In the 15th and 16th centuries it was common medical practice to treat certain illnesses by drilling the ears of patients. Other illnesses were dealt with by a procedure called bloodletting, whereby patients were bled, often to the point of unconsciousness. Those practices sometimes made patients irreversibly weak. Amazingly, ear drilling and bloodletting were considered advanced medical practices in their day. Yet we look back at them and shake our heads in disbelief, and think ‘how barbaric’.
It does not take much to imagine that today’s conventional cancer treatments will be judged by future scientists the way we now think of ear drilling and bloodletting. In future years people will look back to our present time at how tumor symptoms (called cancer) were treated by poisoning and torturing patients with drugs and radiation and mutilating them with surgery that in nearly all cases was extreme and useless. Make no mistake about it, all tumor masses that are commonly called “cancer” arise from four underlying characteristics: 1.) extreme acid and toxic body condition, 2.) a deficiency of protein digesting enzymes, 3.) a weak immune system, and 4.) deficiency of oxygen at the cellular level. These four conditions are actually made worse when tumors that are thought to be cancerous are treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery make the immune system considerably weaker, they make the body chemistry more acidic and less able to circulate oxygen to the cells -- hence, the body is even more at risk of cancer activity. Unfortunately, conventional cancer treatment assumes that the tumor mass is the “enemy” rather than the underlying conditions that produced the tumor mass.
From time to time, we hear a lot about the so called progress of conventional cancer treatment, and it refers mainly to cancerous tumors that are found in their earliest stages. But once tumor symptoms are advanced, there is little hope that conventional treatments can be beneficial. And yet due to widespread propaganda we are led to believe that the conventional protocols are the only answers; and that if these approaches cannot help to manage the disease then it is often said that the condition is ‘uncurable‘.
But consider this: cancer is not a tumor. Instead, it is a process. So the real enemy is not the tumor symptom. The real enemy is the above mentioned four pronged condition that gives rise to the tumor. And no matter how much we insist on treating tumors with invasive and toxic measures, the fact is that this only helps to manage the disease, and not to cure it. Getting rid of the tumor gets rid of the symptom, but it does not remove the underlying condition that produced the symptom.
Think of a fire that produces smoke. The fire is the cause, and the smoke is the symptom. Similarly, cancer is the cause and the resulting tumor is the symptom. Therefore, when responding to cancer the major focus needs to be on the cause, that is, on suppressing the underlying cancer PROCESS rather than on managing tumor symptoms. It’s not enough to simply swat the smoke while risking even more fire being started. Instead, we must put out the fire that causes the smoke to appear.
In that respect, there is good news! The body has a natural defense against cancer, and with determination and commitment each of us can bolster that defense. This can be done by nourishing the body to give it a stronger immune system, make it less acidic, less toxic, and richer in protein digesting enzymes and oxygen. Instead of treating tumor symptoms, it is to our benefit to take greater responsibility for our health by making basic lifestyle changes.
This writer believes that a ‘back to the basics’ way of nourishing the body involves insuring that more than fifty percent of our food intake is raw fruits and vegetables and nuts. This means drastically reducing the consumption of animal products, eliminating processed and refined foods, cutting out simple carbohydrates (i.e. white sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, pasta, macaroni, spaghetti), and including more of the complex carbohydrates (i.e., lima beans, lentil, blackeye peas, black beans). Further, it means regular physical exercise, drinking adequate water, getting the benefit of sunshine, and reducing stress through prayer and meditation. (Incidentally, it is important to make the following point: the favorite foods that nourish the growth of cancer cells are simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white flour, etc.).
What is the main point here? It is that we must focus less on “treating cancer” and a lot more on simply treating the body right so that the underlying process of cancer cannot thrive.
Changing the chemistry in the body may not be easy for most people, because it requires a different mindset and often a change of long established habits. But it can surely be accomplished by anyone who is seriously committed to maintaining and restoring their health. To be sure, medical intervention is often very important. But ultimately, the responsibility for overcoming the challenge of cancer is up to the individual, and not the doctor.
No matter how the statistics on cancer are presented, the most compelling fact is that cancer in all its forms is fast becoming the number one cause of death in America.
We are fighting the wrong war with the wrong weapons against the wrong enemies. It’s time we validated the successes of growing numbers of those who rely heavily on nutrition, lifestyle changes, and natural supplements to change the chemistry in their bodies so that the process of cancer cannot thrive.
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Mr. Emeka is the author of two books, “Fear Cancer No More”, and “Cancer’s Best Medicine”. See the website: www.cancernomore.com
Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides in each patient a chance to go to work.“
---Dr. Albert Schweitzer