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Cancer simplified & demystified


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Morwenna Given, medical herbalist outlines alternative therapies for cancers.

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Cancer simplified & demystified

  1. 1. Cancer Simplified & Demystified A talk by Morwenna Given Medical Herbalist
  2. 2. Who am I? I am a Medical Herbalist trained in the UK in hospital/clinic settings I focus on treating Cancer and pre Cancerous conditions I believe the role of Plant Medicine in cancer can be enormously effective without being invasive or having latent side effects. It is validated by scientific evidence.© 2011
  3. 3. What is Cancer?, Uncontrolled growth of cells. Hippocrates & Nobel prize winners 1931 and 2008  Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes B.B Aggwal et al. MD Anderson Cancer Research Centre Pharm Res. 2008 September; 25(9): 2097–2116. Published online 2008 Jul 15. doi: 10.1007/s11095-008-9661-9. © 2011
  4. 4. SOME STATISTICS 90-95% OF CANCERS due to ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES Cancer in Ontario is increasing each year CANCER IN ONTARIO: OVERVIEW A Statistical Report Types of cancer and mortality rates are changing© 2011
  5. 5. Conventional Approaches: CUT “ the primary tumour suppresses angiogenesis …..removal causes a flare up in vessel neoformation and thus enhanced metabolic activityand metastasis” Peeters et al Surgery 2005 Feb; 237(2): 246-9© 2011
  6. 6. Conventional Approach (2) • Burn Radiation is a known carcinogenic - Hiroshima • Poison Kills indiscriminately especially in an already diseased state • Result: An @80bn $ industry which would not survive in a normal competitive environment© 2011
  7. 7. Why does this approach not work? IS THERE A BETTER WAY? Our bodies are a collection of atoms held together by electrical bonds ( positive negative and neutral electrical charges) Anything that disrupts those bonds causes dysbiosis Normally our bodies prevent this happening but in cancer the body can’t repair itself as these mechanisms have been subverted© 2011
  8. 8. What is Missing? No attention to the cause of the cancerChange Threatens Remember 90% of financial cancers are relationships Tx environmental innot patient driven originNo Integration of No newconventional and drugs/biomarkersProven alternative in 25 years treatments despite all the funding and hype
  9. 9. WHAT IS MISSING (2) Conventional therapies are very destructive to an already weakened physical state Synthetic drugs only have one molecular pathway Plants have multi pathways eg Turmeric with 98 metabolic pathways© 2011
  10. 10. Biomechanics of Cancer Initiating factors -hormones, genetics, lifestyle, radiation, viruses bacteria growth factors: Disruption of the Promoting factors VEGF EGF, P53 extra cellular Oncongenes etc matrix Proliferation – Cell receptors and cell signalling corrupted hypoxia, glycolytic shift, etc
  12. 12.  From normal to malignant Induction of genetic instability Abnormal expression of genes Abnormal signal induction Abnormal cell to cell signalling Induction of angiogenesis Invasion and metastasis Immune ev/invasion ©2011
  13. 13.  Plants to the Rescue• Plants can inhibit every step of this process• Chemo and radiation only affect cell replication – S phase• Conventional therapy is not cell selective good and bad cells are killed further weakening the body• Many plants target cells in the S phase when DNA is unravelling and where natural agents do their protective normalising work. ©2011
  14. 14.  Some Herbs Some Actions• APOPTOSIS METHYL DONORS ANTI HYLURONIDASE HORMONAL MODULATORS• garlic / capsicum urtica gota kola Vitex• Vit CDE vaccinium eccinachea urtica/ginsengP• Glycorrhiza• equisetium vaccinium• glycorriza /soy red clover/ humulus• panax / scut quercitin flax/flaxseed• viscum/turmeric folate melatonin/prunella• Flavs/ selenium B12 Vit E medicago sativa• beta elemene ( ginger mint celery ) cimicifuga - serm parthenolides• salix © 2011
  15. 15. Cancer has its weaknesses Like the crab it is named after, cancer has key weaknesses Hypoxia – feeding the cells Cancer prefers an acid environment to an alkaline © 2011
  16. 16. A medical herbalist approach (1)• DIET• Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine – Hippocrates• Addresses immediately two key weaknesses of cancer© 2011
  17. 17. A medical herbalist approach(2)• Address the causes: LIFESTYLE & PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT & Uses proven plants & their biochemical pathways©2011
  18. 18. A Medical Herbalist approach(3) Herbal Protocols include Use of selected supplements Use of compound teas Use of tinctures ©2011
  20. 20. PERSONAL MEDICINE Every supplement, tea and tincture is designed individually to treat the patient and their particular problems Every compound is based on scientific evidence of plant properties and pathways©2011
  21. 21. Smoke and Mirrors THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET there never will be as long as the prime causes are environmental & lifestyle EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT©2011
  22. 22. SAMPLE HERB  TURMERIC ( Curcuma longa )Evidence shows it has 98 metabolic pathways & effectively treats 14 different types of cancer " Most efficacious cancer drug is a plant" Dr B.B. Aggwal University of Texas writing in a discussion on turmeric ( Curcuma longa )©2011
  23. 23. CAUTIONS the compounds that I give do not come from OTC products.Only registered herbalists may compound and use these productsIt is best not to self treat as you may cause further problems© 2011
  24. 24. The Happy Ending!• Harry’s story:• “ The doctors gave me 6 months – you gave me my life back “ Thank you for listening©2011