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Alternative Solutions in Breast Cancer

I am a 46 year old mother of 11 and am in the best health of my life, or so I thought until I was diagnosed with breast cancer last week. Over the last year I have been on several cleanses and limit intake of sugar and white flour in my diet to once or twice a week.
After the shock of my diagnosis, I have started NAET and am researching acidosis. Most research seems to agree that acidic bodies feed cancer, Many charts vary on what foods are acidic or alkaline. Do you recommend an alkaline diet? Is there any harm in this? What else would you recommend I look into?

Acid in the body is caused by cancer cells, and cancer cells like to be in, and thrive in, an acidic environment. Alkalinizing your body is an excellent way to be healthy, and will have an effect on the cancer.

There are foods that are more and less acidic, so concentrate on those more alkaline foods. You can take salts with bicarbonate in them, which will also alkalinize your body. Ph tests of saliva or urine can give you an indication of the amount of acidity or alkalinity you have in your body.

Sugar and processed food have to be 100% eliminated, not just reduced. In fact, some would say that all carbohydrates need to be reduced, as glucose feeds the cancer, and all carbohydrates eventually convert to glucose. Other things to research and consider:

  • vitamin D levels should be in the 60 to 90 range,
  • some have found the macrobiotic diet useful (although a lot of work),
  • supplements that build the immune system (that may include mushrooms, beta-glucan, colostrum),
  • Intravenous vitamin C at high doses can help kill the cancer cells safely,
  • hyperbaric oxygen,
  • hyperthermia,
  • addressing possible stress/emotional/forgiveness issues,
  • expressing gratitude, inwardly and outwardly, for the blessings you enjoy,
  • to mention only a few of the options.

I would strongly suggest you get under the care of a physician that agrees with your philosophies of treatment and can design an aggressive program. That may not be possible with just reading on the internet.

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Low Thyroid and Vitamin D Levels

I have low thyroid issues and get my meds from a compounding pharmacy that seem to work well, but this time when I got my lab work done it was found that I had low Vitamin D levels as well (7 on the point scale on my labs). My question is: since being outside is not enough for me what would be the best way to get my levels up? My doctor wants my to take a high dose of D2 once a week for 15 weeks. The compounding pharmacists wants me to take 5000 IUs of D3 every day instead. I don’t know who to believe. I just know I want my joints to stop hurting and my D levels to come up.

Vitamin D has been shown to be considerably more important than just to help with bone and calcium metabolism. Recent research has revealed that it has a prominent role with the immune system. High levels in the 70 to 90 range would prevent almost half of all the breast cancer in the US, and would reduce all cancers considerably. In the 50 to 70 range, it will provide protection against many viruses and bacteria, including against the swine flu. It will also reduce the risk of auto-immune disease.

A level of 7 is exceptionally low. I usually place my patients on 5,000 IU per day and recheck a level 4 months later. If it is not coming up adequately, I would double the dose to 10,000 IU per day. Some people do not need more than 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day. Some conventional physicians are using 50,000 IU weekly or monthly to increase the levels more quickly, which is fine. There are dangers of increasing calcium levels in the blood at high levels, usually in the 120 to 200 range, which is hard to achieve.

D3 is what is measured in the laboratory. D2 is made by plants, while D3 is made by animals. I don’t think it matters whether you take D2 or D3.

One other thought, as you are looking for your joints to stop hurting: since you are also dealing with low thyroid issues, chances are that your weight is out of balance.  You may want to consider the Ease on Down Weight Balance program that I’ll be offering soon (we’re just trying to get some of the technical issues resolved before we launch).  This will be a tremendous help to you in getting your body into balance.

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Thermography Instead of Mammograms

Dear Healthy Thinkers,

With the article below I am introducing a new element to the website: on occasion I will publish articles submitted by like-minded health care providers who can give you their perspectives on healthy alternatives to drugs and surgery.  There has been a great deal of news lately about the recommended decrease in mammograms.  Dr. Moshe Dekel of New York has graciously provided the following excellent article on thermography.  Dr. Stan

What “They” Won’t Tell You About Breast Cancer.
with Moshe Dekel, MD

By: Moshe Dekel, MD

Breast cancer rates on Long Island, New York, are among the highest in the nation.  Although theories abound, no one is really sure why this is the case.  Facing this elevated risk, Long Island women are well-advised to focus on what we do know about fighting breast cancer: aside from prevention, early detection is most critical. Traditionally, for most women breast cancer detection has meant only one thing: mammograms.

But even women who diligently get mammograms are sometimes let down by the modality’s limitations: Mammography gives no advance notice of breast cancer.  Since it takes 10 years for a breast cancer cell to grow large enough to be detected by an ultrasound, mammogram or MRI, at best these procedures can only verify an existing problem. Additional questions about how mammography’s trauma, radiation, and compression might affect breast cancer cells remain unanswered.

Because of these uncertainties, a large number of women have searched for an alternative screening method . . . and discovered an effective, pain-free option: thermography. Approved by the FDA as an adjunct to mammography in 1982, thermography uses an infrared camera to examine the breast from a temperature perspective. This temperature-based screening is remarkably sensitive: Where mammography fails to give any advance notice, thermography can provide a six to seven year advance warning of a risk for breast cancer.

The significance of this advantage motivated Dr. Moshe Dekel, a board certified OB-GYN and thermography expert, to make this modality his mission. “When I learned about thermography, after 25 years of practice as an OB/GYN, I vowed that this was something that I needed to offer to my patients,” explains Dr. Dekel.  “I’ve now done thousands of thermography procedures; colleagues also ask me to analyze their thermography test results.”

This thermography analysis is the secret to the test’s success, yielding valuable, multi-layered clues that transcend mammography’s “positive or negative” results.  Instead, thermography’s image analysis provides an in-depth rating of a patient’s results in terms of normal, low risk, moderate risk, higher risk, or somewhere in between. Combined with its six-to-seven-year advance warning, thermography’s precise risk assessment gives women a deeper understanding of exactly where they are in terms of breast health.

“I don’t just give a piece of paper and say ‘Here’s the result,'” Dr. Dekel continues. “My patients get intimately involved with the process. The bottom line is that by the time patients have the thermography examination, they will have an idea of what kind of risk factors they have and what they need to do to reduce that risk.”

As for the examination itself, women are astounded by thermography’s ease and convenience-especially when compared to the pain, radiation, and intimidation of mammograms. Thermography is performed with the patient in a sitting position, naked from the waist up, while the infrared camera takes nine digital images in nine different positions. There is no physical contact from the infrared camera and the entire imaging test only takes 10 minutes.  The rest of the time is spent on consulting about the risk level and how to reduce it.

Results are practically instantaneous. “Once the images are taken, I will read the results in front of the patient, explain what I am seeing, and answer any questions,” Dr. Dekel says. “When women see those thermography images on the computer screen, it is very personal; it’s powerful; they are ready to make the necessary life style changes to reduce their risk. . . it is so different from a mammogram.”

“We need to bring thermography to the attention of women everywhere,” concludes Dr. Dekel. “We must base health decisions on knowledge and not fear. People thank me for opening this window, and I am happy to do so . . . I do thermography for very deep personal and medical reasons.”

Dr. Moshe Dekel former Assistant Clinical Professor at the OB-GYN department in Stony Brook, N.Y. He is Board Certified in Thermography, and can be reached at (516) 817-1770 or

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Alternative Measures in Breast Cancer

Q:  What are some alternative measures to take for breast cancer? I was just diagnosed this past week. I have always clung to alternative medicine, so would like to look at all of my options. I may or may not choose surgery, but do not feel I would do the chemo. I believe there are alternative ways. I would so appreciate some advice from you and your team

There are many options that we all have for health care. Ultimately, we must Continue reading Alternative Measures in Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Decline: Where Credit is Due

Study Credits 2002 Warning on Hormone Replacement Drugs

Breast cancer rates prior to 2002 were 210,000 per year, reports the Wall Street Journal, with a drop to 190,000 per year after 2002. In the year 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative sponsored by NIH halted the study of Wyeth’s drug Prempro because it caused an increase Continue reading Breast Cancer Decline: Where Credit is Due

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Why is Breast Cancer Declining? Interesting News, and My Take On It

Breast Cancer’s Decline Analyzed

Study Credits 2002 Warning on Hormone Replacement Drugs

A study recently cited in the Wall Street Journal points out that breast cancer rates prior to 2002 were 210,000 per year, but there was a drop to 190,000 per year after 2002. Interestingly, in the year 2002, Continue reading Why is Breast Cancer Declining? Interesting News, and My Take On It