Dr. Brody’s Overview of Cancer Supportive Measures
I do not treat cancer. I treat the whole person. I use diet, lifestyle modifications, and supplements to help cancer patients who are currently under the care of an allopath. I have seen many different cancer cases over the years from: breast, prostate, brain, pancreatic, and bladder, to name a few. Most patients have the best results with a patient centered, team strategy that provides the best of the naturopathic and allopathic care. Utilizing your DNA, treatments and negative reactions to allopathic treatments can be address before they become a problem.
Power Foods to Help the Immune System
- Broccoli: This vegetable is good for all blood types and is full of a chemical called sulforaphane, which is key for its use in strengthening the immune system.
- Escargot: Otherwise known as cooked snails.
- Curcumin: Otherwise known as the spice, turmeric. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cancer. That scary word that no doctor likes to utter and no patient likes to hear. Researchers have long known that certain blood types are predisposed to certain types of cancer. This by no means, states that only a specific blood type will get this horrible disease just that prevention should be revved up in these high-risk groups. Once again this concept that we are all individuals is important.
It has long been known that If you are Blood Type A (BTA) you have a predisposition to Breast Cancers. This has to do with a receptor on your cells (Thompson-Friedenreich Antigen) that very closely resembles the BTA antigen. When Thompson-Friedenreich Antigen is expressed on cells, the immune system of the other Blood Types (O, B, and AB) go on the attack and destroy the bad cells. BTAs, however, do not do this. This is due to it BTA being so close to the appearance of Thompson-Friedenreich receptors that the body becomes confused and allows cancer to progress uninhibited. This is when a personalized medicine approach is highly warranted.
In a new study, researchers have found that women who have good gastrointestinal flora (probiotics) that they have less of a risk of developing Breast Cancer. This has to do with normal happy and healthy biotics in the gastrointestinal tract metabolizing estrogen (the female hormone) into safer compounds. If the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract are the wrong type this does not metabolize estrogen the right way and thus could, increase the risk of certain estrogen dominate cancers. Please read this study to find out more: Diverse Gut Bacteria.
Bacteria are so important to health and medicine that there are now even some vaginal bacteria that are being turned into antibiotics (Lactobacilli from Lactobacillus bacterium). Read more about this please read Vaginal microbe yields novel Abx.
Use food as your medicine and medicine as your food.
The simple idea of using food as medicine from the father of medicine, [Hippocrates], still holds true today. There are many people who do not think that something we do three times a day has any effect on our health. What we eat has been shown time and time again to affect our moods and physical bodies and it is one of the reasons why the naturopathic medical profession has been gaining ground on the legislative front in recent years.
Naturopathic Physicians believe in preventive medicine. We believe that the best time to take control of your health and make a positive stance is right now. Why do so many insist on living in a society that praises costly treatments when we could be living in a time that praises prevention? There is no obvious answer. Needless to say, we can work with the present moment and seek to modify epigenetics and negative environmental influences to prevent one of the most feared words today — Cancer. We can impact epigenetics and negative environmental influences in many ways such as through the use of spices which have anti-inflammatory actions, the avoidance of chicken (for people with Blood Type B), or the choice to avoid the simple sugars for something more beneficial, such as berries. I was blessed to grow up in a household that focused on and valued nutrition. I remember being a child and anxiously waiting to head outside to pick our blueberries and raspberries.
Berries, in general, have always been my favorite snack. I have only discovered in recent years that many of the berries (such as strawberry, raspberry, high-bush blueberry, lowbush blueberry, velvet-leaf blueberry, cranberry, and much more) I have come to love have health benefits far outweighing their deliciousness. Many types of berries have anti-cancer chemicals: phenolic acids, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and other flavonoids. A recent study shows that cancer cell line growth “including those of stomach, prostate, intestine and breast, was strongly inhibited by raspberry, black currant, white currant, gooseberry, velvet-leaf blueberry, lowbush blueberry, sea buckthorn and cranberry juice, but not (or only slightly) by strawberry, high-bush blueberry, serviceberry, red currant, or blackberry juice.” These chemicals have been found to suppress TNF-induced activation of NF-kappa-beta. In plain terms, berries can be beneficial to your health and may aid in the prevention of tumors and cancer. It’s nice to think that mom and dad were right. Eat healthily, stay healthy. To read the PubMed study please follow this link: Inhibition of cancer cell proliferation and suppression of TNF-induced activation of NFkappaB by edible berry juice
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