Sarah from El Paso, Texas, asks:
I am on chemotherapy right now. Is this good or bad for my immune system?
Chemotherapy and radiation cannot cure cancer, rather, it puts cancer patients on remission, i.e. it destroys some of the cancer cells as these are fast proliferating cells. At the same time, it has a negative impact on your immune system which is important to overcome cancer at all.
Just as the Immune Recovery Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, put it basically:
"Cancer cannot exist in a fully intact immune system." Period.
In order to counterbalance this effect, oncology is in the process of developing a so called immunotherapy to potentially activate the patient’s immune system back again. With a pharmaceutical anticancer vaccine.
Besides of the fact that so far, only 2 patients have been vaccinated at the University of Surrey, UK, with an unclear outcome yet, this new therapy is not in line with the biologic fact that the body’s inherent immune system can only be strengthened naturally. Not synthetic. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to support your immune system, like the herb Ashwagandha according to research at the University of Michigan and CSM Medical University in India.
For more details see Patient's Practical Guide Manage Cancer Treatment Side Effects Naturally.
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD