Our complementary therapies are a large part of our holistic approach to cancer treatments, and to medicine in general. Our patients use these therapies in numerous ways. For example:
- When you come down with the flu or seasonal viruses, intravenous vitamin C and a "Myers Cocktail" can flush out the virus and rev up your nutrient level and get you back to work fast.
- Patients who are on a pro-active wellness program use nutritional therapies to boost their level of nutrients and enhance their immune system.
- Patients who contract West Nile virus and get to us soon thereafter almost universally find that intravenous vitamin C and homeopathic remedies produce far better results than the standard treatment of antibiotics and pain killers. West Nile is a virus; antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. Vitamin C prompts the virus to detach from the cell wall and then it can be flushed out of the body.
- Prolotherapy can be a very effective way to nourish and heal joints, ligaments, and discs that are inflamed or have lost function due to wear and tear.
- Every day we take in what are called heavy metals - mercury for example is carried in the global air currents from the many coal-powered energy plants and cement kilns around the world. People have perhaps 1000 times more lead in their bones than people did 400 years ago. The long-term effects of heavy metals contribute to "brain fog," allergies, obesity, hardening of the arteries, and much more. We use chelation (c-EDTA, disodium ETDA, and DMPS) to prompt the body to remove the metals.
- Chelation is also a time-honored way to clean up arteries, greatly lessening the odds of a heart attack.
To find out more about how the EuroMed Foundation uses complementary therapies for health optimization, click here to request your free personal orientation online. One of the doctors at our Arizona cancer center will be happy to answer your basic questions in person or over the phone.
Complementary Therapies for Alternative Cancer Treatment
We specialize in complementary therapies for cancer patients. Those undergoing Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for cancer treatment typically alternate between insulin potentiated, low-dose chemotherapy and complementary therapies. Our goal with complementary therapies is three-fold:
- Aggressively, but safely target cancer cells. In addition to low dose chemotherapy, we use intravenous vitamin C, Poly-MVA, and other remedies to do this.
- We support your liver and detoxification abilities while you are undergoing IPT.
- We want to create a cancer-hostile terrain in the body for the future and retrain your immune system to fight cancer.
We all have cancer inside us; it's just a question of how much. When the number of cells gets to a certain point, the cancer can be felt or measured or seen on a scan.
Think of the immune system as a bunch of soldiers. A new enemy appears on the horizon – say a flu virus that wasn't there yesterday. The commanding general yells, "Charge!" and millions of white blood cells go on the attack.
But since cancer cells have been around usually for years, the immune system's general says, "Oh heck, just you guys again, we've seen you before, no big deal." And no big response from the army.
In medical parlance, the adoptive part of the immune system is out of balance. The B-cell side is over active, and the T-cell side is under active in most cancer patients. There are many different kinds of T-cell modifiers that can be given by injection or as supplements.
"Killing cancer" is only the first step. We use a number of complementary therapies to detox you, support your liver, and nourish your immune system you as you undergo IPT and then retrain your body to fight cancer on its own.
Description of Complementary Therapies
For more information on most of our complementary therapies, see the alphabetical listing and descriptions below:
Alpha-lipoic Acid (ALA)
ALA is "the universal antioxidant." It neutralizes free radicals in both the fatty and watery regions of cells, in contrast to vitamin C (which is water soluble) and vitamin E (which is fat soluble).
Alpha-lipoic acid also plays an important role in the synergism of antioxidants. It directly recycles and extends the metabolic life spans of vitamin C, glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and it indirectly renews vitamin E. It increases your body's formation of glutathione.
Like any antioxidant, ALA helps to prevent cell damage, and helps the body rid itself of harmful substances.
It is especially useful in our approach to alternative cancer treatment because it relieves stress on the liver, and that means less side effects from chemotherapy. In fact, ALA can be used in combination with silymarin (milk thistle) and selenium (a substance with liver-protecting and antioxidant properties) to help treat hepatitis C. ALA also inhibits the activation of "nuclear factor kappa-B," a protein complex involved in cancer.
The liver is an important organ, and many people with cancer have livers that are already impaired. ALA helps the liver get through chemotherapy. It rescues the cells that the liver is made of from external and internal destruction. The liver can work so hard it essentially kills itself. ALA enables the liver cells to survive stresses or exposures that could kill them. ALA is one of the rescue ingredients given when you eat wild mushrooms. ALA has taken people off the liver transplant list.
Like vitamin C, it tends to create gastrointestinal distress if you take it in large quality orally. Tolerance and assimilation issues bypassed when taken intravenously.
Chelation - Heavy Metal Detox
Various cancers are thought to be related to toxicity of various kinds including heavy metals. Heavy metals can:
- poison the immune system so it doesn't do effectively its job as looking for cancer cells
- can act as carcinogens themselves by directly inducing cells to become cancerous in nature
In general, we intersperse heavy metal removal during a cancer treatment program so it doesn't interfere with cancer treatment.
It is a fact of life in this modern age that our bodies are loaded with chemicals, and that our "body burden" gradually impacts our health over time.
The "body burden" starts at the moment of conception. Thanks to Environmental Working Group, we know babies today marinate in a virtual toxic stew in the womb; EWG counted some 287 chemicals in newborn umbilical cord blood.
Those who have gone through the complicated and expensive testing are shocked at the results. CNN's Anderson Cooper was tested for 246 industrial chemicals; he tested positive for more than 100.
Adults accumulate a lifelong exposure to plastics, metals, pesticides, fire retardants, and more.
Heavy metals are most troublesome because their presence leads to suppression of the immune system and helps create an environment where chronic infections flourish. Heavy metals also contribute to the "brain fog" that plagues so many adults; the metals disrupt the neural pathways in the brain and deplete the neurotransmitters.
Mercury exposure is an everyday occurrence for all of us, no matter where we live. The primary source is coal-burning power plants. Air currents carry what is burned in China for example to the air we breathe in the U.S. Other common sources of mercury are dental fillings, vaccines, plastics, fungicides, and the new compact fluorescent light bulbs.
We have an estimated 1000 times more lead in our bones than people did 400 years ago. We inhale lead from things that are pretty common in an everyday environment: metal candle wicks, hair dyes, insecticides, lead crystal dishes and glassware, lead water pipes, mascara, evaporated milk, porcelain glazed sinks and bathtubs, toothpaste, toys, and vinyl mini-blinds.
Mercury potentiates aluminum and pesticides. Mercury, aluminum, and lead in any amount are potentially toxic and the combination has a synergistic effect.
Lots of people who have high levels of metals can be detoxed with c-EDTA, disodium ETDA, and DMPS.
EDTA, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, is a popular chelating agent for metallic ions. EDTA attracts the metals, attaches to them, and pulls them out of the body. EDTA is never broken down in the body; it goes in and comes out as EDTA. EDTA has a 40-year record of safe use.
DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide), is a solvent, an organic, sulfur-rich substance found in the woody part of trees. It is what we call a penetration enhancer; it is absorbed with incredible ease. It is a transporter, an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and free radical scavenger.
It is especially good for brain cancer, brain metastasis. It crosses the blood brain barrier so it carries the chemotherapy drugs into the brain.
DMSO is also used by some neurosurgical centers in cases of head trauma or spinal cord injury to try to prevent irreversible damage. It is also used to preserve organs for transplants.
Of all the antioxidants our body makes, glutathione is the probably the most important. Our lives depend upon it. Without it, our cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation – free radical damage. Our bodies would have very little resistance to bacteria and viruses. And our liver would shrivel up from the eventual accumulation of toxins.
Certain foods and environmental toxicity produce free radicals – little marauding molecules that react with oxygen and can break down cells and damage our DNA. As long as we breathe oxygen, we will produce free radicals. But Nature, in her quest for balance, also gave the body sources of anti-oxidants which deactivate free radicals. Nature keeps the two opposing forces in balance, as long as we are healthy.
Glutathione is Nature's favorite antioxidant. It's powerful. It sops up all kinds of free radicals before they can damage your cells.
For patients undergoing IPT for cancer treatment, glutathione is a powerful tool. Although most of the chemo drugs are carried into cancerous cells through IPT, there is a small amount leftover roaming the body, ready to damage healthy cells. Glutathione will minimize the damage.
A lack of glutathione often plays a key role in the development of cancer. Without enough if it, the body cannot detoxify itself and free radicals go about their business unchecked. Free radicals can damage the cell membrane and then damage the DNA - the genetic code and control center of the cell. Cells bombarded time and again with free radicals eventually lose the ability to control their own division. A damaged cell can then form a neoplastic cell which then makes more errant cells like itself. When enough of those are made, a mass becomes visible and it is called a tumor. Antioxidants, especially glutathione, protect cells and prevent damage to your DNA.
Glutathione can be a two-edged sword with IPT. The immune system uses free radicals to kill cancer cells that might have been caused originally by chronic exposure to free radicals. Also, some cancer cells make a lot of glutathione as a way to detox, or push out, the chemo.
When used in combination with standard chemotherapy, it protects liver and nervous system against the excess toxicity.
Glutathione is also an important "anti-aging" tool because the concentration of it declines with age. Then Nature's balance is lost because more and more, free radicals are on the loose, unchecked. They accelerate the aging process because they gradually weaken the body's functions.
Various parts of the Graviola tree have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola's leaves and stems were effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells. Since then, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests.
It is a natural substance, thus under federal law, it is not patentable and therefore not sold by pharmaceutical companies.
The concept of homotoxicology describes how disease occurs, and how disease can be reversed by homeopathic preparations.
Homotoxins are substances that poison the body. They can be deposited in the fine mesh of connective tissue and body fluid. Homotoxins can clog the "pores" of this internal mesh and obstruct the exchange of substances and information. The active substances in homeopathic preparations are formulated to eject homotoxins and thus promote health. Homeopathy stimulates the body's own healing processes.
We use a proprietary blend of homeopathic remedies to "sweep" the body and help it excrete dead viruses, dead white blood cells, and by-products of the chemical reactions from medicines.
Kangen is a Japanese word best translated into English as "Return to Origin." The water is alkaline drinking water purged of impurities, rich in minerals, and ionized through electrolysis to obtain active hydrogen which is abundant in "extra" electrons. These extra electrons impart strong anti-oxidant properties to the drinking water. They neutralize free radicals. Kangen water keeps the body properly hydrated, alkalized, and detoxed for better health.
Kangen water forms smaller water molecule clusters, which enables every nook and cranny of your body to become super-hydrated. You will taste the difference. No other type of water is capable of this level of hydration.
Alkaline water is particularly useful for cancer patients because cancer thrives in a low-oxygen, acidic environment. Kangen water creates an alkaline, higher oxygen environment. It also enables the body to better absorb important nutrients.
Therapy using both alkaline and acid water for both external and internal use has been recognized as a valid medical treatment in Japan since the 1960s and it is practiced in many of Japan's leading hospitals.
Diabetes patients who use Kangen water show lower blood sugar levels within weeks. It has been shown to lower high blood pressure within months.
Acidic water is created when generating Kangen water, and we use this because it has a firming effect on the skin and a healing effect on acne.
We provide this water at no charge to our patients.
For more information, see www.bestwaterintheworld.com
The liver becomes progressively overburdened as the body rids itself of toxic substances formed by the breakdown of cancer cells. Liver extract supports the liver and shields it from damage.
Liver extract also inhibits the growth of cancer cells by stimulating the patient's immune system and reduces toxic effects on patients exposed to radiation during conventional cancer treatment.
Liver extract is also well known for stimulating the production of red blood cells.
NK cells (natural killer) are part of your fight against cancer. MGN-3 and ABM mushrooms are used to stimulate NK activity.
In the sixties, researchers visited the Sao Paulo, Brazil area and discovered the local natives to be extremely healthy; the longevity rate was disproportionately high with people living well over 100. Their secret was the simple ABM mushroom, Agaricus Blazei Murill.
Subsequent studies over the next 25 years have shown ABM to stimulate the immune system and promote natural mechanisms to battle infectious disease and cancers. ABM stimulates lymphocyte T-cell and helper T-cell production. The polysaccharide contained in ABM stimulates production of interferon and interleukin that indirectly function to destroy and prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. Additionally, ABM is a very powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent.
Japanese studies showed ABM to be 80% more effective than Japan's best selling anticancer medicine, PSK. It contains much higher levels of beta glucans than the other medicinal mushrooms (Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi) and stimulates NK (Natural Killer) cell activity.
MGN-3 is derived from a mixture of rice bran and mushroom extracts, substances proven to be immunosupportive. MGN-3 boosts the activity of both T and B lymphocytes which play a major role in overall immune response, in addition to protecting the body from antigens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They also destroy cancer cells. Additionally, MGN-3 increases the production of interferon and TNF (tumor necrosis factor) and stimulates NK cell activity.
For more information, see www.desertforest.net
The "Myers Cocktail" is an intravenous vitamin and mineral protocol developed in the 1970s by physician John Myers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Myers pioneered the use of intravenous vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including cancer treatment alternatives. IV nutrient therapy can be more effective than taking things orally for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits.
The idea of the Myers Cocktail is that many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive problems – bloating, leaky gut, indigestion, and food sensitivities. People with such conditions may not absorb many of the nutrients they need for health. Also, many diseases cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are injected intravenously, the digestion is bypassed.
With a Myers Cocktail, levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are "coaxed" into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently "kick-starts" the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.
The basic formula is usually vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, and B6; magnesium and calcium. Our doctors can customize the "cocktail" for each patient.
The nutrients in the Myers Cocktail have direct pharmacological effects without the drug side effects. When cells are repeatedly flooded with these nutrients, health improvements are cumulative and often times permanent. While some people may initially need regular IV pushes, others do quite well with an occasional "boost" to maintain.
The Myers Cocktail is used with cancer with the detox remedies and vitamin C. It is important fuel for immune system.
The Myers Cocktail is also given to those who are looking for general enhanced health, increased energy, improved sports performance, and anti-aging support.
Ozone is O3 instead of O2 which is oxygen. Ozone, like high dose vitamin C, is an oxidative therapy meaning it creates oxygen toxicity for cancer cells.
Cancer cells die when exposed to oxygen because cancer cells are anaerobic. Healthy human cells love oxygen, but the disease-causing viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and cancer cells, are anaerobic. That means these microbes and cancer cells cannot live in high oxygen concentrations. As the cancer cells get more and more oxygen the cancer will spread slower and slower. When cancer cells get enough oxygen, they will die.
Poly-MVA® is a highly effective element that we often combine with IPT for cancer treatment because it does so many good things for patients – and with no side effects.
Poly-MVA® contains minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Poly-MVA®'s unique manufacturing process bonds lipoic acid to Palladium (LAPd). This Lipoic Acid Palladium Complex does a number of things:
- seeks out cancer cells by stealing their electromagnetic energy, robbing cancer cells of the ability to maintain life and reproduce
- reduces tumor size
- supports the liver in removing spent chemo agents from the body
- invigorates normal cells and helps to repair any damage invasive cancers may have left behind
- its enzymatic complex of polynucleotide reductase assists in correcting malfunctional nucleic acids in the DNA of genes
- stimulates the infiltration of leukocytes for the removal of cancer cell debris
- reduces the incidence of cachexia in frail patients who have lost much body weight
- is highly effective for increasing cancer remission rates
Poly-MV®A is highly selective for malignant tissue. It influences oxygen, water, and electrical inputs to the malignancy. It behaves like a mild chemotherapeutic agent, but is not destructive.
In June of 2008, Poly-MVA® became the first dietary supplement to be cleared by the FDA for use in a cancer study. It is believed that this study will likely lead to the use of Poly-MVA® in conventional cancer treatments.
Prolotherapy is a simple, natural technique that prompts the growth of new ligament and tendon tissue. Ligaments and tendons are in areas typically where there is limited blood supply, and so healing is slow and not always complete. Prolotherapy gives Mother Natural a helping hand.
Ligaments are the structural "rubber bands" that hold bones to bones in joints. Tendons connect muscles to bones.
Prolotherapy injects a dextrose (sugar water) solution into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas.The localized inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of. New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament that was injected and makes it stronger.
The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica.
Vitamin C – Intravenous and High Dose
Orthomolecular medical researchers, including Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, have long recognized the great importance of vitamin C in fighting cancer. He and Scottish medical doctor Ewan Cameron published Cancer and Vitamin C in 1979. Then Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., and his son Neil H. Riordan, PhD., of The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning in Wichita, KA, further scientifically validated the intravenous use of high concentrations to kill tumor cells. The National Institutes of Health confirmed in 2005 that vitamin C is selectively toxic to cancer cells and that tumor-toxic levels of vitamin C can be attained using intravenous administration.
The idea that vitamin C protects against cancer is more than half a century old but was discarded by mainstream medicine 20 years ago after a key study found no benefit in giving vitamin C to patients with advanced cancer. Turns out, the people behind the study failed to understand the difference between vitamin C given orally versus intravenously.
When we take vitamin C orally, it must pass through the stomach and at about 4000 milligrams, people have what is called "bowel intolerance." In plain language, diarrhea. But when you take it intravenously, you can take as much as 100,000 milligrams (100 grams). You bypass the bowel intolerance problem when you bypass the stomach.
We typically administer between 25 and 100 grams of vitamin C intravenously (in an IV).
High levels of vitamin C fight the risk of infection and the pain of metastases, and they actually aid in the defeat of the cancer cells themselves, through an elegant mechanism that does no harm to healthy cells. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. Vitamin C enhances your immune system's ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. We call it an accessory "chemotherapeutic" agent.
When vitamin C was tested in the laboratory, it was found to be able to weaken or defeat a high proportion of many cancer cells.
Cancer patients are typically significantly depleted of ascorbic acid. Additionally, the more stress cancer patients are under, the more vitamin C they use up. Intravenous vitamin C is an important part of any cancer therapy.
Vitamin C is also excellent for fighting viruses, strengthening the immune system, and building collagen for those looking for it anti-aging properties.
The Chi Machine®
This aerobic exerciser oxygenates, tones, and strengthens the body, increasing feelings of energy, aliveness and well-being, stimulating the lymphatic system, and exercising and balancing the spine.
The idea behind this unusual aerobic exerciser was suggested by Dr. Shizuo Inoue, Chairman of Japan's Oxygen Health Association.Noting how remarkably healthy and well-toned fish are, Dr. Inoue thought that perhaps the steady undulation of the spine causes the fish's whole body to be exercised and oxygenated. Engineers took his basic concept and designed the Chi Machine®, which helps the body to:
- Counteract the effects of stress by rapidly inducing a deep sate of relaxation
- Relax the muscles of the back, improving flexibility and movement while relieving pain
- Promote blood cell production, blood circulation and tissue oxygenation
- Relieve vertebra joint pressure
- Enhance lymphatic drainage
- Improve immune system function
- Massage abdominal organs to aid in digestion
- Stimulate the flow of "Chi" energy throughout the body
The machine creates a swinging motion that closely resembles a gold fish swimming. This oscillating motion maximizes the movement of all the body cells, which in turn supports deep relief. Traditional forms of vigorous exercise provide health benefits, but most CONSUME vital oxygen and compress inter-vertebral disks and make you feel tired. The Chi Machine supports your body's health without creating an energy loss, undue stress to the body, or that 'over worked' feeling.
Photon-Genie™ is the result of decades of research and development. This system re-establishes the ideal vibrational frequencies and harmonic energy states of each individual cell in the body, devitalizes pathogens in the body, breaks up blockages and clots, and detoxifies the body by balancing the lymphatic, circulatory and other fluid systems of the body.
The Photon-Genie far and away dramatically exceeds the primitive frequency instruments of the past. It excels in its comprehensive, full-sensory innovative and effective processing, transmission and delivery of life-force energy and communication to cells and systems of the body. The Photon-Genie is the most advanced and effective vibrational energy technology in the world today.
The body is primarily electric and electricity is found naturally in all of us and controls the function of every cell of our bodies. A variety of electrical impulses in our bodies help facilitate all bodily functions including actions needed for health maintenance, healing and regeneration. By programming the cells of the body with the harmonic electrical impulses that occur in a perfect state of health, we can help trigger and direct these impulses.
The Photon-Genie is available for personal and family use and to be used for EXPERIMENTAL PURPOSES ONLY.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine practice involving methods of messaging or applying pressure to different parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and the ears. The expected results of this practice are to benefit different parts of the body, or to improve general health through stimulating these pressure points.
This natural healing art is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands, and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. Application of pressure on these reflexes relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
In general the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress. There are also many other benefits including pain reduction, improvement of blood flow, enhancement of medical care, especially as a complement to cancer care as it can reduce pains, nausea, vomiting and anxiety.
If you would like to learn more about complementary therapies at the EuroMed Foundation, click here to request your free personal orientation online. Or you can call our office at 602-404-0400 to schedule a phone or in-person orientation.