Naturopathic Health Care
Cancer demands attention from the cellular to the global sphere of our well being; attention to environmental health, politics, economics and spirituality.  Cancer is a symptom of imbalance on multiple levels, an inflammatory condition gone rampant, a reflection of human confusion void of awareness, compassion and wisdom.  
I.  Cancer is Preventable
The typical American diet is deficient in meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Recommended Daily Allowance of nutrients: the amount needed to prevent malnutrition. The typical American lacks exercise to the point of increasing their risk of cancer by 300%.

According to conventional western medical research cancer is 80% preventable by engaging in regular exercise, eating reasonably healthy foods and not smoking.   I believe that cancer is 95 - 100% preventable by eating organic food and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.  

December 2006
Dr. Jon Dunn, Licensed Naturopathic Physician
Cancer Prevention - Naturally!
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II.  Cancer Statistics
- Death from cancer is on the rise. In 2005 the American Cancer Society reported that cancer had become the number one cause of death in people under the age of 85 (that’s over 98% of the U.S. population).

- Cancer is usually triggered by toxic chemicals - not only tobacco - but industrial chemicals, pollutants, and radioactive substances in our food, air, water, and environment.  

90% of synthetic chemicals are never tested for human safety. Recently, the FDA found traces of 60-80 toxic pesticides in the average American food basket. For would be cancer researchers, caution: it is not easy to obtain grant money if your study involves corporate cancer promoting products.

Cancer Definition from Merriam-Webster Dictionary
A malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis; Something evil or malignant that spreads destructively.

- For decades conventional medical practitioners have relied upon crude and primitive treatment for cancer: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  Therapies that are generally dangerous, toxic, largely ineffective, and highly profitable.  For oncologists and dermatologists, the only professionals who can legally treat cancer, any deviation from established cancer therapeutic intervention invites ostracism, litigation and loss of license.

Since the "war on cancer" in 1971, America has spent over 2 trillion dollars in their "war on cancer."  It is a "war not won."  Incredibly, in most cases, you have no better chance of being cured today than in 1975!

III.  Testing
Two tests to be aware of that are not yet part of conventional cancer screening yet merit consideration include:

- The AMAS cancer blood test to identify the presence of cancer long before symptoms show.  The belief being that early detection allows better therapeutic response.  For more information:

- Breast thermography combines advanced digital technology with ultra-sensitive infrared camera imaging to create a significant advance in the safe and early screening for breast cancer over conventional mammography testing.  Advantages include: Safe, easy, and pain free. No radiation exposure. No compression of breast tissue.  Detects changes in breast tissue that accompany the smallest of tumors.  Differentiates between fibrocystic breast disease and tumors

IV.  How real (organic) food can help prevent cancer.

- Protect and repair DNA (our genetic blue print for on-going health) so that cancer can’t begin.

- Optimize the functioning of our immune system to identify tumor cells and destroy them.

- Prevent, slow down, and reverse unregulated growth and metastasis.

- Reduce malnutrition and many other complications of cancer such as anorexia, wasting, pain in joints, and depression.

- Remove toxins from the body including heavy metals.

- Enhance the chances for complete remission by changing the underlying conditions that brought about the cancer initially.

V.  Anti-cancer Food

The following is a list of specific foods possessing an array of cancer fighting phytochemicals*. 

apple, orange, tangerine, kiwi, cantaloupe, mango, papaya, strawberry, peach, avocado, tomato, grape, berries (raspberry, blackberry, etc.), pomegranate 

artichoke, radish, beets, cilantro, carrot, dark green leafy vegetables i.e. spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, sweet potato, sprouts, onions, garlic, okra, celery, parsley, alfalfa sprouts, caraway and dill seeds

brown rice, millet, barley, quinoa, amaranth, whole oats, sprouted (non-flower) bread

walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, 
cashews, sunflower seeds, 
raw organic tahini, Flaxseed oil, Hemp oil

chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, 
mung bean sprouts

turmeric/curcumen, rosemary, 
and green tea

*Phytochemicals include  Allium compounds, Allyl sulfides, Anthocyanins, Caffeic acid, Catechins, Cox-2 Inhibitors, Dithiolthiones, Ellagic acid, Ferulic acid, Flavanoids, Glucosinolates, Indoles, Isoflavones, Isothiocyanates, Lignans, Liminoids, Lycopene, Lutein, Pectins, Perillyl alcohol, Phenolic acid, Phytoesterols, Polyacetylenes, Polyphenols, Protease inhibitors, Quinones, Reservatrol, Saponins, Sulphorophane, Sterols, Terpenes.

VI.  Juice for Life

Use organic produce only, and if you don’t own a juicer I recommend the Omega 8003 Juicer.  The following recipe makes about 3 cups of beverage.
Carrot: 5 large ones
Celery: 2 stalks
Beets: 2 
Cabbage: ¼-1/3 cup
Kale: 2 leaves
Tomato: one medium size
Pineapple or Papaya: 1/2 cup
Apple: 1/2
Berries: 1/3- ½ cup (blueberries, 
blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
Ginger: about ½ inch across and ½ inch 
thick chunk of ginger root 

Add to this juice: 
1 heaping tbs. rice or 
hemp protein powder
1 tsp. Flax oil or Hemp oil

This drink provides one meal’s worth of delicious high quality protein, fat and carbohydrates.  It provides a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-tumor compounds.  It reduces inflammation in the body and nourishes the digestive tract.  It supplies essential nutrients for the liver to rid the body of heavy metals and other toxins reducing the risk for a host of chronic ailments.  It provides a nutritive source of energy, and requires no digestive assistance from the body: it has within it all the ingredients to self-digest.   

VII.  Cancer Concerns Reading Guide

The world wide nuclear industry continues to pose an immediate and protracted threat to all life forms.  Dr. Helen Caldicott is an Australian physician who has dedicated her life to addressing the ever present nuclear environmental crisis.  Her recent book ‘Nuclear Power is Not the Answer’ is a timely must read to prevent the energy czars from turning Al Gore’s global warming warning into a mandate to expand the nuclear industry.

Modern agricultural practices have decimated commercial soil over the last 6 decades leading to nutrient deficient chemical laden produce.  It is my belief that these practices have significantly increased the risk of and lowered our ability to recover from cancer.  Organic farming offers a solution.  Michael Ableman’s book: On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm provides a great read on this topic.

Science Non-Fiction
Genetically Modified food (GM) presents unpredictable risks for human health, with new information surfacing that GM foods are “quite dangerous and should never have been approved”.  Jeffrey Smith presents clear and practical steps to address this issue.  You can learn more about his efforts and how you can help from his best selling book; Seeds of Deception.  His website is: 

The Cancer Industry, Unraveling the Politics by Dr. Ralph Moss. An exploration of the controversial politics, economics and restrictions of cancer research in this country.

Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment & Prevention by Dr. Moss (not a highly technical book, yet good review of a wide range of alternatives)

Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Dr. Patrick Quillin offers a nutritional approach and rationale for cancer care.

The Oil Protein Diet Cookbook by Dr. Johanna Budwig

Breast Cancer  by Steve Austin, ND.  Well written book focused on the decision making and approach that he and his wife took when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore, video by Dr. Lorraine Day. Political aspects of cancer care, alternative suggestions and encouragement. To order call: 1-800-574-2437

Cancer and Natural Medicine by John Boik and Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy. These are two well researched scholarly texts addressing cancer research on herbs, mushrooms and supplements.

Cancer as a Turning Point, by Lawrence Leshan. Good user-friendly psychotherapeutic approach to cancer in regard to personal growth and healing.

Questioning Chemotherapy by Dr. Ralph Moss, an excellent account of chemotherapy treatment shortcomings.
Cancer Newsletter  
Cancer Chronicles.

VIII. Treatment Centers  Cancer Treatment Centers of America offer combination conventional and naturopathic treatment for cancer intervention.  Dr. Gonzalez is an oncologist in New York using natural therapies to treat cancer. Gerson Institute a San Diego based natural treatment center.

Treatment Referral Services
‘People Against Cancer'   1-515-972-4444 Can Help   1-800-565-1732 1-800-980-1234

Healing Retreat Center
Union, Washington. Contact Harmony Hill at 

Local Organic Food Resource:

Scary Movie: Super Size Me
More on Naturopathic Doctors
Website for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. A good reference resource for anything related to Naturopathic Doctors.   

For more information on any of these topics or questions please contact North County Naturopathic Health Care, Dr. Jon Dunn. Phone: 760-632-1665 

In Health,
Jon Dunn, ND