Cancer Need Not Be Scary
Your body has the tools to protect you from cancer and uses them every day. In some cases, this mechanism fails. When this happens, the aim should be to correct and support the natural and healthy mechanisms to restore health.
It is well recognised that your body develops faulty cells that are readily capable of developing into cancer cells and tumours every day, thousands of them. Daily you eradicate them and protect yourself from the harm they can do. It is helpful and important to learn more about the way your body does this, and then to learn how to harness and support these skills.
A major key in this effort is to focus on ‘treating the person’ rather than ‘treating’ the disease.’ This is along the lines of “I don’t treat cancer, I treat the person.”
The immune system is designed to detect, attack and defuse or destroy invading foreign organisms. It generally does this with remarkable efficiency. There are two situations when this does not happen. Firstly, in cancer and secondly in pregnancy.*
It is well worth considering what happens when a newly fertilised ovum enters the uterus. It’s all very well to say that the ovum is familiar to the mother. However, the sperm that is attached to it is not. So why do we assume that the sperm can slink by, under the protection of the ovum? A sensible question to ask is, “Why does the body not defend itself against this sperm?” After all, the sperm is significantly larger than many of the invading pathogens that are readily detected by the immune system. In fact, the strategies used by both the sperm and cancer cells are remarkably similar.
The fertilised ovum has to find a way of attaching to the uterine wall. It does this by first weakening and invading the target location to attach to the uterine wall, then it by-passes the host immune system, drawing in blood supply to provide a source of nutrients and the resources it needs to expand and grow.
Similarly, a developing cancer cell has to find a way of attaching to the host tissue (it’s future location), invading the host tissue, by-passing the host immune system, drawing in blood supply to provide a source of nutrients and the resources it needs to expand and grow.
In other words, in a successful pregnancy or the successful development of a tumour:
The cells need to:
- attach to their locations
- divide rapidly
- grow rapidly,
- weaken the target location
- burrow deeply into the target tissue
- develop a rich blood supply for themselves
- rapidly develop their own extensive system of blood vessels
- find a ready source of nutrients
- protect themselves from the immune system
- protect themselves from proapoptotic compounds
There are many ways in which cancer cells can do this. Cancer cells build protective fibrous walls around themselves. We regularly test a blood sample for a compound that is thought to indicate that this is happening.
Cancers can produce immune-suppressing hormones which can ‘turn off’ the immune system in their location. There is a benefit, in some situations to having mechanisms that turn off the immune system, not only in pregnancy but in many of the autoimmune diseases, where the immune system actually turns against the ‘self’ and attacks it.
A compound called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) contributes to this, in both a developing pregnancy and developing cancer. You can test for this as an early indicator of a possible developing cancer.
Specific compounds known as endothelial growth factors contribute to angiogenesis – the process of developing new blood vessels, both during pregnancy and in developing cancer. These growth factors can be detected by a simple blood test.
Cancers produce enzymes, called matrix metalloproteins (MMPs) that weaken the connective tissues in order to facilitate invasion. In pregnancy, these enzymes are produced by both the uterine wall and the invading embryo to facilitate the establishment of the pregnancy. These can be tested for in a blood test. We then have natural remedies that help to strengthen the tissues and inhibit invasion.
Cancer cells can attract cells that actually inhibit the host immune system. These actions are also performed by a developing foetus.
How can we use this knowledge?
- There are many similarities between the actions of the placenta in pregnancy and of an invading or metastatic cancer.
- These actions are almost all accompanied by chemical changes.
- These changes can be detected by the use of a simple (non-invasive) blood test.
- We have learnt a lot about the ways that they can all be prevented, inhibited or reduced.
- This is mostly done with the use of natural compounds and by restoring homoeostasis.
- There are naturopathic means, foods, herbs and other plants or plant remedies plus related natural remedies that can correct these unwanted reactions.
Thus, we have natural, non-toxic and helpful ways of doing what all naturopaths are trained to do – restore homoeostasis. Restoring normal healthy function without the use of toxic chemicals that can cause a build-up of toxins and additional harm.
In view of this, the very early detection of cancer is particularly important. There is no need to wait for a tumour to be detectable, by the usual medical means, and a location to be known.
In 1904 and 1910, Dr John Beard wrote about this. He pointed out that placental tissue and cancer tissue are not only similar, but they are also identical. From this, he developed his suggestions for breaking down tumours. It is more than a shame that, over a hundred years later, his work is still being ignored.
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John Beard, DSc. The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and its Scientific Basis. 2010 New Spring Press ISBN-10: 0982196520