I wish I had this guide when I started out. Confusion about what you should be doing – or should not be doing – creates its own stress, which only amplifies the stress of having cancer. Complementary therapies are where you are going to find your answers. This is where the magic happens.
So what is a ‘complementary therapy’? It can be described as any therapy, or medicine, which can be added to standard oncological treatments to improve health outcomes. Complementary therapies may even be used in place of standard oncological treatments if the patient does not benefit from standard treatments. As examples, off-label drug therapies are being used successfully with stage 4 cancer patients, while CBD is known to reduce pain, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, and even reverse late stage cancers in some cases.
There is such an abundance of complementary therapies that it becomes a case of ‘which one should I choose?’ The complication is that what is effective for one person may not be for another – which is typical of all medicines. So you need to find the complementary therapies that work for you.
Diet is basic to any recovery program, although it is easy to imagine that this should be part of the standard of care plan rather than a complementary therapy. Then there is CBD, off-label drug protocols, juicing, intraveneous vitamin C, a wide range of supplements, meditation and many others.
Alternative therapies are a little different. They may be used instead of standard oncological treatments although there may not be full agreement between the various ‘experts’. There may be little or no science behind these and it can get a bit strange. But there are gems hidden amongst the stones, including fenbendazole, GcMAF, and energy healing.
Unfortunately many oncologists are quick to assume that there is no science behind any of these therapies and throw the whole lot under the bus. They don’t know what they don’t know and they don’t seem to be interested in finding out. This is why they consider diet to be complementary. Are they really suggesting that diet is without scientific merit?
Research has shown that cancer patients, at diagnosis, commonly have very low levels of Vitamin C. It has been subsequently discovered that sugar – which is a major component of the typical western diet – strips Vitamin C from white blood cells (your immune cells) making them ‘sluggish’. In other words sugar intake directly undermines your immune system, which in turn may result in cancer. In this case dietary factors are directly contributing to cancer. Falcarinol, a compound in carrot peel, is a well known dietary factor that has properly researched, cancer-mitigating effects. DIET MATTERS.
This highlights the relevance of complementary therapies – dismissed by oncologists but chosen by cancer patients because these therapies work, and they are safe.
The information that I communicate has legitimate science behind it. Given that there is so much supporting science it is confusing to me that oncologists are so willing to dismiss complementary therapies – including diet.
In this case it is oncologists who are representing a position that conflicts with science. This problem permeates multiple complementary therapies – and the result is confusion.
The progress made with complementary therapies has been so significant that it is simply an outdated idea to think that they are just quakery. As an example I had a client who had lung cancer with metastases to the kidneys – and therefore had two specialists. He requested CBD – one prescribed it for him while the other was quite derisive of the idea. These people really do need to get onto the same page.
It reminds me of the surgeon who suggested that other surgeons should actually wash their hands to prevent cross contamination. He was ultimately beaten to death!
So what are some of the complementary therapies worth considering, and which may be inappropriate? I say inappropriate because before cancer and with cancer are two different rule books. For example, before cancer oral Vitamin C supplementation is commonly recommended. However, with cancer, oral supplementation may cause it to proliferate. However high dose Vitamin C taken intravenously, dosed multiple times a week, for multiple weeks, has been known to completely reverse cancer in some cases, especially in combination with doxycycline.
So I’ll tell you my story – the things I did right, the things I did wrong – so that you can see how this game of complementary therapies plays out.
From the beginning I have been an enthusiastic experimenter. I have had my PSA test (prostate cancer marker) done about every eight weeks for the last three years. Every test gave the result of what I had been doing in that period. When I was diagnosed the first thing I went to was medicinal cannabis. In those days it was all about Rick Simpson and the RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) protocol.
Rick is a Canadian farmer who cured his own cancer with copious amounts of THC. He recommended a gram per day of THC oil, and that became the benchmark. Looking back I can only describe that as ludicrous. Hats off to Rick for waking the world up to THC and cancer, but he was way off the mark when it came to dosage, and he also missed the vital fact that CBD is as effective as THC at killing cancer but without the psychotropic effects. CBD also has multiple other medicinal benefits which THC simply doesn’t have.
The fact was though, that my first PSA test after starting the THC dropped from 13 to 10. And in just two weeks. I thought I was saved! Until the next test which came back at 12. Over the next nine months my PSA test results were to bounce up and down – which was confusing and stressful. So I decided to have surgery.
That was supposed to be the end of the story, however twelve months later my PSA had bounced right up again, indicating that the cancer had metastasised. I had dropped the ball and given the chance for cancer to return. (If only I had known about Cimitidine at the time I may well have prevented this).
In retrospect I can see what may have contributed to my irratic PSA results prior to surgery. I was vegan but still ate grains (which break down into sugar and can also be inflammatory), I was taking oral Vitamin C supplements, and I ate a lot of nuts (Omega 6 is pro-inflammatory and Vitamin E has a proliferatory effect). None of these things would be considered at all ‘wrong’ for a healthy person.
I also had a problem with the THC – or rather the high dosage. I simply could not do exercise and my body atrophied badly. And sometimes it became so overwhelming that I would snap and stop taking it for a while. I have subsequently figured it all out but that was not a good time.
What else could I have done during that first phase? Firstly, I would have dived deeper into the science. I was relying on documentary series like The Truth About Cancer, and The Sacred Plant. I was only able to glean anecdotal evidence to apply to my own case (which is how I discovered the power of CBD) but couldn’t get to the detail – and information about medicinal CBD and THC was fairly sketchy at that time. Not even the suppliers could recommend a dosage.
The problem was that at the time I didn’t know the right questions to ask – you don’t now what you don’t know and so you just don’t know where to look. I eventually worked that out. The answer is only as good as the question, and now I could ask better questions and find better resources.
After surgery my PSA had steadily ticked upward – .01 to .02 to .03 over about 9 months. After twelve months I had gone for a holiday overseas. My PSA jumped to four times higher than it was before I left to 0.12 – in just 30 days. What changed? I couldn’t travel with CBD so I wasn’t taking that. Eating was a headache – a cancer diet while travelling is virtually impossible. I did party a couple of times – alcohol involved. And there is no safe level of alcohol for someone with cancer, or who has ‘had’ cancer.
When I received the .12 PSA result I started again. This time I felt much more in control. In just two weeks my PSA came down to .07. Big difference. But the next one was .07, then next .09, the next .12. Something was compromising the CBD – something that I thought I was doing right. Turned out to be a few things!
I was on the acid / alkaline diet. The idea of this diet is to alkalise your body so that cancer cells cannot survive. It is a vegan diet that includes plenty of fruit and nuts. It was the fruit and nuts that turned out to be the problem. Fruit is loaded with minerals (the alkalising factor), but also lots of Vitamin C which helps tumours survive (it’s complicated), and of course sugar – more specifically the high glycemic load. And nuts are loaded with Omega 6 which is the mother of inflammation, and Vitamin E which has a similar effect as Vitamin C (didn’t see that coming!).
I also became irregular with juicing vegetables that have powerful cancer-mitigating compounds. This includes carrots, celery, apples, ginger and red cabbage – a litre a day. This is now a very regular part of my protocol.
The other mistake I made was that every time I received a lower PSA result I would unconsciously relax a bit – become a bit irregular with my supplements perhaps, or miss a day juicing. Small things, but they seem to add up. Things I didn’t notice myself doing – or not doing.
Then I made a big mistake. I watched a two hour podcast about water fasting, with a doctor who has a water fasting clinic and is ‘very highly qualified’. I was convinced (my mistake). I did a seven day water fast, during which time I took copious amounts of medicinal cannabis (CBD and THC). My PSA dropped from 0.16 to 0.11. I was very happy. But within a day I came across research that discussed ‘nucleoside salvage’ and how water fasting actually fuels the cancer stem cells, causing a rebound effect. And it did. My next test came back at .13 and the next one at a shocking .24. I thought I was doomed.
But what happened between the 0.13 and 0.24? It was a perfect storm. I had the rebound effect of the water fast. I had switched over to an off-label protocol and had stopped taking the CBD (due to medicines conflicting) and I had gone overseas for a month so my diet had taken a hit, with no juicing.
So I locked my protocol down tight – back on the CBD, supplementing, vegetable juicing, avoiding anything that may fuel the cancer in any way – at all. Within three weeks my PSA had dropped back down to 0.19. What relief!
So, lessons learned. What does this all add up to? There are plenty of options, and there are some foundational things that you need to do. The first thing is a grain free, vegan diet. CBD is also very effective. It is the most reliable complementary medicine I know of. As you can tell from my story, a grain free vegan diet and CBD work together very well. Juicing – including skins and cores – is also fundamental. (Remarkably, this is all considered complementary.)
You can then add to this a spectrum of supplements, including quercetin, resveratrol, berberine etc. These are all researched and have definable effects on cancer.
Off label drug protocols are proving very successful. And there are certainly more options. It depends on how late your diagnosis is, and your general state of health. I am aware of therapies that could only be suggested if the diagnosis is extreme, but I don’t want anyone taking information I have provided and then causing themselves harm.
Complementary therapies also include acupuncture – which is useful for pain management, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, and counselling. They all have a role in improving your health and wellbeing.
Meditation is an incredibly useful tool. Psychology and emotions have a powerful role to play in our health, and there is a high probability that your cancer came on the back of an extended period of stress or angst – possibly involving issues that extend back into childhood. Meditation is a practical way to transform our thinking and emotions into healing paradigms.
Be careful to stay positive and not get overwhelmed. A cancer diagnosis is extremely scary. Trying to figure all this out while freaking out about dying is very hard. Breathe. Stay positive. Start by sorting out your diet.