The Truth About Cancer (and it’s treatment)

Cancer doesn’t seem like an appropriate topic for kickstarting a blog again. But after a month of mulling over what to write, I’ve decided to go with the biggest thing that’s occupying my life right now—cancer.

There are many things about cancer and it’s treatment that many people don’t understand. I’ll break it down as best as I can.

Cancer happens when cells mutate and become abnormal. In plain terms, it’s normal cells gone bad. They can spread through the blood stream and lymph system. It’s similar to putting one bad strawberry in a punnet and that can cause the other strawberries to go bad.

How the cells mutate is caused by a number of factors, which you can easily do an Internet search on.

Right now, I’d like to address a common misconception about cancer treatment—the belief that chemotherapy cures cancer (that it eradicates the cancer cells from the body) and prevents cancer from coming back again.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Firstly, chemotherapy basically means using chemical drugs as therapy. It can be used to treat various types of illnesses. So the cocktail of drugs used differs according to what the treatment is for.

The purpose of cancer chemotherapy is to slow the growth or to stop the spread of the cancer cells already present. It doesn’t stop new cancer cells from growing.

The truth is that there are more than 100 different types of cancer. Hence there are many different types of chemotherapy drugs available to deal with these many types. So there isn’t one-size-fits-all chemotherapy when it comes to dealing with cancer. In fact, once the body gets used to one type of drug, it may develop a resistance to it, so a new type of drug has to be used. This is why some cancer patients are on chemotherapy for a long period, because they have to switch to different drugs as the cancer mutates.

Also, chemotherapy can be administered intravenously (IV) or orally. I would personally say opt for the IV, then there’s no way of skipping out on eating pills or forgetting if they’ve already been taken.

The other truth is that chemotherapy alone is not going to prevent cancer from returning. For this, it is a combination of factors including nutrition, your outlook in life, and how you deal with situations and your feelings.

Let’s look first at nutrition, otherwise commonly referred to as diet.

Those who are active or work in the fitness industry advocate this: Your physique and health is 70%-80% diet, the rest is consistent exercise and determination.

It’s exactly what I always say: You ARE what YOU EAT.

My trainer says: You BECOME what YOU EAT. In other words, if you eat rubbish, you are/become rubbish. If you eat fresh, living, nutritious food, you are/become fresh, living nutritious.

Want a body that has healthy, fresh, living cells? Eat healthy, fresh, living food.

How do you do this? Do what I do.

I spend money on organic, whole, unprocessed, fresh food. This immediately eliminates much of the typical Singaporean diet that includes:

  • packaged drinks and milk (including soy, which is high is oestrogen and mostly GMO)
  • anything made from concentrate (it’s reconstituted again, so all the good nutrition and vitamins are lost)
  • milk powders
  • yoghurt and cheese (processed)
  • anything that is smoked, cured, canned, wrapped in foil
  • anything made with bleached flour aka white flour
  • anything that has sugar or sweetener added, also known as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose, maltodextrin, flavouring, honey, sucrose etc
  • anything that has wheat in it
  • anything that has salt added
  • anything that has colouring or flavouring in it
  • anything that is deep fried

Quite a long list, right?

It is also why I prefer to spend time preparing my own meals, as much as possible. Then I know that what I have bought is organic, fresh, nutritious. See my Instagram @patriceachow for some of the food that I prep, and also what I eat when I’m not prepping food.

I don’t use any sauces or seasoning. If I do, it’s fresh ginger, fresh lemon, Himalayan pink salt or sea salt.

I don’t use sugar, not even when I have my matcha green tea (without latte, which is milk in the Italian language) or raw cacao drink. If I need to sweeten my drink, I use stevia or coconut palm sugar.

I make my own mylk from raw, organic cashew or almond nuts. I use these for my smoothie bowls, drinks, overnight oats (raw, organic oats), and homemade granola.

I often get asked: where do I get calcium if I don’t drink milk?

Where do you think cows gets their calcium if they don’t drink milk? The answer: green vegetables. Kale, spinach and broccoli are good sources of calcium.

And in reality, without magnesium and boron, your body is unable to absorb calcium. If calcium is not absorbed by your bones, it gets deposited in muscles or flushed out by the digestive system. So that’s a complete waste of money on calcium supplements, milk, and other products made from milk.

Guess where you can find magnesium and boron together with calcium? Green vegetables.

There’s so much more to get into when discussing cancer treatment and cure. I’ll touch on the immune system and diet in the next blog.

If you’re wondering what makes me an expert on cancer treatment and cure, I’m not. I’ve just met cancer survivors, people who are still living with cancer, and caregivers of cancer patients.

At this current moment, I am caring for a family member who has cancer. I see clearly the confusion and anxiety that accompanies the incomprehension of what chemotherapy is, and what should be done to ensure that cancer doesn’t return. In that sense, I’m an expert on cancer in terms being a caregiver explaining the whole situation, providing emotional support, being a cheerleader, and just convincing the person that more than just chemotherapy is needed to rejuvenate the body’s cells.