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I listened in on a very interesting call this weekend. Dr Patrick Kingsley (now retired) who was one of the most effective cancer doctors around gave an interview about his approaches to cancer and how he treated more than 3,000 end-stage cancer patients in his 30 years of practice.
Dr Kingsley didn't use the traditional treatments on his patients. He didn't use chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery to treat them. Instead he used nutrition, lifestyle changes, and making the patient believe he or she could beat the cancer, to treat them. The amazing thing is that he kept every single patient alive.
He gave me a wonderful insight into what exactly cancer is and how, through lifestyle choices, nutrition and of course belief, you can achieve health.
So what exactly is cancer?
It is widely believed that when cancer develops, there are three things which have gone wrong. First, something has caused stem cells in a particular tissue to stop developing into normal cells. Second, the p53 gene has stopped sending out messages to certain cells to die by apoptosis. And thirdly, something has damaged normal cells so badly that they have stopped working properly.
Cancer develops when the level of toxins in our bodies become excessive, to the point where they damage our cells and the information our cells carry regarding their function in our bodies.
We produce cancer cells quite regularly. Our immune systems are designed to identify rogue cells and eliminate them and this happens all the time, except when our immune systems are over stressed.
The medicinal industry and science accept that a number of environmental factors can cause cancer. These accepted causes are radiation, asbestos, tobacco, viruses such as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and chemicals.
However Dr Kingsley has observed other causes of cancer which are in line with my insights into cancer. Dr Kingsley has observed that stress of any sort is a major cause of cancer. During his consultations with cancer patients, it was discovered that, '... shortly before the cancer was discovered, some form of stress occurred.'
So what does stress do to cause cancer? Firstly, it impacts your immune system. Secondly, it creates a demand for better nutrition. What often happens is that when we are stressed, we tend to ignore our diets and snack on convenient foods and drink more tea and coffee and alcohol and often smoke even more. This creates an environment more appropriate for cancer to develop.
Normal cells thrive in a slightly alkaline environment, while cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. Stress causes our bodies to become more acidic which creates an ideal environment for cancer to thrive. Besides creating this ideal environment for cancer to grow, if this stressful environment continues for too long, your body will suffer because in order to neutralize the excess acid in your body, calcium is withdrawn from your bone which creates weak bones and potentially osteoporosis.
Dr Kingsley went on to suggest that cancer could be a protective mechanism. For example: lung cancer is trying to protect you from cigarette smoke or asbestos, and cervical cancer is trying to protect you from the Human Papilloma Virus etc.
This hypothesis offers you the opportunity to try to overcome the cancer that is affecting you at present. This state of affairs is all the more likely to occur if you have been under a lot of stress, especially shortly before your cancer showed up as a specific symptom or lump.
Dr Kingsley suggests that, '...if you can identify and eliminate the cause of your cancer, you don't need the cancer...'
Having had cancer myself, I am very aware of the impact of my emotions on my body. A few years before I was diagnosed, my life changed dramatically and I didn't cope with the changes very well and on an emotional level I closed in on myself. We then suffered a very late stage miscarriage at 23 weeks in January 2006. If I had been able to hold on to the pregnancy for 1 more week we would have been able to save the baby. This devastated us as a family and I really struggled to deal with the emotional turmoil that was left in the wake of this loss.
Almost exactly a year later I was diagnosed with cancer after finding a lump in my breast. I cannot justify pinning my diagnosis purely on the loss of a baby as cancer is a complex combination of a number of things. But dealing with the emotional issues I had previously not acknowledged or accepted has created a much better environment internally and externally to create the space for me to step into my destiny and walk my path with my head held high and be able to face the challenges that life brings us.
For those who don't know me, I really just wanted to introduce myself to you. In brief; I am a mother of two absolutely amazing little girls and a former cancer patient.
I have a loving and supportive family and an amazing network of friends. I have found my calling in life and am following it with great passion and love. I am certainly not scared of the future or angry about my illness and I definitely don't feel guilty about being ill anymore. I have re-engaged with life and am more in touch with who I am and what my purpose is in life than ever before. But that hasn't always been the case.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time I was pregnant with my second daughter; Ruby. You can imagine, this compounded the experience significantly. I spent a year undergoing operations, chemotherapy, childbirth and radiotherapy. At the end of the process my body and spirit were battered and bruised. I had hit rock bottom. I had to find a way out of the darkness or get away from everything I know and love to spare them the fallout.
Fortunately my background and interest lies in human development, and with a lot of self will and amazing support from friends and family, I slowly but surely clawed my way back. My purpose in life is to help people in a similar situation to find themselves again. To re-engage with life and to live life with energy and passion. Do you know somebody who has been diagnosed with cancer who is still hiding from life? For more information go to:
Homeopathic Help for People Experiencing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Homeopathy has a great capacity to impact people in profound ways who experience rheumatoid arthritis. This is the first article in a series that will address disorders of musculoskeletal system. In future articles, I will publish information related to tendinitis and bursitis, degenerative arthritis, back pain/sciatica, and fibromyalgia; as they all have unique symptoms and require their own treatment plans.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disorder primarily of the synovial joints, but can also affect other systemic organs. RA affects over 2 million Americans, with women being 3 times more susceptible than men.
The Arthritis Foundation states this disease progresses through three stages:
1) First is swelling of the synovial lining, causing pain, warmth, stiffness, redness and swelling around the joint.
2) Second is the rapid division and growth of cells, which causes the synovium to thicken.
3) In the third stage, the inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage, often causing the involved joint to lose its shape and alignment, more pain, and loss of movement.
Eventually, if left untreated, RA has the capacity to destroy cartilage, deform joints, and destroy adjacent bones. And because it is a systemic disease it can affect the entire body. RA can cause generalized inflammation in the cardiac muscle, in blood vessels, and within layers of the skin. The exact cause of RA is unknown, but it is considered an autoimmune disorder (the body attacks itself). Genetic predispositions, or viral infections are thought to increase risks of RA.
People experiencing rheumatoid arthritis can be best helped the earlier it is caught, especially before excessive suppression has taken place from conventional methods of treatment. In homeopathy, health is viewed as a condition of the entire individual, rather than in terms of isolated symptoms from specific locations of the body. In this way, a homeopath will consider not only a detailed description of the physical RA symptoms, but the overall mental and emotional disposition and character, as well.
The following homeopathic remedies, and their specific indicators, can be considered for people experiencing RA:
Causticum: Stiffness of the joint that is so severe, it feels as if the joint is paralyzed. Generally worse from cold, dry weather. Better in rainy weather. Affects the fingers predominantly.
Rhus Toxicodendron: The main homeopathic remedy considered from rheumatism with pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness causes the person to shift and stretch. Worse in the morning upon rising; in the cold, damp, rainy weather; storms; and sitting for long periods of time (such as in a movie or a car ride). They feel better from heat, hot bathing, or showers; and continued, gentle motion.
Arnica: Great soreness all over. Even the bed feels too hard. They feel bruised or beaten. Worse from being jarred or touched; they fear being touched. Pains are usually symmetrical.
Aurum Metallicum: Rheumatism with stiffness or spasms of the chest wall. This is an important remedy to consider for people who also have ankylosing spondylitis. Generally worse at night.
Ledum: Swelling, coldness and pallor (sometimes blueness) in the affected joint. Worse from heat. In general, the pains ascend during the course of the illness to more proximal joints.
Pulsatilla: Wandering arthritis; changeable symptoms and pains. Worse in the evening and with heat. Better from the cold; uncovering the joint; cold applications; and in the open air.
Homeopathic treatment will best assist people experiencing RA from constitutional, long-term care and, as mentioned, in the earlier stages of the illness. Even if medications have already begun, homeopathic treatment can help boost vitality and strengthen the healing intelligence of the body enough where the allopathic medications can eventually be discontinued altogether.
Anxiety can be simply defined as both - physiological as well as a psychological disorder, mainly due to emotions, behavior and the cognitive aspects or components. It can occur in people without any stimulus experienced by the body, and is considered as a counter reaction to stress. The anxiety symptoms are fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations of the heart, sweating, panic attacks (in some cases), restlessness etc. The aim of homeopathic remedies for anxiety is to allow the natural healing of the body by the intake of very dilute substances. A proper homeopathy remedy for anxiety is prescribed by the homeopathic doctors after studying the case in detail. Now, let us know about the homeopathic remedies for anxiety.
Useful Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety
The Calcarea Carbonica homeopathic remedies for anxiety is generally prescribed to those people who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown or are overwhelmed due to the various physical illnesses. Confusion in mind and thoughts, constant worrying, claustrophobia, being afraid of heights, fatigue and sluggish are the experiences of people with anxiety, which can be cured with homeopathic remedy like Calcarea Carbonica.
The homeopathic remedies for anxiety like Aconitum Napellus are prescribed to those who suffer from panic attacks, due to extreme fear. The fear may be due to different reasons - it can be due to fear of death and fear of falling seriously ill from fever or cold. This remedy, according to researchers, helps to deal with palpitations and shortness of breath which are the symptoms of anxiety.
The Argentum Nitricum homeopathic remedy for anxiety is given to those people who are tensed, feel uneasy and anxious before important and decisive events in their life such as public speaking, giving an interview or writing the examination paper. Apart from experiencing diarrhea and feeling dizzy, the people who are prescribed Argentum Nitricum have peculiar impulses as well as thoughts.
Arsenicum Album is one of the best homeopathic remedies for anxiety for those people who keep worrying about their health and also about some other things such as their security, well being and also of the law and order. People who are very restless, anxious and constantly moving from one place to the other, face the problems like severe attacks of asthma and panic attacks at night or during the early hours of the morning, may be given the Arsenicum Album homeopathic remedy.
The Natrum Muriaticum is another one amongst the good homeopathic remedies for anxiety for people who experience extreme emotions such as fear apart from other feelings such as loneliness, shyness, staying aloof and reserved, migraines, claustrophobia, sleep deprivation and night fears.
Silicea is a homeopathic remedy for anxiety for those people whose personality traits include getting nervous and being low on confidence levels and facing concentration problems, when they have to do important tasks - which may be related to academics, jobs or a business. Overreacting to minor or small things, having low stamina, headaches, cold, fever, sore throat and shyness are other characteristics of such people. These people face the above mentioned problems even though, in most of the cases they are intelligent and very capable of doing their tasks successfully. For more on anxiety cures, refer to:
The following are the homeopathic remedies for anxiety in children:
K-OK Kiddie Calmer
Many homeopaths prescribe homeopathic remedies for anxiety such as Pulsatilla, Phosphorus, Lycopodium and Gelsemium as per the requirement. Thus, we can conclude stating that, the role played by homeopathy in curing anxiety related problems, is significant!
Homeopathy is curative. It treats the cause (internal malady or the imbalanced energy) and not the expression (diagnostic symptoms specific to the disease) of the disease. The symptoms are only used as an indication to select the right remedy for the individual. It treats the person as a whole and not his individual body parts. Homeopathy takes into account the expressions of an illness characteristic to the individual and a curative remedy chosen on this basis gives a gentle and permanent cure.
In which disease condition homeopathic treatment is more effective?
There is no condition that Homeopathy cannot treat. Conditions from a simple cold to cancer can be treated with Homeopathy. It takes into account the individual symptoms of the patient suffering from any disease and not the diagnosis of the disease. By the virtue of this certain diseases that cannot be diagnosed clinically or even unknown diseases can also be treated. Also in incurable cases where even the modern line of treatment fails to help the patient, homeopathy will prove to be a very good palliative and will improve the last days of life and ease the death.
Why detailed history?
Detailed history is very essential as homeopathy believes in treating the individual and not the disease. So the physician needs to know the individual and not about his disease. Also the chronic diseases are due to suppression of skin affections or emotions; hence detailed history will reveal whether any past ailments suppressed has lead to the present complaints.
Every incidence affects our life, so it is very important to know all the incidences and its impact it had on the patients. Hence a detailed history right from the childhood till date is needed to find the right medicine which suits the patient. If you co-operate and give honest and detailed history we can help you to achieve better and healthy life.
Is it safe to take Homeopathic medicines during Pregnancy?
Yes. It is safe to take homeopathic medicines from a qualified homeopathic doctor .If the treatment is planned in a proper way it will have lot of benefit to the mother and the child. The child will be much healthier and the medicines will help to fight the hereditary diseases which are carried from generation to generation. In fact if homeopathy is given during pregnancy the delivery is normal and easier. The child is relatively healthier and balanced emotionally, intellectually and physically.
Does one have to take the Homeopathic medicines for a long time?
No. The duration of the treatment depends upon the nature of the disease and the fighting capacity of the body. The treatment is continued for certain time period so as to improve the resistance of the body to fight diseases. So taking into consideration all these factors the treatment is continued for a certain time frame for the benefit of the patient. Once he starts improving we stop the medicines and the natural immunity of the body will take care of the rest of the problem.
Does Homeopathy take long time to act?
It is a myth that homeopathic medicines act slowly. It acts is a rapid way and the effect lasts much longer, often forever as here the disease is cured from its roots. On the plus side is absence of any toxicity and after effects. For e.g. if "X" is suffering from bronchial asthma and he is suffering for the last 14 years and has been to various systems of medicine. Now if you give homeopathy and say in 2 years time he is completely alright -Please tell us which one is slow?
Do homeopathic medicines have steroids?
No. It is a misconception that has been developing in the recent times. Due to the misconception that homeopathy takes long time to act; after seeing the improvement at a fast rate people think that homeopaths give steroids.
All Homoeopathic medicines are prepared by using scientific predefined methods of extracting the medicinal properties from source substances. There is no scope or need to adulterate the derived medicines with any other substances, as this would completely obliterate the curative properties of the same.
The prescription of homoeopathic medicines is based on the similarity of the symptoms of the patient with those produced by the drug (in its purest form) when proved (clinical trials) in healthy individuals. So any addition to the original medicine would completely alter its medicinal properties and hence render it non-curative. If the patient has doubts he should be advised to check the medicines from a standard laboratory.
Why do homeopaths do not tell the name of the medicines that have been given?
The name of the medicines is not disclosed for the benefit of the patient. If the patient after knowing the name of the medicine starts taking it according to his or her whims and fancies; it will distort the original unmodified disease picture and in the future treating the patient will be much more difficult.
The other fact is that certain medicines have to be changed and given as per the state of the disease and recovery which is very essential. At the end of the treatment if the patient wants the line of treatment that had been given it can be provided to him but at the end of the treatment.
Does homeopathy believe in disease diagnosis and pathological investigations?
Yes it is very essential to diagnose a disease as for the selection of the remedy we require to know the characteristics symptoms and not the disease symptoms. For e.g. If a person is having an attack of asthma he will be having wheezing and congestion of the chest and he gets relief only if he throws his head backwards. The symptom "throwing head backward relieves" is very peculiar which will help us in getting the right remedy. A good knowledge of disease is important. The pathological investigations are also important to know the prognosis and disease diagnosis.
Does one have to stop other medicines which the patient has been taking?
No. The patient should not stop the medicines which he has been taking. It should be tapered after the patient is improving this should be done in consultation with the other treating physician.
In some cases the other medicine cannot be discontinued in such instances both the medicines have to be continued for the benefit of the patient. The treatment should be planned and properly implemented.
Do homeopathic medicines bring about aggravation initially?
In some cases there is an initial aggravation of the symptoms but it is a good sign
that the medicine is right and has started acting. But this happens in a few cases not all patients will have an aggravation.
Is Homeopathy a proved science?
It definitely is. Homeopathy is a science based on sound logic and vast experimental data. Homeopathy is the only medicinal science where data has been collected by proving on human beings. The principles of Homeopathy have been derived and authenticated by vast clinical experiments and data. The homoeopathic medicines are prepared in a standardized manner. The homoeopathic pharmacopoeia lists more than 3500 remedies, whose clinical efficiency has been proved in various clinical trials conducted all over the world. Various institutions and individuals are proving new medicines and increasing the scope of homoeopathic medicines.
Are Homoeopaths qualified doctors?
Yes. There are more than 180 homoeopathic medical colleges in India and about 2000 colleges all over the world recognized by the Government and the University. The degree course is an extensive study of the human body and homoeopathic pharmacy, lasting for four and half years followed by internship for 1year, which includes hospital training and patient management. After this the students are given the degree making them qualified doctors. There are now also postgraduate courses available in Homeopathy. One has to register with the Homoeopathic Medical Council to practice Homeopathy legally, and has to renew the registration every five years (India).
Is it true that Homoeopathic medicines are only placebos (sugar pills)?
No. The pills of homoeopathic medicines are made from sugar but they work only as vehicles. Actual liquid medicine prepared with alcohol base is then poured over them and allowed to dry. These pills are then dispensed as medications.
Homoeopathic medicines are also available in liquid form or tinctures, which can be ingested directly or by diluting them in water.
Does the Homoeopath give the same white pills for all illnesses/patients?
Certainly not. Although it appears that same white pills are given for all illnesses or patients it is not so, as there are more than 3500 remedies to prescribe from and new medicines are added to the list regularly, after their proving and clinical trials. All homoeopathic medicines are available as liquids with an alcohol base. In order to dispense a medicine to a patient, the indicated remedy in the liquid form is poured on the white sugar pills, which merely act as vehicles to transfer the medicinal property. Hence it appears that the same white pills are administered to all.
Is homeopathic treatment effective for children, adults, woman and elderly?
Homeopathy has no bar for age and sex; it is equally effective for every human being in every stage of their life from birth till death.
Does Homeopathy work in acute cases?
Yes. Homeopathy has wonderful remedies that give prompt relief in acute cases like fever, cough, cold, diarrhea, headaches etc. when the person opts for Homeopathy at the onset of the ailment.
Does Homeopathy believe in Surgery?
Yes, it does. Surgery is a separate branch of science. It has to be resorted to in conditions that are beyond the domain of medicine. But one can avoid surgery as Homeopathy can effectively treat many so called surgical conditions like, tonsillitis, piles, warts, kidney stones etc.
Should one take homoeopathic medicines only from a qualified doctor?
Yes he should. There have been instances of miracle cures by lay people practicing Homeopathy, but it is always advisable to go to a homoeopathic physician, as he is qualified to judge the severity and depth of your illness and thereby prevent undue complications later on, which could be overlooked by a hobby practitioner due to his ignorance of medical knowledge. Only a qualified physician can guide you towards a complete (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and pathological) recovery.
In a recent study, a close connection has been found between the distracted eating and enhancing waistline. Volunteers that ate while working on their laptops or while watching television ate twice the food than those who gave eating their 100% attention.
Well, quite an important study for countries where childhood obesity is a cause of concern. Not only children but more and more adults are used to eating in this fashion and tend to accumulate more calories. The result- hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, diabetes, and worsening health on all planes!
In many cultures across the world, eating is given the importance of spiritual pursuit. The reason behind is that unless we give our full attention to what we eat, how we eat, how the food tastes, and how well are we chewing it, we tend to ignore the richness (in terms of positive energy) these food stuffs give us. Naturally the digestive juices secreted by the body during that process of eating are not up to the mark in terms of quantity as well as quality. Obviously the digestion suffers, the next day morning you don’t feel fresh and have struggled bowel movement.
So, stop that multitasking during meals. Remember we are what we eat. Food is the stuff that keeps us going through odd hours of life. Give food its due importance and respect when you eat. Turn off the television and shut down the computers while you eat. Just relish every morsel you eat and your internal organs, particularly your digestive system will thank you for sure! J
Prostate cancer researchers still are under lot of investigative studies to find out more precise information regarding the causative factors. Also the researchers are interested in figuring out what can be the strategic options that will work wonders for prevention of prostate cancer. Well, it’s always true that prevention is better than cure and we are always curious about the preventive aspects in the increasingly unstable world. Let’s have some more insight into the preventive aspects of prostate cancer:
1) Maintain an ideal BMI: the prostate cancer has high incidence in obese men. This adds prostate cancer to the list of diseases that occur due to excess weight. Therefore, maintaining ideal Body Mass Index and Waist Hip Ratio certainly reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Thus, good low-fat diet and exercise reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
2) Say no to red meat: High incidence of prostate cancer is associated with high intake of red meat. It is postulated that red meat eaters are ingesting higher levels of fats, which are harmful for prostatic health. Also grilled meat is said to add to the risk of prostate cancer. So, obviously avoiding such indulgence can reduce the risk of cancer.
3) Fruits and vegetables prevent prostate cancer: 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce your risk of prostatic cancer. Especially people who indulge in tomatoes, pink grapefruits, and pasta sauce can significantly reduce the risk of cancer due to high amount of lycopene in it that destroys free radicals in the body due to its anti-oxidant properties.
4) Have foods rich in omega-3-fatty acids: fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring are said to reduce the prostate cancer risk by manifolds due to their high levels of omega-3-fatty acids.
5) Green tea, soy, legumes: the phytoestrogens contained in soy beans and some legumes fight against the cancers. Also antioxidants like polyphenols may help in preventing prostate and other cancers.
6) Chemoprevention: It is one of the modes of prevention in which certain natural supplements including vitamins D and E, difluromethylornithine (DFMO), isoflavonoids, selenium, and lycopene are administered in the hope to prevent prostate cancer.
However, a careful assessment by doctor is must before you proceed with the preventive measures.
Here we at drshreya.com are celebrating Dr Hahnemann's Birth Day! We have been always indebted for the immense support of our colleagues, friends, and patients across the globe because of whom Dr Shreya's Homeopathy is a recognized brand today. If we want to recognize a person who made it possible, undoubtedly the first credit should go to the Founder of Homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann! He was the man of vision whose relentless efforts made homeopathy one of the widely used therapeutic systems today. He always regarded homeopathy as one of the safest, cheapest, and most scientific approach for any diseased person. His birthday is on 10th of April and to commemorate this great man, we at drshreya.com hereby announce 9 days of free consultation service for one and all!
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