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Cancer and Integrative Medicine

There is an Alternative Way

Dr. Psonak at Chelation Medical Center offers an adjunctive or alternative cancer treatment. He uses high dose Intravenous (IV) vitamin C that has been researched to be a very effective alternative approach in altering the course of many cancers. He offers high dose vitamin C IV's along with diet changes and recommended supplements. He helps you to decide if you want to go strictly alternative, or to use the alternative approach as an adjunct to conventional therapy. Whether you choose to go completely alternative or use IV C with radiation or chemotherapy, Dr. Psonak will work with you. Cancer research has shown that using the Vitamin C concurrently with chemotherapy or radiation will not decrease the effectiveness of these treatments. In addition, high dose intravenous vitamin C is not an antioxidant. It is a pro-oxidant and seems to augment the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation.

Strengthen Your Immune System

Most people have cancer cells in their body several times during their lives. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. Your immune system is normally capable of identifying and destroying cancer cells. When a doctor tells a cancer patient that there are no more cancer cells in their body after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they are less than the detectable amount. When the person's immune system is strong, the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors. However, when the immune system is compromised due to stress, environmental insults such as chemicals, radiation, heavy metals, inflammation, etc., the cancer cells may take the opportunity to continue to thrive. When a person has cancer, the person may have multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

About Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells, however, it also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc. Radiation, while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation often does not result in more tumor destruction. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

Cancer Cells Feed On:
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda, etc. are made with Aspartame which is harmful. A better natural substitute is Stevia. Table salt has a chemicals added to make it white in color and to reduce caking. A better alternative is sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Cutting off milk and substituting with fluids such as pure fresh water, juices, rice milk, etc. help to starve the cancer cells.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. It is important to follow an Alkaline diet and drink alkaline water. No soda! Supermarket meat contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and possibly parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee and black tea, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water: drink purified or filtered alkaline water, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is deficient in essential nutrients, and reverse osmosis water has an acidic effect on your body. It's best to avoid it.

Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and aids the body's natural killer cells to destroy the cancer.

Some supplements build up the immune system.  Supplements such as IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac tea, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc. enhance the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. We should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that are heated, acid or contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat, and acidity releases dioxin as well as other chemicals into the food from plastics and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, we recommend using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. Some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the Styrofoam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Call for an appointment to discuss how Dr. Psonak can help you.

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