The average person who finds out they have cancer is faced with a frightening number of decisions. Those of us who have been there, understand that standing at the precipice of a cliff is not only scary, it’s mind-numbing.
But don’t let the fear paralyze you. The first thing to do is to take a deep breath. Understand you’re likely in a state of shock. Recognize that while you’ll not want to put off treatment indefinitely, you do have time to learn about your options. Cancer is something that often takes years to develop, and it’s not likely to kill you next week.
I recently interviewed Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD, a brilliant naturopath who has successfully treated thousands of patients and guided them through the process of healing. He uses the analogy of a firefighter who is dealing with a burning building.
What Is Causing the Building to Burn?
A naturopath like Dr. Karlfeldt will look for the fires first. What is causing the building to burn, i.e., what is driving the cancer? There are often many answers to this question. Are you exposed to a parasite, pathogen, or other toxin? Are certain foods you’re eating negatively impacting your immune system? What are the causes of the inflammatory markers and what are the numbers they show?
In other words, what is the root cause of your disease? Cancer didn’t just happen in a vacuum, there’s always an underlying cause.
What tests does a naturopath perform? It depends on the individual. Do you live in an old house with present mold? What kind of diet do you have? What other health issues do you have? What is your emotional state? Tests might include:
- An antibody test with 3 different panels for food, heavy metals, and pathogens such as Lyme, mold, viruses, and bacteria.
- Urine test (chronic inflammation test) to determine the level of inflammation we’re dealing with.
- Nutritional or mineral tests to determine deficiencies or excess overload (lead, copper, fluoride, etc.).
Bring In The Construction Crew to Rebuild the Body
Much like firefighters, a naturopath will assist you in using the body’s natural ability to CLEAR the cause. Then he’ll bring in the construction crew to rebuild the body with basics like nutrition, vitamins, and supplements.
He’ll also utilize some of the most cutting-edge treatments available today. Some of the treatments Dr. Karlfeldt recommends include:
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – a treatment that uses the power of light to destroy cancer cells. It involves using light-sensitive medicine and a light source to destroy abnormal cells and utilizes a photosensitizer that can be injected into or around the therapy location to pull light to itself as a stronger concentration. By matching the frequency of a laser with the photosensitizer so that it triggers oxidation within the cancer cells, it kills them in a very targeted manner.
Oxygen Therapies – these types of therapies are designed to create an oxygen-rich environment within the tumors. Research like a study by the University Georgia shows that “low oxygen levels in cells may be a primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in some cancers.” Oxygen therapies are highly effective when combined with other therapies. For example, a lot of time chemotherapy is not effective because it isn’t combined with oxygen therapy.
High-dose vitamin C IV, mistletoe IV, and other therapies can also be highly effective in treating cancer. Learn more about Dr. Karlfeldt’s recommended therapies, including the innovative platelet derived nanoparticle delivery system of substances, in the video interview below.
Putting the Fire Out
It has been proven that people who feel in control of their own health experience better outcomes than those who don’t. Being in charge of your own journey is not only your right, but it is to your advantage. When you’re dealing with something as important as cancer, a can-do attitude is paramount. Choosing a health coach or a team of professionals you trust is critical to your success in many ways. Working with someone you trust and are comfortable with helps to reduce your stress, a very important factor in fighting any disease. Just having someone in your corner can confirm the success you’re making and put to rest any doubts you have.
University of Georgia, “Low oxygen levels could drive cancer growth, research suggests,” Science Daily (May 3, 2012).
“Study Links Mental Health Treatment to Improved Cancer Survival,” National Cancer Institute (July 10, 2020). https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2020/lung-cancer-treating-mental-health-longer-survival