I can't think of a time when listening to our intuition and participating in our healing is more critical, than after being diagnosed with cancer.
During the first few weeks, while you adjust to the news it is important to choose an ally, someone close to you who is positive and available, to go to appointments with you and take notes, and to be your cheerleader.
Trust me... you will forget much of what is discussed while your mind sifts through a deluge of information and complex emotions.
It is also important to ask questions and go with your intuition when treatment or surgery recommendations are made. Get a second opinion and research your options... contrary to what you may be told, you have quite a few.
I believe wholeheartedly that our reactions, our actions and our attitude have just as much, if not more, to do with our progression to good health than any other factor.
There are several links and post on this site that address the need to control our mind-body connection in a way that promotes recovery.
Over the past few years I have done considerable research on Complimentary and Alternative Cancer therapies. My own experience with cancer led me to contact some of the leading respected CAM medical and nutrition practitioners in the country.
I consulted with several on Integrative approaches, since I believe that our body has immense capacity to aid the healing process if we help and allow it to.
'Allow it to' means to have faith in its wisdom, give it the nutrient support it needs to function optimally, enhance its repair processes by remaining positive and focused, listening to its prodding to make necessary changes or its warning about others.
The protocols suggested to me by the 5 CAM practitioners/researchers I had discussion with, had several things in common. Based on these fundamental suggestions, I worked out a diet/nutrition/lifestyle regimen that worked for me.
At first it was challenging to make the changes necessary, but I had the determination and willpower to keep at it until I found a rhythm that worked. Since I am an avid cook and ran a catering service for many years, coming up with recipes that met the nutrition guideline became a happy challenge!
If you go this route, you must believe in your heart that your protocol is as powerful as the medical therapies you may also receive. In some cases exercise and diet changes offer patients greater benefit than traditional treatment.
If a body is not strong it will struggle to weather the toxic effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation, so it's important to know which supplements and foods will help counteract those effects, before, during and after treatment.
Clinical studies funded by the NIH have demonstrated that some spices, like Cinnamon, can help with Type II Diabetes and actually enhance the benefits of Chemotherapy. And in the case of Cinnamon .. be more powerful in tumor cell death than Chemo drugs!
The four cornerstones of optimal health are:
Read about each by clicking on the titles.
~ Be Well. ♥