Liver Cancer

Overview

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.

Primary liver cancer is a rare but serious type of cancer that begins in the liver. It mostly affects older people.

The liver is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It performs more than 500 functions. Some of the liver’s most important functions include:

  • digesting proteins and fats
  • removing toxins (poisons) from the body
  • helping to control blood clotting (thickening)
  • releasing bile, a liquid that breaks down fats and aids digestion

Liver cancer is a serious condition because it can disrupt these functions or cause them to fail completely.

Liver cancer is rare in England, but much more common in other parts of the world.

In the UK, almost 4000 new cases of liver cancer are diagnosed each year. Around 60% of cases affect men and 40% affect women. The number of people affected by liver cancer rises sharply with age, about 70% of cases involve people 65 years of age or older.

Over the past few decades, rates of liver cancer in the UK have risen sharply as a result of  increased levels of alcohol misuse and obesity.

It is estimated there will be 30, 640 new cases and deaths from liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States in 2013.

Liver cancer is usually diagnosed after a consultation with a GP and a referral to a hospital specialist for further tests.

However, regular check-ups for liver cancer (known as ‘surveillance’) are recommended for people known to have a high risk of developing the condition, such as those with a confirmed hepatitis C infection or those who have had cirrhosis.

If you are in a high-risk group for developing liver cancer, having regular check-ups will help ensure the condition is diagnosed early. The earlier liver cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment is likely to be.

Cancer of the liver does not usually cause  noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage.

These symptoms include:

  • unexplained weight loss
  • loss of appetite that lasts longer than a week
  • feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small
  • feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting
  • swelling of your abdomen (tummy)
  • jaundice – yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
  • itchy skin
  • feeling very tired and weak

Visit your GP if you are notice any of the symptoms listed above. Although they are more likely to be the result of a more common condition, such as an infection, rather than liver cancer, it’s best to have them checked.

Also, you should contact your GP if you have previously been diagnosed with a condition known to affect the liver, such as cirrhosis or a hepatitis C infection, and your health suddenly deteriorates.

Although the exact cause of liver cancer is unknown, it has been linked to damage and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably, producing a lump of tissue known as a tumour.

Increased risk

In cases of liver cancer, it is uncertain why and how the cells of the liver are affected. However, it appears that damage to the liver, such as the condition cirrhosis, can increase the risk of liver cancer.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a medical term which means the tissue of the liver has become scarred and cannot perform many of its usual functions. However, it is important to point out most cases of cirrhosis do not lead to liver cancer.

In England, the main causes of cirrhosis are:

  • prolonged alcohol misuse – usually over many years
  • non-fatty alcoholic liver disease
  • hepatitis C

Alcohol abuse

The liver is a tough and resilient organ. It can endure a high level of damage that would destroy other organs. It is also capable of regenerating itself. But despite the liver’s resilience, prolonged alcohol misuse over many years can damage it.

Every time you drink alcohol, your liver filters out the poisonous alcohol from your blood and some of the liver cells die. The liver can regenerate new cells, but if you drink heavily for many years, your liver will lose the ability to do this.

It is estimated that one in three cases of liver cancer are related to alcohol misuse.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when small deposits of fat build up inside the tissue of the liver. It’s a common condition and causes no noticeable symptoms in most people. However, in some people high levels of fat can make the liver inflamed. Over time, the inflammation will scar the liver.

The exact cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is unclear, but it is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Hepatitis C

A long term infection of hepatitis C can cause inflammation and scarring of the liver. In England, most people infected by hepatitis C develop the infection by using contaminated needles or other drug equipment, such as mixing spoons when injecting drugs like heroin.

If you smoke and have hepatitis C, your risk of developing liver cancer further increases.

Other risk factors

Other risk factors for liver cancer include:

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that can be spread via contaminated blood and other types of bodily fluids, such as saliva, semen and vaginal fluids. Hepatitis B is uncommon in England and other western European countries.

A small number of people have severe symptoms similar to those of liver cancer, and can develop extensive scarring of their liver.

The risk of someone with a hepatitis B infection developing liver cancer appears to be influenced by ethnicity. People of Asian origin infected with hepatitis B have a higher-than-average chance of developing liver cancer, regardless of whether they have also developed cirrhosis of the liver.

People of other ethnic backgrounds only seem to have an increased risk of liver cancer if they also develop cirrhosis or another related liver condition, such as hepatitis C.

If you smoke and have hepatitis B, your risk of developing liver cancer further increases.

Haemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis is a genetic condition where the body stores too much iron from food. The excess levels of iron have a poisonous effect on the liver and cause scarring.

People with haemochromatosis-related cirrhosis have a 1 in 10 chance of developing liver cancer. This risk decreases to 0.1 in 10 once treatment to remove the excess iron from the body begins.

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a rare, genetic condition thought to affect 1 in every 7,150 people.

In autoimmune hepatitis, your immune system (the body’s natural defence against infection) attacks the cells of the liver as if they are a ‘foreign’ infection. Exactly what triggers the attack is unknown.

If you have autoimmune hepatitis, the risk of developing liver cancer is smaller than if you have cirrhosis from one of the other common causes. This may be because most cases of autoimmune hepatitis can be treated with immunosuppressant drugs that help prevent your immune system from damaging your liver.

Primary biliary cirrhosis

Primary biliary cirrhosis is a rare and poorly understood liver condition. In England, an estimated 1 in 4,150 people is affected.

One of the main functions of the liver is to create a fluid called bile, used by the body to help break down fat. The bile is transported to the digestive system via a series of tubes called bile ducts.

For reasons that are unclear, in cases of primary biliary cirrhosis, the bile ducts are gradually damaged. This eventually leads to a build-up of bile inside the liver, which damages the liver and causes cirrhosis.

People with advanced primary biliary cirrhosis are estimated to have a 1 in 20 chance of developing liver cancer in any given year.

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

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • 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.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste  www.wecarespa.com
  • 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 practitioner here.
  • 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.

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 so that you do not  add further toxicity to your system:

  • 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. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.

The diet should be limited by quantity and quality. The cancer cells will absorb the nutrition from all of the food that you consume. That being said, it’s a safe assumption that following a small diet of anti-cancer foods may be very beneficial. Cancer cells reproduce faster than normal cells do. That means the cells will die faster too. Some guidelines and recommendations for a cancer-friendly diet include avoiding sugar, eating little to no meat (or, if you must eat meat, stick with fish), eat tofu, beans, eggs, nuts and mushrooms, avoid cold or bitter foods and do not eat foods that create damp cold or damp heat.

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 kidney 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.

Supplements:

  • 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.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Choline

Choline is often included in B vitamin complex supplements and, according to the A.P. John Cancer Research Institute, may help to fight cancer-related fatigue. Additionally, an early study into the relationship between liver cancer and choline, published in the October 1984 issue of “Carconogenesis” found that mice that were fed a diet deficient in choline were more likely to develop liver cancer. Choline is found in a number of foods including liver, fish, beans, spinach and eggs. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement. RxList notes that it is likely safe for most adults but high doses may cause side effects including sweating, vomiting and diarrhea.

Green Tea

Compounds found in green tea interfere with the supply of energy to cancer cells and help starve them to death, the A.P. John Cancer Research Institute notes. An article published in the October 2010 issue of “Nutrition and Cancer” also notes that extracts of green tea and chemicals found in green tea, known as polyphenols, may inhibit the formation and development of tumors. Green tea is usually consumed as a beverage, but it is also available in capsule and tablet form. It is likely safe for most adults, but high doses or long-term use may cause side effects including an upset stomach, irritability and anxiety. Do not take concentrated green tea extract as it may cause liver problems.

Selenium

The trace mineral selenium may interfere with the activity of genes involved in cancer cell growth and may also induce cancer cell death, according to the A.P. John Cancer Research Institute. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center also notes that selenium can help to reduce treatment-related side effects. This mineral is found in a host of foods including whole grains, poultry and nuts. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement. Talk to your doctor before using selenium supplements as high doses may deplete vitamin C levels.

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 disease. 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.

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  • 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 or go to www.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

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Arogyavardhni Vati: This is a very powerful Ayurvedic remedy for removing toxins from the liver. It is helpful in many ailments of liver including fatty liver.

Punarnava Mandur: This medicine or tonic rather is very useful for several diseases including liver problems. It is a natural blood cleanser and helps to nullify the ill-effects of a liver disease.

Kutki (Picrorhiza kuroa): This is one of the herbal medicine proven to be very effective for protection of liver. Its good effect for protection from alcohol is well documented by the Vaidya Foundation. From everyday use for strengthening liver to severe viral infections and even liver cancer, this herb is very effective for treatment of all liver conditions.

Bhumi Amla Churna: This herbal medicine is very useful in getting the liver function back to its normal. Excess fat gets removed from the liver leading to loss in weight and water retention problem is solved. All functions of liver are improved.

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): This is one of the Ayurvedic remedies which has outstanding results in protection of liver from various diseases. Its great result in treatment of jaundice patients shows its great liver protective quality. It is one of the major herb advised for Ayurvedic treatment of liver cancer.

Chirayata (Swertia Chirata): The liver responds well to this herbal medicine. The hispathological parameters show better improvement after this herb is administered to a patient of liver disease when compared with conventional treatment. Moderate doses are advisable for best results.

Baheda (Terminalia belerica): The parameters of a damaged liver condition are reversed after administering of this Ayurvedic medicine to a patient. The biochemical and physiological alterations of the liver caused by this herb show positive sign for treatment of liver cancer.

Ayurvedic Therapies:

  • The svedana (Ayurvedic steam bath) detoxifies and cleanses, while the body is gently steamed with a variety of purifying Ayurvedic herbs. The theory behind hyperthermia (heat therapy) is that raising the temperature of the body increases circulation and also increases the supply of oxygen to the cancer site. Cancer cells do not thrive in the presence of oxygen. Tumours and cells located near the surface of the body are more vulnerable to heat treatments than those protected deep inside. In the Ayurvedic steam sauna the head is always kept cool which makes it easier and more pleasant to endure prolonged high temperatures. In addition there are localized steam treatments available. Hyperthermia has produced excellent results in cancer therapy.

Abhyanga oil massage:

  • Daily self-abhyanga is the most important act of self–love because it rebuilds ojas (stability) in the mind.

Research suggests that sesame oil may have potential as a cancer fighter, as it penetrates the body through the skin during an Ayurvedic massage and possesses antioxidant qualities which help fight free radicals. Free radicals are the products of oxidative reactions in the body that promote cancer development. The abhyanga self-massage also stimulates lymph drainage and detoxification through the body’s largest organ of elimination – the skin.

Mental and Emotional Purification

  • Healing begins with quieting the mind. Meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing), visualization, yoga asanas, periods of silence, walks in nature can all help to free up blocked mental energy and promote healing.

Meditation is the king of all sattvic practices. By finding the inner silence the individual dives deep into the well of pure consciousness, unlimited potential; unlocking the body’s self- healing power.

  • Shirodhara: the pouring of warm sesame oil over the forehead will deeply relax and rejuvenate the mind and resolve deep-seated tension and traumas.

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

Certain herbs are used in Chinese medicine to support liver health. Scientific studies have found that some of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine have been able to help prevent the spread of liver cancer. However, consult with your doctor before trying to prevent, treat or cure liver cancer with herbs.

Astragalus

Astragalus is an herb native to China. It has been used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine for uses such as improving the immune system and strengthening the liver. Scientific evidence shows that it may help improve liver cancer-related outcomes. A study published in August 2009 in “Chongqing Medicine” found that astragalus reduced tumor size when injected into livers of people with liver cancer who were also under chemotherapy treatment. Therefore, the researchers state that astragalus enhanced the effects chemotherapy drugs used to treat liver cancer.

Fructus Schizandrae

Fructus schizandrae, commonly known as schisandra is the berry of a shrub used frequently in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to treat conditions such as infections, insomnia and coughs. Researchers in a study published in 2008 in “Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology” touted schisandra as protecting against the spread of liver cancer in mice. It caused the death of cancerous cells in the liver and stopped tumor progression.

Curcumin

Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric, the main ingredient in curry. Curry is a spice commonly incorporated in cooking in places such as India and Pakistan. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Curcumin may have the potential to help you in the fight against liver cancer, according to preliminary scientific evidence. A study published in 2010 in the “Shandong Medical Journal” found that curcumin killed liver cancer cells in vitro and stopped the spread of new cancer cells.

  • Herbs for Depressing Cancer Cells –  Tulipa edulis (Shan Ci Gu). The active ingredient in T. edulis (Shan Ci Gu) is colchicine.
  • Herbs with Anti-cancer Properties –  The herbs in this group include herbs for cleansing the body of Heat toxins such as odlenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao), lobelia (Ban Zhi Lian), and rhizoma paridis (Qi Ye Yi Zhi Hua).
  • Herbs for eliminating Blood Stasis such as rhubarb (Da Huang), notoginseng root (Tian Qi), bugleweed (Ze Lan), and pycnostelma (Xu Chang Qing).
  • Herbs for Immunity: Immune system enhancing herbs include astragalus (Huang Qi), ligustrum seed (Nu Zhen Zi), cordyceps sinensis (Dong Chong Xia Cao), gynostemma pentapphyllum (Jiao Gu Lan), polyporus (Zhu Ling), and reishi (Ling Zhi).
  • Herbs for Preventing Alterations: Three herbal seeds have the function of preventing the alterations in breast cell genes that can lead to cancer: ligustrum seed (Nu Zhen Zi), cuscuta seed (Tu Si Zi), and lycii fruit (Gou Qi Zi).

Safety: In general, Chinese herbs are a safe, low-cost option for treating disease, according to an article published in 2010 in “Planta Med.” Some herbs can cause toxicity of the liver, although mostly when taken in excess. Therefore, it is important to talk to your doctor before taking any herbs for medicinal purposes. Also, do not take more than the dosage stated on the label, unless your doctor gives you the OK.

Acupuncture

According to traditional Chinese medicine, different emotions are linked to various medical conditions and cancer. Someone who is angry all the time may develop liver cancer. Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for the past 5,000 years. Ultra-thin sterilized needles are inserted into very specific locations throughout the body. According to Hepatitis Central, an increasing number of surgeons are recognizing that acupuncture therapy may help reduce the quantity of drugs needed for general anesthesia and can improve the patient’s post-surgical recovery process.

Acupressure

Acupressure is an alternative form of treatment similar to acupuncture and other energy work, and it can be beneficial in chemotherapy. Unlike acupuncture, there are no needles being used with acupressure, but rather pressure points with the practitioner applying pressure to specific areas of the body. It can also stimulate the immune system. Acupressure is often times used in combination with herbal supplements, such as Ageless Herbs, which has liver-supporting herbs. Meditation can be used in conjunction with acupressure and herbal supplements to help with liver cancer. In fact, individuals who practice meditation daily typically live longer, healthier lives and also experience anti-aging benefits with the practice. Meditation doesn’t take very long and is something that can be learned and practiced almost anywhere. It may take some amount of practice at first, but eventually the practitioner will get the hang of it and will benefit from regular daily meditation.

Aromatherapy

Research now shows that massage can be very beneficial to those with cancer, specifically for managing pain and depression. The gentle massage used during an aromatherapy massage promotes relaxation and helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Even a simple hand massage can have a positive effect.

Essential aromatherapy oils, which contain concentrated compounds from flowers, bark, leaves and seeds, promote healing and balancing. Essential oils from different sources have many physical, mental and emotional health benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that benefits can increase relaxation, improve concentration, boost mood, strengthen the immune system, open and cleanse the respiratory passageways, aid digestion and improve liver function. Essential oils can be used through aromatherapy, diffusion, or inhalation, and they may be incorporated into foods and brewed into teas and tonics.

Roman Chamomile

The site Health-Essentials.info lists Roman Chamomile essential oil as a cleanser for detoxification of the liver and body. Chamomile oil, which is pressed from the flowers of the plant with the same name, is used in aromatherapy and is made into a tea for relaxing and reducing stress. It is also used in lotions and creams to soothe itching skin caused by inflammation, allergies, eczema and dryness.

Rosemary

Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, is a common culinary herb, that is also a nutritious essential oil. The website TheHealthierLife.co.uk notes that rosemary aromatherapy oil is used for a range of medicinal ailments including an upset stomach, digestive conditions, headache pain and decreased immune function. The antiviral and antibacterial properties of this herbal essential oil also help improve liver function and health.

Liver Clearing Blend

Health-Essentials.info recommends a mixture of three essential oils called the “Liver Clearing Blend” for improving liver health and function. This blend consists of ledum essential oil, which contains high antioxidant properties for detoxification, celery seed essential oil, which helps to rejuvenate the liver, and helichrysum essential oil, which is a natural anticoagulant and antiviral. This essential blend helps cleanse the liver and protect it from disease.

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.

Essential oils to avoid when you have cancer:

Aniseed

Basil

Bay

Clove

Cinnamon

Fennel

Ho leaf

Laurel

Nutmeg

Star anise

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat liver cancer but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned; several well-proved medicines are available for treatment of liver cancer symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for liver cancer treatment:

Nux Vom, Phosphorous, Natrum Sulph, Taraxacum, Silicea, Arsenic Album, Lycopodium, Chelidonium, Lachesis, Bryonia etc.

Herbs

Useful herbs include:

American Ginseng:  American ginseng, scientifically known as Panax quinquefolium, is a perennial herb that is grown wild in the eastern United States. The content of ginsenoside and its various compounds, such as glycyrrhizin, is considerably greater in the root of American ginseng and may aid in the recover of liver-cancer tumors, according to the University of Maryland Medical center.

Garlic:  Many cultures have used garlic for its medicinal and culinary properties for thousands of years. Scientists believe that sulfur-containing compounds from garlic, notably allicin and alliin, may inhibit the proliferation and migration of liver cancer cells, according to Rockefeller University. However, most of these claims aren’t well substantiated and are largely based on animal, rather than human, studies.

Cumin:  Cumin, a seed-like fruit of a plant in the family Apiaceae, has been shown to suppress hepatoma, a malignant tumor of the liver, and metastasis in animal research models, but hasn’t yet shown effects in people, the Rockefeller University reports. This herb may aid in reducing liver cancer tumors by apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in hepatoma cell lines.

Others include:  Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa), astragalus, Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), Trichosanthes kirilowii, Aesculus (horse chestnut), Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), Ginseng, Gyno .

Other

Essiac Tea:  is commonly used for liver cancer. Essiac is a product that is composed of 4 or more herbs, two of which (Sheep Sorrel and Burdock Root) are known to kill cancer cells. The other two herbs build the immune system and deal with detox and protecting the organs. Essiac Tea is a long proven method of curing cancer. It dates back to the 1920s and before.

While the basic components of Essiac are well known, the exact proportions of the herbs in Essiac are the matter of much speculation. The cancer patient should be far more concerned with the quality of the herbs, and the quality of the processing, than with the exact formula. Some brands have 4, 6 or 8 herbs (e.g. Flor-Essence has 8 herbs). The extra herbs won’t hurt, and may be of some help. But again, the quality of the herbs, and the quality of the processing, is the most important issue. It should be mentioned that it is the Sheep Sorrel that is the main cancer killing herb in Essiac. Sheep Sorrel has been known about for over a hundred years as a cancer fighting herb.

Avoid using plastic and aluminum while preparing formula or storing formula. If a green mold appears, discard contents. Sunlight destroys aspects of formula. Do not Freeze.

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.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

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

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf    

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Living only on herbs to treat liver cancer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWkMJ-XP3c

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Research

Plants against liver cancer: www.herbs.org/herbnews/2011/10/plants-against-liver-cancer

Ground breaking research on aromatherapy and cancer: www.auroma.com/Everyday-Aromatherapy-Blog/aromatherapy-essential-oils-groundbreaking-cancer-research

Further Information (links and books)

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.comwww.RogerCallahan.com – Thought Field Therapy (TF): releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

Trusted products

KT Daily Supplements

Aromatherapy oils

Rebound Air – mini trampoline

Clean well – Natural Cleaning Products

EMF necklace – blocker and stress reducing pendant

Neutralize electromagnetic chaos

Dr Callaghan Techniques

Supplements

Water filter

Candida plan

Herbal and homeopathic remedies