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Feb 24, 2014 by DR. MITALI UPADHYE
My Tango With Cancer


Last year I was diagnosed with an ovarian cancer the size of a football. Initially it was a huge shocker. "How could I get cancer?" It was an emergency and my surgeon gave me just one week to put things in place and get myself on the operation table. Even though I underwent surgery I had a strong inner voice telling me to refuse Chemotherapy as my further line of treatment. The next 6 to 8 months was a journey of self-healing based on holistic principles.


I undertook radical changes in my lifestyle, diet ,exercise and my mind-set. I pursued healing therapies like EFT to clear my emotional blocks and let go of negative baggage such as anger, hurt and resentment.

Meditation, affirmations and visualisations became my best companions for healing. My day began with Pranayama (deep breathing exercises for maximum oxidation), Yogasanas (yoga exercises and poses for relaxation), Suryanamaskars (sun salutations for energising the body).

Silent walks, nature walks, and a lot of self-introspection helped heal me further. The ultimate healing factor was the unconditional love and support of my friends and family in the journey. And my positive attitude to allow my body to heal itself...and to trust in its immense power of healing.

Lastly I allowed LOVE and PEACE to be a part of me and stopped fighting with life. Instead accepted life the way it came.

The following is a guideline for anyone seeking to break free from the grasp of cancer. Always pursue what works best for you, but it is my own personal experience...as a cancer survivor.

The body's intelligence can heal itself...trust it.

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Everyone has cells that have mutant proteins from DNA damage and cancer can occur when the normal processes within a cell cycle are misregulated and unhealthy cells starts dividing, sometimes forming cancer.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumour size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumour destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiply.

What Cancer Cells Feed On:

1. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened nut milk, cancer cells will starved.

3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. Conventional sources of meat may increase mortality. Meat contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrefied and leads to more toxic build-up.

4. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

6. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

7. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Florescence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

8. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, resentment, hurt , bitterness and unforgiving attitudes put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

9. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

10. Cancer cells are known to thrive and grow in acidic medium. Lemon water is a very effective drink which makes the blood alkaline. Use one thin slice of fresh lemon in 1 litre of water. Drink it daily.

When you are in Tango With Cancer, make sure you put all your efforts to dance your best dance.

Dr. Mitali Upadhye is a homoeopath from the University of Pune, India. She has been practising as a homoeopathic consultant, counsellor and healing therapist for the last 18 years. She is a health coach guiding her patients to develop healthy lifestyles in form of diet, exercises and teaching them techniques for effective stress management. It is her mission to create awareness about cancer as a lifestyle disease and the importance of holistic approach towards treating cancer. She may be contacted via email or facebook.

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