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Naturopathic Oncology
by Daniel Rubin, ND

What is a naturopathic physician?
A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) has attended a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD. However, the naturopathic physician also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician

What is naturopathic oncology?
Naturopathic Oncology is the application of naturopathic medicine as it pertains to people living with cancer; it is an emerging discipline on the forefront of cancer medicine. The goal of Naturopathic Oncology is enhanced survival and quality of life through the integration of naturopathic oncology into cancer care.

How is naturopathic oncology peformed?
There is something you can do to improve your chances of survival, to create a healthy anti-cancer environment inside your body after or during conventional treatments. How? By truly beginning to understand the way in which the tumor intially developed. This regards the choices you have made and will make in your life. There is a difference between the cancer and the tumor and the tumor is not
the only relevant entity. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are aimed at getting rid of the tumor and they are the best ways to do so; but they are not aimed at the reason that the tumor developed in
the first place. This is the area where naturopathic oncology shines. Naturopathic physicians believe that there is an underlying cause to the canceróthe environment in the body became such that a tumor
was allowed to develop. Why? Where was the aberration of normal health? Where on the continuum of health and disease does each person lie?

  1. Why Did a Tumor Develop?
    a. immune problem
    b. toxicity
    c. lack of a certain nutrient
    d. "thick" blood?
    e. what life event preceeded the diagnosis of cancer?
    f. stress; and how significant is stress really on
        development and progression
         i. mechanical
        ii. psychospritual
  2. Working With Conventional Oncologists
    a. before surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
         i. support the whole person
        ii. nutrition
    b. after surgery
         i. getting out of hospital sooner
        ii. prevent infection
       iii. nutrition
       iv. scar therapy
    c. During radiation and chemotherapy:
        supportive treatment only
         i. nausea
        ii. dizziness
       iii. mouth sores
       iv. anemia
        v. hot flashes
       vi. immune system
      vii. fatigue
              1. immune
             2. dehydration
             3. nutrition
             4. exercise
     viii. neuropathy
        ix. insomnia
         x. prevent damage to the heart
        xi. especially with radiation therapy
              1. topical agents (traumeel, emu, alo)
              2. botanical potentiators of the treatment
                   (withania, cucumin, green tea)
       xii. most importantly: know what NOT to do

    d. After Conventional Treatment
         i. painful scars and the philosophy behind this
        ii. heal the wound
       iii. prevent (what?)
              1. progression
             2. recurrence?
       iv. painful scars and the philosophy behind this
        v. heal the wound
      vi. what is the immune system and why is it so important?
     vii. the influence of diet and lifestyle on cancer
    viii. education as a modality
              1. precepts of naturopathic medicine
             2. vis medicatrix naturae: the The human body
                  possesses the inherent ability to restore health.
                 The physician's role is to facilitate this process with
                 the aid of therapies.
              3. tolle totum: The multiple factors in health and disease
                   are considered while treating the whole person.
                   Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet
                   individual health care needs.

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