Healing from squamous cell carcinoma.
I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma squamous cell carcinoma
A carcinoma that arises from squamous epithelium and is the most common form of skin cancer. Also called cancroid, epidermoid carcinoma. in 2008. My case was referred to MD Anderson, where they soon gave a conclusive diagnosis. My doctor could not find the primary tumor primary tumor A neoplasm which, in clinical parlance, is regarded as malignant, arising in one site and capable of giving rise to metastatic or secondary tumors. See Metastasis. Cf Tumor of unknown origin. , but correctly suspected the primary tumor was in the right tonsil tonsil
Small mass of lymphoid tissue in the wall of the pharynx. The term usually refers to the palatine tonsils on each side of the oropharynx. They are thought to produce antibodies to help prevent respiratory and digestive tract infection but often become infected , and removed both tonsils.
Since the disease was contained in the lymph node lymph node
Small, rounded mass of lymphoid tissue contained in connective tissue. They occur all along lymphatic vessels, with clusters in certain areas (e.g., neck, groin, armpits). , the recommended treatment was six sessions of radiation. My best friend had had the same cancer, underwent radiation and chemotherapy, and had a very long, hard rehabilitation. He suffered from a fragile necrotic jaw that inhibited saliva glands, causing dry mouth and tooth/gum problems.
My father was a big proponent of the Gerson Therapy Gerson Therapy is a controversial, holistic, nutrition-based therapy. Developed by German-born physician Dr. Max Gerson (1881-1959), believers in the therapy say it is effective for most chronic (degenerative) diseases. , so I'd been familiar with it my whole life. My cousin, Miriam Halliday, was treated by Dr. Max Gerson in the mid1950s. She was 12 years old when diagnosed with aggressive Breks Sarcoide, cancer of the lymph nodes. After three years, she was completely cured of her disease.
In 1982, when my father was 64 years old, he was diagnosed with oat cell lung cancer lung cancer, cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women. Like other cancers, lung cancer occurs after repeated insults to the genetic material of the cell. , metastastized to his brain. His oncologists in Miami considered him terminal. My family spent three weeks at the relatively new Gerson clinic in Tijuana, but his odds were long due to the advanced stage of his disease. Though he did not recover, we saw improvements in his overall health before he passed. With my family's experience with Gerson and the reality check from my best friend's harsh conventional treatment, it was clear which way I was going to go.
My doctor in Houston had me on the fast track for radiation, but I was making arrangements with the Gerson Institute. She felt I was making a big mistake, since my cancer had a high cure rate with conventional treatment. However, she said if I made this choice, I needed to be 100% committed in belief and practice.
My wife Barbara and I arrived at the Gerson clinic on August 4, 2008 and I was impressed with the intimate atmosphere, friendly staff, and how fast they got me moving on my therapy schedule. After my initial examination, the team started me on the full therapy: 13 juices and 5 enemas per day. The first week was the toughest, especially getting used to the enemas. After the first week I could give myself an enema enema /en·e·ma/ (en´e-mah) [Gr.] a solution introduced into the rectum to promote evacuation of feces or as a means of introducing nutrients, medicinal substances, or opaque material for radiologic examination of the lower intestinal , and was determined to do things as independently as possible. I could already feel changes in my body; I had good energy and slept soundly. At some point during the second week, I could read the newspaper without reading glasses. I enjoyed spending time with the other patients, especially during meals. I liked working with my Gerson doctors, and still do today.
I came home on August 25th; 10 pounds lighter and ready to adapt the program to the household. Barbara, my son and daughter helped to wash produce and make juices. Barbara quickly set up an arrangement with our local Kroger's in order to buy cases of organic carrots and lettuce and other organic staples like oatmeal.
I took three months of extended sick leave from work, from August 4th to November 3rd. For the two months at home, I did the full program without fail. I had blood lab tests done every month with my family doctor, and monthly consultations with my Gerson doctor to review them. I walked every day and felt really good and relaxed.
I returned to work on November 3, 2008 and split my time between the office and home. I would work from 8am to 12pm, and stayed home for the afternoon. I could do my morning "coffee break," have breakfast and pack my juices to bring to work. I continued my schedule when I got home. I got into a good rhythm during this period, working and doing the Gerson Therapy.
My doctor in Houston scheduled me for a follow-up CT scan CT scan: see CAT scan.
See CAT scan. & PET scan PET scan (pĕt) or positron emission tomography (pŏz`ĭtrŏn' ĭmĭsh`ən təmŏg`rəfē) for January 22, 2009, approximately 6 months from my last one. She said she would be happy to order my scans for me going forward even though I wasn't taking treatment there, which I thought was very nice of her. It was a surreal feeling to go back into the big cancer hospital after the tranquil world of Gerson. The scans showed a slight increase in the disease. I sent the results to my Gerson doctor, who felt that the inflammation showed the Therapy was working.
In March 2009, I had my first and only major healing reaction healing reaction,
n the response of a living organism to heal and defend itself in response to a pathogenic or therapeutic agent. . Instead of feeling my usual energetic self, I felt lethargic, with bouts of anxiety. My lymph node swelled to the size of a grapefruit. Barbara took a picture of my neck, which I emailed to my Gerson doctor. He confirmed that I was having a healing reaction, and advised me to take an extra enema or two to help my liver discharge the toxins in my body, and to stay in bed to allow my body to use all its energy to heal. I was wiped out for about four days but then started feeling better. After that, I felt better than ever, and my lymph node had gotten noticeably smaller. I had lost 60 pounds, and was down around 170 lbs. At one point my weight went down to 160 lbs., so my Gerson doctor took me off thyroid medication and I stabilized.
In May, I was able to travel for the first time to a business conference in San Diego. I brought a juicer, and my wife made my juices and I did my coffee breaks in between meetings. After the conference, we went to Tijuana to visit the clinic. I saw Charlotte Gerson and my doctors, and visited with patients there and told them how good it can be on the Therapy!
On August 5th, I had another CT/PET Scan done and to my doctor's surprise there was a significant reduction in the size of my cancerous lymph node (from 3.5 x 2.7 cm to 2.4 x 1.9 cm) as well as a decrease in standard uptake value (SUV) activity from 12.1 to 7.7 (which measures cellular activity levels that can indicate cancer cell multiplication).
My doctor in Houston was always supportive but skeptical about my chosen treatment, but after this report she was pleasantly surprised. My Gerson doctor was also pleased, and reduced my treatment from 5 enemas to 4 for the next six months.
On February 3, 2010 I again had my 6 month CT/PET scan and the results were basically unchanged from my August exam. On May 5, 2010 I had surgery to remove my lymph node. Ironically, my doctor said it was a simple surgery because I didn't have any radiation treatment to the area, so my tissue was in perfect shape.
They did several frozen biopsies-including my throat, where my primary tumor was-and all came back negative. The removed cancerous lymph node was the only one that still had active malignancy.
I was scheduled to spend the night in the hospital, but I was in such good shape after the surgery that they sent me home! In November 2010, my CT, PET and chest scans came back negative! No sign of recurrence!
My doctor has reduced my program to 7 juices and 2 enemas a day, with castor oil castor oil, yellowish oil obtained from the seed of the castor bean. The oil content of the seeds varies from about 20% to 50%. After the hulls are removed the seeds are cold-pressed. twice a month. I am now allowed to eat all the fruits and vegetables I want (including avocados!).
I weigh 175 lbs. and I walk and exercise pretty much every day! I love my new lifestyle and I know I will stay healthy as long as I eat the right food, get plenty of rest and keep the stress low!