Immune System and Cancer:
The easiest way to describe the reason for cancer is an error with your immune system, you can not get cancer if you have high and a fully functioning immune system.
When your immune system is functioning correctly, it will be on guard waiting for bacteria/virus or any kind of pathogen to develop in your body, then go on high alert and kill it, cancer cells pop up in healthy people daily, but a normal immune system would see the cancer cell as foreign and either attack and kill it or force it to commit suicide, this process is called apoptosis.
There are many things which lower your immune system, including a poor diet, being in cold temperatures, physical and emotional stress are the top causes but there are many more.
Commonly when your immune system is low you could catch a cold, some kind of virus or bacterial infection, you may need to go to the doctors for a course of antibiotics and over a few days your immune system starts to function correctly again and gets rid of what ever is making you ill.
Uncommonly your immune system may not recover correctly for what ever reason, and this is the only way you can get cancer, your immune system is low enough so when the cancer cells form in your body, your immune system either is not strong enough or is not functioning correctly enough to attack the cancer cells or force the cells into apoptosis.
Now the cancer cells are not being attacked by your immune system you are just waiting until the cells get big enough to form a tumor, this can take anywhere from a few weeks to 10 years before you have a lump big enough to notice.
Chemotherapy and Radiation destroy your immune system, so while it may get rid of the tumor, the reason you got cancer in the first place is still there, and you have just made your immune system even worse so it will come back, the rate it comes back depends on the type of cancer, amount of treatment, your diet and lifestyle you lead. Within 5 years usually the cancer cells will be big enough again to feel a lump and you go through the whole process again, which is why most cancer treatments give you a maximum of 5 years to live after your in remission.
Whats the Alternative?
If you have or know someone who has got cancer or is in remission from cancer as explained above, there immune system is low so the first port of call is to build the immune system.
Your diet is the first thing you should change, visit our Cancer Diet Page and make fast changes to your lifestyle including exercise.
SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Reishi Mushroom – Medicinal mushrooms should be one of the first things to add to your medicine cabinet if you have been given a cancer diagnosis, clinical studies have proven, the polysaccharides in Reishi and other types of Medicinal Mushrooms have immunomodulating, (speed up or slow down) and tumour-shrinking capabilities, Reishi Mushroom also has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, both of which are proven to help with cancer.
Vitamin C – One of the oldest but still one of the best immune system boosting vitamins available, the problem however with most vitamin c supplements, is your body can not absorb it, so most of the nutrients are not boosting your immune system and is just being wasted and passed through urine, to combat this we recommend you take a vitamin c supplement with rosehip and bioflavanoids, this will make the supplements more bio-available which will mean your body absorbs more, and more goes to your immune system.
Vitamin D – Again a more well known and old treatment but one which people often do not take enough of, mainstream one a day multivitamins have between 5-400ui per tablet, you should be looking between 5,000 to 20,000ui per day if your immune system is low.
Turmeric – Whilst this is not normally promoted as an immune system booster, nobody with cancer should be without this great product when you have a tumour the area around it will be inflamed and the more inflamed it becomes the more rapid it will grow, turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and has been shown to slow the growth and even shrink tumours on its own.
Resveratrol – Even with your immune system being higher you will need to get the toxins out, and there is no better antioxidant than resveratrol, this is not one to cheap out on, as low-quality resveratrol will not work for you, but high quality will flush the toxins needed to become cancer-free, so make sure you get from a trusted vendor.
Dependent on the type of cancer you have, you may need to add more products like iodine, burdock root, dandelion root, astragalus, apricot kernels, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark.
If you need more advice on what supplements to take, where to buy, get in touch we will be happy to point you in the right direction.