Cancer Treatment

Cancer: A New Frontier

Any field of study, including cancer research, periodically reviews its basic assumptions. According to Ralph Moss, Ph.D., an assumption that determined the direction of cancer research for decades was the belief that metastasis happened “relatively late in the course of the disease and that it occurs largely as a result of increasing malignancy in the original (primary) tumor.” He then cited a Science journal publication which challenged this prevailing belief by presenting evidence “contrary to the late-spread hypothesis.”

The article reported that both normal and nonmalignant cancer cells often travel and relocate to organs and tissues in areas that seem unrelated to the route of blood and lymph flow. They perform benign metastasis. In addition, these satellite cells relocate with no signs of genetic anomalies.

Reciprocal Relationships Paradigm
Other published reports demonstrated that surgical removal of the primary tumor in breast cancer patients aggravated some metastasized cells, causing them to become cancerous. The primary tumor actually retarded the development of distal tumors. This work established the existence of a pathological relationship between the primary tumor and the distal cells. However, the potential therapeutic connection between distal cells and the primary tumor has yet to be sufficiently explored.

If the primary tumor impedes the malignancy of distal cells, supporting cellular immunity should have a therapeutic effect on the primary tumor. Candice Pert, Ph.D. proposed that both science and industry must support the neuroimmunological framework of the body’s interconnected systems. Even Kaiser Permanente now offers pre-surgery guided meditation CDs and herbs like Chaparral through its pharmacy because they are considered to be cost-effective treatments.

The flow of neuropeptides plays a critical role in cultivating the internal conditions which enhance existent visceral healing systems (Pert, 1997). Rather than segregating research towards the exclusive development of new uses of chemotherapy, radiation, or invasive surgery, this new paradigm embraced an approach that combines the best of both systems.

Intense Supportive Therapies Need Exposure
Nutritional deficiency caused by standard cancer treatment is common. For example, the detrimental effect of radiation on cellular metabolism often exacerbates cancer when patients ingest foods high in sugar and inflammatory drinks like caffeine for emotional support. Some doctors now advise patients to alkalinize their blood chemistry because cancer thrives in an acidic environment; wheatgrass juice, red clover, garlic, pau d’arco, aloe vera and thyme are effective. This breakthrough combination of allopathic and holistic methods is a sanguine indication of scientific common sense. However, a less well-known treatment called therapeutic apheresis, which filters the blood to initiate an anti-tumor reaction, is still rarely offered to cancer patients.

The Mind-Body Effect on Cancer Research
Observations of an inter-systemic communication system changed the focus of scientific thought from always “fighting” cancer to multiple internal support methodologies. By providing cancer patients access to their own internal neuro-immunological pharmacy through emotional biochemistry, regenerative nutrition, and therapies that improve neuropeptide receptivity in multiple body systems, the internal healing environment is cultivated while the chemistry of cancer undergoes progressive research.

This nascent body of information has significant implications for researchers who seek to balance the current body of work, based on late-metastasis theory, by designing research studies predicated on the new early-metastasis theory.

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