Skagit Whole Health Center

Cancer and Immune Therapies

cervical_cancer_immune_therapiesCHICAGO (AP) — Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away.

The experimental approach that helped her is one of the newest frontiers in the rapidly advancing field of cancer immunotherapy, which boosts the body’s natural ways of attacking tumors. At a conference in Chicago on Monday, doctors also reported extending gains recently made with immune therapies against leukemia and the skin cancer melanoma to bladder, lung and other tumor types. The cervical cancer experiment was the first time an immune therapy has worked so dramatically against a cancer caused by a virus — HPV.

In a pilot study by the National Cancer Institute, the tumors of two out of nine women completely disappeared and those women remain cancer-free more than a year later. That’s far better than any other treatment has achieved in such cases. Doctors are trying it now against throat, anal and other cancers caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus, and think it holds promise for cancers caused by other viruses, too.

About Barbara Paul

Welcome to Skagit Whole Health Center, where I am dedicated to providing the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, warmth, professionalism and respect. My name is Barbara Paul and through the energy healing practices of Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition and herbs, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Shiatsu and Qi Gong, I create a treatment plan that addresses each individuals needs. I treat not only the symptoms, but the root of the illness, thus restoring the balance upon which holistic health is based. Humans natural state of being is one of wellness and ease. Fatigue, mental and emotional stress, pain and illness are all causes of an imbalance to this state resulting in dis-ease. Energy healing can allow one to return to harmony and ease by bringing balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Born in Switzerland to a pediatric nurse trained in herbology. I spent hours with my mother hiking and studying the wildflowers and plants of the woods near my home outside of Zurich. Being given this love and knowledge of healing and nature, I went on to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle WA. There I earned my Masters in Acupuncture and became board certified by NCCAOM in 1993. Having studied with Julian Scott from Great Britain, I also specialize in pediatric acupuncture.