As engineers, we tend to be overly-analytical and we tend to over plan as well. So, instead of telling you to just jump in and get started with an alternative treatment protocol that you've discovered, we prefer to step back for a few minutes and think about the big picture: the overall strategy and plan to treat your cancer (or any disease for that matter).
I believe that this step is critical,
because if you just jump in and select the wrong program for your
specific needs, then, you will be wasting valuable time.
There are basically 4 strategy options that you need to consider, based your specific needs, personality, motivation, etc.
Option 1 [Conventional]: Take the conventional treatment with nothing else, e.g. chemotherapy.
Option 2 [Conventional + Alternative]: Take the conventional treatment along with an alternative treatment program — an integrative approach.
Option 3 [Alternative]: Go for a completely alternative treatment program.
Option 4 [Nothing]. Choose to do absolutely nothing and keep going as you are.
option that you choose will depend on your condition, your temperament,
your belief systems and your social support structure.
is generally for those who prefer to transfer responsibility for their
health to a doctor, and prefer to defer choices to "the experts".
Generally speaking, if you are this type, go to the orthodox medical
profession and follow their treatment programs and advice, for you will
not have the motivation or focus to take a complimentary or alternative
If you are in this category, as the majority seem
to be, then alternative treatment options are not for you.
Option 2 is generally
for those who either want the best of both the orthodox or alternative
worlds (they hedge their bets) or have a very aggressively developing
cancer that needs the orthodox treatment to give the body more time by
rapidly reducing the number of cancer cells. These types of people may
or may not take responsibility for their health — often they will give
up responsibility to both the doctor and the alternative practitioner.
approaches have shown a lot of promise and are more accepted by the
orthodox medical profession because they do not dismiss orthodox
treatments. If you are in this group, please consider some of the
supplementary practices outlined in Option 1 as this will minimize the
side-effects of the conventional treatment component.
Please note that a
few leading conventional cancer experts are starting to use low-dose
(5% of normal chemo amount) intermittent chemo first priming the body
with insulin to increase the uptake by cancer cells. This is called
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is much less destructive on healthy
cells, but it will unfortunately take a while for this practice to
Option 3 is generally for
those who really do take full responsibility for their health. These
types of people often have done the research on conventional treatment
success rates and have decided to take other options. That said, a
portion of those in this category choose it because they like the idea
of taking the alternative route but lack the real focus and gumption
needed to follow it through. Such individuals should not follow this
option themselves but should really be under the supervision of an
Option 4 is generally
for those who are either in complete denial, have a very slow developing
cancer (often associated with cancers in older people), are option 1
type people with a cancer that is untreatable by orthodox means, or are
too old or frail to go through the often long and draining conventional
healing process. Even if you choose this option you should really
consider basic lifestyle changes to increase general health, well-being
Overall, choosing either option 2 or 3
gives the best chance for survival (although some alternative
practitioners like Andreas Moritz believe that option 4 gives a person
better survival chances than 1 or 2). As to which option — 2 or 3 — is
the best one for you, that depends on what you have uncovered with your
research into survival rates and which you believe will be most
effective (the mind plays a huge role in survival so you must feel out
what you are most comfortable with).
As a general rule,
according to Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, an orthodox cancer treatment like
chemotherapy is only worth trying for Hodgkin's disease (70%-80% of
cases cured although secondary tumors return years later), testicular
cancer, childhood acute lymphocytic leukaemia, some adult lymphomas, and
choriocarcinomas. All other types of cancer do not respond well, if at
all — the common metastatic cancers such as breast, colon and pancreas
can't be cured by chemo, despite the billions of dollars spent on chemo
research in these areas.
Indeed, there is evidence that
chemo can encourage cancer cell proliferation. And an article recently
appeared (25 Oct 2012) in the New England Journal of Medicine
proclaiming that chemotherapy does more harm than good. So we would be
wise to really look at the benefits of the type of chemotherapy we are
considering, if that is the choice that we are making.
is always extremely beneficial to have the counsel of a medical doctor
open and knowledgeable with regards to alternative approaches, and
therefore able to advise you on many different options you can take.
(There are relatively few of these but you can find them on the internet
or by visiting some of the sites mentioned above.)
are strongly advised against making any decision based solely upon
information given to you by an orthodox medical oncologist — always
consider alternative approaches and perspectives, even if you end up
not following them. Remember, almost all oncologists will not have the
scope to be able to recommend anything outside of orthodox treatments
that, quite frankly, do more harm than good in the majority of cases.
always have to dig a bit to find the viable alternatives. This is
because the law will be working against you on this one because it is
illegal for anyone other than a medically trained oncologist to promote
the treatment or cure for cancer.
In the UK, for
example, there is the 1939 Cancer Act which is still being used today to
suppress life-saving information. For example, two of the largest UK
supermarkets were taken to court by Trading Standards a few years ago
for illegally promoting cancer treatments under the 1939 Cancer Act.
(For more info on the Cancer Act see: www.energygrid.com/health/2012/04ap-canceract.html)
they had done is to state on some of their labels that increasing fruit
and vegetable intake can help reduce the risk of cancer, something that
is patently true (even the government officially stated this a few
years earlier). But such promotion of the truth is illegal — the medical
monopoly in the UK (and in every other developed nation including the
US) has been conspiring for decades to keep you ignorant of alternative
and complementary cancer treatments, and this is unfortunately firmly
encoded in the our legal systems.
This is the main
reason why most people are ignorant of the alternatives available to
them: they are being systematically suppressed by laws that were passed
decades ago that ensure the medical monopoly (and ridiculed by orthodox
doctors and journalists and TV producers influenced by the massive
pharmaceutical PR machine).
It is also important to
bear in mind that with cancer treatment it is not a question of the more
treatments you have the better – option 2 may include the same
alternative treatments as in option 3, except chemotherapy or
radiotherapy is added as well, but this does not mean it is a better
treatment because chemotherapy and radiotherapy can be a negative factor
in the equation for many (but not all) patients. (Most cancer sufferers
today die as a result of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy
and radiotherapy rather than from the disease itself.)
is why some alternative cancer practitioners report far higher success
rates with their treatment programs when the patient comes to them before
trying conventional treatment. (The late William D. Kelley even claimed
a 93% success rate with cancer patients, provided they had not
previously had conventional treatment. Dr. Gonzalez who examined
Kelley's work over a five year period found that, overall, he had an 80%
success rate, which is phenomenal when you consider that the average
conventional treatment success rate at best is below 7%.)
said, there is sometimes a place for conventional treatment, especially
in very aggressive cancers and those cancers mentioned above, and of
course for those who are too afraid to try anything remotely
There is, however, a major downside of
taking the alternative cancer route: it will involve you having to make
extensive dietary and lifestyle changes. You have to learn how to eat
healthy foods every day, 4 to 5 times a day probably for the rest of
your life. Therefore, compliance is the major stumbling block for most
alternative treatment regimes.
If you are someone who
finds it difficult to change your lifestyle because you feel it defines
you, then the alternative cancer route might not be the one for you and
you might have to take your chances with allopathic programs (1) or
doing nothing (4). Lifestyle changes are not something you can just
dabble with — you have to throw yourself into them with an "all-in"
mentality -- a 100% commitment for life!
that whatever treatment option you select, ask your doctor or
alternative health practitioner for 5-year survival statistics with and
without the treatment being advised. And be very wary about "relative
For example, you doctor might tell
you that chemotherapy for your breast cancer can reduce your risk of
breast cancer by 50% — but that impressive-sounding figure might hide a
absolute reduction of only 2%, (the chemotherapy might only be reducing
the risk of getting breast cancer from 4% to 2% in the study).
absolute figure does not sound so impressive, which is why orthodox
oncologists almost invariably sell their treatment programs to their
patients on the back of relative risk statistics. (Which is
understandable: if they quoted absolute risk statistics, which are more
meaningful to the patient, they would soon find themselves out of a job
because no patient in his or her right mind would go through so much for
so little benefit.)
Note: If you select Option
1, then, in most cases, your chances of survival will diminish greatly.
At a minimum, you must include some kind of diet program to help fight
your cancer and help to nourish and repair your body.
Note: For more details, refer to the blog post about developing a get-well or wellness plan.
are some of the best information sources that we have found for
alternative and complementary cancer therapies and treatment protocols:
— Patrick Kingsley is a highly respected English retired medical doctor
who, in his last 25 years of practice, did not prescribe a single
To the Cancer Patient: Natural Cures vs. Traditional — This article by Dr. O'Shea is highly recommended and gives very useful advice to cancer patients.
www.peopleagainstcancer.net — People Against Cancer (PAC) is one of the best places to go for an alternative assessment.
www.dr-gonzalez.com — Nicholas Gonzalez is doing some of the most important research on effective nutritional cancer treatments.
— Lothar Hirneise, founder of the German People Against Cancer, has
researched cancer treatment in depth. This is an important article to
read if you are considering chemotherapy.
— This self-help cancer solutions site was put together by writer, John
Davidson, and gives a great introduction to the alternative cancer
— The Moss Reports are Ralph Moss's excellent cancer reports that give
you the low-down on both conventional and alternative cancer treatments.
Also look out for his fantastic book: Questioning Chemotherapy.
— Cancer Active is run as a charity in the UK and provides excellent
information for treating cancer naturally, alternatively and
effectively. Here you will also find the book mentioned above:
Everything You Need To Know To Help You Beat Cancer (Third Edition).
— Cancer Tutor contains a great deal of information both on alternative
cancer treatments and the politics of cancer. You can find some great
information here with links to specific products and vendors who are actively involved in helping people with cancer.
— The Cancer Control Society is a Californian organization that
arranges weekend alternative cancer conventions, inviting some of the
leading lights in alternative cancer therapy. This is a good site to
visit if you are look for an alternatively minded medical doctor.
— Great information resource for those undergoing conventional cancer
treatments. (As with many conventional sites, alternative treatments are
only covered in a superficial and condescending manner.)
— The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) is a US coalition of leading
independent experts on cancer prevention and public health.
www.canceroptions.co.uk— More of a cancer consultancy but certainly one of the best. It was founded by ex-nurse Patricia Peat.