Holistic Approach to Cancer – Prevention and Treatment
Cancer treatments and cancer prevention are among the most controversial and terrifying subjects in the healthcare field. Mainstream information sources predominantly stress the importance of cancer screening to detect (and treat) cancer as early as possible. Hence the emphasis on such screening programs as mammography, pap smears, colonoscopy, and prostate testing. However, there is little focus on reducing the chances of getting cancer, other than recommending interventions such as smoking cessation. Diet and lifestyle interventions play a huge role in the development of cancer. However, there is little useful information readily available in the mainstream on the topic of nutrition and cancer prevention and treatment.
What Causes Cancer in the First Place?
An intelligently designed a health and wellness program to prevent and/or treat cancer must first answer the question “what causes cancer in the first place?” Every disease including cancer has a genetic component, but since you can not do anything about your genotype, there is no benefit to blaming the development of cancer on “it runs in my family”. If cancer does “run in your family”, then you need to be extra careful about maintaining a cancer preventing lifestyle.
Otto Warburg’s Discoveries and Cancer
Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1931 for discovering how cells in your body utilize oxygen to create energy (under optimal conditions) and use a process known as fermentation under conditions of low oxygen. His later studies showed that cancer will grow well in an acidic, low oxygen (anaerobic) environment, but not in an alkaline, well oxygenated system. Unfortunately, this discovery has led many people astray, thinking that using high oxygen therapies like hydrogen peroxide and ozone can treat/cure cancer. The problem is that the administration of hydrogen peroxide and ozone in a systemic (whole body) fashion, will not (in general) increase oxygen at the tissue level (where “the action” is taking place)
Emanuel Revici’s Discoveries and Cancer
Emanuel Revici spent decades of his brilliant life searching for the cause of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. He published his findings in 1961 in the book “Research in Physiopathology as the Basis of Guided Chemotherapy with Special Emphasis on Cancer “. Revici (as did Warburg) also concluded that cancer grew in an acidic, low oxygen environment and utilized special lipids (fats) to deliver specific minerals (like selenium and sulfur) to the patient’s tissues to reduce/reverse cancer growth. Revici’s conclusions are completely consistent with Otto Warburg’s theories and remain an important (yet mostly ignored) approach to cancer treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, Revici’s work was mostly ignored, then he was accused of being a “quack” and had his license to practice medicine revoked.
Autonomic Dysfunction and Cancer Growth
Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for maintaining your body’s overall metabolic balance. Think of the ANS as the command center in your body that attempts to keep you within your optimal range of physiologic functioning by a series of actions. Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is made up of two parts, your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Your SNS, also referred to as your “fight or flight” response, is active in times of stress and during an emergency. Conversely, your PNS is responsible for initiating your rest, repair, and digestive response. These two corresponding divisions of your autonomic nervous system are neither both active, and both disabled at the same time. In fact, one side of the system is on when the other is off and visa versa. In other words, when your PNS is activated, your SNS is deactivated and when your SNS turns on, your PNS turns off. Any imbalance in your ANS (or anywhere in your body) will eventually lead to symptoms and disease states including cancer. This fundamental “law of nature” is certainly applicable to your autonomic nervous system (ANS). An ANS imbalance characterized by excess parasympathetic nervous system activity can contribute to low oxygen tension and tissue acidity; conditions in which cancer likes to grow (anaerobic metabolism).
Hormonal Imbalance and the Development of Cancer
High levels of Insulin, cortisol, and estrogen, are all prevalent substances in your body, which can increase your risk of cancer by reducing tissue oxygenation and increasing tissue acidity (anaerobic metabolism). All of these hormones are associated with your parasympathetic nervous system. On the other hand, low levels of thyroid hormone, progesterone, and testosterone will also contribute to cancer. It just so happens that these three hormones are associated with your sympathetic nervous system. The common denominator is that those processes and hormones that reduce oxidative metabolism (like estrogen, insulin and cortisol) increase your risk for cancer, while those processes that increase oxidative metabolism (like progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid) reduce your risk for cancer. Therefore we can see that the hormones associated with sympathetic nervous system activity such as thyroid, testosterone, and progesterone reduce cancer risk, while those hormones associated with parasympathetic nervous system activity specifically, insulin, cortisol and estrogen all contribute to the growth of cancer. Clearly, you want to reduce those factors in your internal and external environment that will tend to increase your estrogen, insulin and cortisol levels, while simultaneously enhance the production of those factors that will increase your testosterone, thyroid and progesterone.
The Connection between Sugar Consumption and Cancer
One of the most important ways for you to modulate your hormone balance is by paying attention your intake of sugar. Sugar will increase your insulin levels, and then this high insulin will contribute to the biotransformation of your testosterone into estrogen. Additionally, your liver metabolizes sugar into triglycerides and in the process raises your insulin, cortisol and estrogen levels. To make matters even worse high levels of insulin, estrogen and cortisol can also impair your liver from converting your T4 (your inactive, precursor thyroid hormone) into T3 (your active thyroid hormone) and hence contribute to the development of a functional hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, in turn, will further raise your blood sugars, your cortisol levels and tend to raise your insulin. This is a vicious cycle that if left unchecked will lead to a myriad of metabolic abnormalities. Consequently, the simple act of consuming sugar will seriously impair your body chemistry, leading to an anaerobic metabolism, and increase your risk for developing cancer. Additionally, sugar feeds the growth of any cancer that may already be present.
The Connection between Exercise and Cancer
High-intensity, low-volume exercise (like sprinting) will stimulate your sympathetic nervous system increasing your levels of testosterone and therefore reducing your risk of cancer. However tedious, plodding exercises like jogging will actually increase your parasympathetic tone by increasing your cortisol, increasing your estrogen, reducing your testosterone and reducing your thyroid hormone. Consequently, high volume, low intensity exercise can push your metabolism to be more anaerobic and increase your risk for developing cancer.
Does Stress Cause Cancer?
Acute stress affects different people in various ways depending on their individual metabolic circumstances. However, chronic, unrelenting stress almost always increases your cortisol, estrogen and insulin, while decreasing testosterone and thyroid. These stress induced hormonal changes can shift your metabolism towards an anaerobic state (low oxygen, tissue acidity) and contribute towards the development of cancer.
Any substance, activity (even your own thoughts) that your body perceives as dangerous or harmful is stressful and should be avoided or minimized.
Does Exposure to Sunlight Cause Cancer?
Numerous scientific studies show that sunlight exposure helps reduce your risk of getting most forms of cancer including breast, colon and prostate cancers. Full spectrum light (unfiltered sunlight) has numerous beneficial metabolic and hormonal effects. Unfortunately, many people believe that sunlight is dangerous and should be avoided. This unsubstantiated, unscientific myth is very dangerous to your health.
Does Meat Consumption Cause Cancer?
Eating wholesome, naturally raised, organic animal products does not cause cancer. However, consuming commercially produced animal products that utilize unnatural diets, growth hormones and antibiotics can be extremely harmful to your metabolism. How your animal protein is cooked is also very important. Overcooked, burnt, cured (preserved with nitrates or nitrites) or fried meat has been proven to be carcinogenic (cancer causing). Unfortunately, many of the studies “proving” that meat causes cancer fail to take into account the source of the meat and how the meat was prepared and cooked.
Can Being a Vegetarian or Vegan Reduce my Chances of Developing Cancer?
Your diet is extremely important in determining your overall health and your chances of developing cancer. The notion that veganism and vegetarianism is superior to a diet that includes animal protein is yet another commonly accepted and espoused myth. In fact, a strictly vegetable based diet can actually increase your risk for developing cancer especially if this restricted diet leads you to consume excessive carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrate consumption can lead you to suffer from elevated insulin levels, weight gain, hypothyroidism, high estrogen, and low testosterone. Each of these metabolic disturbances can contribute to an anaerobic metabolism and increase your risk of developing cancer.
How does being Overweight Increase my Chance of Developing Cancer?
There is a well-known association between obesity and the development of cancer. Obesity will increase your estrogen, your insulin, and your cortisol, while at the same time, reducing your testosterone, your thyroid hormone and your progesterone. All of these adverse metabolic changes can contribute to the development of cancer.
What Can I do to reduce my Chances of Getting Cancer?
If you wish to avoid cancer, you must eat the proper foods and engage in the proper activities to avoid the shift towards excessive parasympathetic tone in your autonomic nervous system and towards an anaerobic metabolism. Avoid sugars, excessive carbohydrates, overcooked or cured meats, and foods laden with pesticides, insecticides, GMOs, processed, “fake” foods with artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives. Get plenty of real sunlight (avoiding wearing glasses and sunscreens). Minimize your stressors. Do high intensity, low volume exercises. Seek the care of a healthcare professional that can help guide you in an intelligent and scientific manner.
How Can Dr Rothman Help?
When you consult with Dr Rothman, he will measure your various homeostatic control mechanisms like your acid- base balance, your autonomic nervous system balance, your oxidation-reduction (redox) balance, your carbo-oxidative balance, your mineral balance, your adrenocorticohormone balance, your sex hormone balance and your thyroid balance.
He would then prescribe an individualized program to bring your body chemistry back to normal. This program utilizes diet, metabolically directed nutritional supplements, medications, and bio-identical hormones as indicated by your test results.
By working with Dr. Rothman, you can discover a healthy, natural way to reduce or fight against cancer and maintain a lifestyle centered on wellness.
Have you been diagnosed with cancer? Are you worried about developing cancer? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Rothman by calling, 732-268-7663 and learn how you can reduce your chances of suffering from this frightening disease.