Welcome,

herbs3“You aren’t sick because you have cancer –
You have cancer because you are sick.” Dr Lorraine Day

The Cancer Compass an Alternate Route blog was created to provide information for those who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis and are looking for alternative options.  Often cancer patients are rushed to begin the traditional therapies of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation and aren’t given the opportunity to investigate the alternative therapies that would be helpful for them.  There are many options available, but you will not hear about them from your oncologist, radiologist, or surgeon because it is illegal in the U.S. to use anything other than the aforementioned therapies to treat cancer.  There are two reasons for this.

  1. Your doctor would risk losing their medical license if they mentioned anything else.
  2. Your doctor has not been trained in nutritional or alternative therapies, so they may not be aware of how they could be helpful to you.

The War on Cancer-  We are in the midst of a cancer epidemic, as one in two men and one in three women can expect to be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.  Cancer is expected to claim 585,720 American lives in 2014, along with 7.6 million people worldwide.  About 1,665,540 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United  States in 2014, and this estimate does not include figures for carcinoma in situ (which is a non-invasive cancer) of any site except for urinary/bladder, nor does it include basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas because they are not required to be reported to the cancer registries.

Even though research and treatment efforts have intensified over the past three decades, the annual death toll has continued to rise.  Researchers point out that this is because people are living longer than ever, and since cancer becomes more prevalent with age, it is unfair to just look at only the raw numbers when assessing progress.   Therefore, when mortality rates are calculated, they are adjusted to compare cancer fatalities by age group, over time.  Yet even when using this model for analysis, the percentage of Americans dying from cancer is about the same as it was back in the 50’s; and since our population has grown since then, this means that more people than ever are being diagnosed with cancer, more people than ever are dying from the disease and many of them are below the age of 50.  We must recognize that our current strategies are not working.

Billions of Dollars Spent-  The NCI has an annual budget of 5 billion dollars, and has spent some 90 billion dollars on research and treatments since the war on cancer was declared by President Richard Nixon in 1971. Pharmaceutical companies spend about 8 billion dollars annually researching and developing cancer drugs, and there are about 260 nonprofit organizations in the United States that have  dedicated themselves to cancer research that have annual budgets that top $2.2 billion.  All told, the money spent each year on cancer exceeds 16  billion dollars, and yet what has all of this money bought for us? We hear almost nightly about new breakthroughs that are happening in the cancer arena, and yet these treatments have only extended lives by an average of 2 or 3 additional months, and this is often in a state of extreme suffering.

Ignoring the Obvious-  From a historical perspective, cancer has always been an extremely rare disease, that is, until the steadily increasing rates that have occurred within industrialized nations since the early to mid 1900’s.   Billions of dollars are being spent annually looking for genetic links to cancer, but are we ignoring the obvious….  The human genome has not changed significantly for thousands of years, so why would our genes suddenly go rogue and become the causes of death for millions of people?  The answer is that damaged and faulty genes are not the killers that they have been made out to be.  What kills a cancer patient is not the tumor itself, but the numerous reasons behind the cell mutations that have led to the development of the tumor in the first place.  You see, cancer is a symptom of an underlying problem that has been brought on by our modern lifestyle- more specifically by eating a poor diet, having an overly-toxic body, partaking in risky behaviors, a lack of exercise, or by experiencing the constant emotional conflicts that can suppress the immune system such as holding onto resentments or experiencing feelings of guilt and shame– all of which can overwhelm and collapse the immune system and lead to the development of cancer. 

Genetics-  are said to only account for 5- 10 % of cancers, so that mean that 90-95 % of cancers are caused primarily by the factors that I have listed above.  Yet even those  5-10% have the potential for adaptation as new research reveals that our genes have the incredible ability to respond dynamically to the environments that they are exposed to– literally activating and deactivating the chemical switches that regulate how they will express themselves.

These environmental factors once again include poor diet, exposure to toxins, risky behaviors, and how we handle stress.    To prove this theory, Dr Dean Ornish did a study on prostate cancer patients which involved having them eat a vegetarian diet and incorporating stress relieving techniques.   The study revealed that over 500 genes were affected by these lifestyle changes, in fact, certain disease-preventing genes were up-regulated, or turned on, and certain disease promoting genes, including the oncogenes involved in cancer were down-regulated, or turned off.   The study suggests that comprehensive lifestyle changes can cause changes in gene expression that can be beneficial to the general population as well as to those suffering from  cancer.  Read more about his study with this link.

The Immune System – the simple fact is that our bodies are continually developing cancerous cells throughout our lives.  A healthy immune system is able to identify and destroy these cells before they are able to grow uncontrollably.  It is only when the immune system fails at this most basic function that cancerous cells are allowed to grow and reproduce at uncontrollable rates, thus creating a life-threatening situation.  For this reason, all cancer healing protocols should recognize that a breakdown of the immune system is a primary concern, and then work to build it back up- not tear it down further as is the norm when having conventional medical interventions.  Start by addressing your nutritional deficiencies as well as clearing your body of toxicity, and you will begin to address the true cause of cancer.

Change your  internal terrain:

Eliminate toxins:

Informational resources:

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