Measuring cancer healing progress + costs

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Mr. G is doing so well healing his body of Stage I cancer!

Okay so we haven’t measured any progress yet, but if his oncologist won’t help him with the monitoring, then we’ll have to do it ourselves.

Oftentimes when you break away from conventional treatments, doctors shut you out. I don’t know if that’s the case with Mr. G’s doctors, but we haven’t communicated with them since Mr. G cancelled his surgery. It’s quite stressful to get turned down for help during a time you need it, so we haven’t asked them yet to shield ourselves from the stress/disappointment. There’s enough stress going on here, and we don’t need a doctor’s rejection bringing us down.

We’ll see whether we feel strong enough to confront them (that’s what it feels like) and if not, we’ll just do it ourselves.

How will we monitor Mr. G’s cancer healing progress?

We’ll have to prepare samples ourselves and send them directly to the lab. Blood samples are difficult, but urine samples are easy. The Navarro Medical Clinic has been recommended by Cancer Tutor as an economical way to monitor progress. The test will tell you ‘how much cancer’ you have in your body, by measuring HCG levels. As long as you compare the same tests results with each other (urine HCG test with the next urine HCG test), it will be comparable.

Cost of the test is $55 USD a pop not including shipping to Philippines where the lab is located. We also need to find 100% acetone to prepare the urine samples, and I’m not sure where to find it. We’ve been busy but need to start figuring it out soon. If Mr. G’s doctor is willing to help with monitoring, it will be covered under insurance.

The cost of alternative therapy

We are spending a lot of money. But surprisingly, not as much as we expected. I don’t know how much Mr. G expected to spend, but I have been budgeting for 30K EUR. So far, we’ve spent not more than 600 EUR, not including increased cost of food (since we eat mostly organic now).

The 600 EUR was for the naturopath visits and the natural medicines we bought. Mr. G is now on a therapeutic regime that has a morning and evening ritual. It’s stuff he can do himself (pills, creams, etc…).

But when he starts his IV treatments, that will cost some money. One naturopath quoted us 6K EUR, but the new one we found didn’t tell us how much (and we forgot to ask), because his practice is far from us and he wants us to find a place closer to us since it will be an everyday treatment thing.

We want to find a clinic and practitioner we like and trust. We want to feel comfortable, and will pay more for it if we must.

The real work is in massive lifestyle changes

The best naturopath and therapeutic treatment plan won’t work (or work as well) if you don’t massively change your lifestyle. We thought our lifestyle was great already, but actually it has tipped Mr. G over the edge of having cancer in the first place. Which is a clear sign that something has got to change.

This is what we are changing:

  • diet/nutrition – switch to raw vegan
  • increase physical activity – daily
  • stress reduction – no more commute, positive thinking, meditation, forgiving the past, yoga soon!

Even though we were eating a vegan diet before, there was much to be improved. We ate a high fat, high protein vegan diet, with probably too many processed foods. Now we have switched to a mostly raw vegan diet (high carb, low fat, low protein diet) with no processed food except oats. And we feel great!

Some of our friends and family have doubted our natural/alternative approach. Mr. G was already vegan before his second diagnosis, so what makes us think another vegan diet will suddenly cure him?

Why don’t we do vegan diet PLUS conventional treatments?

Good question! Although vegans are not immune to cancer (obviously), diet and nutrition are linked to diseases in mainstream clinical and epidemiological research. Short synopsis is: animal proteins (meat, dairy, eggs) are carcinogenic in humans, while whole food, plant based diets are healing. It’s just that these studies never get publicity and pharma trials (paid for by pharma or by the money you donate to cancer research FOR pharma), take front-stage-centre even though they have low survival rates and a ton of side effects. The nutrition studies are largely ignored. Which is a gigantic travesty, because more people are getting killed by cancer treatments than cancer itself.

Or like Mr. G, he was never ‘cured’ from his cancer after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy the first time around. He is now dealing with chemo side effects, liver damage, and secondary cancer. And he is not alone. These results are considered ‘normal’. Which makes me so angry.

If he was given a choice based on a mainstream research, then a raw vegan diet + stress reduction lifestyle should have been part of the treatment options communicated. Not only surgery/chemo/radiation. Cuz guess which option we would have chosen if we had known? The gentle, curative approach (not covered under insurance), or the unnecessary, harsh, invasive, non-cures that f*#$ up your body (but that are covered under insurance). Grrr!!

Mr. G had switched to a vegan diet at a time when he still had cancer. While I do believe his vegan diet was enough to prevent cancer, it wasn’t enough to heal him from the cancer. Which is why we are “sending in the army” (as I call it!) by going mostly raw with a strong focus on the cancer fighting foods. A raw vegan diet is a very powerful detox diet, which is exactly what your body needs if you have cancer.

A lot of people are finding my blog when I tag it with ‘cancer’, so I’m thinking of starting a separate cancer blog so my cancer entries don’t get mixed up with “I want to FIRE!” type entries. It’s also easier to blog when there is a distinct theme, and I don’t know if I want this blog’s theme to be expat living + FIREing + cancer healing. All over the place!

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7 thoughts on “Measuring cancer healing progress + costs

  1. I really feel for you guys and admire your commitment to the lifestyle changes that you are making. I am so simplistic with my food and health that I think I would really struggle to make the sort of changes that you are working on. Plus if I’m completely honest I have a bit of (completely unfounded) skepticism in relation to naturopathy that has probably been drummed into me by the media. Of course I say that now not being in your position, but if I was in your position then I’m sure I would change my tune quite quickly.

    I hope the blood test approach gives you a reliable basis for tracking your progress. My accountant brain is so simplistic that I would need a lab test like that to go by to have any idea of how things were tracking.

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    • There are people in the medical/health industry (including many medical doctors) who are really just out to make money and don’t care about your health and well being as much as they care about lining their pockets. So your skepticism is not unfounded.

      Our approach was to first do our own research, and then start interviewing naturopaths to see which ones are synthesizing evidence-based research into their practice. We then could filter out the ones we didn’t like, because it became apparent who was trying to sell us stuff and who really knows what they’re talking about. This takes some effort, but is worth it to do and not even so hard anymore with the internet at our fingertips.

      It would be so much easier if we could just trust the doctors and the hospitals to cure my husband. But unfortunately the system is so broken, that it’s not set up to cure diseases. It’s set up only to manage symptoms.

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      • The system certainly does seem screwed up, but it makes me think of the old saying “If the only tool you have is a hammer then you are likely to see every problem as a nail”. Many of the health “professionals” probably just see the majority of problems in the same way, where they just apply the same “tried and trusted” (to make them money that is) “soloutions” irrespective of whether they will actually do the job. At least you have access to the Internet so that you can be more informed about alternatives – our parents would have just accepted whatever they were told because they didn’t know any better.

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      • Unfortunately the medical community is all about a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Which also happens to be the expensive drugs supplied by pharma! If someone willingly chooses to go the conventional route, that’s their choice. But what I’m against is framing it all as the ONLY one choice, and scaring people into taking it. I guess that’s the only way to convince someone into injecting poison into their bodies, or microwaving themselves – by fear.

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