CREATING THROUGH CANCER
ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPIES
Research shows that having a sense of personal autonomy is a key characteristic of long-term cancer survivors (J.N Schilder et al., Clinical Case Studies 3, 2004). As an educator, I think patient behaviour is not too dissimilar from student learning styles. Some of us are more kinaesthetic and need to have a more hands-on approach to our own health. I am definitely one of those people and perhaps you are too?
Now that is not to ignore mainstream treatment. In fact, I say "embraced it all!" Do ANYTHING it takes to get well. Just do it in your time. Nobody dies of cancer in a day. We always have time, even if just for a moment, to pause, feel, ask, and reflect. This in itself creates a sense of well-being and can allow us to personally engage with the message our body is trying to tell us. So when it comes time for more invasive techniques, we are prepared and ready for them.
I always say that cancer is a deeply personal disease. It shows us our own mortality and asks us to be more, live more, love more. But most importantly it asks us to create a body worth living in and a life worth fighting for. What are you fighting for?
Personally, the first thing I did, right after being diagnosed with bowel cancer (and before surgery or chemo), was to book myself into a wellness retreat for cancer related illness. It was there I picked up a book called 'The Journey' by Brandon Bays. The book explains the link between emotional healing and suppressed trauma. But best of all, it didn't just talk about emotional healing, it gives you a script on how to actually do it! Fantastic!
There are too many wonderful support therapies to name them all here. But for those interested, here are the ones I feel are daily foundations for everyone on a cancer journey:
- Plenty of sleep (this involves turning off your screens at sunset to protect the mitochondria in your cells)
- Meditation & exercise daily
- Plant-based diet (Mostly organic. No heated oils, preservatives, gluten or sugar)
- Juicing (this is especially important for nutrient absorption. Tip: add 30ml of pure aloe vera into your juices)
- 2-3L of quality, alkalised water per day (invest in a good filter. I use Zazen)
- Regular acts of creativity
Here are some other treatments I have undertaken, some of which I still practice today:
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DISCLAIMER: None of the ideas presented on this site are to be considered in place of your normal medical treatment. Seek professional advice on all matters related to your individual treatment pathway.