Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, in Commack says that he has had many patients over the years coming for help both during and post-cancer treatments. “Many feel terrible, not realizing how much the treatments will take from them,” shares Pollack. “The volume of side effects can be staggering, but many of the problems they complain of were actually present before cancer ever hit.” Many complain of low energy; digestive problems; aches and pains, especially in the feet and legs; hormone imbalance; irregular menstrual cycles; and other conditions that were often present before their diagnosis, explains Pollack. “After and during treatment, many of these become more intensified, stiffness more pronounced, hot flashes, insomnia, weakness, headaches, etc. Often, many are surprised that these symptoms remain months and even years after treatment has ended.”
Pollack generally recommends examining the basics: digestion, hormone balance and inflammatory sources. He says that these three basic functions of the body control the vast majority of how our body runs, how we feel and what our healing potential will be. “Your digestive tract is home to about 70 percent of your immune system. This can be a major source of inflammation, thought to be one of the root causes of cancer. Rebuilding the digestive system using herbal and enzyme remedies along with an appropriate food program can be paramount to optimizing absorption of nutrients and reducing this major source of inflammation.”
Pollack explains that hormones, particularly cortisol, have a major effect on the activity level of the immune system. He says that cortisol levels can mean the difference between an appropriate immune reaction or under-reaction. “There are a variety of fantastic modern and ancient treatments, such as herbal therapy and acupuncture, that can help balance and regulate the body’s hormones, helping to manage stress, immune function, sleep and the healing process.”
Lastly, Pollack says, finding all sources of inflammation in the body is of utmost importance. “Inflammation can arise in the digestive tract, as mentioned. It can also arise from chronic physical aches and pains, and many other imbalances, such as toxicity, poor diet and other organ problems. Any source of inflammation contributes to the overall inflammatory load the body is under and the degree to which hormones, like cortisol, must chronically react to. Many find that using safe and effective holistic treatments to help heal and repair the body can rejuvenate energy, optimize digestion, and basically help you get a wonderful, quality of life back.”
Always use the assistance of an experienced holistic health practitioner when attempting to navigate the many ways to heal the body.
Source: Dr. David Pollack. Location: Pollack Wellness Institute (formerly Creating Wellness Center) is located at 66 Commack Rd., Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit CreatingWellnessLI.com.