“SHOULD I TAKE TAMOXIFEN?” INDIVIDUALIZING APPROACHES AND A LOOK AT DIFFERENT MODELS OF CANCER
Ah, the dreaded C word. The nasty crab. We declare war on it. Top cancer charities create campaigns around telling it it to go F*ck itself. But do we really understand what it is?
Well, it depends on the framework you’re using. Industrial medicine has a fairly limited understanding of how cancer fits into general physiology. Trillions of dollars have been spent looking at genetic and molecular models since the US Government “declared war” on cancer in the 1970s, with mixed results.
Here, we look at a number of different models. We look at the Cell Danger Response, which is the 3 steps that all injured cells go through in order to heal. Cancer occurs when cells gets stuck in 2nd step, the cell cycle responsible for replacing damaged tissue.
What’s missing from the Cell Danger Response is an in depth understanding of how the body is organized in 3 dimensions. Classical Chinese Medicine can fill in some important gaps there 👍
From the understanding of humans as liquid crystals (not unlike your LCD TV, which stands for “liquid crystal display”) we might look at cancer as a resonance problem, which opens up different possibilities of how we can correct and prevent the issue.
Having multiple models give you flexibility and power, allowing you multiple ways to view the same problem, creating new and varied possible solutions.
Using the scientific literature to decide whether to take Tamoxifen, an estrogen receptor antagonist, can be a bit of a minefield. Different reviews say different things about who benefits, based on age, menopause status at time of diagnosis, cancer sub-type, and race. And because your body uses estrogen for normal repair and immune functions, there are trade-offs in terms of decreasing cancer recurrence risk while increasing risk of other issues such as stroke, pulmonary embolism and endometrial cancer, in addition to other effects of treatment.
I also discuss the role that the mRNA Covid vaccine could potentially play in a subsequent cancer diagnosis. We know that people obviously got cancer before 2021, so not all new diagnoses will be connected. But the relationship between mRNA vaccination and cancer is largely unknown but potentially linked in certain cases.
Whether or not this exposure plays a contributing role, Stage 1 of the 4 step model helps the body clear many persistent triggers of the Cell Danger Response.
A couple of super interesting looks at using sound waves to selectively kill cancer cells.
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