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Who is Dr. Thomas Lodi and What’s the Role of Nature in Cancer Treatment

Can you tell us about
yourself?

I’m a conventionally trained medical doctor. After attending medical school at the University of Hawaii, I did residency training in New York at St. Lukes/Roosevelt
Hospital, Columbia University. I practiced conventional medicine for about 10
years until one day I realized that it just didn’t work. It was clear that we were really not helping
people with chronic diseases at all. If they came in with
arthritis, ten years later they still had arthritis but now they were on
multiple drugs and suffering from the side effects of the drugs prescribed for the
condition. It didn’t matter which chronic condition they had, it was the same outcome…no one gets “cured”. It was also clear that the only way that we were/are able to help were/are in acute situations
such as trauma, heart attacks and other emergency situations. We really have no
answers because certainly poisoning someone who is
sick just doesn’t make sense as a
therapeutic strategy.

How did you decide to
pursue a career in integrative oncology?

After realizing what we
were doing as conventional doctors and that we really did not help people, I
stopped working and traveled around the world to different health centers and
clinics….I would read about different doctors who I found were brilliant and
had therapies that made sense and had a scientific foundation and then would
apprentice with them. After spending a
couple years training around the world, I returned to New York
and pursued the field that I originally loved, oncology and so for about the last 17 years I’ve been practicing what has become known as “integrative oncology” … we integrate conventional medicine,
naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional
Chinese medicine and traditional Thai medicine and we
bring it all together because every one of them is useful to some degree and
what we have learned is that it’s necessary to integrate them….that is use the
most effective therapies from each healing discipline ….  but the foundation of what we do ,which is
antithetical to what most medical doctors and scientists do, is that we have a
reverence and respect for nature and nature is always our guide hence we work
with nature not against it.

What role does science
play on your treatments?

When it was raising
its head from the ashes of the Dark Ages the stated goal of science was to
dominate and control nature and this is what the goal of science has been and
the consequences are obvious. We are attempting to dominate nature and in so
doing we are damaging it and it’s absolutely crazy because we are part of
nature and so we’re like soiling our nest and we are getting very sick from it.
 At The Life Co we work
with nature, harness nature because of our great respect and reverence for it
and absolutely never work against it. We do follow new scientific discoveries, adopt certain methodologies
but we never forget that there is more to science than manufacturing drugs and
poisoning people. Botanical science and human physiology and biochemistry are real,
pure science. Real healing is only possible when a person is in the right
environment with a balanced and calm/peaceful mind.  Did you know 70% of
conventional oncologists admit that they would not use the medication they
prescribe for their patients on themselves or their loved ones ?

What about the diet during cancer treatment?

If we realize the cancer is a consequence of an accumulation of
toxins then we realize that we have to remove those toxins and we should
provide only substances that can be used to make healthy cells and that’s what
the diet is about. The “detox” cleans out the toxins first and then we start a
diet and this particular diet is a plant-based vegan diet and also keep in mind
when you look at nature there’s no animal that barbecues. There’s no animal
that’s cooking their food because cooking, applying fire to anything will
destroy it. It will change it chemically and produce a lot of products that are
no longer usable by the body and if they’re not usable by the body they need to
be gotten rid of. So we need to keep food as natural as possible. The nature
produces tomatoes, not tomato sauce. What we do at The LifeCo is providing
delicious food, rather than food-like things. People have come here and said
that’s better than cooked food.

We know that cancer cells require about 19 to 20 times more glucose
(more sugar) than healthy cells and we also know that our healthy cells can
easily survive and thrive on fat for fuel, whereas cancer cells can’t. It’s a
no brainer; high healthy-fat low-glucose diet will allow the person to have the
energy to go on and feel wonderful and at the same time will be cancer-free. We
have a variety of diets in that category anywhere from fifty to sixty percent
good healthy fats which includes seeds, avocados, coconuts, pates, nuts and
stuff you know healthy fats to a seventy eighty percent. Such as the ketogenic
diet.

What are your top cancer prevention
tips and cancer healing tips?

Health is our natural state of being! Once the impediments are
removed and the raw materials and energy to rebuild the body are supplied health
results. It is interesting that we are branded as “extreme”, those of us who
seek health in the only way it can be obtained. So: fasting, juicing, raw vegan
diet, colon cleansing, exercise, sunshine, fresh air and water, plenty of
sleep, yoga or Qigong, meditation and surrender to ‘the way it is’.

Also, don’t take anything you hear or read as gospel. Do your
own research! A woman who starts getting “recommended” mammograms every year in
her 30s is almost guaranteed to develop breast cancer. Breasts are composed of
complex tissues with multiple metabolic functions so when these soft tissues
are squashed and then irradiated, it would be improbable that no damage would
occur. Would the doctors telling women to get mammograms squash and irradiate
their testicles? Breast ultrasound is often used to confirm the results of
positive mammograms so why not start out with this non-ionizing, nontoxic
method of screening?

What to avoid

Drugs, both pharmaceutical and
recreational, including alcohol and nicotine

Cooked food – especially: junk and
processed food; all flesh, eggs and dairy products; refined sugar in all its
guises.

Microwaved food

Non-organic food

Tap water or water from plastic
bottles

Skin, hair and body care products
(including make up) containing manmade chemicals

Toxic relationships

Negative emotions

Stress, exhaustion and/ or lack of
sleep

Electromagnetic radiation from cell
phones (mobile phones) and wireless internet connections

Mammograms, X-rays and other
procedures involving ionizing radiation

Amalgam fillings and root canals

Living in a polluted, oxygen-poor
environment such as a big city

What to include

Live, water-rich raw vegetables and
fruits

Plentiful raw vegetable juices made
with predominantly dark greens (you can enhance the taste by adding lemon and a
little pear or green apple)

Pure water, meaning either spring
water (not bottled in plastic) or filtered water

Regular colonics

Yoga or Qigong

Regular cardiovascular exercise

Plenty of fresh air and sunshine

Fun, laughter and loving
relationships

Meditation

Plenty of sleep. Get to bed before 9 pm
whenever possible and strive to make it possible often Massages, structural
reintegration and other bodywork

As much time as possible in natural
environments with clean, oxygen-rich air

No one can do all of this all of the
time….that is not the point….the point is to as much of these things as is
possible for you most of the time.

Adopt an 80:20 life style with 80% strict
and healthy and 20% mild indulgences….not severe but foods and activities that
give you pleasure and make you happy.

It is not what we do occasionally or part
of the time that affects our health  but
rather that which we do most of the time that determines our physical, mental
and spiritual condition.

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