promote, nor are they as safe as promised. Yet, they are also not as ineffective as many in the alternative health community believe.Nevertheless, do bear in mind that vaccines may contain chemicals (like formaldehyde), heavy metals (such as thimerosal which is 50% mercury, or aluminum), and allergens (such as egg protein or MSG). Toxins tend to accumulate in your body over time. Therefore, before you get any vaccines, do your own research.Flu vaccines in multi-dose vials have thimerosal as a preservative. Single-dose thimerosal-free flu vaccines is better but, in actuality, do contain “trace” amounts of mercury as well. The Flu Mist is truly thimerosal-free.8. Water
Tap water is cheap, quick, and easy. However, the Environment Working Group (EWG) tested tap water in 45 states a couple of years ago and found 202 chemical contaminants that are not subject to any government regulation or safety standards for drinking water.
Bottled water, depending on its source, may not be the cleanest. It is expensive and plastic bottles have a devastating impact on the environment.
Distilled water can lead to long-term health problems because it lacks the important minerals that the body needs.
Alkaline water is best used for short-term (1-2 weeks max) detoxification purpose only. Also, the alkalization process does not filter the water.
Clean, filtered tap water is the most convenient, economical, and healthy source of water. Look for carbon-type filters (for above and under counter filtration systems) that can remove heavy metals like lead and mercury, chlorine resistant cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium, pharmaceuticals, and organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and VOCs.
Do know that Brita, Pur, Zero, and all pitcher-type water filters only remove 5 ingredients – cadmium, copper, chlorine, mercury, and zinc. They are not effective in removing the other contaminants.
To remove fluoride, you can add bone char filters to your existing water filtration system.
III. Strengthen Your IMMUNE SystemYour immune system continually battles against colds, flus, and all sorts of infections. It also constantly works to snuff out cancer cells long before they have a chance to develop into life-threatening illnesses. As one example, immune cells in your bloodstream called natural killer (NK) cells can inject poison into a cancer cell, so the cell wall breaks down, and the contents spill out, nipping cancer in the bud.The immune system can also stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it. This explains why some tumors suddenly stop growing and go into a long period of dormancy.When your immune system is not strong enough to suppress cancer cell growth, you will get cancer. Thus, maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is a mandatory step in preventing cancer and attaining robust health.1. Gut HealthWhen it comes to the immune system, optimizing your gut health is the most important.One of the reasons why your gut has so much influence on your health has to do with the 100 trillion bacteria, about three pounds worth, that line your intestinal tract. This is an extremely complex living system that aggressively protects your body from outside offenders.Generally speaking, if you have frequent digestive symptoms and/or discomfort, such as gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and bad breath, you likely have an issue with the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Sometimes the issues are due to an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria like H. Pylori or the Candida yeast, but other times, they may result from weaknesses in the gut membrane.Healthy gut bacteria produce byproducts that help keep the intestinal lining strong, and without enough good bacteria to manufacture these substances, the intestinal tract becomes highly susceptible to damage.Inflammation, caused by food sensitivities such as gluten, and toxins such as heavy metals or chemicals, destroys areas of the mucosal lining of the intestinal wall. This condition, called leaky gut, allows disease-causing bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to pass directly into the bloodstream, where they disrupt the body’s normal function in many ways.Therefore, most diseases originate in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental illnesses. Once you heal and seal your gut lining and make your digestive system work properly again, you can address the root cause of your illnesses.
Optimize your gut flora by adding naturally fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchee, unsweetened yogurt, and kefir, to your daily diet, or add a high quality probiotic supplement as well.
If you have digestive symptoms such as excessive gas, belching, burping, or acid reflux, it may be a sign that your body is not excreting sufficient pancreatic enzymes for digestion. These symptoms can be even more apparent when you eat too much protein and fats. Take digestive enzymes with every meal, not just when you experience discomfort.
Majority of the population unknowingly harbor some sort of infections in the gut, such as H. Pylori bacteria, Candida yeast, or parasites. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers develop and grow. For this reason, it is essential that our gastrointestinal system is free of these low-grade chronic infections which can become a big hindrance to the optimal functioning of our immune system. There are many natural botanicals that can effectively address such infections. For example, Biocidin is a company that makes excellent products for such purposes. (Author does not receive commission from or is related to the company.)
Reserve the use of antibiotics for life-threatening infections only. One course of antibiotics may disrupt your gut flora for a year. In addition, researchers found that patients taking antibiotics had reduced levels of cytokines, the hormone messengers of the immune system. When your immune system is suppressed, you are more likely to develop resistant bacteria and become very sick in the future.
2. Good Nutrition
We are what we eat. If we put junk into our bodies, we cannot expect healthy outcomes. Not only does junk food fail to provide the nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that the body needs, it also contains toxic ingredients that become a burden to the system in the long-term.
If we are nutrient deficient, we will not be able to get the enzymes to work, which impairs the cells’ ability to use oxygen and produce energy.
3. Quality Sleep
Scrimping on sleep has a powerfully detrimental effect on immunity. Poor sleep is associated with lower immune system function and reduced numbers of killer cells that fight diseases.
Optimize your melatonin (sleep hormone) production by not watching TV, playing video games, or being on your computer until the wee hours of the morning as these activities may halt your body’s melatonin production. Melatonin is essential for the proper functioning of your immune system. Multiple studies have demonstrated its anti-cancer ability.
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Ideally, you should go to bed between 10-11. If you wake up tired in the morning, you are either not getting enough hours of sleep or not enough quality sleep.
4. Reduce Chronic Stress
Chronic stress, the day-after-day kind you experience over job dissatisfaction or insecurity, a sick relative, or a bad relationship, takes a toll on many aspects of your health, including immunity. There is compelling scientific evidence that this kind of chronic stress causes a measurable decline in the immune system’s ability to fight diseases. Periods of extreme stress can result in a lower natural killer cell count, sluggish killer T cells, and diminished macrophage (a type of white blood cells) activity.
Negativity also takes a toll on your immune system. Researchers have found that the positive emotions associated with laughter decrease stress hormones and increase the number of immune cells.
5. Exercise Regularly
According to the National Cancer Institute, studies on colon cancer found that adults who increase their physical activity, either in intensity, duration, or frequency can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 40-50% relative to those who are sedentary.
On breast cancer, the risk reduction was 30-40% in both premenopausal and menopausal women.
On uterine cancer, the risk reduction was 38-46%.
On lung cancer, the risk reduction was 20%.
By being physically active, you are less likely to be overweight or obese, which increases the risk of cancers that use hormones to grow and spread, such as breast and uterine cancers. Studies found that women who are overweight and obese have higher levels of estrogen in the blood.
Regular exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity, resulting in lower levels of insulin and the cancer-promoting Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1).
Exercise increases blood and oxygen flow in the entire body. Cancer cells share a common vulnerability with viruses, bacteria, and fungi, all of which hate high levels of oxygen. Oxygen stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, however, instead of boosting a tumor’s growth potential, it has the opposite effect – it weakens the cancer cells from the inside.
Exercise increases the production and circulation of macrophages, a type of white blood cells, throughout the system. After exercising, the body returns to normal within a few hours, but regular exercise appears to extend periods of immunity.
6. Get Enough Vitamin D
There is scientific evidence that you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than 50 percent simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels. The optimum blood level for a healthy person is 50-70 ng/ml. If you are being treated for cancer, it should be 80-100 ng/ml.
The best way to get vitamin D is to expose your face, arms, and legs to sunshine for 15-20 minutes every day. Some people are very sensitive to sun and need to build up gradually. If you have darker skin, you may need up to 30 minutes of daily exposure.
Alternatively, you can take a vitamin D3 supplement. Most people need about 5,000 I.U. to achieve the optimal range. If you take a D3, you should supplement with vitamin K2 as well. D3 enhances calcium absorption. Too much calcium can be harmful to the body, especially if it is deposited in the wrong places like the arteries. By using K2 in conjunction with D3, you ensure that the calcium will go to the right places such as the bones.
General Information on Lung CancerLung cancer, or carcinoma of the lung, is one of the most common forms of cancer today. It is one of the most frequent causes of cancer-related mortality in the United States today. In the United States, another form of cancer that is becoming increasingly common is breast cancer, which is the development of malignant tissue in the breast. Breast cancer is seen mostly in women, though this does not mean that men are immune to it. A small percentage of men too contract breast cancer. The numbers are small, 1 man with breast cancer against a 100 women with it, but its there. However, there is one major difference between breast cancer and lung cancer. One can see the symptoms of breast cancer at an early stage, while in the case of lung cancer, the symptoms are not detected early, primarily because they match the symptoms of other lesser ailments. In this article, we will discuss lung cancer.A person is said to suffer from lung cancer when a growth of malignant cancer cells is detected in the lungs. Depending on the stage at which lung cancer is detected, it can be classified as being in the:o Early stageso Mid-stageso Advanced stagesToday, there is a vast amount of information on lung cancer available. Patients or relatives of patients can access information over the Internet, which has an almost limitless number of websites dedicated to different aspects of lung cancer – types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, etc. For example, if you are from the United Kingdom and want to research information on lung cancer treatment, facilities, etc in your country, you can simply log onto the website of Cancer Research UK, UK’s leading cancer charity, and collect whatever information you want from their site.Earlier on, treatment of lung cancer was not an easy thing to do, owing to the huge amount of expenses in the form of medical bills, hospital stays fees, etc. However, nowadays with the availability of insurance, things have become easier. Lung cancer insurance is available easily, as is insurance covering other forms of cancer.Types of Lung CancerTwo main types of lung cancer exist today. Both of these are seen in the epithelial cells of the lungs. They are:o Small cell lung cancer (SLCC)o Non-small cell lung cancerThere is another type, called mixed small cell/large cell lung cancer. In this type you can find both kinds of cells in the cancerous tissue.Besides these two types, there is another form of cancer of the lung area, called mesothelioma or mesothelioma cancer or cancer of the mesothelium. However, this is not considered a primary form of lung cancer, as its target area is not the lobes of the lung, but the pleural membrane covering the lung.Small Cell Lung CancerThis is the rarer of the two basic forms of lung cancer. One out of every five lung cancer patients suffer from small cell lung cancer.Non-Small Cell Lung CancerNon-small cell lung cancer, or non-small lung cancer, is the more common of the two basic forms of lung cancer. Four out of five lung cancer patients suffer from this type of cancer.Based on the cell type/area in which the carcinogenic cells proliferate in the lungs, non-small cell lung cancer is further categorized into three types. They are:o Squamous cell carcinomao Adenocarcinomao Large Cell Carcinomao Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma (BAC)Squamous Cell CarcinomaThis is the most common type of lung cancer. It occurs in the cells lining the airways inside the lungs. This form of cancer occurs mostly due to nicotine ingestion through smoking.AdenocarcinomaThis form of cancer is seen in the mucus cells within the airways in the lung.Large Cell CarcinomaThis is also called undifferentiated lung cancer. In large cell carcinoma, the proliferating cells are round and much larger than the cells seen in adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma (BAC)This form of cancer is seen in the bronchioalveolar region of the lung.What Causes Lung Cancer?The main cause of lung cancer is exposure to tobacco. This is primarily through smoking. About 80% of lung cancer patients are smokers. Smokers may be cigarette smokers, cigar smokers, or pipe smokers; it doesn’t matter. The risk of contracting lung cancer is equal in all the three cases.A person may inhale smoke directly. A person can also inhale smoke passively or involuntarily. This smoke is also called secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is of two types:o Mainstream – This is the smoke exhaled by the smoker, and amounts to more than 50% of all secondhand smoke.o Sidestream – This is the smoke emanating from the burning end of a cigarette/cigar/pipe/hookah.Passive smokers too stand a high chance of contracting lung cancer. The chances of passive/secondary smokers contracting lung cancer is 30% higher than people who do not inhale smoke either actively or passively.However, there have been instances of even total non-smokers suffering from lung cancer. This indicates that smoking is not the only cause for lung cancer. It is the primary cause, yes, but not definitely the only cause. The following are some of the other causes of lung cancer:o Air pollutiono Inhalation of asbestos fiberso Exposure to radon, a radioactive substance formed by breaking down uraniumo Inhalation of marijuana fumes by smokingo Exposure of the chest area to radiation therapy during cancer treatmento Hereditary reasonso Presence of arsenic in drinking watero Diet with low fruit and vegetable content (this increases the risk of lung cancer in smokers)A combination of exposure to tobacco along with any of these causes greatly increases the chances of a person contracting lung cancer.Lung Cancer SymptomsThe following are some of the common symptoms of lung cancer. They do not usually manifest in the early stages. Even if they do, they are usually mistaken for some other ailment. These symptoms are:o Persistent coughingo Reddish or muddy brown spito Loss of breatho Loss of appetiteo Persistent or repetitive infections of the bronchial tracto Hoarseness of voiceo Renewed wheezingIn its later advanced stages, when the lung cancer is said to be in metastasis, the symptoms are:o Numbness in the arms or legso A jaundiced appearanceo Tumorous growths near the skin surfaceo Seizureso Bone paino DizzinessLung Cancer Detection and DiagnosisIt is very rare to be able to detect lung cancer in its early stages. There are no specific symptoms of early stages of lung cancer. This is one of the reasons why lung cancer is usually detected in its later stages.The use of a proper screening technique would greatly increase the chances of early lung cancer detection. However, there is no such proper and totally effective screening technique yet. Research is on to see if one can be formulated soon. As of now, a new technique called spiral CT seems to be the best option for early detection.Once lung cancer is detected, the next step is to determine the stage it is in. This is done using the AJCC system. Roman numerals are used to mark the different stages of lung cancer, numerals from 0 to IV. Sometimes the stages are further divided into substages, using denotations A and B. The general rule of thumb is that the lower the denomination, the less serious the condition.Lung Cancer TreatmentLung cancer treatment options are usually the same as prostate cancer treatment options or colon cancer treatment options. What I mean is that all forms of cancer have the same treatment options. However, lung cancer tests may be different from colon cancer tests. The standard treatment options for lung cancer are:o Surgeryo Radiation Therapyo ChemotherapyWhat matters is the combination of methods being used. The more serious the cancer, the more chances that different treatment options will be used in tandem, or one after the other.Referenceso http://www.aacr.orgo http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/colon-and-rectalo http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Lung/General/Typesoflungcancero http://www.cancer.orgo http://www.lungcanceronline.org
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer death, exceeded only by lung cancer in 1985. One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer at some time during her life.At present there are over 2 million women living in the United States who have been treated for breast cancer. About 41,000 women will die from the disease. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 33. However, the rate of death from breast cancer is going down. This decline is probably the result of early detection and improved treatment.Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1600 men develop the disease yearly and about 400 may die from the disease.Breast cancer risk is higher among those who have a mother, aunt, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer before age 50. If only a mother or sister had breast cancer, your risk doubles. Having two first-degree relatives who were diagnosed increases your risk up to five times the average.Although it is not known exactly what causes breast cancer; sometimes the culprit is a hereditary mutation in one of two genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes normally protect against the disease by producing proteins that guard against abnormal cell growth, but for women with the mutation, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer can increase up to 80 percent, compared with 13 percent among the general population. In effect, more than 25 percent of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.For women without a family history of breast cancer, the risks are harder to identify. It is known that the hormone estrogen feeds many breast cancers, and several factors – diet, excess weight, and alcohol consumption – can raise the body’s estrogen levels.Early SignsEarly signs of breast cancer include the following:- A lump which is usually single, firm and most often painless is detected.- An area of the skin on the breast or underarm is swollen and has an unusual appearance.- Veins on the skin surface become more prominent on one breast.- The affected breast nipple becomes inverted, develops a rash, changes in skin texture, or has a discharge other than breast milk.- A depression is found in an area of the breast surface.Types and Stages of Breast CancerThere are many different varieties of breast cancer. Some are fast-growing and unpredictable, while others develop more slowly and steady. Some are stimulated by estrogen levels in the body; some result from mutation in one of the two previously mentioned genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2.Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS): Generally divided into comedo (blackhead), in which the cut surface of the tumor shows extrusion of dead and necrotic tumor cells similar to a blackhead, and non-comedo types. DCIS is early breast cancer that is confined to the inside of the ductal system. The distinction between comedo and non-comedo types is important, as comedocarcinoma in-situ generally behaves more aggressively and may show areas of micro-invasion through the ductal wall into surrounding tissue.Infiltrating Ductal: This is the most common type of breast cancer, representing 78 percent of all malignancies. On mammography, these lesions can appear in two different shapes — stellate (star- like) or well circumscribed (rounded). The stellate lesions generally have a poorer prognosis.Medullary Carcinoma: This malignancy comprises 15 percent of breast cancers. These lesions are generally well circumscribed and may be difficult to distinguish from fibroadenoma by mammography or sonography. With this type of breast cancer, prognostic indicators estrogen and progesterone receptor are negative 90 percent of the time. Medullary carcinoma usually has a better prognosis than other types of breast cancer.Infiltrating Lobular: Representing 15 percent of breast cancers, these lesions generally appear in the upper outer quadrant of the breast as a subtle thickening and are difficult to diagnose by mammography. Infiltrating lobular can involve both breasts (bilateral). Microscopically, these tumors exhibit a linear array of cells and grow around the ducts and lobules.Tubular Carcinoma: This is described as orderly or well-differentiated carcinoma of the breast. These lesions make up about 2 percent of breast cancers. They have a favorable prognosis with nearly a 95 percent 10-year survival rate.Mucinous Carcinoma: Represents 1-2 percent of carcinoma of the breast and has a favorable prognosis. These lesions are usually well circumscribed (rounded).Inflammatory Breast Cancer: This is a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer that is usually evidenced by changes in the skin of the breast including redness (erythema), thickening of the skin and prominence of the hair follicles resembling an orange peel. The diagnosis is made by a skin biopsy, which reveals tumors in the lymphatic and vascular channels about 50 percent of the time.Stages of Breast CancerThe most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma. It begins in the lining of the ducts. Another type, called lobular carcinoma, arises in the lobules. When cancer is found, the pathologist can tell what kind of cancer it is – whether it began in a duct (ductal) or a lobule (lobular) and whether it has invaded nearby tissues in the breast (invasive).When cancer is found, special lab tests of the tissue are usually done to learn more about the cancer. For example, hormone (estrogen and progesterone) receptor tests can help determine whether hormones help the cancer to grow. If test results show that hormones do affect the growth of the cancer (a positive test result), the cancer is likely to respond to hormonal therapy. This therapy deprives the cancer cells of estrogen.Other tests are sometimes done to help predict whether the cancer is likely to progress. For example, x-rays and other lab tests are done. Sometimes a sample of breast tissue is checked for a gene, known as the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2 gene) that is associated with a higher risk that the breast cancer will recur. Special exams of the bones, liver, or lungs are done because breast cancer may spread to these areas.A woman’s treatment options depend on a number of factors. These factors include her age and menopausal status; her general health; the size and location of the tumor and the stage of the cancer; the results of lab tests; and the size of her breast. Certain features of the tumor cells, such as whether they depend on hormones to grow are also considered.In most cases, the most important factor is the stage of the disease. The stage is based on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread. The following are brief descriptions of the stages of breast cancer and the treatments most often used for each stage. Other treatments may sometimes be appropriate.Stage 0Stage 0 is sometimes called non-invasive carcinoma or carcinoma in situ. Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) refers to abnormal cells in the lining of a lobule. These abnormal cells seldom become invasive cancer. However, they are an indicator of an increased risk of developing breast cancer in both breasts. The treatment for LCIS is a drug called tamoxifen, which can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A person who is affected may choose not to have treatment, but to monitor the situation by having regular checkups. And occasionally, the decision is made to have surgery to remove both breasts to try to prevent cancer from developing. In most cases, removal of underarm lymph nodes is not necessary.Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) refers to abnormal cells in the lining of a duct. DCIS is also called intraductal carcinoma. The abnormal cells have not spread beyond the duct to invade the surrounding breast tissue. However, women with DCIS are at an increased risk of getting invasive breast cancer. Some women with DCIS have breast-sparing surgery followed by radiation therapy. Alternatively, they may choose to have a mastectomy, with or without breast reconstruction (plastic surgery) to rebuild the breast. Underarm lymph nodes are not usually removed. Also, women with DCIS may want to talk with their doctor about tamoxifen to reduce the risk of developing invasive breast cancer.Stage I and IIStage I and stage II are early stages of breast cancer in which the cancer has spread beyond the lobe or duct and invaded nearby tissue.Stage I means that the tumor is about one inch across and cancer cells have not spread beyond the breast.Stage II means one of the following:The tumor in the breast is less than 1 inch across and the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
The tumor is between 1 and 2 inches (with or without spread to the lymph nodes under the arm).
The tumor is larger than 2 inches but has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
The treatment options for early stage breast cancer are breast-sparing surgery followed by radiation therapy to the breast, and mastectomy, with or without breast reconstruction to rebuild the breast. These approaches are equally effective in treating early stage breast cancer. (Sometimes radiation therapy is also given after mastectomy.)The choice of breast-sparing surgery or mastectomy depends mostly on the size and location of the tumor, the size of the breast, certain features of the cancer, and how the person feels about preserving the breast. With either approach, lymph nodes under the arm usually are removed.Chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy after primary treatment with surgery or surgery and radiation therapy are recommended for stage I and most frequently with stage II breast cancer. This added treatment is called adjuvant therapy. Systemic therapy sometimes given to shrink the tumor before surgeries called neoadjuvant therapy. This is given to try to destroy any remaining cancer cells and prevent the cancer from recurring, or coming back, in the breast or elsewhere.Stage IIIStage III is also called locally advanced cancer. In this stage, the tumor in the breast may exhibit the following:More than 2 inches across and the cancer has spread to the underarm lymph nodes.
The cancer is extensive in the underarm lymph nodes.
The cancer is spreading to lymph nodes near the breastbone or to other tissues near the breast.Inflammatory breast cancer is a type of locally advanced breast cancer. In this type of cancer, the breast looks red and swollen (or inflamed) because cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast.Patients with stage III breast cancer usually have both local treatment to remove or destroy the cancer in the breast and systemic treatment to stop the disease from spreading. The local treatment may be surgery and/or radiation therapy to the breast and underarm. The systemic treatment may be chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or both. Systemic therapy may be given before local therapy to shrink the tumor or afterward to prevent the disease from recurring in the breast or elsewhere.Stage IVStage IV is metastatic cancer. The cancer has spread beyond the breast and underarm lymph nodes to other parts of the body.The treatments for stage IV breast cancer are chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy to destroy cancer cells and control the disease. Patients may have surgery or radiation therapy to control the cancer in the breast. Radiation may also be useful to control tumors in other parts of the body.Recurrent CancerRecurrent cancer means the disease has returned in spite of the initial treatment. Even when a tumor in the breast seems to have been completely removed or destroyed, the disease sometimes returns because undetected cancer cells remained somewhere in the body after treatment.Most recurrences appear within the first 2 or 3 years after treatment, but breast cancer can recur many years later.Cancer that returns only in the area of the surgery is called a local recurrence. If the disease returns in another part of the body, the recurrence is called metastatic breast cancer. The patient may have one type of treatment or a combination of treatments for recurrent cancer.For more information, see “Nine Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk” on this site.Sources: National Cancer Institute; Centers for Disease Control
Secret #1 The Money Spent On Research Into Breast Cancer Is Not Ensuring That Less Women Get Breast Cancer.
Secret #2 You Do Need To Act Against Getting Breast Cancer Before You Reach 50 And You Cannot Rely On Mammograms.
Secret #3 You Are At Risk Of Getting Breast Cancer Even If You Don’t Have It In Your Family.
Secret #4 Most Of The Money Spent On Research Is Not Going Into Prevention To Ensure That Less Women Suffer The Devastating Effects Of Breast Cancer In The Future.
Secret #5 Most Women Are Not Breast Aware And Are Afraid Of Breast Cancer.
Secret #6 Women Are Not Given Lots Of Advice On How They Can Protect Their Breasts Against Breast Cancer.
Secret #7 Most Women Do Not Appreciate How Important Their Breasts Are And Do Not Do Everything They Can To Look After And Protect Them.The above “secrets” are things which are not commonly known by most women and may be surprising to you. In this article, I intend to shed light on these facts and allow women to make up their own minds how they approach their breast health.SECRET #1 THE MONEY SPENT ON RESEARCH INTO BREAST CANCER IS NOT ENSURING THAT LESS WOMEN GET BREAST CANCER.The Pink Ribbon and Breast Cancer Awarenss Month was introduced in the US in 1985 and introduced to the UK in 1993. The Pink Ribbon Foundation is fronted by the Estee Lauder group of companies (known for cosmetics and skincare).Since then the pink ribbon symbol has become synonymous with breast cancer and during the past 15 years billions of pounds have been raised in its name. Every October the world celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month and fund raising during that month is phenomenal. All the breast cancer charities vie with each other to see who can come up with the most innovative “pink” fundraising. They run pink parties and sell pink products in order to raise money. Many companies take part and do special promotions during October for their preferred charity. “Pink” is big business.So with all this money being raised during October and also at other times during the year through events like charity runs and walks, is there an impact on the breast cancer rates in the UK and around the world? Are they coming down? Are fewer women suffering from the devastating effects of breast cancer?Unfortunately, the answer is ‘no’.In the UK, from 1993-2004, breast cancer incidence has increased 18.5%, that is 1% per year. 1 in 9 women will get the disease during their lifetime with current projections of 1 in 7 by 2010. 45,500 women were diagnosed in 2005, which equates to 125 women every day. Worldwide more than a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. It is also projected that breast cancer rates will rise most in developing countries, where women do not have access to top quality care and where they can also be treated as outcasts in certain societies.Breast cancer survival rates have improved. Every year more than 12,300 women and 70 men die from breast cancer. Since the peak in the late 1980s breast cancer death rates have fallen by a third. Breast cancer drugs have helped to save women’s lives but, as with any drugs, can have long-term side affects. Also the cost of these drugs puts great strain on the NHS. If breast cancer rates continue to increase as they have been doing, then, according to Professor Karol Sikora as reported in the Daily Mail on 09/09/08, “the next generation of drugs would keep patients alive longer, but could swallow half of the current NHS cancer budget within four years. (this refers to all cancer drugs at a cost of £50 billion).With the billions being raised by people around the world in the name of breast cancer, is it right that actually more women are getting this devastating disease every year?SECRET #2 YOU DO NEED TO ACT AGAINST GETTING BREAST CANCER BEFORE YOU REACH 50 AND YOU CANNOT RELY ON MAMMOGRAMS.Women in the UK are offered breast screening by mammogram every three years from the age of 50. This is because breast cancer is still more common in women over 50 but also because the breast tissue of younger women is denser and, therefore, makes it more difficult for a mammogram to pick up on a potential breast lump.However, this could be giving the message to younger women that they don’t need to check their breasts themselves. Based on my experience during my breast health talks, very few younger women check their breasts. The main reasons for this are that no-one has shown them how to, they don’t know what to do, they think that they only need to worry if breast cancer is in the family (see Secret #3) or they are afraid that they might find something.For a younger woman it is even more important to check her breasts from her mid-twenties as breast cancer in younger women is usually much more aggressive as the breast cancer cells can multiply more rapidly than in older women. If girls were taught by their mothers to check their breasts from their mid-twenties, they would not be afraid – it would just be part of their general regime of looking after themselves. Also they would feel confident about what to do. Breast self-examination is easy to do once you have been shown how and there are even devices on the market which can help you do so with confidence and greater accuracy.Breast cancer is the biggest killer of women aged 35-54, which means it makes sense for women in this age bracket to do everything they can to protect their breasts.Furthermore, I do not believe that we should rely on mammograms either. Women are only screened every three years and, usually, a mammogram can only detect a breast tumour once it has been growing for 8 years. By the time the tumour reaches 10 years, it could be too late. The other thing to remember is that a mammogram can only screen the part of the breast which can be put into the “clamp”. It cannot screen under the armpit or between the breasts for example.Lastly, there is growing concern over the safety of mammograms. The following are extracts from an article written by Peter Leando PhD.”Controversy has raged for years as to whether the risks related to the radiation exposure suffered from mammography are justified by the benefits gained …… new evidence relating to the particular type of radiation used and the hard evidence relating to the clinical benefits of mammography have caused a serious re-evaluation of the justification of mammography as a screening test.Radiation from routine mammography cannot be directly compared to other types of X-ray like chest X-ray etc because they are very different types of radiation.The comparisons that have been used between a chest x-ray and mammography, 1/1,000 of a rad (radiation-absorbed dose) for a chest X-ray and the 1 rad exposure for the routine four films taken of both breasts for a mammographic screening exam results in some 1,000 times greater exposure. (This refers to the US, where they do four-way screening. In the UK typically only two-way screening is offered.)This is considered a significant risk factor when extended over a ten year screening period and a potential accumulative dose of 10 rads. Unfortunately this is not the major risk posed by the particular type of radiation used by mammograms, mammography X-rays use a low energy form of ionising radiation that causes greater biologic damage than the high energy X-ray. The very low energy electrons affect the density of ionisation tracks that pass through the tissue, which can cause complex damage to the DNA and carcinogenic changes.The radiation used by mammography is almost 5 times more effective at causing cancer.” So, women do need to start checking their breasts from their early twenties and we cannot rely on mammograms 100%, particularly for younger women who would have a greater exposure to radiation during their lifetime if they were offered mammograms from a younger age. Also mammograms do not detect Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) which is a much rarer form of the disease and does not involve a lump. This would only detected by a woman looking for changes to her breasts and reporting them to her doctor.SECRET #3 YOU ARE AT RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT IN YOUR FAMILY.Amongst the hundreds of women I have talked to about breast health, the vast majority were under the false impression that breast cancer is primarily hereditary. They were surprised to hear that fewer than 10% of cases occur to women who have breast cancer in the family.In fact, every woman is at risk and should take control of her own breast health to give herself the best possible chance of prevention or early detection.The other most common acknowledged risk factors are:
Age – breast cancer is more common in women over 50
Early puberty – it is worrying that puberty is starting younger, with most girls starting their periods at primary school
Late pregnancy – many woman are opting to have children later
Late onset menopause
Not having children and not breastfeeding – this was known as early as the 18th century when a doctor in Italy noticed that nuns had higher levels of breast cancer than the general population
Being overweight – this applies mainly to post-menopausal women
Alcohol – over-consumption increases the risk of breast cancer
Acknowledged risk factors account for around 50% of breast cancer cases. For the remainder, there are no definite reasons.There are a growing number of scientists, commercial companies and individuals who believe that this remaining 50% is due to the rise of the number of chemicals which have been introduced over the past 50 years. They are used in our food, in our toiletries, in the workplace, in our clothes, in our furnishings – in fact, in every aspect of our lives. Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s), also known as hormone disruptors or oestrogen mimickers. In simple terms, they act like oestrogen in our bodies and could be responsible for changing our delicate hormone balance which controls events like pregnancy, puberty, menopause.An interesting example of the levels of oestrogen of British women was examined in a collaborative study undertaken in the late 80’s between Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine Beijing, Guys, and the Dept. of Preventive Medicine, L.A., California. They compared blood-serum concentrations of hormones linked to breast cancer between women in rural China and in Britain. The results showed that British women who are exposed to toxic chemicals in their everyday lives had increasingly higher levels of oestradiol (oestrogen) than women living a rural lifestyle in China (see table below).On this theme, the Guardian online reported on 22/05/07 that ‘Beijing blames pollutants for rise in killer cancers’.Oestradiol levels higher in British women by: Age 35 – 44 36% Age 45 – 54 90% Age 55 – 64 171%SECRET #4 MOST OF THE MONEY SPENT ON RESEARCH IS NOT GOING INTO PREVENTION TO ENSURE THAT FEWER WOMEN SUFFER THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF BREAST CANCER IN THE FUTURE.As we know, billions of pounds are raised every year worldwide in the name of breast cancer and most of this money is received by the mainstream breast cancer charities. In my opinion, the areas which should be targeted by these funds are prevention, treatment and care. You would probably expect these areas, at least, to be treated with equal importance and the funds available allocated accordingly.Let’s first take a look at the mainstream breast cancer charities in this country, namely Cancer Research UK (who obviously deal with all cancers), Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care.Cancer Research UK has done a huge amount of research into breast cancer and their website has a wealth of useful information with a lot of detail on breast cancer. Their slogan is ‘Together We Will Beat Cancer’. The charity offers funding schemes to scientists. Their research strategy is directed at reducing mortality from cancer and more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. Cancer Research UK is looking trying to prevent breast cancer in women known to be at high risk of developing it (approx 10% of sufferers). Doctors have looked into using tamoxifen and other hormone blocking drugs such as anastrozole (Arimidex) to lower the risk of breast cancer in women with a strong family history. This work has to be done very carefully. These women are healthy and the treatment aimed at preventing breast cancer must not risk their health in other ways.Breakthrough Breast Cancer supports a programme of cutting-edge biological research to reach their vision of ‘a future free from the fear of breast cancer’. Breakthrough set up the UK’s first dedicated breast cancer research centre in 1999, the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre. Breakthrough is funding The Generations Study whosepurpose is primarily to investigate environmental, behavioural, hormonal and genetic causes of breast cancer, and secondarily to investigate the causes of other cancers and diseases, by means of a UK cohort study to be established of more than 100,000 women in the UK aged 18 years and older at entry.However, when you look at environmental factors as a possible risk factor, it seems to be dismissed because it is too difficult to research due to the huge amount of chemicals to which we are exposed in our everyday lives. You can read more at their website under “risk factors”.As I have mentioned, I am one of the many people who believe that certain chemicals which act like oestrogen in our bodies are a contributing factor in rising breast cancer rates. I am disappointed to see that Breakthrough are not even including this as a possible risk factor, particularly as we know that excessive oestrogen has been linked to breast cancer cell growth.Breast Cancer Campaign cites its mission is to beat breast cancerby funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. The charity is supporting 97 projects worth over £12.8 million in 41 locations throughout the UK. Over the past 13 years, Campaign has awarded 232 grants with a total value of over £23 million to universities, medical schools / teaching hospitals and research institutes across the UK. Campaign’s breast cancer research gap analysis document has been published by the open access journal Breast Cancer Research. The document entitled ‘Evaluation of the current knowledge limitations in breast cancer research: a gap analysis’ is the product of two and a half year project. It involved around 60 of the key breast cancer scientists in the UK.Through their website, they sell products of various types and the companies who own those brands donate part of their profits to the Campaign. They include things like lip gloss, perfume, toiletries, clothing and stationery. Some of us would say that many of the products include harmful ingredients and are not actually contributing to the breast health of the ladies buying them! I was also disappointed that, although they mention prevention in their mission statement, I have one of their leaflets that shows prevention only receives 1% of their budget.Breast Cancer Care, as its name suggests, is primarily concerned with the care and treatment of ladies going through breast cancer. It provides invaluable information and support.I applaud all of these organisations who are dedicated to their work to help us understand and treat breast cancer.However, I still believe that the risk factor of certain chemicals affecting our delicate hormone balance should be taken seriously and that all the available research should be studied. It is important to note that only 50% of breast cancer cases can be put down to one of the acknowledged risk factors. What is this remaining 50%? What has changed in our world over the past 50 years? It is also interesting that other countries are recognising the dangers of these chemicals and banning substances. I also believe in adopting the ‘precautionary principle’, which means that if there is a doubt over the safety to public health, then we should not wait until it is too late but take action as soon as possible. It has also been proved that there are alternatives to these potentially harmful chemicals when we see the growing number of companies who are selling safer food, cosmetics and toiletries.This is why I am an active supporter of Breast Cancer UK, the only charity whose main focus is primary prevention. We are determined that breast cancer should be a ‘preventable’ disease not an ‘inevitable’ one. There is lots of research available on the link between endocrine disrupting chemicals and breast cancer. It is time that this was taken into account when looking at breast cancer risk factors.SECRET #5 MOST WOMEN ARE NOT BREAST AWARE AND ARE AFRAID OF BREAST CANCER.Despite the huge focus on being breast aware, particularly during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the majority of women are not breast aware. In fact, most women pay little attention to their breasts and do very little to look after them, except maybe during breastfeeding. Our breasts represent our femininity – they make us feel sexy and they nourish our children. Yet most women don’t even know what their breasts feel like, let-alone check them for anything unusual.It is so important that women take control of their own breast health by undertaking monthly self-examination to check for any changes. If they find a lump and go to their doctor straight away, the chances are the lump will be benign (80% are) or, if it is cancerous, they are giving themselves the best possible chance of recovery. At Stage One, women have around a 95% chance of surviving beyond 5 years. At Stage One the lump is less than 2cm and has not spread to the lymph nodes or anywhere else in the body. At Stage Four this survival rate drops to 1 in 10. The average size of lump discovered accidentally by women who don’t check their breasts regularly is approximately 3.6 cm.I have spoken with hundreds of women through my breast education work and most women do not check their breasts because they don’t know what to do, they don’t realize that all women are at risk, they don’t know about the four stages of breast cancer and the corresponding survival rates, they don’t really think about the need to do anything to look after their breasts or they are afraid that they might find something.According to research by Breast Cancer Campaign, breast cancer is the most feared disease amongst women. Fear is usually due to a lack of knowledge. This is certainly the case here. If women understood everything detailed here, they would want to give themselves the best chance of survival should they get the disease. The current approach to women’s breast health obviously isn’t getting through, which is why I believe it is time to get women to take control themselves and empower other women to do the same.SECRET #6 WOMEN ARE NOT GIVEN LOTS OF ADVICE ON HOW THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR BREASTS AGAINST BREAST CANCER.In the past, GP surgeries used to run Well Woman clinics where any woman could go and see a doctor or nurse and be given advice about looking after herself with practical information like being shown how to check her breasts. Very few surgeries offer these clinics now. This is one of the reasons that I started my Breast Health Presentations. I talk to women in the workplace or in other gatherings and empower them with information, which helps to remove some of their fear. I also show them how to check their breasts and talk to them about their bra-wearing habits, how to avoid harmful chemicals in their everyday lives and how to benefit from detoxifying breast massage.As we know, breast cancer is the most feared disease amongst women and understanding how it develops, the risk factors and, most importantly, how to protect against it, will make women feel more in control and positive towards their breast health.During October and other events during the year, the focus is on breast cancer rather than breast health. I am one of those people who believe that the more you focus on something negative, the more you will get of it. This is why it is time to change that focus.I believe that it is definitely time for women to take their breast health into their own hands, which is why I have launched my new campaign “Healthy Breasts For Every Woman”. You can read more at www.healthybreastscampaign.co.uk.SECRET #7 MOST WOMEN DO NOT APPRECIATE HOW IMPORTANT THEIR BREASTS ARE AND DO NOT DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO LOOK AFTER AND PROTECT THEM.As I mentioned before, most women give very little thought to their breasts. They get up in the morning and they may give them a wash in the shower. They then shove them into a cage we call a bra (and most women wear a bra that doesn’t fit them properly) and forget about them for the rest of the day. It is amazing that we live in a society which is obsessed with breasts and women do very little to protect this most precious part of their body. It is also amazing that women spend a fortune on looking after every other part of their body with creams and lotions and forget about their breasts! I know that once women understand more about breast health and don’t feel so helpless in the face of breast cancer that they do want to be proactive and take control of their breast health.
One of the hardest things to do in life is to live once you’ve been told you are going to die. It’s as if life speeds up after you receive knowledge that your days are ticking away on a finite clock that you have no control over. One important thing that I learned while experiencing the devastating affects of Pancreatic Cancer with my mother as she fought this distressing disease is that it is crucial to focus on the time that you have rather than on the time you don’t have. To me this article is a condensed version of the Diary of Cancer Patient’s Daughter as I explain what living with Pancreatic Cancer is like from diagnosis to death as I framed the picture of my mother’s experience in my mind.I hope and pray that you receive something out of these words birthed out of pain that will bring you peace and help you or your loved one with a Cancer diagnosis live a little longer and happier in spite of the sad reality you are facing. There are 7 D’s in this Cancer Diary that can help you manage the physical and mental aspects of this awful disease. Remember that what you don’t do in the Cancer Crisis is just as important as what you do.Entry # 1: The Diagnosis:My mother Joyce was 66 years old when she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer during the summer of 2008. Though all Cancer is bad, Pancreatic Cancer is considered one of the worst because it is the most difficult to diagnose. The reason is that the symptoms mirror digestive problems as the disease hides in the depths of the digestive system. My mother had chronic pain in her stomach and though she went to the emergency room several times receiving numerous tests and ultra sounds the doctors kept telling her nothing was wrong with her and sent her home every time. Initially they thought it was a problem with her gal bladder which is a common misdiagnoses in the case of Pancreatic Cancer.Her Father Boyce whom she was named after died of Pancreatic Cancer 20 years earlier, but the chance that she could have that very same thing never occurred to her or anyone else in our family. If Cancer runs in your family, especially Pancreatic Cancer, I would advise you to have regular screenings for this disease as early diagnosis is a key to survival. One of the most deadly things about Pancreatic Cancer is that because it is so hard to diagnose most patients don’t receive their diagnosis until they are already in Stage 4 of the Cancer when there is practically no hope.The symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer include: abdominal pain and pressure, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss and weakness. My mother had all symptoms except for jaundice. Just because a person is missing a common symptom doesn’t mean they don’t have Pancreatic Cancer. The most common procedures used to diagnosis this brutal disease are: Ultrasonography, CT Scanning, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancretography, Endoscopic Ultrasound, MRI, and Cholangiogram Percutaneous Transhepatic. I’m pretty sure my mother had all of these tests done and it can be very draining to endure such experiences, however it is vital in obtaining a diagnosis. The results of her diagnosis showed that there was a tumor on her pancreas blocking the flow of bile from her liver, as well as, the flow of enzymes from her pancreas. In her case the tumor was wrapped around a blood vessel and surgery to remove the tumor was not really an option. Very few surgeons in the country would have been able to successfully perform the surgery and her chances of survival would have been slim to none. Even if she had of had the surgery her quality of life following it was questionable. This surgery is commonly known as the Whipple Operation and removes a large part of the pancreas, the duodenum and a portion of the bile ductWhat do you do in this situation? You make the choice to live the best life in the time that you have which is undetermined and different for everyone. Suck every drop of joy out of life you can as quickly as possible. If we could turn back the clock and do it all over again the one thing we would do differently is have annual screenings for the disease conducted because had we done that my mother might still be alive today. What you do in time can determine the time you have on this earth.Many people allow the hands of time to cover their eyes to what they don’t want to see. Open your eyes today and if you have not been diagnosed with this disease begin to use preventative measures such as a healthy diet, exercise, and regular checkups with your doctor.Entry # 2: Denial:We were in such disbelief after receiving the diagnosis we failed to take immediate action locked in the paralysis of our new found reality. One thing Cancer does not give you is time. That big devil called denial must be dealt with. I can still hear my mother saying, “I can’t have this…not me!” You must come to grips with what you have in order to get a grip on the situation. Sometimes I think of Cancer being more of an accident of health rather than a mistake of nature. All you can do with a mistake is wish that it never happened but accidents can be prevented. Maybe this is a little optimistic since Cancer tends to creep in like an unexpected thief to steal your most prized possessions. Even so, optimism is always stronger than pessimism and it merely means that our powerful spirits encased in a fragile frame of flesh chooses to live.Even people with diseases such as drug addiction and alcoholism must come out of denial before they recover. I know Cancer survivors and they are the same people that came out of denial and dealt with the disease. You will never take action in regards to something you don’t believe.Entry # 3: Drugs:We live in a pill popping nation where there is a drug for every situation. One of the main problems with drugs is that they mask symptoms but fail to provide a cure. Drugs do their best to cover up the Cancer until the victim is covered with earth in a coffin. I keep hearing rumors that there is a cure for Cancer but the medical and funeral industries are making too much money off of the disease to release the cure. I don’t know if that is true but it sure makes sense.Though drugs were diagnosed to help my mother one of the first things we did which is extremely important for Pancreatic Cancer patients was to have a stint put in. Stints were inserted into the tubes leading from her liver and pancreas to help them function and this helped her to live a better life. In some cases, depending on the size of the tumor, it is very difficult to insert stints but there are several alternative methods and procedures to accomplish the same effect. If you have a good doctor he will inform you of all options. If you have a doctor that doesn’t tell you all the options; get another doctor.My experience with a mother with Pancreatic Cancer perfected a hatred in me for Morphine which is the pain medication my mother was put on. Since the pain caused by the Cancer is so intense our options were limited and we wanted my mother to be able to live out her days as pain free as possible as I think anyone would. The Morphine altered her mind, changed her personality, and caused aggression and paranoia. The effects of the Morphine put the family in pain while relieving my mother’s pain.At times it was as if she was out of her mind and it nearly drove us out of ours. She no longer trusted the people that loved her and many times would forget what she was saying in the middle of a sentence. The family told her many things over and over again and she wouldn’t do them and always forgot what we told her. To me Morphine kills a person before they die. It kills their ability to convey the essence of who they truly are. There are alternatives for pain relief drugs but I don’t know how much better they are since we only dealt with Morphine.It amazes me how Patrick Swayze filmed a television series with Pancreatic Cancer refusing to take pain medications so he could concentrate on and accomplish his work. I remember hearing him speak about preparing hours in advance of his shoots to be mentally and physically prepared to accomplish every task in pain. I think drugs such as Morphine make a person die faster because it arrests their mind. In the movie the Matrix if you’ve ever seen it, Neo is doing the jump program with Morpheus and falls. When he comes out of it he is bleeding and makes a statement to the fact that he thought it wasn’t real and Morpheus tells him that the mind makes it real and that the body cannot live without the mind. If you are mentally incapacitated, how can you make a conscious decision to fight for your life?A glimmer of hope came to us while dealing with the madness of the Morphine which is an alternative pain treatment that Cancer patients can receive that deals with injecting alcohol around certain nerves to block the feelings of pain. My mother had this procedure done but said that it didn’t work. To this day I don’t know if the treatment really didn’t work or if by the time she had it she wasalready addicted to the Morphine and the pain she felt were the pangs of withdraw.Unfortunately Morphine was only one wave in the ocean of drugs we had to deal with. There were digestive enzymes that had to be taken prior to eating, beta blockers, heart medication, anxiety medication, insulin for the diabetes caused by the shut down of the pancreas, medication for indigestion, vitamins, blood thinners for blood clots and so many medications we had to make an Excel spreadsheet just to keep track of them.One of the effects of the disease that had to be dealt with was extreme swelling of the abdomen and feet to the point where diuretics were prescribed, fluid draw procedures had to be performed by using a needle to draw the fluid from the abdomen and as for the feet; only house shoes could be worn. I found out that the swelling was caused by the Cancer mainly due to the body’s reaction to the tumor and to the lack of protein in the blood disabling the bloods ability to hold fluid.The things that a person goes through with Cancer are almost endless. Every part of the body is affected; especially the mind, the will, and the emotions. Based upon the experience I encountered with my mother a couple of other crises we had to press through was the C Diph infection causing chronic diarrhea causing contact isolation that is almost like quarantine to be implemented. My mother could barely eat and we had to put on hospital gowns and gloves to be in the room with her or even come in contact with her.An episode we faced with internal bleeding caused by the rupturing of blood vessels was very traumatic and hospitalized my mother after she passed out from weakness with her eyes rolling back in her head due to the extreme blood loss. Blood was in her bowels and blood transfusions had to be issued in order to get her blood count back up to normal which is usually 14 and hers was almost half that. Had we not sought medical attention for her at that time she could have died. So that you can recognize this, the symptoms are usually extreme weakness and black loose bowels. I experienced the same thing when I was four years old and diagnosed with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.We tried chemotherapy which is extremely hard on the body, killing the good cells along with the bad. Chemotherapy is like infusing your body with a poison in order to get rid of another poison. For some people it works but sadly to say in the cases of Pancreatic Cancer it is rarely effective. I am not a doctor and therefore give no medical recommendations as to how to treat Cancer of the Pancreas but in my own personal opinion and experience through observation I would say if possible, find a better way.There are alternative treatments, natural remedies, and experimental treatments. A Cancer patient can seek studies that are being conducted for the type of Cancer they have and in many cases when they become a part of the study they can receive free or very low cost experimental treatments. One day one of these experimental treatments might be the answer. My mother used an experimental chemotherapy that was available but it was too hard on her heart. One of her smaller tumors did disappear but that wasn’t enough to save her.Chemotherapy can carry such side effects as nausea, vomiting, and decreased white blood cell counts. Historically, Chemotherapy has not been effective in the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer, but there are more up to date treatments that use an FDA approved agent called gemcitabine which has helped to shrink some tumors for Carcinoma of the pancreas.At one point we went to see a naturalpathic doctor specializing in alternative Cancer treatments that knew of a treatment that had proved to be effective for Pancreatic Cancer. The name of the treatment is Intravenous – Lipoic Acid/Low-Dose Naltrexone Protocol. There are various articles and information on this treatment for you to research and intelligently consider.Our problem with the treatment was that one of the drugs prescribed for it that could only be filled at a compound pharmacy blocks the affects of opiates and since my mother was on Morphine for pain a known opiate she plunged into a chronic pain episode that caused her to lose coherency from the pain and go to the emergency room where the only thing they could do to relieve her pain was to give her a drug strong enough to sedate her and completely knock her out. It was a tremendous setback in her treatment. The opiate blocking drug was supposed to be a very low dosage that should not have negatively affected her so if this particular treatment is chosen I would do extensive research and make ample preparations before trying it.When you are personally dealing with Cancer or know someone close to you that is, you will find out quickly that everyone has a product to sell you that they claim has cured someone from Cancer. Maybe they have and maybe they haven’t. Again, I remember watching an interview with Barbara Walters and Patrick Swayze when he said something to the effect of, “If you had a miracle cure for Cancer you would be rich and everyone would know you so just shut up.” We tried several products and ordered everything we thought could make a difference or be a cure. I’m going to share with you two things that you can buy on your own that we didn’t get a chance to try because we found out about them too late. I don’t know it they work, but its worth a try as anything is when you or someone you love is dying.You can search YouTube and find videos on the banking soda Cancer treatment and you can search the Internet to find articles that specifically discuss the use of asparagus to treat Cancer. There is so much more I could say about different treatments and drugs but instead of going on and on about this subject I will instead give you a few helpful hints.Helpful Hint #1: If you are strong enough to do it, aerobic exercise helps Chemotherapy patients by ridding the toxins in their system from Chemotherapy through sweat. I read an article once about a lady with Cancer that felt too sick to do aerobics when her coworkers kept inviting her to class because they didn’t know she had Cancer. She started the classes eventually and felt sick at first and then started feeling better. She sweated the toxins out and one year later was teaching the class Cancer Free.Helpful Hint #2: When a Cancer patient’s veins are to the point where it is extremely difficult to draw blood or administer IV medication a Central Line which is a port for IV and medication inserted into the jugular vein by ultrasound can be good. I witnessed the pain of my mother as she was poked multiple times with attempts to draw blood and insert IV’s. Save yourself this pain with a Central Line.Helpful Hint #3: Keep a positive attitude and laugh as often as possible. The Bible says that laughter doeth the heart good like a medicine. Sometimes simple laughter will do more for a Cancer patient than any drug. Laughter heals and it makes a person’s time on this earth more enjoyable. Talk about funny memories from the past with family and friends and laugh, laugh, laugh! You deserve it! Mental support is important. Encourage, speak positive things, and most of all be there for the person that you know that has Cancer. Cancer and all the things a person goes through with it are scary. I coached my mom and encouraged her and told her she could make it when she didn’t think she could. Encouragement in love can add time to a Cancer patient’s life. Ask lots of questions and gain as much knowledge as possible. If a drug or treatment you or a Cancer patient you know is on doesn’t seem right; talk to the doctor about it because there is always an alternative.Entry # 4: Disappointment:Normally in life there are disappointments. When you already have a disappointing disease, disappointment can be magnified. What do you do when the Chemo doesn’t work? How do you react when the miracle cure you found out about doesn’t cure? How do you deal with setbacks that surface along the way? What you do is keep going, keep trying, and don’t give up. It is important to express disappointment and acknowledge it as long as it doesn’t take you captive. Just having the disease is disappointing, not to mention all of the obstacles encountered while dealing with the disease. Disappointment is not only experienced by the Cancer victim but by the family and friends that love that person so much.I was working on my MBA when my mother was diagnosed with Cancer. Since she was already in Stage 4 of Cancer when she was diagnosed we found out shortly after the diagnosis that the Cancer had spread to her lungs and other areas of her body. I can remember the day I found out about that. I started crying at work and couldn’t stop and had to leave the office. I know what it feels like to try and hold tears in and there is nothing you can do to keep them held in your eyes. I know what it is to cry until your stomach jerks in and out and snot comes out of your nose and you feel like throwing up. My mother was my best friend and because of that I am well acquainted with disappointment.I always wondered how the people with these miracle stories that publish these books about overcoming Cancer did it. Their methods worked for them with no doubt but my mother was in such a bad state she couldn’t even do most of the things these books said to do and that was so disappointing. I wished I could speak with these people personally just to ask them…HOW? How did you do it?One of the greatest challenges faced was that my mother was a Minister and Pastor and she had a lot of people praying for her as she even believed for her own healing. Father Yah (God) is a healer but He doesn’t always heal and there is always a question of why for those that are not healed. Dottie Olsteen the wife of the late Pastor John Olsteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas now pastured by Joel Olsteen at one time had terminal Liver Cancer. Dottie gathered together the healing scriptures from the Bible and began to speak them over herself three times a day like a medicine prescription and was totally and completely healed.Why her and not my mother? I don’t know. Maybe Yah (the name for almighty God the Creator in Hebrew) was ready for my mom to come home with Him. All I can tell you is that disappoint can and will come in many forms. The best cure for disappointment is to overcome with an attitude of thankfulness, accepting that you don’t know the reason for all things but you do know that there is a reason and a purpose for all things. Stay positive while keeping your mind and spirit open to whatever might happen. Disappointment comes when something other than what you expect or anticipate happens. With Cancer you have to be prepared for the success or failure of anything and everything. Be encouraged; you are stronger than disappointment. Don’t let it catch you off guard but be prepared for it. Know that for every disappointment there is a triumph on the other side.Entry # 5: Diet:Anyone with Cancer should reconstruct their diet to contain the foods that fight against and can even cure Cancer. Eat and drink substances that are non-acidic, alkaline, and highly concentrated with antioxidants. Research to find Cancer healing foods.One of the most important things to do is to drink a lot of water. Water is the source of life and the human body is mostly composed of water. There is an author that wrote a book called, “You Aren’t Sick You’re Just Thirsty” talking about the importance of water and its affects on the body.Diet is a rough subject with Pancreatic Cancer because you can know all the right things to eat and not be able to consume them. The affects of the disease on the digestive system makes it very hard to eat and drink. The patient may lose their appetite and even if they do have an appetite, once they eat it can make them feel sick. Pancreatic Cancer sabotages the digestive system.One thing that helped us was some information we found on dill pickles that assists in the digestion of food. In many instances when someone with Pancreatic Cancer or other digestive problems eats a dill pickle with each meal it helps to counteract the digestive problems so they can eat in comfort and keep the food down for nutrition to the body.There are also drugs available to enhance the appetite, but if dill pickles can also be eaten with every meal that should help greatly as well. Since Pancreatic Cancer patients have difficulties in eating and tend to lose a lot of weight, dietary supplements such as protein shakes are suggested which are ingested easier with the use of a straw. Peanut butter can be added to the shakes to increase the calorie content and nutritional value of the shake. Another suggestion is to eat very small meals all throughout the day. The Cancer patient may not feel like eating but in order to live they must FORCE themselves to eat. Lack of food and liquid can kill quicker.Vitamin D fights Cancer and freshly juiced vegetable juices containing the juice from green leafy vegetables can be extremely helpful especially when drank right after juicing when vitamin content and living substance is at a high level. The external diet is also important which consists of Epson salt baths that help to heal and release toxins from the body.We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” Eat what is alive and it will help you stay alive. The first 3 letters of the word diet is the word die. Don’t let what you are eating kill you. Since Cancer patients many times have to give up foods they love in order to live, it is great if the family can conform to their diet in support of their dietary efforts. Some foods make Cancer grow like simple sugars. Cut the sugar out of your diet and use a natural alternative like Stevia to sweeten foods. Stevia is a naturally sweet leaf that is available in powder and liquid form to sweeten foods and use in recipes. I am a big Bible reader so I love that Stevia is a leaf because the Bible says that the leaves shall be used for the healing of the nations. Other well-known artificial sweeteners can actually be poisonous to the body so be careful with them and avoid them if possible.Entry #6: Death:Even when you know someone is going to die, nothing really prepares you for the affects, effects, and real life reactions to that death. Everyone’s experience is different, and I will share my personal experience with you hoping it will help you in some way. I can remember my mom looking at me one night and saying to me, “I’m dying!” I didn’t know what to say back because even though I knew she had Cancer and death seemed inevitable, I refused to accept the fact the she was actually going to die.We took her to the hospital on a Thursday and the very next day they wanted to send her to hospice. Hospice is a great and awful place all at the same time. Great due to the care and support and painless exit for the patient from this world they provide. Awful because you know that it is the last place you will be with the one you love. Hospice facilities are very comfortable and they give you a chance to say goodbye even if you don’t want to. No one does. Please know that you aren’t the only one going through this; neither are you the only one that has ever gone through this.Counselors are provided, as well as, chaplains for spiritual support and prayer. You will receive a booklet explaining the death process which helps you know when death is near. During this process, give the Cancer patient a lot of love, comfort and support, and make sure you yourself get ample food and rest. Speak to your loved one while they are responsive and even after they are in a drug induced comma because they can still hear you. Be sure not to be selfish and release them to pass on so they won’t linger on in suffering. That is all I will say about the hospice experience as you will learn more as you are actually in it. This is the time to meet with the funeral home and make preparations for the funeral and burial. You won’t want to do this, but it is necessary and will help smooth out the process. Overall, hospice is a place to say your final goodbyes.Entry # 7: Debt:My dad only had enough life insurance to cover my mom’s funeral, and this is not recommended. The moment a Cancer diagnosis is in place get as much checkup free insurance as you can get. For some reason the bill collectors don’t understand the word death, and you can be stuck with bills that increase your sorrow after your loved one is gone. You will need a living will for your patient to be able to make medical decisions for them and you also need a power of attorney to deal with their accounts way before a death experience is upon you. You may have to handle business matters that they can’t deal with while they are still alive and after they have passed on.Also make sure a will is in place so you don’t have to deal with probate. Some accounts are easily closed after death simply by submitting a copy of the death certificate to the creditor and it is important to see if insurance is in place to pay off accounts upon death such as mortgages.I have shared my heart, soul, and intimate personal experience with you in this article to the best of my ability. It should not take a crisis such as Cancer for us to become mortgage and debt free but if something such as Cancer arises I know that being mortgage and debt free can be one less worry. Work to reduce or delete your debts as much as possible. My dad would have more freedom and options today had his house been paid off when my mother passed. In addition to medical bills there were some prescriptions that cost $800 for a 10-day supply after our prescription benefits ran out. Death and sickness know nothing of the extra financial burdens that can increase and extend sorrow.You will feel the pain of your loss for awhile and it will be absolutely unbelievable for a very long time, but you will get through it. Remember the good times, look at pictures of life, and hear the voice of your loved one live on in your mind and spirit forever. I wish you abundant peace. If you would like to find out how to get a copy of the book I’ve written in hopes of helping people deal with the loss of a loved one, please call or email me.
It will perhaps astound you to learn that a person who is afflicted with the main causes of cancer (which constitute the real illness) would most likely die quickly unless he actually grew cancer cells. In this work, I provide evidence to this effect.I further claim that cancer will only occur after all other defense or healing mechanisms in the body have failed. In extreme circumstances, exposure to large amounts of cancer-producing agents (carcinogens) can bring about a collapse of the body’s defenses within several weeks or months and allow for rapid and aggressive growth of a cancerous tumor. Usually, though, it takes many years, or even decades, for these so-called “malignant” tumors to form.Unfortunately, basic misconceptions or complete lack of knowledge about the reasons behind tumor growth have turned “malignant” tumors into vicious monsters that have no other purpose but to kill us in retaliation for our sins or abusing the body. However, as you are about to find out, cancer is on our side, not against us. Unless we change our perception of what cancer really is, it will continue to resist treatment, particularly the most “advanced” methods. If you have cancer, and cancer is indeed part of the body’s complex survival responses and not a disease, as I suggest it is, you must find answers to the following pressing questions:* What reasons coerce your body into developing cancer cells?* Once you have identified these reasons, will you be able to change them? What determines the type and severity of cancer with which you are afflicted?* If cancer is a survival mechanism, what needs to be done to prevent the body from taking recourse to such drastic defense measures?* Since the body’s original genetic design always favors the preservation of life and protection against adversities of any kind, why would the body permit self-destruction?* Why do almost all cancers disappear by themselves, without medical intervention?* Do radiation, chemotherapy and surgery actually cure cancer, or do cancer survivors heal due to other reasons, despite these radical, side-effect-loaded treatments?* What roles do fear, frustration, low self-worth and repressed anger play in the origination and outcome of cancer?* What is the spiritual growth lesson behind cancer?To deal with the root causes of cancer, you must find satisfying and practical answers to the above questions. If you feel the inner urge to make sense of this life-changing event, (cancer that is), you most likely will recover from it. Cancer can be your greatest opportunity to help restore balance to all aspects of your life, but it can also be the harbinger of severe trauma and suffering. Either way you are always in control of your body.To live in a human body, you must have access to a certain amount of life-sustaining energy. You may either use this inherent energy in a nourishing and self-sustaining or in a destructive and debilitating way. In case you consciously or unconsciously choose negligence or self-abuse over loving attention and self-respect, your body will likely end up having to fight for its life.Cancer is but one of the many ways the body tries to change the way you see and treat yourself, including your body. This inevitably brings up the subject of spiritual health, which plays at least as important a role in cancer as physical and emotional reasons do.Cancer appears to be a highly confusing and unpredictable disorder. It seems to strike the very happy and the very sad, the rich and the poor, the smokers and the non-smokers, the very healthy and the not so healthy. People from all backgrounds and occupations can have cancer. However, if you dare look behind the mask of its physical symptoms, such as the type, appearance and behavior of cancer cells, you will find that cancer is not as coincidental or unpredictable as it seems to be.What makes 50% of the American population so prone to developing cancer, when the other half has no risk at all? Blaming the genes for that is but an excuse to cover up ignorance of the real causes. Besides, any good genetic researcher would tell you that such a belief is void of any logic and outright unscientific (as explained in the book).Cancer has always been an extremely rare illness, except in industrialized nations during the past 40-50 years. Human genes have not significantly changed for thousands of years. Why would they change so drastically now, and suddenly decide to kill scores of people? The answer to this question is amazingly simple: Damaged or faulty genes do not kill anyone. Cancer does not kill a person afflicted with it! What kills a cancer patient is not the tumor, but the numerous reasons behind cell mutation and tumor growth. These root causes should be the focus of every cancer treatment, yet most oncologists typically ignore them. Constant conflicts, guilt and shame, for example, can easily paralyze the body’s most basic functions, and lead to the growth of a cancerous tumor.After having seen thousands of cancer patients over a period of three decades, I began to recognize a certain pattern of thinking, believing and feeling that was common to most of them. To be more specific, I have yet to meet a cancer patient who does not feel burdened by some poor self-image, unresolved conflict and worries, or past emotional trauma that still lingers in his/her subconscious. Cancer, the physical disease, cannot occur unless there is a strong undercurrent of emotional uneasiness and deep-seated frustration.Cancer patients typically suffer from lack of self-respect or worthiness, and often have what I call an “unfinished business” in their life. Cancer can actually be a way of revealing the source of such inner conflict. Furthermore, cancer can help them come to terms with such a conflict, and even heal it altogether. The way to take out weeds is to pull them out along with their roots. This is how we must treat cancer; otherwise, it may recur eventually.The following statement is very important in the consideration of cancer: “Cancer does not cause a person to be sick; it is the sickness of the person that causes the cancer.” To treat cancer successfully requires the patient to become whole again on all levels of his body, mind and spirit. Once the cancer causes have been properly identified, it will become apparent what needs to be done to achieve complete recovery.It is a medical fact that every person has cancer cells in the body all the time. These cancer cells remain undetectable through standard tests until they have multiplied to several billion. When doctors announce to their cancer patients that the treatments they prescribed had successfully eliminated all cancer cells, they merely refer to tests that are able to identify the detectable number of cancerous cells. Standard cancer treatments may lower the number of cancer cells to an undetectable level, but this certainly cannot eradicate all cancer cells. As long as the causes of tumor growth remain intact, cancer may redevelop at any time and at any rate.Curing cancer has little to do with getting rid of a group of detectable cancer cells. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation are certainly capable of poisoning or burning many cancer cells, but they also destroy healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc., which often leads to permanent irreparable damage of entire organs and systems in the body. A real cure of cancer does not occur at the expense of destroying other vital parts of the body.Each year, hundreds of thousands of people who were once “successfully” treated for cancer die from infections, heart attacks, liver failure, kidney failure and other illnesses because the cancer treatments generate a massive amount of inflammation and destruction in the organs and systems of the body. Of course, these causes of death are not being attributed to cancer. This statistical omission makes it appear we are making progress in the war against cancer. However, many more people are dying from the treatment of cancer than from cancer. A real cure or cancer is achievable only when the causes of excessive growth of cancer cells have been removed or stopped.Power in the WordCancer is the second leading “cause” of death for Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.2 million cases will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2008. More than 552,000 Americans will die of it. Among men, the top three cancer diagnoses are expected to be prostate cancer (180,400 cases), lung cancer (89,500 cases), and colorectal cancer (63,600). The leading types of cancer among women are breast cancer (182,800 cases), lung cancer (74,600), and colorectal cancer (66,600 cases).Cancer is not just a word, but also a statement that refers to abnormal or unusual behavior of cells in the body. However, in quite a different context, cancer is referred to as a star sign. When someone tells you that you are a “cancer”, are you going to tremble with fear of dying? It is unlikely, because your interpretation of being of the cancer sign does not imply that you have cancer, the illness. But if your doctor called you into his office and told you that you had cancer, you would most likely feel paralyzed, numb, terrified, hopeless, or all of the above.The word “cancer” has the potential to play a very disturbing and precarious role, one that is capable of delivering a death sentence. Being a cancer patient seems to start with the diagnosis of cancer, although its causes may have been there for many years prior to feeling ill. Within a brief moment, the word “cancer” can turn someone’s entire world upside down.Who or what in this world has bestowed this simple word or statement with such great power that it can preside over life and death? Or does it really? Could it actually be that our collective, social belief that cancer is a killer disease, in addition to the aggressive treatments that follow diagnosis, are largely responsible for the current dramatic escalation of cancer in the Western hemisphere? Too far fetched, you might say! In this book, however, I will make the point that cancer can have no power or control over us, unless we unconsciously allow it to grow in response to the beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, thoughts, feelings we have, and the life choices we make.Would we be just as afraid of cancer if we knew what caused it or at least understood what its underlying purpose is? Unlikely so! If truth were told, we would most probably do everything to remove the causes and, thereby, set the preconditions for the body to heal itself.A little knowledge (which is what we call ignorance) is, in fact, a dangerous thing. Almost everyone, at least in the industrialized world, knows that drinking water from a filthy pond or polluted lake can cause life-threatening diarrhea, but still only few realize that holding on to resentment, anger and fear, or eating fast foods, chemical additives, and artificial sweeteners, is no less dangerous than drinking polluted water; it may just take a little longer to kill a person than tiny amoeba can.Mistaken JudgmentWe all know that if the foundation of a house is strong, the house can easily withstand external challenges, such as a violent storm. As we will see, cancer is merely an indication that there is something missing in our body and in life as a whole. Cancer shows that life as a whole (physical, mental and spiritual) stands on shaky grounds and is quite fragile, to say the least. It would be foolish for a gardener to water the withering leaves of a tree when he knows so well that the real problem is not where it appears to be, namely, on the symptomatic level (of withered leaves). By watering the roots of the plant, he naturally attends to the causative level, and consequently, the plant regenerates itself swiftly and automatically.To the trained eye of a gardener, the symptom of withering leaves is not a dreadful disease. He recognizes that the dehydrated state of these leaves is but a direct consequence of withdrawn nourishment that they need in order to sustain themselves and the rest of the plant.Although this example from nature may appear to be a simplistic analogy, it offers a profound understanding of very complex disease processes in the human body. It accurately describes one of the most powerful and fundamental principles controlling all life forms on the planet. However skilled we may have become in manipulating the functions of our body through the tools of allopathic medicine, this basic, highly evolved principle of evolution cannot be suppressed or violated without paying the hefty price of side-effect-riddled suffering and pain – physically, emotionally and spiritually.I fervently challenge the statement that cancer is a killer disease. Furthermore, I will demonstrate that cancer is not a disease at all. Many people who received a “terminal” cancer sentence actually defied the prognosis and experienced total remission.The Need for AnswersThere is no cancer that has not been survived by someone, regardless how far advanced it was. If even one person has succeeded in healing his cancer, there must be a mechanism for it, just as there is a mechanism for creating cancer. Every person on the planet has the capacity for both. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may not be able to change the diagnosis, but it is certainly in your power to alter the destructive consequences that it (the diagnosis) may have on you. The way you see the cancer and the steps you take following the diagnosis are some of the most powerful determinants of your future wellness, or the lack of it.The indiscriminate reference to “cancer” as being a killer disease by professionals and lay people alike has turned cancer into a disorder with tragic consequences for the majority of today’s cancer patients and their families. Cancer has become synonymous to extraordinary suffering, pain and death. This is true despite the fact that 90-95 percent of all cancers appear and disappear out of their own accord. There is not a day that passes without the body making millions of cancer cells. Some people, under severe temporary stress make more cancer cells than usual and form clusters of cancerous cells that disappear again once they feel better. Secretions of the DNA’s anticancer drug, Interleukin II, drop under physical and mental duress and increase again when relaxed and joyful. Thus, most cancers vanish without any form of medical intervention and without causing any real harm.Right at this moment, there are millions of people walking around with cancers in their body without having a clue that they have them. Likewise, there are millions of people who heal their cancers without even knowing it. Overall, there are many more spontaneous remissions of cancer than there are diagnosed and treated cancers.The truth is, relatively few cancers actually become “terminal.” However, once diagnosed, the vast majority of all cancers are never even given a chance to disappear on their own. They are promptly targeted with an arsenal of deadly weapons of cell destruction such as chemotherapy drugs, radiation and the surgical knife. The problem with cancer patients is that, terrified by the diagnosis, they submit their bodies to all these cut/burn/poison procedures that, more likely than not, lead them to the day of final sentencing, “We have to tell you with our deepest regret there is nothing more that can be done to help you.”The most pressing question is not how advanced or dangerous a cancer is, but what we need to do to not end up dying from it. Why do some people go through cancer as if it were the flu? Are they just lucky or is there a mechanism at work that triggers the healing? In other words, what is that element that prevents the body from healing cancer naturally, or what is that hidden element that makes cancer so dangerous, if it is dangerous at all?The answers to all these queries lie with the response of the person who has the cancer, and not with the degree of “viciousness” or advanced stage it appears to have progressed to. Do you believe that cancer is a disease? You will most likely answer with a “yes,” given the ‘informed’ opinion that the medical industry and mass media have fed to the masses for many decades. Yet, the most pressing yet rarely asked question remains: “Why do you think cancer is a disease?” You may say: “Because I know cancer kills people every day.” I would question you further: “How do you know that it is the cancer that kills people?” You would probably argue that most people who have cancer die, so obviously it must be the cancer that kills them. Besides, you may reason, all the expert doctors tell us so.Let me raise another question, a rather strange one: “How do you know for sure that you are the daughter/son of your father and not of another man?” Is it because your mother told you so? What makes you think that your mother told you the truth? Probably because you believe her; and you have no reason not to. After all, she is your mother, and mothers do not lie about these things. Or do they? Although you will never really know that the person you believe to be your father is, in fact, your father, you nevertheless have turned what you subjectively believe into something that you just “know,” into an irrefutable truth.Although there is no scientific proof whatsoever that cancer is a disease (versus a survival mechanism), most people will insist that it is a disease because this is what they were told to believe. Yet their belief is only hearsay information based on other people’s opinions. These other people heard it from someone else. Eventually, the “truth” of cancer being a disease can be traced to some doctors who expressed their subjective feelings or beliefs about what they observed and wrote about in some review articles or medical reports. Other doctors agreed with their opinion, and before long, it became a “well-established” fact that cancer is a vicious illness that somehow gets hold of people in order to kill them. However, the truth of the matter may be quite different.Wisdom of Cancer CellsCancer cells are not part of a malicious disease process. When cancer cells spread (metastasize) throughout the body, it is not their purpose or goal to disrupt the body’s vitals functions, infect healthy cells and obliterate their host (the body). Self-destruction is not the theme of any cell unless, of course, it is old and worn-out and ready to be turned-over and replaced. Cancer cells, like all other cells, know that if the body dies, they will die as well. Just because some people assume that cancer cells are there to destroy the body does not mean cancer cells have such a purpose or ability.A cancerous tumor is neither the cause of progressive destruction nor does it actually lead to the death of the body. There is nothing in a cancer cell that has even remotely the ability to kill anything. What eventually leads to the demise of an organ or the entire body is the wasting away of cell tissue resulting from continued deprivation of nutrients and life force. The drastic reduction or shutdown of vital nutrient supplies to the cells of an organ is not primarily a consequence of a cancerous tumor, but actually its biggest cause.By definition, a cancer cell is a normal, healthy cell that has undergone genetic mutation to the point that it can live in an anaerobic surrounding (an environment where oxygen is not available). In other words, if you deprive a group of cells of vital oxygen (their primary source of energy), some of them will die, but others will manage to alter their genetic software program and mutate in a most ingenious way: the cells will be able to live without oxygen and derive some of their energy needs from such things as cellular metabolic waste products.It may be easier to understand the cancer cells phenomenon when comparing it with the behavior of common microorganisms. Bacteria, for example, are divided into two main groups, aerobic and anaerobic, meaning, those that need to use oxygen and those that can live without it. This is important to understand since we have more bacteria in our body than we have cells. Aerobic bacteria thrive in an oxygenated environment. They are responsible for helping us with the digestion of food and manufacturing of important nutrients, such as B-vitamins. Anaerobic bacteria, on the other hand, can appear and thrive in an environment where oxygen does not reach. They break down waste materials, toxic deposits and dead, worn-out cells.The body sees the cancer as being such an important defense mechanism that it even causes the growth of new blood vessels to guarantee the much-needed supply of glucose and, therefore, survival and spreading of the cancer cells. It knows that cancer cells do not cause but, prevent death; at least for a while, until the wasting away of an organ leads to the demise of the entire organism. If the trigger mechanisms for cancer (causal factors) are properly taken care of, such an outcome can be avoided.It is commonly believed that our immune system protects us against cancer. However, this is only partially true. On the one hand, the immune system readily destroys the millions of cancer cells that a healthy human body produces as part of the daily turnover of 30 billion cells. On the other hand, the immune system takes no action to eradicate cancer cells that develop in response to a build up of toxins, congestion and emotional stress.Cancers and all other tissues in the body are larded with cancer-killing white cells, such as T-cells. In the case of kidney cancer and melanomas, for example, white cells make up 50 per cent of the mass of the cancers. Since these T-cells easily recognize foreign or mutated cell tissue such as cancer cells, you would expect these immune cells to attack cancer cells right away. However, the immune system allows cancer cells to recruit it to actually increase and spread the cancer to other parts of the body. Cancer cells produce specific proteins that tell the immune cells to leave them alone and help them to growWhy would the immune system want to collaborate with cancer cells to make more or larger tumors? Because cancer is a survival mechanism, not a disease. The body uses the cancer to keep deadly carcinogenic substances and caustic metabolic waste matter away from the lymph and blood and, therefore, from the heart, brain and other vital organs. Killing off cancer cells would in fact jeopardize its survival. Cleansing the body of accumulated toxins and waste products through the various cleansing methods advocated in my book Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation removes the need for cancer.Cancer is not a disease; it is the final and most desperate survival mechanism the body has at its disposal. It only takes control of the body when all other measures of self-preservation have failed. To truly heal cancer and what it represents in a person’s life we must come to the understanding that the reason the body allows some of its cells to grow in abnormal ways is in its best interest and not an indication that it is about to destroy itself. Cancer is a healing attempt by the body, for the body. Blocking this healing attempt can destroy the body. Supporting the body in its healing efforts can save it.
Cancer cells are always present in the body and are normally kept in check by our body’s own natural defense system. Do you know how the body’s natural defense system works and where it gets the ammunition to do so? Do you know at what point the body succumbs to the disease named cancer?Millions of cancer cells are present in the body from time to time. However, when the cancer cell count reaches the billions, we know the body’s natural defense system is not working. Cancer cells seem go undetected as foreign cells by the body. Since cancer cells grow more quickly than normal cells they can replace healthy cells almost unnoticed by the body until we feel something is wrong, a tumor, or an organ is malfunctioning.Cancer has occurred in your body over a long period of time due to many different forces. Outside influences such as environment, exposure to toxins, smoking, second-hand smoke, tremendous shock, and cancer-causing foods can and do cause cancer.However, cancer can be cured. Studies have proven that a nutritious diet of anti-oxidant foods and nutrients can cure cancer. Cancer fighting foods are as close as your local grocery store shelves. All you need is the knowledge of which particular foods and the correct recipes and you will be able to cure your cancer condition naturally. In this case, knowledge is the power to heal.A wide variety of foods makes a lifetime cancer-free diet. There is a process to learning how to make food selections and cook in a way that not only cures cancer, but prevents the disease from permeating your body. Two-time cancer survivor and author Carol Patterson has developed many wonderful tasting recipes using cancer fighting foods. Her second diagnosis of cancer prompted the doctors to suggest radical surgery. The author chose alternative cancer cures to save her body from being disfigured and horrendous exposure to chemotherapy again.The cancer fighting foods program works and be assured that your cancer can be cured. Cancer cures are as close as the local grocery store or health food market coupled with the correct recipes and you will be able to cure yourself of cancer and to maintain a healthy body for the rest of your life. The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related. What you eat can hurt you. On the other hand, what you eat can also help you. Knowing which foods are cancer fighting foods, and making the correct choices can save your life.Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer fighting anti-oxidants and can cure cancer naturally. The antioxidants neutralize damage caused by cancer-causing free radicals and change them into phytochemicals which battle cancer cells. Scientists are just beginning to explore this amazing phenomenon.Worldwide, we are beginning to realize that the modernization of our food processing system in the last 50 years has led to almost epidemic proportions of cancer and heart disease. Not only are these foods contributing to an enormous obesity problem because of chemical ingestion, but processed foods are poisoning our bodies one day at a time. Over a period of 25-40 years, major damage has been done to our bodies by eating chemically processed foods; and the result is deadly cancer and heart disease.The good news is that the body has extremely resilient recuperative abilities. Cells divide and regenerate daily, including cancer cells. Cancer cells are missing two essential amino acids: Linolenic Acid and Linoleic Acid. That being the case, it is very logical to realize if we feed the cancer cells the missing amino acids and nutrients, the cells will have the ability to morph and regenerate themselves into healthy cells. The concept is quite simplistic, but it works. Cancer can be cured and many people have been cured from cancer with this concept using cancer-fighting foods.What researchers are finding is we are what we eat!All over the world, our diet has changed from the times when we ate mainly farm-fresh foods. We go to the grocery store and buy many processed foods which have chemical preservatives and are generally not healthy for us. In many cases, these foods actually cause cancer one day at a time over a period of years.On the other hand, there are many foods in our grocery stores which have natural antioxidants and the ability to fight off cancer as well as maintain normal body health. Once you know the correct cancer fighting foods, you can institute a natural cancer cure.The National Cancer Institute recognizes that diet and nutrition play a big part in fighting cancer. They recommend eating at least five daily servings of fruit and vegetables as part of a low-fat, high fiber diet. Many cancer fighting foods which are high in anti-oxidants are nuts, fruits, and vegetables.In general, in the western world, our daily diet today is out of balance. We eat too much food; we eat too much meat and fat; we eat too much sugar and salt, and our diet lacks fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. Our normal daily diets are comprised mostly of up to 45% fats. A healthy fat intake should be 30% or less of the total day’s food intake.The National Cancer Institute states that diet and nutrition are factors in 60% of cancers in women and 40% of cancers in men.Today more and more studies are proving that we can beat cancer with the ammunition of nutritious foods and a balanced diet. John’s Hopkins University in their cancer studies has a new update verifying these studies.It has become common knowledge that nutritional food intake is essential to fighting cancer. It is not logical that the reverse could be true? The wrong foods can and do cause cancer. Not too difficult to figure out!The National Cancer Institute and the Federal Food and Drug Administration agree that Americans should eat more fiber and reduce their fat intake. These authorities also stress that the freshness of food is an important factor.Fresh foods straight from your own garden or the farm stand would be the best cancer fighting foods, plus they are delicious tasting! When you use fresh foods for your meals, and prepare them yourself, you know what you are eating. This is essential to a creating a cure for cancer for yourself or loved one.There are numerous published reports documenting the healing qualities of a healthy diet. The idea of consuming fruits and vegetables while they are still in their natural state means that we preserve the natural nutrients to put into our body.When making juice from fruits or vegetables, drink the juice within five minutes of processing to preserve the natural nutrients.Once the principles of fresh food make sense to you, the idea of store-bought, processed food reveals itself as a large part of the problem. Learn to look at the labels on the back of food packages. The best advice is to eat food in its natural state as it comes from the grower. If you can grow your own vegetables, that is an even better solution.You will begin to realize the more modern we have become in terms of our food process; the more we now have epidemic high levels of cancer, heart disease and obesity and increasing year after year. There is a direct correlation of processed foods and disease which scientists are proving daily.There is something drastically wrong with this picture! People no longer have to be deathly sick with cancer. Cancer can be cured through cancer fighting foods.Preparing your own fresh juice and food is slightly more work, but consider the alternative. Other countries such as Japan and China do not have the heart disease, obesity or the cancer problems which we have in the western world. Asian foods are mostly vegetable, nut, fruit and fish based. The health problems of heart disease, obesity, and cancer in the western world, and the food differences between our foods and Asian foods have direct correlation.Medical and scientific resources are now stating the reason for the high spikes in illness throughout the world is because of processed foods. When you hear a food warning, one at a time on a radio show or a morning talk show, it does not have the impact as it does in written reports complied by government agencies and noted authorities.It is very logical to see: We are what we eat!Listed below is a chart of FDA approved fruits and vegetables. Make note on this list; there is plenty of food to eat! Making delicious and healthy cancer fighting foods from this listing is not difficult at all.FDA CONSUMER JOURNAL’S TOP 20 FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND FISHTOP 20 FRUITS………………………..VEGETABLES……………………………..FISHBananas……………………………potatoes…………………………………..shrimp
Honeydew melon………………..cauliflower…………………………………ocean perch
Tangerines………………………….green beans……………………………….blue crab
Limes………………………………….asparagus…………………………………..lobsterMany of the foods on both the FDA recommended list and the cancer fighting foods are the same. Take the time to cross-reference this list with the cancer fighting foods list below. You will see that many of the foods are the same. Amazing!By changing your diet, and going back to the way we ate 30-50 years ago without processed foods in our diet, you will have the ability to make your body strong and healthy again. Processed foods are a no-no. A lifetime of processed foods can lead to cancer, heart disease, and obesity, which have all become epidemic proportion in the western world.We have gotten away from true center in our food intake.We eat too much, and especially eat too much of the wrong foods. If you look at the daily diet of an average teenager, think fast-forward 25-40 years from now, to the amount of illness which will strike their lives after 25-40 years of ingesting chemically processed foods. This is one of the reasons childhood obesity is at epidemic levels. These children do not have a chance for a long healthy life unless they change their eating habits and stop eating processed foods and chemicals.We drink processed soft drinks and orange juice which are filled with high sugar content, we eat processed meat and dairy products which have high chemical content, and we cook our food to the point where we have lost the nutrition either to the water in the boil, or the flame of the cooking process.Foods, as prepared in most Asian countries, do not have the cancer risk we have developed over time in our food processing and preparations in the western world.CANCER FIGHTING FOODS……….There is logic to the association of healthy foods and the relationship to a healthy body.Listed below are foods which are cancer-fighting foods which can be used to cure cancer. These foods also happen to be foods for living a wonderfully healthy lifestyle.Avocados
Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower
Chili peppers and jalapenos
Green and yellow leafy vegetables
Oranges and lemons
Seaweed and other sea vegetables
Sesame Seed Oil
Soy products such as Tofu
Teas: Green Tea and Black Tea
TurnipsNature has provided a plethora of foods for us to eat and enjoy a healthy life. Have some fun creating recipes that include the cancer fighting foods in this article. Explore your grocery store in the vegetable and organic sections. There are many foods readily available at your local grocery or health food store on this list.In the book Cure Your Self of Cancer by two-time cancer survivor Carol Patterson, you will find breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for a 30-Day Anti-Cancer Diet consisting of cancer fighting foods which uses all of the foods mentioned in this article. This diet of cancer fighting foods can save your life. Her book shows us how to use cancer fighting foods to cure cancer. The recipes are also a delicious lifetime diet which you can use in order to maintain a healthy being for many years to come.
Article 3: LET’S LEARN THE CANCER LANGUAGE FIRSTThere are over 100 different types of cancer. Each type of cancer can have different symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment options. As a result, there are many terminologies and phrases that are used to describe the type, symptoms and diagnosis of cancer, and treatment methods. It is often very confusing as well as frustrating for the readers if too many medical jargons or terminologies are used in describing this condition. It is difficult for readers to understand the context of the topic or take any action, if required, after reading any article or book on cancers. As a result, the information is often misinterpreted or not fully understood or comprehended.In this 3rd article of my cancer series, I would like to explain in very simple terms all phrases and terminologies used in describing a cancer. This will help readers in understanding the cancer terms, types of cancer, common diagnosis and treatment terminologies, and the health personnel involved in management of cancer. These are described in alphabetical order here.Ablation: removal or destruction of body part or tissue. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) therapy involves destroying cancer tissue with heat. RFA is commonly used in the treatment of lung, liver and kidney tumors.Adenocarcinoma: cancer that begins from lining of internal organs or from skinAdenoma: a non-cancer tumor that starts from glandsAdenopathy: swollen glandsAdjunct or adjunctive therapy: another treatment used together with primary treatment. For example, radiotherapy is sometimes given after surgery to treat cancer as adjunctive treatment.Anal: of anus, anal cancerAnorexia: an abnormal loss of appetite for food.Asbestos: a group of minerals that are found in the form of tiny fibres. It is used as insulation against heat and fire in buildings. Asbestos dust when breathed into the lungs can lead to cancer of lungs and mesothelioma.Asthenia: feeling or weakness or lack of energy. This is common in late stage cancer.Astrocyte: this is a type of cell in the brain or spinal cord. Astrocytoma is a tumor that begins in astrocytes.Asymptomatic: having no signs or symptoms of disease. Most cancers are asymptomatic in the early stages.Axillary lymph node dissection: removal of lymph nodes in the axilla. This may be done in the treatment of breast cancer.B-cell lymphoma: A type of cancer that forms in B cells.Barrett esophagus: this is a condition where the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus have changed or been replaced by abnormal cells that could lead to cancer of the esophagus. The regurgitation of the contents of stomach into the esophagus over time can lead to Barrett esophagus.Basal cells: they are small round cells found in the lower part of epidermis. The cancer that begins in the basal cells is called basal cell cancer or basal cell carcinoma.Benign: not cancerous, also called non-malignant. Malignant tumor is a cancerous growth.For example, fibroadenoma is a benign tumor of breast whereas as adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumor of the breast.Benign prostatic hyperplasia: this is a non-cancerous condition of prostate where there is overgrowth of prostate tissue.Biological therapy: this is a type of treatment that uses substances made from living organisms or its products to boost or restore the ability of the immune system to fight cancer. Examples of biological agents include vaccines, interleukins and monoclonal antibodies.Biopsy: the removal of cells or tissues from the cancer or suspected cancer area for examination by a pathologist. This is the most sure way of diagnosing cancer.Bone marrow ablation: This is a procedure that is used to destroy bone marrow using radiation or high doses of anticancer drugs. It is done before a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant to kill cancer cells and bone marrow cells. This is a part of intensive treatment of some leukemias.Bone marrow aspiration: this is a procedure in which a small sample of bone marrow is removed with a wide needle and syringe and sent to laboratory to check for cancer cells. If a small sample of bone with bone marrow inside it is removed, it is called bone marrow biopsy.Bone marrow transplantation: A procedure that is used to replace bone marrow that has been destroyed by treatment with high doses of anticancer drugs or radiation.Bone metastasis: cancer that has spread to bone from the original (primary) site.Brachytherapy: it is also called internal radiotherapy. In this type of radiation therapy, radioactive materials sealed in needles, seeds, catheters or wires are placed directly into or near a tumor.BRCA1 and BRCA2: these are genes on chromosomes 17 and 13 respectively. A person who is born with changes (mutations) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes has higher risk of getting breast, ovaries and prostate cancer.Breast reconstruction: a surgery that is done to rebuild the shape of the breast after removing breast.Breast self-examination: a woman examines her breasts to check for lumps or other changes.Bronchogenic carcinoma: cancer that begins in the tissue that lines or covers the airways of the lungs.Cancer antigen 125 or CA-125: a substance that may be found in high amounts in the blood of patients with certain types of cancer, including ovarian cancer.Cachexia: loss of muscle mass and body weight. Cachexia is seen in patients in late stage cancer.Cancer: this is a condition where there is uncontrolled division of abnormal cells.Carcinogen: any substance that causes cancer, for example, tobacco smoke contains more than 50 carcinogens. Benzene is a carcinogen for leukemias.Carcinogenesis: it is a process whereby normal cells start changing into cancer cells.Carcinoma: it is a cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line the internal organs of the body. For example squamous cell carcinoma of skin or adenocarcinoma of gallbladder.Carcinoma in situ: these are abnormal cells (not cancer) but can become cancer cells and spread. They are also said to be in stage 0 of cancer for example, cervical carcinoma in situ.Carcinoma of unknown primary (cup): in this type of cancer, cancer cells are found in some parts of the body, but the place where the cancer cells first started to grow cannot be determined.Cervical: of cervix, cervical cancerColostomy: colostomy is an operation that connects the colon to the outside of the body through the abdominal wall.Cryosurgery: this is a procedure in which tissue is frozen to destroy abnormal cells. Liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide is used to freeze the tissues. It is also called cryotherapy or cryosurgical ablation.Cyst: a sac in the body; cysts in the ovary are very common.Cytotoxic drugs: drugs that kill cells.Dilatation and curettage (D&C): this is a procedure where some tissues are removed from the lining of uterus or cervix. The cervix is first made larger (dilated) with a instrument called dilator and another instrument called cutrette is inserted into the uterus to remove the tissue. The removed tissue sample may be sent to laboratory to check for abnormal or cancer cells.Debulking: this is the surgical removal of as much of a tumor as possible. This type of operation is usually done to relieve symptoms of cancer in the late stages of the disease.Dermal: of skinDuodenal: of duodenum, duodenal cancerDysplastic nevi: it is also called atypical moles and have a tendency to develop into melanoma.Endometrial: of endometrium, endometrial cancerEsophageal: of esophagus, esophageal cancerEuthanasia: the intentional killing of a person to end his/her sufferings. It is also called mercy killing.Excision: removal by surgery, for example, excision of melanoma from skin.Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP): this is an inherited condition in which many polyps form on the inside walls of the colon and rectum. FAP increases the risk of colorectal cancers.Familial atypical multiple mole melanoma syndrome (FAMMM): this is an inherited condition that increases the risk of melanoma and pancreatic cancer.Familial cancer: cancers that occur in families more often than in general population, for example, breast or colorectal cancer.Fecal occult blood test (FOBT): this is a test to check for blood in the stool. This is a screening test for bowel cancer.Fibroadenoma: this is a benign tumor of breast.Fibroid: a benign tumor that arises from smooth muscle, for example, uterine fibroid.First-degree relatives: this includes the parents, brothers, sisters, or children of an individual.Fistula: an abnormal opening or passage between two organs or between an organ and the surface of the body.Follow-up: monitoring a person’s health condition over time after treatment.Gardasil: this is a vaccine to prevent infections by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16, 18, 6 and 11. It is used to prevent cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers caused by these viruses.Gastrectomy: an operation to remove all or part of the stomach.Gastric: of stomach, gastric cancerGastric feeding tube: a tube that is inserted through the nose, down the throat and esophagus, and into the stomach to give liquid foods, liquids and drugs. Feeding tubes are often inserted in patients who have mouth, throat, neck and esophageal cancers, particularly when the surgery is extensive or combined with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.Gastrotomy or PEG tube: this type of tube is inserted directly into the stomach through an opening in the skin and abdominal wall. This type of tube can be used for long-term feeding.Gene: genes are pieces of DNA and contain the information for making a specific protein that is passed from parent to offspring. Genetic means related to genes.Genetic counselor: a health professional trained in counseling on the genetic risk of diseases. This may involve discussing the person’s personal and family medical history and may lead to genetic testing.Genetic testing: this is analyzing DNA to look for genetic change (mutation) that may indicate increased risk for cancer.Genital warts: these are raised growths in the genital areas caused by human papilloma virus HPV) infection.Germ cells: these are reproductive cells of the body and include egg cells in women and sperm cells in men. Tumors that arise from germ cells are called germ cell tumors.Gleason score: this is a system of grading prostate cancer tissue based on how it looks under a microscope. Gleason scores range from 2 to 10 and indicate how likely it is that a tumor will spread. A low Gleason score means the cancer tissue is less likely to spread whereas a high Gleason score means the cancer tissue is more likely to spread.Hematuria: blood in the urine.Hemoptysis: coughing out blood from the respiratory tract.Hemorrhoid: swollen blood vessel, usually seen in the anus or the rectumHepatic: of liver, hepatic cancerHepatoblastoma: it is a type of liver cancer more common in infants and children.Hepatocellular carcinoma: this is the most common type of liver cancer.Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC): this is an inherited disorder in which the affected individuals have a higher-than-normal chance of developing colorectal cancer.High intensity focused ultrasound: (HIFU): this is a procedure in which high-energy sound waves are aimed directly at the cancer or abnormal cells. These waves create heat and kill the abnormal or cancer cells. Some types of prostate cancers are treated with HIFU.Histology: the study of cells and tissues under a microscope.History: the signs and symptoms the patient may have for a particular diseaseHysterectomy: an operation where uterus and/or cervix are removed. When both uterus and the cervix are removed, it is called a total hysterectomy. When only the uterus is removed, it is called a partial hysterectomy.Immunotherapy: a treatment that boosts body’s immune system to fight cancer, for example, immunotherapy of bladder cancer with BCG vaccine.Implant: a substance or object that is put in the body as prosthesis, for example, breast implant after removal of breast for cancer.Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): this is a type of radiation therapy that uses computer-generated images to show the size and shape of the tumor and direct thin beams of radiation at the tumor from different angles. This type of radiation therapy reduces the damage to healthy tissue near the tumor.In situ: means ‘in its original place’. Carcinoma in situ means the abnormal cells are found only in the place they were first formed and have not spread nearby.Incidence of cancer: the number of new cases of a cancer diagnosed each year.Incision: a cut made in the body by a surgeon to perform surgery.Induction therapy: this is the initial treatment given to reduce a cancer, for example, induction therapy for acute myeloid leukemia.Intrathecal chemotherapy: treatment in which anticancer drugs are injected into the fluid-filled space between the tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord.Intravenous (IV) chemotherapy: treatment in which anticancer drugs are injected into a vein through a canula.Labial: of lipLaryngeal: of larynx, laryngeal cancerLaser surgery: a surgical procedure that uses intense, narrow beams of light to cut and destroy cancer tissue.Leukemia: a cancer that starts in blood forming tissues such as bone marrow.Lymphedema: a condition where extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. This can be seen in the arm after breast operations.Malignant: means cancerous. Malignancy is the term used to describe malignant cells that invade and destroy tissues.Mass: a lump. It can be benign mass or malignant mass.Mastectomy: removal of breast.Medical oncologist: a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy.Mesothelioma: cancer arising from the mesothelial lining of the pleura (covering of lung)Melanoma: the cancer that begins in melanocytes. Common site is the skin but can also occur in the eyes.Metastasis: the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another. The cancer that is formed by cells that have spread from original site is called metastatic cancer or metastatic tumor.Mucosal: of mucosa, mucosal lining of vaginaMutate: means ‘to change’. Mutation means change in DNA of a cell.Nasal: of nose, nasal polypNeoplasia: it is an abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth.Neoplasm: it is an abnormal mass of tissue. Neoplasms can be benign or malignant (cancer).
Nodule: it is a growth or lump or mass that can be benign or malignant.Oncogene: this is a changed or mutated gene and may cause growth of cancer cells.Oncology: the study of cancerOncologist: a doctor who specializes in treating cancer.Oral: of mouth, oral cancerOvarian: of ovary, ovarian cancerPalliative therapy or treatment: this is the treatment given to relieve the symptoms and reduce the suffering of cancer patient. Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients.Pancreatic: of pancreas, pancreatic cancerPharyngeal: of pharynx, pharyngeal cancerPAP test: this is a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and examined under a microscope. This test is done to detect cancer or to detect changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer.Partial: not whole, partly, for example, partial gastrectomy which means part of stomach is removed.Penectomy: surgery to remove part or the entire penisPenile: of penis, penile cancerPlastic surgery: a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of body structures. The person who does plastic surgery is called plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons are involved in many reconstruction surgeries of breast, vagina or face after cancer treatment.Polyps: these are small growths that arise from mucous membrane of colon and rectum.Precancerous (premalignant) is a condition that may become cancer later.Proctoscopy: examination of the rectum using a proctoscope, inserted into the rectum.Prognosis: the likely outcome of cancer. The prognosis of most cancers in advanced stage is poor.Prophylactic surgery: this is a surgery to remove part of a body or organ with no signs of cancer but in an attempt to prevent development of cancer in that organ in future. For example, prophylactic mastectomy or prophylactic removal of ovaries are sometimes done.Prostatic: of prostate, prostatic cancerProstate-specific antigen (PSA): this is a protein produced by prostate gland. The level of PSA in blood may be increased in men who have prostate cancer or enlarged prostate.Pulmonary: of lungRadiation oncologist: a doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer.Radiation physicist: a person who makes sure that the radiation machine delivers the right amount of radiation to the correct site in the body.Radiation therapist: a health professional who gives radiation treatment.Radiofrequency ablation: a procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroy abnormal and cancer cells.Recurrent cancer: cancer that has come back after treatment or after being undetectable for a period of time. The cancer is said to have recurred.Refractory cancer or resistant cancer: cancer that does not respond to treatment.Regimen: it is a treatment plan where the dosage, the schedule and the duration of treatment is specified.Relative survival rate: it is an estimated number that compares the chances that a person with cancer will survive after the diagnosis or treatment of a cancer with those who do not have the cancer. It is usually calculated in terms of 2, 5 or 10 years. For example, the 5-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer in America, if detected and treated early, is 90%.Remission: this means disappearance of or decrease in signs and symptoms of cancer. A cancer is said to be in complete remission when there are no signs and symptoms of cancer; it is in partial remission if some signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared.Renal: of kidney, renal cancerResection: removal of part or all of an organ.Risk factor: a risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a cancer. For example, smoking is a risk factor for many cancers.Screening: checking for diseases when there are no symptoms of cancer. Examples of cancer screening tests include PAP tests, mammogram, and colonoscopy.Sentinel lymph node: it is the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from the primary tumor.Staging of cancer: this is doing examinations and tests to find out the extent of cancer in the body and also whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Staging cancer helps to give best treatment to the patient.Stem cell: a cell from which other types of cells develop. For example, red blood cells develop from blood-forming stem cells.Stent: it is a device that is placed in a body structure to keep it open. For example, a stent may be inserted in the bile duct if it is blocked by cancer of gallbladder.Stoma: this is an opening made surgically from an area inside the body to the outside. For example, colostomy has a stoma in the abdominal wall.Surgical menopause: a woman stops to have menstrual period following removal of her ovaries. This is seen in operations on cancers of ovaries or uterus.Surgical oncologist: a doctor who performs surgical procedures in cancer patients.Systemic chemotherapy: treatment of cancer with chemotherapy drugs that travel through bloodstream and reach cells all over the body.Targeted therapy: a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific cancer cells.Testicular: of testis, testicular cancerThermotherapy: treatment of disease using heat.Topical treatment: medicines that are applied on the surface of the body, for example, Aldara cream is applied topically on the skin to treat basal cell cancer.Ulcer: this is a break on the skin or in the lining of an organ. For example, an ulcer on the face may be a sign of basal cell carcinoma.Urethral: of urethra, urethral dischargeUterine: of uterus, uterine cancerUrologic oncologist: a doctor who specializes in treating cancers of the urinary system.Vaginal of vagina, vaginal cancerVisceral: of the viscera, viscera mean internal organs. Visceral pain is pain comingVulval or vulvar: of vulva, vulval pr vulvar cancerWart: a raised growth on the surface of the skin or other organs.Watchful waiting: This involves closely watching a patient’s condition but not giving any active treatment. This is used in certain cancers like prostate or myeloma where the cancer progresses very slowly.Wedge resection: this is a surgical procedure where a triangular piece of tissue is removed in order to treat a cancer.