Oncscathed: Two Worlds of Cancer Treatment

The cancer treatment world is really two separate worlds, based on two divergent belief systems, two different views of how the body works, what causes cancer and therefore how to treat cancer.

One world sees cancer as a genetic disorder, an infestation in the otherwise well operating machine of the body. In this world, cancer is to be killed; either by chemotherapy (poisoning) , radiation (burning) or by surgery. (physical removal).

The other world sees cancer as a metabolic disorder, the physical expression of an energetic imbalance, a systemwide malfunction of immune system, improper diet, too much sugar and starch, etc. In this world, the goal is to restore system-wide health by whatever means are available, and the body will heal itself.

Some patients travel back and forth between these worlds.

Others pick one approach and follow that one.

This discovery of  two cancer worlds worlds struck me as bewildering. Were there no common standards for evidence between them ? Infrequently yes, but for the most part, no.

In one world, drug trials are done in successive stages and their results are the basis of treatment. In the other world, there are few drugs, fewer trials, and many non-drug approaches . Which is better, and how to tell ?

Furtherly, in these two worlds, there are also widely divergent views of where the ultimate authority for healing rests, of when to call a success a success, and of what constitutes acceptable side effects from treatment. In short, there could hardly be more disagreement.

Where does that leave the newly diagnosed cancer patient ?

Most likely adrift and potentially at the mercy of the worst fears of their family.

A decision made from fear may not likely lead to the most desirable outcome.

Fear activates the sympathetic nervous system and suppresses the immune system*, not at all helpful for a cancer patient.

The most useful question of all for me was : ” How does anyone know what they claim is accurate ? ”

So ask. Ask a lot. And keep asking.

Ask everyone who wants to be your cancer doctor. ( and anyone you know who has ever had cancer )

Let doctors justify their approach to you, then get a second opinion. Then get a third opinion. It’s your health, your life, your experience of recovery.

Do your own research on the efficacy of the proposed therapy. What does “cureactually mean ? ( This discovery of murk and nuance in a cancer treatment world about such a fundamental issue was an unpleasant surprise)

How is this cancer treated in other countries? What are their results ?

Does this treatment world accord with my values ? 

It is often a challenge to be completely sure of what we ourselves know, and to what degree certainty.

How much less certain must we be of anyone whose livelihood depends on selling us a product or a service ?

Caveat emptor!

Dr. McLaughlin’s Electric Belt Cures Pain & Nervous Diseases

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Two worlds from here.

Dr. Laughlin’s graphic from here.

*Fear / stress related to immunosuppression here, here and here.

An excellent cancer reference resource that crosses the bridge (somewhat) between the two worlds.

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45 Days to Awakening Challenge

45 Days to Awakening Challenge

❤️ 45 Days to Awakening Challenge Closing 🎉💥⭐

Dr. Jeffery A. Martin jeffery@finderscourse.com via aweber.com 

12:26 PM (6 hours ago)

I recieved this in the mail recently.

Dr. Jeffrey Martin created the Finder’s Course. I am in an online community with many grads from the Finder’s course.

If anyone is interested in his latest project, here it is.

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Oncscathed: 12 Questions to Ask Your Oncologist

  1. What is the goal of the chemo ? Is this a cure ?
  2. What are the chances that the chemotherapy will work for this cancer?
  3. What chemosensitivity will you use to determine which chemotherapy agent to use ?
  4. What is your opinion on supplements during treatment ?
  5. What are my other options if I decline treatment ?
  6. What lifestyle changes will I need to make to improve the outcome of the treatment and protect the body during the treatment ?
  7. How will you nourish and protect the healthy cells while killing the cancer cells ?
  8. What will the proposed chemotherapy treatment do to the cancer stem cells ?
  9. How will you support my immune system during treatment ?
  10. What will you do if I become resistant to chemo treatment ?
  11. How will this treatment change the cancer environment ?
  12. Would you give this same chemotherapy treatment to your spouse, your children, would you take it yourself ? If not, what would you do instead ?

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This list of 12 questions was handed to me soon after diagnosis, without attribution.

For a few days, I took them as a meditation object.

That, and the beginning of what grew into months of digging about all cancer therapies on the internet.

When I was done, I did not need to ask the questions.

Maybe someone else will find them helpful as well.

Photo from here.

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Oncscathed: Momentitos

Somethings just stand out, like jagged shards of ice thrusting up from under a blanket of fluffy new snow.

Moments can be like that, brief noticings caught sharp and brightly held in mind.

A few moments from the cancer journey follow, just those that  glint in the bright sunshine of freshly recent experience…

Cancer Consult

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[ Long drawn out silence during palpation in doctor’s office… ]

Dr.1: “Could be early lymphoma. We’ll have to run some tests to be sure.”

(Note: Anything that ends in -oma is usually unwished for news.)

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[ Waiting to hear of biopsy results in Surgeon’s’s office. Surgeon strides into the office holding printout of biopsy results. ]

Surgeon: ” You have cancer.”

This mind: ( Well, I knew I was going to die someday. The calendar just moved.)

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[ Meeting Dr. H. for the first time, and discussing the diagnosis of lymphoma.]

Dr. H.: “ Lymphomas are easy. ( to treat )

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CT scan with large B cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

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[ Speaking at length with a consulting Doctor at the cancer clinic]

Me.: “Sometimes I wonder if you are all crazy. Don’t you want to kill cancer ? I’m trying all these extra therapies to kill the cancer. What else is there?”

Consulting Dr.:” Cancer is a symptom of weakness or deficiency in the body. The goal is to make your body stronger and the cancer will not be able to remain in a strong, healthy body. We do not have to kill cancer. All we have to do is remove the conditions that let it start growing in the first place. ” *

After 3 months of treatments, I sat in stunned silence, struck by an AHA! moment of insight.

*N.B. – This is as far as I can tell exactly what happened.

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Dr. & patient from here.

CT scan from here.

[ Material on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases or illnesses. The author is not a doctor. For medical advice, please consult a medical professional. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or any other agency.]

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Oncscathed : Journey Parallels Between Cancer and Spirituality

Top 10 ( plus one) journey parallels between cancer and spirituality…

  1. The appearance of the issue is surprising, and upends any pre-existing sense of comfort or complacency.
  2. Conflicting truth claims challenge what may have previously felt like a cozy epistemological parking spot.
  3. Outcomes are unclear, and gathering more information does not necessarily clarify which course of action to pursue.
  4. Regardless of overwhelm, inaction does not present as a viable option.
  5. The situation demands radical new ways of living and permanent life changes.
  6. Lessons along the way. (Prepare your heart to be rent wide open.)
  7.  Setbacks, road-blocks, apparent impediments.
  8.  Epistemology again: ” How to tell if this is working ?”
  9.  The priceless value of spiritual friends; the lifesaving support of community.
  10. Done! Really done? Done.
  11. Afterward: dreamlike appearance of everything that happened.

Commentary to follow.

Or not.

Photo credit.

 

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Oncscathed: Most Helpful Cancer Books, Sites, Blogs

These books, sites and other media were the most helpful of all that I encountered in the trip through the cancer world. May they be of use.

Books

I Refused Chemo by Teri Dale

Manifesto of a Cancer Patient by Dr. Colleen Huber

Keto for Cancer by Chelsea Green

Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani

Flood Your Body With Oxygen by Ed McCabe

Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer by Suzanne Summers

Radical Remission by Kelly Turner

Exposing the Spiritual Roots of Disease by Dr. Henry Wright

A More Excellent Way by Dr. Henry Wright

Video

Cancer Can Be Killed by Jeff Witzman

Audio

Meditation to Help Fight Cancer By Belleruth Naparstek

Blogs

Joe Tippen’s Extraordinary Discovery

Nature Works Best

AntiCancer Mom

Scent of Science: Dozen’s of non-oncology drugs can kill cancer cells

Sites

Psycho-Oncology: Discover How Stress Causes Cancer by Glen Russel

Honorable Mention

Winning the War on Cancer by Sylvie Beljanski

Super Cancer Fighters by Bill Bodri, M.S.

You Can Beat the Odds by Brenda Stockdale

9 Steps for Reversing or Preventing Cancer and Other Diseases by Shivani Goodman, Ed.D.

The Healing Journey by O. Carl Simonton

Cancer as a Wake-Up Call by M. Laura Nasi

Rethinking Cancer by Ruth Sackman

 

[ Material on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases or illnesses. For medical advice, please consult a medical professional. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory agency.]

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Oncscathed: The End of the Search; Finding the Right Doctor

I found Dr. Colleen Huber and her team at Nature Works Best Clinic, Tempe AZ late in August, 2019. On Sept. 17th, started treatment 3 times per week with intravenous megadose vitamin C therapy. Also began strict ketogenic diet.

By the first week in March, 2020, had a clean CT scan.

No trace of disease anywhere.

Cancer free in less than 6 months.

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Oncscathed: Cancer Intro

On February 27th, 2019 I received initial diagnosis of Lymphoma. With blood tests ruling out infection, a biopsy under general anesthesia in April 2019 confirmed CLL, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So began my entre to the cancer world, where a treatment mistake can lead to an early demise, and the bewildering diversity of views creates a vortex of information which does not point to any clear course of action but rather to more products to try, another treatment, another recommendation, another therapy.

Photomicrograph of one of the many types of Lymphoma cells.

Without overmuch narrative, the emphasis will land on the  spiritual angle of the disease, fitting closely with the theme of SIAOF , standing in the open field of possibilities of healing and a return to wholeness on all levels. 

Welcome ! 

Photo of Lymphoma cells came from here.

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Free E-books

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Free e-books by Nirmala, Byron Katie, Nisargadata, Sogyal Rinpoche, Adyashanti, Paramahansa Yogananda and others.
Check it! http://www.freespiritualebooks.com/

Free e-book by Lester Levenson: Keys to the Ultimate Freedom

Free e-book by Peter Cutler: The Zen of Love

Free e-book by Sadhu OmThe Path of Sri Ramana, Part One

Free e-book by Sadhu Om: The Path of Sri Ramana, Part Two

Free e-book by Ed Muzika: Self-Realization and Other Awakenings

Free e-book by Bhante Gunaratana: Mindfulness in Plain English

Free e-book by Buddhadasa Bhikku: Handbook for Mankind

Free e-book from Soh of Awakening to Reality: http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-e-booke-journal.html

Free e-books from Liberation Unleashed :
Gateless Gatecrashers : 21 Contemporary Awakening Accounts , and
Enlightening Quotes from Actual Guiding Sessions

Free e-book from David Carse Perfect Brilliant Stillness

Free e-book from Ed Muzika here: Self Realization and Other Awakenings

Free Insight practice: here: Insight Practice Instructions,Adobe (.pdf)

Free Jhana practice instructions here:

A 11×17 handout of the stages of insight and awakening with a detailed table of defining criteria here:  Nanas, Jhanas and Paths Handout pages 1-2, 11×17 (tabloid size paper), Word (.doc)

Also, some guy going by the name of Vajrapriya sent me .epub and .mobi versions of the book. Thanks for his help. There is an audiobook version available also. It was most kind of the creators to make it and publish it as they did.

Free e-book: by Daniel Ingram: Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha Please see this link for more versions.

These classics are all available online as well:

Zen Koan List

Hsin Hsin Ming : Verses on the Faith Mind

Wu Hsin: Behind the Mind

Diamond Sutra Text

Dharmakaya Sutra

The Lankavatara Sutra

A Manual of Zen Buddhism

Tao Te Ching

Four Mahayana Sutras: Heart, Diamond, Loving-Kindness, Lotus

Theravada Buddhist Suttas Online

https://suttacentral.net/

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

Mahayana Sutras Online

http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhism/sutras.html
http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks_ms.htm
http://www.dharmanet.org/lcsutrasmahayana.htm
http://www.thezensite.com/MainPages/translation_sutras.html

Photo credit from here.

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Heart Smile

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[ This page excerpted from Heart Smile Training Institute  site]

As the core practice of Heart-Smile Training, the main meditation practice gives us
a fuller experience of wholeness in the here and the now by filling the body and mind with a feeling of warmth produced from a gentle and warm smile.

It is the practice of smiling with the corners of our mouths curled up, thereby filling our body with feelings of warmth and kindness. It is important that the smile be genuine and aroused from the natural state of life, not an artificial smile where one simply raises the corners of the mouth.

To be able to do this, imagine smiling brightly with the eyes and mouth forming a round shape like the sun. First, we feel the abundance of gentleness and clarity starting with our forehead; then feel that warmth and kindness permeate deep into our eyes, cheeks, lips, chin, and neck.

In particular, we focus on the center of the chest and concentrate on the feelings of warmth and kindness for a set time. These feelings of warmth and kindness, roused from a loving smile act, as priming water in a pump; they activate our inherent loving-kindness so it may be boundlessly revealed.

This overflowing feeling of love and kindness is first transmitted to those we care about, and then, as we expand our consciousness, to those we feel neutral toward. Lastly, we transmit this feeling to those we feel uncomfortable with or even hate.

Then we recognize our current mental state with mindfulness. We repeat this process until we can share our kindness and gentleness with all beings equally.

While the practice of lovingkindness is timeless, and the practice of Metta is over 2500 years old, the Heart Smile Practice itself is taught by Ven. Misan Sunim, a Buddhist monk in the Soen Tradition of Korean Buddhism and founder of the Heart Smile Institute.

Ven. Misan Sunim

I have found this practice to have benefits without end; warming and opening the heart, moving experience in the direction already wished for, reducing tension, making this character more palatable for others through wishing them well and radiating love at them. Even the breath changes , becoming softer and warmer through this practice.

Deep bow and much gratitude to all teachers of love meditations.

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Photo of Ven. Misan Sunim from here.

Photo of shadows from here.

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