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Chemotherapy and Other Cancer Therapies
What if people could not only heal from cancer, but feel the healthiest they have in their whole lives - without needing to undergo chemotherapy? While it may sound too good to be true, it is possible. And in episode 15 of the Primal Pioneer, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about alternative and holistic cancer therapies from nine years of research and working with cancer patients.
But before we dive right in, let me introduce myself in case this is your first visit. I am your host, Heathar Shepard and I am incredibly passionate about helping people JUST LIKE YOU find the health and happiness they truly deserve.
Besides being an alternative healer and integrative health coach, I’m also a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor who struggled for 10 years until I discovered the MOST important factor for overall health: the environment we live and work in. And in The Primal Pioneer, I share what 98+% of doctors don’t tell you (or don’t even know!) about true health and wellness. You’ll learn about the importance of sunlight, as well as the foods and eating cycles that heal the root causes of chronic disease. And in an age dominated by technology, you’ll discover how EMF mitigation can drastically improve your life.
Everyone has their own healing journey with their own unique struggles...but I’m here to give you all the tools you need to make that healing happen!
So if you’re ready to learn more about the root causes of cancer and alternative treatments to chemotherapy, keep reading the seven points shared below! And for even more details, listen to ALL of episode 15 of The Primal Pioneer on your favorite streaming platform.
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #1: My cancer story and how YOU should choose the right cancer treatment for you.
The topic of cancer and helping support people in a truly holistic and empowering way is something that I'm super passionate about because I lost my grandmother to breast cancer that metastasized to her brain and bones when I was fifteen years old. After watching her struggle and seeing her quality of life crumble in a matter of months due to chemo and radiation therapy, I decided I was going to learn everything about healing cancer from a natural, holistic perspective. I wanted to help others with cancer who had a desire to do cancer treatment differently, in a way that would enhance their life, improve cancer survival rates and allow them to feel and be the healthiest they ever had.
So about four years ago, I started a Facebook group called the Keto Cancer Solution to help people fine-tune their diet to support their cancer healing journey. However, I also created this group to help educate people on the root causes of cancer and the multiple alternative cancer therapies that exist outside the conventional medical model. Because one thing I’ve noticed is that over 90 percent of people with cancer truly believe they have to go the conventional medical route. And while this could be the route that is best for you or that you're most called to, most people don't intuitively feel like this is the right route for them but don’t know they have other options.
In fact, patients are often threatened by doctors that if they don't do chemo or radiation, they'll die prematurely. So a lot of people with cancer feel really pressured to do chemotherapy. And if you do go against these choices, doctors will often refuse to continue working with you and or their staff will bombard you with phone calls. Your family might even start desperately urging you to engage in conventional therapies. And so even if you don’t feel conventional therapy is best for you, you may doubt your intuition and feel trapped to make this one choice.
If you're in this situation now, I would highly encourage you to seek out the best options for you before making any treatment decisions. And I really want to emphasize that the best cancer therapy for you is the one that YOU feel intuitively called to and good about. So I invite you to let your intuition be your beacon when choosing your cancer treatment route.
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What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #2: No cancer treatment is one-and-done, and you should consider the level of exposure to toxins.
When it comes to the cancer options offered by the standard of care, surgery is by far the least toxic route in my experience. I know many fear metastasis as a side effect of surgery, which is a very considerable concern. However, if you do choose to undergo surgery, know that this is often the least toxic. You're not going to be dumping a bunch of chemicals and toxins into your body from chemo and radiation. However, once you've had the surgery, it's really important to take proactive measures to prevent any spreading of cancer by engaging in long-term holistic treatments for several years and often, to some extent, for the rest of your life.
If you have cancer, regardless of what treatment you've undergone, it's really, really important that the treatment route is more of an ongoing approach. It's not just this one and done thing. Because all diseases secrete certain toxins. And so even though cancer may not show up on a scan or your cancer markers on your labs might not be high, you could still have cells that are secreting cancer toxins in your body. And if you do undergo chemo and or radiation, I do not suggest simply going back to living your normal life for three main reasons:
- You cannot heal in the environment in which you got sick.
- Cancer equals cellular toxicity. So you need to detox, especially after conventional therapies.
- Chemo plus radiation plus surgery does not rectify the root causes of cancer. (More on that in Point #5).
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #3: Questions to consider when making your treatment decision.
If you're someone on the fence about engaging in chemo or radiation therapy, I would encourage you to explore peer-reviewed data and independent studies on your particular cancer. And there are many things to take into account before signing up for chemo or radiation, but remember it's your body, it's your decision, and you have time to think about how you want to approach this situation.
To help you make that decision, though, here are a few questions to consider:
- What is your toxicity level like? Because if your toxicity levels are already high, adding a lot more toxins to the picture from chemo and radiation might not be the best idea.
- What are your energy levels like? Chemo and radiation will diminish energy levels, and they do so because they diminish mitochondrial function. So this is a big consideration if you're already struggling with poor energy levels.
- How is your sleep? A big part of chemotherapy is you get a huge dose of steroids, which can prevent people from sleeping for days.
- Do you have a strong, robust immune system? We know that chemo and radiation both compromise the immune system, and the last thing we want is for somebody with cancer to further compromise their immunity.
- What is your intuition telling you about cancer therapies? Which one are you most called to use?
Hi, I am Heathar
With over 12 years experience as an alternative healer, integrative health coach and one who has been through severe physical injury trying every remedy under the sun to heal myself with no avail…I’m here to tell you, all of those things are not only attainable but are foundational to achieving optimal health and are core elements to overcoming all chronic and stubborn diseases.
At the age of 23 I suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) preventing me from the ability to engage in physical activity for over 12 years post my car accident. Today, I know I could have recovered from this injury much quicker if I had known then what I know now! But….the accident lead me down the healing path. A path that I was destined to take to help myself heal and to learn how to help others heal complicated and chronic disorders as well.
During this time, I learned two things: How to harness the healing power of sunlight and how to utilize frequency based medicine to facilitate biological transformations in the body - all the way down to the mitochondrial level.
Today, I lead an active life and you can bet I’m uber passionate about teaching others how they can overcome even the most daunting health experiences that most medical professionals have band-aid solutions for, at best.
And today, my health continues to improve each day and I now lead an active, healthy lifestyle - all of which I thought would never be possible to achieve again. All it took was discovering the most effective path to health and healing to get me there and now, to help my clients get there as well!
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #4: Important information about the effects of chemotherapy.
Let's get into conventional care a little bit because I want to particularly focus on chemotherapy so you have an idea of how effective it is if you choose this route.
Conventional cancer treatments have one goal: shrinking the tumor. This is how success rates are measured and documented in the literature. How well does the tumor shrink? How much does the tumor shrink? And while tumor shrinkage is awesome, it doesn't necessarily equal a better outcome for the patient. The toxicity of the treatment often means that the patient will die sooner and experience worse quality of life than if no treatment had been given at all.
Now, let's take a look at the chemo statistics and the outcome that this standard of care treatment has on cancer patients. Since 1971, well over two billion dollars have been spent on cancer research, and this conventional research has found cancer to be related to oncogenes. The problem with this is that, number one, the billions of dollars have provided no real helpful solutions to cancer. And number two, pointing our fingers at oncogenes and mutated DNA as the cause of cancer is total B.S.
Studies show that chemotherapy does not work. There's no scientific evidence for its ability to extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients with epithelial cancers, which make up 80 plus percent of all cancers. And in 2004, another effort was made to review the efficacy of chemotherapy. And this was an independently funded study that measured the five-year survival rate for twenty-two major malignancies in Australians and Americans. The five-year survival rate after chemotherapy was 2.3 percent in Australians and 2.1 percent in Americans.
There are far better options than chemotherapy available to us. The medical and even scientific communities funded by Big Pharma try their best, however, to keep us from learning about these far safer, more effective and life-enhancing therapies and treatments.
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #5: The true root causes of cancer.
Next, I want to spend a little time revealing the root causes of cancer. One reason why we haven't been successful in our conventional approach to cancer is that we're looking for answers in all the wrong places. The correct place to look is the mitochondria.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with your mitochondria, briefly, your health is only as good as your mitochondrial function. Your mitochondria are your body's engine, and they are designed to do three main tasks: pump out oxygen, water and ATP. Typically, the more mitochondria we have and the bigger those mitochondria are, the healthier we are, the better we sleep and the more energy we have. If any of these three major tasks of the mitochondria are compromised, your risk of all chronic diseases exponentially increases.
So what happens with cancer is that this engine begins to die and run out of fuel. And so if we want to get to the root of cancer, we really need to start by improving mitochondrial health. We need to implement multiple ongoing treatment strategies and holistic remedies and detox strategies into the cancer patients’ protocol that target improved mitochondrial health.
Some important factors that negatively impact mitochondrial health include:
- Artificial light, which disturbs mitochondrial signaling and diminishes your mitochondria’s ability to produce energy, oxygen and water.
- Diet, although this can NOT be used on its own to entirely cure your cancer or prevent it.
- Lack of sunlight and exposure to manmade EMFs (which you can learn more about by listening to episode 13!)
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #6: Key factors to keep in mind to prevent and treat cancer.
So for those of you out who thought sugar and carb consumption was the only thing you needed to pay attention to when it came to improving your metabolism and overcoming cancer, those are only some of the factors to keep in mind. And also know that sugar and carb consumption is actually a necessary part of healthy metabolic function, meaning you are designed to eat some sugar and carbs.
This is where I have a little bit of a beef with the ketogenic community. They think you need to be on a ketogenic diet for the rest of your life if you're struggling with cancer, obesity or any other metabolic disease. And while I often start my clients on a therapeutic ketogenic diet who have cancer, I never strive to have them stay on this dietary path for the rest of their life. Because when your mitochondria are healthy, you have metabolic flexibility and can burn glucose, the simple form of carbs and sugars.
I use the ketogenic diet as a gateway to help repair the mitochondria in combination with my health trifecta: sunlight RX, EMF mitigation and the jet fuel diet for cancer patients. I also incorporate specific herbal supplements, holistic therapies and detox strategies into the mix because it's the synergistic power punch approach that we need to take when it comes to overcoming cancer.
And if you're someone with cancer, I want you to know that improving your mitochondrial health is absolutely 100 percent possible, no matter what stage of cancer you have. I've worked with people who have stage one cancer to stage four cancer, and both have had really great outcomes by committing to an ongoing program that improves their mitochondrial health. So not only can caring for your mitochondria help you overcome cancer, but it can also enable you to live a long, fulfilling, vibrant life.
What You Need to Know About Chemotherapy, Point #7: Warning signs that your mitochondria are failing, plus the importance of a long-term approach to healing.
So maybe at this point you're thinking, “How can I tell if my mitochondria are failing or my metabolism is becoming compromised?”
Here are some symptoms you can look out for:
- In the beginning stages, people will often experience insomnia, poor sleep habits, low energy, feelings of exhaustion, high stress and or the inability to manage stress.
- Some more advanced symptoms that your mitochondrial health and metabolism are being compromised include restless leg syndrome, depressed immunity, chronic moodiness, chronic fatigue, and trouble with gaining or losing weight.
- Chronic disease of any kind, including type two diabetes, autoimmunity, obesity, or cancer.
But keep in mind, these things can all be rectified. When it comes to cancer. I believe the most effective path and the one that makes the most sense involves removing toxins from the body and not increasing toxin mode. This process involves a lifestyle shift and a deep commitment to improving your diet, environment and lifestyle habits.
Now, some of the most common questions I get asked are, “How long do I have to eat like this?” or “How long do I have to follow this detox protocol?” or “How long until I can go back to my normal life?” And over time, you may be able to follow a less intense healing regime...but healing is not a one-treatment approach or a one-and-done deal. Healing is a constant part of life.
And one of the main inner gifts of cancer is that it can help you see and approach life with a new lens that supports not only your health but also your purpose and path in life.
The Bottom Line of Chemotherapy and What You Need to Know
If there’s one takeaway you get from this episode, I hope it’s that how you approach healing from cancer is 100 percent your choice. And I also hope this episode provided you with uplifting inspiration and empowering alternative cancer treatments that maybe you hadn’t considered or hadn’t known about before. It's your body, so it's your choice. And whatever choice you feel called to make with regard to cancer treatment is a sacred one, and you will never be punished or wrong for making the decision that feels best to you.
For those resonating with this episode and searching for a truly holistic alternative to chemotherapy, this June 2020, I have openings in my radical health practice for three new private clients. Becoming a one-on-one client means we will deep dive into your labs, your diet, your EMF exposure and your sunlight and artificial light exposure, and I'll create a unique and individual alternative cancer care plan, supplement protocol and detox protocol for you. To get the process started, head over to my website and complete the contact form. Or you can send me a direct message at email@example.com!
And to hear even MORE about all seven points outlined above, be sure to tune in to episode 15 of The Primal Pioneer on your favorite podcast streaming platform! And if you love this episode, don't forget to take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram stories and tag me @sunlight_rx so that we can spread this important message to even more people.
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