The cancer statistics are staggering, 1,735,350 new cases will be diagnosed in 2018 with nearly fifty percent not surviving, crossing all socio-economic levels, ethnicities, age groups, health statuses for all different types of cancer. There exist blood cancers, solid tumors, skin, bone, major organs, body systems with treatment plans emerging to target just the disease and spare the body the injury indiscriminate chemotherapy can cause as the crown jewel treatment plan of attacking cancer cells for the last fifty years.
So you are going about your life and your doctor tells you, “you have cancer,” what the..? How can that be? I am a vegetarian, vegan, never smoked, drank, exercised, I am a professional heptathlon, a ten-year old, an infant, I meditate, supplement, read, subscribe to any healthy, holistic lifestyle necessary to avoid this disease. Was it something I did, didn’t do, or missed? How did I bring this on myself?
These are the million dollar questions. Cancer is defined in some instances as an autoimmune disease. Oversimplified, your body goes into automatic immune system destruction, it begins to destroy itself from within. It is interesting to note that science has proven we all make cancer cells every day, but while the immune system is in balance they do not go into overdrive and cause illness. Some extrinsic factors do cause disease such as diet, heredity, environmental toxins, along with exposures to carcinogens through occupations, processed food items; at a basic level there is always a root cause and deterrent.
The thing to notice is we all have knowledge of our body, stress is a health killer we have often heard. The immune system is susceptible to stress meaning its effectiveness drops when we are under constant unrelieved stress. Just imagine if it is that simple.
For instance in some blood cancers, the cells (white blood cells) that normally kill antigens that endanger the body contracting infection and inflammation turn on the body and overgrow in the bone marrow crowding out red blood cells, causing other symptoms like, shortness of breath, heart issues, kidney failure, liver failure and even death. Solid tumors have genetic or hereditary markers, but too have triggers related to what are unknown causes.
The good news is there are natural remedies, foods, herbal formulations that balance the body. Knowledge of what to do in each individual case is your responsibility. It was amazing to learn from clinical research that turmeric (curcumin*) is said to helps to balance liver function for chemotherapy patients and making some cancers more susceptible to chemotherapuetic agents while protecting healthy cells, sparing further damage to the recipient’s body aiding in recovery as they strive to return their bodies to wellness. Beets are a miracle plant, helping with red blood cell production, immune system fortification and so many other natural benefits. Spurillinia has been connected to research designed to kill leukemia cells successfully on contact, along brazilian wasp venom reported killing cancer cells on contact, black seed oil is touted to kill every thing including death. With so many options what path should you take?
So when we hear we have cancer we begin the google search, reading plant-based diet cure, others vow never to use chemo, factoids emerge oxygen rich blood and alkaline blood prevents cancer yet we do this and some of us still succumb. The answer seems to be in knowing the connection between the mind and body, in essence balance between peace and dis-ease. There seems to be no universal answer to this epidemic or is there?
Reference: *Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 2016, 16, 128-135