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I Have Cancer: What Should I Do?: Your Orthomolecular Guide for Cancer Management

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Explains how cancer patients can benefit from a combinatino of conventional and orthomolecluar therapy.

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Chapter 1: Not a Death Sentence

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“It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
—EPICTETUS (CA. 55–CA. 135)

For most people, the idea that they have cancer is truly frightening. The reason for this fright is that many people still die of cancer in spite of receiving the most advanced medical treatment in the most renowned medical centers. Often, those who are lucky survivors suffer the harsh physical, mental, and emotional consequences of the medical treatment of cancer. I (Jorge) recall the feeling of confusion we had when trying to decide on a course of action when a breast cancer diagnosis was confirmed for my wife. If medical education is uniform and the standard of care is so well-established, how can we have such a wide range of opinions, even among specialists?

What about all the people who shared information with me about how a family member or friend saved their lives by recommending a certain diet, vitamin, or a herbal remedy? How can so many people have so many different successful remedies? Are these myths? Could those remedies also cause harm?

 

Chapter 2: Knowing the Enemy

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
—ANONYMOUS

Cancer may be humanity’s most feared disease. It is certainly one of the most complex. If there were a sure cure for cancer, you would have heard about it already, and this book would be two pages long. But cancer persists, even with all the efforts of science and the expenditure of billions of research dollars over decades. Even experts do not agree. No wonder persons with cancer are so often confused, and so often scared.

Your body contains trillions of cells. Within each cell, there is a central part known as the nucleus, wherein lies the key to life itself—an immensely long, twisted ladder–shaped molecule of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). DNA contains the instructions (genes) that each cell needs to make its vital proteins as well as to replicate itself. Abnormal changes in a cell’s DNA are called mutations. These mutations can be lethal and the cell will die, or it may continue to divide uncontrolled into a mass called a tumor.

 

Chapter 3: Food as Cancer Medicine

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“Let food be your medicine and the medicine be your food.”
—HIPPOCRATES

The human body is certainly complex, but what it asks of us is very simple. An automobile is made up of about 14,000 parts and is also complex. Remarkably, all you do is turn the key and it starts. With your body, the ignition key is eating right. Good nutrition is good preventive maintenance, and more.

Unlike a car, your body is self-repairing. Even the medical profession admits that most illnesses go away when doctors do nothing at all. We respect physicians who are reluctant to interfere with the normal healing process. Believe it or not, during the nineteenth century there was a movement among some American doctors to see patients and give them pills containing no medicine. These doctors were very popular because fewer of their patients died! If good bedside manner and a placebo (a drugless sugar tablet) gets a cure, that’s good. To do something harmless and be helpful is good medicine. Eating right is better still.

 

Chapter 4: Biochemical Optimization for Cancer Patients

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“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as being self evident.”
—ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (1788–1860)

When dealing with cancer or any chronic disease, there is no substitute for proper eating. Eating healthy is critical for improving your health at any age. While staying active is also important, eating the wrong kind or wrong quantity of food will compromise your health. For example, if you have joint pain due to osteoarthritis, there is going to be inflammation and some level of cartilage degeneration. Foods that contain considerable amounts of arachidonic acid, such as dairy and eggs, will promote inflammation, thus increasing pain and promoting mobility problems.

Dietary changes tend to work slowly and do not always achieve the desired level of improvement. Supplementation is the next step to bringing further benefits. In some cases, dietary supplements can achieve benefits that cannot be obtained by other means, even by medications. For example, the only way to halt cartilage deterioration in patients with arthritis (as demonstrated by several prospective, randomized trials) is using a supplement called glucosamine sulfate.1

 

Chapter 5: Energy for Cancer Patients

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“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
—ANONYMOUS

All physiological and chemical processes in the body need energy. Each cell produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a form of short-term stored energy made from carbohydrates, in the mitochondria. The initial step in the process of producing energy from sugar is called glycolysis. Glycolysis does not require oxygen (anaerobic) and produces a small amount of energy. This is the most simple way of producing cellular energy. Rapidly growing malignant cells typically have glycolytic rates up to 200 times higher than normal tissues. This phenomenon was described in 1930 by Otto Warburg, who claimed that cancer was primarily caused by a dysfunction in mitochondrial metabolism, which disrupts normal gene expression leading to uncontrolled growth.1

The Krebs cycle (or citric acid cycle) is a series of enzymatic reactions that use oxygen for cellular respiration. It produces more energy per glucose molecule and occurs within the mitochondria (the “battery” of the cell). The Krebs cycle creates energy that is transferable to all systems in the body, but it is limited by the quantity of minerals, enzymes, and other reactants. The same is true for the third energy-producing process called oxidative phosphorylation, which releases energy by moving electrons from donors to acceptors, such as oxygen, in so-called reduction/oxidation (redox) reactions.

 

Chapter 6: Rejuvenation for Cancer Patients

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“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything.”
—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856–1950)

In your one human lifetime, your eyes will blink 450 million times, you will breathe 650 million times, you will grow 1,000 layers of skin, your nails will grow 7 feet, you will lose 70 miles of hair from your head, and your heart will beat 2.5 billion times! If you rub your forearm briskly just for a few seconds, 300,000 skin cells will come off of it. By age seventy, you will shed 105 pounds of skin. If the total internal surface area of your stomach and intestinal tract were flattened out, it would be half the size of a regulation basketball court. There are seventy-two feet of nerves and nine feet of blood vessels for every square inch of your skin.

There are tens of trillions of cells in your body. Every single one of them is made from the nutrients you eat and drink. Not one cell in your body is made from a drug. If there were ever an argument for using abundant nutrients to rejuvenate an ailing body, this may be it.

 

Chapter 7: Patient Success Stories

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“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the one doing it.”
—CHINESE PROVERB

Fresh out of college, I (Andrew) lived up in the hills of Vermont. My elderly friend Maurice, an octogenarian of French-Canadian extraction, and I were talking one day. I was twenty-something, with two toddlers. I said to him, very facetiously, “Maurice, I’m getting old.” He thought about that for a spell, giving it far more consideration than it was worth. Presently the old gentleman answered, with a childish grin: “Keep right on!”

I took that to mean that if you keep right on getting older, you are still here. I mean, consider the alternative! Remember the teaching of one of history’s great yogis (Yogi Berra): “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

While there is life, there is much more than hope alone. Namely:

• A condition may be serious, and generally considered fatal by expert medical opinion; well, expert opinion has been wrong before this. Dewey did not defeat Truman.

• Health practitioners often hide from patients when they think nothing more can be done. Too bad, because many patients work harder when their back is against the wall. Harness that will to live and go for it. Death is to be denied, fought, and beaten for as long as possible. There is too much talk about “preparing for death,” “putting affairs in order,” and “accepting death as a fact of life.” You can if you want, but I will never negotiate with death. Death is described as the “last enemy” in the Bible. We’re all going to go, but we certainly don’t have to go quietly. Life may be fatal to everyone, but it doesn’t have to be today and it doesn’t have to be you. Don’t wait until you hear the rattle of death; duck and run for it now. Is this an attitude of “denying” death? Not really. When I was in Africa, we did not deny the existence of cobras or lions when we avoided them. Keep fighting, and don’t worry about hurting death’s feelings by doing it.

 

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