Integrative Oncology


r. Matthew McCurdy, a board- certified integrative oncolo-

gist at Austin Cancer Center, is well versed in the latest clinical, evidence-based techniques for personalized cancer care, such as acupuncture, mindfulness and supplements, and he incorporates them into prevention and treat- ment planning. “I believe integrative oncol-

ogy is the future of medicine and cancer care; it boosts the immune system, improves wellness and promotes cancer prevention and cure,” says McCurdy. “Incorporating integrative oncology has brought so much purpose and meaning to my life and my patients’ lives.”

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Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mecha- nisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or

prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to

substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emo- tions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environ- ment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s require- ment for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regard- ing preventing cancer and its recur- rence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment re- search is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silber- stein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research- based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holis- tic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer

survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your

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