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– Exercise and cancer

“If we had a pill that conferred all the confirmed health benefits of exercise, would we not do everything
humanly possible to see to it that everyone had access to this wonder drug?
Would it not be the most prescribed pill in the history of mankind?”
— Robert E. Sallis, M.D.

“Exercise is medicine and doctors need to prescribe it!”, Dr. Sallis also says. Although there is always a need for more research in humans, research seems to show that exercise can benefit the cancer patient in at least two ways… by boosting the immune system and regulating inflammation* and through inhibiting tumor growth**. Exercise and physical therapy may also help mitigate chemo-induced neuropathy. ***

I know that I would not be walking, possibly not even be alive, had I not defied doctors’ orders and joined 24-hour Fitness. Mind you, they had my best interests at heart… they were worried about my bones continuing to break. Tumors had already split my sacro-iliac joint apart and I had lost full use of my legs. A large tumor had crumbled a couple of vertebrae in my neck, causing me to lose the use of my right arm. And another had crumbled my T-11 vertebrae (near my bra strap mid-back).

But I knew bone marrow was a problem for me… the tumors had replaced so much of it, the lack of it was what weakened my bones, bone marrow is the very heart of your immune system so I needed it more than ever, and the chemo and radiation was decimating it and keeping it down. The doctors said I would probably never walk normally again. But it wouldn’t much matter because I wouldn’t be alive in two months. For me to create a different reality, I knew that I had to generate as much bone marrow as possible. Everything I read about naturopathic ways to increase bone marrow production centered around exercise. I also made a lot of bone broth but that is a different post. (Bone Broth for cancer).

So, I pulled up amongst the vainglorious in my little walker and shuffled from weight machine to weight machine. Mind you, I did them each without weights. I was all about low-impact exercise, including yoga and swimming. But after months of being bedridden, I had to MOOOOOVE. It was hard, especially at first, but I knew it was the right path and I tried to do at least a little exercise every day. Sometimes the chemo and radiation were too much for me but I determined to at least do leg lifts while in the infusion chair. Trust me, I know how little you feel like doing exercise while you are undergoing treatment.

But, I am alive… against all odds. And I am walking, and hiking, and scuba diving and skiing. And I believe that digging down deep to force myself to exercise when I didn’t feel like it was vital to this reality I am currently enjoying. I am currently NED (no evidence of disease) but I know that the sword is still hanging over my head and I live scan to scan. Exercise, although never as much as I’d like, is still a part of my naturopathic regimen to keep the snarling wolf asleep at my feet (The Snarling Wolf).

Do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones, do it for me…. imagine mini-me sitting on on your shoulder whispering in your ear… “You can do it and you’ll be glad you did.”

“Get up offa that thing, and dance ’till you feel better…” – James Brown

And drink lots of filtered water.

Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this website should be construed as medical advice. I am not a doctor. I am a Stage IV breast cancer thriver who is currently NED/NAD and simply sharing what I did, and do, and why. Please research anything I share to determine if it is a good path for you. Bless you all on the path you choose.

All original content contained on this web site, What I did and do and why, is copyrighted, 2015,2016 Kaiulani Facciani.

Exercise in Regulation of Inflammation-Immune Axis Function in Cancer Initiation and Progression Exercise in Regulation of Inflammation-Immune Axis Function in Cancer Initiation and Progression

** New Insights Into the Immunomodulatory Effects of Exercise and Potential Impact on Tumorigenesis New Insights Into the Immunomodulatory Effects of Exercise and Potential Impact on Tumorigenesis

*** Complementary therapies for chemo neuropathy

• Anti-oxidant effects of Exercise

 

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