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Wanted: A Rethink!

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Consuelo Reyes President F.A.C.T.; Executive Producer, Rethinking Cancer

Ted Kennedy, Farah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze.....all recent hi-profile
victims of cancer who could afford the best healthcare in the world. All
three suffered through the devastating side effects of orthodox treatment -
chemo, et al - and all three succumbed to the disease within 2 or 3 years of
diagnosis. One could be forgiven for asking: isn't there another way?

If you pose this to an oncologist, he/she will most likely respond with
dire warnings about wasting precious time and money on quackery instead of
the officially "approved" treatments.

These "approved" treatments are based on the long-held definition of cancer
as, essentially, the tumor. Such thinking has led to dependence on
therapies, like chemo and radiation, which kill cancer cells, but can harm
healthy cells and severely deplete the body's natural defenses. These
protocols can buy time, but have no intrinsic healing properties. The
yardstick of success for the medical establishment is the 5-year survival
rate. While 5-year survival rates have increased because of earlier
detection, the statistic that really counts is the deaths per 100,000, which
have steadily increased since Nixon declared "War on Cancer" in 1971.

The biological repair approach, which our organization, the Foundation for
Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.), has espoused since it inception in
1971, views cancer in a very different way - as a systemic problem. Tumors
and abnormal cells are symptoms of a breakdown in the balance of body
chemistry. By rebalancing and strengthening all body functions with a
comprehensive, non-toxic, metabolic program, including organic nutrition,
detoxification and other therapies, the body's innate healing capacity
becomes energized and takes charge. The yardstick of success is long-term
recovery - 10, 20, 30 plus years.

Many alternative cancer therapies also, regrettably, follow the
conventional model, scoring success in terms of tumor reduction, albeit with
perhaps less toxic agents, though not always. Our experience of nearly 40
years at F.A.C.T., however, has taught us that unless the root cause - the
chemical breakdown - is corrected, long term health cannot truly be
restored. No magic bullet - miracle herb, megavitamin, super food or
"blockbuster" drug - can supply all the materials necessary to rebuild a
body with a complex, chronic condition like cancer.

With this in mind, perhaps it's time to rethink the most basic tenets of
the reigning approach to cancer and other serious diseases?

This is the essence of the new documentary film, Rethinking Cancer. Five
long-term survivors, whose recoveries range from 15-37 years, explain why
and how they went a different route with cancer, and, in one case, Lyme
disease. Some were led to seek out alternatives after the standard course of
treatment failed - literally sent home to die by physicians who said they
could do no more for them. Others, after long investigation and soul
searching, bravely chose the non-toxic, biorepair course of action because
it seemed a more sensible, logical approach - that healing could be better
fostered by nourishing, repairing and detoxifying the body, rather than
being subjected to toxic substances that would cause further damage and side
effects without addressing the underlying problem.

A key factor in these success stories also seems to be that each of the 5
took an active role in designing and carrying out their treatment. These five cases are representative of a large and growing pool of
well-documented, long-term recovered patients from across the nation.

The path these patients took may not be for everyone, but it's certainly
worth knowing about. Patients and doctors have a right to be informed about
all viable medical options, especially when facing a life-and-death struggle with an adversary like cancer.