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The Medical Scandal that’s Robbing Cancer Patients of Their Right to Life

August 23, 2010 | 74,720 views

syringe and pillsLeah Siegel fought hard against cancer, enduring blood transfusions and chemical burns and painful sores. She was haunted by the idea that her children would grow up without any memory of her.

From the moment doctors told her she had stage four breast cancer in 2008, she worried most about leaving her children. "I just need 10 years," she told her oncologist. But the cancer had already had spread to her liver and bones. Doctors gave her two to three years.

According to this story in the Dallas News:

"Leah told doctors she would try any treatment, no matter the side effects ... doctors seemed to be jumping from drug to drug. 'There wasn't a real plan anymore,' said Leah's husband, Eric ...

Leah agreed to try a powerful drug cocktail that caused the most painful side effects yet. Flaming blisters appeared on her hands and ... The drugs burned sores in her mouth and throat. For weeks, she couldn't eat. She began to worry that she would starve to death."

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

If you haven't read the reference link above in the Dallas News I would STRONGLY encourage you to do so. It is an amazingly powerful story that helps bring home a real life illustration of what is going on with cancer in this country.

It is just beyond tragic that this is allowed to occur anywhere, let alone in the U.S.

No one should have to go through this type of pain and sorrow and leave young children behind when their mother dies decades prematurely because of a fatally flawed medical system.

Unfortunately, cancer rates are on the rise and the disease is expected to kill more than 13 million people a year by 2030, almost double the number who died from the disease in 2008.

Even with the latest technology and "advances" in medicine, cancer continues to devastate families and kill people far before their time. And through it all the current medical paradigm has remained essentially clueless about the underlying causes of cancer, along with how to effectively treat them.

Most conventional cancer treatments actually add insult to injury by doing more harm than good -- a fact that has been largely swept under the rug by the medical industry.

Are Toxic Drugs Really Helping Cancer Patients?

Drugs, surgery and radiation are typically the only solutions offered by conventional physicians to treat cancer, and upon receiving a cancer diagnosis most people are willing to do just about anything to get better. This includes taking outrageously expensive and dangerous medications that offer little, if any, benefit.

Take Avastin, the best-selling cancer drug in the world, which is used to treat advanced breast cancer in the United States. This drug, which brings in $855 million in revenues each year, costs $8,000 a month even though it has not been proven to improve quality of life or help patients live longer.

Further, the side effects of the drug can in and of themselves be deadly. Potentially fatal risks of the drug include gastrointestinal perforation, hemorrhage, slow wound healing, stroke, severe hypertension, severe kidney malfunction, and the list goes on. Now the FDA is even considering revoking its approval for this toxic drug, citing new studies that show the benefits just do not outweigh the risks.

Unfortunately, this is often the way it works with cancer drugs. The benefits are sparse while the side effects can often kill.

Cancer Drugs Can Actually Cause Cancer, Illness, Death

The drugs conventional physicians use to treat cancer can actually cause cancer in healthy people who are only exposed to small amounts of them, as is often the case among the health care workers who make their livings making, mixing and administering these toxic agents.

Even when used correctly these toxic drugs may end up killing you prematurely or cause other cancers down the line, as they impair your immune system and are capable of causing genetic damage.

The biggest drawback to chemotherapy is the fact that it destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells. So a typical, and potentially deadly, side effect of chemo is the destruction of the rapidly multiplying and dividing cells found in your:

  • Bone marrow, which produces blood
  • Digestive system
  • Reproductive system
  • Hair follicles

Despite its reputation as the gold-standard cancer treatment, chemotherapy has an average 5-year survival success rate of just over 2 percent for all cancers, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Oncology in December 2004.

Another study, The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), found that more than four in 10 patients who received chemotherapy toward the end of life experienced potentially fatal effects.

And after reviewing data from over 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of receiving treatment, it was found that chemotherapy hastened or caused death in 27 percent of cases.

Chemotherapy drugs are, by their very nature, extremely toxic and typically do not work with your body to modulate and normalize its response to allow the cancer to resolve normally. Natural approaches simply do not have the types of fatal side effects common with cancer drugs because they work by optimizing your body's own natural healing capacities.

Tips for Fighting, and Preventing, Cancer

If you are facing cancer, I strongly recommend you seek the help of a knowledgeable natural health care practitioner experienced in cancer care who can help you use nutrition, emotional healing, and other alternative treatments to help you get well.

This should include a reliable screening of your vitamin D levels.

Calcitriol, the most potent steroid hormone in your body, is produced in large amounts in your tissues when you have sufficient amounts of vitamin D. However, most cancer patients are vitamin D deficient.

Calcitrol -- the activated form of vitamin D -- has been shown to protect against cancer by inducing cell differentiation and controlling cell proliferation. People with a low vitamin D level are less able to make activated vitamin D in an amount sufficient to exert the controls over cell proliferation that are needed to reduce cancer.

Optimized vitamin D levels will work synergistically with virtually every other cancer treatment. There are over 830 peer-reviewed scientific studies showing its effectiveness in the treatment of cancer!

You'll want to elevate your levels of vitamin D to about 80-90 ng/ml, and continue to have them monitored throughout your treatment.

However, even better than a safe treatment is preventing cancer in the first place, and I believe you can virtually eliminate your cancer risk if you follow risk reduction strategies that have not been formally "proven" yet by conservative researchers.

You can help save yourself and your family from a cancer diagnosis by following the lifestyle changes below.

Many of the preventive strategies I'm about to share with you are not only important to prevent cancer, they're also incredibly important to use as part of your cancer treatment strategy if you already have the illness.

11 Top Strategies for Preventing and Fighting Cancer Naturally

  1. Optimize your vitamin D levels. It's virtually impossible to discuss cancer prevention and treatment today without discussing vitamin D, as the scientific evidence of its anti-cancerous benefits is truly impressive.

    Theories linking vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies, according to epidemiologist Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

    Dr. Garland is widely regarded as the leading epidemiologist on vitamin D and its relation to health. He led one of the latest studies on vitamin D for cancer prevention and proposed a new model of cancer development -- dubbed DINOMIT-- that is centered on a loss of cancer cells' ability to stick together.

    The model is a departure from the older model of cancer development, which centers on genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.

    To find out the appropriate levels of vitamin D for cancer prevention and treatment, please watch my free one-hour vitamin D lecture.

  2. Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars as much as possible.
  3. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats, especially those from krill oil.
  4. Exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.

    Exercise is also an important part of cancer treatment, as Harvard Medical School researchers found patients who exercise moderately -- 3-5 hours a week -- reduce their odds of dying from breast cancer by about half as compared to sedentary women.

    In fact, any amount of weekly exercise increased a patient's odds of surviving breast cancer. This benefit also remained constant regardless of whether women were diagnosed early on or after their cancer had spread.

  5. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
  6. Only about 24 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. However, please understand that, frequently, fresh conventionally grown vegetables are healthier than organic ones that are older and wilted in the grocery store. They are certainly better than no vegetables at all, so don't use that as an excuse. If you are a carb nutritional type you may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than a protein nutritional type.
  7. Eating according to your nutritional type has potent anti-cancer effects. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic, this is in fact one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have.
  8. Maintain an ideal body weight.
  9. Get enough high-quality sleep.
  10. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
  11. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them. Better yet eat as many of your foods raw as you can.

The sooner you implement these natural strategies, the better, as they will provide your body with the basic foundational elements necessary for health, healing and wellness.


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