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Build your immune system before cancer surgery

I recently visited a friend who had a cancerous lobe removed from her lower lung.  Her daughter was concerned that she did not take the proper immune building precautions prior to the surgery to insure that the cancer did not metastasize  (spread) to different organs after the surgery.

Unfortunately, the growth factors that facilitate healing can also cause the proliferation of cancer cells.  Suzane Somer’s  book “Knockout,” has a series of interviews with doctors and experts who cure cancer.

Bill Faloon, cofounder of Life Extension  Foundation was interviewed in Ms. Somers book.  His organization discovered data in 1985 that proves that surgery increases the the chances of metastatic risk.  During the interview Mr. Faloon explains the cascade of events that take place once surgery is performed on a cancerous tumor.  Surgery causes a suppression of the immune system that gives the cancer cells the freedom to colonize elsewhere.  A weakened immune system can allow the cancer cells to adhere to the lining of the blood vessels to tunnel through and attack other organs.  Building the immune system prior to surgery makes it more difficult for those cancer cells to go unchallenged by the body’s killer cells.

Cancer cells require a continuous growth of new blood vessels in order to grow and thrive.  Old blood vessels are constantly being replaced by new ones.  Without this process of angiogenesis the tumor cannot survive and will shrink into a harmless mass of tissue.  The second method that cancer spreads is by clumping together by use of adhesion molecules that act as a binding agent to glue the cells together.  Once several cells have bound together the potential for a new cancer site has been created.

Modified citric pectin (MCP) a plant based, natural supplement, has shown success in clinical studies in preventing cancer cells from binding together and forming a cluster.  Researchers at Wayne State University School of Medicine found that MCP could inhibit prostate cancer metastases dramatically.  MCP prevents circulating cancer cells from locking onto the lining of blood vessels.  Pectin is a jelly like substance  found in the cell walls of all plants which helps to cement plant cells together.  Pectin gives plant cells their shape and structure.  You can often find pectin as part of the ingredients in jellies and jams.

If you have eaten fruits and vegetables you have eaten pectin which provides the kind of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol while benefiting the digestive tract.  In spite of its benefits citric pectin is not absorbed from the intestine.  However, modified citric pectin formulated into smaller sugar molecules can be absorbed into the bloodstream.  MCP, also known as fractionated pectin, is obtained from the peel and pulp of citrus fruit.  MCP is rich in galactose, a sugar molecule, that has an affinity for attaching to the proteins on certain types of cancer cells called lectins.  Once the MCP latches onto the cancer cells they lose their ability to clump together or penetrate healthy cells.  This extra help relieves some of the stress on the immune system.

The Albert-Ludwigs University in Freibur Germany treated 49 patients with MCP to assess tolerability and clinical benefit.  All patients tolerated the therapy well without any adverse affects.  “the conclusion is that MCP seems to have positive impacts, especially regarding clinical benefit and life quality for patients with far advanced solid tumors.  The presented preliminary data encouraged us to further investigate the role of MCP in cancer prevention and treatment,” said a university spokesperson.

Vitamin D is another powerful tool in the prevention and treatment of cancer.  Over 23 different forms of cancer are associated with vitamin D deficiency.  Optimizing your vitamin D levels can lower your cancer risk by more than half according to Dr. Joseph Mercola on his medical website: mercola.com  Accordingly, if you are treating cancer, 80-90 ng/ml. would be a more beneficial level, as compared to average winter levels that average 15 to 18 ng/ml.

I was happy to know my friend with the lung tumor does not have to have chemotherapy infusion.  Especially, since my last five friends who died of cancer experienced excruciating side affects from their chemo treatments.  Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a cancer doctor, who interviewed in Suzanne Somers book states that there are only three cancers that respond to chemotherapy:  Testicular cancer, some lymphomas and childhood leukemia.  Chemotherapy is a like a poison cluster bomb that kills both good and bad cells.

In Germany chemo sensitivity test are done routinely to determine if the patient’s cancer cells will respond to the chemo drugs.  Only a few doctors in the United States administer this test which is performed in Germany or Greece.  Doctors who treat cancer using natural treatment are having success with a variety of different therapies.

As a reminder, contact a health practitioner trained and knowledgeable in the area in which you seek medical treatment.