Naturopathic Approach to Stage 4 Cancer

Today I had my first Naturopathic Oncologist appointment with Dr. Jennifer Green (http://drjengreen.com/about).  It was literally the best doctor appointment I’ve ever had and I’ve seen A LOT of doctors. I’ve had doctors come into appointments and say “I haven’t looked at your results yet so give me a minute” and others who would check their phone and only half listen all appointment. Dr. Green was more than prepared and spent a good hour and a half with me talking about everything I’m doing now, some suggestions of things to start doing, and other things she doesn’t think would help too much.

So what exactly am I doing to fight cancer? A lot. Some people might think that since I’ve stopped chemo that I’m just ready to die. I’m not. I’m working harder than ever at trying to be well again. Here is a brief overview of things I do every day:

Nutrition Treatments

Diet is very important. If you are unhealthy for any reason, look at your diet. We are what we eat.

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Juicing: Every morning I make fresh juice from 4- 1 lb. bags of carrots, one beet, 2 stalks of celery and 1 inch of ginger.  I had a friend ask me “Can’t I just eat whole carrots and get the same nutrients?” The short answer is no. How many whole carrots can you eat in a sitting? This is a good example of how important juicing is for your body. You are getting an onslaught of nutrition, packed full of macronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. And by removing the fiber, these get into your system instantly. You still should eat raw veggies as well; however, juicing throughout the day gives your body what it needs. You do feel awake an energized after drinking it too. That’s about $7-10 a day, so instead of grabbing fast food on your lunch break, do this 3-4 times a week. Prevention is key to cancer. If you feed your body what it needs and actually can use, your chances of getting cancer will drop.

Oatmeal: This is something I need to do more often. I should be eating a giant bowl of healthy (no sugar) oatmeal every day. Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds are a good source of protein. Why hemp seeds? Hemp seeds a GLA-rich foods. “According to the American Cancer Society, some researchers are providing evidence that many people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies do not make enough GLA and could benefit from supplementation.”  Read more here. Chia seeds are nutrient dense as well and a great source of Omega-3. Read more here about Chia Seeds at HealthAmbition.com.

Salads: I eat a large salad for lunch every day. I use a raspberry vinaigrette from trader joes that has no sugar added to it. I usually add broccoli and tomatoes as well as hemp seeds and chia seeds to it as well. Plant and nut protein is important for your body.

Organic Chicken/Turkey/Fish:  I’m not 100% vegan. I still do indulge my inner carnivore. However, I don’t do it as often as I used to.  The doctor I saw on Tuesday told me I need to eat more than just veggies because many cancer patients waste away from lack of proper nutrition. I do still avoid red meat. The WHO recently linked red meat, bacon and processed food to a higher risk of cancer. It caused an uproar because of them adding it to the same level or risk as cigarettes. Yes, cigarettes are infinitely worse, but they do have valid research to say it increases your risk. I had some people on facebook post ridiculous comments like “I’d rather have cancer than give up bacon.” Before I had cancer I might have made insensitive comments like that as well, not knowing the weight of cancer or my words. But if you really like bacon that much, just do it in moderation.

Smoothies: I usually make one fruit smoothie a day. I make it with hemp milk, unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 1 avacado, 1/4 of a can of full fat coconut milk, with frozen mango, blueberries, strawberries and pineapple. I usually add some graviola powder because of it’s anti-cancer fighting benefits.

Snacks: When I’m hungry during the rest of the day (which is always), I try to eat some almond butter or peanut butter with hemp and chia seeds, raw fruit, raw veggies or nuts. I used to snack on potato chips or candy bars, which is far from my life now. I haven’t had fake sugar in a long time. Naturally occurring sugar in fruits and veggies are sweet enough for me after being off all fake sugar since march. Yes, white sugar is fake and in no way any good for you.

Hospital Treatments

Dr. Green told me about some things I could be a candidate for depending on my specific cancer. She wants me to get a genetic consult on my cancer as well as get a KRAS molecular profile test on the tumor they removed from my large intestine section they removed. The hospital never told me if they ran the KRAS test, so I’m looking into it now. If the test comes back positive, I could do some additional,  insurance approved non-chemo treatments – like Immunotheraphy.

Immunotherapy. This is a therapy that I could do if the molecular tests shows it to be helpful. My doctor explained it as an antigen you give you body that turns on the immune system and tells it “there is cancer in here, let’s go kill it.” Read more here.

Radiofrequenecy Ablation of Liver. This treatment is based on the location of the tumors and the size of the tumors. They need to be on the outside of the liver. My tumors qualify based on size, but we still need to find out from my other oncologist if they’re close enough to the surface of the liver. “Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment that uses imaging guidance to place a needle electrode through the skin into a liver tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the cancer cells. RFA is an effective treatment option for patients who might have difficulty with surgery or those whose tumors are less than one and a half inches in diameter. The success rate for completely eliminating small liver tumors is greater than 85 percent.”  Read more here.

Hyperthermia. “Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues (1). By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells (2), hyperthermia may shrink tumors.” Read more here.

IV Vitamin C. We all know Vitamin C is necessary for out bodies to fight infection. There’s a certain threshold one can absorb so I had a blood test done a few weeks ago to see if I’m a candidate. Read more here.

Other Treatments

I have an army of supplements that I take every day.

CBD oil. I’ve never smoked weed before in my life. I know… lame right? But when you research CBD oil, you realize the health benefits can’t be ignored. I’m still not smoking it, which eliminates the high you’d get from THC. Ingesting it is a powerful part of my cancer treatment. I’m glad I live in Michigan where it is possible to get CBD/THC oil. Some people are bound by the legal system and can’t get it, even when they are sick. This needs to change. Read more here.

Tumeric/Curcumin. This is one powerful spice. I put it on everything I cook as well as make “Golden Paste” and “Golden Milk”. It is another powerful part of my cancer treatment. Read more here.

Coriolus Versicolor. This is a new supplement I am starting after talking with my ND. It boosts the immune system and fights cancer. “Coriolus versicolor is a mushroom that is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic. PSK and PSP, polysaccharide compounds isolated from Coriolus, were shown to improve immune function in patients with certain cancers when used along with chemotherapy.”  Read more here.

Melatonin. This is also something new my ND recommended. She wants me to take 40mg at night. She says it is important to take while battling cancer. It helps regulate the body, as our bodies and immune system regenerate and fight the best at night. Read more here.

Vitamin D3. We all lack vitamin D. We block it with sunscreen. We aren’t outside nearly enough. You can overdose on it so you need to know where your levels are at through blood tests. “Early epidemiological research showed that incidence and death rates for certain cancers were lower among individuals living in southern latitudes, where levels of sunlight exposure are relatively high, than among those living at northern latitudes. Because exposure to ultraviolet light from sunlight leads to the production of vitamin D, researchers hypothesized that variation in vitamin D levels might account for this association.” Read more here.

Milk Thistle. Milk thistle helps support liver regeneration. It also reduces liver toxicity. I drink Milk thistle tea and now take milk thistle capsules. “Laboratory studies demonstrate that silymarin stabilizes cellular membranes, stimulates detoxification pathways, stimulates regeneration of liver tissue, inhibits the growth of certain cancer cell lines, exerts direct cytotoxic activity toward certain cancer cell lines, and possibly increases the efficacy of certain chemotherapy agents.”  Read more here.

These are just some of the things I am doing. Heather and I research a lot of what can help the fight against cancer. Now with our powers combined with a doctor who believes nutrition and nature is medicine, we have a helping hand in this fight.

Nature is powerful. We need to understand that before we get sick, not after.

I am greater than cancer.

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