Statistically, I have a one in three chance of getting some kind of cancer. For Hal, it’s one in TWO. Those are pretty high odds. Ugh. I’m planning ahead. I don’t want to be making fear-driven decisions which is what will happen if I am unprepared. Besides, conventional doctors talk of treatment options. Alternative doctors talk of cancer cures. Let’s see, to whom do I listen…?
My prep list comes from years of reading and listening to experts, including doctors (Western, alternative and combos), people who have survived cancer using alternative* methods, and people who have stumbled onto treatments one way or another. Please read my disclaimer which is only here so I don’t go to jail. The FDA loves shutting people up, even if it means putting them in jail.
Much of my list comes from a series of interviews with successful alternative cancer doctors I purchased a couple of months ago. This changed my life: I no longer fear cancer. That’s big. (If you want a free copy, leave a comment. I will email you and we’ll work out how to get it to you.)
What I’d Do If I Had Cancer
Of all the doctors I’ve studied, Dr. Gonzalez resonated with me the most. If I got a cancer diagnosis, I’d go see Dr. Gonzalez and do everything he told me, no hesitation.
What I Do To Prevent Cancer
My program consists of several pieces: Physical (food, supplements, exercise, detox), Mental (learning), Spiritual (meditation, fellowship with like-minded people) and Emotional (family, friends, fun).
FOOD We don’t eat any processed food (in a box), faux food (like margarine) or fast food (unless trapped, as I sometimes am on the road.) We don’t even buy processed foods from the health food store because those are full of non-food ingredients, too. As much as humanly possible without breaking the bank, we eat:
- organically raised/grown foods
- filtered water from our Big Berkey
- pastured meats fed no or very little grains and raised 100% without prophylactic antibiotics or growth hormones
- raw milk
- raw milk cheeses whenever possible
- homemade bread made with organic wheat, sometimes sprouted
- eggs from our backyard chickens
- raw honey
- plenty of butter and cream (raw when available)
- brown rice is a staple in our house
- homemade kombucha
- lots of good fats: lard, coconut oil, butter, bacon fat
- no oils except coconut, sometimes a little olive, and sunflower in the homemade fermented mayonnaise
- lots of real salt — yum!
- my new addition for digestion help: bitter herbs
The goal is to eat nutrient-dense ancestral foods, the WAPF way. And to avoid GMOs, pesticide residue, additives like dyes and MSG, eating things we can’t pronounce that are clearly not food but still in our food, as well as all the things allowed in our food that don’t have to be on the label. Yeah, there are plenty of those. The USDA allows all sorts of crap in food without it having to be on the label. Feh. Labeling is so misleading anyway, we’d be nuts to base our food choices on a label.
New Rule: from now on, if it has a label, it’s probably not good for me. My farmer doesn’t have to label his food. I already know exactly what’s in it.
SUPPLEMENTS The soil, she ain’t what she used to be. It is no longer possible to get what we need from our food. Until I have a greenhouse and can grow more of my own food, I’m loading up on supplements.
ALA (600 mg) | Vitamin C (2.5 grams) | Vitamin A (25,000 iu) | Vitamin D3 (10,000 iu) | Selenium (200 mcg) | Vitamin E (400 iu) | B Complex 50 | Folic Acid (800 mcg) | Biotin (5,000 mg) | B12 (1,000 mg) | Iodine Lugol’s solution (50-100 mg) | Zinc (50 mg) | Vitamin K (500 mcg) | CoQ10 (300 mg) | Niacin (300 mg) | Magnesium Oil (700 mg) | LDN (4.5 mg)
For vitamin information, I look them up on the Linus Pauling Institute website.
EXERCISE Hal and Ryan go to the gym. I do yoga two to three times a week. Mo plays video games with fit people in them… We just started going to cheap night at the local roller rink — that’s fun and a good workout!
DETOX The hard fact is that we store toxins in our organs and our body fat. It we don’t get rid of them, they do us harm. Sweating, deep breathing, coffee enemas, saunas, exercise — I do it all. Dr. Mercola recommends taking niacin before exercising and sauna. The occasional liver cleanse doesn’t hurt. I’ve done both to good effect.
All the cancer docs stressed keeping the brain active. My goal is to read 30 minutes a day for learning. I read a ton on the computer, but that’s all “reading by accident.” Surfing. I like the idea of setting aside time to read on a specific topic. This is my hardest promise to keep — I’d rather learn by doing.
Spiritual: Meditation, Fellowship
Every morning while I have my coffee, I sit quietly at the chicken viewing window and read my daily reflections. Then I actually reflect and set a spell watching the girls. My 12 step group is excellent fellowship, like a spiritual support group. Keeps me sane. Mostly. If I didn’t have that, then church or something like it would do.
Emotional: Family, Friends, Fun
Family and friends, I got and I’m grateful. Keeping the fun happening is sometimes hard. I like what I do, I enjoy reading online, all good stuff, but I have to take a break every now and then. I think of FUN as doing something DIFFERENT, even if it’s just going upstairs and watching a movie with the boys. I’m doing more of that.
Here’s the Big Cancer Prevention Question:
Can my prevention techniques outrun the corporations who are poisoning us for profit? Chemtrails, GMOs in every packaged food (and some now even allowed in USDA-certified organics), the poisoned water supply, forced fluoridation, chlorine, bromides (in everything: food, clothing, furniture, mattresses, computers), amalgam fillings (mercury), “carbon credits” which allow corporations to pollute our air even though it might be killing us, out-of-control pharmaceutical companies (pharmaceuticals kill far more people EVEN WHEN USED AS PRESCRIBED than illicit drugs), putting us in jail (and away from our life-saving supplements and foods) for using illegal drugs which could heal us, including coco leaves, poppy seeds, and marijuana. How backwards is that?
To add insult to literal injury, the FDA is working hard to “harmonize” our supplements, meaning they want to make some prescription only and others available only in tiny doses so that getting enough to do us some good will be prohibitively expensive. Death by vitamin is so rare as to be nonexistent. Whereas, people die from pharmaceuticals all the time.
In fact, combine the number of people who die from hospital error with those who die from pharmaceuticals used as prescribed and you’ve got the #1 killer of humans. And the FDA wants to regulate supplements because they are too dangerous for ordinary humans to manage? Please. Call me a crazy conspiracy theorist, but this makes so little sense that Big Pharma, the only “person” who stands to benefit from controlling supplements, must be behind it.
Other than the above, I have no questions. I did just have breakfast: two fresh eggs from my backyard on top of a homemade organic buckwheat flour pancake with real butter and raw honey, a cup of organic coffee with a T. of unrefined organic coconut oil, a T. of raw honey and real cream. Then I took my iodine mixed in a little homemade kombucha and my vitamins. Hello, world, I’m ready for ya! Oh — one more thing:
Why All The Cancer Talk?
A) I am practically hysterical on the topic of being in the hospital. As in like PTSD hysterical. Almost dying was nothing. Having to endure another cure would be murder. (Don’t you love words?) I never want to go back. Ever. E-V-E-R. That’s one reason. Here’s the other reason:
B) Remember when I wrote about Hal and his hemochromatosis? His ferritin count was 3,000 ng (nanograms per millileter). Normal is 30-400 ng/mL. The only way to reduce this number is bloodletting. He’s given blood every week for the last six months. His ferritin is now @ 500 ng, still high but not overly. He’s slowed down on the bloodletting, but he’ll do it probably once a month or every couple of months for the rest of his life.
Here’s what worried me. (Ok, everything worries me but I’m working on that, too.) Over the six months, he lost almost 20 pounds. That’s a lot. The man is a shadow of his former self, a bag ‘o bones and a hank of hair, skeletal. My husband has always had Thighs. He now Almost has thighs. He went from robust guy to skinny guy and it seemed like overnight.
We were not prepared at all for the weight loss. It was a complete mystery. Deductive reasoning said it had to be connected to the bloodletting because that was the only thing that changed for him physically. But NOWHERE online could I find information on what frequent blood loss will do to a body. Zero information.
What I did find is that, even if you are not in pain and don’t find a lump somewhere AND you quickly lose a significant amount of weight without trying, you might have cancer or diabetes. Regular blood tests ruled out diabetes. That left cancer. I went after cancer information with a vengeance.
Then one day, while Hal was having his blood drawn, he mentioned to the nurse that he’d lost a ton of weight since doing the bloodletting. She said, “Oh, that always happens. I see it all the time. Pretty great side benefit, huh?” Leave it to a nurse to know what’s going on. My immediate cancer fears are allayed, but here I sit with all these great resources. Hopefully someone else can learn from them, too.
I’m not living this way just to prevent cancer. That’s a side benefit. I want a healthy body so I can enjoy a good quality of life during my time on the planet. Which, in my family, could be for almost as long again as I’ve been on it now. Sheesh, I’ll be sick of the place!
*I have family and friends I dearly love and respect who fought cancer with conventional Western medicine. I am too suspicious of its reliance on Big Pharma to go that route. Almost all the alternative cancer doctors, including my first choice Gonzalez, are open to using a combination of Western and alternative. They base their treatments on what’s best for the patient and the particular cancer. I can live with that.