Conventional vs Alternative Cancer Treatment Modalities


by Dr. Marcel Hernandez, ND

Our cancer patients often ask us to estimate the effectiveness of the therapeutic modalities we offer at Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care.

We respond that our entire focus is on helping our patients stay healthy, upbeat, and positive. 

The truth is that the botanical and nutritional therapies we offer (including intravenous vitamin C), although “adjunctive,” have powerful, documented actions in decreasing inflammation, reducing tumor load, and attacking cancer stem cells.

  • Our mind/body approaches are focused on transforming our clients’ experience.
  • Our bodywork approaches help reduce muscular pain, resolve lymph drainage problems, and relieve stress.

The hope we offer is not that of a miraculous cure (though we are definitely open to miracles), but for a life lived to the fullest, in dignity and understanding, for however long that may be.

RELATED NEWS: Starving Cancer Cells

Hematologist Reem Karmali, MD of Rush University in Chicago is studying whether a medication that helps control sugar levels in diabetics can also deprive an aggressive form of blood cancer of the sugar it needs to thrive. The results may have implications for the use of the treatment in other cancers as well.

“Think of a garden, with the cancer as a weed and all the interacting cells and systems that surround it as the soil,” suggests Dr. Karmali. “Just pulling or spraying the weeds – or surgically removing a tumor or treating it with chemotherapy – may not always be enough. But depleting the surrounding soil of the nutrients and energy the weeds need can be more effective.”

Dr. Reem Karmali, MD

Dr. Reem Karmali, MD

Karmali’s study is pairing the type 2 diabetes drug metformin with the most widely used current treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Known as R-CHOP, this cancer treatment is a mixture of rituximab, which helps the immune system keep cancer cells from growing, and several chemotherapy drugs (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) that kill the cancer cells themselves.

Comment by Dr Marcel:

Here at the Hernandez Center, we’re elated that conventional medicine is FINALLY latching onto the insight that limiting sugar in the body can starve and weaken cancer cells, making them more amenable to cancer therapies.

Alas, like most conventional approaches, the whole focus is on drugs, with no mention of lifestyle modifications. And that’s unfortunate.

At Hernandez Center, we’ve seen that eliminating obvious sources of sugar, while implementing therapies like high-dose IV vitamin C, works magnificently, without having to deal with the severe side effects of conventional chemotherapy mediations.

Interested in learning more about adjunctive cancer treatment at Hernandez Center? Please give us a call for an appointment: (650) 917-1121.

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