Cancer and Remission (think C)

Cancer and Remission

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our treatments for cancer.

How do you treat cancer?
How do you work with oncologists?
What natural treatments do you use?
How does Vitamin C work?
How successful have you been?
Does insurance cover any of this?
Does the FDA approve of any of this?
What happens to the patients?
Profiles of some of the patients

How do you treat cancer?

We are primary care physicians, Naturopathic Medical Doctors. We use natural treatments only for cancer and other diseases. That is we use no chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. However, we do work with oncologists, the formal name for doctors who are cancer specialists. And they work with the mainstream treatments, as well as imaging and labs showing what happens with tumors over time.

How do you work with oncologists?

There are two types of oncologists in our experience: the old-fashioned kind, those who only know about chemo and radiation and surgery, and who are not interested in natural treatments for cancer. Some have shown a lot of hostility toward natural treatments for cancer. They have not been very cooperative with us regarding the patients that we share. And this has been detrimental to the patients’ wellbeing, because necessary information such as PET scans, MRI’s etc. have been withheld by them.

However, there is a new forward-thinking, well-informed and open-minded type of oncologist, and they are taking an interest in the tumor regression and remission that we have experienced with natural treatments. These oncologists have been helpful and cooperative about sharing information from CT scans, PET scans, bloodwork, etc., and the patient benefits from this shared information. Fortunately, some of our patients have these newer kinds of oncologists. One such oncologist even told one of our patients that he would do what the patient is doing – that is, the natural treatments – if he himself had cancer, and that he had nothing better to offer for this patient’s particular cancer. That kind of honesty is very welcome to the patient, as well as to the public. Certainly oncologists do have a lot to offer to cancer patients, often lifesaving help. But when they cannot help, it makes most sense for them to welcome the natural treatments that do make a difference. There is a genuine desire on the part of many mainstream doctors to act with the patient’s best interests as a priority, regardless of where that road may go.

What natural treatments do you use?

It’s important to understand that that depends entirely on the patient. Each of our cancer patients came in with a different type of cancer and even different patterns of metastases. All of our patients come in with malignant cancer in Stages 2, 3 or 4. Yet we have only lost one patient to cancer in the last two years of using these protocols.

As for an example of a specific treatment, let’s say a cancer patient has lung involvement. Then we might deliver natural treatments to the lungs by way of a nebulizer. This has been helpful with both primary lung cancers as well as secondary metastases to the lungs. What we put in there are specific combinations of certain herbs and nutrients, in a form that is tolerable to the airways, and with specific attention to the patients’ needs.

We also offer intravenous anti-cancer nutrients, such as massively high doses of Vitamin C. A bit of history may help here.

Linus Pauling is the only person in history to be awarded two solo Nobel prizes. His work with Vitamin C and cancer was groundbreaking decades ago. Now we know that we can use much higher doses of Vitamin C than Dr. Pauling did without side effects, and get even better results than he did in his day.

Certain herbs have shown a tremendous effect in slowing the growth of cancer and inhibiting metastases, so we use those when appropriate.

Several other cancer-fighting strategies are available from nature. Further, if a person is very acid, and their blood or urine shows high acidity, then we work extra hard to alkalinize them, because cancer cells only thrive in acid, not alkaline conditions.

Dr. Tullio Simoncini is well known for his work with sodium bicarbonate and cancer. He sees cancer as closely related to fungal conditions, which are intolerant of an alkaline environment. So he proposes using sodium bicarbonate by injection. Although Dr. Simoncini is doing groundbreaking work, this is one piece of a very large and complex puzzle. We do need the other treatments as well to be really effective. Several other natural substances will also alkalinize the body. We use some intravenously, and some are taken orally. The ones we like best are the ones that are attracted to the tumors and more active there, with least disturbance to other cells.

How does Vitamin C work?

One thing that Vitamin C does is change the surface tension of cancer cells and to set them up for apoptosis, or death of the cell, which is what normal cells do naturally. Cancer cells are a problem partly because they are immortal, at least until Vitamin C and other treatments help to make them mortal.

Another effect of Vitamin C is a little complicated, but bear with us. We know from the 2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*, that Vitamin C used intravenously, hardly at all orally, but by IV, will increase the body’s own concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the extracellular fluid. Here’s the bottom line: Vitamin C makes the cancer cells to be bathed in extra oxygen, which kills cancer cells.

And better yet, and confirmed by the research, Vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells, and not normal cells. Which is why the patients feel good and keep their hair. Because we are not killing normal cells.

Plus Vitamin C is necessary to human survival. We have Vitamin C throughout our bodies, inside and outside our cells, unless we have severe scurvy, which is a deadly disease.

How successful have you been?

In the last two years of using these particular treatments, we have lost only one patient to cancer. Some people ask us to calculate from that a percentage success rate, but the government doesn’t approve of such arithmetic, so we have to simply say that to date, the great majority of patients who have stuck with these treatments have gone into remission.

Does insurance cover any of this?

Things are changing very rapidly here. Just in the last few months, the major insurance companies have begun to cover naturopathic treatments much more than before, as they realize that we save them quite a bit of money over mainstream medicine. Unfortunately, Medicare is still not covering this. But since insurance coverage is improving so rapidly, we are expecting Medicare to come around too.

Aetna and Cigna have been best at covering naturopathic medicine. Others are trying to catch up. Even Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Humana, which never used to cover naturopathic services are beginning to get with the times. The most common objection of the insurance companies to the natural treatments is that they are “experimental.” However, many of these treatments have been around longer with a longer history of success than most of the chemotherapy drugs.

Our patients who actually try to submit these bills to insurance are the ones who are most likely to get some reimbursement.

Does the FDA approve of any of this?

In fact, the scope of practice for a Naturopathic Medical Doctor in the State of Arizona as well as a number of other licensed states includes the following: primary care practice (office consults, physical exams and laboratory diagnosis), natural medicine (nutrition, IV nutrients, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy) as well as mainstream medicine (minor surgery, prescription of pharmaceuticals).

For cancer, all treatments that we use are natural substances, not synthetic, and all are available in some form or other to the general public, over the counter. However, the quantities and form differ greatly, if you really want to have a fighting chance against such a vicious disease as cancer. Some of this has to be given intravenously in order to be really effective against cancer. You can’t just get enough or the right amounts and proportion and form of these simply by visiting the health food stores.

So yes, it’s all legal, all within the scope of practice of naturopathic physicians here in Arizona, licensed by the State of Arizona, with oversight by the Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners, and our medical schools are accredited by the US Department of Education. There are 15 states total as well as the District of Columbia that license naturopathic medicine. They are:

New Hampshire
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands

What happens to the patients?

As for what happens to the cancer patients, first, they start feeling better and their energy comes back. Two cancer patients over 60 years old ride their bicycles several miles a day. This is while being treated by us for cancer. Another went for a 3-mile walk recently, and then another walk on a beach in a strong wind. She had Stage 4 malignant melanoma. That kind of well-being and strength and vitality shown by these patients usually begins within weeks after we start treating them, long before we have evidence from the CT scans, MRI or PET scans of shrinking tumors. We look for evidence coming back of shrinking tumors or tumors that are no longer there. Sometimes there will be new metastases while the primary tumors are shrinking. But that’s okay; we just keep fighting the cancer relentlessly till we win.

Profiles of some of our cancer patients

We have seen thousands of patients, but since 2006 have focused on cancer and after dozens of cancer patients and hundreds of treatments, we have lost only one patient to cancer.

The following dozen cases are listed in no particular order, but are a representative sample of the variety of cancers that are increasingly common today.

Case 1

A man in his forties with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma came to us for natural cancer treatment. He had already been through chemotherapy. With the natural treatments that we have used, he has maintained a high quality of life, active in his work and hiking in the local mountains. We recently had the pleasure of learning that he is in remission while continuing the natural treatments.

Case 2

A woman in her fifties had malignant melanoma, which is one of the most dangerous kinds of cancers and the most dangerous of the skin cancers. By the time we met her, it had already metastasized to her brain. This patient chose a combination of surgery, radiation and our natural cancer-fighting treatments, which we continued until she went into remission several months ago. Today she enjoys an active life with recreational travel.

Case 3

A man in his fifties had prostate cancer and chose only our natural treatments. He did not want to have any of the mainstream treatments. After less than three months of natural treatments, he is now in remission. He continues to ride his bicycle several miles a day and works two strenuous jobs.

Case 4

This is the one patient we had who actually died of cancer. It was inoperable pancreatic cancer, and the two tumors had actually shrunk considerably, with one disappearing completely, during the course of our natural treatments. This patient enjoyed a high quality of health, very active physically and feeling good during the first few months of our natural treatments. However, as things started to look very good, there arose different viewpoints about the best way to proceed throughout the healing process, and the initial success turned to very aggressive metastases throughout the body.

Case 5

A man in his fifties with colon cancer chose a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and our natural treatments. After surgery, some cancer remained.
An 80% reduction in his tumors was found after a combination of chemotherapy and natural treatments, but unfortunately complications from subsequent surgery took him back into the hospital without recovery.

Case 6

A breast cancer patient in her seventies is being open minded to various treatment options, but for right now is just receiving our natural treatments. She remains stable and is doing well with a high quality of life and activity. In fact, she had a ping-pong ball sized lump that within a month surprised us all by reducing to not even being palpable.

Case 7

A patient with testicular cancer chose only to do our natural treatments after chemotherapy. We attribute his remission within one month to his use of combined therapy. He had abdominal metastasis and a spot on his lung, but has now been free of cancer for a year.

Case 8

A woman in her forties with breast cancer chose lumpectomy and our natural treatments. We have had the great pleasure recently of learning that she is in remission, and she has resumed an active life with recreational travel.

Case 9

A man in his seventies has lung cancer, which has now reduced in volume more than 90% with a combination of radiation and our natural treatments.

Case 10

A man in his seventies with leukemia has been through chemotherapy and a number of natural treatments. Now that we have been treating him for some months, his numbers remain stable. Although not yet in remission, this man’s quality of life remains quite high. He is very physically active, and rides his bicycle several miles a day.

Case 11

This patient in her forties has had primary colon cancer, primary ovarian cancer and primary endometrial cancer. When she came to us after surgery, there were metastases as well. With only our natural treatments, the metastases disappeared and the patient’s improved vitality was quite dramatic. She is still in remission over a year later.

Case 12

A man in his sixties with lung cancer came to us with constant shortness of breath, even while sedentary. Now in remission after only our natural treatments, plus a well-chosen natural treatment that he had been using for years, he still confounds the oncologists who predicted back in 2001 that he would be dead in three months. His breathing is now much easier. These days he again enjoys recreational travel and fishing.

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