It is safe to assume that the advent of cancer predates modern medicine. Over the past 5,000 years, people living with cancer did not just merely die without some mode of management being rendered, however crude. Through the centuries, natural therapies have been available and were used by emperors and kings alike to combat all manner of diseases, including cancer.
Unfortunately, the use of such therapies has been suppressed in the past century in favour of western medicine.
As noted earlier, the odds of survival that people with cancer face have remained mostly unchanged in the last several decades, despite strides in medicine. This is an indication of inadequate management as we know it. Many practitioners have found that optimum results are often obtained when conventional therapies are combined with natural and non-toxic treatments.
The naturally-oriented physician views the human body as a closed internal ecosystem and believes that the dysfunction of this ecosystem leads to the development of cancer. No treatment, conventional or otherwise, can eliminate all cancer cells. The reason is simple. Cancer is a systemic disease and there are just too many potentially cancerous cells within the ecosystem of the body. Its growth process is affected by biological conditions.
Non-genetically based cancers develop in the body because of toxins, poor oxygenation, poor nutrition and other factors, such as hormonal imbalance. Whether cancer cells continue to multiply or not depends, to a significant degree, on the body’s biological terrain, which is what determines how the cancer is expressed. The root of cancer, therefore, lies in the progress of growth and metastasis. Naturally-oriented physicians, therefore, fight cancer by optimising the internal terrain and enabling the patient’s system to destroy the tumour and discourage further growth.
The use of non-toxic natural therapies has been quite succesful over the past few decades. For example, Dr. Contreras of the Oasis Hospital reported that his five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is 83 per cent when using natural treatment as compared to 73 per cent for conventional medicine.
The American Metabolic Institute’s renowned scientist, Dr. Geronimo Rubio, reported a success rate in reversing stage three and four cancers from 65 to 75 per cent. The reversal rate for stage one and two cancer is 80 per cent.
The famous Gerson therapy boasts high achievements. In a study spearheaded by him, 153 patients in various stages of melanoma were examined. He reported that all 153 patients, who underwent the Gerson therapy, survived for five years. Only 79 per cent of patients who received conventional treatment survived this length of time.
Patients with Stages 3a melanoma who underwent Gerson therapy had a five-year survival rate of 82 per cent versus 39 per cent in conventional treatment. For stage 3b, the survival rate was 70 per cent versus 41 per cent in conventional therapy. In stage 4a, the rate was 39 per cent as compared to six per cent.
Today, many patients opt for combination therapy, using both conventional and alternative cancer treatments. This combined medicine is becoming more and more popular as the success rates are higher than either one alone.
Human and animal studies have shown successful results when chemotherapeutic agents and natural compounds are combined. The rationale behind combining conventional therapies with natural treatments include a drastic reduction in the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, achievement of a synergistic cytotoxic effect on cancer cells, as well as combating intestinal auto-intoxication through proper healthful eating habits.
This, of course, often requires a complete overhauling of certain bad habits learned over time and a significant lifestyle modification. These benefits are easily achieved through medically supervised detoxification programs, such as the Mayr-type of detoxification available at Mart-Life Detox Clinic, Maryland,Lagos.
It is true that, as regards the establishment of natural therapies, scientific documentation and double-blind studies required by modern medicine are often incomplete, but anecdotal reports from patients point to their validity. They are, by no means, “quackery”. It is fair to say, however, that there is just not enough data to pass the high level of scientific scrutiny.
Over the past 50 years, conventional treatments of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have been the cornerstone of cancer treatment. Today, the clinical success of these procedures has reached a plateau and there is an urgent need to break through it with new ideas.
Naturally oriented physicians view natural therapies as a way to complement conventional treatments and help the patient overcome cancer without suffering toxic side effects.
Today, many natural and non-toxic modalities offered in countries, such as Switzerland, Germany, England, Mexico and the Netherlands, co-exist harmoniously with conventional treatments. The results are excellent. Modern natural medicine approaches cancer therapy by incorporating the use of antioxidants, lifestyle changes, herbs, removal of heavy metals and other environmental toxins, as well as dietary modifications. These approaches help to prepare the cancer patient’s body for conventional treatments, while reducing the toxic side effects.
The use of both natural and conventional therapies logically and judiciously makes sense. Neither conventional nor alternative treatment holds the magic bullet in cancer treatment. Combining the best of both worlds to combat cancer and side effects makes the most logical sense for the patient. Further research needs to be intensified to make cancer a disease of the past in our environment.