Having spent the better part of several decades helping people find alternatives that I think are far superior to conventional cancer treatments and then guiding them through the alternatives I have often wondered why anyone would still opt for chemotherapy. I still wonder. To me it makes no sense. The real statistics do not support that as a wise choice. Of course, the maintained, published and reported statistics almost never track cancer patients beyond 5 years. So if a 40 year old man is diagnosed with colon cancer, for example, and goes through chemo and maybe some radiation just for an added bonus then survives for five-and-a-half years and dies that is counted as a success.
Wait a gosh darn minute here. Dying before his 46th birthday is a success? I don’t know about you, but I do not think that is anything to brag about. I would hardly put that one in the win column.
So why do people still submit to what is admittedly terrible medical torture that almost always destroys the quality of life, when the real statistics tell us that 97% of the time, there is no real benefit?
It’s a puzzler, alright. And the only answer I can come up with is that most people, including too many of the very doctors we are supposed to trust with our lives, have been so effectively lied to by those making obscene profits from conventional cancer treatment that they simply do not know what the outcome is likely to be, what the real survival statistics are, nor that there really are completely viable and far safer alternatives. That is the only explanation I can think of.
I am so grateful that by the time I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 I had been using alternative methods to help people overcome many different types of cancers for so long that I knew better. The urologist told me, “Don’t worry. We’ll just remove your whole prostate gland. Then we’ll give you radiation treatment for about a year. Everything is going to be just fine.”
I could tell that Gary did not fully believe it when he told me everything would be fine. He may have told himself that, as I’m sure he had for many of his patients, but somewhere deep inside, he knew it was not so. My doctor, Gary, was scared for me, because somewhere in his heart he knew that if I went down the conventional treatment path I would not be fine. He knew that much of my life would be over and that I would struggle with the collateral damage from the treatment for however long I lived and that most likely the cancer would come back, or a secondary cancer would show up to finish the job.
I replied, “Well, Gary, that sounds just fine. But if there are no terrible side effects, then you won’t mind having it done to you, right?”
Gary did not laugh. He was so shocked I had to tell him that was joke.
To make a long story short, I declined all conventional treatment. I assured Gary that I would go home and use the same methods I had used for years to help hundreds of other people overcome cancers. I promised to come back in 3 months for a follow-up. Once I got past the initial shock of the diagnosis, I was not even scared. I knew that I had everything I needed to get well, and even that it would not be that hard. But just to have some added safety, I retained one of my colleagues to review my program and keep an eye on what and how I was doing. She made a few very minor suggestions along the line, but mostly was there as a sort of safety net. Having her eye on me and my program helped me to be more fully confident and to feel quite relaxed during the short time ti took to get well. (I do not advocate that anyone, even an experienced expert try the 100% Do-It-Yourself approach to overcoming cancer. It is just too easy to miss something or to fool yourself in case things are not going well.)
Sure enough, when I went back to see Gary in 3 months he confirmed that there was no sign of the cancer. He was shocked. I was not. And I have remained cancer-free ever since.
One side note: When I share my personal brush with cancer people often ask me, “If you know so much about overcoming and preventing cancer, how did you wind up with it?”
That is an absolutely legitimate question. I am somewhat embarrassed about the only honest answer I can give: At the time, my mother was dying of old age, there was a lot of stress in our family, and I was working way too many hours and frankly, not taking very good care of myself. Instead, I was trying far too hard to take care of my family in ways that were not sustainable or realistic, and I was putting everyone’s needs ahead of my own, including the needs of my clients. In short, for that year, I was not really being the role model for excellent health, supported by great self-care that I advocate so strongly for my clients.
So, for me, the cancer was a really strong but ultimately important wake-up call. I have taken great care of myself ever since. And my health has reflected this. I get to enjoy excellent health and I am being a fine role model for my clients and all those around me.
I am still puzzled about how doctors who see first-hand the devastation that conventional cancer treatment so often causes can continue to recommend it. I guess some things are just mysteries.
Here is a link to a very good article by a medical doctor who knows what she is talking about and has the courage to tell it like it is. (I happen to know she has caught a lot of heat for doing so.)
To your great health!