A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
I had a question the other day about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Lymphomas are either Hodgkin’s lymphomas or non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.
Hodgkin’s lymphomas have a type of cell called Reed-Sternberg cells.
Lymphomas without these cells are non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL).
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the lymph system in white blood cells called lymphocytes.
When these cells become abnormal, they don’t protect your body from infection or disease.
They also grow without control and may form tumors.
NHL can start almost anywhere in your body.
It may start in a single lymph node, a group of lymph nodes, or an organ like your spleen.
Or it can spread to almost any part of your body, including your liver and bone marrow.
There are many types of NHL, usually grouped as:
>Slow-growing lymphomas, which spread slowly and cause few symptoms. These may be called low-grade lymphomas.
>Fast-growing lymphomas, which spread quickly and cause severe symptoms. These may also be called aggressive lymphomas.
The cause of NHL isn’t known.
The abnormal cell changes may be triggered by an infection or exposure to something in the environment.
Or it may be linked to gene mutations.
NHL isn’t contagious.
Symptoms of NHL include:
>A painless swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck, underarm, or groin. This is the most common symptom.
>Fever not caused by another health problem.
>Weight loss you can’t explain.
>Pain in your belly or back.
You’ll need a biopsy to diagnose NHL.
You may have other tests to find out what kind of NHL you have.
Treatment can cure some people and may allow others to live for years.
Your treatment depends on the type of lymphoma you have, the stage of the disease, your age, and your general health.
You may not need treatment until you have symptoms.
NHL is usually treated with chemotherapy.
Sometimes radiation or radiation with chemotherapy may be used.
To deal with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 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 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.
*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.