A cancer diagnosis can be a terrifying experience. Ultimately though, you have to look at all of the facts and make decisions for your own health. Some decisions might make your doctor upset with you, others he might like. Ultimately, you need to have a level head and think logically, not emotionally. Don’t let fear shut you down and make you accept whatever is handed to you. Sometimes doctors are right, and because they are human, sometimes they are not. Because this could be a life and death situation involving YOUR LIFE, you need to take responsibility for making sound decisions and going with what you ultimately feel is right for you.
We recommend taking a few days. Take off work. Clear your mind. Meditate, pray. Turn on soft music. Breathe some essential oils like Frankincense or Orange oil (Therapeutic Grade is safest) that are known to stimulate the amygdala (the emotional center of your brain) and help you process trauma and stress better. Get your feet on the ground and your mind clear. Be determined that you are going to gather information and make decisions about your own health that YOU can live with.
And though at this organization we are very natural minded, we are open to science-based medicine that works or that can be supported with facts. So we aim to present a fair and balanced approach to helping you make good decisions about your health.
WHEN YOU GET A CANCER DIAGNOSIS
You should listen to everything your doctor has to say. Write it down. Look up the treatments he/she recommends. What are the survival rates? What are the side effects? How much will it cost? What are the long term effects to your immune system? If the treatment works this time, will it hinder your immune system from working in the future? What are the chances the cancer would return? Can you get a second opinion from another doctor? What about an opinion from a Naturopath? What are all of your options? Don’t just ask one doctor for your options, do some research. There are a lot of opinions (that often come off sounding like facts, especially when they come from a doctor.) Be determined to not be ruled by fear.
We are very naturally minded at this organization, but we are open minded to hard facts and science-based medicine that works. To prove that, we want to post an article that at first seems very anti-natural. He calls many of our health champions “quacks”, but his information is worth reading (even with the bias). He points out how chemotherapy works better on some cancers much better than others. So this is good to know when making a decision on what kind of treatment you might choose. If you have a type of cancer that doesn’t respond to chemo, maybe you should look into other therapies rather than accept the chemo. These are hard decisions but you need to think clearly now and not emotionally.
Here is what this author says, “I’ll grant critics that the types of tumors that can be cured with chemotherapy with a high degree of probability are a minority of tumors, but, contrary to what is implied in many uses of Dr. Abel’s work, they are not insignificant. For example, leukemias and lymphomas (Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins) add up to almost 10% of newly diagnosed cancers every year, and they are cured primarily with chemotherapy. Sarcomas and testicular cancers are much less common, but add them in and the total exceeds 10%.”
We see two things in this paragraph. First, that leukemias and lymphomas, sarcomas and testicular cancers appear from this statement to respond well to chemotherapy. More research should be done to find out the percentage of success rate, but if this is the cancer you have, looking at chemo might be an appropriate choice. The second thing we see in this paragraph, is that 90% of newly diagnosed cancers are NOT apparently cured with chemotherapy. So that is something to think about too. Especially if your doctor tells you to start chemo because that happens to be the course that particular doctor takes for every cancer. This is your body, your life. You need to think rationally and make quality (and sometimes hard) decisions about your own health.
At the end of the article, his very last statement is also telling.
“In particular, patients have to remember that just because chemotherapy doesn’t do that well against advanced malignancies does not, as the quacks would have you believe, imply that “alternative medicine” can do better.”
So what does this imply? Advanced malignancies don’t respond well to chemo. So if you have an advanced malignancy, you have the decision of undergoing a rough, expensive treatment that doesn’t appear to work, or finding some other options that have a better survival possibility. Taking some time off work to research might be a good idea.
At A.R.A.I, we are not physicians and don’t pretend to be able to diagnose, recommend or treat. We just post information that we feel will help you in your own research journey, as each person’s journey is different. Here are a few articles that are worth considering as you consider what to do with your own diagnosis and health treatment journey:
Here’s a few articles that suggest Chemotherapy actually boosts cancer growth. These aren’t medical journal articles, but they do quote and cite medical sources.
Here are some articles and resources to research for yourself in regards to natural treatments and supports:
3. Flax Hull Lignans as a super food supplement (multiple websites sell them. Look for the MCP process (a mechanical cold separation process) which is highly superior to chemical extraction).
4. Essiac Tea. Look for the 8 herb formula, not the 4 herb formula from Canada. The 8 herb was the final formula used by Nurse Caisse and she said it worked better. We know of two different companies that sell this recipe: FlaxLignanHealth.com and www.bulk-essiac-tea.com. We have published the story of Rene Caisse and Essiac Tea on this website.
5. Consider Cannibis. This is a very biased article, but worth considering.