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What Is The Most Expensive Cancer Treatment?

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

The most expensive cancer treatment offered anywhere worldwide is the one in which the patient is marginalized based on the practitioner’s comfort zone.

What is a marginalized patient? This is when a patient’s sole responsibility is to present him or herself for treatment. Active participation in his or her healthcare is usually limited to stating how she or he is feeling and the pleasantries of the day. In-depth questioning of treatment modalities as well as alterations to standardized treatment protocol is not encouraged. Issues associated with dietary changes are usually answered in a manner similarly to, “It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink; therefore, eat and drink whatever you want”. Issues associated with the integration of natural treatments, such as vitamin C infusions in conjunction with chemotherapy or other mainstream modalities are equally discarded. Comments such as the following, which have no basis in science, are commonly given to terminate discussion, “Antioxidant infusions interfere with chemotherapy, or if this was any good don’t you think we would be using it?”

Conversations, which potentially can expose blatant contradiction are initially, cordially dismissed.  If the patient persists with such discussions or engages other patients, more stern rebukes may be imposed. I have even been told by some patients that they were threatened to be discharged from oncologic services should their questioning persist. I once had a case involving a surgeon who had colon cancer. He initially presented with a colon cancer marker (Ca19.9) in excess of 9000. While he continued to use 5-FU. I added to his infusions high doses of vitamin C as well as other infusion therapies. Within four weeks, his Ca19.9 dropped to below 2500. He told me that his oncologist said to him: “…if you tell my other patients what you’re doing, you will not be welcomed back into my practice…”. He ultimately decided to treat himself with mainstream services.  Regrettably, he did not do well.

Secondly, how does the patient become marginalized in the first place? This comes from the way mainstream medicine is dispensed. Mainstream medicine is actually managed through insurance companies and their reimbursement codes. When this statement is made, the normal corporate response tends to be that we do not prevent your doctor from practicing anyway he/she desires.  In no way do we interfere with a doctor-patient relationship. Finally, we respect a practitioner’s way of practicing medicine. A healthcare insurance company’s choice to pay or not, is unilaterally based on self-imposed internal protocols, which have no basis in law. Most of us have forgotten that an insurance company’s job is to pay for legitimately rendered medical services. The cornerstone to a medical insurance company’s financial success is convincing the insured that their healthcare should be fully covered by their policy. I can guarantee you that if there were a reimbursement code for patient satisfaction, based on direct access to an oncologist, patient-doctor interaction would be greatly enhanced.

What is a Practitioner’s Comfort Zone?

Most people consider practitioners of medicine to have superior intellect.  Yes, they are smart, however, no more or less that any other human. Assumptions are made with respect to medical doctors. Somehow, they are expected to be unaffected by human behavior. Nothing is further from the truth. Irrespective of profession or IQ, people are still people. Outside influences affect how we feel, act and react. Your reactions may be different from mine as mine may be different from yours in a similar environment. Given circumstances, actions or reactions by total strangers can be identical, i.e. running away from an angry bear, slowing down when driving in poor visibility situations.  Everyone has his or her strengths and weaknesses, which are in part forged by our experiences.

As with all humans, physicians also have a comfort zone.  A comfort zone may be defined as a known environment, in which the person feels familiar, safe within or experienced. We all have numerous comfort zones. We have work, play, home, dating, dinner, travel, educational, and shopping comfort zones just to mention a few. I remember feeling uncomfortable shopping on line about 10 years ago; today my comfort zone has shifted. We all have numerous routines for different environments. Our routines are designed to address different desires and necessities of our lives. Once we decide on our routines, we codified them into our comfort zones. Ever notice that when someone throws your routines off-track, the feeling of irritation or aggravation soon follows? Our comfort zones much like comfort food gives us a sense of security or safety.

How does a comfort zone affect medicine and healthcare practitioners?

As humans, medical practitioners, MD, DO, PA, NP, DC, AP, etc., all are limited by comfort zones. Comfort zones are limitations based on experience, or exposure (taught to you by an authority, i.e., a teacher, endorsed by an accepted medical journal, another practitioner considered to be an expert, etc. Most comfort zones are defined by don’ts, i.e., don’t color outside the lines, if it is not FDA approved it is not real medicine, only evidence-based treatments are legitimate.

Every one of our comfort zones is reinforced exogenously through anxiety.  That is, one receives positive reinforcement/feedback from those seeking to train us, when we follow excepted protocols and accept their dogma.  In contrast, one receives negative feedback/punishment when one questions excessively or decides to break from the herd. Such an event happened to me in 2005.  This is when the federal government came to my offices with body armor and loaded weapons, in order to serve a subpoena. They locked me out of my offices, and took whichever files they wanted. The reason the federal government raided me was that I had the largest EDTA chelation clinics worldwide.

EDTA chelation, in about 85% of the people, reverses hypertension and type II diabetes. My facilities were making a significant impact on the financial well-being of hospitals in my area.  Even though many practitioners had heard of EDTA chelation and its benefits, many of them continue to use mainstream medicine, which just treats symptoms, while ignoring the root cause of the illness. Additionally, their comfort zone was in basic cardiology, pharmaceuticals and or surgical intervention. My facilities were also making a significant impact in these areas as well. After five years of exhausted investigation, all my records were returned and I was never charged with the single crime.

Unlike the assumption or presumption held by the general public that medical practitioners are leaders, most medical practitioners are sheeple. They limit their practice to within the usual and customary lines, strive not to deviate too far from them and only propose options that are alleged appropriate by literature. Innovation is left to the few with imagination and foresight. Thus when it comes to cancer, the vast majority of practitioners need a diagnosis, because they are trained to treat based on the diagnosis and not the patient. Walk into an oncologist’s office with an overt fungating cancerous breast lesion and request to be treated, the oncologist will insist on a biopsy, which besides facilitating the dissemination of cancerous cells, will also irritate the disease. Again just having cancer is not enough. It is the tissue diagnosis, which is their comfort zone. God forbid pathology misdiagnose the tissue.

It is the assumption and presumption by practitioners that the public expects an answer for all questions that fuels rigid comfort zones. Most practitioners abhor the phrases, I don’t know, I’m not sure, and the coup de grace, I have no experience with that treatment modality. This insecurity in part fuels the rigidity of oncologic comfort zones. For that matter just about every comfort zone in just about every profession.

 

 

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Utopia: A Place Where HOPE is Created from Within

by Daniel Mykins, M.S.

 

Healing

Ourselves

Personal

Empowerment

 

People come to Utopia Wellness because they know they are choosing to heal in a different way from the traditional methods. The people who come here call themselves “campers” as a way of creating community with one another. They want to be actively engaged in their healing in Mind, Body and Spirit. They come to Utopia Wellness to heal and thrive from the inside out, not outside in.

 

My role at Utopia Wellness is to be an agent of change in the way the campers view themselves. I assist the campers in identifying the issues in their lives that are impeding their healing. We call this identifying the “sacred cows” that campers are holding on to and have been unwilling to change up until their arrival at Utopia Wellness. The reason why they have been unwilling to change is because they give these issues more value than themselves and their own wellbeing. Often, these issues are based upon their own core beliefs like, “I need to put others before me.”

 

One of the first things we teach the campers is, “I come first in my life.” There are two guiding principles that we have here at Utopia Wellness. They both connect to trusting themselves and loving themselves unconditionally. There is a whiteboard on the wall that says, “What do you need to unconditionally trust yourself?” The answer is, to love myself unconditionally.

 

Once we have identified the sacred cows that are preventing the camper from healing, we challenge the camper to look more deeply into what the camper is saying to themselves. They are saying, “I am not enough.” Somewhere in the camper’s lifetime, this negative message has been sent to them and they have accepted this belief to the point that they have disease manifesting in their body. The body is the great communicator, creating symptoms which indicate the camper is not in balance, which is why disease is present. The disease, cancer, is a wakeup call for the camper to make changes.

 

The way we address these issues of change with the campers is through individual sessions and in a weekly group session. Both ways allow the camper to look at themselves in order to make a shift in their perception of themselves as a victim or as being powerless. Group sessions offer the campers a mirror of themselves when they listen to other campers speak and see themselves struggling with similar issues. Group allows the campers to see their blind spots and have them revealed in order to heal. Awareness allows the camper to make new choices in how they want to respond to situations rather than react to them out of old habits. The camper is empowered to make choices to be at peace, to find joy and to be happy. Hope is now being generated from the inside, in the present moment, and not being relied upon from an outside source of the future.

 

Namaste

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How to Interview Your Oncologist – The Final Questions

by, Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

 

In this series we have provided valuable information to guide you through the process of empowering yourself with the ability to enter into an effective dialogue with an oncologist should the need ever arise. We conclude our series with these final questions when interviewing Oncologist that we hope will encourage you to explore all of your options if ever faced with a cancer diagnosis.

 

Treatment Questions:

  • Is this treatment that you recommend curative or palliative?
  • If the treatment you recommend doesn’t cure my cancer, then what?
  • Is the cure rate based on 5 years?
  • What is the cure rate after 10 years?
  • Where do these statistics come from?

 

If you recommend palliative:

  • What’s the point of chemotherapy or radiation if it’s not going to cure me?
  • How would drugs that make me sick give me better quality of life?
  • How much time do you think I have to live if I do this treatment?
  • How much time do you think I have to live if I do nothing?

 

  • What is the 5-year disease-free survival rate for my specific diagnosis with this treatment protocol?
  • What is the 5-year disease-free survival rate for my specific cancer if I do nothing?
  • How much does chemotherapy contribute to 5-year survival for my cancer?
  • Can you provide me with a reference for your answer to chemotherapy’s efficacy?
  • What about 10-year survival? Are there any studies comparing this treatment protocol to patients to did nothing?
  • What if the treatment doesn’t work?

 

  • Have you ever taken or has a loved one ever taken any of these chemotherapy drugs to understand what they are like?
  • Would you do this treatment if you had the same diagnosis as me, or would you just try to make the most of the time you have left?
  • What would you do if you were in my position?
  • What other treatment options are available besides what we’ve discussed?
  • Can you refer me to a holistic practitioner so that I may understand their perspective?

 

Diet Questions:

  • What do you recommend I eat while doing chemotherapy?
  • Do you think diet matters? If not, why not?
  • Can you provide me with evidence for this position please?
  • Will I meet with a dietician prior to starting your protocol?
  • Who will provide me with a diet or dietary recommendations?
  • Will I lose weight with your treatment protocol?
  • Define for me your definition of too much weight loss?
  • How is excessive weight loss managed while under your care?

 

  • Is it ok if I have ice cream and pizza?
  • What’s the best anti-cancer diet?
  • Are there any foods that I should avoid?
  • I was thinking about adopting a plant-based diet, eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and juicing, is that ok?

 

Ask About Testing:

  • I would like to get the Oncostat Plus chemosensitvity test to see which drugs my cancer will respond to before starting anything. Can you (Oncologist) order that for me?
  • Given the fact that this test involves taking my blood, sending to another country, growing it in a laboratory condition, does it really reflect how drugs react in my body? (Oncologist)
  • If you don’t believe in the Oncostat test, what testing will you order or recommend to make sure the drugs won’t be severely toxic to me?
  • Spectracell blood test shows nutrient deficiencies in the body, do you order this test?

 

References:

  • How many patients have you permanently cured of my disease (Oncologist)?
  • I’m really nervous about this and would like to speak to 5 of your patients with the same cancer as me that are cancer-free after 5 years. Is that possible?
  • Do you have any patients with my kind of cancer that are in remission after 10 years?
  • Can I speak to some of them?
  • I understand that you cannot give me their contact information, but I give you permission to give those patients my contact information. Once your former patients agree to speak with me, can I ask your staff to contact me?

 

Final Questions:

  • If I decide to undergo treatment, will I be able to call you if I have questions after hours?
  • I would like to take some time to change my life, would that be possible?
  • How much time do I have to do this?
  • How much time do I have to think about all this and make my decision?
  • What is the scientific basis for your answer?
  • Is it possible for the body to heal itself of cancer?
  • If I decide not to do treatment, in order to enjoy the time I have left, will you support me with periodic blood tests and scans?
  • Can I get a copy of my medical records before I leave today?

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions!

See other series of ”How to Interview Your Oncologist”

How to Interview Your Oncologist

How to Interview Your Oncologist – Part 2

How to Interview Your Oncologist – Part 3

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How to Interview Your Oncologist – Part 3

By Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Now let’s look at the choices between chemotherapy and immune enhancement therapies.  Initially, they are the antithesis of one another. Chemotherapy destroys your immune system and puts your outcome squarely on a generic algorithm endorsed by the medical industrial complex and reimbursement codes.  Your function is to present yourself and follow the generic, one fits all protocol. Your participation is irrelevant. What you think, eat, drink, feel or do, has no effect on the outcome. If it does not work, well you did what everyone else does. You are not a renegade and you may declare yourself unlucky that generic medicine did not work for you. No one takes responsibility. Everyone is sad. There is no blame.  You have no idea how often I have heard a phrase such as, “the cancer was stronger than the chemotherapy”.

From an oncology, pharmaceutical and hospital system viewpoint, sales become easier due to a lack of competitive or alternate treatment options or choices.  From a patient’s viewpoint, oncologist is presumed to have the power of being able to control whether or not a patient gets access to the ‘life saving treatment’. Thus the patient may feel that he/she is lucky to have access to this therapy and thus wants to placate the oncologist. The reality is that there is no shortage of access to chemotherapy or oncologist provided that you have medical insurance or a deep pocket.

When there is only one choice, life is relatively simple. When you believe that there is only one choice or certain death, i.e. chemotherapy, then the side effects become more acceptable. In this scenario, since the patient is misled into thinking that there are no other options, from a patient’s perspective it becomes either tolerate the horrible side effects or die. [In my opinion, most patients  with cancer treated with chemotherapy die because of the detrimental and overwhelming side effects of chemotherapeutic medications.]

However, when a second alternative is presented, then the patient is faced with a choice. Someone must make a decision. Whoever decides, has taken responsibility to the choice made.  Immune enhancement therapies, unlike chemotherapy, strengthens your immune system.  This treatment forces the practitioners to forge a relationship with patients, for which there is no reimbursement code. Patient-doctor relationships take time to develop. With natural treatments, patients feel better during the process. The patient becomes the focus of the protocol, not the generic, diagnosis driven synthetic drug administration. What the patient thinks, eats, does, and feels has immense value and directly influences outcomes.

Responsibility or accountability is what most people seek to avoid.  In order to facilitate avoiding either, as a society, we ignore the fact that not choosing is choosing. Thus we seek to simplify through justification, i.e. if alternatives to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery were viable, then many more would do it, or oncologist would recommend them.  [Remember oncologist recommend Boost, ice cream and soda pop, all high in simple sugars. They provide candy and doughnuts in their office. They do this with the knowledge that simple sugars are preferred by cancer cells as evidenced by the fact that a glucose molecule, a simple sugar, is the backbone for the molecule used to detect cancerous cells when ordering a PET scan.]

The questions below are important to ask if chemotherapy has been recommended:

Which drugs you are you going to treat me with?

Are these drugs selected specifically for me, or are they a generic formulary for my diagnosis and are used on everyone diagnosed with my condition?

If we are starting with a generic formulary, because no one knows how I will react to these drugs, then:

Will this formulary be changed for me?

What parameters will be used to make these alterations?

What is the half-life of this medication?

Is it true that chemotherapy drugs can make cancer more aggressive?

Does chemotherapy kill cancer stem cells?

I’ve heard that many chemotherapy drugs are carcinogenic?

Can this treatment cause more cancers in the body?

Do patients need different chemotherapeutic agents because cancer cells eventually become resistant to chemotherapy?

If our immune system is what keeps us healthy and defends us from diseases, including cancer, is it fair to consider cancer an immune compromised disease?

Since cancer is an immune compromised illness and chemotherapy attacks my already weakened immune system, please explain the mechanism by which further destruction of my immune army results in my getting well?

I’ve heard that immunotherapy specifically targets cancer cells, is this correct?

I have also read that immunotherapy, in some, causes one’s immune system to attack healthy organs?

Can this happen to me?

If it does how is it treated?

Can you stop my immune system from attacking my healthy, noncancerous organs once it starts?

How do you stop this autoimmune attack if it happens?

Can you stop it the autoimmune reaction or are you just going to suppress it with steroids?

If you use steroids, will they also further suppress my weakened immune system making me susceptible to other diseases and leaving me even more helpless?

Please provide me a list of medications that stops immunotherapy’s autoimmune attack mode?

If immunotherapy is so much better than chemotherapy, why don’t you start with the best treatment option possible?

Are there any other drugs that I might have to take?

Can I get a list of all the drugs that will be involved in my treatment?

What are the short-term adverse effects of these drugs?

What are the long-term adverse effects of these drugs?

May I have copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets on all the drugs I’ll be taking?

I would like to take them home with me today to review them.

Do any of these drugs have life threatening side effects?

Stay tuned for next month’s conclusion of How to Interview Your Oncologist

 

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How to Interview Your Oncologist

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

I was just told I have cancer! I have a consultation with an oncologist, what do I do? What do I ask an oncologist? How to Interview Your Oncologist

This event regrettably happens all too often every day in America. Adding insult to injury, the first word we tend to associate with cancer is death.  The usual sequence of events usually includes a physical complaint to the primary care doctor. You are most likely referred to a specialist who does further testing.  Eventually a lesion is identified, a biopsy is advised and performed. The excised tissue is submitted to pathology for a tissue diagnosis. Once a diagnosis of cancer is obtained you will be referred to an oncologist.

First Rule – Tell the people that you trust and love about your cancer diagnosis. Your behavior will change after you are told of your diagnosis. Let people know what is going on in your life. They cannot read your mind. You most likely are having a multitude of emotions bouncing around consciously or subconsciously, the common thread being fear.  Remember the first word associated when a person has a cancer diagnosis confirmed is death. Thus people think about their life, their family, children, spouses, significant others, friends etc. A cancer diagnosis is a major shock. What you are looking for is a simple solution, i.e. we have a 90%, 80% 70% etc., cure rate.

Second Rule – Investigate. This is easier said than done. This is hard for the patient to do initially, because of the first rule above: fear and shock. Thus having others to assist you in this process is beneficial. Remember, knowledge is power.

Third Rule – Be respectful. The oncologist did not give you cancer and he / she is practicing what they have learned. Knowing and remembering that every practitioner’s knowledge is limited begins to put your journey in perspective. You are there to see if you and the oncologist are compatible.  Your job is to accumulate information.

Forth Rule – Bring a trustworthy individual who can write down information during all medical appointments.

Fifth Rule – You matter and you are your most powerful healing tool. I am often asked, “How many people with my diagnosis have you treated and how many are cured?” My answer is as follows, “If I could tell you that I have treated 1000 people with your exact diagnosis, and that 100% are fine and well today, 5 years or more after treatment, this does not guarantee your success. Your success depends on identification of your root cause of your cancer and your willingness to change your environment that feeds it.” The only one with skin in the game is you. Physicians practice medicine because it is an art and it should never be a science. I can say that with 100% certainty because we are all unique, even identical twins differentiate when they begin to accumulate life experiences.

Stay tuned for next month’s Part II of How to Interview Your Oncologist

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Physical Effects of Stress

The Emotional and Physical Effects of Stress

by Sabrina, P.C.C.

Stress is defined as a “physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension” (1). However, this does not necessarily mean that all stress is bad. Stress, when handled appropriately, can create positive changes in our lives as long as it only occurs in small bursts on an infrequent basis. Long-term exposure to stress, which occurs quite often in today’s society, can have devastating physical effects of stress on the body and can lead to multiple diseases and disorders. The following are just a few of the potential side effects caused by the prolonged exposure to stress: Cardiovascular disease, Migraines, Muscle tension, Eating and sleep disorders and even Cancer.

The body’s stress release system, most commonly referred to as the Fight-or-Flight response, utilizes the hormones adrenalin and cortisol. “These hormones, together with direct actions of autonomic nerves, cause the heart to beat faster, respiration rate to increase, blood vessels in the arms and legs to dilate, digestive process to change and glucose levels (sugar energy) in the bloodstream to increase in order to deal with the emergency” (2). Think about the sensations felt during a motor vehicle accident, your body is not focusing on properly digesting your food or maintaining homeostasis. Instead, you will notice an increase in your blood pressure and pulse rate as your heart is working overtime to supply your body with more oxygen in order to either fight for survival or run to safety. The quick response is made for survival in allowing the body to put all of its effort into the given situation, physical effects of stress.

Now imagine a situation where prolonged stress exposure has taken place. The “repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body. Research suggests that chronic stress contributes to high blood pressure, promotes the formation of artery-clogging deposits, and causes brain changes that may contribute to anxiety, depression, and addiction” (3). Your heart is constantly working overtime, your digestive system is no longer able to function on an optimal level, you may notice changes in your reproductive system and will have a depleted immune system as your body is no longer focused on maintaining a strong healthy environment, physical effects of stress. These imbalances cause your body to become more acidic and open to outside pathogens. This unhealthy combination can allow for the production and metastasis of cancerous cells in the body. Those who suffer from chronic stress are also more likely to have a stroke or heart attack in the near future as well.

The initial activation of the flight or fight response system can affect our judgment and cause us to make rash decisions. This is especially true when an individual is confronted by a devastating medical diagnosis, such as cancer. We are told by mainstream medical physicians that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the only treatment options available and that time is at the essence to begin treatment immediately. The fear they install into patients causes immense stress and can “blur” their judgment and prevent an individual from even considering alternative medicine. It is important to note that no two people are alike and that what may work for one individual does not necessarily work for everyone. When making a crucial health decision, take a moment and identify the stress and analyze your situation and different treatment options.

There are ways in which it is possible to diminish the effects from stress, however the first step is understanding what is the initial cause of the stress. You need to be able to identify what is making you stressed and establish a strategy to handle the situation or individual. It’s not uncommon for individuals to become “blind” to the cause of their stress. For example, a young teenager experiencing a first love may not understand when a relationship is going “sour”. They have the desire to continue the relationship without realizing that they are experiencing large amounts of unnecessary stress. Within any stressful situation it is important to take a step back and practice being mindful. Mindfulness refers to the ability to look at a situation in its entirety without bias. By doing so, you are able to make rational decisions and decrease the overall stress associated with a situation. Also, taking time for yourself is very beneficial in reducing stress. Understanding yourself and learning to enjoy being with just yourself is essential in de-stressing. Personal grooming, relaxation massages, journaling and hobbies such as music, knitting or painting are all excellent examples of ways to de-stress.

References:

  • Harvard Health Publishing. (2018, May 1). Understanding the stress response. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response
  • Shield, W. C., Jr. (n.d.). Definition of Stress. Retrieved June 6, 2019, from https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104
  • Stress effects on the body. (2019). Retrieved June 10, 2019, from https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body
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The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer – Part 2

By:  Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Rules of Medicine:

  1. Do no harm!
  2. Doctors cannot cure, but patients can heal
  3. A physician’s function is to help the patient’s innate ability to heal
  4. A successful bond between practitioner and patient facilitates the desired outcome
  5. Medicine is an art not a science because people are unique
  6. Medical treatment approach should be designed for the individual patient, not vice versa

Have you ever wondered why traditional medicine needs to have a diagnosis? The reason is that doctors are not trained to treat patients, they are trained to treat a diagnosis. Thus, the focus of traditional medicine is the diagnosis and that dictates the protocols used and that is determined by the billing codes.  The problem here is they are not addressing the underlying cause that resulted in the diagnosis.

In Part 2 of this series, we are going to look at how traditional medicine approaches cancer and why I believe it is not the best approach for patients.

My Observations: Medicine is the second largest industry in America. Ever since medicine was permitted to direct market to the American general public, there has been a slow, methodical, targeted indoctrination of the general populous that illness is normal and to be expected.  Additionally, I believe the idea of cures is being shelved in exchange for the belief that only chronic consumption of pharmaceuticals is the path for longevity. It is almost un-American to be healthy.

There is a push to limit and control our choices, but let us take a deep breath and look at some interesting observations.  When I was conceived in 1954, pregnant women drank, smoked, and partied and the vast majority of these babies were unaffected. People survived infections and illness without drugs, vaccines or technology. People actually interacted with one another without washing their hands and applying hand sanitizer.  These practices are virtually unheard of in today’s world, treatment approach.  We have been effectively programed to fear everything as a potential threat to our health and, as a result, our bodies have been exposed to nothing.

Your immune system is what keeps you healthy, not the traditional doctors or the drugs and vaccines they push.  When you are exposed to bacteria, viruses and germs, this is a chance for your immune system to attack it.  In doing so, you build up immunity to it in the event you are exposed to it in the future.  If you don’t allow your immune system to do the job it is designed to do, you leave it and yourself defenseless.

You probably have realized by now that I am not your traditional medical doctor nor do I believe in treating a diagnosis, especially when it is cancer.  The following is my view on traditional medicine.  I come to these conclusions based on my medical training, my traditional and holistic medical background, on my personal experiences and through my patients’ experiences.

  1. Treatment Approach Focus: diagnosis based protocol – mainstream medicine, through billing codes, does not value the patient’s participation. Correction, the patient’s participation is limited to arriving on time and doing what he or she is told to do, preferably with little questioning. What the patient thinks or does is marginalized in this treatment approach since the sole focus of mainstream medicine is the eradication of cancer at all cost. Additionally, the keystone narrative is that the doctor through drugs (chemotherapy), procedures (surgery) or technology (radiation) is the patient’s only hope for a cure. Nevertheless, advertisers are now beginning to push narrative that cancer is a chronic, incurable, malady, for which chronic use of chemotherapy is the only way to prolong your life.
  2. Diet: Eat whatever you want and consume as many calories as possible. They feel that caloric intake is more valuable to treatment approach outcome than a quality diet of organic whole foods. It is common for patients treated in world class cancer institutions to be counseled on the erroneous belief that diet, including the consumption of sugar, will not affect their ability to conquer cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth! A simple question to any oncologist will prove this point. Why does the P.E.T., positronic emission test, scan use a glucose based molecule as the carrier to light up cancer cells so they are visible?  The answer is that cancer has an affinity for sugar but they will not tell you that. It is not uncommon for oncology services to offer cola, candies, donuts and other simple sugar laden food products and snacks to their patients who are receiving chemotherapy. Treatment Approach.
  3. Hospital-based nutritionists: While hospitals do employ nutritionists, I believe they do not offer sound recommendations to the cancer patients. Certain pharmaceutically sourced oral nutrition products that are billable, i.e. Boost and Ensure, are provided to patients. These products are very high in simple sugars, thus harmful to the patient as it feeds the cancer. It appears to me that their nutritional advice is limited to insurance reimbursable products versus introducing and educating them to organic alkaline meals. I suspect that if there was a reimbursement code for nutritional education, hospitals and private clinics would jump on that as well.
  4. Surgery: regrettably an all too common story is that a full body work up is done postoperatively. There appears to be a rush to ‘cut body parts’ when a cancer is diagnosed. Let’s take an example: a lumpectomy is recommended for a woman with a malignant breast lesion. Breast cancers regrettably have a propensity to metastasize, spreading to bones, lungs, liver and brain. However, often a lumpectomy is performed prior to a full body P.E.T. scan that can confirm the extent of the disease progression. A full medical history is imperative before undergoing surgery. There is a measurement for this activity, the higher the S.U.V., standard uptake values, the more activity. I normally order a P.E.T. scan from the skull to mid-thigh, this provides a base line which I think is important for most patients. For my wife, I would order the P.E.T. scan prior to any intervention. Why? What is the purpose of the lumpectomy if there is/are metastasis? If lymph nodes are involved, or positive, i.e. elevated SUV, you are stage four (iv) and a lumpectomy will not benefit her but may, instead, aggravate the growth rate of the other sites.

When it comes to pancreatic cancers, pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple procedure, is the intervention most often discussed. This procedure involves the removal of part of the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, and part of the pancreas.  The stomach is then reattached to the small intestine and the remaining part of pancreas to another part of the small intestine, as is the common bile duct. The procedure completely alters the patient’s ability to digest food properly. Normally the amount of pancreatic secretions as well as bile is determined at the junction of the stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder in the duodenum. The Whipple places the liver and pancreas at a different location from the emptying of the stomach contents. The addition of acid neutralizing and, digestive enzymes and bile to the stomach treated food is out of sync with the digestive sequence.

There are natural ways to mediate this problem, however, most patients are unaware of them. I have met many patients who underwent this procedure and neither the surgeon or the G.I. doctor informed them about these consequences or how to manage them. This is what I often reference as body part medicine.  Traditional medicine is compartmentalized and disjointed. Each doctor addresses his/her organ or system and ignores the rest.

In Part 3 of this series, I will discuss how I approach cancer and why I believe it offers the patient real and lasting results.

 

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The Courage to Seek Other Options

By:  Mark Wilson, PCC

 

As a Patient Care Coordinator at Utopia Wellness, I have the opportunity of working closely with Dr. Garcia.  I absolutely love my job; I love working with people and watching their journey of healing.  My job is to speak with those looking for information about our holistic approach.  Every day Utopia Wellness receives inquiries from people all over the world.  They are inquiring about our clinic because they have just been given the news they have cancer.  At that moment they are typically in fear and facing pressure from their doctors to start chemotherapy as well as being given a time frame of life expectancy and odds of survival and so on.

 

My job is to not only inform them of our program but to calmly change the context of the situation.  I commend them for having the courage to seek out another option other than chemotherapy or radiation; to explore a way other than what most people think is the only treatment.   I let them know that they are in control; the fear, the pressure doesn’t have to be the motivating factor.  Just the opposite, the person reaching out to us, is taking their power back and seeking a path they feel will be best for them.  The secret is listening to yourself; your gut instincts.  Find a direction that feels right to you- and embrace it fully.  Attitude is everything; that same courage that had them Googling alternative cancer treatment is the same courage that gives them the strength to pack their bags and move across the country for several weeks and attend our clinic. To take such a big step requires trust in yourself.

 

The first step to treatment at Utopia Wellness is a consultation with Dr. Garcia which can be done in the clinic or by telephone, as most are, considering our patients come from throughout the world.  For those with a cancer diagnosis, the consultation is complimentary; Dr. Garcia actually donates his time so that these people have a chance to hear another side to the story from what their conventional doctors are telling them.  Which as previously stated, is to start chemotherapy or radiation immediately as if there is NO other choice.  I suggest anyone who calls me to take advantage of this offer; even if it’s just a “fact finding mission”.

 

Alternative medicine is about education because this type of medicine is patient driven; they take an active role in their healing.  The body can heal if given the right tools and environment starting with the way you think.  I always tell people gather all the information you can, take advantage of all the consultations available and then pick a direction that resonates within you.  Whether they choose Utopia Wellness or somewhere else, I tell them to fully commit to their choice and embrace it.  I just want to see people heal regardless of how they get there.

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What is “Energy” in the Field of Medicine And Why Is It So Important

By: Elizabeth aka “Tweet”

When you look in the dictionary for the definition of energy this is what you’ll see:

“The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. Vitality, vigor, life, liveliness, animation, vivacity, spirit, fire, passion, zeal.” When you ask the ancient healers and religious texts to define human energy, they’re definition goes something like this: Life force, Aura, Prana, Chi, Breath of Life . . .

Scientists had for the most part, discounted this notion that we have this unseen “energy field” until 1939 when Semyon Kirlian accidentally discovered an “electrical coronal discharge” that emanates around every living thing. There were others before him as early as 1889 that were able to capture this energy field, field of medicine on film but it became famous and known as Kirlian Photography in 1939. Because of this discovery, scientists could no longer discount these “silly” ancient beliefs that we have an energy field, an aura that exists not only in us but also surrounds us and can at times extend out several feet from our physical body.

Although the ancient healers have known about this energy field of medicine for many centuries, now with the help of Kirlian Photography, we can actually see with our own two eyes the magnificence of these energy fields and how they change depending on not only our health, but also our thoughts, yes you heard me correctly. Our thoughts have a tremendous effect on our energy field of medicine. The healthier & happier we are, the more expansive, symmetrical and colorful our energy field gets. However, if we are ill or upset, our energy field of medicine diminishes in size and get holes in it which then allows our energy to leak out of us. This was proven by taking before and after Kirlian photographs of a person’s hands. The photos clearly demonstrated the dramatic changes in a person’s energy field if happy, relaxed, and refreshed versus sad, angry, worried or tired.

Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author and scientist (1943-2014) who said that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. In his ground breaking research he was able to show the world that the energy of certain words and thoughts changed the molecular structure of water, that a negative word changed clean healthy water into polluted water and positive words changed polluted water into clean water. The human body is made up of approximately 70% water. So if you look up Kirlian Photography images of the human body and Masaru Emoto’s water experiment photos on the internet you will start to understand the gravity of the impact our thoughts and feelings have on our health.

In mainstream medicine there have been numerous studies done by establishments such as Harvard Medical, the American Heart Association and the British Journal of Surgery that showed not only the quality of outcome from major health crisis’s but also the amount of reoccurrences after the original health crisis depended on the emotional and mental state of the patients. They found there was a marked difference of success between those with a healthy state of mind and those suffering from depression, resentment, bitterness, loneliness, regret, grief, loss of joy, worry, anxiety, fear, guilt, loss of love, disconnected spiritually, betrayed, etc.

Knowing this deeply intertwined connection between the soul and the body therefore must play an important part of our healing journey. When we see a person with an illness that has affected their liver or gall bladder, we must not only look at the possible physical causes, we also need to look at what has occurred in their life that left them with anger, resentment or bitterness. Lungs or large intestines and colon issues are affected by sadness, grief, guilt and regret. Kidneys and bladder are affected by fear, anxiety and worry. There are more emotions that affect each of these organs along with every other part of our anatomy but these are the most common. In fact, there is no part of our body that is not affected by our thoughts and feelings be it good emotions or bad, they matter greatly.

Mainstream American medicine wants us to believe that breast cancer for example is genetic or due to estrogen. However, if you explore the woman’s life (usually within a few years prior to her cancer diagnosis), you will find she has not overcome an incident of betrayal. Chinese medicine has known and understood the integral relationship between the mind and body and our health for 8,000 years. Many years ago, I wasn’t feeling well so I went to my M.D. and he did bloodwork. It came back showing I had elevated liver enzymes but he could find no explanation for this imbalance. A friend recommended an acupuncturist. On my first visit, she felt some pulse points on my wrists and looked at my tongue and then said my liver was out of balance followed by asking “what was I so angry about?”. Seriously! I looked at her with astonishment wondering how could she know that without knowing me. I happened to be going through a bitter divorce at the time. This was my first Holy Cow moment that got me to look much closer at this mind body connection thing because I thought I was “handling” everything just fine. I went to work every day with a smile on my face and I told everyone I was doing “just fine” even though under the surface I was hurt and angry.

So when we have an ache or pain or illness, instead of blowing it off to something “outside” of ourselves, outside of our “control”, bad luck, or bad genetics. Perhaps it is time to look deeply within ourselves and ask our self with an honest open heart, “what have I been thinking about, what have I been feeling, what am I not at peace with in my life?” Whether the answer lies in my past or in my present life, please trust me when I tell you, It Matters, It Matters greatly and your body’s ability to heal will depend on healing your mind, your body and your soul.

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The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer

By: Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Cancer 101: Please think of cancer as a house on fire that is being fed by gas pipes attached to the gas reserves of the city. Mainstream medicine comes to the fire and just sees the fire, pouring thousands of gallons of water on it to no avail. At Utopia Wellness, we arrive at the same fire and look first to identify what is causing the fire. We see the gas lines feeding the fire and shut them off, then we proceed to put out the fire.

Since 1950, cancer rates for the general population (excluding lung and stomach cancer – see note) have risen at a rate of about 1.2 percent per year, with extraordinary increases in certain cancers, including cancers of male and female sexual organs, notably the breast (up 52%), prostate (up 134%), and testis (up 125%). Additionally, kidney (up 116%), liver (up 88%), brain (up 74%), and thyroid (up 102%), as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (up 172%) and multiple myelomas (up 183%) (Miller et al. 1993).

Clearly mainstream medicine has failed in the area of cancer prevention. We must not confuse diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, mammograms, PSA tests and the like with prevention. These procedures are designed to identify or confirm the presence of a disease process already developed. Prevention on the other hand, is a therapeutic process that reduces and/or eliminates the contributing factors to the disease process in order to maintain health and wellness.

Traditional mainstream medicine is aimed at intervention after a problem develops. The model is akin to: use it, abuse it, break it and then go to the doctor to prescribe a pill or procedure that will fix it. There is no emphasis placed on understanding why it occurred and instructing the patient on how to prevent a recurrence.

In my opinion, mainstream medicine does not understand how cancer develops, how to treat it, and how to reduce the incidence of cancer. For nearly a century, Chemotherapy has been their treatment of choice. Yet, as stated in the first paragraph, the incidence of cancer continues to grow at alarming rates. Several years ago, I came across a published article that demonstrates that chemotherapy does little to improve survival rates www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15630849. Additionally, an insight into accepted pharmaceutical statistics are best explained in: “Not credible: a subversion of science by the pharmaceutical industry”. I encourage all of you to read these!

Utopia Wellness’s approach to cancer is developing a treatment plan specifically tailored for each patient. We use natural compounds designed to fortify the patient’s immune system, oxygenate the body, alkalize the body through dietary changes and detoxification and most importantly identify what is fueling the cancer. At Utopia Wellness we understand that cancer is not the problem but the symptom.

In my 25 years of experience and education in the field of alternative cancer treatments, I have determined that there are numerous contributors to cancer development including toxins, lifestyle choices, and diet. However, I believe there are two primary causes for any cancer:

  • Dental issues such as root canal filled teeth, incorrectly extracted teeth resulting in cavitations or part of the root system left behind, abscesses, and a history of poor dentition.
  • Emotional issues: I believe it is fair to say that everyone diagnosed with cancer is somewhat traumatized emotionally, i.e. anger, fear, why me and others. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D. as well as Louise Hay studied the association between one’s emotions and their effect on our health and well-being. The notion that your emotions may result in cancer or other chronic illness is frequently overlooked, ignored and/or refuted by mainstream medicine.

If the practitioner does not identify the root cause of the cancer, then no one should be surprised that the patient has a recurrence or never goes into remission, forget about thinking of the cure. Information that the patient diagnosed with pancreatic or other cancer should be aware:

  • Jaundice – results from an inability to excrete the bile from the liver.
    • Your primary care doctor will refer you to a gastrointestinal (G.I.) doctor who most likely will do an endoscopic examination to evaluate ampulla of Vater
      • This is a one-way valve that allows bile and pancreatic enzymes to be released after the food contents have been released by the stomach
    • If you have jaundice, most likely, your ampulla of Vater is compromised
    • The mainstream treatment of choice is to insert a stent
      • It is important that you understand the difference between a metallic versus a plastic stent. The plastic stent is replaceable. The metallic stent is permanent and not replaceable
    • It is just a matter of time before the stent becomes compromised
      • With a plastic stent, it is replaced.
      • With a metallic stent, replacement is not an option, because the liver tissue will adhere to the imperfections of the metal.
    • When I talk to the G.I. doctors they have told me that they place metallic stents when they feel the patient is terminal.
  • Staging – this is an artificial or manmade scale
    • Once a person has a biopsy of any kind, I consider that person stage iv
  • Biopsy
  • Lymphatic System
    • Once your lymphatic system is involved, your cancer has access to your entire body, thus I consider that stage iv.
    • Many of you have heard of the arterial system in the venous system. Both of these systems have access to your entire body. The arterial system brings oxygenated blood and nutrients to all your cells. Your cells generate waste which is eliminated through the venous system. However, the venous system is not 100% perfect, thus the waste that is left behind, 1- 3%, is transported via lymphatic system, which parallels the venous system and accesses your entire body.
    • Whereas many think that 1-3% is a relatively insignificant amount of fluid that is carried by the lymphatic system, when your lymphatic system is compromised through surgical or radiation intervention, the patient may develop lymphedema. Illustrations of lymphedema can be found here.
    • Thus, if your lymphatic system is compromised with cancer, i.e. a cancerous lymph node, your entire body is at risk for lymphatic spread of the cancer.
    • As for lymphatic lymph node biopsies, the assumption made by the layperson is that there is someone who sections each lymph node as one would slice a loaf of bread. The reality is that if there is an abnormality in color or texture, that area is most likely biopsied. However, if there are no abnormalities then a random sample of that lymph node is taken and it is assumed that is representative of what is to be found within the rest of the lymph node.

Notes: These statistics were not included due to the fact that most of the increase in lung cancer is due to smoking and most of the decrease in stomach cancer is due to improved diet, made possible by refrigeration.

Stay tuned for next month’s Part II of The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer

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