Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Living in Balance

I have read a great amount of research on what I like to call: keeping the body in balance.
It’s a theory that goes against the reigning consensus and previous immunological wisdom; however, how much do we really know about the immune system and it’s interactions with everything else that enters our bodies and minds?
I don’t think anybody knows much. I’ve certainly never heard or met an “expert” in this arena of psychoneuroimmunology, but if you know one, I’m game to meet them.
The bone marrow, its stem cells, and the immune system are essentially building blocks on which our body functions. It is the foundation of life.
Just look at what happens when the immune system fails (as in HIV/AIDS) or malfunctions and runs amok (as in cancer and tumor formation). What’s a person to do to combat a war that is taking place within themselves?
Commonly, the war is fought with anti-retrovirals (with HIV) or chemotherapy/radiation regimens (as with cancer). These medications are aimed at attacking the disease directly, and only the disease. The medications are not formulated to take into considerations any interactions the pathological process may have on the body.
Is everybody following here? Let me know if I’m not clear.
In short, our current medications are narrow minded. They are tunnel visioned!! They have one goal and one goal only: to attack the disease.
There is nothing involved to strengthen what is normal within the immune system.
The immune system is commonly taught through a war analogy, but what is never included in this teaching is “basic training.”
In all the analogies I’ve heard, cells go straight to war.
The immune system does not receive any basic training or boot camp to assist with the fight that will use big, toxic missiles (like my chemo). The medications are being given to an ill prepared immune system.
It’s like sending troops to war with no training.
You’re essentially praying that the war will end up like the Alamo.
Then, if you happen to have a refractory disease that keeps occurring, more missiles are sent, but the troops get tired. They have no training and now they’re fatigued. They are going to make more and more mistakes. They certainly need to come home and take a break.
What am I saying with this battle analogy? I’m saying I think measures to prep and maintain the healthy aspects of the immune system need to be used in conjunction with traditional therapies for the best outcomes.
I think current regimens throw off the balance and the inner homeostasis and balance of the body and then they are left unfixed.
This is why I’m working on a plan. A plan to Live my Life in Balance. It’s time I incorporated some extra ideas into healing me.
I’ll keep you updated on how I do this.
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Also, my "Owner's Manual to the Brain" tells me that JOY is the second leading indicator of survival in cancer healing. So everybody, try to keep me happy!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for quoting me on the previous Blog. I am honored..and don't feel alone so much any more (there are peeps out there!)I feel like the secret of life is "Balance". I have told people this many times, even though if people get this, I could work my way out of a job..oh would be for a good reason. Not too much or too little in all things..ALL THINGS Love from you know who...Deb W.