Creating personalized approaches to health for cancer patients

BY Corey Deacon

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For many people, being diagnosed with cancer creates a lot of fear. In some cases, it can create a trauma response in the brain. If a person has experienced earlier traumas in life, that response to a cancer diagnosis can be even worse.

When someone receives a shock, such as a diagnosis of cancer, the survival response kicks in and their body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode. But if that survival response gets stuck in the ‘on’ position, similar to a gas pedal being pressed without any brakes, it causes the immune system to go out of balance with an inflammatory response.

An ethnic woman wearing a headscarf and fighting cancer sits on the couch with her mother. She is in the foreground and her mom is behind her, with her arm wrapped around in an embrace, and they're both looking out the window in a quiet moment of contemplation.

Inflammation and imbalance in the immune system fuel cancer. Inflammation, one of the hallmarks of cancer, can degrade the extracellular matrix holding all of a person’s cells together and increase the odds of cancer spreading to other areas of the body. Inflammation also increases the odds of angiogenesis, which is the building of new blood vessels, giving cancer more energy and allowing it to grow more quickly.

One of the big things that Neurvana Health brings to the table is our focus on helping people heal from the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. We do this through bio-neurofeedback – teaching the nervous system how to regulate itself so you’re not going into survival response. Neurvana Health focuses on the underlying causes that may be allowing cancer to proliferate. We also look at tumor behavior, using specialized labs in the U.S., to determine how a person’s cancer is actually behaving.

We can help people find clinical trials focused on their specific type of cancer, and we support people who are going through conventional treatment. Our goal is to help people with aggressive cancer stabilize that cancer.

Neurvana Health creates personalized, precision approaches to health, because cancer behaves differently in each person and is driven by different factors. The approaches we use can include nutraceuticals, intravenous (IV) treatments, herbals and medications.

We also focus on removing things that shouldn’t be in the body – such as toxicities, infections, trauma, stress and gut issues – and we make sure we’re putting good things in, so the body can heal. The good things include nutrition, balancing hormones, detoxifying, resilience to stress, and some level of spirituality, which is one of the factors correlated most to survival and a good prognosis, according to Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, by Kelly Turner, PhD.

According to Dr. Donald Abrams, a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, modern oncology tends to focus on trying to destroy cancer. It’s similar to a gardener cutting down weeds, rather than looking at what’s in the soil, the root cause, of what’s allowing weeds, like cancer, to grow and spread.

At Neurvana Health, we help people with cancer live longer and improve their quality of life.