Treating Cancer Patients with Holistic Nutrition and Natural Medicine
Cancer has become more prevalent and now affects nearly 50 percent of the population. For Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioners, the goal is to treat cancer as a chronic disease that can be contained by a range of therapies adjusted to individual needs. A combination of conventional medical approaches including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation combined with naturopathic therapies such as holistic nutrition and natural medicine can be effective in managing cancer to help patients survive. An integrative approach to cancer treatment focuses on biological terrain management, the reduction of acidity and holistic nutrition protocols.
Biological Terrain Management
Biological Terrain Management through Live Cell Microscopy (LCM) analyzes live blood to assess the state of the body’s metabolism and biochemical balance . The idea is that cancer emerges from a biological system that has been out of balance for a long time, possibly from a lifetime of toxicity, and an LCM assessment can analyze the patient’s biochemistry and homeostasis.
By using the LCM test, Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioners can learn about the priorities for each individual in restoring the biochemical balance of the cells that gave rise to the cancer. As an added benefit, a follow-up analysis helps practitioners monitor how successful their therapies have been in restoring biochemical balance.
Cancer typically develops when the cells and the tissues in the body become highly acidic, causing the blood to compensate by becoming more alkaline. Live Blood Cell Analysis reveals that red blood cells then lose their electrical charge and stick together, hindering their ability to deliver oxygen to the body. This oxygen depleted environment is where cancer thrives.
Excess acidity can be caused by the incomplete digestion of protein, fat and carbohydrates, as well as a diet high in sugar, coffee, alcohol, refined and fried food and additives. Acidity may also be caused by pharmaceuticals, lack of exercise, and prolonged periods of stress. The natural process of aging also increases acidity in the body.
Reduced acidity can be achieved by drinking enough pure spring water to help the kidneys eliminate acid and toxins, and eating a diet of alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables, sprouts, sprouted grains, spirulina, wheat grass and chlorella. Large amounts of vitamin C buffered with potassium, magnesium and calcium is a cost-effective immuno-booster as well. Anti-oxidants and moderate exercise are also recommended to reduce acidity.
New research reveals that substances found in plants that protect them from radiation, toxins and viruses can also protect humans. Some phytonutrients include:
- Soy Isoflavones: Soy Isoflavones, extracts from soybeans, contain powerful anti-cancer properties that can retard the growth of tumors and counteract the effects of chemotherapy and radiation
- Green Tea: Green tea contains polyphenols, which have powerful antioxidant properties and stimulate the immune response to prevent the spread of cancer
- Coriolus Mushroom Extracts: Studies show that coriolus mushroom extracts contain potent anti-tumor properties
- Modified Citrus Pectin: MCP has been demonstrated to retard the metastasis of prostate cancer
- Melatonin: This powerful antioxidant increases the survival of cancer patients with breast and prostate cancer
- Gluthathione: Another important antioxidant and detoxification compound
- Curcumin: Inhibits cancer by killing cancer cells while leaving healthy cells, used for skin cancer
- Quercetin: A bioflavinoid that kills cancer cells and inhibits tumors
- CoQ10: Enhances the immune response to cancer cells
By integrating biological terrain management and holistic nutrition into a cancer patient’s treatment plan, the holistic nutrition practitioner can use natural cancer management for an integrated response to this complicated disease.
For information about the Edison Institute of Nutrition online Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner course and to find out about upcoming course dates, contact the Edison Institute of Nutrition.