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EXCERPTED FROM Dr. Zieve’s Chapter: Robert J. Zieve, MD, is one of the most experienced and well-trained physicians in integrative medicine in the United States.
Dr. Zieve is trained in many different medical disciplines, including homeopathy, nutrition, herbal, anthroposophical, and European biological medicine, as well as conventional allopathic and energy medicine.
In my experience, successful cancer treatment involves addressing five main areas, which are summarized in the diagram below:
Immune system enhancement
Suppressing angiogenesis, or the capacity of cancer cells to make
new blood vessels so that they can spread
Encouraging apoptosis, or the natural death of cancer cells.
My treatment approach has evolved organically through many years of being blessed to study with other experts in the field, both nationally and internationally, as well as from my experience of treating patients. I have evolved in being able to work with patients in a way that is intelligent, and which is backed by good science and common sense. I go beyond just treating people; I encourage them to actively participate in healing their cancers and their lives.
My treatments include botanicals, homeopathy, IV solutions, and nutrient and detoxification therapies to address all of the above components of healing. (Note: while “botanicals” refers to herbs, it also includes plant parts that aren’t strictly herbs, such as bark, seeds, roots, and stems.) Because cancer is a systemic disease, and we see many patients with stage three or four cancers, chemotherapy plays an important role in helping them to heal or have a longer and better quality of life. For such situations, I prefer to use low-dose, high-frequency chemotherapy in an Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) format. This is frequently effective even for metastatic cancers, though it isn’t recognized as a valid treatment in modern oncology. Sometimes, patients choose not to do IPT. If that’s the case, I will work with them and their oncologists to help design an alternate program that will produce a promising outcome. These treatments and specific examples of how I use them are described in greater detail in the following sections.
Where I start people in their treatments depends upon the phase of disease that they are in. For instance, I won’t have lengthy initial conversations with patients who are really sick and come into the EuroMed Foundation clinic in wheelchairs. We will instead start them on a nutritional IV right away, to build up their strength, as we initiate low-dose chemotherapy and a program of oral botanical remedies and nutrients. The IVs that we give may consist of Vitamin C (which has been well-researched in the medical literature for its usefulness in cancer care) along with minerals and other vitamins.
Sometimes, people who have come into our clinic in wheelchairs have been able to walk within days after having received a nutritional IV and low-dose chemotherapy treatment, and this gives them hope. They are also usually feeling better, and the color has come back into their faces.
For a woman with an early stage of breast cancer, my treatment approach would be different. We would sit down and dialogue and my goal would be to present her with different treatment options. I would explain to her what cancer is and let her know that we obtain the best results by individualizing our patients’ care. This is very important, whether we have patients who aren’t in pain and have good vitality, or who come into our clinic in wheelchairs. The key thing people must understand is that one size treatments don’t fit all.
Individualizing my patients’ care involves focusing on three main areas. First, I determine how I can best strengthen their core energy and vitality. This includes developing a well-thought-out nutritional and botanical protocol for them. Second, I identify the weaknesses in their bodies’ terrain. These can be discerned through blood tests. The body’s terrain essentially refers to its biochemistry and physiology. I determine factors such as patients’ levels of acidity, their inflammation and mineral deficiencies, as well as whether they have heavy metal toxicity, lymphatic blockage, or blood that clots too easily. The objective is to get their bodies and internal terrain to self-regulate better. The third area involves looking at the specifics of their cancers and finding out where they are vulnerable. It may include doing chemo sensitivity testing on biopsy slides at nationally recognized labs. No matter how ill our patients are, we want to identify early on where their cancers are weak and then attack them from that angle, in ways that don’t weaken the body.
The more that doctors build their patients up with good botanical, nutrient, and homeopathic programs for a month (if time permits) before those patients start chemotherapy, or concurrently while they are doing chemotherapy, the better their outcomes will be. The core of a good treatment program involves looking at patients’ biochemistry, and asking questions like, “Are they diabetic? Do they have high blood pressure? Do they have inflammation? How well do they detoxify? How strong are their immune systems?”
The treatment approach that I just described is called the Eclectic Tri-Phasic Medical System (ETMS), which is taught by Donald Yance, Jr. CN, MH, RH (AHG). He teaches and collaborates with oncologists, integrative medical doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and other health care professionals on how to restore a balanced biochemistry and physiology to the body, how to build up the immune and endocrine systems, and how to do detective work to find out where people’s cancers are weak, and where they are strong. Again, the more we individualize our patients’ therapy, the better the outcomes we get with them.
It’s important to recognize that not all cancers, even those of the same type, are the same. For example, the past few patients that I have worked with who had pancreatic cancer required different treatments, because their cancers evolved in different ways. Gemcitabine is the number one chemotherapeutic agent used for pancreatic cancer in conventional oncology, and it’s very toxic. By doing chemo sensitivity testing, and using low dose chemotherapy in an IPT format, we can give several agents to our patients which are better suited to their particular cancers.
Some patients benefit greatly when we do chemo sensitivity testing using either their tumor pathology slides (which we take from their biopsy procedures), or live tumor tissue which we send by overnight mail to nationally reputable labs. These tests can show us where their cancers are weak, and what treatment agents and regimens would be most effective for them. Patients with a stage three or four cancer greatly benefit when low-dose chemotherapy agents (used in an IPT format) are combined with a nutritional protocol to build them up. Even those with early stages of cancer are likely have metastatic cells, and may also benefit from such a protocol.
Sometimes, we add other types of pharmaceutical drugs, such as Herceptin, to our patients’ protocols if their test results suggest that they will have improved outcomes with these. Other prescription drugs, which we administer in low doses, such as the diabetic medicine Metformin, or aromatase-inhibitor drugs like Aromasan (which we use in estrogen-positive cancers), as well as low-dose naltrexone, can also add to our patients’ success.
When we have success in treating people’s cancers, it’s amazing how their other conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, improve. This is because the factors which contributed to these conditions in the first place: inflammation, chronic infections, poor detoxification, and/or a weakened immune system, have been addressed. Unfortunately, we have a specialty-based medical system where every specialist is off in their own little corner, learning primarily about only one area of the body, and too often, they get “stuck out on a branch.” But it’s not the branches that matter—it’s the trunk of the tree, and the roots.
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- What Cancer Is and What Causes It
- The Role of Emotions in Cancer Development and Healing Emotional Trauma
- IPT—Insulin Potentiation Therapy and Metronomic Chemotherapy
- Chemotherapy Sensitivity and Other Types of Testing
- Addressing Growth Factors in Cancer
- Building Up the Body with Botanicals, Vitamins and Other Nutrients
- Girding the Body’s Foundations
- Improving Cellular Energy and Immune Function
- Building a Treatment Protocol in Layers
- The Multi-Faceted Benefits of Herbal Remedies for Treating Cancer
- Dietary Recommendations
- Treatment Outcomes
- Patient/Practitioner Challenges to Healing
- Risky Cancer Treatments and What Constitutes Good Science
- Why Oncologists Aren’t Open to “Alternative” Cancer Treatments
- How Friends and Family Can Support Their Loved Ones with Cancer
- Who Heals From Cancer?
- Last Words
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