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The public regards cancer treatment as a domain governed by academic medicine. And indeed there are types of tumors that can and should be treated very successfully by applying conventional treatment.
Paracelsus Klinik holds long-standing experience in the treatment of various cancer types. Complying with our approach, we exclusively offer biological therapies. However, in many cases we advise our patients to undergo integrative treatment in cooperation with conventional institutions of academic medicine, which we have experienced to be very successful.
The biological cancer treatment offered by Paracelsus Klinik Lustmühle generally aims to achieve several objectives, which – in interaction – lead to ideal results:
- treatment to fight cancer cells and prevent metastasis
- strengthening and reinforcing the immune system
- search for and elimination of cancer-promoting causes
Orthodox medicine treats cancer by applying these therapies separately or in combination with each other: surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy.
Malignant cells are supposed to be surgically removed and/or destroyed by cytostatics or radiotherapy.
However, apart from the intended removal of the tumor, these treatments unfortunately also cause unwanted side effects.
Chemotherapy / Radiotherapy
Loss of hair, bone marrow damage, mucosal damage, contamination / damage of liver and kidneys, damage of the skin, nerves and organs exposed to the irradiation field.
Lymphedema (swollen arm after thoracic surgery, lymph node removal, etc.), cicatricial interfering fields (scars affecting the flow of energy through meridians).
However, most frequently experienced are principally a decline in a patient's general condition, weight loss, susceptibility to infection and dramatic mental stress. The recovery period in between and after treatment cycles is difficult.
This is where our biological treatments set in: by rearranging the patients’ diets, ideally supplying them with vitamins and trace elements, administering herbal medicines that support decontamination via kidneys and liver, providing for general cell protection and building up the immune system. Biological cancer treatment is based on combined holistic strategies.
Thomas Rau MD, Medical Superintendent
Cancer diseases are steadily increasing! The reasons are multifactorial: causes are related to altered lifestyle habits and escalating emotional challenges, as well as to agriculture, processed food items and our diets. Can this progress really be "sound"?
Conventional foodstuffs are increasingly cultivated by applying large amounts of artificial fertilizers. That’s the reason why these foods are exposed to significantly higher concentrations of heavy metals, nitrates and pesticides than organically grown food is. On the other hand, "victuals" grown this way barely contain any vitamins, minerals or trace elements! Consequently, we are more and more frequently forced to buy expensive supplements, which its natural-sourced availability are is being reduced.
In consultation, I find that people who receive the diagnosis of cancer are very eager to regain health. One basic condition to do so is through specific nutrition. However, those affected are frequently "overwhelmed" by anti-cancer suggestions, including various diets and detoxification options.
In general, we might say that foodstuffs (preservatives, etc.) should be grown organically and should be of derived from earth's nutrients. At the same time, consuming foods and beverages is supposed to be fun and enjoyable.
Establishing a Sound Basis:
Vegetables, salads, herbs, fruits, berries, high-quality fats and oils, nuts, sprouts, kernels, fermented and sprouted foods, whole meal products, as well as pure water and herb teas.
Sugar and sweeteners as well as all products made from and with these substances are to be avoided generally. Cancer cells feature a fermentative metabolism. The acid-resistant coating created around the cancer cell buffers from the surrounding healthy cells and thus the immune system. Sugar promotes this fermentative metabolism. Additionally, it increases the release of insulin, which in turn, might cause new "centers of inflammation". That means, the question is not what to use to sweeten but if sweetening is even required (e.g. with tea or coffee).
Currently, the raw food diet is hotly recommended. However, some people find it easier to digest cooked meals (e.g. in accordance with the principles of TCM = traditional Chinese medicine). Also, the question whether vegan food or a diet one containing animal proteins is the better choice depends on the individual situation.
Being supervised by our medical team and nutritionist, and in consideration of the patient’s self-reliance, can be ideal for creating and maintaining a healthy diet.
My recommendations are not only intended for those already affected by cancer – I’d also like to address the ones who strive to prevent it. In this respect, I’d like to advise you to re-read the articles I published in April and May 2010: "Healthy Nutrition" and "Sound Lifestyle and Eating Habits". (Thenewsletter archive is available at: www.paracelsus.ch/nl-archive).
Valuable knowledge to put into practice. What I know of, I can implement.
Sonja Bacus, Nutritionist
Do you want to know what is one of the biggest medical frauds of all time? It is the statin drug scam! Millions are on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. We are told that the lower your cholesterol, the better it is for your heart. The drug companies are even trying to convince us that children should be placed on statin drugs!
I have just read "The Great Cholesterol Myth." It was co-authored by Jonny Bowden, PhD and my good friend, Steve Sinatra, M.D. It is a great book! If you want to know the history of how cholesterol came to be the most important risk factor for heart attacks, this book tells the story in detail. It is quite a story. You see, there was never any scientific evidence that lowering cholesterol would lower your risk of dying from heart disease. In fact, lowering cholesterol to the levels that are targeted today can be harmful. Cholesterol is critical to health. It is an important constituent of cell membranes and it is used to make vitamin D, sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone), and the bile acids needed for digestion. Cholesterol is also important in fighting infections. A cholesterol level of less than 160 mg/dl has been linked to depression, aggression, cerebral hemorrhage, and loss of sex drive. Some other potential side effects of the statin drugs are decreased levels of Co-Q10, muscle cramps, general weakness, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, loss of muscle mass, numbness, muscle spasms, memory loss, decrease in cognitive function, erectile dysfunction, and increased risk for diabetes and cancer. Believing the myth that cholesterol levels predict risk of heart disease, doctors prescribe statin drugs like candy.
An important part of the book is the discussion of which blood readings are more predictive of heart disease risk. Armed with this knowledge you can ask your physician to run these tests. It is important to understand the significance of these tests.
Cholesterol, being a fatty substance, needs to be wrapped in protein in order to travel through your blood (fats are not dissolvable in water or blood). We call these cholesterol-protein combinations lipoproteins. These are familiar to most of us as HDLs (high density lipoproteins) and LDLs (low density lipoproteins). Both contain cholesterol and triglycerides. We are told that HDLs are the "good "guys and LDLs are the "bad" guys. We want high HDL numbers on our blood tests and low LDL numbers. However, what is important is not so much the absolute numbers, but rather the numbers of the subtypes. The most important subtypes of LDL are subtype A and subtype B. The more subtype A compared to subtype B, the lower your risk for heart disease. Subtype A is pretty benign, while subtype B is very harmful to your arterial walls and your heart. Even HDL cholesterol has "good" and "bad" components. However, none of these are harmful until they become damaged through oxidation. Read the book to find out more about this important topic.
As the book recommends, ask for the following tests when you go to your physician for a check-up:
- Particle size test: This test enables the doctor to find out the levels of subtype A and B.
- C-reactive protein (CRP): CRP is a marker of inflammation and is directly associated with overall heart and cardiovascular health.
- Fibrinogen: This has been identified as an independent risk factor for heart disease.
- Serum ferritin: Excessive levels of serum ferritin are associated with increased risk of heart attacks.
- Lp(a): This cholesterol-carrying molecule is a serious risk factor for heart disease.
- Homocysteine: High levels are associated with increased incidence of heart disease and stroke.
- Interleukin-6: This is another marker for inflammation.
If, after receiving the results of these tests, you learn that your risk for heart disease is high, do not despair. Drs. Bowden and Sinatra tell you what to do to correct the abnormal readings. In almost all instances, statin drugs are not the answer. There are more natural ways to improve your heart health without incurring the side effects of the statin drugs.
If you want to understand the causes of heart disease, this book is a must read. The book is much more than a journey through the history of the cholesterol myth or a list of important blood tests. Drs. Bowden and Sinatra cover, in clear, easy-to-understand language, what they call the "Four Horsemen of Aging." They are inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress. While all of these contribute mightily to development of heart disease, chronic inflammation is the worst offender; the other three primarily contribute to inflammation. Because inflammation is an underlying cause of so many of our chronic diseases, the knowledge you will gain about how to reduce inflammation for your heart will also benefit your overall health.
Arm yourself with the information in this book and you will know more than most physicians. I highly recommend this book.
© 2013, Mark A. Breiner, DDS
The information presented is for educational purposes only. You should consult a qualified health practitioner for diagnosis and treatment.
About Dr. Mark Breiner:
Whole Body News Update expert, Mark A. Breiner, DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT, is a leading authority and pioneer in the field of holistic dentistry. He is the author of the popular consumer education book, Whole-Body Dentistry, a guide to the "dental connection" to whole-body wellness. With more than 30 years experience, Dr. Breiner has helped patients from across the US and other countries attain a higher overall level of dental health and general well-being. Dr. Breiner is a past President of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He is in private practice in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Position: Part time, at least one year commitment
Start Date: June 3, 2013
Location: Marion, MA
In 1997, The Biological Medicine Network (BMN) was created as a Program of the Marion Institute. As part of the Marion Institute, BMN is a non-profit organization and believes deeply in bringing critical awareness and support for this most essential and alternative approach to health and healing. Biological Medicine emphasizes non-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods and the body’s innate natural healing power.
BMN is working to create opportunities for others to benefit from this successful medical model, by conducting seminars for medical practitioners, educating people about the healing powers of Biological Medicine, and promoting access to biological medicine in North America.
Founded in 1993, the Marion Institute is a non-profit that acts as an incubator for a diverse array of Programs and Serendipity Projects that delve into the root cause of an issue and seeks to create deep and positive change. We work with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in the areas of health and healing, sustainability, green economics, environmental education, spirituality and much more.
The Biological Medicine Network is looking for a motivated team player and self-starter who would like a varied, interesting work environment, and able to work on a number of exciting projects. Must have excellent computer, organizational and communication skills. Some knowledge about budgets, web design, email blasts and event planning would also be required. Attention to detail and a lot of compassion in dealing with people is a must.
General BMN Office duties:
• Assist with patient coordination as needed
• Responsible for creating e-newsletters
• Maintain BMN Facebook page
• Responsible for website maintenance
• Assist with events organization, including registrations, marketing and budget
• Maintain BMN database [Raiser’s Edge] including patients, health practitioners, new members, donations
• Generate acknowledgement letters to donors
• Generate and distribute office correspondence and other documents via mail, fax or email as requested
• Assist with preparation of bulk mailings
• Assist with setting up conference calls as requested
• Generate Google Analytics reports
• Keep records on individuals who have attended the clinic
• Track sales and distribution
• Miscellaneous BMN duties as needed
• Assist with general office duties
- Strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and Publisher
- Must work well both collaboratively and independently
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong writing and proofing skills
- Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and meet deadlines with frequent interruptions
- Willingness to work differing hours and occasionally on weekends and evenings
- Interest in alternative medicine a plus
Salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter, including 2 references, by March 29, 2013 to: email@example.com.
MI is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
Research shows that laughter is good for your blood vessels
In recent years, studies are finding a strong link between our emotions and cardiovascular health. Research shows that hostility, anger, depression, anxiety and social isolation all lead to higher rates of heart disease. This knowledge is leading researchers to take a closer look at the effects of happiness and a sense of humor.
Research on laughter and your heart
It was in 2005 that a link between laughter and healthy function of blood vessels was first discovered by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center. They found that laughter increases the blood flow by causing the inner lining of blood vessels—the endothelium—to dilate. The researchers said the change in the endothelium caused by laughter appears to be similar to the benefits of aerobic exercise or the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins. The difference is that laughter is spontaneous and has an immediate effect.
Cardiovascular benefits of laughter
Benefit #1. Laughter causes the release of beta-endorphins in the hypothalamus, which leads to the release of nitric oxide, which dilates the vessels. And there’s more. Nitric oxide is a chemical that also protects the heart by reducing inflammation and preventing the formation of cholesterol plaque.
Benefit #2. Laughter has also been shown to have beneficial effects on other aspects of our biochemistry. For example, it leads to a reduction in stress hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine. And we know that stress causes our blood vessels to constrict.
Benefit #3. Laughter boosts the number of antibody-producing cells, which leads to a stronger immune system.
One fun-loving expert’s opinion
“I am always happy when I meet patients who have a sense of humor,” says Ben Barzilai, MD, Section Head of Clinical Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. “The benefits of laughter cannot be understated. It leads to an immediate reduction in the body’s negative response to stress and causes the blood vessels of the body—including the heart—to increase blood flow as needed.”
Researchers are just beginning to understand all that laughter can do to promote heart health. There is some thought that laughing on a regular basis can even reduce your risk for a heart attack.
So, for this Heart Month, you may want to add some humor to your life by…
- Looking at the lighter side of things
- Spending more quality time with loved ones who bring joy and laughter
- Catching a comedy on TV or at the movies
- By making humor a regular part of your life, you can actually have a big impact on your own heart
Fun Facts about Laughter
Fact #1. Children laugh a lot more than adults: an average baby laughs around 300 times a day; an average adult laughs around 20 times a day.
Fact #2. Babies have the ability to laugh before they ever speak.
Fact #3. Children who are born blind and deaf also have the ability to laugh.
Fact #4. According to some studies, the onset of adulthood leads to increased seriousness and a diminished engagement in laughter.
Fact #5. There are thousands of languages and dialects, but everyone expresses laughter in pretty much the same way.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
by Nicole Nichols
Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The "winter blues" are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re already here.
As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after you hit the showers. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those "feel good chemicals" that improve your mood.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
What and when you eat has a great affect on your mood and energy. Avoid refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar). These foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit) and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.
3. Get Some Sun
Most people know that sunlight provides us with Vitamin D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed—without knowing why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows in restaurants and during class. Try changing the light bulbs in your house to "full spectrum" bulbs. These mimic natural light and actually have the same affects on your mind as the real thing.
4. Act on your Resolutions
A recent study from the CDC showed a strong link between healthy behaviors and depression. Women who exhibited healthy behaviors (like exercising, not smoking, etc.) had less sad and depressed days than those whose behaviors were less than healthy. Although researchers studied women, the results are likely similar in men.
5. Avoid Binge Drinking
Staying in with a cold beer or a nice glass of wine may seem like the only thing to do in the winter months, and many people who feel down also tend to turn to alcohol when they’re feeling down. But alcohol is actually a depressant, and rather than improving your mood, it only makes it worse. Avoiding alcohol when you are already depressed is a good idea. Moderate drinking is fine for most people, but binge drinking (defined as having 5 or more drinks in one sitting) is never a healthy choice. The morning after will have you feeling sick, depressed, and even more tired, which will affect many aspects of your life. This will make your low energy and bad mood even worse.
6. Treat Yourself
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that’s exciting to you—a weekend trip, a day at the spa, a party (but keep #5 above in mind), or special event like a play, girls (or guys) night out, or sporting event.
You’re busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings—even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say "No" to extra opportunities (covering a shift for a co-worker, bringing food to your son’s class party). Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing! Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay.
8. Embrace the Season
Instead of always avoiding the cold and the snow—look for the best that it has to offer! Take up a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, or even sledding! Enjoy these opportunities while they last—after all, they’re only here a few months per year. Staying active will boost your energy. Seeing winter in a positive light, with all the fun activities that it has to offer, will keep your spirits high.
9. Get Social Support
Don’t underestimate the power of friends, family, mentors, co-workers, and neighbors. Who can you turn to when you’re down and need a pick-me-up? Keep a mental list of these special people and don’t be afraid to ask for help or encouragement when you need it. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice email or letter can brighten your mood.
10. Catch some Zzzz’s
People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. But with all we have going on, sometimes sleep is the first thing to go. With a little time management, and some self-discipline, you can meet your shut-eye needs. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. That way, your sleeping patterns can normalize and you’ll have more energy. Try not to oversleep—those 12-hour snoozes on the weekend can actually make you MORE tired. Don’t forget naps! A short (10-30 minute) afternoon nap may be all you need to re-energize midday.
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