Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumour is benign or malignant by removing a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a small sample of cells under a microscope.
In a benign tumour the cells do not spread to other parts of the body and so are not cancerous. However, they may carry on growing at the original site, and may cause a problem by pressing on surrounding organs.
In a malignant tumour the cancer cells have the ability to spread beyond the original area of the body. If the tumour is left untreated, it may spread into surrounding tissue. Sometimes cells break away from the original (primary) cancer. They may spread to other organs in the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system – the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. It’s made up of organs such as bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes throughout the body are connected by a network of tiny lymphatic tubes (ducts). The lymphatic system has two main roles: it helps to protect the body from infection and it drains fluid from the tissues. When the cancer cells reach a new area they may go on dividing and form a new tumour. This is known as a secondary cancer or a metastasis.
Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment.
Acute leukaemia is classified according to the type of white blood cells that are affected by cancer. There are two main types:
- lymphocytes – mostly used to fight viral infections
- myeloid cells – which perform a number of different functions, such as fighting bacterial infections, defending the body against parasites and preventing the spread of tissue damage
Acute myeloid leukaemia is cancer of the myeloid cells. The following other types of leukaemia are::
- acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- chronic myeloid leukaemia
- chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
All of the blood cells in the body are produced by bone marrow. Bone marrow is a spongy material found inside the bones. It is important because it produces special cells called stem cells.
Stem cells are very useful because they have the ability to create other specialised cells that carry out important functions. The stem cells in bone marrow produce three important types of blood cells:
- red blood cells – which carry oxygen around the body
- white blood cells – which help fight infection
- platelets – which help stop bleeding
Usually the bone marrow produces stem cells that are allowed to mature into “adult” blood cells. However, in cases of acute leukaemia, the affected bone marrow begins to release a large number of immature white blood cells that are known as blast cells.
The immature white blood cells begin to rapidly disrupt the normal balance of cells in the blood. This means that the body does not have enough red blood cells or platelet cells. This can cause symptoms of anaemia, such as tiredness, and increase the risk of excessive bleeding.
Also, as the white blood cells are not properly formed, they become less effective at fighting bacteria and viruses, making you more vulnerable to infection.
Acute leukaemia that is left untreated can prove fatal, as the blood supply will malfunction.
Acute leukaemia is an uncommon type of cancer. In the UK, around 7,600 people are diagnosed each year with leukaemia. Of those, about 2,300 people have acute myeloid leukaemia. In the US during 2012, it is estimated there will be 47,150 new cases.
Acute myeloid leukaemia is more common in people aged 65 or over. For reasons that are not fully understood, it is more common in males than females.
Symptoms of acute myeloid leukaemia usually begin slowly before rapidly getting severe as the number of blast cells (immature white blood cells) in your blood increases.
Most of the symptoms are caused by the lack of healthy blood cells in your blood supply.
Symptoms of acute myeloid leukaemia include:
- pale skin
- having repeated infections over a short space of time
- unusual and frequent bleeding, such as bleeding gums or nose bleeds
- high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- excessive sweating
- bone and joint pain
- easily bruised skin
- swollen lymph nodes (glands)
- swollen liver
- swollen spleen
- weight loss
In some cases of acute myeloid leukaemia, the affected cells can spread from your bloodstream into your central nervous system. This can cause a series of neurological symptoms (related to the brain and nervous system) including:
- seizures (fits)
- blurred vision
Acute myeloid leukaemia begins with an alteration to the structure of DNA found in the stem cells responsible for producing white blood cells. This is known as a genetic mutation.
The DNA provides the cells with a basic set of instructions, such as when to grow and reproduce. The mutation in the DNA changes these instructions so that stem cells produce more white blood cells than are needed.
The white blood cells are also produced when they are still immature, so they do not have the infection-fighting properties of healthy ‘adult’ white blood cells.
The number of immature cells (blast cells) increases rapidly, leading to a corresponding decrease in red blood cells and platelets. This reduction in other types of healthy blood cells causes many of the symptoms of acute leukaemia.
It is not known what triggers the condition’s development and causes the initial mutation to occur in the stem cells. Most experts believe that the likely triggers of childhood acute leukaemia differ from those of adult acute leukaemia.
Possible triggers of childhood leukaemia
It is thought that around 5% of childhood acute myeloid leukaemia cases are caused by related genetic disorders. For example, rates of leukaemia tend to be higher in children with Down’s syndrome.
Exposure to radiation either before birth or afterwards, is a known risk factor. However, it would require a significant level of radiation, such as the amount released during the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl. Due to the potential risk of radiation to unborn babies, medical techniques and equipment that use radiation, such as X-rays should be avoided by pregnant women.
Most cases of childhood leukaemia occur in children with no history of genetic disorders or exposure to radiation.
Most experts support what is sometimes referred to as the “two-hit” theory of childhood leukaemia.
The “two-hit” theory argues that a small number of children are born with a pre-existing vulnerability to developing acute leukaemia, such as a genetic mutation.
The theory suggests that they will remain healthy unless they are exposed to a second environmental trigger (hit) and it is this that is required for the condition to develop. Many researchers believe that the second trigger is linked to an infection during childhood.
One theory argues that children who have a pre-existing vulnerability to developing acute myeloid leukaemia, and who are not exposed to infection at an early age, may develop an immature immune system. When their immune system finally meets an infection, it somehow malfunctions and causes a mutation in the stem cells to occur.
The evidence to support this theory is that children who attend playgroups at an early age are less likely to develop acute leukaemia compared with those who do not attend playgroups when they are very young.
Children who mix with others from an early age are exposed to common childhood infections that activate and strengthen their immune systems, making them more resilient to any subsequent infections.
An alternative theory is that that leukaemia may be the result of an increase in the mixing of different populations, for example, when people move from different parts of the country and go to live in a new area.
This may expose children with the pre-existing vulnerability to developing acute leukaemia to infections that their immune system has not learnt to recognise or deal with. This may trigger a similar malfunction and cause a mutation in the stem cells.
The evidence for this is that clusters of leukaemia cases have been recorded near large-scale building projects where families from different areas are congregated in one place.
However, these theories are not suggesting that leukaemia is infectious, but that it is caused by a rare reaction to infection.
Possible environmental factors
Experts have also carried out extensive research to determine whether the following environmental factors could be a trigger for leukaemia:
- living near a nuclear power station
- living near a power line
- living near a building or facility that releases electro-magnetic radiation, such as a cell/mobile phone mast
At the moment there is no evidence to confirm that any of these environmental factors increases the risk of developing leukaemia.
Possible triggers for adult acute leukaemia
Exposure to the chemical benzene is a known risk factor for adult acute leukaemia. Benzene is found in petrol/gas and is also used in the rubber industry. However, there are strict controls to protect people from prolonged exposure.
Benzene is also found in cigarettes, which could explain why smokers are three times more likely to develop acute leukaemia than non-smokers. People who have had chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat earlier, unrelated cancers also have an increased risk of developing acute leukaemia.
As with childhood acute leukaemia, exposure to high levels of radiation is also a risk factor. People who spend long periods of time in aeroplanes may also be more at risk because the high altitude provides less protection against the sun’s radiation. However, the risk is only thought to be significant if you have spent at least 5,000 hours flying.
If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger cancer. However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- 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 or chain restaurants and all processed food.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eat mostly fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.
Avoid all foods that are high in unhealthy saturated and trans-fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, and shortening. Eliminate refined white flour, which is found in the majority of foods found on a typical grocery store shelf, including bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, and other baked good, pasta. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, foods that are overly spicy, and all processed and commercial “junk” food. Stay clear of all inorganic pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese; best to eat only raw, organic dairy products.
Empower yourself, and choose a diet emphasizing organic whole foods, including plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Include a variety of preferably soaked, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Minimize your intake of red meat; though be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry, bison and wild-caught fish. Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed organic vegetables and large fresh salads daily. Preferably, cook with virgin coconut butter/oil and use extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil and hemp seed oil as condiments on veggies and as the base for your daily salad dressing. Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the body.
The raw food diet is a food plan that can be of great benefit if you suffer from breast cancer. Using the guidelines outlined above as a base camp for a clean and healthy diet, one can then transition into a raw food diet as desired. Raw food generates rapid results because of its ability to thoroughly detoxify and liberate your body’s previously untapped energy.
The diet mainly consists of raw fruits, vegetables, and soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds, supplemented with daily consumption of fresh green juices made from a variety of vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot, kale, parsley, and an ever rotating seasonal selection of other organic veggies. Raw foodists enjoy salads, dehydrated flax crackers, seed and nut patés, blended soups, smoothies, and marinated veggies, often mixed with soaked sea vegetables. Since little to no cooked food is consumed, the raw diet has the advantage of instantly eliminating many common allergens. No cooked wheat or wheat by-products are consumed, and generally dairy is omitted, though some might choose to eat moderate quantities of raw goat or sheep milk products, often in the form of a fermented food, such as homemade raw kefir or yogurt.
Dr Gabriel Cousins, at the Tree of Life Center, endorses the raw food plan as the ultimate healing diet, and offers 100% raw food meals at his healing retreat in Patagonia, Arizona. An important note when choosing a raw food diet: there is an issue of trade-offs. You might miss cooked foods, though you will not miss cancer. More times than not the raw food diet presents itself as an incredible tool that can be used to quickly transition from a serious health challenge into a healing process, ultimately resulting in greater health and well-being.
- Coral Calcium – Coral calcium website
- Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in healing cancer. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for a period of up to 4 weeks.
- 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.
- Omega 3s:
Hemp Seed Oil
- Morter Supplements Trace Minerals
- Selenium – an essential trace vitamin which acts as a deterrent against cancer in general.
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.
Heal Your Body, Raise Your Consciousness (qigong for cancer) – NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
The cause of all illness and disease: NC_Newsletter_10-07.pdf
Anti-cancer diet – NC_Newsletter_08-05.pdf
Guided imagery and visualisations – low cost solutions for pain relief: NC_Newsletter_07-04.pdf
Alkalinize your diet to get well now – book review NC_Newsletter_07-01.pdf
Live cell therapy (the fountain of youth is real) NC_Newsletter_06-11.pdf
Fluorinated water and cancer linked NC_Newsletter_06-09.pdf
Curing cancer using our own technology of emotion: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmMNlmn1DPc
Ayurveda and cancer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cusE4q7jAw0
Every cancer can be cured in weeks: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgbdNNfotwM
Black Raspberries effective in killing leukaemia cells: www.naturalnews.com/022294_black_raspberries.html
Complementary and alternative therapies in managing cancer: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.49.6.362/full
Anti-cancer benefit of white tea extract: nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/092110.htm
Papaya Leaf Extract powerful fighter against cancer: naturalsociety.com/papaya-leaf-extract-is-a-powerful-cancer-fighter
Grapeseed extract kills leukaemia cancer cells: www.naturalnews.com/025249_grapes_grapeseed_extract_cancer.html
Further Information (links and books)
Complementary/Holistic Medicine for Chronic Leukemia – It’s Your Life, Live It! – Michael Braham;You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay; Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay; The Journey – Brandon Bays; The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr; How I Said Bah! to cancer by Stephanie Butland; Thrive by Stephanie Butland; Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing – By Anita Moorjani; A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass by Dena Mendes ; Cancer [Audio Book] by Louise L. Hay; Deep Meditation for Healing [Audio Book] by Anita Moorjani; Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing by Bill Henderson.
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – Herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic practitioner.