Important Update!

I still am of the opinion that the hydrogen peroxide saved my life. However now know it does work for all cancers. I was recently (last week) diagnosed with basal carcinoma of the skin while still on the peroxide. As you might know, if anyone is to get cancer, basal cell of the skin is the easiest to treat and is easily curable by excising the lesion so I don’t feel my life is in jeopardy.

So the question is why was it effective for my metastatic liver lesion but didn’t prevent the basal cell? My thoughts are this. When I take it on an empty stomach, the first place it will be absorbed will be in the walls of the stomach and small intestine. As soon as it gets absorbed it will pass through the liver. However for my skin, it would need to pass through the liver and into my general venous circulation, pass through my lungs typically to be oxygenated, then to the left side of my heart before being pumped out in arterial blood to get to my skin. Peroxide is so reactive, it’s free oxygen radical would have been spent well before it got to my skin. See this diagram to see how the liver would receive the peroxide first.

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Therefore, in my opinion, the cancer for which peroxide taken orally in distilled water would be most likely effective for would be cancers of the liver.

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The Dosing Plan of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide I Followed

I’m often asked what food grade hydrogen peroxide dose regimen I took that has been so effective for treating the liver lesion that appeared one year after being diagnosis with stage III colon cancer. If you decide to take the peroxide after thoroughly researching, hopefully the peroxide will be as effective for you as it was for me. I, just last month, received my last CEA which is still <0.5 and my MRI still no longer shows any signs of metastatic disease. Please see my main post for the details of my journey.

I have not supplied the dose I took on the blog because I didn’t want to be perceived as prescribing a dose. Instead I provided the links to help people as they research the possibility of taking 35% FG peroxide themselves. However this is a frequently asked question and as long as you realize that I am merely telling you the dosing program I took then I am happy to share it with you.

The dosing regime I used is on this site:

http://drinkh2o2.com/ There is a lot of information here. I think you would find most of the article very informative.

However the actual dose I took is quoted here (with my comments in parentheses):

“Drink hydrogen peroxide solution one hour before or three hours after a meal (empty stomach and don’t eat anything for that hour after taking it). Add food grade hydrogen peroxide to 8 oz. distilled water, spring water, milk, vegetable juice, or fruit juice (I use only distilled water). Do Not use chlorinated tap water. Hydrogen peroxide is used to pasteurize milk in most countries around the world. 12 drops of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in a quart of milk is an alternative to pasteurization. There is an enzyme in fresh pressed carrot juice and bananas that breaks down H202 into water and oxygen on contact. No sugary, alcoholic or carbonated beverages. Drink the hydrogen peroxide mixture on an empty stomach. If your stomach gets upset at any level, stay at that level, or go back one level. Candida victims may need to stay at the Day 1 dosage level for up to 1 week before beginning the hydrogen peroxide regimen. When reaching higher dosages, more water may be used. Deep breathing, fresh air, and exercise are also very important. (Most times for the first 15 minutes after taking it I would lay on my right side to get the peroxide to a place it would be absorbed quicker, the small intestines. Other times I would get on the treadmill thinking if my blood was flowing quicker it had a better chance to get to its destination. I’m thinking exercise may be best if the destination is beyond the liver.) If you are on a medication, consult your doctor. CAUTION: If any strong solution of hydrogen peroxide concentrate is spilled on the skin, flush the skin immediately with water. Skin may whiten temporarily. Try not to burp after drinking the hydrogen peroxide solution, it is probably singlet oxygen (O1).

Dosage Schedule Using 35% Food Grade H202

  • Day 1………..3 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 2………..4 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 3………..5 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 4………..6 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 5………..7 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 6………..8 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 7………..9 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 8……….10 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 9……….12 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 10………14 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 11………16 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 12………18 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 13………20 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 14………22 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 15………24 drops, 3 times daily
  • Day 16………25 drops, 3 times daily

For serious problems stay at 25 drops, 3 times daily for 1 to 3 weeks (I actually stayed at this dose 5 weeks before I realized I was supposed to back off at 1-3 weeks). Reduce dosage to 25 drops, 2 times daily until the problems go away. This may take 1 to 6 months. (I stayed at twice a day for 6 months.) When problems go away, reduce dosage to 25 drops 1 time daily for a week, then 25 drops every other day for a week, then 25 drops every third day for a week and then 25 drops every fourth day for a week. (I did this more gradually maybe down a step once per month). A good maintenance routine would be 5 to 20 drops a week. (I’ve been afraid to drop below 17 drops twice per week which I’ve been on for a couple years now.) The addition of copper to hydrogen peroxide increases the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide on bacteria up to 3,000 times. Coenzyme Q10, organic germanium, niacin, vitamin E, flax oil, lecithin and acidophilus help increase oxygenation.”

And don’t forget to take the flax seed oil. I took and still take organic flax seed oil capsules. It supposedly helps to make the cancer cells more susceptible to the h2o2. Right now I only take one 1300mg capsule a day. But when the capsules were a slightly smaller dose I took one twice per day. I also take Niacin regularly and it seems that may have been helpful too according to this article.

Other things that may help could be a diet a little light on protein and while I still take an antioxidant, I don’t overdo. I take Selenium once per day.

And also I can’t emphasize enough the power of prayer. There was certainly a lot of that going on in my family and by me. My prayers were answered in the form of my Dad learning of this awesome treatment.

Best Wishes,

Rosanne

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GGW 2012 – Hilton Head Island, SC

I decided to change the course of my blog. Quite frankly, there’s nothing much to say about my health which is great news in itself. But rather than trying to come up with articles to post just to prove I’m still alive, I decided to post articles chronicling what I’m doing to enjoy my life.

Just to catch up on some fun memories in my life, my daughter and I always take an annual vacation of what we call our ‘Girls Gone Wild’ vacation. It’s actually more of a ‘Girls Gone Mild’ but we always have a blast. I would say it actually started when she was a child and we took our little motor home on a couple of vacations a year. And when she reached those teenage angst years it was no longer fashionable to go on vacation with mom so we took a hiatus. However, in 2006 I was scheduled to take a vacation but didn’t have any vacation plans, so my daughter volunteered to take the same time off to go somewhere on vacation. The theme of these GGW vacations is that we don’t decide where we are going until 10 minutes before we leave. We check the weather report and point the car in the direction of wherever the weather is expected to be the best in the next week. We are nearly guaranteed great weather, it’s always an adventure, there are no expectations other than we always have a great time. The first GGW vacation was to Cape Cod. Since that trip, we’ve been to Montreal, DC, Charleston SC, Destin Fl, and the New Jersey shore before this GGW 2012.

This years vacation started out like all the others and we actually didn’t decide where we were going until we were well into the trip. Since the vacation was in April we knew we’d be heading south, like  maybe Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head so we could catch some sun without wearing a jacket. So we headed down route 77 snacking on healthy snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix and dried wasabi peas. Whew were they HOT! Not sure if it was the wasabi or the fact that it was getting warmer outside but soon the air conditioner was a must.

You may know that my daughter is vegan and I’m now vegetarian bordering on being vegan. I just haven’t drawn that line in the sand yet. So sometimes it’s a little challenging finding healthy restaurants while on the road. But with 4G phone service and a smart phone, that’s not as much of an issue as you might think. For example there’s a website called HappyCow.org where you can search for vegan, vegetarian, or healthy grocery stores by location. Once we got to Charlotte, NC we were getting pretty hungry for something other than snacks so we found an Earthfare grocery store using the Happy Cow site. Just a note, this is an awesome grocery store chain that won’t sell anything that contains high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings, artificial color or artificial preservatives! On top of that you can even eat at the store which we did and quite well! Awesome!

By this time it was getting a little later in the day and it was time to start thinking about where we will be sleeping for the night. We never want to be driving into our final destination and look for a hotel room at 10pm. Instead we get a hotel about 2-3 hours from our destination so we aren’t pushed to take the first hotel we find. So out comes the phone again. Using Priceline.com, Lindsey bid on and secured a beautiful Doubletree Inn room in Columbia SC. I could have stayed there all week but by this time we decided that the surf and sun of Hilton Head Island was our destination.

While at the Doubletree Inn, we started looking at vacation condos for rent at a website a friend at work had told me about, Vacation Rentals by Owner or VRBO.com. We decided to message a few owners of available condos before lights out. The next morning we were awakened to the phone. The owner of the 2 BR 2 bath condo replied! Since we do spontaneous vacations, we sometimes have a problem finding an available hotel, at the location of our choice, for a fair price. In this case we found all of those but our big hurdle this time was that the owner lived out-of-state, did not accept Paypal or credit cards and it was Sunday so we couldn’t even next day the check. The owner had never agreed to rent on the honor system before, after a little vacillating he agreed to give us the pass to the condo. And we agreed to next day the check on Monday.  We were excited that we now had a place to stay at HHI.

Once we got to Beaufort SC we started getting hungry. HappyCow.org again came to the rescue. We decided on a place called the MellowMushroom which actually serves vegan pizza. After the GPS sent us backward thru a car wash driveway we arrived and opted to eat outdoors in the beautiful weather. We ordered a vegan version of a pizza named Magical Mystery Tour. As we sat outside enjoying the warm air, the sun and the fragrances, I thought ‘What a great start to our vacation!’

On the way to Hilton Head Island we were anticipating what the resort and condo would look like. I assumed that HHI would be similar to other beach destinations and be very commercialized. However I was pleasantly surprised to find everything so tastefully landscaped that it was difficult to tell you were at such a popular destination. It was even difficult to know when you were even passing a commercial area because everything was so well planned and manicured. They even managed to hide a Walmart!

Then when we reached the condo, it all seemed too good to be true. We kept trying to imagine that the condo was not that great so our expectations weren’t dashed. But as it turned out, the condo was everything we could have asked for. It was in a gated community, on the ocean side of the road, clean, with view of the oceanand just plain fabulous! And the two bathrooms were perfect for two women. It had a fully furnished kitchen, dining room, living room along with the two baths and 2 bedrooms. And the patio overlooked a beautiful lagoon instead of a parking lot. Awesome! We might just have a change our vacation strategy and come here more often! Paradise!

So what did we do in Hilton Head? Well the beach of course! We had forgotten to bring the beach chairs and umbrella from the last GGW so we picked up another set. And of course we had the new umbrella hazing experience again where the wind grabbed it right out of the beach anchor and Lindsey had to run after it.

In my haste to download a book to my Kindle and get to beach I impulsively chose a new release, Calico Joe by John Grisham. Had I read about the book first instead of chosing it by the author, I may not have picked it because it was a book about major league baseball and a boy’s relationship to his father. However the book was terrific and I would highly recommend it.

Since I dance and Shag is the traditional dance of the beach towns of South Carolina we went out Shag dancing. We found Remy’s where they had lessons for members on Tuesday night. Since everyone was coupled up I didn’t pay the nominal price to become a member and take the lessons but did manage to get out on the dance floor a time or two. One gentleman asked us if we had any children. I told him Lindsey was my one and only. He was surprised that Lindsey was my daughter because he thought we looked nothing alike. Then something dawned on me. From the time Lindsey was a child when we traveled together it was obvious the it was a mother daughter relationship. In the GGW phase I just assumed people saw the resemblance and knew. But after being told we don’t resemble each other, what do people think with? Do they think we are a lesbian couple? (Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not us). Lindsey and I got a good laugh out of that. Now she makes a point to call me Mom when we register for a hotel room!

After our Destin vacation we decided the signature of a great vacation was having a drink on the wharf before noon at least once. We had to work on getting up and moving that early but we succeededby going to Coco’s on the Beach one day where I had a Coco Can’t Drive that would have lived up to its name had we not had to walk so far back to the car. It was a little cloudy this Wednesday but we needed a break from the sun anyway.

We also did some sight-seeing down at the marina, took in a tour of the lighthouse and the museum within, shopped for our traditional souvenir Christmas tree ornaments, and relaxed in rocking chairs while listening to music on the patio.

We also enjoyed eating out at places such as Roast Fish and Cornbread where they had live music on the outdoor patio, Lowcountry Backyard, Ruan Thai, and DelisheeeYo. And had evening drinks at the Tiki Hut under the stars. That was so much fun that we went back on the day we were leaving to have one last drink outdoors listening to the band on the patio at the Tiki Hut.

I’ve enjoyed every vacation Lindsey and I have taken immensely! But, we now have a new benchmark from which all other vacations will be measured. Hilton Head was perfect in every way. It will be a tough act to follow but I know we will give it a heck of a try next year!

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Antioxidants – Are They Killing Us?

     Awhile back I read a news article where researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered that women that take vitamin supplements have an average of 2.4 % increase in mortality rate compared to those that do not. Seems odd doesn’t it? The article is still available here, and it names multivitamins (which could include a whole gamut of vitamins), folic acid, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper as the culprits. The study did not state any statistics on the cause of death, although it would seem if they knew the study participants well enough to know they were taking vitamins and knew they died, they might also know how they died, however no statistics were cited. I suppose the figures could be tainted if the people taking vitamins were trying to offset a disease to which they were predisposed. Or possibly they didn’t eat well in the first place so were trying to make up for what they don’t get in their diets. But could it be deeper than that? Could the vitamin supplements actually be killing us as the article suggests, or at least speeding up the inevitable?

     I decided to look around a little more. I found this article on FuturePundit’s web site discussing a Cochrane Collaboration meta-analysis on antioxidants. The article closes in on antioxidants (Vitamin A, C and E specifically) as increasing mortality rate and at even much higher rates than the University of Minnesota study on multivitamin, folic acid, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper use. They also spell out which vitamins had the highest risk, so check it out. But in particular this excerpt from the article caught my attention:

     One of the uses of free radicals in the body is in the immune system to kill invading pathogens. Taking big doses of antioxidant vitamins might render aged immune systems less able to take on invader pathogens. So the higher mortality rate of vitamin takers might be due to dampened immune systems.

     You may have heard the theory that everyone has cancer cells somewhere in their bodies and the people who succumb to cancer are the people whose immune systems are weak, allowing the cancer cells to get a foothold. Could antioxidants actually be weakening our immune systems allowing cancer growth?

     I also checked Wikipedia and found this article about antioxidants. About a third of the way down the page I found this regarding the potential of antioxidants to damage health:

     Some antioxidant supplements may promote disease and increase mortality in humans.[103][104] Hypothetically, free radicals induce an endogenous response which protects against exogenous radicals (and possibly other toxic compounds).[105] Recent experimental evidence strongly suggests that this is indeed the case, and that such induction of endogenous free radical production extends the life span of Caenorhabditis elegans.[106] Most importantly, this induction of life span is prevented by antioxidants, providing direct evidence that toxic radicals may mitohormetically exert life extending and health promoting effects.

     This also supports the theory that we need free radicals to fight off disease. If you would like to find more evidence that antioxidants might be shortening your life click here to get started.

     Both the University of Minnesota and the Cochrane Collaboration met-analysis studies seem to contradict what was always recommended by vitamin supplement advocates. Vitamins A, C, and E (the major antioxidant vitamins) have been touted as the way to great cardiovascular health. And we’ve also been told that antioxidants help minimize the effects of aging. Now we are learning that they possibly contribute to the final effect of aging… death.

     I’d like to provide my personal observations that support this anti-antioxidant theory:

     In my experience working as a nurse I noticed something that caught me as a little peculiar. It seemed that when people were reaching the end of their lives by natural causes they usually either had cardiovascular disease or cancer. It was uncommon to see a patient that had both. I often wondered why. Could the people whom died of cancer been taking vitamins, and more specifically antioxidants, which weakened their immune systems? And could the people who died of cardiovascular disease have been patients whom did not take antioxidants? I’m sure it’s not that cut and dried however I wish I had those statistics!

     In my family we always had more of a tendency for cardiovascular disease. In order to try to offset or delay the progression of that disease process (and with the added benefit of staying young as possible), I tried to stay fit and active, watched my weight and I took antioxidants and Niacin. As luck would have it, my cardiovascular health is pretty good. I don’t have hypertension and my cholesterol is terrific with an HDL of over 100. However, as you know I have (dare I say… had?) cancer instead. So how did that happen when there was little to no familial history? Well if it’s not inherited, it’s acquired. So I must have been doing something that contributed to my getting cancer. And so must a lot of other people since cancer has reached epidemic proportions. Could my antioxidants have caused my cancer and could the increased use of antioxidants in the general population be contributing to the increasing cancer rates? It would be interesting to see a graph showing the cancer rate overlaying antioxidant use over the last 50 years. Searching for this I could only find this article regarding current vitamin supplement trends and driving forces, however in does support the trend that vitamin supplement use is on the rise. And we all know cancer rates are thru the ceiling.

     Even while I was on chemotherapy, I was taking powerful antioxidants (Pawpaw and Protocel) to protect my healthy cells from the chemo and because their advocates suggested they had anti-cancer properties of their own. Obviously that was before I knew about the down side of antioxidant use. Could the antioxidants have also been protecting the cancer cells from the chemo the same way it was protecting the healthy cells? This may explain why the lesion showed up in my liver after my course of chemo treatments was complete. And if you’ve read any of my other posts you can see that same liver lesion is no longer present after taking hydrogen peroxide… an oxidant!

     Just in the name you can see that antioxidants protect from oxidants. Fortunately at the time I was taking the peroxide to treat the lesion in my liver, the only antioxidant I was on was selenium. You may have noted the selenium did not have an adverse effect on the death rates in the Cochrane Collaboration research seen in the FuturePundit article. So if any of you are taking 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide for cancer, I would do a careful analysis of the supplements you are taking and consider limiting your antioxidant use. They may be hindering the efficacy of the peroxide by protecting the cancer cells from the oxidant properties of the peroxide.

     For the rest of you healthy folks out there… Don’t blindly take antioxidants because you’ve been told you’ll live longer and will look like you are 35 when you are 75. Recent research doesn’t support longevity with antioxidant supplement use. As always, do your own research and decide what’s best for you and with your family history.

     I realize this is theory is controversial, everywhere you look antioxidants are touted as the being the latest fountain of youth and a necessity for health. They just might not be the panacea we’ve been lead to believe they are. And I’m not suggesting you start exposing yourself to hords of oxidants and free radicals. Possibly the answer in a healthy person is balance. For those of you that wish you were healthy, your antioxidant/oxidant ratios may be out of balance and may need some tweaking. It’s at least something to consider.

     The only antioxidants my body gets now come naturally from fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet. Oh… and I have a nearly full bottle of multivitamins I’m willing to give away. Any takers?

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I Kicked cancer’s ASS!

     Well I did it! I kicked cancer’s ASS! And today just confirmed the cancer is down for the count! The results of my last MRI of the abdomen done 3/22/12 were made available earlier this week. The conclusion states:

RESOLUTION OF WHAT IS PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN A METASTATIC DEPOSIT IN THE RIGHT LOBE OF THE LIVER. THE RESOLUTION APPEARS TO HAVE OCCURRED BETWEEN 9/28/10 AND 6/20/11. NO NEW WORRISOME LESIONS HAVE DEVELOPED. THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF METASTATIC DISEASE TODAY.

     Today I had my appointment with my oncologist. I don’t know if he was trying to allay any residual fears that I might have or if he’s in a state of denial that alternative cancer treatments may actually work, but he said, “I was worried when that area first showed up on your scans, but it must have been nothing”. It was all I could do to refrain from saying, “It’s nothing now…. How come three different radiologists for the last two and a half years didn’t think it was nothing?” But I just politely nodded my head and smiled.

     It’s pretty hard to believe (even still) that this is all as a result of taking an alternative cancer treatment for my advanced cancer. If you are just finding my story for the first time, click here for the full story about my advanced colon cancer diagnosis, treatment, progression, and treatment with an alternative cancer treatment.

     And to see my relief and joy at the realization that the treatment worked and the liver lesion was finally gone, click here.

     When I started seeing a reduction in the size of the metastatic liver lesion using the peroxide I realized maybe we really can cure ourselves of cancer! With my spirits buoyed by the progress, I also started making diet changes by increasing my intake of fresh salads at lunch in the fall of 2010. And as of 1/1/12, I no longer eat meat. Since my progress was already well underway, I’m not sure how much of an impact diet had, however you may have noticed that somewhere between 9/10 and 6/11 the lesion disappeared completely so it certainly didn’t hurt! And in the case of Janet Vitt, diet was the only change she made that cured her advanced cancer.

     I used 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to beat my cancer. For more information on using h2o2 to treat cancer and other diseases and for the dosing regimen I used, click here.

     Since I’m not trying to sell anything you can buy h2o2 anywhere you’d like, just make sure it’s food grade hydrogen peroxide, not the drug store variety. However, I purchased mine here if you don’t want to take the time or don’t have the time to look around.

     If you think this sounds too good to be true and are wondering why more people aren’t accepting this treatment, check this out.

     And I owe it all to my dad who relentlessly nagged me into taking the peroxide, my daughter who inspired my diet change, my entire support team (you know who you are), the internet that made all information readily available for the looking, and God who made all of the above possible!

     So don’t give up! There are options available. Just do your research first. You too can kick cancer’s ass if traditional treatments fail!

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Why Hydrogen Peroxide Will Never be Accepted as a Traditional Cancer Treatment

     I’ve always considered myself a fairly adventurous person. I’ve done a number of things that many people would not do. To name a only few… I’ve impulsively moved to California (twice), gone whitewater rafting, traveled in a little old beater motor home from coast to coast multiple times with my young daughter (and a set of Craftsman tools that I used every single trip), gone spelunking in Sharps Cave in West Virginia, traveled abroad three times, and even taken sky diving lessons, although in this case common sense won out and I never jumped. The cancer diagnosis had a profound affect on my independence, adventurous spirit, and self-confidence that has been hard to get back. Maybe it’s because I realize I’m not invincible now. I guess everyone deals with facing their own potential demise differently. For some reason I never took on that ‘live like you are dying’ philosophy, so I doubt that I will ever ride the bull named Fumanchu that Tim McGraw sings about, or any other bull for that matter. However I still might do ‘some Rocky Mountain climbing’ as long as it doesn’t require I go above the treeline or involve ropes.

     Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to beautiful North Carolina for work related training. I always try to fit in a little pleasure on these working trips. This time I met several very nice people and actually had my first ever raw oysters at a raw oyster bar with my new acquaintances.  I’m glad I tried them, however since the Cleveland area does not have a raw oyster bar that I can find, I probably would not go out more that 50 miles of my way to have them again. That probably says a lot since I’ve driven 5 1/2 hours each way to get something as plebian as a burrito after moving home from California before every town had a Taco Bell.

     When I fly I usually do not strike up much conversation with the person that sits next to me, preferring to watch the ground below to see if I recognize any landmarks of places I’ve visited in that motor home. However as fate would have it, on my return flight I made an exception. We started out with the typical basic casual conversation discussing the reason for our flights. In the conversation I found out she worked in research at a pharmaceutical company. What a coincidence! I decided to tell her my story regarding treating my advanced colon cancer using an alternative cancer treatment. If you’ve not read my story you can read it here and the realization that it was successful, here. She was very interested, especially because someone very close to her was also diagnosed with colon cancer about the same time I was.

     In our conversation I told her my thoughts on why peroxide will never be an accepted treatment for cancer despite of its apparent effectiveness. While I was being treated for cancer, all of my doctors had the same attitude. They all basically said that there may be alternative cancer treatments that work, however until clinical trials are performed and they become the approved standard of care, they cannot not be prescribed by a physician. Working in the medical field myself, I can certainly see their point especially in such a litigious society. I sincerely feel doctors really want their patients to do well. There is no conspiracy on behalf of physicians regarding alternative treatments. They simply cannot support or prescribe anything that is not the standard of care and has not gone through clinical trials. Even when an individual has success such as I had, being one person, I had no control groups for comparison or any of the other things that make up a clinical trial. So I told the pharmaceutical research person sitting next to me that I thought a pharmaceutical company would never take h2o2 on in a clinical trial because there would be no money to be made. Hydrogen peroxide is just too inexpensive. Guess what? She actually agreed with me. She said that clinical trials were very expensive and recruiting patients was difficult. She continued that a pharmaceutical company invests a lot of money in each clinical trial, so if there is nothing to be gained because they could not patent the ‘drug’ it wouldn’t make sense to take it on in a clinical trial. They would never see their return on investment. It just doesn’t make good business sense.

     In order for hydrogen peroxide to make it into a clinical trial and become an approved treatment for cancer it will take a philanthropist with resources, that has been diagnosed with cancer, scared enough of dying to try hydrogen peroxide himself/herself, and of course taking the peroxide with a successful outcome like me. If you know of anyone who fits the bill, let me know!

     So for those that won’t try peroxide because they think things like ‘if peroxide is so good, why hasn’t it been approved for use by tradition medicine?’, now you know. This does not mean it doesn’t work and I feel that I am living proof that it can and does work!

     It’s now been over two years since the lesion was found in my liver. And five months since my last scan that said the lesion was no longer visible. Each day is such a gift! I’ve often wondered why I, of all people, was saved from this dreadful disease. I’m convinced my purpose is to get the word out. I have nothing to gain by telling my story other than the satisfaction that I’m doing everything I can to help as many people as possible. I do not receive one penny from any advertisements that might appear on this website. And I have no relationship to any links that I’ve provided that sell peroxide other than this was where I purchased my peroxide. Feel free to purchase your food grade period anywhere you would like should you decide it might also benefit you.

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Alternative Therapy Benefits for Cancer Patients – Guest Post

     Couple weeks ago Jackie Clark, the alternative therapy advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, contacted me to share an infographic she created illustrating how alternative options can help individuals diagnosed with cancer. As we know many people are turning to various forms of alternative therapies to help aid them with pain, and other side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments. Unfortunately I was unable to display her awesome infographic, but can provide a link to it here. Jackie has also graciously agreed to be a guest author on my site discussing alternative therapies.

     Unlike the hydrogen peroxide therapy that successfully treated my metatastic liver lesion, Jackie’s alternative therapies do not treat the cancer itself, but instead the symptoms associated with cancer and side effects related to its treatment. However, they still can be infinitely valuable to anyone diagnosed with advanced cancer.

Alternative Therapy Benefits for Cancer Patients

By: Jackie Clark

Cancer is an emotionally powered word for many people: it is a word filled with dread, uncertainty, and fear of the unknown. Modern medical science has made significant advances in chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment; however, many forms of cancer can resist the efforts of modern medicine and technology. A Mesothelioma Prognosis may mean years of chemotherapy and painful therapy, sometimes without positive results. A diagnosis of prostate cancer usually leaves a patient with less than a year to live. Luckily, there are many alternative treatments that can be beneficial to a variety of patients.

There are many alternative therapy programs for patients fighting cancer. While these programs can’t be used to replace a medically supervised cancer treatment program, they can offer significant immune benefits, pain relief, and a reduction in nausea.

Acupuncture is a commonly used therapy for cancer patients, with a wide variety of benefits. Acupuncture involves placing conductive needles in specific locations of the body, usually junctions of the nervous system. Acupuncturists use low voltage electrical current to stimulate these areas, often providing a variety of health benefits to patients. Acupuncture has not been proved to directly treat cancer, but it does provide relief from many of the symptoms of chemotherapy.

Traditional chemotherapy tries to kill rapidly reproducing cells by poisoning them. Many chemotherapy agents and treatments are toxic to the entire body, but are more toxic to actively reproducing cancer cells. Some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy include hair loss, a loss of energy, nausea, and pain.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in relieving pain from both cancer and chemotherapy. By stimulating central nerves in the body, acupuncture is able to lower the persistent pain a cancer patient endures. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase appetite, and reduce nausea. Mesothelioma patients respond positively to acupuncture, as an adjunct to traditional treatment.

Another popular therapy for is Yoga. Yoga involves special breathing techniques, holding flexed body positions, and practicing deep relaxation. Many cancer patients experience a loss of energy and depression while undergoing treatment, and can become despondent over time. Yoga has been used for centuries to help relieve depression, improve appetite, and improve posture and muscle tone. Many cancer patients experience bone density reduction and lean muscle loss as chemotherapy treatment progresses. Yoga can help rebuild this lost lean muscle in a supportive and nurturing environment.

While yoga and acupuncture can be very effective in addition to traditional cancer treatment, they should not be used on their own as a treatment for cancer. No advice given here should be treated as medical advice. Always consult your doctor for the best treatment options.

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Location is (almost) Everything!

LocationEver since I was diagnosed with colon cancer I’ve wondered what I could have done to prevent it. What did I do wrong? There definitely were warning signs that I ignored because there was no family history of colon cancer and I always considered myself relatively healthy. But what I mean is, what caused the cancer before I missed those warning signs? While I wasn’t a ‘health nut’ I always ate what I thought was a relatively balanced diet with only rare trips to fast food establishments compared to most people. In hind site that probably wasn’t good enough. I always thought a healthy diet was that square meal of a starch, a meat,  a vegetable, and a glass of milk. I was pretty light on fruit.

I looked at family history. I was fortunate enough to have doctors that ordered genetic testing that confirmed I had no genetic predisposition to colon cancer. So my daughter can rest a little easier in that knowledge (even though she should start being checked at an age 10 years before my age at diagnosis), not to mention my parents (whom are still living) and siblings and their children.

Typically the two main ’causes’ for cancer are genetic and environmental. Since it was proven not to be genetic in nature that leaves environmental. Environmental causes can be as personal as lifestyle choices and other things an individual has control over. Exposure to smoking,  second-hand smoke, chlorinated/fluorinated drinking water, dental fillings containing mercury, processed food intake, stress and anything you put in or on your body right down to your deodorant or makeup choices are all things you can control at the individual level. I even learned recently that high fructose corn syrup that is in so much processed food and soda actually contains mercury! Could the advent of high fructose corn syrup in soda starting in the early 1980s be contributing to the increased incidence of cancer diagnoses we are finding today? The only soda I now drink is on that rare occasion I can find soda containing sugar.

But there are more granular environmental causes of cancer that we have less control over. While researching the internet in my quest for answers I found an interactive map that shows cancer rates by cancer type, sex, age, race, timeframe and location. It’s quite remarkable to see  a definite relationship between location and cancer type. Try it out for your cancer if you’ve been diagnosed or by location if you are cancer free to see what your risks are.

CDC Interactive Cancer Atlas

Not surprising is that melanoma is much more prevalent in the sunnier parts of the United States. But less obvious and more curious are other types of cancer that seem to have regional preferences. For instance colon and rectal cancers are more prevalent in the northern states and east to west from Maine to Minnesota. Can we conclude that this may be due to a lack of sunshine and Vitamin D? Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press lately and I cannot overstate the importance of monitoring your Vitamin D levels. It will be interesting to see if cancer rates change for areas low in the sunshine department as more people take control of their Vitamin D levels. But there are other areas that have a low percentage of sunny days (aren’t there?). So Vitamin D probably is not the only environmental cause that might be coming into play by location.

Digging deeper, other possibilities come to mind like drinking water source (i.e. the Great Lakes or desalinated ocean water for other locations), availability and quality of fresh local produce, soils depleted of minerals and agricultural practice differences, and herbicide/pesticide use and any combination thereof. This area is also more highly industrialized. Byproducts of industrialization could be in play such as asbestos use for mesothelioma patients. The map shows a similar pattern of prevalence by location for mesothelioma as in colon and rectal cancers. Less obvious industry related causes might be things such as toxic waste storage and removal, nuclear power plants and radon. I have learned that there was a period of time that a gravel substitute byproduct from area steel mills was used to back fill around the footers of the basements of new homes. It was later found that this gravel substitute emitted radon for up 10 years or more to the unsuspecting residents.

Bottom line… there are two major causes for cancer, genetic and environmental. The best prevention for genetic predisposition is to know the symptoms and be observant  to what you body may be telling you. You really don’t have much control over your genetics. However you do have control over environmental factors which may be as personal as stress in your life or as granular as the region where you live.

I don’t want to come across as appearing paranoid of everything I expose my self to, however I do keep a more watchful eye on what I consume by taking a few extra seconds to read product labels, avoid known or suspected carcinogens and making sure my body gets the nutrients it needs to fight those cancer cells that supposedly everyone has. Now that hydrogen peroxide has restored my health and given me back my life, I want to treat my body right. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to be given a second chance, I want to keep my body cancer free and as healthy as possible!

So check out the map and ask yourself what is in your environment that might be working against your health and do your best to change it. Your health depends on it. We know that location and environmental factors are not everything, however they are important and at least you have control over them.

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The Macrobiotic Approach – Janet Vitt

Last month my port was finally removed. This was my last shred, the last piece of evidence available to the naked eye of what I’ve endured with my battle with progressing stage III colon cancer. On all my paperwork my diagnosis is still listed as ‘adenocarcinoma of the colon stage III’ because there was last stage that was confirmed by biopsy. So how DO you stage cancer when an enhancing lesion on MRI shows up in your liver after treatment for adenocarcinoma of the colon but shrinks and eventually disappears gradually over a year and a half while being treated with an alternative cancer treatment? Who knows? I just know that when I say stage III colon cancer that I’m understating my illness and what I’ve been through. But I digress; the particulars on my diagnosis are not the point of this post.

While I was visiting the surgeon that was to remove my port, I shared my story with him. He smiled and said, “Well you’re the second nurse I know of now that has successfully treated herself with an alternative cancer treatment”. I’m sure my eyes lit up. Was there actually someone else out there that could possibly understand the feeling of cheating death by using a non traditional treatment? I asked, “Really? Who is it… if you can tell me with HIPAA and all.” He explained that her name is Janet Vitt and he could tell me because she has a website telling her story. So like me, it’s available to the public. We want our stories to get out from under the HIPAA umbrella!

Essentially macrobiotics consists of diet and counseling. Briefly Janet went from having only three weeks to live to being cancer free with the help of a macrobiotic counselor.  Her treatment has withstood the test of time since her story began in 1995 and she’s still going strong today. Her story is quite awesome. Here’s Janet’s YouTube video:

This link includes both an explanation of the Macrobiotic Approach and Janet’s story: http://users.stargate.net/~rncjr/macap.htm

It also provides links to other sites if you are interested in learning more about Macrobiotics. And googling either ‘Janet Vitt’ or ‘macrobiotic’ yields unlimited results. Never underestimate the power of diet!

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Make Yourself Priority One!

     From the time we were young children we’ve been taught to believe we are invincible. Any Wile E. Coyote cartoon shows the road runner constantly out smarting Wile E.  In one frame Wile E. getting blown up or falls to certain death in a desert ravine and the next frame he’s back at it in hot pursuit again. As we get older there are video games teaching us the same lesson. Your avatar is constantly challenged level to level, eventually succumbing to your foes. But restart the game and you are back again live and well ready to take what you learned from the last challenge with the hopes of going further the next time.  Never once does Wile E Coyote or your avatar  reach a point of no return or a time when life just will never be the same again. Cartoons and video games aside, even in real life our parents did such a great job of watching over and protecting us, nothing bad ever happened. Therefore we boldly go through life thinking nothing bad can ever happen to us. Everything always happens to everyone else just never to us. We are invincible, or so we think. 

Wile E Coyote

Do you feel like this some days? Maybe your body is trying to tell you something.

    As we live our little fantasy lives, we abuse our bodies, often without even realizing it, a little at a time. And many things we expose ourselves don’t seem to have a detrimental effect when the exposure is limited. Our bodies do a great job fending off disease. But as life goes on those exposures accumulate. All that red meat, cigarette smoke (or second-hand smoke), pesticides, high fructose corn syrup seemed pretty innocuous. Eventually our poor bodies can no longer fight as well as they could, but since they had been handling it so well so far, again we feel we are invincible.

     I think we all know the best ‘treatment’ for cancer is prevention. I see the number one prevention techniques as fueling your body properly with healthy fresh foods, limiting red meat intake and avoiding carcinogens (cigarette smoke, pesticides, processed foods, etc). Of course no one has gotten to adulthood without some sort of exposure to carcinogens whether taken knowingly, accidentally (i.e secondhand smoke), or consumed covertly in the foods they eat or from public drinking water, just to name a few. So since none of us has  lived in a controlled bubble and knowing what we know now about things we are exposed to on a daily basis, the next prevention technique has to be seeing your doctor regularly. Along with that comes having your routine screening tests on schedule. Ask your doctor if you are up to date on all screening tests. And if he says no, hold his feet to the fire and get them scheduled! While this might not be prevention in the purest sense of the word, the earlier you catch things the more easily treatable they are.

     You may also notice issues that fall outside of the recommended screening schedules. That does not mean your symptoms can be ignored. For example, recommended screening for colon cancer by colonoscopy typically starts at age 50 for everyone unless there is a family history of colon cancer. For those exceptions, the rule of thumb is 10  years before age of the family member at diagnosis. This does not mean, even without a family history, that you can’t get colon cancer before you are 50 years old. For these times that fall outside the norm, in order to prevent or to catch cancer at the earliest and most treatable stages, you must be in tuned to your own body. And most important, if you notice any subtle changes you must do something about it by making an appointment with your doctor immediately. Don’t get caught in that trap where you think you are invincible, no family history, don’t have time, etc. Cancer for whatever reason is occurring at epidemic rates. No one is immune! It’s a far better feeling to hear your tests are normal, than to be kicking yourself for ignoring symptoms, putting them off, then finally finding out your cancer is in advanced stages.

     It’s no coincidence that the sandwich generation is so susceptible to cancer. Please don’t be so busy taking care of your children plus your parents, plus your spouse all while maintaining a career to not take care of yourself. You need to stay in tip-top condition so you can continue with your busy lives. It’s hard to take care of others when you are in that chair getting chemo, and frankly, you are out of commission most of the time between treatments and long after they are over. Each cancer has its own warning signs so be aware of ANY changes in your body and don’t ignore even one. And don’t think, I’ll take care of it when I have time. Scheduled those appointments NOW. As a member of the sandwich generation there will always be something cropping up that needs to be taken care of. You need to make yourself priority ONE! After all, if you don’t do it, who will? No one else knows your body like you do. And who has to live with the consequences if you don’t? The answer to that is… everyone.

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