** The Active8 Programme

** The Active8 Programme



So how do you build your very own personal Integrative cancer treatment programme?

Building your own personal Complementary and Integrative Cancer Treatment programme is the best way to increase your personal odds of survival. At CANCERactive, we have absolutely no doubt about this statement.

Our aim is to ‘empower’ you to take personal control of your own health.

We call it the ACTIVE8 PROGRAMME. More than 16 years of research has gone into this programme so you can take control over your cancer and, with it, you can fight cancer more effectively.

Research shows Diet and Exercise increase cancer survival

Let's start with a little research:    

 * In 2012, a report on Complementary Therapies from The American Cancer Society showed that three were particularly effective – Diet, Exercise and Weight control – and could  ‘increase survival and even prevent a cancer recurring’

     * Also in 2012, The National Cancer Institute research head of Nutrition and Cancer, Dr. Young S. Kim (a Biochemist, nutrition and genomics expert), presented a meta-review of research studies showing that once you had a cancer a poor diet would encourage the stem cells to regrow, whereas a good diet would prevent that happening. Kim even named the foods and the bioactive compounds. 

     * And by 2017, the ACS presented results of a 7-year study, which took stage 3 colorectal cancer patients, all of whom had had surgery and chemo, and showed conclusively that across the seven years, those who adhered most closely to the Diet and Exercise guidelines had 31% greater survival and 42% less death than those who did nothing.

Frankly, we know of no drug that comes even close to these figures.

Go to: the CANCERactive Diet and Exercise Guidelines

Cancer - a few honest truths:

   1. At CANCERactive we don’t believe any single drug, treatment, vitamin, hormone, whatever is going to ’cure’ a cancer unless you are extremely lucky. We believe that programmes beat cancer; programmes where the elements all work in harmony. And we have case histories to prove this.

   2. We believe that your cancer is as individual as you are. Once size doesn’t fit all.
   3. So, we believe you need to tailor a thorough and disciplined programme of therapies to you (your age, sex, lifestyle, environment) and to your specific cancer (its type, its causes and drivers and its development). 

   4. We like this statement a lot: "I believe you can be cured. The cancer may be in remission, but it can be in remission permanently". Dr. Henry Friedman, one of America’s top oncologists, said that! Our starting point is to get you into remission; to cotrol your cancer, to be stronger, to feel stronger, to fight this cancer.

Go to: What people say about having a Personal Programme with Chris Woollams

Where and how do I start my personal program?

Unsurprisingly, the ACTIVE8 PROGRAMME has 8 steps. In each case the programme should be tailored to you, your cancer, your needs.

1. Do your homework - Accumulate knowledge; make informed decisions

Knowledge is power. With cancer, it can be the difference between life and death.

You simply cannot attempt to tackle cancer all by yourself. There will be days when you are low, depressed by radiotherapy side-effects, the travel to treatment and so on. You simply may not ’take in’ everything the oncologist or doctor tells you. You may not have the expertise to search the internet, or the time to read the right books. So find a buddy (a good friend or family member) and involve them in seeking information, talking to the doctors and planning your entire programme.

Start by looking up ‘Your Cancer’; go to Cancer Watch (our ‘latest news’ page) and scroll through the latest research studies – this year, last year, the year before. These articles will tell you ways you can help yourself TODAY.

Read our books, like ’Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer’, and, ’The Rainbow Diet - and how it can help you beat cancer’ and Heal your Gut; Heal your Body’. Use the lists in the first book to ask questions of your doctor.

Use our Science-based Website to read about the risks of surgery, the side-effects of radiotherapy and chemo – things other sites don’t always tell you. Importantly we tell you what you can do about the problems! For example -

Go to: 10 ways to improve your chemotherapy and reduce side-effects

Go to: 20 tips to improve radiotherapy and reduce side-effects

Go to: A Diet for Chemotherapy

Go to: Can surgery spread cancer (and what to do about it)

Look up your drugs. Join a support group. Look for information not just on UK Websites but on American Websites like MD Anderson, the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and Sloan Kettering) or the NCI (the National Cancer Institute). Often, they are significantly more comprehensive (and even more advanced and open-minded) than the UK cancer sites.

Get a second opinion - from someone outside of your oncologist’s ’community’. I rang the top brain tumour oncologist in America when helping my daughter in the UK. My friend rang a top oncologist in America to ask about his rare ‘gist’ – the American told him the UK advice he’d been given was totally wrong! Keep pushing for information - experts believe this is one reason why cancer survival rates are higher in ’pushy’ America.

Start to line up your team of complementary therapists. And, if you do go for acupuncture or Reiki, or hands-on-healing, make sure the person you choose has experience with your type of cancer.

If you want help tailoring a plan for you, your cancer and your needs, you can short-circuit all of this by talking to Chris Woollams

Go to: Chris Woollams builds Personal Programs tailored for individuals with cancer

2. Sort out your DIET

At CANCERactive, we are biased. We advocate The Rainbow Diet. Why?

1. Research - We have at least 60 research studies on this Website about how the colourful Mediterranean Diet helps fight illness – with a dozen of them about cancer. No other diet has more than a couple of studies – usually with mice or rats. The Rainbow Diet protects and corrects - there is clear research showing it works!!

2. Easy to use – Some diets demand too much of someone who is ill. They give up after a short while. The Rainbow Diet, according to people who use it, is easy to live with.

3. Main features – It is high in good healthy, anti-inflammatory fat, and low in saturated fat (which spreads cancer). It is zero empty calories/glucose/fructose but has modest amounts of whole carbs like oats, whole brown rice, jacket potato and pulses. And it is full of bioactive compounds like polyphenols, anthocyanins, flavonoids and carotinoids from colourful vegetables and fruits – compounds that prevent and correct cancer. It also involves a few supplements, you may not have even heard of.

Again, not everybody should have the same diet. With brain tumours or colorectal cancer, there is clear research that sugar is your enemy. With breast cancer or prostate cancer, the enemy is more likely to be a hormone produced from saturated fats. The Rainbow diet can deal with both.

Go to: The Colourful Mediterranean Diet

Go to: The Rainbow Diet – and how it can help you beat cancer

3. Exercise

Besides oxygenating your whole body and getting oxygen to the tissues that matter, exercise (especially yoga) increases your endorphins.  These are powerful stress hormone neutralisers.  Exercise also reduces not just white fat, regulating your hormones, but brown fat too - this is the fat that can surround your internal organs and bathe them in toxins. In fact, all the evidence shows that exercise works like a drug in your body.

Go to: Exercise is powerful anti-cancer drug

4. Correct Low Oxygen

Doctors will tell you that everyone has blood oxygen levels of 98, 99, or 100%. It’s just not true. We have helped a man with kidney cancer at 57%. Many women with ovarian or breast cancers are around 90 or 91%. And Warburg told us that cancer thrives in low oxygen conditions.

But even if you are at 99% overall, you can have low oxygen in a localised area of your body. The European-funded CHAMELEO project told us this in 2017. Low localised oxygen might be caused by low oxygen overall, or something specific - in the study they were looking at how surgeons performing lumpectomies removed some blood vessels causing oxygen shortage to the area. We also know people can have localised yeast build up, which again reduces oxygen locally.

You need to correct this urgently and there are several ways to do it – like exercise, juice diets, supplements or even hyperbaric oxygen, suggested by the CHAMELEO researchers.

Go to: Hyperbaric Oxygen in cancer treatment

5. Correct Low Plasma Vitamin D levels

People with low vitamin D get more cancer; and if you have cancer and maintain a low vitamin D, you survive least. What level is best, how much should you take, is sunshine better than supplements and did you know that chemo can halve your vitamin D levels?

Go to: Vitamin D – are you getting enough?

6. Heal your Gut

So many people tell us that they have never had antibiotics. Then they tell us about the hip replacement, or the shoulder operation, or the first round of surgery or the UTI or bronchitis they had; or the tonsillitis as a child.

Many people have long-term gut issues – chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, poor sleep, Hashimoto’s, IBS, Crohn’s, diverticulitis, colitis. But gut problems don’t always come from drugs and antibiotics – poor diet (too little soluble fibre, too much sugar); binge drinking, smoking, stress can all cause yeast infections, excesses of pathogens and you could even have a parasite behind it all. 

Many cancers have been linked to excesses of pathogens - like E.coli, or Fusobacterium; others to gum disease and bacteria, brain cancers to Lyme Disease.

Go to: All cancer begins in the gut

Go to: Heal your Gut; Heal your Body

7. Control Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation causes all chronic illness, including cancer. But cancer loves chronic inflammation - it’s how it spreads. The wrong diet and gut bacteria cause inflammation, as do certain toxic chemicals, as do factors acting on Cox-2 (an enzyme in every cell of your body). Turn Cox -2 on and it makes localised inflammatory hormones.

What can turn Cox-2 on?

     * Insulin - so don’t have a big meal, consume anti-inflammatory foods like Extra Virgin Olive oil and fish oils in the Rainbow Diet, graze.

     * Stress - so follow UCLA’s advice – "people who actively manage their stress survive significantly longer". They advised counselling, the colourful Mediterranean Diet, fish oils, exercise (especially yoga) and meditation.

Of course, there are a whole range of complementary therapies (Qi Gong?) and Stress management techniques (EFT?) you might look at.

Go to: 15 ways to calm your chronic inflammation

Go to:  A guide to complementary therapies

8. Clean up your liver to lower levels of bad fat 

For years, oncologists were atrocious at the very thought of ’boosting your immune system’ to fight cancer. Now, of course, they suddenly have immunotherapy drugs and their attention has been aroused.

Cancer is a failure of your immune system. 85% of your immune system and immune memory is built in RESPONSE to your good gut bacteria. We’ve covered the need to fix your gut above. But your liver is also important. 

The liver is the largest organ in the body after the skin. It is the organ of detoxification. Normally it is cleaning the blood, helping with fat and carbohydrate metabolism, clearing out dodgy bacteria and other unwanted microorganisms etc. But in cancer it invariably becomes toxic - it can be called fatty liver. It fills with dead cells, fats and lactate (the poisonous by-product of a cancer cells energy production system). And then it has to cope with the poisons from the many drugs you are given!!

If fat builds up in your liver, it can then build up in your lymph, reducing your immune response. If bad fat builds up in the blood stream, it can cause more cancer spread and decrease survival time.

You can do three things if you have a ’Fatty Liver’:

     * Pop supplements – for example, milk thistle, beta glucans, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, echinacea etc.

     * Eat high levels of soluble fibre (your good gut bacteria will love this)

     * Clean up your liver

Go to: High bad fat spreads cancer

Go to: Ways to clean your liver

Summary - building an Integrative cancer programme 

We’re sorry, we can’t spell it all out here. And we can’t personalise it. What is right for a 23 year old with GBM, is probably not right for a 45 year old lady with breast cancer, is probably different again for a 70 year old with leukaemia, and a 65 year old with prostate cancer. As we said at the start: There is no one drug for everyone and no one plan. Your diet, your exercise, your supplements and more must be TAILORED to you, your situation and your cancer.

Go to: What patients say about Chris Woollams’ Personal Prescriptions


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