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.