Mistletoe and the Emerging Future of Integrative Oncology
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Mistletoe and the Emerging Future of Integrative Oncology

Human disease is an elaborate dance between behavior, our environment, and chance. Medicine tries to tame human disease with science, but when our knowledge falls short, disease wins. This is too often the case with cancer. We spend billions of dollars each year trying to better understand it and develop tools to ease its effects.

Today, many allopathic medical practitioners are beginning to seek out a greater connection with holistic and integrative approaches. The authors of this book introduce one specific therapy and make a case for integrative health in general, including anthroposophically extended medicine, naturopathy, and other holistic approaches.

Mistletoe therapy has long been considered a viable treatment for cancer by the European medical community and is beginning to gain recognition in North America, as well. The mistletoe plant possesses many remarkable properties. As a therapy, it represents a rediscovery of ancient wisdom and shows us how the science of modern medicine might expand its reach and reconnect with a more human-centered medicine.

The book was structured following the syllabus for a three-day practitioner training hosted by the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM). The chapters highlight several of our key lectures in a condensed form. The book serves as an introductory summary of—not a replacement for—those intensive professional trainings.

While this book should not be regarded as a treatment or diagnostic manual, it is intended to both prepare practitioners to begin mistletoe therapy training and to make this information available, in an accessible form, to anyone interested in learning about this approach to treating cancer.

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C O N T E N T S:

How to Use this Book

Foreword by Dr. Luis A. Diaz

Introduction by Dr. Steven Johnson, DO

PART 1: THE LANDSCAPE OF MISTLETOE THERAPY

1:   Ancient Plant, Modern Therapy:
A Brief History of Mistletoe and Modern Oncology
Dr. Steven Johnson, DO and Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO

2:   The Immunology and Science of Mistletoe
Dr. Paul Faust, ND

3:   The State of Current Mistletoe Research
Dr. Paul Faust, ND and Dr. Marion Debus, MD

PART 2: MISTLETOE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

4:   Understanding Host Trees:
Best Practices in Choosing Mistletoe Therapies
Dr. Peter Hinderberger, MD

5:   Test, Assess, Address . . . Don’t Guess! Adjusting Treatment
Priorities in Response to the Patient’s Unique Terrain
Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO

PART 3: HUMAN-CENTERED MEDICINE

6:   The Physiology of Warmth
Dr. Adam Blanning, MD

7:   What is “Constitutional Care” in the Anthroposophic World?
Seeing the Whole person, the Whole Human Organism, before Providing Care
Dr. Peter Hinderberger, MD

8:   Pairing AM Adjuvants:
Helleborus and Other Anthroposophic Remedies Provided alongside Mistletoe Therapy
Dr. Steven Johnson, DO

9:   Building the Bridge between Mistletoe and
Other Integrative Therapies
Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO

PART 4: WEAVING IT ALL TOGETHER:  SPECIAL APPLICATIONS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

10: Unique Scenarios: Novel Mistletoe Administration Routes
and Understanding Tissue-origins of Specific Cancer Types
Dr. Mark Hancock, MD and Dr. Marion Debus

11: Using Mistletoe Therapy in
Advanced Disease and End-of-Life Care
Dr. Steven Johnson, DO

12: What the Horizon Holds for Mistletoe Therapy . . .
and for an Expanding Integrative Approach to Cancer Care
Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO

Afterword by Holly Lucille, ND, RN

APPENDICES

A: Basics of Mistletoe Administration

B: Dramatic Responses to VAE Therapy:
Understanding Tumor Lysis, Pseudo Progression, and Allergy Potential

C: Anamnestic Form

D: M.D. Anderson Prognostic Scoring System

E: Host Trees and Cancer Types: Basic Matching Guidelines

F: Terrain-centric Core Lab Tests and True Healthy Ranges

Resources

Team Acknowledgments

About the Contributors

References and Author Notes

About the Author

Steven Johnson, MD practices anthroposophic family medicine at the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies in Denver, Colorado. He is president of the Anthroposophic Health Association (AHA), an umbrella organization for groups working to bring anthroposophic insights into the realms of medicine, nursing, naturopathy, body therapies, artistic therapies, movement therapies, and counseling. Dr. Blanning lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to holistic medicine and the dynamics of human development. He is the author of Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs: Holistic Approaches for Challenging Behaviors in Children.

Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology) is a global healthcare authority and best-selling author in integrative cancer care and research (DrNasha.com). Consulting with physicians around the world, she has educated hundreds of professionals in the clinical use of mistletoe. She has created robust educational programs for both healthcare institutions and the public to incorporate well-vetted integrative therapies into cancer care to enhance outcomes. Dr. Winters is currently focused on opening a comprehensive metabolic oncology hospital and research institute (Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health) in the U.S., which will provide the best that standard of care has to offer alongside the most advanced integrative therapies. This facility will be in a residential setting on a gorgeous campus, against a backdrop of regenerative farming, EMF mitigation, and wellness-oriented retreat space.

Adam Blanning, MD, practices anthroposophic family medicine at the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies (DenverTherapies.com) in Denver, Colorado. He is president of the Anthroposophic Health Association (AHA), an umbrella organization for groups working to bring anthroposophic insights into the realms of medicine, nursing, naturopathy, body therapies, artistic therapies, movement therapies, and counseling. Dr. Blanning lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to holistic medicine and the dynamics of human development. He is the author of Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs: Holistic Approaches for Challenging Behaviors in Children (2017).

Marion Debus, MD, received her medical training at Ruhr-University Bochum (1989–1995). Her professional training in internal medicine includes her years at Klinik Öschelbronn Germany, Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend GB, and Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe in Berlin, Germany. Between 2002 and 2005, Marion further specialized in hematology and oncology at Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus in Stuttgart. From 2005 to 2017, she was senior physician at the anthroposophic community hospital Havelhöhe Berlin with a large oncological outpatient clinic. She is currently Head of the Department of Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine at Klinik Arlesheim (Klinik-Arlesheim.ch) near Basel, Switzerland.

Paul Faust, ND, FABNO (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology) is the Founder and Naturopathic Medical Director of the Chesapeake Natural Health Center (ChesapeakeNaturalHealth.com), established in 2001. He became the first Naturopathic Doctor licensed by Maryland’s Board of Physicians in 2016 and has been retained by them as an Expert Witness for cases involving Naturopathic Medicine within the state. He also serves on the board of the Naturopathic Formulary Council. In 2020, he was selected to receive Maryland’s first Naturopathic Doctor of the Year Award. Previously he has served on the editorial review board for the Alternative Medicine Review, a leading publication for complementary and alternative medicine.

Mark Hancock, MD, MPH founded Humanizing Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, together with his wife Enid, in 2015. The clinic is strongly rooted in the couple’s belief that everyone should have quality integrative healthcare options. For his entire professional career, Dr. Hancock has worked with Anthroposophic Medicine, which originally introduced mistletoe as a cancer care therapy over one hundred years ago. Dr Hancock graduated summa cum laude from Saint George’s Medical School in 2008 and was elected Chief Resident during his training at University of New Mexico Hospital. He was introduced to the advanced use of mistletoe by Dr. Maurice Orange, greatly impacting his life course. Dr. Hancock’s journey through life has been full and varied and has taken him through art, philosophy, science, and even some farm work, before ultimately landing in medicine. Read about his journey and medical philosophy at HumanizingMedicine.com.

Peter Hinderberger, MD was born and raised in Switzerland, where he also attended medical school. In 1978, he completed part of his internship at the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, Switzerland (now the oncology department of the Klinik Arlesheim), an integrative oncology clinic. In 1982, he spent another six months at that clinic to deepen his knowledge and practical experience in the use of subcutaneous and intravenous mistletoe. In the spring of 1984, Dr. Hinderberger opened his general practice at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore. He now practices at the Raphael Clinic of Maryland (RaphaelClinicMD.com) in Towson, Maryland. Integrative oncology has always been a focus of his research and practice.

Additional information

Weight 25 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in
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ISBN13

9781938685330

Published

November 2021

Format

Paperback

Pages

384

Publisher

Portal Books

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