This Cancer Treatment Side Effect
Can Last for Years — and Make
Your Life a “Living Hell”
April 21st, 2013 by Holly Cornish
You’ll want to think twice about
conventional treatments after you read this
Many people have been handed a life of “living hell” as a side effect of traditional cancer treatments” yet hardly a doctor warns of the dangers. What’s more, the side effect doesn’t go away once the treatment is over. You may suffer with it for the rest of your life.
One more reason to avoid conventional treatments. . .but what if it’s too late for you and you’re already afflicted with this nightmare? Conventional doctors will tell you there’s nothing they can do. As often happens, they’re wrong. We’ve got some tips to help you manage this painful result of mainstream cancer medicine…
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You Will Probably Live To 100 Years
Whether You Want To Or Not
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The fact is that at 65 years you are barely half-way through even today’s lifespan. Some people alive now will reach 200 years of age and still be in good shape. You may have no choice.
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Lymphedema is an abnormal fluid build-up that causes swelling, mostly in the arms and legs. It develops when lymph nodes are removed, impaired, or damaged, as often happens when a breast cancer patient has a mastectomy or lumpectomy. But it can also be a result of radiation treatment.
Any time the normal drainage pattern is disrupted, the swelling called lymphedema may occur.
Lymphedema is a common complication of conventional cancer treatments. If you’ve had ovarian or cervical cancer, prostate, testicular, bladder or colon cancer — and if you’ve undergone conventional treatments — lymphedema would affect your legs and feet instead of your arms as happens with breast cancer.
Tamoxifen, a cancer drug, is another common cause of lower extremity lymphedema and blood clots.
And yet your doctor may never warn you about this complication.
Some people develop lymphedema immediately following these treatments… others do so months or years later. The degree of swelling varies. Some people experience extreme swelling, with the affected arm or leg ballooning to several inches larger than the other arm or leg.
How bad is it? Many patients complain that dealing with lymphedema has taken over their entire life.
Besides the damage to your looks and the painful side effects such as lost range of motion, tightness, and difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area… lymphedema also increases your risk of serious infection, which can become a life-threatening emergency if it spreads throughout your lymphatic or circulatory systems and reaches vital organs.
Mainstream medicine’s ‘non-treatment’
While the best lymphedema prevention in my view is to avoid cut/burn/poison interventions in the first place, I also recognize that many people do them first and then learn later how damaging they can be.
After all, we’re all learning as we go. Most people submit to conventional treatments just as their doctor tells them, and turn to alternative treatments only when the first way fails.
Although mainstream medicine is the main source of the problem of lymphedema, mainstream medicine leaves you high and dry when it comes to solutions to the problem.
For example, the Cleveland Clinic and others take the rather pessimistic view that there’s not much they can do. They consider lymphedema a chronic disease that usually requires lifelong management.1
They suggest conservative treatments (catch the irony here?) such as bandaging, compression garments, and exercises.
Surgery has been tried as a lymphedema treatment, but it usually doesn’t work and often makes the condition worse.
Doctors may also refer patients to a physical or occupational therapist who specializes in lymphedema. They will work with you to create a treatment plan that may include:
- Specific exercises or a complete exercise program
- Manual lymphatic drainage therapy (a gentle form of massage)
- Mechanical pumping devices as needed
Very important… Be sure the therapist you see has specific training and experience with lymphedema cases.
An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure
If it’s not too late, consider skipping conventional treatment plans with their almost certain negative side effects… Or at least give extremely careful consideration to some of the alternative protocols available — such as the Budwig Protocol, and Dr. Max Gerson’s.
If you have late-stage cancer, conventional treatments are just about sure losers and definitely not worth trying. If your cancer is early-stage, it’s a tougher call. Me? I’d go with alternatives. (I don’t like to keep reminding these unfortunate late-stage patients that their chances are so slim, but that’s what this newsletter is all about. You need to start doing alternatives — pronto — and stop listening to the mainstream nonsense. The only way to say it is to say it, so I’m not going to mince words here. I’m sorry if it comes across as harsh.)
But what’s your next step if you’ve already done the surgery, undergone radiation or chemo… and now suffer from lymphedema?
Hope and help from natural medicine
Counter to hand wringing from the conventional camp, there are some measures you can implement that may help control or even cure your lymphedema.
- Detoxify. As much as possible, detoxify your system to create the best possible health and internal cleanliness. Use Epsom salt baths, which are known to chelate ionizing radiation and radioactivity from your body.
- Lose WeightStudies show that lymphedema is typically worse in overweight individuals, so shedding a few extra pounds may give you relief.
- Dietary and Lifestyle ProtocolDr. Budwig’s Protocol makes sense for anyone facing any kind of a cancer challenge. It may also, due to its somewhat “blood thinning” effect, help facilitate lymphatic flow.
Add enzymes such as bromelain (found in raw pineapple) to your diet. Bromelain and other proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes are known to reduce swelling and inflammation. (Note: If you’re allergic to pineapple, you may develop a rash. There are many other proteolytic enzymes to choose from. They’re also called proteases. For the full story on enzyme therapy, read our Special Report The Missing Ingredient for Good Health. EVERYONE should be taking enzymes, sick and healthy people alike.)
Better yet, go raw! Raw foods are filled with living enzymes and cancer fighting nutrients. Get out your juicer or food processor, even if you haven’t used it in awhile. Juicing does some of the ‘pre-digesting’ for your body.
Focus on these cancer cell killing nutrients — all raw, of course: carrots, broccoli, cabbage, green asparagus, pineapple, whole purple grapes with seeds, skins and all, apricot seeds (they contain laetrile), strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries, beetroot, and turmeric.
Enjoy some “green power foods” and drinks… Freshly pressed organic wheatgrass, celery, and parsley juice, and spirulina have helped a great many patients overcome both cancer and lymphedema.
Choose anti-inflammatory foods — which means sidestepping wheat, sugar, dairy, and all processed foods.
- HerbsCertain herbs are known to help increase lymphatic flow, including butcher’s broom, ginger tea (made from powdered ginger), sweet clover ointment (which contains coumarin — a lymph flow stimulant).
“Indigo Drops” — formulated by herbalist Ingrid Naiman for lymphatic blockages — has been reported to help “in as little as five to six hours”. I don’t have much information about this, but it sounds worth checking out.
Frankincense, myrrh and ginger essential oils may also promote lymphatic movement… and cayenne is an all-round helpful herb.
Ginger tea prepared with about half a teaspoon of powdered ginger in a cup of water may help increase circulation of lymph, and reduce inflammation.
Red clover (which has anti-cancer properties) and fenugreek seem to be helpful also. As do the oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) found in grape seed or pine bark extract tablets, taken as supplements.
Several capsules of echinacea daily help stimulate lymph flow.
- Activate Your Lymphatic System — Here’s How…Your lymph system is your waste removal system. But unlike your heart, which has a pump, your lymph must be stimulated by action and movement.
For example, you can stimulate it by brisk walking.
But some believe there’s no substitute for jumping on a small trampoline (rebounder) for five to ten minute sessions without too much heavy breathing. This stimulates lymph flow like nothing else (except possibly jumping rope).
Lothar Himeise, eminent cancer researcher, proclaims in his book Chemotherapy Heals Cancer and The World is Flat:
“Please do not underestimate the pronounced positive effects that jumping on a trampoline can have on your lymphatic system. Even if you do not feel the healing effect immediately, this simple device offers immense support to your detoxification efforts.”
Be sure to get a quality rebounder.
Another option is using a Power Plate, used in the space program to stimulate immune and bone health. It also induces the motion and gravitational forces of a rebounder — only much faster. Indeed, it is said to be able to multiply your exercise efforts, giving you far better results in substantially less time.
Another activation method is to brush… With a soft natural bristle brush, start at the tips of your fingers and brush toward your collar bone, left side then right side. Circle each breast, stroking gently but firmly, and always toward the respective collarbone. This is where the lymph fluid reenters your blood circulation.
On your lower body, start with your toes, and stroke with long strokes toward the lymph nodes in each groin, near your front lower abdomen — where your largest and most important lymph nodes are located, and where lymph toxins are “digested”.
- Wear loose fitting clothingNever restrict lymph flow by wearing tight clothing such as bras and tight pants. There’s a direct link between the length of time a bra is worn and breast cancer incidence… as well as a notable absence of prostate cancer in countries where men wear loose-fitting pants. (Tight fitting pants create local hyperthermia, restrict lymph flow, and ‘starve’ local cells.)
- Cabbage Leaf PacksIt sounds bizarre, but cabbage leaf applications were a backbone of naturopathic Swiss doctor Father Thomas Haeberle’s books and practices. Cabbage is well established as an anti-cancer food. But as a poultice it is relatively unknown in modern times, though there is some evidence it was popular during Roman times.
I know of no scientific studies that back this as a treatment — so please take this story as it is intended, strictly as an anecdotal case.
A woman who reportedly suffered from lymphedema had tried elastic bandages with no improvement. Hearing that cabbage leaves might help, she crushed cabbage leaves and held them in place over her lymphedema with elastic bandages. She reported marked improvement in just one night, and almost completely dissipated swelling in three nights. There’s likely no harm in trying this, but realize that we don’t have scientific studies to show its efficacy.
- Red Light TreatmentSeveral studies now show the healing benefits of light, and especially red light. (No blue light for lymphedema.) Red light wavelengths easily penetrate your skin, stimulating your mitochondria — the cellular powerhouses that make your tissues and organs run more smoothly.
The first study, published in the journal Lymphology in 19982, showed that women getting red light treatments once or twice a week for 10 weeks had measurably less arm swelling, and improvements in measures of pain, tightness, heaviness, cramps and arm mobility.
Red light therapy not only reduces lymphedema… it also helps activate the local immune system by stimulating the white blood cells that can kill and carry away pathogens. This makes for a more sanitary cellular environment and thereby reduces infection risk. I’ve seen a couple of products recommended: The X Light from Chee Energy Company and the Light Shaker from Light Energy Company. Haven’t checked them out, I’m just passing the info along.
But the ultimate light treatment might be sunlight. After all, it’s been available throughout the ages and assists your body to produce vitamin D which is highly protective against cancer.
The Russians found that sunlight speeds up detoxification by twice to as much as twenty times. But the best results were when sun exposure began before toxic exposure began — a compelling reason to get regular sunlight.3
Your lymph nodes do an amazing job of keeping you detoxified.
So, even if you don’t have lymphedema, or have never had cancer — you might be well advised to employ many of these strategies strictly for their health-enhancing benefits. After all, if your lymph nodes do so much for you, why not give them the assistance to do their job better?
Of course, the best thing is to find cancer really early and avoid this whole nightmare. We’ve got just the thing, at least if you’re a woman: There’s a great new way to find breast cancer. If you missed this article in our last issue, scroll down and read it now.
New Cancer-Detecting Bra Boasts Better Track Record than Mammograms
“A bra saved my life”
By next year, a cancer-detecting bra called the First Warning System should be available. Developers are currently waiting on FDA approval, which they expect by February of 2014.
It might sound far-fetched, but the First Warning System bra is a non-invasive screening device for breast cancer that’s been in the works for over 20 years. Now it’s just about ready for prime time, and it could revolutionize breast cancer detection and treatment. Keep reading and learn more about this remarkable breakthrough…
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Breast Cancer Breakthrough BANNED!
U.S. Government Blocks Release
of Doctor’s Life-Saving Book
A mammoth discovery is wiping out most breast tumors better than anything seen yet in modern medicine. It makes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy look like something from the Dark Ages.
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Nedra Lindsay of Fairborn, OH, gives the First Warning bra credit for detecting her breast cancer early — and for saving her life. She wore the device at age 25 as part of the initial study. At that young age, she says breast cancer was the furthest thing from her mind.
But the First Warning bra indicated she had cancer. Nedra underwent three different, increasingly invasive medical tests that were reviewed by three independent medical investigations. All confirmed the initial diagnosis made by the First Warning bra.
Nedra’s surgeon told her that under normal circumstances, her cancer likely wouldn’t have been noticeable till she was closer to age 37. By then it could have progressed to a dangerous level. Nedra points out that under her insurance plan a mammogram wasn’t even covered till she turned 40. Indeed, mammograms for women under the age of 40 are almost useless because the breast tissue in a younger woman is typically very dense.
Now aged 45, Nedra is alive and cancer-free.
Cancer-detecting technology built into a bra
According to Dr. Ronald Fletcher, Chief Investigator of the study and previous Director of Oncology at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, OH, “Cancer is probably the most curable of all diseases — with the proviso that it’s caught early enough.” He points out women under the age of 44 aren’t likely to be screened, but nearly 11 percent will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer that will have already progressed to a late stage.
In fact, it’s young women who usually have the most aggressive types of breast cancer. Tumors found in women under age 40 grow the fastest but are hardest to detect. And the sad truth is, roughly 6.5 percent of the victims will die as a result.
But if those tumors can be detected early, there’s a nearly 100% survival rate.
That’s where the First Warning System comes in. It detects cancer cells years before those cells can be seen on an MRI or mammogram. It uses patented sensor-detecting technology that is painless, non-invasive, and highly accurate.
To the naked eye, it just looks like a sports bra.
The First Warning bra works by detecting minute temperature differences in your breast tissue. It’s these fluctuations in temperature that indicate a possible cancer abnormality. When a cancer tumor starts to grow, your body builds a system of new, albeit abnormal blood vessels. The increased blood flow to the area creates something called a “heat signature” within the tumor. This small temperature variation occurs several years before the tumor itself is visible on a mammogram or MRI.
But normal body temperature fluctuates throughout the day and varies from woman to woman. To account for that, the First Warning System needs to maintain constant contact with the body throughout a testing period of at least 24 hours. That’s why a tight-fitting sports bra is ideal. Sensors located in the cup area of the bra stay in direct contact with the breast for as long as necessary to get a good temperature reading.
The sensors collect data that is sent to the Internet, and from there the data is analyzed by complex algorithms and delivered to a trained doctor. You get to see the results, too, either through your computer or mobile device.
So far, three clinical trials have shown an accuracy level of more than 90 percent for the First Warning System. As a screening tool, it’s much more accurate at a gratifyingly earlier point in time.
It’s cheaper, too, coming in at around $200. Mammograms cost as much as $300 but are only effective after a tumor has reached a detectable size. Even then, you’ve got the false positive issue. But the First Warning System bra not only detects early-stage tissue abnormalities, it also reduces the false positives that are causing women so much angst.
One step forward in the healthcare maze
This “magic bra” could be a massive step forward in easy breast cancer detection and early intervention. It should prove especially useful for women with dense breast tissue who are severely limited at present when it comes to diagnostic tools. (We’ve written before about how mammography and ultrasound are virtually useless for dense breasts, though few women know whether they have dense tissue and so aren’t aware of their higher risk level — see Issue #198.)
Here’s a quick update on that note — beginning in April of 2013, California will be the 5th state mandating that physicians tell patients whether they have dense breast tissue. Eleven more states, as well as the federal government, have legislation pending. This is a significant step forward because it means more women will be made aware that their dense breast tissue significantly lowers the effectiveness of mammograms.
By the way, if you’re ever diagnosed with breast cancer, you should read our Special Report Breast Cancer Cover-Up. It tells you the best natural and alternative treatments (and also the best tests — but not the First Systems bra, which hadn’t come out yet at the time the report was written.)
Navigating the American healthcare maze is a nightmare. Breast Cancer Cover-Up can help. And with advances like the First Warnings bra, we can look forward to new ways to find cancer at a very early stage, when it’s easy to treat.
If you haven’t been reading Cancer Defeated for long, you may wonder, “Who needs this new breast cancer test? Don’t mammograms do the job?” Glad you asked. Let’s take a look. . .
A second opinion that came too late
Just last week, a study from the Annals of Family Medicine revealed a shocking new statistic: As many as 60 percent of abnormal mammograms turn out to be false positives. These are cases where the breast X-ray says the woman has cancer, but she doesn’t.
ABC News with Diane Sawyer underscored this revelation, reporting recently on a woman who had an abnormal mammogram three years ago. The biopsy that followed revealed she had cancer. Because the woman’s mother, sister, and three aunts had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, she opted for a double mastectomy — the most radical treatment available.
But in the messy process of getting her insurance provider to cover expenses, the woman had to hire a lawyer. The lawyer sent her original biopsy out for a second opinion. The cancer expert who gave the second opinion said the woman never had cancer in the first place. Both mammogram and biopsy got it wrong.
Unusual? Not really. Another new and unsettling study shows as many as 4 percent of biopsies are misread — affecting as many as 10,000 women a year.
While this woman was thrilled to learn she was cancer-free, she’d also sacrificed both breasts to medical error.
It’s a horrifying story, but it’s not unique. Because mammograms can detect smaller lesions than ever before, an accurate cancer diagnosis has become much harder to make. That’s led to an increase in false positive mammograms. Most of those are followed by a biopsy. And as noted, those are subject to error as well, although much less often than the X-rays.
In the best of cases, women with a false-positive mammogram — even where breast cancer is ruled out — experience as much as three years of lingering anxiety about having a close brush with cancer.
In the worst cases, the false positive results are taken all the way to the surgery table, with heartbreaking results like the example above.
So always, always get a second opinion — and do it BEFORE moving forward with any treatment option. If your doctor is any kind of decent human being, he or she will welcome another set of eyes.
These findings highlight the pressing need for improved screening tests. That’s why the First Warning Systems bra is such welcome news.
Lee Euler, Publisher