Archive for November, 2010

THE CANCER INDUSTRY by Jackie “Cancer Warrior Mom”

At times I have been so mad at the ‘Cancer Industry’ that I want to go ballistic. But at other times, I am grateful for my current doctor’s intelligence and kindness, and all the ‘oh so supportive’ medical employees.
I was diagnosed with gastro-intestional cancer late in 2006, (about the same time that Farrah Fawcet was and with the same kind of cancer) and not knowing any better, went down the road toward radiation of the two areas and then chemo-procedures for treatment of cancer cells in my body.

I was definitely rushed along to the decision toward radiation and chemotherapy by the professional staff at the Clinic.

At the same time I begin to review the chemo-industry magazines’ articles available on shelves at the facility. Each magazine had a “success story” of a patient who became free of cancer, according to lab tests done at certain time periods, by use of various chemical poisons utilized for certain cancers. Unfortunately, only two chemicals of the hundreds was listed as potentially successful on my type of cancer.

Being told of the danger of waiting to have chemo-treatment, and despite all the chemical’s side effects (baldness, extreme nausea, even death), I went along with the procedures. The treatment room was full of very somber patients hooked up the water solutions to which were added the chemical in more water solutions, then followed by more water solutions ‘to protect the blood vessels.’

I was just over 65 years of age and so Medicare paid for all my treatment expenses. I was shocked that the bills could run to well over $30,000/year.

Patients usually had blood tests with each chemo treatment. We each saw ‘our’ oncologist every few weeks where results of the blood tests or other proce.edures like Cat scans were explained. This would tell us if our cancer was ‘decreasing’ or not.

At one appointment, imagine my surprise when my oncologist told me that she was dismissing me as a patient so she could treat patients with a better chance of survival. My sister had driven me to this appointment, and we left the Clinic in shock.

After that time, I tried many other procedures. I went to a Chinese doctor, did the procedures and took home tea powders to make. I also went to Tijuana once and got pills shipped to me, a tonic to dilute and drink and dietary instructions. At each of these Clinics, I was treated with great sympathy and kindness, but it was basically too late for me. And it was very expensive as well.

About this time, it became apparent that I could no longer live alone, so I was moved into one of my daughter’s home. Then we both continued to read about cancer and its treatments, about healthier nutrition, and so on. I read a book titled ‘The China Syndrome,’ published over 10 years ago, in which the conclusions were (to my understanding) that eating red meat and heavy protein diets lead to more cancer. Many other books, published over 15 years ago, stated that the current heavy protein diet as eaten by north Americans and others in developed countries, led to higher cancer rates.

Yet no one has scolded the meat or dairy industries here. I never saw major magazine articles that mentioned more that ‘eat a nutritious diet with high protein intake.’

Why didn’t I know with clarity the danger of a high protein diet? And, milk and cheese products fit into this high protein arena — white mustache or not.

Now I am on Hospice, waiting to die.

The Downward Spiral

I titled this post the “Downward Spiral” but what is really happening is a sort of downward staircase because every once in a while the Cancer Warrior, whom has been battling a fatal enemy for three years, encounters a new enemy and that takes her down for a while and then she recovers a bit but afterwards is at a new lower level of life mobility.

This time a side effect from the chemotherapy has caused more problems.  We have been having a lot of discussions about her Western doctors telling her exactly what she had to do then at some point (and each doctor except for her primary care doctor whom is still with us) after their “knowledge” is worn off they drop her.  She’s had four different doctors tell her to go on Hospice and that they can no longer offer her any further treatments.  Thank God, I say, because they have only been causing her harm with each different treatment.  She’s very disillusioned, says she thought she was doing everything right, always listened to her doctors and now where are they?! 

So let’s focus on what’s still working.  She’s still on the liquid nutritious shakes and tonics, liquid nutrition, and that seems to be keeping her immune system healthy.  Her tumor in her right leg lymphnode has broken open to the air.  When this happened a couple of months ago the doctor told me that this is what would kill her, she would develop an infection from this open wound and the infection would kill her.  Well so far, and it’s been over two months, she has not developed an infection.  When her pain is controlled she is feeling really great and is talkative and filled with plans.  She’s a pretty incredible woman with an unlimited amount of energy and projects planned and in progress.  She’s just being eaten up from the tumor but it seems to be slow moving.  Hopefully all that we are doing is keeping it at bay.

She’s keeping her edema under control and is exercising with her rebounder.  She is using the Cellerciser to exercise with the bar for stability and is jumping or at least bouncing for minutes daily.  It’s hard some days but we definitely believe that her non-working lymphatic system in her right leg would be a lot bigger were it not for her rebounding, massage and raising the leg as much as possible. 

This right leg has been a battle keeping the lymph in control so that her leg is not so large and red and hot.  But we’re working the battle and staying on top of it and it’s working. 

The latest problem that the Cancer Warrior has run into has to do with her leg.  Although the edema seems to be under control the tumor is eating into her nerves and causing pain and now extreme weakness.  Her leg seems to go in and out so it became difficult to get up from the bed or chair at times.  So we rearrange furniture so that in each place there is something that she can use to help her feel more secure getting up and down.

Sugar – The Real Bad Guy

According to Dr. Robert Lustig we all weigh 20-25 pounds more than we did 30 years ago.  Our genetics didn’t change, just our environment.

We are obese.  And remember that the current recommendation from the World Cancer is for you to be as lean as possible without being underweight.  Additionally, sugar is supposedly “food” for cancer and should be reduced as much as possible.  It’s easy to be addicted to sugar, how often do I find myself walking by the refrigerator when sugary things are in there?!  It just seems to call out to me… and in weak moments I will give in BUT in strong moments I will toss out those offending sugary foods.  Yah!

Isagenix Review ABC News

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3NfczysmsM

This review of  Isagenix included following two individuals that tried the 9 day  system.  They both felt much better and had an increase of energy with the additional side benefit of a lot of weight loss as well as inches.  The Cancer Warrior has two shakes a day and the tonic and drinks the cleansing tea in the evenings.  Her immune system is being kept as healthy as possible.  Her energy is great and she is working on writing a book on how mad she is at the American Medical association although she absolutely loves her primary care physician.

This liquid nutrition will come in quite handy when and if she gets to the end stage where she no longer can eat but will have to be fed.  We already know what we are doing for her then!   It’s been a real blessing.

Please comment and share your experiences.  Thank you.

Rebounding and Lymphatic System

There is a video on google videos about rebounding (or jumping on a heavy duty, well built mini trampoline) and it is compared to a full body lymphatic flush.  The lymphatic system does not have a pump to help move lymph throughout the body like other organs for example the heart.  So rebounding (protected jumping) helps move lymph up the body.  She also compared rebounding to a full body massage and in addition it is also an aerobic exercise.  See the video  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9022365608459518126&hl=en&emb=1#

My comments:  The Cancer Warrior has been rebounding for over a year and with her cancer her groin lymph nodes no longer work so she’s constantly working on her lymphedema in her right leg.    Her right foot also has drop foot.  She  has been bouncing following a simple DVD but although she has not ever been able to complete the entire tape, nor can she jump high enough to clear 3 inches, she has been bouncing and lifting legs, and rotating, and stretching etc… We believe this exercise is not only keeping her heart healthy but has so many other benefits, especially with her lymphedema.

Please visit our REVIEWS page for more information on how the Cancer Warrior uses a rebounder (actually David Hall’s Cellerciser ).  Please comment and share with all of us.  Thank you.