A paradigm shift in cancer care
From fighting disease to raising awareness and promoting health
Over half a century after the war on cancer began, Dr. Thomas Lodi MD, MD(H), founder of Oasis International and his team of experts are bringing a kinder and gentler integrative approach to cancer care to Thailand.
The dreaded C word, Cancer, is one that many prefer not to even say out loud. Nevertheless, we must not turn a blind eye to the rising number of cancer cases around the world and especially so in Southeast Asia.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in countries such as the US and UK, it is estimated that approximately one in two people will get diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Globally this figure is currently closer to one in five and approximately one in six deaths worldwide are cancer related.
The WHO's cancer research division, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) projects that by 2030 the worldwide incidence of new cancer cases each year is set to increase by 69% from 2008 figures, while deaths are expected to rise by 72%.
These projections are startling and require an effective and systematic approach to alleviate any potential suffering. If the trends continue as predicted, the burden to the healthcare systems will be significantly greater in developing nations in regions such as Southeast Asia, where the rate of incidence is rising more rapidly than elsewhere.
Globocan data shows that in Thailand alone, on average, there are over 500 new cancer cases and close to 350 cancer deaths every single day.
These figures may come as a stark surprise given the multi-trillions of dollars spent on cancer research since Richard Nixon officially declared "war on cancer" in 1971.
Medical science has made many incredible advancements. However, an inconvenient truth remains. David Agus, head of University of Southern California's Westside Cancer Center, explains "The death rate in cancer in over 50 years hasn't changed. We've made small wins, but in general, we haven't made an impact at all in the war on cancer".
It begs the question, is the war on cancer providing effective enough outcomes to manage what is perhaps the greatest and longest-running pandemic facing the world today?
We've all heard the saying "prevention is better than cure". With the alarming forecast mentioned above, perhaps we need to shift efforts towards raising awareness and improving education to help prevent cancer and reduce recurrence.
Prevention may be too late for over 400,000 people currently living with cancer in Thailand and the new cases that will be diagnosed this year. Therefore, an effective and holistic treatment approach that promotes longevity and preserves quality of life is sorely needed.
It is precisely these concerns that have driven Dr. Thomas Lodi to dedicate his life to studying cancer and developing effective treatment protocols. With an in-depth understanding of the biology of cancer and 35 years of medical experience, he is now laying the foundations to an integrative cancer care revolution here in Thailand.
Dr. Thomas Lodi, founder of Oasis International.
Graduating from University of Hawaii School of Medicine in 1985. Dr. Thomas Lodi is licensed as both an Allopathic Medical Doctor (MD) and an Integrative and Homeopathic Medical Doctor (MDH).
He has worked as an Internal Medicine Specialist, urgent care physician, and as an Intensivist in various hospitals. Subsequently, he narrowed his scope of practice to ‘integrative oncology' – a holistic form of cancer care that integrates the best of conventional medicine with alternative therapies and lifestyle interventions.
For over 20 years, Dr. Lodi has been raising awareness around the fact that cancer is primarily a lifestyle-related metabolic condition rather than a genetic disease. His extensive research has led him to the latest scientifically-validated non-toxic metabolic treatments and immune therapies. He also strongly advocates lifestyle modifications and educates patients on how to "Stop Making Cancer" – a foundational element in his philosophy of healing.
"If you do not stop making cancer, it does not matter how good any doctor is at getting rid of the cancer because it will be back. Remember, the question is not ‘How do I get rid of cancer?' but rather ‘How do I stop making cancer?"
– Thomas Lodi, MD, MD(H)]
His pioneering approach to cancer care does not exclusively focus on fighting cancer, but more importantly, on restoring health and preventing recurrence. Dr. Lodi takes the Hippocratic oath of "first do no harm" very seriously and he strives to preserve quality of life.
The treatment fundamentals are based around the Three Pillars of Healing and have been shown anecdotally to help patients reclaim their health without damaging the body or immune system.
1. STOP MAKING CANCER:
Changing the body's biochemistry to create an environment where cancer cells cannot grow or spread.
2. TARGET CANCER:
Selectively targeting and eliminating cancer cells through non-toxic metabolic treatments without causing harm.
3. ENHANCE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
A weak immune system is restored through cutting-edge immunotherapies and peptides.
Dr. Lodi opened one of the first integrative oncology centres in the world in 2000 in New York, where he established treatment protocols that helped define integrative oncology. In 2006, he then founded "An Oasis of Healing" in Arizona. Still in operation, "Oasis of Healing" has many success stories and testimonials from treated patients.
Moving to Thailand in 2012, he co-founded and trained the medical and ancillary staff in three of the most well-known and well-established integrative oncology centres in the country.
Dr. Lodi has recently founded "Oasis International" with the aim of bringing the standard of excellence in integrative cancer care that he developed over in the USA to Asia. "Oasis International" inaugural medical facility will be opening soon in Phuket, Thailand, followed by a state-of-the-art facility in Bangkok.
"Oasis International" will serve as Dr. Lodi's flagship Cancer Treatment and Training facility for patients and health professionals from across the globe. He has a clear vision of making Thailand the hub for Integrative Oncology - not only in Asia, but throughout the World.
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