Is targeted therapy for cancer the best route to take when it comes to treatment?
According to integrative oncology and metabolic medicine expert Dr. Thomas Lodi, the answer is no. In fact, Dr. Lodi believes that targeted therapy for cancer treatment or for any type of disease or health issue is not the answer.
In a new video, Dr. Lodi explains this using the simple analogy of a rock in a stream of water. “You put a huge rock in a stream of water and see what happens—the water goes around the rock. That’s nature. You can’t stick your finger in it and think you can fix it,” he said.
Dr. Lodi added, “Nature doesn’t single out one single thing and try to fix it, nor should the medical profession, especially in terms of cancer. Nature does it all. You can’t stick your finger in this incredible biochemical dance and just try to stop one thing and think you’re going to fix it.”
To further illustrate, he cites curcumin—a substance found in turmeric. Turmeric is one of the most versatile and effective supplements available today. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
It also boosts levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)—a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Decreased levels of BDNF have been linked to brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.
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Additionally, research has shown that curcumin is valuable in cancer treatment. It can help kill cancer cells, reduce angiogenesis or growth of new blood vessels in tumors, and prevent spread of cancer.
Dr. Lodi noted that this gives an indication of how the body works. “We have this cycle feeding into another cycle, which feeds into another cycle,” he said. “This is how our body works. You can’t cut out a tumor. You’ll grow more tumors as a result of the cutting and the subsequent chemotherapy and radiation. A complete integrative approach to healing from cancer is what is needed.”
This kind of approach is what Dr. Lodi and his team at An Oasis of Healing promotes and practices. An Oasis of Healing is an Arizona-based alternative cancer care center which uses a comprehensive three-pronged program developed by Dr. Lodi himself.
Instead of focusing on killing the cancer cells, which also harms the body, the program focuses on healing and changing the biochemistry of the body so that it no longer becomes a ‘good’ host for cancer cells to thrive in. In the end, patients come out with their health restored and their mindsets attuned towards sustainable wellness.