Curing Cancer Naturally~ My Story Of Radical Recovery
I have spent most of my adult life dedicated to the study and application of natural and holistic healing. I didn't start out with motivation or desire to work in this field, yet life took me on journeys I never had expected and the twists and turns led me to a career in the healing arts.
From a young age, I saw myself working in the performing arts. I had studied and been actively involved in dance, theatre, spoken word, and other artistic endeavors for many years. I was pursuing those passions when in my early 20's I found myself experiencing a variety of disturbing symptoms and health issues. The troubles with my health grew so severe that I could no longer perform, study, or work. I had to put everything on hold and focus on recovering. During the beginning of it all, I saw many doctors and specialists. I went through numerous examinations, scans, blood tests, and other diagnostics. I also was repeatedly misdiagnosed, not taken seriously, prescribed unnecessary medications, and failed by conventional medicine. After a lot of frustration, disappointment, and discomfort I chose to become proactive. I decided to start researching to learn how to understand my body better and how to heal it. I fired my doctors and decided to become my own doctor.
My first professional training was in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Asian Bodywork Therapies. This is a branch of medicine that I deeply respect and adore. TCM has helped me achieve healing in many ways. Over the years I expanded my studies and practice to include herbalism, nutrition, holistic detoxification, acupuncture, energetic and shamanic healing, and neurofeedback. All of these therapies have assisted me enormously over the years of healing and upgrading my body. I was able to eliminate severe ovarian cysts, overcome chemical and food sensitivities, improve my liver function and digestion, eradicate systemic candida overgrowth, cleanse mold infections from my body, and strengthen my immune system. Although I experienced tremendous healing after I fired my doctors, I still had a lot more work ahead of me. My healing has come in layers, and I have learned there is always more improvement that can be had.
It was 2009 and I was living in Costa Rica when I received a diagnosis of cancer. I was happy, in a new love relationship, raising my two young boys, doing work I love, and enjoying life. I wasn't expecting another major confrontation with my health. I started to feel some pressure on the far right side of my face, near the upper jawbone. Later I noticed a bump in that same area. While inspecting the area in a mirror I noticed a mole that had a bluish color. I made an appointment with a dermatologist who then referred me to have a biopsy done. The biopsy and additional bloodwork revealed that I had cancer. I was referred to oncology and later was given the diagnosis of stage 3 malignant melanoma. I was quickly scheduled for surgery to remove the cancerous tumor from my face. The doctors urged me to start chemotherapy as well. I told them that I was not interested in chemotherapy and they did their best to scare me and convince me that I was making a very bad decision. They reminded me that malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive of cancers and many people die from this cancer. I was no longer easily swayed by pushy doctors or their peddling of chemical treatments, and I let them know very clearly I was not signing up for chemo.
I did have the surgery, yet approximately two months after the surgery two small new tumors started to appear in the same spot as the one that had been removed. It was then that I decided to bring everything I had learned about healing and make a very strategic plan of action. I had already read many of the books and papers written by cancer healing pioneers such as Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Nicholas Gonzales, Dr. Hulda Clark, Dr. Burzynski, Dr. Ann Wigmore, and others. I added to that knowledge by spending many hours intently researching natural methods for healing cancer. I read countless studies, testimonials, and protocols. From all of this information, I chose what felt right for me and I began to design and develop my cancer healing protocol.
I am a firm believer that what we eat will either help or hinder our healing process. I wanted to make sure that my diet fully supported the ability to rid my body of cancer. I took a somewhat radical approach to eating. I chose to follow a primarily raw vegan diet that was completely sugar-free. I drank 40-50 ounces of fresh-pressed juices daily. I grew wheatgrass and made juice of that as well. All of my meals had a lot of medicinal value. I included foods such as turmeric, fresh ginger, shiitake mushrooms, moringa, spirulina, aloe vera, lemons, berries, seaweeds, seeds, fresh herbs, microgreens, and sprouts. I ate a lot of green food! Everything I ate was made fresh. I did not once use a microwave, eat packaged foods, junk foods, sugar, refined oils, animal products, gluten, or genetically modified foods. I focused on organic, fresh, locally grown, and vibrant foods. I grew my own wheatgrass, sprouts, microgreens, moringa, turmeric, shiitake mushrooms, and more. I made a lot of shiitake mushroom and seaweed broths. Along with herbal and green teas, I would sip that broth throughout the day. One thing I want everyone reading this to understand - the diet that I followed while healing cancer was designed for that - to heal cancer. It was a highly cleansing diet that prevented acidosis, mucus build-up, inflammation, and the feeding and fueling of cancer. It is not a diet I recommend for most people for long-term application. I also believe that each body is unique and there are variations to take into account whenever designing a diet meant for healing the body. In my private practice, I like to do a thorough intake and assessment with all of my clients to help them figure the best dietary approach for their body and health needs.
Along with nourishing my body with an abundance of superfoods, I also practiced frequent fasting - abstaining from food. I practiced intermittent fasting daily. I ate meals only between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm. That allowed 16 hours for the digestive organs to rest and for the body to work on repair and healing. I also would do frequent juice fasts where I drank only fresh-pressed juices for a few days or sometimes as long as a couple of weeks. Once a month I did a water fast. Sometimes I would have only water for several days and other times as long as 2-3 weeks. Fasting has proven to be very helpful for accelerating healing in the body. It helps regenerate vital stem cells, rid the body of toxins, reduce inflammation, and improve conditions in a wide range of chronic health conditions.
Herbs and Supplements
I was blessed to have been living in Costa Rica with wilderness and rainforests surrounding me. I had access to an abundance of healing plants and natural remedies. The herbs and plant medicines I chose to include were Graviola (the leaves of the soursop tree), Pau D'arco, Dragon's Blood (Croton lechleri), Turmeric, Chlorella, Red Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma applinatum), Artists Conk mushroom (Ganoderma applinatum), Chaga mushroom, Dandelion root, Ginger, and Gotu Kola. The supplements included vitamin C, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, and food-grade iodine. I also used a product called MMS (chlorine dioxide) for 3 months. Of all the remedies and therapies I included while healing my body of cancer, MMS was by far the most challenging. I had some major detox reactions while using MMS. Hives, migraines, body aches, fatigue, and extreme nausea. If I had to do it all over again I am not sure if I would include MMS. Yet, I did achieve healing and I am still here 12 years later, so perhaps it was a good thing to include.
When I was learning how to heal my body the first time I experienced major illness, I came to learn of the power of holistic detoxification. I used many natural detox therapies to help my body cleanse and heal. That inspired me to continue my education in this field and later become a holistic detox specialist. I designed a comprehensive Full Body Cleanse program that I have guided numerous people in over the years. When I learned that I had cancer I knew that including a variety of holistic detox therapies could greatly assist my ability to kick cancer out of my body. I did colon cleansing, parasite purges, heavy metal detoxification, monthly liver and gallbladder flushes, kidney and lymphatic cleansing, daily coffee enemas, and frequent castor oil packs. The diet I was following, especially with all the fresh juices, was very cleansing in itself. Over the years of helping both myself and others heal, holistic detoxification has become one of my most revered of modalities for helping support accelerated healing and radical recovery.
6 months after I received the diagnosis of cancer