Cancer - approaches in alternative treatments
There are so many health conditions out there, you may wonder why only a few are highlighted in here, on this website.
The ones I chose, I did so for a number of reasons:-
some are the highest killers in Scotland and England so perhaps the ones we most need to pay attention to
the ones chosen, are those with which I am most familiar - through direct personal experience of a dis-ease or direct contact with friends, family members, colleagues or clients who have had contact
by highlighting complementary and alternative, functional and integrative, and metaphysical medicine, my hope is your mind will be broadened and you may get closer to the cause of your dis-ease and find a treatment perhaps not available on the NHS
as a means to help you do your own research, finding out as much as you can about both conventional medicine approaches and others eg functional, integrative, naturopathic, metaphysical etc. As I have found in Edinburgh, Scotland, practitioners of different arts are few and hard to find. So I resort to learning as much as I can and doing the best I can with whatever is available and trust you can do likewise. It takes time and commitment.
My few pages on cancer are influenced by my younger sister’s death in 2015; she had stage four lung cancer. Her treatment at the hands of conventional medicine was not good – but it was all the NHS had on offer. At the time, I did a crash course of personal discovery about cancer, mostly on my own; I had a steep and fast learning curve.
I share my wisdom with you. I pray it may help.
Research has shown that the majority of deaths in Scotland are caused by three serious
health issues; heart disease, strokes and cancer. Cancer is Scotland’s biggest killer, claiming
over 15,000 deaths each year. Several factors contribute to cancer; these include poor diet,
heavy drinking, smoking and a lack of regular exercise. Heart disease can be caused by a
number of factors; these include poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, heavy drinking and
smoking; those with a family history of heart disease are also at greater risk of suffering from
the condition in the future.
National Records Scotland cause of death data from 2002-2014 shows the 17 causes of death identified as:
Malignant Neoplasms- Various forms of cancer.
Infectious diseases- e.g. Tuberculosis, HIV, viral hepatitis.
Diseases of the blood- e.g. Leukaemia, Hyperaemia.
Nutritional and metabolic diseases- e.g. Diabetes.
Mental and behavioural disorder - includes mental disorders caused by alcohol and/or drugs.
Diseases of the nervous system- e.g. Meningitis.
Diseases of the circulatory system- e.g. Stroke, heart attack, various heart diseases
Diseases of the respiratory system- e.g. Influenza, pneumonia, asthma.
Diseases of the digestive system- e.g. Stomach ulcers, chronic liver disease.
Diseases of the skin- e.g. Lupus, melanoma
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue- e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Diseases of the genitourinary system- e,g kidney and ureter diseases.
Pregnancy or childbirth
Perinatal complications - deaths immediately before or after infant is born.
Congenital malformations and chromosomal abnormalities - e.g Down syndrome, birth defects.
Abnormal clinical findings not elsewhere classified: Sudden infant death syndrome, unknown causes.
External causes- e.g. accidents, transport accidents, poisonings, assault, intentional self-harm
The top five killer diseases in England are :-
And in America, cancer has become the No. 1 health concern. Over 1,600 people die every day from cancer in the U.S.
Worldwide, the number who die each year totals 7.6 million. We never hear of this in the media but, if so many died each year with Ebola or some other virus, it would be headline news.
A way ahead
Adopting a wise and healthy lifestyle is the way to prevent cancer. Most know this, but how many, hand on heart, live it? If diagnosed, a way ahead must include a radical shift in lifestyle, including wise nutrition.
What if you didn't need to fear cancer in any way, because you had informed yourself and come to know it is a metabolic disease that you can treat, and recover from, like other conditions? The term "metabolic" is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. Metabolic disease, is an umbrella term for any of the diseases or disorders that disrupt normal metabolism, the process of converting food to energy on a cellular level. For a full list of metabolic disease, go here.
Conventional cancer treatment is based still on decades-old treatment, based on the belief cancer is a genetic disease, usually through radiation and / or chemotherapy. But there are so many other treatments out there that can help – stories of people who have taken a successful “alternative” approach to treatment abound. See links at the bottom of this page.
I keep asking that with all our genius and money ploughed into cancer charities, why are we no nearer to medically conquering cancer? Can it be true that cancer is so complicated that there's nothing we can do except wait for the big breakthrough- that never comes? Are scientists looking in the wrong area? Gene versus metabolism?
The conventional medical community seems so attached to the flawed genetic theory of cancer (that it is about genetics) that they fail to use new science exposing the mitochondria dysfunction that is evident in almost all cancers. They simply accept the tragic loss of all those lost to cancer each year.
And it is almost criminal that so many suffer and die prematurely EVERY DAY because conventional cancer care fails to incorporate advanced dietary interventions. In hospital, my younger sister was fed foods heavily laced with carbohydrates, sugars, and other stuff known to feed cancer, not dissolve it. It seemed the hospital could more easily provide a specialist meal for a Hindu, Jew, or Muslim than it could someone with cancer.
The NHS offer absolutely no hope or enlightened treatment whatsoever.
And as I found with my sister, after she had died, even stage 4 cancer did not have to be a death sentence.
With powerful nutritional strategies, the unnecessary deaths from cancer could be radically reduced.
How long has this been going on?
President Richard Nixon declared the "War on Cancer" in 1971. 50 years later, the survival rate remains about the same for traditional treatments — under 2.5 percent. My sister was offered drugs with a 5% likelihood they would be helpful. We were told they were the best on offer. Given the millions of pounds fed to big pharma and the extortionate salaries to some NHS and charity leaders, that frankly is shocking. My sister took the risk as she, like many, was afraid to commit fully, she did marginally, to anything that did not originate within the NHS. She was afraid, if she did, that NHS staff would disapprove and refuse to treat her. This culture of fear is unhealthy. Yet it is fear that is the nature of our conventional approach to cancer.
If you are diagnosed today with cancer, you basically receive the same dated, ineffective strategy that has failed for over 50 years! Conventional oncologists still rely on the "surgery, radiation, toxic chemotherapy” menu of offerings. Radiation and surgery have been used for over a century. And as I discovered, my sister’s well-meaning oncologist was so organisationally constrained because the conventional “slash ‘em, burn ‘em or poison ‘em” treatments were all she was legally allowed to offer yet the woman was wise beyond measure and knew that so much more was possible…just financially out of reach of most. It was behind closed doors and in hushed tones that she spoke, off the record, about “other” approaches but which, she said, were not on offer and she would have to deny, were our discussions to come to light. This begs a huge question – are we in this for the patient or not?
Chemotherapy was developed after World War II from a derivative of mustard gas. But mustard gas and other chemotherapies were later found to be powerful carcinogens ie casues of cancer. They were more likely to give you cancer, than treat it.
Conventional treatments simply aren't working. They buy you months, occasionally longer. The evidence abounds. So why are we paying the NHS and its staff to run a system which evidentially does not work?
Even extending someone’s life by five years cannot be considered a success or a system that works. The newer "targeted immunotherapies" have not yet been seen to be successful either, if delivered within the confines of the NHS. My sister was not even afforded the choice of immunotherapy.
The probability of dying from conventional treatments, these therapies, is greater than the probability of living slightly longer. Those are your odds. Weigh up the risks. We spend billions on new and increasingly more expensive cancer drugs that have marginal efficacy at best. If you are faced with cancer drugs, ask your oncologist or other medical practitioner to take you through, very slowly so that you have time to take it in, the news on the side effects , the need to treat rate, and the success rate of the drug being proposed.
A huge pharmaceutical industry supports the current cancer ideology. And their medication options are often the ONLY ones on offer. But why? Could it be that it is because they hold so much power we are afraid to consider any other route?
The failure to successfully cure cancers doesn’t mean that alternative, complementary, effective, nontoxic treatments aren't available. It’s just that they never qualify for multi-million pound backing to fund the type of studies that would win approval from the medical and political community. And they are mostly looked upon with disdain and in arrogance by medical staff despite many quietly and secretively saying that more than 30% of their patients are successfully using other health approaches. How can they square up with their consciousness when they know conventional treatment does not work?
What line will you take? Collude with malpractice, outdated practice, or stand up for a new way?
The word "cancer" strikes fear in many hearts – especially so strongly that people are hypnotised into believing that they had better follow the NHS, conventional route or else, well, any other way is allegedly untried and untested. It isn’t.
Statistics now tell us that one in two of us are likely to develop a cancer and most of us know of someone living with a cancer diagnosis. So, do we look the other way, fingers crossed, knot in a hanky, hoping it will not affect us. Or could we speak up for a different approach?
We could begin with our own thoughts and beliefs – everything starts with the self.
Regarding sustainable development, there is a wonderful quote attributed to an old Chinese general who lived centuries ago:-
“If the world is to be brought to order,
my nation must first be changed.
If my nation must first be changed,
my hometown must be made over.
If my hometown is to be reordered,
my family must first be set right.
If my family is to be regenerated,
I, myself, must first be .....”
A reminder that all change has to begin with the self.
Many of us have unhelpful beliefs and genuine concerns about cancer, medical staff included. Some people :-
Believe there is nothing they can do to help themselves if diagnosed
Believe they can do little to prevent themselves
Believe that there are no effective strategies, especially non-conventional approaches, to manage cancer if they do get it
Believe they’d rather not know so often delay getting assessed
Put off getting diagnosed because they dread traditional cancer treatments and the side effects – the nausea, the hair loss, and so on
Dread the lifelong health issues that can ensue from conventional cancer treatments
What if you could dissolve these concerns, and instead feel empowered to prevent and treat cancer — without toxic, health-damaging treatments?
In his book, "Tripping Over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine's Most Entrenched Paradigms," alas an expensive read, but ask your local library to find you a copy, Travis Christofferson demonstrates very clearly why the conventional approach to cancer treatment is fatally flawed. (He also set up the non-profit Single Cause Single Cure Foundation to support the research and clinical application of metabolic therapies for cancer patients.)
In addition to Christofferson, there are other radicals out there working to develop treatment protocols that can radically address, prevent and treat most cases of cancer.
Thomas Seyfried, Professor of Biology, Boston Colege, wrote, "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management and Treatment of Cancer." This is the gold standard medical textbook for alternative oncologists and anyone seeking to be better informed on cancer. His treatise provides extensive information showing that cancer can be best defined as a mitochondrial metabolic disease rather than as a genetic disease. Seyfried is a pioneer in the application of nutritional ketosis for cancer, a therapy that stems from the work of Dr. Otto Warburg, one of the most brilliant biochemists of the 20th century. In nutritional ketosis you body efficiently burns fat as its primary fuel source instead of glucose. When undergoing a ketogenic diet you are essentially “fat burner” instead of a “sugar burner”
In Germany, Dr. Meinrad Milz has a unique approach to cancer treatment through a combination of immunotherapy and other approaches
And yet despite these and other advances, governmental, academic and pharmaceutical cancer regimens are locked into an old school of thought: Cancer is a genetic disease. Because they're not willing to look at different theories and causes for cancer, it's nearly impossible to advance innovative therapies for cancer management and prevention. This dogma is what fuels the entire cancer industry. But thankfully Seyfried and others disagree, and provide light at the end of what has been a long and very dark tunnel. . He and others have been able to advance the theory that cancer is primarily the result of defective energy metabolism in, and damage to, the cells' mitochondria.
Simply put, genetic mutations are not the primary cause of cancer but are, rather, a downstream effect of the defective energy metabolism. As long as your mitochondria remain healthy and functional, your chances of developing cancer are slim!
But if you do, would it not be more sensible to have a cancer medicine approach that involved the best of all that is available?
People are winning
Anita Moorjani (born 16 March 1959) is a New York Times best selling author of the
book Dying to be Me. In 2006, after suffering cancer for almost four years, Anita's
organs started shutting down and she slipped into a deep coma for 30 hours. Rushed
to hospital, she claims to have crossed into the afterlife during what is often referred
to as a Near Death Experience (NDE). Upon returning from her NDE, her body
healed from the end-stage lymphoma within a matter of days and within months
was completely cancer free. Hear her talk opposite : -
Key into the internet the words Pablo Kelly and you will find a story, one of many, of people who have cleared their cancer. In 2013 Pablo started having migraines and put them down to the summer heat. This is what my sister did. Her early signs she shrugged off. But not only that, so too did her doctor with the typical, “If your cough is no better in a week, come back and see me.” She did so - for over three months. But back to Pablo.
Soon after nearly collapsing at work, experiencing a drooping of one side of his mouth, and then seizures, he realised all was not well and sought help. At 25, Pablo, learned he had inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly form of brain cancer. He was given just months to live.
He was offered a mix of radiation and chemotherapy. But he took time to do his research and figured that the survival statistics for his age were about 3 percent, and that included enduring fifteen months of chemotherapy that might prolong his life by six to nine months.
Pablo decided against conventional treatment and declined all treatments and, instead, decided to follow a ketogenic diet. His new eating plan excluded processed foods, refined sugars, starches, breads, grains and even root vegetables. Two years later, and CT scans showed no growth of his tumour.
Pablo attributes his success to his special ketogenic diet, vitamin and mineral supplements and natural anti-inflammatories. He regularly fasts and restricts his calorie intake and believes that the ketones his body produces during ketosis supply fuel to his healthy cells, and the lack of glucose helps starve and stabilize his tumour. While his brain tumour was originally considered inoperable, it became operable after two years on ketogenic metabolic therapy. He has had brain surgery – successfully. An excellent example of how conventional medicine and the best of complementary and alternative medicine can successfully work together.
Yet, the NHS says there is no evidence this diet can treat tumours. No – precisely because there is no funding to produce the evidence. And doctors will claim diets don’t work – how can they comment when they are not even trained in nutrition?
Who knows whether diet will help or not? Try it and see. At least you DO know that many conventional treatments don’t work and are toxic.
Powerful Steps to Minimize Your Cancer Risk
Research what is offered conventionally and choose to go with what resonates
Remember it is not about this way or that way, sometimes "both and" or "all too" is the way ahead
Decide to change your lifestyle –the lifestyle that triggered your cancer is not the one to get you out of it.
Change your perspective, your point of view, your beliefs - any that work against you.
Eat healthily, research and switch to a ketogenic diet, a low carb high natural fat diet
Incorporate intermittent feasting and fasting
But feed the body, keep up the energy
Avoid pesticides, herbicides, genetically engineered and factory farmed foods – do you want chicken that is hosed with chemicals?
Choose organic, locally grown wholefoods ie fresh, local, foods whenever possible and as your budget allows
Move every hour, even if just for ten minutes, and exercise regularly – avoid too much sitting
Get regular sun exposure and maintain healthy vitamin D
If you live in northern climes with little sun take Vitamin D3 simultaneously with Vitamin K2
Encourage the body to detox with regular full spectrum infrared sauna session
Take 300mg Vitamin B1 daily
Have fun, play, indulge in music, art, natgure, in your passions
At a metaphysical level cancer is complex as it is at a conventional level; there are so many parts to the body and so many causes of cancer. But for each there are some common themes:-
At a simple level, Louise Hay wrote in her book, “You Can Heal Your Life”, Cancer is caused by- “Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.”
But if we probe deeper, we get the following – not intended to be comprehensive, only to stimulate thinking and areas where change may be needed in your life.
Cancer – Breast – people feeling they will never be good enough. Spend their energy on nurturing others to be good enough. They reject caring extended to them by others. Feel like they are not good enough to be loved.
Cancer – Cervical – often people with a sunny disposition but below the surface life is not so sunny. They keep relationship at a surface level and are afraid to go deeper. May be hiding depression – a tendency to judgment of others, manipulation, and criticism. Obedient to authority.
Cancer – Colon – people often unsuccessful in relationships, see sex as a bit of a game, relationships have no real substance,, question whether they are worth loving.
Cancer – Lung - people and life’s addiction including to chemicals and smoking, feelings of “I am not worthy of living” “I must smother my grief”
Cancer – Oesophageal – I must never complain, I must swallow my pain, expressing feelings is dangerous, I will be seen as weak if I express my feelings
Cancer – Urinary tract – a feeling of being spiritually blocked, can’t always express intense emotions, feels betrayed by family or family life, creativity is stifled.
Identify and consider YOUR beliefs – and change them where necessary.
Beliefs are thoughts and thoughts can be changed.
If you believe “I must never complain” – change that thought, make your new affirmation, “I give myself permission to complain. I complain easily and effortlessly. I can choose when complaining is appropriate. I stand up for myself. Complaining can be offering feedback. Feedback influences change.”
Cancer - a Book of Hope Lise Bourbeau
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management and Treatment of Cancer. Thomas Seyfried
Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy Dr J Mercola
The Complete Guide to Fasting Jason Fung
The Ketogenic Kitchen Domini Kemp & Patricia Daly
Tripping Over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine's Most Entrenched Paradigms Travis Christofferson
You Can Heal Your Life Louise L Hay