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Integrated Naturopathic Oncology in cancer care uses targeted therapies before, during and after conventional treatments including clinical nutrition, mind body therapy and botanical medicines.
The ideal nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment is anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating, hormone and blood sugar balancing. Some studies show high blood sugar and in turn high insulin levels increase growth of abnormal cells. A basic method to stabilize blood sugar is to always have protein, fiber and healthy fats with every meal and snack. Foods such as cruciferous vegetables, berries, green tea, onions, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and turmeric can stimulate immune function and decrease inflammation.
Mind Body Medicine interventions can affect a positive change in the immune system, mental clarity and energy. Studies confirm the benefit of exercising five days a week, 30-60 minutes and creating a meaningful “personal practice”, such as meditation, prayer, a walk in the woods or on the beach. Melatonin, a hormone that is immune stimuting, stress relieving and hormone balancing is higher in those who meditate on a regular basis. Studies demonstrate mindful abdominal breathing 10 minutes, twice a day decreases cortisol, the stress hormone which increases blood sugar and depresses immune function. These are affordable, effective and powerful interventions that everyone can access.
Targeted supplements play a role in working with conventional treatments to decrease potential short and long term side effects of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Supplementation with herbs and vitamins can correct nutrient deficiencies, such as Vitamin D, B12 and Zinc. Through research based interventions patients can improve their vitality and well-being. It is important to work with your physician to ensure safe use of any supplements during treatment.
Naturopathic interventions assist in changing those factors we have control over in the cancer journey. This support is nourishing, empowering and healing for patients and their families.