The only letters associated with my name are Mrs. Not just in the colon, as we were originally told, but surgery found it in his liver, spleen, stomach, upper and lower intestines. I was not going to sit back and just let him be taken by cancer. I immediately started my husband on supplements that were recommended for the various symptoms he had. Our oncologist told us the liver is the best measure of the amount of cancer and that the tumors in the liver shrink in direct proportion to the amount of cancer in the rest of the body.
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Thanks to Nutrition Science News for the use of this article! Better yet, a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, sufficient exercise, positive attitude and toxin avoidance can prevent up to 90 percent of cancers.
Now for the bad news. Conventional medicine does not have a high success rate with the disease. By the turn of this century, cancer will become the leading cause of death in America. Clearly, medicine cannot produce a "magic bullet" to cure cancer while patients go on living on soft drinks, pollutants and stress. On December 23, , President Richard M. Nixon confidently declared a "war on cancer" and promised a cure by the Bicentennial. However, as late as , a group of 60 noted physicians and scientists called a press conference and made the following statement: "The cancer establishment confuses the public with repeated claims that we are winning the war on cancer.
Our ability to treat and cure most cancers has not materially improved. Developing A Strategy In early research, the techniques of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy looked like the best approaches to cancer. The goal was to cut away, burn and poison the abnormal cells. While such therapies can temporarily reduce tumor burden, they do not cure cancer. Only by changing the underlying cause of the disease can a cancer patient expect to return to health.
Doctors now know that eliminating cancer begins with changing the conditions that support tumor growth, not just applying cytotoxic therapies to kill cancer cells. You can cut, burn and poison a fungus all you want, but as long as favorable conditions persist, it will flourish.
Similarly, cancer develops in a human when conditions are right. Documented factors that favor tumor formation include toxic burden, immune suppression, malnutrition, mental depression and elevated blood glucose.
More speculative causative factors include reduced pH, dysbiosis abnormal bacteria in the gut , hypothyroidism, insufficient gland and organ output i. Unless we correct these cancer inducers, cytotoxic therapies are doomed to failure. The best way to correct the problem is through therapeutic use of nutrients.
The reasons for using therapeutic nutrition in cancer treatment are numerous and include the following: Malnutrition: Undernourishing your body can have devastating, even fatal consequences. In fact, more than 40 percent of cancer patients die from malnutrition, not the cancer itself. Yet, cancer patients often eat less food than they did before their illness began.
One reason is that tumors induce a hypermetabolic state and secrete a substance called cachectin that suppresses appetite. Chemo and radiation therapy can also cause anorexia and alone are sufficient biological stressors to induce malnutrition.
Weight loss increases the mortality rate for most types of cancer, while also lowering the positive response to chemotherapy.
If cancer patients lose 10 percent or more of their body weight after cancer diagnosis, all other nutrition strategies are irrelevant until this problem is addressed. A word of caution: Do not fill up a fragile stomach with vitamin pills when nutrient-dense foods are more important. Optimum nutrition: Eating dense concentrates of nutrients can enhance the effectiveness of medical therapy. Some people worry that antioxidants such as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene might neutralize the tumor-killing ability of chemo and radiation, which are pro-oxidant therapies.
In both human and animal studies, antioxidants enhance the tumor kill of chemotherapy and radiation while protecting the host tissue from harm. While both treatments can reduce tumor burden, they can also harm normal tissues such as the heart, kidneys, intestinal lining and bone marrow the cradle of the immune system.
Fortunately, vitamins can often help spare normal tissues. For instance, animal studies show that vitamin E protects the heart against the damaging effects of adriamycin chemotherapy while allowing the drug to continue its cancer-fighting effects.
Finnish oncologists used high doses of nutrients to replenish deficiencies identified by blood tests along with chemotherapy and radiation for lung cancer patients. Normally, lung cancer carries a poor prognosis, with a paltry 1 percent expected survival after 30 months of routine medical treatment. In this study, however, eight of 18 patients 44 percent who were given nutritional supplements were still alive 72 months after chemo and radiation therapy. The oncologists concluded that patients who started antioxidant therapy earliest were most likely to live longer or experience remission .
Bolstered immune functions: The immune system is a complex collection of 20 trillion diversified cells that patrol the body looking for invaders such as bacteria, virus and tumor cells. When doctors say, "We think we got it all," they mean, "There are less than a billion cancer cells in your body that are undetectable with current diagnostic equipment. Now we must rely on your intact immune system to find and destroy the remaining cancer cells. Tumors are primarily what are called "obligate glucose metabolizers," meaning they must feed on sugar.
An epidemiological study of cancer victims in 21 countries suggests that high-sugar intake is a major risk factor for breast cancer. From best to worst, glycemic indices are meats, nuts, seeds, oils, vegetables, legumes, fructose, whole grains, refined starches i. It is best for cancer patients to avoid white sugar and sweet foods in general and never to eat anything sweet by itself.
For instance, a patient may only eat a small piece of fresh fruit after a mixed meal of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber and fat.
Nutrients Slow Cancer In early nutrition research, nutrient functions were linked to classical nutrient deficiency syndromes--vitamin C and scurvy, vitamin D and rickets, niacin and pellagra.
Now nutrition researchers are finding various levels of functions for nutrients. Many nutritional factors both directly and indirectly help fight tumor cells. Mechanisms include preventing carcinogen formation, increasing detoxification, inhibiting abnormal cell replication controlling expression of malignancy, blocking precancerous cell divisions, and enhancing cell-to-cell communication. Group one received a one-a-day vitamin supplement providing the RDA, plus placebo pills.
At 10 months, tumor recurrence was 80 percent in the control group RDA supplement and 40 percent in the megavitamin group. Five-year projected tumor recurrence was 91 percent for controls and 41 percent for the megavitamin group. Essentially, high-dose nutrients cut tumor recurrence in half. All patients received oncology care.
The control group of 31 patients who did not receive nutrition support lived an average of less than six months. The 98 cancer patients who did receive the diet and supplement program were categorized into three groups: poor responders 19 patients or 20 percent who lived an average of 10 months--a 75 percent improvement over the control group; good responders 47 patients or 48 percent , who had various cancers including leukemia, lung, liver and pancreas and who lived an average of six years; best responders 32 women or 33 percent who had reproductive organ cancers breast, cervix, ovary, uterus and lived more than 10 years.
In other words, nutrition support increased average life span by 12 to 21 fold for 80 percent of these patients . Retrospective analyses show that therapeutic nutrition helps cancer patients. Of the cancer patients studied who experienced "spontaneous regression," 87 percent made a major change in diet eating more vegetables and less meat , 55 percent used some form of detoxification herbs, enemas, chelation therapy or other methods and 65 percent used nutritional supplements.
We are physical and metaphysical beings who must become part of the cure, just as surely as we are a part of the disease. We must embrace rational cancer therapies proven both effective and minimally damaging to normal tissues and we should encourage synergism between restorative therapies like nutrition and restrained conventional cancer intervention. Patrick Quillin, Ph. Ingram, B. Medical Tribune, 4, 13, Feb. Grant, J. Nutrition, 6 supp : 6S-7S, Dewys, W.
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Thanks to Nutrition Science News for the use of this article! Better yet, a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, sufficient exercise, positive attitude and toxin avoidance can prevent up to 90 percent of cancers. Now for the bad news. Conventional medicine does not have a high success rate with the disease. By the turn of this century, cancer will become the leading cause of death in America. Clearly, medicine cannot produce a "magic bullet" to cure cancer while patients go on living on soft drinks, pollutants and stress. On December 23, , President Richard M.
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