All of us, regardless of age and circumstance, have small numbers of cancer cells in our bodies. A strong healthy immune system has the ability to control and remove cancer cells so they never accumulate into masses that can disrupt the function of our organs and kill us. But when our immune system’s ability to identify, attach to, kill and remove cancer cells is inefficient, then a mass of cancer cells can grow unchecked. If this mass disrupts the function of an essential organ, then our life is threatened.
If you have a cancer mass, your doctors will attempt to give your immune system a second chance by tipping the balance of dominance in its favour. They use operations to physically remove billions of cancer cells, and use chemotherapies, radiotherapy and biological therapies to try and kill the cancer cells that cannot be removed. With the number of cancer cells left in your body greatly reduced, the doctors hope your immune system can then maintain control over any new cancer cells. But if your immune system is still too weak, another cancer mass will grow.
For more than 150 years medical researchers have been trying to find ways to boost immune efficiency against cancer cells through immunisations and gene therapy, but they have been unable to create any effective interventions to cater for the vast majority of cancers.
You can however, boost your immune system by modifying your lifestyle. There are two types of immune cells in your body that target cancer cells, known as CD8-T lymphocyte cells and Natural Killer cells. These are part of your adaptive immune system and you can improve the efficiency of CD8-T cells by changing your lifestyle to live closer to that which is optimal for humans.
All plants and animals live to their full potential with good health when they live closer to the optimal environments to which they are genetically adapted. Their immune systems have evolved for these environments. The further away plants and animals live from these optimal environments, the greater their chances are of experiencing illness and having their life cut short. This is an ecological tenet which also applies to humans. The further you live away from a human’s optimal environment, the more resources your adaptive immune system has to use to fight foreign pathogens and deal with unfamiliar chemicals. This can eventually overload your adaptive immune system and reduce its efficiency in detecting cancer cells.
However you can turn this around and improve the efficiency of your immune system by reducing its workload through lifestyle changes. This can be done through detoxification to remove disruptive chemicals and pathogens in the body; eliminating certain chemicals that are mostly found in foods; homeopathic and herbal medicines to fuel the immune system and boost CD8-T cell activity; and customised exercise programs. These can all be done in conjunction with working with your oncologist and general practitioner, who are not trained in lifestyle changes.
It is also important to consider the emotional wellbeing of the person. Most people who develop cancer go through a period of emotional stress during which they feel overwhelmed and resign themselves to their situation, whatever that may be. They quietly suffer sadness, anxiety, fear, guilt or frustration. They live for a time in emotional-mental turmoil that is destructive to the functioning of their immune system. Here at Bill Giles Health Ecology we teach you tools and strategies to help you turn your emotions around and set you on the road to recovery from cancer.
You can find out more about how you can boost your immune system and keep your cancer cells in check at our Cancer Explained and Melody of Healing workshop on August 3. My book Melody of Healing (also available as an e-book) will also broaden your options for overcoming cancer. Discover what foods you shouldn’t eat when you have cancer; the common pathogens that divert immune resources away from cancer; which exercise systems help the immune system; which type of emotional stress injures your immune system; which natural medicines assist your immune system; which complementary therapies assist your immune system; how to improve your sleep; how to cleanse your immune system; and the best natural immunotherapy for overcoming cancer.