Cancer – Nutrition for Health and Wellness

Cancer is a term that hits very close to home for a large percentage of the population. Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control.

In some areas of the world cancer is more prevalent than others. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is one location that would be classified as an "increased risk" area due to a number of environmental issues. This is not to say that the environment is the only source for cancer. There are a number of contributing factors to developing a cancer including family history, health of the diet, stress levels, proper sleeping patterns, body weight and vitamin and mineral imbalances that also play a large role. Practicing in Pittsburgh for 19 years, Dr. Shaw is very familiar with the nutritional approach to treating and preventing cancer.

The nutritional approach to treating cancer has many roles. Frequently, Dr. Shaw is part of a health care delivery team, working with your oncologist to improve your body's ability to bounce back from the immense stress that it is under. Medications are very strong in the treatment of cancer, strong enough to destroy cancer cells and almost strong enough to kill you. Therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals coupled with an anti-cancer diet are used to offset the damage and deficiencies that can be cause by the medication. Treatment times and outcomes are improved and recurrence of cancer can be prevented.

Another part of the nutritionist role is to correct the reasons that the cancer started in the first place. This accomplished, when medical treatments are done, prevention of recurring cancer cells is achieved. In understanding the functional imbalance that allowed abnormal cell growth to occur, true healing at the cellular level can begin by prevention of the disease process at the root level.

In working with a nutritionist you will hear the word "functional" quite a bit. What we are referring to is that not all problems that can become cancer show up in your blood work, and there may be a more subtle change in your system that is not bad enough to raise the red flags for your medical doctor.

It is important to note that when your medical history and health related goals are explored, that consultation is held directly with Dr. Shaw, not an untrained individual, a questionnaire or a computer program.

Dr. Shaw is looking forward to working with you directly.