I’ve been thinking about this post for many months. I’ve been so overwhelmed at the prospect of answering this question because it is so very important, critical, that I get it right.
I am not a doctor. I am not a DO. I am not a nurse practitioner. I am not a nurse. I am not a biologist. I am not an integrative practitioner. I am not a naturopathic doctor. I am not a functional medicine doctor. I am not a dietitian. I am not a nutritionist. I’ve not been educated nor trained or work in the medical field in any way. I think you get the point.
My education and knowledge about the human body has been self-taught over the past 20+ years and through experience.
I am going to share with you my definition of cancer based on talking to doctors, reading books, listening to podcasts, reading other people’s newsletters, and hour and hours of online research.
If you do not have the correct answer to what cancer is, then you cannot understand how to treat it.
My Definition of Cancer
Cancer is a complicated multifaceted cellular metabolic dysfunction/cellular disease-state within a person’s unique internal environment.
Simply put…cancer grows because there is a failure of the immune system to eliminate abnormal cells.
Naturally, it’s more complicated than just that. Cancer cells aid themselves in the evasion of the immune system by factors like immunosuppressive cytokines, apoptosis resistance, and MHC antigens…..all these things signal to the immune cells “don’t eat me”. I could fall down a rabbit hole pretty quickly here, so I’m going to stop at that.
Every post I post from this point forward is to be read through the lens of this definition.