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.
I had no idea how much I took my seemingly good health for granted until January 10th, 2014.
My assumption has always been that other people got Cancer. Cancer was always something more conceptual than real. We donate money to causes that help other people with Cancer.
But more and more people that I know either know people, have family members or even have had cancer themselves.
But NOT ME! That’s just inconceivable.
And then the fragile hair holding Cancer’s Sword of Damocles at bay broke and it became personal for me. I was told I had Stage IV Colon Cancer. And as if that wasn’t enough, there were also metastasis in my lymph nodes around the tumor and several small nodes in my Liver.
Fortunately, the pain killers helping me recover from the radical surgery to remove the tumor in my colon numbed my response to the news…but that was just the first week. As the pain killers wore off, the emotional roller coaster ride really kicked in. I was emotionally brittle, finding myself bouncing between anger, sorrow, fear, anxiety and other states I can’t quite put in words.
I also found myself questioning everything about my life. Was I a good dad? A good husband? Was this or that a mistake? Should I have done it differently? Did I waste years of my life? What about my plans for the future? What if I only have some few years instead of decades?
People post memes on facebook with pithy sayings all the time. Sayings like, “Live every day like it’s your last day.” Well, what does that really mean? All of a sudden, I was seriously asking myself all kinds of questions like this. My last day? Might that be a lot sooner than I thought?
When someone tells you that your plans for another 30 or so years of life were grossly in error, and that you maybe have just a few years in stead, it redefines the definition of “surreal.”
The first 30 days or so I felt like I was walking around in a bad dream. I just could not wrap my brain around it. When I tried, the emotional roller coaster took another wild turn.
I learned the hard way that the strand of horse hair holding Cancer’s sword over our heads is too easily broken. Life is as fragile as that strand of hair. We all need to accept this and look at our lives. Take stock right now.
I’ve learned that cancer is something that we all have in our bodies since we were born. It’s just that our immune systems have grown weaker over time… as we don’t take care of our bodies over time. At some point, we are stressing our systems beyond our ability to deal with the normal cellular mutations that we normally would just seek out and destroy. At the cellular level, it’s a complicated series of chemical reactions. But the result is the same – cancer.
If you can know this, as I know it now, then you have the chance to make some changes that can literally save and extend your life by decades. I’m writing this blog to help and inspire you to make better choices than I did before January 10th. The choice is yours, so choose wisely.
No library of cancer cure books is complete without Bill Henderson’s book, Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing. In it’s 4th edition with co-author, Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, MD, it’s a classic that has helped thousands of people become cancer free, as the title says.
Bill discusses the history of cancer treatment and the current state of treatments offered by Allopathic medical practitioners in the world today. These methods fall into 3 basic approaches: Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation. Surprisingly, modern medicine does not advocate preventive alternatives or lifestyle changes before or after treatment. Suffice it to say that this is largely because natural methods can not be patented and sold by big Pharma companies and medical practitioners can not get paid for prevention and natural treatments they do not prescribe.
This is where Bill and so many others come into the picture. Like so many other people who have traveled this road, Bill has made a study of all the alternative methods he can find for treating cancer and has settled in on the ones with the best results. While making no promises, the testimonials are clear. The results speak for themselves.
Bill offers a step-by-step approach to cancer treatment and your overall health and well being. His dietary approach is based on a natural cancer-free diet along with the Budwig protocol and a number of supplements that he’s determined are best used to stimulate and strengthen the immune system. He also advocates exercise and stress reduction in all areas of your life.
If you’ve gotten a cancer diagnosis, you need to read this book. If nothing else, you need to know that there are viable and affordable natural approaches to healing that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You don’t have to go to a clinic in Mexico just to heal yourself. You just have to heal yourself. Bill offers a path that cuts through the clutter and gives you a direct path to becoming cancer free.
I’ve also chosen to follow this path. I will let you know on this blog how I’m doing. Good luck to you on your journey.
You can find this excellent book at http://www.beating-cancer-gently.com