Q. How important is the immune system to fight cancer?
Theoretically, a healthy immune system can destroy those aberrant, cancerous cells before they get a chance to multiply and become dangerous. We all have cancer cells circulating in our bodies all the time, and yet not everyone develops cancer. When cancer does not develop, it is because the cancer cells are disorganized, uncoordinated, and spread out, making them easily defeated by a strong, organized, well-fed, and well-rested immune army. Sometimes, however, the cancer is stronger and more organized than the immune system and can evade the immune response. So this is where lifestyle becomes exceedingly important—generally speaking a healthy person has a healthy immune system.
The importance of the immune system in fighting cancer was impressed upon me while I was sitting in a cancer conference at Oregon Health and Science University. The pathologist was presenting several cancer patients’ findings. What suddenly caught my attention as he projected the pathology slides on the screen was that the cancer cells were all surrounded by immune system cells. Obviously this was a battle scene right before my eyes—cancer cells vs. immune cells. At the end of the conference I talked to the pathologist about cancer and the immune system. He concurred that the immune system cells were attempting to kill those aberrant and abnormal cancer cells. Unfortunately for the individuals who had these biopsies, the cancer had already exceeded the limits of the immune system’s capability.
This raises the question, “how do we strengthen the immune system in order for it to battle the cancer cells successfully?” The answer is synergy. Let the healthy times roll: blueberries, pomegranate juice, pineapple, kale, collards, arugula, broccoli, nuts, pumpkin seeds, garlic, onions, apricots, oranges, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, whole grains, flax seed, carrots, and carrot juice. Most of these foods I named here are chock full of eye-popping colors—pigments that are rich in phytochemicals that enhance certain steps of the immune system’s ability to eliminate and kill cancer cells. These phytochemicals carry fancy names like lycopene, glutathione, elegiac acid, B-carotene, quercetin, genestein and hundreds more. Add to this a hiking and exercise regimen in pure mountain air scented with Doug firs, and Ponderosa Pines, and fresh, pure drinking water, whirlpools, relaxing massage, and you have the NEWSTART lifestyle. These modalities can work synergistically with traditional medical treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Try them today to strengthen your immune system.