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Wouldn’t it be great if our healthcare system actually worked with the body instead of against it? Of course, this is currently not the case.
Many people, when faced with a scary and possibly life-threatening breast cancer diagnosis, decide in the end to go the traditional route of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
If this is the case for you, after the treatment is over you will be faced with the task of flushing out not only the residue of the toxic soup that has accumulated from the chemo but also repairing the blow that it has dealt to your immune system in general.
I am not an oncologist nor am I a medical doctor. I do believe in common sense, however. If your body is full of toxins from chemotherapy, it just makes sense that using safe, natural means to flush them out would be a prudent thing to do.
Cancer cells have proteins within them whose specific job is to keep cancer in your body alive and growing. At the same time, there are substances found in nature whose job it is to target and kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells in the process.
If my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided to undergo chemotherapy, these would be the 5 cancer-fighting, immune-boosting and detoxifying natural substances I would recommend for her right away:
1.) Broccoli Sprouts: There are hundreds of articles out there on the cancer-killing properties of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. Sulforaphane is a substance found in broccoli sprouts in highly concentrated amounts. Sulforaphane is a breast cancer inhibitor and a booster of natural killer cell activity.
2.) Curcumin: The U.S. National Library of Medicine houses over 200 studies on the effects curcumin has on breast cancer alone. Curcumin can prevent tumor development and has been shown to work when multiple drug therapies do not.
3.) Beta Glucans: Want to supercharge your immune system? Beta Glucans extracted from medicinal mushrooms can be the most powerful way to go. Glucans will increase immune system activity that can actually affect the gene expression of breast cancer cells.
6.) Melatonin: Melatonin is mostly known as a sleep aid, but in reality it is a cytotoxic hormone that can have anti-estrogen effects. It has also caused breast cancer cells to “commit suicide” in clinical studies.
7.) Vitamin D: The majority of the women I coach on the 7 Essentials System™ for healthy breasts are deficient in Vitamin D. Studies have shown that higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood are linked to a reduction in breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Vitamin D is needed for many functions in the body, can stimulate the growth of macrophages that attack cancer cells and can slow breast cancer cell growth. The link between sufficient amounts of Vitamin D and cancer prevention is so evident that the Canadian Cancer Society has endorsed its use as a prevention therapy.
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Sadly, the average success rate for chemotherapy alone is just a little over 2%, according to an Australian study published in the journal Clinical Oncology. Most oncologists will warn against taking nutritional supplements during chemotherapy and even after it for a while because they are unsure of the effects they may have on the toxic treatment. However, updated research is pointing to the fact that patients may have better outcomes when they combine specific cancer-fighting supplements such as the ones mentioned below with traditional treatments.
If working with the body for healing is something you are open to and your doctor is not willing to discuss this option with you, consider seeking the advice of an integrative oncologist or at least an MD who is open to evidence-based natural medicines.
Well-known integrated health doctor Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby puts it bluntly: “Anyone (medical professional or otherwise) who tells you that diet does not affect your health or ability to fight disease is a liar. Period.”
There are literally dozens of other natural substances that can strengthen your immune system while at the same time flushing out toxins and fighting cancer. Educating yourself about dietary changes, lifestyle changes and a different perspective about the healing power of nature and your own body may certainly lead to a healthier outcome.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit http://breastcancerconqueror.com/.