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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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Oncologist

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 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.  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 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 plan 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 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.
  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 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 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. 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 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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The Positive Effects of Colon Therapy

By:  Beth Gaines, Certified Colon Therapist

As a colon hydro-therapist, the most common statement I hear before the first treatment is, “I go to the bathroom everyday so I don’t need this therapy.”  First of all, congratulations!  Many people don’t have a daily bowel movement, nor do they realize that this bowel movement is necessary in order to have a healthy colon, healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy immune system!  Science has been telling us for many years now that there is a direct connection between our brains and our bowels, otherwise known as the enteric nervous system.  Our colons are constantly sending messages to our brains from the neurons in our gut via the vagus nerve! In fact, scientists at UCLA found that 90% of the messages are transmitting from the colon to the brain, and not vice versa.  Suffering from constipation will absolutely affect our mood and our mind.  Keeping our colons healthy is essential for keeping our minds happy, effects of colon therapy.

In other words, colon therapy is not just for constipated people (effects of colon therapy), it is also for the privileged few who manage to have regular, daily healthy bowel movements, all on their own.  But why would you need colon therapy if your body is right on time, every day?  Isn’t that enough?  Isn’t what nature has intended sufficient to keep us healthy?  No, and the reason is very simple:  we are not living in the same world as our ancestors lived just 200 years ago.  In today’s modern supermarket, it is likely that we have consumed foods that were grown in pesticides, injected with steroids, and processed with man-made chemicals or food additives (nitrates, high fructose corn syrup, msg, etc.).  Imagine the burden we have put on the human liver which is not accustomed to processing an avalanche of additives.  The liver works hand in hand with the colon; the colon provides the main exit for toxins leaving the liver by releasing daily bowel movements.  When the colon is moving slower than usual, due to constipation, the liver can’t do its job as easily because it becomes overly congested, so it suffers as well.  These harmful substances set up an environment, or microbiome, within the colon which facilitates bad bacteria to flourish, overpowering the good bacteria that support our immune system.  In other words, it is not only highly beneficial to clean out the colon’s contents, but the lining of the bowel as well, where the not so healthy bacteria congregates.  It’s no wonder we feel fatigue, have headaches, feel depressed, and can’t sleep!  These are all signs of a congested colon.  Allergies, skin disorders, poor absorption of nutrients, and bloating are also signs of a toxic colon.  Cleansing the entire organ a few times throughout the year with hydro colon-therapy greatly relieves the burden we have put on the colon, and indirectly supports the liver as well.

Another common question is, “Can’t I clean from the inside out and take a colon cleansing supplement or probiotic?”  Although this is a great start, it is no substitute for a colonic.  Many colon therapists highly recommend a colon cleansing supplement a couple days before the first colonic, so it can greatly assist in a more thoroughly cleansing colonic.  Think of colon therapy as a warm bath for your bowel.  Fecal matter can settle into the colon in layers because the colon is designed to draw moisture and salts from the digested food.  The standard American diet does not contain enough moisture and fiber to pass through the colon efficiently, so it sticks to the colon wall, building up over time.  It is the lack of hydration in the colon that creates a dry and hard bowel movement.  If stool is cracked or round like stones, and hard to pass, this indicates a constipated, dry bowel.  The warm water during a colonic gently loosens and softens the dry fecal matter so that it can pass through the tube. The colon will absorb the water during the process to rehydrate the body.

Dr. Ajay Goel, director of epigenetics, cancer prevention and genomics at Baylor University states, “Colon cleanses can be very helpful in eliminating/washing away toxins from the body, but one must keep in mind that these cleanses (should be) as natural as possible and do not use strong/harsh chemicals, as these may provide temporary relief, but in the long run can negatively impact your colon health.”  Colon therapy uses only warm, purified water with absolutely nothing else.  It is done by a trained colon therapist who safely allows the water to flow in and waste flow out of the body through a tube, so there is no odor during the process.  Many people, including those who were hesitant to walk through the office door, are amazed at how much relief they feel afterward.  It is common to hear, “I didn’t realize how bloated I felt before, because now I feel so light!”  This is just one of the many positive effects of colon therapy.

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Governance of the Bowels

By: Carlos Garcia, M.D.

The neck, specifically C1-C2 (cervical vertebrae 1 and 2), is typically misunderstood by mainstream medicine, in just about all issues except for trauma. Mainstream medicine often looks down on chiropractic and massage modalities as tools for realignment and thus treatment of pathology. The following are examples where addressing and correcting C-spine misalignments have resulted in the reversal of these conditions: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, atrial fibrillation, acid reflux, constipation and irritable bowel just to mention a few. Now many practitioners who read the hereinabove may claim quackery or worse, however, tell that to my patients. I would venture to say that any patient who develops new digestive issues post-operatively most likely has C1 and/or C2 misaligned. Mainstream medicine will seek drugs to treat symptoms, whereas I seek the root cause: The C-spine.

Now I am not stating that chiropractic treatment or massage is a cure-all. However, they are great tools, which are gravely misunderstood thus under used by mainstream medicine and touted as not “real” by many practitioners. When it comes to diet, and its benefits or detriments, and prevention, mainstream medicine remains, regrettably, in the Stone Age. The concept that simple sugar feeds cancerous cells is still ignored or refuted by many mainstream institutions who recommend the consumption of high glucose content fluids or foods as beneficial and non-harmful. These are the same practitioners who get upset when patients, seeking assistance, question the reasoning behind using a glucose molecule as the PET scan dye preferred carrier molecule. The PET scan works only because cancer cells prefer and consume glucose or fructose with impunity. Thus consuming processed foods with corn syrup, which is readily absorbed by the gut, preferentially feeds your cancer.

C-spine issues and the ramifications are more common than most people and practitioners are aware of. If you had: a car accident, participated in contact sports, had sports related accidents, general anesthesia, dental work, slip and falls or other traumas, you may develop C-spine injuries and its consequences. The nervous system that regulates our internal organs, stomach, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder, spleen, gallbladder, gastrointestinal tract and other functions are intertwined with the top two vertebrae within our cervical spine, namely C1 and C2.

Let’s examine C1 and C2 more closely. they are the top two vertebrae, which connect our skull to our spine. The average adult skull, brain and standard equipment such as brain, eyes, tongue, teeth etc. weighs about 10-12 pounds. That’s a pretty large bowling ball balanced by relatively small bones.

C1 or the “atlas”, since it supports the head, has no body. It is further unique compared to the other vertebrae in that its bone morphology is arched, thus allowing for connection and articulation with C2 known as the “axis”. C2, our “axis” allows for the flexion and rotation our head. The brainstem empties into the C1-C2 complex, which is quite narrow. Thus with such tight tolerances, an anatomical displacement can result in “pinching” of vital communication relays between the brain and other organs or structures. Thus dysfunction can result. Again a practitioner who does not understands or does not give credence to this relationship will focus on and treat the symptoms, while missing the source of the complaints.

Common complaints, especially after a car accident, general anesthesia or a dental procedure, involving acid reflux, atrial fibrillation, constipation, diarrhea, palpitations and others are an indication that the cervical spine is mal-aligned. Before you go running off to your nearest chiropractor, make sure to search for an orthogonally trained one. In short, some excel in certain aspects which is true of all practitioners.

Additionally, the American culture is driven by the once and done concept.  However, even when properly corrected, the adjustment of the C-spine can be undone. Thus when it comes to good gastrointestinal function, then skeletal alignment is paramount. If the cervical spine is misaligned, then the feedback that looks between your gut and brain will need rerouting.

Factors that undermine continued alignment include, but is not limited to, our bed, pillows, daily movements, being startled, how we pick objects up, just to mention a few. If your symptoms are intermittent, then you are most likely aligning and misaligning your vertebrae.

A competent holistic practitioner recognizes the relationships between, emotions, anatomy, electrical imbalances, and that hard to describe, “I just don’t feel right“, which just lingers as all tests return as “normal”.  This may eventually result in your practitioner telling you, “It’s all in your head”.  It’s not all in your head, it’s in your vertebrae!

 

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Power of Love

By Jake Galles, PhD

According to the majority of mainstream scientists, the most powerful force in the universe is entropy. This force dictates that everything eventually dies, decays, and succumbs to the oblivion of a dark and lifeless void.  Thankfully, these scientists overlooked one important ingredient when studying the nature of reality: consciousness and the power of love.

Quantum physicists have now discovered that the fabric of existence in this universe is in a state of re-creation through and ongoing interplay between energy and matter. They have reached the undisputed conclusion that the universe is Alive, and has a consciousness of its own. Furthermore, they have found this consciousness to have a specific intention, which fortunately for us supports the unfoldment of life.  This force has been coined as “The Benevolent Bias” of the universe.  In other words, scientists have proven that the Universe Loves Us.

This background energy of creation exists everywhere, as a coherent field that gently ushers the forward movement of all things. This loving force is responsible for the elegance of the cosmos, the harmony of music, the beauty of nature, and the crystalline geometry of snowflakes. Perhaps the most profound aspect of these scientific revelations is the fact that each and every one of us has access to the power of this Universal Benevolence.  You see, each individual point of consciousness creates its own version of the universal field.  In other words, the center of your being (which many refer to as “the heart”) produces an electromagnetic field at least the size of the earth itself, which vibrates at the frequency of your emotional state. Therefore, we are all connected, and our energy influences everything in existence.
The frequencies we generate have a measureable effect on quantum probabilities, meaning we have an incredible power to influence the likelihood of future events. Our energy field influences the structure of physical matter, and the emotions of others in our vicinity. But by far the most profound effect of our state of consciousness is on the functioning of our physical body. Our energetic state of being affects every fiber of our DNA, and determines the quality of cell regeneration. When we resonate with coherent (loving) frequencies, our body releases alkalizing hormones, allowing our immune system to thrive, and activates an epigenetic healing mechanism in our DNA. In other words, when we align our energy and intentions with the benevolent, loving force of the universe on a consistent basis; our bodies naturally heal themselves from the inside-out.

You may be asking yourself at this point, “How can I access and benefit from this miraculous healing power of love”? Well that is a very good question, with a very simple answer, love yourself.  You see, love is not just an emotion… Love is a choice… to surrender to the unconditional love that the Universe has for you.  So the key is to care about yourself, with the same care you would give to a child in need,  to be present with all of your pain and darkness, and have the courage to keep the light on. Now that’s LOVE!… To continue loving yourself even when you don’t like yourself… Especially when you don’t like yourself… Especially when it feels awkward or uncomfortable. That is how you turn Love from a foreign experience into a familiar one. That is how you reveal your true Infinite Worth to yourself. That is when you gain the power to create a coherent state of being, regardless of the circumstances. That is how you make love truly unconditional… And become a cup that runneth over, a shining beacon for the world to see. You are The Light of Universal Love… So Be It… and Let the Healing Begin!

 

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