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Pressing Pause: Navigating Cancer with Dr. Laura James, Naturopathic Oncologist

Pressing Pause: Navigating Cancer with Dr. Laura James, Naturopathic Oncologist

In today’s episode, we are joined by my naturopathic oncologist, Dr. Laura James.

As you listen to our discussion, it’s essential to acknowledge the whirlwind that accompanies a cancer diagnosis. For many, including myself, the speed at which treatment unfolds can be both a blessing and a challenge. The urgency of medical intervention, coupled with the support of excellent health insurance and the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 era, can lead to a swift entry into what is commonly referred to as the breast cancer industrial complex.

But what exactly does this term mean? It’s a new concept that encompasses medical advancements, institutional processes, and societal expectations surrounding cancer treatment. While grateful for the prompt attention and care received, there’s an underlying need to address the implications of this fast-paced medical industry.

For me, and perhaps for many others, navigating the breast cancer industrial complex has raised questions about agency, reflection, and informed decision-making. The speed at which decisions are made can sometimes overshadow the opportunity for thorough consideration, prayer, and seeking second opinions—elements crucial to holistic well-being.

Together with Dr. James, we’ll explore the importance of empowerment in the face of medical urgency, the role of advocacy in navigating treatment pathways, and the significance of holistic approaches to cancer care.

In this episode

[01:46] What does the term breast cancer industrial complex mean? 

[10:16] Deborah’s experience with the breast cancer industrial complex after undergoing a biopsy.

[14:00] Dr. James’ understanding of resilience after a breast cancer diagnosis.

[17:59] Breast cancer emerges as a feminist concern and Dr. James’ perspective on this statement.

[20:39] “A breast cancer diagnosis shines a spotlight on a woman’s ability to enable self-care to set boundaries”. – Dr. Laura James

[25:51] Advocating for yourself as a cancer patient if something doesn’t sit right with you.

[31:14] How do we begin to dismantle the breast cancer industrial complex and initiate systemic change?

[37:10] Do individuals in lower socioeconomic areas have access to cancer detection tests?

[42:12] With practice, it becomes ingrained in your character to inquire further and assert your position as a cancer patient.

[48:39] “You’re in a place of fear and anxiety. Having someone who’s not in that place of fear and anxiety is a great resource.” – Dr. Laura James

[42:48] If we weren’t consumed by busyness, what pursuits for health should we give attention to?

[47:02] Dr. James explains the value of being able to discern when it’s necessary to detach from the everyday grind and negativity.

About Dr. Laura James

Dr. Laura James is a Naturopathic Oncologist in private practice in Bellingham WA and part-time on Maui. 

She is trained in safely managing complementary and alternative therapies for cancer patients undergoing conventional cancer treatments. 

She provides complementary medicine consultations regarding whole foods nutrition, botanical medicine, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle modifications to attain optimum health during cancer treatment and after.

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