Cancer Compass~An Alternate Route

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“You aren’t sick because you have cancer –
You have cancer because you are sick.” Dr Lorraine Day

Thank you for visiting. This blog was created to provide information for those who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis and are looking for alternative options. This is because cancer patients are often rushed into having surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation and aren’t given the opportunity to see if there are any alternative therapies that might be helpful to them. There are many options available, but you will not hear about them from your oncologist, radiologist, or surgeon because it is illegal in the U.S. (and many other countries) for doctors to use anything other than the aforementioned therapies to treat cancer. There are two reasons for this.

  1. Doctors have only been trained to provide surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer so they will not be aware of how alternative therapies might be helpful for you.
  2. Your doctor would risk losing their medical license if they mentioned anything other than these 3 medically approved options.

The War on Cancer

We are in the midst of a cancer epidemic, as one in two men and one in three women can expect to be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime. About 1,665,540 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2014. This estimate does not include figures for carcinoma in situ (which is a non-invasive cancer) of any site except for urinary/bladder, nor does it include basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas because they are not required to be reported to the cancer registries. Cancer is expected to claim 585,720 American lives in 2014 along with 7.6 million people worldwide.

Even though research and treatment efforts have intensified over the past three decades, the annual death toll has continued to rise. Researchers point out that this is because people are living longer than ever, and since cancer becomes more prevalent with age it is unfair to just look at only the raw numbers when assessing our current progress. Therefore, when mortality rates are calculated, they are adjusted to compare cancer fatalities by age group, over time. Yet even when using this model for analysis, the percentage of Americans dying from cancer is about the same as it was back in the 50’s. We must recognize that our current strategies are not working.

Billions of Dollars Spent- The National Cancer Institute has an annual budget of 5 billion dollars and has spent about 90 billion dollars on research and treatments since the war on cancer was declared in 1971. Pharmaceutical companies spend about 8 billion dollars annually on research and the development of new cancer drugs, and there are about 260 nonprofit organizations in the United States that have dedicated themselves to cancer that have annual budgets that top $2.2 billion. All told, the money spent each year on cancer exceeds 16 billion dollars. But one must ask, what has all of this money done to increase survival rates?

F or most patients, cancer treatments are the exact same as they have been for the past 20 years, with the vast majority of them being treated with chemotherapy and radiation regimens. We often hear about new breakthroughs that are happening in the cancer arena, yet these are often very expensive treatments that are only available to a select few, and are only extending lives by an average of 2 or 3 additional months as noted below, and this is can often be in a state of suffering.

The genetic link- 18% of all cancers are caused by various infections, 23% are related to obesity, 41% are due to environmental factors. This leaves approximately 18%, of which only 5% are attributed to genetic factors. Yet despite the fact that such a high percentage of cancers are directly related to diet and lifestyle choices, of the $5 billion spent annually by the National Cancer Institute, just under 7% (or $438 million) has been specifically set aside to fund appropriate cancer prevention and control measures. This figure is even worse for the pharmaceutical industry where the vast majority of funds are spent exclusively on developing new drug-related treatments.

As stated above, only 5-10% of cancers are due to genetic inheritance. When we see cancer incidences that appears to be more prevalent in certain families, this actually has more to do with family members sharing the same dietary and lifestyle habits, and exposures to similar toxins than anything related to genetic inheritance.

Genetic therapy disappointments– Billions of dollars have been spent looking for the genetic answer to cancer. But when mapping of the cancer genome was completed the researchers were left with a mind-boggling puzzle of genetic switches that were either turned on or off with no pattern or similarities for them to work with. Any hope that gene-targeted therapies would lead to a quick victory over cancer were dispelled quickly. There are a few gene-targeted therapies that can address certain cancers, but most of these drugs will stop working once the cancer cells mutate further and are no longer vulnerable to the effects of the drug. “What we know today is that very few drugs, even those with fantastic clinic results end up curing people because the cancer becomes resistant to the drug that we are using in almost every case.” Dr Richard Klausner, Director of the National Cancer Institute, from the documentary film based upon the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Immuno-therapy– This is where modern treatment modalities seem to be heading. But if you take a closer look at the research, you can see that toxicity (adverse reactions to the drugs), along with the high costs of treating patients are both significant concerns that need to be considered by those patients who are willing to accept the treatments. In reviewing the latest research, patients who were given a combination of immune-stimulating drugs for certain melanoma cancers (who were able to tolerate the side effects), had their lives extended by about 11.5 months at a cost of $300,000 per year often leaving family members to face financial hardship. Or this article: Widespread Hype Gives False Hope to Cancer Patients. Additionally, what are the risks of immune therapies? This article explores this question further.

Epigenetics – Could we be we ignoring the obvious when it comes to genes? The human genome has not changed significantly for thousands of years, so why would our genes suddenly go rogue and become the cause of death for millions of people? The answer may be that the damaged and faulty genes are not be the killers that they have been made out to be. Perhaps what kills a patient is not the tumor itself, but the numerous reasons behind the cell mutations that led to the development of cancer in the first place.

Our bodies have genes that control normal cellular growth. When this process is disrupted, th ese genes have the ability to switch on the development of cancer. Some of these disruptors include: exposure to carcinogenic substances such as smoking, asbestos, or radiation; lifestyle habits including obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and eating toxic diets; exposure to certain viruses; and experiencing severe emotional turmoil that has the ability to overwhelm and collapse the immune system.

The study of epigenetics reveals that our genes have the incredible ability to respond dynamically to the environments that they are exposed to– literally activating and deactivating the chemical switches that regulate how they will express themselves. This is clearly revealed in a study orchestrated by Dr Dean Ornish and involved prostate cancer patients who voluntarily adopted vegetarian diets and began incorporating exercise and stress relieving techniques into their daily lives. The study showed that over 500 genes were positively affected by the diet and lifestyle changes that were made. In fact, certain disease-preventing genes were up-regulated (turned on), and certain disease promoting genes, including the oncogenes involved in the development of cancer were down-regulated (turned off). The study suggests that comprehensive diet and lifestyle changes can induce positive changes in gene expression that can be beneficial to the general population as well as to those suffering from cancer. Read more about this study with this link.

Cancer is a symptom, not the main problem that the body is suffering from

It is time that we look at cancer as a symptom of already sick body, not as the main problem the body may be suffering from at the time of diagnosis. If we took this approach first, then we would address the nutritional deficiencies and the toxicity of the body that triggered the production of unhealthy cells in the first place.

A cancer analogy:
Imagine going downstairs and finding that your basement is covered in mold. You could put on a mask and spray bleach all over everything in hopes of killing the mold. The problem being that the bleach will damage your furniture, the walls, and everything else that you are storing down there in the same way that chemotherapy will do to your body. In the end the original problem remains

you still have a damp, dark basement, and without any ventilation or sunlight that mold will grow back.

That is what happens when we use conventional cancer protocols that view the cancer as the primary problem and tries to cut, poison, or burn it away. When / if a patient is fortunate enough to achieve remission, the doctor will send them on their way saying ‘go and live your life exactly as you had before.’ Then, 6 months, 2 years, or 5 years later the cancer returns…Why? Because the underlying causes of cancer were never addressed and the doctor took an already compromised immune system and damaged it further with extremely toxic treatments.

It is my belief that cancer is the final and most desperate act of survival that the body has at its disposal and it only takes hold when all other measures of self-preservation have failed. The causes of cancer will vary for each individual, but its developments is related to the following issues:

  • Consuming toxic fats that clog the ability of the cells to transfer oxygen and expel their waste.
  • Toxicity- your lifelong exposure to toxins that have been stored in your body
  • Stress/toxic mindset- this has the ability to shut down the immune system
  • Nutritional deficiencies – unless you are taking some quality food-based supplements your body will be deficient in essential nutrients
  • Excessive sugar in the diet
  • A lack of exercise – movement allows the lymphatic system to do its job of clearing the body of waste and toxins
  • Hormonal imbalances – these are related to breast, uterine, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, testicular and prostate cancers
  • Viruses/fungus/parasites – these can overwhelm the immune system allowing cancer to take hold.

Conventional treatments don’t work because they don’t address why the cancer developed.

  1. These treatments do not strengthen the body or the immune system, they only weaken it.
  2. They create more toxicity for an already toxic body.
  3. They destroy the gut flora and this damages the body’s ability to break down foods and absorb their nutrients. Since 80% of immunity is in the gut, you are seriously damaging this delicate system and furthering the original problem of nutritional deficiency and toxicity.

The Immune System – Healing cancer successfully depends upon the ability of the treatments to stimulate and rebuild the immune system. Our bodies are continually developing cancerous cells throughout our lives. A healthy immune system is able to identify and destroy these rogue cells before they are able to grow uncontrollably. It is only when the immune system fails at this most basic function that cancerous cells are allowed to grow and reproduce at uncontrollable rates. For this reason, all cancer healing protocols must recognize that a breakdown of the immune system is the primary reason that a person develops cancer, and then work to address this issue by building this system back up- not tearing it down further as is the norm with conventional medical interventions. Start by addressing your nutritional deficiencies as well as clearing the body of toxicity and you will begin to address the true cause of cancer.

Changing the internal terrain so it is not conducive for the growth and spread of cancer:

Eliminating toxins

  • Hormones and antibiotics in conventional dairy and meats that promote the growth of cancer
  • Chemical additives, preservatives and colorings
  • Removing commonly used toxic chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine from your drinking water
  • Why Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful to your body and the environment
  • Removing pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
  • Taking a closer look at ingredient in vaccines and scheduling.
  • Recipes to make your own natural products.

Informational resources:

  • Learning relaxation therapies such as yoga, meditations and other stress relieving exercises.
  • Documentaries, book-lists and a library of websites to provide an in-depth look at alternative cancer therapies.
  • Information for breast health and breast cancer.
  • Articles about corruption in our current health system that relies solely on pharmaceuticals that are doing nothing to cure diseases because they don’t address the underlying causes of our health issues.
  • A growing collection of doctors and clinics who are using alternative methods to treat cancer.
  • Search tools to locate holistic healthcare in your area.
  • A collection of various alternative therapies for cancer.
  • An extensive and growing collection of personal testimonials from those who have used alternative methods to heal cancer.

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