By: Jonathan S. Pierce, OMS III.
Recently I have been thinking about Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (or simply OMT) as a modality for cancer treatment. I remember thinking, “You are crazy if you think some Osteopathic techniques or principles can help treat cancer!”
This kind of thinking would quickly be dismissed as lunacy and ludicrous in both Osteopathic and Allopathic medical communities. But I could not help myself from thinking about OMT and cancer—especially after feeling helpless watching my 1st cousin pass away from Neuroblastoma less than a week ago.
Here is a kid that is introduced into life with a deadly cancer. Was he simply dealt a bad hand of cards in life or was there some kind of genetic predisposition? That is when I decided to research about genetics and cancer. After searching through the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, I was shocked! The next day I ran into the doctor’s office to talk about this issue with a Pharmacist and a 2nd year Psychiatry Resident—I happened to be on my psychiatry clinical rotation for a month. Here’s what I found.
Cancer is a preventable disease.
At a loss for words?
The pharmacist and doctor were shocked, at a loss for words and confounded too. They were positive I misread the article. So I went back and read it again. Yep. Cancer is preventable.
You might be asking yourself how you can prevent a genetic problem. Well, it turns out 90-95% of cancer is environmental. Yeah, that’s right, only 5-10% is related to genetics. We cannot control genetics, but we can control lifestyle. Let me put it this way, would you rather get a 10% or a 90% on an exam? We are essentially choosing to take the 10% instead of the 90% with drastic measures, e.g., chemotherapy, radiation and surgery instead of lifestyle changes, e.g., diet, exercise, not smoking. Just because new technology is available with the latest chemotherapy treatments, we should always rely on what we know is true. Disease can be prevented.
Meanwhile, as I come to terms that life is sometimes hard and we are dealt a horrible hand, I can only bow my head and say a prayer for the things I cannot control. But that is not the case for the majority of cancers. This is a disease I have control over.
Therefore, I will continue to use my Osteopathic principles to build a rapport with the patient especially the one that thinks cancer is “inevitable”.
I will continue to adjust the body so that lymphatics, nerves, joints and muscles properly respond to the adjusting environment to allow the body to heal itself—because that is what it does.
I will continue to see the person in regards to mind, body and spirit.
And just maybe that will help to bring Health out from within the patient.
I have expanded on a Health-related prescription on studentDOpierce.com underneath the Ten Tenets of Health tab. See link http://www.studentdopierce.com/ten-tenets-of-health.html
3. picture from “Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes” Pharm Res. Sep 2008; 25(9): 2097–2116