Guest Blog: The Best of Traditional and Modern Medicine - Why Fighting Cancer Requires Both Natural and Modern Methods

Wednesday 2 October 2013

When it comes to fighting cancer, many people align themselves with treatment methods almost like political parties. Some prefer natural methods - avoiding doctors and surgery like the plague while others lean the entirely opposite way and ignore the health benefits that natural remedies can offer. While arguments can be made for either side - the truth remains that we need both. Using chemo, for example, doesn’t mean that alternative natural methods cannot be used. Just like any battle - attacking from both sides is more effective than one. Fighting cancer is no different - to successfully ward it off, a combination of natural plant based medicines along with more synthetic modern drugs or treatments is needed to tip odds in your favor. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.

Modern marvels

Modern science has helped millions in their fight against cancer - going from a five year survival rate of 50% in the mid 1970s all the way up to 70% in the early 2000s. On the surface, this is great news, however the treatments that have boosted the survival numbers often have long lasting side effects which can be equally as awful as cancer itself. Chemotherapy, radiation treatment are two of those treatments.

Surgery is probably the most common treatment method of any and actually offers the best chances of a cure. There are many different types of surgery all targeting different cancers in various parts of the human body - some of these surgeries are relatively non-invasive, while others pose a serious threat to the life of the patient.

Not all modern treatments pose major health risks - immunotherapy is on the cutting edge and is showing a lot of promise with minimal side effects.

Going herbal

On the natural side, all herbal treatments are not necessarily free of side effects either. Echinacea, popular with many for anything from the common cold to cancer prevention poses risks to users taking high doses. However, research is being done on echinacea to see if it can be used to moderate side effects caused by chemotherapy which makes it a potentially great remedy to be taken in conjunction with modern methods.

Natural remedies are plentiful, and of the many that are listed online one that actually has proven to be effective in fighting cancer is flaxseed. High in fiber and containing an oil used in many natural remedies, flaxseed is something that most people can take with moderate side effects at worse - however it should go without saying that a doctor should be consulted first before engaging in any of these treatments that you find on the internet.

The bank of life

Cord blood is one of the recent advances in modern medical science that has already been linked to scores of cures for diseases and disorders including various cancers. Cord blood stem cells (completely separate from embryonic stem cells) are extracted from a cut umbilical cord just minutes after birth and then sent to either a private or public bank for later use.

The benefits of cord blood border on the miraculous and the research on this technique is only showing more promise. Private banks, like Familycord are a great way to invest in your children’s future (or your own for that matter) at a reasonable price and no risk of physical harm at birth.

Natural versus modern treatment methods is a topic that could fill many scholarly book. With over 200 different types of cancer and multiple treatments for each - it is important to consult with doctors and medical journals to find the right combination of treatments to go to battle against cancer. It is a fight that you can win - so stay optimistic and lead the charge!

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger on various health related sites. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment. 

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