Brain cancer can start in the brain or spread to the brain from another part of the body. A tumor is usually present in the brain that may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). Depending on where the brain tumor is located, any number of symptoms can occur.
Symptoms of Brain Cancer or Tumors
Brain cancer often times is felt with headaches, especially in the morning. It may also affect your balance and ability to walk. Brain cancer can change your ability to use any or all of your senses including hearing, vision, smelling, and even talking. You may feel numbness in your hands and feet. And muscle twitching or tingling throughout your body may be a sign of a brain tumor.
Any time a mass like a tumor is pressing against the brain, that part of the brain can malfunction. In addition to the presence of a mass pressing on your brain, the cancerous cells can spread and damage other brain cells, compromising your entire brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of your body.
Medical Treatment of Brain Cancer
While any cancer is scary and potentially deadly, these days people have become accustomed to hearing about cancer survival usually through surgery where the cancer is literally cut out of the body. When we hear of brain cancer, that prospect becomes even more frightening. It is beyond most people’s comprehension to think about cutting cancer out of the brain. Of course, any surgery has risks, but brain surgery is life threatening.
Natural Remedies and Prevention for Brain Cancer
Several people have turned to natural remedies and prevention methods to stop the growth and even reverse the cancer. The biggest single defense against cancer is a healthy diet. I can hear the mumbling now, “A wholesome diet is great and all, but how can fruits and veggies really fight cancer?”
Many of us don’t realize the effect that phytonutrients found in fresh foods have on killing cancer cells. Certain foods have cancer fighting properties such as ginger, green tea, blueberries, cinnamon, the zest (rind) of citrus fruits, and soy has been proven to fight off all types of cancer cells.
Besides fighting cancer, fresh foods bolster the immune system so your body is better equipped to fight the cancer itself. You can think of eating a healthy diet rich in whole foods like giving your body’s army new weapons and armor. Too often we eat to get satisfied, to eat what tastes good, instead of feeding our cells, and nourishing our bodies.
Other alternative therapies for brain cancer and ways to compliment traditional medicine are acupuncture, meditation, relaxation, light therapy, massage, and yoga. All of these methods will improve your general well-being and stimulate your body to heal itself.
Becoming educated on proper preventative measures is the best way to keep your body protected and healthy. Cancer affects the human body only when it is compromised by the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, and exercise.
November 25th, 2008
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