The problems with conventional Western medical treatments for cancer
Radiation and chemotherapy are problematic in that they destroy healthy cells along with the cancer cells. In addition, both radiation and chemotherapy severely weaken the body’s healing system, which may therefore actually increase the progression of the disease. In cases where surgery is not an option to remove tumors, the success rates of chemotherapy and/or radiation are dismal. (I am referring to solid tumors, which are tumors found in organs in the body. Lymphoma and leukemia are different and can sometimes be treated successfully with chemotherapy and/or radiation.)
It is important to understand what is meant by a positive response when referring to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. A positive response simply means that there is a decrease in tumor size for a limited period of time (usually a few months). There is a misconception by patients that this means increased longevity. It does not! Many medical studies have shown that tumor shrinkage is not necessarily correlated with survival time. Consider an example of a woman who has chemo and her tumors shrink considerably. A few months later, the tumors come back and a few months after that, she dies. This person will have been considered a positive response in the medical data because her tumors initially shrank, even though she died soon after her treatment. Ask your doctor for medical evidence that shows that chemotherapy or radiation will increase your survival time, not just decrease tumor size. This is an important distinction for the patient, but it is an issue that is often not clearly explained by the physician.
The Body’s Innate Healing System
Some researchers in the field of unconventional cancer treatments have begun to refer to the treatment of cancer as “reversing” the process of cancer. By increasing the healing system of the individual, the process which has lead to the diagnosis of cancer can be reversed. The development of cancer is a very complex process and no one can predict whether or not reversing the process can bring about complete health or even prolong survival. However, by using therapies that improve your own healing system, it is very likely that you will be able to change the course of the direction of the disease, improve your quality of life, and even increase survival time. By viewing cancer as reversible rather than curable (or incurable), the concept of being healthy and living fully despite having cancer becomes a real possibility.
The road to recovery from cancer will be unique for each person. You must learn to recognize what you need to be healthy in all aspects of your life. This means being healthy physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. The task of reversing cancer is not an easy one, but by working towards optimal health, it is possible to alter the course of this disease and to live fully despite cancer.