Like many other families, mine has been touched by cancer, but fortunately we have had access to some of the leading minds and experts in the conventional and integrative medicine fields in New Zealand and Australia.
There are some things the doctors don’t tell you or, as we’ve discovered, don’t know, for example basics in nutritional medicine to advancements in research that aren’t getting out to the wider public, that I have discovered over the last few months.
I am pleased to report the collaboration between the two camps is paying off for the member of our family who has been affected. If we’d just been relying on what the conventional doctors had told us, our outcome would have been much more uncertain.
As a result of the advice and the incredible information I have learned on this journey, I would like to share some tips for safeguarding ourselves – naturally – with evidence-based nutritional medicine and advancements in the research field.
Firstly, consider this: Medicine’s general answer to treating cancer is chemotherapy, which operates at a success rate of a not-so-lofty 2.6% (Source: Prof Avni Sali, NIIM). Why doesn’t it work? Chemotherapy doesn’t eliminate cancer cell stem cells, so it will almost ALWAYS come back. Plus, the patient has to test the limits of their endurance from the extreme sickness it causes and it destroys the immune system, which is the body’s only defence against fighting the very thing you are trying to destroy. Does that make any sense to you?
Firstly, for women, here are a few important guidelines for providing a ‘ring of protection’ around yourself against breast cancer. Hormones play a big role and if they aren’t converted correctly, then you’re at risk.
There are two critical supplements that you need to consider.
1. Vitamin D3: Almost every integrative practitioner we have spoken to keeps re-iterating: It is almost impossible to get cancer if you have good vitamin D3 levels. We synthesize it from the sun, and unless you are getting a minimum of 30mins exposure to sun a day, then you won’t be producing enough of it. Research coming out on Vitamin D3 is showing it to be integral to disease and cancer prevention. I am not advocating burning yourself to a crisp, but in moderation, sun exposure is essential. If not, get yourself a supplement and take it daily, particularly through the winter.
Also, consider this: You are 30 times more likely to get melanoma if you are an office worker. NZ/Australia have the highest rates of skin cancer because of their long-running sunscreen campaigns that have resulted in low levels of vitamin D within the population. Everyone thinks melanoma is caused by the sun: It’s not. It’s cause is directly related to below-par immune defence. And that again is from the doctors’ mouths.
2. Iodine. Also critical for breast health as it supports the conversion of our oestrogens and their underlying metabolites. If this process goes awry then this results in cancer cells being produced. I take lugols iodine regularly and I’ve seen a big improvement (confirmed by blood tests) in my thyroid function as well.
Did you know that herceptin, a breast cancer inhibitor developed by the pharmaceutical companies, is a molecule sourced from olive oil, evening primrose oil and melatonin? Why isn’t this common knowledge to women? I guess because it is cheap, accessible and natural, and doesn’t make pharmaceutical companies any money…
… Watch out for Part 2 of this blog to follow, Things to avoid – particularly important for women.
Author: Fleur Cushman http://www.healthcurrancy.co.uk/
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