Cancer from a naturopathic perspective


(Ameet Aggarwal) – Cancer is a shift in the way your cells are functioning. Cancer is not something attacking your body, rather, it is a process which your cells have begun which is not healthy for your body. In saying this, cancer is a biological response by your body to certain factors. Natural views of why cancer manifests include:

- Increased toxicity in the body, which causes cell DNA damage, hence causing mutations

- Decreased immunity, therefore an inability for your body to get rid of mutant cells

- Poor diet, which causes sugar imbalances and chronic inflammation, leading to cell mutations and a toxic environment

- Blockages of energetic meridians, which interfere with the flow of energy, or Qi, in your organs, hence creating illness

- And sometimes, cancer is seen as a result of unresolved emotions which are beginning to affect your cells.

A diet of colourful vegetables high in antioxidants quenches free radicals which cause DNA damage. Fish oils reduce inflammation and activate enzymes necessary for cellular detoxification.

Detoxification protocols ensure all your organs start functioning properly and give your cells a chance to breathe – always a good thing. Regular exercise, meditation and yoga oxygenate your tissues and relieve stress.

Oxygenating tissues is always a good thing because cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen rich environments.

Alkalinizing your body with certain foods (celery, Kale, lots of greens, etc) also enhances oxygen transport into your cells.

Talking about your problems and resolving shocking experiences or unnecessary grief gives you a chance to recover from and prevent future illnesses.


Ameet Aggarwal ND is a naturopathic doctor, advanced Bowen Therapist and practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Nairobi and Nanyuki. Book your appointment through +254 727 701002 or email ameet@fimafrica.org. Read more about naturopathic medicine on http://www.healthretreatsafrica.com and stay engaged with health tips on www.facebook.com/healthretreatsafrica.





Dr. Aggarwal’s Health Tip of the Week

Sleep is extremely important to the body because it allows your organs to relax and rejuvenate themselves. Some people have trouble sleeping and this can be sign of chemical or hormonal imbalance, especially cortisol and melatonin level imbalances. Melatonin is a hormone which helps promote sleep. Cortisol is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands which controls inflammation in the body, however, cortisol also suppresses melatonin levels. Ideally, you want cortisol levels to be minimal at night.

People who are stressed have higher levels of cortisol in their body, which suppresses sleep. Staying up late at night watching TV also increases cortisol levels and reduces melatonin levels. Having lights on at night or not enough darkness in your room (for example, thin curtains which do not block street light) also decreases melatonin levels.

Eating protein at night helps stabilize your blood sugar levels during sleep, which prevents sugar cravings which might keep you up at night.

Drinking chamomile tea or soothing teas high in minerals (e.g. Nettle) also encourage better sleep. Drinking caffeine during the day might actually interfere with sleep at night, and this includes normal black tea.

Drinking alcohol late at night also interferes with sleep because alcohol suppresses certain hormones in your body which help with deep and restful sleep. So, even though you might feel “knocked out”, you ain’t really sleeping.

Acupuncture and Bowen Therapy really help to regulate and calm down the nervous system. These therapies also detoxify your liver and other organs, all of which are essential to help you sleep better.

I hope you sleep well tonight.

Goodnight.

Ameet Aggarwal ND is a naturopathic doctor, advanced Bowen Therapist and practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Nairobi and Nanyuki. Book your appointment through +254 727 701002 or email ameet@fimafrica.org. Read more about naturopathic medicine on http://www.healthretreatsafrica.com and stay engaged with health tips on www.facebook.com/healthretreatsafrica.

Dr. Aggarwal’s Health Tip of the Week

Weight Loss

In order for weight loss to happen efficiently, it is important to detoxify the body as well.

The body stores toxins in adipose (fat) cells, and has difficulty breaking down the fat cells because it would mean a release of toxins in the body. Therefore, it is important to first start detoxifying as you begin your weight loss program.

Detoxifying means making sure your bowel movements are regular, your liver is flushing out any toxins and your kidneys are eliminating any wastes well. Sweating through the skin is also an important detoxification process, since your skin is the largest organ in the body. Adrenal and thyroid function should also be supported, since these two organs keep your metabolism up and helps to burn fat.

Remember, diet and exercise are key to weight management, and these are your best starting points.

 

Ameet Aggarwal ND is a naturopathic doctor, advanced Bowen Therapist and practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Nairobi and Nanyuki. Book your appointment through +254 727 701002 or email ameet@fimafrica.org. Read more about naturopathic medicine onhttp://www.healthretreatsafrica.com and stay engaged with health tips on www.facebook.com/healthretreatsafrica.

 

Dr. Aggarwal’s Health Tip of the Week

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal on Depression, Anxiety & Mental Health

Did you know that depression is not only an imbalance of chemicals in the brain? Neurotransmitters, which are chemicals responsible for mood and other factors in your body, include names like serotonin, dopamine, GABA and norepinephrine. When these chemicals are out of balance, symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and paranoia can occur. It is important to look at these areas when treating depression, anxiety and other mood disorders:

-      Digestive function in depression because your digestive system is responsible for producing a lot of serotonin and converting other neurotransmitters.

-      Liver health because liver balances hormones and cleanses the blood – all important tasks in balancing health. Liver tests from a conventional laboratory will not necessarily show the liver imbalance I`m talking about. It`s important to get the your liver assessed by someone who is familiar with holistic diagnosis of your whole body.

-      Adrenal health because adrenal glands play an important role in balancing cortisol production, which affects levels of serotonin, dopamine, GABA as well as thyroid function. An underactive thyroid or exhausted adrenal gland can lead to emotional “dis-ease”.

-      Nutrition is important in providing essential nutrients to ensure optimal brain chemistry. Poor nutrition affects important organs in your body, including adrenal glands, thyroid function, liver health and all other organs. Some people are sensitive to foods which might trigger an imbalance of chemicals in the body. Have your diet assessed by a qualified naturopathic doctor. Improper nutrition can lead to poor concentration, lack of sleep, fatigue, depression, anxiety, frequent infections and chronic disease.

Find the time to care for your health. A better mood enables you to become more proactive in your life and gives you advantages at work, performance and socially as well. People are attracted to happy people. Do you want more of that?

 
Ameet Aggarwal ND is a naturopathic doctor, advanced Bowen Therapist and practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Nairobi and Nanyuki. Book your appointment through +254 727 701002 or email ameet@fimafrica.org. Read more about naturopathic medicine on http://retreats.fimafrica.org and stay engaged with health tips on www.facebook.com/healthretreatsafrica.