Fight off the worst side effects of breast cancer treatment
It's not how you pictured it.
When you first get hit with a cancer diagnosis, you imagine that beating the disease would be cause for celebration.
And certainly, you should celebrate a victory over this deadly disease.
The problem is that you're often in no mood for a party. Treatment can leave you feeling run-down, beat-up, and sick as a dog.
Celebrate??? You can barely stand up straight!
Now, the latest research reveals one way to battle the toxic side effects of a common class of cancer drug, so you bounce back feeling better than ever.
It finds that older women with breast cancer can fight off the agonizing joint pain that often comes from treatment with the help of acupuncture, a time-tested natural therapy already proven to ease dozens of other common forms of pain.
The new study focused specifically on women given aromatase inhibitors, drugs for early-stage breast cancer that are notorious for making your joints feel as if they're trying to bust out of your body.
Some of the women were given real acupuncture, while some were given a fake version of acupuncture in which the needles were put in the wrong places. A third set of women weren't given either.
After six weeks, the women who got the real acupuncture were enjoying big-time pain relief, compared to those in the other two groups.
The study focused on that infamously agonizing joint pain, but earlier research has found that acupuncture can also help deliver relief from other forms of pain caused by cancer treatment as well as ease symptoms such as nausea and fatigue.
Naturally, there's a downside to the new study.
Anyone with even half a brain would know the REAL problem isn't the pain itself. It's the CAUSE of that pain. It's the drugs that make cancer patients so miserable that some of them would rather battle the disease alone than keep taking the meds.
The real solution should be to shift patients off of the drugs as quickly as possible and get them onto safer and less toxic alternatives.
But that's not what they're saying about this one.
The mainstream is throwing a celebration of its own, thinking that using acupuncture to deliver pain relief means that it can keep patients on these joint-ripping drugs for longer periods of time!
Here's a better idea: Let's get patients onto treatments that work better and have LESS pain to begin with.
Sure, there are times you might need toxic meds. But in many cases, patients can do with shorter courses or skip them altogether -- especially women with early-stage breast cancer.
If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
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