Complementary, Not Alternative
Complementary care compliments conventional cancer therapies. It does not try to be an alternative to them. Dr. Elliott seeks to integrate the best of naturopathic medicine with effective conventional therapy. Only in cases where no effective conventional therapies exist will Dr. Elliott recommend natural therapies as stand alone treatments for a specific case of cancer.
Dr. Elliott does not claim to know how to cure cancer. He strives to be a valuable part of the team you invite to assist you in your journey to find greater health.
Our state of health is always a dynamic balance between what is inside us – our susceptibilities as well as our resistance to disease – and what is outside us - those influences that either nourish us (good food, clean water and air, friendship, community, prayer and meditation etc.) and those influences that stress us (pollution, poverty, pathogenic microbes, war, addictions, poor food choices etc.).
Conventional cancer therapies tend to employ methods to attack cancer from the outside. Natural therapies tend to employ therapies that enhance a person’s innate defenses against cancer.
Dr Elliott’s philosophy is that attacking cancer from the outside as well as enhancing the person’s own innate mechanisms for fighting cancer is often the best approach.
Dr. Elliott believes that we are each comprised of physical, energetic, mental/emotional and spiritual aspects which are in dynamic relationship to each other. We can most effectively work against disease by addressing all of these aspects.
An increasing body of research has shown that the fabric of our mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual lives directly effects our physiological and biochemical health. And, of course, medicine has long known that our physical health affects our thoughts emotions and how we relate to others.
Properly employed, complementary therapies may be able to:
This list is growing constantly as researches around the world uncover new understandings and strategies for fighting cancer.
The pathway for a cell to become cancerous involves a complex series of step. Therapy to stop cancer can be directed at one or many steps in this process. Complementary care is designed to enhance and protect healthy cells, as well as to attack the cancer itself, in concert with conventional therapies. An intelligent complementary approach utilizes an understanding of how cancer develops to employ a range of natural therapies, informed and guided by a wholistic perspective, to give a person diagnosed with cancer their most thorough strategy to maintain health.
There are many types and stages of cancer. Each cancer is best understood in the context of the individual who has been diagnosed, and the type of therapy they have chosen to undergo. Dr. Elliott believes that complementary care can provide some degree of benefit to nearly all situations of cancer.
The first visit, which may take from one and a half to two hours, involves:
The first follow-up visit, scheduled within a week to ten days, which may take an hour, involves:
Further follow-up visits may be valuable to:
© 2017 Andrew Elliott, N.D.