Beating Breast Cancer Naturally
Since starting the blog I’ve heard from numerous natural cancer survivors: Lance, an Australian man who traveled abroad for Hyperthermia; Jane, an English woman who chose apricot kernels over chemotherapy; and Emil, a German man who is now free of pancreatic cancer after opting for homeopathy.
The star of this week’s post is no exception. Nicola has researched and run the gamut of alternative cancer therapies; re-assessed everything that went ‘in or on’ her body and has given herself time to reflect and reshape her mindset. Here is Nicola’s inspiring story, in her own words:
‘My name is Nicola. I am 42 years old, and have two children aged 8 and 5. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of the right breast (ER/PR positive, grade 2), onset of Pagets disease of the nipple and DCIS. One of 32 lymph nodes showed positive for disease.
I had a mastectomy, and 2 weeks later a full lymph clearance. Somewhere in between those two operations I started asking questions, and began taking responsibility for re-gaining my health.
I quickly rejected chemotherapy, based on empirical evidence that there would (optimistically) be between 5 and 12% success of it ‘mopping up’ any micro-metastases. (I later learned that chemo is great for de-bulking tumour mass, but it cannot destroy circulating cancer stem cells).
Instead I looked to a good friend, who is a naturopath, for advice. She initiated what was to become a long and fascinating education in detoxifying and re-nutrifying my body. Initially my family was very concerned about my decision to reject allopathic medicine, but very quickly they came to trust, and actively support me, particularly my husband.
Interestingly, the lifestyle changes I’ve made have had an impact on the way that my immediate family and close friends think about their health and nutrition. (My husband fights me for time in the sauna, our kids are now gluten free, and as a family we eat only organic food. Friends have taken on board my lectures about cooking only with coconut oil, and my Dad is treating his newly diagnosed diabetes solely with diet and nutrition).
I made big changes in small, manageable steps. The first change was to my diet. Although I’d been a vegetarian for over 25 years, I didn’t understand about nutrition. Out went salt, sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol. I bought a reverse osmosis, ionizing water filter, and a juicer. I started putting lots of organic greens into my body, and aided detoxification with coffee enemas, castor oil packs and epsom salt baths.
I changed everything that went in or on my body: make-up, deodorant, toothpaste, moisturiser and washing powder. I learned quickly how important it is to cook every meal from scratch: porridge, short grain brown rice and salads are daily staples, along with nut milks, vegetable juices and green smoothies. I shifted my culinary focus away from a Western diet and started to get inspiration from Asia where dairy and meat are typically less important.
Within a few weeks I began seeing a complementary doctor for high dose Vitamin C/hydrogen peroxide infusions, with hyperthermia (with Dr Trefza www.hightreeclinic.com ). I had (preventative) lymphatic drainage and acupuncture regularly. I started to feel amazing!
I chose safer screening: Thermo-scans rather than Mammograms, and Minimal Residual Disease testing. I also had Chemo-sensitivity testing to check which complementary medicines would have an impact on any circulating cancer stem cells which had spread into my body via the lymph.
The final piece of the puzzle was finding a functional doctor who is looking at my body’s underlying weaknesses, and rebalancing my system. I take natural hormone balancers (DIM, amongst others) and a range of supplements specific to my body’s needs.
I continue to reject the one size fits all approach to healing. I’ve learned incredible things over the past 2 years….things which have challenged the way I think, and have altered the way I live my life. I no longer get ill, and many of the health issues I had prior to diagnosis (migraines, painful periods, candida, eczema, gum disease) have disappeared. I try not to be motivated by fear, but rather to live in the present, be guided by my intuition, and understand that cancer has been an opportunity for me to become the person that I am today.
My results as of last week show that my cancer stem cell count is low and stable, essentially meaning that I have no evidence of disease and a low risk of metastasis.’
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