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a general overview of naturopathic cancer care and what we have to offer peopel dealing with all types of cancer, supportive naturopathic care for cancer patients

a general overview of naturopathic cancer care and what we have to offer peopel dealing with all types of cancer, supportive naturopathic care for cancer patients



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  • Integrated Cancer Care Maureen Horne-Paul N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Kingston Naturopathic Center
  • Naturopathic Medicine
    • Primary health care profession
    • Focus on prevention of disease, health maintenance
    • Uses natural methods to promote healing
    • Works in co-operation with other systems of medicine (i.e. not “either/or”)
  • Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
    • First Do No Harm ( primum non nocere )
    • Identify and Treat the Cause ( tolle causam )
    • Healing Power of Nature ( vis medicatrix naturae )
    • Physician as Teacher ( docere )
    • Treat the Whole Person
  • Education of Naturopathic Doctors
    • Bachelor of Science degree is prerequisite
    • 4 years at an accredited Naturopathic medical school (4 in North America)
      • human biological sciences, biochemistry, etc.
      • medical sciences
      • naturopathic therapeutics
      • clinical training
  • Licensing of Naturopathic Doctors
    • In Ontario, licensed by the Board of Drugless Therapy/Naturopathy
    • After graduation, must pass board examinations standardized across North America to be licensed
    • In Canada, naturopathic practice regulated under provincial law in BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, (Alberta pending)
  • A Naturopathic Office Visit
    • Medical history-taking and physical exam
    • Diet/nutritional analysis
    • Laboratory testing as required
    • Patient’s goals for their health
    • Formulation of an INDIVIDUALIZED treatment plan
    • Appropriate referrals when necessary
    • Follow-up assessments as needed
  • “Natural” Doesn’t Mean Safe
    • No “magic bullets”
    • Herbs, homeopathics, nutritional supplements are drugs with biological actions in the body
    • Interactions:
      • herb:herb
      • herb:drug
    • Contraindications for herbs and supplements
    • “ Goodfer Syndrome”
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Huge volume of well-documented, peer-reviewed information available
    • Available for wide range of modalities and therapeutic substances
    • Naturopathic practice based on the best evidence available
    • More research needed in many areas of complementary medicine
  • Types of Therapies Used
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Intravenous and injection therapy
    • First Line Therapy
    • Botanical medicine
    • Acupuncture
    • Homeopathic Medicine
    • Lifestyle management, mind-body techniques, bodywork, hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic Medicine can...
    • Optimize nutritional status
    • Relieve from side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
    • Enhance healing after surgery
    • Improve response to conventional therapy
    • Decrease possibility of metastasis and reoccurrence
    • Long-term health maintenance, QOL issues
  • Naturopathic Medicine can..
    • Support the immune system
    • Stimulate the immune system
    • Attack tumor cells
    • Reduce the total workload of the immune system
    • Deal with health problems not a result of the cancer or cancer treatments
  • Naturopathic Medicine
    • Wholistic
    • A mind-body approach
    • Able to offer may different types of treatments and modalities
    • Well combined with conventional treatments
    • Treatments can be synergistic in effect
  • Optimizing Nutritional Status
    • Pre-treatment, during treatment, post-treatment rebuilding
    • Caloric intake
    • Food “bang for your buck”
    • Quality of food
    • Medicinal value of foods
    • IV therapy
  • Managing Treatment Side Effects
    • Strategies to minimize/support:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Weight loss, appetite
    • Mucositis
    • Hormonal effects
    • Support digestion and elimination
    • Organ/tissue support
    • Liver support and immune system modulation
  • Enhance Healing
    • After surgery/radiation
    • Improved wound healing with nutrients
    • Decrease short and long-term radiation effects
    • IV therapy, homeopathy, botanicals, bodywork, relaxation techniques, guided imagery
  • Improved Response to Conventional Therapy
    • Reducing toxicity of chemotherapy and radiation treatments
    • Enhance activity of some drugs
    • Mitigate side effects
    • AVOID Negative interactions with Chemo!!
    • Botanicals, homeopathic medicines, vitamin, minerals, biological response modifiers, diet
  • Metastasis/Recurrence Prevention
    • Anti-angiogenesis
    • Extracellular matrix and connective tissue modifiers/detoxifiers
    • Cell membrane modifiers
    • Apoptosis inducers
    • Immune modulators
    • Anti-mutagenics
  • Mucositis
    • Traumeel:
    • Double-blind placebo studies-2 completed, 1 ongoing
    • Very positive results in most patients, especially in children
    • Typical dosing: start 2 days before chemo, 1 ampule bid/tid in water, swish and swallow, continue until at least day 10, or longer prn
    • Clinically one of the best therapeutics-may be enhanced by probiotics, other substances
  • Chemo-Induced Menopause
    • Diet
    • Bioflavonoids-hesperidin
    • Isoflavones-soy ??? Not always indicated
    • Cimicifuga and other botanicals
    • Liver support-metabolic pathways
    • Gut support-hormone breakdown
    • Homeopathics
  • Long-Term Health
    • After conventional therapy is over… What now?
    • Other health issues
    • Maintenance
    • Quality of Life
    • Palliative Care
  • Cancer Prevention Diet Keys
    • “ Rainbow” assortment of fruits and veggies
    • Reduce intake of red meats and other animal foods
    • Reduce exposure to chemicals, pesticides, cleaners, etc.
    • Eat good fats especially Omega-3
    • Avoid high-calorie, low nutrient foods
    • Keep salt intake low and potassium intake high
    • Choose foods that help elimination and detoxification
  • Saraswati Wellness Spa
    • Full service naturopathic clinic including IV therapy,acupuncture, botanical med, lifestyle mgt
    • In-house wellness programs
    • Wellness based spa therapies
    • Accommodations
  • Thank you for your attention!!
  • Any Questions???
  • Maureen Horne-Paul N.D. Kingston Naturopathic Center Reddendale Plaza 732A Front Road Kingston, ON K7M4L5 634-9991