Cancer: Your Chances of Getting It and How to Survive It
May 01, 2012 05:21AM
By Dr. David Minkoff
Cancer is a word that strikes real fear in people – fear of getting the disease and fear of the outcome if they have been diagnosed. That fear is hardly unwarranted with cancer rates continuing to soar in the US, where men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3.*
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we recently surveyed our patients to find out their major health concern. Unsurprisingly, it was being diagnosed with cancer, with more than half citing a family history of the disease as the reason for their fear. Many others also felt that getting the disease was almost inevitable, naming poor food choices, lifestyle and the environment as major contributing factors.
Will You Get Cancer?
But what if there was some way to actually determine if a person’s metabolism was supportive of getting cancer or if a pre-cancer state was already there? Well there is. At LifeWorks, we offer patients a Metabolic Cancer Profile (MCP) – a test which has the ability and sensitivity to detect biochemical changes leading to malignancy or, if one exists, could show it in early stages. The name of the game is cancer prevention, so the ability to see into the future is a wonderful thing. The MCP is based on the premise that detectable biochemical changes occur in the human body during its transformation into a cancerous state, and these changes can be noted up to 12 years prior to diagnosis. Knowing that the developmental process of cancer can take 10 to12 years, we may be able to detect the very beginning of the disease, and if the test results show an elevated marker, advise patients how to make lifestyle changes.
The first step is to eliminate all known carcinogens from their environment, usually in the form of undesirable foods, drinks, air, clothes, etc. If a patient has the benefit of the warning signal of elevated markers, it gives them a chance to really put their eating and drinking habits under the microscope. Then they can make the changes we suggest, which is much easier to do when they know their lives may depend on it.
Cancer and Chemo – The Truth
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can be frightening, not least because the route to remission can be an unpleasant one. The traditional course is surgery, followed by radiation and rounded off with a dose of chemotherapy.
When first detected, most tumors are the size of a grape and average 10 trillion cancerous cells. A course of chemotherapy kills 99% of those cells but the remaining 1% still equates to 10 billion cancerous cells which continue to live on in the body. In fact, stem cells become the mother cells for cancer because they have the ability to resist the power of the chemotherapy.
Most chemo protocols are designed to kill the cancer cells by giving the patient very high doses of chemotherapy which can have unpleasant side effects such as hair loss, weight loss, nausea, and immune system depression. Survival for five years is considered a "cure", no matter how much damage has been done to the patient’s general health. And the sad reality is that a large fraction of patients who die of cancer "complications" actually die from the side effects of treatment.
A Strategy for Survival
What if you have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently fighting it, or are in remission? At LifeWorks, we work with cancer patients whether they are following the traditional chemotherapy route or are embracing more natural options.
We help to strengthen the patient’s fight against cancer by nutritionally building up their immune system and helping them detoxify their body. Important in this process is the oxygenation of the cells, since cancer hates oxygen.
We also help to build up the patient’s metabolism so it is optimized and can fight the cancer. Throughout the process we monitor hormone levels, do blood work and evaluate the immune system. Our protocols do not break the body down or damage the immune system and are a gentler therapy than traditional.
At LifeWorks, we are continually helping patients either prevent, or fight, cancer and we can do the same for you. Call 727-466-6789 today for an appointment or more information or visit www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com. See ad page 2.
Dr. Minkoff will be hosting a free talk:
Cancer: Will You Get It & How to Survive It.
Come and hear details about the tests and protocols covered in this article, Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm, at Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
*Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011