Moving Forward with a Cancer Diagnosis

“You have cancer.” These three words are perhaps the most devastating and life-altering words you will ever hear. You are thrown into a state of shock, perhaps facing your own mortality for the first time in your life. You may be facing the future with desperation. You feel and see your dreams and goals eroding before you. You question whether you will ever see your children or grandchildren grow up. You are filled with a mix of despair, sadness, anger, and confusion, all fueling fear, which is your overriding emotion.

You are dealing with this for the very first time, and you feel totally alone. To make matters worse, this is all completely overwhelming due to a lack of knowledge regarding cancer, physiology, health, and disease within the body. You allow misunderstanding to creep in, and now you’re more confused than ever!

One of the most important functions we perform for patients at the Gentle Wellness Center here in Fairfax is to educate them, giving them the proper knowledge on how their bodies function and how we can change the biochemistry of our bodies, resulting in a state of health and well-being so the cancer can no longer exist.

This knowledge, and the experience gained within our Comprehensive Cancer Care Program, empowers our patients to heal and to return to a state of not only average or normal health, but to one of optimal health. In the case of most patients, it will be the highest state of immune health they have ever experienced.

In short, and with great emphasis, a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence!

Why Me?

“Why me?” This is perhaps the most common initial internal response question one has when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Patients will then go through what is commonly known as the five stages of grief.

The five stages were first introduced by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist, in her 1969 book On Death and Dying, which was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. The five stages of grief postulate a series of emotions experienced by patients who have been faced with a diagnosis, and who begin to think in terms of this diagnosis being life-ending. The five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

How Did This Happen?

The next question is, “how did I get cancer?” There are many causes of cancer. We’ve listed a few common triggers here.

  • Toxins or carcinogens. Today, there are more than 77,000 toxins present in our environment, in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. You cannot escape them. Even if you lived in a bubble, you would not be exempt from toxins.\
  • Stress. Stress plays a role in perhaps every case of cancer. Stress will compromise your immune system more quickly and to a greater extent than just about anything else.
  • Improper diet or nutritional deficiencies. These are usually borne out of long-standing – if not life-long – habits that we all grew up with. Yes, we may have been fueling our bodies with food, but was it the right food? Was it the healthiest? Did it contain the necessary nutrients? Were we consuming foods that were doing our bodies more harm than good? As a result of eating what we did, did we suffer from the consequences such as obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, etc.? All these factors can contribute to a cancer diagnosis.
  • Infections or inflammation. We find many patients who experienced some form of infection or inflammation, years before their cancer diagnosis in many cases. Could these have played a role in beginning to weaken and compromise the immune system?
  • Genetic predisposition. We know that genetics can play a significant role in a patient getting cancer. There are tests – and new tests being developed everyday – to assess the risks of genetics with regard to a patient getting a particular type of cancer. Studies have also demonstrated that certain types of cancer, breast or prostate cancer, for example, may be hereditary.

The eternal question may be, “Why did I get breast cancer versus ovarian or another type of cancer?” The jury is largely still out on that question. We know a great deal more today than we did 25 years ago, but we have a long way to go in providing the definitive answer to that question.

Now What?

After a period of emotional turmoil, most patients let rationale begin to take over, and then the question is, “What do I do now?”
You realize that in order to effectively deal with your situation and this diagnosis, you must do something, and you need to act now. The decisions you are now faced with are among the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime!

You will meet with a surgeon, oncologist, or a radiation oncologist, and will be told that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are your only options. You will also be told that you will need to begin treatment immediately.

Most patients have known someone who went through conventional treatment such as “big chemo,” and experienced horrific side effects such as nausea, vomiting, loss of hair, peripheral neuropathy, extreme fatigue, etc., and were probably bed-ridden for much of the time following treatment, which was given every two or three weeks. Put simply, the side effects made them feel far worse than the cancer made them feel prior to treatment. You know one thing: you don’t want to go through that.

You have family members, friends, and even acquaintances telling you what to do, while you are reeling from overload. You want to take some time to figure this all out—by yourself! And at the end of the day, it will be your decision. It is your body. Now, it is also your cancer. And it is you who will decide how you are going to deal with it. You want a perfect outcome and you have to consider so many factors in figuring this all out.

Some of those factors include:

  1.  Side effects.
  2. Out of work.
  3. In bed.
  4. Who takes care of me? My children?

You frantically begin researching options, alternatives, and anything which could provide an effective way of dealing with your cancer, but without the debilitating side effects. You are on the internet scouring page after page of information provided by dozens of sites unearthed by your search process. Much of the information is straight-forward, but much is not. You find that it’s often difficult to sort through the minutia, in order to determine what is valid and what appears questionable at best. You also find contradictory information on the same subject going from one site to the next. So which should you believe? It becomes very confusing.

You will also see claims that X cures cancer, or that Y, when used by itself will get rid of your cancer. When you see these claims do a 180 and run as fast as you can away from these sites. Candidly, there is no “magic bullet.” Period.

You run across something which says: “because the body’s immune system fights off and helps reverse many early cancer formations, all therapies need to address strengthening of the immune system to help the body fight any cancer cells that are formed every day.” Another piece goes a step further in stating: “There is only one known cure for cancer on the planet. It is called a healthy immune system.” This begins to make good common sense.

You reach further and dig deeper. It appears that whatever treatment you choose, strengthening and maintaining a healthy immune system is a top, if not the top priority. You now also understand that some of the factors that promote the proliferation of cancer throughout the body include heavy metals, low dietary fiber, immune system suppressors and acidic tissue. You wonder how much of this might apply to you and your cancer.

And now, armed with this important information, you need to find a treatment program which puts immune health as its top priority. This should also be a program which addresses all of the causative factors at the same time.

The ideal comprehensive cancer care program incorporates the belief in the holistic nature of the human body, and its ability to heal itself when given the proper tools. It should specifically address the cancer, while supporting the immune system. It should also be mentioned that when meeting with a conventional surgeon, oncologist or a radiation oncologist, as you begin this process of evaluating your options, one of the key questions to ask is: “Tell me about your immune rebuilding process you use in conjunction with your treatment regimen.” If you get dead silence; are met with a “deer in the headlights stare”; or are told “we don’t deal with that here”, once again, do a 180 and run as fast as you can out of the door.

Most cancer patients we see, regardless of type of cancer, stage of cancer, or whether they have already received some form of conventional treatment, or have not been treated yet, their immune systems are most always severally compromised.

In many cases their immune system did a nose dive at some point in the past, which played a role in their getting cancer in the first place. This could be due to inflammation, systemic infection, improper diet or nutritional deficiencies, stress, or toxins, and in some cases, all of the above. As a result, the body may greatly reduce the production of a vital ally, Natural Killer (NK) cells.

Within the ecosystem that is our body, NK cells are serious and highly selective predators: in just hours, they kill tumor or infected cells while sparing healthy cells. In many laboratories throughout the world, scientists have combined their efforts to understand how these killers eliminate their targets and only their targets, even though they lack the highly selective antigen receptor of their close cousins, the T Cells.

N for natural, K for killer, as its name suggests NK cells are primarily killer cells. With other cells of the innate immune system (neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells and Tyo lymphocytes) they patrol the body and mark cancer or infected cells. Once identified, the sick cells are destroyed in minutes by a mechanism know as cytotoxicity. The NK cells attack in packs by releasing substances that perforate the “skin” of their victims, this being death by cell lysis.

It is therefore imperative that we begin the rebuilding of the immune system, in order for the body to, once again, begin producing high volumes of these powerful cells, which will deal with cancer cells. We believe it is fair to say: “If you do not rebuild the immune system, I do not care what you throw at the cancer, in the long run, it will not work!

In rebuilding the immune system there are five areas to be incorporated into this vital process. They are diet/nutrition, stress management, detoxification, immune enhancement and biologic dentistry.

Each patient responds to treatment differently and the Gentle Wellness Center staff of physicians customize a highly individualized treatment plan accordingly. Nothing we do is a “one-size-fits-all” approach, as at best that will work for some patients and not others. We employ an approach and philosophy that it needs to work for each and all patients.

It has to be further understood and emphasized that there is no “magic bullet” or one treatment or therapy that will eradicate cancer. Rather, it is the incorporation of many proven therapies that all work with one another, in harmony, to reach the anticipated goal or objective. We recognize that at Gentle Wellness Center, we really have 2 jobs. The first is to put the cancer into remission, if possible. The second is to keep it there. It is the result of doing all we do in educating our patients and integrating all modalities into a habit while the patient is with us in treatment, that they will take this back with them when treatment is over, and they return home. They will continue to live their lives, with all of these lifestyle changes in place, that will prevent their cancer from ever returning.
In our 18 years in existence, with thousands of patients treated, we have only had one case of recurrence in all that time. That patient returned to us, was treated and in mid-2017 was graduated from the program again, being in clinical remission!

In rebuilding a patients’ immune system, and to improve their overall health and quality of life, it is imperative that we address the most critical areas in harmony, while at the same time preserving that immune health and dealing with the cancer in an immune-sparing, very low toxic manner, by effectively targeting only cancer cells, keeping vital tissues and organs healthy, and minimizing the negative effects associated with chemotherapy.

Diet/Nutrition

You have undoubtedly heard the old adage “You are what you eat”. This could not be more profound, than when you have cancer. We have all developed dietary habits which begin in childhood and span our lifetime. Good or bad. We also know that cancer thrives in an acidic environment or terrain, and cancer cells are totally dependent on glucose as their only energy source. Sugar, or those things which convert to sugar (glucose) have to be eliminated, as this is akin to “pouring gasoline onto the fire”. So all foods containing sugar, processed foods, high carbohydrates which convert to glucose, have to be eliminated from the diet. This leaves a plethora of very healthy foods, which can effectively fuel the body without feeding the cancer.

At the same time we need to work toward changing the environment of the body, from one that is highly acidic to one which is slightly alkaline. This can all be done through proper diet. Everyone’s dietary needs are different. Thus, we need to create a very individualized dietary program for each patient and their specialized needs.

The digestive system plays a vital role in proper nutrition. The digestive system works as a filter for the body, sifting out micronutrients from the foods we eat. However, in today’s society, most of our food has been compromised in one way or another. Whether through pesticides, genetic modification, additives or unnatural ingredients, the end result inevitably weakens our immune systems.

In order to restore the integrity and optimal function of the digestive system, a central part of the Gentle Wellness Center comprehensive treatment plan, involves a customized personalized nutrition plan developed by one of our medical doctors, trained in nutrition.

Stress Management

Stress is the silent killer. We all deal stress in our everyday lives, some of us more than others. Some of us are also better at dealing with stress than others. But then you receive a cancer diagnosis, and now on top of whatever stress you had in your life prior to the diagnosis, you now have another 150 pounds of stress on your back. We know that stress plays a role in virtually every case of cancer. It acts like a trigger, on top of whatever other factors may have contributed to getting cancer. Stress will also compromise the immune system faster and more effectively than just about anything else. Therefore, it is essential that we eliminate stress from the equation, as we are rebuilding the immune system. This is done through psycho-spiritual counseling, which works to identify the stressors in our lives, and then to work through them so that they do not play a negative role in our daily existence, and we work at redirecting that energy toward a positive attitude, outlook and being. (SEE RISSI BROCHURE).

We have long known that there is a link between emotional and biological functions. We see every day how linked the body’s physical response to treatment is to the emotional and spiritual state of the patient. When negative emotions are present, the immune system is negatively affected. Conversely, when positive emotions are present, the immune system thrives! Many of our patients who released their suppressed emotions and worked through their “psychological baggage”, increased their positive emotions, reconnected with their spiritual being, and effectively healed their cancers.

Through our individualized therapy sessions, combined with the patient milieu that stimulates and supports patient interaction and support, we work to promote spiritual and emotional healing on a daily basis.

Detoxification

Detoxification is perhaps the most misunderstood and ignored area within healthcare today. As our bodies age, we are not able to process out toxins as we did when we were 15 years of age. The body needs assistance in doing so. Toxins are also much more prevalent in our world today than when we were 15. There are some 77,000 toxins in our environment today. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. You cannot escape toxins in today’s world. In fact, even if you lived in a bubble, you would be exposed to certain toxins.

Most cancer patients are highly toxic, and don’t know it. Testing is required in order to determine the level of toxicity, and the origin of the toxins, be they environmental, chemical or heavy metals. Once we have determined the origin of the toxins, we can then prescribe the appropriate protocols to begin to pull those toxins from the body, and get it cleaned up. Once this happens, it is amazing how the immune system springs back to health. Some of the detoxification therapies used include: IV chelation, colon hydrotherapy, kidney, liver and gallbladder flushes, lymphatic drainage, far infrared saunas, ionic foot baths, etc. Therefore, assisting the immune system in this effort is integral in keeping it healthy in order to fight the big fight, cancer.

Immune Enhancement

In performing the first three areas of Diet/Nutrition, Stress Management, and Detoxification, generally we are able to bring the immune system back to an average or normal health. We are not satisfied with that. We therefore employ the fourth area which is immune enhancement, where we fortify the body with high doses of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and enzymes, which are things that the body craves when it is in a healthy state, and screams out for when it is in a diseased state. These are administered via IV, which delivers near 100% at the cell level, versus oral supplements which go through the digestive system, and only deliver 15-20% at the cell level. This allows us to take the immune system from an average level, to an optimal level. And now the body is in excellent “fighting condition” to deal with the cancer.

Biologic Dentistry

In many cases of cancer we have dealt with over the years, we have identified significant contributing factors in the oral cavity, which played a significant role (and in some cases a solo role) in a patient getting cancer. After all, the mouth is the gateway to the body! Many conditions develop their origin in the mouth and then travel via the circulatory and lymph systems to other parts of the body. Also, all 32 teeth are energetically connected to different organs of the body through what are called “meridians”.

It is therefore critical that we look at the whole person, and not just the mouth and teeth. At Gentle Wellness Center, we practice treating the whole person, and not just one of the component parts.

We perform a full dental examination and consultation on each cancer patient in the beginning of the process, to identify potential areas of concern. Dependent upon what we find, we will endeavor to deal with or correct each of those areas before we begin cancer treatment. Some of the areas we focus on are: mercury amalgam fillings, root canal teeth, gum disease, cavitations, etc., as these can cause many problems in cancer as well as many other health areas.

We had a dental patient come in a number of years ago, who was in for a routine dental checkup. She indicated during the exam that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had not yet begun treatment.

On examination, we found she had an abscessed root canal tooth, which was on the breast meridian. We indicated that the tooth had to be extracted. We extracted the tooth, cleaned out the socket, and then sent her on her way to heal from the extraction. She was to return for a post-op checkup in 8 weeks.

Eight weeks later, she returned. The extraction site was fully healed and healthy, and we began to discuss putting a bridge in to put a tooth over the extraction site.

At that time, she also informed us that the week prior to coming in, she had an MRI and a PET Scan performed of her breast and surrounding tissue, and there was no longer evidence of cancer! We asked her what she had done over the 8 weeks in addition to having her tooth pulled. She exclaimed: “Nothing”!

We can’t tell you that this kind of thing takes place every day, as it doesn’t. But we can tell you that it happens with enough frequency that it warrants evaluating each and every cancer patient for all areas of concern in the oral cavity.

Targeted Low-Dose Chemotherapy/Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)

In cases where the cancer has progressed, it needs assistance from the sidelines. We utilize a very cutting edge therapy, called Targeted Low-Dose Chemotherapy, also known as Insulin Potentiation Therapy or IPT. My Gentle Wellness is one of 36 clinics in the world that are certified to do this therapy. We are the only one on the East Coast of the United States. And we are the only Integrative Cancer Clinic in this group of 36 that has a Biologic Dental Division as part of our cancer program. We utilize this therapy because it is targeted to only the cancer cells, and not the healthy cells. We only use 10-12.5% of a standard chemo dose to begin.

Then, depending on the response we are getting on a weekly basis, along with the toleration of the patient, we “dial up” the % in very small increments from 12 1/2% to 15%, 15% to 17%, and perhaps as high as 20% (1/5th of a conventional dose of chemo) depending on all circumstances. We spend 80%+ of our time rebuilding the immune system, and are not going to turn around and tear it down. It is immune-sparing. The net results to the patient are that there are virtually few if any side effects. Treatment is once per week. For most patients who are still working, they come in for treatment at 8:00 AM, and are back at work by 11:00 AM. There is no downtime!

The dynamics of targeted low-dose chemotherapy are really quite simple. Cancer cells need glucose to burn for energy. With few exceptions, all cells require insulin to allow glucose to enter the cell. Since cancer cells are totally dependent on glucose as their only energy source, they have many more insulin receptors on their cell membranes which allow the glucose to enter the cell for consumption. In fact, cancer cells have between 10-50 times the number of insulin receptors as healthy cells, giving them a real competitive advantage in consuming glucose versus healthy cells.

In addition, cancer cells, unlike other healthy cells, are anaerobic. That means they cannot use oxygen when they metabolize glucose (burn sugar) for energy. A healthy cell, burning oxygen, can produce 38 ATPs (energy packets) from one molecule of glucose and one molecule of oxygen. A cancer cell can only produce 2 ATPs from one molecule of glucose in the absence of oxygen. Thus cancer cells are highly inefficient at producing energy. As a result they need 19 times more glucose than non-cancerous healthy cells.

But insulin has other effects as well. In addition to insulin opening up the path (through the cell membrane) for the glucose to enter, it also makes the cell membrane more permeable to other substances including chemotherapy drugs. Thus, because the insulin receptors are so concentrated on cancer cells, administering insulin to the cancer patients’ body opens the cancer cell membrane. When this happens, chemotherapeutic drugs can selectively target the cancer with relatively little effect on the normal cells. Higher concentrations of the chemo drugs will enter the cancer cells in the presence of the insulin. In fact, a study at George Washington University Medical School in the early 1990s, showed that the chemotherapy drug, Methotrexate, had the ability to enter the cancer cells at a rate of 10,000 times greater when the cells were prepared with Insulin!

Further, insulin has properties that encourage the cancer cells to enter a phase of DNA synthesis and cell division, when the cell reproduction is more vulnerable in their life cycle. This means that a far smaller quantity of the chemotherapeutic drugs are needed to achieve death of cancer cells (low-dose uses 10-12.5% of the standard dose of most chemotherapeutic drugs). Hence there is less toxicity to normal cells and far fewer, if any, side effects to patients.

It is this “circling of the wagons” approach that ultimately gets results for our patients. The many therapies employed, in working with one another, achieve at the power of 10! We are often asked “Which of the therapies played the biggest role in my being cancer free?” Our response: “We don’t know and we don’t care”.

Whether detoxification plays a leading role and nutrition plays a supporting role, does not matter. As long as we have achieved a successful outcome, who cares?
In seeking the appropriate treatment of choice, please make sure you fully understand all that is involved, particularly as it relates to side effects, quality of life, and what is being done to build and maintain a healthy immune system. Make sure that all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. Finally, seek a treatment center which will treat you as an individual, with very individualized needs.

Many of our patients coming to us for the first time have a number of questions. We will address those most commonly asked here.

1. Is it ever too late?

Our philosophy states unequivocally: “No!” We first retrieve a patient’s medical records and then review them thoroughly. Before we ever meet a patient, we know as much, if not more about their disease, than they do. Once we have done that, we meet with each patient in a 2 – 2 1/2 hour Intake and Evaluation which includes our report of findings in looking at the records; our recommendations for treatment; and a full and complete explanation of our Comprehensive Cancer Care Program including what we do, why we do it and how it is done. We begin to treat a patient when they walk through our doors for the first time, and will do everything in our power to get them back to good health. In our nearly 20 years, we have seen “miracles” performed on a regular basis.

2. Which cancers do you treat?

We treat more Breast Cancer than all others, and more Prostate Cancer in men than all others.

  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Duodenal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gall Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Head and Neck Cancer

In addition, roughly 50% of our cancer patients have been pre-treated, meaning that they have had conventional chemotherapy radiation or surgery prior to coming to us. Of those that have been treated with “Big Chemo”, one of two things has happened with them. Either the treatment did not work, or they were unable to tolerate it. About 40% of cancers we treat are stage 4.

3. Are there different categories/types of cancer with a particular organ, such as Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast, the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between. The following are the different types of breast cancer, including non-invasive, invasive, recurrent, and metastatic breast cancers.

  • DCIS – Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • IDC – Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • IDC Type – Tubular Carcinoma of the Breast
  • IDC Type – Medullary Carcinoma of the Breast
  • IDC Type – Mucinous Carcinoma of the Breast
  • IDC Type – Papillary Carcinoma of the Breast
  • IDC Type – Cribriform Carcinoma of the Breast
  • ILC – Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • LCIS – Lobular Carcinoma In Situ
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Molecular Subtypes of Breast Cancer
  • Paget’s Disease of the Nipple
  • Phyllodes Tumors of the Breast
  • Recurrent and Metastatic Breast Cancer

4. What are the Hormone Receptors in Breast Cancer?

Hormone receptors are special proteins found in and on breast cells that pick up hormone signals telling the cells to grow. These receptor proteins are the eyes and ears of the cells, receiving messages from substances in the bloodstream, and then telling the cells what to do. In other words, the receptors act like and on-off switch for a particular activity in the cell. If the right substance comes along that fits into the receptor, like a key fitting into a lock, the switch is turned on and a particular activity in the cell begins.

A cancer is called estrogen-receptor- positive (or ER+) if it has receptors for estrogen. This suggests that the cancer cells, like normal breast cells, may receive signals from estrogen that could promote their growth. The cancer is progesterone-receptor-positive (or PR+) if it has progesterone receptors. Again, this means that the cancer cells may receive signals from progesterone that could promote their growth. About two out of every three breast cancers test positive for hormone receptors. Knowing whether or not breast cancer cells have hormone receptors is an important piece of information in determining treatment decisions. For hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells, hormonal therapy can be used to interrupt the influence of the hormones on the cells’ growth and overall functioning. If you take the hormone away or block it, as these medications do, the cancer cells are less likely to survive.

5. What is the BRCA gene?

ABRCAmutationis a mutation in either of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are tumor suppressor
genes. Hundreds of different types of mutations in these genes have been identified, some of which have been determined to be harmful, while others have no proven impact. Harmful mutations in these genes may produce a hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndromein affected persons. Only 5-10% of breast cancercases in women are attributed toBRCA1andBRCA2 mutations (withBRCA1mutations being slightly more common thanBRCA2mutations), but the impact on women with the gene mutation is more profound. Women with harmful mutations in eitherBRCA1orBRCA2have a risk of breast cancer that is about five times the normal risk, and a risk of ovarian cancer that is about ten to thirty times normal. The risk of breast and ovarian cancer is higher for women with a high-risk BRCA1 mutation than with a BRCA2 mutation. Having a high-risk mutation does not guarantee that the woman will develop any type of cancer, or imply that any cancer that appears was actually caused by the mutation, rather than some other factor.

Mutations can be inherited from either parent and may be passed on to both sons and daughters. Each child of agenetic carrier, regardless of sex, has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutated gene from the parent who carries the mutation. As a result, half of the people withBRCAgene mutations are male, who would then pass the mutation on to 50% of their offspring, male or female. The risk ofBRCA-related breast cancers for men with the mutation is higher than for other men, but still low. However,BRCAmutations can increase the risk of other cancers, such ascolon cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.

6. What do the Stages of Cancer mean?

Cancer staging is the process of determining the extent to which a cancer has developed by spreading. Contemporary practice is to assign a number from I to IV to a cancer, with I being an isolate cancer and IV being a cancer which has spread to the limit of what the assessment measures. The stage generally takes into account the size of a tumor, whether it has invaded adjacent organs, how many regional (nearby) lymph nodes it has spread to (if any), and whether it has appeared in more distant locations (metastasized).

The 4 stages of cancer can be broken down as follows:

Stage 0 means the cancer is in one place. This is used to describe cancer in situ, which literally means “in place”. Cancers at this stage are identified according to the location where they initially emerged and multiplied. However, the resulting tumor has not yet spread to nearby tissue. The good news is prognosis for State 0 cancer is very high. Natural treatments coupled with clean eating (no processed food) and taking all of the necessary steps to boost your immune system are often all that is needed at this stage to reverse the cancer.

Stage 1 means a small tumor has spread to nearby tissue, but not beyond, such as the blood stream of lymph system. Doctors may refer to this as “early stage” cancer and insist on implementing immediate treatment protocols since, at this stage the prognosis is very good using traditional care. Nevertheless, integrative and complementary treatment options should be given top priority at this time as well as healthy changes to diet and personal lifestyle habits to fight the cancer and prevent its return.

Stages 2 and 3. These stages are known as “regional spread” cancers. The indicate that the cancer has expanded and will have embedded itself more deeply into the surrounding tissue. At these stages, cancer cells have entered the blood stream which may lead to detection in the lymph system since cancer cells can get “caught” in the nodes as they travel. Boosting your immune system is crucial at this level since the invasion of your lymph system is likely to trigger an immune response which should in turn shut down the mutations. Stages 2 and 3 indicate a serious cause for concern, but the cancer has not spread to the other organs in the body, so there is still great hope.

Stage 4. When cancer spread from the initial site to other organs or areas of the body, it is referred to as “distant spread” cancer, advanced cancer, or metastatic cancer. This type of cancer is more difficult to treat, but not impossible! Attention to complementary therapies and healthy changes to your entire lifestyle from habits to diet is critical at this stage for a much better chance of survival. Many forms of cancer can be life threatening, but just as you would defend yourself in a physical altercation, you must be prepare to do the same with cancer!

7. How do you know what kind of progress you are making in your cancer treatment?

We take extensive blood work on a weekly basis. The blood work is comprised of two areas, immune health and cancer. In assessing the cancer we order tumor markers which tell us how well we are doing in shrinking or eradicating the cancer. The balance of the blood work tells us how well we are doing in every other area including things like fibrinogen levels, liver enzymes, hemoglobin and hematocrit counts, lipid panels, hormone panels, etc. This weekly testing then becomes our “road map” in treatment guiding us in perhaps making tweaks or modifications in the therapies in order to get even better results. And we can make these adjustments on a weekly basis. At the end of the platform program, we will most likely order another PET Scan, which will show us in comparison with the baseline Scan, exactly how well we have done, illuminating the level of progress and where it has taken place.

8. What are the Adjunctive/Complementary Therapies that Gentle Wellness Center Offers as part of their Comprehensive Treatment Plan?

  • Acupuncture
  • Alkaline Water
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Biologic Dentistry
  • Chelation
  • Chiropractic
  • Colon Hydrotherapy
  • DMSO
  • Far Infrared Sauna
  • Glutamine
  • Glutathione
  • High-Dose Vitamin C IVs
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
  • Ionic Foot Bath
  • Low-Intensity Laser Therapy
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Massage (Clinical Oncologic Massage, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Swedish, etc.)
  • Myers Cocktail
  • Reflexology

9. How does it work for patients coming from out of town?

We treat patients from all 50 states and 11 countries outside of the United States. There are three (3) options on logistics for patients. They are:
The patient and family members come to Fairfax, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, D.C.) for a period of 10 weeks, our Platform Program. All will stay in a variety of accommodations including discounted hotels very close by the Center; short-term apartment rentals, rooms in homes, etc.
The patient and family members fly in and out of Gentle Wellness Center on a weekly basis, and are treated through a compressed treatment plan of 2 days per week. They do this each week for a period of 10 weeks.

Our hybrid plan brings the patient and family members to Gentle Wellness Center for 3 weeks of treatment , and then they fly home for 1 week. They then return for another 3 weeks and repeat this until 10 weeks have elapsed.

10. What are the costs?

Cost is dependent upon many things, the therapies prescribed each week, the cost of drugs, etc. Once you have had your Initial Intake and Evaluation with Dr. Jones, our Medical Director, he will create an individualized Comprehensive Treatment Plan for you. This will include all of the therapies and protocols that he feels are necessary in order to get the absolute best outcome for each patient. At that time we will cost out your treatment plan and the cost will be an all-inclusive, weekly package cost. Patients pay us once per week and then complete all of the therapies included in the plan for that week.

11. Do you take insurance?

As we are out-of-network with all insurance companies, purposely (as if in network they will tell us what we can and cannot do to treat you). If you have out-of-network benefits, you will receive some % of reimbursement.

Prior to any patient beginning treatment, we will contact your insurance company, go over in detail everything we will be doing to treat you. and they will then tell us what % of your costs they will pay.

12. Is there financing available?

Yes, we have a number of financing resources available including several at no interest. Please speak with a member of our staff for further information.
At Gentle Wellness Center, each member of our staff was hand-picked for the level of passion they possessed, based upon our Mission and Corporate Objective. Our Mission States:

“We have only three (3) priorities:

  1. Our patients.
  2. Our patients.
  3. Our patients.

All that we do is highly individualized. Patients and their family units become members of the Gentle Wellness Center family. Dr. Shaw Jones, our Medical Director, has been with My Gentle Wellness for 10 years. He is a consummate researcher, in addition to being a highly trained and experienced M.D., and prides his expertise on finding the right protocol to treat each and every patient.

Put another way, he does not like to be wrong. Robin Ann Ridinger, M.D. heads up the Immune Rebuilding part of our Comprehensive Cancer Care Program, focusing on diet/nutrition, supplementation, detoxification and immune enhancement.

Yes, “you have cancer.” But you can beat it with the proper comprehensive treatment program, and a commitment on your part, to do all of the necessary things within it, and to do them religiously, and without compromise. With cancer, there is no compromise