The way most doctors operate these days is pretty odd when you think about it. You go to them complaining of an ailment, hoping they will be able to shine some light onto why you ended up in the sorry state and help you fix the problem. To do this, you would think they would need to ask questions, do some investigating, even get to know you just a little. But no. Most doctors do little more than ask you for your date of birth, tell you to stay out of the sun and offer you a complimentary Pap smear and flu jab. You walk out after approximately six minutes with a prescription for something you have no idea what will do and feeling even more helpless than when you walked in.
Imagine what the world would look like if all doctors followed the lead of many integrative physicians, asked the necessary questions and did the necessary tests to determine the cause and correct treatment for your specific condition? In a series of interviews with the crew who produced the new cancer documentary, CANCER is curable NOW, Dr Leigh Erin Connealy addresses the areas doctors should look at if they are going to have any hope of getting you well again. These included …
1. Your Blood: According to Dr Connealy, there are several important blood tests your doc should ask for. Firstly there are your natural killer cells. Your natural killer cells are your first line of defense to fight cancer. So if you have poor natural killer cells, and their level and function is low, then you’re not going to be able to fight the disease. Then there’s the C Reactive Protein test, a marker for inflammation. If you have poor circulation and a toxic, nutrient-devoid diet, chances are you will have inflammation in your body. The other important blood test if your blood sugar level, determining how much glucose you have in your blood. Cancer, diabetes and a host of other ailments thrive on high blood sugar levels.
2. Your Hormones: Hormones are so important. They are chemical messengers that control all of the mechanisms in our body. Another blood indicator is our DAGA levels. DAGA is a hormone made by our adrenal glands. It’s our stress hormone and our immune hormone. It is an indicator of whether our adrenal glands are functioning or not. Your adrenal glands are little glands that sit on top of your kidneys like little hats and they make over a hundred hormones, says Dr Connealy. If these glands are not functioning at their optimum, you are not going to have a functioning immune system.
Then there’s the all-important thyroid. Your thyroid sits in your neck and acts as the battery of your body. It regulates the metabolism of every single cell. People with low thyroid gland function have higher risk of cancers. So why isn’t this one of the first things an oncologist checks?
3. Vitamin D Levels: Scientific studies are proving that we need adequate vitamin D levels in order to be healthy. If you have low vitamin D levels, you greatly increase your risk of cancer and reduce your ability to overcome it. Vitamin D is a vitamin and it’s a hormone. It affects your immune system, your blood sugar, your mental state, your bones and it regulates many metabolic processes in the body.
4. Liver Function: Dr Connealy says that doctors should be making sure your liver function test is elevated or if it’s normal. Liver function tests are frequently elevated in many people, especially those who are ill. Our liver is our most important detoxifying organ. It acts as the gatekeeper, deciding what is fit to stay in our bodies, and what needs to be eliminated. Trouble is that these days our livers are so over-worked that they don’t perform their jobs as efficiently and our bodies become toxic.
5. Alkalinity: Another important element that is often overlooked by conventional medicine is that of your body’s pH level. This is the power of hydrogen. The pH ranges from 1 to 14, with the body functioning optimally at a level of about 7.4 to 7.43. Dr Connealy says that most people she sees come to her with a pH of 5. The lower the number, the more acidic you are. When your body is more on the alkaline side of the scale, your immune system, your hormonal system and every other system in your body will function at optimum levels. If we are alkaline, oxygen will circulate to our cells, where as if we are acidic our cells will be starved of oxygen. Cancer cells hate oxygen.
6. Sleep Patterns: A person’s sleeping patterns are a great indicator of their health. If sleep is poor, the body doesn’t get a chance to repair and rebuild itself. Our bodies detoxify in our sleep. Hormones and melatonin (which is our most powerful antioxidant) are made at night. Another hormone that’s made at night is prolactin. Prolactin is the hormone that repairs the brain and activates the immune system. We’re all different, but most people need about seven to eight hours of continuous sleep a night.
7. Dietary habits: How many doctors have you met that tell you that what you eat doesn’t really matter? They just say, “Eat a balanced diet”. When I was diagnosed with cancer, one doctor told me to “Go and have a big steak” because “I would need it for strength”. It doesn’t really make sense. We all know that food is the basis of health. Food creates our cells, our tissues, our muscles, our organs, our hormones and even our emotions. How can it not matter what we put in our gobs? Food is medicine!
Dr Connealy says that, “Food has the most unbelievable, valuable nutrition that you can get to nourish and strengthen your body … You need to eat food that has high nutritional value. You have to eat food that’s alive!”
8. Emotional Conditions: Because a doctor can’t look at it under a microscope, our deep emotions are often hardly considered when it comes to solving the mystery of our illnesses. Dr Connealy says this is probably one of the most important aspects she brings up with her patients.
“I tell them, what’s going on in your life? Do you like your job? Do you love the person you’re married to or your significant other? Do you love your children? Do you have any issues with your children? Do you have a life that’s just full of wonderful things and the stress in your life is controllable?” says Dr Connealy.
An illness is an opportunity to solve the riddle of your life. It allows you to really evaluate the way you’re living and look for the missing pieces that will make your life whole and fulfilling. Next time you visit the doc, ask them to test these areas for you. If they refuse or act complacent, it might be time to hunt down an integrative doctor who will. Doctors should work with us to get us well.