For many cancer patients, finding ways to manage the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal treatments is a great challenge. Most patients do not want to take more drugs and are looking for safe, health promoting solutions from Natural Medicine. Letʼs look at a few of the most common side effects and how we manage them with natural medicine:
Cancer Treatment Options
Three weeks ago one of my dearest and most cherished lifelong friends was diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer, given at most six months to live. Her oncologist, with whom I have shared patients for over 30 years, called me to say, Nalini, I have nothing to offer her. Please start to look around in your alternative and integrative cancer network for something outside the box.
Chinese Herbal Medicines are some of the richest sources of cell protective anti-oxidants found in Chinese Plant Medicines, especially in medicinal fruits and berries. Here are three of the most potent anti-oxidant packed medicinal fruits with potential anti-cancer and cell protective activity.
Carotenoids, natural antioxidants and immune modulators, contribute to protecting our cells from the damage that is part of the physiology of both aging and cancer. Choose the most deeply and richly colored foods to get a good dose of cancer protection from carotenoids every day. A diet low in carotenoids over the long term has been associated with higher risk for some cancers.
Being under the care of a physician who is interested in you as a unique individual and in what causes health will save you money and extend your life. They tend to prescribe less drugs and turn to complementary methods of promoting health and healing. They teach their patients how to cultivate and sustain health, rather than chasing after symptoms and only managing diseases.
Inflammation is both causes and is caused by Cancer. We now know that cancer cells are accelerating aging and inflammation. It makes a difference to eat an anti inflammatory diet and include foods, nutrients and herbs that support the bodies own ability to lower inflammation.
How Meditation Can Support Cancer Treatment
Is Meditation Effective?
There is good news when it comes to meditation as a complementary treatment, and that is that a number of rigorous clinical trials are underway. Using controlled clinical trials, these investigators are studying the effects of both types of meditation on health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and the side effects of cancer treatment.
The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way. We must ensure, to as great a degree as possible, that the money we put into health coverage goes to the delivery of healthcare, not to paper-pushing, astronomical profits and lining CEOs’ pockets.
A recently published study finds low blood levels of vitamin D may promote more aggressive breast tumors.
The relationship between between low vitamin D levels and higher risk of developing breast cancer has been previously documented in numerous studies. Women with inadequate intake of Viamin D or with low blood levels (below 55ng/ml) have very poor prognosis and higher risk of metastatic disease and death from breast cancer.
This is a great cookbook, not only for cancer patients and cancer survivors, but for anyone who wants to eat a super healthy diet that also fights cancer with food!!