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CELLULAR REPRODUCTION OUT OF CONTROL
The entire human body is made up of cells, each of which contains its own genetic material, or DNA - a long string of molecules that tells the cell what to do. In a healthy body, cells divide at a controlled rate so as to grow and repair damaged tissues and replace dying cells. This predetermined rate of cell division is what keeps our bodies healthy.
When the body is injured - for example, if you have a cut - the cells surrounding the cut reproduce to replace the ones that have been harmed. These cells "know" to stop reproducing once they have filled in the injured area.
If cells keep multiplying when new ones are not needed or necessary, a mass of tissue called a growth, or tumor, is formed. Sometimes, a cell begins to reproduce for no obvious reason. The "daughter" cells that it produces forms a lump. This is cancer. Often, a cell from this lump, or tumor, spreads to another part of the body and begins reproduction there. These cells are not receptive to the normal signal to stop reproducing. Eventually, this abnormal tissue interferes with the ability of the body and its cells, organs, and other structures to perform their appointed functions, and illness or death results.
BENIGN OR MALIGNANT
A tumor can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancerous. They can occur anywhere in the body and generally do not pose a threat to health, do not metastasize (spread to other parts of the body), and do not grow back if removed. Malignant tumors are cancerous. They are usually serious and can be life-threatening. Malignant tumors grow uncontrollably, interfere with normal metabolic and organ functioning, and have the ability to metastasize and invade other tissues.
If a portion of a cell's DNA is damaged, the cell can become abnormal. When the abnormal cell divides, it forms new cells that contain a photocopy of the damaged genetic material. This is an ongoing process occurring constantly within our bodies. Most of the time, our bodies have the ability to destroy these abnormal cells and maintain a sort of cellular equilibrium. If a crucial portion of the DNA is destroyed, however, and the abnormal cells cannot be controlled any longer, cancer forms. All cancer cells have two things in common; they grow uncontrollably and they have the ability to metastasize. They can spread through the lymphatic system, the bloodstream, or avenues such as the cerebrospinal fluid (the watery cushion that protects the brain and the spinal cord). The immune system generally does not recognize cancer cells as dangerous or foreign.
No one knows exactly why some cells behave in this way and exactly what causes the cell damage that initiates the cancer process. The chain of events that leads to cancer is very complex, and each individual body reacts differently. A combination of genetic, behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors are believed to be involved in turning normal cells into abnormal cells, and abnormal cells into cancer. There are also factors called inhibitors (such as certain vitamins and nutrients found in fruit and vegetables) that are believed to slow the process, while other factors, called promoters (such as smoking, or eating a high fat diet), can speed up the process.
We do know that certain things increase the likelihood of certain types of cancer. Possible contributors to the development and growth of cancer can be divided into 3 categories:
Environmental factors and diet are widely believed to be two of the major causes of cancer. For example, persons exposed to cigarette smoke have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other people who are not. Regular alcohol consumption increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers. A diet that is high in fat and low in fiber is associated with a greater risk of colorectal cancer, and is a factor in breast and prostate cancer as well.
- EXTERNAL: External factors include unhealthy workplace environments and exposure to air and water pollution, chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides.
- INTERNAL: Internal factors include both genetics (heredity) and infections.
- LIFESTYLE: Lifestyle factors are those we personally can most readily control. These are also the factors scientists believe account for the largest proportion of cancers. They include diet, smoking, drinking and sun exposure.
External and lifestyle factors account for 80 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. By 2004, an estimated 563,700 people were lost to cancer annually, or 1,544 a day. The following is a breakdown of the overall percentages of cancers many researchers and health care professionals attribute to different lifestyle factors:
LIFESTYLE FACTOR CANCER PERCENTAGE
Poor diet and obesity. Smoking. Genetics. Exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. Family history. Lack of exercise. Exposure to certain viruses. Alcohol consumption. Reproductive factors. Socioeconomic status. Exposure to environmental pollution.
Many experts believe that what these apparently different risk factors have in common is that they increase the body's exposure to free radicals. They theorize that damage from free radicals is an important factor in causing the uncontrolled cellular growth that is characteristic of cancer.
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Others believe that factors such as cigarette smoking and poor dietary habits increase the risk of cancer because they impair the immune system. In addition to blaming diet and environmental pollutants, many experts link cancer to stress, although not directly. They do believe that stress weakens the immune system, impairing the body's ability to destroy precancerous cells before they develop into cancer.
By making ourselves aware of all of the factors that may promote or inhibit the development and growth of cancer, and by taking appropriate action, we can reduce our cancer risk.
In the United States, one person dies from cancer every minute. Another 3 million have cancer, and one out of these will die from some form of this disease. There are more than 100 different varieties of cancer. They have different causes, cause different symptoms, and vary in aggressiveness (the speed at which they spread). However, most types of cancer fall into one of four broad categories:
1. Carcinomas: Cancers that affect the skin, mucous membranes, glands, & internal organs.
2. Leukemias: Cancers that are cancers of blood-forming tissues.
3. Sarcomas: Cancers that affect muscles, connective tissue, and bones.
4. Lymphomas: Cancers that affect the lymphatic system.
The seven classic early warning signs of cancer, which can be remembered by the acronym CAUTION, are the following:
- Change in bowel or bladder habits.
- A sore that does not heal.
- Unusual bleeding or discharge.
- Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere.
- Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
- Obvious change in a wart or mole.
- Nagging cough or hoarseness.
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According to the American Cancer Society, 50 percent of all men and 33 percent of all women in the United States will develop some form of cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that with the increasing information and treatment methods available today, millions of people are either living with, or have been cured of, cancer and the risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
CANCER SURVIVAL RATES
According to a report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, there are 9.8 million cancer survivors in the United States. A cancer survivor is defined as an individual who is still alive 5 years after his or her cancer diagnosis. Today, about 64 percent of cancer patients survive 5 years after being diagnosed, a rate that has been climbing since the 1970s, when only half as many lived that long. Breast cancer survivors make up 22 percent of the 64 percent, while prostate cancer survivors total 17 percent, followed by colorectal survivors at 11 percent. 61 percent of survivors are age 65 and older, where an estimated 1 in 6 people over the age of 65 is a cancer survivor. 79 percent of childhood cancer survivors are living 5 years after diagnosis, and nearly 75 percent are alive 10 years following diagnosis.
Just as each of us looks different, each of our bodies has its own unique composition. What some of us react well to may cause an adverse reaction in others, which is why some treatments prove to be successful for some, but not for others. This is why dietary wellness and prevention are so important. If we can keep our bodies healthy and avoid known cancer-causing agents, we have a good defense against ever getting cancer in the first place. And if you have cancer, it is imperative to maintain optimum health. If you go into battle unarmed, you do not stand much of a chance of winning, but if you go in with a full coat of armor, through the healthiest diet and nutrition, you have the best fighting chance to successfully conquer cancer.
COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPY OVERVIEW
BUILDING THE BODY WHILE FIGHTING THE CANCER
A growing number of people with cancer are now benefiting from alternative and complementary means of cancer treatment. Some cancer treatment centers are using these therapies in addition to the conventional methods of cancer treatment. Some of the available alternative and complementary therapies provide help by strengthening the body, enhancing the immune system, and controlling the side effects of conventional treatments. Other approaches, because of their gentle, non invasive nature, may in some cases be preferred over more orthodox treatments.
Although there are a large number of different alternative and complementary therapies, most of them do have common themes. For instance, many of them are based on the belief that a truly healthy body is less vulnerable to cancer. They emphasize that cancer develops as the result of a problem with the immune system or an imbalance in the body, either or both of which may allow the cancer to develop. Thus, they try to reduce or eliminate the underlying problem that allowed the cancer to take hold, and to activate the body's own inherent healing processes so that the body can heal itself.
Usually, alternative and complementary treatments are holistic in approach. This means that the goal is to treat the whole body, rather than just the area seemingly affected by the cancer. Cancer is seen as a systemic disease and treatment is individualized, depending on the particular person. Many also aim to treat the individual on a number of different levels, including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.
MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information & Therapies
TYPES OF ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS
TYPES OF THERAPIES USED FOR CANCER TREATMENTS
Most of the alternative and complementary treatments used in cancer therapy fall into one of the following categories:
- Biologic & Pharmacologic Therapies
- Immunologic Therapies
- Herbal Therapies
- Metabolic Therapies
- Mind-Body Therapies
- Nutritional Therapies
- Choosing An Alternative / Complementary Therapy
Although there is a certain amount of overlapping between categories - an immunologic therapy, or instance, may have nutritional components - these categories do serve to highlight the central focus of the many treatments and regimens that fall within them. Be aware though, that the following discussion by no means mentions all of the individual therapies available. It is meant to familiarize you with the various approaches that may be used. Nor should this be seen as a recommendation for any of the following methods of treatment. The choice to seek alternative approaches of treatment for any illness must be made by the individual after a great deal of research and soul-searching.
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The Cancer Control Society Meeting - Alternative Therapies
Alternative Cancer Clinics Outside of the United States
Cancer Centers of America: Cancer Treatment Hospitals with Conventional and Alternative Options
Mariposas Cancer Clinic Spain: Natural Alternative & Holistic Cancer Treatments
BIOLOGIC & PHARMACOLOGIC THERAPIES
These therapies use biologic substances or nontoxic pharmacologic agents - nontoxic medications usually derived from biological sources, such as plants or human cells. Each of these treatments works in a different way.
ANTI-NEOPLASTON THERAPY: Anti-Neoplaston Therapy, for instance, uses amino acid derivatives to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski maintains that anti-neoplastons are part of the body's defense system and appear to be absent in people with cancer. He has been able to construct synthetic anti-neoplastons and administer them to cancer patients.
SHARK CARTILAGE THERAPY: Another such treatment, Shark Cartilage therapy, is thought to work by blocking angiogenesis, the creation of new blood vessels required for tumor growth, and thus starve the tumor of needed nourishment.
IMMUNO-PLACENTAL THERAPY: Russian immunologist Dr. Valentin Govallo's VG-1000 theory, developed in the 1960s, is based on the belief that cancer results when a tumor evades and suppresses the immune system. Dr. Govallo believes that placenta extracts allow the immune system to readjust and attack the tumor that had escaped its attention in the first place. This method of treatment is called immuno-placental therapy.
REVICI METHOD THERAPY: The Revici method, developed by Dr. Emanuel Revici, is based on the premise that tumors are a result of an imbalance of lipids in the cells. After analysis of the tumor, the health care provider delivers a compound into the tumor to establish the proper balance within the cells.
714-X THERAPY: French physician Dr. Gaston Naessens developed a system of treatment known as 714-X treatment, which consists of injections of nitrogen-rich camphor and organic salts directly into the lymphatic system. The theory behind this treatment is that cancer cells excrete a poisonous compound that shuts down the immune system. The 714-X allows the immune system to re-establish itself and fight the cancer.
Online Health Analysis: Treatments: Anti-Neoplaston Therapy
CancerGuide: Simone Shark Cartilage Protocol
CancerGuide: Bovine Cartilage
CancerGuide: PSK - A Non-Toxic Polysaccharide Drug
AntiCancerPlacentaTherapy: VG-1000 Vials
Dr. Govallo (VG-1000) Contact Information
ACS: Complementary & Alternative Medicine Index/a>
AlternativeCancer: 714-X Alternative Cancer Treatment Comparison
Cancer.gov: 714-X - National Cancer Institute
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
Immunologic therapies are based on the belief that cancer develops because of a breakdown of the immune system. The aim of these therapies is to bolster those parts of the immune system that combat and destroy cancer cells. Examples of the treatments in this category include the therapy of Dr. Virginia Livingston, which uses vaccines, diet, nutritional supplements, and gamma globulin; and Dr. Josef Issels' whole-body program, which uses detoxifying diets, vaccines, uncontaminated water, vitamins, and fever therapy.
CancerGuide: Coley's Toxins / Issel's Fever Therapy
Dr. Josef Maria Issels: Pioneers of Alternative Therapies
PHYTOTHERAPY - HEALING PLANT MEDICINE
In these therapies, herbal remedies - probably the oldest form of treatment in the world - are used to strengthen the body's ability to eliminate cancer cells. Hoxsey therapy, for instance, employs internal and external herbal preparations, along with diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, and psychological counseling, to strengthen the body and fight the cancer. Hoxsey's treatment proved to be too controversial for America, however, and the Hoxley formula is now continuing in Mexico.
The Cure & Cause of Cancer is Within You: Herbal Formulas
CancerGuide: Essiac Information
CancerGuide: Hulda Clark's The Cure for all Cancers
CancerGuide: Elixir Vitae
CLEANSING & DETOXIFICATION
These therapies are based on the idea that many factors cause the occurrence of cancer, and that a multifaceted healing approach is required to eliminate the disorder. The therapies use detoxification, including colon cleansing, to flush out toxins; anticancer diets based on whole foods; and vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which further cleanse the body, repair damaged tissues, and stimulate immune function. Dr. Max Gerson's therapy - which is based on a diet of organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nutritional supplements - is one such regimen. Gerson's treatment was developed in the 1940s and is based on a theory of detoxification. William B. Coley developed Coley toxins in the 1890s. This treatment uses bacterial vaccines to enhance the immune system. This system is still being used today but with some adaptations. It is normally used as an adjunct to conventional treatment.
CancerGuide: The Gerson Therapy
The Gerson Institute
EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL BALANCE
These treatments focus on the role that emotions, behavior, and faith play in recovery from illness. In the case of some therapies, counseling, hypnosis, biofeedback, or other techniques are used to promote greater emotional and spiritual well-being. In other therapies, the aim is to use mind-body techniques to actually change the course of the illness, possibly bringing the person into remission. For instance, Dr. O. Carl Simonton and Stephanie Matthews-Simonton, based in California, have developed an imagery and visualization technique to help patients increase the effectiveness of their immune system.
Yoga has become popular as part of this type of treatment. Dr. Barrie Cassileth of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has designed a series of complementary treatments for cancer patients. These include massage therapy, meditation, music therapy, imagery, and relaxation techniques.
Eliminating Cancer with the Mind
DIET & NUTRITION
Therapies that focus on nutrition are perhaps the most popular alternative approach to cancer, especially since research began showing the link between diet and health.
Almost every alternative therapy includes an emphasis on diet as an important component of both prevention and, possibly, cure. For instance, studies have indicated that a high-fat diet increases the risk of cancer, while a low-fat diet that is rich in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains actually helps the body to fight cancer. Three of the therapies that fall into this category are wheatgrass therapy, a diet based on wheatgrass and other raw foods; the macrobiotic diet, a traditional Japanese diet high in whole grains and vegetables; and the Moerman regimen, a meatless high-fiber diet that includes nutritional supplements.
MACROBIOTIC DIETARY GUIDELINES
General macrobiotici dietary guidelines shown are for a temperate climate. It is recommended you attend cooking classes and meet with a macrobiotic practitioner if you have health problems.
Here is a list of the foods in category
- Whole Cereal Grains & Flour Products
- Special Foods
- Foods For Occasional Use
- Styles of Cooking
- Foods To Use Sparingly Or Avoid
WHOLE CEREAL GRAINS & FLOUR PRODUCTS
Whole Grains: Use often.
Short-grain brown rice Medium-grain brown rice Long-grain brown rice Sweet brown rice
Cracked & Flaked Grains: Use occasionally.
Mochi (Pounded sweet rice) Barley grits Bulgur (cracked wheat) Couscous
Rolled oats Corn grits Cornmeal (polenta)
Flour Products: Use occasionally.
Whole wheat noodles (udon) Thin wheat noodles (somen) Buckwheat noodles (soba) Bread (unyeasted sourdough)
Puffed wheat gluten (fu) Seitan (boiled wheat gluten) Pancakes (home-made)
Use a variety with every meal. Use all of these often.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Bok choy Carrot tops Chinese cabbage Collard greens
Daikon greens Dandelion greens Kale Leeks Mustard greens
Parsley Spring onions Turnip greens Watercress
Acorn squash Broccoli Brussels sprouts Buttercup squash
Butternut squash Cabbage Cauliflower Hokkaido pumpkin Onion
Pumpkin Red cabbage Turnips Shiitake mushroom
Daikon Dandelion roots Lotus root
Other Vegetables: Use occasionally.
Green peas Iceberg lettuce Jerusalem artichoke Kohlrabi Mushrooms
Romaine lettuce Salsify Snap beans Snow peas Sprouts
Beans & Lentils: Use often.
Azuki beans Black soybeans
Chickpea Green or brown lentils
Beans & Peas: Use occasionally.
Black-eyed peas Black turtle beans Kidney beans Lima beans Mung beans
Navy beans Pinto beans Soybeans Split peas Whole dried peas
Soybeans Products: Use these foods occasionally as a regular part of your diet.
Seasonings For Cooking: Use these seasonings often.
Barley miso (mugi) Brown rice miso
Shoyu Unrefined white sea salt
Seasonings For Cooking: Use these seasonings occasionally.
Umeboshi plum Umeboshi paste Umeboshi vinegar Wasabi (horseradish) White miso
Nori sheets Wakame kombu Agar-Agar
Beverages: Drink a comfortable amount for thirst.
Bancha twig tea (kukicha) Bancha leaf tea (Green tea) Roasted barley tea
Roasted rice tea Yannoh (mixed grain coffee) Spring water
FOODS FOR OCCASIONAL USE
Fish: 2 to 3 times a week Choose from non-fatty fish.
White Carp Cod Flounder Haddock
Halibut Sole Trout Red snapper
Seeds & Nuts: 1 to 2 cups a week each.
Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds Sunflower seeds Tahini (sesame butter)
Sweet & Sweeteners: Use as snacks or in cooking.
Barley malt Brown rice syrup Rice & barley malt candies
Apple juice Grape juice Pure maple syrup (use sparingly)
Fruits: Cooked, dried or fresh, seasonal climate fruits 2 to 3 times a week.
Blueberries Blackberries Honeydew melon
Peaches Pears Plums Raisins Tangerines
Other Foods & Oils, Mild Herbs & Spices
Natural sauerkraut Cucumber-brine pickles Horseradish Lemons Toasted sesame oil
Amaske drink Apple juice Carrot or other vegetable juices Grape juice
Herbal teas Organic beer, wine, & sake Soy milk
FOODS TO USE SPARINGLY OR AVOID
Baked Flour Products & Refined Grains
Muffins Cookies Commercial pancakes Rice cakes Chips
Bakery pastries Puffed whole cereals Popcorn White rice Commercial pasta & bread.
Brazil nut Cashews Hazelnuts
Macadamia nuts Pistachio nuts
All Tropical Fruits
Red Meat: Avoid as much as possible.
Poultry: Avoid as much as possible.
Dairy Foods: Avoid as much as possible.
Milk Butter Cheese
Yogurt Ice Cream
Sweeteners: Avoid as much as possible.
Artificial sweeteners Brown sugar Carob
Chocolate Fructose Fruit Sweeteners
Beverages: Avoid as much as possble.
Artificial beverages Carbonated water Coffee Cold drinks
Distilled water Hard liquor Iced drinks
Regular Tea Stimulant beverages Tap water
STYLES OF COOKING
Cooking & Preparation Methods: Use often.
Pressure cooking Boiling Blanching Steaming Nishimi-style (steaming with kombu) Soup-making
Stewing Quick water sauteing Quick oil sauteing Kimpiria-style (sauteing and simmering) Pressing Pickling
Cooking & Preparation Methods: Use occasionally.
Baking Broiling Deep-frying Dry-roasting
Juicing Pan-frying Raw foods Tempura (batter-dipped)
SHOPPING FOR FOODS
Use Organically grown foods where possible.
Whole grains instead of refined grains and brown rice. Whole grains instead of white rice. Whole wheat flour, bread, and spaghetti. When buying whole wheat bread, make sure that it is make sure that it is made from 100% whole wheat flour. Fresh vegetables for every meal. Unrefined white sea salt. Unrefined oil, such as sesame, olive, sunflower, or safflower oil. Jams without sugar. Fruit juices without sugar. Rice syrup and barley malt syrup as natural sweeteners instead of sugar. White-meat fish over meat and chicken. Protein such as beans, tofu, seitan, and tempeh instead instead of meat and cheese. Non-stimulating tea and grain coffees. Sea vegetables for your cooking. These vegetables are sources of valuable nutrients, including calcium, beta carotene, and vitamin B-12 that help reduce cholesterol, rid the body of toxins and strengthen immunity.
When applying these guidelines on a daily basis, consider these additional factors:
The Macrobiotic Diet should reflect human tradition. Until modern times, unrefined, naturally produced whole cereal grains and their products comprised humanity's primary food world-wide, while locally grown seasonal vegetables and their products comprised the most important secondary foods. In order to maintain our human evolutionary status, our diets should continue to reflect this traditional pattern. We need to return to the "staff of life" - whole grains.
The Macrobiotic Diet should be ecologically based. As much as possible, the foods which comprise the mainstay of our diet should be grown in the same area in which we live. When we begin to consume food imported from different climate regions, we begin to lose adaptability to the immediate surroundings. This imbalance often leads to the development of sickness, manifesting either physically, mentally, or both. This is especially true in cases where tropical or semitropical products (including sugar, pineapples, citrus fruit, bananas, spices, coffee and other yin products) are consumed in the temperate climates of North America. Also, serious sickness can result from the over-consumption of heavy animal food by those in a warmer or temperate climate, since this quality of food is more suited to the polar regions. Ideally, foods should be chosen from within a 300 to 500 mile radius of our home area; however, if this is not possible, the next best choice of foods are those produced in areas with climates similar to our own (US climate) such as Europe or Japan.
The Macrobiotic Diet should reflect seasonal changes. As naturally as the seasons change, our diets should reflect those differences in climate through the selection and preparation of our daily meals. For example, in colder seasons we would apply longer cooking times and more salt; in warmer weather, we would use lighter cooking methods and less salt. As much as possible, we should always try to base our diet on those products such as cereal grains, beans, sea vegetables and other staples which are naturally available and storable without refrigeration throughout the year.
The Macrobiotic Diet should reflect individual differences. When selecting and preparing our foods, individual differences also need to be considered, with variations made according to age, sex, amount and type of activity, occupation, original constitution, previous eating patterns, personal desire, and social environment.
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Wheatgrass Supply & Info: Growing Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Herbs, & More
CHOOSING AN ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Unless you already have a specific therapy in mind, the first step in choosing one is to learn more about those that are available. By visiting libraries, bookstores, websites on-line, and contacting health organizations that focus on cancer, you should be able to find a number of comprehensive, up-to-date books, websites, and additional information about alternative and complementary treatments.
Once you have a better idea of the therapy or therapies that would best serve your needs, contact educational organizations and patient-referral services that provider information on these treatments. Consider consulting alternative health care practitioners in your region, such as Naturopathic Physicians, Acupuncturists, & Homeopathic Physicians, that may be able to work with you and your conventional medical cancer treatments, adding nutrition, alternative and complementary therapies to your treatment and recovery program. Many of these therapies, not only will help strengthen your immune system, but may also provide relief from conventional cancer treatment side effects.
When researching a particular therapy, try to get information from other people who have used that treatment. Some information organizations and some alternative clinics will provide lists of recovered patients whom you can call or write to. Focus on those people who have the same kind of cancer you have, and ask them what specific treatments they found helpful.
While screening alternative practitioners and clinics, ask what their success has been in treating your specific form of cancer. Keep in mind that a therapy that is effective against one type of cancer will not necessarily be effective against another. Ask to see supportive studies, documented cases, and patients' testimonials, and view all information with a healthy dose of skepticism. As much as possible, pin the practitioner down regarding what you can expect from the treatment - short-term improvement or long-term survival, for instance. Finally consider whether the therapy fits in with your lifestyle, personality, and belief system. Be honest with yourself. Some therapies require a degree of commitment that you may not be willing to make. Others may require too much time, too much travel, or too much money to truly be feasible. However, if you have the fortitude and resources to follow an alternative method of treatment to overcome an illness, the rewards are priceless. It is worth checking to see if your health insurance will cover any part of your alternative medicine. Conventional and alternative (or secondary) treatments may be used together - one method of treatment does not necessarily preclude the other.
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MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Index
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index
MoonDragon's Health Therapy Index
FURTHER EDUCATION: BOOKS ABOUT ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPIES
Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book - By Richard Walter, Avery Publishing Group, 1993
Evaluate and compare a number of alternative cancer therapies.
Alternatives in Cancer Therapy: The Complete Guide to Non-Traditional Treatments - By Ross, R.Ph. Pelton, Lee Overholser, Fireside Publishing, 1994
Therapies discussed are primarily non-toxic, have few, if any, side effects, and tend to strengthen the immune system. Some of the choices discussed are shark cartilage, Gerson therapy, mistletoe, isoprinosine, laetrile, selenium, beta-carotene, hydrogen peroxide, Vitamin C & E, the Hoxsey treatment.
Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment & Prevention- By Ralph Moss, Equinox Press, 1995
Evaluate & compare alternative cancer therapies.
Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book - Gy Richard Walter, Avery Publishing Group, 1993
Provides a list of these groups.
Third Opinion: An International Directory to Alternative Therapy Centers for the Treatment and Prevention of Cancer and Other Degenerative Diseases - By John Fink, Avery Publishing Group, 3rd Edition, 1997
Another good source of information.
Beating Cancer With Nutrition - By Patrick Quillin, Noreen Quillin, Bookworld Services, Book & CD edition, 2001
An excellent resource book regarding nutrition and cancer therapy.
What to Eat if You Have Cancer - By Daniella Chace, Maureen Keane, John A. Lung, McGraw-Hill/ Contemporary Books, 1996
More information regarding nutrition for cancer patients.
Questioning Chemotherapy: A Critique of the Use of Toxic Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer - By Ralph W. Moss, Equinox Press, 1995
A must for anyone diagnosed with cancer and facing choices in therapies.
The Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 Quick & Easy Recipes With Helpful Eating Hints - By Donna L. Weihofen, Christina Marino, John Wiley & Sons, 1997
Helpful & delicious recipes for people going through cancer chemo and radiation therapies.
Immunopower: Harnessing the Incredible Healing Powers of Nature - By Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS Quillin, Nutrition Times, 1999
Revised 2001 version includes audio CD for those too tired to read anything. Nutrition program of diet and supplements to work with chemo and radiation therapy, making the therapy more toxic to the cancer and less damaging to the patient.
OTHER HELPFUL RELATED WEBSITES
CancerDecisions.com, Alternative Cancer Treatments
Advanced Alternatives Cancer Center
CLINICS & HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS LIST
FINDING CANCER SPECIALISTS
This is a list of clinics and health care providers who specialize in the treatment of cancer by both conventional and alternative means. This listing is not endorsing them nor indicating that their therapies work. They are simply being listed to make it easier for you to find them. If you know of any practitioner that should be added to this list, please send me an e-mail with the information and website, if any of the practitioner. Be aware that contact information given below may be subject to change.
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ADDITIONAL CANCER INFORMATION
Foundation For Advancement in Cancer Therapies (FACT) Philip E. Binzel, Jr., M.D. (Retired) Keith Block, Block Medical Center Integrative Cancer Treatment Burzynski Center, Advanced Alternative Cancer Treatment Douglas Brodie, M.D., Cancer Cure Foundation Dr. Francisco Contreras, Cancer Specialist, Oasis of Hope Hospital Patrick Donovan, N.D., University Health Clinic James, Forsythe, M.D., Century Wellness Center Nicholas Gonzales, M.D., Cancer Nutrition Tori Hudson, N.D. & Institute of Women's Health & Integrative Medicine Dan Labriola ND, Northwest Natural Health Special Care Clinic Victor Marcial-Vega, M.D., Integrative Medicine Robert Roundtree, M.D., Family Medicine, Boulder Wellcare Inc Michael Schachter, M.D., Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine Charles Simone, M.D., Simone Protective Cancer Center Dr. George E. Springer, M.D., LifeWorks Wellness Center Jack O. Talyor, M.S., D.C., Cancer Nutrition Support ACAM Physicians Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine Kushi Institute Center for Natural Healing The James OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Treatment Centers of America Hippocrates Health Institute Optimum Health Institute of San Diego UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Waisbren Clinic
MOONDRAGON'S CANCER RELATED LINKS
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MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Ovarian Cancer
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Suppressed Cancer Therapies (Alphabetical Listing)
AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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Using Essential Oils
AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Information MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction
NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute? MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
RELATED MOONDRAGON HEALTH LINKS & INFORMATION
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1 MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2 MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index
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