The average human body contains an estimated 37 trillion cells. Unfortunately, because many of these cells have the potential to develop into cancer, every person lives with a substantial risk of developing this daunting disease. The typical modern lifestyle does not help matters. Our world is riddled with factors like poor nutrition, sedentary living, smoking, alcohol use, and environmental pollution that actively promote cancer, and the numbers tell us that 1 in 3 people will develop some form of this disease during their lifetime.
Fortunately, we are not powerless in the face of this challenge. Quite the opposite, we each have the power to preserve and expand our good health. Naturopathic medicine, with its holistic philosophy and natural treatment methods, possesses tremendous potential on this front. Naturopathic doctors can help people living with cancer, or those trying to prevent it, to safely and effectively integrate lifestyle treatments, botanical medicine, medicinal mushrooms, nutritional supplements, and more into their wellness strategy. These are nature’s medicine and they undoubtedly hold great promise for improving our health.
For example, the simple addition of 5 or more cups of green tea per day lowers cancer risk, as does maintaining an optimal level of vitamin D. Simple and safe melatonin, often used as a sleep aid, can improve chemotherapy and radiation, not to mention being an important anti-cancer treatment in its own right. And a wide variety of nutritional and botanical treatments can be used to help folks who have finished their conventional cancer treatment rebuild their health and lower their risk of ever getting cancer again. These are just a few examples of the benefits found in the naturopathic approach.
Indeed, though naturopathic medicine in cancer care is still a relatively young field, evidence is already emerging that its natural and integrative methods are very beneficial. People living with cancer who work with a naturopathic doctor often experience an increased sense of empowerment and control, reduced anxiety, a better quality of life, and a better overall treatment response.
Todd Robinson, ND
About the author:
Dr. Todd Robinson is the owner of Wellness Working Group in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Dr. Robinson’s clinical focus is naturopathic cancer support with specific emphasis on integrating botanical, nutritional, and lifestyle interventions into conventional cancer care. Todd is also President of the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association where he leads efforts to re-establish naturopathic licensure in the State of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Robinson, please visit: Wellness Working Group