Alternative Medicine Breast Cancer

Alternative Medicine A holistic cancer treatment that really works is the prayer of every person who has faced the agonizing decisions that come with a diagnosis of cancer. Current treatments offered by conventional, allopathic medicine invariably involve surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.

All these treatments are extremely invasive and harmful to the body. Surgery may visibly mutilate the appearance, adding psychological trauma to physical pain, and it leaves the patient susceptible to opportunistic infections. This risk of infection is greatly enhanced by chemotherapy and radiation, which severely weaken the body’s immune system. Once this allopathic regimen has been initiated, it becomes impossible to distinguish the harm caused by the disease from the side effects of these invasive treatments.

On the other hand, a holistic cancer treatment is intended to balance and strengthen the whole physical system of the patient. This strengthens the body’s innate ability to heal itself. I realize that it may sound far-fetched to say that a healthy and balanced immune system can heal cancer. The reason for this is found in our common beliefs about cancer, which have been shaped by contemporary, mainstream medicine with its single-minded fixation on these highly invasive, and highly profitable, treatments.

According to the National Cancer Institute, “Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues…Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start…”

From this perspective, cancer is considered an extremely complex condition. Note that the location in the body can determine “the type” of cancer. Once ascertained, each type may then be targeted with specific drugs designed for that specific type.

So, how does a holistic cancer treatment address this apparently complex situation? By focusing, first of all, on what is common to all types of cancers, i.e., abnormal cells that divide without control. Then, by looking for a systemic condition within the body that allows this to occur.

Believe it or not, at least one such systemic condition has already been discovered. While you may wonder why you have not heard of this “breakthrough” medical discovery, it did not go unnoticed at the time it was made, in 1924. In fact, seven years later, in 1931 Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his “discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme.”

In simple layman’s terms, Warburg discovered that cancer cells are only able to thrive in an anaerobic, or oxygen deprived, environment.  The corollary is also true. Cancer cells are unable to proliferate in an oxygen rich environment.  If you think it stands to reason that cancer could be eradicated simply by therapeutically enriching the oxygen supply within the body, you would not be alone. In fact, you would be in very good company.

The first reported use of the internal use of oxygen, in the form of hydrogen peroxide, was reported to the St. Louis Medical Society, in February of 1888, in a paper presented by I. N. Love, M.D., entitled, “Peroxide of Hydrogen as a Remedial Agent.” His presentation was published the following month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Love explained how he used hydrogen peroxide to successfully treat a wide variety of conditions, including, scarlet fever, diphtheria, nasal catarrh, acute coryza (head catarrh), whooping cough, asthma, hay fever, and tonsillitis. He also documented the use of hydrogen peroxide in treating uterine cancer as a “cleanser, deodorizer and stimulator of healing”.

Since then there have been many other physicians who have investigated the healing powers of oxygen, both through oral and intravenous application. As early as 1919, the noted chemist and physician, Dr. William F. Koch began treating cancer patients with oxygen therapy. What was noteworthy about Dr. Koch was the high esteem in which he was held professionally, along with his unbending moral principles that were beyond corruption.

Hon. William Lancer, of North Dakota, said before The Senate of The United States on Monday, June 7, 1948 “Comparisons are odious but Dr. Koch has been described by authorities as ‘the world’s greatest living chemist’; ‘the discoverer of a new science which charts the future course of the medical profession’; ‘one who cannot be bought, coerced, or intimidated’; ‘a Christian gentleman of courage and distinctive attainments’; and ‘a man of amazing capacities.’”

It seems that the very significance of his discoveries, which charted “the future course of the medical profession” was the reason for his subsequent persecution by authorities. This is because the course that his work pointed to was inherently holistic. As such, it ran contrary to the course that the profession has steadfastly adhered to for the last hundred years, a course that encourages reductionistic specialization and discredits a holistic perspective.  This narrow focus has led to a severely restricted repertoire of treatment options with cancer, comprised of surgery, radiation and proprietary drugs.

As is the case with virtually every pioneer of alternative and holistic cancer treatments, Dr. Koch’s efforts were hampered, and then discredited, by the Food and Drug Administration. He finally left his homeland to pursue his research in a less restrictive environment. He died in Brazil in 1967.

I’ll leave it to you to investigate why the FDA has not approved one holistic cancer treatment despite over one hundred years of extremely persuasive anecdotal evidence provided by highly qualified physicians. Thankfully, because of the Internet, you now have access to previously suppressed sources of information, and these can greatly expand the choices you have available, today, for your own health care.

Mary Helen Sutherland is an Independent Health Researcher, and writer, with an avid interest in all aspects of Alternative Medicine and Holistic Healing.

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