“It is time to end the confusion. ‘Food as Medicine’ presents the best current scientific evidence for physicians, nutritionists, and other health professionals who want to counsel patients and teach students.”
“It is time to end the confusion. ‘Food as Medicine’ presents the best current scientific evidence for physicians, nutritionists, and other health professionals who want to counsel patients and teach students.”
— Dr. Walter Willett
Chairman, Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
A leading researcher in the world in nutrition.
Reaching out to more people in the community and the world continues to be our main goal. Our untiring commitment to help people live better and live longer prompted the opening of the Integrative Cancer Research Centre (ICRC). As one of world’s best and the only integrative cancer facility in Asia, ICRC broadens our service to the local and international communities by addressing the underlying causes of diseases, patient-centered whole person management, control of cancer and other chronic diseases, integrative science-based healthcare approaches and engaging both patient and practitioner therapeutic partnership for more healthy, productive individuals and improved quality of life.
The ICRC charter primarily seeks to provide the latest innovative, natural and proven therapies and approaches in addressing today’s epidemic of chronic diseases. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:
Secondly, we strive to replace the outdated and ineffective acute care models carried from 20th century health care practices with effective chronic disease prevention systems. Lastly, to provide training for the center’s health care practitioners, physicians, nurses, therapists and patients to employ proactive, personalized and highly successful health management techniques.
Each cell in our bodies has a specific function and natural life cycle. Without this, we cannot grow and mature. Each cell grows, matures and dies and is replaced by new cells. Normal cells die on a regular and planned basis, and their component molecules are metabolized and thus recycled. This planned cell death is called apoptosis. The life span of a particular cell can vary from a few hours to many years.
Our cells are “programmed” to replace themselves when the DNA becomes damaged or injured. In the case of cancer, this programming is found in the tumor suppressing gene called “p53”. In the cell, the p53 protein binds DNA at specific locations and stimulates another gene to produce a protein called p21 (the cell cycle inhibitors). In turn, p21 suppresses a division-stimulating protein called cdk2 to prevent the cell from going into the next stage of cell division. When the p53 gene is altered or damaged and can no longer bind DNA effectively, the p21 protein is not available to act as the “stop signal” for cell division. Thus, the cancer cells don’t undergo normal programmed cell death (apoptosis), and they continue to multiply unchecked. They become “wayward” cells, which eventually leads to a “tumor” (a mass of fermenting cells). Tumors can stay in a static or passive condition for a long time. Active tumors are cancerous cells that continue to multiply unchecked, invading normal tissues nearby. They may compress surrounding structures, and their waste products may be toxic to the rest of the body. They oftentimes interfere with the function of organs such as the brain, liver, kidney, and lungs, thus resulting in death.
I have said earlier that cancerous cells are constantly being created in our body which could later develop into a tumor if our immune system is weak or compromised in seeking out and destroying them. Tumors begin when more cancerous cells are being created than our overworked and depleted immune system can destroy. Cutting out the tumor does not usually fix the problem. Remember, a tumor is just an uncontrolled growth of cells and a symptom of cancer, not the cause. However, tumors do have the ability to migrate to different parts of the body and grow out of control there as well, so you need to manage tumors and not take them lightly. This happens when the cancer cells invade surrounding tissues and blood vessels and are carried to distant sites by the circulatory system. If the biological terrain is favorable to them, they reinvade and grow at the new location – this we call a “metastasis.” Once the cancer has spread or metastasized, it can ultimately lead to death.
We often think of cancer as a single condition when actually it consists of more than 200 different diseases, which are all characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Cancer can arise in different parts of the body and behave differently depending on its organ of origin. Although breast cancer has different characteristics than lung cancer, the cancer originating in one body organ takes its characteristics with it even if it spreads to another part of the body. For example, metastatic breast cancer in the lungs continues to behave like breast cancer when viewed under a microscope, and it continues to look like a cancer that originated in the breast. This makes it difficult to identify the primary or original source of cancer and possibly the protocol to address the disease.
Types of cancer are categorized by where they originate from:
ICRC strives to understand the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of the ICRC approach include:
The focus of ICRC is patient- centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality beyond the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments to address the individual’s unique needs.
An Integrative, Science-based Healthcare Approach.
ICRC practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Best Medical Practices.
ICRC integrates traditional Western medical practices with integrative or complementary medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and combinations of prescribed drugs and/ or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
The Integrative Cancer Research Center rests on top of a mountain ridge overlooking the calm blue water of the majestic Taal Volcano. The natural splendour, cool and unpolluted atmosphere of the Tagaytay ridge has all amenities of an intimate mountain retreat, making it the perfect destination to recover, recoup, and regain your health. Ridgeview Terraces provides a perfect atmosphere for healing meditation, walking exercise and a relaxing time with family or friends in between treatments. Using the term “green to the extreme,” the center is a part of an herbal garden.
ICRC is a true Healing Sanctuary, place of refuge, and, most of all, place to heal. Integrative Cancer Research Center is ideally suited for therapy, treatment, and healing. ICRC amenities include.
Comfortable rooms with private bathroom, a terrace for sunning with breathtaking view of the lake and mountain, healthy organic foods, personalized care from well-trained staff, making the Center a true a place to renew your health: mind, body and spirit. Our guests experienced a relaxed atmosphere employing nature’s own healing properties to reinforce and enhance the educational and detoxification experience.
This room creates a sacred place in which to unload all your burdens, discover your pathway to true health and wellbeing, and engage life’s journey to the fullest. Find peace in this spiritual getaway, and delight in the incredible mystery of the gift of life.
OZONE HYDROTHERAPY POOL:
Float your chronic conditions away in the warmth of an ozonated pool! Ozone is an active and trivalent form of oxygen. It enhances immune function of the body by destroying germs, bacteria, viruses and fungi, and has been shown to cure one hundred diseases and disorders. Ozone is a unique procedure that rids the body of toxicity and pathogens, while leaving the pool free from chlorine that causes red eyes, rashes, brittle hair and harsh smell. The warm water relaxes muscles, buoyancy assists or resists movement, and weightlessness decreases pain and stress on the joints. Find healing in the crystal clear water of the Sanctuary’s Ozone Hydrotherapy Pool.
FAR INFRARED SAUNA (HYPERTHERMIA):
Toxicity is our greatest concern in the 21th century. There are many new and stronger chemicals, air and water pollution, radiation and nuclear power. We ingest new chemicals, use more drugs of all kinds, eat more sugar and refined foods, and abuse ourselves daily with various stimulants and sedatives. The incidence of many toxicity diseases have increased as well. Cancer, cardiovascular disease and auto-immune diseases are the main consequences.
After more than two decades of extensive studies, research and practice, we found that ONLY a detoxified body can start to heal. What can we do to eliminate these toxins from our bodies? DETOXIFY! One of the most effective ways to eliminate the accumulated toxins in our bodies is by using the FAR INFRARED SAUNA. Begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle with the Far Infrared Sauna. You will have full access to these benefits . . .
Better Circulation and Increased Energy — Far Infrared Sauna emits FIR energy that is absorbed by human cells, causing a physical phenomenon called “resonance.” Thus the cellular activities are instantly invigorated, resulting in better blood circulation and overall improved metabolism.
Weight Loss — FIR Sauna heat therapy can aid in weight loss by speeding up the metabolic process of vital organs and endocrine glands, resulting in substantial caloric loss in a sauna heat session.
Cardiovascular Health — The FIR Sauna increases heart rate and blood circulation, crucial to maintaining one’s health. The heart rate increases as more blood flow is diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin, without heightening blood pressure.
Speedy Recovery from Traumas and Injuries — For injuries, FIR generated heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding the healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain and reducing the time it takes the human body to recover from injury.
Detoxification — The quicker metabolic rate causes extra toxic waste products to be purged from the body through the skin during perspiration. The skin is often referred to as the 3rd kidney, because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating 30% of the body’s waste.
Stress Reduction and Relaxation — FIR Sauna heat treatment before a massage relaxes and loosens the muscle tissue, enabling the therapist to give a more thorough and effective massage.
Naturally Beautiful Skin — For the perfect, healthy glow, FIR Sauna heat therapy allows increased blood circulation to carry great amounts of nutrients to the skin and promote healthy tone and texture. A FIR Sauna heat bath encourages mild cleansing of the skin.
Strong Immune System — By creating an “artificial fever,” FIR heat has a positive effect on the immune system. Often misunderstood, fever is a natural healing response of the body. The function of the immune system is increased naturally during a fever, while virus and bacterial growth is slowed, weakening its hold. This helps the body ward off invading organisms. A FIR heat treatment in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the disease before the symptoms occur.
RESEARCH AND MULTIMEDIA CENTER:
Scientists and practitioners from the fields of naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, herbs and botanicals, homeopathy, acupuncture, immunology, and nutrition apply their years of experience and expertise to the study of natural medicine. The goal is to find out what natural medicine therapies work, why they work, and to develop methodologies for studying modalities that do not always fall into the traditional biomedical model of research.
Current research studies include:
— Exploring the relationship between diet, inflammation and type 2 diabetes
— Treatment of metabolic syndrome
— Research on health disparities and naturopathic medicine
— Moods in relation to type 2 diabetes
— Enhanced treatment of autoimmune diseases
A multidisciplinary graduate school that trains healers and holistic practitioners of science-based natural and integrative medicine.
We offer our clients an array of simple, but highly accurate, state of the art technologies for evaluating a person’s health condition …
Darkfield Microscopy or Live Blood Analysis — Live blood analysis or darkfield miscroscopic analysis gives us early, reliable insights into tendencies towards illness of different kinds. Thus, we can help prevent illnesses that could developed into serious conditions. In cases of pre- existing chronic diseases, darkfield miscroscopy enables a course of treatment to be undertaken for real or complete healing of the condition.
Heart Rate Variability Analysis (HRV) — The heart rate variability analysis is a unique and powerful tool in measuring, monitoring and improving fitness from the sick and elderly trying to regain or preserve their health and vigor, amateur sports/fitness individuals trying to stay in shape, and professional athletes seeking to improve their training and performance. The key advantage of HRV is its ability to detect early signs of the development of pathological processes or the presence of some functional disorder, which may not be revealed by an ordinary physical examination.
Bio-Feedback Therapy (QXCI) — is a safe and powerful biofeedback device designed to stimulate and harness the tremendous capacity of the human system for self-healing. QXCI is especially useful in helping the following health conditions: menopause, weight loss, emotional issues, diabetes, allergies, anxiety, back pain, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and injuries, depression, digestive problems, food sensitivities, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, skin disorders, stress, viruses and much more. QXCI scans the patient’s body like a virus-scan on a computer, reports on the biological reactivity and resonance in your body, and allows for screening a wide range of energetic dysfunctions, risks, abnormalities and imbalances.
Aromatherapy Blending Bar — The true secret of health, beauty and longevity is in our aromatherapy blending bar, your fragrance pharmacy! Aromatherapy heals using the plants’ powerful essential oils taken from flowers, leaves, bark or roots to promote health, wellness and beauty.
Lymphatic Drainage — Our “life flow system” is the immune system’s circulatory system. The lymphatic system runs through the entire body, except the brain. It is a network of several organs: the thymus; tonsils; spleen; hundreds of lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, groins; and numerous vessels that run through the entire body. These vessels carry a clear fluid known as lymph that circulates around the body’s tissues and filters through the lymph nodes, kidneys and liver, absorbing fluid, waste products, dead cells, bacteria, viruses, fats and proteins. When the lymphatic system is not flowing properly, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens stagnate and attack your body. Ninety percent (90%) of the digestive fats enter the lymph systems first! Obesity is the condition of Lymphotoxicosis. REMEMBER . . . Only a detoxified body has the power and potential for healing!
Personalized Weight Loss Program — An alarming reality: one out of every three adults is overweight and one out of five is obese, globally! The EPIDEMIC . . . Since 2007, the obesity epidemic has become a worldwide pandemic with global implications for health and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer and other autp-immune diseases. The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere and the failure rate of fad diets and dieting is over 97%. Obesity is now being perceived as a bigger threat to health than smoking, drinking and poverty. This means that an alarming percentage of the population globally is in dire need of weight loss solutions. Yes, ICRC offers the true Weight Loss Solution that can effectively address this epidemic: A balanced lifestyle • Diet and detoxification • Effective botanicals for weight loss. Clinically proven and tested, with a patient record of 160 lbs total, or 10 lbs in 7 days without synthetic FAD pills, no starvation diet, and no surgeries!
Therapies that Support Balanced Health and Bliss in Your Life.
All our therapeutic body wraps are based upon centuries- old therapies that support balance and bliss in your life. The revitalizing and therapeutic treatments offered are customized to your particular needs. Your therapist will use specific essential oils and herbs chosen to provide you with optimal balance and nourishment for your mind-body constitution. All therapies are natural, gentle and delightfully pleasing. Our ingredients are pure, organic, alive and vital, rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that nurture new cells, extract impurities and maintain the skin’s natural pH balance.
Inspired by the age-old heat and essential oil treatments used in ancient therapies, the Wellness Institute has adopted this concept to create the Ultimate Therapeutic Body Wrap Experience.
The Seven-In-One treatment in all our Therapeutic Body Wraps. Each treatment begins with dry skin brushing, followed by synchronized massage using infused organic herbs and essential oils. Lying down on a jade mat, essential oil-infused steam envelopes your body while the therapist gives you a soothing scalp massage. A coconut milk, yogurt and aromatic milk, body mist, oil or body butter application finishes each treatment leaving you wonderfully relaxed and refreshed.
Dry skin brushing is a technique that has been used for hundreds of years to boost the lymph system and remove dead skin cells from the body without removing the body’s protective oils. Dry skin brushing speeds up the internal cleansing of the body and reduces stress on the kidneys, lungs, and colon. This ultimately assists in the elimination of waste.
Jade has the natural ability to emit far-infrared rays. The rays not only benefit the muscles on the surface, but all cells including blood vessels, lymph glands and nerves in the deep parts of our body. These rays vitalize the biological functions of our cells and increase circulation, relieve neuralgia, backache, arthritis pain, eliminate toxins and carbon dioxide from the our blood, and perform an antibacterial function.
Achieve maximum well-being by immersing yourself in a potent blend of pure, organic, and scientifically balanced blend of thirty-seven herbs, botanicals and minerals substantially enhanced with sea vegetation. It is designed to: cleanse the body of toxins from aging, improper diet, lack of exercise, smoking and stress while reducing inches • firming and toning the skin • activating the body’s natural healing power.
Dr. C. Gonzalez, UK trained in clinical aromatherapy and a leading expert on the use of essential oils, formulated special organic blends for each of our therapeutic body wraps for: stress reduction • immune boost • stimulation of the nervous system • tissue recovery • decreasing muscle/joint pains • promoting circulation and total detoxification • control inflammation • weight/inch reduction. Essential oils contain many physical and emotional healing properties.
Massage has been used as therapeutic measure for generations and across cultures around the world. All therapeutic wrap feature full body massage by two therapists using organic herbs and essential oils to promote deep and restorative treatment.
Using therapeutic heat allows the loosened toxins to flow more easily from the tissues to the Gastro Intestinal tract. This facilitates total elimination of the toxins that have accumulated in our body. Organic botanicals, essential oils, and massage combined with steam provide maximum detoxification! Our herbal steam helps promote the ultimate detoxification as your body rids itself of an accumulation of herbicides, pesticides, food additives, air pollution, nicotine, alcohol and household chemicals.
Unwrap and rinse, followed by a whole body milk, honey and yogurt polishing. This process leaves the skin supple, moisturized, and shiny. As a finishing touch to all our therapeutic wraps, we liberally apply aromatic lotion, oil, mist or body butter/ to the whole body.
This therapeutic wrap helps mobilize toxicity in the physiology. Essential oils, herbal infusion, and synchronized massage draw out excess fluids and drain the lymphatic system. They open the channels of circulation allowing impurities to move into the gastrointestinal tract to be eliminated. You are cocooned in rich, fragrant steam, and lay on ion jade mat to gently draw out the impurities for twenty minutes and ensure maximum detoxification. 2 Therapists (90 minutes)
ANTI-AGING, AGE REVERSAL & LONGEVITY WRAP
This treatment is specifically designed to reverse biological age both internally and externally. Cellular regeneration is the key to a youthful appearance. Our secret anti-aging essential oils and herbal blends achieve this effectively and without conventional invasive methods and the use of fetal cells. The nutrients and proteins in essential oils help maintain the elasticity of collagen, upon which the outer layers of skin rest, and encourage the regeneration of new cells. The circulation- stimulating properties of the oils oxygenate the blood, which in turn energizes the cells and allows regeneration to take place. 2 Therapists (90 minutes)
REBUILDING IMMUNE SYSTEM & ENERGY BOOST WRAP
Detoxify, nourish and revitalize cells. The immune system is an amazing, complex group of cells that protect us from invading pathogens. This therapeutic body wrap can actually attack invading viruses or address the circumstances that lead to a depressed immune system. It also helps promote digestive strength and provides a bridge to areas where common blockages may occur. This wrap is essential for all therapies aimed at re-establishing normal energy production and cellular metabolism. Energizing body treatments help support sexual vitality, while the essentials oils, herbs and natural botanicals support vital functions, fight tiredness, and promote general body tone. 2 Therapists (90 minutes)
ALL SKIN WRAP
Harness the gentle yet powerful therapeutic properties of pure essential oils and organic herbal blends to treat the symptoms and lessen the effects of eczema, psoriasis, thread veins, broken capillaries, spider veins, hives and other skin allergies. The greatest benefit of using essential oils in skin care is that the oil increases cellular renewal. The essential oils improve blood circulation, hydrating the skin and bringing valuable oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Carbon dioxide and other waste products are disposed of by cell metabolism. 2 Therapists (90 minutes)
SLIMMING/INCH REDUCTION WRAP
This therapeutic body wrap treatment aids in taking off inches, changing body shape, size, and contour, reducing the appearance of cellulite, as well as tightening and toning the skin. When the wrap cloths are applied to your body, the aromatic and herbal mineral solution penetrates through millions of pores in your skin to break down and shrink unwanted fatty cells and “toxified fatty deposits” better known as cellulite. These toxins are stored in the fluids between the cells. Women accumulate these fluids from the waist down and men from the abdomen up. 2 Therapists (90 minutes)
THERAFLEX * HAND & FEET REFLEXOLOGY
Our feet carry us through our life’s journey. They bear our weight throughout the day—walking, running, and standing. It is one of the most important parts of our body, and yet we often do not take care of them. Caring for our feet is of utmost importance! They contain thousands of nerve endings and energy points connected to crucial glands and organs throughout the entire body.
Our specially designed foot therapy re-balances your inner energy, stimulating the immune system as well as relaxing the mind, body, and spirit. We start out by soaking your feet in an invigorating, aromatherapy bath filled with soothing botanicals and traditional healing herbs, followed with our signature Theraflex massage using organic pampering foot lotion. Our professionally trained and certified foot reflexologist uses pressure points to stimulate nerve reflexes in the feet. 1 Therapist (60 minutes)
LUXURIOUS SCALP TREATMENT
Healthy, beautiful hair starts from a healthy scalp. Ongoing hair and scalp care begins with nourishment. Our luxurious hair and scalp treatment: lubricates and conditions your scalp • helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area • relaxes scalp and increases pliability • strengthens the root of the hair and nourishes hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair • softens and conditions your hair, making it more manageable • spreads natural oils, thus increasing hair luster and vibrancy • helps protect hair from the damaging effects of sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time • replenishes and rejuvenates dry, damaged hair • prevents premature graying and/or thinning of hair • helps relax the muscles in the neck area • enhances and promote sound sleep at night• 1 Therapist (60 minutes)