When a diagnosis of cancer is confirmed personally by your oncologist after months of clinical procedures, it always comes as a shock.
There is an inner alarm tremor that emanates from your gut, the seat of all your emotions, throughout your whole body – it literally vibrates.
Naturally enough, it is based on fear, the biggest emotion of them all.
Your thought processes become foggy and unclear, as you absorb the enormity of this news. You will definitely need to take time out to think about its consequences, as you slowly take in the prognosis and the options available to you.
A week or so later, you receive the same news in writing.
Somehow that doesn’t make it any easier – in fact, its worse, as the matter-of-fact manner in which these letters are written serve to reignite the fear you initially felt at the original consultation with your oncologist.
And the written word carries that much more weight and import doesn’t it?
But now you need to move on, difficult though that may be and to make hard decisions about your life and the options you have chosen to take – of which there are usually only three – Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy or an Operation – now famously known on YouTube as Cut – Poison – Burn.
Whichever way you go – with or without any of the options above – you need to ensure that you take responsibility for your illness and that you do everything you can to help your body to heal itself efficiently.
And that means spending valuable time finding out as much as you can about your cancer especially and cancer in general.
Here are some interesting things you need to know about cancer and what you can do to help yourself.
What you are having to contend with are rogue cells, that have broken away from the normally dormant and benign oncogenes, (cancer cells) that we all have in our bodies, and that can grow very quickly, particularly those considered to be aggressive on what is called the Gleason scale, for prostrate coancer, which measures this effect.
We all have around 52 trillion healthy cells in our bodies, and even a small cluster of rogue cells can make up up to 100 million cells in the early stages - so the odds are stacked against them - and yet they still survive and grow, because they reproduce themselves more quickly than normal cells can.
The battle against this life-threatening illness has to be fought at the cellular level, the smallest unit of life, that can replicate independently and are often called the ‘building blocks of life’.
It is here that everything you eat and drink or ingest, or think or do will have an effect on your cells.
So the thing to do is to help them to survive, whilst making it difficult for the rogue cancer cells to continue to thrive and grow.
First of all - shut off or reduce the cancer food supply.
Cancer cells feed off glucose so you need to cut your sugar intake - that means grains, root vegetables, fruit and sugar should all be cut. A high carbohydrate diet will feed the cancer cells and you need to starve them of their food source.
Second - eliminate things that help the cancer to grow.
All dairy products promote the growth of cancer cells. Elsewhere on this page, is an article on Professor Jane Plant, who has shown that dairy products are a major cause of some cancers. Milk for instance, contains casein, a protein that aggressively promotes the growth of cancer cells.
Stress raises level of insulin, which also promotes the growth of cancer cells.
Try daily conscious breathing exercises or meditation, which raises levels of serotonin - the daytime calming hormone.
Reduce weight as excess weight promotes the growth of hormones which in turn help to grow cancer cells.
Third - help your body to heal itself - its very good at it.
Vitamin C is toxic to cancer cells. A cheap way to get this into your system is to buy ascorbic acid from a reputable health shop or supplier - (don’t buy this randomly online) - take small doses during the day with meals up to bowel intolerance. Up to 4 or 5 grams a day should be tolerable and if not switch to magnesium ascorbate. If this does not work for you, try Vitamin C infusions which can be quite expensive. Not NHS friendly.
Raise the levels of white cells in your blood - Vitamin C does this as does various vegetables. You can also do this with a 2-3 day liquid only fast, which is known to boost your immune system with the production of new white blood cells.
At last, what is referred to as “mainstream” medicine is catching on to the power of nutrition as a healing tool in cancer treatment. Link to article
Many vegetables, herbs and some fruits, such as apples and pomegranates, have anti-cancer agents in them and most of these have anti-oxidant properties in them too which help to mop up free radicals. See link to list of these. Try making a vegetable smoothie that you can drink every day. You will need a juice extractor to get the best results and not a blender as the centrifugal force of the blender will destroy the enzymes in the vegetables. See the one I make. Also drink green tea regularly throughout each day - great anti-cancer agent and and antioxidant.
Cancer cells do not like raised levels of oxygen and cannot survive in a high oxygen environment. Try doing conscious breathing exercises regularly during the day to increase the number of oxygen cells in your blood. Also begin to take an effective oxygen supplement to therapeutic levels.
Begin to take an effective multi-vitamin supplement which has all the trace minerals, amino acids and vitamins in it. Preferably a version that does not need to go through the gastrointestinal tract, which loses much of its efficiency in the digestive process - better to get one you can spray on the tongue and which goes straight into your circulatory system.
Always try to get a good nights sleep, as melatonin, the hormone produced during sleep is a powerful antioxidant.
Getting regular exercise is not only good for the body and the mind anyway, but it also helps to reduce insulin levels.
And last, but not least, you need to get your mindset into the discipline of learning to visualize your entire anatomy. Easy to obtain images are available online for this purpose and you can learn your anatomy from them enough to be able to make an imaginary tour of your body and brain by closing your eyes and focussing with conscious breathing.
See http://www.innerbody.com You can do this anywhere - and then complete the exercise by concentrating on the location(s) of the body where your cancer has been identified and to focus your conscious mind - your brain - on that point and the surrounding area and to bring in your subconscious mind - your body. (There is a lot more detail to this, which is being dealt with in a separate podcast to come).
Of course, most people just want their life-threatening illness to go away and they elicit the help of their doctors and specialists to sort it out for them, whilst not doing much about it themselves.
It is critical that you really do believe that you have the ability to help the body’s own amazing healing process and it is this belief that will drive you each and every day to do the things that are needed to be done.
And that will come down to being very disciplined indeed.
Most cancers are life-threatening and of course that is a very serious thing indeed - but it is important to live your life to the full.
And that means gaiety, laughter and fun with those whom you love to be with and who love to be with you.
As Confucius said, "Seek out the short-lived joys of today.........." and try to do so as often as the opportunity arises.
Laughter really is the best medicine........
Living with Cancer - one day at a time - at the cellular level