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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—also referred to as integrative medicine—includes a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies. A therapy is generally called complementary when it is used in addition to conventional treatments; it is often called alternative when it is used instead of conventional treatment. (Conventional treatments are those that are widely accepted and practiced by the mainstream medical community.) Depending on how they are used, some therapies can be considered either complementary or alternative.
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Cancell is also known as Entelev, Sheridan's Formula, Jim's Juice, Crocinic Acid, JS-114, JS-101, 126-F, and Cantron. It has been promoted as a therapy for cancer and a wide range of other diseases. The US Food and Drug Administration has listed the components of Cancell as inositol, nitric acid, sodium sulfite, potassium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and catechol. Cancell can be administered orally or rectally. It can also be applied to the skin of the wrist or the ball of the foot.
For more information: Alternative Cancer Fact Sheet: Cancell
Gerson therapy, a dietary approach that has been used by some to treat cancer and other diseases, focuses on the role of minerals, enzymes,hormones, and other dietary factors in restoring health and well-being. The daily regimen calls for drinking 13 glasses of juice prepared from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and eating vegetarian meals prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
For more information: Alternative Medicine Cancer Fact Sheet: Gerson Therapy
Immuno-augmentative therapy (IAT) consists of daily injections of processed human blood products that are designed to stimulate the patient's immune system to attack cancer cells. IAT was developed by Dr. Lawrence Burton, Ph.D. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Burton established the Immunological Researching Foundation in Great Neck, New York, and filed an investigational new drug application for IAT with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, because Dr. Burton did not provide the experimental evidence for IAT that the FDA requested, the application was not approved.
For more information: Alternative Medicine Cancer Fact Sheet: Immuno-Augmentative Therapy
Bovine cartilage and shark cartilage have been investigated as treatments for cancer, psoriasis, arthritis, and a number of other medical conditions for more than 30 years. At least some of the interest in cartilage as a treatment for cancer arose from the mistaken belief that sharks, whose skeletons are made primarily of cartilage, are not affected by this disease. Although reports of malignant tumors in sharks are rare, a variety of cancers have been detected in these animals. Nonetheless, several substances that have antitumor activity have been identified in cartilage. More than a dozen clinical studies of cartilage as a treatment for cancer have already been conducted, and additional clinical studies are now under way.
For more information: Alternative Medicine Cancer Fact Sheet: Cartilage (Bovine and Shark)
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