Cancer: Holistic and Integrative Support
for Conventional Treatments
Rhea had been my patient for about six months when she discovered she had breast cancer. Although like most cancer patients in my practice she had her own oncologist, surgeon, and other specialists, she wanted to know what my holistic and integrative approach could add to the picture.
Here at the Kellman Center for Holistic and Functional Medicine, we take a very integrative, holistic approach to cancer treatment. With our support, our patients are able to combine the use of chemotherapy and other conventional approaches with functional-medicine therapies to improve the body’s ability to overcome cancer and reduce the side effects of such approaches as chemo and radiation.
The Best of Both Worlds
I was very happy to bring this support to Rhea, because conventional cancer treatments are so often a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they are often our most effective weapon against cancer. On the other hand, these conventional treatments are frequently so harsh that they also weaken the body’s natural ability to heal.
With our holistic support, we can lessen the negative effects of conventional treatments while supporting their ability to fight cancer. The patient’s body is stronger, and his or her immune system is able to mobilize the healing resources to fight the disease.
Conventional treatments work better while the patient feels better throughout. By giving our patients the best of both worlds, we create better outcomes on every level.
“The great thing about all of this,” Rhea told me later, after her cancer had been in remission for several years, “is that I didn’t have to choose between ‘high-tech’ and ‘natural.’ At the Kellman Center, I got the best of both worlds.”
Better Support, Better Outcome
Because of the holistic support we provide, I told Rhea, our patients don’t fall into the normal statistics. Typically, a person’s immune system is shattered by the ravages of chemo. Our patients’ immune systems actually improve during the treatment, because we are supporting both immune and gut function.
“Think of us as your cleanup crew,” I told Rhea. “We trail behind the chemotherapy, using natural medications to neutralize all the negative effects associated with it, so that only the positive effects remain.”
“With our holistic support, we can lessen the negative effects of conventional treatments while supporting their ability to fight cancer. The patient’s body is stronger, and his or her immune system is able to mobilize the healing resources to fight the disease.”
Photodynamic Therapy: Cutting-Edge Treatments from Germany
One of the most exciting new cancer treatments is photodynamic therapy—treatments that rely upon the ability of light-based therapies to target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact, a property known as cytotoxicity.
Many of these treatments depend upon a compound known as photolon, which sensitizes malignant cells to the light. Photolon is administered by IV and the patient is then given a laser treatment. The light attacks only the cancer cells.
In our office, we often combine photolon treatments with ultraviolent (UV) blood irradiation, a treatment in which we run the patient’s blood through a transfuser while bathing it in ultraviolet light.
This combination makes for a very integrative approach that improves immune function while killing cancer cells and unhealthy bacteria.
How Do We Support Cancer Patients?
- Improved gastrointestinal function through the 4R approach, which will boost overall health and particularly support immune function. Since the immune system is intimately involved with the digestive tract, supporting gut health does wonders for immune health.
- Evidence-based natural compounds to support gut integrity. Since gut integrity is likely to be destroyed by chemo, we make sure to restore it through such high-qualify supplements as high-dose glutamine and zinc carnisine.
- Evidence based natural compounds to support the immune system. These vary depending on the type of cancer. For example, with aggressive cancers, I might prescribe a compound known as Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC), a nutritional supplement made from shitake mushrooms.
- Intravenous nutrition: high-dose compounds of vitamin C which have been shown to be selectively toxic to cancer cells. In some studies, patients who were treated with IV solutions of vitamin C in combination with chemo did significantly better than patients treated with chemo and no vitamin C.
- Intravenous detoxification: to combat the environmental toxins that can make the body more vulnerable to cancer, with such compounds as glutathione and phosphytityl choline, two well-known detoxifiers; and with phenyl butyrate, which has been shown to have anti-cancer effects, especially against brain tumors.
- Ozone therapy: which heals and detoxifies by treating the body with “supercharged” oxygen. It helps to support the immune system and offers extraordinary antioxidant protection. It also stimulates the mitochondria, the “energy generators” of our cells, reversing the degenerative and debilitating effects of both cancer and harsh cancer treatments.
For Treating Breast Cancer
- Diindolymethane (DIM), a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables, directs estrogen down healthier metabolic pathways, helping to prevent new or recurrent breast cancer in women at risk
For Treating Prostate Cancer
- Prostabel, a combination of two herbs, Pao Pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts that promote the health of prostate cells
For Many Types of Cancer
- Metformin, initially developed to combat diabetes, but a growing body of research supports its use to combat cancer as well. Metformin seems able not only to treat cancer but to prevent its development in people at high risk, including survivors of one type of cancer who need to prevent the development of a second type.
Michael’s Story: Terminal Cancer and Unexpected Hope
Michael was a man in his early seventies who had been diagnosed with third-stage liver cancer, which is usually considered fatal. His doctors had recommended chemotherapy—but as palliative care to slightly extend his life, not in hopes of helping him recover.
Michael came to us for photolon laser treatment in conjunction with the chemo. We also gave him many of the nutritional and detoxification treatments described elsewhere on this page.
Typically, patients with liver cancer see a significant drop in their red blood cell count, an effect exacerbated by the chemo. But when Michael started getting photolon treatment, his decline in blood count actually reversed. From a count of 72,000 platelets before photolon, Michael’s blood count rose to an extraordinary 88,000 platelets.
Many of Michael’s other biomarkers rose as well. Usually hemoglobin counts go down in response to liver cancer and chemo, but Michael’s went up, as did his white blood count.
Meanwhile, even more remarkably, Michael’s tumor was actually shrinking—another completely unexpected outcome in terms of conventional treatment.
What struck me about Michael’s response was not its near-miraculous aspect. After all, you can get medical miracles in any practice. Instead, what seemed really exciting was the way that our treatment enabled Michael to live an active and robust life—to not to be laid low by either the disease or the harsh conventional treatment for it.
The Anti-Cancer Cocktail
The secret to our success is that we create an individualized “cocktail” of different treatments and modalities, personalized to the particular biology of each patient. With a wide array of evidence-based natural compounds and complement therapies at our disposal—treatments we have brought to the Kellman Center from all over the world—we can design a dynamic, effective treatment for each one of our cancer patients.