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Alternative Medicine  

What is alternative medicine for cancer?

The best way to understand what is meant by alternative medicine for cancer is to first understand what it is not.

Traditionally accepted, mainstream, standard medicine attempts to cure a particular disease. Many standard approaches to cancer treat the disease in a localized manner by focusing on treating the tumor — cutting out the tumor or irradiating it. Another standard approach to cancer is to treat the disease in a systemic manner — to flood the body with toxic drugs, which, unfortunately, have some toxic effects on healthy tissue. By these methods, conventional doctors hope to destroy the tumor and, in turn, save the patient. Therefore, the standard medical approach to treating cancer is more akin to waging a war against cancer.

In contrast, alternative medicine (also called holistic medicine) treats the whole person — body and mind. Alternative theories of patient care have been growing in popularity over the past two decades. Frustrated with the mainstream healthcare system and the growing disconnect between doctor and patients, more and more people are looking elsewhere to prevent illness and cure ailments.

In preventing and treating cancer, alternative medicine approaches are geared towards helping people heal themselves by unblocking natural defense systems and energies in the body and mind. At the core of many alternative and complementary medical approaches is a concept that may be difficult for many to accept — that the mind is one of the most powerful systems in the body. The mind has the power to make us sick, and the power to make us well.

Alternative medicine approaches to fortifying immunity against cancer focus on rebuilding the natural immunity of the body and strengthening its inherent ability to destroy cancer cells.

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it is not uncommon for her to feel as if she has lost control of her health and her life. She may ask, “Why did God have to pick on me?” A woman with breast cancer may feel like a victim. As natural as this response may be for many of us, it also is the most damaging. The negative feeling takes hold of her spirit and triggers negative visceral responses in her body.

A woman with breast cancer often finds herself sitting in front of teams of doctors and experts who are telling her what to expect and what needs to be done. One of the greatest benefits of alternative and complementary therapies is that they give the patient back a sense of being in control. By deciding to explore dietary changes to help fortify her immune system, or deciding to have acupuncture to manage the side effects of radiation, a breast cancer patient enjoys a rush of empowerment —she is not just a passive recipient of medicine, but an active agent working to heal her own body. The positive impact of this sense of empowerment cannot be understated.

The mind is a monumentally powerful agent. Even if it cannot be quantified in a research laboratory, positive thoughts can promote healing — stabilizing hormonal levels, enabling stronger immune responses, and infusing a sense of calm and well-being. It is this positive mind energy that is really the inner key that enables the alternative and complementary therapies to help restore health. If you eliminate the positive attitude and the conviction that the therapy can and will help, chances are that the impact of the therapy will be less compelling.

A trend today is to try to incorporate certain alternative therapies into a standard medical treatment. This approach is called integrative medicine — the best of both worlds. When used in conjunction with mainstream treatments, alternative therapies have tremendous healing capabilities. Although some alternative therapies have not been scientifically proven yet and are often dismissed by the mainstream medical community, the positive benefits of alternative therapies should not be ignored. Nutritional changes, naturopathy, acupuncture, massage, visualization, and prayer — all of these alternative therapies and many others can strengthen the body’s immune system, promote a sense of well-being, and aid in the resolution of breast cancer.

Questions Related to Alternative Medicine
What is integrative medicine?
How do I choose an alternative therapy for cancer?
Do a lot of cancer patients use alternative medicines?
What is complementary medicine for cancer patients?
When considering complementary and alternative therapies, what questions should patients ask the practitioner?
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Are pesticides dangerous? Can they damage my body?
Is there a link between pesticides and breast cancer?
What are electromagnetic fields (EMFs)? Is there a link between EMFs and breast cancer?
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Are there certain vitamins and minerals that I can take to help manage the side effects of cancer treatments?
What are some nutritional steps I can take to maintain wellness and be healthier?
What herbs can be used to help breast cancer patients relieve side effects of treatment?
Why is acid-alkaline balance important to preventing and combating breast cancer?
What is the connection between dietary fiber and fats and risk of breast cancer?
What is a macrobiotic diet?
Can a macrobiotic lifestyle benefit a cancer patient?
What is the immune system? Why is it important to health?
How do you keep the immune system operating at an optimal level?
I’ve heard that silver fillings are dangerous because they contain mercury. Is this true? Should I have the silver fillings removed from my teeth and replaced with new fillings?
What is the Hoxsey Therapy?
What are amino acids? Can certain amino acids help prevent and combat breast cancer?
Can turmeric be used as a supplement for prevention of breast cancer?
What is shark cartilage? Can it help breast cancer patients?
Can flaxseed help reduce the risk of breast cancer? Can flaxseed help reduce the spread of breast cancer in patients?
What is the difference between flaxseed and flaxseed oil? Is one better than the other?
Does prayer really help in the healing process?
Does positive thinking have any power in the healing process?
What is homeopathy?
Can constitutional homeopathy be used to treat women with breast cancer?
How are homeopathic remedies are prepared and labeled?
What is aromatherapy?
What is naturopathy?
What is oxygen therapy?
What is orthomolecular medicine?
Is orthomolecular medicine beneficial for women with breast cancer?
What is chelation therapy?
What is acupuncture?
Can acupuncture help women with breast cancer?
What is hydrotherapy?
I’ve heard that cancer patients should never get a massage. Is this true?
Can I get a massage during external radiation therapy?
I’ve heard that cancer patients cannot have massage with oils or creams while undergoing radiation therapy. Is this true?
What are green foods? Could they improve my health? Can they help prevent cancer?
What is chlorella? How can using it help cancer patients?

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