There’s an old saying that the path to truth lies in asking the right questions, not in blindly accepting answers promoted by others.
I have always believed in this “seek and ye shall find” approach, which conversely means that if I don’t have the answers, I simply haven’t been asking the right questions.
Also, I have always had faith in the promise that there are answers to any problem. We only have to get honest and persistent enough with the questions.
The notion that some things can’t be understood and that we should stop searching for certain truths, seems to be a disturbing norm, which blinds much of humanity. This is the problem I encounter when approaching the whole issue of cancer, and the potential of a cure.
Most people do not seem to want to ask the right questions that must be asked and resolved if we want to cure cancer.
Top 15 Cancer Cure Q & A’s
Question #1: What is cancer?
Answer: Cancer is an overgrowth of cells that have lost the normal “brakes” on cell division and reproduction. Using an ecological analogy, cancer is like being overrun by a species of rodents or insects not kept in check by their usual predators.
Question #2: If that analogy is accurate, then some pests, insects or rodents are normal. Do cancer cells exist normally in the body?
Answer: Yes. Many cancer cells come into existence in all people’s bodies, every second of their entire lives. Some estimates have suggested that on average, 1000 cancer cells per second are formed in our body, but no one knows for sure.
Question #3: Then why doesn’t everyone get cancer?
Answer: Actually everyone has cancer, and the process of dividing humanity into those who “have cancer” and those who are “cancer free” is not only scientifically inaccurate, it isolates those who have a lot of cancer and harms them emotionally.
Normally your immune system identifies cancer cells as abnormal and kills them. When the normal checks and balances exist in an ecosystem, pests don’t overrun us.
Question #4: So, is cancer caused by abnormal cells forming faster than a normal immune system can destroy them, or by an impaired immune system that cannot keep up with destroying cancer cells that form at a normal rate?
Answer: Probably both.
Question #5: What causes cancer cells to form at such a high rate that it is hard for a normal immune system to destroy them?
Answer: Toxins from the environment (pollution and heavy metals for example) and from inside the body (e.g.: parasites, unhealthy bacteria, viruses, and yeast) damage cells, especially the part of the DNA which tells the cell to stop dividing.
Nutritional deficiencies also directly damage cell physiology and prevent repair. Antioxidants assist in removing toxins that damage cells. There are also genetic vulnerabilities (oncogenes) to toxin injury and/or nutritional deficiency.
Question #6: What causes the immune system to be damaged, or preoccupied, so it cannot keep up with clearing cancer cells which are being created at a normal rate?
Answer: See Answer #5. The immune system is composed of cells which can be damaged and impaired by toxins and nutritional deficiencies!
Moreover, stress (“fight or flight”) increases metabolism and the generation of metabolic waste products, thus adding to the toxin load of the immune system. Stress causes the body to use up nutrients faster, potentially worsening deficiencies associated with cancer risk.
Question #7: Can the immune system be relieved of its other duties so it can spend more time killing cancer cells?
Answer: Yes. From 60 to 80% of the immune system is in or around the gut, or gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, liver), where it does its normal housekeeping chores of containing the potential toxins and toxic organisms, which occupy the gut.
Relieving the burden of the gut on the immune system, by replenishing digestive enzymes, healthy flora and lessening food allergy (leaky gut) frees the immune system up to attend to other issues, such as attacking cancer cells. This is why most cancer treatments based on authentic healing practices concentrate on gut healing.
Question #8: More specifically, how is the burden of the gut relieved so the immune system becomes unencumbered?
Answer: By using the Five R’s.
1) Remove the unhealthy organisms.
2) Reinnoculate the healthy flora.
3) Repair the lining of the gut.
4) Restore the detoxification system.
5) Replenishing digestive enzymes.
Question #9: If the immune system is not relieved of its burden, is it still possible to cure cancer?
Answer: Yes. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which potentially kills cancer cells, may damage the cancer more than the immune system, so that the relative balance of power shifts to the immune system.
If the cancer is isolated to one part of the body, surgery can remove it completely.
Question #10: If chemotherapy or radiotherapy does not eliminate the cancer, why does its effectiveness lessen over time?
Answer: Using the ecological analogy, insecticides may rapidly kill an overgrowth of insects that are destroying crops, but if it also injures the insect’s natural predators, such as birds, the use of insecticides may be self-defeating. Many types of radiotherapy and chemotherapy eventually damage the immune system enough so that one loses the ability to kill cancer cells.
Even if a cancer is “cured” by chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or surgery, the immune system STILL needs to be strenghtened, because the vulnerability which led to the initial overgrowth of cancer cells can eventually lead to the formation of a new cancer.
Some of the newer chemotherapy agents, both nutritional and pharmacological, enhance the ability of the immune system to attack cancer cells. These are less likely to lose their effectiveness over time.
Question #11: Why do chemotherapy and radiotherapy sometimes not work?
Answer: The treatment damages the immune system too much, or it does not damage the cancer cells enough, so the balance of power doesn’t shift sufficiently to the immune system.
Question #12: Why does surgery sometimes not work?
Answer: Not enough of the cancer cells were removed, such that those remaining are still multiplying at a rate greater than the immune system’s ability to kill them.
Question #13: If chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery is done, how important is it to improve the health of my immune system?
Answer: Incredibly important.
One difficulty is trying to decide whether the risk of injuring the immune system with such treatments is worth the potential greater harm that can be done to the cancer.
The argument is put forth, that by improving the ability of cells to repel the injury of toxins, some nutrients, such as antioxidants, can potentially undo some of the toxic effects of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the cancer. More research needs to be done on this point, but almost of the research done so far strongly suggests that nutritional and detoxification therapies, when applied at the same time as the chemo- or radiotherapy, improve outcomes.
Question #14: If we work towards improving our immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells, how do I prepare myself?
Answer: You will need three things.
First, you need financial resources, because the procedures and supplements involved in such treatments are often not covered by insurance.
Second, You will need a belief system that it is possible to win the “war,” because your immune system “knows” if you are pessimistic or optimistic. It will respond more aggressively if you believe in your own innate ability to heal.
Third, you must have the perseverance and willingness to fight back, so that you have the energy to carry you through any difficult battles which may lie ahead. Many people with “cancer” have given up because they are told that there is nothing else that can be done and they are sent home to die. This is yet another form of violence we commit on patients with “cancer.”
Question #15: Is there a single cure for cancer?
Answer: Probably not. At least not in the sense of a “magic bullet” treatment that will work for everyone.
Even if such discoveries are made, most of the job of removing cancer cells will still rest on your immune system. Even the most dramatic medical cures — such as the treatment of infectious disease with antibiotics — only shift the balance of power a few percentage points in favor of the immune system. That’s just enough to allow it to kill the germs faster than they can reproduce.
The cure ultimately lies within us, to be found in enhancing the immune system’s innate ability to attack cancerous cells.
Charles Gant, MD, PhD, served as medical director at Tully Hill Hospital, where he achieved a remarkable 83 percent success rate in ending patients' addictions. Dr. Gant has a private practice in Washington, DC, and is author of End Your Addiction Now (Square One Publishers, 2010). Learn more about him at www.CEGant.com.