(Care and treatment)
Cancer (Patient outcomes)
|Publication:||Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464|
|Issue:||Date: August-Sept, 2012 Source Issue: 349-350|
|Product:||Product Code: 8000432 Cancer Therapy NAICS Code: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
Suppose someone has an accident and sustains a serious cut. The medical response is to stop the bleeding, insure that no infection sets in, sew up the wound, bandage it up, etc. It's about treating the cut to help insure that healing proceeds without delay.
Cancer is commonly dealt with in a similar manner. When medical tests reveal the presence of a cancerous tumor then the routine practice is to treat it like a localized injury; that is, find out just where the tumor is located, examine the size and characteristics, and proceed to treat the tumor by attempting to remove it surgically or with poisons. The focus is on the tumor, because the tumor is considered "the cancer," and once the tumor(s) is eliminated then the patient is said to be "cancer free."
Treating a cut as a localized injury is fine, but cancer is not a localized health problem. The tumor is not "the cancer." The tumor is a symptom of a process that has gone wrong. Unless we change the commonly held perception of what cancer really is this disease will continue to threaten the life of nearly one out of two people. Cancer is not a thing; that is, it's not something that one can see or touch. Cancer is a malfunctioning process that produces tumor symptoms.
Think of a fire, and smoke rising from the fire. The smoke is an indication or symptom of the fire. Obviously, swatting the smoke does not put out the fire. Similarly, when cancer is involved, getting rid of the tumor symptom without addressing the underlying cause is not sufficient. The focus needs to be on putting out the fire; that is, doing things to halt the underlying process that produced the tumor. That process is fueled by: (1) a weak immune system and often excessive inflammation; (2) a deficiency of oxygen and digestive enzymes in the body; and (3) overall body chemistry that's acidic (as opposed to alkaline).
The good news is that with commitment and resolve we each can positively influence the 3 points just mentioned. Let us stop responding to cancer as if it was an isolated medical problem. Cancer calls on us to respond holistically by drastically changing the environment within our body so that the underlying process that produces tumor symptoms cannot proceed. To be sure, it's about how we nourish our body and live our life each day.
Author of Fear Cancer No More; 2002, and Cancer's Best Medicine, 2nd ed.; 2008. See www.cancernomore.com.
And God said, behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. --Genesis 1:29
Most cancer patients don't die from their tumors--they die of malnutrition, toxemia, and/or infections. Proper nutrition can help address all of these. --Susan Silberstein, PhD Hungry for Health
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