SOUTH BAY TOTAL HEALTH
Holistic, Natural Support
for Patients with Cancer
The following is an overview of the types of factors that are taken into account in the holistic support of a patient with cancer. For additional insight into the philosophy behind Naturopathic cancer support, please see the article written by Dr. Cage for the Journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review, Feb 2006, entitled "Abnormal Cell Growth In Light of Naturopathic Philosophy".
HOLISM AND THE MULTI-FACTORIAL CAUSES OF CANCER
Cancer, likewise has multiple causes. Environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, environmental stressors as well as genetic susceptibilities have all been determined to play a role in causing cancer. Most cancer treatments, both conventional and alternative, will fail if they do not take into account both the holistic model of humans and the multi-factorial causesof cancer.
Most treatments for cancer available today operate on some form of of the "Silver Bullet" approach -- the idea that one key, sophisticated treatment will seek out and destroy the cancer much like cruise missles seek out and destroy a target. This is true of both conventional and even most alternative forms of treatment. Really advanced programs may combine 2 or even 3 of these "silver bullet" treatments, thinking that the result is "holistic".
Every form of treatment, conventional and alternative alike, has its share of success stories. For those individuals, that particular treatment was the one key piece of the health puzzle that their bodies needed to bring about a recovery. For most people though, by the time cancer develops there are usually many aspect of their health that need correction: multiple nutritional deficiencies, multiple accumulated toxicities, mental, emotional and spiritual blockages, and so on. Only by treating both the patient and their cancer in a holistic manner do we give them the best chance for a recovery. A key point from Naturopathic philisophy is especially appropriate here: Give the body what it needs, take away what it doesn't, and trust the body's natural healing ability to do the rest.Return to Top of Page
UNDERSTANDING THE HOLISTIC "BIG PICTURE"
In fact, rather than random, uncontrollable, chaotic events, many if not most aspects of cancer are highly predictable processes of the body's immune system as it systematically tries to defend the higher- level organism from aspects of, or effects of, the actual cancerous cells.
A variety of stimulli, both external toxins and internal nutrient deficiencies, can alter the body's internal environment into a disease-promoting state. When this happens cells in the body go through a 6-step transformation from healthy to cancerous cells. This process was first described by a German physician, Hans Heinrich Reckeweg, in a theory called Homotoxicology. If the body's immune system is strong and has access to all the required nutrients it can actually kill cancerous cells fairly quickly. Healthy individuals do this on an almost daily basis, and we never know it.
Tumors, in fact, are part of the body's attempt to wall-off these abnormal cells and prevent them from spreading throughout the body. The body does this in an attempt to buy time for the organism until proper nutrients are found and a more normal internal environment can be re-established, allowing the body's natural cancer-killing ability to function.Return to Top of Page
CREATING A HOLISTIC CANCER SUPPORT PLAN
Subsequent steps in developing a customized support plan will be based on the following objectives. The priority of these will depend on the assessment of your unique case and what is most important at the time. Each of the objectives Dr. Cage chooses to focus on could involve several natural products. Dr. Cage uses natural products that are backed up by solid, scientific evidence and are clinicallly proven to perform the specific funtions they are intended to accomplish.
Holistic Cancer Support Objectives
As mentioned above, most conventional therapies concentrate on killing cancer cells. Some also focus on shrinking tumors. Many conventional therapies have the side effects of decreasing a patient's strength and suppressing the immune system. For those cases, Naturopathic methods can boost the immune system and counteract the negative aspects of the conventional treatment. Because Naturopathic methods focus holistically on all aspects of cancer and work in harmony with your body's immune system, they should be a part of every cancer program.Return to Top of Page
GETTING STARTED WITH HOLISTIC CANCER SUPPORT
Your first visit will consist of a review of your records with Dr. Cage. He may have additional questions about your current treatment as well as your medical history. Dr. Cage will then fully explain the natural treatment methods he recommends be added to your existing program to accomplish some or all of the treatment objectives mentioned above. This first visit focuses on educating you, the patient, so that you will be successful implementing the aspects of care you need to do on a daily basis. This first visit will also include giving you your long-term treatment plan.
The frequency of follow up vists varies greatly from case to case; every 1-2 weeks for the first month or two is typical. Over time, additional therapies will be added or subtracted from your regimen based on your response to treatment.
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