A naturopathic approach to breast cancer

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Author: Serge Jurasunas
Date: June 2003
Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,949 words

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My experience is not as a research scientist, even if I have performed considerable studies in most venues linked with cancer research. My experience includes the 'Art and Science' of healing and for the past 33 years I have been deeply involved in its practice, treating a considerable number of cancer patients, using a wide range of alternative methods, including my own. Thus, I have reflected deeply on how to recognize the multiple pathways leading to cancer and how to approach breast cancer according to each individual.

Entering this new millennium, let me recall that the cure of breast cancer remains unsuccessful and that it is still the number one killer of women. We are far from the medical claim made over two decades ago with the promise that by the year 2000, cancer "will be definitively cured."

More than any other cancer, breast cancer is an emotional disease, which for women is a depressive condition, often demanding mutilation, followed by aggressive treatment, a long period of painful illness, of hope, recurrence and death.

Thus, I believe that there is a need for harmonization of diverse points of view and medical strategies. It is obvious that breast cancer requires an alternative approach to the historical treatment options of surgery, chemotherapy and irradiation.

The Local Disease

A surgeon can remove a primary tumor relatively easily or perform a mastectomy, but a cancer that has metastasized usually reaches so many places that cure by surgery becomes impossible. The bad news is that 100% of the tumor is never extracted and 0.1% of tumor tissue remains after surgery (106 cells). Silicone breast implants are responsible for functional immune impairment, serious infection and localization of new tumor growth.

Widespread evidence suggests that conventional tumor treatment by chemo/radiation may seriously damage healthy tissues, such as bone marrow, and increase oxidative stress leading to immunodeficiency, inducing secondary tumors and accelerating metastatic growth. Some tumors with a fast turnover may even grow during chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy reacts with the genetic material of the cell (DNA). The drugs produce cross-linking of bases in DNA strands, which blocks replication of nuclear DNA during mitosis (cell division). However, chemotherapy is very toxic, since it is nonselective and damages healthy cells in the same way it is supposed to kill tumor cells. It can also suppress and damage the immune system to the extent that patients can die from infections rather than the cancer. These treatments often provide only temporary improvement. Many patients are not aware that the disease is put into remission only to reappear in the future. However, conventional treatments with chemotherapy/radiation are frequently effective in helping breast cancer patients survive for the first four years following surgery.

The Local Disease and Conventional Therapy

* On first diagnosis, about 1/3 of breast cancer patients have metastases in lymph nodes, that further colonize the lung, bone, liver and brain.

* The spread of metastases is usually determined by the localization and size of the tumor and the number of invaded lymph nodes....

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