What are the alternatives to Chemotherapy?

Traditional medicine uses chemotherapy as a standard to help eliminate cancer cells. It is like a shotgun approach to destroying cancer cells. Unfortunately, the therapy can also damage healthy cells. Furthermore, large doses of chemotherapy can weaken the immune system, create anemia, and make people more susceptible to infections. Traditional medicine oncologists can only recommend chemotherapy. They can refer patients for surgery or radiation therapy. This makes their scope of practice very limited.

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” Herophilus

Traditional chemotherapy statistics

Three Australian oncologists in 2004 published a meta-analysis assessing absolute increase in survival of cancer patients treated with traditional chemotherapy. [1]A meta-analysis is a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies. The five year survival for all cancers was about 60% with or without chemotherapy. Traditional chemotherapy improved 5-year survival by 2.3% in Australia and by 2.1% in the United States. According to the Cancer Journal for Clinicians, “Traditional chemotherapy is unsatisfactory; responses are rarely complete, five year survival rates for metastatic melanoma are less than 5%, and chemotherapeutic agents are toxic and expensive.“[2] According to Dr. Albert Braverman, oncologist, “Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumor, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure.”[3]

“The word ‘Incurable’ just means we do not know the answer right now.” Dr. Valerie Hunt, UCLA Professor Emeritus

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) as an alternative to traditional chemotherapy

Traditional chemotherapy does have many drawbacks, but insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) is showing promise with minimal side effects. IPT involves administering insulin at the same time as low dose chemotherapy for a more targeted cancer therapy. This is because cancer cells have an increased numbers of insulin receptors to attract sugar molecules. There is an accepted link between elevated insulin levels and risk of cancer.[4] IPT can be considered for aggressive cancers that may be affecting circulation, organ function or creating pain.

Nutrition alternatives to traditional chemotherapy

Miskawaan Health Group (MHG) uses nutrition to support the immune system and as biological response modifiers. Phytonutrients are the plant nutrients with specific biological activities that support human health. They have specific effects in human health such as anti-cancer, anti-microbial, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and support anti-aging. Researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered another reason why the phytonutrient, “sulforaphane” in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are powerfully anti-cancer. The amount of glucoraphanin, the precursor of sulforaphane, in a three-day old broccoli sprouts become concentrated sources of glucoraphanin, which contain 10 to 100 times more glucoraphanin by weight than mature broccoli plants.[5] Other plant sources of sulforaphane include, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. Compounds made from fruits, vegetables, and grains, possess anti-cancer properties and represent a promising therapeutic approach for the prevention and treatment of many cancers.[6]

“Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.” Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) founder of scientific inquiry

Functional medicine IV Therapy alternatives to traditional chemotherapy

Curcumin

Curcumin is a biologically active polyphenolic compound found in turmeric, a spice derived from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa Linn. Commonly consumed in Asian countries, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and has strong anti-cancer benefits. It inhibits cancer growth through multiple mechanisms. It interferes with activation of the estrogen receptor which reduces the potential for estrogen based cancers. It inhibits nuclear factor kappa beta or inflammation. Functional links between inflammation, tissue injury and cancer have been noted for a long time. In 1863, Rudolf Virchow suggested that cancer originates at sites of chronic inflammation. Curcumin inhibits cyclooxygenase and lipooxygenase pathways, which can create inflammation and acid in the body. It also promotes apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.

Artesunate

Artesunate is derived from the sweet wormwood plant, Artesunate has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years to treat malaria and intestinal parasites. The University of Washington demonstrated the effectiveness of Artesunate IV therapy for cancer treatment by showing it can destroy cancer cells. Cancer cells need a large amount of iron to multiply and thrive. Fortunately artesunate is extremely lethal in the presence of iron. When it is used intravenously, this compound reacts with iron, forming free radicals that not only destroy cancer cells, but also leaves healthy cells relatively intact.

“You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.” Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Vitamin C

Intravenous (IV) vitamin C can have an anti-cancer and pro-oxidant effect on the body. Chemotherapy and vitamin C at levels of 50 grams or more are both pro-oxidant treatments. At this level, vitamin C converts from an anti-oxidant to a pro-oxidant therapy. However, there are minimal to no side effects. Cancer researchers from the University of Iowa have shown how Vitamin C breaks down to generate hydrogen peroxide in the cells. The new study shows that tumor cells are damaged or destroyed by hydrogen peroxide when exposed to high doses of vitamin C.[7] Vitamin C has been shown to reduce pain.[8] Vitamin C also plays a role in preventing, shortening, and alleviating many different infections.[9]

“Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.” Saint Augustine

Amygdalin (B-17, also referred to as Laetrile)

The pits of apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums contain a kernel rich in a substance called amygdalin. Research has shown amygdalin to have excellent anti-cancer properties. When used as an IV, it can form B17, which can be very effective as an anti-cancer therapy. It is particularly useful in cancer metastasis or primary bone cancer to reduce bone pain.

Dendritic Cell (DC) Vaccine Therapy

The goal of DC vaccination is to “educate” the patient’s own immune system to kill tumor cells by the generation of functional antigen-specific T-cells (white blood cells). Immunosurveillance signifies the crucial role of the immune system in the detection and elimination of both pathogens and cancer cells. DC vaccines are a particularly attractive option for immunotherapy, due to their low toxicity, non-invasive procedure, and the potential to induce long-term effects through immunological memory.

NK Cells Therapy

NK cells are a type of white blood cell and a component of the innate immune system. NK cells are very proficient at destroying cancer cells and clearing them from the bloodstream. NK Cell Therapy can be used together with surgery or chemotherapy to destroy the cancer cells that are left in the body, reduce cancer recurrence, and shorten the duration for recurrence compared to other therapies. NK cells can also strengthen the immune system in the body.

Poly-MVA

Poly-MVA is a unique formula containing a proprietary blend of the mineral palladium bonded to alpha-lipoic acid, Vitamins B1, B2 and B12, formyl-methionine, N-acetyl cysteine, plus trace amounts of molybdenum, rhodium, and ruthenium. This formulation is designed to provide energy for compromised body systems by changing the electrical potential of human cells and facilitating aerobic metabolism within the cell. Poly-MVA assists in balancing immune response by replenishing key nutrients and is highly anti-cancer.

Functional medicine model for cancer

The functional medicine model aims to find the root cause of cancer and eliminate it. The whole person is treated by taking into account the following elements; including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and spiritual factors. Functional medicine uses a multi-faceted approach that includes anti-cancer diet, lifestyle modification, safe detox therapies, mind-body therapy, Therapeutic IV Therapy, stress reduction therapy and targeted supplementation. The therapies also work to reduce inflammation which is normally associated with cancer. Many natural therapies can have an anti-cancer effect on the body without toxic side effects.

The functional medicine model aims to find the root cause of cancer and eliminate it. The whole person is treated by taking into account the following elements; including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and spiritual factors. Functional medicine uses a multi-faceted approach that includes anti-cancer diet, lifestyle modification, safe detox therapies, mind-body therapy, Therapeutic IV Therapy, stress reduction therapy and targeted supplementation. The therapies also work to reduce inflammation which is normally associated with cancer. Many natural therapies can have an anti-cancer effect on the body without toxic side effects.

[1] Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2004 Dec;16(8):549-60
[2] Morton, DL, et al, CA Cancer Journal Clinicians (ACS), vol.49,p.101,Mar.1999
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/
[4] Yam, D, Medical Hypothesis, vol.38, p.111, 1992
[5] Fahey JW, Zhang Y, Talalay P. Broccoli sprouts: an exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997;94(19):10367-10372. (PubMed)
[6] Molecular Interventions; Targeting Cancer Stem Cells with Phytochemicals; Cancer Stem Cell Section, Laboratory of Cancer Prevention, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute–Frederick, National Institutes of Health, Frederick, MD 21702; August 2008, Vol.8, Issue 4.
[7] https://medicine.uiowa.edu/content/grant-will-fund-cancer-clinical-trials-test-high-dose-vitamin-c
[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6142887/
[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/