“I’m afraid it’s bad news. You have cancer.”
Let’s say the person hearing these words is a woman in her 50s. Though it could just as easily be a man. Or a woman (or man) in any other decade of life.
First point is, whoever they are, chances are good that it doesn’t occur to them to do anything other than follow doctors’ advice.
After all, to do anything else would be crazy as no one knows better than doctors do how to treat cancer.
If the patient has the money to they may seek second and third opinions.
But either way, they then show up for their surgery and/or chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
At some point, they might ask their doctor whether there is anything they can do to improve their odds – for example, should they change their diet?
If they smoke they might be advised to give up, and if they are morbidly obese, to lose weight.
But otherwise they’re likely to be told there’s nothing they can personally do to alter the course of their disease, other than show up for their appointments and take any prescribed medication.
And far from being put on the health-boosting, disease-busting diet that is so urgently indicated, if they lose weight during treatment they may even be advised to eat certain high-calorie junk foods to help them put weight back on.
If they’re lucky, they may be told they need only surgery – and that surgery may prove to be successful in removing their cancer. Where this is the case, and especially if the patient eats well and lives well after this, that may be the end of their run-in with cancer.
But many patients are prescribed chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. These treatments do far more damage to the body.
Patients are often told initially that they are responding well to them; scans show their tumours shrinking.
But what too often happens – sometimes years down the line; sometimes within just a few months – is that the cancer not only “returns” (it never really went away), but spreads to a second location.
At this point, surgery is unlikely to be an option but the patient may be told they need more chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
The problem with both of these is that although they kill cancer cells, they also kill healthy cells.
And because these treatments are (a) so toxic and (b) so destructive to the immune system – the body’s only defense against cancer – they may act more like cancer fuel than cancer foe.
This is why in some cases – too many – a cancer that initially seemed to respond well to these treatments soon returns and spreads like wildfire.
At this point the patient is often told by their doctor that there’s “nothing more than can be done” and informed they have just a few months (or maybe a year or two) to live.
But – and here we get to the crux of the issue – although such patients have had extremely aggressive and invasive “treatment”, in reality they have not yet had any true treatment for their cancer at all.
The tumour is just the symptom, and it’s been poisoned and/or irradiated.
But precisely nothing has yet been tried that might get to the root of why they had cancer in the first place and/or strengthen their immune system and/or restore their body to a state of health.
I have seen it happen, or heard of it happening, far too many times. Maybe you have, too.
And tragically, most who are handed down a death sentence by their doctor accept it and believe there is no hope for them.
Others feel motivated enough to venture into the world of alternative medicine, now that orthodox medicine has nothing further to offer them.
But it’s an extremely steep learning curve for those new to the concept, and it takes real persistence to work out the best nutrition, lifestyle and treatment plan from the massive array of treatments, diets, pills, potions and gadgets on offer.
I don’t know what it is that’s made you read this far.
Maybe you’re lucky enough to be healthy and are simply aware that this is something you need to think about. In which case that’s wonderful, because in an ideal world we would all get savvy about health and healing while we still have our health, and with the luxury of time on our side.
Maybe cancer’s a topic close to your heart because someone dear to you has it, or had it.
Maybe you’ve read this far because you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness.
In which case, let me be clear: I’m certainly not telling anyone to rule out conventional treatment.
All I’m saying is, do your research and ask a lot of questions.
Get educated on all you can be doing to bring your body back to a state of health and balance. This will involve every area of life (diet, lifestyle, living environment, emotional state, relationships and exercise to name just a few).
Maybe you’re reading this because orthodox medicine has given up on you, but you’re not ready to give up.
Good. Please, don’t be. If a doctor has told you that “nothing can be done”, I hope you’ve translated that to, “I am not qualified to help you” and moved on.
You have a challenge ahead, but always remember that however dire your prognosis, someone who had what you now have figured out how to turn it around.
Insofar as you can, surround yourself with people who see this and support your efforts to take charge of your health.
And if you have cancer of any stage or variety, find a qualified health practitioner to help you design the wellness program that you need to optimise your health.
You may not feel this is necessary. You may feel you know enough about health and healing to manage your own treatment without assistance.
As a holistic health writer, I’ve met many people who feel this way.
But let me share this: I’ve been studying holistic health and healing for over 20 years now, I’ve been writing about them and researching them even more extensively for nearly 10 years, and I’ve also been to college to study nutrition…and if I was faced with a serious health challenge, I wouldn’t feel qualified to treat myself; I’d be looking for a specialist in the holistic treatment of my condition.
Maybe because I’ve seen or heard of too many who were convinced they could treat their own cancer, and who did not make it.
I wrote more than I intended there. It can be summed up in two simple points:
1. Whatever your current state of health, if you haven’t taken charge of your health yet, start today.
2. And if you are dealing with serious health challenges, hire the best expert help you can afford.