Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Basics of Cancer- In Layman's Terms

Let me start by saying this.... When I had cancer, I started with traditional cancer treatment.  I did seven rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries.  By the time I learned about the natural options, I was in the middle of chemotherapy and was advised not to take anything else.  Traditional medicine killed the cancer and I am thankful for that.  However, the effects of chemotherapy and surgery do not stop when they are done, and I personally wish I could have avoided that by at least trying the natural approach first. Once I knew about the natural options, I shifted my treatment, turning down radiation, and opted for a more natural approach.

The following post is not to intended to replace medical treatment.  It is merely to give you more information to make your own choices regarding your health care.  The ultimate goal is to prevent cancer and recurrence altogether and avoid the torture I went through.
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When I was diagnosed in September 2013 with very aggressive breast cancer, the first thing I did was start reading.  I needed to understand what was in my body, why it happened, what did treatment entail and what my prognosis was.  I spent hours, days, and weeks researching.

You would be surprised at the sheer volume of information and misinformation that is found on the internet.  And for the average person to wade through this, it's more than discouraging to say the least.  But I stuck with it.  I kept reading, and eventually, I worked my way through to a greater understanding of this terrible disease.  One thing I know for certain is, you can't believe everything you read on the internet, even by the government and pharmaceutical companies.  I think back to when I first started reading about cancer, and I was beyond terrified about what I was finding online.

Now, after over 7,000 hours of reading, researching, and even experimenting with my own body chemistry, this is what I have found to be true.

First, cancer is preventable.

If we control our sugar levels, build our immune system, and rid our body of the things that cause oxidative stress, then we can prevent cancer from forming.  How, you ask?  I talk about how cancer begins in a previous post called How Does Cancer Begin?


Okay, now that we know the basics, what can we really do to help ourselves?

The truth is, sometimes we just don't know what causes toxic overload or oxidative stress in our bodies.  When we combine GMO food, processed food, beauty products, cleaning products, deodorant, soaps, environmental pollutants, medications, cigarettes, old dental work, and basically anything we come in contact with on a daily basis, we are making ourselves vulnerable.   Every time we breathe, we are exposing ourselves to toxins, moreso now than ever before in history.  Scary, huh?

So the goal should be to get these toxins out of our body before they start causing problems.  Who's responsible for that?  The immune system.   The job of the immune system is to send out white blood cells to find all those damaged cells and devour them.  But sometimes our immune system can't keep up with the demand or they're distracted.  Sometimes there are too many toxins in our bodies and the immune system becomes stressed.

But the biggest culprit of a weakened immune system is sugar.  I know people say, "Sugar feeds cancer", but this is not the function I'm talking about.  When we eat simple carbohydrates, processed foods, and sugary foods, not only do we have an overload of glucose in our blood stream to feed damaged cells, but our white blood cells get confused and absorb that sugar too.

When the white blood cells have too much sugar, it changes their ability to absorb damaged cells.  Their process is hindered for up to five hours at a time.  This is the moment when the damaged cells starting changing and multiplying.  Unfortunately, because of the addictive nature of sugar, we may eat it far more often than every five hours.  So our white blood cells never really get a chance to do their most important work.

Did you know that we all have cancer cells in our body already?  Are we feeding them?  Are we encouraging them to grow by adding more toxins and withholding our immunity to them?

Great, so what you're saying is, I can't have any fun or eat any delicious food like steak and cake....

Well, in theory, we would all be using natural products, eating organic plant-based foods, and we would be running through fields of green grass and standing on mountain tops breathing fresh air.  How realistic is that on a daily basis?  We have become dependent upon convenience for food and rarely get our proper time in nature.  We have responsibilities, you know!

That said, we can try to create a better balance in our bodies by trying to include more plant-based foods and less sugar.  And we can reduce the toxins in our bodies by stopping smoking, shifting away from more chemical based products, and getting out in the sunshine and fresh air.  But there are some other natural ways we can help our bodies achieve a better balance.

There are plants found in nature that will clear our body of toxins and damaged cells.  There are natural immune boosters.  And most importantly, there are natural ways to prevent our body from going into sugar overload, even when we DO eat those delicious cookies.  These plants can even reverse damage that has happened within your body, including premature aging, diabetes and cancer.  These things in nature have been around for centuries and have little to no side effects.

Why don't doctors prescribe natural cures?

Doctors are governed by protocol.  They must do what the government has deemed appropriate care for patients whether it's good for us or not.  Sadly, just like the food industry giants, there is an overlap and inbred relationship between the government policy makers and pharmaceutical companies.  If they cannot make money on the medication, it is not prescribed.  And cancer is expensive!  My year of cancer was nearly $50k a month for chemo, and hundreds of thousands of dollars for surgeries. In total, my breast cancer was close to $400,000, and that came out of the taxpayers' money because I was on Medicaid.
This was me getting what they call the "Red Devil"

Why is this a big deal?  Because statistics show that with chemotherapy and radiation, the odds are not much better than going it alone.  It extends life in some cases, but many are left with debilitating problems and subsequent cancers from treatment.  I remember signing a statement before getting my first chemotherapy that said I understood I could get bladder cancer from this particular drug.  Then the nurse suited up and warned that the drug will eat through skin if it touched it...as she was pumping it into my veins.  It's terrifying.

Why don't pharmaceutical companies promote natural treatments if they work so well?

Great question!  In my research, I have found that there have been many natural plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables that have tested as well as or even better than chemotherapy in clinical studies. And the best part is that they have little to no side effects.  When they find something that works and kills cancer, scientists get to work to determine what compound in this plant is responsible for the great results.  Then they try to extract that one compound and patent it.  The patent is where the money is.

But many of the plants found in nature that have cancer killing properties need to be in whole form.  ALL of the compounds working symbiotically is what kills the cancer cells.  When that happens, it's proof that it was created perfectly already.  However, that cannot be patented.  In cases like this, the pharmaceutical companies drop the study and move onto another that can potentially make money.

At the same time, the plants that they have proven to kill cancer in clinical studies are now suppressed.  We continue to trust that current chemotherapy and radiation treatments are the only way we will have our lives extended.  When you look at internet sites run by the large cancer societies, treatment centers or research facilities, they try to scare you away from any of these natural substances.  They say you will die if you take them.  Or they say they aren't effective despite what the clinical studies have proven.

So what are we supposed to believe?

Everyone has to do what's right for them.  And trusting your doctor to do the best thing for you is a big deal.  But at some point, you must question the safety of these toxic drugs.  At some point, you must look at what you are putting into your body and question, "Why this one? And will it kill cancer or just prolong my life?"  Start looking at ways you can actually get your health back, not just survive a couple more years.   Do I wish I had done this differently now that I know all of this?  Absolutely!

Had I known that I didn't have to torture my body and put my future at risk, I would have gone a natural route.  There ARE natural plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables that will cure cancer.  There ARE ways to get the body's chemical balance back in line.  There ARE ways to get healthy by not spending half a million dollars.

Don't be swayed by all the scare tactics by pharmaceutical company propaganda.  These cancer killers do not have to be toxic to our body.  If I had given the natural treatments a month of experimentation before signing my life over to seven rounds of toxic chemotherapy and five surgeries, I feel I would be in a MUCH better place right now.  I just didn't know what to take and why.  But that's what I know now!  And you all get to benefit from my hard work.

Okay, you keep talking about all these amazing things that work, but what exactly are they?

After thousands of hours of research, I've put together a list of what I feel are the most important cancer killers.  Some things rid the body of free radicals, damaged cells, toxins and block oxidative stress within the cells.  Some things prevent spikes in blood sugar, thus preventing sugar from overfeeding the cancer cells and white blood cells.  And there are some things that promote immune system health.  ALL of them are from sources found in nature!


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by Ann Peart
Cancer Survivor



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