What is Naturopathic Oncology?
Naturopathic oncology is the application of the art and science of naturopathic medicine to the field of cancer care and treatment.
Since 1999, Dr. Jacobs has contributed his wisdom, perspective and experience to help oncology treatment teams achieve the best positive outcomes for his patients. He has extensive experience as a subspecialist in many areas of health that are key to cancer expression and communication, namely endocrinology, immunology, nutrition, metabolism and gastroenterology.
Using the ever-expanding evidence in the area of the inner complex workings of cancer cells, Dr. Jacobs provides very helpful health regimens to enhance length and quality of life during conventional oncology treatments and when no conventional treatment is available. Dr. Jacobs utilizes nutritional, herbal, mind-body and other alternative medicine modalities to enhance survival and treatment success.
The Need for Naturopathic Oncology?
Aware that modern medicine has made little advance in its War on Cancer, many people with cancer choose to also include complementary and alternative medicine in their fight against cancer. The majority of cancer patients seek out and employ a wide range of therapies including meditation, prayer, acupuncture, herbal, botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, dietary and other holistic practices seeking benefit.
Naturopathic doctors and physicians are trained in accredited naturopathic medical schools in modern scientific nature cure. They are uniquely trained in both modern conventional medical care and natural medicine. Naturopathic physicians emerge from their training well versed in the use of botanical medicine, homeopathy, diet, fasting, nutritional supplementation, orthomolecular medicine, psycho-immunology and other complementary and alternative medical techniques. Naturopathic doctors are the only physician-level trained health care providers offering both modern and natural medicine services side-by-side. As THE experts in natural medicine, naturopathic doctors serve as capable guides for patients with cancer interested in exploring alternative medicine.
Naturopathic doctors who choose to specialize in naturopathic oncology understand both the standard treatments employed by medical oncologists and how best to work with them in a collaborative model of cancer co-treatment. They are well aware of the multitude of ‘alternative therapies’ promoted to cure cancer and can help patients understand which might be useful and why.
People with cancer often get excited about what they have read about intravenous vitamin C, Iscador (mistletoe), green tea, resveratrol, fish oil or curcumin. They read websites promoting a wide range of diets that range from Dr. Budwig’s cottage cheese flax oil regime to lists of alkaline and acid foods. Their friends and family, hearing they have cancer, offer to sell them the latest multi-level-marketed products such as mangosteen juice, graviola, or Ambrotose, believing these have anticancer properties and promising miracle cures. Naturopathic doctors can guide patients through this confusing marketplace.
Naturopathic doctors can help patients choose which of these various supplements or dietary concepts will be of help. They understand the science that explains why some supplements may make chemotherapy, radiation and other medical treatments more cytotoxic (killing cancer cells more effectively) and which supplements may interfere with effective treatments. They seek out therapies that interfere with cancer signalling and growth, as well as treatments that trigger normal programmed cell death (apoptosis) in abnormal cancer cells.
Dr. Jacobs offers many modalities and strategies to optimize health, interfere with cancer signalling and growth, and optimize conventional treatments with minimizing the adverse side effects of these treatments. His unique approach is multi-faceted and targeted to maximally affect each patients specific type of cancer. It involves a 'recipe' of ingredient strategies aimed at maximizing a palateable outcome. He accomplishes this by using several tools, including but not limited to: anti-cancer diet, nutrition and dietary supplementation, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, exercise and mind-body approaches, intravenous cancer support formulas -such as IV vitamin C therapy, mistletoe extracts and Iscador, etc.
The sooner the better! Should you wish to get started on a program specifically designed to optimize your health and maximize your conventional treatments, don't hesitate to call and make an appointment with Dr. Jacobs.