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Proven Natural Cancer Treatments with No Chemo or Radiation: An interview with Dr. Colleen Huber

Jul 30, 2013 09:17AM

Dr. Colleen Huber, NMD, owner of Nature Works Best, in Tempe, is a founding member and secretary of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute. She has authored Choose Your Foods: Like Your Life Depends on Them and contributed to the book, Defeat Cancer: 15 Doctors of Integrative & Naturopathic Medicine Tell You How.

What services do you provide?

Our clinic, Nature Works Best, has been here in Tempe since 2006.  We are growing and recently added a fourth naturopathic medical doctor to our team.  We focus on natural treatments for cancer as an alternative to chemotherapy and radiation.  Some of our patients also choose to have surgery.

In contrast with using those harsher methods, our goal is to get rid of the cancer through natural treatments and to keep the patients in remission.  Most of our patients are still in remission years later, which is rare for people going through radiation and chemotherapy.  Our treatment is a whole program, including diet, exercise, IV nutrients, support group and frequent doctor-patient contact.  Those under our care tend to go into remission.  Sometimes it takes several months or a year, but the difference in the quality of life of these patients is very high.

How are you achieving, as you claim, the best results in cancer care of any clinic in the U.S.?

It is surprising to me that there are hardly any cancer clinics that publish their treatment results online or anywhere, including how many patients under their care go into remission.  This holds true for conventional care doctors, hospitals and those providing alternative treatments like our clinic. 

I suspect that this is because many clinics have trouble getting patients in remission and keeping them there.  The five-year survival rate is still quite low for patients in allopathic treatment.  The reality is that few medical advances have been made in cancer treatment.  There’s earlier detection than there used to be, but the patient runs the risk of false positives with lumps that are benign, and that puts the patient through an unnecessary emotional roller-coaster ride.

Every summer, I phone all my patients from six-and-a-half years ago when I started my practice, the cancer survivors, including those I haven’t seen in a long time.  I keep all of this data on our website, so that anyone can see our results in great detail.  While some have passed, a lot of the patients are alive and doing well, living their lives cancer-free.  Based on our data, we report an 85 percent success rate of overall cancer treatment, and 92 percent of stage I through early stage IV cancer, which is better than I have seen elsewhere.

What led to your interest in natural therapies?

Laetrile, or vitamin B17, which is not quite legal at this time, is found in apricot seeds, and research showed it killed cancer cells without harming the patient’s overall health.  However, the medical establishment sought to suppress this information for years, including discrediting any physicians involved in research studies showing its effectiveness.  There is a substantial amount of information online about this controversy, and it had major ramifications for alternative medicine for a long time.  Watching this unfold inspired me to dedicate my career to alternative medicine.  Today, people are much more open to natural therapies than in decades past.

Are you focused more on cancer prevention or treatment?

Prevention, of course, would be extremely effective, but I almost never get a chance to meet with a patient before they get cancer.  Instead, I tend to come into the picture much later than I want.  I would like to be there at the time of diagnosis or earlier, because with allopathic medicine, that means the patient starts on a conveyor belt right away.  The oncologist starts the patient on chemotherapy within days of diagnosis, before a person has had time to process the diagnosis, understand the full range of available treatment options, and work through their emotions, their information gathering and their decision-making processes.  A lot of times I meet patients only after they have been through many rounds of chemotherapy and are physically beaten up from it.

What people don’t know is that chemotherapy helps make tumors resistant to further treatments, including more chemotherapy, but oncologists typically don’t disclose this risk.  Chemotherapy may indeed kill off 97 percent of the tumor, but what’s left is genetically more resilient, will reproduce and return as 100 percent resistant to chemotherapy.  If people knew this, they likely wouldn’t monkey around with chemotherapy.  I heard an oncologist say to a medical conference last year, what few oncologists will admit, that they “throw chemo at the cancer for a while and then say to go to hospice.”  So chemotherapy buys a little time, but usually at the price of a severely damaged quality of life.  Patients and their families should at least look into the natural cancer clinics before embarking on chemotherapy.  An oncologist can be told “please wait” while this process happens.

Do you have other ongoing professional projects?

The Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute is something we’re actively involved in. Its purpose is to uphold the standards of medical freedom in health care, with respect to both patient choices and a broad scope of practice for physicians.  We also have an institutional review board (IRB) that conforms to the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations and other pertinent laws.

Nature Works Best is located at 1250 E. Baseline Rd., Ste. 205, in Tempe. For more information, call 480-839-2800 or visit


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