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The Ravages of Cancer

“Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in the nation, with colorectal cancer the second most common cause of cancer deaths—and the numbers are rising, mostly among 30-year-olds,” notes Dr. Darlene Hollo-way. “Colon cancer does have a genetic component, but while your DNA may put you at higher risk for developing colon cancer, your lifestyle and exposure to certain environmental factors is far more important. Experts tell us, for example, that better than 85 percent of all cancers are caused by environmental pollutants—exposures that ‘trigger’ the problem genes to express themselves.”

Dr. Holloway prepares a client for colon hydrotherapy.

Dr. Holloway is a board-certified naturopathic doctor and owner of Alternative Health Center of Cary.

“Cancer,” she notes, “can also develop as the result of years of bad diet, toxins, and mental and physical stress—regardless of whether there is a genetic predis-position. And—importantly—these are the factors over which each of us has control. We can’t change our DNA, but we can alter the environmental factors that contribute to cancer.”

Taking Control of Our Health “Environment”

“Because these personal lifestyle factors are so important,” explains Dr. Holloway, “I encourage clients who have a history of constipation to come in and have their colons cleansed, because fecal matter will sit there decaying, fermenting, and being reabsorbed—creating a very toxic environment. Remember, the elimination of undigested food material and other waste products is just as important as the digestion and assimilation of nutrients in the food we eat. Think of the colon as the sewer system in your house; when that sewer system starts backing up, you have a toxic environment. The same goes for your body. The toxins in your colon can be reabsorbed back into your body. This can weaken your immune system, and prevent your body from fighting disease.”

Self-Care Measures to Prevent Colon Cancer

“Although a family history of colon cancer does not doom someone to getting cancer, it’s an important red flag,” says Dr. Holloway. “In such cases, I suggest a real commitment to engage the lifestyle habits that contribute to colon health. Regular colon hydrotherapy is extremely important, as are routine colonoscopies. Examine your diet carefully—it plays an enormous role in digestive health. It should be rich in fiber and include plenty of fluids. Mental and spiritual health are also essential—so I encourage all my clients to find ways to reduce stress in their lives. And, of course, exercise is also critically important.

“This is a familiar list, I’m sure. Quality diet, exercise, de-stressing—these are the basic building blocks of good health. But for someone with a genetic predisposition for colon cancer, these may also be the things that prevent triggering those cancer genes.”

Treating the Cancer Patient

Beyond prevention, colon health is an important component of a treatment program for those dealing with and recovering from colon cancer. “Treatments are determined by the individual, what stage they are at, and what path they want to follow,” notes Dr. Holloway. “At Alternative Health Center, we can do many things to support cancer clients on their healing path.

Pay Attention to Signs of Colon Cancer

“It’s easy to catch colon cancer early,” observes Dr. Holloway, “if you’re aware of your bowel move-ments. Unfortunately, most people don’t pay much attention to this important bodily function. For the person with a family history of colon cancer, attention to bowel movements is essential. Any con-sistent change in bowel movements —from constipation to diarrhea—is a warning sign. Anyone dealing long-term with constipation or irritable bowel is at particular risk for colon cancer.”

Signs and symptoms of concern:

    • Change in bowel habit, diarrhea or constipation, as well consistency of stool
    • Rectal bleeding in stool
    • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain
    • Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely

“Colon hydrotherapy is the foundation for restoring a healthy colon—a restorative procedure that is both relaxing and effective,” she explains. “It is a safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. It extends beyond the rectum and cleanses the entire large intestine.

“In addition to colon hydrotherapy,” says Dr. Holloway, “there are many options to help clients with toxic release—including ionic foot detoxification cleanses, herbal detox, infrared saunas, and lymphatic massages. This is so important, because cancer clients’ immune systems are compromised, and getting rid of toxins—including those resulting from chemotherapy —is critically important in helping them heal.”

Lymphatic massages can be especially helpful, she explains. “Lymphatic massage is of great value to keep the congested areas open. They ensure that the lymphatic system stays clear, because if that gets congested, then the cancer can start spreading. If someone is going through chemo or radiation, we want to see them three days after treatment—to give the chemo/radiation a chance to work. If they choose surgery, we’re hands off for six weeks to give the body time to heal, and then we can help with detox treatments. These clients need to come in on a regular basis—we’ve got to do everything that we can to keep that cancer from coming back.

“For those clients who are battling other cancers, and having either radiation or chemotherapy, we also offer colon therapy. You’ve got to keep the lymph nodes moving, so we’ll do lymphatic massage. The ionic cleanse draws toxins out of the body to support all the organs in the lymphatic system, and the infrared sauna helps open up the pores and flush toxins out. After a round of chemo, a few days later there will be a round of detoxing the chemo/radiation.”

“We have many different methods to help clients detoxify—whether they are dealing with cancer or other diseases—such as celiac, SIBO, and/or Crohn’s disease. And,” she notes, “we tailor the detox program to the individual client’s situation. Tinctures, for example, can be helpful in supporting the kidneys and the liver, but I try not to do too many herbs with a cancer client until they have finished their treatment, because you don’t want to interfere with the chemotherapy process. If someone is just doing radiation therapy, we have more availability to do the herbal remedies. Juicing is another really powerful tool for detoxing, because you also get compact nutrients.”