Sam made an appointment to my clinic . When he came in his first words were – I have cancer and you have been nominated to to assist me . Good start and indeed it was a good positive start to the interview . Sam was 79 years old and had a past history of  having cancer removed from the large bowel. He had chemotherapy and radiation but unfortunately the chemotherapy caused some eye damage and also caused some slowing of his mental agility . Although he was semi-retired he was an inventor and had invented and patented some industrial machinery so having all his faculties was of great importance to him . Subsequent to his visit he had scans which showed that the cancer had migrated to his Liver and that more chemotherapy was required. Other  scans revealed secondary cancers on top of kidneys and outside of the stomach according to him .  Sam said that he felt  very tired and sick of all the chemotherapy and was not looking for anymore but he was under pressure from his family .

His Pharmaceutical medicines included : cholesterol meds, two different types of Anti- hypertensives ( due to previous coronary by pass operation ) , a drug for his prostate enlargement , a mini aspirin and a proton pump inhibitor ( gastric reflux medicine ) which he had been on for 20 years

At no stage of his interaction with Doctors was diet or exercise or lifestyle mentioned . His diet was not good – Weeties and a cup of tea for breakfast , tuna and cheese for lunch and spaghetti bolognaise for dinner . No fruit or and very little vegetables on a daily basis . Sam had very little idea of health and admitted he was more interested in his investments in property . He said he had been on on a seafood diet -see food and eat it !

We discussed his lifestyle and eating habits and  about  some of his meds which long term put a lot of stress on the liver and in particular the. Proton pump inhibitor was a big concern has their use has been linked to an increase risk of bowel and other cancers . PPIs also have a whole range of effects leading to sub clinical malnutrition as they impair nutrient absorption .

Naturally Sam was also advised on meditation and Mindfulness  and what supplements to take : not with the expectation of “curing “ his cancer but of life exension . In particular I mentioned that it would be good for him to take Ribraxx which is a mushroom derived immunostimulant which has been used in Japan with some success in Hospital setttings  .

Sam followed some of my advice as best he could but not get off the proton pump inhibitors as they caused a massive rebound and flare up of his reflux and gastric pain . He was able to cut down some of his other meds with his doctors permission but still had to take quite a few . .He did make an attempt at making his diet a bit more nutritious and started walking daily . He could not get into meditation for some reason even though he had time on his hands being semi-retired . His family pressured him to have more chemo and indeed a visit to his specialist said without Chemo he may only have 12 months to live . He decided to have Chemo although he was reluctant to do so but decided  take massive doses of Ribraxx and other supplements at the same time to see what would happen .

Fresh Scans this time taken before chemo showed the presence of cancer  in the liver . Chemo was commenced . After three month rest , New scans were ordered and they found that the cancer had receded about 20% . Another round of Chemo was commenced and Sam still kept on his supplements and Ribraxx . Another three months of rest before another round of chemo to be scheduled . New scans showed a small area of cancer and that the cancer had receded . The specialist said this was a minor remission and but was very pleased with this result . Sam has now decided not to have more chemotherapy but just keep on with the supplements. He will have scans when required to monitor the situation So what lessons do we learn from this scenario-

  1. Chemo  combined with the right supplements can be a good combination if correctly implemented. Chemo has the possibility of shrinking the cancer while the supplements boost the immune system and work synergistically with the chemo to reduce the size of the cancer . Good supplementation  will reduce the side effects of the chemo and make it more effective .
  2. Certain Medications if not all taken long term can increase the risk of developing cancer especially the Proton Pump Inhibitors .
  3. Good diet is essential for maintaining good health especially if one has cancer and undergoing Chemo and assisting in maintaining daily energy . The correct diet is essential as some diets in themselves will help to shrink cancer while others will tend to promote it .
  4. Get a variety of opinions and especially on how to support one/s health naturally . If Sam had just believed his Family and Oncologist he may not have been here today . Sam trusted his instinct. As an inventor he was used to thinking laterally. Reading evidence based research on natural medicine helped him to determine the benefit of strategies to boost   the immune system                                               If one is able to implement a few health strategies then there is a definite possibility of extension and quality of life .

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