Episode 55: How to prevent cancer with Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, MD
Brief summary of show:
How do we prevent cancer? Is it even possible? In a day and age where it feels like everyone we know has had a cancer scare or diagnosis, how can we change the way we live our lives to better support our overall health?
Joining me to discuss this is Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. She is a prominent leader in the Integrative & Functional Medicine medical field (taking the best of all sciences, including conventional, homeopathic, eastern medicine, and the new modern medicine).
She is the Medical Director of two unique clinics, “The Cancer Center For Healing” & “Center For New Medicine.”
Dr. Connealy created the Cancer Center For Healing because of the epidemic spreading of Cancer. She has discovered that many factors contribute to the disease process; therefore, many modalities must be used to reverse it and spend the proper time with each patient to allow for the reversal of the disease.
Listen in as we talk about:
[2:30] How Dr. Connealy decided to focus on cancer as her area of practice
[8:12] Why people are getting sicker and sicker
[12:00] Tips to live a healthier life and avoid health issues
[14:30] Why sleep is so important
[19:05] Drinking quality water
[22:51] What a good day of healthy eating looks like
[27:20] The truth about cancer and genetics
[30:55] Why you need to be your own advocate
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[00:00:25] Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Natalie Tisdale podcast. Today, we're talking about cancer with Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, who is the medical director of the cancer center for healing and the center for new medicine. The largest. Integrative medical center in north America, they've treated nearly 50,000 patients.
[00:00:44] And here's what I love. They combine functional holistic homeopathic and conventional protocols. She joins me today to talk about many things because as we know. Everything in our bodies is connected. We talk about health issues, including cancer rates, how treatment has changed, the importance of what we put in our bodies.
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es it matter as much as some in the holistic world really think it does. This is a very important topic. We all know someone who has cancer. Many of us have lost, loved ones and friends to cancer. Dr. Connealy tells me what she sees in her clinic. Y in her opinion, so many people are diagnosed with cancer and why new forms of cancers are actually popping up, including brain cancers in children.
[00:01:32] We also talk about food toxins, what type of water we should be drinking inflammation in the body, the importance of sleep and what we can do to get better sleep. So get ready to learn. As we dive deep into this topic today with Dr. Lee, Aaron.
[00:01:50] Natalie: Dr. . Ken, joining me now. And I want to start with how you decided you were going to focus on cancer in your
[00:01:57] Dr. Leigh: practice.
[00:01:59] Dr. Leigh: Well, that's a very long loaded story, but I'll kind of give you the reader's digest version. So. I was, uh, born in the fifties and I was number three of six children in Texas. And my mother started bleeding and, no mother wants to lose their child.
[00:02:16] Right. So they go, she went to the doctor and the doctor said, oh, we have this medication that we can give you. To prevent loss of your child and stop the bleeding. So that drug was called D E S diethylstilbestrol. And so sure enough, my mother took that medicine we'll fast forward. 16 years later, my parents received a letter saying that that medication that was given to pregnant women cause cancer in both male and female offspring, hormone problems, anatomical problems.
[00:02:49] Infertility problems, all kinds of things. And so I started going to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas when I was 16. And you know, back then, I didn't, you didn't go to the doctor because, you know, you just didn't go to the doctor back in those days. In fact, my mother was supernatural and just took care of us at home.
[00:03:09] I mean, made her her own baby food and, you know, fed us liver and sauerkraut, all the things that are popular today and bone marrow. And, So I went to the doctor and you can imagine at a teaching institution, you know, you have a dozen people in the exam room looking at you because these are new findings and new information.
[00:03:30] They're trying to sort out what is going, what is happening in to these children that were given Des. And so anyway, so that was like a real, like, that was like just a real like shock and also like, well, what am I going to do? And, so as I aged and you know, I didn't have regular menstrual cycles, like a normal girl.
[00:03:53] I didn't have them. I only had maybe one cycle a year maybe. Anyway, I, at 16, I knew I was good at biology and I'm like, okay, what can I do with science that I can talk to people? Cause I'm not like I don't want to be in a lab with Bunsen burner. So I, um, said, no, I'm going to go to medical school.
[00:04:12] I babysit for a lady doctor and I'm like, no, I can, I can do this. I can go to medical school. So I went to medical school. Then I went to, um, school of public health and got, did my masters on Dex. And learned everything about GEs, but that was like, you know, 47 years ago. I mean, now there's so much more information.
[00:04:34] They don't use that drug at a fall. You know, they used it for 39 years or 40 years knowing it had carcinogenic cancer potential. Unfortunately like a lot of things today. Unfortunately we find out after the fact it caused all these problems. Lots of I can give you lots of examples. and so when I w I went to medical school and I, I'm very thankful that I went to medical school because I've learned all the sciences and I've learned, you know, anatomy and physiology and biochemistry and pathology and pharmacology and all that kind of good stuff.
[00:05:07] And then I went to Harbor, UCLA in Los Angeles for training. And then I thought, oh my gosh, we are not helping people. we're just disease management professions. Okay. And everything is a drug or a procedure. And that has just exploded over the last, you know, 35 years. Okay.
[00:05:29] To the point now, Where are we now? Okay. We rank 43rd in the world in healthcare. So it's better off you're living in a third world country than here. We spend two and a half times more on our healthcare. Then any other country. Okay. We are as a nation sick at 60% of our patients, uh, today, you know, they're, they have chronic medical issues.
[00:05:54] All right. Heart disease is still number one and growing despite the use of statin drugs, but we have all the cutting-edge information to prevent and have early detection of disease, whether it's heart disease or cancer cancers. Number two, number three is. The conventional medical paradigm is the third leading cause of death.
[00:06:16] And that was published at Johns Hopkins. And so there's 10 prescriptions written per man, woman and child. so we cannot have a nation if we don't have help of a name. Okay. And so, you know, now where I am in my life, you know, I have children and grandchildren and I'm like, no, we need to awaken 8 billion people about self care and what they can do on their own.
[00:06:43] So they are not in these tragic situations suffering. I mean, in the last four months, the amount of young people, 25 to 45 that I am seeing. Outrageous serious cancer conditions. I don't just see cancer. I see everything from human optimization to stage four cancer. So it's not like, cause you know, all diseases, it's all about looking at the origins of every disease.
[00:07:10] It's not like, you know, so we've been no, you know, I tend to see a lot of cancer patients. I also see patients who, you know, have serious gut disorders okay. Or serious autoimmune disorders. But you know, years ago I've been practicing 35 years. I have never seen what we're seeing today. I mean, what do you think that is,
[00:07:31] Natalie: is through the pandemic?
[00:07:32] Did we change the way we do things or what what's happened in the. Couple of years that you're seeing these types of patients. Well, I
[00:07:41] Dr. Leigh: think what's happened if you look, cause I, I think about this daily, I thought, whoa, what has happened in these last years? And I think, well, first of all, stress is horrible.
[00:07:56] Okay. And we, we all, everyone. And fortunately, if you watch the news for five minutes, you would be stressed. All right. Believe
[00:08:04] Natalie: me, I did it for four and a half hours every morning,
[00:08:08] Dr. Leigh: and everything is. terrible. These many people died from this and this. I mean, and they talk about it. Like it's nothing.
[00:08:15] And I'm like, wait, we are not robots. This was someone's child. This was when someone's parent this, we talk about it. Like it's nothing. Okay. And then we, all we dumped for the last couple of years is his impending doom and fear to humanity. All right. And these young people, they are not equipped to handle this.
[00:08:39] All right. And then the bullying that goes on. And then if, you know, if you allow your child to have a cell phone, which I was very against when I raised my kids, if you allow your kid to have a cell phone, oh my God, what they can get on their cellphone. And then the, Interactive, you know, situation that takes place with young people today.
[00:08:59] And you're not as pretty, and you're not as this and you're not. I mean, and so, so you, and then. We have an unbelievable exposure of environmental toxins that no one, they, that companies are so protected. Cause there's lawsuits. For example, let's just take plastics. Okay. The plastics industry is a $25 billion.
[00:09:24] Okay. And it's probably the number one pollutant in man today. and they xenoestrogens cause a lot of things Xenos the Greek word for foreign, so foreign estrogens. and that's just one of hundreds of toxins that are going into us every day with the air, the water, the food supply, the things we put on our body.
[00:09:47] And then the ELL electromagnetic fields. We didn't have that 30 years ago. Okay. There wasn't cell phones, iPads, satellite towers, cell towers, everything. And now, now we've just become now, when you think about it, this electrified. Nation and all of this is going and we're energetic beings. Our body runs on electrical energy.
[00:10:10] Okay. Our cells resonate at 60 volts. All right. So we have this extraneous, you know, bioenergetics that are going and creating, you know, lots of free radicals and lots of, uh, DNA. I mean, we don't, we don't even comprehend yet what it's doing, but we know. That diseases, like, for example, glioblastoma a terrible cancer of the brain.
[00:10:36] We never saw that 30 years ago. Okay. Well, I just got an email that a 12 year old has Leone. I'm like a 12 year old. I get a call that a 40 year old has Leo blessed. I mean, it's just like, it's just like, okay, this is normal now. I'm like, no, this is not okay. Let me ask
[00:10:53] Natalie: you this short of, I mean, it makes me want to just go live on a deserted island away from does.
[00:10:59] We live in a society that is wonderful in a lot of other ways, technology here, we are talking on this awesome discussion because of technology. So what do we do? Like I love what you do in getting to the root of issues, minimizing toxins. I love the functional medicine approach Before taking traditional medicines.
[00:11:21] So give me some, some solutions of how we can help people, what tips you would have for people to live a healthier life and avoid some of
[00:11:29] Dr. Leigh: these big issues,
[00:11:30] Dr. Leigh: right? Yeah. So I don't, people learning self care is the new health care. What does that mean? Like, yeah. Self care. It's like, what, how do you take care of yourself daily?
[00:11:44] All right. We're not, no, one's taught that. Like I raised my kids though, how to, how to sleep, how to be on a schedule, how to eat, how exercise important, how you need to be in nature all the time, you know, all those things. So, you know, that's how, w you know, it's personally what I've learned.
[00:12:01] But I also had the opportunity of growi