My Story - A short journey with cancer.
MY STORY - 2011
My story really started way back in 2011, when I found out that a close friend of mine from my younger, care-free days, had cancer. She lived near California University at Stanford. After talking to her I found out later that she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer about 15 years ago and had been through a Chemo session about every five years. In July of 2011 I recommended to my friend a healthier diet of greens and supplements, some of the sames one I used. Her doctors told her that she wouldn't survive another Chemo round so they said surgery was her last resort. By November and after her surgery, I noticed a definite change in her mental capacity. Foggy, slow to respond and lack of interest in talking to me. By December I could no longer "talk" to her through Facebook as we had done for many months. Even phone calls were answered by a care taker. She passed away in January 2012. Modern medicine and my trust in the established cure for cancer was demolished.
Because of her battle with cancer I became really interested in how cancer developed, what it was and different causes and cures. Cures were rare in more recent findings. Most came from Doctors in the 30's, 40's and 50's who put their patients on a strict diet and supplements. Causes of cancer had been researched for decades without much success. There is still controversy about the cause; but I now believe that cancers are caused by very small microbes rather than virus or fungus.
In an article I found on the internet website https://www.cancertutor.com/checkfast , information (from the 1930's) tells us that "the formation of new cancer cells is caused by a very special type of microbe called a “cell wall deficient bacteria.” This bacteria is highly pleomorphic, meaning the bacteria can be smaller than a virus (e.g. a somatid state) or as large as an amoeba (e.g. the size of a trichomonad). This bacteria frequently changes it shape and its size. It can do this because it is “cell wall deficient.”These bacteria, which can be “filterable” (i.e. as small as a virus), can actually get inside of a normal cell. Once inside a normal cell it blocks the formation of ATP energy inside the mitochondria and this is what turns the cell “cancerous.” It is this microbe which is actually what causes cancer cells to form." Read More https://www.cancertutor.com/checkfast/
A tremendous amount of work has been done to identify cancers by type; or where it started. One research project I found on the internet went as far as getting a picture of a single cancer cell and compared it to a single healthy human cell. The cancer cell looked totally abnormal; more like a really bad hair day with spikes of hair all over (not really hair, it just looked like it. I don't know the technical term). While the normal cell looked a Marine Corps Sargent with the short cropped hair. One common item found in several reports is that cancer survives in an acidic environment and uses sugar to ferment into an alcoholic fuel. This higher Acidic environment is consistent in ALL cancer patients.
Back to 2013
Healing doesn't start with medicine, it starts with the faith that your body can heal itself of disease. There in lies the problem. People believe more in science, psychology, and the wisdom of the world than they do in the power of God. Of course we can not replace a finger, hand, foot, or any limb that was removed, but I believed and knew that God gave us a body that can heal itself of many diseases like cancer even in very late stages of development when modern medicine gives up. In our world today our bodies are at war with the environment we live in and the food we eat contains a large amount of toxic chemicals. It is no wonder that we get sick and die at an early age. Lately I've been wondering if the body itself has a priority system for keeping us healthy. Fighting cancer cells seems to be low on that list when the immune system is working overtime to cleanse the body of toxic chemicals, viruses, and bacteria. In other words, the immune system is so overworked, it can't fight cancer effectively. These are my thoughts and now, here is my story.
It all started in January of 2013 while at work when I felt a sharp pain just about the middle of my back. The next day it was worse than ever so I visited a local Chiropractor. After the second chiropractor visit gave me some relief but it was short lived as my back was worse than before. Barely able to walk, I then went to see my family physician for the pain and he prescribed a mild pain killer until my back felt better. It didn't get any better and in fact, I felt worse than before. My appetite waned, a day later I realized that I hadn't had a bowel movement or urination in several days. I was literally, poisoning myself.
My Doctor put me in the hospitable at the end of January thinking it was a bowel obstruction (i thought the same thing). After a few days in the hospital on IV's my body had detoxified enough that I was out of danger and my back was feeling better, even though I couldn't sleep on either side, just flat on my back. A CT/SCAN was performed on the abdominal/pelvic area for an obstruction but none was found. On day four, the surgeon came in to see me and probe my abdomen. "Where does it hurt" she said as she grabbed different parts of my abdominal area and squeezed. "My back". I replied. She found nothing. No obstruction in large or small intestines. On the fifth day I was finally able to walk 10 feet and my bowels began to work again with enough laxatives. The sixth day I actually walked down the hall a bit before the pain got to me. But the next day I pushed myself to the limit by walking clear around the center section of the hospital wing with many rests every twenty feet. The mysterious ailment was going away, so we thought.
After a week in the hospital I was once again back to a semi-normal state, very weak, but normal body functions were now working, because of all the laxatives, even though I still had the sometimes tremendous pain in my back. As long as I could lay flat on my back I felt pretty good, but that meant not moving much too! Just rolling onto my side was a monumental task as I had to try and keep my back as straight as possible. I could barely walk 20 feet to the bathroom. The only pain medication I'm taking is one or two Ibuprophin at night so I can rest comfortably.
Later in March I had an MRI. The next day, after the MRI, my wife and I were told to come in and see the doctor. My Doctor informed me that the pain in my back was most likely caused by an unknown type of cancer growing along my spine. One of the five tumors had been eating away at the bottom of the 6th vertebra, the cartilage, and the top of the 7th vertebra and a rib causing the pain in my back. The inflammation of that nerve bundle near that rib leading to my abdominal area may have caused it to shut down and/or an apparent allergic reaction to the pain medication. I'll never know which one.
It was at this point my wife, Sheryl, and I began our research into what natural method can be used to cure the cancer along my spine. That night, in a short dream, a verse came into my mind, Daniel 1v12, "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink." So I researched what "Pulse" is. It is nuts, grains, vegetables and fruit and of course, back in those days they would have been "Organic" by default. I had already discounted the use of Chemo and radiation as a treatment because of my experience with my friend mentioned above. There were many ideas floating around the internet from various nutritional, vegetarian, and/or research groups. We adopted an "ALL IN" process or method that included items from each group. What we ended up doing was to go "Organic" and totally eliminate anything in the home that was even remotely a potential cause of cancer. No more sodas! This included most corn (GMO) products, wheat (gluten) products, any processed foods that I couldn't read or pronounce and all forms of sweeteners. We replaced the "Bad" foods with organic vegetables, gluten free products and free range chicken meat. For a sweetener we turned to organic honey. To help with the back pain Sheryl used "Deep Blue Rub" essential oils and a heating pad on medium heat once or twice a day while I was unable to get out of bed. One item that got our attention was the "Essiac Tea'. It was used back in the 40's and 50's to cure cancer patients. It was later banned as a treatment for cancer by the FDA, under the urging of the fledgling pharmaceutical industry. We also established a daily routine and meal plan that we tried to keep as much as possible, as described below.
In early May, I had an appointment to have a biopsy of the 6th vertebra. I approached my bishop, asking him to give me a blessing prior to the biopsy. IN that blessing was a message that I would be healed. On the day of the biopsy, the pathologist was standing by to assure the surgeon that an adequate sample was taken. A few days later the report was in. The lesions were "undeterminable". In other words the pathologist performed every test possible with the four samples and could not identify the type of cancer. The cancer was dead and signs of bone regrowth had started. Two weeks later I visited a Cancer specialist. He took the precaution of ordering another biopsy of the 7th vertebra. The Sunday before the biopsy, I had a second blessing from a church leader that also reaffirmed my total healing. In early June the biopsy was taken, and as before, four more samples were obtained. Three weeks later I visited the Cancer Specialist, who also said there was nothing there for him to diagnose my problem.
In the beginning of August I was scheduled for a repeat MRI. Twelve days later after the MRI, in my family doctors office, I waited for the results. When the doctor came in to the examination room, he was shaking his head and smiling. "I don't know how, if it is your faith or what. But whatever your doing keep doing it!" is what he said. The MRI report stated that there was a significant reduction is the size of the tumors along my spine. Sheryl and I just looked at each other and smiled.
I had no problem realizing that God said I would be healed and I am being healed. After all, I had two blessings that I would be healed. I didn't need a third. I was already convinced. It's my feeling that what my wife and I did was part of God's plan for creating a self-healing body. Backtracking a bit. In June I couldn't lift more than 10 pounds due to the spinal injury caused by the cancer and my work. The Doctor said I would never be able to lift more than 5 pounds. Four months later I was able to lift 25 pounds with ease and 35 pounds if I pushed it. I am looking forward to a full recovery in the months and years ahead. It's now November 2013 and I still have a pain in my back most of the time, but always very tolerable so I don't take any pain medication.
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INTO THE FUTURE 2015 and BEYOND!
I am still alive and living in Idaho Falls, ID. My family moved here in April of 2015. I still get an occasional back pain from the area of the cancer, but I am still doing things that I thought I would never be able to do again. Every once and a while I see cancer patients in the stores of all ages. A young girl, most likely with leukemia, is there with the scarf over her bald head. I stop to talk and ask how they are doing. Then there are other times when I see older patients and ask how they were doing. "Oh I've had my third treatment this week and the Doctor says I'm doing fine." But I always ask them if the doctor counseled them about good nutrition." Usually, they say "NO he didn't". That is because Doctors are not taught about nutrition, just drugs. Even if you want to follow the Doctors orders, give your body the chance to heal it's self through good nutrition. Cancer Centers of America even has information on how important good nutrition is during treatment on their website.
A year after moving to Idaho Falls, in May of 2016, I have started to build my gardening expertise one more time. Growing organic food here is different than in Sacramento CA where I was living. Life is just one continual learning process. I attribute my life as a cancer patient survivor to my faith in God. He guided me to the first chapter in Daniel. That is where I found out what I had to eat from that day forward.
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Meal plan (times are approximate)
- 8:00 a.m. Essiac Tea (always one hour before a meal)
- 9:00 a.m. Breakfast - one or two organic eggs, cooked any way i wanted, but usually scrambled with ground pepper on top. The pepper was necessary because it combined with the one Curcumin capsule for better absorbtion. Later I started adding a little mustard to my egg breakfast because Mustard has Tumeric (another cancer fighting spice) on the ingredient list and gluton-free raisin bread. Cinnamon is also a cancer fighter. I don't use margerine (processed oils) as we have replaced it with organic butter.
- 10:00 a.m. Green Smoothie: This was chosen because it used "Kale", a highly rated cancer fighting food. Only one other was rated as high (Collard Greens). We found the recipe on the internet.
- 12:00 noon Essiac Tea
- 1:00 p.m. Lunch: Salad, homemade honey-mustard dressing and regular meal. Supplements with a glass of water.
- 2:00 p.m. Green Smoothie
- 4:00 p.m. Essiac Tea
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner: Starting with a large salad, then regular dinner with lots of vegetables.
- 7:00 p.m. Snack time: Sheryl found a healthy dark chocolate bar called "Endangered Species Chocolate" that was made with 88% cocoa as a treat for me.. Cocoa is another great anti-cancer fighting food. So it's important to find chocolate with a very high Cocoa content. Milk chocolate is just junk food. Actually anytime I get that chocolate craving I grab a square to suck on slowly or melt it and add it to a little organic peanut butter. That's my version of a chocolate peanut butter cup. Yes, I am a chocoholic!
- 9:00 p.m. Bed-time: Essiac Tea
SUPPLEMENTS: Three times a day!
One Curcumin capsule, two Turkey-tail Mushroom, one Resveratrol, three Vitamin D-3* of 1,000 iu each, kelp, and a good multiple vitamin. Always take the supplements according to the directions.
*I know that I was already low on this vitamin because I worked nights all the time and seldom worked out in the sun. So I took 9,000 I.U. each day to rebuild my vitamin D levels. I found out later that this vitamin "D" is essential to the immune system.
Note: A salad included red bell peppers, avocado, carrot, tomatoes, grated cheddar cheese, sun flower seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, and a home made honey-mustard or, vinegar and olive oil dressing. Once again the mustard recipe is on the internet, but I just mixed honey and mustard to taste. Yes, I also have a sweet tooth.
Once again, I can't stress enough about the supplements I took included; Turkey-tail Mushrooms, vitamin d-3 (in the winter or if your level is low), kelp for Iodine, Curcumin, Resveratrol and Cranberry concentrate. Make sure you have your doctor test you for a vitamin d deficiency before taking large doses. Not everyone can tolerate the Essiac Tea, so make sure you increase the amount you take slowly. It tastes a little bitter at first but now I enjoy the taste. You also need to be drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and allow your body to cleanse itself naturally. After all our bodies are 90% water. So you don't want to deprive yourself of water.
Even now, in 2015, I take the supplements every couple of days just to make sure that my immune system is working properly.
To barrow a phrase from Star Trek, "Live long and prosper!"