Integrative Health care for Cancer
OK, here’s a not-so-pleasant thought: Cancer cells are continuously being produced in our bodies, every minute of every day.
But that doesn’t mean that we’re all sentenced to a particular fate. And that’s because our bodies are incredible machines. Cells known as Phagocytes, specialize in “eating away” anything that does not belong in our bodies including, you guessed it, cancer cells. Essentially our bodies have a built-in cleansing mechanism — the Phagocytes take the garbage out.
But as miraculous as our body mechanisms are, sometimes our bodies – and our spirit — become overwhelmed; sometimes even just taking out the garbage is too much. Our bodies – us – need help.
There are 3 main factors involved in development of cancer cells. They are:
• Environment: Environmental factors include contaminated air, food, water, and any other external factor that enters our body from pesticides, to electro-magnetic fields and radiation, tobacco smoke and many, many others. We can control some of what we’re exposed to, but often doing so is a challenge. It requires knowledge about our environment, an understanding of how our body reacts – some contaminants are more dangerous than others – and, once armed with that knowledge, it takes commitment and focus to minimize any negative impact.
• Heredity: Our genetic history – what was the health of our parents and grandparents? What diseases have they had? What was their health like? Now it’s important to realize that past is not necessarily prologue; just because our parents were afflicted with a particular ailment does not mean we are destined for the same fate. And, importantly, each of us is “wired” in our own unique ways; you’re not the same as your sister or brother. Still, your family history will provide important clues to you and your health-care professionals to develop appropriate programs for resolving and prevention of illnesses and ailments.
• Constitution: Often this is construed to mean our physique, but our constitution has a much broader scope – it’s our nature, including how we adapt and respond to the outside world – food, odors, wind, chemicals, stress and many more. Our constitution is uniquely ours – siblings who share a common heredity, environment and menu, for example, will have different reactions and health patterns.
Homeopathy and Cancer
When used to treat any illness or disease including cancer, homeopathy analyzes all three of these factors – environment, heredity and constitution – as the basis for developing a unique, tailored program. Homeopathy recognizes that each of us is unique, and while we share experiences, a personalized approach to wellness is required.
Homeopathy’s basic approach is based on the following credo: Each one of us deserves to be happy and healthy, to live well, and to be free of pain. Factors – physical, emotional or spiritual – that block accomplishing any or all of those goals need to be removed.
Homeopathy has been used effectively to reverse the debilitating side effects of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. Homeopathy has been used to strengthen the immune system, enabling the patients to better withstand chronic and common afflictions.
The Benefits of Homeopathy following cancer-related treatments such as Radiation, Chemotherapy or Surgery:
- Recover from short- and long-term side effects
- Regain physical and emotional balance
- Increase circulation and help relieve neuropathy, numbness, pain, lack of sensation and sensation of coldness or chill
- Recover and regain the ability to taste and smell
- Improve conditions of atrophy or partial nerve paralysis
- Fortify the immune system
San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Journal [Article March 14, 2011]
Cancer Treatment: Is an Integrative Healthcare Approach Helpful?
Choosing complementary or integrative approach to cancer treatment is not an easy decision, and need to be informed. As reported recently in the Bay Area Woman Journal, there are several options to be considered.
“…Typically in the United States, homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, nutrition, and other alternative health care systems are not considered primary, or stand-alone therapies for cancer. Nevertheless, natural therapies are becoming an increasingly popular complement to traditional cancer treatments…
…Homeopaths who work with cancer patients create a partnership with their clients and work closely with doctors and other care providers in a supportive environment. A person’s symptoms can change at any time requiring the homeopath to act quickly…
…Varda Wilenksy, CCH, RSHom(NA) … helping her clients alleviate adverse side effects following chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation, “I follow my clients closely through each step of their treatment. Homeopathy makes a difference, reducing side effects, making it easier to tolerate conventional treatments. Even in the late stages homeopathy helps cancer patients maintain quality of life longer. I am rewarded every day by witnessing the well being of my clients.”
- SF Bay Area Women’s Journal – March 14, 2011