Cancer, strictly speaking, is not contagious. Unlike the common cold or flu, a person cannot “catch” cancer. However, pathogens which are readily found in our environment can contribute to or cause cancer. A fair number of cancers — an estimated 16% of all cases worldwide in 2008 — are caused by viral or bacterial infections as reported in a 2012 article published in Lancet Oncology. Lymphomas, for example, can be triggered by the Epstein-Barr virus. Liver cancers can be caused by Hepatitis B and C. Cervical cancer can be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).
When our immune system is weakened, our body’s natural ability to fight pathogens is compromised. Let’s explore the connection between pathogens and cancer, and why eliminating pathogens is an important part of our treatments at Hope4Cancer.
What is a pathogen?
Pathogens are loosely defined as anything that can produce or cause disease. The term is typically used to describe an infectious agent like bacteria, a fungus, a virus or another micro-organism. A pathogen is a microbe that causes disease.
The healthy human body has an average of 10 microbes (including bacteria, pathogens, viruses, fungi and protozoa) for every cell. We have about 37.2 trillion cells, so all those microbes add up! Microbes are an integral part of the healthy human body. When our microbe ecosystem is healthy and in balance, it helps us with processing toxins, digestion and immunity. But when out of balance, harmful pathogens can be dangerous, contributing to autoimmune disorders, mental health concerns and cancer.
How pathogens can contribute to cancer
Medical evidence suggests that cancer is a disease partly caused by infectious agents, including fungi, viruses, bacteria and lesser known pathogens. As early as 1950, the late Virginia Livingston, MD, shared some important findings in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. Dr. Livingston was an American physician and cancer researcher who devoted her career to the study of a specific microorganism involved in cancer.
“The cancer microbe is present in the blood, tissue, excreta, and body fluids of all human beings,” wrote Livingston. “When the immune system is functioning normally, these microbes do not cause disease. However, when tissue is damaged or weakened, these microbes became aggressive and pathogenic.”
Strengthening the immune system
In response to infection, the body’s immune system springs into action. When the immune system is healthy and working as it should, our body works daily to eliminate pathogens. Many of the symptoms that make a person suffer during an infection, including fever, malaise, headache or rash, result from the activities of the immune system trying to eliminate the infection from the body.
Many facets of life can have a harmful impact on our ability to eliminate pathogens, including poor diet, overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products, excessive alcohol consumption and long-term stress. In combination, these factors can impact the balance of microbes in the body (particularly the gut), causing dysbiosis, an increase in harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa.
Strengthening the immune system is key in restoring the body to a healthy state. At Hope4Cancer, we know helping our patients create and maintain a healthy balance of microbes in the body is essential to cancer healing.
Hope4Cancer treatments to eliminate pathogens
At Hope4Cancer, our treatment methods are designed to hasten the breakdown and elimination of microbes and pathogens. A number of therapies can be used to destroy unwanted pathogens in the body. We offer antimicrobial therapy as a significant aspect of cancer treatment. Our nutrition program and Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UVBI) both aid in restoring the balance of healthy microbes in the body.
When someone is facing a chronic disease like cancer, the body has a severe deficit of oxygen, which enables anaerobic pathogens to thrive. UVBI, originally discovered in the 1940s, uses the benefits of ultraviolet light to enable the oxidation of ozone in blood. These pathogens are sensitive to the UV irradiation of UVBI, which has been shown to inactivate toxins and viruses, destroy harmful bacteria, and improve the blood’s immune defense.
UVBI treatment involves withdrawing blood, treating it with ozone and ultraviolet light and then returning it to the bloodstream. As the treated blood circulates, the pathogen destruction begins. UVBI’s effects are long-lasting, and it has been proven to be a safe method of improving health naturally without harmful side effects.
In addition to that, treatments such as Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy and Hyperthermia have been shown to have anti-microbial effects in addition to their effects against cancer cells.
Eliminating pathogens is just one facet of our holistic treatment strategy at Hope4Cancer. Interested in learning more about how our approach to cancer healing can help you or your loved one? Contact our team at 1-888-544-5993 or 1-619-669-6511 for calls outside of the United States. Our Hope4Cancer team is here for you or your loved one on the path to healing.