It’s one of the world’s most feared diseases and for good reason. Not only is cancer an illness that can be fatal, we have relatively little understanding of how to treat it, much less how it might be cured. As of 2008, statistics from respected medical journals show that in that year alone, there were close to 13 million cancer cases and almost 8 million deaths directly attributed to this disease. While millions upon millions of dollars are poured each year into more medical research, relatively little progress is being made. This is causing some in the healthcare world to question our lack of progress. While no one person or group likely has the entire solution for how to treat cancer and eventually rid the world of it, or at least make it as curable as the common cold, it is critical to continue exploring further ways of not just attacking this disease, but coming to the kind of understanding of it that can allow us to make effective attacks. Millions of peoples’ lives depend on it.
A Compromised Immune System Opens the Door So How Do We Lock It Tight?
Those who favor medical treatments for cancer and those who advocate a more holistic approach and natural remedies rarely see eye to eye, especially when it comes to such an important disease. Still, when it comes to a consensus on how cancer can get the upper hand within a person’s biology, both sides agree that a compromised immune system definitely makes it easier for cancer to take hold and even spread.
While the natural health community has long promoted the idea that the ‘typical’ lifestyle people in Western civilization lead today is one that leaves the immune system compromised, it’s only more recently that science has discovered just what a profound effect the compromised immune system can have. In a recent article Science Daily quoted research scientist Dr. Sean Morrison, UT Southwestern’s Children’s Medical Research Institute, as saying of a current experiment involving the creation of a model to predict how skin cancer progresses in humans using laboratory mice:
The highly immune-compromised state of the mice makes it possible to observe the metastasis of human melanomas, and to study intrinsic differences among melanomas in their metastatic potential.
This is the key that opened the door for cancer in these mice. It’s the same key that the holistic health community keeps trying to point out to the world. Pollution, toxic inclusions in our diet, a lack of vigorous physical exercise and many other factors – each of these compromise our body’s ability to fight back against invading cancer cells.
Chemotherapy: A Killer of Cancer or Patients?
Due to its often devastating side effects, chemotherapy has been repeatedly called into question by those in the holistic health community. It can and has been shown to be effective, but at what cost, those against this form of treatment ask? Still prevalent today and considered by many to be one of the only ‘real’ ways of treating cancer, chemotherapy has plenty of critics who believe there must be a better way to attack this disease.
Part of the reason that chemotherapy is difficult to uproot as one of the leading treatments for many types of cancer is the fact that a great deal of money is involved. Pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry continue to gain substantial income from administering chemotherapy.
In a 1996 book called The Cancer Industry, author Ralph W. Moss, the former director of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, had this to say regarding chemotherapy’s present reign as a top treatment for cancer patients:
If cancer specialists were to admit publicly that chemotherapy is of limited usefulness and is often dangerous, the public might demand a radical change in direction—possibly toward unorthodox and nontoxic methods, and toward cancer prevention.
This is a man with an insider’s glimpse into the world of cancer treatment and he finds chemotherapy lacking. He is not alone and now, years after this book was published more medical professionals are speaking out about the need for more research into alternative, biologically safer treatments.
He went on to accuse many of continuing to promote of this volatile treatment, explaining:
The use of chemotherapy is even advocated by those members of the establishment who realize how ineffective and dangerous it can be.
This is a fact that cannot be ignored. Whether it is a ‘conspiracy’ or a simple lack of motivation for finding new ways to treat cancer, the fact is that chemotherapy can kill and there must certainly be a less risky way to help these patients.
Now We Focus on Treatment But Isn’t Prevention the True Front Line?
Treatment of cancer is certainly needed because not everyone will take preventative measures to avoid it. Even with all the knowledge, all the education in the world regarding how cancer can be prevented, all individuals are not going to change their lifestyles to shore themselves up against this disease.
A recent article n Natural News by Dr. Phil Domenico spoke of simple, straight forward connections between how we live and how easy we make it for cancer to take hold within our bodies:
Most cancers can be traced to environmental and lifestyle factors, like smoking, alcohol, sunburn, pollution, infection, stress and obesity. Good nutrition serves to counteract these risk factors. Micronutrients prevent initiation and survival of mutations, reduce tumor size, and keep tumor cells from entering the bloodstream.
Fruit and vegetable rich diets, along with regular exercise and stress relieving activities such as meditation and even getting enough sleep – each of these contribute to a healthier immune system that makes cancer have to try that much harder to take hold. This is prevention and it goes a long way towards keeping cancer at bay yet still it’s not always embraced until after a person is sick. We continue to need to emphasize a focus on cancer prevention.
Some Suggest the Very Nature of Cancer Remains a Misunderstood
Do we really understand the disease we are up against? Are we up against an actual disease or something else entirely? This is the frightening yet relevant question posed by author Andreas Moritz who penned in his shockingly controversial book, Cancer is Not a Disease:
As we shall see, cancer is merely an indication that something has been missing in our body and in our life. Cancer reveals that some aspect of our physical, mental and spiritual life stands on shaky ground and is quite fragile, to say the least.
Moritz believes we don’t really understand what we are up against. He believes cancer is a symptom, not the actual problem itself. Whether he will be proven correct or not in coming years remains to be seen, but he certainly poses a powerful and relevant question: could a shift in our perspective alter our ability to truly eradicate cancer? It’s food for thought and it could lead us to a deeper understanding of one of humanity’s most sinister enemies.