Tamoxifen – the other side of the story!

By Dr Janey

Tamoxifen (trade name Nolvadex) has been hailed as a ‘wonder drug’ by many physicians (and patients) since its introduction in the 1970′s. It is the most recommended drug for recovering breast cancer patients, and its ‘fans’ will tell you that it produces results.
But at what costs, and is it truly healing those who take it? Anyone currently on Tamoxifen treatment (or considering it) owe it to themselves to become aware of the bigger picture!

Tamoxifen

Firstly we need to understand a bit about how Tamoxifen works……
Breast cancer is strongly linked to the influence of oestrogen. In other words, a greater exposure to oestrogen over your life-time can increase your risks for developing breast cancer (or your risk of relapsing after treatment). Tamoxifen is a weak oestrogen and is classified as a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator). This means it can either selectively block or activate the action of oestrogen depending on where the oestrogen receptors are in the body.
In breast tissue, Tamoxifen acts by competing with oestrogen in the body, displacing it from the receptors and thus blocking its action – hence referred to as an oestrogen-blocker. This is Tamoxifen’s reason for being because oestrogen acts by stimulating replication of cells including cancerous cells. By blocking the action of oestrogen, breast tumours are less likely to develop or progress. In other tissues however, such as the uterus, the heart, bones and liver, Tamoxifen acts differently; rather as an oestrogen agonist- thus promoting oestrogen’s activity.
Sounds clever doesn’t it? In fact it is for this reason that Zeneca, the drug company behind it, promotes it not only as a protectant against breast cancer, but also against osteoporosis in post menopausal women due to the alleged protective effect that oestrogen has on bone density.
Now not all breast tumours have oestrogen receptors, but approximately 2/3 have been found to have these receptors and are thus categorised as oestrogen receptor positive tumours (ER+). Those that do not have the receptors are oestrogen receptor negative (ER-). Tamoxifen therefore, should only be used for ER+ breast tumours for which it can have a protective effect, but not in ER- tumours for which it has no effect.
It is prescribed for premenopausal women, as well as post menopausal women usually as an adjuvant (additional) treatment after receiving other conventional breast cancer treatment (surgery/chemo and/or radiation) in an attempt to prevent a relapse and to help prevent it developing in the other breast. It is also often used in advanced breast cancer when there is already metastasis (spread) to other organs, and more recently has been used in alleged high-risk non breast cancer patients to prevent the onset of breast cancer.
And Tamoxifen has yielded some results as its loyal proponents will tell you. When a trial was done on 10 645 women, the following results were achieved:

  • Of the women who took Tamoxifen approximately 26% had a relapse at the 10 year mark, while 40% relapsed after 10 years when not on Tamoxifen
    • At the 15 year mark, 33% of women who have taken Tamoxifen relapsed as opposed to 46% who hadn’t
    • With regards to death rate, 18% death rate was recorded after 10 years in women who had taken Tamoxifen as opposed to 25% in women who did not
    • At 15 years after starting treatment with Tamoxifen 24% of women had died, as opposed to 33% who hadn’t taken the drug

However as is usually the case, there is another side to the story and a bigger picture to consider. Let’s look at the following 4 points…..

  1. Statistics can lie!While the above statistics as quoted by the ‘fans’ of Tamoxifen reveal a moderate success story, other trials will tell you a different story. (I use the word ‘moderate’ in describing Tamoxifen’s success because to accept that nearly one quarter of all women will be dead within 15 years after treatment with Tamoxifen is probably not a statistic you want to be shouting from the roof tops!)

So how is it possible that different trials could reveal quite different answers?
Firstly, scientific trials are often not as unbiased as we would like to believe; frequently set up in a manner to produce an intended end-result, while the statistics themselves can be manipulated to deliver a particular point of view. The lesson: one should never take any one given set of statistics as gospel! One of the most important factors to consider is who the trial was funded by, and what they were set to gain (or lose) by delivering a particular set of statistics.
(It may be worth mentioning at this stage that Tamoxifen is worth 1/2 billion dollars annually to the pharmaceutical company promoting it, the cancer associations affiliated with the pharmaceutical companies, and finally the doctors who prescribe it!)

 

When you begin to look at a cross section of trials, a different picture begins to emerge!
Take for example the trial led by Dr Christopher Li at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in 2009 in which it was revealed that the fact of Tamoxifen protecting against breast cancer was only partially correct. It also caused certain other breast cancers! While taking Tamoxifen long-term reduced the incidence by 60% of a 2nd ER+ tumour (a common type that tends to not be aggressive), it simultaneously increased the risks of getting an ER- tumour in the opposite breast by 440%! This ER- tumour is more aggressive, harder to treat and carries a poorer prognosis!

Tamoxifen breast cancer link
(Note: interestingly and predictably, Dr Li in spite of the concerns which the above-mentioned trial revealed, released this statement; “While the study confirmed a strong association between long-term Tamoxifen therapy and an increased risk of ER- second cancers, it does not suggest that breast cancer survivors should stop taking hormone therapy to prevent a 2nd cancer.” The trial was funded by the National Cancer Institute which has strong ties with the pharmaceutical giants. I’ll leave you to come to your own conclusions.)

 

Dr Sherrill Sellman also reminds us that almost all women become resistant to Tamoxifen within 5 years. The result is that in time, Tamoxifen rather than protecting the breast tissue from oestrogen, begins to feed it!
Also consider the trial carried out by the University of Michigan in which a thorough personalised analysis was carried out on 632 women in which they were explained the details of the benefits and risks of taking Tamoxifen with regards to their personal family and medical history, age, race etc. Once having a full understanding of Tamoxifen and the benefits and risks that existed for them, alarmingly only 1% of women opted to take the drug!
Not convinced yet? There is more…..

  1. The side-effects!Proponents of Tamoxifen will tell you that the benefits far outweigh the risks and will often go on to explain that these are usually mild and seldom experienced.

tamoxifen side effects

However in my experience with the countless women I have interviewed and consulted with, the chat groups I have viewed, the newsletters I have read, and last but not least the personal family experience I have, the truth would appear to be somewhat different! Women are experiencing many of the listed side-effects, some of which are considered not to be serious, yet still cause considerable loss of quality of life, while others (such as my own mother) experience the more serious side effects!
Below is a list of the less severe (though often very debilitating) side effects:

  • Menopausal symptoms (in premenopausal women) such as hot flushes (sometimes frequent and severe)
    • irregular menstrual periods
    • headaches and fatigue
    • nausea and/or vomiting
    • vaginal dryness and itching
    • weight gain (sometimes significantly)

(note: men also get breast cancer, although it is relatively uncommon. The symptoms they can experience while taking Tamoxifen are nausea and/or vomiting, impotence and decrease in sexual interest, headaches and skin rashes)
And the more serious side effects:

  • Eye damage:Approx 6% of women even on the low dose of Tamoxifen report impaired vision due to damage caused to the retina and cornea
  • Blood clots: Tamoxifen is highly irritating to the blood vessel walls causing inflammation which can give rise to blood clots with resultant stroke or fatal consequences. Oral contraceptives are known to carry a risk factor that is regarded as significant (1:2000); Tamoxifen’s risk is 30x greater!
  • Cancer of the uterus: As you may have noted in the explanation above, Tamoxifen acts by promoting oestrogen activity in the uterus (and you may remember that oestrogen promotes cell replication and therefore cancer). In fact abnormal cells in the uterus have been detected only 1 day after starting treatment on Tamoxifen. In addition, precancerous changes of the endometrium (uterine lining) such as thickenings and polyps were evident in 10% of women on Tamoxifen. As a result, women on the low dose of Tamoxifen face a risk of getting cancer of the uterus that is 2-3x greater than the normal risk after 2 years on the drug. The longer they take it, the higher the risk becomes.
  • Liver cancer:Tamoxifen is not only toxic to the liver potentially causing hepatitis, but it has also been referred to as a ‘rip-roaring liver carcinogen’ by Gary Williams- director of the American Heart Foundation. Even Zeneca, the pharmaceutical company that vigorously promotes it has admitted that it is a liver carcinogen. Trials have shown a 6x increase in the incidence of liver cancer in women who have taken Tamoxifen.

Personal note: my own dear mother died not of breast cancer which had been addressed many years before, but from the treatment with Tamoxifen which caused liver cancer!

  • Psychological problems:Many women struggle with depression and poor concentration abilities
  • Asthma attacks:more likely in those who are sensitive
  • Vocal chord changes:causing impairment of singing and speaking abilities

Modern medicine seems to think that it is okay to suffer some drug side-effects if it is all in the good cause of healing from breast cancer, however this is short-sighted! Your body is never meant ‘to feel bad’. Side effects of drugs are a sign of your body warning you that you are doing something to it that is hurting it!
The sensible alternative of course is to address the cause rather than resorting to drugs that provide short-term answers through attempting to suppress the symptoms, while producing a different set of problems in the side effects they produce!
[Note: in spite of the theorised potential protective effects that Tamoxifen promised on osteoporosis and heart health (due to the oestrogenic effects it has on these organs) this has never fully materialised in clinical trials].

 

  1. Ignoring the underlying cause!As the conventional medical approach reveals to us time and again, it is very good at identifying and suppressing the symptoms.  However this mechanistic approach, while producing ‘quick-fix’ answers, creates long-term problems by failing to address the cause.With Tamoxifen, one may think that blocking the effect of oestrogen is treating the cause because oestrogen has been demonstrated to raise the risk of breast cancer.  However, there is a bigger picture to consider!

One needs to delve deeper and ask the important question of why oestrogen – a hormone produced by the body and for the body – should be causing such devastating effects on women only in recent decades when women have produced oestrogen for thousands of years!

 

The answer to this important question is that women (and men) in modern times are being exposed to significantly greater amounts of oestrogen in the form of Xeno-oestrogens (chemical compounds that act as oestrogen mimickers) in our modern diet and environment.
Therefore to address the issue at its source (ie treat the cause) we need to become aware of these xeno-oestrogens and do all we can to avoid (or significantly reduce) exposure to these oestrogens in our diet and our environment. This is something with a little awareness that we can all achieve!  How infinitely more sensible than attempting to block these Xeno- oestrogens with pharmaceutical drugs that have their own side effects, some of them significant!

When you do make diet and life-style changes that reduce your exposure to oestrogen, while also addressing other factors that may have contributed to a toxic and oxygen-deprived terrain, then the results you can experience will far exceed anything that any man-made drug could hope to achieve and without the side effects!

(See the article entitled, ‘The crucial role of oestrogen on breast cancer’ to find out more about the sources of exposure to xeno- oestrogens)

  1. Treating cancer with a carcinogen!!Yes, you read that right….. Tamoxifen is a carcinogen! I bet your doctor didn’t mention that to you?

Tamoxifen CarcinogenIt was first recognised in laboratory studies that Tamoxifen acts as a carcinogen because it binds irreversibly to the DNA causing mutation to cancerous cells.

Various institutions have subsequently recognised Tamoxifen as a carcinogen:

  • Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) who stated that no amount of Tamoxifen is safe with regards to its carcinogenic effect.
  • In California, the Carcinogenic Identification Committee voted unanimously in May 1995 to add Tamoxifen to their list.
  • Health Organisation followed in 1996 by officially designating Tamoxifen (along with 70 other chemicals) as a human carcinogen.
  • Even the pharmaceutical company, Zeneca, who promote and sell Tamoxifen, has had to confess that it is a liver carcinogen.

As was mentioned in the section on side-effects, Tamoxifen is responsible for increasing the risks of cancer in the uterus and liver. In addition, cancers of the 2nd breast as well as cancer of the gastrointestinal tract have also been associated with Tamoxifen treatment.

You need to ask yourself if you consider it acceptable to try and suppress one cancer with a drug that puts you at risk of developing other cancers, all the while ignoring the safer and more effective route of avoiding the causes! (see article ‘The Crucial Role of Oestrogen on Breast cancer’ for the causes)

Millions of breast cancer patients (and their doctors) the world over cling to this drug like a security blanket in the hope that this little pill will somehow protect them from that which they fear more than anything – having a relapse (or getting breast cancer in the first place in the case where it is used as a preventative).

However this mindset only demonstrates a misunderstanding of what cancer is. We are not helpless victims of cancer that strikes randomly! Cancer develops when the cellular terrain in our body is toxic and oxygen-deprived and each of us has the power to address and reverse this by learning and embracing the protocols and lifestyle that support a vibrantly healthy cellular terrain! (We cover how to achieve this in detail in our ‘7 Step Natural Cancer Program’)
In contrast, to add more toxic chemicals (carcinogens in this instance) to a body that we know is already struggling with a toxic crisis can never achieve true healing from breast cancer, nor peace of mind from relapse! To achieve this we must correct the root cause, which in this instance is reducing our exposure to xeno-oestrogens! 

Beef – a ‘couldron’ of hormones!

By Dr Janey

There is a long list of reasons why anyone who wants to considerably reduce their risk of getting cancer, particularly breast or prostate cancer, should consider discontinuing the regular eating of meat. Here we explore one of those reasons….

These are some of the facts and figures that the meat industry would prefer you didn’t know……

The production of meat is a highly competitive, profit-driven enterprise which requires that cattle reach the maximum possible weight in the shortest possible time, while costing the feedlot the minimum possible dollar per head of cattle. It’s an equation that’s hard to get right without hormones (and antibiotics) coming to the rescue!

While the history of the artificial stimulation of the growth of feedlot cattle through hormone supplementation reads like a long and rather sordid tale, the entire debacle was brought to a head by the eventual banning of the synthetic oestrogen, Diethylstilboestrol (DES) in 1972. After 40 years of convincing evidence that DES routinely added to the food of feedlot cattle was highly carcinogenic (cancer causing), its use was eventually discontinued. Looking back, it is nearly impossible to calculate the full scale of consequences that this drug caused to the health of the meat-eating population.

Incidentally, DES was also used during this time to treat breast and prostate cancer, as well as to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. In time however, far from ‘protecting against cancer’, the children born of the pregnant mothers advised to take this drug were to become known as ‘DES daughters and sons’ because of the cancer-causing effects of its use!

So we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the meat industry has learnt from this grave mistake? Well, sadly not! After the banning of DES, one cancer-causing oestrogenic hormone was simply to be replaced by others in our feedlot cattle. Instead of oestrogenic hormones added to the food, now various hormones and growth stimulants (oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone and anabolic steroids) were to be added in the form of a single implanted pellet under the skin of one of the ears of the cow.

hormone implants

However, things did not stop there. By 1990 the FDA had granted a doubling of the dose, thereby allowing a pellet to be implanted in the skin of both ears. Added to that, when a random survey across numerous states in the US was conducted, it found that approximately 50% of feedlot cattle had additional illegal implants of hormones directly into their muscles, the intention being to further accelerate growth. These intramuscular implants caused much higher absorption of hormones, with resultant significantly higher residues in the meat, forcing the FDA to admit that this could cause ‘adverse effects’.

Samuel Epstein, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine states that “records of hormonal levels in beef, obtained under the Federal Freedom of Information Act from the FDA, show that even when ranchers implant single hormone pellets beneath the skin under ideal laboratory conditions, levels of oestradiol and other hormones in meat and other organs are more than triple the levels found in non-implanted controls. Much higher levels, up to 300 fold, result from the common practice of illegal intramuscular implants”.

A separate report by the FDA on a product called Synovex-S (containing oestradiol and progestin) raised further cause for concern. Cattle that had been implanted with this hormonal product demonstrated oestrogen levels of the muscle that were 12 times above normal. In the liver they were 6x normal; kidneys 9x normal and in fat 23x normal. When the cattle were slaughtered for consumption, these levels were higher and if there were multiple implants or implants in the muscles, they were higher still.

So when the meat-eater tucks into a ‘hearty’ steak, burger or spaghetti bolognaise, they also ingest a pharmacy of hormones, most notably oestrogenic hormones. Because it has been shown conclusively that our life-time exposure to oestrogen is proportional to our risk of breast cancer, the eating of beef is a health hazard that no one, especially those wishing to avoid breast cancer, should take lightly.

hormones and cancer

However, breast cancer isn’t the only concern here……these oestrogenic hormones in meat are also linked to cancer of the uterus, prostate and testes, so men need to take note as well!

The natural alternative of course is to embrace a vegetable-based diet. If you don’t feel you are able to give up meat completely, simply reducing your intake substantially (eating meat 1-2x per week) and choosing meat from grass-fed, organically-raised cows is a sensible option to reducing your exposure to the carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting effects of synthetic hormones in your diet.

Breast self examinations – new thoughts!

By Dr Janey

Monthly breast self examinations, or BSE as it is sometimes referred to, have been advocated for many years as a means for women to monitor their own breasts for cancer.

However, substantial studies such as the following, now cast doubt on this procedure:

 

A study involving 266 000 Chinese women over 12 years in which one group was given                 intensive instruction on monthly self exams, while the other group was not, revealed the following:

No difference was found in the number of cancers discovered, the stage of disease or mortality rates.

In fact the only difference noted was that the group doing extensive self exams were subjected to more biopsy procedures.

Journal of the NCI

 

In view of studies such as the one referred to above, many experts are now advocating ‘breast awareness’ as opposed to the more vigorous ‘breast self examinations’.  This ‘softer’ approach that is less prone to paranoia (and the harmful effects thereof – see more below), advocates creating an awareness of what is normal for each woman through gentle observation, a listening to and awareness of the body and a feeling of the breast tissue, while gently monitoring for any signs of changes.

 

Some of the changes in the breast tissue to be noted and reported to your doctor may include the following:

  • Thickening/lump
  • Dimpling or indentation of the skin
  • Redness/pitting
  • Discharge from nipple
  • Inverted nipple or flakiness
  • Pain/tenderness
  • Change of shape
  • Enlarged lymph nodes/swelling in arm pit

 

breast self examination

On the point of the risk of causing paranoia, as alluded to above, having interviewed many women with breast cancer, the response to questioning on the procedure of vigorous and regular breast self examinations is frequently one of experiencing an uneasiness during the procedure that would appear to stem from a nervousness of what they may find.

This nervousness, fear or even expectation of finding the very thing they fear the most – a breast lump, needs to be considered potentially harmful in itself.  We need to remind ourselves of one of the Universal laws; that being that focusing our thoughts and energy excessively on the things we fear, can over time inadvertently set the stage for creating the very reality we fear! This is an important point, (although seldom mentioned) that brings into the equation the crucial role that the mind plays in preventing (and causing) disease.

Therefore in summary, while vigorous monthly breast self checks may work well for some women in maintaining peace of mind, in which case it may be best to continue unchanged; for others this often rigorous process and excessive focus on the very thing these women fear, may be counterproductive.  Therefore for those women who do experience uneasiness and expectation of the worst outcome, it may be preferable to adopt an approach more of gentle breast awareness and self examination in a manner that avoids paranoia, while still creating an awareness of the body and breasts that establishes peace of mind.

Why you do not need to (and should not) live in fear of cancer!

By Dr Janey

Understanding a little of the history of medicine is not only fascinating, but extremely helpful in unlocking the door to acquiring true health, while putting an end to living in fear of cancer and other diseases forever! It goes like this….

The entire course of modern medicine has unfolded in the manner it has, largely due to the ‘germ theory’ as proposed by Louis Pasteur in the 1850′s. This theory hypothesised that diseases were caused by microbes that entered the body from the outside. He stated that they were monomorphic (of one shape or form) and that each disease could be attributed to a unique microbe eg a particular bacteria or virus. Therefore, the only way to treat the disease was to kill the invading microbe.

However, what few people realise is that during this same time the scientists Bechamp and Bernard shared an opposing theory to that of Pasteur. Their ‘cellular theory’ stated that the terrain of the cells was the all-important governing factor which dictated whether or not tiny microbes living normally within the body, which they called ‘microzyma’, would transform into viruses, bacteria or fungi depending on the needs of the body (ie they were pleomorphic -changed into different shapes and forms).

When the body was healthy and in balance these microzyma would simply assist in the day-to-day clean-up of cellular debris and decay, but when the environment within the body deteriorated into one that was unbalanced (toxic and acidic), the microzyma would mutate into these other forms of microbes in an attempt to more vigorously clean up dead and dying tissue and thereby restore homeostasis. (This same theory was subsequently validated by the brilliant scientist Dr Gunther Enderlein in the 1920′s. He referred to the microzyma as ‘protits’ and explained that they are tiny colloids of life that are virtually indestructible and yet are visible under any microscope and easily witnessed in live blood analysis).

Pasteur on his death bed admitted that his ‘germ theory’ had flaws and that “Bernard was correct……terrain is everything”. However, it was too late. By this stage, thanks to Pasteur’s considerable influence and connections, he had already convinced the scientific community of his theory (in spite of never being educated in science).

 

The entire approach of modern medicine has subsequently been molded around Pasteur’s theory at the virtual exclusion of the critical role of the terrain of the body. As a result, voracious development and use of antibiotics as well as vaccines has followed, (both of which incidentally have not promoted health in the bigger picture contrary to first impressions) while failing to address the causes that led to a poor terrain.

germ vs terrain theory

While we do have some microbes entering our body from the outside (if we are not healthy), we have vastly more microbes within our body than ever enter our body from the outside. In fact we have more bacteria in our bodies than we do cells!

Wherever there is decomposition and decay, microbes will be attracted in order to break down the decaying matter into a form that the immune system can eliminate. When these demands are high within the body, ie when we lead lives that are such that we have more acid and toxins accumulating in and around the cells, the ‘microzyma’ will transform into bacteria in an attempt to clear up the toxic debris, which if left to build-up could create the conditions for cancer (and other diseases) to form. As conditions worsen, they then transform into viruses, and ultimately into fungi. In fact fungi only exist in some of the most oxygen-deprived tissues, and this is the reason why they are found in cancerous tumours which are by necessity severely oxygen-deprived tissues.  Crucially however, the fungi are not the cause of the cancer, but rather the secondary invaders as a result of the poor terrain.

As Andreas Moritz (author of the excellent book, ‘Cancer is NOT a disease’) points out, this fact has been endorsed by over 150 studies over the last 100 years which have noted spontaneous regression of cancerous tumours following bacterial and viral infections. In fact during fevers, tumours literally ‘disintegrate’ while the cancerous cells are eliminated by the immune system. These infections are simply the microbes acting appropriately on our behalf!

We need to consider then the effect of eradicating these infections with antibiotics and using drugs to suppress the fever, while failing to address the cause that attracted them in the first place. Resorting to these pharmaceuticals is a ‘quick-fix’ answer and is not a solution for health in the bigger picture!

These microbes (whether originating as microzyma within the body or microbes outside the body) and the immune system work together constantly to protect you! They not only work to clear away the 30 billion cells in our bodies that die naturally every day, but they also clear away the additional toxic and acidic build-up that threaten to suffocate our cells from receiving oxygen and nutrition. Our survival depends on this intricate co-functioning of the microbes and our immune system every moment of our lives. It is a sophisticated and ingenious system way beyond anything that modern medicine is able to copy!

germ theory

Infections and cancer (and most other chronic debilitative diseases) have the same underlying origins. When we allow our bodies to become acidic and toxic at the cellular level, it becomes increasing difficult for oxygen to be taken up by the cells. Because oxygen is the most basic requirement for life, without it, cells begin to die within minutes.

In order to facilitate this oxygen supply the microbes must work constantly to clear away the build-up of decay and acidic content. When the oxygen supply dwindles in a suffocating, acidic and toxic cellular environment in spite of these efforts, in a desperate attempt to prevent catastrophic death of masses of cells and entire organs, and therefore risk the imminent death of the host (person or animal), the cells do something quite miraculous; they adjust to survive in this oxygen-deprived environment by changing genetically in a way that enables them to ferment glucose (instead of oxygen) to continue to produce energy to survive. In doing this they become what we call, and have learnt to fear: cancerous cells.

However, when we understand their reason for becoming cancer cells, we begin to realise that they should not be feared! They are simply a sign that your body is on your side! You should feel encouraged that your body is doing its utmost to help you to survive, while you do all you can to support it in clearing away the decaying and acidic build-up by creating a healthy inner terrain. When you do this, you begin to unleash the power of your miraculous body which knows how to do the rest – tumours dissolve and cancer cells are eliminated!

In summary; when we live a life that promotes a healthy, well-oxygenated and alkaline terrain at the cellular level, our immune system is optimised and we become very resistant to ‘dangerous’ microbes outside of our bodies as well as to the microzyma from changing into more pathogenic microbes. This is the reason why those people who experience ‘true health’ can be in close contact with others who have colds or flu or other viral infections and never fear ‘catching’ the infection. In addition, when we live this way, we also have no reason to live in fear of cancer, because cancer does not affect people randomly- only those who have a terrain that allows it!

In conclusion; the failure to consider the all-important role of the terrain has not only proved fatal to millions, but it has effectively left the masses feeling (subconsciously at least) like helpless victims of random infections and diseases such as cancer, while promoting a strong dependence on the medical industry. By the same token, it has left people unaware (and frequently feeling unaccountable) for their own significant role in preventing and healing from disease.

The truth is that we all have enormous control over our inner terrain and therefore our susceptibility (or not) to cancer and other diseases, as well as our power to overcome them. No one therefore should be living in fear of cancer! In fact, it can be argued that it is precisely this overwhelming and misplaced fear of cancer that plays a part in perpetuating it!

 

 

Want to find out more about how to control your inner terrain?  We share this in detail in our many talks, workshops and webinars.  Simply go to ‘events’ or contact us  and we will keep you informed.

Cruciferous veggies ~ a powerhouse in cancer prevention

By Dr Janey

We would do well to remember the words of Hippocrates stated over 2000 years ago……“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

Unfortunately for the most part, we have lost touch with this wisdom as many of us reach out for quick-fix pharmaceutical medicines for every minor ailment and discomfort. However, the above quote remains as true now as it did back in 400BC.

As we reach an era in which we begin to comprehend that modern medicines’ mechanistic approach of suppressing symptoms with drugs will never be able to solve the current health crisis, we are forced to travel ‘full circle’ and revisit the wisdom of past ages such as is referred to above.

While all natural foods have their inimitable role in keeping us healthy, here we discuss cruciferous vegetables because of the vital role they play particularly with respect to cancer and most notably to breast cancer.

So which are the cruciferous vegetables? The following is a list of some of the most common….

  • Broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • bok choi
  • brussel sprouts
  • radish
  • watercress
  • nasturtiums and others

cruciferous veggies - cancer

Numerous studies have demonstrated that as our intake of natural foods increase, so our incidence of cancer decreases. In fact, as Dr Fuhrman MD and author of numerous health books points out, when you plot the incidence of cancer across 25 countries against diet, you notice that as the intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds increase by 20%, the incidence of cancer reduces in turn by 20%. Interestingly however, when you compare intake of cruciferous vegetables in the diet to cancer incidence, for every 20% increase in cruciferous vegetables, there is a 40% decrease in cancer incidence!

Why is this so? These ‘humble’ vegetables are not only great sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre which are all crucial to health, but they also contain unique phytochemicals (chemicals found naturally in plants). One of these phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables is of the group called isothiocyanates, and is called sulforaphane.  It has been shown to inhibit cancer formation (carcinogenesis) in a number of ways.

In addition, with respect to breast cancer, there is another vital phytochemical called Indole-3-carbinol which is formed during crushing or cooking of these vegetables. This compound acts in the following ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer: 1) it promotes break down of oestrogen, 2) it makes oestrogen receptor cells in the breasts less sensitive to oestrogen 3) it shuts down a key enzyme and in doing so stops breast cancer cells from growing and 4) it ‘turns on’ a tumour suppression gene which inhibits tumorgenesis (tumour formation).

As you may have learned from some of our other articles such as ‘The crucial role of oestrogen on breast cancer”, the levels of oestrogen that we are exposed to during our life time are proportional to our risk of breast cancer. Therefore, by simply incorporating these vegetables that speed up the break down and removal of oestrogen, our breast cancer risks are reduced by a massive 40%!

Another important way that these vegetables promote our health and prevent cancer is in their ability to reduce free oxygen radicals. A study was conducted in which 20 participants ate 1-2 cups of cruciferous vegetables daily for 3 weeks.  Then there was a ‘wash-out’ period followed by the same participants consuming a multivitamin and fibre supplement for 3 weeks. The oxidative stress to the body was tested after both these trial periods. After consuming the vegetables, the oxidative levels of the participants was reduced by a considerable 22%, while after taking the multivitamin and fibre supplement they reduced by a negligible 0.2%. As oxidative damage is directly linked to the development of most diseases and the ageing process, once again the consumption of cruciferous vegetables proved considerably more beneficial.

And cruciferous vegetables are not just potentially life-saving when it comes to breast cancer, but have been shown to have numerous other health benefits including…

  • protection from prostate cancer
  • helps prevent colon cancer
  • stops cancer cell growth in the cervix, uterine lining, liver and lungs
  • has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
  • balances blood cholesterol and normalises blood pressure

cruciferous vegetables 4

So how can we start getting more of these vital veggies in our diet?

Get creative with these super-veggies so you can be sure you are eating them daily or at least several times a week. Add them raw to salads (broccoli sprouts are especially potent when it comes to these cancer-protecting compounds), include them in your fresh vegetable juices, cook them lightly or steam them and add them to soups, casseroles,stir-fries etc.

In conclusion; by learning to make cruciferous vegetables a ‘staple’ in your diet, you will effortlessly slash your risks of getting breast cancer, and other cancers. In addition, if you are wishing to heal yourself from breast cancer, simply load up with these super-veggies along with embracing some of the many other potent, yet simple, life-style changes and protocols as shared in our ‘7 Step Natural Cancer Program’ and you will be on your way to attaining vibrant health!

Antiperspirants and the cancer risk!

By Dr Janey

Deodorants and antiperspirants have become an essential part of our ‘cosmetic tool box’ for most men and women today. Unthinkingly, we apply it to our underarms at least once a day (and several times daily for some), and then happily go on our way thinking that we have done a good thing in ‘protecting’ ourselves from sweating and bodily odours.

However, in doing so we fail to consider the reasons behind these essential natural functions of our bodies and how they are working constantly on our behalf. By suppressing these functions we in fact may be doing real harm. Added to that, various chemical ingredients in these products have been shown to demonstrate concerning links with certain diseases, breast cancer being one of them.

So let’s start by looking a little closer at our sweat glands and the purpose they serve….

We are gifted with 2 types of sweat glands: eccrine glands in our feet, hands and forehead and apocrine glands in the underarms and groin region. The purpose of our sweat glands, as the name would suggest, is to promote sweating and in doing so, to cool the body while also crucially serving as an outlet for toxins. These glands are very effective in what they do, however when they are inhibited from carrying out these basic functions as they are when we apply deodorant/antiperspirant, there are inevitably consequences.

Bodily sweat in itself has no odour. However, if unable to evaporate through wearing tightly fitting, synthetic clothes, bacteria will be attracted to help break down the excessive sweat not removed naturally by fresh air. This will leave a mildly unpleasant odour. The somewhat more unpleasant body odour only occurs when large amounts of toxic waste is excreted through these same sweat pores attracting bacteria that emit foul-smelling gases while attempting to break down these toxins.

Our skin is the largest ‘organ’ of our body serving as a crucial protective interface between our tissues and organs, and the external world. It also serves a vital role, in combination with our other crucial organs of elimination, namely the colon, liver and kidneys, in maintaining homeostasis in our body by ridding itself of normal breakdown products of cell metabolism and toxins.

Unpleasant sweaty odours will only ever become a problem when:

  1. the other organs of elimination (colon, liver and kidneys) have become overburdened with a toxic overload thus forcing toxins to be forced out through the skin
  2. we consume large amounts of acidic foods such as animal proteins (ie meat and dairy), trans fats and refined foods which generate toxins that the body will be forced to expel
  3. we exacerbate the above 2 points by wearing closely fitted, synthetic clothes

Because cancer is essentially a toxic crisis at the cellular level, and the use of deodorants and antiperspirants impedes the release of toxins from these outlets, the long term reliance on these products needs to be questioned in the overall approach to preventing disease, including cancer.

Relying on deodorants and antiperspirants to mask body odours is akin to the proverbial ‘band aid’ treatment. By doing so, we are ignoring the root cause of body odour while covering up the symptoms with sweet smelling chemical frangrances!  And unfortunately, as is always the case when we employ tactics of masking the real issue, greater health problems can present at a later stage!

While we have mentioned the issue of deodorants and antiperspirants being important in suppressing the body’s natural wisdom in shedding toxins which in itself would warrant serious consideration of the use of these products, the other important aspect to take into account is that both of these products frequently contain parabens and/or aluminium in various forms.  These have repeatedly demonstrated links to various health issues, including breast cancer.

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Let’s first elaborate on the 2 different products under discussion:

Deodorants reduce body odours by the use of a germicide which kills the bacteria that are attracted to break down toxins in the excreted sweat. In addition, they contain various perfumes to mask the smell of the germicide. They also contain parabens.

Antiperspirants work differently by preventing sweating. They do this through the use of aluminium most commonly as aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium. These various aluminium salts act by combining with proteins in the sweat to block the pores and thus prevent sweating. Most antiperspirants also contain parabens.

 

Now let’s deal with each of these two compounds; aluminium and parabens.

Aluminium: While absorption of aluminium can occur by ingesting it in contaminated food and water, absorption through the skin has been found to be more significant. It is not new that aluminium has been shown to be a neurotoxin; that is, it is damaging to nerve and brain tissue. In fact this was first proven back in 1886, long before its use in antiperspirants. Numerous studies have since shown the causal link to several neurological conditions, and most notably Alzheimer’s. In fact one study showed that the use of aluminium containing antiperspirants was responsible for a 60% increased risk of Alzheimer’s!

With respect to breast cancer; P Darbre Ph D, states that aluminium is “capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects…..consistent with a potential role in breast cancer”. In addition, she states that aluminium “can interfere with the function of oestrogen receptors of MCF7 human breast cells”. Both of these mechanisms of action are proven pathways in the formation of cancer cells.

Parabens: These compounds mimic oestrogens. As discussed in the article entitled ‘The crucial role of oestrogens on breast cancer’ (also available on this site), oestrogen mimickers are cause for concern in view of the fact that our life-time exposure to oestrogens has been shown to be directly proportional to our risk of breast cancer.

Added to this, parabens applied to the body can be absorbed through the skin. In fact in one study conducted by Darbre in which 20 breast cancer tumours were tested, 18 were positive for parabens!

In addition, the area of the breast referred to as the upper outer quadrant (UOQ) that being the quarter of the breast tissue closest to the underarm region (and therefore the first area to absorb toxins) has been showing an increasing trend in the percentage of tumours of the breast in line with the increased use of deodorants and antiperspirants as the following figures demonstrate:

  • 1936: 21% of tumours were found in the UOQ;
  • 1947-1967: this increased to 43-48%
  • 1994: this had further increased to 60.7% of breast tumours in the UOQ

When one considers the close association of the breast tissue and the sweat glands of the underarms, it is not surprising that the application of these toxic compounds (with established absorbability by the skin), should create health issues in the breast such as cancer. This situation is further exacerbated when the excretion of these toxic compounds is hampered by the very products that apply them!

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So how can we avoid these products that potentially threaten our health

  1. Discontinue the products that contribute to a toxin build-up
  2. Wash the underarms with natural soap and water
  3. Avoid too many acidic food types such as meat, dairy and refined foods which will be a constant source of toxins that need to be expelled
  4. Cleanse the body by employing regular liver and colon cleanses that reduce the toxic load on the body, and hence the need to expel excess toxins through the skin and sweat glands
  5. If required, use natural deodorants that contain neither parabens nor aluminium or use natural deodorant stones
  6. Choose loose-fitting natural fabrics

 

In summary; by exercising choices that serve to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals while working in harmony with our body’s natural wisdom, we effortlessly enhance our immediate and long term health while reducing our risk to cancer!

Oral contraceptives & breast cancer

By Dr Janey

When you consider that over 100 million women around the world take ‘The Pill’ as an oral contraceptive, it would be easy to assume that it is a safe option for women and girls to be using. After all, doctors and health officials regularly promote it as the first choice for birth control, touting it as safe, convenient and effective.

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However, beneath the thin veneer of pharmaceutical cover-ups lies a very different truth with regards to one of the most widely used drugs by women around the world! In fact, the mass production and distribution of the Pill to the mainly unsuspecting public may well turn out to be one of the greatest medical crimes perpetrated against women!

The history of the contraceptive pill reads like a chilling story……The Pill was in fact introduced as a thinly veiled attempt to address the worrying rise in population in the mid 20th century. Frederick Robbins (a Nobel Laureate) stated at the time in his address to the American Association of Medical Colleges that, “the dangers of over-population are so great that we have to use certain techniques of contraception control that may entail considerable risk to the individual woman”.

The ‘dangers’ mentioned in Robbins’ speech referred to the use of oestrogens and progesterone, that as early as the 1930′s were well known for their ability to cause cancers of the hormone-dependent tissues of the breast, cervix and uterus. In spite of this, the Pill was released to the public in 1960.

While the Pill would in time (with the help of aggressive marketing campaigns) be adopted by millions of women and even welcomed as a chance to declare their sexual freedom and equality, the attached health risks that have escalated in tandem with its use have made it a very high price to pay for this much longed-for emancipation.

While the doctors and pharmaceutical companies that promote the Pill would have you believe that the Pill is safe and side effects are rare, the following studies reveal a different story.

Take note of the following with respect to breast cancer alone….

  • The Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford, England conducted a 4 year study on the Pill on over 150 000 women. Their results showed that all users faced an increased risk of breast cancer, including up to 10 years after stopping the usage of the Pill
  • The Netherlands Cancer Institute carried out a large study that showed that girls who began taking the Pill before 20 yrs of age, faced an increased risk of breast cancer that was 3 1/2 times more than those girls who hadn’t taken the Pill
  • The same study showed that women over 36 who had used the Pill for less than 4 years had a 40% increased risk of getting breast cancer
  • 97% of women under 36 yrs who had being diagnosed with breast cancer had been on the Pill at some stage!

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Dr Max Cutler, a respected surgeon and authority on breast cancer says the following when discussing the Pill and its relation to breast cancer…. “the risk is a potential time bomb with a fuse that is 15-20 years in length……this is a gamble which is difficult to justify because of the large numbers of women at risk”.

Our bodies are a complex system of enzymes and hormones that interplay with our nervous system and immune system. The Pill consists of a combination of oestrogen and progesterone, or in some cases as with the Mini Pill or depot injection, only progesterone. When we take the Pill (or any other pharmaceutical drug) that contains hormones, it is inevitable that our ingenious, yet delicately balanced hormonal system will become disrupted and there will be side effects!

The considerable risks of breast cancer for anyone taking the Pill, or considering taking it, should be enough to look to other options for birth control.  Breast cancer however is not the only risk; the following additional potential side effects need to be noted:

  1. Heart attack:Women on the Pill of 30-40 yrs of age were shown to have 3x the risk of dying from a heart attack than non Pill users of the same age
  2. Stroke:Pill users over the age of 40 have a 4x greater risk of having a stroke when compared to non Pill users
  3. Deep vein thrombosis
  4. Cervical cancer: if a women has taken the Pill at any time, her risk of cervical cancer is increased by 60%
  5. Liver cancer
  6. Melanomas: These aggressive skin tumours have oestrogen receptors (much like breast tissue) increasing the risk of getting melanomas by 3x in Pill users as opposed to non-Pill users
  7. Headaches and migraines
  8. Depression
  9. Weight gain/obesity
  10. Reduced immunity
  11. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies
    and others…..

These risks are further raised if you are a smoker, are overweight, are diabetic or have high blood pressure.

The Pill is also freely prescribed for reasons other than contraception too, including to young girls to regulate problem periods and reduce period pain. Alarmingly, these women under the age of 20 are most sensitive to the stimulating effects of oestrogen and therefore most vulnerable to breast cancer and it would appear, the most aggressive forms of it.

Added to the health hazards of taking the Pill, there are another couple of important factors that your doctor may not mention to you…..

Firstly, is the factor of efficacy; while your doctor or nurse may quote rates of effectiveness of >99%, this is not true either. The Pill can fail in its purpose of preventing pregnancy for a number of reasons…. forgetting to take the Pill, taking it late, interactions with various drugs including several antibiotics and high doses of Vitamin C. Then there is also reduced absorption of the Pill due to vomiting or diarrhoea amongst other factors. In addition, there is also the factor of ‘breakthrough ovulation’ in which ovulation occurs even when the Pill is taken properly. The reality therefore is that the Pill has an efficacy of 90-96%. Therefore, for every 100 women taking the Pill for a year, 4-10 of these women will fall pregnant!

And secondly, is the moral issue. The Pill is an abortifacient ie it causes abortion!

This is something that is seldom mentioned because it has been cleverly covered over by the pharmaceutical companies that promote it. While this may not be important to many Pill users, to those who are against abortion the pharmaceutical companies have been unscrupulous in attempting to hide this crucial moral point.

One of the mechanisms of action of the Pill is to prevent implantation of the embryo in the uterus by making the lining of the uterus thin and ‘uninhabitable’ by the new embryo. When the Pill fails to prevent ovulation (release of the egg) as is frequently the case, fertilization and the formation of a human embryo still occurs. However, when the embryo attempts to implant in the uterus after 7-8 days, it is usually prevented by doing so because of the thinning of the uterine lining as brought about by the effects of the Pill.

A true contraceptive is one which prevents fertilization occurring between sperm and egg. Any drug that acts on the newly created embryo after conception or fertilization, as is often the case with the Pill, is in fact an abortifacient!

While the pharmaceutical companies have conveniently chosen to define pregnancy as beginning at implantation to cover-up this moral issue, this is not the definition used by all other medical texts and dictionaries!

So what are your options?

Firstly, do not be lulled into believing that the newer versions of the Pill are any safer – this is not the case! There is also a Pill now that eliminates menstruation. While this drug has only been tested for a year, which in itself is a concern, it is likely to have similar side effects and possibly worse, as the normal shedding of the uterus lining with its necessary removal of excess protein and iron cannot occur.

In short, our demand for convenient, quick-fix answers to contraception need to be replaced by the time-honoured and ancient methods of birth control such as mental birth control. This is very effective and can be easily learnt and applied using the book ‘Mental Birth Control’ by Mildred Jackson. Another highly effective method as outlined in the book, ‘Natural Fertility’ by Francesca Naish explains how to monitor fertile and non-fertile times thus safely and effectively employing contraception without manipulation of hormones using drugs. There is also the option of using condoms.

In conclusion, there is considerable evidence pointing towards the use of the Pill by millions of women around the world as being responsible for the escalating breast cancer statistics. With the breast cancer figures as they stand, that being the number one cause of death in women aged 15-54 yrs, and the 2nd highest cause of death in women aged 55-74, we as individuals need to make safer choices. Don’t wait for the FDA or pharmaceutical companies to admit to the true gravity of the health issues attached to the Pill……that day will be a long time in coming!

Conventional vs alternative?

By Dr Janey

It’s a million dollar question… you’ve just had the earth-shattering experience of being told that you (or a loved one) has cancer, and now you need to make a decision; do you go with the conventional route of surgery/chemotherapy/radiation or do you take what remains the road less traveled -the alternative route?

It is a decision that your life could quite literally depend on!

Your doctor may be insisting that surgery and chemotherapy is the only way forward; in fact he/she may denounce anything other than this approach as insanity. You may even have dates and deadlines set for surgery and chemo to take place, adding considerable pressure to your decision-making process if you are still feeling uncertain.

You may naturally feel that you should trust your doctor’s opinion, while at the back of your mind there may be nagging concerns about chemotherapy and its all-too-well-known devastating side-effects, not to mention radiation, or the often mutilating effects of surgery.

Firstly, let me emphasise that you should never let yourself be rushed into making this decision! While cancer is a message that action needs to be taken whichever route you choose to go, it is not a decision that you need to (nor should) be taking in the moment of receiving this diagnosis.  It is a time when you are very likely not in the best state of mind to be making such a crucial decision. Therefore take the time you need to decide – that may be days, or even weeks.

Know that cancer has taken many years to develop to the point where you are now, and so contrary to what many believe, in most instances you do have some time to ponder the right choice. In fact it is infinitely wiser to arrive at the right decision taken from an informed place, than to rush head long into the wrong one because you feel pressured to do so!

My role is not to coerce you into taking the route I believe will offer you your best chance for true healing, but simply to provide the reasons for what I believe is the best route, while your conventional doctor will most likely be giving you his/her reasons why they believe their route to be the best.

Consider both, and then choose the path that feels right for you! This is a decision that only YOU can make!

Please note that going forward I refer to the ‘natural’ route, as opposed to using the word, ‘alternative’. The word ‘alternative’ suggests a secondary, or somehow lesser option than the conventional option, which I firmly do not believe to be the case!

 

Here are the reasons why I believe a natural route offers you the greatest success in overcoming cancer – both in the immediate and long term future:

1. Cancer arises out of a toxic crisis in the body. A toxic and acidic environment at the cellular level results in a lack of oxygen reaching the cells.  Oxygen deprivation being the primary/root cause of cancer, forces some of these cells to mutate to cancer cells in an attempt to survive in these low oxygen conditions. By ‘treating’ the body with potent, toxic and carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals in the form of chemotherapy drugs we exacerbate this toxic cellular environment that led to cancer cells forming in the first place.  Radiation is also carcinogenic, while surgery is an invasive and traumatic experience for the body frequently with long term consequences.

The natural approach in contrast, aims at understanding the primary cause and clearing this toxicity in an attempt to restore oxygen supply to the cells.  In doing so we help to enable your powerful immune system to facilitate the disintegration and removal of tumours.

“It should be forbidden and severely punished to remove cancer by cutting, burning, cautery and other fiendish tortures.  It is from nature that the disease arises and from nature comes the cure”. Paracelsus (1493-1541)

 

2. Surgery/chemo and radiation are focused on annihilating the tumour; however the tumour is only a symptom of the underlying poor state of the terrain in the body which is responsible for allowing the tumour to form. If you respond to cancer by trying to destroy the tumour, you simply suppress the symptoms and fail to address the all-important cause!

Statistics in fact show that there is NO correlation between tumour shrinkage and curing or extending life!

The natural approach focuses on the underlying cause, which involves improving the cellular terrain of the body and in doing so promoting oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues.  When this is successfully addressed, tumours will disintegrate, enabling them to be removed by the various eliminatory components of the immune system because the reason for them being there has been resolved.

 

3. If the cause is left untreated as it is with the conventional approach, you stand a good chance of experiencing a ‘relapse’ as is often experienced after conventional treatment.  When this happens the cancer is also likely to be more ‘aggressive’. Knowing this leaves the patient living in a constant state of fear-of-relapse – not the way you deserve to be living!

By following the natural route and treating the cause, and then continuing to embrace a way of life that supports a healthy internal terrain, you need never live in fear of cancer again!

 

4. Our ingenious immune system is critical to our health and is what is ultimately responsible for healing us. No doctor (or any other ‘healer’) actually heals you; it is you that heals yourself through your magnificent immune system or ‘inner doctor’! For this reason, any method that suppresses the body’s natural healing mechanisms should be avoided at all costs!  Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation all have strongly suppressive effects on our immune system rendering it incapable at the very time we need it most!

The natural approach in contrast employs methods that support and enhance our immune system, and work in alignment with its wisdom!

 

5. The conventional approach has us believing that our own body has ‘turned against us’ and that we should fight back. This represents a false understanding of our ingenious bodies! Your body would never turn against you! By misunderstanding cancer and believing that it is ‘the enemy’ that has turned against us for reasons we don’t understand, we engender a great deal of fear and uncertainty. This fear in turn suppresses our immune system and our natural healing abilities.

The natural approach instead reminds us of the truth that our body is on our side, and encouraged by this and its wisdom, helps to dissolve this fear. This in turn not only supports our immune system, but also enables us to be in a more positive and proactive mindset to take the steps required to promote ‘true healing’.

 

6. Statistics from unbiased studies have revealed that the true success rate of chemotherapy is just over 2% (Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2004).  Various experts on the subject have confirmed the same.

Hardin B Jones Ph. D (former professor of medical physics and top statistician of cancer) to mention one example, has been quoted as stating the following “My studies have proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to four times longer than treated individuals. If one has cancer and opts to do nothing at all, he will live longer and feel better than if he undergoes radiation, chemotherapy or surgery”. 

Contrastingly, when a natural approach is fully embraced and the cause effectively addressed, success with cancer in the region of 90% can be anticipated.

 

7. Your doctor or oncologist is recommending the surgery/chemotherapy route because it’s the only option they’re allowed to recommend! In many countries if your doctor fails to recommend the conventional route of treatment they risk having their licence being revoked.  Therefore, often in spite of their own misgivings about the potential for success, they offer the only method of treatment they can.

In addition, most doctors believe it is the only option for cancer treatment because this is the only method taught to them at medical schools, which in turn are heavily funded by the pharmaceutical companies who govern them.

In contrast, an exciting new era is dawning in how to attain ‘true health’.  People are learning to be accountable for their own health in their day-to-day lifestyle choices and learning to understand, trust and support their own miraculous healing ability naturally, and with pleasing results.

 

Here are some additional quotes from leading experts:

 

“Chemotherapy and radiation can increase the risk of developing a second cancer by up to 100 times”.   Dr Samual Epstein

 

“Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure”.   Albert Braverman MD

 

“Conventional chemotherapy treatment can be so taxing that patients won’t even consider, let alone take action on, other cancer-fighting measures such as diet modification, exercise and meditation.”

“The percentage of cancer patients whose lives are predictably saved by chemotherapy is 3%. To this day there is no conclusive evidence that chemotherapy has any positive influence on survival or quality of life. Chemotherapy and radiation do not make the body well. They destroy, they do not heal………how much better it is to nourish the immune system directly by the use of natural therapies to assist it in getting well instead of destroying it….” Dr L Day MD

 

Those who have begun with the conventional route, only to find down the road that it has failed them, and then resort to the natural option when their doctor pronounces that they can do no more for them, will unfortunately find that resorting to the natural route at this late stage will be doing so with a considerably compromised immune system that will make healing a more difficult, (although not impossible), task.

The same would hold true for employing both these routes of treatment at the same time. While this can be done (although your doctor will probably discourage it as he/she is not familiar with the natural options) the benefits from the natural methods would be reduced (or potentially made redundant) in view of the immunosuppressive effects of the conventional methods.

 

If you do decide that the natural approach is the right one for you, then step boldly into it and embrace it fully! While each person’s situation must be considered individually, it is best not to attempt to do both approaches in the hope that by doing everything, something must work!  To do this is to misunderstand cancer!

 

Finally, remember that you are an infinite, incredible being and that all cancers can be overcome (regardless of the stage) if you believe it, and if you embrace an approach that works in harmony with your body’s own ingenious wisdom!

 

Now, having heard my point of view, as well as your conventional doctor’s, choose the route going forward that resonates best with you and follow it whole heartedly! You are the only one that can (and should) make this decision!

MSG and cancer

By Dr Janey

MSG or Monosodium glutamate is a chemical flavouring added to food to impart a meaty flavour to foods. It is generally accepted as the most common, as well as the most toxic chemical food additive in processed foods today!

So what exactly does MSG do to you when you consume it?

Well MSG is recognised not only as an excitotoxin and neurotoxin (ie it stimulates the firing of nerve cells to the point of exhaustion and death), but it is also acknowledged as a carcinogen (ie it causes cancer!)

When MSG is metabolised in the body it releases formaldehyde (you know the stuff used to preserve weird and wonderful creatures in biology jars!) which then binds with the DNA of your cells causing damage to those cells. When you consume MSG week in and week out (knowingly or unknowingly) the damaging effects accumulate resulting in a host of different symptoms in the body ranging from headaches and migraines, to sleeping disorders and illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and cancer to name just a few….

In addition to this, MSG is known to cross the blood brain barrier entering the brain and particularly the hypothalamus. Scientists have demonstrated that mice fed MSG develop retinal lesions and become severely obese. The reason for this is that MSG causes lesions in the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that is responsible for regulating energy. Those individuals that consume it therefore develop addictive-type eating habits for the foods that contain it, leading to compulsive eating disorders and obesity.

 MSG dangers

How do you know whether you’re consuming MSG or not?

Well that’s the really tricky part! Manufacturers, wise to the fact that their customers are becoming ever more savvy in reading and identifying ingredients on food labels, choose instead to hide the presence of MSG by calling it numerous different names.

Take a look at this list. Ever noticed any of the following ingredients listed on your food packaging and wondered what they were……..?

Textured soy protein, plant protein extract, hydrolysed protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, bouillon, yeast extract, malt flavouring, gelatin and other innocuous sounding ingredients such as broth, seasoning, stock and even natural flavouring!

Some of these names sound rather harmless don’t they? Well the truth is……each of the above names listed indicates the presence of MSG!

Unless you are aware of the various names it masquerades under, you and your family could very easily be consuming this toxic and addictive chemical food additive every week (and possibly even every day!)

It may also be helpful to know the types of food MSG is likely to be added to. Although this is not an exhaustive list, it will give you some idea of the most common ‘guilty’ food types…….

Condiments, commercial salad dressings, gravies, soups, processed meats such as polony, ham, vienna sausages etc as well as crisps. If you tend to take supplements in the hope of countering any deficiencies in your diet, then you’re probably taking in MSG there too. For vegetarians who opt for veggie burgers or veggie sausages, MSG is added to promote that meaty flavour as well as to soy products and soy sauces. Most fast foods have MSG -look no further than many of the big names in fast food for a generous portion of MSG! In fact, most ready-made, fast or processed food invariably contains it!

And it doesn’t end there…….protein shakes used by dieters and body builders contain MSG (ironic when you understand MSG’s propensity for causing obesity!), it’s added to cosmetics and it’s in our vaccines, and perhaps most disturbingly it can be found in infant and baby formulas setting up a whole new generation that is vulnerable to obesity and the various diseases it predisposes to!

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So, how on earth do we avoid this seemingly ever-present and highly damaging chemical in our foods? Quite simply we can do one of the two……

1. Become familiar with all the names under which MSG masquerades and avoid those products that contain it

2. Follow the golden rule of health – avoid all processed foods in your diet!

 

In summary; if you haven’t prepared and cooked your own food with the original, natural and organic ingredients and then eaten it without adding commercially prepared condiments, you are very likely eating a meal that is richly laced with MSG!

The hidden dangers of a cancer diagnosis!

By Dr Janey

In the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, the belief that cancer is a real threat to you, or a loved one’s survival can understandably be a devastating and frightening period of time.

However, what happens within the body in the days and weeks following a diagnosis of cancer needs to be considered too….

In this state of intense fear, the body which is a powerhouse of chemicals receives a crippling blow. The usual production of natural anti-cancer chemicals by the body such as Interferon and Interleukin 2 are considerably suppressed in this state of fear. Added to this, stress hormones such as cortisol that are released for as long as this perceived threat continues, result in a suppression of the immune system.

In addition, the release of hormones that serve to heal us such as our natural endorphins and growth hormones drop dramatically. This is also accompanied by a ‘drying up’ of all our normal digestive juices in this state of ‘fight and flight’ so that the nutrients in our foods which we need to nourish our cells more than ever during a time of having cancer, are simply not digested or absorbed as they would be in a normal relaxed and happy state.

Therefore, at exactly the time we need to call on our immune system to heal us, we inadvertently paralyse our own inherent healing mechanisms simply by being terrified by what we perceive as an immediate threat to our survival!

It is this deeply entrenched belief that most people harbour; that cancer is a ‘killer disease’ that creates enormous fear, and in doing so not only sets in motion the physiological changes in the body as outlined above that serve as an impediment to healing, but in addition and of arguably greater importance is the effect that these thoughts have on our powerful mind, helping to inadvertently set the stage for manifesting these worst fears!

In summary, the simple act of receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be more damaging than the disease itself!

The truth however (as shared in our ‘7 Timeless Truths of Cancer’) is that cancer is only a formidable disease when in failing to understand it, treatment is focused on the tumour (only a symptom) instead of the underlying cause.  Symptom-based approaches cannot deliver long term results without addressing the cause, and it is for this reason primarily that success rates in cancer treatment are so poor (approx 2% success in chemotherapy – Journal of Clinical Oncology).

At drjaney.com, we remind ourselves that not only is this paralysing fear of cancer severely detrimental to healing, but it is not necessary!  When we change our focus to the underlying cause of the tumour – the lack of oxygen at the cellular level – and learn how to restore oxygenation and take action in doing so while working in alignment with the body’s wisdom, we find that the body willingly responds in turn in the healing process.

 

Knowing this enables us to feel empowered, positive and pro-active in the knowledge that we can dictate our own healing from cancer, and in turn has the effect of helping to dissolve fear, while creating the platform for a vastly improved chance of survival!