In this DVD, Victoria Fortner presents information about the different approaches to cancer. She offers a critique of the strengths and weaknesses of conventional therapies. She speaks at length about herbs that can be used as adjunct therapy including immune enhancing herbs, apoptogenic herbs, anti-inflammatory herbs and anti-cancer herbs. She also emphasizes the importance of good nutrition and it’s importance in strengthening the body to better combat cancer. Finally she talks about other complementary therapies and modalities such as rest, massage, meditation, yoga, positive attitude, imaging, singing and focus.
In this clip from the DVD, Victoria begins to discuss the use of herbs for treating cancer:
Time: 1hr 45min
Victoria G. Fortner, RH (AHG) (PeatohahNape Tamsah), of Shawnee and Scot /Irish descent, is trained in allopathic and Traditional Indigenous medicine. She has been practicing herbal medicine since 1972 and is the owner of Shawnee Moon Herbaceuticals She has served on the board of the American Herbalist Guild, Inside Dharma, Living Insights and Earth Circle. Victoria is listed in the International Who's Who in Medicine, Second Edition (1995) and has acted as Herbal Consultant to the Missouri Botanical Gardens / Shaw Arboretum on their Osage Garden project. Her corn doll artwork is part of the permanent collection in the National Museum of the American Indian/ Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. She also volunteers in the Missouri prison system as a spiritual advisor for Native American inmates As a lecturer, she travels nationally presenting information and workshops on Native American history, culture and tradition and on all phases of herbal medicine (recognition, gathering, processing, formulation and application). Ms. Fortner derives her knowledge from both Native and non-Native traditions of herbology, and with her strong medical background, offers presentations that speak to all levels of interest. She is an indigenous dancer, storyteller, counselor, award-winning artist and craft-person. Victoria has been published both nationally and internationally with numerous articles addressing both alternative health and Native American concerns.
For thousands of years the human race has been practicing herbal medicine. Modern pharmacology, as we know it, is less than 200 years old. Allopathic medicine is less than 100 years old. More than seventy per cent of all pharmaceutical compounds originally made their way into medicine as plant extracts, then became synthesized and isolated chemicals, inducing side effects. These compounds, when supplied in their natural form, are better incorporated into the body.
"Most phytochemical compounds exist in natural ratios,which your genes have experienced in evolution. When you take an herb or combination of herbs, your body, through homeostasis, can sequester many phytochemicals it needs and reject, to a degree, overdoses of those it does not need. Evolution has taught you genes to direct this coordinated equilibrium...," James Duke, PhD. Herbs have the added benefits of a multi-property characteristics. In other words, one herb can benefit many symptoms. "...the whole herb being the more active proportionately, than even the strongest single isolated ingredient...," James Duke, PhD
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