Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dr. G on Fox TV!

“We should never wait for science to give us permission to do the uncommon; if we do, then we are turning science into another religion. We should be brave enough to contemplate our lives and move ‘outside the box’ and do it repeatedly”

                                                                      -          Dr. Joe Dispenza in Evolve Your Brain


I can’t believe it.  I think Hell may be freezing over.  Over the past few weeks, Dr. Gonzalez has been on mainstream television, not once, but twice!

If you’ve followed my healing journey, then you’re likely aware of the fact that the healthcare industry is run by the pharmaceutical companies and that these corporate giants own and influence the media.  As a result, a man as controversial as Dr. Gonzalez rarely gets air time on mainstream TV and, when he does, the producers/hosts do their best to discredit him.  If you saw his interview on Dateline a few years ago, then you know what I’m talking about.  Rather than focus on the incredible efficacy of The Gonzalez Protocol, the host chose to spend a significant amount of time dissecting the hair sample analysis that Dr. Gonzalez uses in addition to standard conventional medical scans and tests.  It was a total disservice to cancer patients everywhere. (Fortunately, Dr. Gonzalez was cool, calm and collected.  I thought he appeared very credible and really saved the show.)

The good news is that times are changing!  Supermodel Carol Alt now hosts a show called “A Healthy You”.  It airs at 4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.  In the few weeks that I have watched the show, I’ve seen Carol interview some of the most controversial healers in the industry.  She’s shedding light on some very taboo subjects such as curing cancer, GMOs and what-in-the-world has been added to our drinking water. 

I’ve included a couple links below where you can watch her interview Dr. Gonzalez.  In the first clip, Carol admits that she is a cancer patient of Dr. Gonzalez’ and that he saved her life:


In the second clip, she interviews Dr. Gonzalez and a patient of his who suffered from eclampsia.  Dr. Gonzalez explains how he is successful at reversing and preventing diagnoses that the conventional doctors simply can’t address such as eclampsia and post partum depression.



I’ll provide a health update soon.  I hope you enjoy the day!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Good Things Happen in Threes


Hello Lovely Friend,

They say that good things happen in threes and I guess it must be true because I have three things to share with you that I am absolutely over the moon about.

#1

I’m an Auntie!! (again)

I became an auntie to a beautiful, healthy baby boy when my sister delivered her baby last month.


In addition to taking pleasure in Mason Thomas’ stunning good looks and charming personality, I am utterly thrilled that he will not be vaccinated. 

Long ago, David and I made the decision to not vaccinate our daughters.  It wasn’t an easy decision.  I read as much literature as I could get my hands on about the pros and cons of vaccines, including information provided by the conventional pediatricians as well as the data that has been shared by the independent scientists who are opposed to vaccinations (You really have to dig in the weeds to find this information.  I have yet to meet a pediatrician who reads anything other than the conventional literature).  Twenty-one months ago, when I first met with Dr. Gonzalez, I would say I was about 90% confident that our decision to not vaccinate had been the right one but there was still a little doubt and fear in my mind.

When I questioned Dr. Gonzalez about vaccinations, I learned that childhood illnesses serve a purpose.  That’s right.  We actually want our children to get the chicken pox, the measles and the flu.  Dr. Gonzalez says “These infections serve a function in nature: they teach the immune system how to function efficiently. They help the immune system mature, as it was meant to, in a natural situation, so that as adults, we can fight infection more effectively.” 

Do you remember how when we were growing up someone would get mono, “the kissing disease”, and be sick/tired for a few weeks?   Well, now Dr. Gonzalez is seeing patients who get mono and epstein barr  -  20 years later these patients have chronic fatigue and are still sick.  He believes this is the first generation of people suffering from over-vaccination.  These people have immature immune systems that can’t deal with a simple infection and are chronically ill decades later.  Although Dr. Gonzalez is mostly known for treating cancers, about 25% of his practice is composed of people who come to him for allergies, chronic fatigue, chronic lyme, etc. 

The role of the immune system is to not only deal with infectious disease but also to deal with malignant disease, so, vaccinations are likely also contributing to the cancer epidemic as well.


#2

In the News

Last week, I was jumping up and down post coffee break after listening to an interview on  Dr. Mercola’s web site between Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at MIT.  You see, I love living in New England but it can be challenging at times because I am surrounded by lovely people who think that anything that comes out of MIT or Harvard is *GOLD*.  Unfortunately, the studies that come out of these institutions are funded by corporate interests and are often fraudulent and biased. 

So, imagine my elation when I hear Dr. Seneff link weed killer to virtually all chronic diseases including autism, allergies, cancers, crohns, infertility, multiple schlerosis, depression, etc. 

Dr. Seneff says that glyphosate, found in weed killers and herbicides, causes nutritional deficiencies and toxins in your system through the gut bacteria.  She points out that we are spraying these products on our lawns and allowing our children and animals to roll around in them and track them into the house. 

Dr. Seneff began researching autism 30 years ago when she saw the rates of austism skyrocketing.  She says that as of March 2013, one in 50 will be diagnosed with autism and if things continue at this rate, in 20 years, every other boy will be diagnosed on the autism spectrum!

Dr. Seneff points out that most of the research for autism is in genetics and that “research into environmental factors is practically nil” (gee, this sounds familiar).  Dr. Seneff says that the skyrocketing autism rates could only increase at this rate due to environmental factors. 

I’m not sure if you are aware but autism is being reversed with nutritional protocols similar to Dr. Gonzalez’, so clearly, diet and toxicity are huge factors.

Here’s the interview if you want to check it out:


#3

ME!

Last, but not least, I’m thrilled to share that I have had three months of consecutive improvements in both my blood work and hair samples.  Perhaps even more importantly, I’m starting to feel better…..more motivated, more optimistic, more energetic. 


Ahhhhh…..feels good.

            Have a beautiful, organic, toxin free day.  :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Getting Better Every Day


“There is a price for going with the flow and that price is the pain of giving up your dreams and taking the fall that those who fail to think for themselves must inevitably experience.  Ultimately, how we evaluate what things mean and what we must do determines who we become and what we create and what we experience.” 

           -          Tony Robbins, Lessons in Mastery

 

Dear Reader,  

Thanks for checking in.  I understand that, typically, when a cancer patient doesn’t update her blog, there is a legitimate reason to be concerned….

Fear not, my friend!  There is nothing typical about my experience.  The last few months have brought plenty of ups and downs but this is to be expected.  Dr. Gonzalez told me to “hang in there”, so, I rode the waves and I am doing great. 

This winter, I experienced a couple months of cancer growth.   Not surprisingly, these were also months of intense personal stress.  I’ve learned that I tend to underestimate my stress and its’ impact.  One of the (many) things I’m loving about my therapy is the regular hair sample analyses.  On a monthly basis, Dr. Gonzalez tests to see exactly how much cancer I have and how I’m handling my stress.  When my stress increases, the hair sample shows it.  This whole process is helping me to tune into my emotions and my body.  I know that if I walk around stewing about some personal drama, my cancer is going to grow.  

The last couple of months, things have calmed down.  I’ve spent more time outside, gone for walks, and my personal drama has subsided.  Lo and behold, my cancer is dying off again. 

I’ve done my best to face my challenges head on and to learn from them.  While I’ve continued to do the work to rebuild and detoxify my physical body, I’ve engaged in a variety of exercises to stay positive and rid my mind of mental and emotional blockages such as buried fears and resentments.  In addition, I spend lots of quiet time alone, relying on God and my intuition for guidance.  By the time I am fully healed, I am going to be so mentally, emotionally and physically strong that I think I’m going to *sparkle* when I walk down the street.  Quite frankly, after all I’ve been through, I’m not willing to settle for anything less! 

I’m on a mission to stay happy and fulfilled.  That means that I’m not only cautious about what I consume physically (ie. my diet) but also about what I consume mentally.  I’m careful about who I allow into my life, my conversations, my space.  If there is a personality in my life that doesn’t serve me, then I minimize or limit my time with that person.  It actually makes things quite simple.  Before I agree to spend time with someone or to participate in an activity, I think about whether that situation will tire me or inspire me before I proceed.  Anything that is draining in any way is not an option.

I had my six month check-up with Dr. Gonzalez last Monday and learned that my cancer rate and my total body function (a measurement of how my body is functioning overall) have improved the last couple of months and are now exactly the same as they were last fall at my last visit.  Although improvements would have been ideal, I am extremely grateful that I am not any worse. 

During this appointment, I also learned that I had several improvements in other organs and areas of health.  In addition, it feels great to be another six months further into the therapy.  As you may know, our bodies are composed of billions and trillions of cells.  Each of these cells is constantly birthing new cells and we are all continually rebuilding our organs, glands and systems.  That’s one of the reasons it’s so important for me to follow an optimal diet – my body is literally being built on the food/fuel that I consume (this is true for all of us-think about that the next time you dine).  Dr. Kelley (the inventor of my therapy) said that in a year, 40% of the body is rebuilt and that in two years, 80% is rebuilt.  It takes another five years to rebuild everything 100%.  So, after eighteen months on the therapy, I’m about 60% re-built using the best raw materials.  I love that I know exactly what I need to eat to ensure that my body is re-built optimally.  I’m not aware of any other practitioner who can tell me, with such precision, what I need to consume for optimal health and this is one of the many things that sets The Gonzalez Therapy apart.

Dr. Gonzalez advised me not to worry about the lack of improvements in a couple areas over the last six months.  Healing is always a jagged trajectory.  I’m trending in the right direction and that’s what matters.

So, while my results were bouncing around, we had a great winter.  Our family attended my sister’s wedding (my little tomboy daughter wore a tux  and my girly-girl wore a beautiful princess gown J ), we went skiing in Vermont over February school break and generally enjoyed the winter season having lots of family fun and time with friends. 

I was faced with a small personal dilemma when my daughter came home with a form for selling Girl Scout cookies.  Even before Madelyn joined her brownie troop, I had an issue with these  things.  Not only do they contain white flour, white sugar, hydrogenated oils and corn syrup but they are also laden with GMOs (genetically modified foods that have been proven to cause tumors in lab rats).   I would say that calling these things “food” is a real stretch and my personal opinion is that there should be a skull and crossbones on the boxes.  I have a real ethical issue participating in the sale of these cookies, especially to my family and neighbors. 

On the other hand, my daughter was all lit up about selling them.  She doesn’t really get too excited about much so when I see the opportunity to provide her with a new experience that feeds her soul, I jump on it.  She has a very ambitious, hard working side to her and she could not wait to go door-to-door to sell these things.  She picked out the bag she would win if she sold 120 boxes and then set out on her mission.  I realized I could just say no but that most people are going to continue eating GMOs anyway and didn’t want to deprive my daughter of this experience.

So, I explained to her why our family won’t purchase any and why I won’t let her eat them – not even one.  When a potential patron told us that she wasn’t interested in buying any because she has diabetes, I said “Good for you!  We want you to be healthy.”  At the same time, I praised my daughter for having the confidence to knock on random doors, ask for the sale and close the business.  She’s a somewhat eccentric child and I can envision her being a wonderful entrepreneur some day.  What can I say?  The situation was a little messy but I handled it the best I could. 

Here’s the silver lining.  I’m not the only one who has issues selling this pseudo-food.   A young girl from CA has created a petition to eliminate GMOs from the “cookies”.  Here’s where you can learn more:


On another note, if you’ve read my entire blog then you know about my frustration with the mainstream media and their consistent attempts to communicate that the cure for cancer is around the corner.  In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I thought I’d share the cover title of the April 1, 2013 edition of TIME magazine.  It reads “HOW TO CURE CANCER” and at the bottom it states “Yes, it’s now possible – thanks to new cancer dream teams that are delivering better results faster”.

Um….really?  Who is this dream team and what are they curing?  If it’s now possible to cure cancer then my conventional oncologist missed that memo because no one is being cured of myeloma in the allopathic world.  Nor, to my knowledge, is anyone being cured of any other advanced cancer.  I’ve made lots of cancer friends over the last few years and, sadly, I lose someone every few months.  The conventional docs have no cure for cancer and I think it’s sick that TIME will print a title page like this just to sell more magazines and promote a lie.  They’ll do whatever it takes to make their sponsors happy.  I couldn’t help but notice the full page ad that MD Anderson Cancer Center placed in this edition of TIME and they certainly wouldn’t want us to know that they’ve hardly made any progress in treating cancer in the last several decades.   

Oh well, I’d hate to end this post on such a dismal note.  The Great, Wonderful, Fantastic news is that I and the other Gonzalez patients that I know are all healing.  It takes patience, persistence and determination but we are all getting better, one day at a time. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. 

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hello Again!


Hello!  It’s been a while.  Big thanks to all of you who have reached out.  I didn’t realize I had so many followers!  As I’ve read your e-mails, I’ve been thrilled to learn that so many of you are interested in Dr. Gonzalez’s work.  I always thought that I would be happy if my little blog impacted even one person but it appears that there are quite a lot of you who are interested in taking control of your health.  People from all over the world are questioning the conventional model and thinking twice.  I love it.  It is my pleasure and honor to serve you, so please keep the questions coming.

A lot has happened since I last wrote.  If you’re wondering how I’m doing, then the short answer is “terrific”.  I’m still on the Gonzalez protocol, eating healthy foods (including fatty red meats like grass- fed burgers and organic bacon five times a week), declining all drugs, and watching my cancer melt away each month.  I’m still tired and I have some eczema on my hands that is extremely irritating, but my cancer is decreasing and I’m getting stronger every day, so I’m pretty happy.  It has been a long journey and I still have a long way to go but I can finally see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Here’s the long answer to what I’ve been up to…

The spring and summer brought a unique challenge with my oldest daughter.  She didn’t want to have much to do with me.  If I tried to touch or hug her, she pulled away.  If my husband was anywhere near, she would cling to him as if I didn’t exist. 

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that my life is not exactly balanced these days….my world pretty much revolves around my therapy and my family.  So, when my seven year old expressed such strong animosity towards me, I didn’t take it well.  Certainly, I expect this type of behavior to occur when she transitions to adolescence but I was really bothered to see this from my sweet, little seven year-old.  Once my husband realized that this was really upsetting me, he asked Madelyn about it and she explained that “she didn’t want to be too close to Mommy because she didn’t want to catch cancer”. 

Well, I breathed a big sigh of relief when I heard her explanation because I then knew that her hostility  was based on a misunderstanding.  Once we explained that she can’t catch Mommy’s cancer, my little girl returned.   She began sitting in my lap, holding my hand and was generally happy to be around me again.  Whew.

The last couple summers, I had babysitters to help with the girls, with juicing, etc.  Because I was on the Gerson Therapy, I was doing enemas all day long (four or five a day) and my time with my daughters was limited.  So, this first summer on the Gonzalez Therapy was really about re-connecting.  I didn’t hire any help and that made me really happy.  I’m a do-it-myself, hands-on kind of gal and I generally love spending time with my daughters.  We had a great summer together.  

As the season progressed, my energy rose and fell.  In July, I had a few weeks when I felt fantastic.  Then, in August, due to an event unrelated to my cancer, I lost a lot of blood and my energy plummeted.  Unfortunately, I didn’t rebound from that very quickly.

In September, Dr. Gonzalez called me and said that my disease was progressing and he suggested that I consider taking a small amount of conventional medicine to stabilize things.  He said it’s very rare that his patients ever need conventional drugs but he didn’t want my disease to continue progressing.  So, we agreed that I’d head into the local cancer hospital and see what the oncologist recommended for the least toxic way to stabilize the disease.  Dr. Gonzalez and his colleague had  analyzed my hair sample results and felt strongly that I was on the right protocol but that stress was the culprit behind the increase in my disease (Note to all: stress matters.  Make an effort to minimize it.).  He asked if I was following the program and if I had experienced any unusual challenges.  As a matter of fact, we had recently experienced some extremely stressful events….things I won’t divulge here.  So, once again, it appeared that stress was hijacking my health. 

The good and most important news is that Dr. Gonzalez said that he still felt very good about my long term prognosis.  We’d use a small amount of conventional drugs for a short time to get me over this hump but long term I’d still be okay. 

When Dr. Gonzalez tells me I’ll be okay long term, I don’t take it lightly.  I believe he is optimistic but I don’t think he’d offer false hope.  I’m sharing this because I’ve heard so many stories about conventional oncologists offering treatments that never have any chance of working.  Maybe the  conventional doctors want to be optimistic – I don’t know - but we patients need to know the truth. 

So, I headed into Boston to see the oncologist.  Within twenty minutes I felt myself being sucked into the cancer industry.  They wanted me to return the next week to see a hematologist and to have full body skeletal x-rays.  In addition, they agreed to only prescribe two drugs but encouraged me to take six.  They also encouraged me to participate in a clinical trial (I found this surprising since I’ve told them that I don’t want to be part of an experiment).  This appointment which included a blood draw and a 25 minute meeting with the oncologist cost $3,000 ($1,000 out of pocket).  A one month supply of the two drugs, which includes a total of 24 pills, costs $8,400. 

Now I know how they funded that brand new building, complete with floor to ceiling windows, rocking chairs, and a pianist.   While I waited, I had the opportunity to use an Ipad and I could take a library book or magazine home with me, free of charge.  I guess that once you’re in the myeloma ward, they know you’re a patient for life. 

At any rate, when I walked into the waiting room and saw the sea of surgical masks and wheel chairs, I felt a little better than I had during past visits.  I knew that this would not be my future - I was only there for a temporary fix. 

During my appointment, I learned that the myeloma drugs are so damaging that it is normal for patients’ red and white blood cell counts to be out of range.  As a result, myeloma patients on conventional therapy are chronically anemic.  I guess I find it surprising that these drugs are so widely accepted and celebrated.  I’ve been anemic for a long time now and I don’t feel it’s a good way to live.  My brain doesn’t get enough oxygen and it affects my mood and ability to think clearly, not to mention it makes me tired.  I’m hopeful that my anemia is temporary. 

I had a conversation with a nurse practitioner about cancer and the great progress that is being made.  This particular NP worked in breast cancer and was excited about the fact that some of her patients were using conventional therapies that were killing off the breast cancer.  She explained that these patients were typically dying a few years later of other causes, often heart disease.  

I feel I should point out that I really like this NP.   I sense that she cares about her patients and that she genuinely believes the industry is doing good things.  But I had to scratch my head at her enthusiasm.    If a patient takes chemo and radiation to reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer, and that treatment damages the heart and lungs so that the patient dies of heart disease a few years later, is this “great progress”?  It kind of reminds me of that pass the hot potato game we played when we were kids.    

During this time, I was grateful to have Dr. Gonzalez as a resource.  I was pretty sure I didn’t need the full six drug chemo cocktail that the oncologist recommended but I didn’t know how to discern exactly what was and wasn’t critical.  In the end, Dr. Gonzalez said that I didn’t need the appointment with the hematologist or the full body skeletal survey.    

The drug that I was going to take is called Revlimid.  Years ago, its’ cousin drug, Thalidomide, had been administered to pregnant women without being tested.  As a result, the pregnant women taking the drug bore children without limbs and the maker of Thalidomide lost millions in law suits. (This is eerily similar to what’s happening with vaccinations.  Our children are the guinea pigs for much of what is being administered).  Because Revlimid has a biochemical make-up that is similar to Thalidomide, I was required to have two pregnancy tests prior to taking the drug.  In addition, I would be required to have weekly pregnancy tests once I started.  Under no circumstances will Revlimid be administered to pregnant women.

So, I headed off to the lab to have my pregnancy test.  Though I wasn’t due to have my blood drawn for another week, I asked the nurse to draw it anyway.  I was hopeful that my myeloma numbers would hold steady and show signs that things were leveling off.  Then, maybe Dr. Gonzalez would tell me that I didn’t have to take the drugs.  I figured it was a long shot but worth a try. 

So, the next evening I received a call from Dr. Gonzalez with my results.  The first question he asked is if I had begun taking the drug.  I explained that I had not begun taking it because I didn’t have it yet and then he told me that I had “crested”.  Um, okay – what’s that?  He explained that when patients heal on his protocol, it is normal for them to get worse before they get better.  In his blood cancer patients (like yours truly), he typically sees a patient worsen and then have a dramatic improvement in blood work.  This is all part of the normal, natural healing process.  He shared the story of a leukemia patient whose white blood cells dropped 100,000 points in a month and a myeloma patient whose IGA dropped several thousand.  He said that all of my numbers improved and that my IGA dropped 2,000 points.  My IGA is now the lowest it has been in about three years (this is very, very good news and indicates that my disease is dying off).    He said that, given these improvements, there’s no need for me to take any drugs.   

Dr. Gonzalez explained that when he saw my blood work trending in the wrong direction, he suspected that I was cresting and would be fine, but he had no way to know for sure and he thought I should take the drugs and play it safe.  He’s conservative and I like that.    

I’m glad to be able to share this experience.  Many of you are reading this blog because you’re interested in Dr. Gonzalez’s work and, although it’s rare that his patients need to use conventional medication, it’s good to know that he will use drugs when necessary.     He’s not hung up on dogma or ego – he’s focused and committed to getting his patients well and he’ll recommend whatever it takes to make that happen.  At least that’s my impression and experience. 

So, in the end, I didn’t need to take any medicine after all.  I’ve spent three years detoxifying, so the thought of gunking up my body with poisons is not exactly appealing.

A couple weeks ago, I had my appointment for my annual (13 month) check-up with Dr. Gonzalez.  Overall, my results were terrific.  Here are the highlights from my hair sample analysis:

1.       CT Mass – cancer tumor mass - measures the amount of cancer in my body.  Normal is 10 or below.  A year ago I was at 27 and now I’m at 17.  I have a much less serious amount of disease.  The average patient improves about 6 points in a year so, although my results have jumped around a lot, I did improve 10 points in 13 months.  Dr. Gonzalez says that 15 is a “safe” amount of cancer and I am really close to that goal. 

2.       TBF – total body function – measures how well my body is functioning overall.  Normal is 90 or above.  A year ago, I was at 74 and now I’m at 84.  I am thrilled about this.

3.       DNA –measures the health of my DNA.  Normal is 10 or below.  A year ago I was at 18 and now I’m at 15.  Dr. Gonzalez says that as long as I have DNA damage I’m at risk for cancer, so I’m happy to see my DNA repairing and re-building.  The good news here is that DNA damage is reversible.  Note to all: your DNA is not your destiny. 

4.       Toxicity – measures the amount of environmental toxins trapped in my cells.  Normal is 10 or below.  A year ago I was at 13 and now I’m at 10 for the second month in a row.  Dr. Gonzalez says that a score of 10 is difficult to maintain and that the number is based on the environment.   What I find most interesting is that after doing the Gerson Therapy for two years, which involved 12 glasses of vegetable juice a day and 4 or 5 coffee enemas a day, I was at a toxicity level of 13.  After two years of so many juices and enemas and an all organic fruit and vegetable diet, I really didn’t think I could get any cleaner.  On my current therapy, I do fewer enemas and drink much less juice.  I also do some other things to detoxify that are much easier than what I did on my first therapy.  Yet, my toxicity level has decreased significantly.  I’m glad I was wrong. 

5.       For the first time, all of my digestive organs and glands, including my parotid, liver, stomach, gall bladder, small intestine and colon are all in the normal range.  Yay!  Many alternative doctors believe that cancer and all diseases begin in the gut and Dr. Gonzalez is no exception.  If you’re body can’t break down food, absorb the nutrients, and filter out the waste, then you’re setting the stage for disease.  Finally, my digestive system is working the way it should.  It’s nice to know that my body is able to process all the healthy food I am consuming.

6.       I had about a dozen improvements overall.   Three numbers moved in the wrong direction and they were the ones affected by stress: systemic  arteries, adrenal cortex and hypothalamus.  Nothing to worry about. 

 Throughout these challenges, I’ve continued to pray for the patience, perseverance and discernment necessary to heal.  So far, it’s been tough but I feel I’m getting what I need.  Thanks and big hugs to all of you who have kept me in your prayers.  It’s working and I couldn’t do it without you!

Last, for any of you who are reading this and thinking that this all sounds interesting but you  want some studies….some proof.  I understand where you’re coming from because there was a time when I felt the same way.  Actually, I’d still like to see it happen.  However, I’ve come to realize that clinical studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies and there’s simply no incentive for one of these companies to spend millions on a study for an alternative therapy, particularly one that is more effective than the conventional treatments they are selling.  If this topic interests you, you may want to read Dr. Gonzalez’s recently published book “What Went Wrong”.  It’s a detailed account of his experience working with the NIH and NCI in a clinical trial.  After reading it, you just might think twice the next time your doctor or a scientist tells you something was “proven” in a clinical trial. 


I’ll leave you with this: I recently met with a dermatologist who was quick to point out that alternatives don’t work in his field and that he prefers to use things that are PROVEN.  Initially, I was annoyed with him but then I just felt kind of bad for him.  He seemed so threatened that I was successfully using an alternative cancer therapy.  I’m thinking “why can’t we all just work together?”.  I promptly left his office and went to Whole Foods to purchase a topical gel that dried up my impetigo in about four days.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Test Results


Hi All,

I hope you’re enjoying every moment of this glorious day.  I recently received more blood work and hair sample test results that I want to share with you.  But first, I thought I’d share a cute story.

The other day, I was sitting down to dinner with my family, and I was telling my husband about an acquaintance of ours who was recently diagnosed with late stage cancer.  I was expressing my concern for this woman and her family when my oldest, Madelyn, chimes in with “Don’t worry Mommy!  Just give her your blog.  She’ll be fine.” 

J

Aaaaahhhh….to be seven again.  But the funny thing is, she’s not all that far off.  This whole scenario gave me the opportunity to explain to my daughter that although this person’s life could be saved if she would read my blog and visit my doctor, most people simply don’t understand the power of good nutrition.  Heck, I’ve been a wellness junkie for almost ten years and even I didn’t really understand the impact of a whole foods diet until I changed to this new protocol last fall.    

The great thing is….she really gets it.  My little one certainly likes her fair share of honey but she is usually mindful of what she consumes and that’s what I’m hoping for at this stage.

So, on to the point of this post.  I’ll stop bragging about my daughter….at least for now.    

I had my blood and hair sample tested last week and both tests indicate that my disease is continuing to regress.  There were several improvements but the most notable one was my hair sample CT (cancer tumor) Mass improving from 20 to 19.5 (10 or below is normal).  Though it’s a small change, achieving a number under 20 is an important milestone and shows that I have much less cancer than I did when I began the program in September with a CT Mass of 27.  I’m really happy about this achievement and my doctor is too. 

On another note, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been a little “off”.  Nothing major.  Just don’t ask me about some serious, personal topic like the weather because I might start crying. J  After discussing this with Dr. Gonzalez, he said that this may be due to my anemia as my brain is not getting enough oxygen.  This makes sense to me because in the first quarter of the year, I was pretty high on life and my hemoglobin was very close to the normal range.  Since then, it’s been bouncing around a bit and it directly impacts my mood. 

The thing I find most interesting is that a few months ago, I wouldn’t have even noticed that I was “off”.  I thought that having brain fog, moodiness and ADD tendencies was just normal.  After all, every other 40+ woman I know suffers from the same traits.

The only reason I notice this now is because I felt SO good in February and March.  These days, I feel relatively happy but not like I felt a few months ago and that’s how I know I’m not at my personal best.

As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that I have spent the majority, if not all, of my life somewhat depressed or “off”…..not living even remotely close to my authentic self.

This, of course, makes me wonder, how many people out there are living subpar lives simply because their brains aren’t receiving the nutrients needed to help them think clearly and be happy?

This whole experience has made me, once again, just feel really lucky to be on this program.  I consistently realize that this untimely cancer diagnosis is really a gift, an opportunity to live a fantastic life.

That’s all for now, dear friends.  Enjoy your day!   

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Test Results

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."

- Marcus Aurelius


Hi All,
Just wanted to let you know I received test results last week.  Both my hair sample and blood work showed significant improvements which indicate that my disease is continuing to regress.

My hair sample CT (cancer tumor) mass decreased from 21 to 20 which felt good.  Twenty is the number I was at back in December before my teeth and disease started acting up so I’m really happy to be back at that marker.  Trust me when I say I’ll never take those improvements for granted again. 
Live, laugh, love.  Life is good.      
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

On the Road Again

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

-Mother Theresa


Dear friends, a lot has happened since my last post. 

I went to NYC at the end of March for my six month check up.  This was an important meeting to me because we repeated the entire hair sample analysis from August and I was hoping to learn (1.) what’s changed/improved and (2.) why my IGA was increasing.

The results were mixed.  The good news is that I had fourteen improvements in my organs, etc.  I was pretty excited to hear this.  It’s nice to know that so many things are functioning better than they were in August, despite my disease.  It showed that the program is working really well for me.  The bad news is that we confirmed that the reason my IGA was increasing was because my disease was growing.  We weren’t 100% sure about this (or at least I wasn’t) going into the meeting but the hair sample confirmed that my disease was indeed increasing.  Dr. Gonzalez called me about a week before my NYC appointment to review the detailed analysis of my blood work he had received and implied that the results weren’t what he wanted.  I went into the appointment somewhat expecting bad news but it was still hard to take.  Really hard.

So, in summary, my disease regressed significantly my first three months on the program and increased  a little the second three months.  As of March, I was still better than I was when I began the program but I had begun trending in the wrong direction.  Dr. Gonzalez explained that it’s good that I improved so much the first three months because I had room to move; as a result, this trend in the wrong direction wasn’t too damaging.  He explained that it’s important that we not just throw additional enzymes at the problem but, instead, figure out what’s changed and address the issues.
After careful analysis and consideration, Dr. Gonzalez explained that he believed that the change was due to stress.  We spent a lot of time discussing various stressors in my life but there was one that really stuck out to Dr. Gonzalez as a significant problem and that is tooth pain.  Last winter, as part of the Gerson protocol, I had a mouth full of mercury fillings replaced with composites.  As a result of all the drilling, I lost tooth structure and, a year later, began having issues with my nerves.  I can’t chew on one side of my mouth because the pressure is too painful and it’s challenging to chew on the other side due to sensitivity to hot and cold.  Dr. Gonzalez explained that tooth pain can throw the autonomic nervous system (ANS) out of balance and that one of our main goals on the program is to balance the ANS.  It has to be in balance for my organs and systems to work right and for my body to fight the disease.  If I'm throwing the ANS out of balance every time I eat, the protocol isn't going to work.
At the time of this appointment, I had been using special sensitive  toothpaste for a couple weeks and it was helping.  In addition, Dr. Gonzalez suggested I add three new supplements to my regimen to help with the inflammation and pain.  He also suggested that I walk daily to clear my head and wear special glasses at night to block out blue light rays which suppress melatonin production and inhibit sleep (by the way, these glasses are working wonders helping me fall asleep quickly and sleep more soundly through the night www.lowbluelights.com).
Interestingly, Dr. Gonzalez does not recommend that his patients replace their mercury fillings.    He doesn’t believe that anyone should have mercury in his mouth but once it’s there, he says you leave it be.  His patients are able to work around the toxic effects of the mercury with detox and supplements.

So, I responded to the growth of my disease the way that any sane, mature woman would – I panicked, cried and hyperventilated for the next day or so as my mind raced with all the possible “what if” scenarios.  Mainly, “what if” controlling my stress wasn’t enough to turn things around? 
Meanwhile, my husband and sister, who attended the six month visit with me, were confused “um, Theresa, what are you so worried about?  You’re still much better than you were in August.  Dr. Gonzalez seemed pretty confident that you can manage your stress and turn this around”. 

So…..I took a few deep breaths and got rational.  Over the next couple weeks, I remembered three things that helped to keep me calm and sane: 

1.      I am utilizing the single best cancer doctor and cancer protocol on the planet.  (I recognize that some would disagree but I believe this wholeheartedly)

2.      My doctor didn’t seem all that bothered by my results.  In fact, he was totally calm about the whole thing and seemed kind of been there, done that about it.  He said that “patients don’t heal in straight lines” and encouraged me to “be patient”.  He also explained that the important thing in this scenario is that we not just throw more enzymes at the situation but rather understand what has changed and address the issues.  Once we address the stress, things should reverse.  His explanation made perfect sense to me because I was responding so well to the protocol the first few months.  Then, in December, my tooth pain flared up and my IGA increased right along with it.  I also began writing this blog in December and set deadlines and goals which were probably too much for me.  In addition, my oldest daughter started having some problems at school which I found really hard to take.  So, a lot of stress was added to my plate in December that could have affected my results.

3.      God is with me.  Yes, I know I have to show up each day and do my therapy but the reality is that I don’t have complete control over every single thing - not even close. 

I found that when I kept these truths in mind, I did pretty well.  I also used EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique, to manage my anxiety and that seemed to help with the little things that popped up.

Two weeks after my appointment in New York, I had my blood drawn.  Although my IGA moved a small amount in the wrong direction, I had significant improvements in some very important numbers such as hemoglobin, kappa lambda ratio and free light chain.  Dr. Gonzalez thought that things were leveling off and would likely begin to reverse. 

Once I heard that news, I started to feel really good about things.

A month after my NYC appointment, I sent in another hair sample and my CT Mass (cancer measurement) improved by two points.  This was terrific news.  I would’ve been happy if it remained stable and thrilled if it improved by one point, so, to hear that it improved two points was pretty exciting.
The good news continued last week when I had my blood drawn again and heard that I had several improvements in all the important numbers, including IGA which finally moved in the right direction by almost 600 points. 

So, after several months of some bad trends, I am back on track.  I recognize that I hit a speed bump and it served its’ purpose – it slowed me down so that I could take more walks, get more sleep and control my stress and these were all things that I knew I should have been doing anyway.  I was ignoring the little woman inside me who was pointing her finger and shaking her head “tisk, tisk, haven’t you figured out by now that your sleep and stress management have to be your priority?” 

The funny thing is that I’m enjoying these changes.  It feels great to wake up rested and I realize that I am a much happier, balanced person if I take time each day to get outside, breath in the fresh ocean air and clear my head.  I’m a better mom and wife.  When I make wellness a priority, everyone wins.

The other big news I learned at my check up is that I gained twelve pounds.  Twelve pounds.  This wasn’t exactly a surprise.  My five year old saw me changing the other day and scrunched up her cute little face, pointed at my mid-section and said “Mommy, do you have a baby in there?” Um, no honey, Mommy’s just really enjoying eating real food again.  J 

My little Sierra bear….she keeps it real. 

So, all is well here and I’m back on the road to optimal health.  This time, I’m listening to my intuition and driving a little more cautiously….