UPDATE: April 21, 2014. Went to see my oncologist today to get the results of Thursdays MRI. It was mostly good news. Not as over-the-top as I hoped for, but it was still mostly good news.
My “Preformance Status” was excellent. If I was any other person without liver tumors, I’d be in perfect health. My Karnofsky rating is about 90%, my Zubrod is Zero. So, basically, I’m in perfect health except for the tumors in my liver.
My liver still has the tumors in it. The largest tumor has doubled in volume from 21.4 cc to 52 cc, but my liver function is unimpaired and functioning better than most peoples livers. My liver is not enlarged or otherwise compromised. This is very good news.
Apparently, due to the efficacy of my natural alternative therapy, the urgency for starting more drastic measures like chemo is somewhat abated for now. This gives us the opportunity to leverage my strength and undergo the surgery to reconnect my colon. Over the next week we’ll be scheduling this procedure. I’ll recover quickly, though, this time. Should only take 4-5 weeks before I’m getting around well again.
I’ll continue my therapy for the next 8 weeks and we’ll check on my liver again after that. I plan to double down on my therapy and do whatever I can to cleanse and improve my liver in the process. I’m not sure what that will be, but I’ll do the research and get it going.
I have mixed emotions about this, but I’m encouraged that my healing therapy has worked well enough to surprise my oncologist. At first, it was, “we gotta start chemo asap” and now it’s, “let’s continue with your therapy for another 8 weeks, reconnect your colon and see what happens.” Now, my prognosis is much better than when I started.
Nobody said it was going to be easy or quick. I have always believed that my approach is a long term lifestyle based cure. As such, it’s going to be a long haul. I’m sure I’ll be doing my therapy for the next year or more.
Today proves that you can take back your own health and restore your immune system and your strength. It just takes a solid approach, a commitment to the plan, and a daily diligence to make better choices every day!
It’s been 3 months since my diagnosis.
My first reaction was, “damn, that sucks.” I had no context for any significant emotional reaction, at first.
I studied cancer for the next six weeks seeking a cure. Then I met with my oncologist, who gave me some emotional context in the form of his telling me, “if you do nothing, I’d give you 12 months to live – if you do Chemotherapy, I’ll give you 30 months.” How’s that for context? My oncologist said that part of his job is to instill a sense of urgency in me.
Mission accomplished! Now I was scared silly, filled with fear of cancer with his two choices and my own 6 weeks of study. Well, doors number 1 and 2 from my oncologist are completely unacceptable. But my own door number 3 was looking better and better. All the cures I’d been reading about had much better cure rates than my oncologist. So, door number 3 it was.
Having decided on my cancer cure, I began my treatment in earnest, following Bill Henderson’s modified Budwig protocol. I’ve been doing that for a couple of months now with high hopes for a good outcome.
Last Thursday, I went for my second MRI, but I still have to wait until Monday to get the results – to see if my Liver is much improved.
Do you remember the Heinz Catsup commercial, “Anticipation… is keeping me waiting….” Well, I didn’t realize how much I’d been bottling up while I “cheerfully” went about making my shakes in the morning and eating well during the day and exercising. Deep down, I’ve been harboring this nagging fear, “what if it does not work?” I didn’t realize, though, just how this anticipation and trepidation were feeling inside of me until I made a simple phone call.
On Friday, the day after my MRI, I called my friend Bill Sarine. Bill is one of my favorite people, a mentor and a good friend. Bill did not know about my cancer diagnosis before the call. So, I called him to tell him about it. Before I got to tell him, though, he got to telling me a story.
First you need to know that Bill is a great story teller. He’s lived a life so rich in experience that his stories echo with sage wisdom.
He told me a story about a man named Pedro that he helped find a job many years ago. At one point in the story, Bill told the man that his time was his own and he should not waste a moment of it.
Since a cancer diagnosis typically includes a significant lifespan reduction, Bill’s story took me right over my emotional edge. I found myself crying on the phone with Bill asking me what was wrong?
What was wrong was that I’ve been on the razor’s edge teetering between courage and fear – and I just had not been fully conscious of the extent of my true feelings of fear.
On the one hand, I made a choice to follow a non-traditional course of treatment. I had to trust myself and the treatment. I had to have faith and believe that a good outcome was not only possible, but inevitable.
On the other hand was the fear and uncertainty that was there all the time since the diagnosis. I had been trusting and believing in my chosen path, all the while sitting on a nagging fear that it might not work.
Make no mistake, I do feel that I’m on the right path. I do feel better. I’ve had an MRI to verify that my treatment is actually working and healing my liver – and I won’t find out the results until Monday, a wait of 4 days, or, more precisely, 8 weeks and 4 days!
For 8 weeks, in cooperation with my oncologist, I’ve been running my own little clinical trial of one. This MRI will prove that I’m not crazy. It will prove that I may have been inspired.
All the while, I face every day with my courage battling to win over my fear. No matter the way I feel, the evidence of healing, my outward demeanor, my telling people that I’m healing myself and feeling fine, there’s an underlying primal fear of dying that can not be ignored.
My surprising awakening came right in the middle of my friend Bill’s wonderful story about Pedro. I am so thankful for that. Serendipity comes to us in many ways. Sometimes it’s just a phone call away. Thank you Bill!
After Bill’s call, I realized that fear of cancer does not have to rule me. Having a little fear does not mean I will fail to heal myself. It’s human to have concerns. But we deal with them. Every business person understands Risk – calculated risk. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have to venture a probable cure against a certain death.
By the way, Bill is allowing me to reprint his very moving story on this blog for your enjoyment. That’s why I’ve not told you much of the story here. I want you to hear it from Bill in his own words.
I’ll end with the promise to let you know as soon as I get my results on Monday. I’ll also be posting Bill’s story next week and will let you know when it’s available for you to enjoy.
Just remember, when you are afraid, it’s not real, even though it sure feels that way. Go ahead and look your fears right in the eye and acknowledge them. Then, ask them to step aside so you can move on and do what you have to do.
After that, it’s up to you. Set your goals and make one better choice at a time, every day.
Until next time ~ Robert
Last weeks post mentioned the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune system. This week, we’ll expand on each of the 5 keys. If you followed last weeks post, you know that you must choose to live, choose to change your lifestyle, and learn what that means in terms of the specifics. I.e., you need to know what to eat and what to not eat, for example.
1 Eat Organic, Natural Vegetarian Food
Before I even knew anything else, I knew that a vegetarian diet was best for us. Funny how I knew that, but didn’t act on it until I was diagnosed with cancer? It is said that most people only really change when they are too afraid not to.
People only really Change when they are too afraid not to.
Guilty as charged. Immediately after surgery, I started eating a vegetarian diet. I went vegan and cut out all meat and diary, and minimized all forms of sugar and glutenous flour. That means I eat mostly Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Legumes. You might think that’s boring. But there are some rather tasty spices that are also chock full of anti-cancer ingredients that makes it all taste great! Among the most important spices are Turmeric, Cumin, Oregano, and many others. Juicing of veggies is also a major part of most healthy diets. Alternative cancer treatments start with some form of vegetarian diet as a base and build on top of it. There is a wonderful website you can check to research this more called CancerTutor.com. Take a look and you’ll see just how essential it is to cut out the meat and diary.
Most important, avoid sugar – and the taste of sugar (sweet) – like the plague. Anything that metabolizes into
2 Alkalize your body
Most people eating a typically western diet suffer from acidosis. Acidosis is an acidic ph balance in the blood and throughout the body. It is widely recognized that disease and especially cancer likes to to live in an acidic body. The opposite is also true. Cancer can not live in an alkaline body. Take a look at the recently posted PH Food Chart and look at the right side columns to see what foods promote a healthy alkaline PH in your body. Acidic bodies are also lower in oxygen vs. Alkaline bodies which are higher in oxygen. Cancer cells are anaerobic and hate oxygen. This is why you don’t see “Heart Cancer” because the heart is the most oxygenated organ in the body getting oxygen directly from the lungs and then sending it to the rest of the body.
3 Lower your stress
Stress is more detrimental to your health than you think. Half of the US population suffers from stress related ailments. Psychological stress causes your body to generate chemicals that have adverse impact on your health overall. Cortisol is one of those chemicals that can cause all kinds of problems. Read about Cortisol it here.
Areas to look to reduce stress are:
- Your Environment. Look around you. Do you like your room? Is it a mess? How about your apartment or home? Is it conducive to relaxing and being safe and comfortable? Could you use aroma therapy like diffusing essential oils to help you relax?
- Your Job. Do you like your job? Is your job stressing you out? Can you get a job that you might enjoy more?
- Your Relationships. Surround yourself with people with positive attitudes. You don’t need to have people around you talking about negative or upsetting topics while you are recovering from cancer.
- The Nightly News. Do you really need to fill your mind with negative stories about the horrors of daily life? ‘nough said.
- Exercise. See below. Exercise is essential
- Spirituality. Whatever you believe, there are some essential concepts that you need to consider. Forgiveness is one. Grudges. Hating. Being Angry. Find a way to forgive and let it go. If you are holding onto a old offense or hurt, let it go. You don’t need it and it’s killing you, however slowly. If you pray, then speak to your God. If you don’t, then do what you need to do to find peace.
Overall, do whatever you can to reduce stress in every area of your life. Every little bit counts! Just do it.
4 Take Natural Supplements
Augment your immune system with the Immune System strengthening and supporting natural supplements that you need for your body. I know that there are literally thousands of supplements out there at the local vitamin shop or GNC store. But there are certain things that you simply must have and you may have to supplement to get it. For example, if you don’t get a lot of sun, you will need to take vitamin D. Many reportedly effective alternative cancer treatments make use of well chosen supplements to help you heal and boost your immune system.
Supplements simply can not be ignored in a cancer therapy. With Cancer, your immune system is compromised (or you would not have grown cancer). You need to mend your immune system as quickly as possible. You can only eat so much food at a time. No matter how good the food, you will need MORE nutrients than you can get from the food to initially stem the tide of cancer in your body.
I’m following the supplement regimen recommended by Bill Henderson in his book, Cancer-Free. All I can say is, it’s working for me. It’s cost effective and extremely potent.
That’s right, Exercise…and do it for the rest of your life! I read a great book called, “Younger Next Year,” by Chris Crowley. In Younger Next Year, the authors assert that you need to do something aerobic 4 times a week and strength training like [preferably] lift free weights twice a week – for the rest of your life.
That may sound brash, but it’s true. Remember the old adage, “Use it or lose it.” If you don’t exercise, you will soon BE an “old adage.” Seriously, though, cancer cells are “anaerobic.” That means a cancer cell’s metabolism does not require oxygen, nor do they like it. Cancer cells “eat” glucose. The more sugar you consume, the better your cancer cells like it. This is exactly why I suggested above that you avoid sugar and sweeteners like the plague, unless you want to feed your cancer.
What we are talking about is not just a few minor changes in your life, but a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. But it means you have a choice. You can choose to change your life and live happily for a long, long time, or do the standard chemo/radiation and be on the 2-5 year “cure” plan?
That is the question, as Hamlet put it so concisely. In my next article, I’ll expand on the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune System.
Again, I ask you, What are you going to do?
For all those that love you. For yourself. For all the people in your life whose lives you can be part of, I implore you to Choose Life! Carpe Diem. Seize the day.
It’s clear. You are the cure to your own cancer. It’s all you.
That may be scary. You might rather that there really was a magic pill. But there is not. You simply must choose to nurture and cure yourself.
This is what it really means to change your mindset and your lifestyle. As I said previously, I’m here to help you. I’ll publish as much as I can to help you find your own healing path. Living with cancer requires you start making better choices right now, and every now for the rest of your life.
Remember… To be or not to be. It’s your choice. Start by making one better choice for life, today!
When I was first diagnosed on January 10, 2014, I knew what most people know about cancer. I knew that it’s bad – very bad. I knew that people died horrible deaths from it after some very unpleasant treatment that made your hair fall out.
Scary? Oh yeah. There’s nothing scarier than a death sentence of an unknown duration. It’s how someone on death row feels.
Fortunately, I was informed that I could not start chemo therapy until I had healed from the surgery. You don’t want to doubly stress the body from surgical healing + chemo at the same time. Best to let the surgery heal first.
This healing time turned out to be a great gift. I spent the next 6 weeks researching cancer and cancer treatments. It was a period of stunning revelation, to say the least.
I originally thought, “I guess I’ll do chemo and anything else that’s good for me.” After several weeks of research, however, it was quite clear there was no way I was going to allow my first course of treatment to be chemo.
Just the Facts
The research showed me there are basically two lines of thinking on the subject of non-mainstream cancer treatments. One is political and economic. The other is health and biology based.
The political and economic argument reads like a rant which I will spare you the details of for another time. The short version is that the cancer industry and the current available treatments (slash-poison-burn) form a massive and profitable segment of our economy providing millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in cash flow. Anything that would disrupt this segment of the economy is not to be tolerated. This argument, while compelling, does not explain what cures cancer. It only explains why you should not take the word of the medical establishment as the final word on cancer treatment.
The health and biology argument is at least as compelling and offers excellent cancer-fighting approaches.
Almost immediately, I learned that no matter what else I did, I needed to start eating a vegetarian diet. Initially, I didn’t know much else, but that was a good start. So, I went vegan and cut out meat and diary, and minimized all forms of sugar and glutenous flour. I did this part while I was healing from the surgery.
OK, I’m a vegan. The next question was, do I trust chemo to “kill” my cancer (along with most of my immune system), or, do I do something else?
Answering this last question was the magic. I learned that our bodies have all been killing cancer all our lives. We’ve been doing it all along with our immune systems. The problem is that our immune system is compromised and cancer is growing.
So, what happened? When did my immune system stop working?
More important, can I get my immune system to start working again? Can I repair my immune system so it will do what chemo does – kill the cancer in my body?
This was the key insight. It’s my immune system, DOH! Repair my immune system and I’ll live a long life.
How to Repair Your Immune System
Here’s what I learned about repairing your immune system. Here are the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune System:
- Eat natures own Organic, Natural Food – Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Legumes
- Alkalize your body (Most westerners suffer from acidosis, an acidic ph)
- Lower your stress – all kinds of stress.
- Augment your immune system with Natural Supplements
- EXERCISE…for the rest of your life!
This clearly means not just a few minor changes in your life, but a complete overhaul of your lifestyle.
It also means you have a choice. You can choose to change your life and live happily for a long time, or do the standard chemo/radiation and be on the 2-3 years left plan?
That is the question, as Hamlet put it so concisely.
In my next article, I’ll expand on the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune System.
Your Biggest Mindset Challenges
“Won’t people think I’m crazy for not doing what ‘medical science’ wants me to do. What will my family say?”
This is the first mindset shift needed when changing your lifestyle. Friends and family, doctors, will meaning people who want you go get well but know only what you see on TV and what your doctors tell you: Surgery-Chemo-Radiation.
“It’s hard to eat well. I can’t buy this supposedly good food in restaurants. I don’t know how to eat well – nobody taught me.”
This is the second level of resistance that your own mind will try to pull over on you. It’s fear based. The mind looks for evidence in all the wrong places when faced with change and fear. You have to suppress your fear so you can think clearly and see through the fear fog.
What are you going to do?
Chose to to live. Carpe Diem. Choose to stand up in the face of other people’s, as well as your own doubts. Learning to eat well. Find mentors, read books, research for hours-on-end on the Internet, read articles and watch videos.
This is what it really means to change your mindset and your lifestyle. For a cancer patient, it’s change or die.
I’m here to help you. I’ll publish as much as I can to help you find your own healing path. Living with cancer requires you start making better choices right now, and every now for the rest of your life. But first…
To be or not to be. That’s your choice.
UPDATE: March 27th 2014. I went to my oncologist this morning. I had blood work last week in preparation. All the standard blood work and a liver panel were done to ensure that my liver is functioning properly.
Six weeks ago, I had an MRI that showed a few presumably cancerous nodes in my liver. With my oncologists measuring and monitoring, I started my “oral therapy” a la Bill Henderson’s protocol based on Dr. Joanna Budwig’s approach. Basically, I have a shake in the morning with a lot of supplements and I follow a strict vegetarian diet (with lots more supplements). I have a big salad every day. I don’t eat meat or dairy. I must minimize my stress all around.
At first, I think my oncologist was a little skeptical. To be honest, even I had to admit my own trepidation at the start. My own mindset was slowly changing and I was working on convincing my own self that I could cure my own cancer.
Today, I went into the office and had my vitals taken. My blood pressure was slightly elevated and I felt a little anxious about getting the results of the blood tests.
I didn’t have to wait long. My doctor came in and we went over the results of my tests. To my great relief, he said that my blood test results said that my liver is “as healthy as a horse.” My numbers indicated above average liver performance all around.
What a huge relief!
In fact, the numbers were overall better than the same work done before I started my cancer treatment protocol. Clearly, what I’ve been doing has been working!
I was especially pleased when my doctor started talking about having me reconnect my ostomy. That’s a big sign that he’s not that worried any more about cancer spreading in my body. His entire demeanor was almost giddy compared to our first two appointments. I think he was as thrilled as I was with the results!
We ended our appointment on a very positive note and confirmed my appointment for my MRI to verify how the nodes in my liver are doing. I’m declaring they are shrinking or gone by then. Time will tell.
As I was going down the elevator, I had a rush of emotions. Relief, laughter, tears of happiness, joy and gratitude. I was crying for no reason with a big smile upon my face. If felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.
Funny thing is, that even after losing 35 pounds, I didn’t realize the psychological weight I’d been managing in my own head. I’d been shaping my own mindset, convincing myself that a cancer cure was possible. I’ve been keeping my stress down. But still, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
Now I know I can cure my cancer.
Cancer is scary. It’s tough to deal with conceptually and with cancer treatment. The uncertainty. The time between blood test results. The anticipation of what the doctor is going to say. Wondering if my cancer treatment protocol was working.
Thankfully, I can wonder less now and have that much more confidence in my healing process. I’m not completely “cured” yet, but I know the changes I’ve made to my lifestyle are healing me now and will keep me healthy for the rest of my, hopefully, very long, healthy life.
If you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right.
~ Henry Ford
Nobody likes pessimistic, cynical of negative people. Why? Because that negative energy is actually harmful to more than the mood in the room.
In fact, if you are diagnosed with cancer, negativity can kill! No matter what cancer cure therapy you choose, your mindset is a critical factor in your recovery and continuing health.
Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Well, Robert Geiger says, “If you think your cancer can be cured, or you don’t think it can be cured, you’re right.”
When I first got my diagnosis, fortunately for me, I was still pressing the “pain button” frequently enough to numb both the pain of surgery and the psychological pain of “stage 4 cancer.” As if that wasn’t enough, looking at myself in the mirror was a horror show. I looked like I walked into a Samurai sword. Everything I learned about my diagnosis was BAD.
I remember breaking down into tears at least once an hour. I didn’t even know why half the time. I recall talking to my sister about feeling completely lost in the woods. What’s my purpose? Was there a point to my life, now that things looked so bleak?
Clearly, my first task was to work through my psychological pain. I needed a major mindset adjustment if I was going to make it.
It helped to find out that I was not alone. Many people have the same problem with a positive mindset after getting such bad news. That point was driven home for me when I listened to Dr. Lissa Rankin’s TEDx talk, Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Listen to it below and you’ll see what I mean.
Dr. Lissa Rankin: Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves?
I’ll summarize one of her stories for you. Dr. Rankin tells about a man who read about a treatment that was said to have great promise for his cancer. He got his doctor to give him this treatment and his cancer cleared up. Shortly after that, the man read that the story of the treatment’s efficacy were greatly over stated. His confidence in his cancer sure was crushed. His cancer came back shortly thereafter.
Here’s the interesting part. His doctor thought that his recovery should not have happened the first time! So the doctor decided to do a little experiment. He told the man that there was a brand new better version of the drug and would like to start the therapy immediately. The man immediately brightened up, all excited about his new cancer cure. The doctor proceeded to give him a course of saline solution (water). The result? His cancer completely went away.
Sadly, the man caught a news report that declared the new drug a complete bust. Shortly after that, the man died.
His confidence and positive mental attitude created not just the possibility for a cancer cure, but the cure itself!
There are numerous cases like this that the medical profession calls, “spontaneous remission.” That means there is no medical reason they should be alive. But they are.
The Solution is Mindset
The solution is obvious. It was their Mindset!
You may think that’s just Pollyanna. You may think I’m suggesting you paste a smile over a sad face even if you don’t feel like it. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The fact is, you have to process your emotions, no matter what they might be. There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad, being angry, feeling cheated by life or just being afraid. It’s perfectly natural. But emotions are not the truth. Fearing something does not make it the truth.
A cancer curing mindset is one that holds onto the possibility that cancer can be cured and you can cure your cancer. The good news is that you can know and be confident knowing that cancer can be cured. You can know that YOU can cure your own cancer. You can choose to trust. There’s plenty of people who are more than just surviving cancer. They are thriving in their lives.
Finally, there’s no downside to adjusting your mindset and believing in the possibility of life.