Sunday, December 20, 2009

There's snow baby, like our baby ... SHE's here!

There never seems to be a dull moment around here! Last night of all nights. After only about 2 feet of snow, this baby decides to make an appearance! Baby Addison was born this morning December 20, 2009 at 7:52 am, here is how it all went down.

Amy woke me at about 3:30 am complaining of cramps and pains. It seemed like they were coming on every 10 minutes or so. Seeing as we just had about 2 feet of show dumped on us, we decided to call the midwives office just to let them know that we thought this thing might eventually happen today. We just wanted to give her some notice.

Since being on this therapy and sort of tied to the house, we decided and had been planning on a home birth. This would of course assume that a snow-pocalypse didn't just occur and that the mid wives, et all would be able to actually get to our home. That didn't seem to be panning out for us and since the what was 10 minute pains started turning into bigger and more frequent contractions we decided that we needed to go to plan B and head to the hospital instead. We didn't really think it was going to happen this fast (again) but we thought, better to be safe and drive towards the hospital. This way we would be close and if it turns out to be nothing, we could just drive home.

Since there would be drive time involved, we also considered making the longer journey and meet up with our BirthCare team at their office in Alexandria, VA and give birth in their birthing suite. A drive that would normally take an hour in decent weather, but we figured it might be worth the shot and with other hospitals along the route, we could always stop early if need be. Everyone decided that they liked that plan and committed to digging themselves out and making the arctic journey. We left our house at about 5 AM.

I will admit, the roads were worse than I imagined they'd be. Though passable, there were enough people stuck in snow embankments along the way to make me thankful for what little patients that I do have. I was extra cautious and careful as to not have to deliver this baby on the side of a cold dark wintery highway by myself. A procedure that I had studied up for given all that could go wrong with a home birth in December, like snow!

So our midwife, birthing assistant and good friend Sarah were all safely waiting our arrival. We got inside and Amy was on the bed by 7 AM. Everyone knew their job and knew exactly what to do. I, being trained as a coach in the The Bradley Method for Natural Childbirth with our first daughter Ella, also knew what my role was and am pretty darn proud of the support that I provided. (Pat pat)

Not long after our arrival and Amy was in full blown active labor. Just about fifty two minutes after our arrival (7:52 AM), we were welcoming baby Addison into the world. Here she is ...


Addison
6 pounds 13 ounces
18.5 inches


I'll post more photos online soon, over here.

Mother and baby are both doing fine. Three hours after delivery, we fought our way back through the now melting snow to our home. We had a house full of family here today as we attempt to get things in some sort of order. I got caught back up on the therapy, but more importantly mom and baby have been relaxing all day. And yes, Ella just loves her new little baby sister.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

It has been a year, time for a recap. #Melanoma

December 17, 2009 marks the one year point since my journey began. I was sitting in the surgeon's office to get my pathology results from a mole that I had removed just seven days prior. He told me that one of three moles that he removed had contained what he called Malignant Melanoma. I had no idea what he was talking about.

Here I am at my daughter's 1st birthday party in November 2008. This is what what my melanoma looked like. It was on the back of my neck, even if I could see it in the mirror I may not have suspected anything.


WELCOME TO THE BUSINESS OF CANCER

As it was just before the holidays, I was able to squeak in to an appointment with the surgical oncologist at Washington Hospital Center. I went back to my office called my wife and then asked Steven to accompany me to the hospital. I was comforted by the fact that the doctors didn't show any real concern over this new diagnosis. It was almost as if they see it all the time and have no problem "fixing it."


SLASH

Just as we entered the new year, I was going in for my first surgery. It is called a local wide excision and it's intent is to achieve clear margins around the site of the cancerous tumor. It was explained to me to that the cut would be football shaped so that the opening could be pulled together and sewn shut. He even drew a picture of what the the cut the would look like and how big it would be. Can I just say, the actual cut was MUCH larger.

Pathology came back, margins were clear! Turns out there was no benefit I did not benefit from the surgery at all! During the surgery, another procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy was performed. I was injected with a radio active fluid which could be traced to the lymph node that filters in that region of the body. They then removed that lymph node to test for malignancy.

The pathology from the lymph node came back and showed that melanoma was present. The report also indicated that upon removing the lymph node, it appeared to be fractured or damaged. I was then scheduled for another surgery. They wanted to remove several lymph nodes around the area of the first, it was called a left neck dissection. They wanted to make sure they there was no other melanoma present in that region. This is when they flayed my neck and chest and removed about 40 lymph nodes. None of which were positive.

Melanoma was present in the soft tissue surrounding the sentinel lymph node. A margin around that area was found to be clear and once again the doctors were satisfied with their result and declared that they had cut it out.

By this point, it was February. I was still recovering from my last surgery. It took several weeks and several bottles of pain killers to get over that one. I still have no feeling on my neck, jaw or ear.


BURN

The next step was to have radiation on my neck at the site of the original mole. Seemed easy enough, and I was ready to go. I had gone in for my "dry run" and had my mask fitted and I was on the schedule. I would go in for radiation starting in about a week for 28 days.

Just before radiation started, I noticed another dark spot on my neck, this time on the right side. It was a small, light colored mole with a very dark center. I had it biopsied and sure enough, it too came back as malignant melanoma. My disease has spread.

With radiation no longer being a reasonable treatment option, I was off to see a medical oncologist at Johns Hopkins. I was told that he was the guy to talk to about drugs and that he works with doctors from all over the world and will recommend the best treatment options for my particular case.

We decided to treat this like a new primary melanoma versus a metastasis. It was recommended that I have another wide excision on the right side of the my neck and make sure we can again achieve clear margins. This sounded horrible but what choice did I have? I was prepared to have my neck cut open and this time lean towards the right for a few weeks.

On May 5, 2008 I was to go in to have my physical to make sure I was ready for a third surgery. I had been having some cramps in the days leading up and I mentioned it to the doctors. I went in for CT scan and thats when we found it. I had numerous little tumors on my liver, spleen and left adrenal glad. I now have Stage IV Malignant Melanoma and less than a 5% chance of living 5 another years.


POISON

Back to Baltimore to speak with the medical oncologist. IL-2 was his next recommendation. It's not toxic and doesn't pose any long term effect or damage to the liver, he said. You'll feel like you have the flu, some patients get itchy, but you'll get better. I was to start immediately and receive a round of treatment with up to 14 doses. It would then be followed with two weeks off before I would start another round. Two weeks after that I would go it in for more scans and determine results.

Bloated, sick and attached to my "little bag of gold" as the nurses referred to it. This was, hands down, the worst that I've felt in my entire life.

Well that didn't work. More than $100,000 was billed to my insurance company and I was just as sick if not worse than before I started. Again, I literally had NO BENEFIT from this treatment. With a 94% failure rate, IL-2 is clinically proven be just as effective as a sugar pill. It just costs a little more.

I spent the next two or so months talking with other medical oncologists and researching. I read about a wide variety of topics starting from alternative treatments to new and exciting clinical trials. There were a few new age drugs that really caught my eye. I was turned down by one and the other never called me back. I was going no where in a real hurry.


LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD


It was time for me to take control of my own future and health. I was already turned on to natural and alternative treatments from some friends. Not for cancer, but I've seen where food and these so called alternative treatments have helped some of these friends in the past. It was now time to make a real change and turn my situation around. It was time for the Gerson Therapy.

On September 8, 2009 I went to the Baja Nutri Care Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. There I began a new journey, one that involves not taking food for granted and eating for a purpose. Three weeks in Mexico and then I was back home to practice this therapy for the next two years.

The Gerson Therapy is a grueling regimen of 13 freshly prepared juices, 3 low-fat salt-free vegan meals including both raw and cooked vegetables, 5 coffee enemas, supplements and all the fresh organic fruit and vegetables that I want all day long. In addition, I cannot bathe or come into contact with fluoridated water. Salt or anything with sodium in it is off limits. The list goes on. Trust me, it is harder than it sounds. When your not actively doing something for the therapy, you are more than likely preparing something for the therapy. Hired and volunteered help is the only way to do it right.

Though not required, I've found that a dedicated Gerson Therapy room is quite helpful in the pursuit of health. Especially considering that there is a lot of carrot, apple and green leaf particles that get everywhere during the process!

I've come to realize that The Gerson Therapy is not a cure for cancer. The cure for cancer and all other degenerative diseases lives within all of us. It is our immune system. This therapy is one of many that help promote a healthy being. The body fights cancer every day. It is only when the immune system is in a state where it is no longer effective can the disease take hold. It is because my body is getting EVERYTHING that it needs, and NOTHING that it doesn't that I have a chance to overcome my illness. It won't be easy, and it won't be quick.

Here I am, sporting my favorite carrot and apple juice with my authentic Mexico T-shirt and American Cancer Society ball cap. I'm covering all my bases, I never been one to burn bridges. ;-)

The beard is coming in nicely, I think. I wonder if all the carrot juice has something to do with it.


CLINICAL TRIALS AND RESEARCH DRUGS


This is why I blog about my story. This is not some well funded, double blind clinical study to test the efficacy of carrot juice. I simply want to document my experiences and possibly help someone else who falls ill to the environment as I did. If it works, then I believe it is a great testament to Dr Gerson and his family's work. I also think that given this information, there should be real changes made in our world so people can live and stay healthy. If it doesn't work, then I will die and you will be left without a cure. Either way, it is an important message to share.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Post Healing Reaction Items and Thoughts

With my most recent healing reaction about 1 week behind me, I've been experiencing a couple rather suspect after effects. Last Tuesday which was immediately after the crisis, I noticed that I had two swollen lymph nodes in my groin. One being larger than the other, it has had my attention all week. At first I was feeling good about it since it could be a significant sign of my body collecting antibodies to fight off the malignancy. One week may not be long enough for it to go away, but I do have a little concern that it is still there.

My second post crisis observation is a skin rash. It started all at once and is on my elbows, hips and partially down the back side of my legs. It is an itchy rash and on appearance, it would seem to resemble a mild case of eczema. I started to put pure aloe on one of the spots, but then stopped soon after reading a few posts from the Gerson Therapy User Group. The rash could indicate quite a few conflicting things including detoxification, immune response or that in all my spare time from the therapy I've somehow contracted some flesh eating bacteria.

On a positive note, I've not felt any disturbances in my stomach for the past week. I typically have slight pains / discomforts in the areas of my spleen and liver. Since this last healing reaction, they have all stopped!

Both issues above could be linked to either healing or worsening. The Gerson Therapy allows your body to enter a mode of healing crisis in which inflammations/ reactions take many forms. I'm seeing signs that this therapy is working, but it is sometimes difficult to turn a blind eye on a new symptom and simply label it a "reaction". I just had more blood drawn so I'll be consulting with Dr Cervantes in a few days. I also plan to see my local naturopath for closer examination and get another opinion on the matter.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Finally, a day of rest.

Well it wasn't the seventh day but after four days of healing, I spent today resting. I woke up this morning with no fever and had a better appetite as well. The stomach was a little queazy but drinking peppermint tea did seem to help. So it seems like this things will be heading back to *normal* again, for a little while anyway. With the holidays and a wife who is *9* months pregnant, things are once again going to get more intense around the Brockey household. I'll do my best to keep everyone up to speed!

Thank you everyone for your love and support!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another Day of Healing

My healing reaction has continued at full strength for a fourth straight day. As yesterday came to a close, I needed a break. I took one Tylenol and almost immediatley started feeling better. Although the healing process was being interrupted, for those couple of hours, I didn't care.

I woke up with only a slight fever, but it didn't take long to hit and then average ~102 for the remainder of the day. On a good note I've been keeping up with my diet. I'm eating, I'm just not finishing it. Although I am eating more now than I did the first time.

I've started to feel sick to my stomach each time I start a coffee break. When this occurred while in Mexico, the doctor reduced my juice intake and coffee schedule. Based on that, I decided to slow things down a bit today.

I am currently due for more bloodwork. I'll need to wait until this healing reaction is over, but even then my bloodwork will likely show some strange numbers. My guess is that my local doctor will be a touch more concerned than he's been with my earlier labs.

As terrible as I feel, I welcome the healing process to stay as long as it takes to heal my body. Within reason of course. With Christmas right around the corner, I need to be in tip top shape. As everything else has been by the book, I figure the next reaction should be in about 6 months. This exhausts the generous 12 month prognosis handed down by Dr Sharfman. I sure hope we can prove him wrong this time.

Correction: The book states that another strong healing reaction is typically seen in chemo pretreated cases around 6 months after the start of treatment. IL2 is considered chemo so I'll be expecting another major reaction in only a few months time. The book also states that I will likely experience smaller more predictable flare ups and inflammations and it could take the body any number of them to fully heal. The book is very clear about one thing, the healing process is unique for each individual and is dependent on countless factors, including the type and severity of the disease. Also please remember that the Gerson Therapy is not a specialized or focused treatment. It cleanses the whole body. As the theory goes, once the immune system is properly working the body will completely heal. Sorry for the confusion.




Saturday, December 5, 2009

Healing Day 3: Still going strong

The healing reaction is working on day 3 and is still going strong. I've had a constant low grade fever since 3 pm on Thursday and have taken zero pills to combat it. Yesterday evening was the closest I had come when it hit 103. I had the pills next to me waiting for it to go up, but by the next reading the fever had dropped and I felt much better.

I'm having some chest pains like I've not felt before. I think it could be simple muscle pain since I do feel like I have the flu. I pretty much feel just like I did while undergoing il2, except for I'm not concerned about losing all blood pressure or dying from one of the many side effects they don't really preare you for. In addition, I won't have Dr Sharfman laughing while telling me that maybe he understated the side effects just a little bit.

While I'm laying in bed, I've had some really generous people come over and help me out. I want to thank Jane Gates and my sister in law Amy King for being here and preparing my juices while I sleep. They both help me out during the week so they know the routine by now. My mom is coming over today to help out. Besides my loving wife Amy always here by my side, none of this would be possible without her. She manages everything for me, sets the schedule and is basically the reason anything gets done around here. All while being 8 months pregnant. I have a feeling I'm going to have some make up work once this whole cancer thing is behind us.

It's snowing outside right now, the first snow of the season. The first snow is always the best, and with the help of Dr Max Gerson, I hope to be around for many more.



Friday, December 4, 2009

Healing Reaction and #Melanoma: Let's #BeatCancer

This blog post comes straight to your computer right from my bed. I have started the much anticipated and now my second official healing reaction. For a few days now I could feel my body slowly drifting towards here, but the at 3 pm yesterday I started to get the chills and I knew something was up. I took my tempurature and sure enough it registered 99.5. I immediatly went to lay down and when I woke up about two hours later, I was hitting 101.8 on the thermometer. It's been up and down ever since, currently sitting at 100.7.

Though the healing reaction is what I am after, and the fever is a good thing, I certainly need to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get too high. Afterall I'm not taking anything for it, just more carrot/ apple juice and coffee. Melanoma has long been known to go into spontanious remission after a bout of sickness and fever. Western doctors will even tell you that. Were simply using the Gerson Therapy to align the body to heal itself. This is what this method is all about.

Happy Healing!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big Pharma and Gerson Therapy finally working together!

So I got this wonderful email today.

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Good morning Mike,

After spending some time on sMelanoma, Cancer Stinks! today, I have a brief editorial question about your page.
sMelanoma provides information, personal experiences, inspiration, and resources for those effected by melanoma in some way. My name is Emily Brown and I am working with Proleukin to help them broaden awareness of their cancer treatment program and resources. Proleukin is a form of immunotherapy that uses the body's natural immune system to fight cancer. Proleukin has been used for over 10 years in the treatment of Metastatic Melanoma and for over 15 years in the treatment of metastatic kidney cancer. Besides offering treatment options, Proleukin.com offers a vast amount of resources for patients and physicians who are battling these types of cancer. I am not sure of your familiarity with Proleukin, but I hope that it is a good fit as a resource for sMelanoma.

Would you be willing to look at http://www.proleukin.com, and include a link to it as 'Metastatic Melanoma' if you believe it is a valuable resource for your readers?

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions at all, or for more information.
Mike, thank you so much for your time!
Best,
Emily
embrown1211@gmail.com

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If she spent even a second of the time on my website that she suggested she would know that my values and goals are compleltey different than that of her employer. That being said, Emily your big pharma link is now posted on my site, mind returning the favor and posting my link on the Proleukin website? Just maybe if we can work together we can bring down Big Pharma once and for all!

Simply amazing how far these guys go to peddle thier drugs. I get emails ALL the time from them. The best one went something like this, we see by your profile that you have stage 4 malignant melanoma. Sorry to hear that. If you would allow us to call you with some questions about treatmet, you'll be eligible to receive $100. Good deal -- that'll get me a weeks worth of carrot and apples!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Holidays on the Gerson Therapy #melanoma

As the holiday season is here, so are all the festivities, football games, family gatherings and of course food. While many of you enjoyed turkey this year, I managed to maintain my cancer fighting vegan diet. With my wife Amy and Joni, my mother in law at the Thanksgiving cooking helm, we enjoyed the normal Gerson fare with the addition of some stuffed acorn squash that was quite good.

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Stuffed Squash

3-4 Acorn Squash
1/2 cup Onion, diced
1/2 cup Celery, diced
1/2 cup Carrot, diced
1 1/4 cup Brown Rice, cooked
1/2 cup Lentils, spouted
1/4 cup Raisins, soaked & drained
3 tsp Fresh Parsley, minced
1/2 tsp Rubbed Sage
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 large garlic clove, crushed

Slice squash lengthwise and remove seeds.
Combine remaining ingredients, fill squash halves.
Cover and bake at 300-325o F for 90 minutes or until tender.

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This year, I will be attending both my company's holiday party and the party thrown by my customer. I don't get out much these days, so it will be especially fun to go and spend some time with everyone. I hope that nobody takes offense if I don't go up for seconds, or firsts for that matter.

Over the past few days, I've had a lot going on inside my body. I woke up a few days ago with some serious pain coming from my left hip. It wasn't muscle pain, it felt much deeper than that. I of course started thinking the worst case scenario and started to believe that my cancer had spread. After speaking with my doctor and seeing that the pain is now gone, I now realize that this was a mere flareup in that part of my body and we are again witnessing signs that my body is working to heal itself.

I've also been having more stomach pains recently. I've had tightness and a slight burning feeling in the areas of my liver and spleen. Since I am 100% sticking to the diet, I know that what I am feeling is good. It is a healing reaction and it will likely get more intense now that I am taking castor oil twice per week.

I check in with my doctor again with more blood work in the next few days. This means that I am closing out my third full month on the therapy. While continuing to receive good blood work results and with no signs of increased tumor burden, we'll keep fighting it this way.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My detox plans, thoughts for the week.

Last week's Castor Oil Thursday has come and gone. This first installment was to be the smallest recommended dose of 1/4 tsp taken orally. Early on, I felt my stomach react with a slight churn but then by the flush at 10:30, everything was normal. I've had no ill feelings or effects from this first go round, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next. The plan this time is to take a slightly larger dose again on Thursday and see how my body reacts. It is quite interesting to feel and hear my own digestive system attempt to dilute the oil with the bile that is stored in both the liver and gall bladder. The release of bile is what allows toxins that have been stored to be flushed out of the body. This is why castor is so important. It jump starts the process of detoxification so that the liver can begin to be more effective.

I have had many smallish flareups in the area of my liver this week. Could this be inflammation around my tumors which would indicate that the body set to fight? Could this be that my tumor burden is increasing? Could this be simply nothing more than standard operating procedure, that I am just now tuned in to my body and notice every single tick, gurgle and bump? Only time will tell.

For the most part, I feel pretty darn good. I think one of the main hidden components of Gerson might just be that since you remain so busy, you don't have time to think negatively. It kind of forces you into a certain positive mind-body connection. One that will for sure get me through the next two years.

Wish me luck for the upcoming Castor Oil Thursday! I'll report as soon as I know more.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Taking it up a notch ...

I had my monthly consult with Dr Cervantes and he is happy with the blood work. We are ready to move things into a slightly higher gear and increase my potassium intake and start detoxifying more aggressively. We are going to once again introduce castor oil into the plan. For now it will be up to two times per week. After only two times the first go around, I was knocked down for about a week while the healing reaction took it's toll on my body. I think I'll start with a single shot and go from there.

The increase in potassium could start to impact my system and cause me to lose weight. This combined with if I start another healing reaction and am unable to put down food, could turn into a disaster. I need to keep a cautious eye on this over the next few weeks since all my money is currently tied up in carrot stock and apple funds, I simply cannot afford to purchase a new wardrobe.

Seriously folks, medical doctors call it Cachexia. This is their term used for a patient when they have unexplained loss of body mass that cannot be reversed nutritionally. Basically this is where the body is malnourished. Did you know that of the cancer patients that die, most die from cachexia or malnutrition and not the cancer itself? It sure is a good thing that I am eating a healthy diet and nothing that cancer cells like to munch on.

I will end this post with a random photo of me sporting my new winter coat.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blood work results are in, "You're healthy!"

Once again it is time for another round of blood work. I decided to try a new way and attempt to get my insurance company to foot the bill. After all, I'm saving them quite a bit of money by choosing carrots over chemo, but that's another story. So there is a new doctor in my life, one that I've only recently talked with regarding my illness. The voice message that he left after getting my lab results back was priceless and it goes something like this ...

"Hi Mike, this is [your doctor]. I have really good news for you. I have all but one of the results back from your blood work and they are perfect! In fact, they are better than mine. The only abnormality is with your cholesterol which is low. So that is great! [he chuckled] ..."

That made me smile. We've all been tracking my blood work so there should be no surprises, but it was amusing to hear his reaction. I'm a pretty healthy sick dude.

Fact is, I am quite healthy and the food that I eat will help me stay that way. Please continue this fight with me as we prove to the world that the Gerson Therapy works. Shhhh ... Don't tell the doctors, it will be our little secret. Besides, isn't it fun to see how much money they are spending to buy their cure?


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where am I now?

I have taken my health into my own hands by not accepting the words from those that are supposed to know how to fix me. They simply don't have an answer. They don't know where it comes from, why it stays nor do they understand how to get rid of it. Why would they? Their training is an ensemble put together by the same people who want to sell you the medicine that they are pushing. There is a reason that they are called Doctors of Medicine. Big Pharma has created an army of soldiers in white coats and it's working ... for them. For many, they are able to sell a magic pill. A quick and sometimes convenient way for you to live your life the way you want to live. It doesn't matter how you live your life or what gets you sick. No need what so ever for you to change your life style. Here have a pill and it will be all better. It's the American way, and it will be to the detriment of us all.

The only main stream options that remain for a guy in my position are to choose from the many new fangled research drugs that either up regulate one thing or down modulate another. They even attempt to use clever analogies to push their product such as "applying the brakes". The body already knows how to do these things and fight off disease, we simply have to give it what it needs to function properly.

I am not doing anything out of the ordinary. I have simply taken a few steps closer to nature and am now giving my body everything that it needs and nothing that it doesn't. Unless the body is too far gone, it will heal. It will rebuild, and I will once again enjoy the status of perfect health. Until then, it will be a rough road. I didn't get sick overnight and it will take time for the body to fight off this disease. Some say 18 months, others think it will take longer. All I know is that for me, right now ... I am on the correct road. I just need to find out where it takes me.

November 8 will mark my second full month of being on the Gerson Therapy. My goal is to be strict on the program for two years. This is the amount of time required for the liver to heal itself. A fully functioning liver is the cornerstone of a fully functioning immune system. By choice, I will be on this diet for the rest of my life.

I've not posted very often recently simply because this regimen takes a lot out of a person. My body can only restore itself if I don't burn up all of its energy. Not to say that there isn't much going on. Quite the contrary, everyday there is something new. A pain on the right side one day, and then the next day there is a pain on the left. The changes that I feel are either really good, or really bad. There is no way to tell for sure, all I can do is think positive and continue down the path that so many before me have taken and won. I won't lie to you, I get scared all the time. But this is my new life. I am eating well, I look great, I'm learning a lot and I am spending time with my family.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dear Mr Cancer

You came into my life most unexpectedly. I've seen you out before. You keep coming back most unwanted. It is time to finally show you the door.

Though unwelcome, your presence is not your fault. Merely a product of your environment. It could be that you are not wired correctly, perhaps in your DNA.

You have tried to take what is mine. Even after you've been defeated you continue to fight. Pointless as it is really, I've already figured you out.

You are foolish not to change your ways. Your weakness will escort you to your end. I can no longer allow you to spread your hatred towards life, this rule I will not bend.

The things you seek to destroy are off limits to you. I understand you've lost other battles, I plan to see this one through.

There is nothing good about you. I've searched but you continue to be destructive. When you bring others down with you, this I can no longer forgive.

I am who I am, because of you. Enlightened. Empowered. I will defeat you.

I am who I am, because of you. Enlightened. Empowered. I will defeat you.

Mr Cancer, simply leave and be through as the lesson learned here has been great. I hope that my message of life will be enough to spare the next from your take.

Dear Mr Cancer, this is me saying good-bye to you.

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It has been an interesting few weeks here at 1 Gerson Way. We are all still here and things are going strong. The past couple days have been tough, emotionally and physically. I feel like another reaction may be coming on. I am planning to have more blood work in another week or so. The doctor had been considering starting the castor this go round. That aught to kick this thing into high gear. And for those still reading, I will try not to burn that many ticks before my next post.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Gerson Therapy and Me: An Update

It has been quite busy around the house over the past two weeks. If I am not juicing, eating or having a coffee break I am undoubtedly preparing to do whichever comes next. What I have learned from the past two weeks is that there is no point in rushing, taking shortcuts or stressing. It only slows you down in the end. Finding your rhythm is the key to success on the Gerson Therapy.

If the schedule wasn't already enough to keep one busy, it will be now that the pace is about to pick up. We're moving up to 13 freshly prepared juices and 5 coffee breaks each and every day!

I recently had another round of blood work drawn. The results have come back and show that my body has bounced back quite well from the reaction. My lymphocytes are up which indicate that my immune system is now better prepared to fight off disease. Other key indicators show that my liver function continues to be strong.

My weight is holding steady at about 158. A few pounds in either direction depending on when I last ate. When I first arrived in Mexico I weighed in at 165 and had been steadily holding that weight since my stage IV diagnosis in May. Two of the main components of the Gerson diet are low fat and low sodium. Having extra sodium forces the body to retain more water in our cells. When we lower our sodium and increase our potassium intake, the body is then able to shed the additional water weight. I'm confident that this explains my recent weight loss, especially when you consider that my mom also lost six or seven pounds during her stay at the clinic.

I continue to have what I am considering flare ups in my stomach. Since going on the diet I can feel something happening in the areas where my tumors exist on both my liver and spleen. Dr Gerson talks about heat and pain around the areas of mass as being a sign of healing. I can only consider what I am feeling as a sign that the therapy continues to provide textbook examples of its effectiveness in my case. I am convinced that the Gerson Therapy is working.

I feel strong and I have plenty of energy. Quite honestly, I don't think I've ever felt this healthy in my life! It was certainly an unfortunate series of events that got me to where I am today, but I am grateful that I've been able to learn as much about the importance of nutrition and it's direct link to health. I only hope that through my experiences, others will benefit from this knowledge before falling victim to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Help Wanted

Seeking motivated individual to perform duties of the Gerson regimen.

- The day is long and allows for only few breaks. When you are not running the juicer, you are undoubtedly cleaning, chopping or preparing for further juices or freshly prepared meals.

- Candidate must have license and own vehicle. Vehicle must be large enough to carry the more than 100 pounds of fresh organic produce that is required weekly. Pick up is easy as MOM's Organic Market has committed to have it ready.

- Ability to apply own B12 and crude liver injection is a plus!

- Coffee is available throughout the day and 5 daily breaks are offered so that you can enjoy each one. Our coffee is a bit strong so 8oz cup of joe will have to diluted with 8oz of hot water and another 16oz of luke warm water. Please bring your own bucket.

- Moonlighting is permitted only in small quantities. The work here is constant and demanding. We offer only a few short times in the day that you could focus on other "work". You could however use your laptop during coffee breaks, just be careful not to spill!!

- Having no night life is also a plus. After a long day on the Gerson therapy, you will need lots of rest to allow the body to detoxify and heal. Morning comes very quickly and you will need all of your energy!

In lieu of pay, candidate would consume 13 freshly prepared juices and three full flavor vegetarian meals so they can too enjoy the adventurous road back to full health and longevity.

If you are interested in this position, please send along with your resume any known ailments that too will be cured while on the Gerson Therapy.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Gerson Therapy Room

Welcome to my Gerson Therapy room. As I talked about in an earlier post this is a dedicated room for me to prepare each of the 13 daily fresh juices. This room comes equipped with it's own source of purified distilled water.

There is a drying rack conveniently installed above the sink. The 6.0 cu foot refrigerator is the perfect size to hold a couple of days worth of vegetables for juicing.

The Norwalk 275-S juicer is serious business. When first getting started with this thing, we had quite a few vegetable explosions. My walls are now a nice shade of tan and carrot.

Behind the scenes we have the distiller working around the clock. This is the Water Wise 7000. We have the 8 gallon model with pump. It will generate on average about 9 gallons of purified water in a 24 hour period. At that rate, I have to be quite conservative with my water use. Also in this picture you will see an Ariston 6 gallon water heater by Bosch. Not only does it provide me with instant hot water, but it also increases my water supply by another 6 gallons. All of this is pre filtered using a standard whole house carbon water filter that we picked up at Home Depot. Reminder: Need to change the filter every two months!

We are making strides to improve the performance of the water distiller. I just purchased another 4 gallon Ariston water heater with the intention of having it installed in line before the water distiller. We are currently supplying the system with cold ground water and it takes a while for the water to reach a boil. We will preheat and send WARM water into the distiller. This should allow it to start boiling the water much more quickly and it should increase the overall performance.

The fun doesn't stop there. There are more plans in the works. Over the coming weeks I intend to install a speaker system that will play via AirTunes that I can control from my upstairs computer or my iPhone. This will allow me to move from one working environment to the next without having to loose my groove by interrupting the music. Whatever I am listening to up stairs will also be playing downstairs.

Once we optimize the water distillation process and it becomes more effecient. The distiller will be taking long breaks where it will just be sitting around. Since I didn't purchase this thing to sit and collect dust, I plan to expand the system and collect even more water! I would eventually like to expand the already 16 gallon system to something much larger. Though water conservation is important, I need to have enough to wash all my dishes and take a shower.

Which leads me to the next phase of the project. A purified water shower. Right now I can only clean up using a bucket of warm water and wash cloth. Its a good thing that I'm not out running around these days. That could get stinky! I just purchased my camp shower bag which I will manually fill up and hang in my bathroom shower. The next phase of the project will be to somehow run the water to my existing shower, or install a prefab shower downstairs next to the juicing room. Stay tuned for that excitement!

I wanted to take a second and thank all those that participated in the creation of this room of healing. Remember that all of this was done in the three weeks that I was in Mexico. What a great job they did. Here is the cast of members:

Ken Wilson, my uncle and Carpenter. He was the main guy responsible for putting up the walls and and basically building and putting it all together. He dedicated a bunch of his own time to make this happen and I greatly appreciate his efforts!

Paul Brockey, my dad. He help with the initial build of the room and then did all the electrical wiring. He engineered and even purchased some of the water purification system. Did I mention that the Norwalk Juicer is his?! Like a good son, I am borrowing it for a couple of years.

My brother in law, Scott King and his wife Amy King completed the remainder of the finishing work including trim, paint and kick boards. It is the final touches that make all the difference!

Anthony Brockey, my brother. Installed the lighting which converted my smallish man kitchen, into a warm haven built for healing. Tony also networked and brought in specialists to assist in a few key areas.

Paul Wega was called in after a few long days of Tony and my dad working hard on the final stages. They had yet to run another electrical circuit from the garage to power the new water purification system. When Paul was called late one night, he instantly agreed to the request to come assist and within 20 minutes or so, there was dedicated power available and a major task has been completed.

Mark Britt is a plumber, and friend of Tony. He came over and within one day had the whole system installed, tested and pumping hot and cold water. It may have been our design, but we could not have done it without Mark. A jack of all trades, he even caulked the counter top which turned out perfectly! Mark is planning to return this weekend to assist in the installation of the pre heater.

Steven Buxton, my best friend and business partner. Among all the other countless ways in which he and his family are helping out, if it weren't for his "think about how an RV works" statement, I would be carrying a bunch of water jugs around my home. All I can say so that is, thank you!

Sorry if I missed anyone. It wasn't intentional. Remember, I was in Mexico when all of this went down!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Things are good, more organized.

Things are getting better, schedule wise. We're starting to figure out the new juicer, and how all these things will work during the day. Amy and I had to time shift a few items such as meals to be more inline with with family. This way she can assist in the preparing of the oatmeal and warming the soup and baking the potato and I can eat with the family. She's been quite a bit of help in the juicing room as well.

I can feel a video of how things work in the Gerson room is brewing.

What I have not yet figured out is how work is going to happen. There are certainly a few spells during the day where there is *gasp* nothing to do. Just long enough for a mental break. Over the next few days, I hope to find a rhythm and get back to putting in a few hours a day. -- Hi Mark, I'll call you soon!

I plan to get my blood work done again early next week. I'll then call Dr Cervantes and get his review to see just how long I get to stay on this reduced version of the Gerson program. Considering that I am back to feeling great, I'm sure I'll be back at full steam in no time at all!

The Gerson Therapy is a strict regimen that requires 13 daily freshly prepared juices accompanied by a low-fat, no-salt vegan diet which is high in potassium. In combination with coffee breaks to promote detoxification, the combination has been proven time and again to heal the body and spirit.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Does the Gerson Therapy work?

If the past few days are any indication, I would have to conclude that the Gerson Therapy does in fact coerce the body to release toxins which will promote whole body healing. My first healing reaction lasted more than 5 days. The timing of it was impeccable. Trying to finish up the therapy, travel and then sorting it all out upon the return home all while under a so called healing crisis is definitely something to avoid. It's tough to feel ill, but it must not hinder the process.

It all started on Friday, the 25th. I woke up experiencing some minor pain in the center of my chest. The nurse walked in to my room at about 5:30 AM, it was castor day. As I talked about in my previous, it all came on rather quickly.

I started each of the next few mornings with the best of intentions. I would get up feeling pretty good and excited to join the world. I would head to breakfast and pile on the oat meal and then smother it with raisins, apricots and a little brown sugar. Grab a plate of fruit, toasted unsalted 100% rye bread and of course my morning juice. I usually got through just about half of it when my stomach stopped agreeing with me. It continued through out the remainder of the day and usually even prevented me from eating any lunch or dinner all together.

I spent a LOT of time in bed, simply resting. After having a solid low grade fever for several hours, the doctor would bring me tylenol to bring it under control. Fever is a critical part of healing and indicates a working immune system. Of course it must be monitored.

At night, I would experience the shakes. These were much like the rigors that I had while in the hospital under IL-2. By time I realized that I had been shaking they quickly subsided and I would start to sweat as if I were breaking a fever. I think the shakes in my case we're a personal reaction, not common for most. Was this the IL-2 being reintroduced? Oh lucky me!

I was never really in a good place to fire up the laptop and craft a blog post. I've gone back and read some of my posts that I wrote while sick in the hospital. I've decided on no further sick day postings. Rather I will recount them when I have better energy and brain function. You're welcome.

Tuesday started out just like the days before. Today was different, I was finally able to finish my breakfast. Seems like my major reaction had ended and I was getting back to normal. Perfect timing seeing as it was also travel day!

Since I had not been eating, the doctor decided to reduce my schedule. We want to rebalance and build me back up. I've got to say, the reduced schedule was a blessing as we are learning how to do this all over again in our new environment.

The room by the way is fantastic! I will address this further in the days ahead.

I've continued to experience much less severe "flare-ups" throughout the flight home and today. Results may vary for everyone, but so far the Gerson Therapy has performed as advertised.

Friday, September 25, 2009

What is a healing reaction?

I woke up this morning with some pain in my abdomen. It was castor day and I was already feeling pretty bad. I went ahead with the castor and had my cup of navy strong coffee with brown sugar. That certainly didn't help what I was already feeling.

Breakfast came and gone and the pain still lingered. I was tired and I felt the chills were coming over me. I decided to take it easy and go back to the room.

I may have slept for only a little while until i realized that I was burning up. I was hot all over my body. My mom called the nurse who came in confirmed that I had a fever. She told me to remove some blankets and take a warm (not hot) shower.

The juices seem like they are never ending today. I also have a couple mouth sores which get irritated each time I drink them. I have an aloe vera mixture that I use to rinse my mouth after each juice. I was told that my mouth sores were another sign of reaction and that I would most likely not have them again when I am finished the therapy. I can't wait!

The doctor visited a little while later and was pleased to see me in this condition. I've now ruined his plans as Saturday was coming and he was going to take the day off. He said with enthusiasm, "I cannot take a day off when one of my patients are experiencing a healing reaction!"

Happy Healing!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My 3rd week on the Gerson Therapy in Tijuana

We all met up this morning in the courtyard as Austin and Ross made thier journey back into the world. This was a really amazing story as just two weeks prior, Austin was brought in on a wheelchair. He had been in some pretty serious pain and was on heavy narcotics. Within a week of being to the clinic, Austin was walking on his own accord and was finally able to join us for dinner. With the proper comittment and dedication, this therapy truley can heal the body. We wish him all the luck in his recovery!

Some of us decided that we'd go for a walk and visit another alternative clinic which was right up the street. We also wanted to check out the arena where the bull fights take place. There are a couple very nice homes nearby. Unlike home, no two homes here look alike. They all have their very own style. The only common element is that just about all of them are gated and walled off. Maybe it's not quite the quiet town we were led to believe. One home even had broken glass bottles that were upside down sticking out of a walk partition on the roof. Seemed like a pretty effective way to deter someone from using the roof top to gain access.

The arena was a pretty cool sight to see. So much so that we failed to remember that we also wanted to have a look at the other clinic. Such is life ... We were only 3 blocks away from the beach so we walked down to the boardwalk and made our way south back to the clinic.

I am now on the full program which includes 13 juices and 5 coffee breaks each day. My day starts at 6 AM and is completed at 9 PM. With the exception of every other day which is castor day. Tomorrow being the next, I will get up at 5:30 AM and drink about 1oz of castor oil and chase it down with 1/2 black coffee with some brown sugar. Yum!

This weekend we'll try to convince Dr Cervantes to take us to the arena and see the bull fight! It would be a shame to come all the way down here and miss this Mexican tradition!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day 15: Tired in Tijuana

Today I feel like i kind of hit a wall. I am out of energy and I'm a little grumpy, sorry Mom. My teeth hurt, my mouth hurts and my hair is still falling out. I got my blood work back today which did not indicate anything that would interfere with moving me to the next level so starting tomorrow morning, let the real detoxing begin! This is what it is all about, tomorrow I'm sure I'll be in a ripe mood.

We moved into a new room today. The weather is about to get stifling and since our air conditioner wasn't really working, Felix wanted to get us out of there. Our new room is very nice. It is cool and appears to have been recently renovated. There is less privacy for coffee breaks in this room, so without proper timing the juices may arrive at inopportune times.

Charlotte visited the clinic again today. It is always a pleasure to speak with her. You can tell that not only has she been talking about the Gerson Therapy for a long time but also that she remains faithful and lives it every day. There is no way to fake the yellow glow from the carrot juice.

After dinner this evening my mom and I sat with Bernard and his wife as we always do and chat. A tray of food was delivered from the kitchen at our table which was a little odd since everyone had already finished eating. A moment later Charlotte walks in a greats us. Apparently the border was closed down for several hours after an earlier incident. She said in thirty years, this was the first time she has ever had any issues.

Tomorrow the real detoxing program will begin. Bring it on!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Staying one more week in Mexico.

I hope that everyone had a nice Meatless Monday. Please watch this short preview of "Eating" by RaveDiet.com, it's pretty convincing. After watching the full video, I doubt you would ever eat meat again.



The last few days here in Mexico have been pretty uneventful and I felt it was a good time for me to take a little break. There were a few new faces today and with them brought new stories to change things up a little. It's amazing thing that the little known secret of Gerson is actually pretty well known. One guy told a story of how his very own father went on the Gerson Therapy after his cancer diagnosis. A number of years have since passed and his father is alive, well and remains cancer free.

I've not yet started on the full detoxification program. There was some concern from the doctors here regarding my previous IL-2 treatment. They consider it chemotherapy. Patients that are pre-treated with chemotherapy are put on a much slower detox regimen so that the stored up toxins are released back into the blood slowly.

After some debate, the Dr and I agree that I will gradually move into a more aggressive detox schedule and that it should start while in Mexico. I would much prefer being under his supervision in case I were to encounter a rough reaction rather than by myself at home. I have decided to stay for the third week.

This week is going to be interesting on another front as well. The joint ECCO 15 – 34Th ESMO Multidisciplinary Congress in Berlin is taking place this week. Announcements from Roche are supposed to be released regarding the efficacy of Plx4032 in phase I clinical trials for treating advanced metastatic melanoma. Ahead of this release was some data which is showing some cause for concern.

The company released a statement that raises question over Avastin's effectiveness. Avastin, also known as Bevacizumab, which is currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cancers that have spread to other parts of the body. Avastin is already a blockbuster and a key driver for Roche, with global sales of $5 billion in 2008 as a treatment for colon, lung and breast cancers. A last-minute analysis of the clinical data means the picture has now changed.

Here is more information: http://bit.ly/3VsfPr

I'll let you draw your own conclusions. Apparently more data will be released on Wednesday regarding this recent development.

These large drug companies are making huge profits as they drive the "cancer industry" towards their silver bullet drug which sits at the end of the rainbow. These companies must be held liable for the damages that they bestow unto their test subjects as not only can they not offer a cure, but the quantity and quality of life are greatly impacted.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Food as medicine. Food also as tasty treat!

I started adding some of my Gerson recipes into the RecipeThing website. It allows me to easily add recipes and it tries to recognize the ingredients. After adding it on my weekly menu, it will provide a shopping list to take to the grocery store. It doesn't seem to be very well supported, but the site works well and there are thousands of recipes to choose from. And now, you can even find recipes that are approved on the Gerson Therapy.

My Gerson Recipes or All Gerson Recipes

This link will have a permanent home under the quick reference section of this blog. If you have more recipe ideas, either send them my way or add them to the site yourself under the Gerson category.

Here is one recipe in particular that I wanted to share. This is a cake recipe that we had the other evening. It is actually quite good. Theresa had commented that this would be a great option for her girls' birthday cake. I couldn't agree more! Now we just need a Gerson approved recipe for a nice butter cream icing. I'm sure non Gerson go'er have some options there.

Oatmeal Apple Raisin Pear Cake

Ingredients
1 banana
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup oats, ground
1/2 cup oats, whole
1/2 pear

Directions
Mix all ingredients.
Place into baking dish.
Bake in oven at 350 for 35 minutes.

Coat baking dish with additional ground oats before placing batter to reduce burning.

Eating healthy doesn't mean you have eat bland foods. With a little imagination and preparation, you can create a great tasting healthy meal that the whole family can enjoy. The best part is that it will also help prevent degenerative disease and obesity.

Vegetables May Help Fight Melanoma

I found this article today...

Vegetables May Help Fight Melanoma
Monday August 31, 2009
Source: http://dermatology.about.com/b/2009/08/31/vegetables-may-help-fight-melanoma.htm

Scientists have found that combining isothiocyanates, chemicals found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, with selenium may inhibit the development of melanoma. Isothiocyanates by themselves are not very potent, but exchanging a sulfur bond with selenium changes everything. This combination has the potential to inhibit the growth of tumors in mice by 50 to 60 percent.

This combination targets the Akt3 protein that is used in the development of melanoma. Blocking this protein reduced the growth of tumors in mice but did not work equally on 3 different melanoma cell lines.

There is still much more research to be done but the investigators believe their findings may lead to an IV drug that could treat melanoma or an additive to sunscreen to prevent melanoma.

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Are you kidding me? Do they have to synthesize everything? Why can't a doctor tell his patient to change his life style and start eating healthy? Why does it HAVE to come in the form of a pill? Doctor's won't tell you that you're fat and that you have to change your diet or else you'll die. They will instead give you a pill to lower your choleserol or better yet, offer Gastric Bypass surgery which will only buy a little more time. Is it because they don't know the answer themselves? It is because people just don't want to change? Will people sue the doctor for calling them fat?

The same applies for cancer. They are simply trying (and failing) to remove the tumor. They are not interested in fixing the problem.

Is the Gerson Therapy a CURE FOR CANCER? I don't know, but the fact is that chemo drugs kill, cause secondary cancers and give horrific side effects. Heck, anyone can do chemo. I like my decision.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eating to Live. Day 10 on the Gerson Therapy.

We had a cooking class today. I have all the recipes which I do plan to share in the near future. There was one item of particular interest that I wanted to share with you. Every day we have a new salad dressing. It was amazing to me how they seemed to have a different recipe each day. When they showed us, I was amazed at how simple it was.

Before we begin I wanted to ask this question. Can you name ALL of the ingredients in your favorite dressing. Need more time to think about it? Next look at the amount of sodium you get per serving. Please, give this dressing a try the next time you have a salad.

1 cup grapes
1 cup orange juice (freshly pressed from organic oranges of course)
1/4 cup celery
1/4 cup yellow zucchini
1/4 red pepper

Blend.

Here is the truly interesting part. You can add on or switch out nearly any other vegetable to create your own variation. Basically, whatever is left over from an earlier meal. If the grapes are too sweet, you can swap them out for brown sugar or honey. If you would prefer your dressing to be a little thicker, add in some potato! Your options are limitless. The flavors are amazing and it is extremely good for you. The best part of it all, you will know exactly what is going into your body.

Following the Gerson Therapy is more than just a way to detoxify and heal. It is a life time commitment to being healthy. I was like most Americans in this world living to eat. I would prefer to live in a world where I can eat to live.

Cigarette anyone? How about a steak?



The next time you talk to your doctor, maybe you should ask him what brand of cigarette he smokes. Or better yet, what kind of food you should put into your body. Please share what you find out. Two of my doctors told me to eat donuts and McDonalds! Two others actually did tell me eat a healthy diet. I guess you know which doctors I'll continue to call when I get home.



The medical community is about 20 years behind the times. Just as until recently they were pushing cigarettes, it is guaranteed that in another twenty years doctors will be the first to tell you that a high-fat diet based on animal proteins is harmful. My question for you, why wait?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Healing Reaction?

As expected, my blood work came back today. My body is officially experiencing a "healing reaction", or "healing crisis" as toxins are beginning to escape. I will not go into full details, but I will share with you a few key readings.

You will hear it here first, I was wrong. They are actually testing the pH as part of the urinalyses. The nice thing about this is that I can test it at home using a simple litmus paper pH indicator. The bad thing about it, from what I understand is that it isn't terribly accurate. Testing too early in the morning will often result in a slightly more acidic reading. It would be a much better indicator or trend if I set a schedule for testing and do it on my own at home. (i.e. same time every friday morning) The level returned this time was slightly more acidic than my first reading. Could it be the time of day? Dr Cervantes believes this to be one sign of my body experiencing a reaction. As toxins are reintroduced back into my system, they are pushing my body towards a more acidic state.

The human body handles the release of toxins much like how it handles allergies. Many of the same side effects will occur. For example one sign of a body in crisis is the increase of mucus. The body automatically tries to coat the intestinal lining as a way to prevent damage from the toxins. The body will also prompt the immune system to release histamines and other chemicals it needs in order to counteract or get rid of foreign matter and toxins. My elevated eosinophils and basophils, which secrete these important histamines, indicate a body in crisis.

As these toxins are reintroduced into the bloodstream, the liver will once again be required to filter them out. For this reason, someone experiencing a healing reaction will show an increased release of liver enzymes. Don't worry, I doubt that it will reach the levels that I experienced while on Interleukin-2.

There are other key markers in the results that also show even more clearly that the process is starting to work "as advertised". I don't fully understand all the markers yet, but don't worry ... as this is a learning experience for all of us, I'll share more when I know more.

It is truly amazing how the simple, yet effective combination of a strict low-fat, low-salt, vegetarian diet and coffee enemas can make such a large impact in the body in such a short amount of time. I believe, given time, the Gerson Therapy will restore my body back to a healthy state.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Missing home, staying strong! Day 8 @ BNC

I've been feeling a little run down recently. Could this be the beginning of a healing reaction? They say it usually takes 10 to 14 days before you experience your first "crisis", to which I am eagerly looking forward.

I get my blood work back tomorrow and will meet again with the doctor to check on levels. One interest is my blood pH level. When I first got here, I had a level of 7.0, which is not bad. Eating meats, sweats and other things that you would expect on the typical American Diet end up being very acidic in the body which brings that number down. Since cancer tends to thrive in lower pH levels, we should all try to keep our levels up. This is what we call being alkaline. Our goal here is to raise my alkalinity to pH 8.0 or higher.

I am starting to see one of the biggest side effects that this therapy has to offer. I think the palms of my hands are turning yellow. I have to be careful since it could appear to be jaundice which is a possible indication that my cancer is spreading. I don't think there is a blood test to detect the level of carrot juice in my system, but the CBC can identify jaundice by elevated bilirubin.

It is a terrible shame that we have to travel out of the country to receive this treatment. In a land where adults can form their own opinions and make their own decisions, it is ridiculous that my only LEGAL treatment in the United States would probably kill me. RIP Patrick Swayze.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A day in the life on Gerson Therapy

It has been requested and here it is. I am providing a sort of "day in the life" on the Gerson Therapy. Please remember, that I've only been here 6 days and I'm not quite on the full schedule. But don't worry, that doesn't mean this posting will be short by any means. :)

7:15 - Starting the day behind schedule, I slept in. I quickly stole a few grapes from the fresh fruit basket and headed for the bathroom. No details here, but a tip for those practicing, buy a thermos for your coffee. It is a brilliant time saver!

I have no real clothing options today as I sent everything to the laundry yesterday. I was banking on getting some of them by evening. For future reference, hold back a decent outfit for the next day just in case.

8:05 - It is time for breakfast. This is Sunday, and it appears that Felix and the doctor actually took the day off. They are typically here from morning until night. It was good to see them take a well deserved break.

I really enjoy breakfast. There are a few tables lined up on two of the walls with all of the food served buffet style. I like to load my a bowl full of oatmeal and then pile on the raisins and apricots. Never really had apricots before being here. I like to slice them and then mix it all together. Today I even put on a a small scoop of brown sugar. On a small plate I spooned on a pile of banana slices, some cantaloupe and honey dew. I really look forward to breakfast.

With so many people coming from so many places, you can imagine the number of stories and conversation topics at the table. There is a gentleman here from Monaco. I think we all find his conversations very interesting.

On my walk back to the room, I start thinking about how I'm going to spend the day. I really need to plan out how this is going to work when I get home. The schedule is already pretty hectic, and I don't even have to do any of the preparation. I need to get on this. No relaxing today, I've got some planning to do.

9:01 - Back in the room, it is time for Juice. For some reason I though back to a conversation that I had with Steven back home about PEX water lines. And that was it! I solved my problem of how I would run heated water from my distillery to my upstairs bathroom via conduit. -- Oh wait, I forgot that I am supposed to get b12 and vitals after breakfast. (again)

I ran down stairs to into the nurses office with a big grin. I'm way late this morning. I need to get better about this. Anyhow, the vitals are good and the shot was cake.

9:30 - It is time for another juice. I'm on the 10 juice a day plan right now. Its pretty busy with just 10 in a day. Juices are very good. I now have 4 drops of potassium being added to each and Lugols solution being added only to the apple / carrot drinks. I can slightly taste the difference, but they are still good.

Browsing the internet like crazy trying to figure out what distiller to purchase. I have this grand vision of pumping water from a water distillery with pump through a water heater so that I can have pure hot and cold water service in my new dedicated Gerson room (see earlier posts). My earlier comment regarding PEX will allow me to run another water line up to my existing shower so that I can also shower in heated purified water without having to build another bathroom. It's a stretch, I think we can do it. I'll let you know how it turns out.

10:00 - Juice time! Seems like I just had one. Along with browsing, I'm also chatting with family and friends about my pure water dilema. Somehow I miss an email from Amy asking if I wanted to iChat before the baby's nap time. The baby had apparently been demanding to speak to me. :(

10:25 - Laundry arrived.

11:09 - Time for some supplements. Being on the 10 a day plan, I have no 11 am juice. I take my pills with peppermint tea. This is my new green tea. We're allowed to drink this all the time.

My mom and I decide to go to the beach today...

11:38 - Back from beach. We realized that we probably went at the exact wrong time. I am nice and hot now. Time to cool off and relax.

12 Noon - Time for a juice. This one is a green juice. These don't contain lugols, but I can certainly taste the potassium more in the green than I do in the others. After this juice, it is time for coffee.

12:30. Join the world. Take some pills. Start thinking about lunch. I wonder what we're having today.

1pm - Lunch time! Both dinner and lunch are built around a potato and the Hippocrates soup which are very high in potassium. We also have a salad and some flaxseed oil. Variety comes in the form of cooked vegetable platters. Today we had spaghetti squash with raisins and Spinach a la Mexicana. This was spinach mixed with onions and tomatoes. (Mexicana = red, white and green) Anyway, these were probably two of my most favorite dishes.

Conversations at lunch had some of us there until just about 3pm.

3:00 - More supplements.

I'm relaxing on the bed and pick up the Gerson handbook. Started reading more into Hydrotherapy. They offer it here as an adjuvant treatment for pain and as a way to promote detoxification. What is mostly interesting to me about it is that I recall a story from a friend about how they sometimes use hot water baths when they feel the onset of flu. The theory is that diseased cells have a certain temperature range in which they can survive. Much like a fever is one mechanism that your body uses to fight illness, heat can be used to help fight off malignant cancer cells. Don't believe me? Cancer Treatment Centers of America has a similar treatment. Anyhow, its something to ask the doctor about tomorrow.

More reading, more researching, less relaxing ...

4:05 - More supplements. Again my reduced schedule has me juice free at both 3PM and 4PM. I wonder if this will change tomorrow. I'm starting to get a hang of the schedule, I bet a change is right around the corner.

6:00 - My son, Kaige dials in to iChat. He's been at his mom's place all weekend so other than a few one line text chats here and there we haven't had a chance to talk. It was getting close to his bed time (Eastern Time), and he was all packed up for his two night camping school field trip. He just started the year and they are already on a trip. I think he really enjoys that school.

6:20 - Arrive at dinner. There was something new at the buffet table today. A hot bowl of fruit. Looks like stewed peaches, pears and raisins. I think we all enjoyed it.

7:00 - Coffee Break.

7:30 - Run back down to the kitchen (cocina) to pick up some peppermint tea before they shut down for the night. I like to always have it on hand. Hot water, tea and coffee are always served in a thermos. Keeps them warm for hours.

The room is much cooler this evening, thanks to Jessie and Charles for giving us an extra fan they had laying around in their room. We now have a total of four fans and an air purifier running. I think we finally have a draft sufficient to move the hot air out. From what the night doctors have mentioned, our room is by far the hottest.

Mom and I watched the second half of Healing Cancer from the Inside Out tonight. This was my second time watching this video. The first time was before the cancer had spread. It kind of makes me wish I would have more seriously considered this therapy at that point.

Now I am blogging ...

One good thing about my disease is that the tumors are not very big. They are not what the doctors would call palpable. The only time I could ever feel them, is by sitting. When I sit in a particular position, like when I drive I can feel an obstruction. It would cause me to shift a great deal, not because it hurt, but because it reminded me of my disease. I don't know what it means quite yet, but I don't have that feeling tonight.

Good night.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

No Hablo Espanol on Day 5

Much of the time at the clinic is spent resting. I have been trying to keep up with work but I've got to be honest, there is a lot on this regimen. It ain't easy. Just as soon as I start to get used to the schedule, it changes. I am still in the ramp up period so I'm sure it will stabilize over the next few days.

Today, however, was going to be different as the clinic offers a tour on Saturdays. That sounded like a great way for me to get out and see some of the area. I simply needed to get approval from Dr Cervantes. He recommended that I cover my head with a sombrero, but I did finally convince him that my hat would be fine. He actually told me that I could both go on the tour and go to the beach if I wanted. I was excited to get out and see some sights.

There were seven of us on the tour today. We all piled into the car, closed up the doors and headed down the road. This tour has officially started! I'm not sure who realized this first but we all soon figured out that not only did none of us speak spanish, the driver didn't speak english. :) This was going to be an adventure! I desperately tried to recall something from my two years of Spanish 1 class in high school. The only thing I could muster was "No Hablo Espanol". I think he had already that figured out.



We drove to place called Playa de Rosario. This was a typical beach town with shops, restaurants and bars. We found a parking lot off one of the side streets and it was soon that I realized just how bad we were going to stand out here. People were whistling from both directions trying to get us to come into their bar or restaurant.



See what I mean? :)



We walked down towards the beach area. The beach was pretty busy with families mostly. But unlike what you'd see in beaches closer to home, there were fruit and vegetable stands. Even as our driver jokingly confirmed that he ate at McDonalds as we passed the golden arches on our way, I saw this as evidence that the culture here tends to be more likely to enjoy the nutrients from healthier diets.

The beach was nice, but we had only brought enough juice for two hours. A few trinkets and bracelets were purchased and we were on our way back to the clinic.

I'd have to say that though the tour was fun, I think we were all happy to be back. To be critical, this is one area where I think BNC could have put in a bit more effort. Give the man a flip book of places, suggestions or common conversation topics in both English and Spanish. Of course, then I wouldn't have had much to blog about this evening.

I am confident that my decision to go on the Gerson Therapy was correct. As one of my doctor's told me in his office, "I've been chasing this tumor for over 40 years." This underlines the problem in western medicine where drugs are used to simply treat the symptom and not the disease. The Gerson Therapy treats the body with a single goal. Rebuild the immune system so that it can do what it is supposed to do.

Lecture by Charlotte Gerson: Please watch!

Here is a video of an early lecture by Charlotte Gerson where she talks about how people with all sorts of diseases are living years later, without any evidence of disease. This includes cancer, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and many more. She does a nice job of explaining how this happens. It is a two hour lecture, but consider playing it in the background while you carry on with your day.



What do you think?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cooking Gerson Style at BNC on Day 3

Today was pretty quiet. Felix, the coordinator at the clinic held a cooking demonstration where he went over the steps for preparing the Hippocrates Soup that is such an integral part of the diet. He then moved onto oatmeal cookies. Guess what? They are tasty and very very good for you. Give them a try.

Gerson Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

In a mixing bowl, mash 1 banana
Then add:
1/4 raisins
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp honey
1 1/4 cup raw oats
Mix and spoon into glass baking dish
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Since you are not greasing the pan, you can grind raw oats and add a thin layer of oat powder below each cookie to reduce burning.

Felix also shares new and fresh Gerson approved recipes on his blog.



So this is me on my quest. It sure would be nice to see the end of cancer as my t-shirt suggests. #melanoma

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 2 in Mexico, Spending the day with Charlotte Gerson

I came out of my room this morning and entered the courtyard where everyone had been collecting to say good bye to Bob and Colette. They were heading back to Canada after a three week stay. Bob, by far had the most personality out of everyone else here. We said our good byes and it wasn't long before I looked over and saw Charlotte Gerson sitting with Dr Cervantes. I was a little star struck! :) She looked over at me so I waved and smiled.



Mrs Gerson visits the clinic every Wednesday and meets with all the patients individually and then as a group. It was my turn to meet her. I sat down as she finished signing a book for Bernard and Anne who had just got here this morning. My nervousness was immediately settled as we started to chat, she was an extremely pleasant person to talk with. She started by asking me about my ailments and why I was here. When she heard it was for melanoma she had wonderful stories about how the therapy has helped heal patients like me numerous times over. Including the story of Beata Bishop who had melanoma that had spread to her groin more than 20 years ago, and now operates the Gerson clinic in Hungary.



Charlotte Gerson, Dr Cervantes and Me



Lunch time was fun. It is always served buffet style but today's table configuration was the same as last night's dinner where we all sat at the same long table. I of course sat at the head of the table. :) Today, Charlotte joined us. It was nice to have her around since everyone had specific questions about the diet.





This weeks lecture was about sodium and the dangers of a high sodium diet. Even more so dangerous than sugar, high levels of sodium cause an imbalance of potassium and prevents cells to properly receive oxygen and nutrients which are required for healthy cells to thrive. I found a great article about it here.



It was nice to meet with Charlotte Gerson, daughter of Dr Max Gerson. I hope to one day make it on the referral survivor list so that I can share my story with those interested in starting the Gerson Therapy.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gerson Therapy @ Baja Nutri Care Hospital in Mexico: Day 1

Wow, this place is amazing. There are so many nice people either going through the therapy or supporting their loved ones. I came on a day where three patients were leaving. With room enough for 10 patients, the arrival of a new face was well greeted. I was immediately taken in for blood work. My last bit of skepticism was halted when I saw the needle being removed from a sterile pack. (versus picked up off the floor) I started to feel a lot better about my decision to come here.

We then headed over to get breakfast. A wonderful assortment of fruits and veggies were accompanied by a large crock pot of oatmeal. Since I had fasted from the night before, I piled my plate high with fruit and grabbed a large bowl of oatmeal with some raisins on top. My therapy has officially started.

The carrot / apple juices are much like the ones I have at home, except they have less of an apple flavor. I guess the locally grown organic apples are larger at home. I don't think it matters much, but I'll verify that I'm not over doing it before I leave. The green juices are very green. Mine had been a bit darker and more reddish in color from the red cabbage. I might have to cut back on that as well.

Today I met Bob. Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 08. He had surgery to remove his prostate in January. The doctors claimed that they got it all. Sound familiar? A few months later the cancer had returned. This time in his bones. Tomorrow he leaves the Gerson clinic after a three week stay. He has been cancer free since the second week. He will of course stay on the diet for another two years as the liver comes back to 100%. Bob has such energy and I'm sure he'll get to enjoy spending time with his latest grand baby that is 6 months old and watch her grow.

Another interesting person that I met here today was a guy by the name of Mike. He is a companion supporting his mother Kathy, who has breast cancer. Mike has been working on a documentary about his mom's recovery while on the Gerson Therapy. He asked if I would be interested in sharing my story. Though we've all seen videos and interviews, it boggles my mind how little the public knows about this therapy as on option. I only hope that through my blog and people like Mike, we can share this knowledge and let people know that there are options for treating cancer that do not include drugs and surgery.

Tomorrow I will have a chance to meet Charlotte Gerson. Daughter of the famous Dr Max Gerson. As do most patients I'm sure does, I'll have her sign my book. :) (and get a photo)

I am in Tijuana, Mexico at the Baja Nutri Care hospital, the official Gerson clinic in Mexico. I am going to win my battle against malignant melanoma which has spread to my liver and spleen.

Monday, September 7, 2009

My Gerson Juice Lab: Continued ...

The goal was to keep things simple. For example, the width of the room was dictated by the the width of the pre-constructed counter tops. The linoleum on the floor was a simple "glue it and roll it" from home depot. I originally wanted to go super cheap and get everything from craigslist or freecycle, but realizing in my absence that the easier we can make it the less guilt I'll have by leaving the construction work to everyone else.

Seems like this project will be finished and Amy will have her kitchen back in no time! Next step is a 3rd coat of mud on the wall, sanding and then some paint.

A special thanks to my brother Tony, my Dad and Uncle Ken for their hard work on my juice room while I'm busy working hard on other things.













Meanwhile, I will be at the Gerson Hospital @ Baja Nutri Care Center. We will be picked up in the morning and then driven across the border where my therapy will begin. My goal is to return home and leave my Melanoma in Mexico.