Investigate alternative cancer treatments with this cutting edge information from alternative medicine for you to discuss with your doctor.
There is a wide variety of alternative cancer therapies being used to fight or destroy cancer. Here you'll learn what is available and how successful it has been, how the treatments are done and why they work. Included are quotes from medical professionals, information from research studies, and the medical journals and other publications in which they appeared, when available.
This page is for general cancer treatments. See also our pages on specific kinds of cancer. Click below for info on prostate cancer:
Most deaths from cancer are caused by the spread of the cancer, from the original tumor, throughout the body. So how do you keep it from spreading?
One way it spreads is through the growth of new blood vessels, called angiogenesis. If you can stop those new blood vessels from growing and supporting the cancer, the tumor begins to shrink.
Another way cancer spreads is through the formation of new tumors, as cancer cells travel throughout the body and meet up with each other to form new tumors. If you can keep the cancer cells from clumping into new tumors, then "metastasis" is limited or prevented.
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A natural cancer treatment that prevents clumping is a form of pectin. The most familiar form of pectin is the product you buy at the supermarket and use to make jelly at home. It's a special kind of pectin, however, called modified citrus pectin, or MCP, that is used as a natural cancer therapy to prevent cancer cells from clustering into new tumors. MCP may even limit the growth of the original tumor. Read more about the modified citrus pectin cancer treatment.
In his March 2008 and his November 2013 newsletter, Second Opinion, Robert Rowen, M.D., talks about using sodium bicarbonate for cancer. Sodium bicarbonate is also known as baking soda, although medical applications use a different form than we have in our kitchens.
Visitors familiar with alternative health are aware that alkalizing the body can relieve a variety of health problems. Back in the 1940s, Max Gerson, M.D., was curing cancer with diet alone. He used fresh, organic living foods and juices full of alkalizing minerals. His cure rate was about 30-35%, much better than any current conventional method. Our soils, however, are depleted of minerals essential to our health, so this simple approach won't work today.
Dr. Tullio Simoncini, says Dr. Rowen, is an Italian physician who was the first to discover sodium bicarbonate's ability to cure cancer. Read more about the baking soda cancer treatment.
Intravenous vitamin C has been used as an alternative cancer treatment for some time. Linus Pauling and colleagues studied the use of vitamin C for treatment of more than 1000 patients with advanced cancer. Patients who were treated with oral and IVC lived four times longer than those without this treatment, and they enjoyed higher quality of life.
When the success of IVC became known, Dr. Pauling came under attack from those profiting from conventional treatment. Julian Whitaker, M.D., in Newport Beach, California says intravenous vitamin C has been used with great success as an alternative cancer treatment, and he says studies "designed to fail" were used in the attack against Dr. Pauling. Nevertheless, IVC is used today as part of the treatment of cancer.
Intravenous adminstration is necessary because taking vitamin C by mouth does not result in the high blood concentrations necessary to fight cancer. IVC bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, making those high concentrations possible.
These high blood levels of vitamin C produce hydrogen peroxide, which is harmless to normal cells but is deadly to cancer cells. Intravenous vitamin C has been used in a variety of lab, animal and human studies to destroy or slow the growth of a variety of cancers, such as prostate, breast, pancreas, ovary, liver and colon, in addition to mesothelioma, sarcoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia. Read more about the vitamin C cancer treatment.
Low Dose Naltrexone is being used in cancer treatment for lymphoma; leukemia; melanoma; breast, pancreas, brain, colon, genitourinary and ovarian cancers. According to Mark Stengler, ND, in his Health Revelations newsletter 12/15, LDN produces an increase in OGF (opioid growth factor) which helps decrease blood flow to tumors, increase cancer-fighting immune cells and inhibits the division of cancer cells.
Here is one study on the subject: Low-dose naltrexone suppresses ovarian cancer.
There is some very promising research being done on the use of tocotrienols to treat cancer, even deadly pancreatic cancer. See details on our page, Benefits of Tocotrienols.
Artemisinin as an alternative cancer treatment may prove to be a "smart bomb" for malignancies. An altered form of this herb kills cancer cells. It may also prevent breast cancer. Read the research and scientific data on our artemisinin for cancer page .
Alternative cancer treatments may include probiotics. Researchers are finding that microbes in your gut can affect your immune cells reaction to cancer anywhere in your body. In 2015, researchers at the University of Chicago found that giving mice Bifidobacterium, which normally resides in the gut, as effective as immunotherapy in controlling the growth of skin cancer. And when the two were combined, tumor growth was eliminated. The message?
Take your probiotics, says Dr. David Williams, medical researcher, in his Alternatives newsletter, 11/16. See this study, The Potential Role of Probiotics in Cancer Prevention and Treatment, for more information.
Find a doctor who knows integrative oncology, says Frank Shallenberger, M.D., in his newsletter, Second Opinion, 11/16. The best treatments he has found, he says, are ozone therapy, melatonin therapy, and cannabidiol therapy. He also says you should be on a low-carbohydrate diet, have colonic and sauna detoxification, and be on immune strengthening supplements. Dr. Shallenberger practices in Carson City, Nevada.
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"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."
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