Natural Treatment for Cancer
My mind is loaded with new information, much of which include approaches to cancer. I am not an expert, a doctor, a nutritionist, a dietician or a trainer. I am a mom, wife, friend , a student of health, and I dearly love people who are valiantly battling disease.
Because I dearly love people touched by cancer, I want to pass along what I’ve come across. Like me, you have probably seen countless articles and been given a lot of advice. After sifting through dozens of articles and documentaries, the Gerson Therapy rose to the top, in my opinion. But judge for yourself.
These are full length documentaries that changed my view of the possibilities towards a happy ending when facing cancer. There are advertisements throughout – which makes it available here at no cost. If you’d like to watch them commercial free, both films can be found on iTunes and Netflix.
The Beautiful Truth
The Gerson Miracle
I suggest that you do what I did: look up articles for and against any method you consider. There is nothing I have come across that has been as encouraging as this therapy. My husband, Duane, turned to me last week and asked, “do you really think that treatment would work.” The best I could tell him at first was that if I get cancer, I don’t want to do anything before trying the Gerson Therapy. A couple of days later I asked myself the ultimate question: would I take my kids for this therapy if they were diagnosed with cancer? I would.
Two Sides of the Same Coin
Let’s together concede that the largest segment of the medical community wants to heal people. We can also assume that those in alternative medicine are passionate about wellness and healing as well. Putting all money-related, politically-driven, and other polluted motives aside, we can evaluate what is before us.
- There is no scientific evidence to show that therapies works as a cure for cancer
- It is difficult to draw firm conclusions from the research that has been done so far
When my son Alex was about a month old, he began throwing up everything he ate. When I say “everything” – I mean EVERYTHING. If he ate 6 ounces, he vomited 6 ounces. After about a half dozen trips to the pediatrician over the next 3 months, they had convinced me, then a 22 year-old single mother of a sick baby, that I was simply not burping him enough. Prescriptions and over the counter drugs, and having this sweet little baby sitting very still after every feeding, was all we had left to try to help him keep from throwing up after every feeding. I knew in my guts that something was terribly wrong, but I had so much faith in the doctors. They were so sure of themselves – and there were so many. What did I know?
Finally, the head teacher at the daycare lovingly, but firmly, demanded I take Alex to the doctor and that I was not to leave that office without a stronger diagnosis. A dear friend of mine sat at the office for over an hour until Alex was rushed to the hospital for an x-ray. He had pyloric stenosis, which meant immediate surgery to open the tube that allowed food to pass from his stomach to his intestines and nourish him.
Alternative medicine would not have helped Alex when he was 4 months old and in need of urgent surgery – but trusting my own intuition, combining what I actually did know with common sense to demand a proactive course of action did help. I want to empower you like the daycare teacher empowered me. What do you KNOW to be true? Take that, combine it with what makes sense, ask a lot of people you trust, shake it up, and make up your mind for a course of action that can work for you.
If you are reading this article, chances are high that you know far more about cancer and the treatment of cancer than I do. I would like to humbly offer the following links, just in case they help.
From the American Cancer Society
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, and eating a better diet. The sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years.
Today, about 11 million people alive in the United States have had some type of cancer. Some of these people are cancer-free; others still have the disease.
Years ago, most people who had cancer did not live very long. That is not the case any more. Every year more and more people survive cancer. This is especially true of children with cancer.
The survival rates are different for people with different types of cancers. Some types of cancer grow very slowly. Some respond to treatment very well. Others grow and spread faster and are harder to treat. If you know someone who has cancer, keep in mind that what happens to them could be very different from what happens to someone else with another type of cancer.
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the 3 main types of cancer treatment. A person with cancer may have any or all of these treatments.
Surgery is often the first treatment option if the cancer is a tumor that can be removed from the body. Sometimes only part of the cancer can be removed. Radiation or chemotherapy might be used to shrink the cancer before or after surgery.
Doctors use chemotherapy or “chemo” drugs to kill cancer cells. Usually, the drugs are given intravenously (IV or into a vein) or taken by mouth. Chemo drugs then travel throughout the body in the bloodstream. They can reach cancer cells that may have metastasized (spread) from the tumor.
Radiation therapy is treatment with high energy rays (such as x-rays) to kill or shrink cancer cells. The radiation may come from outside the body, called external radiation, or from radioactive materials placed right into the tumor (internal or implant radiation). Getting external radiation is a lot like getting an x-ray. It is painless, but it can cause side effects.
Other kinds of treatment you might hear about include hormone therapy, stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and immunotherapy. Hormone therapy is sometimes used to treat certain kinds of prostate and breast cancers. Immunotherapy is treatment designed to boost the cancer patient’s own immune system to help fight the cancer. If you’d like more information on these treatments, see the section called “To learn more.”
The type of treatment a person gets depends on the type and stage (extent) of the cancer, the age of the patient, and his or her medical history and general health. Each drug or treatment plan has different side effects. It is hard to predict what side effects a patient will have, even if patients get the same treatment. Some effects can be severe and others fairly mild. It is true that some people have a tough time with cancer treatment, but many others manage quite well throughout treatment.
Short-term (and often treatable) side effects of chemo can include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, hair loss, and mouth sores. Because chemo can damage the blood-producing cells in the bone marrow, patients may have low blood cell counts. This can lead to:
- Higher risk of infection (from a shortage of white blood cells)
- Bleeding or bruising after minor cuts or injuries (from a shortage of blood platelets)
- Anemia (from low red blood cell counts), which can cause tiredness, shortness of breath, pale skin, and other symptoms
Cancer care teams must work carefully with the patient to manage the side effects of chemo.
Everyone will respond differently to chemo. Most of the side effects of chemo go away after treatment ends. For example, hair lost during treatment grows back after treatment is over. In the meantime, most patients are able to use wigs, scarves, or hats to cover, warm, or protect their heads.
Radiation treatments are much like x-rays and do not cause any pain. The most common side effects are skin irritation and fatigue. Fatigue is a feeling of extreme tiredness and low energy. It is especially common when treatments go on for many weeks. Fatigue often does not get better with rest. Other side effects can happen, too, depending on what part of the body is being treated.
Is cancer treatment worse than cancer?
This is a belief that can be dangerous to some people. Those who think this is true might not get treatment that can save their lives.
It is easy to understand one of the sources of this belief. Often people diagnosed with cancer have never had any symptoms or pain, or any problems they’ve had have been fairly small. In the early stages of cancer, symptoms tend to be minor, if there are any at all. It is only after the treatment starts that people start to feel sick. It is also true that chemo, radiation, and surgery can cause distressing symptoms. But the side effects fade after the treatment is over, and the treatment can be life-saving.
Sometimes a person in very poor health may not be able to take cancer treatment. Or because of age and other medical conditions, a person might decide not to be treated for cancer, even knowing that it will cause death. A person in this situation may determine that cancer treatment will not offer a chance for cure, and will not be worth the time it will take or the side effects it will cause. This is every person’s choice, as long as the person is a competent adult who is able to handle his or her affairs.
The person who is thinking of refusing treatment must clearly understand the likely outcomes of both treatment and non-treatment before making a decision to refuse treatment. Later in the course of cancer, when more serious symptoms start, curative treatment may no longer be an option. Cancer kills by invading the intestines, lungs, brain, liver, kidneys, or other vital organs, or by interfering with a body function that is necessary for life. Untreated cancer commonly causes death.
In contrast, cancer treatment is usually fairly short term and can save lives. Even when it cannot cure, treatment can often prolong life. And medical care can always be used to make a person more comfortable by reducing pain and other symptoms caused by the cancer or its treatment.
There are times when every cancer patient questions their commitment to the difficult journey of treatment and its side effects. Sometimes they can get discouraged by the uncertainty of treatment and wonder if it’s worth it. This is normal. It may help to know that doctors are always learning better ways to work with patients to control treatment side effects. And remember each year brings advances in cancer treatments.
A Few Research Resources
Gerson-Research: Hildenbrand G and Hildenbrand C. Gerson Research Organization, a non-profit whose mission is “To conduct and publish the results of public interest research into the role of diet and nutrition and diet therapies in the management of cancer and other diseases, to publish public interest educational materials and educational newsletters, and to conduct public forums, lectures, and discussion groups focused on the role of diet and nutrition in disease treatment.”
The Gerson Institute: The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization located in San Diego, California, dedicated to providing education and training in the alternative, non-toxic treatment of cancer and other disease, using the Gerson Therapy.
CancerHelpUK: “the UK’s leading cancer charity. This site has a wealth of information about the charity and about cancer.”
MD Anderson Cancer Center: from the University of Texas. Vision – “We shall be the premier cancer center in the world, based on the excellence of our people, our research-driven patient care and our science. We are Making Cancer History. ” Scientific overview of Gerson Therapy.
The Cancer Cure Foundation also provides information about alternative cancer care.