By Edward Enever – Naturopath | Chronic disease and Cancer Coach/Mentor
It is well known to science that cancer has the ability to evade the immune system. The immune system is a highly organised defence system and when talked about in relation to cancer, it plays a very important part in keeping you cancer-free as well as helping you recover if you have a diagnosis of cancer. In this article I would like to introduce you to how cancer is thought to evade our defences and ways in which we can support our natural ‘anti-cancer’ immunity to ensure the best outcome.
Some practitioners believe that cancer is the result of a defective immune system. I do not believe this isthe case. Yes, the immune system is important in cancer, but whether a dysfunctional immune system is the cause of cancer or is caused by cancer – this is the chicken or the egg question. There is absolutely no doubt that a cancer patient has an imbalanced, weakened immune system and you will appreciate this as we explore this topic a little further. There are a few ways in which cancer escapes the hold of our immune system. These include:
The peri-cellular sialo-mucin coating. The cancer cell has been documented as having a coating around it made up of the proteins. This protein coating has a negative electrostatic charge. The white blood cells of the human body also have a negative electrostatic charge. Have you ever played with a magnet? What happens when you put the same two poles of the magnet together? They repel don’t they? This is what seems to happen with the cancer cell. The two negative electrostatic charges repel each other and the immune system cannot come into contact with the cancer cell. If we were to remove this protein coating, the cancer cell (which happens to have a positive electrostatic charge) would then be able to interact with the immune system. Certain enzymes have been shown to be effective in breaking down the proteins of the sialo-mucin coating. These protein digesting enzymes are known as proteases and examples are trypsin, chymotrypsin and bromelain.
Cancer produces immune supressing chemicals. Cancer cells produce an array of immune-suppressive inflammatory chemicals which turn the immune system down decreasing your defences. Any dietary approach that promotes an abundance of natural anti-inflammatory foods such as coloured fruits and vegetables and herbs with anti-inflammatory activity such as turmeric, ginger and rosemary as well as cutting down on the inflammatory-promoting foods such as animal flesh, dairy and high intake of grains and processed sugars is a wise move towards re-establishing your health.
Cancer imbalances your immune system. The immune system isn’t just a single entity as many may think. The immune system is made up of various types of immunity with the two major types being the cellular and the humoral immunity. Cellular immunity goes into battle when you are met with an external, foreign invader. It is responsible for your anti-bacterial, viral, fungal and…. cancer defence – you want a strong cellular immunity in cancer. Humoural immunity involves the generation of antibodies and is more associated with allergies. In cancer, the immune system seems to get imbalanced towards a humoural immunity dominance – the humoural immunity predominates. This leaves your anti-bacterial, viral, fungal and cancer defences down. When supporting your immunity, it’s important to know what type of immunity you want to support and be sure that the immune stimulant herbs, nutrients and lifestyle measures you are utilising support the right kind of immunity.
A defective immune system is not the cause of cancer. In my opinion there is not a cause of cancer, but CAUSES of cancer, and as part of a comprehensive protocol to ensure the best health outcome, immunity must be addressed, balanced and stimulated, whilst looking at all the other possible contributing factors that allow cancer to manifest in the body. If you need help managing your diagnosis or want to talk about the options available to support you on your journey, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic and book in for a consultation.
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