Friday, June 25, 2010

Cancer Prevention

Many of our TCI clients return to us as family practice patients. They find it helpful to work with a PCP who can manage primary care needs and help to navigate them through any future surgeries that may require the use of narcotic medications. Besides that, we’ve grown to include a second nurse practitioner who has a fabulous background in cardiac surgery and emergency medicine.

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One of the things we offer for our patients is a free monthly workshop on a topic of interest in primary care. Last month we talked about cancer prevention, based on the work of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber and his book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life.

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Dr. Servan-Schreiber , himself a cancer survivor, describes the conditions necessary for a cancerous tumor to grow: a weakened immune system, an inflammatory response and a good blood supply bringing fresh nutrients to the tumor.

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When he received all he could from the medical community in terms of surgery, chemo and radiation, he was left wondering what else he could do to improve the odds of prolonging his life. His research is fascinating.

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Many common plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables have the exact qualities necessary to undermine the very conditions mentioned earlier. Mushrooms boost the immune system, green tea and components of various types of berries prevent the development of blood supply to tumors. It is also important to avoid foods that increase inflammation and to balance the intake of Omega 6s and Omega 3s. Avoiding the myriad of synthetic chemicals in our environment and food supply, and choosing organic whenever possible also helps keep one’s ‘terrain’ less cancer-friendly.

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If you are local, I hope you’ll join us for upcoming workshops. See the Hamilton Family Practice www.HamiltonFamilyPractice.com website for details on the topics and schedules. If you are looking for a primary care provider, we are accepting new patients and would enjoy continuing to contribute to your good health.

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Joan Shepherd - FNP

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