Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.
There are over 200 different types of cancer, each with its own methods of diagnosis and treatment.
How can we help
Often clients seek help post treatment for rebuilding their nutrient status post chemotherapy and radiotherapy and or want help with a milder version of the Gerson therapy.
The Gerson® Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s ability to heal itself. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and, most famously, cancer.
We follow the Bristol approach to diet (Penny Brohn Cancer care)
The Bristol Approach to nutrition focuses on a plant-based diet with small amounts of good quality animal products. A range of evidence strongly supports the idea that a diet composed mainly of vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, pulses, nuts and seeds protect against cancer. The benefits of these foods come from a range of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fibre and a whole host of powerful phytonutrients, many with direct anti-tumour activity.
- While small to moderate amounts of animal products appear to be beneficial for most people, the WCRF/AICR report found that a high intake of red meat, and in particular processed meat, can increase the risk of certain cancers. We would suggest that people stick mainly to white meat, fish and eggs and consume smaller amounts of red meat and dairy products.
- The dairy issue- there is evidence that milk and milk products increase the risk of certain cancers such as prostate. The factors within milk that may be responsible for their negative effect include saturated fats, calcium (which in excessive amounts can inhibit the formation of active vitamin D, a cancer protective nutrient), hormones such as oestrogen, and growth factors such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). Many people experience digestive problems when consuming dairy, particularly following chemotherapy, our general advice is to keep dietary intake of milk products to a minimum.
- For those people removing dairy products from the diet the most obvious replacement food is soya in its various forms. The use of soya in cancer is an area where the scientific research conflicts to a degree with some papers suggesting the soya isoflavones inhibit various cancer processes and others suggesting they promote them. We suggest people include a moderate amount as part of a balanced diet focusing on the traditional soya foods such as tofu, miso and tempeh, rather than the heavily processed variety.
- The removal of sugars and refined carbohydrates from the diet. The biochemical changes that occur within a cancer cell allowing it to create energy without oxygen (anaerobic respiration) more readily mean that in order to produce the energy it requires for survival more glucose is required than for a normal cell. The cancer cell’s greater need for this simple sugar has led to speculation that a high sugar diet may encourage cancer cell growth and there is some evidence to support this idea. For this reason it seems wise to limit sugars and refined carbohydrates.
- High insulin levels (hyperinsulinaemia) are closely associated with high blood glucose levels. Insulin is a tissue building (anabolic) hormone and is known to encourage cell proliferation and inhibit apoptosis directly and through its potent stimulation of growth hormones such as IGF-1, discussed earlier. Insulin also encourages the production of pro-inflammatory compounds (eicosanoids) by influencing fatty acid metabolism.
- Fish oils are one of the supplements often recommended , along with a multivitamin and mineral, a multiantioxidant and vitamin C. Other supplements may be included for those requiring extra support such as probiotics for those with digestive problems.
The diet is plant-based containing 8 to 10 portions of fresh vegetables and fruit per day plus plenty of wholegrains and pulses. It contains small amounts of animal products but limited red meat and dairy products. The avoidance of sugars and refined carbohydrates is strongly encouraged along with processed and refined foods, excess salt and caffeine and alcohol. Plenty of pure water along with herbal teas and fresh vegetable juices are recommended. Good quality nutritional supplements are advised to compliment the diet.