Why am I fundraising?
At the Xulon Zoe Health Retreat Center we are committed to providing a continuum of survivorship services, including cancer rehabilitation.
Survivorship is a distinct phase of cancer care. As a survivor, you or your loved one may face physical and emotional challenges that can significantly impact quality of life.
This is why Xulon Zoe Health Retreat Center offers our patients the 'IN HEALTH' Program, a cancer rehabilitation program that helps cancer survivors heal and resume normal day-to-day activities.
Inhale pure Air
Need exposure to Sunlight
Enjoy Enough Rest
Live on Proper Diet
Take Plenty of Water
Have Trust in Divine Power
At present our center is in a rented resort-like environment capable of accommodating 6 patients at a time. Every month we are helping 6 to 10 cancer in-patients and many out-patients. We are receiving many requests for children and the poor. We are helping many poor by raising fund from our friends. We are raising fund to establish rehabilitation center to help many people and to help others to establish similar centers to serve people in various parts of India.
A Commitment to Optimal Recovery
A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic
— Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can impact overall health and may cause significant medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Cancer survivors often have symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression.
We serve all survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from long-ago treatment. Our program is open to everyone, no matter the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery.
Newly diagnosed patients can increase their strength and endurance and prevent future medical problems.
Survivors living with cancer as a chronic disease can receive help managing treatment-related conditions.
Individuals who are cured or in remission can boost their immune systems to promote healing.
Our rehabilitation care, which is based on conventional medicine and complementary medicine, is offered to patients by knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff, specially trained to treat survivors of all forms of cancer. Complementary therapies can be used as adjuncts to mainstream cancer care. But using unproven cures can be harmful for cancer patients. They are medical experts at the top of their fields in a variety of disciplines:
Registered dieticians and nutritionists
A "Big Picture" Approach to Your Recovery
Rather than using a problem-oriented approach that addresses health issues as they arise, we address the full spectrum of post-cancer care, including:
Proven Cancer Fighting Nutritious Whole Plant Based Diet
What do I plan to do with the funds?
To Establishing a Cancer Rehabilitation Center in simple resort like environment with all necessary medical needs and help Cancer patients through scientifically proven nutrition science.
Q. What is the Cancer Rehabilitation Program?
A. This program is designed to address your desire to achieve an active life. Your rehab will continue outside the hospital setting.
Q. Why would I come to the Cancer Rehabilitation Program?
A. This is for patients who want to work hard to do more on their own. Our goal is to help you live your life as you did before you came to the hospital. Whether you are newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, if you want to increase your independence and continue working on your rehab goals, then the Cancer Rehabilitation Program may be right for you.
Q. Where is the Cancer Rehabilitation Program?
A. We are Operating in Karunaianandar Ashramam Campus temporarily. It is in Tirupanthurthi Village, Thiruvaiyar Taluk, Thanjavur Dist., Tamil Nadu. Please visit Xulon Zoe Website for directions.
Q. What kind of therapy will I receive?
A. You will receive Nutritional Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Physical Therapy etc. We also have other services, such as Rehabilitation services if you need them.
Q. How Nutritional Therapy helps Cancer patients?
A. The high-fat, low-fibre Western diet of meats, poultry, milk, cheeses, eggs, soft drinks and refined foods sets up the perfect environment for the development of cancer.
We are using extraordinary nutritional researcher’s guidance, and we found that the information they have compiled is quite eye-opening. Interestingly, what these highly esteemed doctors are saying is just beginning to be understood and accepted, perhaps because what they are saying does not conveniently fit in with or support the multi-billion dollar food industries that profit from our "not knowing".
On the subject of cancer, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (TCC), Professor Emeritus of Cornell University and author of the groundbreaking The China Study to explain how cancer happens and what we can do to prevent and reverse it. He has received more than 70 grant years of peer-reviewed research funding, much of which was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and he has authored more than 300 research papers.
Q. What happens in the body when cancer develops? What is the actual process?
TCC: Cancer generally develops over a long period of time, divided into 3 stages, initiation, promotion and progression.
Initiation occurs when chemicals or other agents attack the genes of normal cells to produce genetically modified cells capable of eventually causing cancer. The body generally repairs most such damage but if the cell reproduces itself before it is repaired, its new (daughter) cell retains this genetic damage. This process may occur within minutes and, to some extent, is thought to be occurring most of the time in most of our tissues.
Promotion occurs when the initiated cells continue to replicate themselves and grow into cell masses that eventually will be diagnosed. This is a long growth phase occurring over months or years and is known to be reversible.
Progression occurs when the growing cancer masses invade neighbouring tissues and/or break away from the tissue of origin (metastasis) and travel to distant tissues when they are capable of growing independently at which point they are considered to be malignant.
Q. Why do some people get cancer, and other don't? What percentage is genetic, and what percentage has to do with diet?
TCC: Although the initiated cells are not considered to be reversible, the cells growing through the promotion stage are usually considered to be reversible, a very exciting concept. This is the stage that especially responds to nutritional factors. For example, the nutrients from animal based foods, especially the protein, promote the development of the cancer whereas the nutrients from plant-based foods, especially the antioxidants, reverse the promotion stage. This is a very promising observation because cancer proceeds forward or backward as a function of the balance of promoting and anti-promoting factors found in the diet, thus consuming anti-promoting plant-based foods tend to keep the cancer from going forward, perhaps even reversing the promotion. The difference between individuals is almost entirely related to their diet and lifestyle practices.
Although all cancer and other diseases begin with genes, this is not the reason whether or not the disease actually appears. If people do the right thing during the promotion stage, perhaps even during the progression stage, cancer will not appear and if it does might even be resolved. Most estimates suggest that not more than 2-3 percent of cancers are due entirely to genes; almost all the rest is due to diet and lifestyle factors. Consuming plant based foods offers the best hope of avoiding cancer, perhaps even reversing cancer once it is diagnosed. Believing that cancer is attributed to genes is a fatalistic idea but believing that cancer can be controlled by nutrition is a far more hopeful idea.
Q. You said that initially something attacks the genes, chemicals or other agents; like what?
TCC: Cancer, like every other biological event--good or bad--begins with genes. In the case of cancer, gene(s) that give rise to cancer either may be present when we are born or, during our lifetimes, normal genes may be converted into cancer genes by certain highly reactive chemicals (i.e., carcinogens).
Consider 'cancer genes' as seeds that grow into tumor masses only if they are 'fed'. The 'feeding' comes from wrongful nutrition. It's like growing a lawn. We plant seeds but they don't grow into grass (or weeds) unless they are provided water, sunlight and nutrients. So it is with cancer. In reality, we are planting seeds all of our lifetime although some may be present at birth, not only for cancer but also for other events as well. But this mostly does not matter unless we 'nourish' their growth.
The chemicals that create these cancer genes are called 'carcinogens'. Most carcinogens of years past have been those that attack normal genes to give cancer genes. These are initiating carcinogens, or initiators. But more recently, carcinogens also may be those that promote cancer growth. They are promoting carcinogens, or promoters.
Our work showed that casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.
Besides from chemicals initiating or promoting cancer, other agents such as cosmic rays (energetic particles) from the sun or from the outer reaches of space may impact our genes to cause them to change (i.e., mutate) so that they could give rise to cancer 'seeds'. The most important point to consider is that we cannot do much about preventing initiation but we can do a lot about preventing promotion. The initiating idea is fatalistic and outside of our control but the promotion idea is hopeful because we can change our exposure to promoting agents and reverse the cancer process, thus is within our control.
Q. What exactly is so bad about animal protein?
TCC: I don't choose the word "exactly" because it suggests something very specific. Rather, casein causes a broad spectrum of adverse effects.
Among other fundamental effects, it makes the body more acidic, alters the mix of hormones and modifies important enzyme activities, each of which can cause a broad array of more specific effects. One of these effects is its ability to promote cancer growth (by operating on key enzyme systems, by increasing hormone growth factors and by modifying the tissue acidity). Another is its ability to increase blood cholesterol (by modifying enzyme activities) and to enhance atherogenesis, which is the early stage of cardiovascular disease.
And finally, although these are casein-specific effects, it should be noted that other animal-based proteins are likely to have the same effect as casein.
Ok, so I am clear that it's wise to avoid casein, which is intrinsic in dairy (milk and cheese), but how is other animal protein, such as chicken, steak, or pork, implicated in the cause and growth of cancer?
TCC: I would first say that casein is not just "intrinsic" but IS THE MAIN PROTEIN OF COW MILK, REPRESENTING ABOUT 87% OF THE MILK PROTEIN.
The biochemical systems which underlie the adverse effects of casein are also common to other animal-based proteins. Also, the amino acid composition of casein, which is the characteristic primarily responsible for its property, is similar to most other animal-based proteins. They all have what we call high 'biological value', in comparison, for example, with plant-based proteins, which is why animal protein promotes cancer growth and plant protein doesn't.