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EXCERPTED FROM Dr. Huber’s Chapter: The treatments that I do at my clinic are multi-faceted. There’s a popular delusion among oncologists and practitioners of natural medicine that cancer can be fought with one well-chosen substance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many agents are needed to fight cancer, primarily because it arises after several normal mechanisms in the body have broken down. Cancer preys on the body in numerous ways simultaneously, and no single agent, whether chemotherapeutic or natural, has yet been found to have enough anti-neoplastic (cancer-killing) effects to reverse all of those abnormalities in all patients and be “the cure” for cancer.
At least seven events must happen in the body before cancer can occur, so when formulating a treatment protocol for my patients, I take into account and address all of the ways in which cancer has attacked their bodies in order to reverse those events and thereby, their diseases.
Following are the seven events which lead to cancer and some of the solutions that I use in my practice to address them. These seven events were first identified by cancer writer John Boik, who has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, among other credentials.
- Genetic instability and DNA damage are some of the first problems that allow cancer to develop in the body. Medical research has shown Essiac tea to be beneficial for correcting and reversing this damage. It’s one of the oldest natural treatments for cancer and has helped many hundreds of people. It was developed by a Canadian nurse, René Caisse, together with the Ojibwe people of Canada. It’s a combination of four herbs: burdock root (Arctium lappa), Turkish rhubarb (Rheum palmatum), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), and slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva). Later versions of Essiac use additional herbs that have pro-estrogenic effects which have been linked to breast tissue proliferation, so I don’t recommend those altered formulas. Essiac has been found to have cytotoxic effects specifically against neoplastic cells (cancerous cells), which means it doesn’t damage normal cells. It protects against DNA damage and seems to keep cancer from proliferating, so I include it my protocols. It’s time-consuming to make, but it can also be purchased in various prepared forms from the health food store.
- Altered genetic expression produces proteins that either facilitate or don’t prevent cancer, and result from DNA damage. Substances that are known to reverse gene expression include: dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) (which can be administered intravenously), turmeric, and astragalus.
- Abnormal cell signal transduction starts with a signal to a receptor, and ends with a change in cell function which allows cancer cells to grow through self-stimulation, rather than depending on growth factors from other cells. (Author’s note: Cell signal transduction refers to the relaying of molecular or physical signals from a cell’s exterior to its intracellular response mechanisms). Research suggests that abnormal cell signal transduction can be corrected with alkalinizing agents, such as sodium bicarbonate, the benefits of which have been described by Tullio Simoncini, MD, an oncologist from Rome. Sodium bicarbonate isn’t well-appreciated in the medical community, but it’s very effective. I also use other alkalinizing agents in my practice.
- Abnormal cell to cell communication sets a tumor apart from its neighboring cells by allowing cancerous cells to act in the best interests of the tumor rather than the body, and ignore the body’s needs. Medical literature shows that Vitamin D improves cell to cell communication.
- Angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels. These blood vessels feed the tumor and allow it to hoard disproportionately large amounts of nutrients. Vitamin D is helpful for preventing this, as is avoiding copper intake. Copper can be a problem for patients with cancer, and is a mineral that I don’t use because it’s implicated in angiogenesis. I allow slight copper deficiencies to develop in my patients, but not to dangerously low levels.
- Invasion and metastasis of the cancer results not only from the aggressive nature of the tumor, but also the low integrity and too friable (crumbly) nature of the surrounding normal tissue and basement membranes. (Basement membrane refers to a thin sheet of fibers that lines the cavities and surfaces of the organs, including the skin.) Vitamin C controls the metastasis and invasion of cancer into different parts of the body in a variety of ways. It’s cytotoxic; that is, it kills cancer cells (how it does this is described later in the chapter), and also strengthens and rebuilds the body’s collagen. The latter is necessary for maintaining tissue integrity so that the cancer can’t push through the tissue, reach down, dig in, and establish itself in new places in the body as it grabs onto new blood vessels. Turmeric is also good at preventing cancer invasion and metastasis.
- Immune system evasion occurs when cancer camouflages itself and hides from the immune system, while disabling some of its functions. Vitamin A can help to restore immune recognition, as can Vitamin D, although the role of Vitamin A in immune recognition remains under-appreciated among cancer practitioners.
Once established in the body, cancer seems to thrive and reproduce despite the heroic efforts employed against it by oncologists, and without necessarily requiring that all seven of the above pro-cancer events remain in place. Therefore, without knowledge of the precise mechanisms governing any one patient’s cancer, any therapy that targets fewer than all seven disturbances will leave cancer patients potentially vulnerable to the continued growth of existing tumors. Shortchanging patients of a diverse range of available, effective, well-tolerated, well-targeted, compatible, complementary, and feasible treatment options will also allow too many of the conditions that gave rise to their tumors in the first place to persist. For this reason, successful cancer therapy requires that practitioners use multiple and multi-purpose agents on their patients, many more than what most oncologists use.
In my practice, we use exclusively natural therapies for cancer treatment. Because of my naturopathic medical training and extensive training in the use of natural agents, I am skilled at choosing appropriate combinations of natural therapies for my cancer patients which address all of the conditions that gave rise to their cancers. I can also take advantage of the fact that there is greater compatibility, and fewer interactions, among natural substances than among numerous pharmaceutical drugs.
I can’t emphasize enough that treatment selection needs to be made on a case-by-case basis. Two people who have the same cancer on paper may vary widely in the treatments that they need, and we are in a race against time to figure out what those are.
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- What Cancer Is, What Causes It
- Treatment Approach
- IV Treatments
- Vitamin C
- Alkalinizing Agents, Including Sodium Bicarbonate
- Vitamin A
- Considerations in Treatment
- Dietary Recommendations for Healing
- Treating Hormonal Imbalances
- The Pros and Cons of PET Scans
- Lifestyle Recommendations for Healing
- Treatment Plan Duration
- Treatment Outcomes
- Roadblocks to Healing
- Insurance Coverage for Treatments
- Inexpensive Cancer Treatments
- Ineffective/Dangerous Cancer Treatments
- How Friends and Family Can Help Their Loved Ones with Cancer
- Final Words
- Recommended Resources
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