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Remission, Cure Rates and Other Deceptions (Part II: Part 4B)

 

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In this 2nd part of article 4, The War Between Orthodox Medicine and Alternative Medicine, we will further discuss remission, cure rates and other deceptions.

Traditional Medicine does not measure the pain and suffering of the patient or the status of the immune system, which is very, very important. Chemotherapy and radiation may shrink the size of tumors and also kills lots of normal cells.  In the process of doing these things there are potentially dozens of side effects, such as death, destruction of a major organ, intense pain, extreme sickness and the death of many normal cells.  The length of life since diagnosis can be broken down into pieces using the concept of remission:

  • What percentage of people die before they go into “remission?”
  • What is the average “length of life since diagnosis” for those who die before remission?
  • What percentage of people live long enough to go into remission and die of cancer or cancer treatments while they are in remission?
  • What is the average “length of life since diagnosis” for those who survive long enough to go into remission and die while they are in remission?
  • What percentage of people go into remission and later get cancer again?
  • What is the average “length of life since diagnosis” for those who come out of remission and later get cancer again?
  • What percentage of people who go into remission are actually “cured”?
  • What is the average “length of life since diagnosis” for those who are actually “cured” of their cancer?

It’s Possible That Some Untreated Cancer Patients Live Longer Than With Chemo

If we were privy to all these statistics, we could calculate the “length of life since diagnosis” for cancer patients using orthodox treatments.  Could the concept of “remission” be that it is designed to hide simple statistics that would tell us how effective or ineffective chemotherapy and other orthodox treatments are?  Studies have proven conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to 4X longer than treated individuals.  If data would prove people who go on orthodox treatments live significantly longer than people who refuse treatments, you can rest assured the orthodox medical community would keep these statistics…..but they don’t.  Do they have something to hide?

No Scientific Evidence Available For Chemotherapy

Dr. Ulrich Abel, a German epidemiologist, found that the overall success rate of chemotherapy was “appalling” because there was no scientific evidence available anywhere that chemotherapy can extend in any appreciable way, the lives of patients suffering from cancer.  Orthodox treatments destroy the immune system, destroy vital organs, cause immense pain and sickness and can damage DNA.  In fact, most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy, most from malnutrition and the destruction of the immune system.  Why use treatments that will damage cells and weaken the immune system?  There is no proven correlation between being in “remission” and increasing the length of life since diagnosis!”  Orthodox medicine usually says if a person lives for 5 years after diagnosis, they are “cured” of cancer, even if they die in the 6th year.  The 5 year mark is still used as the official guideline by mainstreaming  oncologists.  Diagnosing the cancer earlier makes more sense to increase that percentage of life between diagnosis and death.

The Definition Of Cure Rate

Some patients secretly take alternative treatments without telling their doctors.  The definition of cure rate is, a person is cured of their cancer by treatment if they do not die of cancer and, of something caused directly or indirectly by their cancer, and side-effects of the treatment.  Here are four problems with cancer surgery:

  • By the time of diagnosis, unless benign, it has probably already spread.
  • If it has not spread, the patient has so long to live that the cancer can easily be treated by a number of noninvasive alternative methods.
  • Surgery severs numerous blood arteries, thus blocking them forever.
  • Surgery does the same thing to the lymph system and arbitrarily blocks vessels.

Now, considering all the damage that occurs with orthodox medical treatments, why in the world would anyone want to take that route?  Again, research, research, and research!  Your life is valuable! 

-Dr. Fredda Branyon

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Remission, Cure Rates and Other Deceptions (Part I: Part 4A)

 

 

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Webster Kehr, of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. gave us more conspiracy theories to add to our 4th part in the series, The War Between Orthodox Medicine and Alternative Medicine.

There are treatment options for newly diagnosed cancer patients as listed below:

  • Have chemotherapy and radiation surgery as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Have chemotherapy and radiation surgery, but drop out of program early.
  • Refuse all treatments.
  • Have alternative treatments after extensive orthodox treatments and doctors have given up hope for treatment.
  • Have alternative treatments after some orthodox treatments, but dropped out of orthodox treatment early.
  • Have alternative treatments instead of orthodox treatments.

There are over 100 different alternative treatment options available to a newly diagnosed cancer patient.  Treatment decision criteria is:

  • Length of life since diagnosis.
  • Quality of life since diagnosis.
  • Strength of the immune system during and after treatments.

The plan picked by the most number of people who have accurate treatment decision criteria information about the treatment options would be judged the “best” plan.  The theory of orthodox medicine is based on a three-pronged attack.  Medical doctors would first consider the density of cancer cells in various parts of the person’s body.  The first rule of orthodox medicine is to cut out the parts of the body that have the densest level of cancer cells.  The second rule is to use chemotherapy to treat the less dense areas of cancer cells.  The third is to use radiation.  Alternative treatments for cancer rarely ever depend on surgery, according to Dr. Binzel.  Three situations that uphold this theory is if the tumor, because of its size or position is interfering with some vital function, if the tumor, because of its size or position is causing pain or if the presence of the tumor presents a psychological problem for the patient if removed.  He also says that if the tumor is remote and not causing any problems, and the patient agrees, leave the tumor alone.  A tumor is a symptom of cancer and generally does not threaten the life, only the spreading of the cancer is life-threatening.  None of these three reasons for surgery had anything to do with treating the cancer and were all physical or mental.

Doctors measure things like response, remission and tumor markers.  Orthodox treatments putting people in remission is the most popular phrase.  It sounds nice and attracts patients, but distracts these people from statistics that are important.  Remission is a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer.  It does not mean a person is cured, only that there is an absence of signs and symptoms.

Because this particular series is so extensive, I am breaking this down into two separate articles.  But make no mistake, you need to know the true meaning of each of these deceptions and their true definition in order to make informative and correct decisions regarding your treatment of cancer.  This is your life, so take things into your own hands and search out ALL available treatments and don’t just jump at what the oncologist has to recommend.  Science is a complicated subject, and being informed is the most important thing you can do.

See the next article…

-Dr. Fredda Branyon

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Are you Grounded?

 

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Are you running around crazy half the time?  In today’s fast-paced living, we all tend to miss that connection that is most important to our sustained energy and physical well-being.  You must feel like your feet are resting on the earth and you are receiving energy from the earth.  If you are grounded, you feel “in the moment” and aware of your thoughts and of those around you.

This grounding will keep your energy all day long.  This will keep you from getting pulled this way and that as the day’s ups and downs are all around you.  Being able to listen and be focused at work and at home is a benefit of being grounded.  Here are some tips for keeping yourself grounded.

Tips For Keeping Yourself Grounded

  • Rolling your shoulders slowly forward and backwards will release tension.
  • Notice your breathing.
  • Take a deep breath and relax at a stoplight while you wait.
  • Take your shoes off and feel the ground and support on your toes, heels and insteps.
  • Notice the trees and plants growing strong as you take a relaxing walk outside.
  • Imagine the roots coming from the bottom of your feet into the ground to firmly tie you to the core of the earth with energy coming up and into your body.
  • Stop and notice what you were thinking. Keep in the present and not in the ozone.
  • Try the ancient practices of yoga or tai chi to slow you down and become aware.
  • Get outside on the ground or garden when weather permits. Play in the dirt!
  • Connect to the earth energy with regular meditations as a daily goal.

Keeping ourselves fully in the present and grounded is beneficial to our physical health as well.  Energy overloads are more likely to be noticed that may lead to illness, and we can begin working with this energy for change before the disease develops further.  Keeping present and connected to the earth will give you great resources of energy and will keep the energy flowing all day long.  Get out there and enjoy not only the earth, but the sunshine as well.  Let’s make a pact to keep ourselves focused and healthy!

 

– Dr Fredda Branyon

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Study accidentally finds Chemo can make Cancer Worse!

 

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I have to report on an article that a friend sent me. The name of the article was, Whoops! Study Accidentally Finds Chemotherapy Makes Cancer Far Worse. I was intrigued to learn more so that I could confidently report the truth, so I went looking for the study itself. Sometimes studies such as this one are very hard to find unless you are one of the researchers who helped with the project. Sometimes, even though the study was actually published in a medical journal, you can not get to the real study with out paying the company a hefty fee.

Evidence Chemo Caused More Problems

 The study was reported in a journal called, Nature Medicine. The studies findings were “completely unexpected,” or so they say. Why would they be doing a study such as this and using government funding or the tax payer’s money if they weren’t just a little bit curious? The researchers found evidence of significant DNA damage when examining the outcomes of chemotherapy on tissue derived from men with prostate cancer.

Ok, now, it’s going to get a little technical in the next paragraph because after all, it is a research study. I’ll try to make it as simple as I can.

Chemo Created Protein WNT 16B

It was found that a protein known as WNT16B was created from chemotherapy treatments. Researchers felt that this protein that was created by the chemotherapy treatments, increased the cancer cell survival, and is the reason that chemotherapy actually ends the patient’s life at an earlier time. OPPOSITE of what we want to happen!

Researcher Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center stated, “WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy.”

My hat goes off to Mr. Nelson for one, reporting what was really found in the study, and two, for being brave enough to come forward with the facts. He could have been like many in today’s time and swept it under the table.

I have included a couple of links so that you may start your own research on this topic. Knowledge is power. As with anything, it is important to listen but go find out things your own way so you can feel good about your findings.

http://naturalsociety.com/deadly-cancer-drugs-make-cancer-worse-and-kill-patients-more-quickly/

http://www.cell.com/cancer-cell/abstract/S1535-6108

Hopefully one day, our government will open their eyes to the fact that there are more than one way to do medicine. Happy researching!

 

-Dr Fredda Branyon

Do not leave your Doctor’s office until… (part 1)

Do not leave your Doctor’s office until… (part 1)

 

Please, never leave your doctor’s office until you have the secretary copy and give you your medical report or reports.Have you ever had to request your medical records from your doctor or hospital and got the “run around”? I am writing this article to inform you of your rights as an informed patient, to help you become organized, and because of my frustration. Our clinic, New Hope Unlimited, always ask prospective patients for their past medical records. We feel this is good medical practices. It not only gives the doctors an idea of what has happened to the patient in the past, but helps the patient in more ways than one. Many times we have found wrong information in the records that belonged to another patient with a total different diagnosis. Many times we have found there were symptoms diagnosed that was never discussed with the patient or the family. On the other hand, we have found great news that was never told to the patient that the patient needed to hear.

We are seeing an increasing issue where institutions are refusing to give records or charging an enormous fee for them. For, instance, I remember a patient asked for their records and was charged $35.00 for 8 pages of records. Its true that it is legal that they can charge you for the copy and the time for the employee to go find your records and copy them. But, in my opinion, thats highway robbery when you can get someone like Kinkos to make a copy for 10 cents a page.

We have experienced an incidence where someone still owed money for their surgery and they were refused their medical records until the bill was paid. Wrong! We got busy and let that office know that was against the law.

Some offices will say they sent the records and the records were never received. Sometimes the secretary may get busy and just forget to send them out. This of course upsets the patient, and the patient starts wondering who is telling the truth. Other offices do not want to give the records out unless the patient tells them where they are going and why. No doctor wants to loose patients. We tell our patients that you never have to give them that information unless you want to and “never burn the bridges”. Always be kind and be informed of your rights.

It seems we are having to go to battle more and more for our patients than ever before. Your medical records belong to you. In part 2, I will discuss the HIPPA laws and other laws you need to know about.

So much for the negative. What is the solution and what can we do about it? First thing, when you go into your doctor’s office, sign in and kindly tell the secretary “I will want a copy of my report when I leave today.” Tell them, “ I am keeping my own medical file up to date.” It is always easier to get the reports while you are there because your chart is out, the office staff does not feel threatened that you are leaving them or suing them, and most of the time they will not charge you. So much easier than having to go back and request the records.

We tell our patients to become active in your health care. One of the ways to do that is to simply keep track of your own records. There are many ways to organize your records once you get them. The easiest way is simply to put them in a file folder in a safe place. Another way is to buy a three ring notebook binder. This is the way I would suggest doing it.

With a three ring notebook binder, you can organize your records in several ways. One way is to divide your records into the years of treatment. For example, you may label the sections 2011, 2012 and so on. Your records would go in the year you were treated.

Another way to use the notebook, is to organize it by the doctors you see. You would divide the sections into Dr One Name, Dr Two Name, Dr Three Name, and so forth.

The way I feel is the best way is to divide the notebook into “Titles”. Your titles should include Pathology, Radiology (x-rays), Blood Work, Surgery, Office Visits, Correspondents, Insurance Forms, Appointment Dates, and you can even put a section in for Medical Bills.

By keeping your own set of records each time you go to the doctor, it keeps stress down,cost down, and makes you a more empowered patient.

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Dendritic Cells

Dendritic Cells
Many of our cancer patients at New Hope Unlimited are coming to us now because of their ability to educate themselves. The internet is a wonderful dictionary but it can also be very confusing. Trying to explain dendritic cells is confusing because these cells are so specialized and are very complex in how they work.

Ralph M. Steinman was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 2007 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2011. Dendritic cells were first found and described by Paul Langerhans in the late nineteenth century.

Dendritic cells are immune cells which make up a large part of our immune system. These specialized cells come from hematopoietic bone marrow progenitor cells. Hematopoietic bone marrow means the area some blood cells are formed and progenitor cells are some of the first cells to form. Their main function is to help us process antigen material and present it on the surface of other cells of the immune system. An antigen is a substance in our system which is capable under the right conditions, of starting a specific immune response. In other words, dendritic cells act as messengers between the innate and adaptive immunity.

Once dendritic cells are activated, they migrate to the lymph nodes where they interact with T cells and B cells to start and shape the adaptive immune response. At a certain stage the dendritic cells grow branched projections.

Dendritic cells are constantly roaming our body looking for pathogens, bacteria and viruses. The dendritic cells are constantly in communication with other cells in our body. It is amazing but dendritic cells may also phagocytize small amounts of membranes from live cells by means of a process called nibbling. Phagocytize means kill and digest.

Dendritic cells are a very important part of getting rid of cancer. Dr. Harmon Eyre, the Vice President of Research at the AMA commented, “ Dendritic Cell Therapy or the so-called Dendritic Cell Vaccine is a newly emerging and potent form of immune therapy used to treat cancer.” It is wonderful to see that someone in his position is admitting that. However, why aren’t the physicians in the United States allowed to use it? The hospital where our clinic is located has been using it for years.

Dendritic Cell Therapy represents a new and promising immunotherapeutic approach for the treatment of advanced cancer as well as for prevention of cancer.

Cancer Treatment and the Professional Patient

Cancer Treatment and the Professional Patient
Over the years I have been very blessed to have met such wonderful patients and their families who have carried the torch of the dreadful cancer diagnosis.
I have had the experience of seeing hundreds of people go through many stages of trying to figure out what, why and how. I have seen that no one has all the answers however there should be a calling upon the land to stop accepting everything you hear as truth. I am not just speaking of the bad news of a cancer diagnosis but of things such as the way patients are being treated and the use of the internet. The internet is a wonderful tool but there needs to be caution for it can be a mole hole of scammers, prying on the ones who feel helpless and desperate.

In todays world, the minute one hears they or a loved one has cancer, the first thing they do is go to the internet to find a cure. Yes, I understand that’s what we all want but if you understand cancer a little better, you will realize that cancer can be a multi-faceted disease. I do not believe that just one thing can cure it. However, I do believe that using the power of the mind is possible to cure oneself but thats a hard thing to accomplish.

Clinics and businesses of all kinds will show an add on the internet with people stating that they had cancer and this one certain product cured them. BEWARE! I have learned that there are professional patients being paid to write these testimonies.

Approximately 9 years ago, I got a call from a famous doctor who was visiting our area. He stated that he wanted to take me to dinner and explain how he could help our cancer clinic grow. I was excited because certainly I wanted us to grow but I also was excited because this famous one wanted to take me to dinner. My ego got in the way.

Once we got to the restaurant and ordered our food, he explain to me that we needed professional patients and he could help supply those people. I was just a little naive at the time because I had never heard of these type people. I got excited once again but then I realized that I needed to start asking questions.

When I asked him, “What is a professional patient,” I was floored and lost all my respect for this man. He answered me by explaining that a professional patient is one who you put on the payroll or either pay a company to supply them. These “patients” are people who will write about how sick they have been and took this particular supplement or went to this particular clinic and was cured of their cancer. The really bad thing is that these people had never had cancer, never taken that supplement or never had been to that clinic! This is nothing more than wrong!!! He explained that its a marketing tactic that everyone does. Sorry, I have never allowed this and will never. Needless to say, I have not spoken to this man since.

Please, do not believe everything you read or hear. Search your heart. Ask your Naturopathic doctor or any doctor. As my father always told us kids, “If it seem too good to be true, it probably isn’t.”

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The Importance of Detoxification (time for a little spring cleaning)

The Importance of Detoxification (time for a little spring cleaning)

The human body is designed so that it has self-regulatory mechanisms which are self healing. A strong healthy body has the capability to eliminate the toxic substances generated. In todays world we are more exposed to many man-made chemicals and toxic substances. The water we drink and the air we breathe is becoming more polluted. The food we eat is processed, our meats are full of hormones and antibiotics. Our lifestyle has become more sedentary and our body’s cells lack the needed amount of oxygen.

Our body’s organs that help us to detox and excrete are overwhelmed and is overloaded with waste products and metabolites which helps render us to vulnerability to all kinds of bacteria, parasites and viruses.

Detoxification is a possible way towards restoration of the body’s regulatory mechanisms and possibly the reversal of diseased cells to the behavior of normal cells.

The liver has many accomplishments to fulfill. It represents the body’s major detoxification center. The liver inactivates and removes toxic substances that have been ingested such as harmful minerals, toxic medications, and even the food we eat that is disagreeable to us. It also extracts from the blood the residues and waste resulting from the daily cellular breakdown and transforms them into bi-products that can be excreted by the intestines or kidneys. The liver helps to eliminate the waste products and toxic metabolites resulting from intestinal fermentation and putrefaction. The liver is a known source of Kupffer’s cells which help filter and destroy foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and abnormal cells that can turn into cancer cells.

The kidneys are another essential detoxification organ. The kidneys have the important task of purifying the blood from harmful substances such as toxic medications, poisons, and other chemical substances. The kidneys filter these problematic substances by filtering them out of the blood and excreting them in the form of urine.

For the kidneys to do a good job, the blood pressure should not be too low or too high. Also the volume of the blood which passes through the kidneys in a given time should not be too low. For this reason, hydration is very important to thin the blood and lymph.

Our intestinal tract, from our mouth to our colon, not only helps us with our digestion, but also the elimination of toxins. When we become ill or out of balance, our tongue becomes coated showing that we can eliminate toxins through our mucous membranes. The old fashion doctors always said, “stick out your tongue and say ow.” When was the last time your doctor looked at your tongue?

The respiratory tract (our lungs and bronchi) help to evacuate toxins in the form of carbonic gas. It may also excrete phlegm. Healthy membranes (alveoli) in our lungs do not let solid waste to penetrate. However sometimes when we are down the alveoli may become porous and act as an emergency exit for toxins. These such toxins are transported by the blood stream toward the lungs and bronchi. They then squeeze through the alveoli and we can cough them up as phlegm. This phlegm can not only consists of microbes, but also of waste resulting from insufficient digestion and elimination.

Our lymph system plays a crucial part in detoxification and defense. Remember, our immune system is our first and last defense. Approximately two liters of lymph fluid circulate in our lymphatic vessels daily. These two liters are formed continually from our intestinal fluid that is the extra cellular membrane of the capillaries in order to keep the volume of lymph fluid constant and to allow the waste products to leave the cells and be carried away.

If our production of lymphocytes is insufficient, our body’s defense mechanism is down and the body’s defense against abnormal cells, which can turn into cancer and other immune disorders, will be impaired.

In writings to come I will report on different ways physicians are treating their patients to help them detox.

A word of warning: If you are suffering from an illness and are already in a weakened state, it is imperative that you GET PROFESSIONAL HELP before going on a stringent detoxification program. There are Naturopathic doctors all over the US than have been trained in such procedures.

The Big Pharma Whistleblower

The Big Pharma Whistleblower
Have you ever been relaxing, watching TV and a pharmaceutical drug advertisement comes on? Next time you see one, listen closely to the disclaimers. If you will notice, the disclaimers are getting longer and longer and take up almost half the time of the advertisement itself. There is one that is on these days with a golfer talking about how this drug has helped him with his pain. Then this long disclaimer comes on about the possible side affects that can be caused from taking this amazing drug. Wow! If you listen closely, it even mentions the possibility of it causing cancer. I’m not sure about you, but that feels to me as though you may be trading off arthritis like pains for something that could be even worse.

Recently I heard about a retired general manager of the pharmaceutical company named Eli Lilly. He worked for them for 30 years. He explained that he was urged by the public to tell the true story of the drug world and the criminal activities he was involved in over 30 years. He stated that he tried to sue Eli Lilly for wrongful dismissal based on his race. He lost his case.

It is interesting to watch this video. There are many more if you are interested. Just surf the web for Dr. John R. Virapen and you will get a list of information.

We all know (it’s no secret) how much money is involved in pharmaceutical drugs. A certain drug can be sold in the US for a certain amount of money but the exact same drug made by the same company can be sold in another country for a tenth of the price. I sometimes have trouble understanding this. Yes, we are the country of “milk and honey” but there are a lot of people who have no honey and very little milk. With our fallen economy, I would like to see our pharmaceutical drug companies care more about the people of the United States. But aside from the cost of the drugs, I am worried that the consumers are too trusting that all drugs help and forget that the many side affects can be worse than the problem itself. Cancer does not just start overnight!

We own our bodies and every cell in our body. Learn to take care and be informed enough to make sensible choices. I feel that sometimes the greatest doctors are gullible and tend to believe everything they hear. I hope they will start researching the drugs before they prescribe them.

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