Holistic Therapies for Skin Cancer
Mark Stengler, NMD, offers advice from his book Outside the Box Cancer
Therapies. Plus five summertime snack and health essentials, Pycnogenol for safe travels, and more.
The most common type of cancer involves the skin. There are several types, including basal, squamous, Merkel, lymphoma of the skin, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and melanoma.
Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. An average of one person dies of melanoma every hour. An estimated 87,000 new cases of invasive melanoma are diagnosed in the U. S. each year, and an estimated 9,700 people die of melanoma annually. As with all cancers, early detection at lower stages is critical to achieving better outcomes. The estimated five- year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 98 percent in the U. S. The survival rate falls to 62 percent when the disease reaches the lymph nodes, and 18 percent when the disease metastasizes to distant organs. Melanoma at any stage is a cancer that requires an aggressive “waste no time” approach.
A multiprong approach, in addition to conventional treatments, can be eff ective against melanoma. Intermittent fasting coupled with a clean ( read: organic), low- glycemic diet high in vegetables can help. You can also work with a holistic doctor on following a ketogenic diet.
There are some unique anticancer supplements that I recommend to help boost the immune system. These include:
Fermented wheat germ extract, 9 grams daily
Modified citrus pectin ( MCP), 1,000– 2,000 mg, three times daily
Vitamin A ( retinyl palmitate), 10,000– 15,000 IU daily with food
CoQ10 ( ubiquinone), 200 mg daily
Curcumin extract, 1,000— 2000 mg, two to three times daily
Vitamin D, 5,000 IU daily with a meal ( blood testing should confirm a blood value of at least 50 ng/ ml)
CBD extract, 25– 50 mg of the active component, two to three times daily
I also recommend high- dose intravenous vitamin C under the supervision of a holistic doctor for a stronger anticancer eff ect. This is usually done one to two times per week for a total of 15– 20 treatments.
One interesting note is that hypothyroidism is more prevalent among patients with melanoma. Talk to your doctor about optimizing your thyroid function through nutrients and/ or medication.
is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor in private practice in Encinitas, Calif. He is the coauthor of the bestselling book Outside the Box Cancer Therapies ( Hay House, 2018).