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F
or this month's edition of Health Triangle we
have very contrasting articles from three of my
recent guests.
Dr Nasha Winters is a formidable force in can-
cer, having herself recovered from a very challenging
diagnosis, through researching integrative options to
aid her recovery. She is a firm supporter of the met-
abolic view of cancer - more about this below and in
her interview - and has recently published a book on
the subject: The Metabolic Approach to Cancer.
Paul Homoky is a Chiropractor with such a
strong interest in wellbeing and in the body's abilities
to heal if we give it the right environment and fuel,
that he was inspired to launch the Creating Wellness
event in Edinburgh earlier this year. Here he lays out
his thinking about wellness and his `8 Wellness Ele-
ments'.
Dr André Young-Snell is an Integrative Med-
icine practitioner based in Brighton. André provides
a broad range of additional choices to people with
cancer, but places particular emphasis on the role of
the mind and spirit in recovery.
WHY AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
TO CANCER?
Nearly half of the US
population will have
cancer in their lifetime.
Twelve EU countries
declared cancer as the
#1 killer, over heart
disease, in the last few
months, with America
soon to follow. Cancer
rates are expected to
double worldwide by
2030. Clearly, the way we
have been addressing
cancer is not working. Weaving in the best of
evidence-based medicine with empirical and
anecdotal considerations and strategies based on
the individual at any given time is the only way we
are going to change the trajectory of the `doom and
gloom' statistics we are currently facing.
Moving beyond conventional Somatic
Theory (the outdated notion that cancer is purely a
genetic disease and simply `bad luck') to a Metabolic
understanding (that cancer represents a broken-
down mitochondrial - or energy-production
- function), beyond the tumour and into the
`terrain', the milieu in which cancer thrives or dies,
is where our focus must lie. Though the tumour is
the symptom of the underlying imbalance, simply
removing it rarely results in a cure. So finding tools
to address multiple targets with little or no side
effects has been my life's work, for over a quarter of
a century.
Intellectualising and focusing on studies
and statistics is but a small part of the equation.
There is a living, breathing Being in the centre of
all of this, interacting with the environment in, on
and around them, every moment. As someone who
has had an intimate relationship with the cancer
journey, I am here to tell you that had I only used
the conventional line of attack, I would not be here
today.
My approach to the process of cancer,
and to that Being at the centre of it all, is based
on the metaphorical tree. I see the soil as the
Microbiome (the gut environment), the canopy as
the Epigenetics (the interplay between our genes
and the environment), the trunk as the Mental/
Emotional body and the other 7 branches as
Inflammation, Immune function, Hormone balance,
Metabolic function (the processes necessary to a
living organism) , Angiogenesis (the aggressive
development of new blood supply by a tumour),
Dr Nasha Winters