I. Cancer Prevention
A. Common environmental factors that contribute to cancer include tobacco (according to one estimate, accounting for 25–30% of deaths), diet and obesity(30–35%), infections (15–20%), radiation (both ionizing and non-ionizing, up to 10%), stress, lack of physical activity, and environmental pollutants.
weMED Cancer Prevention Program is built around eliminating these factors.
B. Western and Eastern Medicine Comprehensive Screening: weMED utilizes the Texas Medical Center’s advanced diagnostic technology of Conventional Medicine and our high level Chinese Medicine to provide cancer screening. During the past year, weMED had found two undiagnosed cases of colorectal cancer and one case of prostate cancer. Fortunately, all three cases did not have metastasis and now they are in cancer free condition.
We have one more step ahead for prevention for the following cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, skin and lung cancer.
C. Comprehensive Immune System Enhancement: Since we have cancer cells (which is expressed by oncogenes) or defected cells circulating all over our bodies at all time, cancer prevention relies on an optimal physical and mental environment which helps to maintain a strong immune system, in order to survey the whole body and remove the defected cells to avoid cancer growth.
weMED focuses on restoring patients’ physical and mental health through The 5 Pillars of Health:
Brain Health (good sleep and stable mood)
Hormonal Balance (natural solutions, rather than synthetic or bioidentical replacements)
Detoxification (improve liver and kidney function, eliminate heavy metals, inflammatory chemicals and extra weight)
Fitness (Individualized Exercise Program based on Hormone Testing and patient constitution)
Nutrition and Gut Health (balance gut flora, such as gram negative and gram positive bacteria, eliminate pathogenic bacteria and yeast, analyze 300 food items and 300 non-food item sensitivities, 80 nutritional deficiencies and 80 heavy metal toxicities, to enhance immune system, digestive system and central nervous system to provide effective protection and health restoration)
D. Stress management through acupuncture, meditation, Qigong-Taichi and exercise is also our unique approach to prevent cancer.
II. Comprehensive Cancer Management
For the past 23 years Dr. You and Dr. Ma have provided supportive care for cancer patients to improve their Quality of Life and prolong life-expectancy by utilizing the synergy of Conventional and Chinese medicine. This synergy medicine improves patients’ immunity and blood quality, detoxifies the body, and builds up their energy to win the battle with stronger power.
Many desperate cancer patients in China with only a few months to live actually lived for years or decades because of the combination of Western and Chinese Medical care. For this reason, the National Cancer Institute granted millions of dollars to several prestigious cancer centers in the US to do research on integrating Chinese medicine for cancer care.
Dr. You advises one of the top Cancer Hospitals on how to support cancer patients, such as undergone chemo or reduce neuropathy and other side effects induced by chemo and radiotherapy. His work is also supported by Susan G. Komen Foundation. This Foundation award, is to support and recognize Dr. You and Dr. Ma’s integrative medical effort in helping cancer patients and it is designated for the doctors at weMED Clinic to attend 2010 Breast Cancer Symposium from October 1-3, Washington D. C.
Surveys for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) show more than a third of Americans (36 percent) use complementary and alternative therapies. These therapies include diet, herbs, supplements, mind/body therapies such as aromatherapy, yoga and meditation, physical therapies, exercise and the ancient arts of acupuncture and tai chi.
The weMED Team and clinical studies demonstrate that synergy of both worlds’ Medicine has provided statistically significant improvement for cancer patients with the following cancers and complications:
General Relief for Cancer Patients:
- Pain Relief
- Breathlessness & Asthma (with end stage cancer)
Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy:
- Hot Flashes & Night Sweats (for breast cancer patient)
- Nausea & Vomiting
Reduce Side Effects of Radiotherapy:
- Skin Toxicity
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
III. Testimonial: Headache and Joint Pain Related to Cancer, and Insomnia
My story begins in December, 2007 with a breast cancer diagnosis. I had surgery, then started a 64 week treatment plan which included radiation and chemotherapy. Among the many side effects of cancer treatment, I developed daily headaches and considerable joint pain. After consulting with my oncologist and primary care physician, I met with Dr. You to discuss options for addressing these side effects. After deciding to go forward with acupuncture. Dr. You designed a customized approach to my situation. Within 3 weeks of beginning acupuncture, the debilitating side effects of my cancer treatment were under control. I continued to see Dr. You periodically until I finished all the cancer drug infusions.
In addition to the side effects mentioned above, many cancer patients (including me) find that insomnia is a problem. This seems to be due, in part, to the steroids contained in cancer drugs. Anxiety is common among cancer patients and can lead to loss of sleep. In my case, my transition into menopause was caused by chemotherapy. With all these factors, my oncologist prescribed Ambien (a prescription sleep drug) from the very beginning of cancer treatment. For almost 2 years, I took Ambien before bed.
Eventually, I completed cancer treatment, but found that I was unable to fall asleep without taking Ambien. I arranged a meeting with Dr. You and my primary care physician, Dr. Winstrom. Together, we decided to systematically reduce my Ambien dosage and to begin an acupuncture regime designed to restore sleep cycles to healthy levels. Within 2 months of starting a cycle of acupuncture treatment for insomnia, I no longer required any sleep aid.
I now recommend acupuncture to anyone suffering from insomnia, including cancer patients, women experiencing menopause and those who have been relying on prescription sleeping aids.
We will carefully review your medications and avoid herb-drug interactions before recommending any Chinese herbal therapy to detoxify and boost your body. We will not give you any herbs unless you have already consulted with your oncologist.
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