Naturopathic Oncology

Cancer Treatment programs are administered by the practitioners of Immersion Health which was co-founded by Dr. Greg Nigh, ND and Maria Zilka, nutritional therapist.  The treatment approach at Immersion Health is unique, recognizing cancer as a metabolic disease. At Immersion Health we are delivering therapies that address all aspects of health and vitality, because long-term success against cancer depends on a strong immune system, low inflammation, ongoing detoxification, lifelong nutritional strategies, stress management, physical activity and much more. Immersion Health brings this all together into individualized treatment plans that optimize every individual’s potential for recovery and ongoing wellness.

Most treatment programs include, but are not limited to, the following therapies:

IV Therapy – The IV therapy program at Immersion Health uses a wide range of metabolic therapies delivered in a very specific sequence. Dichloroacetate (DCA), DMSO, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, choline, hydrogen peroxide and many other nutrients are used to “unlock” aspects of cancer cell metabolism. Once unlocked, a wide range of other therapies have a much greater potential to bring cancer cell growth under control.

Targeted Supplementation – Dr. Nigh is the only naturopathic physician in the country that is trained and currently utilizing the Kelley Enzyme Protocol for cancer treatment. The Kelley Protocol utilizes pancreatic enzymes in very high doses, along with detoxification therapies, as a strategy to control cancer cell division while stripping them of the proteins that sit on their surface. These proteins “hide” the cancer cells from the immune system. Combining the enzyme therapies with concurrent immune activating therapies is a “one-two punch” to help the patient’s immune system to gain the upper hand in finding and ridding the body of cancer cells.

In addition to the Kelley Protocol, Dr. Nigh utilizes functional lab work, including some genetic testing, in order to create a comprehensive but focused set of supplemental nutrients to support all other aspect of each plan.

Injection Therapy – The most important cancer-focused injection therapy utilized at Immersion Health is called Iscador. This is a mistletoe extract that has been extensively studied, tested and utilized in the conventional European oncology community. Iscador strongly activates the anti-cancer immune system while at the same time accomplishing several other important goals in cancer control. Carefully matching the type and dose of Iscador to each patient, Iscador injections span over several weeks and serve as ongoing support to all cancer patients. Iscador can and should be used in conjunction with most conventional therapies to protect against side effects of those therapies, another benefit of Iscador.

Nutrition Therapy – The nutrition program implemented in our cancer care program is intensive and unique. It is directed by Maria Zilka, one of the most experienced and skilled cancer-focused nutrition therapists in the country. Grounded in the most recent scientific understanding of cancer cell metabolism, the calorie-restricted ketogenic diet combines carefully guided calorie restriction with a nutrition program that turns food into a powerful anti-cancer therapy. Used in conjunction with the full set of other metabolic therapies, the diet is a foundation upon which the other therapies build and gain strength.

Functional Lab Testing – Dr. Nigh uses lab testing not just to assess the state of any patient’s disease, but more importantly labs are used to gain a very broad understanding of the patient’s overall health. In order to put together an individualized treatment plan it is critical to know which systems of the body are out of balance and what factors have been contributing to the susceptibility to cancer in the first place. Dr. Nigh might test for heavy metals, vitamin, mineral, and amino acid levels, systemic inflammation, digestive function and others. This information might be combined with assessment of specific genes associated with detoxification, methylation, antioxidant production or other relevant factors. Taken together this information allows Dr. Nigh to design a program that is specifically tailored to each patient’s particular set of circumstances and imbalances.


Dr. Greg Nigh, ND
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Maria Zilka, NTP
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