Friday, November 4, 2011

Alternative Cancer Therapies

Ok, folks. I know I have been hitting you with a lot of serious information lately. I promise I will write about another poop-my-pants-story soon (Did you think that FIBER: When Doody Calls was the only one I had?) This, however, may just be the most important information I have come across. I spent all last week listening to lectures/interviews from the leading alternative/integrative cancer specialists.

“What gets us in trouble is not what we don’t know. It is what we know for sure that just isn’t so,” by Mark Twain

When my Nani was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago, we scrambled to find as much information as we could about alternative cancer therapies. Unfortunately, we did not find any of this information. My hope is that this will help someone reading this, or if you know someone pass along the information, because there are real options besides just chemo and radiation or in conjunction with chemo and radiation. The information is a summary of each of the doctor and/or clinic including the contact information that the lectures gave or I have found.

Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD PC
Linda L. Isaacs, MD
36A East 36th Street
Suite 204
New York, N.Y. 10016
Phone: 212-213-3337

  • The Gerson Institute
    • Co-author of The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses by Charlotte Gerson and D.P.M., Morton Walker
    • Co-author of Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases by Beata Bishop, Joanne Shwed, and MD, Ph.D. Abram Hoffer Charlotte Gerson
    • Co-author with her father (the founder) A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Max Gerson and Charlotte Gerson
    • The Gerson Therapy is a safe, natural treatment developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s.The Therapy activates the body's extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. The Gerson Therapy treats the underlying causes of disease: toxicity and nutritional deficiency.
    • The Gerson Therapy is a non-specific treatment that effectively treats many different conditions by healing the body as a whole, rather than selectively targeting a specific condition or symptom.  Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to recover from so-called "incurable" diseases, including:
      • Cancer (including melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer and many others)
      • Diabetes
      • Heart disease
      • Arthritis
      • Auto-immune disorders
      • ....and many others
The Gerson Institute 
P.O. Box 161358 
San Diego, CA 92176
(888) 443-7766
(619) 685-5353

  • Oasis of Hope Hospital
    • Dr. Francisco Contreras is a clinician, working in the trenches. Clinicians are not the ideas people; they are the medical professionals that are dealing with how those therapies work on actual people. He has authored 12 books. His father was one of the first pioneers of alternative cancer therapies.
    • Author of Beating Cancer: Twenty natural, spiritual, and medical remedies that can slow--and even reverse--cancer's progression
    • Author of Fighting Cancer 20 Ways: Preventing It. Reversing It.
    • Author of An Alternative Guide to A Healthy Heart
    • Author of The Hope of Living Cancer Free
    • It is impossible to design a single cancer treatment that is effective against all types of cancers. For this reason, Oasis of Hope has developed the Integrative Regulatory Therapy. The IRT, as it has become to be known, is a combination of integrative and complementary cancer treatments designed to shrink primary tumors, slow the growth of tumors, and eliminate cancer cells that have spread (metastasized) to other parts of your body. At the same time, the Integrative Regulatory Therapy protects your normal healthy cells, boosts your immune system, blocks the angiogenic process that supports cancer growth, and minimizes cancer-induced cachexia (side-effects).
    • The IRT is designed so it can be personalized depending on the type of cancer, stage, and the physical condition of the patient. The treatment can be modified as needed to ensure that the therapy is effective and well tolerated by the patient.
    • USA Phone: 1-888-500-HOPE or (619) 690-8400

  • Center For New Medicine
    • Founded by Dr. Connealy. This center treats the WHOLE person, and is open to all potential treatment possibilities. She has over twenty years of experience in finding the ‘root cause of an illness’, and has taken numerous advanced courses, including homeopathic, nutritional and lifestyle approaches, while studying disease, chronic illness, and cancer treatments.
    • Conventional medicine has found itself ill equipped to deal with the epidemic of degenerative diseases that touches practically every household in America. The "official" medicine developed in the 20th century is outstanding when it comes to treating trauma but has proven unable to effectively treat heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and the host of other plagues that afflict so many.
    • For this reason, Center For New Medicine shies away from the toxic aspects of conventional medicine, using drugs and surgery only when such intervention is really necessary. Instead, we focus on therapies that support the body’s innate defenses and healing mechanisms.
    • Our "New Medicine" combines the best of modern scientific medicine with natural healing traditions that have been proven effective. Our clinic contains some of the world’s most technologically advanced medical equipment — equipment that you’ll find only at select university research hospitals. But our "prescriptions" routinely feature customized dietary and lifestyle recommendations, natural nutritional supplements and other complementary therapies.
6 Hughes St., Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618

Tel: 949-680-1880

  • Dr. Thomas Lodi
    • He searches around the world for less toxic cancer therapies. The body’s job is to regenerate and reproduce. The fundamental way we heal is inflammation. After a few days the swelling and redness will go down. When you are constantly inflamed it is called chronic inflammation. Inflammation is great to heal a wound, but not so great when it is chronic. The body wants to maintain homeostasis. What we need to do is remove the reason for chronic inflammation. C Reactive Protein is an indicator of overall inflammation in the body. 
    • Our program has 3 parts: we teach you how to stop making cancer, we try to get rid of the cancer, and we teach you how to maintain homeostasis. 
    • You don’t really want to care about nationwide protocols because cancer is different in every body. So you want to find out what chemo is going to work for your cancer. We send out samples of live tumor to get tested for which type of chemo will work to kill it.
    • 480-834-5414 

  • Dr. David Getoff
    • The most effective way to get rid of cancer is to increase the nutrition with supplements, herbs, vitamins, minerals etc, and to get out the toxins. We also have to adequately detox the kidney and liver so they function properly. We also have to detox the body of heavy metals and other toxins. 
    • In order to fight cancer you must:
      • Accept that you have it,
      • Understand the diagnosis,
      • Understand your prognosis,
      • Believe you can fight it,
      • Be willing to fight it, and
      • Have all of the necessary information regarding what to do and what not to do.
(619) 468-6846
P.O. Box 803
Jamul, CA   91935

  • Burton Goldberg
    • By using the best of both worlds - conventional medicine and alternative medicine - you can have your best opportunity for a healthy outcome.
    • He’s spent over 30 years carefully researching every aspect of holistic medicine, from California to Israel, Mexico to Russia.
    • What you most need to know about Burton Goldberg is that he has a mission to reform American medicine and to help Americans reclaim their health. He wants people to know that with alternative medicine, every disease is reversible. In trauma and emergency situations, mainstream medicine can work wonders. But in the vast majority of health conditions, alternative medicine has the treatments that can help. These effective alternative treatments are based on clinical studies and verifiable results--results that have been ignored by conventional medicine. But patients are changing this, patients want therapies that work, that give them healing, and that don’t bankrupt them. 
    • 415-725-3555

  • Mike Adams
    • The only thing that stands between a person and their own perfect health is information. Empowered with the right information, anyone can improve their health, reduce their dependence on prescription drugs, enhance their quality of life and expand their mental awareness and creativity.
    • Achieving outstanding health is not complicated. The human body already knows how to be healthy. All you have to do is give your body outstanding nutrition so that it has the building materials it needs to heal disease and rebuild itself from the inside out. You must also avoid all of the foods and food ingredients that cause disease. Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.

  • The Burzynski Clinic
    • Antineoplastons are molecules that are peptides found in the human body. In a cancer patients blood sample compared to a healthy person’s blood sample there is a lack of the peptides. He extracted them, studied, tested them, and found that they have strong anti-cancer properties and also did not affect healthy cells. In the 1960s he was not sure how they worked, but now we have more information about how it is the genes that affect how this works. It basically turns on genes that suppress tumors and turns on the cancer fighting genes.
    • 713-335-5697

The moral of this story is that if you have cancer, there are other options besides traditional chemotherapy and radiation. Do your own research! Figure out which treatment makes sense to you. All of these "alternative" therapies are based on healing the body with nutrition, however some of them combine traditional chemo and radiation therapies. There are also other aspects to each of these therapies that are too numerous to list, but all of the information is provided on their websites. 

Although I have not been diagnosed with cancer thus far, I know that if it ever happens I will be researching an alternative, integrative therapy that heals the body while getting rid of the cancer. I believe that nutrition is such a powerful healer, and after listening to these doctors' and clinicians' testimony and their success rates, I am convinced that this natural way is going to be the wave of the future. 

As with everything, there are no guarantees. These therapies are not 100% successful and these doctors/clinics will tell you that. They will also tell you whether there are certain types of cancer that they do not treat. I am not advising anyone to use these specific doctors or clinics, I am just passing along information. You should consult with your oncologist about these therapies. If he/she dismisses it, and you believe in it and want to pursue might want to consider finding another oncologist. It is your life, and most oncologists are pushing archaic treatments without giving any thought to nutrition. 

Please pass this on to anyone who you think may benefit from this information!

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