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The best ways to treat cancer

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Cancer fighters

Cancer is just a symptom of a disorder in the whole system, not in the breast or the colon or the prostate,” says Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, founder and Medical Director of the Cancer Center for Healing and Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California—one of the largest cancer healing centers in the world. “It’s a disorder of the whole system because the body is a whole system. You can’t just treat cancer. You have to fix what’s creating the perfect storm of cancer in the body.”

Connealy’s approach to treating cancer, applied to more than 65,000 cancer patients she’s treated in the last 35 years, typifies the practices of the best integrative cancer specialists around the world. They take a whole-systems approach to cancer by investigating the full state of each patient’s health and focus on healing the entire person, not simply the tumor. 

They explore environmental factors like diet and exposure to toxins, as well as the patient’s emotional and mental state, and they select from a large palette of alternative and conventional treatments they deem best for that individual.

Although a vast number of holistic and integrative approaches to cancer treatment exist, physicians reliably turn to particular methods, most of which have clinical validation. Here is a list of methods to look for when searching for adjunct or alternative treatments to standard of care chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Therapies and treatments

Adoptive cellular therapy increases the number and/or effectiveness of immune cells through laboratory engineering, improving the power of the immune response against cancer.1 This type of therapy encompasses:

  • Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. T cells (white blood cells responsible for adaptive immunity against pathogens) genetically engineered to find and fight the cancer are injected.
  • Chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cell therapy.  NK cells’ job is to identify and kill abnormal cells. In this therapy, NK cells are engineered to better recognize cancer cells.
  • Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy. The patient’s T cells are collected from a piece of surgically removed tumor, multiplied in the lab and then infused back to the patient’s bloodstream.
  • Endogenous T cell (ETC) therapy. T cells from a patient’s blood are isolated, increased in the lab and then injected back into the patient. 

Anti-angiogenic therapy  stops new blood cells from forming, thus restricting tumor growth.2 

Artesunate is an antiparasitic drug that was originally developed to treat malaria and has been found to have antitumor effects. Artesunate (administered via IV) causes cancer cell death (apoptosis) by reacting with iron particles in the lysosomes of cancer cells—tiny spherical structures within the cells that contain enzymes. The resultant free radicals destroy cancer cells’ mitochondria (their energy production centers).3 

Autologous adoptive immunotherapy (AAIT) uses genetically engineered T cells to facilitate tumor recognition, enhance T cell activation, induce tumor-specific cytotoxicity, and/or augment immune memory.4 

Autologous vaccine therapy  treats the patient’s drawn blood in the laboratory to produce antigens that identify cancer along with other compounds that stimulate the immune response against it.5 

3-Bromopyruvate (3BP) is an organic compound similar to lactic acid, which blocks the hexokinase-2 enzyme (HK2). HK2 produces glucose in the body, and it also binds to damaged mitochondria in cancer cells, keeping them from producing cellular energy (ATP), thus killing the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.6

Cancer vaccines are used to help the body recognize cancer cells and stimulate the immune system, activating T cells to destroy them.7 

Cytokine therapy  uses proteins called interferons and interleukins to trigger an immune response.8 

Dendritic cell therapy. Dendritic cells are the “sentinels” of the immune system, pointing out where any illness or abnormal cells are hiding and showing the immune system how to attack it.9

European mistletoe (Viscum album) has a long history of use as a cancer treatment (see box, page 51). It is an immunoregulator that’s been shown to improve survival time and promote tumor remission.10 

Gut flora replacement therapy (GFRT) is the process of implanting beneficial intestinal bacteria and yeasts from probiotic supplements into the gut to improve intestinal performance.

Herbal cancer therapy. Some herbs proven to have anticancer properties are: 

  • Artemisinin, an extract from the sweet wormwood plant (Artemisia annua) that is the precursor to artesunate 11 
  • Bandicoot Berry (Leea indica)
  • South African Leaf (Vernonia amygdalina)
  • Simpleleaf Chastetree (Vitex trifolia)
  • Seven Star Needle (Pereskia bleo)
  • Fool’s Curry Leaf (Clausena lansium)
  • Black Face General (Strobilanthes crispus)12 

High-dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C has been suggested to slow tumor growth, aid in the production of signaling proteins called interferons, and neutralize carcinogenic compounds found in processed foods and linked to gastrointestinal cancers (see box, page 51). Studies show it can improve quality of life, reduce symptom severity and even induce remission in some cases.13 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).  Cancer creates a low-oxygen environment, and HBO has been shown to have tumor-inhibitory effects in certain cancer subtypes.14 

Hyperthermia. Localized and whole-body hyperthermia uses heat (between 104°F and 113°F, or 40–45°C) to kill the cancer cells and destroy nearby blood vessels. The higher the temperature and longer the treatment, the greater the effect.15 

Immune checkpoint therapy  helps T cells mount a longer-lasting response against the cancer.16 

Low-dose insulin potentiation therapy. Also known as IPT therapy or IPTLD, low-dose chemotherapy (10 to 25 percent that of normal chemo) is combined with a small amount of glucose to target “sugar-hungry” cancer cells directly. 

Metabolic treatment uses a ketogenic dietary approach to starve cancer cells of their sugar and glutamine sources.17 

The metabolic approach

Almost 100 years ago, the German physician, researcher and Nobel Laureate Otto Warburg proposed that the primary cause of cancer is a metabolic dysfunction of the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the cellular powerplants that produce ATP, the energy source all cells rely on to function, and Warburg hypothesized that this dysfunction caused mitochondria to switch from using oxygen for this process (respiration) to using the much less efficient process of fermenting sugar into lactic acid (glycolosis). 

Consistent with this theory, elevated glycolysis even in the presence of oxygen has been recognized as the most common biochemical marker of cancer for over 80 years.1 

This marked difference between cancer cells and healthy cells became known as the “Warburg Effect.” 

Unfortunately, in the mid-twentieth century, Warburg’s theory was replaced by the belief that cancer was strictly a genetically driven disease. For over 70 years, mainstream medicine has relentlessly focused on finding the genetic roots of cancer and the chemical “keys” to switching cancer genes off with pharmaceutical drugs. And yet cancer is still on the rise, and so far no effective treatments using that approach have been found.

However, Warburg’s metabolic theory is now making a comeback. Research in the 1980s revealed that mitochondria in tumor cells are abnormal and have huge amounts of the enzyme hexokinase-2 (HK2) clinging to their outer membrane, synthesizing glucose,2 “immortalizing” the cancer cells and aiding in
their growth.
3 

Reducing the sugar supply that cancer cells rely upon for metabolism and eliminating HK2 in cancer cells’ mitochondria are now proving to be effective metabolic methods for treating cancer. Adopting a ketogenic diet (a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet)
is an effective adjunct treatment for
cancer patients.
4 

The ketogenic diet slows tumor growth, prevents cancer initiation, and increases lifespan.5 It also aids anti-cancer drugs in their action against cancer6 and reduces the inflammation that drives cancer proliferation.7

As far as HK2 is concerned, in 2004, two biochemists at Johns Hopkins University targeted HK2, treating rats with large carcinomas with 3-bromopyruvate (3BP). All advanced cancers in all 19 animals were eradicated without harming surrounding healthy cells, and there was no cancer recurrence.8 

These metabolic approaches can be supplemented with other treatments. 

“I’ve got several patients who came in with stage 4 cancer, and we’re still working together years later,” says Dr Donese Worden, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Arizona, about the metabolic approach. “For example, I have a prostate cancer patient who did the metabolic therapies, and his tumor shrank dramatically to the point where his doctor decided not to do surgery or chemo. 

“Then he got married and traveled to Europe, got all excited and went off his ketogenic diet, eating bread and drinking wine for three weeks. When he came back his cancer markers had risen, and the tumor had grown again. Once he went back on a restricted ketogenic diet, he shrank it again.”

Metronomic chemotherapy. A type of ultra-low-dose chemotherapy (usually 10 to 30 percent of a normal chemo dose) administered in tablet form.18

Monoclonal antibodies. Immune system proteins created in the lab are used to mark the cancer as a target for the immune system to attack.19

Natural killer cell therapy. NK cells recognize and attack cancer cells, but they don’t live long enough or multiply quickly enough to totally wipe them out. This therapy enhances the longevity of a patient’s NK cells by treating them with small signaling proteins called cytokines, with the aim to increase their cancer-fighting capacity.20

Oncotripsy (pulsed ultrasound) involves directing acoustic standing waves to the tumor. These waves burst cancer cells while leaving the healthy surrounding tissues unharmed.21 One effective device used to deliver percussive treatment is the CellSonic VIPP (very intense pressure pulses) device. It delivers hundreds of rapid pressure pulses directed into the body in either a focused or a more diffused manner, negatively impacting the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.

Ozone autohemotherapy directs ozone into the bloodstream by extracting blood, exposing it to ozone and then infusing the ozonated blood back into the body via an IV.22

Peptide therapy is a kind of cancer “vaccine.” Peptides are short chains of amino acids that target cancer cell membranes and induce cell death. They can also stimulate the production of tumor-reactive T cells.23

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the use of a light-sensitive substance that can be absorbed by tumor cells. When exposed to light of a specific wavelength, the affected cells become agitated, releasing the protein cytochrome C from their mitochondria, which in turn induces cancer cell death.24

Poly-MVA  is a proprietary blend of lipoic acid, palladium, and other vitamins and minerals formulated to restore the mitochondria, support cellular energy production and potentially erode cancer cells. It has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.25 

Sonodynamic/Photodynamic Therapy (SPDT). PDT (above) can be coupled with low-intensity ultrasound (administered via a skin probe to the affected tumor areas) to achieve an even stronger antitumor effect.24

Comprehensive cancer tests

Going beyond standard of care translates to individualized testing and treatments. No two patients are alike in their biochemistry, their physical conditioning, their lifestyle, their mental, emotional and spiritual condition or their cancer. Just as the list of integrative treatments for cancer is long, so is the list of tests that can precede treatment.

The following list of tests was submitted by Dr Erin Singh, a naturopath in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who follows a metabolic approach to treating cancer developed by Dr Nasha Winters. She is quick to point out that this list is incomplete and simply hits the main tests often used, depending upon the patient, cancer type and overall clinical situation and history.

Conventional laboratory bloodwork,

all utilizing optimized human ranges, not the “normal” lab ranges taken from the general population, which includes people who are ill:

  • Complete blood count with differential, to evaluate levels of all the cells circulating in the blood
  • Complete metabolic panel, which looks at prognostic markers for cancer, inflammation and mitochondrial function (includes hs-CRP, ESR, LDH and LDH isoenzymes)
  • Complete thyroid panel (TSH, free T3, RT3, T3 uptake and free T4)

Non-conventional testing might include:

  • Anti-thyroid antibodies
  • ANA test, which detects antinuclear antibodies in the blood that fight infection
  • Copper, ceruloplasmin. A ceruloplasmin test is most often used, along with copper testing, to help diagnose a genetic disorder that prevents the body from removing excess copper
  • Galectin-3 test, which looks for a marker for heart failure that may also indicate cancer growth
  • VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), which is a substance that helps encourage the growth of new blood vessels
  • HbA1c test, a critical test that reveals a patient’s sugar levels over the last 90-day period 
  • Fasting insulin
  • Lipids panel, particularly triglycerides, which reflect blood sugar issues
  • Ferritin
  • Homocysteine
  • IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1), a growth hormone linked to cancer occurrence and progression
  • Vitamin D
  • GGT (gamma glutamyl transferase), a marker of liver damage
  • Alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes, indicative of bone disease
  • D-dimer and fibrinogen, related to blood clotting
  • Nutrition genome SNPs. A one-time assessment of genetic variants related to nutrient metabolis
  • Liquid biopsies and circulating tumor DNA testing
  • Tissue assays

Comprehensive hormone testing

  • DUTCH (dried urine test for complete hormones) Complete Panel measures sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites
  • Urine toxic exposure testing, such as the comprehensive urine element profile (CUEP), measures the excretion of toxic metals

Alternative scans to avoid DNA-damaging radiation:

  • Prenuvo full-body MRI scan 
  • CT scans without contrast

Toxicant testing:

  • Blood Metals Panel from Quiksilver Scientific measures levels of metals, both potentially toxic ones and those with nutrient value, in whole blood samples
  • Tri-Mercury Testing, also by Quiksilver Scientific, measures mercury in the hair, blood and urine to determine not only how much mercury is present in the body but how efficiently the body is able to excrete it
  • ENVIROtox panel from Great Plains Laboratories to measure glyphosate, molds, non-metal solvents and organic acids (which give information about the microbiome, nutrition and metabolic functioning of the body)

Reversing the spread

Published in The Townsend Letter (www.townsendletter.com), Tuesday, August 10, 2021. 

In January 2016, a 50-year-old man consulted with Dr Leigh Erin Connealy for treatment. He had been diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in June 2014, with surgical removal of lesions on his back and left shin. Twelve lymph nodes were also removed, and one had microscopic metastasis. A PET scan in September 2014 was clear, and no further treatment was recommended.

In December 2016, an abdominal CT scan revealed two lesions in the left lobe of his liver. A contrast-enhanced MRI of the abdomen revealed the same lesions consistent with metastasis to the liver. PHI (prostate health index) and CTC (circulating tumor cell) tests were high, indicating ongoing cancer activity. Connealy started the patient on a three-month protocol of hyperbaric oxygen three times a week, intravenous vitamin C and dichloroacetate sodium (a drug that reduces glucose production) plus pulsed electromagnetic field therapy twice a week, light beam generator and ozone therapy once a week. Also recommended were four supportive oligonucleotide therapy (SOT) treatments—drugs that manipulate gene expression—spaced out several months apart.

The patient also received hyperbaric oxygen therapy three times a week plus PEMF therapy and IV therapies of vitamin C, DCA (a chemical compound similar to combining vinegar and salt), poly-MVA, selenium and artesunate (a compound that is derived from the wormwood plant) twice a week. He also began weekly LDH tests (lactose dehydrogenase, a test for monitoring cancer), hyperthermia treatments twice a week and started taking metformin (an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels) 500 mg twice a day.

A consistent course of holistic treatment was maintained as the lesions continued to steadily shrink. In June 2019, an MRI of the abdomen showed calcification of the liver lesions with no additional lesions and no evidence of metastatic disease. MRI of the pelvis was also negative for metastasis. The patient’s stage 4 melanoma has been in remission since June 2019.

IV vitamin C therapy 

After decades of research, it has been solidly established that ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, bolsters the immune system against infectious disease, cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.1 

Vitamin C strengthens a person’s defense system via hydroxylation—a process by which oxygen and hydrogen are bonded to create chemical groups (hydroxyls) that positively impact metabolism and other bodily functions—antioxidant action and the reduction of free radicals and immune system stimulation. In addition, vitamin C also protects against viral diseases.1 

“Given its safety, its track record of showing to be synergistic with most all other cancer therapies, traditional and nontraditional, we consider IV vitamin C as sort of the quintessential adjunctive therapy for any cancer patient,” says Lucas Tims, ND, a board-certified naturopathic oncologist and medical director of the Riordan Clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. 

To make sure it’s safe, Tims says practitioners at the Riordan Clinics screen patients for a rare condition called G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency, a hereditary condition in which red blood cells break down when the body is exposed to certain substances, including high levels of vitamin C—a situation that could lead to side-effects. They also make sure that patients undergoing IV vitamin C therapy have properly functioning kidneys, as patients with kidney disease are not good candidates. 

There are also a few types of chemotherapy agents that IV vitamin C does not combine well with—drugs called proteasome inhibitors (protein complexes that break down other proteins made in the body into peptides) that are used to treat cancers such as multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

“Most active cancer patients receive 50 to 100 g two to three times a week, and then a 25 to 50 g once-a-month maintenance dose once they show no evidence of disease,” says Tims. 

“Most Western allopathic doctors are hesitant to try vitamin C therapy, even as an adjunct treatment, because of concern that vitamin C, an antioxidant, will interfere with chemo and radiation, which are oxidative therapies,” Tims continues. 

“The piece they’re missing—and there is the science out there to substantiate it—is that when you give high doses of vitamin C intravenously, it no longer simply acts as an antioxidant. It also tends to react with iron and copper in the blood, a reaction that creates hydrogen peroxide. And hydrogen peroxide exerts oxidative effects on cancer cells, very similar to the way chemotherapy works. 

“Healthy cells have a high-functioning enzyme called catalase that breaks down hydrogen peroxide, whereas the overwhelming majority of cancer cells lack this enzyme. Think of vitamin C as a cancer smart bomb that conveys no harm to your healthy cells. Whereas chemotherapy is more like a grenade, intravenous high-dose vitamin C is like a sniper rifle.”

Mistletoe therapy

Native to Europe and western and southern Asia, Viscum album—better known as mistletoe—is a parasitic plant that grows on several species of trees. Unlike vitamin C, mistletoe does not exert any direct anticancer effects. Instead, it enhances the body’s ability to get rid of cancer via the immune system. 

Prepared in an extract form, mistletoe is most commonly delivered through a subcutaneous injection in the abdominal fat, which is loaded with certain immune cells that are key to engaging with cancer: macrophages (scavenger cells), T cells (white blood cells that are key players in the adaptive immune response) and natural killer (NK) cells, which respond quickly to pathogens. 

The typical dosage for mistletoe is about 20 to 50 mg (although it can go as high as 100 mg). Maintenance can last up to five to 10 years, depending on the case. Only the medicinal form of mistletoe, found in the European species, can be used for treatment.

Integrative cancer physicians and clinics

We’ve gathered together some of the world’s leading alternative practitioners and clinics applying integrative therapies for the treatment of cancer.

UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Etienne Callebout, London

www.cancure.org/12-links-page/26-etienne-callebout-m-d

Dr Callebout uses numerous herbs, nutritional supplements and enzymes along with a detoxification regime, dietary changes and psychological healing strategies. 

Among protocols used are: 

  • Aloe vera
  • Amygdalin (also called laetrile—a bitter substance found in fruit pits)
  • Cancer vaccines
  • Cartilage (bovine and shark)
  • DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide, an organosulfur compound) 
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Glandulars (supplements derived from bovine and pork glands such as the adrenals that contain nutritional peptides, enzymes and substances believed to be hormone precursors)
  • Green tea
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Herbal remedies
  • Iscador (European mistletoe)
  • 714X (an injectable camphor-based solution)
  • Maitake mushrooms
  • Wobe-Mugos (systemic enzymes)

Dr Rosy Daniel, Bath

www.drrosydaniel.org

Dr Daniel offers holistic health consultations to help people promote their health, wellbeing and quality of life through self-help programs. She also offers an online course, “Discovering the Integrative Healthcare Approach to Cancer.”

Dr Nicola Hembry, Bristol

www.drhembry.com

www.rgcc-group.com

Dr Hembry is the Medical Director of Integrated Health Screening Ltd., in Clifton, Bristol. She facilitates specialized RGCC cancer tests that detect the presence of circulating tumor cells and their concentration in the blood.

Dr Julian Kenyon, Hampshire

www.juliankenyon.com

www.doveclinic.com

Dr Kenyon is an integrated medicine physician and medical director of the Dove Clinic. The clinic uses repurposed drugs like promethazine (Phenergan) and tricyclic drugs (antidepressants that increase levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin) like clomipramine to correct the altered biochemistry of cancer cells. 

Other therapies include:

  • Gut flora replacement therapy (GFRT)
  • IV vitamin C 
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT) 
  • Sonodynamic/photodynamic therapy (SPDT) 

Integrated Medicine Clinic, London

www.integratedmedicine.co 

The clinic is headed up by Dr Saskia H. Kloppenburg Vieth, who is also a physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. Her holistic cancer approach addresses all aspects of a person’s life: nutrition, supplements and toxins, their lifestyle (exercise, social support) and their emotional wellbeing.
Some of the therapies offered are:

  • IV vitamin C 
  • IV micronutrients
  • Mistletoe therapy
  • Medicinal mushrooms 

Quantum Clinic, East Sussex

www.quantumclinic.co.uk

Under the direction of functional medicine physician and integrative oncology specialist Dr Aryan Tavakkoli, the clinic supports patients with active cancer who are undergoing or have undergone conventional treatment. 

Therapies include:

  • Local hyperthermia
  • Intravenous vitamin infusions
  • Mistletoe injections
  • Information on metabolic pathway blockers 
  • Functional medicine consultation and laboratory testing 
  • Nutritional advice 
  • Targeted anti-inflammatory supplements
  • Oxygenation therapy (exercise with oxygen therapy) 
  • Mind-body therapy 

UNITED STATES

Arizona Cancer Treatment Center, Scottsdale, AZ

www.arizonaadvancedmedicine.com

The center uses low-dose insulin potentiation therapy (IPTLD) and low-dose chemotherapy (10 to 25 percent that of normal chemo) combined with a small amount of glucose to target “sugar-hungry” cancer cells directly. 

Other therapies include: 

  • Acupuncture
  • High-dose IV vitamin C
  • Infrared saunas
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Oxygen enrichment

Atlanta Integrative & Internal Medicine, Roswell GA

www.atlantaintegrativeand-internalmedicine.com

The clinic’s main focus in cancer treatment is Naturopathic Oncology, enhancing survival and quality of life, and they will work alongside a conventional oncologist.
The following integrative therapies are used at this center:

  • Acupuncture, moxibustion
  • Biologically based practices such as vitamins and herbs
  • Body-based practices such as massage, chiropractic interventions and reflexology
  • Energy medicine, including reiki, tai chi, Jin Shin Jyutsu and therapeutic touch
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathy
  • Mind-body methods used include:
  • Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mediation
  • Relaxation
  • Guided imagery
  • Hypnosis
  • Yoga
  • Music therapy
  • Creative/expressive therapies
  • Spirituality

Cancer Center for Healing and Center for New Medicine, Irvine, CA

www.cancercenterforhealing.com

Founded by Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, this is the largest multidisciplinary, integrative cancer center in North America, utilizing cutting-edge technology from around the world in combination with comprehensive testing, advanced treatment, immune-boosting therapies and a focus on identifying and eliminating the root causes of cancer in the individual.

Testing includes but is not limited to:

  • HbA1c 
  • C-reactive protein (CRP), a nonspecific marker for inflammation.
  • Vitamin D 
  • Ultrasound, CT, PET scans and MRI
  • Treatment includes but is not limited to:
  • High-dose vitamin C therapy
  • Mistletoe therapy
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy
  • Oncotripsy using CellSonic VIPP 
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Ondamed biofeedback system
  • Low-dose chemotherapy
  • 3-Bromopyruvate (3BP)
  • Synthesizing agents like curcumin, which disrupts cell signaling pathways involved in cancer development and proliferation
  • Poly-MVA

Envita Medical Centers, Scottsdale, AZ and Hermosillo, Mexico

www.envita.com

www.envitamexico.mx

Envita combines advanced, natural-based therapies and conventional medicine, especially in complex, late-stage cancers. The center has its own compounding pharmacy that creates individualized supplements and medicines to individualize treatment and mitigate the development of multi-drug resistance in cancer cells common with chemotherapy. 

Therapies used include:

  • Autologous adoptive immunotherapy (AAIT) only available in their Mexico center
  • Checkpoint inhibitors 
  • High-dose IV vitamin C 
  • Oncolytic virus therapy
  • Genetically modified dendritic cell therapy
  • Genetically targeted fractionated chemotherapy
  • Natural killer cell therapy 
  • T cell therapy

Hawaiian Naturopathic Retreat Center, Hilo, HI

www.hawaiinaturopathicretreat.com

Run by Dr Maya Nicole Baylac, trained at the Gerson Institute, the center uses the Gerson Therapy, an intense detoxification and nutrition program that strengthens the immune system. It includes Iscador therapy (clinically formulated European mistletoe) in conjunction with other cancer treatments including an intense detoxification program consisting of:

  • IV vitamin C
  • IV glutathione
  • IV hydrogen peroxide
  • Enzyme therapy
  • Hot hydrogen peroxide baths that combine high body temperature (no higher than 103°F/39°C) with oxygen therapy. 
  • Juices
  • Enemas 
  • Food and supplements

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

www.mdanderson.org

One of the largest cancer centers in the world, MD Anderson is leading research to identify new ways to improve the body’s immune response to cancer. The center uses several immunotherapies as standard treatments for certain cancers, while others are only offered through clinical trials. 

Some therapies offered are:

  • Immune checkpoint therapy 
  • Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy 
  • Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) natural killer cell therapy 
  • Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy
  • Endogenous T cell (ETC) therapy
  • Cancer vaccines  
  • Monoclonal antibodies 
  • Cytokine therapy  
  • These treatments are used in combination with:
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise and physical activity consultations
  • Health psychology
  • Integrative oncology physician consultations
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Oncology massage
  • Yoga and tai chi

The Riordan Clinic, Wichita Hays and Overland, Park, KS

www.riordanclinic.org

These clinics combine in-depth nutritional lab testing, a comprehensive medical evaluation, and the utilization of a variety of holistic, nontoxic treatments and services to provide a customized, holistic treatment plan. 

Treatments offered include:

  • High-dose IV vitamin C
  • IV nutrition
  • Ultraviolet blood irradiation
  • Mistletoe therapy
  • Helleborus therapy (a perennial herb also known as the Christmas Rose)
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy
  • Vitamins and supplements

Dr Donese Worden, Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ

www.drworden.com

Dr Worden is an integrative naturopathic physician who treats cancer on an individualized basis that also incorporates the metabolic approach. 

A few of the treatments she uses are:

  • High-dose IV vitamin C
  • Hyperbaric oxygen
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Other oxidative therapies
  • Mebendazole, a repurposed drug that kills parasites by inhibiting glucose absorption 
  • Stress reduction methods to reduce glutamate production

The Metabolic Terrain Approach, Dr Nasha Winters, Durango, CO

www.drnasha.com

Dr Winters has developed the metabolic terrain approach, which is extremely individualized and relies on the idea that the entire body’s “terrain”—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—determines the overall health of the person and that with cancer, everything is broken and the patient has to change everything.

Dr Erin Singh, Options Naturopathic Clinic, Cleveland Heights, OH

www.optionsnaturopathic.com

Dr Singh follows Dr Nasha Winters’ protocol and philosophy, evaluating when immunotherapy, chemotherapy agents, radiation and off-label drug use will or will not work, and recommending treatments accordingly. She also uses a ketogenic dietary approach. 

A few of the treatments recommended and employed are:

  • IV artesunate 
  • Botanicals/nutrients to address the critical terrain 
  • Comprehensive complex homeopathy 
  • High-dose IV vitamin C 
  • IV glutathione
  • Other IV therapies including curcumin, mistletoe and Helleborus
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy 
  • Hyperthermia 
  • Immune checkpoint therapy 
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Lifestyle occupational therapy 
  • Meditation, heartfulness meditation, settling, breath work 
  • Metronomic chemotherapy  
  • Ozone autohemotherapy 
  • Parasympathetic nervous system support 
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Poly-MVA
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy (referrals to appropriate practitioners only)
  • Sonodynamic/photodynamic therapy (SPDT)  

MEXICO

Envita Mexico

www.envitamexico.mx

Stella Maris Clinic, Tijuana

www.stellamarisclinic.com

Director Dr Gilberto Alvarez has over 37 years of experience treating cancer. He uses a personalized treatment approach to cancer based on a patient’s diagnosis, condition and preferences. Treatments are available as a complement to traditional cancer therapies. Treatments employed include:

  • Antioxidants to complement the detoxification program
  • Amygdalin (B-17 or laetrile) 
  • Autologous vaccine therapy 
  • Biological response modifier  (BRM) therapy, used to instigate a heightened response to the disease
  • Cellular level stabilization to return balance to the system
  • Chelation therapy to remove toxins from the body
  • Dendritic cell therapy 
  • Detoxification through coffee retention enemas, raw vegetable juices, antioxidants and a nutritional program designed to restore alkalinity of the small intestine. (Cancer thrives in acidic conditions.)
  • European mistletoe (Iscador)
  • Exercise and oxygen therapy
  • Hyperthermia
  • IV vitamin C 
  • Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) 
  • Monoclonal antibodies (interferon and interleukin-2)
  • Proteolytic enzymes to destroy the coating surrounding cancer cells

Verita Life Clinics for German Integrative Cancer Medicine, Tijuana, Mexico and Bangkok, Thailand

www.veritalife.com

Primary cancer treatments offered are:

  • Anti-angiogenic therapy 
  • Biological treatments (high-dose IV vitamin C and IV artesunate) 
  • Dendritic cell therapy
  • Detox treatments including colonics, chelation, lymphatic therapy and ozone therapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Herbal cancer therapy
  • Hyperthermia (local and whole-body)
  • Metabolic treatment 
  • Metronomic treatment
  • Natural killer cell therapy 
  • Peptide therapy
  • Personalized anti-cancer diet
  • Wellness education 

 
 
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