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Cancer and Natural Solutions

About a year ago, a naturopathic doctor gave me a test for cancer. She said the test revealed a malignant brain tumor in the making if I did not changes. She suggested omega 3 oil, vitamins, minerals, adrenal support. Seems like this is not enough for something so potentially serious. She practices in another state. Any suggestions? Getting worried.

In answering you, I must make several assumptions, and comment on my assumptions.  The test the naturopathic doctor gave you was most likely assessing energy, such as in electrodermal testing.  Electrodermal testing can often pick up vibrational frequencies of illnesses before they become manifest at the physical level.

I also assume there is no blood marker or obvious tumor mass or biopsy.  All healthy tissue vibrates at a unique frequency for that particular tissue or organ.

All damaged tissue (including cancer in the making) also vibrates at a specific frequency, which can be assessed by the proper equipment and diagnosticians.  If the damaged cells are not repaired by the immune system and surrounding cells, they will progress to the physical manifestation of the disease.

Repair at this time, before the manifestation of physical disease, is much easier, and the suggestions the naturopath has given may be adequate to strengthen the immune system.  If this is the case, your surrounding cells will be able to initiate repair and never manifest  the illness, which is what you want to have happen.

In my office, I use a lab test to assess the number and efficacy of the natural killer cells, which are the white cells that do the final killing of cancer cells.

If the lab result numbers are weak, I become much more aggressive at strengthening the immune system.  If they are strong, it provides assurance that we just need to keep doing what we are presently doing.

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Another Thing Wrong with Soda Pop

What’s another thing wrong with soda pop?

Soda pop either has sugar, or a “diet” sweetener, both of which cause you to gain weight. Additionally, both sugar and aspartame (or NutraSweet) cause inflammation in the body. 

Aspartame is actually wood alcohol with an aspartate and phenylalanine group (amino acid) hooked onto it.  The wood alcohol is detoxified in the liver into formaldehyde, which is a cancer-inducing agent.  It is also the preservative used in cadavers in medical school.  Formaldehyde is further broken down into formic acid, which is the highly inflammatory and painful sting of the fire ant

Sugar is not only inflammatory; it also induces insulin resistance, which means insulin levels increase in the body.  Insulin is one of the most inflammatory substances that the body makes.  Sugar causes tooth decay, behavioral changes, addiction, and a host of other health challenges.  It feeds candida, it feeds cancer: it’s just not good for us.  And yet, we are inundated with sugary “goodies” constantly. 

Soda pop is available everywhere.  It’s wise to avoid it.  

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Safer Alternatives in Pain Relief

I would like to know natural herbs for cancer (bone) pain. I am looking for relief without side effects. Is it possible?

I am not aware of any herb or natural product with enough analgesic effect to take away bone pain of cancer.  Sometimes even the strongest medications in conventional medicine, like morphine, don’t help enough.

Our major contribution would be in trying to reduce the inflammation caused by the cancer, which is also contributing to the pain.  Try the following and I believe you’ll experience some relief:

  • curcumin,
  • ginger,
  • boswelia,
  • MSM,
  • quercetin.

My prayers are that you’ll be feeling better and that your body will be able to clear itself of the cancer and the pain.  Dr. Stan

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Corrected: CT Scans and Cancer

One of our wily readers caught an error in yesterday’s post: kudos to you, Sam!  I had two comments ready for posting and we inadvertently posted one under the title of the other.  So, for any of you who were perplexed at the non-mention of CT scans in the article yesterday, read the correct version today, and read my post yesterday under its corrected title: Correcting Medical Errors.  Thanks to all of you who keep my and my staff on our toes.  We appreciate you!  Dr. Stan

Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2009

CT Scans Linked to Cancer

Study Warns Radiation Dose From Single Test Can Trigger Disease in Some People

The risk of cancer associated with CT scans is greater than previously believed. These latest studies, printed in the Archives of Internal Medicine, support the use of caution against the overuse of all radiologic studies that use radiation. Its use has more than tripled to over 72 million scans since the early 1990’s. A single CT scan of the heart would later manifest as cancer in 1 out of 270 women. Some radiologists use doses considerably higher than other radiologists, and differences in radiation exposure may vary widely between the same procedure at different times. The younger a person is at the time of exposure, the greater chance he/she has to get a cancer from that one CT scan. A single abdominal CT scan will result in cancer in 1 out of 500 children exposed at the age of 3, a 1 out of 1,000 chance at age 30, and 1 out of 3,300 chance at age 70 for the single exposure. The doses of radiation with mammograms are much less than for a CT scan, but the small cancer risk should be weighed along with the potential benefit of breast cancer screening.

Dr. Gardner’s comments: X-ray (radiation) exposure has always been known to be a potential carcinogen. These studies just confirm what we have been saying for years—all part of the toxic exposures that lead to changes in cellular function and structure. Some people are being scanned multiple times, and some are getting whole body scans. The greater the exposure, the greater the chance that cellular changes can take place. And the more time of life that exposed tissue is alive will increase the chance of cancer being the result. Thermography can take the place of mammograms—with no radiation exposure, and able to detect early cancer a year or two before a mammogram can do so. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) has no radiation exposure, but is a more expensive procedure. It should be used whenever possible. The best protection against cancer is eating real food, taking good supplements (vitamin D levels in the 50s and 60s) and avoiding avoidable toxin exposures.

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Correcting Medical Errors

Wall Street Journal

January 19, 2010

Catching Deadly Drug Mistakes

For years, there have been efforts toward reducing medication errors at all levels. Now, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices is joining the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and are launching a National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors. This is an alert system which can send e-mails alerts to 35,000 pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and is trying to network with another 26 other organizations that promote safe medication use.

The potential levels of error are many:

1. Reduction of staff at hospitals and other cost-cutting measures have increased medication errors

2. Give the wrong drug

3. Give the wrong dose (10 to 1,000 times too high)

4. Give the drug the wrong way

5. Many drug containers look alike, especially eye drops

6. Changes of ingredients without telling consumers

7. Illegible handwriting errors (can’t read the prescription)

Health care providers submit reports to ISMP, which is considered privileged and legally protected from discovery so they cannot be used in law suits. Some of these errors will cost people their lives.

Dr. Gardner’s comments: More than 100,000 people die every year from side effects to medications, taken as the physician prescribes–a number that is not included in this article.

The safety profile for the use of herbals for the same conditions that many medications are used receives very little credence or report in the mainstream literature, even when head-to-head studies have been done showing their efficacy. If the same amount of time, energy and resources that are being used to decrease errors with medications were used to truly make people healthy, we would not need so many medications, if we would need any at all.

Real food, good hydration, potent supplements, the use of safer substances—all of these will permit the body to heal itself of most illnesses and problems.

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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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Are the Drugs Worth the Side Effects?

Wall Street Journal

Living With a Lifesaving Drug’s Side Effects

A recent Wall Street Journal article touts the benefits of a new drug called Gleevec, which is effective against certain cancers, but carries with it significant side effects. The Journal mentions one person, Alice Sulkowski, taking the drug and states that she has had difficulty dealing with Continue reading Are the Drugs Worth the Side Effects?

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Miracle Survivors: How Do They Happen?

A recent article in Forbes Magazine describes the following miraculous events: Charles Burrows—inoperable liver cancer in the summer of 2005, was given 30-60 days to live. He quit his job, and in February 2006 developed shaking, chills and nausea, all infectious-type symptoms. Soon afterward he noticed Continue reading Miracle Survivors: How Do They Happen?

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In Cancer-Drug Study, More Isn’t Better

Fox News

In a well-designed research study done in hospitals in the Netherlands, scientists found that the addition of a second targeted anti-cancer drug increased the colon cancer and made patients more miserable. Both drugs attacked the cancer in Continue reading In Cancer-Drug Study, More Isn’t Better

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Concerns About Vytorin

A recent study from the Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, known as the SEAS study, showed an increased risk of cancer with the use of Vytorin (a combination drug with a statin, Zocor, and zetia, which blocks the absorption of cholesterol through the intestinal tract).

Since Zocor has not been associated with increased cancer risk, the conclusion is that Continue reading Concerns About Vytorin