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What is true integrative cancer treatment?

A woman receives an injection of ozone in her arm. Ozone therapy is one example of integrative cancer treatment that is gaining ground. Photo: Shutterstock

There is much confusion surrounding this approach to treating cancer. The confusion is made worse by some large institutions advertising they do chemo, radiation and surgery along with yoga, meditation and massage; they call it “integrative treatment.” Nothing could be further from the truth!

True integrative cancer therapy involves combining different aspects of conventional and unconventional treatments. It involves using innovative and cutting edge (but proven) diet and therapies that attack and kill cancer cells without harming normal cells. Some treatments were researched and developed in the U.S. but have not become widespread because, in many cases, they cannot be patented. That prevents anyone from making billions of dollars from them. Some successful treatments are 100 years old but have been ignored.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the frequency of new cases of cancer (1,040,000 to 1,658,370) and deaths (510,000 to 589,430) increased substantially between 1990 and 2015. What’s wrong with this picture? This is after all the billions of dollars spent in “the war on cancer”?

Otto Warburg, MD, PhD proved that cancer is a metabolic disease. He got a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for proving that all cancer cells burn sugar without using oxygen. He also proved that this way of burning sugar requires 18 times more sugar than normal cells. Studies have also proven that feeding sugar to cancer patients accelerates the growth of the tumor. Cancer is not a disease caused by genetic mutations. It is the abnormal way of burning sugar that causes genetic mutations, not the other way around.

Only by addressing this abnormal metabolism can cancer be overcome without poisoning the whole person. It is a known, proven fact that cancer cells have a much harder time dealing with free radicals (single oxygen molecules) than normal cells. This is because they do not use oxygen to burn sugar and do not understand how to neutralize the free radicals. Normal cells do this all the time.

Studies have proven that when cancer cells get exposed to higher levels of free radicals, they die much faster than normal cells that have anti-oxidant pathways to neutralize them. A whole group of therapies, called oxidative therapies, can be used to produce a “free radical storm” that will kill cancer cells without harming normal ones.

Things like ozone, hydrogen peroxide, high-dose IV Vitamin C and ultraviolet light have been proven to produce oxidation in the blood, which is what produces the free radicals.

When these things are combined with other herbs, supplements, compounds and proper diet in specific ways, they are very effective. True integrative cancer treatment involves the use of therapies that are from the conventional and unconventional worlds — not just complementary treatments designed to deal with all the bad effects of conventional treatment.

Dr. Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. is head doctor at the Reno Integrative Medical Center. Visit or call 775-829-1009 to learn more.