Given that we do not understand these
fine points well enough to be certain, it would seem appropriate
that patients who have not yet had surgery try to decongest
the lymphatic system through alkalizing foods and herbs,
immune supplements, and perhaps also massage with a highly
trained therapist specializing in lymphatic drainage to
see if the swelling will subside. For those who feel they
are at risk for cancer, periodic lymphatic stimulation
and/or drainage may be a healthy protective measure.
Once the nodes are gone, it is more
uphill. One very simple but probably only minimally helpful
exercise is to hold the affected (swollen) area upwards
to see if gravity will permit some of the lymph to descend
into areas that still have adequate drainage. This should
be done slowly and carefully. There are also rebounding
techniques using a mini-trampoline that are helpful for
some patients. It cannot be overemphasized how important
expert instruction in the correct use of such devices is.
Many therapists who are trained in lymphatic work teach
courses for patients on how to use rebounding, compression
bandages, and other specialty products designed for people
with lymphatic swelling or lymphedema.
Points to Consider
What very few patients seem to realize
is that the immune system does not fight cancer so long
as there is infection in the body. Isn't this one of Nature's
ironies? People are more afraid of cancer than infection,
but the body tries to eliminate infection before turning
its resources towards cancer control. The lymphatic system
in many people is overwhelmed by infection, often stemming
from dental problems or immunizations.
Secondly, there is often a heavy burden
on the lymphatic system due to various toxins: preservatives
in food and medicines; mercury, aluminum, lead, and other
poisonous metals; chemicals from antiperspirants, dry cleaning
agents, and so on and so forth. Reducing some of these
burdens on the body will often relieve pressure on the
lymphatic system and enable it to do its work.
Thirdly, many parasites move in and
out of the lymphatic system. This is a condition that is
seldom diagnosed (and sometimes misdiagnosed as something
else.) Everyone who has studied tropical diseases knows
about filariasis but they seldom realize that people in
the developed world can also be harboring similar parasitic
The lymphatic system is not well understood
and therefore is sometimes underestimated or ignored. Becoming
better informed can improve the quality of many lives.