Recent Exercise/Movement Articles
I am a poster child for lifestyle change. However, lifestyle and behavior change alone is not always enough. Not always enough to prevent cancer. Not always enough to assist in managing a conventional treatment program. Not always enough to ensure durable remission or increase overall survival.
The importance of disseminating accurate information on evidence-informed integrative cancer care approaches led to the founding of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) in 2003. SIO recently spearheaded the publication in JNCI Institute Monographs, titled ‘Advancing the Global Impact of Integrative Oncology’.
I’ve always leveraged exercise and all forms of physical activity for the natural pharmacopeia that it is. Serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and endorphins are always available in my brain’s go-to medicine cabinet, accessible from wherever I choose to unleash them: the gym, park, beach, back yard.
For decades, cancer scientists and oncologists have focused more on what type of ‘disease’ a person has, as opposed to what type of ‘person’ has a disease. The fact is, every individual has a unique biological environment within that can greatly influence the onset of cancer, its treatment, and long-term survival.
The response to my recent post, When Alternative Cancer Care Kills was fast and passionate. People either loved it or hated it, depending on where they stand on cancer care.
Whether patients refuse standard conventional cancer treatment or opt for other modes and methods of ‘cure’ and healing, the fact remains that their exposure to content that is poorly sourced and ill-informed (at best), or maliciously crafted and disseminated (at worst), impedes intelligent decision-making. ecisions made based on such content can, and do, lead to harmful and even fatal consequences. Because alternative cancer care can kill.
Oncologists often agree on one largely anecdotal observation: patients who are the most involved in their own care, and who stay positive, typically have the best outcomes, even when facing a poor prognosis. As a patient with a mission to thrive, you must be your own expert when it comes to creating the healthiest you: physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Put simply, you must ‘own’ your health.
Given the last few decades of increased everyday demands on the lives of most folks, it has become clear that management of such stress is critical for attaining optimum health. Stress management is also vital for preventing a pro-cancer environment, and it is essential to employ stress reduction techniques while undergoing active treatment for cancer. These practices also advantage long-term survival.
We live in the here and now. If you are a cancer thriver–or aspire to be one–you are not waiting for more research to guide sensible, important decisions to keep you as healthy as possible. That means ‘act’. Roll up your sleeves, consider, recognize, and benefit from the growing body of cancer research that currently exists.
Find the most skilled, compassionate, and open-minded oncologist you can. If this person is not an integrative oncologist, that’s okay, too.