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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.

Lessons Learned

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.

But how?

How to Repair Your Immune System

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Here’s what I learned about repairing your immune system. Here are the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune System:

  1. Eat natures own Organic, Natural Food – Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Legumes
  2. Alkalize your body (Most westerners suffer from acidosis, an acidic ph)
  3. Lower your stress – all kinds of stress.
  4. Augment your immune system with Natural Supplements
  5. 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.

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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.