Common Questions New Cancer Patients Ask Me

In Colleen Huber by Colleen Huber, NMD

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Colleen Huber, NMD, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, a licensed physician in Arizona. In my case, I completed the Fellowship of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute (FNORI), and so my work is with cancer patients, for the most part.

My clinic, Nature Works Best, is of licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMDs) at the same address in Tempe, Arizona, USA, for the 11 years of our existence. As of 2017, we are:

Featured in the documentary Cancer Can Be Killed

Featured in America’s Best Cancer Doctors

Featured in Defeating Cancer

A+ rating at BBB (Better Business Bureau)

Our goal is to make sure that the cancer patient gets stronger, while we fight the cancer at the cellular and molecular level, until that patient arrives at remission with:

Evidence of absence of tumor burden, and

Vitality and strength restored, at least equal to the condition of before the cancer diagnosis.
Our goal is for this to happen with every patient, but many patients must stop the treatments earlier, because insurance coverage is still underperforming for the natural treatments for cancer. Other patients, many others, arrive to our clinic later than optimal timing, after cancer has already spread relentlessly through their bodies. Nevertheless, we do not reject patients for being too sick, and we try our best for all who come to us.

How do you treat cancer?

We are licensed as Naturopathic Medical Doctors and primary care physicians. We use natural treatments only for cancer and other diseases. That is, we use no chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. However, if a patient requests it, we do work with surgeons and oncologists, the formal name for doctors who are cancer specialists. And they work with the mainstream treatments, as well as imaging and labs showing what happens with tumors over time.

If a patient prefers to work only with us, that is okay too. We can order all imaging and labwork. All of that is usually covered by insurance, or at least would apply toward the patient’s deductible in many cases. Medicare is an exception, because Medicare does not yet recognize naturopathic medicine.

Do you work with medical doctors? Does any entity oversee your work?

There are medical doctors who have referred patients to us, and there are medical doctors to whom we have referred patients, based on need. Medical doctors neither supervise us, nor take direction from us, because we are an independent clinic of Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMDs). The government agency that oversees licensed naturopathic physicians is the Naturopathic Medical Board of the state in which those physicians are licensed. In the case of our clinic, that governing body is the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Board.i

Our work is also overseen by the Investigational Review Board (IRB) of the American Naturopathic Research Institute / Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute. IRBs were established to protect the rights of human patients. Following the International Declaration of Human Rights and in order to avoid the worst kind of horrors of human experimentation that had been perpetrated throughout the worst periods of human history, IRBs were established in the US – teams of peer clinical researchers as well as at least one non-clinician – as established by the law  – that would evaluate the use of medical treatments or procedures with human beings, according to the specifications of the federal code.

Unfortunately, the prohibition against forced medical treatments is widely ignored in the US medical community, as cancer patients are told every day that they must have chemotherapy, whether they want it or not. For many cancer patients, nobody informs them that there are much safer alternatives to that in natural medicine.

The IRB overseeing our work has submitted our data-gathering from our patients to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), both of which have granted approval, including all previous years in which we applied, and up to the present.

Do you work with oncologists?

There are 2 types of oncologists in our experience: the old-fashioned kind, those who only know about chemotherapy and radiation and surgery, and who are not interested in natural treatments for cancer. Some have shown a lot of hostility toward natural treatments. They have not been very cooperative with us regarding the patients that we share. And this has been detrimental to the patients’ wellbeing, because necessary information such as PET scans, MRI’s etc. have been delayed and withheld by them.

However, there is a new forward-thinking, well-informed and open-minded type of oncologist, and they are taking an interest in the tumor regression and remission that we have experienced with natural treatments. These oncologists have been helpful and cooperative about sharing information from CT scans, PET scans, blood work, etc., and the patient benefits from this shared information. Fortunately, some of our patients have these newer kinds of oncologists. One such oncologist even told one of our patients that he would do what the patient is doing – that is, the natural treatments – if he himself had cancer, and that he had nothing better to offer for this patient’s particular cancer. Another specifically recommended our treatments to another patient as the only therapy. Three other oncologists specifically instructed the patients to continue our natural therapies. That kind of honesty is very welcome to the patient, as well as to the public. Certainly, oncologists can offer some help to some patients. But when they cannot help, it makes most sense for them to welcome other treatments that can make a difference. There is a genuine desire on the part of many mainstream doctors to act with the patient’s best interests as a priority, regardless of where that road may go.

If a patient wants to consult with an oncologist who will be open-minded to the natural treatments that the patient chooses, we can refer to any of a number of different oncologists if the patient requests the referral.

Why don’t you advertise on billboards and the radio, like Mayo and others?

MD Anderson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Mayo and other cancer conglomerates seem to be advertising everywhere. You can hardly turn on a radio or TV without an ad from a cancer hospital. Their billboards are all over our most congested highways. Their soundbites are everywhere.

Soundbites may work well enough to advertise for chemotherapy, because everybody has an idea of what it is. However, natural treatments for cancer are still unfamiliar to much of the American public, and require more of an introduction than simply a commercial. This is why we explain on our website what we do and the results that we have had, while preserving patient anonymity.

What natural treatments do you use?

It’s important to understand that that depends entirely on the patient. Each of our cancer patients came in with a different type of cancer and even different metastases.

As for an example of a specific treatment, let’s say a cancer patient has lung involvement. Then we will deliver natural treatments to the lungs by way of a nebulizer. This has been helpful with both primary lung cancers as well as secondary metastases to the lungs. What we put in there is a combination of herbs and nutrients, in a form that is tolerable to the airways, and with specific attention to the patients’ needs.

We also offer intravenous anti-cancer nutrients, such as high doses of Vitamin C and other anti-cancer nutrients that benefit normal cells while killing cancer cells.

Linus Pauling is the only person in history to be awarded two solo Nobel prizes. His work with Vitamin C and cancer was groundbreaking decades ago. Now we know that we can use much higher doses of Vitamin C than at that time without side effects, when we use it intravenously, and get even better results than previously.

Certain herbs have shown a tremendous effect in slowing the growth of cancer or shrinking tumors and inhibiting metastases, so we use those when appropriate. Renée Caisse was a Canadian nurse who worked with the Ojibwa people, and together they put together a formula of herbs that has shown good results for many patients, called Essiac, so we often use that, but I prefer not to use those herbs alone.

Several other cancer-fighting strategies are available from nature. Cancer creates an acid environment, and seems to adapt to it, which I will discuss later on. Therefore, we incorporate alkaline treatments, because most types of cancer cells seem to thrive in acidity.

Dr. Tullio Simoncini is well known for his work with sodium bicarbonate and cancer. He sees cancer as closely related to fungal conditions, which are intolerant of an alkaline environment. So he uses sodium bicarbonate by injection. Although Dr. Simoncini has done groundbreaking work, this is one piece of a very large and complex puzzle. We do need the other treatments as well to be really effective. Several other natural substances will also provide helpful alkalinity. We use some intravenously, and some are taken orally. The ones we like best are the ones that are attracted to the tumors and more active there, with least disturbance to other cells.

The different treatments for different patients can be expensive for some patients, which then further limits the number of treatments that they opt to receive.

How successful have you been?

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How do you handle safety at your clinic?

Safety at our clinic, and in natural medicine generally, is far easier to achieve than with chemotherapy. At our clinic, we have given over 31,000 IV nutrient treatments, and we have never had to call 911 for a patient receiving an IV. The close attention of our doctors, registered nurses and medical assistants to the patients has ensured that they do well and that they are tolerating our treatments. Patients who have sensitivity or intolerance to one or another component of the treatment, which is a relatively unusual occurrence, discontinue that part of the treatment. This is still generally successful, because there are a number of safe and effective ways to fight cancer from nature.

Does insurance cover any of this?

Things are changing very rapidly here. Recently, the major insurance companies have begun to cover naturopathic treatments more than before, as they realize that we save them quite a bit of money over mainstream medicine. Unfortunately, Medicare and Medicaid are still not covering natural treatments.

United Health Care, Health Net and Humana have been somewhat better at covering naturopathic medicine. Others are starting to catch up. Even Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which never used to cover naturopathic services are beginning to bring themselves up to date. The most common objection of the insurance companies to the natural treatments is that they are “experimental.” However, many of these treatments have had a better history of sustained remission from cancer than a lot of the chemotherapy drugs.

We submit our bills to insurance. Although payment is due for each treatment at the time of service, we try to get a patient’s insurance company to reimburse by submitting the proper codes for diagnosis and treatment.

Does the FDA approve of any of this?

The scope of practice for a Naturopathic Medical Doctor in the State of Arizona as well as a number of other licensed states includes the following: primary care practice (office consults, physical exams, laboratory tests and imaging), natural medicine (nutrition, IV nutrients, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy) as well as some of mainstream medicine (minor surgery, prescription of pharmaceuticals if indicated).

For cancer, all treatments that we use are natural unpatented substances, and all are available in some form or other to the general public, over the counter. However, the quantities and form differ greatly, if you really want to have a fighting chance against such a vicious disease as cancer. Some of this has to be given intravenously in order to be really effective against cancer. You can’t just get enough or the right amounts and proportion and form of these simply by taking them orally. Although for certain items, we ask all of our patients, whether they have cancer or not, to go buy this or that item at the health food stores. So we located our office near a number of health food stores.

So yes, it’s all legal, all within the scope of practice of naturopathic physicians here in Arizona, licensed by the State of Arizona, with oversight by the Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners, and our medical schools are accredited by the US Department of Education. At this writing, there are 20 states and 3 additional US jurisdictions that license naturopathic medicine. They are:


New Hampshire
North Dakota
Rhode Island
Washington, DC
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands

What happens to the patients?

Most start feeling better and their energy comes back. The vitality of the patients usually begins within several weeks after we start treating them, long before we have evidence from ultrasound or CT scans, MRI or PET scans of tumors turning necrotic, or shrinking tumors, or tumors turning to inactive tissue. We look for evidence coming back of shrinking tumors or tumors that are no longer there.

There are also many patients who do not have successful results. The more damage that cancer has caused to the body and the more widespread metastases prior to diagnosis, the harder it is to defeat.

Every year, we survey patients to determine ongoing remission or recurrence, and various parameters of health, such as frequency of exercise and dietary choices.

Profiles of some of our patients

The following dozen cases are listed in no particular order, but are a representative sample of the experiences of our patients.

Case 1:

A woman with endometrial cancer came in with a tumor the size of a grapefruit, with such a deadly form of this particular cancer that there are no survivors of it in the medical literature except for this patient. Neither chemotherapy, nor radiation nor surgery could eliminate it. It grew back each time. The tumor was eliminated in 2008 with our treatments, and the patient has kept her very active career ever since. There is still no evidence of any recurrence.

Case 2:

A woman in her fifties had malignant melanoma, which is one of the most dangerous kinds of cancers and the most dangerous of the skin cancers. By the time we met her, it had already metastasized to her brain. This patient chose a combination of surgery, radiation and our natural cancer-fighting treatments, which we continued until she went into remission and continued an active life with recreational travel.

Case 3:

A man in his fifties had prostate cancer and chose only our natural treatments in 2008. He did not want to have any of the mainstream treatments. After less than three months of natural treatments, he is still in remission. He continues to ride his bicycle several miles a day and worked two strenuous jobs and now one strenuous full-time job.

Case 4:

This is a patient who eventually died of cancer. It was inoperable pancreatic cancer, and the two tumors had actually shrunk considerably, with one disappearing completely, during the course of our natural treatments alone. This patient enjoyed a high quality of health, very active physically and feeling good during the first few months of our natural treatments. However, as things started to look very good, there arose different viewpoints about the best way to proceed throughout the healing process, particularly dietary choices, and the initial success turned to very aggressive metastases throughout the body. We can help patients avoid this outcome.

Case 5:

A man in his fifties with colon cancer chose a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and our natural treatments. Among all these interventions, the patient experienced a reduction in his cancer of 80% from chemotherapy and natural treatments alone, beginning after the initial surgery. However, at the same time, complications from his surgery took him back into the hospital with a very high morphine dose, and without recovery. We can help discuss the risk of adhesions with your surgeon prior to surgery, to help avoid this excruciatingly painful adverse result of certain surgeries.

Case 6:

A woman in her fifties with breast cancer is considering all options and for right now just receiving our natural treatments and remains stable and well with a high quality of life and activity.

Case 7:

A woman in her seventies with breast cancer also considered all her options and decided to just receive our natural treatments. She is now in remission with a high quality of life and wellbeing.

Case 8:

A woman in her forties with breast cancer chose lumpectomy and our natural treatments. She is now in remission, and she has resumed an active life with recreational travel.

Case 9:

A man in his seventies has lung cancer, which has now reduced in volume more than 90% with a combination of radio ablation and our natural treatments.

Case 10:

A man in his seventies with leukemia has been through chemotherapy and a number of natural treatments. After treating him for some months, his numbers remain stable. Although not yet in remission, this man’s quality of life remains quite high. He is very physically active, and rides his bicycle several miles a day and helped a friend build a cabin with their own hands.

Case 11:

This patient in her forties has had primary colon cancer, primary ovarian cancer and primary uterine cancer. When she came to us after surgery, there were metastases as well, and her condition was weak, fatigued and delicate. With only our natural treatments, the metastases disappeared and the patient’s improved vitality and new robust energy was quite dramatic. Her travel schedule is active. She is still in remission over seven years later.

Case 12:

A man in his forties with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma came to us for natural cancer treatment. He had already been through chemotherapy. With the natural treatments that we have used, he maintained a high quality of living, active in his work and hiking in the local mountains. He went into remission while continuing the natural treatments alone. Then we did not hear from him for several years. Then he came back with a widely-metastasized cancer, having resumed chemotherapy. This time, we were not so fortunate as to be able to help him. We can help advise future patients how to avoid this outcome.