Naturopathic Doctor Simon Barker explains how Naturopathic Medicine, a subset of Alternative Medicine, is able to reverse Cancer. Produced by Larry Cook.
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Cancer is a problem that occurs when some of the body's cells start behaving erratically and deciding that they can do their own thing. Biologically, there are a lot of different things happening, that cancer's a process where parts of the body decide that they can do their own thing, and they start replicating without thinking about the rest of the body. They start behaving independently, essentially, and they can do that, and they can spread throughout the body and cause damage and eventually kill a person. So, oncologists and other doctors who treat cancer conventionally usually work with about three basic options: they're using surgery, they're using chemotherapy, and they're using radiations. And there are other drugs that they use, but that's basic approach to treatment. There are some cancers for which those are very effective, but the types of cancers for which they are very effective are very few, and these treatments are used across the board for most types of cancer. And in many cases, those treatments are of very little effect. Certainly, I recommend for most patients who have significant tumors, surgery in most cases is necessary but in a lot of cases, chemotherapy and radiation are of limited necessity, or of limited efficacy. They do have some validity, but the actual benefits to the patient is very small. There are a number of side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. People are familiar with hair falling out, and losing weight, but there are a lot of other -- often more serious side effects that can be associated with it; mouth sores where people can't eat properly, numbness of the hands and the feet, immune system is often really severely affected, and that can lead to very serious infections, people being hospitalized. All of these things happen and are very serious. Sometimes these drugs are necessary and we have to find ways to manage these symptoms, and sometimes that's what I'm doing with the patients. But in some cases, there are also alternatives and the concern is that we're not necessarily getting to the root cause here and there's always a concern that the cancer will return. People develop cancer for a variety of reasons, but oftentimes it's associated with exposures to toxins in their environment. And those can come from a number of different places. People who work with certain substances in dry cleaning operations, for example, are at an increased risk for certain types of cancer. People who work with pesticides are at an increased risk of certain types of cancer, people who dye their hair even. Certainly, people who eat in specific ways are at increased risk of certain type of cancer. Red meat across the board seems to be strongly associated with risk for many cancers. So my patients come and see me who have already done conventional treatments for their cancer. They're in remission and they're looking to prevent future problems. And so I want to look for them to figure out, okay, why did they develop cancer in the first place? And sometimes there are tests that we can run that will give us some indication that will look for toxicities, that will look for immune system problems that we can address, and I'm going to use a variety of different treatments to help that. And a lot of that centers around lifestyle modification, we can work with their diet, we can work with detoxification, we can work with exercise and discouraging certain bad habits and encouraging certain good habits, so you are going to help them, reduce their risk of ever getting cancer again. I use certain very specific agents. I'll use mistletoe with the patients; I will use high-dose vitamins with patients; vitamin D, vitamin A, a number of vitamins which, in the right doses, can be really helpful in reducing people's risk of cancer, and that's certainly been shown in research. And so I'm using a number of different agents combined with overall lifestyle changes and recommending other types of approaches to thi