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The therapies presented on this page are both allopathic (conventional) and complementary. Although they have been divided into three sections, most have properties that overlap. This information is not designed to promote one therapy above another. YOU and your health team will determine, at each stage of your journey, which therapies are your best choices.

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PHYSICAL

Acupuncture
Chelation Therapy
Chemotherapy
Chinese Medicine
Colon Hydrotherapy
Massage
Naturopathy
Nutrition
Proton Therapy
Radiation Therapy

MENTAL

Art Therapy
Counselling
Hypnotherapy
Visualization

SPIRITUAL

Meditation
Reiki
Rife Technology
Spiritual Counselling
Tai Chi
Yoga

PHYSICAL

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of points along channels (called meridians) running throughout the body. These points can be treated by inserting very fine needles, heating with herbs in a treatment called moxibustion, by laser, massage, or applying small beads or magnets. The traditional concept of balancing the vital energy or chi may be translated as sending traffic up specific nerves into the brain and spinal cord control centres to adjust various bodily functions and internal biochemicals. Acupuncture can relieve pain, promote relaxation, and rebalance the entire organism. It reminds the various parts to reconnect and work together for the common good, thus being vitally important in a disease such as cancer, which is about loss of control.

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Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is the removal of toxic minerals by binding to an amino acid called
EDTA–ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid. EDTA is slowly administered to a patient intravenously over a few hours, as prescribed by and under the supervision of a licensed physician. The EDTA infusion bonds with metals in the body and quickly carries them away in the urine. Excess nutritional metals, such as iron, along with toxic heavy metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium and aluminum are easily removed by EDTA chelation therapy. Research has shown that chelation therapy can act as a preventive against cancer and many chronic diseases, as heavy metals poison self-repair mechanisms in our bodies.
Mercury may be removed by chelation with DMSA—meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid which has sulphydryl groups to bind this very toxic heavy metal. DMSA safely removes mercury from the brain.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a combination of the words "chemical" and "therapy" and means the use of drugs to treat cancer. Chemotherapy may be given by injection or taken orally. It is often used along with radiation, hormonal treatment, or surgery.

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Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of understanding the causes and remedies of all illness based on internal balance and harmony with the rhythms of nature. Practitioners commonly use pulse and tongue assessment along with a medical history and other examinations to determine the cause and type of imbalance. An experienced TCM practitioner will always be able to discern a strategy to improve balance and health, and will apply ancient clinical wisdom. Dietetics, exercises such as tai chi (movement) and qi gong (breathing), massage, acupuncture, and complex herbal formulations are prescribed.

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Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is used to cleanse the colon, thereby increasing the possibility of attaining optimal health. It involves gently filling the colon with warm filtered water though a speculum (a small sterile tube). When the water is flushed out, it carries with it any material that has built up in the intestines, including waste material, toxins and trapped gases. These can interfere with digestion and also with general well being, due to these toxins being released into the bloodstream. A build up of toxins in the body can be a contributing factor in the development of cancer.

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Massage

Touch is soothing and comforting. Research indicates that massage can reduce anxiety and depression and re-energize recipients. The "laying on of hands" has long been accepted by many cultures as a powerful means of healing. Massage therapy, aromatherapy, acupressure, and reflexology are ancient therapies that can help improve health, enhance the immune system, reduce pain, relieve stress, and promote relaxation. Therapeutic massage is the scientific manipulation of soft tissues of the body.

**** Massaging at the site of a tumour is contraindicated, but people with cancer should not fear that massage in general is contraindicated. In fact, studies have been done which support the use of massage therapy in helping to ease many of the symptoms of cancer.

Naturopathy

Naturopathic doctors are generalists in alternative medicine, primary care providers of options to drugs and surgery. Naturopathic physicians combine the traditional healing arts of homeopathy and hydrotherapy with medical nutrition, botanical medicine, and physical therapies. Naturopaths are eclectic integrators of holistic therapies for the mind, body, and spirit. Modern laboratory tests and intravenous therapies may be combined with ancient systems of diagnosis and healing.

Fundamental principles:

  • First, do no harm
  • Vis medicatrix naturae — use the healing power of nature
  • Find the cause — treat the fundamental causes, not just the symptoms
  • Wholism — treat the whole person with individualized care
  • Doctor as teacher — address lifestyle issues and practice prevention

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Nutrition

Good nutrition naturally supports healing and is at the core of cancer therapy and prevention. Being well-nourished helps you cope better with your disease and treatment. Nutrition counsellors can work with clients to help them make individual nourishment plans. They can guide toward healthful food choices and also impart their knowledge about cancer-fighting foods.

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Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a new radiation treatment, with minimal discomfort or side effects. It uses a powerful beam of energy particles capable of irreversibly destroying the DNA of cancer tumours, without damaging healthy cells.

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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the use of photon and proton beams of energy particles to destroy the DNA of cancer cells. It may or may not cause damage to healthy cells. It is sometimes referred to as irradiation, radiotherapy, or teletherapy.

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MENTAL

Art Therapy

Art and music therapy are used to help people express feelings that are sometimes beyond words. In art therapy, thoughts and feelings may be expressed through the making of images, to promote self-healing, self-discovery, and insight.

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Counselling

The diagnosis of cancer can change your life. When confronted by serious illness it is important to be able to talk about things that are important to us, our lives, and those we are close to. Thoughts and questions will naturally arise relating to the illness, its treatment, the effects of both illness and treatment on everyday life and relationships, the changes that will need to be absorbed, and possible short- and long-term outcomes. Counselling can help you adjust to the changes.

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can enhance quality of life through the control of the pain and fatigue of the cancer itself, and the physical effects of the associated treatments. Patients can be assisted through their medical procedures and operations. Hypnotherapy can also make psychotherapy more effective, to help individuals make the uniquely personal adjustments they face. Self-hypnosis allows patients to actively contribute to their treatment. Finally, hypnosis and self-hypnosis may be employed to stimulate healing through spiritual means.

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Visualization

Visualization techniques use the power of the mind to activate the immune response against cancer.

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SPIRITUAL

Meditation

Meditation is the practice of quiet contemplation and mindfulness. It has been used in all religions, but can also be used as a secular tool for increased self-awareness and healing through inner peace.

Reiki

Reiki connects us to Universal Life Energy. A session involves gentle laying on of hands to a fully-clothed body, to remove blocks at physical, mental, and spiritual levels. Deep relaxation helps the immune system and gives peace and comfort to those under stress from cancer and its medical treatment.

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Rife Technology

Rife Technology (energetic medicine) derives its reference from the pioneering research conducted by Royal Raymond Rife in Southern California in the 1940's. This technology acknowledges that everything in our universe is dependent upon specific frequencies and capitalizes on sympathetic vibration/frequency. Much like an opera singer can sing at a certain pitch and make a crystal tumbler shatter, Rife Technology works on the principle of bombarding viruses, bacteria etc. with their own frequency such that they basically explode. Modern day equipment based on Rife's research utilizes a computer driven audio and plasma light frequency generator to illuminate an argon/neon light tube capable of complex wave forms with their accompanying harmonics. 100+ programs are now available to combat all manner of "dis-ease" in the body, including cancer, and ongoing research into energetic medicine has witnessed encouraging results.

Spiritual Counselling

Spiritual counselling is available to help you to better understand the "big picture" perspective of how and why life unfolds as it does.

As "souled beings" we are the creators of all our circumstances, and our beliefs — both conscious and unconscious — determine our experiences. We can recognize what we believe by noticing the experiences in which we find ourselves.

Everything we see and feel is a reflection of the state of our own consciousness. Every person we attract into our lives is showing us something we can learn from. Every feeling expressed by another mirrors a feeling deep within us. This reflection is a gift, for it allows us to be aware of the beliefs we hold. We then have the choice to reclaim the power we have vested in our beliefs.

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Tai Chi

Tai chi is an Oriental system of exercise using very gentle, flowing movements to stretch and tone the body, and at the same time create a state of relaxation and poise.

Yoga

The "meaning" of yoga is "union" — the bringing together of the various polarities within, in order to reach a state of balance. In Hatha yoga, attention is balanced between the body and the mind. Yoga is not a religion, but is a human science that takes into consideration bodily pains and disease. Yoga helps us to quiet the mind and redirect it, and to centre ourselves. Regular practice can result in the maintenance and restoration of health and well-being.

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