Gist

Overview

A rare type of sarcoma found in the digestive system, most often in the wall of the stomach, some Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GISTSs) are not cancerous (they are benign), while others can become cancerous if not treated. In general terms, the larger the GIST, the more likely it is to be cancerous.

These tumors have a fairly complicated name; gastrointestinal means they start in the digestive system, stromal means they develop from tissues that support the corrective tissue controlling the gut movements, and tumor means a growth in the body.

Around 60 per cent of such tumors start in the stomach, but they can begin anywhere in the digestive system, including the bowel or food pipe (oesophagus). In rare cases, they may develop outside the gastrointestinal tract.

Most common in people between the ages of 50 and 70, the cause of the illness is unknown, but if you have the genetic condition neurofibromatosis (NF) your chance of developing a GIST increases.

Patients with early stage GIST often do not have any symptoms and the condition may be found as a result of tests for other medical conditions.

Most GISTs are diagnosed in later stages of the disease. The symptoms of advanced GIST can include any of the following symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort in the tummy (abdomen)
  • A feeling of fullness
  • Being sick
  • Blood in stools or vomit
  • Feeling very tired
  • A low red blood cell count (anaemia)

Most common in people between the ages of 50 and 70, the cause of the illness is unknown, but if you have the genetic condition neurofibromatosis (NF) your chance of developing a GIST increases.

It is not known what exactly causes most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs), but in recent years, scientists have made great progress in learning how certain changes in DNA can cause normal cells to become cancerous.

DNA is the chemical in each of our cells that makes up our genes – the instructions for how our cells function. As our parents are the source of our DNA, we usually look a lot like them, but

DNA affects more than just how we look.

Some genes control when cells grow and divide into new cells. For instance, certain genes that help cells grow and divide are calledoncogenes, and others that slow down cell division or cause cells to die at the right time are called tumor suppressor genes.

Cancers can be caused by DNA changes that turn on oncogenes or turn off tumor suppressor genes.

A few families have gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) caused by a DNA mutation passed down from parent to child, but most DNA mutations related to GISTs are not inherited – such changes occur for no real reason, and are called sporadic or acquired.

The cancer cells of most patients with GIST have a change in an oncogene called c-kit. The c-kit gene is found in all cells of the body. This directs the cell to make a protein called KIT, which causes the cell to grow and divide.

In most cases, the c-kit gene is inactive – it is only active if there is a need for more interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). In most GISTs thec-kit gene is mutated and is always active, which goes some way to explain why the cancer forms.

The cells are always growing and dividing; some families that have many members with GISTs, and health practitioners have found inherited mutations of the c-kitgene.

The gene changes that lead to most GISTs are now understood, but it’s still not evident what might cause these changes. There are no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of GIST; some might have causes that haven’t been found yet, but many of these changes may just be random events that sometimes happen inside cells that unfortunately may lead to cancer.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here 

Quitting smoking and ditching any smoked, pickled or salted food may be a good place to start if you’re suffering from GIST.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more

Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitionerhere.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/

People suffering from stomach cancer will find that extra protein and calories may improve their symptoms, and drinking extra milk and eating more eggs and cheese are good ways to get this protein.

For added calories, try gravies and sauces on your food, although always check with your health practitioner to determine what nutritional diet suits you, or seek out a registered dietitian, especially if you are losing weight.

Stomach cancer patients also need extra iron, calcium and vitamin D from their diets. Sardines, cabbage, broccoli, milk, eggs, cheese and bread provide calcium. Vitamin D is found in margarine, butter, oily fish and eggs. The iron in red meat is more easily absorbed by the body than the iron found in fish, soy, egg yolk, leafy green vegetables and dried fruit.

Choosing whole grains such as whole wheat bread and whole grain pastas and rice is advised because of their high fiber content, fiber can actually make stomach cancer patients feel uncomfortably full. Beans and lentils as well as leafy greens and cabbage can have the same effect, and as a result it may be necessary to avoid eating too much of these foods at one time.

Instead, the patient should every hour or so to avoid upsetting the stomach, and combine one high-fiber food with other foods easy on the stomach, such as soft, bland foods, for a relatively low-fiber meal.

Stomach cancer patients often experience nausea, which is why eating bland foods such as crackers or dry toast can help avoid this problem.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef.

www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400  The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

Because of the evidence for an inverse association between gastric cancer and dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in antioxidants, there has been interest in dietary supplementation with antioxidants.

Dietary indices of micronutrient intake have been calculated and indicate possible protective effects of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium, vitamin C or foods that contain these compounds. A chemoprevention trial in China reported a statistically significant reduction in the gastric cancer mortality rate after supplementation with beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium. The population studied, however, may have been nutritionally deficient, raising questions of generalizability to other populations such as that of the United States. In addition, the experimental design did not permit assessment of the relative effects of beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil –

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian –

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
  • Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
  • . Find out more by clicking here.
  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  •  Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here: 

As stomach tumors progress, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss.

Growing scientific evidence supports the use of Ayurvedic herbs to treat stomach cancer, but you must always consult a health practitioner before considering any herbs to address your stomach cancer.

Garlic

An Asian herb, garlic is now grown in many parts of the world and people who eat garlic regularly appear to be less likely to develop stomach cancer compared to those who don’t eat garlic, according to research in “For the Love of Garlic: The Complete Guide to Garlic Cuisine,” by Victoria Renoux. Garlic produces sulfur-containing compounds, such as alliin and allicin, which are the source of garlic’s distinctive odor. Limited cell culture research suggests that garlic-derived organosulfur compounds may inhibit the proliferation of stomach cancer cells, according to Pennsylvania State University.

Green Tea

A product made from the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea is claimed to have anticancer properties. It contains antioxidant substances called polyphenols or catechins, which have been found to protect against the development of cancer, according to Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Asian Ginseng

An herbal medicine that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, the root of Asian ginseng is dried and used to make medicine. Epidemiological observers suggest that the phytoestrogen compounds in Asian ginseng, especially ginsenosides, may suppress the growth of stomach cancer cells and shrink tumors, but this is far from definitive research, according to Vanderbilt University.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here: 

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Stomach cancer herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine include the following: oldenlandia (bai hua she she cao) and imperata (bai mao gen) or scutellaria (ban zhi lian) and imperata (bai mao gen).

In modern China, there are two basic methods of treatment that have been explored. One is to rely on herbal combinations as the main therapeutic method, as this has been the only available treatment until recently. The other is to rely on modern Western medicine and to integrate it with herbal medicine in an attempt to increase the survival rates and improve quality of life. The latter has become the dominant method utilized during the past decade in China; however, herb-only treatments are still used in cases where Western medical interventions are deemed unlikely to have any significant clinical benefits.

Within the Chinese herbal methodology there are four approaches that will be explored here:

  1. Using “anticancer” herbs. These are materials that have a reputation (usually derived from folk medicine practices) for inhibiting tumors; their effects have been confirmed by laboratory animal experiments and, in a few instances, by clinical trials. Because Chinese medical treatment of cancer usually involves a combination of several approaches, rather than use of a single therapeutic agent, clinical trials of individual herbs or isolated herbal constituents as the primary therapeutic method are limited to a few highly effective materials, usually developed as drug products and not available in the West. The anticancer crude herbs have a role similar to that of modern chemotherapy, and, in a few cases, Chinese anticancer folk remedies have been used as a source of new chemotherapy drugs (examples are indirubin, harringtonine, and camptothecine used for leukemia).
  2. Using immune-boosting therapies. The herbs are used to counteract side effects of Western medical therapies and also help the immune system attack the cancer. The herbs listed as qi tonics are the primary ones involved in this method, though there are other tonic herbs that have similar benefits. This method of therapy is called “Fu Zheng” therapy, meaning “to support normality.”
  3. Using blood-vitalizing herbs. These herbal materials are reputed to enhance the effectiveness of Western cancer therapies and also assist the body in responding to the cancer via its normal immunological mechanisms. From the traditional viewpoint, cancers, especially those in the abdomen and any that are physically hard (as opposed to, for example, soft lipomas), involve blood stasis, a condition treated by these herbs.
  4. Using phlegm-resolving herbs. This is a strategy based on ancient Chinese ideas about abnormal masses. There is laboratory and clinical evidence that this approach is effective. The traditional concept involves the idea that the tumor mass starts out as an accumulation of “tan,” which is translated as phlegm.

This division into four categories is based on the theoretical framework that has evolved in China over many centuries (with concerns about side effects of drugs entering during the past few decades). In the book An Illustrated Guide to Antineoplastic Chinese Herbal Medicine (1), the herbs are divided into these four categories plus three others: herbs for eliminating dampness, miscellaneous herbs, and herbs for topical applications. However, the herbs for eliminating dampness appear to be coincidental: that is, these are herbs that have some antineoplastic properties and happen to fall into the very large class of herbs for regulating moisture. The herbs listed for external use are actually used internally, but are considered so toxic that they are classified as being limited to topical applications.

Aromatherapy

Practitioners of aromatherapy use fragrant plant oils to promote relaxation and reduce pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, chamomile oil used in aromatherapy can reduce pain in people suffering from advanced cancer. Oils of rose, lavender, frankincense and ylang-ylang are traditionally used to relieve anxiety and depression. Despite aromatherapy’s overall reputation for safety, the UMMC advises patients receiving chemotherapy to consult a physician before using essential oils for any purpose.

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here:

Bismuth

Violent crampy pains, burning pains. Burning and stinging in the region of stomach. Stomach enlarged. Hanging down. Hard lump between navel and edges of lower ribs on the right side. Abdomen bloated. Rumbling in the colon. Vomiting at intervals of a few days only. Vomits when stomach full of food. Vomiting lasts whole day.

Cadmium Sulphi

Violent nausea. Retching. Black vomit. Vomiting of mucus, green slime, blood. Great prostration. Stomach tender. Burning and cutting in stomach. Least thing that touches lips excites vomiting.

Carbo animalis

Saltish water rises from the stomach and runs out of the mouth.

Carbolic acidum

Desire for stimulants and tobacco. Constant belching, nausea and vomiting. Heat in oesophagus. Heartburn. Sore stomach. Empty eructations.

Conium

Vomiting of chocolate colored mass. Sour and acrid vomit. Pressing, burning, squeezing pain extending from pit of stomach into back and shoulders.

Cunderango

This remedy has achieved considerable reputation in cancer of stomach and other types of carcinoma. Ulcers on false ribs as large as a hand, apparently cancerous.

Hydrastis

Vomits everything except water with milk. Pain in the pit of stomach. Emaciation. cannot eat bread or vegetables.

Lycopodium

Vomiting of dark greenish mass after eating or drinking. Stomach and abdomen bloated. Rumbling in bowels. Obstinate constipation. hard swelling in the epigastrium. great debility and emaciation. Ulcer worse when sitting bent, better when moving about or when warm in bed. Vomiting of bile, pus and coagulated blood.

Ornithogalum

Agonising feeling in stomach and chest. Loss of appetite. Retching. Loss of flesh. Very depressed mentally. Very weak. Nausea. Flatus rolling in ball in abdomen from side to side.

Phosphorus

Constant nausea and fullness of stomach after eating or drinking. Vomiting of sour foul smelling liquid as if it has been mixed with water, ink and coffee grounds. Sunken abdomen with hard swelling. Pale, earthy complexion. Emaciated. Sleepiness, Peevish. Gurgling sound in the abdomen. Bowels constipated.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

Rosemary

Commonly used in cooking, the leaves of rosemary have a noticeable woody fragrance, thanks to the fatty acids of terpenes, a naturally-occurring substance that encourages the cancer cells in tumors to stop reproducing.

Parsley

Parsley contains apigenine, a natural oil that has been shown to prevent angiogenesis – the growth of blood vessels that supply cancerous tumors with nutrients.

Thyme

With more than 350 species of thyme, this herb has a long standing history of medicinal use. Ancient Roman warriors brewed it in tea form to enhance courage and vigor. While no medical studies have quite confirmed thyme for those reasons, there has been modern evidence to suggest that is contains cancer-preventative properties.

Thyme is brimming with an essential oil that is rich in thymol, which, along with rosmarinic and ursolic acids are terpenes (similar to those in rosemary) and possess anti-cancer properties. Thyme can also be used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant. When used in mouthwashes, it can treat inflammations of the mouth and throat.

Other herbs with cancer include black cohosh, chamomile, dong quai, echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, Saint John’s wort, ma huang and yohimbe. Be aware that herbs can interact with certain foods and medications and interfere with the effectiveness of other cancer treatments.

As with anything of this nature, individuals considering herbal therapy should consult a physician.

Other

Exercise:

Yoga

The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950s by Thomas Bowen, a lay healer from Australia who possessed a keen knowledge of human structure and nerve function and their relationship to health. Unlike other forms of structural bodywork, Bowen therapy is extremely gentle and non-invasive. The treatment involves a series of moves consisting of pulling the skin away from an underlying muscle or tendon, applying pressure against its side and the holding and releasing it while allowing the underlying structure to spring back to its normal position. It has proven particularly beneficial for gastro-intestinal conditions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing blogs.naturalcures.com/traditional-chinese-medicine-ancient-healing-ways/

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body  blogs.naturalcures.com/the-best-way-to-cleansing-and-purification-of-the-body/

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/

Immune health www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) blogs.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean/

Colloidal Silver www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (August Newsletter 2012)

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June Newsletter 2012)

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (October Newsletter 2012)

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (October Newsletter 2012)

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective blogs.naturalcures.com/how-to-combat-stress-the-natural-way/

Video

This remedy may be helpful for anaemic symptoms: www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-anaemia.html

Try this remedy for the stomach pain associated with GISTs www.homeveda.com/digestive-disorders/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-gastroenteritis.html

Further Information (links and books)

Natural cures for stomach cancer www.ehow.com/way_5325366_natural-cures-stomach-cancer.html

How I Cured My Tumor Naturally and How You May Help Cure Yours Too, by Dr Sue Gelder

The anti-cancer effects of essential oils www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils-news/2009/08/essential-oils-and-cancer-review-of.html

25 herbs that can fight cancerwww.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=3054

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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