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Our body is made up of millions of cells. From these cells we produce tissues, organs, and ultimately our entire organism. Inside each cell is genetic material called DNA. When we are healthy and our immune response is working properly, our cells divide at a regular rate to grow new and repair damaged or dying cells. If the rate of cell division is accelerated, and our immune response is not working properly, we make unneeded new cells. These cells become a mass of tissue, termed a tumor. The tumor can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Malignant tumors are serious because they can grow uncontrollably and interfere with the normal functions of the body. Some of them have the potential to metastasize, causing the abnormal growth of cells in other parts of the body.
With conventional medicine, most cancers are potentially curable if detected at an early stage. Self-examinations and early diagnostic testing are strongly encouraged. Over 100 types of cancer have been identified in medicine. Depending on the type of cancer, conventional medical treatments include surgery, radiotherapy (radiation), chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, hyperthermia and cryotherapy. There are, however, potential adverse side effects from such therapies such as nausea/vomiting, cyptopenia (anemia), and gastro-intestinal distress.
Many factors have been cited in the research as cancer causing or promote the risk of cancer. Some of the factors are genetic (inherited from our parents), behavioral (e.g., smoking, diet, exposure to extreme amounts of sunlight), and environmental (e.g., exposure to harsh chemicals). Exhaustive lists of possible reasons for cancer formation exist in the medical literature.
Preventers for cancer exist. Some ways to prevent cancer are to make lifestyle changes, which include, but are not limited to, consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables, not engaging in unprotected intercourse, not sharing needles, and not smoking. It is far better to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer than to deal with cancer after it has developed. If our immune system is functioning properly, our bodies can destroy abnormal cells and maintain the body in a healthy balance. Many alternative therapies are used to boost the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Personally, I have witnessed many miraculous testimonies regarding cancer.
I do not advocate living in fear of the disease, but that you become well informed. If you have a history of cancer, or have been diagnosed with cancer, I strongly urge you to get more information. Create a team of knowledgeable health care professionals who will work diligently to help your body fight this disease. I would also encourage you to do some of your own research. The world is open to you for knowledge. There may be a therapy used in another part of the country/world that aligns more with your health principles. If you have already been diagnosed with cancer, numerous alternative therapies exist to assist your body coming back to a healthy balance.
Wishing you much health and happiness,
Dr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She employs alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from the West Valley!
Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It does not describe all available treatments. The information presented should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Neither Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC, nor Dr. M. Pringle, assume liability for anyone using information on this site. By using this site, you agree not to rely solely on any of the information for medical treatment. We strongly encourage you to see a licensed physician, such as Dr. M. Pringle or another of your choosing, and adhere to the physician’s recommended protocol first and foremost.