Tara Skye Goldin,N.D.
February 2014 
 Dr.Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Naturopathic Oncology Issue
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A couple of weekends ago I had the privilege to attend my 3rd OnCANP (Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It was one of the most informative conferences I have had the privilege to attend. Many more oncology patients are showing up in my practice as cancer becomes more rampant, so for the past 3-4 I have taken it upon myself to learn as much as I can about working with this condition. Whether a patient is currently in the throes of the cancer fight, in remission, or wanting to prevent a recurrence, my colleagues in naturopathic oncology and I are staying current with the latest research and strategies.

Our aim is to work safely and effectively in conjunction with allopathic cancer care. We learn about drug and supplement reactions, i.e. which nutrients and herbs are safe to use with particular cancer drugs and which are not. This is crucial and nuanced information to have access to. Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer in the realm in managing side effects to chemo, surgery and radiation as well as nutritional strategies to help suppress tumor growth. Patients in Colorado usually see Registered Naturopathic Doctors with the oncology specialty for adjunctive cancer care outside of the hospital setting.

In this newsletter I will touch on just a little of the the evidence-based information I have learned. One little tidbit- sugar metabolism promotes tumor growth. There was so much more to this conference, including a 1.5 hour lecture devoted to medical marijuana, but in the interest of space, here are just a few highlights.

 Fasting Might Boost Chemo's Cancer-Busting Properties
 A new animal study suggests that short-term starvation might improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Dr. Valter Longo of the University of Southern California presented his research on fasting during chemotherapy at the conference. Here is an article from Scientific American that puts it in layman's terms.

Cancer treatment can be brutal for patients. Many of the tools we have-chemotherapy, radiation-are big, blunt weapons that deal punishing blows to healthy tissues along with cancerous ones. So the hunt has been on for more and more finely targeted therapies that will attack malignant cells yet minimize damage to patients' bodies.From Scientific American

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 Ketogenic Diet May Be Effective Against Some Cancers.
 A Ketogenic diet involving a high ´good fat´, low carbohydrate, lowish protein combination seems to have the potential to stop cancer progression and even kill off cancer cells.

In the 1920's, a Dr. Warburg studied how cancer cells rates of glycolysis (sugar metabolism) are much higher than healthy cells. This led to the hypothesis that using alternative fuels for the body, namely healthy fats to produce ketosis, could have the potential to starve cancer cells and suppress tumor growth. Dr. Seyfried of Boston College was a speaker at the conference and his evidence is very compelling. The ketogenic diet is difficult to maintain and didn't always work, but when it did it was very effective. There is compelling evidence that the ketogenic diet may be especially effective for glioblasoma multiforme (GBM) a metastatic brain tumor that is difficult to treat and has no known allopathic cure.

I chose to reference this website since it wasn't sensationalistic (always an issue with potential "cancer cures"). The website, Canceractive.com, has a nice reader-friendly summary of the ketogenic diet.

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 A Registered Naturopathic Doctor with Cancer Utilizing Naturopathic Oncology
 Say Goodbye to the Girls by Amy Rothenberg, ND

I woke up today without my beautiful breasts. Swapped them out for no cancer -- a pretty good deal for me. I had cancer on only one side but opted for removing both breasts due to my genetic predisposition. Now my mind is clear, my spirits are happy, and I know my body will come back stronger than ever. From Huffington Post

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 Fragmented Sleep Accelerates Cancer Growth

Poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers, according to a new study published online Jan. 21 in the journal Cancer Research. From the University of Chicago

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 Bone Broth Soup Recipes
 Dense nutrition to survive and rebuild during and after cancer treatment

I have referenced this website before, and I am including it again since it offers so many great ways to make bone broth soup. Bone broth is dense, easy to digest nutrition when the digestive tract is compromised from chemotherapy or when recovering from surgery. It offers many nutrients and minerals that will help to rebuild your health during and after cancer treatment.

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I have been offering naturopathic care to the Boulder community and beyond for almost 21 years. Thank you so much for your continued support of my practice!