‘Scientists find that amino acids power growth in cancer cells’
It is a tragedy that that there has yet to be a single, high-quality clinical (human) trial conducted to investigate a very promising anticancer phenomenon that researchers have known about since 1959. Continue reading “EMERGING NOVEL APPROACH – ‘STARVING CANCER CELLS’ NATURALLY!!”
“Knowledge is the most powerful weapon in overcoming fear”
Sadness, worry or fear are natural emotions during the cancer journey and in some circumstances, the instantaneous triggering of the ‘flight response’ in fearful situations can be life-saving. However, in situations where cognitive processing is desired, and needed, the presence of fear is counter-productive. Continue reading “THE ‘FEAR RESPONSE’ – PARALYZING CLEAR DECISION MAKING IN THE WAKE OF A CANCER DIAGNOSIS!!”
‘With an intact immune system there is no room for cancer!!’
Our immune system is known to be our ‘first line of defense‘ against disease!! As with most cancer types and other chronic conditions, which aren’t autoimmune in nature, there is a need to up-regulate the immune system and prime it for battle. There are many natural ways this can be done, especially with a greater understanding of what suppresses and what boosts our immune system in the first place. Continue reading “BOOSTING OUR ‘INNATE IMMUNITY’ – TRUSTING IN NATURE TO PAVE THE WAY!!”
Research published in The Journal of Cell Biology, from a team led by Susana Gonzalo, Ph.D, illustrates our ability to dramatically reduce the risk of breast cancer – even with a BRCA1 gene mutation. Continue reading “‘BRCA 1 GENE’ – WHAT IS “A PLETHORA OF RESEARCH” CATEGORICALLY TELLING US??”
“Patient empowerment is a finely-tuned skill health providers and patients develop together”
Many would agree, that feeling in control is vastly important when dealing with our own health issues, however most people will admit that they have allowed themselves to become passive recipients in a medical model of ‘patient care‘, where our fundamental rights can be diminished, ignored, or at worst overridden. Continue reading ““NEW AGE HEALTH CARE” – WITH ‘INFORMED PATIENTS’ REDEFINING ‘THE BALANCE OF POWER’!!”
When it comes to our ‘genes’, we appear to have been ‘indoctrinated‘ to believe that ‘the genes we inherit‘ have everything to do with disease and that we are totally at their mercy when it comes to developing cancer!!?? The fortunate thing is this is not the case!!
Continue reading “THE ‘FUNDAMENTALS OF SUSCEPTIBILITY’ – ARE OUR GENES REALLY TO BLAME FOR CANCER DEVELOPMENT??”
Informed consent has been defined as: “Permission granted in full knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment, with knowledge of the possible risks, benefits and alternatives!!”
As we know, Chemotherapy is one of the three generally prescribed ‘conventional treatment options’ for most people diagnosed with cancer, along with surgery and radiation. With ‘informed consent‘ in mind, let us look for one moment about some of what we do know about the ‘efficacy of Chemotherapy’, around achieving the desired results of killing cancerous cells:
- Chemotherapeutic drugs have more of a ‘hand grenade‘ effect by killing both healthy and diseased cells simultaneously;
- In the context of ‘collateral damage‘, our immune system can be totally killed off by chemo drugs;
- Cancer stem cells, possess properties of self-renewal and intrinsic survival mechanisms, that contribute to resistance of tumors to many chemotherapeutic drugs;
- In cancer treatment, tumors often respond well initially, followed by rapid regrowth and then resistance to further chemotherapy;
- Chemo drugs have many undesirable side effects, with some of these effects presenting well after treatment has finished; which have been known to cause long term and often debilitating health related issues.
Informed consent is related to the legal concept of “failure to warn”
The informed consent process is designed as a mechanism for the individual to protect themselves against harm. By weighing up the risks versus the benefits and with the alternatives having been outlined, this enables the individual to then make a fully informed decision on what they feel is the best course of treatment for them.