Thoughts about Cancer

Cancer affects people in all walks of life. 

Genetics play a small role in the development of cancer.  Food, exercise, stress, lifestyle choices play a bigger role.  Currently it is believed that obesity and inactivity contribute to 20% of cancer, diet 10-25%, alcohol use 4% and viruses 3%. 

Tumor testing is something you learn about after the fact.  It makes sense that the more genetic information you know about your tumor the more individualized you treatment plan.

Don’t be a sheep!  Even though you probably feel like you have been run over by a steam engine, it’s important to make you own decisions.  Build your own team.

Clinical trials are useful, but remember they are about the drug or protocol, not about you.

In February 2009, I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma.  I knew I hadn’t been feeling great, but physical exams and lab tests didn’t show any new changes.  I wouldn’t be alive if I hadn’t responded to traditional treatment, because I couldn’t keep any food down.  I also feel equally as strong that acupuncture, Chinese herbals, botanicals, biomat, rife machine, prayer from many people helped me get thru treatment more easily and continue to keep my cancer calm and quiet.   I was fortunate because I had experience and knowledge with cancer from the perspective of western medicine and eastern/Asian medicine. 

I have studied with Donnie Yance at the Mederi Center in Ashland, OR.  Part of this study involved looking at the molecular, biologic and genetic components of botanicals.  I continue to participate in monthly Roundtable Discussion Group that includes physicians, naturopaths, acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionists, etc.  We present cases to the group and get support and feedback. 

Treatment involves:

a.       Fortify the root or core of the individual.  One of my favorite Chinese medicine teachers says, “if you have anything chronic you know that your mind, body and spirit are no longer in balance and what you are doing is no longer working for you and without self-judgment, the way to heal is to turn your life inside out and upside down”.  How does your body function – the brain, digestion, hormones, detoxification, sleep, energy, immune responses, emotions, relationships, support systems, lifestyle, diet and nutrition – what makes up “you”.  The goal is to preserve and restore the foundation.

b.      What is your relationship with your environment – this can be positive, negative or have no impact.  Exposure to environmental stressors – chemicals, drugs, foods, geographical location, family, friends, work, etc.  Cellular stress overtime can increase the potential for the development of chronic health problems.  The goal is to evaluate stressors and increase the positives and decrease the negatives – I know easier said then done, but critical for healing.

c.      What is your biological terrain? This examines deficiencies and excesses of vitamins, minerals, pathways of detoxification, food testing, etc.  Botanicals, diet choices, exercise and rest, etc. can improve treatment response and quality of life.