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FIGHTING CANCER: ANTI-CANCER DIET
According to the leading biological cancer specialists in Europe, Zabel, Issels, Kollath, Meyer, Lampert, Kuhl and Warburg there is, indeed, such a thing as an anti-cancer diet-a diet that can help prevent cancer, as well as help the body to cure it.
Dr. Issels advises the following anti-cancer diet to help the body prevent cancer, or to assist the body’s healing mechanism, when cancer has already developed:
1. Diet must consist exclusively of organically grown foods, which are free from carcinogenic chemicals, such as toxic additives, insecticide residues, preservatives and other man-made chemicals.
2. Most foods must be eaten in their natural, raw state, especially fresh fruits and raw vegetable salad.
3. Nuts should form a part of the daily diet. The best nuts are almonds and walnuts.
4. The diet should include generous amounts of fermented (lactic acid) foods, such as naturally fermented grains and fermented juices. According to Dr. Johannes Kuhl, the originator of the lactic acid fermentation diet for cancer, 50 to 75 per cent of the daily diet should be made up of lactic acid fermented foods.
5. The diet should include moderate amount of easily-digested proteins. These should comprise mostly vegetable origin, foods, such as green leafy vegetables, potatoes, sprouted seeds and grains, nuts, and raw, unheated, home-made cottage cheese from high quality unpasterised milk.
6. All other animal proteins like meat, fowl, eggs or fish should be completely eliminated from the diet.
7. Milk and milk products should be taken mostly in fermented and soured forms. The best forms of soured milks are acidophilus milk, natural buttermilk and home-made soured milk, preferably made from goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is better than cow’s milk. Raw goat’s milk of high quality contains anti-cancer and anti-arthritis factors.
8. Avoid saturated and cholesterol-rich animal fats, including butter. These should be replaced with a moderate amount of genuine, cold-pressed vegetable oils, especially sunflower seed oil, flaxseed oil, soya bean oil and safflower oil. Oils should never be heated.
9. Eliminate from the diet, all processed and denatured foods, especially all refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white sugar, and all foods made from
them.
At least three-fourth of the food consumed should consist of all kinds of fruits, mostly fresh; freshly prepared juices from fruits such as orange, grapefruit, grapes, apple and pineapple; fruit salads; mashed bananas, raw grated apples, and apple sauce; raw or freshly-prepared steamed or lightly-cooked vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, tomato, onion and baked potatoes; and whole grain cereals and milk and milk products like curd, butter milk and cottage cheese.
The treatment of cancer thus consists of a complete change in diet, besides total elimination of all environmental sources of carcinogens. As a first step, the patient should cleanse the system by thoroughly relieving constipation and making all the organs of elimination active. Warm-water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels.
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GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese medicine has a variety of practices including acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional dietary therapy, and Chinese massage and moxibustion. They are all based on the philosophy that the human body functions as a whole and as part of nature. Disease occurs when the harmony between bodily functions and the environment is disrupted.
The use of complementary therapies by women with gynecological cancers is widespread. Motivations for the use of complementary therapies vary. Women see complementary therapies as providing psychological support, and believe that they are useful for strengthening the immune system and thus helping to stop the progress of the disease and also preventing recurrence.
There are also issues of self-empowerment, personal growth and communication. Patients perceive these issues as being more part of the complementary therapists’ view of treatment, rather than a conventional medical approach. Part of their decision to use these therapies is based on the need to take control of the management of their cancer treatment and overall well-being.
Did you know…
•     That 2 out of 3 women with gynecological cancer use some form of complementary therapy during the course of their treatment?
•     Younger and better-educated women seem to use complementary therapies more than older women do?
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GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINETraditional Chinese medicine has a variety of practices including acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional dietary therapy, and Chinese massage and moxibustion. They are all based on the philosophy that the human body functions as a whole and as part of nature. Disease occurs when the harmony between bodily functions and the environment is disrupted.The use of complementary therapies by women with gynecological cancers is widespread. Motivations for the use of complementary therapies vary. Women see complementary therapies as providing psychological support, and believe that they are useful for strengthening the immune system and thus helping to stop the progress of the disease and also preventing recurrence.There are also issues of self-empowerment, personal growth and communication. Patients perceive these issues as being more part of the complementary therapists’ view of treatment, rather than a conventional medical approach. Part of their decision to use these therapies is based on the need to take control of the management of their cancer treatment and overall well-being.
Did you know…•     That 2 out of 3 women with gynecological cancer use some form of complementary therapy during the course of their treatment?•     Younger and better-educated women seem to use complementary therapies more than older women do?*98/144/5*

TUMOR RECURRENCE AND TAMOXIFEN RESISTANCE: IS TAMOXIFEN RESISTANCE THE SAME PROBLEM?
Typically, most patients with breast tumors that are estrogen and progesterone receptor positive will respond to tamoxifen. When they develop resistance to tamoxifen after six months to a year of therapy, the tumor will begin to recur. Fortunately, for many patients who no longer respond to tamoxifen therapy another effective hormonal agent can be found. These alternative agents usually work for a period of time not exceeding a year, after which the patient again develops resistance. Tamoxifen tends to be given as a “first-line” therapy because it has significantly fewer side effects than other hormonal agents, so the development of resistance to this drug is a significant clinical problem.
At one time it was thought that a patient who no longer responded to tamoxifen probably was not taking the drug as directed (thus not enough drug was getting into the breast tumor cells) or perhaps was eating a diet high in “phytoestrogens.” These are estrogenic compounds found in many plant products that were believed to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells just as estrogen does. The phytoestrogens are known to be capable of diminishing the effects of the antiestrogen tamoxifen. Weight gain over a prolonged period was also suspected to contribute to the loss of tamoxifen effectiveness. Because tamoxifen is a drug that is taken up by the fat cells and often retained in fatty tissue, an increase in weight without an increase in tamoxifen dose was believed to decrease the amount of drug available to the breast tumor. Even though all these explanations are plausible, their overall contribution to tamoxifen resistance is now considered minimal. Tamoxifen resistance apparently is associated with resistant mechanisms at the level of the breast cancer cell itself.
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TUMOR RECURRENCE AND TAMOXIFEN RESISTANCE: IS TAMOXIFEN RESISTANCE THE SAME PROBLEM?Typically, most patients with breast tumors that are estrogen and progesterone receptor positive will respond to tamoxifen. When they develop resistance to tamoxifen after six months to a year of therapy, the tumor will begin to recur. Fortunately, for many patients who no longer respond to tamoxifen therapy another effective hormonal agent can be found. These alternative agents usually work for a period of time not exceeding a year, after which the patient again develops resistance. Tamoxifen tends to be given as a “first-line” therapy because it has significantly fewer side effects than other hormonal agents, so the development of resistance to this drug is a significant clinical problem.At one time it was thought that a patient who no longer responded to tamoxifen probably was not taking the drug as directed (thus not enough drug was getting into the breast tumor cells) or perhaps was eating a diet high in “phytoestrogens.” These are estrogenic compounds found in many plant products that were believed to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells just as estrogen does. The phytoestrogens are known to be capable of diminishing the effects of the antiestrogen tamoxifen. Weight gain over a prolonged period was also suspected to contribute to the loss of tamoxifen effectiveness. Because tamoxifen is a drug that is taken up by the fat cells and often retained in fatty tissue, an increase in weight without an increase in tamoxifen dose was believed to decrease the amount of drug available to the breast tumor. Even though all these explanations are plausible, their overall contribution to tamoxifen resistance is now considered minimal. Tamoxifen resistance apparently is associated with resistant mechanisms at the level of the breast cancer cell itself.*42\320\2*

YOUR CANCER, YOUR LIFE – ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY/NEEDLE BIOPSY (PART 2)

Aspiration cytology and needle biopsy specimens must be taken with special types of syringes and needles by persons experienced in this method. Even then, because only a few cells from one small part of the abnormal area are in each specimen, the diagnosis can be missed and repeat specimens may be necessary. As with exfoliative cytology, a clear specimen doesn’t rule out cancer.

This method can obviously be used only when the suspicious area is in a place that is easy and safe to get at.

One special type of needle biopsy is the bone marrow test. The bone marrow is a soft red jelly-like area in the centre of many bones. This is where new blood cells are formed. Bone marrow cells can usually be sucked out quite easily using a fine needle. If the narrow cavity is scarred or packed with cancer cells, it may not be possible to get a liquid specimen. In these cases a tiny solid sliver of bone and marrow can be taken with a special, slightly larger biopsy needle. The pelvic bone can be used for both types of specimen. The breast bone, being easier to get at, is often used when only a liquid specimen is needed. Again, provided plenty of local anaesthetic is used to numb the sensitive outer covering of the bone this procedure should not be very painful.

Most bone marrow conditions are generalised, that is, they occur throughout the bone marrow. This means it doesn’t usually matter which particular bone the specimen comes from.

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BONE METASTASES – ENZYME ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE

Besides the blood count, other blood tests can help your doctor when looking for evidence of bone secondaries. Large amounts of a certain enzyme called alkaline phosphatase may be released into the blood by active bone cells. (An enzyme is a special type of protein which keeps cells functioning normally by helping certain types of chemical reactions.) The enzyme alkaline phosphatase helps bone cells produce new bone. It also helps other cells in the body function normally, especially liver cells. When the cells are either very active or damaged, some of the enzymes they contain can leak into the blood. Cancer in the bones is only one of the possible reasons for high alkaline phosphatase levels being found in the blood. Other causes include fractures, infections in bone and all sorts of liver problems. A high alkaline phosphatase doesn’t prove anything in itself, but is a clue that should lead to other tests to find the reason.

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ANTI-CANCER DIET: ENZYMES – BANANAS, MANGOES, PAPAYA AND PINEAPPLES

Bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, and help to protect against circulatory dysfunction. Potassium helps to remove poisonous wastes from the kidneys, leaving a wealthy, clean bloodstream. Bananas are also rich in pectin, a water-soluble fibre that helps to prevent hypoglycaemia by balancing blood sugar levels and aids in the removal of carcinogens from the digestive tract, preventing colon cancer. Bananas are also a good source of vitamin A (health of skin and eyes), vitamin Ñ (immunity, healing), vitamin E (healing of scars, heart protection), vitamin Bl, B2, ÂÇ, Â5 and vitamin B6 (required for the production of antibodies and healthy red blood cells). Do not eat bananas with sugar or bread.

Mangos are also rich in enzymes and contain high quantities of the phytochemical, bioflavonoids. Produced when the plant grabs energy from the sun, phytochemicals act as antioxidants and immune system boosters.

Pineapple and papaya contain proteolytic enzymes that help to break down foods, strengthen the immune system and aid more efficient digestive function. Pineapple also contains antioxidants and peroxidase, a substance that is believed to inhibit the growth of tumour cells. Bromelain, the proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple, is an anti-inflammatory and is believed to enhance cancer cell death.

The proteolytic enzyme in papaya or paw paw is called papain. Papain assists with protein digestion and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Papaya leaves have long been used as an effective remedy in the treatment of cancer. Boil pawpaw or papaya leaves for 40 minutes, strain and drink the water. Cultures throughout Asia, especially Thailand, eat very large amounts of green papaya (very rich in enzymes) grated into a salad. It is called som turn or papaya pokpok. Thai and Asian people exhibit very low levels of stomach cancer, which may be due to their high intake of green papaya. Asian people believe a papaya a day will revitalise your entire system and allow for a healthy digestive function.

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CANCER: NEGATIVE IONS VS POSITIVE IONS

Beautiful environments tend to have a positive effect on our general health and well-being. Apart from being physically stimulating to our senses, certain environments also contain particles known as ions that can have either a beneficial or detrimental effect on our physical and emotional health, depending on the type and amount of ions circulating in the air.

Ions are electrically charged particles. They can be either positive or negative and are the result of natural radiation from the sun, earth, water, lightning and other atmospheric energy sources. Negative ions are formed when an electron becomes attached to an oxygen molecule. They have the ability to refresh and revitalize the air. Positive ions have the opposite effect, making you feel tired and dull.

The effects of cosmic rays, solar radiation and radioactive substances in soil such as radon and thoron, all produce ions directly or by striking the molecules of atmosphere and gas, causing them to lose or gain electrons and thus the molecules become positive or negative. Natural air sprays and waterfalls in particular generate negative ion production (the ‘good guys’).

Both positive and negative ions can exist together in the air because they are separated by a large number of molecules. Ions have an effect on physical, pathological and emotional processes. Biologically, ions can affect the stimulation of endocrine glands, the production of enzymes, neuro-hormones on the brain, hormone balance in the body, circulation and micro-organisms.

Negative ions stimulate the growth of plants. They have a beneficial effect on reproduction and a beneficial effect in the treatment of diseases commonly caused from air that is positively ionized, such as hot dry winds. Think back to how you feel on certain days. Imagine a hot, northerly wind blowing through your town. Does this ever make you feel irritable or anxious? This is because this wind is blowing in positive ions (the ‘bad guys’).

Now imagine a fresh, cool, south-easterly wind blowing into your town from across the expansive ocean. This wind is blowing in the negative ions (the ‘good guys’). This is why this type of weather makes you feel energized, fresh and alive. The weather can have a positive or negative effect on our emotions and physical health depending on what type of energy or ions it is offering us.

The paving of streets, air conditioned or heated homes or offices, and air trapped in well insulated buildings all inhibit or destroy negative ions. Negative ions (the good guys) have the following beneficial effects:

• A small amount of ozone is produced, cleansing the environment.

• Enhanced physical, emotional and mental well-being.

• Increased general health, improved appetite, better circulation and a more peaceful sleep is

attained.

• An improved, strong antibiotic effect and enhanced tissue repair.

• Pain relief.

• Happier and more balanced emotions

• Clearer thinking and motivation and increased positivity

• An overall balanced effect on our internal body processes

Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of balancing your environment and surroundings, uses negative ion energy to create a positive, flowing and uplifting environment.

We tend to feel happy and more invigorated when on the beach, close to the ocean, walking in nature, in the mountains, in the snow, at a waterfall, in the desert or any other beautiful, natural place. This is largely due to the presence of negative ions in the atmosphere and a lack of positive ions.

Any environment or surrounding with negative ions has the ability to enhance healing, prevent illness and invigorate and enliven the spirit, body and emotions. No wonder so many health resorts designed to rejuvenate individuals are located near the ocean, in the mountains or close to a waterfall. Go and have a cool dip in a waterfall or a quick splash in the ocean today and feel the beautiful healing harmony of beings surrounded in a negatively charged ion environment.

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CANCER: GUIDED FANTASY WHILE IN HOSPITAL

Guided fantasy is a great exercise to do while in hospital. You can memorize the following exercise yourself, or ask a friend or loved one to read it out to you. Positive and creative imagery are essential to healing, as the mind and body are eternally and electrically linked. By imprinting a positive outcome on your mind, you set up the path to a positive outcome in the body and soul.

Close your eyes. If your room is very light, place a beautiful coloured cloth or piece of material over your eyes. Visualize your breathing process — let it be free, let your breath come and go as it wants. Imagine your body becoming more and more relaxed with each exhalation.

Wiggle your body, and then stretch your toes and fingers. Yawn and stretch your entire body, then relax completely. Let your breathing become increasingly relaxed.

Imagine now, that you are lying outside on a sunny day. You are alone, the air is fresh and pure, and the sky is perfect aqua blue. The sun is warm on your skin. You feel relaxed and content. The grass around you is so green. You feel the coolness of the crisp air on your skin. You roll over and feel the grass on your face. The grass feels like soft clouds. You feel so relaxed and calm.

A gentle breeze is blowing on your face. You can feel it against your skin. Your skin feels alive and is glowing with light. You hear beautiful birds singing, the gentle croaking of a frog and the peaceful humming of crickets.

There is a magnificent waterfall in front of ó our eyes. You can hear the gentle trickling of the water against the rocks. You see the water running over the shiny boulders and hear the sound of trickling and dripping from the water. The water is so clear blue.

It resembles a mirror.

You feel so happy inside — overflowing with happiness just like the beautiful waterfall. Happiness in the colour of golden light is beginning to flow from your heart and surrounds your body. The warmth of the sun on your skin increases the light around your body. The light makes you want to sing or hum a tune with the birds and nature around you. Your entire body is surrounded in golden light.

Everything feels so peaceful, relaxed, content and beautiful. Your heart feels alive with joy and love. You feel so much energy in your body. Your body feels so light, like you could float. Imagine yourself slowly rising up with the lightness of your body. Your body is surrounded by golden, vibrant light pouring out from your heart. It is lifting your body up into the air, slowly and gently. You can feel the breeze uplifting your body, raising you up into the beautiful blue sky. You feel completely relaxed and at ease.

With a slight movement of your hands, your body turns slightly. You have complete control over your body. You are floating, watching the rolling green fields and peaceful waterfall below. A bright coloured bird flies up beside you and sings a tune in harmony.

You are floating, slowly, feeling the breeze against your skin, brushing your hair aside.

Float as long as you like, through the clouds and the clear blue sky. Let the golden light carry you wherever you wish to go.

When you are ready to slowly come down, let the breeze guide you down to a cushioned area. Slowly descend, gently. You feel so happy and in control. You feel your feet gently touch the soft ground and bounce slowly up again. Again you come down, completely relaxed rolling onto the soft grass. You feel the softness of the grass on your back again. You smile and your smile lights you up inside, you are so content and happy.

You can hear the trickling of the water against the rocks and the chirping of birds. A feeling of hope, peace and inner fulfillment overwhelms you and fills your heart. Slowly and peacefully open your eyes when you are ready.

A hospital visit should be a healing and inspirational experience. By enhancing your immediate surroundings you have the power to control the direction of your healing and destiny. Having the wonderful tools of healing at your fingertips gives you the chance to become your own best doctor and to play a key role in the positive outcome of your health!

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CANCER: THE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY

As you can see, there are a diverse range of side effects involved with the application of chemotherapy medications. Side effects vary according to the dosage being used, the type of chemotherapy drug employed and the length of treatment. Here is a more comprehensive description of the most common side effects experienced today:

Constipation/Diarrhoea

These are not common side effects, yet they do occur. Anti-nausea drugs and steroids used during chemotherapy can cause constipation. It may take a few days after completing treatment before your bowels return to normal. Diarrhoea may also occur as the microflora in the bowel is destroyed and the microvilli (hair-like projections along the bowel wall which are essential for proper absorption) are damaged. In fact, the microvilli and absorption of nutrients can be compromised for up to two years following chemotherapy, unless a natural, rejuvenation program is followed.

Effects on the Cells

Most chemotherapeutic drugs suppress bone marrow function and the formation of blood cells. A decrease in red blood cells can make you anaemic and you may feel tired, lethargic, dizzy and breathless. If this occurs, your doctor will suggest a blood transfusion to build up your stores of red blood cells.

A decrease in white blood cells can lead to infections. If you have any signs of infection such as fever over 38 degrees, chills, coughs or a burning feeling when passing urine, call your doctor immediately. The doctor usually prescribes a hormone injection to increase white blood cells. This involves injecting a hormone into your stomach or abdomen over a 10 day period, to push white blood cells out of the body’s bone marrow. Intense bone pain and aching joints are associated with this. Other options may include a delay in your next treatment or a reduced dose of chemotherapy in the next course.

If your platelet count is low, bleeding may occur. Platelets are needed to clot the blood. If you are bruising easily, bleeding from gums, nose or bowel, or notice blood in your urine, consult your doctor immediately. A platelet transfusion is given to counteract this.

Effects on the Mouth

Chemotherapy drugs affect the cells lining the mouth and throat, often causing soreness, dry mouth, mouth ulcers, difficulty in swallowing, furry/slimy/coated tongue, pimples on the tongue and a metallic taste in the mouth. Difficulty in swallowing or chewing can lead to a loss of weight and malnutrition and will slow down the recovery.

Fluid Retention

Fluid retention is a common side effect caused by use of anti-nausea drugs and steroids. It is also inevitable, with so much fluid being put into the body with treatment. Look for natural diuretics in foods, herbs and supplements to remove unwanted fluid. Drink plenty of water.

Hair Loss

Not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. This side effect is only temporary and following cessation of treatment your hair will tend to grow back healthier, shinier, thicker and often curly. Hair loss can occur at any time during treatment, but is most likely to happen within the first three to four weeks. It occurs as the drugs impair the proliferation of the hair follicle. Many people will experience hair thinning, not complete hair loss.

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CANCER: BEING ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN YOUR OWN TREATMENT

It is your body and your disease. Never give away your power to anyone – especially not the power to heal your body. You can ask doctors, specialists, natural therapists and healers for advice and treatment options but ultimately, you are the one with the power to make the decisions to heal your body. Keeping your empowerment will enable you to also keep your self-confidence and motivation.

How can you take a more active part in your healing process? Firstly, ask your doctor or specialist plenty of questions; it is your right to know everything. The more you know the more control you have over your own destiny and outcome. Never go into your healing or treatment in the dark. Find out everything you can about your type of cancer and the most effective forms of treatment to heal your cancer. Ask for articles, research papers and information from your health practitioner concerning treatment of your cancer. Ask questions and obtain more knowledge about your disease. It is your right to know the results of all tests – it is your right to be one hundred per cent informed about every procedure and its possible side effects.

If you have made the conscious decision to undertake orthodox cancer treatment, please don’t forget the benefits of incorporating natural therapies into your program. Set yourself a schedule for taking your vitamins, performing your creative visualizations, meditation and yoga and allow plenty of free time for yourself. Never over-commit yourself- this is your time to rediscover what you truly love and enjoy in life.

Every day is truly precious; don’t let another moment pass you by without feeling the beauty in every breath of life giving energy. It is a wonderful feeling to take charge of your own destiny and to have an active part in your own healing process.

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