In 1971, the National Cancer Act waged a war on cancer. Massive research followed although cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death to this day.
Three main treatments are given to people with cancer: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Other forms of treatment like hormonal therapy, biological therapy and stem cell transplant are also used, depending on the type of cancer. And there is a barrage of drugs prescribed for all forms of treatment.
Medical science has also explored the idea of using the body’s immune system to battle cancer: immunotherapy. The year 2013 saw the introduction of checkpoint inhibitors, drugs that trigger the immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells.
Sometimes the immune system is not able to recognize cancerous cells. The presence of specific proteins can make it seem cancer cells are normal to the immune system’s T-cells. It’s like being surrounded by friends, a few of which turn out to be mortal enemies. And they can multiply if left undetected.
Checkpoint inhibitor drugs block the ability of cancer cells to deceive the immune system, allowing T-cells to identify and kill them. But supporting the immune system with these drugs can cause side effects, including a variety of inflammatory conditions.
There is also a long-standing belief that a natural, whole-body approach to battling diseases such as cancer can reactivate the body’s ability to heal itself with a strengthened immune system and without harmful side effects. More and more doctors are saying as much in magazine articles, books, videos, TED talks, etc. , including Dr. Lissa Rankin (New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine) and Dr. Dean Ornish (New York Times bestselling author of The Spectrum).
It is believed that the key requirements of the body to heal itself are:
- A low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet
- Moderate exercise
- Stress management
- Social contact
The AIM Healthy Cell Concept has always recommended these requirements, and The AIM Companies has been providing supplemental, whole-food nutrition that supports a strong immune system since 1982.
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The fact is that a strong immune system is vital for maintaining good health. And it is a widely held view that by giving the body what it requires to strengthen its defense, it can heal and take care of itself for a lifetime.