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How COVID-19 Attacks the Body

In Cancer Coach, cancer stem cells, Cononavirus, COVID-19, High Dose Vitamin C, inflammation, Integrative Oncology, Uncategorized on March 29, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Covid-19 begins and spreads like most other viruses. One person sneezes or coughs into the air and another inhales the droplets or it lands on their hands or face.  Hence, the recommendation is to stay at least 6 feet away from one another, social distancing. However, that container of milk, that banana in the store—well, we just don’t know. Therefore, consistant hand washing is recommended, as well as to keep your hands off your face to limit the risk of transporting the virus though your nose, eyes, or mouth.

We are all susceptible. The virus is in every community. But many have risk factors that can make Covid-19 even more dangerous. These can include a compromised immune system (such as with those with cancer), diabetes, a history of upper respiratory issues, or high blood pressure (and the damage to the heart and blood vessels it can cause.)

How the Virus Works

Based on how similar viruses works, it seems likely that once the virus’s particles enter the body, they attach to receptors on the surface of cells. Typically, this starts in the mucus membranes of the nose and throat. Spikey proteins on the surface of the virus latch onto cell membranes.  Essentially, the virus hijacks cells and starts replicating, making more copies and spreading throughout the body. Once the virus has attached enough cells, many people will develop symptoms.

Most often, a person first presents with upper respiratory symptoms.  Within a few days a person might develop a dry cough, fever, sore throat, aches, and fatigue.  In some cases, there is also a loss of taste and smell, and yet many will have no symptoms at all.

When the immune system recognizes the virus, it sends out cytokines to the site of infection. Cytokines are inflammatory molecules that can spin out of control with Covid-19. This inflammatory storm can cause a fever and sometimes lead to death.

Sometimes the inhaled droplets go right to the lungs. When the virus moves to the lungs, the immune system kicks in again at high gear, flooding the site with white blood cells. These secrete even more cytokines which increases the inflammation and can actually damage the lungs and make it difficult to breathe.

What distinguishes Covid-19 from other similar viruses is the frequency of pneumonia and in some cases, the abrupt onset of heart problems (sometimes leading to heart-failure). Pneumonia can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may set in, at which point a person may need a respirator.

According to Dr. David Price, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYC, it takes 15-30 minutes of unprotected exposure to an infected person for the virus to take hold. He commented that while Covid-19 is no doubt in every community, you can protect yourself and your family by taking realistic precautions (hand washing, social distancing, not touching your face, wearing gloves). He also said that if you do develop Covid-19, in most cases, you can self-treat at home just as you would with other viruses. You need only go to the hospital if you have shortness of breath [or heart problems]. He also commented that only 10% of people will need to go to the hospital and that only 1% would need a ventilator. [i]

What You Can Do NOW: Food is Medicine

Importantly, there are various treatment options being studied and implemented, some of which show great promise. However, in my humble opinion, it is better to prevent than to need to treat. You can significantly reduce your risk by social distancing, staying home, diligently washing your hands, and keeping your hands away from your face.

Eat a nutrient-dense diet that includes adequate protein, sprouts, and antimicrobial foods such as garlic, onions, and ginger, herbs, and spices such as oregano, rosemary, and turmeric.

sproutsImportantly, while there is currently no research on the safety of eating raw produce purchased from your local market, the recommendation for those at higher risk to wash or cook all produce before consuming. However, for those of us who love and appreciate sprouts (which really cannot be washed well), I suggest you grow your own sprouts).  Fortunately, now it is easier than ever (no changing the water several times a day, just add water to the tray day one and done).  Order your own sprout kit. Tender herbs can also be easily grown, indoors or out.

herb pot

Fresh Herb Pot

Vitamin C supports healthy immune function and a healthy heart. At high doses, vitamin C switches from being an antioxidant to a pro-oxidant, supporting healthy heart and blood vessels. It is believed that 14-20 grams daily of vitamin C (liposomal and oral combined) may be an effective preventive dose. (Liposomal allows you to take high doses without bowel issues).

A good multivitamin, adequate vitamin D, zinc, selenium, probiotics, mushroom extracts, beta glucans, and astragalus will also help keep the immune system strong.  Magnesium, fish or krill oil, vitamin E, and curcumin (turmeric) are natural anti-inflammatories. Antiviral colloidal silver, olive leaf extract, monolaurin, and lysine are also quite helpful.

Another less common supplement that you need to know about is Pao pereira. Often used to target cancer cells (including cancer stem cells), Pao pereira has strong immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, which is important to protect the lungs.

According to the Beljanski Foundation, Pao pereira may help reduce viral load of Covid-19 and block the enzyme that replicates in the genome of the virus. Their research shows that Pao pereira helps support the body’s own immune and detoxification systems to eliminate or neutralize undesirable cells.  The recommended dose is 2 capsules, twice daily.  Buy Pao Pereira

Another supplement, RealBuild contains short RNA fragments (primers) that support the body’s immune system against the virus. The recommendation is one dose per week. Together, Pao Pereira and RealBuild offer strong defense against the ravages of RNA viruses such as Covid-19.  Buy RealBuild.

As researchers learn more and more about how Covid-19 attacks the body, we can use that information. Information is healthy, fear is not. Don’t let fear get the best of you. Eat well, take your supplements, engage in stress-lowering activities and practice other common-sense practices.

Read MORE on Covid-19 HERE: Fighting Covid-19 

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Why Cancer Returns

In Affirmations, Alternative Cancer Therapies, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, cancer stem cells, chemotherapy, Emotional Healing, Energy Healers, Epstein-Barr Virus, Healing Cancer Naturally, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, Uncategorized on February 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Cancer returns because treating cancer typically does not resolve the reasons for the cancer

Cancer returns because often the treatments for cancer spread the cancer.

Cancer returns because your MIND could be making you sick or believes you want to be sick.

Cancer Treatment Does Not Resolve the Reasons for the Cancer

German scientist and physician R.G. Hamer, founder of Germanic New Medicine, did considerable research in the field of psychosomatic cancer therapy. He examined some 20,000 cancer patients with all types of cancer and discovered that every cancer in the body has a different emotional cause. He believed that cancer occurs when an individual suppresses for long periods toxic negative emotions (primarily anger, hate, resentment and grief). This creates cell changes within the body leading to cancer.  There is a strong correlation between emotional patterns and the progression of cancer.

     “Cancer does not begin in the body; cancer begins in the brain  R.G.Hamer

The power of repressed emotions, anger, and resentment as well as a lack of self-love is not to be overlooked in the creating and healing of our cancer. Emotional challenges can develop into physical ones. Emotions not expressed in words or actions find expression in physical ailments.

When I discuss the past with my clients, there is always the ‘ah-ha’ moment when he or she looks at me and says “yep, that’s me”, and this applies to cancers across the board. So much of healing comes from inside, by healing past hurts. It is therefore critical to uncover and release these toxic negative emotions (or relationships) in order to heal  and reduce the risk of the return of cancer.

There are many ways to heal the mind. EFT tapping, EMDR, psychotherapy, the Emotion Code and the Healing Code are a few suggestions.

           Epstein Barr Reactivation and Cancer

Scientists now know how viruses such as Epstein Barr (EBV) reprogram healthy cells into cancer cells. It has become clear that EBV is involved with most cancers, especially for those who have impaired immune system (if you have cancer, that is likely the case). It seems that a protein component of the virus itself (Latent Membrane Protein 2A) promotes the development of cancer.[i] EBV infects the cell-signally mechanism of B cells. As a result, these cells have a greater chance of transforming into cancer cells.[ii]   

Thankfully, more and more oncologists are now testing for EBV reactivation. If yours has not, you might request it and follow the recommendations on my EBV page.

Cancer Treatments Spread Cancer

Cancer Surgery

Although surgical removal of tumors can reduce tumor load, it has long been acknowledged that the surgery itself may precipitate or accelerate tumor recurrence.

Cancer surgery can be curative in some cases, but other times it can actually activate tiny, distant tumors that had been held in check by the immune system. (Note: biopsies can also spread cancerous cells). In many cases micrometastases from a primary tumor have traveled long before that tumor was detected.

Therefore when your surgeon says “We got it all”, that might not be the case.

    “Surgery promotes the growth of micrometastatic and residual disease.”[vii]

Metastatic cancer cells that leave the primary tumor can form clinically undetectable micrometastases at distant sites. A study published in Science Translational Medicine found that “About 35% of women diagnosed with breast cancer already have thousands of micrometastases, but only half of them eventually develop metastatic, life-threatening cancer.”[iii] In those who do not go on to develop metastatic breast cancer, the body’s cell-killing white blood cells known as CD8+T cells have been able to eliminate the cancerous cells.  

The researchers found that “surgical wounding”, either through biopsy or surgery, can promote the growth of these metastasized cancer cells. The scientists labeled this as “surgery-driven interruption of dormancy in breast cancer.”[iv]They found that surgical wounding triggers a substantial increase in the outgrowth of previously immunologically restricted tumors. Their results indicate that systemic inflammation initiated as part of the wound-healing process contributes to distant recurrence.

The research, performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Surgery, concluded that “Surgery which is intended to be a curative option to remove and reduce tumor mass, can paradoxically also augment development of metastases.”[vi]

As a cancer and wellness coach, I can not advocate for taking damaging NSAIDS or aspirin used in the study (aspirin being the lesser of the two evils, but taken routinely can damage the stomach lining). There are many non-toxic, safer ways to target inflammation and help prevent the immune system from letting down its anti-cancer guard (such as curcumin, but a comprehensive protocol would be optimal).

 Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy

While doctors often recommend chemo and radiation to target stray cancer cells, they are toxic to healthy cells. Further, increasing evidence suggests that chemotherapy and radiation can promote cancer, fueling metastasis and making malignant cancer stem cells (CSCs) more aggressive.[viii]

Cancer stem cells are virtually resistant to chemo and radiation, and are often responsible for drug resistance, tumor recurrence, and the progression of cancer.

Normal stem cells are capable of self-renewal and multi-differentiation. Cancer stem cells are no different. They have the ability to reconstitute tumors and proliferate slowly. Cancer recurrence and progression are often due to the fact that therapies are aimed at the tumor bulk without targeting CSCs. [ix]  (For more information, including recommendations for targeting CSCs, see my articles on CSCs, links to which are in the footnotes below).

The Mind is the Healer, The Mind is the Killer   

No matter what you believe in, know this — the mind is powerful.

Having faith in your chosen therapy is very, very important. Whether it is chemo, radiation or any of the plethora of holistic remedies, you must believe in it and do it 100%. If you allow fear to get the better of you, if you are in a state of panic, it is almost impossible to make good choices. Importantly, if you remain in a state of panic, it will not matter what therapy you choose, the cancer may win.

The worst scenario is when there is doubt and becoming overwhelmed by all the choices. Choose something and just DO IT. People who jump from one thing to another just end up in a perpetual state of anxiety, and the result is rarely good.

The late Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez wrote an excellent article Four Reasons Why Cancer Patients Routinely Die. He spoke about how panic, inability to make a decision, the Myth of Authority, and the Myth of Credentials make it very difficult to survive.[x] I cannot stress how important it is to choose a treatment plan and believe in it.   

        “The Mind is the Healer, The Mind is the Killer”  Ze’ev Kolman  

The mind is more powerful than the body. The cancer may return because the mind believes you want to be sick.

The Mind is the Healer the Mind is the KillerHealer Ze’ev Kolman wrote the book, The Mind is the Healer, The Mind is the Killer. In it he details how the mind can heal you and how the mind can destroy you. Everything you think, say, and write makes a difference in your healing. Say and think only positive thoughts, affirm that you are happy, healthy, and worthy of love.

Even cancer lingo can hinder life. For example, the word ‘remission’ implies you are expecting the cancer to return. When you focus on recurrence, cancer has a better chance to revisit you. When you believe you can heal, or  have healed, you have a better chance of doing so. Conversely, if you believe you will not survive, likely you will not.

There are many reasons why cancer returns. Cancer is not a battle, we don’t ‘fight’ cancer or conquer it.  We heal from it. We make the necessary changes and correct the imbalances to alter the terrain to one inhospitable to cancer. 

As Albert Einstein so correctly said, you can’t keep doing the same things and expect different results. Cleaning up our diet, detoxifying, and avoiding cancer-promoting substances and activities is critical. However, it is not always about what you are eating, but what is eating you. Emotional toxins, fear, and past traumas are often the issue and can be the biggest hurdle.

So what can you do about your mind, CSCs and mircomets from surgery? There are plenty of supplements and foods that improve immune function and target cancerous cells. Healers and therapists can help with the traumas (see the suggestions above). If you would like to discuss your options to reduce the risk of your cancer returning, please request a consult.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822131041.htm

[ii] https://elynjacobs.com/epstein-barr-management/

[iii] https://www.statnews.com/2018/04/11/cancer-tumor-cells-mice-metastasis-nsaid; https://stm.sciencemag.org/content/10/436/eaan3464

[iv] https://www.statnews.com/2018/04/11/cancer-tumor-cells-mice-metastasis-nsaid/

vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380551/

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380551/

[viii] https://www.statnews.com/2018/04/11/cancer-tumor-cells-mice-metastasis-nsaid/; https://elynjacobs.com/2015/04/27/what-your-oncologist-neglected-to-tell-you-about-conventional-cancer-treatment/; https://elynjacobs.com/2015/07/08/cancer-stem-cells-and-progression-of-disease-what-you-need-to-know-now/

[ix] http://ar.iiarjournals.org/content/33/3/747.full

[x] https://thegonzalezprotocol.com/four-reasons-cancer-patients-routinely-die-nicholas-gonzalez-m-d/