Dr. Keith Block takes an integrative approach to cancer treatment. Having been a patient himself for bleeding ulcers and migraines, he is a strong believer in treating the whole person, not treating the diagnosis.
Dr. Block says that it's important to focus not just on the cancer cell, but also on the terrain surrounding that cell. The health of the biochemical environment determines to a great extent the odds of the individual's survival and recovery.
Transcribed from video interview
Cancer is not a wind sprint. It’s a marathon. And so anybody, whether diagnosed early and trying to avoid a recurrence or with a full blown more advanced cancer, needs to really focus on their physical fitness and maintain optimal health and wellness. I tell patients, I mean really try to turn them into an Olympic athlete, not the intensity of an Olympic athlete but the intensity of a, the intensity of the commitment of an Olympic athlete.
And thus, if you maintain optimal fitness, both physically but also nutritional fitness, emotional fitness, immunological fitness, this is all fundamental to fighting a disease no matter what. One has to really lay down the right foundation first and then you can superimpose optimal treatment on top of it. But without that foundation it’s a little bit like building a skyscraper on top of quicksand.
One of the things that we know is, is that we have always focused on just the cancer cell and we didn’t focus on the terrain that’s surrounding that cell. And that terrain, just like soil for a seed, has everything to do with what happens to that cancer. Certainly there are molecular fingerprints within the cell itself. But there’s also a biology surrounding that cell that can either make a cancer grow or make it, help create an inhibitory environment to that cancer.
So, one of the things that can be done is to test the biochemical environment of a patient. And through careful laboratory assessments it’s possible to get a better idea of if there’s disruptions in that environment. If the environment is disrupted, every challenge a cancer patient faces becomes a steeper hill to climb.