Throat 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.

Most laryngeal cancers develop near the vocal cords, so the first noticeable symptom is often a change in the sound of your voice. For example, your voice may be unusually hoarse or husky.

Other symptoms include:

  • pain when swallowing or difficulty swallowing
  • a lump or swelling in your neck
  • sore throat
  • ear pain
  • persistent coughing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • difficulty breathing
  • spitting or coughing up blood-stained saliva
  • bad breath
  • fatigue and weakness

Exposure to anything that can directly damage the cells and tissue of the larynx increases the risk of cancer developing. The most common risk factors for laryngeal cancer include:

Alcohol and Tobacco:

Evidence shows that alcohol and tobacco are the two biggest risk factors for laryngeal cancer because they are thought to contain chemicals that affect the normal workings of the cells of the larynx, triggering mutations. Drinking alcohol and smoking carry individual risks, but if you do both the risks are greatly increased.

Research has shown that if you smoke 40 cigarettes a day but don’t drink alcohol, you’re five times more likely to develop laryngeal cancer as well as other cancers of the head and neck, such as mouth cancer, than someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.

Similarly, if you don’t smoke but drink the equivalent of 30 pints of beer a week, your risk of developing laryngeal cancer is five times that of someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.

However, if you smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day and drink an average of 30 pints a week, you’re 38 times more likely to develop laryngeal cancer than someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.

The fact that only a very small minority of heavy smokers and drinkers develop laryngeal cancer has led researchers to speculate that there must be certain genetic mutations that make people more vulnerable to the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco smoke.

A number of common genetic mutations have been found in people with laryngeal cancer. It’s thought that the genetic mutations disrupt the larynx’s ability to repair itself from the damage caused by tobacco smoke and alcohol.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses that affect the skin and moist membranes that line the body, such as those in the cervix (neck of the womb), anus, mouth and throat. Research shows that HPV may increase your risk of getting laryngeal cancer. In one in five cases of laryngeal cancer, HPV DNA was found in cancerous tissue. HPV is known to cause changes in the cells of the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. It’s thought that the virus may have a similar effect on the cells of the larynx. HPV is spread during sexual intercourse, including anal and oral sex.

Diet:

There’s evidence to suggest that a diet high in red meat, processed food and fried food can increase your risk of developing laryngeal cancer.

Occupational Exposure:

Having a job where you’re exposed to high levels of certain substances may also increase your risk of developing laryngeal cancer. These substances include:

  • paint fumes
  • coal dust
  • wood dust
  • diesel fumes
  • nickel
  • formaldehyde – a chemical that’s used in a wide range of industrial processes, such as paint manufacturing and cosmetics
  • isopropyl alcohol, which is often used as a cleaning solvent

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:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 dayswww.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.

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 program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/

Research shows that a diet that’s high in fresh vegetables, particularly tomatoes, citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, olive oil and fish oil, can reduce your risk of getting laryngeal cancer. This type of diet is sometimes known as a Mediterranean-style diet.

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.

Supplements:

Nutritional supplements including herbs, vitamins and minerals may benefit throat cancer patients by strengthening the immune system and reducing treatment-related side effects, notes Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Slippery elm bark is an example of a potentially beneficial herb for throat cancer patients. When dissolved in water and swallowed, it coats the throat and stomach and helps relieve swallowing problems often experienced by throat cancer patients. Since certain herbs and nutritional supplements may interfere with conventional cancer treatments, it is important to speak to a doctor before using them.

  • 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.
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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 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

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Neem, purified guggulu, red clover, chaparral, burdock root, dandelion, flax oil, barley grass, Oregon grape root, aloe vera gel and many other antioxidant substances can be used individually or in combination with one another to help purify the blood and liver.  Their bitter taste can support eradication of abnormal cells.

The practitioner should be knowledgeable in drug interactions and individualized herbal combinations for internal formulas and external pastes or oils. They may also recommend Panchakarma or Ayurvedic cleansing therapies. Once a patient has undergone the palliation phase of the wellness process, they may become a suitable candidate for further cleansing and re-building therapies.  The purpose of panchakarma is to help restore the digestive power of all tissues and levels of consciousness. The treatments involve specialized massage therapies (abhyanga), medicated fomentation or steam therapy (swedan), herbal dusting therapy (utvartana), stress-release mindstream therapy (shirodhara), enema therapy (basti) and other possible specialty therapies.  Panchakarma includes preparatory and follow-up periods, individually tailored and carefully followed by the practitioner. Herbal supplements may help to further support the follow-up from panchakarma towards normalization of metabolic processes such as appetite, elimination and sleep.

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:

Consult a licensed practitioner who may discuss or recommend the following:

  • Acupuncture
  • Qigong
  • Acupressure
  • 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).

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.

The essential oils of grapefruit (citrus paradisii), orange (citrus senensis) and lemon (citrus limonum) contain D-limonene, which has shown to have anti-tumor properties, chemotherapeutic activity and low toxicity. It is particularly beneficial for breast and colon cancer. Note that these citrus oils are photo-toxic and should not be used topically on people with skin cancer. When possible, organic essential oils should be used. These citrus oils, as well as neroli essential oil, are also antidepressants and help with anxiety. The hydrosol of neroli can be used as a body, room or linen spray. In addition to the citrus oils, other essential oils and hydrosols, which aid with killing of cancer cells include ginger (zingiber officinalis) essential oil which can be inhaled or taken internally in water, to ease nausea.

The essential oil and hydrosol of frankincense (boswellia carteri) has shown anti-cancer, antimicrobial and antioxidative activity. Frankincense can also distinguish between normal and cancerous cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Sweet fern (comptonia peregrina) and sweet gale (myrica gale) hydrosols can be combined and used topically as a compress or diluted in water and drank throughout the day. Both plants have shown to be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) against human lung and colon cancer cell lines.

Greenland moss, aka Labrador Tea (ledum greonlandicum) is one of the most powerful therapeutic hydrosols and only needs to be about 10% of the blend to be effective. It is currently in experimental stages for use with liver cancer and has shown anticancer activity against malignant lung and colon tumours.

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

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

The homeopathic remedy Hansi, also known as Enercel, developed by Argentinian biologist Juan Jose Hirschmann, can be particularly helpful for many different types of cancer. Other useful homeopathic remedies include Apis mellifica, causticum, chiaphilla umbellate, clematis, lycopodium, medorrhinum, pulsatilla, sulphur, and thuja.

Herbs

Herbs that have proven to be beneficial in easing cancer symptoms include Artemisia, pokeroot, periwinkle, mistletoe (Viscum album), colchicines, hemlock, Berberis aquifolium, foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and burdock root. Hoxsey formula (an herbal formula, developed by the late Harry Hoxsey, N.D.) is recommended, as is Essiac, a traditional cancer remedy of Native Americans. The herbal spice tumeric, which contains curcumin, an anti-cancer agent, can also be helpful, as can astragalus and maitake, a medicinal mushroom. Fennel tea can help to reduce the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Other useful herbs for helping to address co-factors related to cancer, such as immune deficiencies, include Cat’s claw (uno de gato), Echinacea, garlic, green tea, oregano oil, Pau d’arco, and nettle root. Milk thistle can be helpful because of its ability to detoxify the liver and improve hormone balance. Also consider Chimaphila umbellata, or pipsissewa, (an evergreen plant) horsetail, and uva ursi, which all have potent antiseptic properties. Betulinic Acid from Birch trees has been shown to block the growth of melanoma and thuja tincture has served as a successful therapy for many cancer cases, as has bromelain, phenolic antioixidants from mint, centella extract from gotu kola (hydrocotyle centella), perillyl alcohol from lavender flowers, pollen from honeybees, pearl barley (hordeum vulgare), reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum), shiitake mushroom (lentinula elodes), cauliflower (brassica oleracea), wax gourd (benincasa hispida), calendula (calendula officinalis), chaparral (larrea divaricata and larrea tridentate), white mulberry (morus alba), Japanese pepper (piper futokadsura), thyme (thymus serpyllum), Chinese cucumber (trichosanthes kirilowii) and stinging nettle (urtica dioica.)

Other

Juice Therapy:

Combine red cabbage, celery, and lettuce juice, and drink 8 ounces twice a day. Carrot, cucumber, beet, radish, and garlic juice can also be helpful Combine grape, black cherry and blackcurrant. Wheatgrass juice is also beneficial, as is asparagus juice and fresh apple juice. Fresh green juices are an important nutrient dense boost to the diet; create new combinations of vegetables, and discover your personal favourites.

Lifestyle:

Exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 45-60 minutes each session. If you smoke, stop, and keep away from exposure to second hand smoke. Also avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, and all products that contain caffeine. Take care to properly manage stress and reduce your overall stress levels, as stress can negatively affect healthy immune function. In addition, drink an 8-ounce glass of pure, filtered water every two hours during the day to help flush out your urinary tract and keep properly hydrated.

Biopharmaceutical Therapies:

These include alkylglycerols, anti-neoplaston therapy, hydrazine sulphate, shark cartilage and amygdalin. Each of these therapies has been developed by highly credentialed physicians and medical researchers and what they have in common is the use of nontoxic, naturally-derived compounds that rebalance the body’s biochemical functioning.

Metabolic Therapies:

Visit a licensed practitioner to discuss Kelley’s Nutritional-Metabolic Therapy, , Gerson Therapy, Issel’s Whole Body Therapy, Insulin Potentitation Therapy.

Mushrooms:

A mainstay in Chinese medicine, mushrooms help to promote health and longevity. They have an immune-boosting effect which helps reduce the risk of cancer and enhances heart health.

Green Tea:

Although often referred to as Chinese or Japanese tea, green tea is an herbal beverage enjoyed in many parts of the world and is also prized for therapeutic effects. It might also play role in the prevention and treatment of cancer and may work by inducing cancer cell death. The results of a laboratory study published in 2003 in “Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica” show that the green tea compound, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, inhibits the growth of laryngeal cancer cells. Subsequent study findings published in the September 2009 issue of “Archives of Pharmaceutical Research” confirm these effects.

Soybeans:

Soybeans and other legumes contain diadzein and genistein, naturally occurring phytoestrogens which block the action of oestrogen in the body, slowing the growth of hormonally-dependent tumours. Genistein also blocks the activity of certain oncogenes (chromosomal genes believed to initiate cancer.)

Spices:

Curry powder, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper re anti-cancer, immune-stimulating, anti-oxidant and cholesterol-lowering and have a multitude of health-enhancing effects.

Broccoli: Broccoli does two jobs as a cancer fighter. It contains the anti-tumour compounds found in cruciferous vegetables as well as a fair amount of folate, a B vitamin that protects cells from DNA damage.

Cucumber: Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types.

Exercise:

  • Rebounder
  • Go for a walk outside in the sun every day for an hour.
  • Laugh every day as often as you can, as much as you can.
  • Get a magnetico sleep pad

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.

Frozen strawberries – key to throat cancer prevention:www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221553.php

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healingwww.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

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

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

Immune healthwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/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 stressNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workoutNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

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

Video

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

Research

Coffee halves risk of dying from throat cancer:www.naturalnews.com/038439_coffee_drinkers_cancer_risk_reduction.html

Baking soda fights against throat cancer:www.naturalnews.com/032070_baking_soda_tumors.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

Ginger effective against cancer: www.digitaljournal.com/pr/819219

DMSO and cancer:www.naturalnews.com/037485_DMSO_inflammation_muscle_pain.html

Further Information (links and books)

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.

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 Healthby 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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