Cancer is a disease characterized by significant abnormal cell growth in the body's normal tissue, such that it threatens the tissue's survival. These cells are all derived from the same cancer-causing cell, which acquires certain characteristics enabling it to divide itself indefinitely. Over the course of the disease, cells can migrate from their production site and form metastases.
Contrary to popular belief, genetics is not a major factor in cancer. For example, only 5% to 10% of breast and colon cancers have genetic origins, which means that 90% to 95% of these types of cancers are triggered or develop due to other factors.
From a naturopathic perspective, cancer can be prevented, slowed down or even stopped under certain conditions. In fact, studies increasingly show that nutritional factors play a key role in cancer prevention and development. For example, magnesium deficiencies have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer.
However, nutritional considerations should not exclude traditional medical approaches, such as chemotherapy or radiation. A naturopathic approach aims to:
- help minimize the side effects of cancer treatments;
- help the patient following treatment; and
- modify lifestyle factors in order to significantly reduce the risk of a recurrence.
Significantly reduce your consumption of simple sugars. Substantially increase the amount of vegetables in your diet. Eat alkaline foods and avoid as many chemical additives (e.g. preservatives, colours, sweeteners and flavours) as possible.
Other changes may be required, depending on the type of cancer.
- DC 37
- DC 35
- DC 14 or DC 55
- DC 18
- DC 44
Most supplements cannot be used during chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The only exceptions are aged garlic extract (A.G.E.) and magnesium (DC 37). All other supplements should be stopped at least 48 hours before beginning chemo or radiation and must not be taked up to 10 days after the chemo or radiation are finished.