The problem is the chemo also often kills healthy cells along with cancerous ones. By destroying good healthy cells and by stripping away needed nutrients and hormones, it can cause major disruption to both short and long term health.
Unfortunately these drugs can be so harmful and dangerous that they can also often cause significant damage to and even the death of the patient before they have successfully removed all the cancer. The two most common ways this occurs is through the weakening of organs which leads to their failure; and through the destruction of the immune system which leaves your body defenceless. An ordinary common cold or a simple stomach bug, under these circumstances can have the power to turn into something very dangerous and even cause death.
Western doctors find themselves trapped in a very difficult dilemma: if they do not give enough chemo the cancer may kill the patient, but if they give too much then it can be the chemo (through organ failure, weak immunity and infections) that ends the patient’s life.
It is to simply stay as warm as you possibly can, (and to avoid the cold as much as you possibly can too).
Why ? Well in basic science cold steals energy while heat does the exact opposite - it gives energy.
Qi or human energy plays a big role in Chinese Medicine, and as we have seen in a previous blog - energy is vital to the functioning of a healthy body. It is also vital to keeping the immune system as strong as possible as energy feeds power to it to create immune cells to both defend against infections and to hunt down and kill cancerous mutating cells.
Without energy your body will get weaker and weaker; and your system will fail to both protect itself (from illnesses like the common cold) and fail to keep itself functioning even at basic levels.
Keeping your energy strong has always been a core principle of Chinese and Eastern medicines. It is a basic principle in science (absolutely everything needs energy to work) and it is common sense. However, as no drug company has managed effectively to stick it into a bottle of pills and charge lots of money for it, it has remained missing from western medicine. (The closest they have come to it is to give steroids - but this is not the same at all and can lead to other problems).
But in this article we will stick to discussing one simple method which is quite effective at preserving and increasing energy and that is just to stay warm.
This is so important, particularly as we go into the cold winter months.
You can see the effects of the cold weather easily in nature as the cold weather steals life in the freezing winter months; everything disappears, animals hibernate and plants will not grow, instead withdrawing their vitality into their roots deep in the warm earth.
By simply wearing plenty of extra layers, scarves, gloves, hats, leggings etc. you will keep the hot energy and power locked inside your body where it will continue to support you and your immune system.
Keep yourself really covered up. And avoid making any unnecessary trips out into the cold weather too. Put off any ventures or trips you want to make until you are through the chemo and are feeling strong again.
If you can afford it, then turn the heating up in your house. But if you can't and you live in a chilly house then make sure you cover yourself up - it's better to sit inside with your coat on you rather than to let yourself get cold. Wear extra leggings or insulated socks or whatever you can to keep yourself warm at all times.
This will lessen the likelihood of getting a (life threatening) cold or other infection during your chemo treatment.
It will help to keep your immune system working to make natural killer cells to help fight the cancer.
It will also give you more energy to make you feel generally better and to get your system into a recovery phase quicker after the harsh chemo.
You will need all the strength you can find to get through the chemo so keep the energy locked inside of you by staying warm.
I will also show you how to diminish your chances of catching colds. It is effective advice that I use myself and that I give to my patients all the time.It is not that difficult to put it into effect and it gets good results.
In the meantime - stay as warm as you can and avoid letting the cold wind and weather drain the energy and life from your body.