Breast cancer is the most-frequently diagnosed, life-threatening cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death among women. In 2008, the American Cancer Society estimated around 1.4 million new cases worldwide. Despite breast cancer’s prevalence, conventional, or allopathic, medicine has been unable to discover the cause of the majority of cases. Numerous theories abound, including genetic mutations, environmental exposure, and inherited tendencies, but none have been proven. Homeopathic medicine takes a different approach to the problem, focusing on the patient’s emotional and mental health as both cause and potential cure for cancer.
Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer, but conventional medicine has attempted to predict its emergence by identifying numerous risk factors. The risk factors for premenopausal women include early menarche, nulliparity, and late menopause. Those for postmenopausal women include obesity and hormone replacement therapy. However, approximately 70 to 80 percent of breast cancer cases occur in women with no obvious risk factors. Conventional medicine has no explanation for these cases. By contrast, homeopathy does not look at cancer as the result of risk factors but as a consequence of the mind-body connection. .
The Allopathic Approach
A breast cancer diagnosis is made using a wide range of screening tests. These include breast self-examination, physical examination by a GP or specialist, ultrasound, and mammogram. Once the breast cancer or mass has been detected and is suspicious of being malignant, further investigation is necessary. The next step involves diagnosis by Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAP) and/or a core biopsy (which is a bigger sample and more accurate).
Further studies include estrogen and progesterone receptor tests to determine if the cancer is hormone-receptor positive or negative. Additionally, genetic studies are also sometimes performed in order to determine whether or not the rest of the family is at high risk. For conventional medicine, the choice of treatment, prognosis, and predicted chance of recurrence are based on the results of this arsenal of screening tests.
After diagnosis, treatment is then recommended, which could include anything from chemotherapy, to lumpectomy, to radical mastectomy, or any combination of these or other invasive treatments.
The Homeopathic Approach
By contrast, homeopathic medicine bases its diagnoses and treatments mainly on the patient’s symptoms, personal history, and family history. But, most of all, any patient’s diagnosis and treatment depends upon his or her emotional and mental state of being at the moment of the consultation. A homeopathic doctor asks for a great deal of detail in this regard, while an allopathic doctor is highly unlikely to show any interest in this aspect of the patient’s health, even for the sake of trying to show the patient a little sympathy.
A 28-year-old lady came to my practice after being diagnosed with a malignant breast cancer on the right breast. She was devastated by the news—crying, inconsolable, and very frightened about her future. I reassured her that everything was going to be okay. By this time, she had already had the lumpectomy surgery, but she came to my office to see if there was any way I could help her during the next stage of treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormonal therapy.
At this point, there was no reason to treat the tumor, since it had already been surgically removed, so I thought it was better to prepare her internal environment for the coming aggression of chemotherapy. We agreed to use homeopathy in order to avoid, as much as possible, the side effects of the chemotherapy. I began treatment by giving her a constitutional remedy in order to make her stronger. The medication prescribed was Ignatia 0/6 every three hours, the first day, and every six hours, the second day.
During the session, I also took notes that detailed her state of being. The main symptoms considered were:
- Ailments after bad news
During chemotherapy, the patient suffered from the classic symptoms of nausea, tiredness, weakness, vomiting, etc. However, these symptoms were greatly improved with homeopathic medication on low doses, which I prescribed in order to avoid using up all of the patient’s energy. At this point, the patient was very grateful because during the time that she was receiving chemo, she was feeling stronger and stronger each session. Compared with the other patients, she was more energetic and more able to tolerate the treatment.
Finally, once the six sessions of chemotherapy were finished, we started treating her for the real cause of her cancer.
The real cause of cancer
As mentioned above, conventional medicine, or allopathy, still does not profess to know the cause of cancer. Instead, scientists present a long list of risk factors, which they attempt to apply to each patient’s case, even though, in most of the cases, these risk factors do not correlate to the patient’s specific cancer.
This young lady was a good example of this type of case: she possessed no risk factor at all. Her age was far younger than 50, the average age for the onset of cancer; there was no family history of breast cancer; and she had never been exposed to hormones such as contraceptive pills. Her menarche was present at an average age, she was not a smoker, did not consume alcohol, and she had always eaten a healthy diet. A screening test did not even show her as testing positive for any genetic predisposition to cancer. Her specialist simply explained it away by saying, “these things happen.”
What an incredible explanation!
A homeopath considers the cause of the illness, in cases such as these, to be emotional or mental. When the patient has an emotional imbalance, and her body is not able to cure this by itself—through a process known as “vis medicatrix natura”— then it starts creating physical symptoms in order to make it more evident that something is wrong and must be addressed.
In this particular case, my patient was suffering from a vast number of emotional conflicts. She had always suffered from problems within her family. Certain family members used to minimize her, most prominently her mother. This mother attempted to make the patient, as well as her sisters, be submissive to the whims of her father and brothers. The emotional disturbance caused by this family dynamic caused the patient to grow up with a lot of resentment toward many members of her family, but especially her mother. Aside from her cancer diagnosis, the patient was also depressive, disappointed, and suffering from lack of confidence.
The medication prescribed was Natrum mur MC. Since she began homeopathic treatment, her symptoms and feelings of resentment have been improving.
When we talk about treating cancer, the first thing to think about is the emotional background that could be the real cause of the problem. When we address feelings such as fear, morbid thoughts, and low self-esteem, the probability of the cancer recurring is very low, because we are getting rid of the only true cause of the illness. In treating the core emotional problems, we are able to have an impact upon any other disease, such as cancer, that has originated because of the original conflict. With this treatment in place, the probability of a patient suffering from metastasis or recurrence is quite a bit lower than it would otherwise have been.
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