August 3, 2012

The BIG C – cancer!

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Cancer is a scary topic. People are scared of cancer because of the many unknown variables, it’s a sickness that is deemed to have no cure, it’s an illness that puts stresses on families and relationships and potentially equates to the loss of a loved one.

Cancer is a growing concern in our modern world, there is a cancer that is related to each and every system within our body, some are curable, some are more manageable than others and some are unfortunately fatal.

The one thing that all cancers have in common is the need to support the cancer sufferer and the family of the sufferer. Through Naturopathic medicine this support maybe achieved by taking on a holistic approach and treating the whole; mind, body, senses. As naturopathic practitioners we are able to assist the patient and their family by treating the stresses that are caused, by giving them both mental and medicinal support, we can work alongside their GP and their oncologist. We have the tools and knowledge to support the cancer patients diet through nutrition and by using herbal medicines as food.

Naturopathic practitioners take on a holistic role, empowering the patient and supporting their general wellbeing, potentially making life a little easier to manage when diagnosed with such a disease.  Naturopathic practices are able to support emotions such as feelings of depression, overwhelment and the loss of sense of self, support proper liver function, and possibly assist the bodies elimination channels, assist proper digestive function, assist tiredness and fatigue and also help address other cross over symptoms from traditional conventional treatments.

I've recently attended the latest Integrative Care and Support of Cancer Patients as a Naturopath I'm happy to discuss cancer support with you.

Here’s a list of key foods for you to try and that may assist in you living better with cancer.

Organic Fruit and Vegetables – are higher in Phytochemicals than conventionally grown fruits and vegies. Especially try Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Carrots, Leeks, Cauliflower, Apples
Also, as they have not been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals they have built up their own resistance to bugs and insects by trying to protect themselves from being eaten!!
Green tea (organic of course) – is high in good anti-oxidants which is associated with better clinical outcomes
Tumeric – Some studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. It acts as an anti-inflammatory support and may support cell cycle regulation.
Reduce sugar intake – studies have observed that cancers may rely on sugar, so by eliminating or reducing sugar can only be of benefit.
Essential Fatty Acids = Good fats – they may come in the form of healthy fish, and other easily obtained EFA including seeds and nuts

Maintaining your normal exercise routine is also an important key factor in living with cancer. And of course, taking one day at a time.

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