The phrase alternative therapy is used to describe a wide range of treatments which, generally, are not available from conventional doctors.
In the treatment of cancer, conventional medicine includes surgery, chemotherapy (the use of drugs), and radiation. By contrast, alternative therapy includes nutritional supplements, enzymes, diet, detoxification, change in life style, stress control, prevention, and biofeedback.
Which is best? That depends on one’s view regarding the nature of cancer. Conventional practitioners view cancer as the tumor, whereas alternative doctors see the tumor as merely the symptom of the cancer. They are more interested in what caused it to appear in the first place.
Those in conventional medicine believe that anything that removes or reduces the tumor is good, even if it weakens the body in the process. Since practitioners of alternative medicine focus on the cause of the tumor, they believe that anything which helps the body eliminate the tumor is progress.
The immune system is the body’s front-line defense against cancer. Although there have been some notable improvements in chemotherapy and radiation technologies, these approaches impact the immune system and many believe they can actually cause cancer if one does not detoxify the body and rebuild the immune system after these approaches are used. Typically nutritional supplementation and other forms of alternative therapy help to strengthen the immune system and help the body to overcome cancer.
Practitioners of conventional medicine are in the majority, and patients are well informed about these options. Many patients, however, are not aware of alternative therapies. It is the purpose of the Cancer Cure Foundation to make that information available so they can make an informed choice.