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September Newsletter

Welcome again to the Millhouse Community and other readers,
This newsletter highlights current events at the Millhouse Integrative Medical Centre and commences a discussion on supportive nutritional and lifestyle changes for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Since we inaugurated the 'Triage Nurse' service to prioritise the urgency of patient medical problems, we are having more folk, who have not made an appointment, 'walking-in' expecting to be seen. The appointment system is there so you can see your doctor at a time of your convenience. If you do present as a walk-in, please don't be offended if we ask you to return at a later time to be seen.
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Medical Emergencies
However if you present with a medical emergency we will see you. The triage nurse will assess the urgency of your problem and then either your doctor or another member of the medical team will treat you.
Our priority is that all patients are seen by their doctor within 10-15 min of their appointment time, unless an extenuating situation, like a medical emergency, occurs

Trouble-shooting E-appointments
Remember to use this easy and convenient way to book an appointment. To be successful you need to use your first true name (not a shortened name, middle name or an English name used instead of your Asian name; use the name given to reception when you registered), your own email address and mobile phone number which must be different from other family members. This has been the biggest reason for e-appointment failure.

You can book for a family member on line using your password but it will be in your name so leave a message on the appointment screen saying who it is for and inform reception on arrival.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you are having problems with e-appointments and we will investigate promptly.
To make an ebooking (top or bottom) at www.millhousemedical.co.nz you will be taken to the ConnectMed host site where you can select your doctor and an appointment time. At your first visit you will have to register and select a password before proceeding further. Give it a go.
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Website feedback questionnaire
We are endeavouring to have a feedback e-questionnaire up and running shortly so you can inform us how we can improve our service to you.

Dr Ric writes:


For the remainder of the newsletters for this year I will discuss the proposal that 'when nutritional and lifestyle changes are combined with conventional cancer treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, there will be improved quality of life and greater success in therapy'.

One third of New Zealanders get cancer during their lifetime. It is so common, especially as we grow old that we often think of cancer as a disease of modern society, but it is also a disease of antiquity. In 1862 Edwin Smith, a self-taught Egyptologist, purchased an ancient papyrus which contained the collected teachings of Imhotep, a renowned physician from 2625 BC. Imhotep in his writing describes a 45 year old woman with a 'bulging mass in the breast' which was cool, dense as a hermit fruit spreading insidiously under the skin; a fitting description for breast cancer.

Millennia later in 1992 Professor Arthur Aufderheide studying preserved mummies of the Chiribaya tribe on the southern tip of Peru, examined that of a young woman over a thousand years old who had a 'hard bulbous mass on her left arm. This was a preserved malignant bone tumour.
Indigenous communities in recent times have been shown to develop cancers for the first time. In the December 2012 newsletter I discussed the observations of Doctor Otto Schaffer who studied the Canadian Inuit where Westernisation proceeded unevenly across the Arctic circle. As the Inuit changed their food source from mostly wild game to highly refined processed foods, they began suffering from Western diseases and Schaffer observed the first cases of breast, cervix and colon cancer. His observations suggest cancer is a lifestyle disease.

Cancer is an attempt to obtain immortality
Cancer is a non-specific name given to the many diseases of uncontrolled cell growth arising from any part of the body.
Cancer is an abnormal healing response of cells trying to survive and grow in a harmful environment created from the toxic influences of viruses, bacteria, radiation, chemicals (especially cigarette smoke & excess alcohol), and low oxygen states. A poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, abnormal hormone levels, stress, poor sleep and lack of exercise compound the toxicity leading to a noxious inflammatory state.

This poisonous cellular milieu adversely affects the genes (which contain the DNA messages that program cell function) responsible for cell growth (proto-oncogenes) and through a number of adverse changes they mutate into cancer causing oncogenes. For this to proceed, tumour suppressor genes that promote normal cell death must lose their influence, either from an inherited defect or through noxious mutation change. The loss of the gene control mechanisms allows cells to uncontrollably multiply and survive as they attempt to obtain immortality. In the laboratory cancer cells have been observed to grow continually for more than thirty years.

Individual cancers may have more than 50 gene mutations of which 10 may be highly significant. In the last twenty years scientist studying the oncogene influences of particular cancers have developed very expensive drugs that target cell growth. Glivec for leukaemia and Herceptin for breast cancer have been successful in controlling cancer growth.

Cancer Treatment
Recently I began reading Professor Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize winning book, 'The Emperor of all Maladies' , which brilliantly explores the history of cancer therapy to the present day.
One hundred years ago doctors were impotent in treating progressive cancer. The onset of the 20th century brought a renaissance in chemistry with the development of nitrogen compounds which included mustard gas, used for chemical warfare, and known to destroy the bone marrow and kill white blood cells. Similar molecules were synthesised and used to treat cancer and later toxic chemicals derived from plants were tested. Through trial and error, initially with leukaemia, then lymphomas and other cancers, doctors learned what was most effective.

Treatments were brutal and many died untimely deaths, but doctors observed that a cocktail of anti-cancer medicines given in the early stages of cancer were the most effective. This was improved further when local radiotherapy and targeted medicines were added to treat specific cancers. Surgery had limited success in treating aggressive cancer and horrific operations were undertaken, especially for breast cancer. Increasing pressure from women activists, concerned about radical breast surgery finally led to a coordinated trial by Dr Bernard Fischer, which was published in 1981, showing that simple mastectomy was equally effective.

Caring and Cancer

In the USA, it was estimated that over the years 500,000 women had undergone unnecessary radical mastectomy operations and many more had suffered around the world. Sadly, despite the huge resources that had been poured into the 'War on Cancer' and the numerous trials performed, cancer survival had not improved. During this period an increasing dissenting voice was heard that recognised the suffering and pain of cancer patients. This was the birth of palliative care medicine (for Millhouse patients, provided by the medical team at South Auckland Hospice) that advocated that cancer patients should live and die in dignity and receive relief from pain and suffering.

Integrate all Therapies
Prevention is best so please consider adopting a healthy lifestyle. Undertaking regular screening enables early detection and successful treatment of the cancer.
Progressive cancer is difficult to eradicate but you can live with the disease for a long periods using a cocktail of conventional and natural therapies. I will discuss this in the following newsletters.
Yours in good health,

Dr Richard J Coleman
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In this Issue:

Walk-Ins and Triage

Medical Emergencies

Trouble-Shooting the Online Appointment System

Doctors Away

This month Dr Ric writes about
Lifestyle Aspects of
Facing Up to Cancer 




 After the Diagnosis of Cancer:
This will herald one of the most stressful times in your life.
• Take a partner, spouse or friend for support when you visit your doctor or cancer specialist.
• Develop a good relationship with them. Don't be afraid to ask questions and write them down before you see the specialist.
Consider asking -
• Is my cancer slow growing or aggressive?
• Has it spread beyond the local organ area?
• What treatment possibilities are offered? How successful are they and what are the likely complications?
• Are there strategies that I could use to make treatment (surgery, radiation & chemotherapy) more successful and reduce side effects?
Encourage the specialist to be more personal by asking:
• What would you do if you had my cancer?
• What would you do if your mother or father had this cancer?

Read your biopsy & scan reports and other relevant information.
Don't be afraid to obtain a second opinion. Rarely do you need to make a decision in haste.
This is a lonely journey so gather the support and prayers of your family and friends.



 Strategies for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Remove all toxic sources
• Cigarette smoking, excess alcohol
• Chemicals – pesticides, occupational heavy metals
• Infection – teeth, gastrointestinal tract, prostate
• Emotional turmoil & hopelessness

Adopt a Protective lifestyle
Diet is most important.
EAT a variety dark coloured vegetable & fruits rich in phytochemical substances with anticancer properties.
PREFER eating fish & lean meats. Limit BBQ foods.
CONSUME spices – especially turmeric, ginger, cayenne, black cumin, garlic and others.
STOP all refined carbohydrates, sugars & fruit juices.
AVOID trans fatty acid in margarines & processed foods.
• Maintain an ideal weight.
• Exercise - at least do some but intense interval training is best.
• Obtain Vitamin D from sunlight or supplement (don't get burnt)
• Sleep well
• Relax, be happy, make friends & enjoy life.

Participate in regular cancer screening
• Know your family history of cancer – breast, bowel & prostate are common
• Bowel - occult blood testing and/or colonoscopy
• Breast - mammogram, ultrasound or thermography if preferred
• Cervix - cervical smear, remember Gardasil HPV protective vaccination for teenagers.
• Lung - chest X-ray if at risk
• Ovarian - blood Ca125 test & ultrasound
• Prostate - blood PSA & digital exam
• Skin - regular checks for melanoma & skin cancer
• FOR diabetes, low thyroid & high blood iron levels.
 Cancer Therapy
• Use every approach you can to treat cancer both conventional & naturopathic.
• Commence a nutritional programme as soon as possible after diagnosis.
• Consider using a cocktail of supportive supplements, herbs & spices.
• Take Vitamin D.

• Aims to remove the entire cancer and local lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread.

Radiotherapy & chemotherapy
• Can be used as the prime cancer treatment or as a supportive treatment with surgery.
• Ask your specialist about the effectiveness and complications of the proposed treatment.








Life-Style Strategies

Know your risk

 What diseases do your parents and relative have?
Be Proactive

Monitor blood pressure
Check blood cholesterol, hba1c2013_SEPT_CANCER_1.pdf (diabetes), B12 & folate, iron, PSA (males), cervical smear & mammogram (females)

Avoid toxic influences

Smoking, excess alcohol, toxic chemicals

Eat healthy food and use spices 

Adopt the Mediterranean Diet with no/low refined carbohydrates
Lots of spices, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger etc

Keep ideal weight

Eat less, don't get overweight 

Some is better than none, vigorous interval training is best

Enjoy sunlight Vitamin D

Spend time in the sun or supplement

Live at peace

Sleep soundly, meditate, use prayer, mindfulness, be happy
Don't live in abusive relationships

Do something for others

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