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Naturopathic Medicine and the Mind/Body Connection: How to Help Your Body Heal From Cancer Naturally Presented by Robert L. Gatis B.Sc., N.D., C.Ht. Naturopathic.

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1 Naturopathic Medicine and the Mind/Body Connection: How to Help Your Body Heal From Cancer Naturally Presented by Robert L. Gatis B.Sc., N.D., C.Ht. Naturopathic Doctor & Certified Bio-Medical Hypnotherapist 1

2 QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN PART ONE: THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH TO PROSTATE CANCER 1.What is Naturopathic Medicine? 2.What is Cancer? 3.What is the Naturopathic approach to prostate cancer treatment as compared to the standard allopathic approach? 2

3 QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN PART TWO: THE MIND/BODY CONNECTION AND PROSTATE CANCER Does the mind have anything to do with the development of prostate cancer? What is the difference between the Conscious and the Subconscious Minds and what are their roles in the healing of prostate cancer? Is the body electro-magnetic? What are the chakra systems and what are their relationship to prostate cancer? How do you work with the Subconscious Mind? 3

4 What is Naturopathic Medicine? Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated health profession that considers the whole person. The goal of the Naturopathic Doctor is to address the underlying causes of the illness and restore normal functioning of the body where possible through the use of natural substances and treatments that enhance the bodys own natural healing abilities. 4

5 What Treatments are Provided by Naturopathic Doctors? Naturopathic Doctors commonly use a combination of the following healing modalities to provide the patient with an individualized health care program: *Nutrition and Supplementation *Botanical Medicine *Homeopathy *Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture *Spinal Manipulation 5

6 Individual Doctors may have a favourite modality or other modalities that are included in the practice. I use Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Feedback) testing, the REBA testing device and PsychoSomatic Energetics (PSE), Bio-Medical Hypnosis and ASRT (Assisted Subconsicous Repatterning Technique). 6

7 How are Naturopathic Doctors Trained? Naturopathic Doctors registered to practice in the province of Ontario must complete four years of professional training at a recognized College of Naturopathic Medicine. Pre-admission requirements include a minimum of three years of pre-medical studies at the university level. Training includes the basic medical sciences and diagnostics, Naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics as well as extensive clinical experience – a total of 5100 hours. All graduating N.D.s must pass rigorous provincial examinations set by the government-appointed Board regulating the profession to be eligible to practice as a professional Naturopath in Ontario. 7

8 Do Naturopathic Doctors Perform Examinations? Naturopathic Doctors take extensive patient and family histories – including information about the patients diet and exercise habits, emotional stressors and exposure to environmental hazards. Naturopathic physicians are also trained and entitled to perform most physical examinations that would be expected of a General Medical Practitioner. Relevant screening physical exams are conducted when necessary or required by law. 8

9 Do Naturopathic Doctors Use Drugs or Surgery? Naturopathic Doctors do not perform major surgery or prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, We rely on the use of natural substances and conservative therapies to support and stimulate healing. We are trained to recognize conditions which require conventional medical treatment. In these cases, patients are referred to the appropriate medical practitioner or to the local hospital. 9

10 What Conditions and Illnesses Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat? Virtually all chronic and acute conditions can benefit from treatment by a Naturopathic Doctor. After diagnosing specific conditions within his/her scope of practice and after assessing general health indicators, the Naturopathic Doctor will initiate an effective and individualized treatment program. 10

11 Facts About Prostate Cancer: It is primarily a disease of aging; About 80% of all cases occur in men over 65; By 80 years old, about 80% of all men have prostate cancer to some degree; Tends to be slow growing (doubling in mass every 6 years); There is a higher incidence: in men who have a first- degree relative with prostate cancer; African-American men; married men; men who have recurrent prostatic infections or sexually-transmitted diseases, and men who have taken testosterone. 11

12 What is Cancer? Cancer is a term that means abnormal growth of new tissue (neoplasm) characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells that have changed in structure and orientation, have lost differentiation, and have reverted to a more primitive form of cell (anaplastic) and tend to invade surrounding tissue and to metastasize to different body sites. 12

13 What is Cancer (continued)? The key words here are abnormal cells, changed and uncontrolled. Somehow normal cells have been changed into abnormal. Regular medicine utilizes the kill or be killed mentality i.e., kill the cancer cells before they kill you – and utilizes chemotherapy/drug therapy, hormonal therapy, radiation and surgery in order to eradicate these cancer cells. The primary functions of the Immune System can be categorized as: 1) Surveillance, Detection and Identification of Abnormal cells ( by antibodies) 2) Removal of Abnormal cells (by white blood cells). The current pervading medical approach does not take into account that the immune system identifies and eliminates abnormal, potentially-cancerous cells every second of every day. I, as a Naturopathic Physician, recognize this ability of the immune system and attempt to enhance or help the immune system to be able to once again identify and remove these abnormal cells on its own – preferably in a natural or more non-invasive way. In certain cancers, it may be possible in the future to revert cancer cells to normal cells. 13

14 What changes occur in a cancer cell to make it abnormal? Loss of Contact Inhibition; Potential changes in the polarized molecules (e.g., electrolytes, minerals, amino acids); DNA alterations; Viruses (now 40% of our gene material), bacteria or fungi; Toxicities e.g., heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury), pollutants, electromagnetic radiation etc. 14

15 How does a Naturopathic Physician support the body in its own healing of prostate cancer? 1) Modify the Cellular Environment: It is well-known that the pH of the body influences the growth of cells – including cancer cells. A more alkaline pH (within normal limits) is the most advantageous to promote healing. This is usually accomplished by manipulating the diet i.e., reducing red meat and grain consumption in favour of the white meats (fish and fowl), and increasing the consumption of fresh non-acid fruits and vegetables or through the administration of supplements designed for this purpose (like Basic Tabs). 2) Modify the Diet: The diet as much as possible should be: Organic, high in antioxidants, high in Zinc, high in Omega -3 fatty acids, low in dairy, red meat, alcoholic beverages, coffee, high in soya products (which have genistein that retards tumor growth),lower in calcium (high levels deplete vitamin D) 15

16 Healing of prostate cancer (continued) 3) Assess and Modify Digestion and Assimilation through the use of digestive enzymes or herbal preparations; 4) Assess and Modify Cellular Metabolism through the use of supplements: * Does the body have enough co-enzymes (vitamins), co-factors (minerals), amino acids, trace minerals, essential fatty acids? 16

17 Healing of prostate cancer (continued) 5) Reduce toxicity: A) Internally by supporting the organs of elimination e.g., liver, kidneys, lungs, colon (particularly important in prostate cancer), skin and lymphatics through supplemental or herbal support; B) Externally through the use of lymphatic drainage, massage, saunas, colonics, acupuncture, reflexology etc. 17

18 Healing of prostate cancer (continued) 6) Reduce stress and improve Lifestyle parameters through the use of imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis and NLP to mention only a few. 18

19 Prostate-specific Supplements Herbs Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids and Others Saw palmetto Nettles Pygeum africanum White Korean ginseng Maitake mushroom Black radish Dandelion Milk Thistle Red Clover Buchu Carnivora Echinacea Golden Seal Damiana Licorice Root Gravel Root Hydrangea Oat Straw Parsley Root Uva ursi Yarrow Green Tea Tumeric Vitamin A Vitamin B6 Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Selenium Zinc Calcium Phosphorous L-Alanine L-Glutamic Acid L-Cysteine L-Methionine L-Carnitine (Squalene) Taurine Lycopene Coenzyme Q10 DMG (Di-methyl glycine) Raw prostate Pumpkin Seed Oil Flax Seed Oil Glutathionine Colostrum Modified Citrus Protein Resveratrol Sterol 117 LOM 19

20 Thank you! To receive a summary of Part One of this talk and free information about my practice, or if you have any questions or comments, please email me at: Please refer to The Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Fourth Edition) by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC for a good general coverage of the nutritional aspects of treating prostate cancer. 20

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