The brain is the most important organ in the body because it controls all complex actions including the ability to learn, speak, move, think, and control our emotions. The brain is made up of soft spongy tissue which means that when malignant cell growth occurs, it often invades surrounding healthy brain tissue quickly (brain tumours).
Although there have been many advances in technology and medicine over the decades, conventional therapeutic strategies generally remain unsuccessful and offer brain cancer patients a dismal outlook. Patients who undergo surgery and radiation treatment have an expected survival rate of only nine months. Only 10% of individuals who undergo chemotherapy for a brain tumour have an extended life expectancy.
While it is important to highlight Brain Tumour Awareness this month, focusing mostly on the primary symptoms and medical testing for brain cancer, more attention needs to be paid to nutrition, toxic exposures, and lifestyle factors and their contribution to the development of brain cancer.
The primary tool to preventing brain tumours is within your control – in your lifestyle! Making healthy choices when it comes to diet, exercise, avoiding carcinogens in your environment, and reducing stress can effectively reduce your risk of developing brain tumours.
Strategies to Prevent & Heal From Brain Tumours Naturally
The following strategies can prevent brain tumours forming, and can also help in the healing of brain tumours:
Getting sufficient sleep on a regular basis is critical to the survival and the health of your brain. A detoxification pathway known as the glymphatic system removes toxic waste that naturally accumulates during the day.
It is particularly active at night and provides the mitochondria in the brain the chance to flush toxins using cerebrospinal fluid. Sleep deprivation hinders the natural processes of the glymphatic system affecting cognitive function.
Sufficient sleep is especially critical for individuals with cancer who have undergone chemotherapy; sleep allows cells to repair damage and restore tissue.
Sleep deprivation can further increase symptoms associated with a phenomenon known as chemo brain.
Chemotherapy Drugs alter the cognitive function of patients presenting generalised symptoms characterised as brain fog or chemo brain. Chemo brain is thought to occur as a consequence of the toxic compounds destroying neural pathways and healthy brain cells. The effects of chemo brain differ in each patient, varying in severity and duration.
2. Frankincense Essential Oil
Practicing stress reduction techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation and yoga can reduce stress. Inhaling frankincense oil while practicing these techniques can help alleviate inflammation in the brain.
One of the major causes of death related to brain tumours is inflammation from swelling in the brain. When frankincense extract was administered to patients before surgery they experienced reduced swelling and fluid accumulation during and after treatment. Patients also exhibited fewer symptoms of brain damage.
Boswellic acid is the main active component in frankincense traditionally used to treat arthritis, asthma, and other inflammatory problems. Frankincense relieves pain and inflammation by improving blood circulation and inhibiting damage to the hippocampus associated with learning and memory.
3. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment beginning at a young age can reduce your risk for getting brain cancer. HBOT can also improve cognitive function in survivors of brain tumours.
Studies examining the effects of HBOT find that improved oxygen circulation stimulates the ability for healing neural tissue.
Success with HBOT is directly related to the age of the brain. HBOT can cause progenitor cells to differentiate into new cells. Progenitor cells are similar to stem cells and can result in improving a patient’s cognitive and motor skills.
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers may help reverse the damage done by the treatment of cancer drugs by forming new blood vessels, reconstructing nerve damage, and stabilizing blood glucose.
4. Cancer Fighting Phytonutrients
Consuming a diet rich in cancer fighting nutrients is essential to both preventing and treating brain tumours.
Mainline or Medical Cancer Treatments such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy remain controversial due to their devastating and toxic effects on the healthy cells in the body, which is why many individuals are seeking natural remedies to combat cancer.
Herbs and vegetables, especially dark green leafy veggies, turmeric, ginger, oregano, basil, thyme, and green tea all have powerful cancer fighting properties, and can therefore equip the brain with antioxidants to limit cellular damage by scavenging free radicals, reducing brain inflammation, and shutting down brain tumour communication signals.
5. Ketogenic Diet
Dr. Otto Warburg first theorized in the early 20th century that cancer cells thrive off the energy from altered states of respiration.
Glucose is a source of energy for healthy brain cells but cancer cells rely solely on glucose metabolism to survive (glycolysis). Brain tumours, however, cannot metabolize ketones produced by the body during the metabolic state of ketosis like healthy cells can.
Ketones are an excellent energy source for neurons and are produced in the body during conditions of low glucose. Consuming a diet containing an adequate amount of healthy fats, proteins, and low carbohydrates triggers ketone production and can starve off malignant cell growth. A ketogenic diet reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain and shuts down the nutrient supply to tumours.
6. Calorie Restriction
Dietary restriction, including fasting, is a therapeutic approach with similar anti-carcinogenic properties as the ketogenic diet. Calorie restriction reduces inflammation, prevents cancer metastasis, inhibits cancer cells from proliferating, and also produces ketones to fuel neurons.
7. Mobile Devices
Cellular phones emit an electromagnetic field which has been categorised as a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Radiofrequency originates from both the device and battery which has been found in one study to impact the survival rate of brain tumour patients.
An international “Interphone Study” on which international researchers collaborated found that cell-phone use elevates one’s risk of brain tumours and is directly correlated with age and duration of use.
Adolescents are most at risk of hazardous exposure because their brains are still developing causing a greater likelihood for abnormal cell growth. Use of a cell phone before the age of 20 and continued use for a duration longer than 10 years is directly associated with severe brain cancer diagnosis.
Avoiding the cell phone all together in today’s modern age is virtually impossible, but there are a few strategies which can help reduce exposure to its radiation:
- Text instead of talk
- Use the speakerphone
- Use a landline phone
- Delay giving your child a cell phone
- Talk only when the reception signal is strong
- Shut off wireless devices when possible and never sleep with a device in the bedroom, and especially near your head