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Life with Cancer and the Steadfast Courage in the Face of Death

When I was first diagnosed (Karen’s Journey) I couldn’t help myself but to feel afraid, somehow I felt shame for feeling this emotion because I thought as a believer of God I had to be strong in every area of my life despite the challenges I may face. After all the word of God says in His perfect love there is no fear. Could it be then that I really didn’t know of His love? Or perhaps, I’m a normal human being with normal emotions? God gave us emotions right? Let me tell you… Yes!! It is normal to feel afraid!! Now, the question is… what do we do in the midst of that emotion? Do we allow it to paralyze us or do we move from it? So many questions and yet, the bible, pastors, therapists, family, relatives, friends, colleagues, will have their own very unique answer to this complex question. Would they all coincide that Steadfast Courage is a must? Continue reading

Updated ~ Dr. V.: 7 ways that stress affects cancer growth

Stress is not a friend to any individual who is on a healing journey with breast cancer. I have written about the connection between, immune impairment and tumor growth on many occasions and so have hundreds of other experts during the last decade.

A study published in September 2015, however, presents a fascinating take on the subject. The joint team, which included both medical and psychological researchers from UCLA, the University of Texas, The University of Iowa and the United States National Cancer Institute, analyzed data which explains how the nervous system, and in particular the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), plays a major part in tumor metastasis when the body is under chronic stress. Continue reading

10 Cancer Symptoms You Likely Ignore – but Shouldn’t

More than a million people in the U.S. get cancer each year according to the American Cancer Society. The best way to combat cancer is to discover it early, but yet people ignore symptoms they’re not aware of. Here are 10 cancer symptoms you should take note of – and take warning – but don’t be too over-reactive.  Continue reading

Breast Reconstruction: Get the Facts Before You Decide ~ Parts 1 & 2

If you have had a mastectomy for breast cancer or are considering one, you may also be considering what to do afterwards.  As you explore your options, you owe it to yourself to learn the facts about breast reconstruction surgery as well. This is a very personal decision so take your time in weighing the cost, both emotional and physical. Always make an informed decision when it comes to your body and health.
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The Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the ninth most common cancer death in women and the fourth in terms of both men and women. According to recent research the five year survival rate for those diagnosed early is only 8% and this drops to 3% for those diagnosed at an advanced stage. This is mainly due to the fact that this type of cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose and is usually discovered when it’s advanced to an almost incurable stage.

So what is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a disease where the healthy cells within the pancreas stop working as they should, and begin to grow at an uncontrollable rate. As the cancerous cells begin to build up, they form tumors that can begin spreading to other parts of the body. When pancreatic tumors advance to a large enough size, they begin to impact the function of other organs. This can result in digestive problems as the stomach begins to produce too much acid, as well as issues with the liver and bile production. Continue reading

1/3 of all cancers could be prevented with these plant-based nutrients

Each year, over 10 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, one million of them are Americans. While there is a common misconception that whether or not you will get cancer is pretty much luck of the draw, in reality, only about 10 percent of cancers are attributable to genetic factors. As many as 90 percent of all cancers can be blamed squarely on lifestyle and environmental factors, and are entirely avoidable. And there is even more good news: An article in the journal Nature states that a third of all cancer deaths are totally preventable “through increased consumption of natural compounds” which prevent cell duplication and induce apoptosis (cancer cell suicide). Continue reading

Prostate cancer breakthrough…

Combination of three plant-based nutrients found to MELT AWAY prostate cancer cells

A fascinating new study published in Precision Oncology has found that a combination of three plant-based nutrients “melts away” prostate cancer cells. The study, led by University of Texas researcher Stefano Tiziani, is entitled Combinatorial treatment with natural compounds in prostate cancer inhibits prostate tumor growth and leads to key modulations of cancer cell metabolism.

As described in the University of Texas newsletter, this breakthrough discovery allows people to “starve prostate cancer with what you eat for dinner.” Continue reading

Cancer and Emotions: Is There a Connection?

When I was first diagnosed I thought of why? why me? I went through an emotional roller coaster for sure but after a while of processing what was happening to me I knew I needed to go on a quest for answers. I didn’t know much about cancer then, I just knew that cancer was a deadly disease and I did not want it in my body.

I’m a strong believer of God, a higher power, a source of light that dwells in all of us and I believe this inner light led me to a path of discovery and learning. I truly believe this diagnoses gave me an invitation to live again I just didn’t see it right then. I know a cancer diagnoses can be a very scary thing to process and things can unfold quite rapidly from that moment on but in the midst of all that commotion I knew I needed to seek for answers. Why did I develop cancer? Was it bad luck? Was it my fault? Did I have any responsibility? Well all these questions came back with shocking and revealing answers. Continue reading

First dual-targeting nanoparticles lower cancer’s defenses and attack tumors

A two-in-one approach to immunotherapy involves both blocking cancer cells’ (red) ability to hide and prompting T cells (gray) to attack them.

Cancer immunotherapy has emerged as one of the most exciting directions in cancer treatment. But the approach only works in a fraction of patients and can cause nasty side effects. Now, in the journal ACS Nano, scientists report the development of the first dual-cell targeting immunotherapy nanoparticle that slows tumor growth in mice with different cancers. In their study, up to half the mice in one cancer group went into full remission after the treatment. Continue reading

Creative play: Helping Children Cope with Cancer

Jenni Rogers walks into a room of children and teenagers whose family members are managing cancer, the certified child life specialist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Goodyear, Arizona, knows she has to break the ice quickly and efficiently. “Kids can be fearful in any new environment,” Rogers says. “It can be hard for them to know who to trust, and this can be especially true when a loved one is coping with cancer.”

To help build a connection, Rogers brings along a few “splat eggs.” Upon entering the room, she will hand an egg to one of the teenagers and say, “Go ahead, throw it at the floor.” Confused but interested in the outcome, the teen throws the egg (fake but meant to look like the real deal) at the floor and watches as it splats completely flat and then, laughing, watches as it quickly regains its shape. Continue reading

Vitamin C and antibiotics could be up to 100 TIMES more effective than drugs at killing cancer cells – without the side effects

Giving an antibiotic followed by vitamin C effectively starves cancer cells of their ‘fuel’, resulting in their death in the lab, a study found.

Antibiotics and vitamin C could be up to 100 times better than drugs at killing cancer cells

Vitamin C and the antibiotic given, known as doxycycline, are both relatively non-toxic and could therefore dramatically reduce the side effects of existing treatments, the researchers said. Continue reading

Coffee Enema: Everything You Need To Know About It

Dr. W.D. Kelley, DDS, MS; woodcarving cir. 1974

Processed foods are bad, I’m not talking about taste but what they are capable of doing to our health. Let’s face it; processed foods taste delicious. But what makes them taste good tends to be the addition or excess of sugar, sodium, and fat.

The excess of sugar, sodium, and fat often leads to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and poor digestive health. These foods activate the reward centre in our brains which often leads to more cravings for these processed foods.

Keeping that in mind, most of these foods also consists of various additives. These additives range from preservatives, dyes, flavour and texture enhancers to so much more. In turn, these poor dieting habits and other unhealthy habits such as alcohol consumption and chlorinated drinking water causes a buildup of toxin in the colon.

Over time, the build-up of toxins causes your colon to become unhealthy and become less efficient in expelling waste. As a result, fecal matter is deposited along the walls of your colon. Some of these fecal matters can stay in your colon for months or even years. Continue reading

Amish girl who fled United States to escape forced chemotherapy is now cancer-free

Some might call it a “miracle,” but alternative and holistic medicine healers aren’t really surprised to learn that a 12-year old Amish girl is now cancer-free — after her doctors testified in court just six months ago that she would be dead by now if her family were permitted to refuse her chemotherapy.

As reported by the Medina Gazette, of Medina County, Ohio, Maurice Thompson, head of the libertarian non-profit group 1852 Center for Constitutional Law, said young Sarah Hershberger now shows no signs of being stricken with cancer at all and appears to be healthy. Continue reading

Switzerland Completely Abolished Mammography Screenings

Here’s Why You Should Probably Never Get One

In 2013, the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health technology assessment initiative, was requested to prepare a review of mammography screening. The team of medical professionals included a medical ethicist, a clinical epidemiologist, a pharmacologist, an oncologic surgeon, a nurse scientist, a lawyer, and a health economist. Two of those members, Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D. Ph. D. and Peter Juni, M.D, opened up about the project in the New England Journal of Medicine.

They said: “As we embarked on the project, we were aware of the controversies that have surrounded mammography screening for the past 10-15 years. When we received the available evidence and contemplated its implications in detail, however, we became increasingly concerned.” Continue reading

Two Simple Kitchen Cancer Treatments Used Successfully to Beat Cancer

Vernon Johnston

There are some folks who know the truth of chemo drugs’ toxicity and will do whatever it takes to avoid a therapy that many do not survive, whether they have medical insurance or not. Two such persons were Vernon Johnston and Ann Cameron.

Both were diagnosed with cancer, and both took paths few would dare under the circumstances. The pressure is great to succumb to conventional medical treatments.

There are dietary treatments under supervision, however, that have much higher success rates with no serious side effects. Continue reading

Top 10 Signs of Colon Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 140,000 men and women will be diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer this year. In fact, the most common form of colorectal cancer is colon cancer.

Health professionals often refer to colon cancer as a silent killer. It takes years for the disease to develop and symptoms to manifest. If you are concerned about developing colon cancer, it is essential that you learn to recognize the early symptoms of this frightening disease.

By detecting colon cancer in its early stages, your chances of survival will increase. Continue reading

Time to go nuts!

Almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, linked to lower risk of colon cancer

Eating tree nuts, such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, may significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer recurrence, a recent study showed. To carry out the study, a team of researchers examined more than 800 patients with stage-III colon cancer. Data from an observational study revealed that patients who ate two ounces or more of all types of nuts on a weekly basis were 42 percent less likely to suffer a colon cancer recurrence than those who did not eat tree nuts. The researchers also found that patients who consumed nuts had a 57 percent lower odds of dying from colon cancer compared with the non-consuming group. Continue reading

Young: The Cause of Cancer

VICTORY…

You would not take your vehicle to a mechanic that could not determine the cause of it not working properly. An important part of being a good mechanic is knowing what causes a particular problem. Without good diagnostics (knowing cause) the mechanic would be just guessing at best what the solution to his mechanical problem might be. I am wary of any mechanic that could not quickly and precisely determine the cause of a certain mechanical problem.

I am wary of any doctor or group of doctors that can not quickly and precisely determine the cause of a physical problem. You can replace a vehicle. It is not possible to replace your human body. Our body is much more valuable than any vehicle. Be most careful of which mechanics (doctors) you allow to work on your body. Continue reading

Your Body is ACIDIC. Here are Very SIMPLE WAYS TO ALKALIZE YOUR BODY– AMAZING EFFECTS!

Many people who are reading this may have a high acidity level in his or her body. This is due to the typical first world diet of processed foods, refined sugars, and GMOs. However, many people do not know that an acidic body is a breeding ground for cancer, excess weight, pain and many health issues.

Fortunately, making your organism more alkaline is very simple and easy. Making alkaline environment is in fact the opposite of acidic environment. Continue reading

Choices you make are the ‘cure’ for cancer

The choices that a cancer patient makes are the single biggest choices of their life. Nothing compares because the further they get down this road called life, the more reality sets in and they realize what they had been doing is just not working as they had expected it to.

I think it’s pretty obvious to most of us that they have been hammering us with conventional medicines barbaric choices of chop, burn, or poison for way too long. If these had any real success what so ever, we would not even be having this discussion on what to do when you have cancer.

For the past 65 years, we have been observing a losing battle against cancer when they have been promising us a “cure” all along… Continue reading

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): What Are Its Benefits for Healing Cancer?

Besides being a substance that is almost impossible to pronounce, Methylsulfonylmethane (abbreviated to MSM) is often misunderstood in terms of how it specifically can help the body. It is becoming clear, however, that sulfur supplementation is a necessity in our increasingly toxic world. In addition, current research is discovering the role MSM can play in preventing cancer and even shrinking tumors. Continue reading

Iodine for Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Sherrill Sellman’s book, “What Women Must Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer“, says, “Breast cancer will always be a tragedy that befalls a woman. It tears at the very fabric of a woman’s life rippling out to touch all those in her word. The fears, uncertainties, and pain are deeply and profoundly shared by family, friends and co-workers. It is even a greater tragedy when young women are faced with this crisis because the tumors tend to be more aggressive. Young women also have to face the grim reality of a more advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis and higher mortality rates. Not one of them ever suspected, at their age, they would be become a breast cancer statistic. A breast cancer diagnosis always comes as a shock; no one ever expects it, especially young, vibrant and seemingly healthy women.” Continue reading

The Cancer Revolution: A Helpful Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer

Half of all men and one-third of all women will experience cancer at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are ways to significantly reduce your risk, as detailed in Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy’s book, “The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer.” Connealy’s interest in cancer prevention and treatment grew out of her own, long personal health journey. Continue reading

The Truth About Diet and Cancer

Top dietitian JANE CLARKE reveals what to eat (and what to avoid) to beat the disease

The Mediterranean Diet has recently been found to reduce the risk of contracting one of the most dangerous forms of breast cancer by 40 per cent

There doesn’t seem to be a day that passes without a new cancer statistic being published — one of the most alarming from recent years is that one in two of us will go on to develop the disease.

It makes so many of us feel vulnerable, and naturally we want to know what — if anything — we can do to protect ourselves. As a dietitian and nutritionist for the past 25 years, I have treated hundreds of people, young and old and often a key question, even if I was seeing them for a different issue entirely, was what we should and shouldn’t eat to reduce the likelihood of developing cancer, and how can food help us fight the disease if we are diagnosed? Continue reading

So . . . It Turns Out Cancer Can Be Killed After All

“Your lives are going to change forever,” the Urologist told us after removing a golf ball sized tumor from my wife’s bladder. “The cancer has spread into the muscle wall and the only course of action is to remove the bladder. We will have to attach a tube to the kidneys that comes out the side of her body and drains into a bag that she will wear for the rest of her life, much like a colostomy bag. The other option would be to create a neo bladder out of intestinal material, but that has more drawbacks.”

We went home and digested what we had been told. New levels of shock and fear descended upon us as we tried to cope with the news. My wife is only 53, how is this possible? Continue reading

7th-grader’s science project finds cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea

Stephen Litt has been conducting science experiments since he was in first grade. Every year, the projects became more and more complicated — until finally, as a 7th grader, he came across something that gained national attention.

The 12-year-old boy from Marietta, Georgia, discovered evidence that chemicals in green tea may have cancer-fighting potential.

For this year’s science fair project, he tested epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant in green tea, to determine whether it could prevent breast cancer tumors in planaria, a type of flatworms. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Are Your Hormones Balanced?

Hormones have a deep impact on your health and affect physical and mental health on all levels. With the increase in toxins in the environment and other stressors that occur as a part of modern life, hormone imbalance is becoming more and more common among all individuals globally— not just for women, but for men too! In fact, hormonal imbalance is one of the factors that may possibly lead to not only breast cancer but prostate cancer as well.
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