In this article devoted to cancer issues. I would like to share some recent knowledge on the war on cancer.
The global war on the disease has raged for over 80 years. The weapons of war continue to be three-fold: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Over the same period, there have been rapid improvements in technology and medical science. As such, one would expect medical treatments and success rates for cancer to rise steadily. This, surprisingly, hasn’t been the case. In fact, the cancer rate has increased by 44 per cent since 1950, with breast and male colon cancer increasing by 60 per cent and prostate increasing by 100 per cent. About 44 per cent of Americans are expected to develop cancer in the near future according to recent statistics.
According to the World Health Organisation, cancer accounts for 13 per cent of all deaths registered globally and 70 per cent of that figure occurs in middle and low-income countries. In Nigeria, about 10,000 cancer deaths are recorded annually while 250,000 new cases are recorded yearly.
In the developed countries, the average cancer patient today has a 50 per cent chance of living another five years, which is exactly the same odds that he or she had way back in 1971. In the developing countries we are just beginning to approach this percentage.
It is safe to assume that the advent of cancer predates modern medicine. Over the past 5,000 years, people with cancer did not just die without some mode of management being rendered, however crude. Over the centuries, natural therapies were available and they were used by emperors and kings alike to combat all manner of diseases, including cancer. Unfortunately, their use has been suppressed in the past century, with many being labelled as ‘quackery’ by modern medicine.
There is no better example of the weakness of conventional medicine on its clear failure in overcoming cancer. By the same token, there is no better example of the effectiveness of natural medicine in the management of cancer. Optimum results are often obtained when conventional therapies are combined with natural, non-toxic therapies.
The naturally-oriented physician views the body as a closed internal ecosystem and he believes that the dysfunction of this ecosystem leads to the development of cancer.
No treatment, conventional or otherwise, can completely eliminate all cancer cells. The reason is simple. Cancer is a systemic disease and there are simply too many potentially cancerous cells within the ecosystem of the body. Its growth process is affected by biological conditions.
There are issues of non-genetically based cancer, forms 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 large 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 fight cancer by optimising the internal terrain, thus enabling the patient’s system to destroy the tumour and discourage further growth.
The use of non-toxic natural therapies has had a huge success 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 treatment.
The American Metabolic Institute’s, renowned scientist, Dr. Geronimo Rubio, reported success rate in reversing stage three and four cancers from 65 to 75 per cent. The reversal rate for stage 1 and 2 cancer is 80 per cent.
Gerson boasted 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 therapy. For stage 3b, the survival rate was 70 per cent versus 41 in conventional therapy. In stage 4a, the rate was 39 per cent as compared to the latter’s six percent!
Today, many patients opt for combination therapy, using both conventional and alternative cancer treatments. This combined therapy 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 objectives and rationale behind combining conventional therapies with natural treatments are as follows:
- To reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy so that a more effective and safer dose can be given. For instance, antioxidants protect animals from drug-induced toxicity without interfering with anti-tumor effect of cancer drugs.
- To help normal cells to resist chemotherapy and radiotherapy or increase drug accumulation in cancer cells.
- Additive or synergistic cytotoxic effect of natural compounds with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, each acting through different but complementary pathways.
- Removal of toxins from the environment and toxins from intestinal ‘auto intoxication’ from bad eating habits or incompatible foods.
There are also many forms of natural therapies that are not related to natural compounds but related to characteristics of the cancerous process. Many of these therapies have been extensively used for decades in clinical settings. Scientific documentation and double blind studies required by modern medicine are 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 simply 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 treatments has reached a plateau and there is an urgent need to break through this cure plateau with new ideas.