The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin.
The swelling is caused by an excess of affected lymphocytes (white blood cells) collecting in your lymph node.
Swollen nodes or glands are a common response to infection, so if you have swollen nodes do not panic; it is highly unlikely they are the result of lymphoma.
Other symptoms will usually only begin once the cancer has spread through most or all of your lymphatic system.
This causes the lymphatic system to stop working properly, which weakens your immune response.
Symptoms of advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- unexplained tiredness or fatigue
- night sweats or fever
- unexplained poor appetite and/or weight loss
- trouble getting rid of infections
- unexplained itching of the skin all over the body
Other symptoms will depend on where in the body the enlarged lymph glands are. For example, if the lymphoma is in the abdomen you may have abdominal pain or indigestion.
Lymphoma begins with a change to the structure of DNA in the white blood cells in the lymph, which is known as a genetic mutation. The DNA gives the cells a basic set of instructions, such as when to grow and reproduce. The mutation in the DNA changes these instructions so that the cells keep growing. This causes them to multiply uncontrollably.
The abnormal lymphocyte cells usually begin to multiply in one or more lymph nodes in a particular area of the body, such as your neck or groin. Over time, it is possible for the abnormal lymphocyte cells to spread into other parts of your body, such as your bone marrow, spleen, liver, skin and lungs.
The cause of the initial mutation that triggers lymphoma is unknown. Some experts believe it could be due to a number of related causes.
The known risk factors for developing lymphoma are:
- Having a medical condition that weakens your immune system, such as HIV (this is known as immunosuppression).
- Having medical treatment that weakens your immune system; for example, taking immunosuppressants because you have received an organ transplant.
- Being previously exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which very slightly increases your chance of developing lymphoma. EBV is however a common virus and most healthy people have been infected by this virus in the past, even though they may not remember having had glandular fever.
- Being previously exposed to the Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV), which slightly increases your chance of developing lymphoma.
- Having a Helicobacter pylori infection, which is a known cause for a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called MALT lymphoma. H. pylori is a common bacterial infection that usually infects the lining of the stomach and small intestine. Treating the infection can sometimes make this type of lymphoma go away.
- Having received chemotherapy or radiotherapy for an earlier cancer – this slightly increases your risk of developing lymphoma.
- Having coeliac disease (an allergy to gluten that causes inflammation of the small bowel) – this slightly increases your risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is more common if you haven’t strictly avoided gluten.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not infectious and is not generally believed to run in families, although there is a slightly higher chance of developing the condition if you have an identical twin with the 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.
f 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.