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What is BioMagnetic Therapy?


The use of magnets as a medical device goes back centuries, maybe even to the ancient Aztecs of Central America.

In the 14th century, Paracelsus, a physician and alchemist, claimed that steel magnets could attract diseases out of the body, and help draw them to the surface where they could be removed.

The Ancient Greeks discovered lodestone which is considered by many to be the very first natural magnet. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, discussed the use of magnets in his healing protocols.

An American who became interested in magnetic healing, Daniel David Palmer, opened Palmer’s School of Magnetic Cure in Iowa in the 1890s. His ideas developed into the system of hands-on therapy known today as chiropractic.

While Magnets are used in complex medical imaging procedures – such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which uses magnetic fields to formulate 3-D images of the brain and electroencephalographs (EEG), which look at the electrical activity of the brain –  to better understand the body, and magnets are used as a healing therapy throughout many areas of Europe and Asia, the therapy has not been accepted by the traditional medical community in many countries.

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Retinoblastoma


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Retinoblastoma is a type of eye cancer that develops in the light-sensitive lining of the eye, called the retina.

Retinoblastoma can occur at any age but mainly occurs in children younger than 5 years of age and most often in those younger than 2.

Retinoblastoma may occur in one or both eyes, but rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Although it is the most common eye tumour in children, it is a rare childhood cancer and accounts for about 3-4% of childhood cancers.

There are 2 Types of Retinoblastoma:

  • Inherited: Retinoblastoma is sometimes inherited from the parent; this is known as hereditary or germline retinoblastoma and is usually bi-lateral (in both eyes).
  • Non-Inherited: This type of Retinoblastoma generally occurs in only one eye (unilateral)

The main challenge of treating Retinoblastoma is the prevention of blindness, however approximately 98% of children with retinoblastoma are cured.

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Paediatric & Canine Cancer Similarities Can Help Children and Pets


It has long been known that animals, especially dogs, are great companions and also wonderful therapy tools for those who are ill.

Dogs can also sense/smell cancer in a human long before they even know there is anything wrong…

This is a bit of a different story of a dog and a little boy though – Ollie the pug is a therapy dog at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in March, 2016 he paid a bedside visit to 7-year-old Carter Mock.

The thing is, both Ollie and the young lad had lost a limb to osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Ollie’s left front leg was amputated at the shoulder and a tumour was removed from Carter’s left leg bone, after which surgeons fashioned a new knee from his ankle in a procedure called rotationplasty.

The similarities don’t end there…

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Osteosarcoma


Osteosarcoma

Sarcomas are rare types of cancer that develop in the supporting tissues of the body.

There are two main types:

  • Bone Sarcomas
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer which makes up about 5% of Childhood Cancers.

Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH) of the bone is a rare tumour of the bone, and is treated in the same way as osteosarcoma.

Osteosarcoma (also called osteogenic sarcoma) is the most common type of bone cancer and starts in the osteoblasts, which are the bone cells at the end of the long bones where new bone tissue forms as a young person grows.

Types of Osteosarcoma:

  • Periosteal Osteosarcoma
  • Parosteal sarcoma of bone
  • Telangiectatic Osteogenic Sarcoma
  • Small Cell Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma is most prevalent in teenagers, and most often forms in the bones near the knees of children and teenagers or in the bones surrounding the shoulder joints.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Cancer-Fighting Herb Recipes


Good Afternoon, Peeps!

Today’s recipes are all about the cancer-fighting herbs that you are hopefully by now growing in your windowsill as per our earlier posts, Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden and How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet.

Ensuring that your Child with Cancer (and the rest of your family) eat well and get the right amount of nutrients to help their immune system grow strong enough to fight this devastating disease is important.

Knowing how and where to get those important nutritious ingredients, as well as how to use them to best effect, is also important – these recipes will do that!

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Garth Taylor 🤼‍♂️Fighting for Children with Cancer🤼‍♂️ TONIGHT!!! 🥊Please Support!!🥊


While most people know Garth Taylor for his chart-topping radio hits, few know he is an avid fitness fanatic and that kickboxing is his second passion.

Garth won the SA Amateur Kickboxing Championships in the lightweight category in 2014.

In an effort to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT) during Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Garth returns to the ring at the White Collar Boxing 19 event at Scarlet Ribbon, in Modderfontein TONIGHT, September 15.

I lost my sister to cancer. Having watched what she went through as an adult fighting this disease, I can only imagine how much worse it is for children to be fighting this battle,” comments Garth. “I figured, how bad could it be? Me stepping into the ring and getting punched around for kids who are fighting for their lives every single day.

I hope that the general public and companies will pledge towards this campaign and that we can raise funds and help make a difference. Cancer is a bully, and I will be fighting with everything I have for this cause,” he adds.

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Top Cancer Stem Cell Killing Nutrients


Our diets can both feed or starve cancer cells productivity by affecting multiple mechanisms which promote cancer. Cancer cells rely on the ability to multiply, repair, differentiate and evade apoptosis (programmed cell death). The recent discovery of cancer stem cells has scientists looking at a whole new approach to preventing and treating cancer.

Cancer stem cells have a pro-survival strategy involved in promoting cancer cell invasion, growth and metastasis.

These cancer stem cells are unlike typical stem cells because they are designed to promote cancerous activities including: the ability to self-renew; resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs; self-sufficient; not influenced by anti-growth signals or by contact with other stem cells; not regulated by normal cell functions including apoptosis; promote inflammation; regulated by tissue invasion and metastasis; sustained by angiogenesis and flawed cellular energy.

Fortunately, cancer stem cells are affected by phytochemicals or the nutrients in our diets. These nutrients are designed to prevent and treat the pro-survival cancerous properties which equip a cancer stem cell to function.

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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)


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Lymphomas are cancers that develop when malignant cells infiltrate the lymphatic system. Childhood Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) develops in the lymph system, which is an integral part of the body’s immune system.

Lymphomas are divided into two basic types:

  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

NHL is the more common lymphoma in children; it is uncommon in children under the age of 10, but when it does, it is more common in boys than in girls.

There are four major types of childhood Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The specific type of lymphoma is determined by how the cells look under a microscope.

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Questions Parents Should Ask When a Child Completes Cancer Treatment


While the first emotions that parents will feel when their child has completed their cancer treatment are tremendous joy and relief, the event may also be a bit traumatic.

You may feel scared, as you and your child with cancer have suddenly come to the end of a journey of a couple of months or years, during which time you had the support of the hospital/clinic and a oncological team… now you are suddenly on your own…

This is completely normal as while one has to continue the fight, continue to be strong, doing what must be done, adrenaline takes over  and keeps you going – once the fight is over the adrenaline subsides and fear and uncertainty can creep in.

Some parents have described this time as feeling like veterans who have just returned from war – exhausted and unsure of how to go forward…

For this reason, it is important that you think about the end of treatment before the day actually comes, so that you do not feel lost and all out at sea when it does.

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


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Lymphomas are cancers that develop when malignant cells infiltrate the lymphatic system.

Childhood Hodgkin’s Lymphoma develops in the lymph system, which is an integral part of the body’s immune system.

Lymphomas are divided into two basic types:

  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Lymphomas can start anywhere within the lymphatic system, but Hodgkin’s Lymphoma generally starts in the lymph nodes in the neck and more often in teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.

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5 Things Female Childhood Cancer Survivors Should Know


While there has been much improvement in long-term survival rates for childhood cancer patients – more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer are alive at least 5 years after diagnosis – there are many challenges for the survivors.

Many will ultimately be considered cured. As a consequence, interest is growing in the long-term health of these survivors.

Among the long-term survivors are women facing gynaecological health issues from the late effects of their treatment.

The good news for females who have survived Childhood Cancer is that they are far more likely to be able to become pregnant than male survivors.

It is important that parents of Children with Cancer think about the possible late-effects of the cancer and keep records of all treatments, medications, set-backs and any other information they can just in case it is needed later in life.

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Hepatoblastoma


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Hepatoblastoma is a solid tumour cancer that develops in the soft tissue of the liver and accounts for almost half of liver cancers in children.

The liver is situated in the upper part of the abdomen and is the largest organ in the abdomen. The liver is very important as it performs vital bodily functions such as producing proteins that circulate in the blood. Some of these proteins are essential for maintaining the balance of bodily fluids and others help the blood clot and prevent excessive bleeding. The liver also breaks down waste products not used by the body and destroys harmful substances.

Types of Childhood Liver Cancer:

  • Hepatoblastoma: This type of liver cancer generally occurs in children younger than 3 years of age and affects slightly more boys than girls.
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma: This liver cancer mostly affects older children.

Hepatoblastoma is a primary liver cancer, which means that it starts in the liver.

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Managing Behaviour When Your Child Has Cancer


The natural response for any parent when they first learn their child has cancer is to do anything possible to make them happy. It is, however, important to balance the desire to comfort with an understanding of what is in your child’s best interest. This is especially true when your child with cancer exhibits difficult behaviours.

Even as your child and the rest of the family are going through this exceedingly stressful time, it is crucial that you maintain your parental role. Give yourself time to accept the realities of your child’s medical diagnosis, but trust your instincts regarding the behaviours you want to maintain, and those that you are more willing to let go.

While you may be faced with many challenges, and those challenges will change over time, the best thing that you can actually do for your Child with Cancer and the rest of the family, including yourself, is to keep life as normal as possible for your children.

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Ewing Sarcoma


Ewing’s Sarcoma

Sarcomas are rare types of cancer that develop in the supporting tissues of the body.

There are two main types: Bone Sarcomas and Soft Tissue Sarcomas.

Ewing’s sarcoma is a bone cancer (although it can also very rarely develop in the soft tissue) and is the second most common primary sarcoma that can develop in children, comprising 10-15% of childhood bone cancers.

Ewing’s sarcoma is not very common in younger children; it occurs mostly in the teenage years and is slightly more prevalent in boys.

The Ewing’s family of tumours:

  • Ewing’s sarcoma of bone
  • Extraosseous Ewing’s – a tumour outside of the bone
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumour (PNET)
  • Askin’s Tumour (PNET of the chest wall).

Ewing’s sarcoma occurs most commonly in the ribs, pelvis, chest, long bones of the legs and arms, skull, and vertebral column (spine). Extraosseous Ewing Sarcoma appears in the soft tissue of the arms, legs, trunk, head, neck, abdominal cavity, or other areas.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet


Following on from the article we posted a few days ago, “Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden,” today we are going to give you some ideas on how to incorporate those herbs into your and your Child with Cancer’s diet.

While you probably know how to use most of these herbs, there may be some with which you are not that familiar and unsure of how they should be used.

Learning more about these herbs and how to use them in different foods can be some fun that you and your child(ren) can share…. from planting to how they grow to harvesting to using them….

These herbs are really good for fighting cancer, so it is important that you make them part of your Child with Cancer’s diet – the rest of the family will also benefit from their use, and they can add great taste to your dishes too.

In the following weeks we will also give you some great easy recipes to make using these herbs.

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