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Unread 02-03-2004, 10:52 AM
Presentation by Integrative Cancer Center Founder

Last week, I attended a presentation at the Wellness Community by Dr. Keith Block, founder of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care. The founder of the Wellness Community gave the introduction. Dr. Block is a medical doctor whose nutrition and supplement recommendations are pretty much the same as Dr. Jeanne Wallace's.

Unlike Dr. Wallace, who is a Ph.D, Dr. Block can treat people with chemo, radiation, and a therapy where some sort of instruments are put into the body and stuck into the tumor to burn it to death and kill it. He also engages in chronotherapy, which has something to do with the time at which particular medications are administered, which somehow seems to predict better response.

Another intro was given by a woman with Stage IV lung cancer who had had a lung removed and all sorts of other problems, then recurrent lung cancer, and then another type of cancer. When her doctor said there's no more that they could do, she took out a second on her home and began working with Dr. Block. That was five years ago. Interesting.

I believe he's in Illinois and is pretty hardcore. I just looked at his site, and it's nowhere near as in-depth (medically-speaking) as the mind-boggling presentation he gave. I asked him if he knew Dr. Wallace (who I'm working with), and he said, "Oh, she's wonderful!"

Dr. Block's site is at:

Dr. Wallace's site, with lots free helpful info, is at:
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Unread 02-04-2004, 08:24 PM
Presentation by Integrative Cancer Center Founder

Hey Siren -
I checked out Dr. Block's site but didn't find as much info as I expected. You said his presentation was extensive. Did he talk about the copper connection? I am still in a state of flux about that issue. When I saw my oncologist in December and asked about it, he said that as far as he was concerned, there still needs to be more studies to see if diet actually plays a part in elevated copper levels. Right now he believes it does not. My gyn agrees. I don't know, don't know.

The more I read about nutrition and cancer, the more I see that pretty much everyone, be it TCM, dieticians, herbalists, naturopaths - advocate the same regimen, namely lots of veggies, no sugar, wheat or dairy. I even came across an astrological web site, eat for your sun sign, and it basically gave the same advice. LOL!

A new TCM supplement has been added to my list: Bupleurum Entangled Qi Formula - ya gotta love the name - which contains about a dozen different herbs. It is supposed to help my breast lumps! I am also drinking dandelion/burdock tea, also for the lumps. Will be interesting to see if it works.

I found a chocolate bar that is sweetened with beet juice and has blueberries in it. I managed to convince myself it was good for me.......
Unread 02-05-2004, 12:54 AM
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Oops. Dr. Wallace's site is

Didn't realize you couldn't edit a post after 24 hours had passed, and didn't check the boards yesterday. Thanks, AudreyS, for letting me know!

Moonflower --

What is the name of that chocolate bar? Do tell! Also, chocolate sweetened with Maltitol has a much lower glycemic index than chocolate sweetened with sugar, so it's another thing to consider.

The thing with copper is that it's not necessarily a result of your diet. If my understanding is correct, studies have shown that many cancer patients have elevated copper levels. There are supplements you can take that help lower the levels, and foods you can avoid that have a higher copper content than most other foods. But I'm not sure what causes the higher copper levels in the first place.

One of my nurses said that one of the most respected oncologists on the gyn/onc medical team at my HMO recently told her that the "sugar is a cancer feeder" thing was proven to be a myth. But I have read it in every single book, and heard it from every single person. So I'll be interested to catch up with him to see what he based that statement on. I get it from way too many sources.

You're right about the dietary recommendations. I read the same ones in virtually every book and presentation that I've looked at. I do think that Dr. Wallace and Dr. Block both have a lot of good suggestions for what to avoid and why. It's the "why" that helps me understand the reasons that apples, pears and raspberries should be eaten instead of oranges, bananas and dates. I wouldn't have known the difference in glycemic index or how those fruits affect insulin levels, or why that even matters.

Dr. Wallace gives away from free helpful info on her site, whereas I didn't find that Dr. Block did. Two different approaches.

I ate at least 11 serving of veggies today. So I allowed myself some nan bread at the Indian restaurant and some chai tea, even though it had 1) caffeine and 2) dairy. Eeek! But it was yummy. Now, however, it's nearly midnight and I'm WIDE AWAKE. :-)

I'm going to another "dietary and supplement strategies for treating cancer" seminar on Sunday. It's being given by the first nutritionist I worked with -- Ken Babal, the vitamin guy who's interviewed in that E! Entertainment Television special on "The High Cost of Fame" as it relates to actresses trying to stay thin. I'll let you all know if anything new and interesting gets said. :-)
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Unread 02-05-2004, 07:04 PM
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The chocolate bar - dark with blueberries, is from a company that makes a brand called endangered species chocolate. They have animals on the label. This particular one has a picture of a sea turtle on it, a good sign, I figure, since turtles are associated with longevity! I get them at the health food store, but have also seen them at Rite-Aid drug. If you can't find them, let me know and I'll send a care package.

The "sugar feeds cancer" truth or fiction controversy continues. When I asked my onc about it, he rolled his eyes and laughed. He said, of course sugar feeds cancer, it also feeds every other cell in the body as well. His health advice was don't smoke, limit alcoholic drinks, though a glass of wine now and then doesn't hurt anyone. Same for coffee. He also said to buy organic, especially meat as he believes the hormones and antibiotics are harmful and may well be linked to cancer.

In TCM, foods are categorized as hot, cold or neutral. Oranges and bananas, are considered cold, and therefore slow the digestion. Sugar, wheat and dairy are thought to cause inflammation. In the eat-for-your-blood-type diet, oranges have too much sugar, though I'm not sure about bananas, I'd have to check. Pity, I love oranges, but then I love raspberries too, and they are good for us, so it all works out.

Do let us know if the vitamin guy has any good info....

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