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Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Other Diseases.
Though doctors and medicines are often needed to
treat diseases, a healthy lifestyle is the
foundation for avoiding and overcoming disease, and
improving health. This includes such things as diet,
exercise, sleep, relaxation, and countering
pollution in the mind-body-environment by such
things as stress reduction, and clean air, water,
and food. A basic overview of this is discussed on
Tom's Guide to Health and Long Life (TGH).
What doctors usually treat are acute symptoms (even
life-threatening), but they often do not eliminate
the disease nor do they become much of a lifestyle
coach for such problems as obesity that is a major
factor in diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Medical schools offer doctors little in nutritional
Many doctors, mainstream and alternative, talk too
often in terms of "magic bullets" that give cures.
In a recent newsletter,
Jon Barron points out,
"We live in a world of absolutes. Everyone wants
their health advice in black and white. They want
health guarantees. Tell me what herb cures cancer.
Does Echinacea cure colds? What drug should I take
if I have diabetes? And everyone from the media to
natural health practitioners to the medical
community is only too happy to comply. Ahh! If
only things were that simple. If only our health
options truly existed as clear cut choices that
provided health guarantees. Unfortunately, in the
real world they do not. Ultimately, health is a
game of odds -- and the real world choices we face
are anything but absolutes.
"As I said in the very first edition of Lessons
from the Miracle Doctors, there are no health
guarantees. Good health comes down to "playing the
The following website will focus more on dealing
with cancer using alternative approaches. When a
serious disease such as cancer occurs, it becomes
imperative for the immune system to react quickly
and strongly against the disease. But a compromised
immune system needs help.
There is no magic bullet against cancer, and many
other diseases. This is particularly true of cancer
since it includes a variety of diseases from
different causes in different stages.
The following that deals primarily with cancer will
give a general overview. The idea is that a person
can take these notes as a starting point to continue
researching the best approaches to try.
If one has advanced stages of cancer, of course
time is of essence. As will be discussed below,
because of information overload on the internet,
look for an alternative therapy cancer coach (a
website such as Cancertutor.com or a person such as
found on Self-helpCancer.org) who is not advocating
one approach, but is knowledgeable of the best
approaches for different cancers.
Two websites recommended to start a search are
those of Jon
Barron and Cancer Tutor.
Jon Barron is an alternative healer whose website
provides an excellent SEARCH for words related to
diseases, supplements, foods, and other aspects of
He offers on that website a free bimonthly
newsletter you can sign up for. He has also written
an excellent book, Lessons from the Miracle
Doctors, that outlines a program for health.
An abbreviated version of this book is available as
a free download here.
It should be noted that Jon and his staff are not
able to answer the more than 10,000 questions his
website receives each month. He is interviewed on
the radio, written up in newspapers, and gives talks
to audiences, some of which are available as free
podcasts on his website. The classic is Cancer,
The Big Lie.
The second website, Cancer Tutor, is
specifically directed toward dealing with cancer.
It does have a section on Jon Barron and gives a
summery of his book. It states: ". . .no matter what
other treatment plan you use, you need to read this
book!! It is probably the best "big picture" book on
why a person gets cancer, and how to fix the cause.
It is an amazing book, and it is free!"
It goes on to say: "It would be far better to
consider the Jon Barron diet as a "cancer diet," not
a cancer treatment."
Cancer Tutor is ideal for a methodical search of
all aspects of cancer. There are many links on the
left side of the home page. Besides the Must Read
Links at the top, there are links for specific
cancers below, alternative cancer clinics, Stage
I-III & IV cancers, cancer diet, and at the
bottom are links for other diseases such as
diabetes, heart issues, flu, fibromyalgia, MS,
Here are some other alternative cancer therapy
Best Cancer Websites
"This website is designed for one central purpose -
to enable you to quickly find the world's best
English-language cancer-related websites for your
This website makes the important observation:
"Most people know of the existence of some of these
complementary and alternative cancer therapies, but
until faced with the disease either in oneself or a
loved one, few feel the need to investigate in
detail. And when a closer look is taken, it is not
long before information overload sets in. There is
just so much data out there, so many possibilities,
so much sales hype, and so many hidden agendas, that
to assimilate, assess and act upon it is not so
simple. There are probably over 100 complementary
and alternative treatment options for cancer. Making
use of the best of these is a good idea, for it is
generally accepted that it is the pro-active cancer
patients, who set about doing something to help
themselves, who have the best chances of recovery
and longer-term survival. But how to decide on which
treatment options to use?"
He suggests "Choosing a Personal Treatment Regimen"
and gives information on contacts to find coaches to
I should add that finding a coach is not as easy as
it sounds. If you search for "cancer coach" you will
get mainstream medicine coaches who advise you
whether you should have radiation, chemo, or
surgery, etc. If you search for "alternative
therapies cancer coach" you find that mainstream
medicine coaches include statements such as using
complementary therapies that integrate "alternative
therapies" into conventional treatments, which often
means they are trying to co-opt your search and get
you into mainstream medicine, but may let you take
your antioxidant pills, if the doctor approves.
Here are a few more sites for alternative and
complementary therapies cancer coaches. They need to
be checked out in detail as to their objectives.
The National Association of Professional Cancer
This looks fairly mainstream, but it is non-profit
and may have some valid options.
The American Anti-Cancer Institute
They say that coaches via telephone usually cost
Jennifer Alhasa, Cancer Coach
Donation basis coach.
Hope for Cancer . . . for $79.
A Stage IV Cancer Treatment -- from Cancer Tutor
"It is also one of the most inexpensive treatments
available at about $200 a month."
If a person with cancer lacks the time and energy
to do the research required, consider asking a
friend or hiring part-time a college student or
someone knowledgeable of science and internet
The Cancer Cure Foundation
"The ultimate one-stop source for information about
alternative cancer treatments, therapies and
"The Cancer Cure Foundation is a non-profit
organization dedicated to researching and providing
information about alternative cancer treatments and
therapies since 1976."
Healing Cancer Naturally
"Here you will find a wealth of useful and
interesting information on this site devoted to the
extensive field of alternative non-intrusive healing
modalities for cancer that have proven successful
for people with this serious challenge!"
This is a new, cutting-edge treatment that has a
few dramatic results, such as with some Stage IV
breast cancer patients. No in-depth studies have
We read, ". . . test tube studies demonstrated that
it is most effective against leukemia, colon cancer,
and then demonstrates varying degree of activity
against many other cancers, including: melanoma,
breast, ovarian, prostate, central nervous system
and renal cell carcinomas."
It is unique in that, unlike most treatments that
work with antioxidants, it generates free radicals
that become activated by iron in cancer cells and it
tears them apart. It is usually taken with a low
Dr Lam on Artemisinin (Wormwood)
It seems that Dr. Lam would be a good starting
point as a cancer coach for this. He gives his toll
free number to call and a box: Have a Health
Question? Ask me for Free!
"Iron is required for cell division, and it is well
known that many cancer cell types selectively
accumulate iron for this purpose. Most cancers have
large number of iron attracting transferring
receptors on their cell surface compared to normal
cells. In laboratory studies of radiation, resistant
breast cancer cells that have high propensity for
accumulating iron revealed that artemisinin has 75
percent cancer cell killing properties in a 8 hours
and almost 100 percent killing properties within 24
hours when these cancer cells are "pre-loaded" with
iron after incubation with holotransferrin. On the
other hand, the normal cells remained virtually
unharmed. Another study showing the effectiveness of
artesunate in treatment of cancer was also published
in Oncology (April 2001: 18(4): 767-73)."
Check out websites that follow the research of
Professors Lai and Singh at the University of
Washington that originated from wormwood mentioned
in ancient Chinese medicine for destroying malaria
parasites that contain much iron. Read:
Cancer Smart Bomb - Part I:
At the bottom are links to Part 2 and ARTEMISININ
Wormwood, like resveratrol and generic drugs, is
not a very expensive drug that pharmaceutical
companies and mainstream medicine would want to use.
Consider this perspective:
Metformin - Generic diabetic drug, or resveratrol.
What May Become Worlds First Proven Cancer
Cancer likes sugar and refined carbohydrates. Using
that generic, anti-diabetic drug Metformin indicates
something that should be considered in the diet.
Cancer cells thrive on sugars, even fructose from
fruit. Thus we need to avoid fructose corn syrup and
limit our intake of healthy fruits depending on how
well we digest sugar as reflected in our blood tests
of glucose and A1c levels. For someone who is
diabetic or pre-diabetic, this is more critical than
for someone whose blood sugar level is normal. Since
artificial sweeteners such as aspartame should be
avoided, it seems that stevia should be the
sweetener of choice.
Having said all that, we find in CancerTutor.com
special raw food and juicing diets that use glucose
as bait to kill cancer cells. Here are a few
comments from Raw Food Treatment For Cancer webpage
"Another issue is glucose. Carrots have a high level
of glucose. This glucose is readily taken in by
cancer cells. When the glucose is taken in so are
the nutrients in the carrots, etc. that kill cancer
cells. Cancer cells steal from normal cells not only
glucose, but nutrients as well."
"A Note About Carrots
A special note about carrots is in order. Like
virtually all vegetables, there are hundreds, if not
thousands, of phytonutrients (i.e. nutrients in
plants not otherwise classified) in carrots that
have not yet been identified or tested for
cancer-fighting abilities. It may be that we do not
yet know the best cancer-fighting nutrient in
carrots, but based on many testimonials and some
books, carrots may be the best cancer-fighting
vegetable of all."
The RAW vegetables you should focus on are: carrots,
cabbage, green asparagus, broccoli, red beets (i.e.
beetroot), beet tops, cauliflower and related
vegetables. Peppers also have cancer fighting
substances. The spice turmeric can be added as
This is where extensive research (and/or a cancer
coach) is very important because diets may be
different for the types of cancer, stages, etc.
The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that
activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal
itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw
juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
Coffee enemas are the primary method of
detoxification of the tissues and blood on the
Gerson Therapy. Check out the many details
Generally, the Gerson Therapy has had repeatedly
good results with melanoma, lymphoma, breast cancer,
ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer,
Duke’s C colorectal cancer, and systemic lupus
erythematosis (SLE). It also helps against
diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, auto-immune
disorders, and many others.
Cancers that tend to not respond well to the Gerson
Therapy include acute leukemia, pancreatic cancer
after treatment with chemotherapy, and brain cancers
other than an early stage astrocytoma.
Parkinson’s disease and ALS do not respond well to
The Gerson Institute licenses two treatment centers,
one in Mexico south of San Diego and one in Hungary.
Patients come to the clinics to learn the Gerson
Therapy under the care of the Gerson doctors.
For an excellent, in-depth, almost three-hour
explanation of the Therapy by Dr. Gerson's then
80-year-old daughter see, http://youtu.be/quuvi6Gvvmc
The Gerson Therapy website sells several DVD's that
describe the therapy.
Some of these videos can be found on YouTube as can
the Gerson coffee enema. Here you can find
Dying to Have Known (excellent) -- 79 minutes
and The Gerson Miracle -- 90 minutes
But The Beautiful Truth on many websites seems to be
blocked in the US.
If blood glucose needs to be lowered, Jon Barron
has developed a compound of natural plant extracts
that help lower the blood sugar level by partial
blockage of their absorption in the intestines. It
is called Glucotor v.2. Here is some research data
And here is the product.
Diet is fundamental in cancer as it is in heart
disease. It is said that diet and exercise can cure
heart disease and Bill Clinton illustrates that. But
diet is a complex subject in alternative treatments.
Thus a coach helps.
Learn some meditation or relaxation techniques. An
improvement in health is often a side-effect of
meditation. In the British Financial Times, the
author of the book, Teach Us to Sit Still: A
Skeptic's Search for Health and Healing, tells of
In Tim Parks' own words
The mind is part of the therapy needed to overcome
cancer or any disease. Besides relaxation and
meditation techniques, a sense of humor helps.
Norman Cousins wrote a book, Anatomy of an Illness.
Of Cousins it is said:
"Told that he had little chance of surviving,
Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating
megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive
attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by
Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery
that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an
anesthetic effect and would give me at least two
hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the
pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we
would switch on the motion picture projector again
and not infrequently, it would lead to another
Cousins received the Albert Schweitzer Prize in
1990. He died of heart failure on November 30, 1990,
in Los Angeles, California, having survived years
longer than his doctors predicted: 10 years after
his first heart attack, 26 years after his collagen
illness, and 36 years after his doctors first
diagnosed his heart disease.
One last thing that is cheap and effective for some
cancers is hydrotherapy using hot and cold showers.
Use a shower head filter, such as Aquasana ($68), to
remove the chlorine.
If you want to observe the trivia of someone's
searches as he considers diet, supplements,
exercise, teas, and other aspects of strengthening
the immune system against skin and bone cancer,
“People are like stained-glass windows. They
sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the
darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only
if there is a light from within.” -- Elisabeth