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When we hear that terrifying word ‘cancer’, we understand how fragile we are and how much we are affected by everything around us, from stresses or feeling lonely to our bad habits and environmental toxins. Though cancer is not a death sentence, and according to the information by American Caner Society, over 12 million people in today’s United States have survived this terrible disease, every day cancer takes lives of 15 hundred American people, making it second most deadly diseases in the country (it is estimated that heart disease is currently the leading cause of death). Every year, between 1,4 and 1,7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, with breast cancer being the most common in women, and prostate cancer being the most common in men.
There is a variety of treatments and therapies which can be offered to those with cancer. Chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, drug therapy, stem cell transplants, or surgery are among the most effective treatments, according to Mayo Clinic experts. However, more and more specialists are speaking about amazing effects of healthy nutrition and exercise, not just for cancer prevention, but for early stage cancer treatment and remission period as well. Currently, a great deal of studies and clinical trials are being conducted in order to prove anti-cancer effects of natural superfoods or find new anti-cancer foods or natural solutions to support those who are suffering from this disease. Using natural superfoods like garlic, curry, ginger, etc. helped many patients with cancer, including those who could not use the above cancer treatments by some reasons.
Many cancer patients experienced that eating a healthy diet rich in organic fruits, veggies, berries, and freshly squeezed juices can help them feel better, improve their condition and stay positive, ready for fighting the disease. “The doctors absolutely will not say that the diet is going to do anything to help the cancer in any way, other than to say a healthy diet is going to help in the fight against any disease,” said Vicky Sewart, a shop owner from Plymouth, Devon, who managed to fight breast cancer diagnosed in her in 2008. Instead of using medications or chemotherapy, Vicky decided to use a healthy diet as an effective cancer prevention and treatment approach. She spent months researching and learning new information about the foods which might have helped others to fight this condition. She started a no-meat, no-fish and no dairy product diet, using only organic natural superfoods to speed up her recovery.
Moderate exercise and plenty of cardio became another element of Vicky’s personal cancer recovery program. She refers to the studies which have proven the effectiveness of physical activities for breast cancer prevention and treatment. She also underlines that the mentioned strategy that worked out great for her has one very important advantage: it is not linked to any serious side effect, in contrast to using medications, chemotherapy, surgery, or other common cancer treatments. “It was the worry of the drugs and the side effects, I didn’t want to have to worry about it, I wanted to be free,” Vicky said. By using organic anti-cancer food diet and moderate exercise, Vicky has managed to enter her five-year period of remission and gladly shares her experience with those breast cancer sufferers who want to try the method of natural cancer treatment that worked out great for her.
After studying this case and analyzing possible effects of using natural treatments for breast cancer. Dr Steve Kelly, an oncology expert at Derriford Hospital, who has been working for very long time with breast cancer patients, is convinced that using natural superfoods with proven anti-cancer properties for breast cancer prevention and treatment can bring to excellent results. He says that natural breast cancer treatment should have three essential elements. “The first is to exercise for thirty minutes three days a week, the second is to not gain any weight and the third is to reduce fat intake. These things help to reduce the chance of cancer coming back. For this patient, four years on now, it is still early days,” Kelly said. It is also recommended to support natural anti-cancer therapy with a true belief in its success, which must also be considered an essential part of cancer treatment and post-cancer remission period.
Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.