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How to Rebuild Your Health after Cancer Surgery

From thetruthaboutcancer.com

How to Rebuild Your Health after Cancer Surgery

By Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

For many, surgery to remove tumors or organs that have been affected by cancer may seem to be the most benign of the “Big Three” conventional cancer therapies. Make no mistake, however, it is a highly-invasive procedure and comes with its own risks and needs for rebuilding the immune system post cancer surgery.

What Cancer Surgery Does to Your Body

Invasive surgery for breast cancer and other forms of cancer affects the body in various ways. Research has shown that it can have a detrimental effect on the immune system by significantly reducing the number and production rate of Natural Killer cells. It also causes the body to go into a trauma state. During this state, the body automatically secretes growth factors with the aim of facilitating a healing response. These same factors, however, can also catalyze cancer cells to grow and spread.

Another major concern about surgery is that during this invasive procedure, the natural barriers in the body that would normally keep a cancer tumor contained in a particular area of the body or organ is breached. This breaching may enable cancer cells to leak past natural barriers and spread to other parts of the body system. It should be noted that this concern exists for those who are considering breast cancer biopsy as well.

The most shocking news, according to studies conducted at Tel-Aviv University in Israel and others, is that surgery may actually cause cancer tumors to spread. Sometimes this happens at a rapid rate. Cancer cells tend to be “sticky cells.” They have a Velcro-like substance on them that allows them to adhere to each other as well as to the walls of blood vessels. According to Bill Faloon, director and co-founder of Life Extension Institute, the sticking and binding characteristic of cancer cells may increase by up to 250% after surgery.

Natural Protocols to Heal After Cancer Surgery

Nature never ceases to amaze. Here are some of the wondrous natural substances & modalities that you can consider adding to your healthy breast protocol after breast cancer surgery. These can also be used by anyone who is on the healing path with cancer:

#1 Chaga Mushrooms. Prepare for your surgery by boosting your immune system beforehand. Medicinal mushrooms are some of the best substances you can include in your healing toolbox for their immune-boosting properties in general. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, chaga mushrooms, used for centuries in Europe as an immune system stimulator and digestive aid, can be especially effective for boosting Natural Killer cells, reducing fatigue, reducing inflammation, and brain health. Other substances that boost NK cells (those cells whose job it is to hunt out and destroy pathogens like cancer) include garlic, milk thistle, sulforaphane (from broccoli sprouts), and curcumin.

#2 Modified Citrus Pectin. Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is a type of polysaccharide that comes from the cell walls of citrus fruit and is most commonly known as a source of dietary fiber. It can also lessen the “stickiness” of cancer cells that could be exacerbated with surgery and may lead to cancer metastasis. Evidence-based research has shown Modified Citrus Pectin to have a direct effect on prostate, lung, and breast cancers and other studies have found MCP intake to decrease cancer cell adhesion by up to 95%. Many experts suggest taking MCP for up to a year after cancer surgery.

#3 Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Reducing inflammation is one of the most important (if not THE most important) thing you can do to boost your overall health after radiation. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are key polyunsaturated fats and include α-linolenic acid (ALA), found in found in plant oils such as coconut oil and flax oil, as well as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in fish such as salmon. It is now common knowledge that Omega 3s have many health benefits, including decreasing inflammation, which helps decrease cancer recurrence risk overall.

#4 Bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme complex found in pineapple. It has been shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory and can also help to curb the formation of heavy scar tissue after an accident or surgery.

#5 Eliciting the “Relaxation Response.” Stress can cause dis-ease through kicking in the “fight or flight” response and raising stress hormones. But when a person is deeply relaxed is when the heart rate lowers, muscles relax, digestive activity (and thus immunity) improves and the parasympathetic nervous system can do its job of true healing. After surgery, do what you can to elicit the “relaxation response” as much as possible. Avoiding stressful thoughts, conversations, and people. Practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditate, use calming essential oils like lavender in a diffuser or topically, and engage in light, targeted massage to lower your stress response overall.

Surgery should not be taken lightly. It is a highly invasive procedure that will put your body in a state of shock during the procedure and for weeks following it. For years, studies have shown that “primary tumor removal may result in sudden acceleration of the metastatic process.”

If you are recovering from cancer surgery or are preparing for it, take note of the ways mentioned above that you can speed up recovery and help keep cancer from returning as you heal. Help your body through eliciting the relaxation response and, most of all, do all you can to stay on a healing path (or a healthy breast path if you are recovering from mastectomy, lumpectomy, or biopsy) in the months and years following surgery.

 

 

Cancer Answers Summit Starts Dec. 7

It is an honor to invite you to join me for the most comprehensive online video summit on integrative, alternative and holistic approaches to cancer.

The Cancer Answers Global Summit will feature my video interviews with 22 of  the world’s leading integrative medical doctors, cancer and  health experts, researchers and survivors who will share the most up-to-date approaches for healing and preventing cancer and other diseases.

Starting on Monday, December 7th, you can view all of the video interviews in the series for FREE! To attend from anywhere in the world, go to this link : http://www.canceranswerssummit.com.

With one in two men and one in three women projected to have cancer in their lifetime, we invite you to join our movement to help end the cancer epidemic. The health information shared by the doctors and experts in this summit will also educate you on preventive strategies to avoid disease in the first place!

Join me for The Cancer Answers Global Summit as doctors and experts reveal:

  • A variety of integrative and alternative cancer therapies you have probably never heard about
  • Cancer tests that can warn you about the potential for cancer years before traditional tests
  • Shocking cancer facts and cases
  • Natural healing approaches to reverse disease or avoid it in the first place
  • The benefits of plant-based foods in healing disease and extending longevity
  • A variety of nutritional approaches to healing
  • Medicinal mushrooms as an ally in disease reversal and prevention
  • The power of a mind/body/spirit approach to healing from cancer and other diseases
  • How emotions play a major role in the onset of disease, and how to resolve them
  • Successful cancer strategies and secrets from cancer survivors

It’s all FREE when you register here: http://www.canceranswerssummit.com.

Featuring leading experts such as Dr.Ben Johnson, MD, Dr. Nalini Chilkov, OMD, Dr. Tullio Simoncini, MD, Brian Clement of Hippocrates Institute, Dr. Hyla Cass, MD, and Dr. Antonio Jimenez, MD, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

I can’t wait to join you again for The Cancer Answers Global Summit!

To Your Greatest Health,
Jean Swann  

Founder and Host
The Cancer Answers Global Summit  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinkwashed – Real Deal re Breast Health

breasts thermography no to frankenfoodsPink at Least Peaking Interest in
Breakthroughs for Better Breast Health!

I’m actually feeling “Pinkwashed”—it seems like everywhere in “Pinktober” some company was ready to sell us something pink for “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” from boxing gloves to bungee cords, even items that contribute to cancer such as chicken fried with vegetable/GMO oil and cosmetics–with known carcinogen ingredients. Cancer has become as commercialized as Christmas and Mother’s Day. According to the American Cancer Society, about 12% of women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. A lung cancer survivor myself, I’ve been immersed in researching causes and prevention of all kinds of cancer. There’s no doubt that most are aware of breast cancer. However, my findings surprised me about what most are unaware of, and motivated me to caution women about ‘buying’ all that the mainstream is ‘selling’ us.

An Alternative to Cancer-Causing Mammograms

I’m excited to report that there’s a totally safe exam, thermography which uses heat sensing cameras) to detect pre-cancerous tissue eight to ten years before mammograms can. Now that’s truly ‘early detection’ and most urban areas now have this technology available.

As documented by Dr. Joseph Mercola (mercola.com), natural health expert, and other health practitioners, there is convincing evidence that mammograms contribute to cancer. He points out that you can get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays. He continues, saying that as mammography also compresses your breasts tightly, this can lead to a dangerous spread of cancerous cells, should they exist.

The risk of radiation is higher among younger women. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) released evidence that, among women under 35, mammography could cause 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies. As Dr. Samuel Epstein, one of the world’s top cancer experts, stated, “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1%, with a cumulative 10% increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”
Dr. John W. Gofman, an authority on the health effects of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75% of breast cancer could be prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure to the ionizing radiation from mammography, x-rays and other medical and dental sources.
Since mammographic screening was introduced, the incidence of a form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased by 328%. Two hundred percent of this increase has been attributed to mammography.
Health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the problem of breast cancer over-diagnosis including false diagnosis. Women who, because of mammogram recommendations, are subjected to excruciating surgery, radiation or chemotherapy to treat cancers that never would have become dangerous, and which they never would have known about if not for the mammogram. An independent panel from the United Kingdom concluded in 2012 that 19% of all breast cancer diagnoses are over-diagnosis, detecting cancers that pose no health risk. Other estimates have ranged from 5% to as high as 50%, according to Natural News.

Race for Perpetuating the Cancer Industry

All across America, men and women participate in “run for the cure” events. What little of the money raised (mostly spent for organizational growth and ‘awareness’) which is spent on prevention/services is spent on “free” mammograms. Those mammograms, in turn, actually contribute to breast cancer since they subject women to high doses of ionizing radiation. Among many, two prominent doctors in an article published in the British Medical Journal, have sharply condemned the organization for lying about the “benefits” of mammograms.
“Their Foundation owns stock in KFC and Coca Cola with product ingredients that contribute to cancer; GE, one of the largest makers of mammogram machines in the world; DuPont, a major polluter; Monsanto, producer of GMOs, glyphosate and other carcinogenic chemicals; and pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca, which produces the cancer treatment drug tamoxifen as a prevention device for healthy but high-risk women, despite vehement opposition by most other breast cancer groups because of its links to uterine cancer,” reports Tony Isaacs at Natural News. There are even pink fracking drill bits for an industry shown to pollute air, land and water sources and contribute to increased risk of cancer and birth defects, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org).
“In sum, it seems evident that the campaign isn’t about finding a cure for cancer; it’s about promoting cancer so that they can sell more drugs and radiotherapy that keeps more patients locked into a cycle of dependence on toxic cancer treatments,” says Natural News.
Think of it this way: Buy a bucket of junk food or drink liters of high fructose sodas, and pretend as though you’re helping to save lives through these “sponsors of pink”, while you slowly take your own.

Black Women Targeted

According to research reported in Natural News, “Notably, Black women are targeted with mammogram trucks — “mobile cancer stations” — in low-income neighborhoods in cities like Detroit where breast cancer among African American women is far more common than in White neighborhoods. The result of all this is increased rates of breast cancer due to the mammography itself. This, in turn, results in statistics which are cited by the organization itself to spread fear and alarm over the disease, justifying their very existence.”

Think Before You Participate in Pink

1. Does any money from my purchase go to support breast cancer programs? How much?
Can you tell how much money from your purchases will go to support legitimate breast cancer programs? If not, consider giving directly to the charity of your choice instead. Example: Recently, a shoe company sold pink ribbon clogs—while none of the portion of those sales went toward their already set donation of $25,000.
2. What organization will get the money? What do they do with the funds, and how do these programs help reverse the breast cancer epidemic?
Does the money go to truly addressing the root causes of the epidemic, like social inequities that lead to women of color and poor women dying more often of breast cancer, or environmental toxins (including in nearby dumps, our processed food, cleaning products and GMO produce) that are contributing to high rates of breast cancer? Before donating, check the recipient organization’s website to make sure that its mission and activities are in line with your personal values.
3. Does this purchase put you or someone you love at risk for exposure to toxins linked to breast cancer?
Many companies have sold pink ribbon products that are linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Example: In 2011, “the Cure” commissioned a perfume called Promise Me that contains unlisted chemicals that are regulated as toxic and hazardous, have not been adequately evaluated for human safety, and have demonstrated negative health effects. Although they said they would reformulate future versions of the perfume, without official adoption of the precautionary principle, there is no guarantee that future versions are better.
If you have doubts about your pink purchases and participation, consider giving directly to a breast cancer organization whose work you believe is most essential. Local recommendations: www.beatcancer.org and www.artofwellnesscenter.com; and nationally: www.cancercrackdown.org, and www.thetruthaboutcancer.com.
Steps to Take to Keep Healthy
It’s best to consult with your naturopathic, osteopathic or integrative doctor to individualize your approach. Generally, you can consider these guidelines:
• Use thermography for testing
• Reduce bra wearing, especially with under wires, which restrict the functioning of the body’s lymphatic system
• Use chemical free deodorant
• Treat yourself with reflexology, massage and/or acupuncture to keep your energy flowing
• Take 200 mcg selenium and 1000-2000 mg of Vitamin D3 daily (or 20 minutes of sunshine at least 3 times per week and eat wild salmon, not farm grown or wild caught)
• Check and maintain iodine levels (simple test via doctor prescribed SSKI; food sources are organic eggs and spirulina)
• Drink water (1/2 body weight in ounces daily) and exercise or move at least 10 minutes every hour.

References: www.naturalnews.com, https://bcaction.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com, www.alternet.org. www.mercola.com; nrdc.org; “Heal Breast Cancer Naturally: 7 Essential Steps™ for Beating Breast Cancer” by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers.

Mini-Miracle Brings Welcome Sleep

woman holding sun setA long time close friend just told me that after taking ‘Ticlid’ medication 14 years for stroke-prevention – her doctor agreed she could wean herself off starting two weeks ago. Since then she has more energy and gratefully now sleeps ‘extremely’ well – for the first time in all those years!

Bonus news: unfortunately research has confirmed that the medication is toxic, thus potentially carcinogenic  — we’re so glad she no longer ‘has to’ take it because of her good health and successful strategies for dealing with stress. At 77, she’s having so much fun — even the star of a weekly salsa class!