A relatively new, natural and non-toxic therapy using sound and light to destroy cancer cells is set to bring relief and hope to many cancer patients in South Africa.
The goal of an effective cancer treatment must be to destroy cancer cells directly or to strengthen those innate biological activities that destroy cancer. As far as possible the treatment should avoid damage to healthy tissue.
TWO OPPOSING CELL TENDENCIES
In the healthy state, a complex protective system controls the natural tendency of cells to grow and proliferate. Cells, the building blocks of all tissues, grow and multiply, each cell dividing into two cells by continuous replication. At some critical point the cell receives a signal to stop growing, continues living and functioning for a certain time and then dies off. The growth nature of the cell on its own would lead to ceaseless proliferation, lack of defined structure and disregard for the integrity of the whole organism. In short, life and health are guaranteed by the continuous self-regulation of these two opposing bio-cellular activities: cell growth and replication controlled by cell containment and growth inhibition. These are highly complex immune, bio-chemical, genetic and psycho-spiritual functions, the under- standing of which are driving modern cancer research today.
THE CAUSE OF CANCER
When cell growth becomes abnormal or excessive or when protective mechanisms become weakened, cancer can develop. This process usually takes many years, developing firstly as a silent pre-cancerous disposition, then creating disturbances in body functions and finally manifesting in the growth of a tumour. Many factors disturb this regulatory process, either by over-stimulating cell activity or by weakening the restraining system: inherited genetic expression; physical factors such as cold, heat and the radiation of harmful energies; chemical substances in the air, food and drink, in medicinal and body care products; detergents in the home and work place; mercury in fillings; and biological agents such as mould, dust mites, parasites and focal infections which cause chronic inflammation. All are potential immune, endocrine or chromosomal disruptors which can upset the balance between cell growth and cell containment.
SONO PHOTO DYNAMIC THERAPY
On recent travels to the USA and the UK, I came across Sono Photo Dynamic Therapy (SPDT) and discovered that this treatment offered a safe and non-toxic means of both destroying cancer cells as well as of enhancing immune protective function. This treatment uses light of a particular wavelength and sound of a specific frequency to activate a predigested light and sound-sensitive substance which attaches selectively to tumour cells, causing their break down.
Both Sono and Photo Dynamic Therapy have been used for years as separate procedures and there are some 3 000 published articles relating to their potential use in therapy.
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) is a well-established therapy whereby light of specific wavelengths is used to treat a variety of precancerous and malignant conditions.1-9 PDT is a licenced treatment and available through the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Compared to conventional cancer treatments it is non-toxic, non-invasive, can be targeted to the tumour specifically, and is not dose-limited like radiotherapy. It is done on an out-patient basis and has no significant side effects.
Sono Dynamic Therapy (SDT) is similar to PDT except that sound frequencies, emitted by a simple ultrasound device, activate a light sound-sensitive substance. The resulting energy generated releases free radicals which cause malignant cell destruction. SDT is safe and deeply penetrative and is therefore an attractive modality for cancer treatment because it can focus on deeply situated tumours.10-18
PDT on its own is used for more superficial cancers such as prostate, breast and skin cancers, but when combined with SDT it has been shown to be effective for deep-seated tumours such as bowel and ovarian cancers as well as metastatic cancers, especially when spread to bone, lung and liver tissues.1-21
SPDT IN PRACTICE
Dr Julian Kenyon from the Dove Clinic for Integrated Health in Winchester, UK has been using this dual activation treatment to treat patients with end-stage cancer for the past nine years.²² The vast majority of patients treated with SPDT live longer than predicted and in 75% of cases there is significant tumour cell destruction. He claims that SPDT is an effective treatment for a wide range of cancers including breast, bladder, cervix, brain, kidney, lung, stomach, colon, prostate, skin and lymphomas. A study looking at the use of SPDT in 115 patients over a four year period showed that at least two out of three patients outlived their prognoses, some by nine years.²³
At the start of the treatment, patients absorb a chlorophyll-based light-sensitive compound under the tongue, which binds selectively to tumour cells. It stays absorbed in cancer cells but is quickly released by healthy cells. The activate is absorbed into the body 48 to 72 hours before treatment and intravenous ozone is administered just before the treatment to enhance its effects: ozone, which is a super oxygen compound, inhibits cancer cell growth as cancer cells are more active in low oxygen thresholds. The patient is then placed in a specialised light bed and exposed to thousands of light emitting diodes (LED) which emit red and infra-red light waves, followed by ultrasound treatment at a specific frequency to tumour-localised areas of the body. This procedure is repeated on three consecutive days and usually the following week, and may be repeated in the following months according to individual prescription.
The light/sound-sensitive compound is activated by the light and sound leading to a series of cellular events which result in tumour cell destruction.² Because the whole body is exposed to the lights, all cancer or pre-cancerous cells within range are affected, allowing the destruction and inhibition of cancer anywhere in the body.
This treatment is entirely safe and the only side effects relate to the destruction of the tumour cells that produce an inflammatory response aimed at clearing the dead tumour tissue
SPDT IN CAPE TOWN
Sono Photo Dynamic Therapy is set to become a central part of an integrative cancer therapy programme in Cape Town. It can be used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments enabling lower dosage chemotherapy regimes and therefore reduced side effects; or it can be used as part of a non-invasive holistic supportive treatment programme together with other treatments. Such a programme will look at removing all external and internal environmental agencies that upset the biological balance in favour of cancer cell proliferation. It will support a positive lifestyle where diet, drinking water, exercise, adequate sleep, recreation and creative activities optimally support healthy protective systems. It will provide well-researched medicinal substances in the form of botanicals, high dose vitamin C and mineral infusions, intravenous ozone therapy, mistletoe injections, immune boosters, and targeted supplements to contain cell proliferation. And finally it will explore the inner psycho-social factors which work as chronic irritants to either activate cell proliferation or weaken cell containment, as well as provide the skills to remove these irritants.
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