My three-phased approach to a healthy garden (also a great way to understand complementary cancer care).
Phase 1 Identify factors that allowed cancer to grow in the first place.
Cancer is a multifactorial disease. I see some common threads. I liken the body to a garden and cancer cells as weeds in the garden. We are all making some weeds every day; the question is, why is the garden letting the weeds take over to form tumors? At Journey to Wellness, we treat the multiple factors that allowed cancer to grow in the first place with a multifactorial approach.
Phase 2 Help cancer patients while they are going through treatment.
The standard of care says pluck some weeds out with surgery, put some herbicide on them with the chemotherapy, and radiate some. All necessary, but standard of care diminishes the viability of the garden. This is where my training as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) comes in. My job is to help with side effects, reduce the chance of metastasis and protect the garden without interfering with the effectiveness of the treatment. 90% of cancer patients are going on the internet and taking natural products and not telling their oncologist. This is dangerous.
Phase 3 Recover and reduce the drivers of cancer.
After treatment, we need to amend the soil and help the garden to recover and stop producing so many weeds. The unfortunate truth is our standard of care makes us more vulnerable to letting the weeds grow back. We need to amend the soil help it recover and address those things that allow weeds to grow. Whether in remission or if you still have some residual cancer, we must help you reduce the drivers of cancer.
Studies show that when patients participate in their cancer care they have better outcomes. As I tell all my patients, the only person in charge of your health is you. It is vitally important that we all participate in our healthcare. If you are battling cancer or recovering from treatment, your Naturopathic Physician can help.
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