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Immune Boosting after Chemotherapy
Support for the Bowel, Blood, and Liver Ecosystems

Many people live in fear of cancer coming back after finishing chemotherapy. That is understandable for two reasons: First, what caused cancer the first time can also strike back. Indeed, persons who have had one type of cancer are more prone to develop a second cancer (of a different type) than those who have never had one. Second, chemotherapy weakens the immune system and so makes the person more vulnerable.
   
Some basic scientific information about cancer is necessary to understand the guidelines for immune boosting which physicians at the Institute use for persons who have had chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

A cancer cell hates oxygen, loves acidity, and thrives on dead debris and certain toxins(organic acids). An immune defender cell loves oxygen, hates excess acid, shuns dead debris, and is injured by toxins. Cancer is an oxidative-metabolic disorder in which oxidative injury damages the immune system. A good plan for prevention of cancer recurrence should be formulated in light of the above facts.

Oxidation, of course, means loss of energy and decay. The proof of the above simple statements can be seen directly by examination of a blood sample with a high-resolution microscope. The advanced reader may wish to read two recent articles published by the author in The Journal of Integrative Medicine (1997;1:7-112 and 1998;2:5-57).
    For a program to reduce the chances of recurrent cancer, my colleagues and I focus on the following three areas:

A. Prayer, meditation, and spiritual work
B. Optimal Choices in the kitchen
C. Restoration of damaged bowel, blood, an liver ecosystems.

In this article, restoration of the damaged bowel, blood and liver ecosystems is in focus.

For the Bowel
Use a seed, feed, and occasionally weed approach: (1) seeding means putting back in the bowel immune-enhancing cultures as are found in yogurt (such as Acidophilus, Bifido, and others); (2) feeding means giving those cultures their growth hormone (such as vitamin B5 and B12); and 3) occasional weeding means using herbs for preventing overgrowth of yeast and yeast-like primordial microbes in the colon. Avoiding sugar is very important to prevent overgrowth of sugar-eating microbes in the bowel. Protein powders containing 80 to 90 percent amino acids and cold-pressed essential oils (such as flaxseed oil, extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, and pumpkin oil taken cold) are useful for reducing total carbohydrate load on the bowel. Antiparasitic, antiviral and antiyeast herbs for the bowel include the following: echinacea, astragalus, goldenseal, burdock root, artemeia, Pau D'Arco, alfalfa and others. Readers may obtain a copy of the author's What Do Lions Know About Stress? for detailed information.

For the Blood

Use therapies that improve delivery of and utilization of oxygen, including (1) food antioxidants (such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, and others); (2) plant antioxidants (such as pycnogenol); (3) oral supplements of antioxidants (such as vitamin C, E, and A); (4) critical nutrients (such as Q10); (5) blood cleansing herbs (such as dandelion, hawthorn berry, and butcher's broom): (6) judicious use of intramuscular vitamin and mineral injections; and (7) intravenous hydrogen peroxide, ozone, and EDTA chelation infusions.

For the Liver

Use "liver-friendly" sulphur-containing nutrients (such as glutathione, MSM, lipoic acid, N-Acetylcysteine); (2) liver-friendly herbs (such as milk thistle, goldenseal, astragalus; (3) liver-friendly fat-burning nutrients (inositol, choline, methionine, and lecithin); (4) periodic liver detox with coffee and lemon water enemas; (5) periodic colon hydrotherapy (colonics) with suitable implants; (6) lymphatic drainage exercise and massages; and (7) liver and gall bladder flushes.

The following quote from the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (1997; 336:1569-74) shows how big a challenge cancer is and how little progress has been made with chemotherapy:

In 1986, we concluded that "some 35 years of intense effort focused largely on improving treatment must be judged a qualified failure." Now, with 12 more years of data and experience, we see little reason to change that conclusion."

In closing, everyone is cancer-prone. Studies show that those who have had chemotherapy are more prone. The above guidelines are given to provide a framework of knowledge for designing a plan. Of course, it is recommended that all such plans be professionally supervised.

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