from Sandra Gustafson, MHS, BSN, RN
Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
May-June 2019 • Vol 3, No 104
Cancer is a disease that affects all societies around the globe. With all the financial, medical, and scientific resources so focused on “finding the cure for cancer” and no clear result in sight, one has to wonder if medicine is approaching this quest from the best angle. Thousands of researchers worldwide are employed in the medical/pharmaceutical industry to find and create curative treatments and drug compounds. Approximately thirty-two Nobel Laureates have received Nobel Prizes for cancer research. Billions of dollars are spent each year, and yet this disease has not been eradicated. Why not? One reason is “reductionism”—the biomedical view of trying to isolate and target specific molecular path- ways to develop curative treatments, without understanding that cancer, and cancer treatment, requires a holistic, biologic approach—not a one-system-cures-all approach.
The holistic model addresses the complexities of host/disease/ drug interactions and offers personalized therapies that boost the immune system’s ability to activate its own defense against cancer-cell replication.