I am a strong believer in complementary and alternative treatments both for cancer treatment as well as to improve health and quality of life during conventional therapies. Doctors in allopathic (conventional) medicine focus on getting rid of your cancer cells. However, while conventional is often a great start, nutritional, supplemental and other complementary therapies can help you to reclaim a life of health and wellness by supporting your body both during and post treatment.
The key to survival is often changing the environment in which cancer was able to develop. The development of cancer is an indication that the body lacks the support necessary to destroy cancer cells. If we focus on the underlying conditions that may have contributed to the disease, we can likely prevent recurrence or new cancers. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight play a crucial role in cancer prevention. Our nutritional status either weakens us, making us susceptible to the development of cancer, or strengthens our bodies’ defense mechanisms, enhancing our ability to prevent renegade cells from becoming tumors. Supporting our emotional wellness is equally important as the power of repressed emotions, anger and resentment as well as a lack of self love is not to be overlooked in the healing of our cancers. No treatment in the world will be completely successful long-term if the mind is not addressed. Therapies such as massage, acupuncture, Reiki and others help reduce stress and other ailments which contribute to cancer as well as other life threatening diseases.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any diseases or conditions. These therapies have not been approved by the FDA as treatment for cancer. These recommendations do not represent medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor.
Bader-Lee suggests that the field of bioenergy is now ever evolving and that studies on the plant and animal world will soon translate and demonstrate what energy metaphysicians have known all along — that humans can heal each other simply through energy transfer just as plants do. “Human can absorb and heal through other humans, animals, and any part of nature. That’s why being around nature is often uplifting and energizing for so many people,” she concluded. Science Finally Confirms That People Absorb Energy From Others
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
http://www.nycreikicenter.com/ , Reiki Master, Brian Brunius, at the New York City Reiki Center
Ki Energy and Bioenergetic
Ki treatment is giving Ki Energy, which is the energy of creation that we receive at conception. It is the natural way to revitalize your body and mind, effectively relieving pain, stress, fatigue, and other health disorders.
Ki Treatment is given by highly trained Ki Masters who use special sound and breathing techniques together with acupressure to carry energy deeply into the body to open energy blockages, remove toxins and negative energy, and recharge with vital energy. This has the effect of healing the energy system, which activates the body’s own healing power to regenerate organs, renew cells and stimulate the immune system.
Ki Treatment is fast and the effect is immediate. Physical and mental symptoms subside and in some cases are completely removed. A large body of scientific work has demonstrated the effect of Ki Treatment on the immune, hormonal, and cardiovascular systems. Stress hormones decrease and natural killer cells, T-cells and endorphins are significantly raised.
An important attribute of Ki is that it responds to ones thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of ones thoughts and feelings. It is our negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative or dis-harmonious thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognizes the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.
Ze’ev Kolman~Bioenergetic Energy Healing http://www.zeevkolman.net/. Bioenergetics is the application of biological energy for practical constructive healing purposes. Kolman is the author of The Mind Is the Healer, the Mind Is the Killer: Harmony of Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective healing practice that has been used within East Asian systems of medicine for thousands of years. This practice works with the vast network of energy pathways, called meridians, which traverse our entire bodies (both internally and externally), and interconnect every aspect of our being.
Along these meridians exist known points, which when stimulated – either through pressure or the gentle insertion of extremely thin needles – have predictable effects. By stimulating specific combinations of these points, acupuncture precisely re-regulates the functions of our meridians, thereby balancing and harmonizing the workings of our entire system. Acupuncture is effective for addressing a wide range of imbalances, ranging physical to psycho-emotional/spiritual issues. Both cancer patients and studies conducted on cancer patients have found it particularly useful for nausea, neuropathy, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and for boosting the immune system.
New York Acupuncture Healthcare (914) 478-1160 and (212) 249-7670
New York Acupuncture Healthcare~ Chunyan Teng and James Kan 212-249-7670 (also in Westchester)
Elkayam Center for Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Ron Elkayam, El Cerrito CA (510) 408-6120
For Community Acupuncture:
http://www.brooklyncommunityacupuncture.com/ For services in Brooklyn
http://www.dr-er.com/ For services in Florida
https://www.pocacoop.com/ To locate community acupuncture in your area
http://www.integrativemedalliance.org/find_affordablecare.html Rhode Island Affordable Holistic Care Directory
Massage and bodywork are increasingly important weapons in the fight against cancer. Massage reduces stress and relaxes patients. It bolsters the immune system and helps remove toxins from the body. It helps with circulation and restores energy, and can help reduce post-surgical swelling. It reduces pain and minimizes the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It enhances a patient’s body awareness and allows them to direct energy toward healing. For more information, please visit:
If you live in the New York City area, two wonderful massage therapists are:
Meditation is the conscious mental process using certain techniques—such as focusing attention or maintaining a specific posture—to suspend the stream of thoughts and relax the body and mind.
People use meditation to increase calmness and relaxation, improver psychological balance, cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.
The various styles of yoga used for health purposes typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. People use yoga as part of a general health regimen, and also for a variety of health conditions.
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, utilizing the Chinese meridian system. It is a healing tool that operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life is experiencing dis-ease, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body, so EFT can be helpful to clear out old traumas that have contributed to cancer. The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the emotional blocks from your body’s bio-energy system, thus restoring mind and body balance– this is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
Annie Siegel Alexander C.H.T 917.847.0426 www.roadtoemotionalfreedom.com EFT Advanced Practioner, Matrix Reimprinting , Master Hypnotherapist, Alpha RePatterning, The Emotion Code, Matrix Energenics, Ask and Receive
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Robert Russell www.mindsetsynergy.com (see more below)
Kinesiology is one of the most comprehensive and holistic forms of natural therapy that recognizes the importance of body, mind and spirit in health and healing. It integrates the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the best of modern science to enhance health. It can help discover and release emotional traumas that contribute to the development of cancer.
Qi gong is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and controlled breathing. The intent is to improve blood flow and the flow of qi. Practices such as acupuncture, as well as herbs, meditation, and massage, seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi.
The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce stress and improve health. To learn more about Tai chi, please visit:
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Natural herbs are increasingly being used in the integrative support of breast cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment modalities and for prevention purposes for individuals who are at increased risk for occurrence or recurrence of breast and other cancers.
Aaron Teich L.Ac at www.AaronTeich.com
Kaqun Baths, Budapest National Institute of Oncology (NIO). Kaqun baths detox chemo effects and reduce the side effects during treatment as well as enhance the efficacy of treatment. However, as a cancer therapy for stage 4 cancer, you will need to be there for at least a month. as it takes a while to get the immune system rehabilitated.
More Healers and Therapies:
April Fontana~The Oracle Healer www.theoraclehealer.com. The Oracle Method is an emotional and physical energy healing technique for the purpose of higher awareness and the spread of love throughout the Universe.
Holly Hallowell ~Holly holistically helps balance and heal your energy bodies by facilitating the release of trapped negative emotions through an energy technique called The Emotion Code.
Dr Peter Resnik~Integrative Psychotherapy (Mind-Body Therapy) Integrative Psychotherapy is an approach to wellness that recognizes the interconnection between mind, body and spirit.
Susan Lipshutz LCSW~ Everyday Medicine Woman– Integrative Psychotherapy. Everyday Medicine Woman® integrates the ancient divine feminine wisdom of our grandmothers with her own powerful modern teachings, crafting an easy-to-understand style of empowerment and self-love attuned to the complexities of today’s modern woman.
Dr Thelma Jones~Options for Wellness. EFT tapping and specializes in assisting people with chronic physical and emotional conditions and those that have illnesses that they feel have not yet been resolved.
Mike Carey~ Alternative Solutions for Health Mike works with clients that are interested in holistic health. He uses Applied Kinesiology to tap into cellular memory to determine both the cause of most illnesses as well as the natural remedy.
Dianne Porchia ~ Porchia’s WISH. If traditional therapy has failed you in the past, help is available now, with renewed hope, and results with every session. In private practice since 2001, Dianna Porchia, MA, DMBM offers a unique holistic approach to creating your Life In Balance. She successfully works with many cancer patients to support the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels which helps increase immune function and whole person wellness. Private, phone, Skype sessions, Life in Balance Holistic Wellness Retreats and private concierge retreats for VIPs. Get to know Dianne here.
Robert Russell has been working in the therapy sector since 1991 using hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to assist clients with emotional concerns and personal objectives in achieving their goal resolutions. He has also written a book, If You Think You Can… YOU CAN! One of his main focuses has been to assist those who have unresolved traumas or emotional obstructions that potentially interfere with their mental or physical well-being.
In particular, Robert’s use of EMDR to move beyond the impact of such traumas has been embraced by many who are undergoing medical treatment for cancer and other illnesses. He uses this particular therapeutic modality as a complementary support towards physical healing and a foundation for health maintenance going forward. The medical profession now acknowledges that negative emotions influence the immune system and in doing so sway the body’s biological workings. As a result, many people appreciate the benefit of clearing both trauma and deeply embedded mental upsets to optimize and conserve health.
Should you wish to take advantage of Robert’s knowledge and experience working in this area, please contact him through his website www.mindsetsynergy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. By doing so you can ascertain exactly how he is able to work with you to apply focus on clearing your unresolved emotional issues or inner blockages, thus encouraging your health optimization.
High-dose Vitamin C: intravenous vitamin C treatments for cancer have proven to be highly effective at killing cancer cells. Intravenous vitamin C is a pro-oxidant drug that helps produce hydrogen peroxide, which targets neoplastic cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. Vitamin C also does more than just kill cancer cells, it boosts immunity. The body can only assimilate a limited amount of vitamin C when taken orally, although I have seen great results with Liposomal Vitamin C (you may need as much as 7000 mg to achieve the same benefits as 50 grams IVC. Test strips.) A G6PD test is recommended before any IVC infusions are given. To boost the efficacy of this treatment, you may want to take Sodium Ascorbate in conjunction with the liposomal C. READ MORE
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): oxygen is carried by red blood cells, but there is a limit to how much oxygen the cells can carry. In a hyperbaric chamber, pure oxygen is delivered under pressure, which has the effect of dissolving oxygen into the plasma – delivering as much as 10 times more oxygen and reaching further into the tissues. That provides fuel for healing and re-growth. Cancer prefers an oxygen-free environment.
Poly-MVA®: lipoic acid is uniquely bound to Palladium (LAPd), and combined with minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. It is highly selective for malignant tissue. It influences oxygen, water, and electrical inputs to the malignancy. It reduces tumor size, supports the liver in removing spent chemo agents from the body, invigorates normal cells, and helps to repair any damage invasive cancers may have left behind. Its enzymatic complex of polynucleotide reductase assists in correcting malfunctional nucleic acids in the DNA of genes. In June of 2008, Poly-MVA became the first dietary supplement to be cleared by the FDA for use in a cancer study.
Hyperthermia: cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperature, typically 113 degrees, in order to kill cancer cells. (to date, hyperthermia treatments in the US are not given at the same therapeutic high temperatures as outside of this country.)
Varumin®: herbal medicinal treatment for certain types of cancer. For more information please visit Jesichas Hope.
Rigvir®: vaccine developed and used in Latvia. It targets tumor cells creating apoptosis; it is the only non-manufactured virus and does not affect healthy cells. For more information please visit Jesichas Hope.
Ozone Therapy: Ozone Therapy: Ozone therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. Cancer cells can thrive and grow only in an oxygen-poor environment.Insulin Potentiated Oxidative Therapy (IPOT) uses mega doses of vitamin C and various forms of oxygen to increase oxygen levels and to create oxidative stress in and around cancer cells.
PDIT Photodynamic Immuno Therapy See also Photodynamic Therapy for Gynecological Diseases and Breast Cancer
Oil Pulling: Several studies now show that oral pathogens—viruses as well as bacteria—may be linked to certain cancers; the high lauric content of coconut oil makes it a strong inhibitor of a wide range of pathogenic organisms, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa.
Magnet Therapy: As per their website:
Biomagnetism works in the human body through the circulatory system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. Magnetism is continuously penetrating every known particle, right down to the atom. Its ordering effect on living systems arises from the fact that magnetism is a blueprint of life itself. All known energies have as a base this electromagnetic field. The latest research indicates that magnetism has a very significant biological effect on human beings.
Dr. H.L. Bansel points out that magnetism increases the electrical conductivity of the blood. Weak current runs through blood and the quantities of ions are increased. The newly ionized blood circulating throughout the body can significantly contribute to the efficiency of the blood flow as well as having a stabilizing effect on both high and low blood pressure.
Blood contains ferrous hemoglobin (iron) that functions as a carrier of oxygen and carbon dioxide. As the blood circulates in the lungs, fully magnetized ferrous hemoglobin is able to transport more oxygen to cell tissue as well as taking more carbon dioxide waste from the cell back to the lungs for removal.
GcMAF — gcmaf.se (Unfortunately they are no longer in business, stay tuned)
Other Supplements you might find helpful (click on the link)
The AMAS Test —AMAS stands for anti-malignin antibody in serum. The test looks for the presence of a substance called “malignin”, a marker for cancer in the body, by detecting antibodies to it in the blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system that help the body to fight disease. While not a perfect test, the assumption is that anti-malignin antibody levels are higher in people with early stage cancer, presumably offering a way of determining whether cancer is present somewhere in the body. While I do not know how dependable the test might be, it might be something to look in to. Visit the Oncolab site for more information. It may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement. See also Role of nagalase in cancer and virus.
The Greece Test–The Greece Test can test the blood for malignant tumor cells and assess the patient’s sensitivity to chemotherapy.
The Greece Test Benefits:
- Studies cancer cells without invasive biopsy procedures.
- Tests are performed on the cancer cells themselves, not a subclone.
- Tests the viability of anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs and the patient’s ability to metabolize them.
- Identifies cancer cell mutations that can cause resistance to therapies.
- Testing of natural substances which may be used to support conventional oncology treatments
Holistic and Natural Cancer Care:
Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine— combining innovative ideas in nutrition and holistic health with the latest developments in mainstream medicine. Great Resources here: http://www.schachtercenter.com/links.htm
Options for Wellness: Dr Thelma Jones
April Fontana, The Oracle Healer www.theoraclehealer.com. The Oracle Method is an emotional and physical energy healing technique for the purpose of higher awareness and the spread of love throughout the Universe.
Dr Nick Gonzalez http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/index.htm Individualized Nutritional Programs–
Burzynski Clinic; Dr Stanislaw Burzynski
Century Wellness Clinic; Dr James Forsythe
Chinese Herbal Medicine; Dr George Wong http://www.georgeycwong.com/
Dr James Belanger, ND http://www.lexingtonnaturalhealth.com/pages/Conditions/Cancer.html
Paracelsus Klinik–Comprehensive center for biological medicine and dentistry
Society for Integrative Clinicians http://www.integrativeonc.org/
http://breastcancerchoices.org/ Iodine Therapy and Innovative Research and Patient Advocacy
Alternative Healing Radio Shows I recommend:
Survive and Live Well–Host Elyn Jacobs (Show covers Conventional, Alternative and Complementary)
The Holistic Health Show— Host Dr Carl O. Helvie
Dr Carl O. Helvie, the longest living lung cancer survivor, refused chemotherapy in 1975 and used natural methods to heal his cancer. To listen to Chris Wark interview Carl, click here. Also watch this YouTube. Listen to Carl on Survive and Live Well: You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative interventions.
For more information about CAM and Alternative Cancer Treatments, please visit:
http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=1401 (Gerson Therapy) Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Ck9D45OT4
http://breastcancerchoices.org/ Innovative Research and Patient Advocacy
http://www.schachtercenter.com/ Schachter Center for complementary Medicine—combining innovative ideas in nutrition and holistic health with the latest developments in mainstream medicine.
http://www.nfam.org/ Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine
View my YouTube Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen—In this YouTube researcher and creator of the Radical Remission Project, Dr Kelly Turner, PhD, interviews Elyn Jacobs.
To view my Tips on Nutrition and Cancer Youtube Video with www.breastcanceranswers, please visit:http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/breast-cancer-nutrition-cancer-coachs-tips-elyn-jacobs/
To learn more about the correlation between emotional patterns and the development and progression of cancer, please visit:
To learn more about the anticancer diet and its ability to prevent cancer, please visit: