Fighting cancer is one of the toughest things you will ever do. You need every weapon available to help you defeat it.
Why should I consider complementary care for cancer?
Cancer rates are on the rise. Today, one in three people will get cancer in their lifetimes. This is a huge increase from the past. At the turn of the century, only one in twenty people faced cancer. It has become more common than ever.
Because it effects so many people, cancer has become big business in the United States. Americans spend over $300 billion dollars on cancer every year. Despite advancements in mainstream medical technology, no cure for cancer exists. Billions of dollars are spent every year on cancer. Meanwhile cancer rates rise and rise. Why is this the case?
A big problem is the way drug companies work. There are only three major companies that make chemotherapy drugs. These are Novartis, Amgen, and Roche. Together, these companies control over 60% of the cancer drug market. Because they have so much power, they set the prices for cancer drugs. They make huge profits from the expensive medicines. Patients are presented with few options for their cancer treatment.
The health care industry is based on corporate interests.
This leads to another problem. Insurance companies try to limit how much their customers’ treatment costs. This is called “expense control.” Expense control limits cancer patients’ options based on profit margins. Patients are herded through the medical system with few choices for their care.
Doctors’ options are as limited as their patients’. Insurance companies and drug manufacturers lay out a protocol these doctors must follow. This is called the “standard of care.” This means doctors must stick to narrow guidelines instead of doing what is best for a patient.
Another problem with the cancer care industry is how oncologists earn their money. In most states, cancer patients do not buy chemotherapy drugs from their pharmacy. Instead, they get the drugs from their oncologists. These doctors buy them wholesale from drug companies. The drug prices are marked up significantly by the doctors themselves. Then, the patient and insurance company are billed.
The doctors who treat cancer profit from patients’ illnesses by raising drug prices. This situation is unique within the medical profession. Oncologists prescribe drugs that will earn them a profit. These doctors make money by offering certain drugs. This makes them more likely to use those than other available treatments. In any other profession, this would be a clear conflict of interest.
What are my options?
Complementary care treats cancer in a way that works alongside conventional treatments. It opens a full range of options that are not available in the mainstream health care system.
Complementary care treatments like acupuncture were once seen as exotic. Today, acupuncture is regularly recommended by mainstream physicians. They do not perform these therapies even though they know that they work and recommend them. The reason is the limitation of doctors’ options in their patients’ treatment.
Mainstream medicine agrees that complementary care can help cancer patients. Symptoms such as digestive disorders and insomnia can be lessened. Many non-drug therapies can improve your quality of life. But, conventional doctors do not believe these therapies can cure cancer. Is it possible that complementary care can cure cancer?
This is where a holistic approach to health comes in. The whole body is effected by cancer, and the whole body fights it. Complementary care can improve your general wellness. This means your body will be stronger and ready to heal. Holistic medicine, enzyme therapy, and Oriental medicine have all proven to improve patient outcomes when used alongside conventional drug therapy.
There are no new physiological processes at work in the body when cancer is present. All dysfunction in the body is stress. It can be nutritional, structural, or even emotional. Developing cancer can be as simple as not being able to digest protein adequately. The key is to identify sources of stress on our bodies, especially in seeking a cancer cure.
Cancer sometimes has links to our genes.
But just as often, it comes from the processes in our body. In this way, it is more a metabolic disease than a genetic one. The body’s systems may be running too fast. They may be too slow or out of sync with each another. First, holistic physicians identify major problem areas. Then, they can be treated through complementary care.
One way of doing this is to balance the body’s functions. This is a common practice in proven complementary care therapies like acupuncture. There are other options, like Chinese herbology. For example, Reishi mushrooms are loaded with healing properties. They can be consumed in the form of teas, pills, and soups. The public has only recently become aware of their healing power. Studies have shown Reishi mushrooms support both liver health and lung function.
There is a whole world of options available with complementary care.
Science has proven they work. But, conventional doctors do not use them. They do not fit into the standardized treatment protocols. Holistic physicians are not as limited in what they can do. They can treat each patient with whatever therapies are needed.
Treatments change on a case by case basis, because cancer is as different as people are. It is this individual approach that makes complementary care so effective. Holistic doctors see each patient as a unique case. This means the treatment for the patient is as targeted to their needs as possible.
When faced with cancer, it is important keep a level head. You need to keep your mind open as you consider your options. Western medicine and its technology has much to offer. But, keep in mind that there is an entire world of medicine beyond our borders. Adding complementary care to your treatment can improve your chances of survival. There are practitioners in the United States of over a dozen schools of medicine. Complementary care considers all available options.
Many holistic physicians have backgrounds in western medicine.
They can work well with your primary provider and treatment plan. It’s an easy resource which should be considered. Beating cancer is one of the toughest things you will ever do. You need every weapon available to help you defeat it. Complementary cancer care brings together the best of all options to help you in your cancer battle.