Cancer – The Big C
Lots of people, maybe most people, don’t see nutrition as a solution for serious health problems. Oh, it can keep you trim and perhaps give you energy, but heal disease? Probably not.
So let’s talk about the big kahuna of health problems, cancer.
If the doc says you have cancer, a tsunami of fear floods in. What will become of me? Will I become only a worn out husk of what I’ve always been? Will the pain be overwhelming?
And, finally, is there any hope?
There’s always hope, but it’s not where you’d expect.
Medicine and cancer
Medicine has a really poor track record with cancer. Only 3% of chemotherapy patients get well-and even the “lucky” ones live with an increased risk of health woes.
The vast majority of cancer doctors admit they would never take chemo.
Press releases announce big-time improvements on the cancer front, but in fact, things are getting worse.
The highly touted early diagnosis push gets lots of publicity, but what isn’t mentioned is early detection finds incidental cancer-look-alikes that almost certainly wouldn’t cause trouble down the road. Such as the harmless ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which gets diagnosed as breast cancer and treated with everything they can throw at it.
Without early detection, DCIS patients would live their lives in peace and die of something besides cancer. With early detection, though, they go through medicine’s cut/poison/burn answer to cancer; most survive-because they never had active cancer. What they survived was the treatment, which leaves behind a lifetime of increased health problems.
And it’s the same story with thyroid “cancer.” They find tiny little growths, which take a Hubble telescope to spot, that would never be dangerous. Same with prostate “cancer.”
And I could go on. This is one fine mess we’re in.
Nutrition and cancer
So I’m excited to tell you there’s good news about keeping cancer from getting into your body and also about fighting back if it already arrived. It’s about nutrition.
• More than 80% of all cancers are carcinomas, which always start in damaged epithelial cells.
• Our bodies are chock-a-block full of epithelial cells. They line all our organs and blood vessels (where they’re called endothelial cells), and they’re part of all our glands and our skin. Etc.
• When epithelial cells get damaged-from fluoride, low stomach acid, etc.-they cause all sorts of diseases, cancer being just one of them. Digestive dismay means epithelial cells lining the small intestine are damaged. Atrial fibrillation points to the epithelial lining of the heart. COPD, the lungs. And on, and on, and on.
• Medicine can’t heal epithelial cells, but you can. My Moving to Health program (below) explains how to use nutrition to heal epithelial cells. It’s a process, not a one-time event, but you’ll know you’re on the right track because your body will be cheering you every step of the way.
• What about non-carcinoma cancers? Can nutrition heal them, too? Yes, it can. As the saying goes, it’ll work if you work it.
Nutrition, especially the way I talk about it, is very safe. For one thing, you customize your plan to what your body needs; fighting for your life takes a lot of nutrition; keeping a healthy body on an even keel takes less.
Medicine, nutrition and cancer
Good nutrition doesn’t interfere with cancer treatment. In fact, it pitches in with big-time help, creating much better results.
But medical schools teach doctors to distrust nutrition; they can’t even talk about it. Why? Because they risk their medical license if they recommend or use vitamins and minerals to treat patients.
But that doesn’t limit what you can do.
If you’re already on chemo (or going through radiation), it’s not too late to start building your vitamin/mineral base. It will help your body handle the treatment and improve how you feel.
Telling the doctor about your nutritional activities is tricky business, though. There are doctors who do the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde transformation at the very mention of a vitamin, while others might go so far as saying adults get to decide for themselves.
You won’t know in advance what reaction you’ll get. Proceed with caution. Great caution.
We’re on our own in making our bodies to sparkle and shine. There’s a lot to learn, and, since much of what we know is wrong, a lot to unlearn.
But you can do this. Others have; why not you? And if not you, who?
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.