Recent Lifestyle Medicine Articles
A recently published paper in the esteemed JAMA Oncology triggered dire headlines, including this one in The New York Times:
“People who used herbs, acupuncture and other complementary treatments tended to die earlier than those who didn’t.”
Really? Is this true?
We are hearing a lot about cancer immunotherapy these days. Modern approaches and technology are now helping to revolutionize cancer care. What decision-making power do we hold to influence an immune-therapeutic response to help avoid, manage, or treat a cancer diagnosis? And how might this affect long-term survival?
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.
In late 2017, I signed up for a few list-serves specific to my disease. Never before—26 years since diagnosis—had I done that. These virtual groups did not exist a quarter-century ago. The technology was not available. This is what happened next…
National directory of integrative oncology providers.
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’.
In addition to healthy lifestyle activities, a powerful response to counter the fear of cancer recurrence is to be grateful, mindful, hopeful, and present—and apply the emotional intelligence to ‘respond’, but not ‘react’, to the negative words or actions of others. The key is to recognize but filter out negative thoughts—your own, and those thoughts and comments of others.
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.