Laura Bond

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‘Science helped me say no to chemo’

Some say that mainstream media is going the way of dinosaurs. I tend to disagree.

Although the internet and new media have revolutionized our relationship with news, it’s very easy to get lost in the vortex; and while google and #hashtags might be useful highway guides, there is no satnav for searching, and no direct postcode to help connect those looking for a kindred spirit.

A newspaper or magazine article on the other hand can draw, with magnetic force, thousands of like-minded people together.

Knowing this, I was hugely grateful to those editors who defied the usual blanket silence on alternative cancer therapies and mentioned my book in their pages last month. As a result, I received a flurry of emails from people who, like Mum, had overcome their cancer naturally.

One of them was Cliff Russell, a 6 foot 6 police officer with three science-based degrees who also said ‘no’ to chemo.

Here is his story, in his own words….

Cliff Russell, 46, London

‘I had a particularly bad stage 2 colon cancer with a poor prognosis and I was strongly ‘encouraged’ to undergo chemotherapy.  But, having done my research I knew that chemotherapy wasn’t going to increase my chances of being around in a few years – I actually ended up getting the head oncologist to admit that chemo might ‘theoretically’ only add an extra 2-3% to my 5 year survival chances! I remember thinking at the time that just drinking the odd cup of green tea would probably outperform that statistic.

The point I would like to highlight is that for me, not having chemo was not actually a brave choice, it was actually the most logical and rational choice to make. The real tragedy is that when I asked my oncologist how many patients had rejected his advice to undergo chemotherapy, he said I was the first.

What alternative treatments have you tried since your diagnosis?

I’ve tried a wide range of self-treatments over the last 3.5 years – unfortunately I’ve not really had the money to treat myself any other way.

The constants have been; The love of my wife and family, organic food, a quality multivitamin/mineral, iodine, high dose selenium, high daily doses of Vitamin C and D, trace minerals, as much sunshine as possible, a very low carbohydrate diet, green and white tea, coffee enemas, green vegetable juices and smoothies and about 5mg of melatonin every night.

Along the way I have also dipped in and out of other treatments, including; Raw milk, meditation, visualisation exercises, binaural beats, Far Infra Red Saunas, structured water, ionized water, a grounding sleeping mat, Tai Chi, the Budwig Diet, growing and juicing my own wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, St John’s Wort, NAC, glutathione, Beta Glucan, Vitamin B-17, turmeric, fish oil, colloidal silver….you name it, I’ve tried it! I’m also pretty much a teetotaller nowadays.

Which alternative treatments do you think have worked best for you?

I’ve felt that I’ve needed different things at different times. However, the number one thing for me is always maintaining a low carb/sugar (mainly organic) diet – Otto Warburg didn’t win that Nobel Prize for nothing!

I was also lucky to be diagnosed in the Spring, and it was a warm one in 2010, so for 5 months (until I had to go back to work) I spent every spare minute with my shirt off sunbathing – put it down to Vitamin D or celestial photons, whatever it was, the sun really made me feel better, and it has done ever since.

When I’m not sunbathing I take a minimum of 10,000 units of Vitamin D a day, and between 5 to 10 g of vitamin C. Of all the other ‘interventions’ the green juices and smoothies always make me feel great (being a typically ungrateful bloke I have christened them ‘Green B@@tards’) And of course the treatment that dare not speak it’s name…the coffee enema, I feel has been an amazing support. I have some affectionate names for this procedure too…

Were there any surprising benefits from the treatments? For instance some people reach for the coffee enema kit when they feel a headache coming on…

I feel like my immune system is hard as nails now – I’m never ill with colds or flu. Another more profound by-product of my illness has been the ability, most of the time, to put things in perspective. I feel like I have been to the edge, had a quick peek into the abyss, and nothing is going to phase me now.

You mention that you really related to the chapter in my book about the ‘cancer personality.’ Which parts resonated with you?

I’m not sure if everyone who knows me would necessarily agree, but I think I’m the type of person who always wanted to be liked, and by everyone, and all the time. I think the pressure of wanting to be constantly perceived as a ‘nice person’ can take its toll – I now think it’s beneficial to be a selfish git occasionally.

It hasn’t escaped my attention that psychopaths and Nazi war criminals seem to live quite routinely into their 90’s – go figure. What have I done about it? Well, it’s a work in progress, but I do generally spend less time worrying if people like me or not, and I’m much more likely to be honest about my opinions with people.

How have your changed your diet and environment? (i.e. have you got rid of anything in your house that might have hindered your recovery?)

We now cook with titanium-coated cookware- no nasties leaking into our food any more. We also try to only cook with organic coconut oil – but my wife still uses other oils when she thinks I’m not looking. My wife has also chucked out nearly all the household cleaning products and we now clean with ‘Enjo’ microfibre cloths and water. I’ve also learned how to make my own natural soap (for shaving and washing) and deodorant, and I use a chemical free shampoo.

I’ve cut down on my fluoride exposure through a whole house water filter, fluoride-free toothpaste, and a reverse-osmosis drinking water filter. I’ve also recently got a water alkalising machine, as I realised that the RO water comes out very acidic.

I’m still learning about electro-smog issues, but have already ditched our cordless phone for an old-fashioned corded one. The wifi is next on my hit list, but for the time being we always switch it off at night.

What do you believe is the most important factor for healing?

For me everything flows from your attitude. Having a loving family around you helps too. It’s easy to crumble after the initial shock of the diagnosis, I certainly did. I was numb for days.

Luckily my spirit managed to kick back in again, and just in time to make some pretty important decisions. The default pathway for shell-shocked patients would appear to be doing exactly what they are told by their doctors – which isn’t necessarily always the best thing for them. As for chemotherapy? I have realised, certainly for colon cancer, that what is constantly being hailed as a life-saving wonder intervention, is in fact largely a redundant pile of pants (and a very lucrative one at that).

This shattered illusion has naturally led me to take a fresh look at the rest of the world around me, and ask what other pant-like rubbish we are being peddled. How about Quantitative Easing, SSRI’s, Statins, low-fat diets, vaccines, the apparent need for constant wars..

My daughter was a little over 12 months old at the time of my diagnosis, and the thought of her growing up without her dad chilled me to the bone. At a certain point I made a commitment to myself that I would do absolutely anything to maximise my chances of survival, and I haven’t looked back since. So no more carbohydrates, ‘green b@@tards’ for breakfast, some coffee ‘where the sun don’t shine’, bring it on.

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9 Responses to ‘Science helped me say no to chemo’

  1. Laura, what an uplifting story. Someone who asked a few pertinent questions and thought for themselves!
    One thing you don’t mention, which would be useful to know, is what Cliff’s current prognosis is, whether his cancer has receded/vanished etc. He’s now 3 years into the original 5! All power to his ongoing health, and that of his family.

  2. Vincent says:

    Hi Laura. That is a very positive story and coming from a guy who knows how to do his research, Cliff’s story should send a message to all who have health concerns, Education is the Key!
    Don’t just accept the conventional approach without first looking at other ways of regaining your health, utilising nature, diet and safe alternatives. We all have free will and we must exercise the right to use it. Having personally spoken to Cliff recently, I can tell you he is very switched on about many of the shortcomings in mainstream medicine. Cliff ‘s story is great for many reasons but for me, coming from a guy who’s education is very science- based and working in the job that he does, you would expect him to be a little more ‘Shutdown’ than he is, not the case. My own experience of academics and professionals has been less than encouraging when it come to talking about anything veering off the official line. So well done Cliff and I sincerely hope others will follow.

  3. Emma says:

    That was another very uplifting story, and as someone who had colon cancer and didn’t have chemotherapy too, it’s great to know I’m not alone in the route I chose.

    It was interesting what Cliff said about the oncologist, as I remember my oncologists words after I’d interrogated him on all the statistics, he said “basically it was a lottery whether the chemo worked or not!”.

    And Cliff, on the subject of wi fi alternatives we use ‘Solwise Homeplugs’ to avoid using wi fi. If you would like any further info, let me know and I can send a link to you.

  4. Anna says:

    This is really interesting to read and learn about and my congratulations.

    I’m just at that “crunch time”. I have multiple myeloma in the most aggressive form. Have tried curcumin (8 grams per day) since February; since August have gradually introduced a low acid diet with no tea or coffee – I am dairy intolerant anyway; parsley tea; black pepper; bicarb of soda; chlorophyll; almond milk, no sugar; no white unprocessed flour; lots of green veg and fruit; little milk; mainly fish and chicken or totally veggy – and yet my cancer cells are still going up! The consultant now wants to put me back on chemo with possibly a trial starting next week (I had a stem cell transplant in 2010). Any other thoughts?

    I am happy & busy, energetic and feel pretty good – but it is myeloma in the most difficult to treat form!

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Anna
      I would highly recommend this book by Michael Gearin-Tosh
      ‘Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny ‘ here is a summary from a Canceractive.com where you can also buy the book.
      http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=300
      I would definitely look at how Michael overcame his similarly aggressive form of MM. (I will add that Michael passed away in July 2005, 10 years after his diagnosis, not from Multiple Myeloma, but from sepsis/septic shock (starting with a tooth abscess) that overwhelmed his body. He did not take antibiotics to treat it, until it became too late)

    • Laura says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your own experience with cancer Anna. It certainly sounds like you’re taking your health into your own hands. Have you heard about molecular testing? It might help you pinpoint the best route to take. I talk about it in detail in my book. Wishing you all the very best and stay in touch, Laura

  5. Nicola Corcoran says:

    Hi. I too have an RO unit and an ionising water filter. I’m about to get a whole house filter, but can’t even get the first two to get along!!!!! I wonder if Cliff has any advice on this? Or knows of any technicians who can help? I’ve really struggled to find anyone who is able to help 🙁 Great piece as usual btw, and well done Cliff 🙂

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