Cancer-Vive Philosophy

Cancer is an opportunity to create incredible positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you. As life shattering as it may be to receive a cancer diagnosis, it is truly a “present”, the ultimate nudge that pushes you to live and love in the moment. The Cancer-Vive philosophy is based on two words, living and surviving two important daily goals of a cancer diagnosis.


Guidance on your journey

Naturopathic medicine can offer many tools to help support you through this journey. Whether you are focusing on prevention or have a recently new diagnosis, or perhaps have been dealing with the diagnosis for a while. There is hope! We are the experts to help educate you in all aspects of your care both conventional and alternative, our treatments can be easily implemented alone for those with no conventional care options or in conjunction with conventional cancer care (chemotherapy and radiation)

Goals of care are different for each patient, firstly you are fully assessed on an individual basis to see the state of your present health and then together we decide your goals. Most important are improving quality of life and enhancing any conventional care you may be receiving (reducing side effects and optimizing chemo and radiation). If you are not offered conventional care or are choosing to not have conventional care we offer you options.

Always seek the advice of a skilled naturopathic doctor with expertise in cancer care. Time is of the essence in your care, utmost care and caution must be taken when combining natural therapies with conventional care. We use up to date pre-clinical, clinical and treatments with 100+ years of use.

Some of our Cancer-Vive Treatment Tools:


In Europe, Mistletoe therapy is the most widely researched and used natural treatment for cancer. It is a staple therapy in the Cancer-vive Program.

The Use of Mistletoe dates back to Hippocrates, it then became popularized by Anthroposophycal doctor Rudolf Steiner who assessed the Plant according to the Doctrine of Signatures (how a plant acts in nature is how it works in the human body to treat disease) realized that Mistletoe acted much like cancer, it is a growth that survives on a host and thrives on its sap supply and is only alive as long as the host is alive. This was the beginning of the use of Mistletoe for cancer and since 1916 a preparation of Mistletoe was successfully used with Cancer patients, millions of doses have been given and it has been validated by hundreds of medical trials. Personal use in practice shows an excellent therapeutic effect.

Mistletoe has various effects in the human body, it enhances the immune system, is used as a prophylaxis of recurrence of tumor after surgery, improves quality of life during chemotherapy and radiation, can improve responses to conventional treatments and much more.

Sanas Health Practice works with Dr. Akbar Khan, a foreward thinking Medical Doctor and Director of Medicore Cancer Centers based in Toronto. Naturopathic Patients are typically referred to combine treatments with Dr. Khan. He executes advanced Cancer Care Protocols with a variety of Prescription drugs that are innovatively being used for beneficial Cancer Care.  For More information Please visit Medicore Cancer  
A cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. There is so much information on the internet and that is kindly offered from loving friends and family. It can be very confusing where to turn for the right information for your care. The treatment of cancer requires intimate knowledge of a patient’s case, the disease process and evidence based treatments to adequately prescribe the proper nutrients and therapies to achieve targets of care. We are here to provide expert opinion and support.

We have the knowledge of how to succinctly prescribe you the supplements you need to achieve your cancer care and prevention goals. There are so many options, however certain nutrients at therapeutic doses are best used in certain cancers.  We strategically select and prescribe those nutrients for your best cancer care.

Some goals of cancer supplementation include:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Help to reduce the spread of cancer cells
  • Improve energy
  • Increase cancer cell death
  • Help the body clear toxicity
  • Feel mentally balanced
  • Enhance liver function
  • Help to maintain weight
  • Prevent cancer recurrence


Contact us today to start your Cancer-Vive Plan.

The Ketogenic Diet was first used in the 1920’s for the treatment of epilepsy in children, one of the earliest innovative doctors who worked with the diet was Dr. Conklin who in 1922 hypothesized that the ketogenic diet worked to reduce seizure in children because it reduced the auto-intoxication of the brain coming from digestion, the deterioration of the peyer’s patches in the intestines (masters of the immune system) and the types of food we eat. In most recent years it is finding a valid scientifically proven and functional in clinical practice for Cancer care. Unique to Sanas Health Practice is our Ketocan Program- a naturopathically and individually modified version of the ketogenic diet. It is low in carbohydrates that reduces sugar circulating in the body ( sugar feeds cancer growth), contains healthy proteins and is high in healthy fats that reduces inflammation in the body ( inflammation speeds cancer growth and spread), the body then thrives on ketones produced by the body, instead of sugar. Cancer cells unlike healthy cells cannot thrive on ketones. Healthy cells function quite well on ketones and many of our patients report feeling more alert and more vibrant on this plan.

Our Ketocan Plan is designed respecting the following principles:

  • High Sugar Environments feed Cancer Cells, healthy cells can survive and thrive on Ketone metabolism
  • Reducing Foods with growth factors that accelerate cancer growth and Increasing vegetables that have a cancer fighting effect and high nutrient concentrations
  • inflammation Feeds Cancer Growth and Spread- High Healthy fat intake reduces body inflammation
  • Intermittent Fasting as a way to give the body a break and to cleanse more effectively
  • Toxicity in our foods reduces the function of the immune system and detoxification – eating organic and best choices reduces body burden and improves immune system and removal of body toxins
  • Identification and avoidance of personal food sensitivities or allergies- to further strengthen the immune system

Our Ketocan Plan is typically a High Fat, with healthy Protein and Low Carbohydrates. Depending on your state of health you may be recommended to do periods of intermittent fasting to speed up the process.  Our Ketocan Plan is done in combination with finding out your personal food allergies and following the principles listed above.

The KetoCan Plan for Cancer should always be done under guided supervision as it is a diet that if not monitored properly may have adverse effects. We monitor our patients closely, on most visits, a urine analysis is done to see how the patient is doing and if they are in ketosis. Lab tests are also done periodically.

In brain and neurological tumors this dietary regime also helps to reduce seizures effectively as it does for epilepsy.We have noted in practice excellent responses with the diet and a added benefit is the ability to reduce the dosage of many of the other complementary therapies because the body simply responds better to all therapies while on this plan.

Our Specialized nutritionist helps to keep you on track as Doctor Marisol decides whether you are a candidate for this plan and monitors you through the process.


It is common knowledge that vitamin C is a super important nutrient. It’s also one of the staple treatments in Naturopathic Oncology care and immune system support. Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is a natural chemotherapeutic agent that is good for the entire body. Cancer cells absorb IVC due to its structural similarities to sugar; once the Vitamin C is absorbed, it turns into hydrogen peroxide in cancerous cells, making them explode. IVC therapy is a long-term treatment strategy and has been shown to cause cancer cell death in the early stages in combination with chemo and radiation and improve quality of life in late stages.  IVC harms cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. IVC is distributed via an intravenous drip in the arm, which allows much larger concentrations of Vitamin C to circulate in the blood and avoids processing through the liver as opposed to oral supplementation.

Research shows Intravenous Vitamin C:

  • Increases survival time and improves quality of life
  • Slows cancer progression and tumor growth
  • Reduces cancer symptoms
  • Reduces treatment side effects
  • Increases cancer cell death



IVC increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy/radiation treatments and reduces the need for multiple treatments, which can become less effective and more disabling over time. Chemotherapy combined with IVC more efficiently slows cancer progression by reducing tumor size and decreasing tumor growth rate, as opposed to chemotherapy alone. IVC also decreases chemo side effects.

As part of our cancer prevention protocol, patients are regularly recommended to adopt High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C as part of their Cancer-vive health practice.

Oral versus Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy
To augment your Intravenous Vitamin C therapy, you will be prescribed certain supplements including oral Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Oral Vitamin C alone cannot achieve the same anti-cancer response as IVC due to concentration. The maximal recommended dosage of oral Vitamin C is 10,000 mg per day – past this osmotic diarrhea occurs. Intravenous cancer dosages reach and surpass 100,000 mg of Vitamin C per treatment.

To learn more, call our office and book your first appointment. It’s important to know all your options for care.

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