I started on this regime sometime back in early April and according to what little information is available on metabolic therapy the regime can be relaxed after 3 to 4 months. I have missed a couple of weeks in July owing to the throat infection but I think it is about time to relax things and head to Stage 3 of my cunning plan.
As far as my diet is concerned I’m allowing myself some fish and chicken and also cooking some of my food (mainly evening meals). But I’m still avoiding dairy, anything with a high sugar content and any processed food. Apparently red meat is allowed occasionally but I haven’t added that in yet although a roast of beef is extremely attractive. I’m still juicing and only having raw food for the majority of my meals.
I’m also allowing myself some alcohol! Only real ale or red wine though as neither of them can do me much harm as long as the quantity is low; I allow myself 2 pints of beer once or sometimes twice a week and the occasional glass of red wine (though not together). I really shouldn’t do this but I’m trying to live as normal a life as possible.
As far as supplements go I’ve cut back on some but not quite stuck to my original plan.
- Laetrile (B17, amygdalin) – I’ve cut this out completely for the moment as the after effects of the intravenous antibiotics have left my digestive system in such a state that I was feeling nauseous when taking them. I’ll start again on a low dosage (1 to 2 tablets a day) in a month’s time.
- Apricot kernels – I haven’t reduced these as I’m not taking the laetrile, so I’m still taking 21 per day; 7 at a time.
- Megazyme Forte – I’m keeping this at the same level for a month or so as it provides extra pancreatic enzymes. I feel that due to the state of my digestive system I should keep the levels of these up, though I don’t have a really good explanation why.
- All the other supplements I’ve kept the same although I’ve binned the vitamin A as I couldn’t work out why I was taking it. I’ve also binned all the other things that weren’t on the essential list, except AHCC; it just gets too many good testimonials so I’m sticking with it.
The exercise regime has suffered a bit as the throat infection and treatment left me in a bit of a weakened state, I also started sailing again a bit earlier than I should have and managed to pull the muscles that meet at my knee which are better but still not quite 100%. I’m can cycle again now so I try and get out on my bike a few times a week and I’m also trying to get a few short but brisk walks in. I still get tired quite easily but things are much better than they were a few months ago. I should be able to get back in the gym in a week or so (it hurts to pay for something you are not using!).
I had the last of my NHS/Charity funded (thank you York Against Cancer) Reflexology this week and I’ve been surprised at the effects it has had, the idea that someone can help your body heal by massaging your feet was a tough one for me to come round to, but I thought it was worth a bash. It actually eased my neck muscles which have been very tight due to the surgery and my poor posture during the radiotherapy treatment. The scar on my neck looks and is much less sore than it was before the reflexology but the main thing that has improved is that I was getting quite a bit of pain in the side of my head where the radiotherapy had been concentrated and this has completely gone. Now it might be the case that time has allowed things to heal but I’ve had 6 sessions of reflexology over 7 weeks and that is a relatively short time for things to have changed as much as they have. Like most things I can’t definitely attribute the improvement to the reflexology but I think as part of the whole regime it has definitely helped, I might try some Reikki next.
My next CT scan is in October and I’m hoping that it gives as encouraging results as the last one. Those results have allowed me to relax a bit mentally as I now realise that I have some time to work out what I should be doing in terms of diet, supplements, lifestyle etc., rather than worrying that if I miss something one day it will ruin the whole thing.
I still have cancer but at the moment it isn’t getting any worse and I may just be beating it, but its a long game and it is a sneaky disease so I can’t drop my guard just yet.