Cancer is a dynamic, not a equilibrate, it is not stable. But what is the intention in this instability, as instability is a state of incipient change. When cancer is seen as a pathology, it becomes an enemy, a threat and an evil that must be killed, cut-out and/or poisoned. While there is some fact in these fears, submitting to these fears, resists an incipient change being manifested.
Cancer is, like many impediments, an opportunity for growth, and yes, I do know that sounds crazy as cancer is out of control growth. But growth and evolution are no more than successful adaptations to a changing self, a changing world, a changing relationship or whatever change is being confronted. Find life, find healing.
Just a disclaimer: This is not about spiritual healing but about finding the healer within.
Cancer is a complex disease with over 200 types with multiple stages. Also, each individual manifests their cancer in their own unique fashion. There is no one right way to treat cancer but a variety of methods are needed to get the best results. Treatment must be tailored to the individual’s needs. Chinese herbal medicine (ChM) has a long history of supporting many cancer patients successfully. Research increasingly shows patients gaining superior outcomes when an integrative approach is utilized. ChM is increasingly used in conjunction with orthodox biomedical oncology.
Daniel Weber does research on cancer and Chinese botanical medicines in hospitals in China and has written a number of research papers as well as practitioner-level books on the subject. Daniel has nearly 50 years’ experience and is considered an expert on the subject. He only uses support medicines that have been shown to have scientific evidence of efficacy and do not interfere with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The broad categories of tumor designation simply refer to diverse tumors that just happen to originate in certain parts of the body. We now know that what matters most in determining the behavior of a particular cancer (and its response to specific therapy) are the molecular pathways that drive malignant cell growth instead of where the tumor begins in the body, The tumor microenvironment is a critical component in cancer support.
Integrative cancer care is the bringing together of orthodox cancer treatments with complementary approaches. This is complementary care supporting the patient’s needs while in orthodox treatment and then afterwards in remission. Integrative cancer is an approach, where the main concern is humanity, the end or reduction in human suffering and it is also concerned with evidence of efficacy, proof that an herb, an approach that has some objective demonstration of working successfully. Somewhere outside laboratory reductionism is the medicine of the clinic, where in the relationship between patient and practitioner are aligned. The living patient is unique, presenting their suffering in a jumble of genetic, epigenetic, social and life-style constructs. Disease is the misalignment of these factors.
Integrative cancer care focusses on the patient while at the same time bringing tested and research-based treatments to support well-being and long-term survival.
Being ahead of the curve and treating towards both managing radio-chemo side-effects and helping improve the outcomes. Riding on the wave of procedures and altering the outcome trajectory. Beating the odds.
Dr. Daniel Weber
Interviewed by Dr Jenny Mackenzie
Patients and chemotherapy concern
JM: I guess what I’d like to put before you is a scenario of an adult person who has been diagnosed with cancer and is about to have chemotherapy. The patient is really concerned about the awful side effects of chemotherapy – and wants to know how you can help?
DW: I think this is not a straight-forward proposition; there is not one answer to that question. Some medical oncologists are opposed to any use of complementary medicines (CM) when one is doing chemo/radiotherapy even though there is no evidence of contraindications. Some oncologists are very open to complementary practices – to the use of complementary medicine while taking chemo- and/or radiotherapy. I always work with medical oncologists when I can. Evidence suggests that CM is effective and when prescribed correctly, brings many benefits.
It is critically important that people don’t self-prescribe – you need to see someone who has some qualifications Google Scholar, which looks at peer reviewed articles or books and they give a clear information. Better still. Ask whomever is treating the patient to clearly explain what evidence is behind their suggestions.
Historically the Chinese have been doing what we laboratory to test isolates and cancer with regard to efficacy. In China, medical oncologists and herbal oncologists work closely together to support the patient in the process. We are seeing that I think, increasingly, in other parts of the world. Sloan-Kettering hospital in NYC, and also M.D. Anderson in Texas that has a full-time complementary staff that looks at how the patient can get the best result for their cancer. The movement towards integrative oncology is gaining recognition.
JM: So, you would recommend having these tests done before prescribing any herbal medicine or supplements?
DW: Oh, absolutely! You have to – you can track the efficacy of your treatment, otherwise you are just operating blind. Just reading some anecdotal information that a substance is good for some condition is really not science it’s just superstition. Need to test and review
JM: So, are any of these tests done routinely by the oncologists?
DW: Many are being done yet many are being overlooked. There are many laboratory tests, which may indicate issues in what we call the tumor micro-environment. The TME is vitally important in treating not just the cancer but underlying issues that may contribute to cancer initiation, development and metastasis
JM: Can these tests be done by naturopaths and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, or only by medical practitioners?
DW: In many countries a medical doctor needs to submit pathology requests, this is mainly for insurance or medicare. For example, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is critical. If I have a patient with prostate cancer and I always look at the ESR, serum amaloid A (SAA) and hs-CRP because, which will show chronic inflammatory patterns.
JM: Are there any kind of general tests that you would perform for most patients? Are there any particular considerations, for example the age and health of the patient, the type of cancer, are these things crucial?
DW: Absolutely, there are upwards of about 200 plus kinds of cancer, and every cancer has to be treated differently. For example, I often find in younger women, that ER negative tumors tend to be more aggressively inflammatory, and so they are treated differently than somebody who’s got an estrogen positive tumor and 74 years of age
JM: That seems to be your main message: there is a lot you can do, but don’t treat yourself with limited knowledge and resources.
DW: Well look, if you have an gastrointestinal issue, you can try something different; I mean what’s going to happen? You may gain nothing but there is no long-term damage. With cancer you may die. So, the responsibility with us in the complementary field is to be able to supply the information to oncologists so that they can encourage their patients to use some kind of supplement compound or similar which can help them terms of their chemotherapy. Chemo is so complex you can’t really make a generalization. I always insist that patients who come to me tell their oncologist what they are doing. And I will supply what I am doing to the oncologist, with some evidence as to why I am doing it, if they so desire.
JM: That sounds fantastic, actually, a really balanced approach. I agree that we need to be working with our mainstream colleagues and oncologists and providing evidence to back up our claims, so they don’t think that patients are just treating themselves from Google and inventing their own management plans.
JM: Can you give us a general indication of how many patients you have been able to help, overall, with reducing the side effects of chemotherapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutritional medicine?
DW: Off the top of my head, I’d say about 80% of patients have benefited from the use of these kinds of botanical agents. As you know, it’s multifaceted, so there are issues like quality of life; people feel better. Again, it’s subjective because this patient may have been more tolerant of chemo, because everybody responds to varying degrees to chemotherapy. So, quality of life is one, reduction of side effects… in a number of cases where there is incipient kidney failure, we’ve actually been able to avoid the kidney failure by using herbs while they’re under chemotherapy. Again, subjective and anecdotal, but I believe that more of the patients can complete the same course of chemotherapy because they’ve been using some kind of botanical and get a superior outcome.
JM: That’s great, this will give people at least an about it. Thank you so much, Daniel, for your contribution, and I wish you good luck what all your future endeavors.
DW: Thank you
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- A treatment protocol will be designed and may consist of capsules, herbal concentrates to drink, powdered isolates and/or other evidence-based treatments. Each patient will have a highly personalized treatment protocol designed alongside the medical treatments, test results and the patient’s general presentation.
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Intake consultation $450.00 with $100 for follow up
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From prescriptions no charge
Follow-up consultation $150 per 1/2 hour
$200 for full hour
Reading and advising on test results $175.00
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All other patients, incl. psychotherapy $175
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Have a list of questions you may have handy during the consultation.
Your personal protocol including prescriptions will be prepared from the more than 1000 substances that are carried in the dispensary. If substances are prescribed that are not available in the dispensary, the clinic will source them from China.
You may also be prescribed prepared substances in capsule form.
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Dissolve the prescribed amount of herbal granules in boiling water.
Stir until all granules are dissolved.
Wait until the liquid has cooled down to a drinking temperature.
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