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Advanced Integrative Therapy for Cancer

By Joanne Pizzino, MD, MPH
Medical Co-Editor of Health&Healing

Dr. Pizzino

What if your cancer is a symbolic message from your body, mind or spirit? Could there be more meaning to your illness than having to endure suffering? What if your diagnosis is a wake-up call to lean more deeply into the purpose of your life? After 20 years of researching integrative healing methods, it is my honor to introduce you to a method reported to have astounding response rates for cancer by combining the vital aspects of human wholeness. Dr. Asha Clinton developed and refined Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) over many years. She and the AIT therapists she has trained have treated over 100 cancer patients, many of whom have gone into long-term remission. Dr. Clinton agreed to be interviewed to help us learn more about this promising new therapy.

Dr.Pizzino: Dr. Clinton, can you tell us what AIT is?

Dr. Clinton: At AIT, integrating evidence from the CDC and the American Cancer Society, we have discovered that trauma—environmental, physical, psychological, and spiritual—is a primary root cause of many diseases, cancer included. We understand that psychological and spiritual traumas—the deeper wounds of everyday life—impact the physical body through the immune system, the sympathetic nervous system, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. We now know that, in order to treat cancers to the point that they go into remission, we need, at a minimum, competent cancer treatment that includes the treatment of such traumas, as well as addressing genetic and environmental causes. AIT uses specially designed protocols to treat both the causes and the resulting symptoms. One strengthens the immune system; another minimizes the effects of cancer genes; a third treats the “cancer personality,” while a fourth works with the lack of spiritual connection and life purpose as a cause. Although we are just on the verge of clinical trials, anecdotal evidence indicates a very high remission rate.

Dr.Pizzino: Is AIT psychotherapy?

Dr. Clinton: AIT is something new, an integrative psyche/body/spirit therapy that uses the targeted, focused movement of energy to remove trauma permanently from the human being. Because it allows us to address genetic, environmental, psychological, and spiritual roots of illness, it truly treats the whole person.

Dr.Pizzino: Does it matter what type of cancer a patient has?

Dr. Clinton: It doesn’t seem to matter which type of cancer or which stage the patient is dealing with. I’ve been treating patients with breast cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, colon cancer, leukemia, and more. A woman with Stage 4 breast cancer and metastasis to the lung and bone has been in remission for a year. A man with prostate cancer is in remission and, since he didn’t have conventional treatment, is proud still to be sexually active in his 70s—and in remission. What seems to be most important is the patient’s willingness to look at and treat the traumas that have caused the cancer in the first place.

Dr.Pizzino: Can AIT be used with conventional cancer treatment?

Dr. Clinton: Yes, many patients continue with conventional cancer treatment and some use alternative treatment. We see AIT Cancer Prevention and Treatment as an adjunctive treatment that can be used with integrative and conventional cancer treatment.

Dr.Pizzino: Can you give us an example of a patient who used AIT?

Dr. Clinton: One of my patients was a man in his 60s, happily married, and sexually active when he was diagnosed with prostate CA. During AIT treatment, he revealed he had done something he regretted with his high school girlfriend when he was in his teens. She got pregnant just as he was leaving for college. Ashamed and afraid, he told no one. He simply left for college and broke contact with her. He felt guilty his whole life but was too ashamed to face her. After working with him with AIT to treat the trauma of how he had left his girlfriend and his shame and guilt—both underlying contributors to his cancer revealed by AIT—I suggested he find her to make amends. He tracked her down and talked to her on the phone. He asked to apologize in person, and flew to meet her. She told him how hard it had been and introduced him to his daughter, now an adult. He was heartbroken that he had not been part of his daughter’s life. As he worked on his regrets with AIT he went into remission. He now has a relationship with his daughter. He is still alive 10 years later.