Herbs

Traditional Chinese Medicine and CancerMany cancer patients including those with lung cancer use alternative or complimentary therapies. Alternative therapies are defined as treatments that are not used by conventional physicians and can include: vitamin and herbal therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, mind-body medicine, and anti-cancer diets. Complimentary or “integrative” therapies are defined as using alternative approaches in combination with conventional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

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food diet and cancerResearch is revealing that diet can help prevent cancer and may help treat it too. When will we see the clinical trials?  Today, most people know that lifestyle choices can affect the risk of getting cancer. While many authorities are quick to argue that lifestyle choices are wholly responsible, this is not true. We cannot control the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other carcinogens that we are exposed to on a daily basis from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Yes, smoking can lead to lung cancer, but what about the diesel fumes we breath as we drive behind an 18-wheeler?

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traditional chinese medicine and cancerTo ease treatment symptoms and improve quality of life, many cancer patients turn to Chinese herbs and other complementary remedies. Research conducted so far on complementary treatments has not been thorough enough to prove any benefits or identify potential side effects, according to a recent study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

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Herbalist Dr. John Heinerman

John Heinerman, Ph.D. is a Medical Anthropologist and has been the Director of the Anthropological Research Center in Salt Lake City , Utah for 25 years. Considered one of America’s premier authorities on Folk Medicine, Dr. Heinerman has visited 33 countries, and has written 58 books on health, folk medicine, food therapy, and general nutrition, including: The Treatment of Cancer with Herbs, Cancer Treatment Remedies (two volumes), Heinerman’s New Encyclopedia of Fruits and Vegetables, Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Nuts, Berries and Seeds, Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices, Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, and Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Juices, Teas, and Tonics. Dr. Heinerman’s books have been translated into 17 foreign languages and have over 25 million copies in print. He shared his unique perspective with CancerWire about cancer, folk medicine, and herbs.

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