Despite all we know about cancer, hundreds of thousands still die from it in the U.S. every year. Conventional therapies, frequently cause patients to suffer unbearable side effects that significantly reduce their quality of life and often without extending it.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, our comprehensive Cancer Support Program involves assessing and treating the patient as a whole instead of simply treating the disease. We utilize natural therapies that have been shown to be highly effective. It’s what we call thriving while surviving. Whereas conventional medicine uses a disease-oriented model to address cancer, we stress the importance of a health plan to support your body’s needs.
What is cancer?
Cancer, according to the National Cancer Society, is a disease in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues. In addition to having lost the normal inhibiting mechanism that tells cells when to stop reproducing, cancer cells can also metastasize, spreading to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. While cancer can start almost anywhere in the body, some types are frighteningly all too common, such as those that originate in the breast, prostate, lung, esophageal, pancreatic, brain and bladder.
Unfortunately, the incidence of cancer is greatly on the rise in the US. Nearly 50% of men and 40% of women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. These staggering statistics emphasize the importance of prevention first and being proactive in living a healthy life. For those hoping not to become of cancer statistic, many of our patients seek our care to better understand how to prevent cancer in the first place.
What causes cancer?
While a relatively small minority of cancers may be hereditary, from what we now know it’s evident that exposures to poor quality food and toxic agents are big risk factors. The link between tobacco smoke and cancer is well recognized, but what is also more apparent is the role of various carcinogenic toxins and pollutants in food, water, and the environment, such as pesticides and household chemicals.
A diet heavy in processed foods, excessive animal meat, simple sugars and synthetic additives while low in fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can also increase the likelihood of getting cancer, as can other factors such as obesity. Although still controversial at this point, genetic modified organisms or GMO’s, which are becoming a greater part of conventionally grown foods, have been linked to some forms of cancer. Microbes and infectious agents such as certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi have also been associated with increasing risk of cancer development. Many have noted that their cancer developed after a time of great stress, whether the loss of a loved one or going through a traumatic event such as a divorce. It is believed that a weakened immune system may play a vital role in cancer formation.
What are the symptoms of cancer?
Cancer symptoms can vary greatly, depending on what part of the body is involved, and can often resemble those of other diseases. They can include:
- A lump or area of thickening under the skin
- A sore that won’t heal, a change in an existing mole, or yellowing, darkening or redness of the skin
- Changes in bowel or bladder habits
- Persistent cough or trouble breathing
- Difficulty swallowing or chronic hoarseness
- Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
- Unexplained weight loss
How they treat it
While progress in understanding and treating cancer has been made on a number of fronts in recent years, much of the mainstream medical community continues to rely on the three standard treatment options of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The first two, which can also harm noncancerous cells, come with many well-known side effects, including severe nausea, hair loss and disabling fatigue. Surgery can also have serious and permanent effects, for example, the removal of a woman’s breast, which may not be necessary in many cases, or incontinence in the case of surgical procedures for prostate cancer.
How we treat it
The Magaziner Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program combines conventional, complementary and functional therapies individualized to the needs of each patient. We place great emphasis on an extremely thorough series of lab tests to evaluate the cells of the immune system, inflammatory markers, antioxidant defenses, nutritional status, and overall toxic burden. Most of our patients have already been through the rigors of conventional treatments but have either experienced adverse side effects or unsatisfactory outcomes or both.
Our whole-body approach to cancer includes a variety of therapies, such as nutrition and lifestyle counseling, dietary modifications, supplementation, intravenous vitamin C and other substances, oxidative therapies, immunotherapy, detoxification, lifestyle modifications and exercise therapy, spirituality and mind-body techniques, including stress management and meditation, all with the goal of strengthening the immune system and restoring normal cellular function.
Our treatments are also focused on reducing inflammation, enhancing cellular immune response, improving mitochondrial function, reducing risks of blood clots and inactivating cancer stem cells or cancer initiating cells, that are likely to cause recurrences and metastasis of the disease and are often far more harmful than the actual tumor cells. We strive to change the microenvironment and behavior of the cancer cells by reducing the fuel for these cells and, at the same time, leaving healthy cells alone.
The types of cancers that we’ve developed treatment protocols for include breast, colon, lung, bladder, endometrial, prostate, esophageal, pancreatic, thyroid, head and neck tumors, as well as leukemia, melanoma, multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
We stress that each patient is treated individually since no two people are the same, and no two cancers are exactly the same, in spite of perhaps the same diagnosis. We all have different metabolism, biochemistry, genetics and triggers for our disease so we recommend a customized and personalized approach for each patient. Once we evaluate you, we are better able to provide a plan to promote healing and a favorable outcome.Learn more about IV TherapiesLearn more about Hyperbaric TreatmentLearn more about Nutritional TherapiesLearn more about Medical Cannabis