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Naturopathic Oncology


 
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

California Naturopathic Doctors Association

Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians

American Academy of Environmental Medicine
 
International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists 


Integrative Oncology


Cancer Facts:


Producing cancerous cells is a normal, inescapable part of living:


  • Normal metabolic processes, such as energy production and cell replication, result in the formation of free radicals, which could cause pre-cancerous and cancerous cells should the antioxidant system does not function optimally.
  • Many environmental- and lifestyle-related toxins, such as alcohol, tobacco, prescription and OTC drugs, industrial pollutants, chemicals and pesticides in our food, air and water, contribute to the production of cancerous cells.
  • Dr. Bruce Ames and his colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley have shown that each of the 60 trillion cells in the human body is bombarded by an average of 1,000 to 10,000 hits on DNA each day. Hence, when the antioxidant and immune systems do not function optimally, 400-600 cells can become cancerous cells daily.
  • Cancer cells survival depend on the condition of the terrain in our body, either making it favorable to its growth or not.


Developing cancer can be prevented:

 

  • Your immune system is pre-programmed to wipe out cancer.
  • As your computer won't run without a continuous supply of power, your immune system can't win its war against cancer unless you continuously power up with the RIGHT nutrients.
  • Inappropriate food choices are thought to be the major cause of 30 to 70 percent of all cancers.
  • This 30-70 percent estimate does not include the many cancers attributable to other causes - drugs, tobacco, alcohol, ionizing radiation, pollution, just to name a few.       That could be stopped by good nutrition. 

Conventional approaches to treat cancer are primarily aimed at eradicating cancer from the body through surgery, chemotherapy, and or radiation. They further commonly focus at "life extension" instead of improving the quality of life.  Unfortunately, these treatments often come with a high cost to the patient's body, mind, and spirit.  That is why many experienced oncologists are now working with naturopathic doctors in order to both increase the success rate of their treatments, provide a better quality of life, and improve the patient's experience during the treatment. This approach further reduces the impact of many common side effects of standard cancer treatments, like digestive problems, pain, fatigue, neurological disturbances, and stress, just to name a few.

In addition, by some estimates, 90% of cancers have an environmental or toxic cause.  These assaults weaken the body by increasing the nutrient demands, stressing the detoxification organs, lowering the body's ability to function in all areas, eroding the quality of life, and giving normally-controlled mutations a chance to get out of control.  Thus, as our body is designed to eradicate cancer all our life. the following quote by Laura Pizzorno says it all:


Healthy Bodies Win the "War on Cancer" Every Day






Some important LINKS for Cancer Information:

Download a copy of the 2009 edition of "California Cancer Facts and Figures" - a great resource with information on cancer rates, mortality, survival figures, risks, and much more. For example:


"In the 1930s, less than one in five cancer patients survived five years beyond their diagnosis. In the year ahead, it is expected that more than three in five cancer patients will be alive five years after diagnosis. When we take into account the fact that nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths are attributable to tobacco use, obesity, and poor nutrition, it is clear that the survival rate can be improved through education and increased access to quality health care. And thanks to the success of the California tobacco control initiative, tobacco-related cancers continue to decline."



Stories of Hope
by the American Cancer Society has many encouraging stories about overcoming cancer and life's situations.

Prevention and Detection by the American Cancer Society is a great resourse for learning about prevention screening for individuals at risk for cancer.

We understand very well the multifaceted approach that cancer cells use to survive and to metastasize.  By identifying the potential elements that contribute to this process, we strategically target our treatment in order to disfavor their growth and development.  Hence, integrative oncology is aimed to build a terrain that does not promote the cancer process.  It is about time to plan HOW you want to make a change - You are in the driver's seat of your health care plan.  Do NOT be shocked by the diagnosis of your cancer.  Allow yourself some time to investigate and plan on HOW you want to approach it.  There are many options, and we are here to help!


As no two people are exactly alike, the Integrative Oncology approach is a personalized medicine approach with a treatment plan that focuses on what you need in order to support your body to heal.  This is based on the type of cancer and its stage, the treatment method you and your oncologist have chosen, and your individual needs (metabolic, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual).  Moreover, support groups are very important to support you through this journey of cancer treatment.  The Cancer Support Community at Redondo Beach is a local non-profit organization that has many different support groups, and it offers many different types of educational classes as well.  It has a good history of success.

If you are undergoing cancer treatment now, or are scheduled in the near future, there is a lot that can be done to make your treatment more effective as well as to make the experience of going through cancer treatment less stressful on your mind and body.  We work with your oncologist to maximize the probability of having a successful outcome. 

If you are worried about cancer due to past environmental exposures or lifestyles, family history, or your own personal history, we will work with you to increase your body's ability to defend itself.  In addition, we help you get on a proper cancer-screening timetable.  Cancer is PREVENTABLE!

We look at you as an individual and treat you as a person with cancer -- we do NOT treat the cancer.