Integrative Skin Cancer Treatments (Melanoma)

a woman with the sun in the background

Skin cancer carcinogenesis is frequently thought to represent a variety of benign lesions often reflecting age/and or sun exposure, to clinical invasive basal cells or squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, or atypical cutaneous moles to frank invasive melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common of the three forms of skin cancer. The cell damage appears as an ulcer-like growth that destroys tissues and spreads slowly. Scabs can form over the ulcer, which never really heals. Basal cell growths generally are not widespread in the body and are curable. However, reoccurrence is common, and if not treated, they can do subcutaneous damage to the bones and lower layers of the skin.

The sun’s ultraviolet alpha rays (UVA) cause an acidic condition in those eating excessive sugars, fats, and dairy products causing these toxins to flush to the skin to catalyze irritation, causing wrinkling and cancer (beta rays/UVB also cause cancer). Basal-cell carcinoma, 80% of non-melanomas affect 1 in 7 Americans on sun-exposed surfaces. Malignant melanoma may be from chemical pollution leaching in the natural protectant (ozone) out of the atmosphere.

RISKS

Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is the major cause of melanoma and all skin cancers. These UV rays disrupt the genetic material of the skin cells and severely damage the tissues. UV rays cause 90 percent of all skin cancer, and contribute to wrinkles.

Other causes can be related to suppressed immune systems. Individuals with AIDS have an increased risk of skin cancer. In recent years, the risk of getting skin cancer has increased steadily, even among younger people.

DIET

The well-known Gerson Diet for skin cancer highlights fresh, organic fruits and vegetables (preferably raw), drawn primarily from carrots, apples, and leafy greens. Gerson recommends a more vegetarian diet with nonfat proteins from yogurt, soy, and nuts. Try and restrict sodium intake, fat and excessive animal protein.

carrots and leafy greens

SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. BETA 1,3 D-GLUCAN
    There has been research investigating the effects of beta-glucan on skin tumors (given orally, topically or by injection). Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide that has the ability to activate macrophage cells, thus promoting a more powerful immune system. Beta glucan stimulates immune cells and digests cellular debris. Dosage: As directed. 
  2. VITAMIN A (RETINOL)
    An antioxidant vitamin that is widely distributed in fruits and vegetables. Many studies have found that retinol effectively prevented squamous cell skin cancer. Dosage: 25,000-50,000 IU daily. See a qualified practitioner. Beta carotene is also useful in treating precancerous lesions. (30mg daily dose). 
  3. ESSIAC TEA
    Promoted as an Ojibway Indian cancer cure in Canada since 1922. A mixture of Indian rhubarb, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and burdock root. A minimal protocol calls for one cup twice a day for 12 consecutive weeks 
  4. COENZYME Q10
    An antioxidant with potent antioxidant activity. Certain studies have found that a high exposure to UV light will cause ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) to virtually disappear in the human skin. Dosage: 60-120 mg daily. 
  5. CAROTENOIDS (LUTEIN)
    Carotenoids are natural antioxidants derived from plants that act as free-radical scavengers. The presence of lutein in the skin (topical and internal) suggests that it may have a biological function. Dosage: 4-6 mg daily. 
  6. PROANTHOCYANIDINS (OPCs)
    OPCs have been shown to be beneficial in treating melanoma by protecting against UV-induced oxidative changes in the skin. Melanoma is attributed to UV radiation and phototoxic drugs. The most common OPCs are pycnogenol (derived from the French pine bark and grape seed extract). Dosage: 100-200 mg daily. 
  7. RED GUMBO LIMBO BARK
    A salve made from the bark of a Central American tree
    (Bursera simaruba) mixed with vitamin E, aloe vera, and aquaphor. Highly effective in post skin cancer surgery and radiation burns from mastectomies and other topical burns. Call toll free 1-877-289-7478 for Dr. Wagner’s Jungle salve. 
  8. VITAMIN C (with QUERCETIN)
    When this most important antioxidant (with bioflavonoids) is taken internally, or applied topically (with VITAMIN E), it can resist UV light damage by resisting oxidative stress because it absorbs neither dangerous UVA or UVB rays. The properties of vitamin C have positive effects on both the prevention and treatment of photo-aging of the skin. Dosage: 1,000-5,000 mg daily. 
  9. SELENIUM
    An antioxidant mineral that is a powerful free-radical scavenger, and protects the skin cells against UV light damage. Dosage: 200 mcg daily. 
  10. RED CLOVER (melanoma), TEA TREE OIL, GOLDENSEAL can be applied topically. 

 

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