The Scariest Word

For many of us, “cancer” is probably the scariest word in the English language, especially if it comes at the conclusion of a pathology report with your name on it.

“But that can’t be, Doctor,” I said, assured there must be a mistake. (denial)

“But I keep myself in excellent health.” (rationalization)

“Maybe a second opinion?” (wishing, hoping)

My oncologist, director of one of the leading cancer center’s T-Cell Lymphoma Division, sighed compassionately. “We have already requested a second opinion, Dr. Watts, with DNA analysis.”

“I’m sorry, same diagnosis.” (Nothing to do now but pray to God this is all just a bad dream.)

I hope this scenario is not hitting close to home, but the sad fact is many of us have been affected by this evil disease. Alarmingly, cancer rates in the U.S. are rising exponentially. “But why and how,” I asked myself. How did I get cancer and why are more and more of us facing it. Just what is the ‘root cause’ of this pandemic?

The most recent medical journals point to the “root cause” as a genetic tendency, plus nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins. Furthermore, while our genetics have not changed in thousands of years, the quality of our food (nutrition) and the amounts of chemicals (toxins) poured into our environment have.

I considered my doctor’s advice of chemotherapy. Having taken responsibility for the primary care of hundreds of cancer patients, I knew firsthand that although chemotherapy can be nothing short of a miracle, these powerful chemicals do nothing to address the “root cause” of the disease and, in many cases, result in serious side-effects.

I asked my oncologist’s blessing on trying an alternative-integrative approach instead.

What follows is a shortened version of the Integrative cancer therapies. For a more in-depth view of Integrative approaches, go to my website:


Oncogenes, tumor suppression and DNA repair genes can act as on-off switches to either suppress or protect against cancer.

The good news is that in most cases, through the science of Nutrigenomics, we can control these switches.

However, genetic factors are only a small part of the problem. For example, in the case of breast cancer only 5-10% of cases can be traced to the presence of the BRCA gene; the remaining cases are usually caused by toxins, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, stress or a combination of these factors.


Foods high in nutrition can act as messengers, keeping our bodies at peak health and turning off cancer genes. Unfortunately, according to the National Cancer Institute, our Standard American Diet (SAD) is becoming more and more depleted of these cancer-preventing nutrients.


Just as there are nutrients that kill cancer, there are literally hundreds of toxins that act to generate cancer cells.

For example, dioxins suppress the immune system, disrupt DNA cell division and are major free-radical generators. Phthalates are powerful endocrine disruptors that increase risk of breast cancer.

The Rest of My Story

The quest to find the root cause led me to discover elevated levels of a mycotoxin called tricothecenes in my body. It was caused from a black mold infestation of our home two years prior. A pathologist and leading expert on mycotoxin poisoning commented that he was relieved to find I wasn’t dead. “Most of my diagnoses of mycotoxicosis are made on autopsy,” he said. “Of those who live, many develop lymphoma within the first two years. Your cancer cannot be arrested until the tricothecenes are out of your body.”

Having found the root cause, my next step was to rid my body of it. Fortunately, through a process of detoxification and adjunctive cancer therapy, the lymphoma went into remission.

That was twelve years ago. I look back on that time as a blessing in disguise, realizing that fear of dying became a driving force that led me to study Integrative Cancer Therapies. Today, that study has given me the tools to help many others.

I don’t have to tell you breast cancer is on the rise. I believe the cure for this devastating disease lies not only with conventional radiation, surgery and chemotherapy, but also in the search for its root cause.

At The Renewal Point, we have helped many breast cancer patients. Our routine work-ups include tests for genetic markers, toxins, and nutritional deficiencies. Compiling this Integrative data, we then work with our patients’ oncologists to devise a plan that gives the best odds for remission and non-recurrence.

Hopefully, my personal experience can be of some help to you in your quest.

To Your Good Health,

Dan Watts, M.D.


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