I can only relay my story, and what I have found to work.
If chemo is NOT the answer, what is?
Essentially, the path to excellent health is good nutrition, supplementation, exercise and body work, positive thinking, spiritual centering, mind-body connection, and joie de vivre.
Now that's sounds very trite and too simple. Shouldn't we have to really suffer to beat this thing? NO.
Here's how it happens. And I am leaving out a lot of the details.
When that diagnosis is dropped on you, it is one of the biggest shocks of your life. Totally unexpected, out of left field. You are blindsided. If I hadn't been lying on a gurney, I would have fallen on the floor.
At that very instant, your entire being makes the decision: live or die.
I made the decision to live.
Getting through the physical discomfort of the recuperation process was the initial challenge. Coupled with the physical issues is dealing with the fear of death. It is a huge challenge to bring this under control. The oncologists plant the seed of fear in your mind. What if they are right? What if I am wrong? You are plagued by doubts that must be dispelled for this to work.
Good nutrition: Cancer LOVES sugar. Give it up. Now. In all forms. Eat whole grains and vegetables. Go to the health food store for guidance.
Buy books: "The Anti-Cancer Cookbook" by Julia Greer, MD, MPH; "Beating Cancer with Nutrition" by Patrick Quillan, PhD, RD, CNS. There are a lot of good books out there. Go to Borders and browse or go to Amazon.com and browse. Go to your local health food store. Find a good organic supermarket. Find a good organic cafe that has a meal plan and will make wholesome meals for pickup.
Eat all the super-foods: green tea, berries, red grapes, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onions. Sprinkle turmeric on everything.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Drink a lot of water.
The internal environment has to be so healthy that cancer cannot survive it.
Antioxidants (Selenium, C,E); Resveratrol, Probiotics, Cinnamon, Ginger, B Complex, Co Q10, Fish Oil, Vit D, Turmeric. Do not buy drug store vitamins. Go to your local health food store and talk to the proprietor. Not all vitamins are created equal.
Exercise and Body work:
Cancer HATES oxygen. Walking Chi Gung (Guo Lin Qi Gong) is a free video available at http://www.qigongchinesehealth.com/walking_qigong. Hundreds of thousands of healthy cancer patients who practice this in China cannot be wrong. I started doing this as soon as I could walk. I also bought a Chi Gung tape to follow along with, and I plan to resume my Chi Gung class this week. Chi Gung focuses on deep breathing. The key is to oxygenate the cells.
Have medical massages. Have spa massages. Acupuncture. Chiropractic. If the body is stressed, you cannot heal.
Surround yourself with people who think positively. Before the surgery, a person who is a motivational speaker came into my life through golf. We enjoyed the game, and had some conversations along the way. When she learned of my challenge, she would encourage me, saying "have an expectancy of good" and other very positive expressions. I found this to be enormously helpful. There are a lot of very positive books, CDs, DVDs. Louise Hay, Esther & Jerry Hicks. Learn how to use affirmations; learn how to meditate. You need a very strong support group of people who love you. I am fortunate to have a spouse who is my rock. Allow your loved ones to help, and express your gratitude. Stop being a Type A personality. Now!
Make your peace with your God. Find spiritual healing through organized religion or other means. Let go of the past. Forgive past wrongs. Give up the sadness and grief of lost loved ones. Let it go. You must. Connect with spirit.
Where the mind goes, the body follows. Think very positive, healing thoughts. Go to a Reiki master, a healing circle, a healing touch practitioner, a psycho-therapist, a medical intuitive. Get all the help you possibly can. What NOT to do: do not join a cancer survivor support group. You do not want to talk about disease. This is the Law of Attraction. If you aren't familiar with the Law of Attraction, buy the Hicks (see above) CDs.
Joie de vivre:
This is most important: you must start to find joy in everyday life. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile at your spouse. Laugh at least once an hour. Start generating the endorphins. After receiving a death sentence, the only way to commute it is to laugh your way out of it.
With this experience, an amazing thing happens: you become grateful for every day, for every moment of every day. It is a reawakening. Life is good.
Guess what? None of these things are toxic, they don't hurt, and they will bring you down the path to excellent health. Just say no to chemo.