A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Melanoma
I had a question the other day about melanoma.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer.
It isn’t as common as other types of skin cancer, but it’s the most serious.
You’re at higher risk for melanoma if you have fair skin, a family history of melanoma, or many atypical moles.
Melanoma usually looks like a flat mole with uneven edges and a shape that’s not the same on both sides.
It may be black, brown, or more than one color.
Most melanomas show up as a new spot or skin growth.
These moles may fade into your skin and have a flat part that’s level with your skin.
They may be smooth or slightly scaly, or they may look rough and “pebbly.”
But they can form in an existing mole or other mark on your skin.
Melanoma can affect your skin only, or it may spread to your organs and bones.
As with other cancers, treatment for melanoma works best when the cancer is found early.
You can get melanoma by spending too much time in the sun.
Too much UV radiation from sun exposure causes normal skin cells to become abnormal.
These abnormal cells quickly grow out of control and attack the tissues around them.
You may not have any symptoms in the early stages of melanoma.
Or a melanoma may be sore, or it may itch or bleed.
Any change in the shape, size, or color of a mole may be a sign of melanoma.
They can be any size but are usually 0.25 in. (6 mm) or larger.
Melanomas can be found anywhere on your body.
Most of the time, they’re on the upper back in men and women and on the legs of women.
If your biopsy shows melanoma, you may need to have more tests to find out if it has spread to your lymph nodes.
The most common treatment is surgery to remove the melanoma.
That’s all the treatment you may need for early-stage melanomas that haven’t spread to other parts of your body.
To deal with melanoma, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated and flush toxins, whether thirsty or not. Add Performance for electrolytes.
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich fresh, raw fruits and veggies; organic whenever possible; consider juicing.
*Consider increasing dietary intake of brassica family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, etc.).
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Balance Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats.
*Consider including freshly made kefir in your diet.
*Review my posts on digestion and bowel health.
*Avoid constipation. Ensure at least 2 bowel movements per day to remove wastes and toxins.
*Consider liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanses.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora; review my post on Candida; this is crucial for immune function.
*Exercise; yoga; deep breathing; oxygenate cells.
*Fresh air, sunlight, spend some time in nature.
*Relaxation techniques; meditation; prayer.
*Research herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine.
*Address any emotional issues; trauma connections.
*Research energy medicine techniques, like EFT.
*Replace cleaners with non-toxic products.
*Consider having iron levels tested.
*Consider hair analysis for heavy metal toxicity.
*Consider hormone level testing.
*Consider monitoring blood tumor markers and immune function markers.
*Consider thermography testing (especially for breasts).
*Consult medical AND complimentary health professionals.
*Do everything possible to strengthen immune system and support ALL cellular function/strength.
*Detoxify, detoxify, detoxify.
*Consider 180 tea for its antioxidant value.
*Remember cancer cells are confused, so keep the faith.
*Investigate all views and alternative before deciding on any particular treatment, therapy, surgery, etc. Decide what best suits your desires, beliefs, lifestyle and situation.