Have you been touched by cancer? Maybe not you personally, but a close friend or family member? Then this series is for you. In honor of a dear friend of mine who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, I dedicate this small space of the internet to spreading hope and compassion in the face of a terrible disease. Hope for prevention and treatment, and compassion for those suffering. Please share the posts in this series with anyone you know who has been touched by cancer.
When I was a teenager, or maybe in my early twenties, I decided for myself that if I ever had cancer, I just wouldn’t treat it. The side effects of the treatments seemed to me to be worse than the disease, so I figured I’d just let the disease do its thing and go home to Heaven a little earlier than I might have liked.
Then I had kids. And that kind of changed my thinking a little: I decided that undergoing those treatments would be worth it for the sake of my children.
And then, oddly enough, I read a fictional series (about the Amish, no less!) of books written by Beverly Lewis, in which one of the characters underwent treatment for cancer at a holistic cancer treatment center. I was fascinated! And then I decided, if I ever get cancer (although I’ll do my best to prevent it), that’s the route I want to take: the holistic, natural route.
To a lot of people, it’s a strange concept, and I can understand that. But set aside your skepticism for a minute and browse through the resources I have collected here, if only for curiosity’s sake. Perhaps you might find yourself considering a similar treatment method for yourself or a loved one if you ever find that you have been touched by cancer.
But Does it Work?
Are natural cures for cancer effective? There’s no point in even pursuing natural treatment for cancer (however gentle it may be) if it’s not effective. The tricky part is that there are not, to my knowledge, any well-documented comprehensive studies comparing the success rates of conventional vs. holistic cancer treatments. That makes sense if you think about it: all the studies are funded by people who have a vested interest in current treatment methods and naturally-based protocols simply aren’t on their radar. They’re looking to chemicals and surgeries for a cure, not foods or supplements or other seemingly simple methods of treatment. Henceforth and therefore, not much exists in the way of evidence supporting (or not supporting) natural treatments.
However, those who administer natural treatments keep careful records – of course! – and are happy to compare their success rates to those of conventional treatment providers (commonly referred to collectively as SEER) because they usually come out on top. Here are some sites I’ve found with information on the success rates of natural cancer treatments:
Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico (half an hour away from San Diego, CA) has detailed information on the survival rates of their patients compared to patients of more conventional treatments. They boast a survival rate that is two to five times higher (depending on the type of cancer) than the SEER survival rate.
CAM-Cancer is a European website that aims to analyze the available scientific data on a variety of natural and alternative cancer treatments in an effort to determine their efficacy. Although their research is thorough, their site is kind of difficult to navigate, as you have to go to each specific treatment method and then click on the link “Does it Work?” to get to the page where they discuss the results of the various research available on that treatment. And then, it’s kind of frustrating because honestly, there’s not much scientific data available, and what data is available is often suspect because of its source (i.e., conventional medicine/pharmaceutical companies that have a vested interest in disproving any method aside from their own) or the inherent limitations of the research itself. But it’s worth a look-see if there’s a particular treatment you’re interested in learning more about.
I’ve come across a few blogs written by those who have met cancer, fought it naturally, and won.
Green Drink Diaries is the tale of Cortney, who lives to tell about her fight with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She is now a champion of holistic/alternative cancer therapies and her blog is incredibly informative.
One of my readers mentioned the blog Chris Beat Cancer: a Chemo-Free Survivor’s Health Blog, written by a young man named Chris who followed up his cancer surgery with natural protocols rather than chemo. He has been cancer-free for almost 10 years!
Cultivating Courage is the ongoing story of Emily and her son, who has leukemia. His treatment combines both conventional and alternative treatments.
I’ve also come across a few treatment centers, some that sound a lot like the one I read about in that fictional series I mentioned! One is the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico, and there are a few others:
Natural Horizons Wellness Centers offers care for cancer, as well as several other diseases and conditions. What I like is that they are not too far away from me. Just in case!
The Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, sounds amazing! And incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the costs of conventional treatment.
The Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, GA, teaches its students how to heal themselves through diet and lifestyle changes.
For More Information
Cancer Killers is a new eBook authored by a man who was cured of stage 4 colon cancer by natural methods. It was recommended to me by a good friend, and is on my reading list (which, unfortunately, is rather lengthy, which is why I haven’t read it yet).
The American Anti-Cancer Institute is leading the charge against conventional cancer treatments. Their site is a wealth of information, and they also host a variety of events that aim to bring awareness to alternative cancer treatments.
Cancer Tutor is a website that is absolutely packed with all the information you would ever want to know about cancer. Some of the claims seem a little extreme and even perhaps exaggerated, but it’s still the best source of information on the topic, and a great place to start learning about the different kinds of therapies.
So what do you think? Would you be interested in trying a natural cure for cancer if you were ever diagnosed?