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Conventional Oncology

The word, “convention” means a collective agreement amongst a group. Hence ‘conventional medicine’ refers to previously agreed upon rules for doctors, nurses, therapists, hospitals, and other institutional treatment centers that are considered the “standard of care”. The method by which the group makes these decisions is by discussion amongst “experts” in a particular area, such as breast surgery vs chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with over 50,000 members, founded in 1964 is the world’s premier professional organization for physicians, nurses, and other professionals who provide oncology services for people with cancer. 

ASCO has a Clinical Practice Guideline Committee (CPGC) that develops, by agreement, what is considered appropriate methods of treatment and related care for oncology practitioners, patients, and their caregivers. Expert Panels are comprised of physicians and scientists appointed by the Co-Chairs from the major clinical areas including, medical oncology, community oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, researchers, pathology, and other experts, as appropriate for the topic being discussed. Two Co-Chairs are appointed by ASCO to serve for no more than three years, but this is variable depending on multiple factors. The purpose is to produce clinical practice guidelines to assist the oncologist and other professionals in making decisions in specific areas, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer (and other gastrointestinal cancers), ovarian, uterine, skin, and all other locations in which cancer develops.

 

An app for iPhone/iPad and Android has been developed that includes expert recommendations, algorithms, and calculators to assist in making decisions regarding how to proceed at each junction when providing oncology services for patients. In other words, the guidelines provide algorithms to “assist” practitioners and patients in making decisions regarding treatment options. 

Because there are around 2000 articles published every month on oncology, ASCO provides guidelines to its members regarding which articles are the most relevant and important to read in each specialty. Hence, oncologists and other service providers not only use the same guidelines (rules) when making clinical decisions and recommendations but also have similar levels of knowledge in each subject. This is standardization of care and ultimately precludes individual physicians and other practitioners from making independent decisions not included in the algorithms.

The major limitation of conventional oncology is that the physicians and scientists are appointed to serve as committee members who develop the guidelines, hence a great potential for bias. Furthermore, the articles that members are recommended to read by ASCO also define the areas and limits of the member’s knowledge and expertise. Only on very rare occasions do the articles that are published in these recommended, peer-reviewed oncology journals include studies on vitamin C, curcumin, artesunate, diet, fasting, prayer and meditation, exercise, etc. This is why an oncologist will often tell a patient who is enquiring about vitamin C or ozone, etc. that “there are no studies or proof that these are effective.” But the truth is that he/she has not read those studies, of which are tens of thousands of peer-reviewed papers on almost every therapy that has come to be considered, “alternative”.

Hence, conventional oncology is limited to four basic modalities of treatment: surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapies. Other options include targeted therapy, laser, hormonal therapy, photodynamic, and cryotherapies. 

The conventional approach or paradigm consists of using different, approved modalities to eliminate the cancer. Almost no attention or energy is directed toward searching for the cause of cancer in a particular patient and then eliminating it so that cancer stops being produced. And neither is any attention directed at the overall health of the patient, in fact, patients are quite surprised when they are told they can eat anything they want because it has no relevance to the development or progression of the cancer.  

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Integrative Oncology

There are many healing or medical disciplines that can be divided into conventional, as discussed above, and what are now termed alternative medicine. In fact, the current ‘conventional medicine’ only came into being during the early 1900s, while traditional healing disciplines from all countries and cultures have existed throughout recorded history. Some of these disciplines include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic medicine, botanical and herbal medicine, Naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy, etc. It is clear that there is not a single one of these disciplines that is appropriate for all illnesses and maladies, i.e., trauma and childbirth vs. arthritis and heart arrhythmia. One must choose which discipline is appropriate for each malady or illness. One would not go to the herbalist if they broke a leg, or the baby was breech and coming out feet first. In situations such as these, the hospital would be the place to go for allopathic care where standard, conventional medical and surgical services are provided. On the other hand, chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, etc. are not “cured” by conventional medicine, however, they are often eliminated with non-conventional, or alternative medicine. A truly integrative oncologist will use standard therapies, such as surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, etc. when indicated but not as a primary focus. 

One must be able to choose which discipline is appropriate for the problem. This practice of integrating or combining therapies from all of the medical or healing disciplines is known as integrative medicine or integrative oncology (referring to cancer care).

Whereas in conventional oncology the attention of interest is in eliminating or destroying the tumor(s) with a “military” approach, while integrative oncology focuses on healing the whole individual. This involves utilizing techniques and therapies directed at restoring harmony and balance to the mind, body, and spirit utilizing a multitude of lifestyle changes and a wide variety from conventional, traditional, and alternative disciplines.

The therapies and modalities used include but are not limited to:

Intravenous Therapies
  1. Vitamin C (low and high doses)
  2. Ozone
  3. Curcumin
  4. Quercetin
  5. Artesunate
  6. Dichloroacetate DCA
  7. Alpha lipoic acid ALA
  8. Chelation (EDTA, DMPS, and DMSA)
  9. IPT (low-dose chemotherapy) also known as “metronomic chemotherapy”
Energy Medicine
  1. Rife frequency generator
  2. Whole body hyperthermia
  3. Local hyperthermia 
  4. BEMER
  5. PEMF
Biological Dentistry
  1. 3D cone beam CT and standard dental x-rays
  2. Evaluation for cavitations and other hidden infections
  3. Dental surgeries when necessary
  4. Bite evaluation and restoration
  5. Teeth restoration
  6. Tongue placement
  7. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function
  8. Airway health
  9. Oral biome evaluation and restoration.
Detoxification Therapies
  1. Double filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP)
  2. Colon hydrotherapy
  3. Juice cleansing
  4. Biotoxin binders
  5. Fumic and humic acid
  6. Parasite cleansing 
  7. Electrolymphatic therapies (ELT)
  8. Exercise with oxygen (EWOT)
  9. Meditation and breathing exercises
  10. Water fasting
Movement Therapies
  1. Yoga
  2. Kinesiology movement therapies
  3. Whole body vibration plates
  4. Rebounder
  5. Stationary bicycle
Medical Therapies
  1. Hyperbaric oxygen
  2. Biologically identical hormones
  3. Peptides
  4. Restoring gut health
  5. Probiotics including Akkermansia
  6. Aloe vera
  7. Glutamine 
  8. Supplements (vitamins and minerals)
  9. Acupuncture
  10. Hydration
  11. IV nutrition (amino acids)
  12. IV iron and erythropoietin 
  13. DC cell vaccines
  14. NK cells (autologous)
Diagnostic Testing
  1. Darkfield microscopy
  2. Acupuncture meridian assessment (EDS)
  3. Weekly standard laboratory testing of blood and urine
  4. PET/CT scan (outsourced)
  5. Ultrasound testing
Lesion Injections
  1. Ozone
  2. Mistletoe
  3. Ozone bagging
  4. Vaginal and rectal ozone
Nutritional Therapies
  1. School of Life health educational courses on all aspects of living healthy from sleeping to movement to stress reduction to interpersonal relationships to healthy eating to reconnecting with nature
  2. Learning all aspects of selecting and preparing delicious, healthy food and snacks, using juices, smoothies, dehydrated food, fermented food, and sprouted food.

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