Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer
Integrative oncology enhances conventional treatment strategies. And its lessons could help more of us avoid cancer entirely.
By Pamela Weintraub / May 2013
DeAnne Salmon, a product designer from Jacksonville, Ore., comes from a family plagued by cancer. Her mother died from colon cancer at age 54. Salmon’s sister died from breast cancer at age 52. It’s no surprise that Salmon became something of a health fanatic, turning to exercise, organic foods and a raft of supplements in order to thwart the disease. “It never occurred to me that after doing everything right, I could get cancer, too,” she says.
But in 2011, right on schedule at age 52, Salmon was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her stage 2A invasive ductal carcinoma wasn’t necessarily a death sentence, but doctors were concerned after finding a second tumor behind the first. Salmon followed her doctor’s advice, opting for a mastectomy followed by a short-course chemotherapy regimen to kill malignant cells. The side effects were not for the faint of heart: high levels of pain, hair and fingernail loss, constipation, diarrhea, unrelenting fatigue, and memory loss.
“I had to do something to help myself through the chemo,” says Salmon.
Chanda Hinton an Advocate for Alternative Treament for Spinal Cord Injuries
By: Clayton Woullard
December 5, 2012
Up until she was 21, Chanda Hinton had been treating the spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic at age 9 with only western medicine treatments.
Then they stopped working. She was bedridden and sick from all the medicine she was taking.
So her siter, who was a yoga instructor, recommended she pursue massage therapy treatments to keep her muscles from deteriorating. Then she tried acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, and got to a point where she could get out of bed. Click here to read the rest of the article.