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Stop the Cancer Drug Ripoff!

by Ralph W. Moss, PhD. | Jan 25, 2019 

The public is fed up with the cancer drug ripoff of runaway prices. Just when you need financial and emotional support you are hit with crazy expenses. Big Pharma has set cancer drug prices way beyond what most people can possibly afford. This has got to stop!

When the $40 billion Big Pharma company Merck launched its immune system drug Keytruda in 2014, it priced it at $150,000 per year. Keytruda thus became one of the most expensive drugs in medical history. But bear in mind that average American workers make $857 per week or $44,564 per year. So how on earth can people come up with more than three years worth of salary for just this one drug?

Then, to add insult to injury, in 2017, the FDA approved another type of immune drug, called Kymriah. Seeing what others were getting away with, Novartis demanded a mind boggling $475,000 for each infusion. This drug treats a kind of leukemia that mainly affects children and teens. So it was truly a case of “your money or your kid’s life.”

Then another company released a competing drug, Yescarta, they priced it at a “mere” $373,000 for adult lymphoma, Novartis then reduced the price of Kymriah for lymphoma to match the price of Yescarta. Apparently it could afford to “lose” $102,000 and still make a huge profit. But it kept the $475,000 price tag for kids with acute leukemia.

And, mind you, YOU, the consumer, paid for most of the research on these new drugs through the part of your tax payments that went for medical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states at its website:

“The NIH invests nearly $37.3 billion annually in medical research for the American people.”

Thus, the “the American people” pay twice–once to help develop these drugs, and again to pay their outrageous costs.

Source: https://www.mossreports.com/cancer-drug-ripoff/

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Placebo and the Power of Believing: Quotations from Dr. David R. Hamilton

A placebo is a dummy drug — a sugar pill — that’s made to look just like a real drug. It’s used in medical trials so that the drug can be tested against a control (i.e. a placebo).  Being a placebo … it’s not supposed to do anything. But is this always true? Unfortunately it is NOT. In certain cases, a placebo can “behave” like an active drug if the patients believe it is a real drug. It is their belief that’s doing the work! Why is this possible? According to Dawson Church (in The Genie in Your Genes), Our brains are themselves generating drugs similar to those that the doctor is prescribing for us.

When you believe something, chemicals are often produced in your brain that give you what you believe should happen.

The placebo effect is often quoted at 35 percent … it works 35 percent of the time. It actually varies tremendously … from as low as 10 percent to as high as 100 percent in some cases.

  • In 2007, a drug company reported that the condition of 66 percent of patients improved after taking a new drug for congestive heart failure. But the placebo (only taking sugar pill in the trial) also improved 51 percent of patients.
  • Clofibrate was used extensively for cholesterol-lowering in the1980s and 90s. The five-year survival rate for patients on this drug was 80 percent. The placebo was 79.1 percent.

Let’s look at what some other research results tell us:

  • Paying more for a simple painkiller can produce a greater painkilling effect than a less expensive version, even though they might be the exact same drug, simply packed and priced differently. 
  • An expensively packaged placebo is as good as a cheaper, mass-market version of an actual drug. 
  • In the US, a placebo injection of pain is more effective than a placebo tablet, yet in Europe, a placebo tablet is more effective than an injection, even though they’re both placebos. 
  • The same placebo can produce opposite effects, depending on what a person believes it’s for. Believing an inhaler can relax airways relax airways. yet believing it contains allergens can constrict them, even if it’s a placebo in both cases.

These kinds of observations teach us something very important about the mind’s ability to impact the body. A thought or belief isn’t just “all in the mind”. Mind and emotional impact the physical state of the body.

The effectiveness of placebo depends upon various factors such as:

  • the illness,
  • the language used by the person prescribing or dispensing the medicine,
  • the personality of the doctors giving the medicine,
  • how a clinician dresses,
  • their age — whether they have grey hair or wear glasses,
  • the desire of the patient to get better,
  • how much they believe that they will get better.

The Power of Positive Consultation: The placebo effect is often seen as a nuisance in medical trials. Therefore some companies try to remove it …. they think they can, but they cannot. This is how they try to get rid of the placebo effect. Patients are given either a drug or a placebo. The ones who improve on placebo are called “placebo responders.” Say, 35 percent of the people are placebo responders. These are then removed from the trial.

A new trial then begins that doesn’t have any known placebo responders. By right, there should not be any more patients who respond to placebo in this second group. But the reality is, a new 35 percent of patients still respond to the placebo.

The reason for this result in these trials lies in the only factor that hasn’t changed between the two studies — the doctors! The still say the same things … what they say, how they say it, their enthusiasm … and how they relate to the people receiving it matters a lot.

There is another study done in 1954. Patients with bleeding ulcers were given water injection (placebo):

  • But were told that this would cure them. Seventy percent of them showed excellent improvement.
  • When told that this was an experimental injection of undetermined effectiveness. Only 25 percent improved.

Nocebo

Nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo effect where patients develops negative symptoms. Research published in Psychosomatic Medicine XXX, 819-829 and XXX1,134-143 (both in 1969) illustrated the effects of nocebo.

  • Forty asthmatics were given an inhaler containing a placebo (water vapour) but were told that it contained allergens that would cause constriction of the airways.
  • Nineteen of them (48 percent) suffered considerable constriction of their airways.
  • Twelve of them experienced a full asthma attack.

They were then given another inhaler and told that it would relieve their symptoms. Yes, it did even though it also contained the same water vapour.

In another study:

  • The patient was told that the inhaler contained pollen. The patient swiftly developed hay fever as well as airway constriction.
  • The patient was told that the inhaler just contained allergens but no pollen. This time the patient only developed asthma symptoms.
  • The patient was again told the inhaler contained pollen. Once again the patient developed hay fever as well as asthma.

In all these three situations the inhaler just contained water vapour, a placebo.

From the above it is apparent that what doctors say and how they say it clearly matters … the language, mannerisms, empathy, warmth and authority, as well as enthusiasm and confidence, have a considerable effect. 

Although some of these results point to the power of a doctor’s personality, the personality of the patient also affects how they receive the message and therefore how well the placebo works for them.

The following are additional information from the internet about placebo.

  • The use of placebos in cancer clinical trials is rare.
  • Placebos do not generally have long-lasting effects and they do not cure diseases.
  • Much of the placebo effect depends on a person’s expectations. If a person expects to feel relief, they just might. If a person fears side effects, those might occur.

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Having learned about the placebo, let us now take a look at what can happen in real life situation. Here is a patient who is diagnosed with cancer.

  1. He wants to go to the best oncologist in town. The doctor has to be a famous one. One that everybody talked about. The higher the fees the doctor charges the more “worthy” he is. He doesn’t want to go to a “cheap” doctor because the cheap one may not be as good as the expensive one. What is more, his life is at stake, so he does not want to take chances, i.e. if he has a fat bank account.
  2. He goes into the doctor’s office. Wow, it’s a five-star suite. Very impressive. Worth coming here! That shows he is a very successful doctor.
  3. He has to wait to see the doctor, because there are so many others lining up to this “saviour” as well. Also another sign that the doctor is really “khiang” (effective).
  4. When he gets to see the doctor, indeed he is very impressive. He is well dressed and talks with absolute confidence as if he is god.
  5. The doctor looks at the patient’s medical reports and scan. Go for chemotherapy immediately. That is the mantra with this doctor. No wasting of time.
  6. The doctor also warned the patient. If you don’t proceed with the proposed treatment the cancer will spread widely and fast too. If that happens, it will be too late for me to do anything. I cannot help you anymore.
  7. To makes things more dramatic the doctor would even tell the patient, I will treat you like my daughter. Don’t worry, I will take care of you well. In another case, the doctor even hug the patient’s wife and said, Don’t worry your husband will be alright. He will get well soon.

I don’t make up the above. These are what patients tell me happened to them. Take a look at this story:

If you understand the effect of placebo discussed earlier, what can you say about the behaviour of such a doctor? Don’t you think the whole scenario is trying to drum up a placebo effect? Perhaps at that point, even if you are given a glass of colored water to drink you will probably feel better!

When told to go for chemotherapy, I generally tell the patients to ask the oncologist if the treatment is going to cure them or not.

These are the answers you generally get.

  • Do chemo to prolong life! To avoid the nocebo effect the doctor cannot say, No, there is no cure! The patient may just run away from him.
  • If you don’t do chemo, your chance (whatever that means) is 35 percent. If you do chemo, your chance is 55 percent (or 65 or 70 percent).

From the second answer, it means that chemo will improve your chance by 20 percent ( or 30 percent or 45 percent). Is that good enough? You want a 100 percent chance right?

Earlier, we learn that research has shown the effect of placebo can vary from 10 percent to as high as 100 percent in some cases. Generally we say the placebo can contribute to about 35 percent on average.

Ask yourself, if by doing chemo my chance is increased by only 20 or 30 percent, is that not like a placebo effect? What if I just do nothing.  I cannot answer that question because research comparing chemo-drug against a placebo is rarely done.

But Professor Hardin Jones, University of California Berkeley had given his answer many years ago. He had personally studied the life expectancy of patients for more than 25 years and has come to the conclusion that chemotherapy does more harm than good.

He said, My studies have proven conclusively that untreated cancer victims actually live up to four times longer than treated individuals. People who refused chemotherapy treatment live on average 12 and a half years longer than people who are undergoing chemotherapy. People who accepted chemotherapy die within three years of diagnosis, a large number dies immediately after a few weeks … the only reason doctors prescribe chemotherapy is because they make money from it.

If you browse through the internet, there are many people who do not agree with what Dr. Jones had said. Take it from me, I too have been helping thousands of cancer patients for more than two decades and I can say this. Dr. Jones may not be exactly correct in terms of numbers (if that will make you happy!) but taking the message as a whole, he is right all the way! I have many patients who have outlived their doctors’ prognosis by just following our therapy and not undergoing any chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Are CA Care herbs a placebo?

Patients often tell me that their doctors do not encourage or forbid them from taking herbs. Herbs are just placebos! Empty! Not proven, not scientific! I don’t blame them. When I first started using herbs, I too did not believe that herbs were any good! But, with time I begun to see that herbs are really effective. If herbs are just a placebo, they cannot bring such wondrous healing.

I am fully aware about the effects of placebo from the very beginning when we started CA Care. So, I don’t intend to “cook up” this effect. Come to our centre. It is not a five-star suite! It is just a third-rate office. There is nothing to impress you! I don’t wear white coat nor put on tie with a stethoscope hanging down around my neck. My standard attire is just an open neck T-shirt — cheap one, not branded!

If you understand placebo, my initial presentation to you as a first time visitor is more of a nocebo (i.e. the opposite of placebo). Even more so, when I start to talk to you. I make it clear from the start of our conversation that I cannot cure your cancer! I also do not say that you are going to die soon if you don’t do this or that. I don’t want to play God. I also warn you that our therapy is NOT easy to follow. The herbs taste awful. You have to brew a few teas everyday — a big chore indeed. You cannot eat anything you like because proper, healthy diet is very important for their healing. All these requirements are “repulsive” to most people.

Because of me being brutally frank and out front, from my experience, I know that 70 percent of those who consulted me will not return after their first visit. This is because I cannot give them what they want — an easy cure. I am fine with that because I understand that healing needs full commitment by the patients. They need to understand that their health is their responsibility. For me to be able to help them they must first believe in what I am telling them. If you don’t believe don’t come.

My estimate is that, after all is said, I am left with about 30 percent of patients who really want to get well. To me the 70 percent who disappear does not represent any loss of income because I charge no consultation fee. The more people come to me, the more work I have to do. And I earn nothing!

Why am I so brutal during our first consultation? Why don’t I just say sweet and encouraging words that patients want to hear? This is all about honesty and integrity. I don’t want to mislead you. So I have to be honest. That is my core principle at CA Care.

Over the years, seeing firsthand of what is happening (in addition to reading a lot of books), I have come to learn that there is no such thing as a cure for cancer. And what is most shocking is that peoples in the Cancer Industry, do not even want to find a cure for cancer! Cure means no more huge profit rolling in.

However, even as I tell patients that there is no cure, it does not mean that they just need to go home and live a miserable life waiting to die. Not at all. I have patients who were told that without chemo or radiation they would die within three to six months. The truth is, even after 10 or 20 years, these same patients are still around — alive and kicking! So, the situation need not be hopeless at all. There is still hope if you are willing to do your best. Yes, that statement can give rise to the placebo effects.

So, in spite of no “so sweet talk” at the beginning, some patients did tell me. After talking with you this morning, I already feel good! I am already half cured!  Yes, that is the placebo effect. But getting well after taking herbs, is not a placebo effect. I believe it is real healing. You have to see healing happening right in front of your eyes to understand what I mean.

To illustrate my point let me share some cases where patients recovered after being unconscious or in coma waiting to die in the hospital. There is no chance for me to “cook” the placebo effect. I was not even there to talk to them!

Case 1: There was a man, lying in the hospital bed in Sarawak. His story was related by his son after he got well. Each morning, on ward round the specialist in charge skipped seeing him. This case — I don’t want to touch. The liver is not functioning anymore. The patient was left to die, and according to his son, And he also want to die — too painful. The family was ready. They made him a coat so that he would wear it when placed in the coffin. This son however, refused to give up and got to know about CA Care. He did not come to see us but managed to get our herbs anyway. Our tea, Abdominal Distention helped him. This patient recovered. When I visited Sarawak, I requested to talk to this patient. He told me, I am healthier now than I was before I had cancer. He could wake up early every morning to go marketing!

Case 2: Prapti was a young, sweet girl lying in coma in a hospital in Jakarta. She a tumour in her brain. There was nothing anybody could do to help her. One stranger walked pass and told one of the family members to go to Cancer Care. Prapti was fed our herbs and within two weeks she woke up. Gradually Prapti recovered. A year or two later, I met Prapti when I visited Jakarta. I decided to adopt her as my daughter. Prapti went to a seminary, graduated and worked as a trainee pastor. She later got married.

Case 3. She had metastatic lung cancer. She went to the “famous and expensive” doctor for treatment in Singapore. With chemo after chemo and after spending IDR 2 billion, she ended up lying unconscious in a hospital in Medan.

  1. Juliana had lung cancer and was treated by the best and famous in Singapore. After spending SGD300,000 she ended up like a zombie and had to be wheeled into our centre.

Let me end by asking you to listen to this video … what I said some 20 years ago!

How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body

 

The author:  Dr. David R Hamilton has a PhD in organic chemistry. For four years he worked in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

His research on the placebo effect and mind-body connection ultimately led him to leave the drug industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health. He is now author of nine books one of which is How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body. 

I am very impressed by the amount of mind-body research that is now being done and that are being reported. Today those who still hang on to the outdated idea that is the body is just a mechanical machine and that any faulty part can be removed and replaced with no further implications may want to read this book. When Dr. Hamilton wrote this book he is not just saying things out of the blue. What he said are based on scientific research. Remember, he is a scientist! And he once worked with the drug company which he soon left.

Let me briefly tell you what I have learned after reading this book:

  1. Your brain: use it or lose it. The brain in not just an static, hard wired, jelly-like mass control centre. It is constantly changing. Everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell changes your brain, and every thought causes microscopic changes in its structure. In a sense, thoughts leave physical traces in the brain in much the same way as we leave footsteps in the sand on the beach.

The brain is a constantly changing network of neurons and connections. And we are the cause of the change. Just like muscles, regions of the brain grow thicker as we use them — as we repeat the same movement, imagine the same thing, ponder the same thoughts, etc.

Let’s say you’ve always complained about  things. You’ll have built up brain maps that process your negative thoughts and emotions. If you decide to think more positively and focus on what you’re grateful for instead of what annoys you … you grow new maps that process your new way of thinking. Complained-based maps begins to shrink and gratitude maps expand.

The word neurogenesis is used by scientist to describe the growth and development of neurons in the brain. While this process is most active in a developing baby, it still happens in adults. We now know that living an active period of life with physical, mental and social stimulation can regenerate (or repair) damage to the brain … when we exercise or experience new things, feel excited, enthusiastic, fascinated, are in awe … experience spiritual states, neurogenesis also naturally occurs.

So learning a new language is a great way …. encourages us to use different brain areas …. learning new dances is also excellent because it involves exercise as well as the mind.

So as we go through life, no matter how old we are, if we retain our curiosity for new things and exercise our body and mind, we can mentally and physically grow younger.

  1. How the mind heals the body: Our thinking produces chemicals in the brain or neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, etc. These neurotransmitters send signals to the relevant part of the body and switch on or off certain genes. The process is rapid. Genes are activated within a few minutes — i.e. the genes have been activated by a state of mind within minutes.

The brain also produces neuropeptides. There are many different types and they’re associated with different experiences, states of mind, emotions and attitudes. For example, oxytocin is a neuropeptide that’s associated with love … feelings associated with kindness.

The neuropeptides are released into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body … and they affect the body.  Many neuropeptides are even produced in the body instead and can make their way to the brain.

Neuropeptides play an important role in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, gut, colon, reproductive organs and skin. Some affect the heart and arteries.

Given that there’s an effect of our mind on our genes, perhaps we needn’t live so much in fear if we have a family history of a disease. A change of lifestyle, attitude, behaviour or mind-set could perhaps overule some of the “bad” genes that we might have inherited.

A positive change in attitude and/or lifestyle would alter the environment in the body, affecting numerous genes in the brain and throughout the body. This could cause some of the “bad” genes to be turned down.

  1. The power of positive thinking. Optimists live longer than pessimists. Optimists … have fewer physical and emotional health problems, less pain and increased energy, and they generally felt more peaceful, happier and calmer than the pessimists.

Optimism protects you from illness …  positive attitude … can boost our immune system and therefore our ability to fight disease. As we go through our lives, our attitudes affect how we react to viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. A positive, optimistic outlook on life is ultimately better for our overall health and longevity.

  • A positive attitude is the best protection against heart disease.
  • Being supportive of another person is much better for health than holding anger and bitterness and constantly criticizing them.
  • Those who are most satisfied with their lives live longer.
  • Complaining about things and criticizing people has become a way of life for so many of us … it affects the people around us … it becomes an emotional virus that we carry around with us, infecting the people that we encounter.
  • Instead of complaining, try to focus on what you’re grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude. The more things you focus on that you’re grateful for, the more things you notice and experience that you can be grateful for. And it’s good for your heart.
  • People who give money away are happier than those who spend it all on themselves.
  • Earning a small salary but showing generosity with it might lead to greater happiness than earning millions and spending it all on yourself.
  • It’s not just our own attitudes and how we treat ourselves that are important, but how we treat other people.
  • If we learn to see the positive side of things then we might just live longer, healthier, happier lives. A good way to do this is to stop complaining, be more grateful and be kind.
  1. The Power of Love. Love is the power to heal the body and mind.
  • Love nurtures the soul.
  • Love shifts our perception of things .. that’s where the miracle occurs — inside us.
  • Love reaches inside us and stirs something, the soul perhaps. It makes life seem different, lighter, brighter.
  • You can experience love in many ways. You can show kindness to a stranger. You can smile at someone in the street. You can spend time with an animal. Gaze deeply into the eyes of an animal, for example, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
  • I believe that much spiritual and emotional healing, and often physical too, occurs as we tap into the capabilities we have to love. The more love we can consciously spread in the world, the more we heal ourselves.
  • We needn’t do big things to change the world. It’s the small things we do in large numbers that matter most.
  • A wise physician said to me: “I’ve been practising medicine for 30 years and I’ve prescribed many things. But in the long run I’ve learned that for most of what ails the human creature, the best medicine is love.”
  • Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it ~ Kari Menninger.

Through the ages, great spiritual leaders and sages taught us to love one another. Now we know that there is scientific basis for this advice. Now we know why love is so important . No, cutting each other’s throat in the name of Divine will is not going to heal us or the world.

Let me end with this passage from Colossians 3:12-14 (CEV). Paul wrote this: God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.

 

 

Colon-Liver Cancer: After surgery, he opted for CA Care Therapy. Right? Wrong?

CHK is 60 years old man from Johor. In May 2018, he had pains in the right lower abdomen. He consulted a GP in his hometown and was told that he had appendicitis. He was advised to see a surgeon in the hospital for an operation.

The next day, CHK went to a thoracic specialist in a private hospital. He was told outright that he had to immediately undergo a surgery to remove his appendix (i.e. appendectomy).  The next day, 13 May 2018,  CHK underwent the operation which cost him RM14,000.

While performing the surgery, the doctor found a mild bleeding surrounding the colon. He suspected a growth in the colon. The surgeon also noted that the liver showed symptoms of cirrhosis. After this surgery CHK went home to rest.

On 29 May 2018, CHK went back to the hospital again for a colonoscopy. There was a tumour in his colon and 85 percent of the passageway was blocked.  A biopsy confirmed adenocarcinoma of the ascending colon.

On 29 May 2018, CHK went to seek a second opinion in Kuala Lumpur.

CT scan showed:

  • An irregular mass in the distal segment of ascending colon, measuring 4.1 x  1  cm and it is  8.6 cm long. There is narrowing of the colonic lumen.
  • There is pericolonic tumour infiltration and the lymph nodes are mildly enlarged.
  • There are two small metastatic liver nodules measuring 1.3 cm and 1.4 cm.

On 26 June 2018, CHK underwent another operation (right hemicolectomy) in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

The surgeon removed about  17 cm of the colon, in addition to the omentum. Unfortunately, the surgeon did not do anything to the two metastatic liver nodules.

CHK was discharged from the hospital on 1 July 2018. He was given pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication and asked to recuperate at home.

He returned to his surgeon for monitoring on 23 July 2018.

A PET scan showed:

  • Two hypermetabolic metastatic nodules in the liver.
  • No abnormal hypermetabolic foci or metastases elsewhere.

The oncologist suggested the CHK undergo six cycles of chemotherapy with the view of follow up liver surgery. The drugs to be used are: Erbitux and Folfiri regimen (consisting of  Leucovorin + 5-FU and irinotecan). Each cycle of chemo cost RM15,000.

CHK’s son-in-law, Jack (not his real name) brought him to Singapore for more opinions. Unfortunately the story is the same — revolving around chemotherapy and surgery.

On 26 July 2018, I received an email from Jack.

Dear Professor Chris, 

My father-in-law, aged 60 was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and liver metastasis in June 2018. He had undergo a surgical procedure to remove the affected colon part on 26th June 2018 and is now recuperating at home. 

On 23rd July 2018 he did a PET scan. The result confirmed the cancer had spread to his liver. 

We also did a few genome testing on the tumor for potential immunotherapy. The result were negative for the “smart bomb” approach. 

Like most of other patient, we were told to go for chemotherapy treatment with the goal that the lesions in liver will shrink and ready for another surgical removal. I do have strong concerns about the chemo treatment especially with liver cirrhosis condition. At the same time, oncologist couldn’t give me answers about taking care of the immune systems and complications during chemo treatment. 

Before we make any decision on the next treatment options, we would like to pay you a visit next week.  I would love to get your precious input about  body healing  itself. We clearly understand there is no magic bullet from you and we wish to know more about how to cope and “live” with cancer management. 

Please find the attached of first time visit form. We will sign the disclaimer form when we visit you at CA Care center. I’ve also prepared a copy of medical history for CA Care center and will bring it along as well. 

I look forward to hear from you. 

Jack, his wife and his father-in-law came to our centre in early August 2018. Let me share with you what I have said that morning. This certainly apply to all patients who want to come and see us. May be you can learn something from this case.

  1. At CA Care we don’t play god. We do not promise you a cure.

We also don’t want to mislead you into believing that we have a magic bullet for your cancer. We can only do our best to help you if you want to help yourself. Unfortunately, most patients (I say again, MOST) who come to us, are searching for a cure! Some want healing on their own terms without wanting to help themselves.  There is no point taking our herbs if you insist on picking only what you want to do.

Most of the time too, if I find that the patients are not up to the “mark”, I would suggest that they go home and think about it first. I also ask them to go home and pray to ask for guidance.

When I received the above email from Jack, my instinct tells me that CHK is going to be a “good” patient. Jack reads and he knows what he wants for his father-in-law. He is not looking for a cure because he knows there is NO cure. What he wants is for his father-in-law to be able to live a life without any suffering — can eat, can sleep, can more around and there is no pain. What else do you want? But we do have patients who are not satisfied with that. They want to be cured!

  1. Before you undergo any treatment, ask, if surgery or chemotherapy / radiotherapy, is going to cure you?

See what the answer is. Then go to the internet and check what the ordinary folks have got to say after receiving such treatments.

In this case, CHK started off with an operation of his appendix only to be told that there was something in his colon and liver. How could that be? Why the “rush” to do the appendectomy?  Did the doctor not give the patient a thorough check? Apparently he did but sorely missed the target.

On the morning of 13 May 2018, before the surgery, an ultrasound of the abdomen was done. The result said:

  • No focal liver lesion. Kidney, pancreas, gallbladder are all normal. 

How reliable is the ultrasound result then? While performing the operation the surgeon suspected where was a tumour in the colon. And he also saw that the liver was NOT normal.

With metastatic liver cancer, CHK was asked to undergo chemotherapy using  Erbitux and Folfiri regimen. A total of six cycles would cost a cool RM90,000. But what good can you expect to get from this expenditure?

Go to the website and read the side effects of the treatment. Then go and “hunt” for data to see if such treatment did ever cure such metastatic cancer.

Jack had probably done his homework before he came to CA Care. All patient should do the same!

  1. Go for surgery and get the tumour totally removed. 

Generally this is my advice to all patients if you have cancer of the breast, colon, stomach,  sarcoma, etc.  If you don’t want to remove it, I would tell you not to come and see me. Our herbs cannot make your tumour go away. But if the cancer has already spread to other organs, then surgery may not be as helpful anymore.

However, there are exceptions. Over the years, I have seen that surgery can do more harm than good if you have cancer of the brain, liver, lung and pancreas. If you have any of these cancer, I would not push you to go for surgery.

I would want you to ponder carefully what you want to do. Perhaps there are time when you need to learn how to live with your cancer rather than trying to chase the non-existent cure.

  1. Learning to live with your cancer.

 For CHK, whatever he does, we all agree that his metastatic cancer cannot be cured. Well, the mantra is: Go for chemo so that the cancer does not spread more, or Do chemo to prolong life, or Do chemo to enhance quality of life.  If you have been following what I have been writing in this blog, you will know that such statements have to be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. They may not make sense.

So when CHK came to us, my first point is that we cannot cure his cancer. But we may be able to help him live a good life. There is no obsession of wanting to kill the cancer cells or going to war with cancer. Learn from your TV that no one wins in a war — see what is happening to Middle East today or Vietnam some years ago! But Americans never learn their mistakes. The same can be said about cancer. Fight and declare war on your cancer — the patient may just die sooner.

For cancer patients, it is better to learn how to live with the cancer. Take care of your diet. Lead a stress-free life. Turn to your god for guidance and comfort.

Yes, doctors say eat what you like, food has nothing to do with your cancer. I say, no! Eat what you like and you die sooner. I have seen many patients suffer recurrence after taking bad food.

So, what is happening to CHK after he decided to follow our therapy? The following are the e-mail exchanges we had over the past months.

After one week

Yesterday marks the first week of my father in-law on herbs. I just want to provide a quick update here. Generally, he is doing well with exception to the following:

  • Occasionally mild dizziness.
  • Pinch pain on big toe when pressure applied. (e.g walking)
  • Slightly more tired. Taking more nap in afternoon as compare to previous weeks.
  • Increased of bowel movement (2-3 times/day). Dark stools similar to color of the boiled herbs.

After two weeks

Yesterday, we completed two weeks of the treatment. My father in law continue to do well and coping better with new lifestyle.

His previous symptoms now reduced to:

  • Increase bowel movement (2-3 times). Sometimes loose bowel.
  • Occasionally mild giddiness.

After three weeks

It’s already three weeks he is on herbs. He continue to do well. All the previous symptoms seems to go away. The only concern now is he continue losing weight despite eating well.

Reply: Did I give you SuperP (protein). That will make him better. Just take it as food once or twice a day. 

Professor, we manage to take the result from PATH LAB today. The numbers on tumor markers were worrisome. The latest result shows the CEA spike to 11 from previous 5.5 while CA 19.9 increases to 55.2 from previous 19.

Reply: The results are not good. If the numbers double after one month — no good.

Professor, my father in law is doing fine overall with exception of the numbness and cramp pain issue which I shared with you previously. His cramp pain now “move” from the right side (where surgery was done) and occasionally towards the left. It’s like Chinese saying “wind pain” if you know what I meant.

It is not very painful type and it does happen intermittently especially when he goes jogging. However, it is getting more frequent as day pass.

The surgeon we went back for follow up, described this will prolong for some months and he is fine as long as he doesn’t vomit or passing blood in stools.

We intend to bring him for colonoscopy to find out reason of the abdominal pain but this procedure will give him sedative. Do you foresee any issue on this? Can you share with me your thoughts & experiences with other colon cancer patients on this one?

Other than the above symptom, he is doing fairly well with his routine even though the tumor marker increased in the previous blood test. He sleep well, eat well and go out meet with friends by himself. Bowel movement is good too.

Reply:  OK.  If pain moves from one spot to another that may be due to wind. That is easy. I have herbs for that.

You can try Stomach Function tea — need to boil like other teas or take Gastrovit — no need to boil.

Professor, I want to share the latest blood test result that we did last week. Again, he failed the blood test. CEA continues to increase from previous 11.1 to 18.9 while CA 19.9 increases from previous 55.2 to 84.6.

Physically, my father-in-law is doing well. No pain, good appetite, sleep well and jogging almost every morning. Just like normal person. He still lose weight but at very slow pace. Overall he look good without looking at the medical record.

We are under impression that his healing might be slower since healing take time. Sometime we have to get worse before we get better. Are we the only odd one that have this kind of result? I look forward to your experience on this.

On a side note, we have amazing experience with e-therapy. I was having flu and I manage to recover in three days just using the machine alone. My father in law tried the program 72 – Stomach Function for three days and he can feel the wind pain is almost gone.

Reply: No, I don’t think so. The fact that CEA and CA19.9 increase significantly over so short period of time means something is not right.

 This is not good at all. I must say I am disappointed. May be there is still something inside. Yes, once a while I do get such case.

Do you think you want to see the doctor? May be a PET scan can show what is not right. But then after that it may mean chemo.

I have given him all the herbs that I have. There is NOTHING more that I can give to solve the rising tumour markers.

CHK is doing okay BUT his CEA and CA19.9 markers are rising. Something is not right somewhere. As I have written to Jack, I really don’t have anything else to give his father-in-law to address that problem. May be we just have to learn to live with it. Accept that reality. A rising marker level is not good sign but a high maker level in itself is not going to kill him yet.

No, some of you may want to argue that to stop the CEA and CA19.9 from rising, CHK should go for chemo! Yes, that may be true. You can achieve “temporary happiness” for a while. But I have seen cases after cases of tumour marker levels shooting up high again after an initial decrease with chemotherapy. 

My final advice. 

Do your homework well. Don’t just simply believe everything that you are told. Make sure that you know the truth. Don’t be impressed just because someone is said to be an expert.

Lay out all your options and make your own informed decision. Remember, you are the one who has to suffer the consequences of your action, not the so called expert.

Over the years, I have come to sense that the “cancer world” is a rotten world. It is good to be aware of it. Read these articles below to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Living with Multiple Myeloma. Herbs helped her.

TK is a 76-year-old lady from Indonesia. In mid-2017, she was about to fall when someone grabbed her arm. Her right arm broke. She undergo an operation to fix her broken arm. Two weeks later her gum started to swell and bleed.

She went to a private dental care clinic in Singapore for further treatment. The dentist referred her to the Singapore General Hospital because her swollen gum appeared to be cancerous. A biopsy was performed and confirmed a multiple myeloma.

TK was asked to undergo intravenous (infuse)  chemotherapy. Her family brought her to the National University hospital (NUH) for a second opinion. The oncologist in NUH offered her treatment using an oral drug, Lenalidomide (Revlimid) and Dexamethasone.

TK started taking Lenalidomide for about three months or three cycles. Each cycle cost about SGD 2,000 to SGD 3,000.

Initially after taking the drug:

  • she had fever
  • she became weak
  • her appetite was reduced
  • her tongue became tasteless
  • her red blood cells count dropped and she needed blood transfusion. So far she had three blood transfusions, once every month while on the drug.
  • she started to cough and was told she had pneumonia.

Are these problems not the side effects of the drug she is taking? Read on!

Can this treatment cure her cancer? According to TK’s grandson (let’s call him Alex), the oncologist said there would be no cure. The treatment is just to maintain her condition (whatever that means).

Did the drug help her? Yes. Both the swelling and bone pains were gone.

It was at this point in time that Alex came to seek our help in early December 2017 on behalf of his grandmother.

Alex’s first visit, December 2017

At this first meeting I frankly told Alex that his grandma’s cancer is rare. In the 20 plus years dealing with cancer patients, I have not seen more than a dozen cases of multiple myeloma. I have no experience handling this case. So don’t expect a cure by taking our herbs. At best I can do it try to help make her life better while she is still alive. Yes, Alex understood this message very well. He did not come to seek any magic bullet for his 76-year-old grandma.

Since TK is already taking Lenalidomide from the NUH oncologist, she should continue taking that medication. At the same time, she can take the herbs and also take care of her diet.

What is Lenalidomide, the drug that the oncologist prescribed her? This is one of three derivatives of the once infamous Thalidomide. The other two related drugs are Pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and Apremilast.

When I was in school in the 1960s, I read an article about Thalidomide. It was actually a drug used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. Unfortunately this drug caused serious birth defects in children born of mothers who took it. It was estimated that 10,000 children in 46 countries were born with limb malformation, such as limbs were not developed — hands and legs appeared as distorted stumps. Other effects included deformed eyes and hearts, deformed alimentary and urinary tracts, blindness and deafness. Sad indeed. The drug was subsequently banned in 1961.

However, in July 1998 the FDA approved the sale of thalidomide again. This time it is for treating inflammation associated with leprosy and multiple myeloma. With this short introduction, I hope you can understand what thalidomide and its derivatives can do to a human being.

Here are some of the side effects of Lenalidomide

  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • tiredness
  • fever
  • dizziness
  • itching
  • swelling of the limbs and skin
  • cough
  • low white blood cells
  • low platelets
  • blood clots
  • risk of new cancers like AML, MDS, lymphoma
  • liver failure and death
  • possible birth of deformed babies and death of unborn baby. Pregnant ladies should not take this drug!

Source: (https://www.revlimid.com/mm-patient/about-revlimid/what-are-the-possible-side-effects/)

In trying to make life more comfortable for TK, I prescribed the following herbs:

  • Capsule A, C, D, M and P.
  • Since she has problems with her lungs, she was given Lung Tea 1 + SAP, and Lung Tea 2.
  • She has to go for blood transfusion every month. To help with her blood, she was given Chemo Tea.
  • She was also given Bone Tea.
  • For her cough she was given Cough 11 and Cough 5.
  • To help with her phlegm, she was given Phlegm Tea.

TK was out of our radar after Alex’s first visit. We totally forgot her case since I did not expect to hear from her again! As I have told Alex, I really do not know what to do with his grandma. 

One year later, November 2018: listen to what Alex has got to say about his grandma’s healing. Amazing!

  1. After taking the herbs for almost a year, TK was doing good. The three months while she was on Lenalidomide but without our herbs she suffered various side effects. But after taking the herbs, all her problems were gone. Yes, Alex said his grandma is definitely benefiting from the herbs.
  1. Before taking the herbs, TK had to go for blood transfusion once every month. She had already done this three times. But after taking the herbs (especially Chemo Tea) there was no further need for blood transfusion in spite of the fact that one of the side effects of Lenalidomide is to cause a drop of white blood cells and platelets.
  1. Her cough with phlegm was resolved after taking the cough and phlegm teas.
  1. The level of Kappa FLC and Lambda FLC in her blood, which initially was over 2,000, had gone down to almost normal now.
  1. Based from the above, there is no doubt that TK has improved. She just needs to go back to her oncologist once every three months now. Before it was once every two months. 
  1. Did her oncologist know that TK is taking herbs? Yes, Alex told the oncologist after TK was started on the herbs. Did the oncologist get angry that TK is taking the herbs? The oncologist told Alex, It is up to you. The only thing is, do not take the herbs at the same time as you take the drug. Indeed that is a good advice from the oncologist. Also, we need to be happy that this oncologist is open minded enough to agree to TK taking the herbs. Some patients get a shelling from their oncologists and are told not to take herbs — quackery, not proven, not scientific. Because of that patients generally do not tell their oncologists that they are taking herbs!
  1. There is one more problem to solve. TK needs to urinate very frequently — seven times each night, and this disturbs her sleep. I prescribed A-Kid-6 tea for this problem. TK is already 77 years old. We can expect that her bladder energy is weak. Hence the frequent urination. A-Kid-6 tea seems to help many old people with such problem! However, we also need to understand that frequent urination is one of the many symptoms of multiple myeloma. I asked Alex to try A-Kid-6 tea and see if this will help his grandma. 
  1. All in all, I told Alex that we need to be happy and grateful. She is now living a normal life. No pain, can eat, can sleep and can move around. Cannot ask for more. 
  1. To this Alex said, Yes. No suffering, good enough. This was my goal when I first came to seek the help of CA Care.

 

Brain Tumour: Amazing healing after four days on herbs

Eva is a 54-year-old Indonesian lady who had been having frequent headache for the past one year. Medication did not help her much. In late October 2018, she had a stroke. The limbs on the right side of her body were affected. She could not move her right arm but could move her right leg but not able to walk.

A CT scan showed a mass in her brain. The doctor prescribed Indexon which is actually a steroid, dexamethasone. A also took “mangosteen extract” (whatever that is).

For the past one month, Eva was in a serious vegetable-like state. She had to lie in bed, unable to talk and was totally unable to communicate or know what was going on around her. Her face was “blank” and she could not recognise anyone. She had headache on and off and she would moaned.

She was not hospitalised. Eva was just sent home and the doctor could not much for her.

Eva lived with the family of her sister-in-law. While socialising in the office, her sister-in-law shared Eva’s problem with a co-worker named David. David’s brother also had brain tumour. He underwent a surgery followed by radiotherapy. As a result he became blind. His suffered and was in bad shape — being unable to walk, etc. David’s brother eventually took our herbs and his health was back to normal but still remains blind. So David suggested that Eva follow our therapy.

On 9 November 2018, I received an email from David.

Good Afternoon Prof. How are you, I hope you are in good health. 

My family has stage 3 brain cancer according to the hospital. Man, I want herbal treatment so I refer to Prof. for herbal medicine. 

Just info prof. my sister will go to your place Tuesday. With my brother from Malaysia. And hand carry medical record (CT scan).

Eva’s sister-in-law came to our centre with the pictures below. I was devastated. How could I ever handle this case?

In our discussion that morning I laid out the following points clearly.

  1. This is a serious case. It did not happen only yesterday. The problem could have started some years ago. Then last year Eva’s condition deteriorated and she started to have headaches.
  2. What can we do now? Operation is not an option. That’s why Eva was sent home with only steroid medication.
  3. I am not god and I don’t want to play God either. Don’t expect the herbs to cure her. I have no magic bullet. So I really don’t know what I can do to help her.
  4. Our herbs are bitter and are difficult to take. You need to brew these teas. If she can swallow the capsules and drink the bitter tea, perhaps we can try. But if she cannot swallow and drink, there is nothing I can do.
  5. So you have to decide what you want to do. If you want give it a try I can prescribe you Capsule A, C, D and M. In addition Eva needs to drink Brain Tea 1 + PLM and Brain Tea 2. I can also give you SuperP — this is a plant-based protein supplement. Take these and let us see what happen. I can’t promise anything. Just try. But I know from experience that our Brain Teas are very good. I have helped many patients with these teas.
  6. Besides the herbs, you need to take care of the diet. Don’t eat anything with legs or that walks. That includes eggs or dairy products. Do not take sugar and oily food. No, you cannot take instant oat meal sold in the supermarket. That has sugar in it.
  7. If she gets well, please do not start eating “rubbish food” again. I know of many patients when they get well, the first thing they do is to start eating what they like. They conveniently forget what I told them. Please don’t do that.
  8. I expect her to suffer “healing crisis” in the next two weeks. She may vomit, may have more pain, etc. Don’t worry. Continue taking the herbs. Hopefully after three to four weeks the healing crisis goes away.
  9. After a month on the herbs, the only question I want to ask is, Do the herbs help you? Are you getting better?

At this point the sister-in-law asked: Do we need to go for another CT scan?

My answer: No, no. Don’t go for another CT scan. Do once is enough. Don’t have the illusion that the tumour is going to disappear after one month on herbs. If a CT scan were to show that the tumour is small or gone, I would not believe it! My herbs don’t do magic.

FOUR DAYS ON HERBS: Amazing healing

Eva’s sister-in-law came back to see us again three weeks later. She reported that Eva could talk and sing on the fourth day after taking the herbs! I told her I could not believe her story! Are you sure it is true? But I also know that with God’s blessing everything is possible. Thank God.

Watch to this video.

 

 

Chris: She took the herbs. Any problems? Can she drink those teas?

Sister-in-law: We remove the capsule and used the powder only. Yes, we prop her up and.she can take the herbs.

C: Bitter and awful taste — okay? She is not angry because she had to drink those herbs? In the first or second week after starting the herbs, did she suffer or have any problem.

S: Her condition improved and she can do the following:

  1. She can talk! Before the herbs she just had to lie down unable to communicate with anybody and is oblivious to her surroundings.  Four days after taking the herbs she can talk and communicate with us. She can even sing! She can talk and understand us. Yes she can answer questions.
  2. She can remember and recognize us. When friends come to visit she can recognize and greet them.
  3. She is able to sit down, before she had to lie down all day or had to be propped up.
  4. The pain and headache are almost gone. Before the herbs, she has pain on and off. When this is severe she moaned or screamed. No, she does not do this anymore.
  5. Her bowel movement is back to normal. Before the herbs, her stools are hard and we have to use our fingers to help “dig” it out.
  6. Her appetite is very much improved now.
  7. She has more energy.
  8. She can now move and lift up her right arm. Before, after the stroke she lost the ability to move her right arm.
  9. She can now walk slowly with help or support.
  10. Her facial expression looks good and fresh. She looks healthier.
  11. From day four until now, her health seems to be improving with each passing day.

C: This is indeed an amazing healing. I want to let you know that I cannot believe that story you have just told me. It does not seem to be possible. Four days on herbs and she gets better! It cannot be right. But I also know that with God everything is possible. So, let us be grateful to God for this blessing. Give thanks to God.

No, this story is too good to be true. God indeed helped her! Praise God. Go home and tell your pastor that.

But let me remind you that this is not a cure. You need to take care. Be careful and don’t do what is not right. Remember my advice, especially about the diet. Most patients when they just get well the first thing they do is go out and eat what they like.

Also continue to do what you are doing now. Don’t try to change anything. I must say I don’t know what else I can do to help her. So be patient. Healing takes time.

Comments

When Eva’s sister first came to seek our help, I must admit I was at a lost. Even after prescribing Eva the herbs, right down in my heart, I was not optimistic at all. Her condition is too serious. On top of that I was also not sure if she could take those bitter herbs or follow our instructions properly.

It is amazing that in such a depressing condition Eva took the herbs without any protest. Salute her for that!

Some patients, when told that the herbs are bitter or have awful taste, would automatically show their “sour faces or crooked nose” in protest. How to help such patients?

As much as I was NOT optimistic with this case, at the back of my mind, I also know that our Brain Teas are very good and have helped many patients. Even though Eva’s story is a big surprise and a big bonus, it is does not “shock” me. I have seen such miraculous healing before.

One case immediately comes to mind. This is about Prapti, a 21-year-old Indonesian lady. She had tumours in her brain and was lying comatose or unconscious in Jakarta’s Military Hospital. Medically she was written off. Everyone around her was just praying expecting her to die any time. A stranger passed by her ward and told her parents to try CA Care for help.

Prapti was fed our herbs. After two weeks she woke up from her “deep sleep” and was alive.

I had a chance to meet Prapti when I visited Jakarta. She had fully recovered (please, not cured!). She was such a sweet girl, and we decided to adopt her as our own daughter. I would make sure that she gets her supply of herbs. Prapti went on to study in a seminary and graduated.  One day Prapti expressed her desire to meet us again. Yes, we bought her the plane tickets to come and stay with us in Penang. Wonderful.

You may ask what had happened to Prapti now? This is a sad ending. After graduation Prapti became a pendeta or pastor. She decided to get married to her college mate, also a pendeta. Yes, we were okay with that but I did not foresee her problem coming. Prapti became pregnant. What do we do now? Continue taking the herbs? Will that affect the developing baby? I did not know because I have not encountered such a problem before. To be on the safe side, we decided she stop the herbs for while until the baby is born. Unfortunately, at the 7th month of her pregnancy the cancer struck her again. She became unconscious like before. She was admitted to the hospital and was on support system. They even made a hole in her throat to help her breathe. Prapti gave birth to her baby naturally while still in coma. Soon after the delivery, she died.

So, this is one bitter lesson I have learned. Ladies, by all means, get married but don’t get pregnant if you have cancer.

Click this link to read more about Prapti’s brain cancer: http://ispub.com/IJTWM/4/2/7376

 

Goldman Sachs to Biotech: Don’t Cure Cancer – Moss Reports: December 14, 2018

Cancer is a growth industry. And drug companies are not interested in curing cancer. It is more profitable to turn it into a chronic condition. They can then offer “chronic treatments.” Patients will keep coming back for expensive treatments.

This isn’t idle speculation. In April 2018, Goldman Sachs, a Wall St. bank with almost one trillion dollars in assets, let the cat out of the bag. A top level employee named Salveen Richter issued a report advising clients to think twice before offering actual cures for cancer or hepatitis C.

Ms. Richter is no wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. She is Vice President of Goldman’s Research Division and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

The report, titled “The Genome Revolution” she worries that the genetic revolution might be too effective at eliminating disease. She asks a rhetorical question: “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?”

 

But now it’s all out in the open. Because what the public thinks doesn’t really matter, and least of all to them.
Her answer is, No. She suggests that companies think twice before offering treatments that actually cure people! CNBC quotes her report:

“The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies. While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.”

“Sustained cash flow.” That’s Big Pharma’s bottom line. But this is so blatant! They used to hide this stuff. If you dared to point out that their only interest was in making money off of cancer and other diseases, you were called a tin foil hat nut job, a conspiracy theorist, and all the rest.

But now it’s all out in the open. Because what the public thinks doesn’t really matter, and least of all to them.

 

See also:

 

https://www.mossreports.com/the-cancer-industry-revisited/

 

 

Stomach Cancer Part 2: He opted for chemo. After two cycles he gave up and came back for herbs again. Why?

DK is an Indonesian. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer by a doctor in Penang. From Penang, he went to Singapore seeking for a second opinion. He got the same advice. After surgery, he needs chemotherapy. There is no two ways about it.

In Singapore, the operation would cost SGD60,000 while the follow up chemotherapy cost SGD40,000. That makes a total of about SGD100,000.

In early August 2017, DK came back  to another private hospital in Penang and decided to an undergo an operation here. His whole stomach was removed (picture below). The same surgery cost RM50,000. He stayed in the hospital for about ten days.

The histopathology report indicated a well differentiated intestinal-type adenocarcinoma. T3N1Mx, at least Stage 3A.

After surgery, DK was referred to the oncologist who told him that he needed eight cycles of chemotherapy. The drugs to be used are: infusion of Oxaliplatin plus oral TS-One. The total cost of the treatment is around RM50,000  (the total cost of surgery and chemotherapy in Penang is three times cheaper than Singapore).

The Penang oncologist told him, No problem. Chemo can cure! But if you don’t do chemo, the cancer can recur.

DK came to see us and was started on the herbs for about two weeks.

We did not get to see him again after that.

After some months, in January 2018, DK came back to see us again.

What happened? We were told that DK stopped taking our herbs. He went for chemotherapy instead. This was in the  months of November to December 2017. After two cycles, DK decided to stop chemotherapy and switched to our herbs again.

DK’s case was out of my radar for a while until September/November 2018 when his wife and daughter came to report on DK’s progress. I really did not know why he decided to switch treatment half way like that. Do you want to know? Listen to his wife’s explanation.

 

 

After taking herbs for about two weeks he opted for chemotherapy. Why? It was not due to the bitter taste or awful smell of the herbs. It was about food. Following our therapy means he has to take care of his diet. He cannot eat what he likes anymore. That restriction did not go well with him. If he goes for chemo, doctor says he can eat what he likes. Great!

After two shots of chemo, he decided to switch to herbs again. Why? As most people know, chemo has too much severe side effects. He could not take it. So he had to kuai-kuai (good naturedly) come back to herbs again.

After taking our herbs for about a year, is he okay? So far so good.

While on our herbs, is he taking care of his diet? This is a million dollar question. Her daughter just smiled when I asked her this question. Yes, at home, his wife makes sure he eat correctly. But he goes out with friends everyday – what he does no one knows.

What do you think is going to happen to him?  Your guess is just as good as mine.  And I have a story to share with you.

Not long ago, I have a patient. Let’s call him Jim. He also had stomach cancer. I asked him to remove his cancerous stomach, which he did. He decided not to undergo chemotherapy and came to me for herbs. Jim is a nice and friendly man. Whenever he came to our centre we always had a long chat like old friends. We talked about everything. At one time, he said he wanted to write a book about his life story. I encouraged him to do so and offered to help him edit the script. We started that project … yes, chapter one was done!

For one year, Jim was doing very well on our herbs. He looked great and he felt great. Jim used to tell me that his appetite had increased twice as much compared to the time before he had cancer. And remember, he has no more stomach!

Then one day, Jim had stomach pain. I asked him to go back to his surgeon (who is also his friend) and find out what happen. His intestine was so packed up with undigested food. Jim needed a surgery immediately.

After surgery, Jim was back to our centre again. He looked thin and lost a lot “oomph” of life. Unfortunately, Jim did not last long. Some months later he died. I have lost a good friend and a patient so soon.

Some weeks later, Jim’s daughter came to our centre. We sat down and shared our sorrow. My question — did Jim really take care of his diet? With tears in her eyes, Jim’s daughter replied, NO. I could sense the frustration in her.

Let the truth be told. No, Jim did not take care of his diet since day one! After he recovered from his first surgery, he would go out with his friends (yes, being a jovial man that he is, he has many friends!) and they would go out to eat what they like. No wonder his small intestine had turned into a “well packed sausage” that had to be removed.

Then Jim’s daughter added that even after his second surgery, her father did not learn his lesson. After he recovered from that surgery, again he went out with friends to various places in Penang where there is good food.

I felt sad to hear this story. But that is the way it is. So if you ask me again, what can happen to DK. I would say, I hope the ending is not going to be like Jim. But right down in me, I know that the chances of the making another Jim’s story  is very high indeed.

Good luck, DK.

 

 

Kanker Lambung Bagian 2: Dia memilih kemoterapi. Setelah dua siklus dia menyerah dan kembali minum herbal CA Care. Mengapa?

DK adalah dari Indonesia. Dia didiagnosis mengidap kanker lambung oleh seorang dokter di Penang.

Dari Penang, dia pergi ke Singapura mencari pendapat kedua. Dia mendapat saran yang sama. Setelah operasi, ia membutuhkan kemoterapi. Tidak ada dua cara untuk hal itu.

Di Singapura, operasi akan menelan biaya SGD60.000 sementara kemoterapi biaya SGD40.000. Totalnya sekitar SGD100.000.

Pada awal Agustus 2017, DK kembali ke satu lagi rumah sakit swasta di Penang dan memutuskan untuk menjalani operasi di sini. Seluruh lambungnya diangkat (gambar di bawah). Biaya operasi adalah RM50.000. Dia tinggal di rumah sakit selama sekitar sepuluh hari.

Laporan histopatologi menunjukkan adenokarsinoma usus berdiferensiasi. T3N1Mx, setidaknya Stadium 3A.

Setelah operasi, DK dirujuk ke ahli onkologi yang mengatakan DK membutuh delapan siklus kemoterapi. Obat yang digunakan adalah: infus Oxaliplatin dan obat minum TS-One. Total biaya perawatan adalah sekitar RM50.000 (ambil perhatian: total biaya operasi dan kemoterapi di Penang tiga kali lebih murah daripada Singapura).

Ahli onkologi di Penang memberitahunya, Tidak masalah. Kemo bisa menyembuhkan. Tetapi jika Anda tidak melakukan kemo, kanker bisa kambuh.

DK datang menemui kami dan mulai minum herbal selama sekitar dua minggu.

Selepas itu ia tidak datang kembali lagi ke CA Care.

Setelah beberapa bulan, pada Januari 2018, DK kembali menemui kami lagi. Apa yang terjadi?

Kami diberitahu bahwa DK berhenti minum ramuan kami. Dia kembali kedapa dokternya untuk kemoterapi. Ini adalah pada bulan November hingga Desember 2017. Setelah dua siklus, DK memutuskan untuk menghentikan kemoterapi dan beralih ke herbal kami lagi.

Kasus DK keluar dari radar saya untuk sementara sampai September / November 2018 ketika istri dan putrinya datang untuk melaporkan kemajuan DK.

Saya tidak tahu mengapa dia memutuskan untuk beralih pengobatan setengah jalan seperti itu. Apakah kamu ingin tahu? Dengarkan penjelasan istrinya.

 

 

Setelah minum herbal selama sekitar dua minggu, ia memilih kemoterapi. Mengapa? Itu bukan karena rasa pahit atau bau herbal yang mengerikan. Sebab yang benar adalah tentang makanan. Mengikuti terapi kami berarti dia harus mengurus dietnya.  Dia tidak bisa makan apa yang dia suka. Ini pembatasan yang tidak cocok dengannya. Jika dia memilih kemoterapi, dokter mengatakan dia bisa makan apa yang dia suka. Bravo!

Setelah dua siklus kemoterapi, DK memutuskan untuk beralih ke herbal kami sekali lagi. Mengapa? Seperti kebanyakan orang tahu, kemoterapi memiliki terlalu banyak efek samping yang parah. DK tidak bisa menerimanya. Jadi dia harus kuai-kuai (dengan baik hati) kembali ke herbal kami.

Setelah minum herbal kami selama sekitar satu tahun, dia baik-baik saja? Sejauh ini baik.

Sementara minum herbal kami, apakah DK menjaga dietnya? Ini adalah pertanyaan juta dolar. Putrinya hanya tersenyum ketika saya bertanya pertanyaan ini. Ya, di rumah, istrinya memastikan dia makan dengan benar. Tapi dia pergi keluar dengan teman-teman sehari-hari. Apa yang ia lakukan tidak ada yang tahu.

Menurut Anda apa yang akan terjadi pada DK? Dugaan Anda sama baiknya dengan saya.

Berikut adalah satu kasus yang mungkin bisa menjadi satu teladan kepada kita semua

Mari kita namakan pasien ini sebagai Jim. Dia juga menderita kanker lambung. Saya sarankan ia mengangkat total lambungnya. Setelah operasi Jim memutuskan untuk tidak menjalani kemoterapi. Ia mau minum herbal kami.

Jim adalah orang yang baik dan ramah. Setiap kali dia datang ke pusat kami, kami selalu mengobrol panjang seperti teman lama. Kami berbicara tentang segalanya.

Pada suatu waktu dia mengatakan ingin menulis buku tentang kisah hidupnya. Saya mendorongnya untuk melakukannya dan menawarkan untuk membantunya mengedit naskah. Kami memulai proyek itu … ya, bab satu selesai!

Selama satu tahun, Jim minum herbal kami. Kesehatannya baik-baik saja.  Dia tampak hebat dan dia merasa hebat.

Jim memberitahu saya bahwa nafsu makannya telah meningkat dua kali lipat dibandingkan dengan waktu sebelum dia menderita kanker. Tapi ingat, dia tidak punya lambung lagi!

Lalu suatu hari, Jim mengalami sakit perut. Saya sarankannya untuk kembali ke dokter bedahnya (yang juga temannya) dan mencari tahu apa yang terjadi. Ususnya penuh dengan makanan yang tidak dicerna. Jim butuh operasi segera.

Setelah operasi, Jim kembali ke pusat kami lagi. Dia tampak kurus dan capek. Sayangnya, beberapa bulan kemudian dia meninggal. Saya telah kehilangan seorang teman dan pasien dengan begitu cepat.

Beberapa minggu kemudian, putri Jim datang ke pusat kami. Kami duduk dan berbagi kesedihan kami. Pertanyaan saya – apakah Jim benar-benar jaga makanannya? Dengan air mata di matanya, anak perempuan Jim menjawab, TIDAK. Saya bisa merasakan frustrasi dalam putrinya.

Biarkan kebenaran ini diberitahunkan kepada semua pasien. Tidak, Jim tidak mepatuhi pantangan tentang makanannya sejak hari pertama!

Setelah dia pulih dari operasi pertamanya, dia keluar dengan teman-temannya (ya, seorang yang riang  memang  memiliki banyak teman!). Dan mereka akan pergi keluar untuk makan apa yang mereka sukai. Tidak heran usus kecilnya berubah menjadi “sosis yang dikemas dan padat” yang perlu dibuang.

Kemudian putri Jim menambahkan bahwa bahkan setelah operasi kedua, ayahnya tidak belajar dari kesalahan ini. Setelah ia sembuh dari operasi kedua itu, lagi ia pergi keluar dengan teman-teman ke berbagai tempat di Penang mana ada makanan yang enak.

Saya merasa sedih mendengar cerita ini. Tapi itulah caranya. Itulah kebanyakan pasien mau.

Jadi jika Anda bertanya lagi, apa yang bisa terjadi pada DK. Saya akan mengatakan, saya berharap DK tidak akan menjadi seperti Jim. Tapi benar-benar dihati saya, kemungkinan besar cerita DK  pun seperti cerita Jim, kalau ia tidak jaga makanannya.

Semoga beruntung, DK.

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer of the Oesophagus: Surgery, chemo and radiation failed. RM 200K gone!

PK is a 61-year-old Malaysian. In April 2017 he had difficulty swallowing. He consulted a doctor in Ipoh.

A CT scan on 14 April 2017 indicated:

  • Long segmental circumferential wall thickening of the mid-oesophagus with luminal narrowing.
  • No evidence of local infiltrations or mediastinal lymphadeopathy.

PK was referred to a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur for further management.

PET scan on 10 August 2017 indicated:

  • FDG avid primary at the mid oesophagus.
  • Intense FDG uptake in the left upper lobe lung nodule — suspicious of metastasis.
  • Small focal FDG avid lesion at L3 vertebra — suspicious of small volume metastasis.
  • No conclusive FDG avid lesion demonstrated elsewhere.

PK was told to proceed with one cycle of chemotherapy immediately. Five days later he had surgery. The total length of the tissue removed is 20.05 cm (picture below). This is made up of 10.04 cm oesophagus and 5.0 cm stomach tissue.

Histopathology report confirmed a moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, ypT2ypN2.

Four of the 26 lymph nodes examined were positive for tumour metastases.

Following the standard procedure, PK underwent six cycles of chemotherapy and 25 sessions of radiotherapy.

A repeat PET scan was done seven months later. Is the cancer gone or is he getting worse?

Study the three pictures below and compare them with the PET scan done on 10 August 2017 (above).  You don’t need to be a doctor to know that PK is not getter better. He is getting worse and the cancer has spread more widely.

The PET scan report of 11 April 2018 stated the following:

  • New development of large reticulonodular changes at the left upper lobe, probably related to post-radiation inflammation.
  • New FDG avid mediastinal nodes, probably reactive nodes from inflammation.
  • Metabolic increment in the left level IV cervical node.
  • Mixed metabolic changes in the retroperitoneal and pelvic nodes.
  • New development seen at thoracic stomach wall nodule and peri-bowel node at celiac axis, and celiac trunk nodes.

His blood test results are as follows:

30 July 18 27 Sept 18
 CEA 25.7 H 33.8 H
 CA 19.9 132.1 H 164.2 H

All told, PK had spent about RM200,000 for this failed medical treatment. He was asked to undergo more chemotherapy. PK refused and came to seek our help.

Below is excerpts of our conversation that morning.

Part 1: Surgery, chemo and radiation failed

 

Part 2: My advice

Comments 

Generally most patients who come to us are those who have undergone all medical treatments and failed, like PK’s case. They probably have nowhere else to go. Then suddenly through words of a friend or the internet, they discovered CA Care. That is okay — after all this is what CA Care is about — to help those who are lost and in need of help.

Unfortunately, some patients are rather unrealistic. Even at this point of failure, they come with the hope that we can offer them a cure! That is impossible. We do NOT promise any cure. We only promise to do our best to help.

There is also another disappointing group of patients. They come seeking our help on their own terms and some even at their own time. They want to do things their way. They only want capsules and don’t want to drink the bitter teas — too much work having to brew them! What if I go for a holiday? They want to eat anything they like. For such patients, I generally send them home without any herbs. It is better for such patients to find someone else to help them.

Our core belief is that YOUR health is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. We teach you how to get well but it is you who need to take charge of your own healing.

One of the things I often look for when talking to patients is their attitude and commitment. Do they believe in what we are doing — taking herbs and changing of diet, etc.?  If you do not trust us or believe in what we do there is no reason why you should come to CA Care in the first place.

When PK was first diagnosed with oesophagus cancer he put his total trust in the doctors.

He underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and along the way spent RM200,000. Did he ever thought or believe in an alternative healing method? No. Did he know about alternative healing? I believe it is a big YES.

PK came to CA Care with his sister who is our patient. His sister had breast cancer. She underwent an operation to remove her breast and was treated with chemotherapy. After one shot of chemo, she suffered badly — difficulty breathing and the colour of her skin turned dark. She gave up chemo and started to take our herbs. That was in June 2005. Now, it is October 2018 — thirteen years — and she is doing well and has no problems all these years despite forgoing her schedule to do six cycles of chemo.

From my conversation with PK and his family, I sensed that he has zero knowledge about cancer. To him doctors know best. And he is wealthy enough to be able to pay the medical bills.

Whatever it is, after seven months of medical treatments, we know the reality of what modern medicine has done for him. There is no need to find a scapegoat. What is done is done. For those who wish to learn, take note of what had happened to PK. Since the past two decades I got to learn new things everyday! So I am sharing with you both the good and bad news so that we can all learn from these experiences.

I prescribed PK some herbs and told him to take care of his diet. I hope to see him again in the next two or four weeks, that is if he ever comes back again for more herbs! (Update: Yes, he did come back after two/four weeks, but I told him: If you find the herbs difficult to take or if they don’t help you, please stop taking them. Find other person to help you).

About this same time, I also have another case of oesophagus cancer. Let’s call him Alex, a 58-year-old man from Melaka. Like PK, Alex too had problems swallowing food. Alex was subsequently diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. Unfortunately the cancer had spread to the stomach and bones. Alex refused surgery or chemotherapy and came to seek our help instead.

How did Alex know us? Through a friend in Melaka who had stomach cancer. This friend underwent surgery but refused chemo. Through the recommendation of the surgeon who removed his stomach, this patient came to seek our help. It has been three years now, and this friend is doing well. Perhaps because of this friend’s experience that Alex came to us with high hope that we could help him.

After studying his medical reports, I suggested to Alex to go for surgery — at least to have the tumour removed so that he can swallow his food. No, Alex would not want to go for surgery. I impressed on Alex that

surgery is probably a good option to solve his swallowing problem. He was adamant — he would not go for any surgery.

I have to respect his decision. I also know that surgery would not cure him because the cancer had already spread to the stomach, many lymph nodes and bones.

I struck a compromise with Alex. Okay, take the herbs for about a month and see what happens. If there is no improvement, he should go for the operation. If the herbs do not help and he still refuses surgery then he should go and find someone else who can help him. I cannot help him anymore.

Alex came back after two months! He has no more problem with his swallowing. He seems to be able to carry on with his life like any normal person, except of the pains in the backbone because of the cancer. Is he cured? Definitely not.

So what is next? I really don’t know. But for now we can see that his outcome is better than PK. There is no drama and no suffering. On top of it, there no need to spend RM200K in seven months!

 

 

 

Kanker Lambung Bagian 1: Saran saya

DK adalah orang Indonesia berusia 58 tahun. Masalahnya muncul pada Juni 2017. Ia berak berdarah.

Dia pergi ke rumah sakit untuk pemeriksaan. Darahnya rendah dan dia membutuhkan transfusi darah.

Dia kemudian datang ke rumah sakit swasta di Penang untuk konsultasi.

CT scan pada 16 Juni 2017 menunjukkan lesi mukosa fokal di persimpangan gastroesofageal, sesuai dengan tumor awal.

Endoskopi mengindikasikan tumor persimpangan cardio-oesophageal.

Biopsi menunjukkan jaringan villoglandular abnormal dengan displasia derajat tinggi.

Berdasarkan hal di atas, dokter mengatakan DK harus menjalani operasi dan mungkin membutuh radioterapi.

DK memutuskan untuk menunda perawatan lebih lanjut karena dia telah menjalani operasi by-pass jantung hanya enam minggu yang lalu.

DK dan keluarganya datang untuk meminta saran kami.

Kami memiliki percakapan yang panjang dan tenang pagi itu.

 

 

Berikut ini adalah beberapa hal penting yang kita bincang.

  1. Kami berada dalam situasi yang sangat sulit. Minum herbal CA Care tidak bisa mehilangkan tumor itu. Biarkan kebenaran ini diketahui semua. Orang lain mungkin menjamin yang obat mereka bisa menyembuhkan kanker. Tapi bukan diCA CAre. Saya tidak ingin menyesatkan Anda.
  1. Pilihan terbaik adalah operasi. Tetapi operasi juga tidak bisa jamin kesembuhan. Masalah ini bahkan lebih rumit dalam kasus Anda. Enam minggu yang lalu Anda menjalani operasi by-pass jantung – dan sekarang Anda diminta untuk menjalani operasi satu lagi diikuti dengan kemoterapi atau mungkin radioterapi. Jadi kita harus lebih berhati-hati.
  1. Kekhawatiran lain adalah apakah Anda sudah pergi ke dokter yang tepat atau bagus.

Menurut putra DK, dokter itu mengakui bahwa ia adalah pakar kanker usus  dan karena itu ia butuh dokter spesialis lambung untuk membantunya dalam operasi itu.

Oleh itu, saya menyarankan agar Anda mendapat pendapat kedua dari dokter lain.

  1. Ke mana Anda bisa pergi untuk operasi semacam itu?

Salah satu pilihan adalah mencoba SGH / NCC (Singapore General Hospital / National Cancer Centre) di Singapura.

Ketika berbicara dengan dokter, tanyakan dua pertanyaan ini.

Satu, bisakah operasinya bisa menyembuhkan Anda?

Dua, berapa total biaya perawatannya?

  1. Anda harus tahu bahwa operasi mungkin tidak dapat selesaikan semua masalah Anda. Operasi mungkin tidak menyembuhkan Anda. Tidak ada yang tahu. Tapi jalan ini adalah satu-satunya pilihan yang Anda miliki.
  1. Setelah operasi, jika Anda tidak ingin menjalani kemoterapi, Anda dapat minum herbal kami. Ada pasien saya sebelum Anda yang melakukan hal itu. Setelah operasi, dia menolak kemoterapi dan menjalani terapi CA Care. Dia masih baik-baik saja selama bertahun-tahun sekarang. Ada satu lagi pasien lain yang menolak kemoterapi. Dokter bedahnya sarankan ia datang ke CA Care. Ia minum herbal kami. Sudah tiga tahun sekarang dan dia baik-baik saja.
  1. Bagaimana jika saya menolak operasi, saya hanya minum herbal Anda?

Biarkan saya beritahu dengan jelas. Herbal saya tidak bisa menyembuhkan Anda. Herbal dapat membantu Anda, memperpanjang hidup Anda – mungkin. Tapi tak mungkin menyembuhkan secara total.

  1. Saya sadar ini adalah satu tanggung jawab yang berat untuk ditanggung. Jika Anda mengkonsumsi herbal kami dan Anda berakhir dengan lebih banyak masalah, Anda mungkin menyalahkan kami. Saya mederita karena herbal Anda! Dokter Anda mungkin juga menyalahkan kami. Jadi itu sulit.

Bahkan saya lebih suka pasien-pasien TIDAK datang menemui saya — kalau bisa, jangan datang jumpa saya!

Di CA Care kami memberikan saran gratis – tanpa biaya konsultasi. Dan kita harus memikul tanggung jawab yang berat. Itu memang susah.

  1. Tidak apa-apa, saya ingin minum herbal Anda!

Biarkan saya jelas sekali lagi. Tolong jangan salahkan kami jika Anda berakhir dengan masalah. Saya akan coba yang terbaik untuk membantu Anda.

  1. Sekarang Anda tidak harus terburu-buru. Pulanglah dan pikirkan baik-baik. Anda bisa berkonsultasi dengan dokter lain. Coba selesaikan hal ini dalam waktu satu bulan. Jangan abaikan perkara ini terlalu lama.
  1. Saya telah memberi Anda pendapat saya yang tulus. Jika saya berada dalam situasi Anda, saya akan melakukan apa yang baru saja saya katakan kepada Anda. Pergilah untuk operasi. Mungkin saya pergi ke Singapura.

Apakah Anda ingin menerima saran saya atau tidak, itu adalah keputusan Anda. Jadi pulanglah dan pikirkan baik-baik.

  1. Tidak, dok. Saya ingin mencoba herbal Anda!

Apa kata alhi keluarga Anda? Putra dan istri Anda?

Biarkan saya mengingatkan Anda lagi, herbal tidak dapat menyembuhkan Anda!

  1. Oke, sementara itu Anda bisa mengikuti terapi kami – minum herbal untuk mempastikan apakah Anda sanggup minum teh yang pahit ini. Anda harus juga jaga diet / makanan Anda.

Diet ini juga mungkin dapat membantu masalah jantung Anda.

 

 

 

 

Stomach Cancer Part 1: My advice

DK is a 58-year-old Indonesian. His problem showed up in June 2017, when he passed out blood in his stools. He went to the hospital for check up. His blood was low and he needed a blood transfusion. He then came to a private hospital in Penang for consultation.

CT scan on 16 June 2017 indicated a focal mucosal lesion in the gastroesophageal junction, in keeping with early tumour. A small perigastric node noted suggestive of reactive node.

An endoscopy indicated a cardio-oesophageal junction tumour.

Biopsy indicated abnormal villoglandular tissue with high grade dysplasia.

Based on the above, the doctor said DK has to go for surgery after which need radiotherapy.

DK decided to defer further treatment because he had undergone a heart by-pass operation just six weeks ago.

DK and his family came to seek our advice. We had a long, sober conversation that morning.

 

 

The following are some important points we discussed.

  1. We are in a very difficult situation. Taking our herbs cannot make the tumour go away. Let this truth be told. Others may promise you a cure. But not here. I don’t want to mislead you.
  1. The best option is surgery. But even operation does not guarantee you a cure. No one can tell. This problem is even more complicated in your case. Six weeks ago you had a heart surgery — and you are asked to go for another surgery followed by chemotherapy or even radiotherapy. So we have to be a bit more careful.
  1. Another concern is whether you have gone to the right doctor.

According to DK’s son the doctor had admitted that he deals mostly with colon cancer and therefore he needed another doctor (a stomach specialist) to assist him in the operation. In view of this, I suggested that DK go for a second opinion.

  1. Where do you go for such an operation?

One option is to try SGH/NCC (Singapore General Hospital / National Cancer Centre) in Singapore.

When talking to the doctor, ask these two questions. One, can the surgery cure me? Two, what would be the total cost of the treatment?

  1. Also take note that surgery may not be able to solve all your problem. It may not even cure you. No one can tell. But that is the only option you have.
  1. After the surgery, if you don’t want to go for chemotherapy, you can opt for our herbs. I have patients before you who did exactly that. After surgery he refused chemo and took the herbs. He is still doing well for years now. There is another patient who refused chemo. His surgeon sent him to see us. It has been three years now and he is doing fine.
  1. What if don’t go for the operation, I only take your herbs?

Let me be very clear. Herbs cannot cure you. Herbs can help you, extend your life — may be. We cannot talk about cure.

  1. I am aware this is a heavy responsibility to bear. If you take our herbs and you ended up with more problems you may want to blame us. It is because of your herbs! Your doctors may also blame us. So it is difficult.

In fact I would rather people NOT come and see me, if possible.

At CA Care we provide free advice — no consultation fee. And we have to bear a heavy responsibility. It is hard.

  1. It is okay, I want to take your herbs!

Let me be clear. Please don’t blame us if you end up with problems. I shall try my best to help and that is all I can do.

  1. There is need to rush. Go home and think carefully. You can go and seek the help of another doctors. Get this sorted out within a month. Unnecessary delay is also not advisable.
  1. I have given you my sincere opinion. If I were in your situation, I would have done what I have just told you. Go for the operation. May be I go to Singapore. Whether you want to accept my advice or not, it is your decision. So go home and think carefully.
  1. No, doc. I want to try your herbs!

What do your son and wife say? Let me remind you again, the herbs cannot cure you!

  1. Okay, in the meantime you can follow our therapy — take the herbs to see if you like it or not. Then you have to take care of your diet. In fact taking care of your diet may also help with your heart problems.

 

 

 

BALT lymphoma of the lung: Chemotherapy failed. Herbs helped him.

AST is from Tanjung Balai, a town on one of the islands in Riau, Indonesia.

In April 2018, this 48-year-old man — a smoker of some 30 years standing — went for a routine medical checkup in Johor Baru, Malaysia. He had no symptom whatsoever.

An X-ray during the checkup showed something in his lung. A trucut biopsy of the right lung mass was done immediately. Histomorphology and immunoprofile pointed to a low grade lymphoma of BALT.

Bone Marrow Aspirate and Bone Marrow Trephine showed normocellular marrow (meaning, in contains a normal number of cells; neither hypocellular nor hypercellular).

(Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy: The procedure known as trepanning, or trephination, of bone is the oldest surgical practice that continues to have clinical relevance in modern times. There are 2 main types of bone marrow test: 1) bone marrow aspiration — doctor sucks some liquid bone marrow cells up into a syringe. 2) bone marrow trephine biopsy — the doctor removes1 or 2cm core of bone marrow in one piece. Usually both of these tests are done at the same time. These tests are often done to find the reason for many blood disorders and may be used to find out if cancer or infection has spread to the bone marrow).

AST was referred to an oncologist of the same hospital for follow up treatment. He was sent to another hospital for PET/CT scan. The results of the scan done on 23 April 2018 indicated:

  • FDG avid mass right lung, 8.4 x 5.9 x 8.1 cm.
  • FDG avid nodule apicoposterior segment lower upper lobe, 1.0 x 0.8 cm.
  • Bronchieactatic changes seen in both lungs.
  • No mediastinal mass lesion or lymphadenopathy.

AST underwent chemotherapy. The drug regime used was: R-CHOP (Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin (hydroxydaunomycin), Vincristine (Oncovin) and Prednisolone (a steriod).

Each cycle cost RM11,000. He received a total of three cycles at three-weekly interval. The treatment completed on 14 June 2018.

After this initial treatment, AST’s father died (due to old age) and as a result he took a break from chemotherapy.

A repeat PET/CT scan was done on 15 August 2018. The result showed:

  • Previous FDG avid mass right lung has reduced intensity and was smaller 6.5 x 4.9 x 5.5 cm.
  • Previous FDG avid nodule apicoposterior segment lower upper lobe disappear.
  • New two FDG avid nodules at posterior lower left lobe, 1.5 x 1.0 cm and 1.1 x 0.9 cm.
  • New right paravertebral mass lesion, 0.8 x 0.6 cm.
  • Multiple cysts both lung fields unchanged.

Impression: progression of lesions with new lung metastases left lower lobe and small right paravertebral mass.

AST received ten times of radiation on the chest. This cost him RM 5,000.

He was told to go for more chemo. He refused. His daughter found CA Care in the internet and decided to seek our help. 

Comments 

You may wonder why I document this case. Here is the answer. For more than two decades of helping cancer patients, lung cancer is one of the most common that I get to see. And these are carcinoma type of lung cancer. During these years I did come across a few cases of lung cancer of the sarcoma (not carcinoma) type.

Primary lung sarcoma is very rare, accounting for less than 0.5% of all lung tumors. Then this week, I encountered a pulmonary BALT lymphoma, a first case in over twenty years.

I came home and started to learn what this BALT lymphoma is. Here are some information about this type of really rare lung cancer.

  • BALT means Bronchus Associated Lymphoid Tissue. It is a lymphoma found in the lung. Actually there are two types of lung lymphoma — BALT and MALT lymphoma. MALT stands for Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue. The most common type of primary pulmonary lymphoma is MALT lymphoma.
  • Most pulmonary lymphomas are low-grade B-cell lymphoma.
  • Primary pulmonary lymphoma is rare, accounting for 0.5% of all lung tumors and less than 1% of all lymphomas.
  • They are generally indolent (causing little or no pain) with good prognosis.
  • Patients with BALT lymphoma have an excellent prognosis. Interestingly, surgical treatment, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or combinations of these strategies all seem to achieve good results.
  • The most frequent reported symptoms in patients with BALT lymphoma include dry cough and difficult breathing.
  • Patients may also present with fever, night sweats and weight loss.
  • Since many patients are asymptomatic or present with vague symptoms, there is often a delay in diagnosis. It is believed that, in approximately one-third to one-half of the patients, the disease is discovered incidentally on X-ray.
  • About 14% of patients may have bone marrow involvement.
  • Since this is a slow-growing disease, it has excellent response to surgery, chemotherapy or combined treatment. Treatment provides excellent prognosis, with extremely low mortality rates. There is a report that pulmonary BALT lymphoma was successfully treated with eight cycles weekly Rituximab.

AST and his daughter came to consult us in October 2018. He looked “healthy” except for a bit of cough and difficulty in breathing. After hearing his story, I told AST that his lifestyle is reckless. While still on chemotherapy, AST told me that he was riding motorcycle up the rugged hills in the rain. This resulted in infection. I emphasized to AST that he needs to adopt a more “healthy and restrained” lifestyle if he wants to live without problems.

I cannot say what is going to happen next but after reading what pulmonary BALT lymphoma is, I want to “believe” that the herbs and a change of lifestyle  can help him. But ultimately, it all depends on AST, whether he is willing to help himself or not.

Update: AST came back to see us again after a month. He took the herbs and keep to the diet without any problem. He did not suffer any healing crisis. Did his health deteriorate this one month after defaulting on chemotherapy? No. Did he feel better after taking the herbs? Yes.

AST said he has more energy after taking the herbs. His cough is also resolved. He can now take a deep breath. Before the herbs, his breathing was swallow. AST said he would NOT go for anymore chemo. He is happy following our therapy.

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P/S:  As I am writing this story, a lady came to your centre. She was diagnosed with MALT lymphoma.This is also my first encounter with this type of cancer. In this case, the MALT lymphoma “attacked” the inner lining of her eye lid. How could that be? I wonder what has become of our world today. I hope to be able to write about this story in the near future.

 

 

Lymphoma of Nasal Cavity: No chemo or radiation. Ten years on, doing just fine.

 

 KC was 53 year old when he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma of the nasal cavity. His problem started with a runny nose in 2007. His nose had a swelling.

In 2008 he had difficulty breathing and production of blood-stained phlegm. He consulted a GP who said he had an infection. Antibiotics did not help him.

KC consulted an ENT at a private hospital. CT scan showed soft tissue lesion seen occupying the left nasal cavity.

A biopsy was performed. The histology report dated 24 March 2008 indicted: Left nasal blocked for long time. Left nasal mass –  atypical lymphoid proliferation found suggestive of low grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The diagnosis was later confirmed by University of Malaya as Nasal type: T-cell lymphoma.

The doctor suggested 30 sessions of radiotherapy and six cycles of chemotherapy. The doctor warned KC that without treatment his nose will be blocked, his vision will be affected and he may go deaf.

KC refused further medical treatment. He came to CA Care on 4 April 2008. He told us that he has many friends who had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy and they all died. He would not want to go through such treatments.

KC was started on herbs: NPC 1 and NPC2, Lymphoma 1 and 2, NPC Phlegm, Capsule A and detox Tea. He was also told to take care of his diet.

One day on the herbs, KC had more bleeding from the nose. The second day, his phlegm was yellowish.

Seven weeks on the herbs KC felt his nose was better.  There was less bleeding and production of phlegm. He could sleep better. He was happy with the progress. KC said he spend time jogging from 3 to 5 pm each day.

About five months later, on 19 September 2008, KC went back to see the doctor who examined him earlier. A nasal endoscopy was done. The doctor told him it was good and there was nothing inside his nose anymore. KC came to our center on 28 September 2008 to inform us of this good news.

I asked him: Did you go and see the same doctor who examined earlier? KC confirmed that it was same ENT who did the biopsy for him.

Since then KC is well and fine.

KC does not understand much English and Hokkien. I need an interpreter to communicate with him. My question to him: How are you doing? Are you okay? He would reply: Ok, ok. No problem. I can eat, can sleep well and can go anywhere I like. 

Fast forward to November 2018 — ten years later. KC came to our centre. He is doing okay. No problem.

A few years ago, KC’s brother was also diagnosed with nose cancer. KC brought his brother to see us. Unfortunately his brother did not believe in herbs. He opted for chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He died some months later.  

Questions to Ponder

  • What could have happen if KC were to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy as suggested by the doctor?
  • It has been TEN years now, and KC is doing extremely well. Is the taking of herbs and changing of diet not a proven healing method?
  • KC’s brother also had nose cancer but opted for chemo and radiation. He knew first hand that KC was doing well on our therapy. Why did he not follow KC? Is it because following our therapy means he cannot eat anything he likes?

 

 

 

Limfoma Hidung: Tak mau kemoterapi atau radiasi. Sepuluh tahun kemudian, baik-baik saja.

 

KC berusia 53 tahun ketika dia didiagnosis dengan limfoma sel T dari rongga hidung. Masalahnya dimulai dengan hidung berair pada tahun 2007. Hidungnya bengkak.

Pada tahun 2008 ia mengalami kesulitan bernapas dan produksi dahak bernoda darah.

Dia berkonsultasi dengan dokter umum yang mengatakan dia mengalami infeksi. Antibiotik tidak membantunya.

KC berkonsultasi dengan THT di rumah sakit swasta. CT scan menunjukkan lesi jaringan lunak terlihat menempati rongga hidung kiri.

Biopsi dilakukan. Laporan histologi pada 24 Maret 2008 mengesahkan: Hidung kiri diblokir untuk waktu yang lama. Massa nasal kiri – proliferasi limfoid atipikal ditemukan menunjukkan limfoma non-Hodgkin derajat rendah.

Diagnosis kemudian dikonfirmasi oleh University of Malaya sebagai tipe Nasal: limfoma sel-T.

Dokter menyarankan 30 sesi radioterapi dan enam siklus kemoterapi.

Dokter memperingatkan KC bahwa tanpa perawatan hidungnya akan diblokir, penglihatannya akan terpengaruh dan dia mungkin menjadi tuli.

KC menolak perawatan medis lebih lanjut. Dia datang ke CA Care pada 4 April 2008.

Dia memberi tahu kami bahwa dia memiliki banyak teman yang telah menjalani kemoterapi dan radioterapi dan mereka semua meninggal. Dia tidak mau menjalani perawatan seperti itu.

KC diresepkan herbal: NPC 1 dan NPC2, Limfoma 1 dan 2, NPC Phlegm, Capsule A dan Teh detoks. Dia juga diberitahu untuk menjaga pola makannya — harus pantang.

Satu hari setelah minum herbal: KC mengalami pendarahan lebih dari hidung. Hari kedua, dahaknya kekuningan.

Tujuh minggu setelah minum herbal: KC merasa hidungnya lebih baik. Ada kurang perdarahan dan produksi dahak. Dia bisa tidur lebih baik. Dia senang dengan kemajuan.

KC mengatakan dia pergi joging dari jam 3 sampai jam 5 sore setiap hari.

Sekitar lima bulan kemudian, pada 19 September 2008.

KC kembali menemui dokter yang memeriksanya sebelumnya. Endoskopi nasal dilakukan. Dokter mengatakan bahwa itu baik dan tidak ada massa di dalam hidungnya lagi.

KC datang ke pusat kami pada 28 September 2008 untuk menginformasikan kepada kami kabar baik ini. Saya bertanya: Apakah Anda pergi ke dokter yang sama yang memeriksa sebelumnya? KC menegaskan bahwa itu adalah THT yang sama yang melakukan biopsi untuknya.

Sejak itu KC baik-baik saja.

KC tidak mengerti banyak bahasa Inggris dan Hokkien. Saya membutuhkan seorang juru bahasa untuk berkomunikasi dengannya. Pertanyaan saya padanya: Bagaimana kabarmu? Apakah kamu baik-baik saja? Dia akan menjawab: Ok, oke. Tidak masalah. Saya bisa makan, bisa tidur dengan baik dan bisa pergi kemanapun saya suka. 

Maju cepat hingga November 2018 – sepuluh tahun kemudian.

KC datang ke pusat kami. Dia baik-baik saja. Tidak masalah.

Beberapa tahun yang lalu, KC membawa saudaranya yang menderita kanker hidung ke CA Care. Sayangnya saudaranya tidak percaya pada herbal. Ia memilih kemoterapi dan radioterapi. Dia meninggal beberapa bulan kemudian.

Pertanyaan Untuk Renungan

  • Apa yang bisa terjadi jika KC menjalani kemoterapi dan radioterapi seperti yang disarankan oleh dokter?
  • Sudah SEPULUH tahun sekarang dan KC baik-baik saja. Apakah menjalani terapi herbal dan perubahan diet bukan metode penyembuhan yang terbukti?
  • Saudara KC juga menderita kanker hidung tetapi memilih kemoterapi dan radiasi. Dia tahu secara langsung bahwa KC baik-baik saja dengan mejalani terapi kami. Mengapa dia tidak mengikuti KC? Apakah karena mengikuti terapi kami berarti dia harus pantang dan tidak dapat makan apapun yang dia suka?