Why Are Doctors Rushing Patients Into Conventional Cancer Treatments? – Dr Bita Badakhshan

Ty Bollinger: I know there are a lot of people
involved in cancer treatment, cancer research, myself included, who
had some kind of a personal tragedy that got them involved in this line of research. What’s your story as
far as why are you doing what you’re doing today?
Treating cancer integratively. Dr. Bita Badakhshan: So I started as a conventional
doctor. Finishing family practice residency in New
York and then moving back to California, I started
working on different urgent cares and for Kaiser as well. And
then at Kaiser and urgent care I would see cancer patients who were treating themselves
or living their life in an integrated way. Like pancreatic cancer, late stage. She said, “I was diagnosed a few years ago. I was told I’m going to
die in a few months, but it’s now almost three years I’ve been living doing great.” And initially they would
say—because they would see me as a conventional doctor—they said, “I know you won’t
believe in this stuff.” I said, “No, I’m open to it, I’m very open
to everything. I want to learn. I’m eager to learn.” So
much stuff out there that we could learn and give a better care to patients. So anyways, to make a long story short, I
just kept seeing patients like that and I got guided into that
and then I started. And what hurt me was in Kaiser they would
get the diagnosis of cancer—they didn’t even have time to research. Within a few days they had to do chemo, otherwise
the doctors would tell them they’re going to die or it would spread
everywhere. So they would come—one patient I had she
had urinary infection and next day she had to do chemo. I
said, “No honey, you have to take care of your kidneys first. It’s a urinary infection. Get rid of the
bacteria and then do your research. There’s no rush.” You don’t get cancer overnight, cancer is
a process of 10 years, 12 years. I mean within eight years you get a tumor. Sometimes people don’t get
diagnoses until 10, 12 years. So, they kind of tend to scare the patient
and they get worried. They don’t have time to research. Then
they start the chemo. Ty Bollinger: So it’s really almost a process
of creating fear to get them on the treatments quickly. Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Correct. Correct. Ty Bollinger: That would be considered your
kind of “aha” moment where you realize what we’re doing—its not
working here. Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Exactly. It’s not working and we need to educate people. We need to tell them there’s other
ways to go. Going with the conventional surgery, radiation,
chemo is not the way to go. There’s other
ways you could do. And also you could do surgery, but no, don’t
rush into it. Improve the immune
system, boost your body before you do surgery because any cut, any kind of surgery in the
body, it will suppress the immune system and also it will
attract all the good white blood cells—all your good cells
into that area, then what happens? All those cancer cells that are already floating
in your body they keep growing. Ty Bollinger: So the surgery is a really bad
impact on the immune system. A drastic effect. Dr. Bita Badakhshan: It is, and sometimes
we do have to do it and we do recommend it, but before doing that
you want to boost the immune system before doing any kind of surgery.

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