Many of the leading medical thinkers around the globe recently participated in World Cancer Day, which occurs every year in February. Hundreds of events took place worldwide to mark the occasion, including an international conference in New Delhi where a state health minister discussed the value of Ayurveda, homeopathy, and other alternative cancer therapies.
At EuroMed Foundation, where we wholeheartedly support what seems to be a growing interest in alternative treatment methods, we were so pleased to see this approach get attention on World Cancer Day. In India, Shripad Naik urged scientists and researchers to expand the boundaries of their work to include a holistic approach to treatment.
His message included calling for alternative therapies, including Eastern treatments such as those embodied by Ayurveda, to be developed and integrated with traditional cancer treatment approaches. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest holistic healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India. At its core is the belief that wellness depends on a balance between mind, body, and spirit.
It’s our hope at EuroMed that increased awareness of and interest in natural therapies and alternative cancer treatments will lead to patients incorporating them at the outset of their treatment. Currently, many cancer patients consult with us for treatments such as insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) only after undergoing multiple conventional treatments that prove unsuccessful.
Another lesson we were pleased to see highlighted on the annual awareness day focused not on those who are already diagnosed, but rather on prevention of cancer. The occasion is a good time to encourage everyone to think about making lifestyle changes as a cancer prevention strategy, something that doesn’t get enough attention amid the important discussion of advanced treatments.
According to information provided by World Cancer Day organizers, at least a third of the most common cancers can be prevented by reducing alcohol consumption, eating healthier diets, and exercising more often. The number of cases that can be prevented increases to about 50% if smoking is included.
Here are some other effective lifestyle changes that can help lower the risk of developing cancer:
- Include more fibers in your diet for healthy bowel movements, which help detoxification.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables to glean antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are critical for a healthy diet and a strong immune system.
- Detoxify the system by drinking green and herbal teas to help maintain the body’s balance.
Cancer prevention is one of the cornerstones of our work at EuroMed Foundation. Our treatments emphasize strengthening a patient’s immune system to help overcome the disease, as well as to help prevent it from recurring. Unhealthy lifestyle choices are linked to a number of chronic diseases, and our holistic approach includes complementary therapies to detoxify the body and boost the natural immune system.
It’s time for the medical community and the general public to rethink their approach to cancer prevention and treatment. World Cancer Day is a good time to start.