After being fully committed to the Gerson Therapy for a year, it is clear that detox and diet alone will not be enough to reverse my Stage IV Malignant Melanoma. It is now apparent that my case will require the inclusion of some more conventional treatments. I am of course disheartened by the news. Much like others have indicated, I thought I could be the next to heal naturally. In the wake of these developments and after speaking with and considering information from several resources, Amy and I have put together a rather robust plan that is both realistic and curative. It is our intention to leverage the best treatments, adjuvants and life style choices that are both available and real. I would like to share with you, "My Healing Plan".
The Gerson Therapy will remain a critical component of my life. This new healing plan will introduce treatments that will interfere and force me to slow the detoxification process. In preparation of this, I have already started to follow a reduced schedule. Though it would never stand up to critical comments like those from Jon, to someone who is not familiar with the extreme schedule, it will continue to seem like a therapy. This change allows me to stay proactive and for once, I can be relieved knowing that there will be days where the schedule is not perfect.
I will remain on the Gerson diet. I've grown fond of it over the past year, and it is super easy to plan for and prepare. I also still believe that the food we eat is critical to our health and after doing it for a year, I want to ensure that I am as prepared as I can be as I move closer to receiving conventional treatments. I have yet to cheat on the diet but, I intend to enjoy a "blue cupcake" at Ella's third birthday party in November.
I blogged recently about the removal of my mercury amalgams and tooth extraction. My one remaining dental issue is a dead tooth that has had a root canal. This is the next item on "My Healing Plan" as it already scheduled to come out on Tuesday, September 14 by Dr Sambataro.
It may seem that I've rushed into the tooth extraction, but with good reason. With the recent news of bone metastases, I am now running against a new clock. I've only felt dull and very minor discomfort in my leg from the cancer. As time goes on, it will surely spread and grow increasingly painful. The spread could also weaken my leg bone. Dr Jang recommends Zometa to harden the bone and prevent a break. The combination of dental work and Zometa is dangerous as it causes Osteonecrosis. If things speed up, radiation to the leg becomes another choice. Since having the root canal removed is critical in "My Healing Plan", there is no time like now.
I have also decided to begin taking Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) as an adjuvant therapy. Naltrexone is a commercially available drug that is used to treat and reduce the effects of certain drug addiction. If taken at night and at a low dose, it tricks the brain and causes a flood of endorphins to be released into the blood stream. With virtually zero side effects, it has been used to successfully manage symptoms from multiple sclerosis and other auto immune disorders. Because it is an immune system stimulator, it has been linked to and there are studies occurring now in cases with cancer that are believed to respond to the immune system like Melanoma.
I've also come across some information about a vaccine that was, at one time, studied in the United States for early stage melanoma called Melacine. It is a disease specific vaccine that contains actual melanoma lysates obtained from human cancer cells. When combined with other proprietary components that make up their vaccine, it is believed to train the human immune system to recognize and fight melanoma. In combination with other immune boosting efforts, this might help provide a wallop might overcome my disease. The problem is that though it is commercially available in Canada as an approved treatment for Stage IV Melanoma, it was never submitted to the FDA. It is quite possible that I get the opportunity to entertain some hockey lessons in my search and travels to obtain this vaccine.
The final step in "My Healing Plan" is to receive the immunotherapy drug Ipilimumab. This drug has been all the rage and accounts of success are stacking. What I've read most recently is that long term durable remission has been linked with a particular side effect. The drug is supposed to activate the immune system and with any luck it will attack the melanocytes. Thats when depigmentation begins. Starting with the eye brows, Ipilimumab treated survivors lose the coloring of their hair.
This is "My Healing Plan". It can also be found as a list, that I plan to update as we move forward. My plan focuses on living and boosting my immune system. What it allows me to do is live a healthy life and entertain real treatment options that have become available since starting this journey nearly two years ago. I know that my change of treatment might offend some readers, but given where things are the change was inevitable. I am now more confident than ever that I will one day realize full health. I hope that you will continue to fight by my side.