As I haven’t posted for a few months I thought I’d do an end of year summary for the last part of 2015.
In October I had my regular scan, actually it wasn’t the same as normal as my oncologist wanted the whole of my torso covered rather than just my chest so he could try and find where the cancer had spread to. So this time I was presented with some colourless liquid to drink prior to the scan so that my stomach etc would show up clearly. “Don’t worry, it is quite tasteless” lied the nurse, but I managed to down it all and then have more stuff injected into me as I had the regular CT scan.
I got the results in early November and they were mixed; mostly good news but some not so good news.
- The cancer had not spread any further than last time
- 2 of the three tumours in my lymphatic system had again not changed in size since the last scan (they are tiny apparently)
- The third tumour had inreased in size by 8mm so it was now 24mm (nearly an inch in old money) in size.
I was disappointed but overall it wasn’t too bad, I had concluded after July’s scan that I have more time than I thought, so I needed to consider these results and decide what to do next. It looks like I’m winning but at a fairly slow rate. I mulled over what I’d done in the intervening months and decided I had become blase and relaxed my regime too much.
So something needed to change and the first thing was to cut out alcohol again, I hadn’t been drinking much but alcohol inhibits the body’s immune system so I stopped drinking alcohol (almost) entirely. I also became stricter with my diet again, cutting out meat apart from very occasionally.
In terms of the supplements, I reviewed what I was taking and didn’t change it much apart to add a couple of things:
- Curcumin – a form of Turmeric (Wikipedia explains Curcumin better than I can) that is apparently very good at inhibiting and fighting cancer – what’s not to like? Here’s Cancer Research UK’s typically bland examination of Curcumin and here is a more informed view of Curcumin from Mercola.
- Resveratrol – apparently extracted from red grapes this has mixed reviews but I thought I’d give it a try. Again, here is Wikipedia on Resveratrol; Cancer Research UK on Resveratrol and Mercola on Reservatrol.
You might have guessed that I don’t have a particularly high opinion of Cancer Research UK, this is mainly because they raise money purely for research into drugs and are very closely linked to the larger drugs companies. I don’t want to start getting into the conspiracy theories that abound but large pharmaceutical companies make an awful lot of money out of cancer treatment so a cheap, natural treatment is of no interest to them. Cancer Research UK tend to disparage natural treatments of any type but make light of the side effects of chemotherapy, they even suggest having more drugs to counter the effects of chemotherapy drugs. Perhaps a separate post to continue this rant?
In early December I found that I was feeling pretty lethargic, occasionally nauseous, had a streaming nose and sometimes felt dizzy. From my army days I recognised this as nerve agent poisoning but then dismissed the idea as everyone around me didn’t have the same symptoms (so we were not under attack – phew). I resorted to Google (or rather my wife did as I couldn’t be bothered) and we came to the conclusion that I had low level cyanide poisoning. This is apparently due to my body not tolerating the Laetrile and/or apricot kernels, so I stopped taking them and felt well again after a couple of days.
Now my body had tolerated quite high doses for some time, I had been taking both things since around April this year, but there was no doubt that the Laetrile/Apricot kernels were the cause of my malaise. I do wonder if the massive doses of anti-biotics that were pumped into me when I had my throat infection in July had caused this intolerance but I have no way of knowing. I’m a bit worried at having to give them up as I think they helped stop the spread of cancer cells through my body in the early months. I may start taking lower doses in the new year and see what the effect is – trial and error is all I’ve got at the moment.
Having given up the Laetrile/Apricot kernels for the time being at least, I had a look around for something else to try. The two things I keep coming back to are the Budvig diet and Essiac Tea but as yet I haven’t tried either. I understand that they can be used together so I might give them a try.
In the mean time I looked for something that specifically targeted the lymphatic system and discovered Beta Glucans. These are immune system boosters that have been found to be beneficial in fighting cancers, they get right into the lymphatic system and boost natural killer cells to fight cancer. Some relatively impartial information on Beta Glucans and cancer. The good thing about these (whatever they are) is that they have been researched and put through clinical trials so are deemed to be safe. The one I chose to take is ImmiFlex and more information can be found on the Beta Glucan product Immiflex here. It is good for you even if you don’t have cancer!
I’ve (almost) given up alcohol, I’ve gone back to a stricter diet, I’ve added a few tablets to the already vast amount I take every day and I’ve stopped taking Laetrile/Apricot kernels for the time being. I feel absolutely brilliant at the moment; I seem to be getting my mojo back and have more energy each day. I do need to get more exercise and get myself fit again though; I’m going skiing at the end of January and want to be fit for the sailing season this year.
I’ll be having a couple of beers tonight and a glass of bubbly to see in the new year but that is all. Have a great 2016!