A new approach to cancer, which is complementary with unavoidable conventional treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, consists in optimizing your “terrain”. In other words, we can work to help our bodies’ natural defenses against cancer.

For all of us, there are tests that can measure the state of our terrain, so we can adjust the choices that we make in order to improve our defenses.

Here is a list of these tests, along with indications of how best to act on them and recommendations on how to reinforce defenses when a test suggests there may be a zone of weakness.

Given that these tests are all too rarely employed in conventional medicine as it’s usually practiced, we’re asking all of you to suggest how to improve the ideas we’ll be putting forward, through your comments and suggestions.

- Measuring C-reactive protein by ultra-sensitive test - Combined measurement of C-reactive protein (by classic test) and blood albumin - Measuring glycosylated hemoglobin (also known as HbA1c). - Vitamin D blood test - Measuring NK cell activity (or white blood-cell activity in general). - Measuring the omega-6/omega-3 balance in hematids - Measuring antioxidant capacity (eg. Urine MDA) - Activity of metabolic detoxification (capacity to eliminate environmental carcinogens) - Measuring the thyroid function - Cholesterol and triglycerides - Iron levels - Personality tests and measurements of “attachment styles” - Ruffier-Dickson test measuring general fitness and tolerance of effort (VO2 max) - Measuring cardiac variability and “coherence”

You’ll need to talk this over with your medical team, who may not necessarily be accustomed to using them. Be diplomatic about this. Don’t walk into a doctor’s office demanding a specific prescription, and don’t threaten to change doctors if he or she doesn’t agree right away. Doctors know you can leave them. Have faith in their intelligence, and give them time.

However, if you do think your doctor is being deliberately obstructive, then it may be time for you to think about other, alternative specialists. Just ask: can you recommend one of your colleagues, who would be prepared to follow me with a “terrain” approach in addition to my conventional treatment?

Don’t just stick a printout of tests that you’ve downloaded under your doctor’s nose. But do address the subject directly – asking for his or her opinion. If he or she doesn’t know much about the subject, avoid an attitude that’s humiliating or scornful. Doctors are bombarded with information - with far more information than any human being could possibly assimilate.

If he or she seems mistrustful, that’s because your doctor is a scientist. Propose that he or she read the information you’ve prepared, and explain that you need to know more about the indictors of the state of your terrain so that you can act yourself to improve your health, in addition to benefiting from the positive elements that medicine can bring you. Give him or her a little time to read the documents, and if he or she is convinced, you can probably ask for a prescription to be sent to you in the mail.

Be reasonable about your requests. You probably can’t have a test every two weeks. In any case, the new habits that you can put in place in order to improve your results on these tests generally take two or three months before they have a measurable effect.

Finally, the next time you talk this over with your doctor, don’t forget to tell him or her how the information from the test helped you change your diet and behavior. This will help convince him that the tests are useful, and you’ll be participating in improving health care for others.