Natural treatments to battle skin cancer include turmeric and cur cumin taken orally or topical, topical eggplant (nightshade) poultice with vinegar, blood root and black salves,coconut oil and baking soda, vitamin C and magnesium chloride. These treatments should only be considered if you are unable to obtain a biopsy or you know for sure what you are treating.
Preventing Skin Cancer
- Try to stay in the shade, wear a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants.
- Stay away from tanning beds. Artificial UV rays are known to be a human carcinogen.
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants that can lower your risk of cancer.
- Foods high in omega 3 – Salmon, trout, mackerel, fish eggs, etc.
- Foods high in bata-carotene – Carrots and sweet potatoes (the darker the better).
- Dark green and leafy vegetables – Avocados, asparagus, spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli.
- Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene which may help prevent sunburns
- Shiitake mushrooms – one of the best sources of bata-glucans that destroy cancer cells.
- Turmeric and red raspberries both contain anti-cancer properties that make cancer cells become apoptotic (programmed cell death).
- Limit your exposure to the sun to no more than 30 minutes a day. Less if you have had skin cancer, fair skin or live close to the equator.
- Enjoy the sun before 10am and after 4pm. If your shadow is shorter than you, the suns rays are strongest. It is best to limit your exposure.
Slopping on sunscreen, unless you need to be in the sun all day, may do more harm than good.
Sunscreen sales have increased over the past 20 years or so and therefore should have reduced the occurrence of skin cancers. This has not been the case. In fact, the number of skin cancers have increased. Some sunscreens have chemicals that are toxic, those toxins are absorbed into your blood stream. If you must use a sunscreen, one made with zinc oxide is a good choice.
Sunscreens reduce the amount of UVB rays that come in contact with your skin and that reduces our ability to make vitamin D. Vitamin D regulates our ability to absorb calcium and phosphorous, important for healthy bones and teeth and vitamin D supports our immune system.
Probably the best advice for avoiding skin cancer caused by the sun is moderation.
Getting enough sun, yet not so much as to cause damage.
Your personal history with sun burns and sun/light exposure will have an impact on your skin cancer susceptibility. The damage to the DNA structure of your skin cells are irreparable with every severe sunburn you have had in your life.
When you go to the doctor with a suspected skin cancer, you need to be proactive. Your monthly screenings should have alerted you to any new or suspicious lesions.
Caught early and treated early keeps all forms of skin cancer in check.
I have had basal cell carcinomas removed from my face and my back. The one on my face I had barely noticed and the one on my back I had ignored for years until it started to grow and ulcerated. It was spreading laterally along the basal cell layer and was much larger than the spot we could see.
The Mohs surgery left me with an open surgical wound that was 1 ¾ X 1 inch. I was told it would take 6 months to a year to grow enough skin to close the wound.
I used a cannabis based salve, and successfully closed the wound in 14 days. See my story in AFN thread Cannabis Salve Healing (https://www.autoflower.net/forums/threads/cannabis-salve-healing.14705/)
Using a basic cannabis salve can accelerate skin growth on superficial wounds and aids in healing a variety of skin issues; eczema, psoriasis, lupus, acne, rosacea, inflammation, bug bites, and dry skin.
Next to butter and milk, coconut oil is the best of the fats I have found to infuse with cannabis. Raw, unrefined coconut oil smells and tastes like coconuts and is good for you and your skin.
For every 2 cups of oil I infuse about a half ounce of popcorn buds and sugar trim.
I break a part the buds but do not grind.
This is a small crock pot. I keep it on low for about 4 hours. I do not want it to decarb.
Let it cool a bit, then strain the plant material out. Cheese cloth or nylon stockings work well.
Set up a double boil or water bath pan. I have a mason jar lid under my Pyrex glass making it a water bath. This keeps the oil away from the heat source so it doesn’t burn.
Heat the oil to add beeswax. Beeswax melts at 140º, heating the water to simmer works in lieu of a thermometer.I use between ½ cup to ¾ cup beeswax pellets for the 2 cups infused coconut oil. Block beeswax will need to be grated. Summer or hot weather will need more beeswax, cooler temperatures will require less.Add the beeswax in small amounts, keep stirring the oil while adding and melting the beeswax.
To test consistency, drip a few drops on a plate to cool.
When all the wax is melted, put the oil in a cool place, allow the oil to cool completely, several hours or overnight.
Mix the solid oil with a hand mixer to smooth. Start out on low and scrape the bowl often until all is mixed together.
Then whip on high to a creamy texture.
2 cups coconut oil
½ ounce dry cannabis
¾ cup beeswax pellets
- Melt 2 cups coconut oil on low in a crock pot.
- Mix in ½ ounce cannabis. Heat uncovered, on low for 4 hours.
- Strain plant material out of the oil.
- set up the oil in a double boil or water bath system, heat to 140ºF.
- Melt beeswax into oil a little at a time until desired consistency.
- Remove oil from heat, allow to completely cool 6 hours or overnight in a cool place.
- Mix with a hand mixer, on low at first then whip on high setting.Since my healing, I have found a few suspicious spots on my face and arms. I suspect they may be precancerous spots. These spots I rub concentrated magnesium chloride oil on and over time has reduced the spots, completely irradiating them in some cases. Persistence is the key, at least once a day, more often is betterMagnesium Oil
1 cup distilled water
1 Magnesium Chloride flakes
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
- Boil the water.
- Place the Magnesium chloride flakes in a glass bowl.
- Pour the water over the fakes and stir until completely dissolved.
- Cool completely then store in the spray bottle.
- Add vegetable glycerin and shake.
Love Your Skin
Our skin has several purposes for us. It keeps our insides in and is a barrier to our environment. It is one of our defenses for germs and infections and keeps us from getting waterlogged when we swim or take a bath. Skin regulates our body temperature to 98.6ºF to keep our internal organs happy. Our skin has the ability to heal itself by constantly replacing skin cells and making scabs. Sunlight on our skin is the most effective way to make vitamin D for regulation of calcium. Important for our bone and muscle health. Toxins can be excreted through our skin and medicines can be absorbed. Probably the most important of our senses is our sense of touch. Not only hot and cold, but it is proved that human touch and contact is important for our emotional health.
Everything we ingest or expose ourselves to has an affect on our skin, good or bad. Alcohol and smoking (tobacco) damages small capillaries and causes premature aging.
Drinking 8 or more glasses of water everyday will help you rid your body of toxins and hydrate your skin. Stress can show up on skin. Stress can worsen Psoriasis, Eczema and Rosacea, and can cause rashes and hives. Autoimmune issues, liver and kidney diseases, even high cholesterol can show up on your skin.
I hope you heed my warning and get any suspicious skin spot checked out. The only way to tell if a skin spot is cancerous is with a biopsy. Melanomas may not be caused by sun damage. They often do form on people who have had a history of excessive sun exposure, but they form in unexposed areas.
Skin cancer can kill you. I consider myself very lucky I had basal cell carcinoma because it rarely metastasizes, but it will spread. Ignoring squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma for years would have been deadly for me.
Love the Skin Your In –
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