Chemo Does Not Kill Cancer Stem Cells
The only person that can answer this question is you! Since I am schooled in an integrative approach to cancer, I do not believe that all chemotherapy is bad. Low-dose chemo and insulin potentiated chemotherapy have shown to be tremendous aides in slowing fast-growing tumors, but remember, chemo does not kill cancer stem cells and can create drug resistant circulating tumor cells. Former White House press secretary Tony Snow died in July 2008 at the age of 53, following a series of chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer. Three years prior to his death, Snow had his colon removed and underwent six months of initial chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer (remember, chemo does NOT kill cancer stem cells, it only ‘knocks-down’ the current cancer.)
Tony Snow’s Cancer
Two years later (2007), Snow’s cancer returned (because it was never really gone – the stem cells remained) and he underwent surgery to remove a growth in his abdominal area, near the site of the original cancer. “This is a very treatable condition,” said Dr. Allyson Ocean, a gastrointestinal oncologist at Weill Cornell Medical College. “Many patients, because of the therapies we have, are able to work and live full lives with quality while they’re being treated. Anyone who looks at this as a death sentence is wrong.” But of course we now know, Dr. Ocean was dead wrong because she ONLY looked at traditional methods (chemo, radiation and surgery) to treat Snow and her other patients.
The media headlines proclaimed that Snow died from colon cancer, although they knew he didn’t even have a colon (it was surgically removed in 2005) anymore. As is all too common when the cause is not addressed, the malignant cancer had “returned” (from the drug-resistant circulating tumor cells and stem cells) and “spread” to the liver and elsewhere in his body. Now unable to heal the causes of the original cancer (in addition to the newly created ones), Snow’s body developed new cancers in the liver and other parts of the body and he was finished.
The mainstream media, of course, still insist Snow died from colon cancer while they ignore the fact that it was really the treatment that killed him. Maybe I should say that it was the lack of treatment that killed him. As we (in the cancer world) continue to ignore the truth that cancer is a symptom of a body’s inability to manage its environment and think that we are treating the patient by “killing the cancer,” bodies will continue to pile up at the door of the morgue.
Is Chemo Right For You?
While making that decision, remember, it is extremely difficult for even the healthiest patient to heal from this condition while being subjected to the systemic poisons of chemotherapy and deadly radiation. If you are bitten by a poisonous snake and don’t get an antidote for it, isn’t it likely that your body becomes overwhelmed by the poison and, therefore, cannot function anymore?
Before Tony Snow began his chemo-treatments for his second bout with colon cancer, he still looked healthy and strong. But after a few weeks into his treatment, he started to develop a coarse voice, looked frail, turned gray and lost his hair. Does this sound familiar? Did the cancer do all this to him? Certainly not! It wasn’t the cancer that destroyed Snow’s immune system, eroded epithelial tissue, non-selectively destroyed all reproducing tissue, and poisoned his body. It was the chemical toxins we call “therapy” because it’s “the best we have to work with.” I have no doubt that his doctors were caring individuals trying to make the best decision in an attempt to save Snow’s life. If they are heroes, they are fighting the wrong battle.
Do the mainstream media ever report about the overwhelming scientific evidence that shows chemotherapy has zero benefits in the five-year survival rate of colon cancer patients? Or how many oncologists stand up for their cancer patients and protect them against chemotherapy treatment which they very well know can cause them to die far more quickly than if they received no treatment at all? Can you trustingly place your life into their hands when you know that most of them would not even consider chemotherapy for themselves if they were diagnosed with cancer? What do they know that you don’t? The news is spreading fast that in the United States physician-caused fatalities now exceed 750,000 each year. Perhaps, many doctors no longer trust in what they practice, for good reasons.
You MUST define the battle you are fighting! There can be a time and place for chemotherapy. If your purpose is to slow down an aggressive cancer so you have time to clean-up the environment that allowed it to flourish – then go for it. If you are seriously taking steps to change your life, your diet, your emotions, your health, then explore low-dose chemo or a less aggressive chemotherapy regimen. If you are putting yourself in the hands of your oncologist and rolling the dice on traditional medicine alone without taking responsibility for the reason the cancer is growing in your body, well I hope you are feeling lucky!
Alternative Cancer Treatment is Not the Alternative
Put it this way – traditional approaches to cancer are optional (and may be the best choice in your case), but the alternative approaches like lifestyle changes, Gerson Therapy, Dr. Kelley’s enzyme therapy, Rife, detoxification, and many others are just NOT OPTIONAL!
Just think about it; how messed up are we in our thinking? Eating right, exercising, proper nutrition, stress management, getting normal nerve flow to the tissues through chiropractic care, massage therapy, colon therapy, etc., are considered alternative. Goodness sakes, these things are not alternative, secondary choices; they are primary, necessary steps to health. Traditional drugging, cutting and burning should be alternative; they are un-natural, invasive, and oftentimes inappropriate. Granted, traditional medicine has a large place in our healthcare needs and saves lives in emergency situations every day, but don’t go there first.
In adults, a cancer diagnosis means the cells have been multiplying for years to reach the numbers (over a million cells) to be diagnosed by any means. There is a reason they are not being killed by one’s immune system and our first order of events should be attempting to find that reason and change the milieu of the body that has allowed it to grow. Whatever your decision is regarding surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, make it balanced with doing everything possible to heal your body.
This was an excerpt from Dr Conners’ book, Stop Fighting Cancer and Start Treating the Cause.
Dr. Conners graduated with his doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1986 and has been studying alternative cancer care for over 20 years. He holds AMA Fellowships in Regenerative & Functional Medicine and Integrative Cancer Therapy.
He is the author of numerous books including, Stop Fighting Cancer and Start Treating the Cause, Cancer Can’t Kill You if You’re Already Dead, Help, My Body is Killing Me, Chronic Lyme, 3 Phases of Lyme, 23 Steps to Freedom, and many more you can download for FREE on our books page.