Nose Cancer: Cancer spread like wild fire after chemotherapy and radiotherapy

KF is a 52-year-old Malaysian. Sometime in 2015, he had a swelling in the right side of his neck. Apart from this there was no other symptoms.

KF consulted the doctors in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He was told he had NPC (nasopharyngeal carcinoma). He immediately underwent 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 35 times of radiotherapy.

KF was okay after the treatments. He went back to his oncologist for routine check up every three months. Barely three years later (in March 2018) his cancer recurred and had spread extensively.

KF was prescribed an oral chemo drug. He did not know what that was. But I guess it could be Xeloda since he had to take the drug for two weeks followed by a week of rest. This constituted a cycle of treatment. In total KF received six cycles of this drug. The drug did not make him any better. The oncologist then suggested KF undergo the the standard chemotherapy again. KF declined and decided to go to China instead.

A PET scan was done before starting treatment in China. The results showed the cancer has spread widely and wildly. Numerous lymph nodes were infected with cancer. The cancer had also spread to his liver and spleen. In addition most bones throughout the body were attacked by the cancer.

 

When asked what treatments he received in China, KF said he did not know! His hospital discharge report indicated the following:

  1. On 8 September 2018: Chemotherapy was given with Docetaxel and Cisplatin.
  1. On 11 September 2018: Fibroin gel sustained therapy was given. Medicine: Docetaxel, Cisplatin and Interleukin.
  1. On 13 September 2018: Degree 4 bone marrow suppression occurred which was relieved after the WBC boosting treatment was given.

Discharge medication:  Ilaprazole Enteric, Spironolactone, Megastral and Lamivudin.

Condition after treatment: Improved.

KF was in the Chinese hospital for 20 days and the total treatment cost was about RM60,000.

KF was told to come back to China again for more treatment. He was due to return to China next week but was unsure what to do. He and his family came to Penang to seek our advice.

Chris: You did all these things (chemo, radiation, etc). Did you ever ask the doctor if he can cure you?

Daughter: Cannot cure, only can control. Cancer cannot be cured.

C: Oh, the doctor told you cancer cannot be cured?

Wife: Control only.

C: For the past many years I have been telling people that cancer cannot be cured. There is no cure for cancer. Now at least someone else is also saying the same thing!

D: Cannot cure but can extend life — prolong life.

C: Prolong life for how long?

D: Don’t know.

C: Before you went to China — you felt good. Now that you have come back from China, did you feel better? Not better? No good?

D: He suffered.

C: His condition got worse? And you are supposed to go back to China again (next week). You may need another RM50 K or RM100K. Yes, you can go back there again. But ask, what will you get out of this? More problems?

Wife: Cannot stand it.

C: So are you going back to China?

D: Not sure yet.

 

 

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Breast Cancer: Is this Cookbook Medicine?

YS is a 50-year-old lady. She had many lumps in both breasts.

Although most of these lumps appear to be benign, there is one lump that does not look good. This one is found at 12-1 o’clock of the right breast and measures 13x9x12 mm in size. A biopsy indicated an invasive ductal carcinoma.

In addition,. CT showed a 7.4 x 5.7 cm nodule in her liver and multiple uterine fibroids. The liver nodule could just be a haemangioma.

I suggested that YS consult a breast specialist. YS must have the malignant lump removed — either by lumpectomy or mastectomy. I told YS: Taking herbs will not make the cancerous lump go away!

YS agreed to my suggestion. A few weeks later she came back with her medical report which stated the following:

  1. Right breast lump, 9 x 10 x 7 mm, shows grade 3 infiltrating ductal carcinoma with a predominant ductal carcinoma in situ component (80%).
  2. There is no evidence of metastatic deposits in the 3 sentinel lymph nodes studied.
  3. Pathological staging: pT1 pNo pMx
  4. Oestrogen receptors: Positive
  5. Progrestrone recptors: Positive
  6. HER2/NEU: +2 -HER2 gene is amplified.

The above shows that this  is an early stage cancer. However, after her lumpectomy, YS was asked to see an oncologist for possible follow up treatments.

YS spent almost an hour with a caring oncologist. The consultation cost RM 180.

The oncologist suggested  that YS undergo the following treatments:

  1. Twelve cycles of chemotherapy.
  2. Four cycles of Herceptin — because the tumour is positive for Her2 gene.
  3. Radiotherapy to be considered after completion of (1) and (2).
  4. Hormonal therapy — taking either Tamoxifen or Fermara for 5 years.

According to the oncologist the chance of obtaining a cure is 90 percent.

YS refused to go for these treatments and opted for our CA Care Therapy instead.

As usual, I asked YS why she did not want to go for chemo. YS explained that her grandmother died of cancer when she was small. Her father also died of lung cancer. He had all the medical treatments at the cancer hospital. So she knows what chemo is like.

Chris: So you have already made up your mind NOT to go for chemo even before you come and see me?

YS: Yes.

C: What does your husband say? Is he not unhappy that you don’t want to go for further medical treatment?

YS: He learned about CA Care from someone, so he was the one who asked me to come and see you.

Comments: 

Cookbook medicine is defined as the practice of medicine by strict adherence to practice guidelines, which may not be an appropriate substitute for clinical judgment.

Try to google, “cookbook medicine” and see what you can find.  The first entry of my search is this: 

Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster … An astonishing new article from JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that at least 150,000 people per year may be needlessly killed, rendered disabled, or otherwise harmed due to misdiagnoses in doctors’ offices.

Is that not scary — 150,000 people per year needlessly killed, rendered disabled or harmed by doctors? I thought you go to the doctor to get well not to be killed or harmed.

The truth is, according to an oncologist, Dr. James Forsythe,  it is okay to be killed or harmed by chemotherapy as long as the standard protocol is adhered to.

I wonder how many patients know the “rule of the game” before they undergo their cancer treatment?

Let us look at the case of YS again.

  1. She had breast cancer — early stage. So after surgery, the standard operation protocol (SOP) is (just to be safe) the patient must undergo follow up treatments.
  1. The tumour is malignant. Therefore she needs chemotherapy. Generally a patient is given 6 cycles of chemo. I don’t know why YS has to go for 12 cycles — is her cancer that serious? The medical report does not say so. Anyway, the oncologist is supposed to be “smarter” than you and me. So be it.

While chemo cost a “bomb”. It also comes with severe side effects. Generally oncologists down play these side effects, brushing it off as “it is like ant bite.”

  1. Since the tumour is HER2 positive, YS needs Herceptin injection — 4 cycles to start with. I have patients who told me that they received up to 20 to 30 injections with no beneficial effect.

Take note, each Herceptin injection is not cheap and comes with severe side effects as well. Not known to most patients,

Herceptin can damage the heart and its ability to pump blood effectively. This risk has ranged between 5% to 30%. The damage can be mild and result in either no symptoms or signs of mild heart failure, like shortness of breath.

  1. Generally, patients are told to undergo radiotherapy while on or after chemotherapy.
  1. Since the tumour is positive for Estrogen and Progesterone receptors, taking Tamoxifen or Fermara for 5 years is a must (in some hospitals, patients are told to take this for 10 years). Over the years, I have come across of ladies who suffered after taking Tamoxifen. Read the long list of side effects here: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/tamoxifen-side-effects.html

Why do you need to take Tamoxifen? The doctor says, it is to prevent recurrence. But I have patients who suffered recurrence even while taking Tamoxifen.

Having outlined all the necessary treatments, has the oncologist forgotten that YS also has multiple fibroids besides a big nodule in her liver? Perhaps doctors think these are harmful, but to me they carry a message that something is not right or normal. Yes, at CA Care we do have herbs to take care of such problems.

Over the years, I have breast cancer patients coming to our centre seeking help after medical treatments have failed them.

Read more here:

·        Breast Cancer: Surgery, Chemo, Radiation and Tamoxifen Did Not Cure Them

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/03/22/breast-cancer-surgery-chemo-radiation-and-tamoxifen-did-not-cure-them/

·        Surgery and Chemotherapy Did Not Cure Their Breast Cancer: Equally A Big Mistake?

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/05/18/surgery-and-chemotherapy-did-not-cure-their-breast-cancer-equally-a-big-mistake/

·        Breast Cancer: Herceptin and Brain Metastasis

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/09/20/breast-cancer-herceptin-and-brain-metastasis/

·        Breast Cancer: Ilani’s Message – Learn from my mistake, do not go for chemo

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/03/11/435/

Let me say loud and clear that you cannot blame this “caring” oncologist for proposing the above protocol. He is just following the SOP. He wants YS to get well. And the only way he knows how to make her well is to do what he had learned in medical school. He even said that by undergoing the full course of the suggested protocol, YS has a 90 percent chance of cure!

Do you ever wonder, why there is only a 90 percent chance of cure? Patients want 100 percent chance, right? So in this case, even if YS were to undergo all the suggested treatments she still has a 10 percent chance of failure or may even be killed along the way. Yes, Dr. Forsythe did warn us: …oncologist’s main hope is that the chemotherapy will kill the cancer before it kills the patient.

Read also what Dr. John Lee wrote in his book,

If the above are depressing to you, there is an article in the New York Times that may make your day a bit brighter —

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/03/health/breast-cancer-chemo.html

  • Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it.
  • “We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them,” said Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Chemotherapy can save lives, but has serious risks that make it important to avoid treatment if it is not needed. In addition to the hair loss and nausea that patients dread, chemo can cause heart and nerve damage, leave patients vulnerable to infection and increase the risk of leukemia later in life.

In NIH Director’s Blog  https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2018/06/12/most-women-with-early-stage-breast-cancer-dont-need-chemo/, Dr. Fancis Collins wrote, Most women with early-stage breast cancer don’t need chemo!

  • Each year, as many as 135,000 American women who’ve undergone surgery for the most common form of early-stage breast cancer face a difficult decision: whether or not to undergo chemotherapy.
  • The new findings suggest that at least 70 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node-negative breast cancer—those with low scores and most of those with mid-range scores—can safely avoid chemotherapy. (This group of patients) do not benefit from chemotherapy.

Indeed the world of cancer treatment is not straight forward. For sure it is not as easy like sitting in front of an oncologist and within minutes you get his/her recipe for your survival. It is much more complex, puzzling and confusing. Ponder seriously the words of these two outstanding breast specialists. Perhaps you can learn something from what they said. Or do you prefer to follow the advice of your oncologist since he “knows best”?

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer: A story from China

GT is a 35-year-old single lady from China. About a year ago (in July 2018) she felt a lump in her left breast. She was asked to do a biopsy and probably followed by an operation. She refused.

GT works as a sales assistant in a health food company. She sells health drinks that are said to boost the immune system. Her boss gave her these “health foods” and she took these for about three months. No, the lump in her breast did not shrink.

GT then turned to TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine. She consulted a TCM doctor in the hospital.

Chris: The TCM doctor did not ask you to operate and remove the lump in your breast?

Translator: The doctor said, “don’t cut.”

C: Did the TCM doctor say he can cure you?

Translator: Yes. This doctor is quite famous.

C: No, he did not know and he gave wrong advice!

GT was on TCM medications for almost a year. And these did not work for her either.

GT went back to the TCM  hospital again. She did a CT scan. The lump in her breast had grown bigger, to 3.8 x 1.8 cm. The cancer had spread to her lungs and bone. Unfortunately, GT did not bring along her CT scan so I am not able to see the extent of her metastasis.

C: What did the doctor say after the CT scan?

T: She was referred to other “bigger” hospital for treatment. But instead of going to the hospital she decided to fly to see you in Penang.

GT presented with breathlessness and severe coughs which make it difficult for her to sleep at night. Otherwise, she looked fine. The lump in the breast is hard and intact, not lacerated.

 

My advice

  1. If you were to see me earlier when you first discovered the lump, I would have asked you to remove the lump.
    This is the safest way for you. If you keep the lump in your breast it will grow bigger and one day it will burst. Do you like your lump to be like the picture below?

  1. In addition to the painful and ugly wound like above, the cancer will spread. It goes to the lymph nodes, lung, bone, liver and finally brain. So you don’t want to take such risk. The longer the cancerous lump is in your breast the higher is the risk that it will spread elsewhere.
  2. You are only 35 years old. You should not take such risk. Also, my experience showed me that breast cancer in young person tend to be aggressive. So, don’t take any chance.
  3. Now, the cancer has already spread to your lungs and bone. I don’t know how extensive it is because you did not bring along your CT scan.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO for you?

I felt very sad after hearing her story. I was also upset. She was not given the “right” advice. Now her condition had deteriorated with such an “extensive” metastasis. I am afraid her recovery or survival is very slim. And this poor lady flew all the way from China to see me. What can I do? What did she expect me to do for her? That was exactly the question I asked her that morning.

GT’s reply was rather modest. She wanted me to help her with her coughs. I was glad that she did not ask me to cure her! No, I cannot cure her cancer! To help her, may be but not cure.

I spent time talking to GT trying to find out what could be the underlying problems that could have contributed to her breast cancer.

My advice to her that morning:

 

  1. Physical stress: Her life is too stressful. GT works from 9 a.m. to up till mid-night sometimes. She stays by herself in the city. GT’s boss suggested that she takes a long leave from her job. Yes, I fully agree with that. GT cannot survive for long under such stress.
  2. Emotional stress: What about emotional stress? GT admitted to having problems with her boy friend and she had broke off that relationship. But, she has a lump in her left breast — could it be due to a female rather than a male? GT admitted that a very close female friend had betrayed her. This had upset her very much but GT said that emotional stress has dissipated with time. I said this to GT: Learn to let go — don’t keep any ill feelings in your heart.
  3. Family support: Her parent’s home is about 4-hour-away by bullet train. Life must be hard for GT having to stay alone in a city without any family support. I suggested that GT go home and stay with her parents. She agreed.
  4. Diet: You can imagine what she eats everyday under the above situation. I can guess it cannot be healthy food every day. Unfortunately, the TCM doctor did not give good advice on this important matter. GT was told not to eat sea food and chilly. After much reading and receiving feed backs from our patients, I came to this conclusion: a) Don’t take anything that walks, including eggs and dairy products. b) No sugar c) No oily or fried foods d) Banana is bad for lung problems.
  5. Herbs bitter and awful taste: Our herbal teas are bitter and have awful taste. She needs to brew each of the teas. It takes time and effort. Will she be able to cope with that? I know most patients cannot!
  6. Monitoring: GT needs constant monitoring. After a month, I need to know how she progresses. Herbs need to adjusted. This means, GT may need to come and see me again. Or she needs to take more herbs after she finishes this first round of teas. Staying in China, how can we overcome this problem? Actually this is the problem facing most patients — even for those who live just a few hour’s drive from us. For such people, I never get to see them again after their first visit. What a waste of time and money.
  7. Financial burden: At CA Care, consultation, no matter how long it takes, is free of charge. However, we request patients to pay for the herbs. Since we started CA Care more than two decades ago, the price of our herbal teas never increase in price (in spite of the inflation). We try to be as charitable and helpful as we can. But, we understand that for GT, even flying to Penang from China cost her a lot of money. How nice if there is such a set up like CA Care in her own hometown! For GT, sad to say that I would probably not be able to see her again.

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Not too long ago, I read two news reports about cancer treatment in China that make me feel real sad.

There is a movie, Dying to Survive, which has become a billion-yuan-success after being released in July this year. It is based on a  real-life story of  Lu Yong, a Chinese textile trader and leukemia patient. He imported less expensive generic drug from India and sold it to his fellow Chinese patients. Lu helped thousands of Chinese patients. Sadly, he was arrested and jailed in 2014 for doing such “illegal” activity.

This movie, Dying to Survive tells the same story in a more dramatic way.  It featured an owner of an Indian Miracle Oil Store — Cheng Yong —  who found out  that the Indian-made generic leukemia drug, Gleevec,  was sold at only 500 yuan in India. In China the authentic Gleevec is sold at 40,000 yuan, eighty times more expensive.

Lured by great profit, Cheng smuggled  the unlicensed drug to China and sold to Chinese patients at 2,000 yuan. He made good profit and he was also regarded as a hero by many cancer patients who can’t afford the original version of the expensive Gleevec. Looks like he is a real modern day Robin Hood.

Cheng became rich. He then decided to stop the drug smuggling business. He opened a garment factory. However  a large number of patients became desperate as they were forced to sell their houses or everything they have to pay for the expensive Gleevec. That prompted Cheng to change his heart, and renew his smuggling business. This time he even sold the drug only at just 500 yuan to save lives. Unfortunately, he was arrested and jailed for five years.

Note: Gleevec is developed by Novartis. In the US patients need to pay up to US$100,000 for the drug a year without government or insurance subsidy.

Source: http://www.ejinsight.com/20180710-why-social-drama-dying-to-survive-became-a-china-blockbuster/

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/18/asia/china-cancer-drug-movie-intl/index.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-cancer-movie-prompts-vow-of-cheap-drugs-wkcbn87qs

I got hit by another heart-breaking story. Tang is a 26-year-old doctor in Central China. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, three years after graduating and starting to work. He underwent surgery to remove the tumour but declined further medical treatment.

In China, doctors like Tang, earn an average of 63,000 to 77,000 yuan (US$ 10,000 to 12,200) per year. Tang just could not afford to pay for the expensive, follow up medical treatments.

On day, Tang decided to mysteriously disappear from home. He left behind his bank cards and a letter to his parents saying they would end up having to “spend all your savings and even run into debt just for dragging out my miserable existence for a few years at best. If I let you face the financial burdens and the sorrow of losing a child in your late years, it would be a sin for which I should die a thousand times. I also don’t want to live like a near dead person for the rest of my life. So please forgive me … I’m an unworthy son, and I will pay back your love in my next life.”

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2141268/forgive-me-im-unworthy-son-chinese-doctor-tells-parents-after-he

After the above two stories, here I was sitting  in front of a 35-year-old lady from China who has breast cancer. I felt sad and frustrated. And this propels me to write this article.

What can we learn from these three stories?

  • The movie, Dying to Survive, has stirred discussion on the accessibility of cancer drugs and treatments in China. The original drug imported from the US are extremely expensive. But there are generic (or copy cat) drug from India which is much, much cheaper. But unfortunately smuggling cheaper drugs into China is illegal.
  • The movie has highlighted the exorbitant cost of healthcare. Not only in China, it is the same elsewhere in the developing countries. The cost of cancer drugs are being dictated by the “Cancer Establishment” of the developed nations.
  • The reality about cancer treatment is well understood by Tang, the 26-year-old cancer patient who is himself a medical doctor. After surgery, the next course of action generally is chemotherapy or/and radiotherapy. Based on his note to his parents — these treatments cost a lot of money. But will these treatments cure him? Unfortunately no.
  • Again in his note Tang explained to his parent the need to “spend all your savings and even run into debt just for dragging out my miserable existence for a few years at best. I also don’t want to live like a near dead person for the rest of my life.”
  • How many people understand what Tang wrote or understand the reality of the present day, medical cancer treatment? Cure is elusive — at best for some cancer you extend your life for another few months or years. From the experiences over the past two decades, I come to the conclusion that no one on earth can really CURE cancer. Read more here: https://badscienceblindtruth.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/there-is-no-cure-for-cancer/

Second, cancer treatment is expensive.

Third, the side effects of treatments are severe and “killing.” Is it worth it?

  • But, what bugs me most is this — does this need to happen in China?

I think there is NO reason to. Why can’t the Chinese develop a much cheaper method of healing cancer? Why is there a need to depend on the expensive medical drugs imported from the US or elsewhere? I believe China can come up with a novel healing method of treating cancer if the Chinese doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs are not obsessed with following what the Western world is doing. Don’t follow others, develop your own way!

  • For more than two decades, I have devoted my life to helping cancer patients by using herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. There is nothing new about this approach. Through the ages, the Chinese sages have been telling us about this.

To the old Chinese, Indian and those who live in east, we are brought up to understand this culture very well. Unfortunately, the younger generations who come after us have failed to learn that heritage. We live like there is no tomorrow and eat “bad, branded food” introduced by the Western world — as a result metabolic diseases like diabetes, heart problem and cancer are on the rise.

  • Yes, China has the wisdom about promoting healthy life. Yes, there is TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in China but I think the way it is practised needs improvement!  The story as related by this 35-year-old breast cancer from China is indeed pathetic. From her story it is clear that she did NOT get the “proper advice” for her breast cancer. This could be the result of ignorance — either of her doctors or herself.
  • Over the past two decades I have helped thousands of cancer patients without having to use those expensive drugs from the Western world. The irony is that I first learned how to help cancer patients by studying TCM on my own. Since I don’t read Chinese, I had to rely on books written in English by non-Chinese authors. Oh, how I wish I can read Chinese! In spite of his handicap, we at CA Care have done extremely well. There are some 1,000 video clips about our work in YouTube. I have written more than 700 articles about cancer healing which you can read in my blog: CancerCareMalaysia.com

Here are a few examples of our work:

  1. Hopeless case of breast cancer  from Hong Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEDwOA1quB0&feature=share
  2. Colon-liver cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ2CGieWymY&feature=share
  3. Endometrial cancer from Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVQRnlBW6Q&feature=share
  4. Melanoma-Lung: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAMkkHcUe-k&feature=share
  5. Sarcoma: Don’t do chemo you die, you do chemo also die. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lee1VM-LJw&feature=share
  6. Cancer of the Tonsil: I outlived my two doctors!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySYriEWVAVw&feature=share
  7. Lymphoma Twenty Years Ago. Still alive and healthy. Is that quackery and scientifically unproven?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-QuwXKEYfI&feature=share
  8. Ovarian-Lung Cancer: Told at most three months to live after surgery & chemo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5VucBxPaMM&feature=share

If I can do this in Malaysia, why can’t the Chinese do the same in China. After all, my approach to managing cancer is based on the wisdom of the old Chinese healing masters. I started with a blank mind. Then I started to read and read and read about TCM. I used my “scientific mind” to select what are useful and leave out what I thought are dubious. In other words, I develop my own method. I don’t  blindly follow  the “standard procedures.”

If Jack Ma can make Alibaba into such a great success story, I am sure there are many others like him who can also do the same with cancer. I think the real problem is to apply the right knowledge. This unfortunately is not easy  — yes, there are many doctors, sinseh and researchers in China but are they really THINKERS and INNOVATORS who know how to apply their knowledge correctly? Or are they just following “cookbook” protocols when practising their trade?

One last word about working with cancer. Cancer treatment of today is more about making  money and much less about making the patients well. This is what the “Cancer Establishment” of the developed countries is all about. So beware.

Frances M. Visco, the president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition wrote:

  • Breast cancer patients are tired of “breakthrough” therapies that do not extend life for even a day but do bring millions of dollars to industry, medical institutions and the doctors who care for us … The answer is clear, just stop circling the wagons focusing on financial gain and fame.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/opinion/letters/doctors-conflicts-of-interest.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20180914&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=12&nlid=54459356emc%3Dedit_ty_20180914&ref=headline&te=1

This is my basic principle I uphold right from the very beginning when I founded CA Care — to succeed we need dedication and compassion. If we go in there just for money — and only money — we would fail miserably. I am afraid in the Western world, cancer is indeed about money and making more money… that is why it fails so badly.

Read more here: https://badscienceblindtruth.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/cancer-is-a-money-making-industry/

Let us not forget what the Great Chinese Sage and Physician, Sun Simiao said,

  • Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness … they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.

I believe there are enough “kind and generous souls” in China or in this part of the world who want to help their fellow citizens in need. Approach cancer treatment as a noble mission to help others in need.

Some random quick facts about cancer problem in China

  • China has a massive population of 1.37 billion. Cancer is the leading cause of death in China and is a major public health problem.
  • In China in 2015: estimated 4,292,000 new cancer cases and 2,814,000 cancer deaths. Lung cancer being the most common incident cancer and the leading cause of cancer death. Stomach, esophageal, and liver cancers were also commonly diagnosed and were identified as leading causes of cancer death.

Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/291830601_Cancer_Statistics_in_China_2015

  • China has an immense cancer problem. The most common types of cancer in males were those of the lung (21.7%), stomach (19.5%), and liver (18.1%). Source: Cancer Biol Med. 2012 Jun; 9(2): 128–132.
  • In China, cancer rates are exploding … Last year, more than four million people were diagnosed with the disease and nearly three million died from it. Every day, hundreds pour into (hospitals) from all over China. People wait months for a doctor’s appointment, but often it is too late for treatment and the cancer is too advanced.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/chinas-cancer-rates-exploding-study-says/7272266

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in China … the cancer has increased at a rate of around 3.5% a year from 2000 to 2013, compared with a drop of 0.4% a yearover the same period in the US.
  • Breast cancer rates are higher in urban areas of China than in rural areas. And the higher the population density, the higher the rate.

Source: http://theconversation.com/whats-behind-the-huge-increase-in-breast-cancer-rates-in-china-84224

 

 

 

 

Patient said her condition had improved after taking herbs but doctor said she had deteriorated!

YN is a 54-year-old Indonesian lady. She had problems with her lungs. The doctor in Surabaya diagnosed it as TB. YN had been taking TB medication for the past seven months. Her condition did not improve.

YN then did a CT in May 2008.

The result showed:

  • 8 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm mass in right lung.
  • Segmental atelectasis, that is collapse of one or several segments of a lung lobe.
  • Multiple subcentimeter nodule in both lungs.
  • Subcentimeter lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph node).
  • Fluid in the lung.
  • Gallbladder stone.
  • Thyroid lesion, 1.5 cm.

YN came to the cancer hospital in Penang. The doctor wanted to perform a biopsy and if cancer is confirmed YN will have to undergo chemotherapy.

YN refused further medical treatment and came to seek our help instead.

Chris: Why don’t you want to go for chemo?

YN: My late husband had colon cancer and had surgery in Singapore. Then he had six cycles of chemotherapy at another private hospital in Singapore. He died immediately after receiving the sixth treatment. In all we spent about 1 milyar (one thousand million rupiah) for his treatments. And he died within six months after his diagnosis.

C: Did the doctor say chemo can cure your husband?

YN: Yes ,he said chemo can cure! So, I don’t want any chemo. I shall try your herbs and if they help me, I shall come back to see you again.

Having seen the CT scan (above) I explained to YN that taking our herbs would NOT cure her at all. To help her may be but to cure, no. YN understood this.

I was a bit more curious. Most Indonesian men smoke and ended with lung cancer. YN does not smoke. What about her working environment? She sells things at a store in the market.

YN told me that in 2011, she had a hysterectomy in a hospital in Jakarta. Was it cancerous? YN did not know.

Then in 2013, she had another operation to remove her ovary. Again, was it cancerous. YN did not know either.

Looking at the scan and know her medical background, it appears to me that YN has metastatic lung cancer — I cannot figure out how the doctor ever diagnose her with TB.

Part 1: YN first visit

Two Months on Herbs

YN came back to see us again after taking the herbs. Her condition has improved very much.

  1. All pains throughout the body were gone after taking herbs for a month. Before the herbs, she had pain all day long.
  1. She used to have pain in the left side of her chest. This was also gone.
  1. She was still unable to sleep due to the coughs. Unfortunately the Cough 5 and Cough 6 that we prescribed did not work for her because each time she was taking only one TEAspoonful instead of the recommended 2 or 3 TABLEspoonful.
  1. YN was not able to sleep flat and needed to be propped up when lying down. For this, I suggested that YN add in Lung Phlegm into her lung tea. The problem could be due to fluid in her lung (pleural effusion).
  1. YN does not feel tired anymore after taking the herbs. She can also climb up the stairs. Before this she was always tired and unable to climb up the stairs.
  1. The problem of wind in her stomach disappeared after taking our Gastrovit herb.
  1. Breathing is normal now. Before YN was breathless.
  1. Before seeing us, her right ear oozed out blood. This happened about once in every two weeks. After being on our therapy, this problem resolved.

Before YN came to see us for this second visit, she did a chest X-ray. According to the doctor her condition had deteriorated and she has much “less hope” now compared to before.

Chris: Before you came, did the doctor say medical treatment can cure you? Any hope?

YN: He said I have no hope. Now, he said I have much more “no hope”.

C: Two months ago, before taking the herbs, you had so many problems. And now most of the problems are gone. You are much better now. And the doctor said you have even LESS hope now. Do you believe what he told you?

YN: No, I never believe him.

Part 2: Better after taking the herbs 

 

 

 

 

Lymphoma Twenty Years Ago, Still Alive and Healthy! Is that quackery and “scientifically unproven”?

JO, a 69-year-old Malaysian lady came to seek our advice after being diagnosed with melanoma (skin cancer). She was accompanied by her husband and son. As usual, my first question to them was,Who asked you to come here?JO replied,My daughter! She is a medical doctor. She has been pushing me to come and see as soon as possible.

JO’s problem started with a small, flat mole on her back that started to grow bigger. A biopsy was done and the mole removed. It was malignant. Another surgery was done to remove a wider margin. Then, after surgery what follows?  Go for chemo or herbs?

I am curious. Why must a medical doctor think of sending her mother to a herbalist?

Here is the answer. About twenty years ago JO and many members of her family (including her daughter) came to our centre because JO’s sister — OGK — had lymphoma. She refused to undergo chemotherapy and opted for our therapy.

Listen to this video.

What can we learn from this story?

Lesson one.  Is OGK still alive? Yes — very much alive! She is now 85 years old and is still healthy. Not long along OGK visited Penang and even visited Penang Hill. Meaning, she could still travel and lead a normal life. Generally patients are told that if you don’t do chemo for your cancer, you die! You would not make it to 1 or 2 years, let alone 20 years!

I told JO. Many patients came to see us. After some time, we never get to see them. My assumption is that all of them have died. Those who get well after taking our herbs do not come back to say “hello” to us. Since I don’t get to see them again, I assume that they too have died! Thanks OJ for coming back to share this amazing story of your sister!

Lesson two. How does her medical doctor daughter come into the picture? JO said she also came to our center when her auntie was ill at that time. So she had “learned” from this experience that our herbs did a lot of good to her auntie. Meaning this was a “real, teaching lesson” for her. Unfortunately, they don’t teach such things in medical school.

Lesson three. Often we read or hear people say that those who refuse medical treatment for their cancer and opted for alternative therapy are people with low health literacy (and) are often unable to discern between scientifically proven or anecdotal based therapies.

What does this phrase mean? Probably that is a polite way of saying,You must be stupid and real dumb for not going for chemotherapy or radiotherapy! You don’t even know how to differentiate between a proven and scientific therapy from just-a-story-based therapy which is unproven.

Well, I leave it up to you what you want to make out of such a statement. But from my years of experience, I believe that those who come to us are the “empowered” patients. They have seen or heard what these so-called scientific and proven therapies like chemo or radiotherapy did to their family members or friends. Many suffered and many more died after having to pay a “bomb” for these treatments. No, they are not stupid or dumb.

Read this book, it has an interesting title:

Then you may wish to read what others say about this so called proven scientific method of treating cancer:

  1. Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drug.

Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after research showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per cent of patients in some hospitals.

For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer.

Professor David Cameron, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, said:

  • I think it’s important to make patients aware that there are potentially life threatening downsides to chemotherapy. And doctors should be more careful about who they treat with chemotherapy.
  • The concern is that some of the patients dying within 30 days of being given chemo probably shouldn’t have been given the chemo.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/30/chemotherapy-warning-as-hundreds-die-from-cancer-fighting-drugs/

  1. When Treating Cancer Is Not an Option

When my husband learned he had advanced lung cancer, he didn’t even want to speak to an oncologist about chemotherapy. He saw no point in treatment that could not cure him and might make him feel worse.

Most patients with these so-called stage 4 cancers who choose to undergo chemotherapy seem to believe, incorrectly, that the drugs could render them cancer-free. That is the finding of a recent national study of nearly 1,200 patients with advanced cancers of the lung or colon. Overall, 69 percent of those with stage 4 lung cancer and 81 percent of those with stage 4 colon cancer failed to understand “that chemotherapy was not at all likely to cure their cancer,” Dr. Jane C. Weeks, an oncology researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston..

In an editorial accompanying the journal report, Dr. Thomas J. Smith and Dr. Dan L. Longo pointed out that “people have an optimistic bias.” Despite a grim prognosis, this bias prompts patients to believe treatment can cure them.

“Our job is not to force them into acceptance but to encourage them to plan for the worst while hoping for the best,” Dr. Smith said. “Such patients have better outcomes — less depression and less distress, and they’re more likely to die comfortably at home.”

Read more: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/when-treating-cancer-is-not-an-option/

  1. Scientists: we will never find a cure for cancer

If all the positive cancer breakthrough headlines are to be believed, then the cure for cancer is right around the corner. But that is a far cry from reality, says Dr. Jørgen Olsen, head of research at The Danish Cancer Society.

“I think it’s an illusion to imagine that after millions of years of this disease we’ll suddenly find a solution. I don’t think that we’ll ever beat it, but I think that we’ll get it under control so that it becomes chronic but not deadly,” says Olsen.

Prominent cancer researcher, Mads Daugaard from the Molecular Pathology & Cell Imaging Laboratory at the University of British Colombia, Canada, agrees.

“We won’t find a cure, but we’ll probably reach a point where we have so many ways to attack cancer that people won’t die from it anymore,” says Daugaard.

But why can’t we find the secret weapon to beat cancer once and for all?

One reason is that cancer is not just one disease — even individual tumours can vary substantially from one patient to the next and the same type of tumour in different parts of the body can respond differently to medication.

Just like any other organism, cancer cells are trying to survive, and they are very good at it. They quickly spread to multiple parts of the body, and they mutate constantly, rendering existing medicines ineffective.

“Cancer cells are very adaptive, especially when the cancer is at an advanced stage,” says Olsen.

Read more: http://sciencenordic.com/scientists-we-will-never-find-cure-cancer

So what is the reality? When OGK came to seek our help and JO twenty years later, are they dumb or enlightened?

Ask this question: To be able to live a healthy life with lymphoma for twenty years without chemotherapy is still considered “unproven” and the evidence has no scientific value?

This healing story is not considered “scientifically proven” because the patient did not undergo chemotherapy! Also it is not published in peer-reviewed medical journal! You get the point?

 

 

 

 

Why Scientific Peer Review Is A Sham – how scientific is medical research?

 

by Brenda D Murphy

Source: https://globalfreedommovement.org/why-scientific-peer-review-is-a-sham/

  •  Today Science is up on a pedestal. A new god has appeared; his high priests conduct the rituals, with nuclear reactors, moon-probing rocket ships, cathode tubes and laser beams. And their territory is sacrosanct; laymen are denied entry.  Bruce Cathie in The Energy Grid.

An Australian physicist Brian Martin wrote: https://www.uow.edu.au/~bmartin/pubs/98jse.html

  • Certain sorts of innovation are welcome in science, when they fall within established frameworks and do not threaten vested interests… Dissenters are not welcome.
  • Those who challenge conventional views or vested interests in science are likely to encounter difficulties. Dissenters are likely to be ignored or dismissed. If they gain some recognition or outside support, they may be attacked.
  • What do [scientists] have to gain by spending time helping an outsider? If the outsider has made a genuine discovery, that means the outsider would win rewards at the expense of those already in the field who have invested years of effort in the conventional ideas.

The Problem of “Experts”

Scientists are prone — just like lay people — to being cathected to their pet theories and opinions, especially if they have been visibly rewarded or publicly obtained accolades or financial remuneration as a result.

Scientists, like laypeople, have … hefty egos — partially due to their “expertise” and academic titles, qualifications, theories, etc.

Once those hefty egos — belonging to people generally known as “experts” — rise to positions of power and/or influence … too many become mere gatekeepers and seek not to facilitate innovation … but to maintain the status quo which got them there in the first place.

Dr Malcolm Kendrick wrote, in Doctoring Data: 

  • By definition, anyone who is an ‘expert’ in an area of medicine will be a supporter of whatever dogma holds sway.
  • The players with the deepest pockets have the funds to buy all of the “experts” they need to sell a bogus product or ideology to an unsuspecting public.

Students undergo a magical alchemical process as they proceed through educational institutions and emerge transformed from their chrysalis with their doctorates, masters, stethoscopes and equations. They are the Chosen Ones, the purified, the holy, the redeemed, the righteous. They do not have to answer to the lowly non-scientific peasantry – let alone unbelieving heretics.

Trusting “experts” in oncology, for example, is generally a very good way to artificially speed one’s trip to the grave, particularly if one has metastatic cancer (allopathic medicine is notoriously ineffective in that realm). And yet “experts” are now on a rarified level that perhaps only popes and celebrities can understand — they are virtually demigods today.

“Experts” are lionized because the world that made them experts promotes and validates them when they affirm the already established (and profitable) beliefs — and the media is complicit in this. If you want to be horribly misled on any number of important issues, just head straight to just about any mainstream news media outlet and listen to the establishment’s “experts.”

Is it not time to get the crusty, rigidified, and corrupt Old Guard out of the way so we can let science move forward?

Is Most Research Just Bullshit? 

Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Marcia Angell is the former Editor-in-Chief at the New England Journal of Medicine, where she spent twenty years poring over scientific papers, saturated in the dubious practices that pervade the world of medical research. She states bluntly:

  • It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine ~ in Drug companies & doctors: A story of corruption. 

Most “experts” in medicine are, psychologically speaking, simply engaged in well-paid groupthink and confirmation bias exercises, vigorously affirming and defending their ego’s (lucrative) construction of the world.

Once the public has accepted the scientific establishment’s truths, narratives, and designated “experts” then researchers who yield findings deviating from the accepted norm can be immediately branded as crackpots, lunatics, fringe nuts, pseudo-scientists and so on.

The media is crucial in this control dynamic because it sells the establishment’s reality.

Thus is the politically correct status quo maintained.

Cash is king!

Dr. Marc Girard, a mathematician and physician who serves on the editorial board of Medicine Veritas (The Journal of Medical Truth) wrote (http://www.laleva.org/eng/2006/02/false_medical_research_shows_up_systemic_flaws.html):

  • The reason for this disaster is too clear: the power of money. In academic institutions, the current dynamics of research is more favourable to the ability of getting grants — collecting money and spending it — than to scientific imagination or creativity.

Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, wrote (The dawn of McScience. New York Rev Books 51(4): 7–9):

  • Journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry.

Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, lambasted the industry for becoming

  • primarily a marketing machine and co-opting every institution that might stand in its way.

Richard Smith, was an editor for the British Medical Journal 25 years. He stepped down in July 2004. This was what he wrote:

John Ionnidis, Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine wrote (Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, Plos Medicine, August 2005):

  • Most research findings are false for most research designs and for most fields. 
  • Most scientific studies are wrong, and they are wrong because scientists are interested in funding and careers rather than truth.

 

If most studies are wrong, and most scientists are more interested in their own careers and funding than getting at the truth — while journals daily allow bogus and flawed pharmaceutical research to be published and promoted — then why would anyone in their right mind believe the claims made by doctors about the efficacy of products based upon “peer review” or pharmaceutical “studies”?

What does a term like “safe and effective” even mean in this world of deception and subterfuge?

In his article, What is medicine’s 5 sigma? The Lancet, 11 April 2015  Richard Horton wrote: 

  • A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark … The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. 
  • Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness … “poor methods get results”.

 

 

Corrupted Research – Exposing the Peer Review Process

by  Dr. Sydney Singer

Source: https://www.academia.edu/9648245/Corrupted_Research_Exposing_the_Peer_Review_Process.

When you hear about new medical breakthroughs in the news, you will only hear about peer reviewed research. Peer reviewed means that it passed some sort of basic standards for quality. It is the gold standard of research. But is it real gold, or fool’s gold?

Medical research seems especially mystical and awe inspiring to the average person. The basic concepts of medicine … are deliberately cloaked in Latin terminology and other confusing jargon, making medical knowledge and theory seem out of reach to the common person.

After all, every profession needs to make you think you need their services. Lawyers make the legal system so complex and confusing that the average person is completely helpless without legal assistance.

Doctors have made it so you cannot request medical tests or take drugs without their prescription. You name a profession, and you can see ways it perpetuates itself by disempowering the public.

What about the medical research profession?

Researchers make their money usually from both salaries and grants. The job of the researcher is to find a sponsor for their special type of research. The more research projects and publications they get, the more sponsors they have, and the higher their income.

And if a researcher comes up with a patentable device or drug, there are intellectual property rights to throw into the compensation package. This means that researchers do not work for free. They are mercenary.

Most of the money for medical research comes from the private sector, usually drug companies, which is why drugs dominate modern medicine. They care much more about the treatment than the cause, since treatment is profitable for the research sponsors, while knowing the cause can lead to prevention, which translates in medical terminology into “unbillable”.

Since most people have been conditioned into believing that they cannot judge medical research unless they have a Ph.D., M.D., N.D., or other license, the research is evaluated for you by other scientists in the field. This is called peer review.

Scientists doing research, as with all professions, belong to a club of like-minded researchers in the same business, promoting their services and products. They belong to the same kinds of industries, such as universities or large multinational drug corporations. They have the same education, which means they all think alike.

The purpose of their organization is to provide standards of practice that are supposed to assure quality. Any research must first be somehow reviewed by the peers of this club to make sure the quality guidelines are met, before the research can be published.

Yet, despite this assurance of quality, the fact is that most of what is considered true today will be discarded as false in the future. “Ninety percent of what you learn in medical school will be out of date and considered obsolete in ten years,” we were told by the dean of students when I began medical school. This means that most of what doctors learn is wrong. It also means that the new information which will come in 10 years to replace and update current misconceptions and errors will also be considered obsolete in another ten years’ time.

… Most drug research is paid for by the companies that produce and profit from those same drugs. Even research testing drug side effect hazards is paid for by the companies standing to lose, big time, if their drugs are proven unsafe.

Since drug companies have their bottom line, and not unselfish service to mankind, … it is extremely unwise to trust them with research into their own products.

Researchers take no oaths of honesty or integrity. They work for whoever pays them, and they are not above fudging the results to get the desired outcome. This is not good science, of course.

Medical research is about making money coming up with newly patented drugs to replace the ones that have just gone off-patent and are being sold too cheaply by generic drug competitors.

Peer review also keeps out alternative theories and ways of doing research. All innovation threatens the status quo, and those who control the peer review process, like Supreme Court Justices, can decide on which cases to hear and which to ignore. They are gatekeepers of the status quo, which keeps the current powers that be in power.

Since the medical peer review boards are the culture’s final authority on quality, there is no way to challenge their decisions. Any researcher will tell you that lots of bad research is done that gets published.

Since researchers and their peers are all caught in this same publish or perish demand, and review one another’s work, they subtly collude to get as much research as they can funded and published. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours … there is overall an understanding that, as peers, united they stand and divided they fall.

Of course, this means that peer review is nothing more than a political arrangement for research workers, like a guild or union. It’s goal is to keep control over their field, suppress the competition, and assure continued cash flow. It has nothing to do with science.

So the next time you hear a news story about some new wonder drug, look for the union label. If it is peer reviewed, there’s a ninety percent chance it’s wrong.

 

 

 

My 100-year-old Grandaunt. She had breast cancer.

Happy and blessed 100th birthday Oma !

Madam Anjalai Singaram was born on  8th July 1918, the 5th of 6 children. All her siblings are since deceased. Widowed in 1993 , she had 5 children, of whom 3 have passed away. Born and bred in her beloved Penang, she continued to live alone in her house on Dato Kramat Road following the death of her husband. She managed all household chores herself. For her 4 monthly visits to GH Penang for medical reviews and medication supply , she relied on her grandchildren and family members in Penang. Her razor sharp mind kept track of her scheduled hospital appointments and her daily medication which she diligently sorted out and apportioned as per her scheduled intake. She had her own exercise routine which she did diligently every day . Belying her age , this included squats.

One evening in early 2014, she experienced an accidental fall at home whilst she was alone. Her helplessness during that incident and the need to be hospitalized for observation with a nasty bump on her head triggered an alarm amongst family members. A decision was made to bring her to Kuala Lumpur to live with and be cared for by her daughter, LalithaDoraisingam’s family. Knowing that she would resist a move away from her home in Penang , the move to KL was done almost surreptitiously, with the promise of it being just a short recuperative trip.

When it dawned on her that this was most likely a permanent move as her constant requests to return to Penang were denied, a tumultuous period of frustration and resentment followed.  A few months later, she discovered a lump in her left breast.

In August 2014, at the age of 96, she was diagnosed to have Breast Cancer. She underwent surgery (Left breast mastectomy with left axillary clearance) on 28th August 2014. Histopatholgy confirmed an invasive ductal carcinoma Grade 3 with metastasis to the axillary lymph nodes. A collective decision was taken that no adjuvant or additional modalities of treatment would be considered. Belying her age yet again, her post operative recovery was superb and she was discharged home in 3 days.

Having had previous experience with CA Care on a different occasion, we paid a visit to consult with Ms.Khadijah and Mr.Yeong at their Centre in Subang Jaya. As the intention was on maintaining a good quality of life, the focus was to obtain a more acceptable, holistic, herbal based managementprotocol . This August will mark 4 years since the diagnosis and she continues to  consume the herbal preparations from CA Care.

By the Almighty’s Grace, Madam Anjalai recently celebrated her 100th birthday on 8th July 2018 with family members and relatives at a Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. A short interview with her was in fact carried live over the Bernama Tamil News Channel that night.

Today, she remains ambulant, maintains some exercise routines and still enjoys a healthy appetite. Age has taken a toll partly on her clarity of vision and hearing, but her mind and memory remain as clear as ever .

May she be blessed with happiness, peace and good health in her remaining years as her journey has been a life lived well indeed.

Acknowledgement

This story is written by her grandnephew. Thanks for taking time to share this story with us. All of us at CA Care are real happy to know that oma is doing well. May she lives many more years beyond the present hundred! God bless.

Take time to reflect — if you have a loved one who is 90 plus and she/he has cancer, would you take the same healing path and forgo the established medical treatments?

 

 

 

Lung Cancer Patient from Selat Panjang — still alive and healthy?

I once asked an Indonesian patient who came to see me. Do you know where Selat Panjang is? He shook his head — No. 

Well, I don’t expect him to know — the Indonesian archipelago has 18,307 islands!

But I am glad to say that over the years taking care of cancer patients, my geography about Indonesia has improved a notch! I know where Selat Panjang is — because I have patients who come from that Riau islands.

Let’s watch this video first.

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When patients come here for the first time, I normally ask a few general questions, such as Where are you from? Who ask you to come here? 

Here are some lessons we can learn from my conversation with this lady (let us call her Alice) from Selat Panjang that morning. 

Where are you from? 

From her hometown, Selat Panjang, Alice had to take a three-hour plus ferry ride to Batam. From Batam, it  was another two-hour plus ferry ride to Johor. From Johor she took a ten-hour bus ride to Penang. Unfortunately, Alice got off  at the wrong place! This was her first time in Penang — a real daring adventure!

Over the years, I learned that some other patients need to travel for one or two days just to reach Penang. They had to take a train or bus for hours to the airport and then fly to Penang. Some patients had to change planes one or two times to get to Penang.

I really feel sorry for people like Alice who has to travel so far and so long just to come and seek our help.

So, those of you who live nearby, consider yourself lucky or blessed. You need not have to suffer such “ordeal” to come and consult us. I used to joke with some patients. Some patients just have to drive across the Penang Bridge to come and see us and that they consider “very far away”!  To others, taking one- or two-hour plane ride is considered “far”? Think about Alice and others like her! 

Who ask you to come and see us? 

Alice came because someone in Selat Panjang told her about us.

About three years ago, a lady came to seek our help on behalf of her father who had lung cancer. The father was bed-ridden and was unable to move his bowels and urinate. This lady brought back some herbs for her father. He was also told to take care of his diet. Within two weeks he got better. It has been three years now and he is still alive and healthy.

Can you believe this story? To be honest, I don’t. More often than not, people tend to exaggerate their “success”!

So I took some time trying to get more details from Alice. Did you really meet this patient? Yes. Alice met and talked to the patient himself. This patient made a photocopy of our name card and gave it to Alice. Up to this day, Alice said the man still takes care of his diet. I asked Alice if he is he really alive and healthy? Yes, he puts on weight and is not a skinny, half dead person! Really still alive? Yes.

If you ask me if a bed-ridden, lung cancer patient would survive that long my answer would probably be no way. The condition of Alice’s father is almost the same as this man, both of them have lung cancer and are bed-ridden.

One important lesson I learned about helping patients is the need to share.

When we started our cancer centre in Penang, the first thing I did was to knock down the wall of our consultation room to make it an open space. I see patients in this open hall. Why? From the very beginning I believe that we are all in here together — you and me, and many other patients who come to CA Care for help. There is nothing to “hide” from each other — let us learn to share and help each other.

When I first started CA Care in 1995, I knew nothing about cancer. I did not even know the difference between radiotherapy and chemotherapy let alone know what herbs to prescribe for various cancers. With time I read a lot and learned from the experiences of patients who came and shared their experiences.  My patients taught me how to heal them! I in turn shared those experiences to help others. As I said, we all are in here TOGETHER. And this how CA Care grows.

I am glad to learn that this lung cancer patient in Selat Panjang decided to share his healing experience with others who need help. It is noble of him to help his fellow islanders!

Over the years, I must say that 99.9 percent of the patients are very co-operative. They are willing to share their success stories. It is because of this willingness to share that makes CA Care what it is today. However, over the years, I have also come across some “rotten apples” who don’t want to share. They even ask me to delete their stories posted in the website. So be it, I respect their wishes.  Luckily, such rotten apples are rare, otherwise I would have closed CA Care years ago! 

Why are you here? 

Alice came with a strong feeling that we could help her father. Her father has lung cancer that has spread to his bones. Because of that he is bed ridden. According to the oncologist, without chemo her father would die within six months.

I was upfront with Alice and I did not want to play god in this game. I told Alice I would not be able to cure her father. I would not be able to repeat the success that happened to the patient who introduced her to us. Remember what happen to others, need not happen to you. What happen to you need not necessarily happen to others. In cancer, your healing or failure is uniquely yours.

I also ask Alice to ignore the oncologist’s prognosis. To me, telling patients that they have six or a few months to live if unethical.  When patient asks me how long he/she has, my answer is, Don’t worry we shall do our best to help you. Read what Professor Jerome Groopman, a well known oncologist at Harvard Medical School wrote:

I am also aware that one of the sales tactics, to push more treatment to patients, is to instill fear into them. Make patients helpless and you can pull them by their noses — tell them to jump into a pit, they would willingly do it. I would not want to do that.

Alice has come all the way to seek help. She deserved to receive the best from us as honestly as we can provide. After spending some hours with Alice, I asked her to relax, go back to her hotel first and call her family in Selat Panjang to explain what it takes to embark on this healing journey. It is not easy. If her father is not willing to follow our advice, it is better not to take our herbs. No, we do not wish to putting any fear into the family by rattling out meaningless statistics or create a do-or-die situation.  Be calm and think properly.

Healing needs a strong sense of commitment. Nobody can help you except you yourself. I am glad that Alice understood this. She took time to talk to her father and family. The next day she came back and said she wanted to try our therapy. For the rest that follows, I pray that God will guide and bless the patient.

 

Same lymphoma, Same chemo, Same oncologist, Same time but Different outcome. Where is the science?

Nick (not real name) is a 37-year-old Indonesian. In late December 2017, he had coughs, became breathless and found a swelling under his left arm pit. In January 2018, he went to Singapore and did a PET scan followed by a biopsy. There was a large mass occupying the entire left lung. The left lung had collapsed, hence the breathlessness. The many surrounding lymph nodes were also swollen.

Histology confirmed Nick had a diffuse aggressive peripheral B-cell lymphoma with extensive supra- and infra-diaphramatic adenopathy involving mediastinal, hilar, left axillary/subpectoral and peri-celiac regions.

As expected, Nick underwent six cycles of chemotherapy with CHOP-R regimen. The total cost for this treatment came to about SGD80,000 (i.e. RM 240,000).

Chemotherapy was completed in May 2018. After a rest of about one and a half months, Nick did a follow-up PET scan on 2 July 2018. The results were as follows:

  • The previous mass, about 18 cm in the lung had shrunk significantly! Nick felt better after the chemo.
  • There is a residual non FDG avid soft tissue mass at the left hilum, measuring 3.0 x 2.8 cm.
  • A new focus of intense FDG uptake at the left aspect of the manubrium, suspicious of disease involvement.
  • A few foci of mild increased FDG uptake in the left upper pulmonary lobe associated with peripheral ground glass changes — probably due to inflammatory changes.
  • Diffuse mild increased FDG uptake in the bone marrow may be reactive in nature.

In view of the above, Nick was told to do another biopsy to determine what is in his breastbone. But before doing the biopsy, Nick decided to come and seek our help. He wanted to take herbs.

Nick shared the story of his friend who also had the “same” lymphoma at the same time as him. While Nick’s lymphoma mass was on the left lung, the friend’s lymphoma mass was in the middle of the chest.

Nick’s friend went to the same hospital, was treated by the same oncologist and received the same six-cycle of chemo — CHOP-R. Unfortunately, the treatment did not work for Nick’s friend. In this case, Nick was a bit more lucky.

Nick’s friend was asked to go for more chemo, using a new regimen called R-ICE. After one treatment his white blood cell count went down to almost zero.

(Note: The previous treatment regimen was Rituximab (R) and CHOP. CHOP stands for cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone. The suggested new regimen is Rituximab and ICE. ICE stands for Ifos­famide + Carbo­platin + Etopo­side).

Listen to our conversation that morning.

 

 

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What can you learn from this story? Yes, you can go to the same doctor, receive the same chemo-drugs for the same type of cancer but you cannot guarantee that you get the same result. This story shows that healing of cancer takes more than just “text book science” that you learned in school. Over the years helping cancer patients, there is one thing that I learned — the outcome of each treatment is very much dependent on the “nature” of the patient himself/herself.

Dr. Glenn Sabin is a medical doctor. He was diagnosed with cancer but cured himself through the non-chemo way. He wrote a book, N of 1.  He said, You may be wondering why I titled my book ‘n of 1’. In scientific circles, an N-of-1 trial is a clinical trial in which a single patient represents the entire investigation: a single case study. 

Shortly after I was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1991, my N-of-1 experiment began. No two cancers are exactly alike; neither are two patients. Our individual needs—physical, psychological and emotional—and cancer treatment regimens can vary widely; just like our responses to treatment and our unique journeys into survivorship.”

Dr. Sabin’s experience is an inspiring story about challenging medical dogma. He discussed how to activate the body’s innate capacity to heal. To heal, patients, their caregivers and their loved ones need to seek knowledge and self-empowerment.

In my book, Getting it right, I wrote a chapter with this title, Is Modern Medicine the Only Proven and Scientific Therapy?.

This is what I wrote: Medical treatments are said to be scientific and proven but what is the use, if patients still die after undergoing all these high-tech, state-of-the art treatments? Are the deaths and recurrences of cancer in patients not proof enough that scientific medicine has failed in one way or another? 

Taking of herbs or other CAM therapies brought benefits to patients. These therapies have not gone through “scientific baptism” to make them scientific. But this does not mean that the therapies are ineffective or unscientific. The results speak for themselves. The requirement that truth can only be found through current “gold standard method” of medicine is in itself unscientific. 

In the third chapter of the book, I went on to ask, Is Traditional and Complementary/ Alternative Medicine (CAM) a Quackery? 

Traditional and Complementary / Alternative Therapies (CAM) are often regarded as unproven by those in the medical profession. This negative perception is disappearing as the general public had overwhelmingly confirmed that CAM therapies are indeed beneficial for them. 

The next time you go to your oncologist to start your chemo, know that he/she is conducting an N=1 experiment on you. He/she may quote impressive success statistics but know that those statistics need not necessarily apply to you. If your oncologist says you have a 80 percent chance of cure, ask if he/she is sure that you belong to that 80 percent success group. Or what is the chance that you belong to the 20 percent failed group? If you ask such questions expect some unexpected response from your doctor! He/she may chase you out of the office! Or you will get a shelling. One doctor told a patient: How do I know, I am not god! Another doctor answered: It is your fate, your luck. 

So is going to the oncologist is just like going to a casino? Read this book, The Big Casino: America’s best cancer doctors share their most powerful stories.

To me, you need more than just “science” to cure your cancer — yes, you may need more luck or more karma. But one thing I know for sure … you need God’s mercy and blessing. Unfortunately, many people are still not responding to this change of reality.

Back to the case of Nick. He had six rounds of chemo and spent about RM240,000 for the treatment. Did the chemo helped him? Yes, definitely. His collapsed left lung was “restored” and he can now breathe normally. But did the chemo cure him? No, not yet. I am not sure if Nick can ever be cured. He was asked to do another biopsy to know what is left behind. Then what comes after the biopsy? What can the doctor offer other than more of the same thing … more chemo like his friend. What say you to more chemo?

Nick knew the pitfall. He decided to come and seek our help. But I was frank with him that morning. I said, I may be able to help but I cannot cure you.

Over the more than two decades of helping patients, I have come across many lymphoma cases and I know that our CA Care Therapy did help some of them.

My first encounter was with Dewi (not real name). She is a lawyer who had a recurrence a year after completion of her medical treatment. She did not want any more chemo and was started on our herbs and diet. Up to this day, Dewi is still doing fine. You can read more here: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/07/05/the-story-of-devi-a-lady-lawyer-about-40-years-old-afflicted-by-non-hodgkin%E2%80%99s-lymphoma/

Then there is another interesting case of a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with B-cell type gastric non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After just one shot of chemo with modified CHOP –  cyclophosphamide + vincristine + Epirubicin and Prednisolone, he suffered a stroke (left thalamus infarction). The doctor gave up chemo and suggested radiotherapy instead. His daughter came to seek our help instead. Read here: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/02/05/non-hodgkins-lymphoma-of-the-stomach-one-cycle-of-chemo-made-him-really-sick-he-took-herbs-and-life-was-restored/

In March 2014, Mat had a lump on his chest. A biopsy confirmed it was a lymphoma.  Had underwent 25 cycles of radiotherapy, but he refused chemotherapy. The lump went away but in 2016, fluid accumulated in his lung and Mat had  it tapped out. Later the cancer spread to his neck. In February 2018, Mat wrote us to ask for help but I was reluctant to take up this case. I asked Mat to go and see the doctor instead. But he was adamant he did not any chemo. I had no choice but to help him. Yes, our therapy helped him too! For more read: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2018/06/16/lymphoma-swollen-neck-refused-surgery-or-chemotherapy-opted-for-ca-care-therapy/

As I am finishing this story, a 40-plus-year-old man came to seek our help. He was initially diagnosed with TB, but later the diagnosis was changed to lymphoma. He underwent six cycles of chemo.  The treatment failed. He was asked to go for another 12 cycles of chemo. After three cycles of this additional treatment he decided to give up and came to seek our help. After two weeks on the herbs, it looks like he is getting better. I cannot say what lies ahead for this unfortunate man.

 

 

Hurt your gut microbes, you hurt yourself

Very often patients are told, Eat anything you like. No need to “pantang”. Food has nothing to do with your sickness. Well, that advice is only sensible if you regard that your body as nothing more than a machine.

Dr. Emeran Mayer (in The Mind-Gut Connection) wrote:

  • “For decades, our understanding of the digestive system was based on the machine model of the entire body. I viewed the gut mostly as an old-fashioned device that functioned according to the principles of the nineteenth-century steam engine.”
  • “We ate, chewed and swallowed our food, then our stomach broke it down with mechanical grinding forces assisted by concentrated hydrochloric acid before dumping the homogenised food paste into the small intestine, which absorbed calories and nutrients and sent the undigested food into the large intestine, which disposed of what remained by excreting it.”
  • “This industrial-age metaphor … influenced generations of doctors, including today’s gastroenterologists and surgeons. According to this view, the digestive tract’s malfunctioning parts can easily be bypassed or removed.”
  • “… this model is overly simplistic … we now know that … our digestive system is much more delicate, complex and powerful than we once assumed.”
  • “Recent studies suggest that in close interactions with its resident microbes, the gut can influence our basic emotions, our pain sensitivity and our social interactions … reflected in the concept of gut-brain axis … the complex communication between the gut and the brain plays a role when we make some of our most important life decisions.”

So here it goes, the new science shows that the gut is not just a “physical tube” — like a dead water pipe that brings tap water to our house! What is more, the gut is another dynamic, living, powerful and intelligent “organ” which plays a great role in maintaining our health and well being.

  • “The major role your microbes play in essential jobs such as digestion, elimination, and gut health is just the tip of the iceberg. Microbes are also the main defenders of your health.”
  • “The immune cells residing in your guts make up the largest component of your body’s immune system — in other words there are more immune cells living in the wall of your gut than circulating in the blood or residing in your bone marrow.”
  • “The lining of your gut is studded with a large number of endocrine cells — specialised cells that contain up to twenty different types of hormones that can be released into the stream if called upon.”
  • “The gut is also the largest storage facility for serotonin in our body. … (where) ninety-five percent of the body’s serotonin is stored. Serotonin is a signaling molecule that plays a crucial role within the gut-brain axis.”
  • “You and your microbes coexist in … a mutually symbiotic relationship. Your existence depends upon them and their existence depends on you. Certain microbes protect you from other microbes that would harm you. The “good” microbes defend you because you and they are in a symbiotic relationship. The deal is that you feed them and they protect you… they even communicate their happiness by making the most of the feel-good hormones such as serotonin, for you.”
  • “However, if you alter this relationship, the roles can change. Drive off the good microbes or bring bad microbes in, and it’s as though gang members have taken over your pleasant neighbourhood… As long as the good bugs are in the majority, you should be in good shape, but when the bad guys dominate, problem prevail. Fostering the right mix of microbes is essential to restoring health and preventing diseases.”

From the above, it is clear that microbes in our gut play a vital role in influencing our body functions. According to this new science humans are closely interconnected with the microbes and they are inseparable and dependent on each other for survival. Therefore, it is important that we take good care of our gut. Take note that the well-being of our gut microbes depends on the food we eat and our life style. Unfortunately in this so called modern age, what we do and what we eat tend to hurt our gut microbes which also means it hurts us badly. Here are some examples of what we do that can hurt the good microbes in our guts.

  1. Modern diet makes you fat and sick!

“Some microbes help keep you slim and healthy. Other gut bugs contribute to weight gain. Some other bugs that make you sick … making you crave the foods that they need — namely sugars, fats, junk foods and fast foods… You must feed the good microbes what they need to thrive, while simultaneously eliminating sugar and other foods on which bad microbes feast.”

  1. Dangers of medical drugs. 

Many patients who came to seek our help brought along the medications which were prescribed by their doctors after being discharged from the hospitals. Some were told to take 6 to as many as 17 drugs each day. I shook my head in despair, real pathetic. There is a common saying, Doctors know how to treat your illness, but they don’t know how to make you healthy! 

Try, go and see your GP with some health problems — even a minor one. More often than not you will be prescribed antibiotics and/or pain killer! It looks like this is a given when visiting your doctor!

A new study from Mayo Clinic researchers shows that seven out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug. The most commonly prescribed drug is antibiotics — taken by 17 percent of Americans — followed by antidepressants and opioids — each taken by 13 percent of Americans.

A New York Times article said this,

  • “An increasing number of Americans — typically older ones with multiple chronic conditions — are taking drugs and supplements they don’t need, or so many of them that those substances are interacting with one another in harmful ways. Though many prescription drugs are highly valuable, taking them can also be dangerous, particularly taking a lot of them at once.
  • “About one-third of adverse events in hospitalizations include a drug-related harm, leading to longer hospital stays and greater expense. One-fifth of patients discharged from the hospital have a drug-related complication after returning home, many of which are preventable.”

Danger of antibiotics: Dr. Steven Gundry wrote: 

  • Broad-spectrum antibiotics are capable of killing multiple strains of bacteria simultaneously… these antibiotics effectively allowed doctors to carpet-bomb an infection without worrying about exactly which bacterium was the culprit. We doctors were so impressed with these antibiotics that we used them, and sadly still do, even in situation where our best guess is that a virus, which isn’t killed by antibiotics, is the culprit. Little did we know … that we were also carpet-bombing ourselves.” 
  • “Every time you take a course of …. broad-spectrum antibiotics …for an infection, you kill most of the microbes in your gut. Shockingly, it can take up to two years for them to return . Many may be gone forever. Even worse, each time a child takes antibiotics, the likelihood increases of him or her developing Crohn’s disease, diabetes, obesity or asthma later in life.”

(Note: Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition). 

  • “Don’t get me wrong, targeted antibiotics can be lifesaving; but you should be very cautious about taking broad-spectrum antibiotics for anything other than life-threatening infection.” 
  • “Almost all American chicken or beef contain … antibiotics …You can bet that it indiscriminately kills the friendly bacteria in your gut.” 
  • “Broad-spectrum antibiotics make pigs, chickens, and other animal grow faster, larger and fatter. And if they have the effect in animals, it’s unsurprising that they’d do the same to humans….a single dose of antibiotics taken by a woman during pregnancy can make her children fat. A single round of antibiotics given to a child can make him or her obese.” 

Danger of Nonsteroidal  Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Dr. Steven Gundry wrote:

  • “…we now know that NSAIDs damage the mucosal barrier in the small intestine and colon … initiating a war within your body. Evidence of the war is increasing inflammation, which you feel as pain. And the more pain you have, the more NSAIDs you take.”
  • “So remember this: Swallowing one Advil (ibuprofen) or Eleve (naproxen) is like swallowing a hand grenade.”

Danger of Stomach-acid Blockers: Dr. Steven Gundry wrote:

  • “… acid-blocking drugs such as Zantac, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix are to be avoided at all most.” 
  • “The use of acid reducers …prompts a totally new population of intestinal bugs …. to grow in place of our normal bugs. People who use acid blockers have three times the likelihood of getting pneumonia ….than those who don’t use such drugs.”
  • “Acid-blocking drugs also foster incomplete protein digestion… we have produced an entire generation of senior citizens who are protein malnourished. That’s not because they aren’t eating enough protein; instead, it is because they have no stomach acid to digest it .”

The above are three dangers which we need to be aware of. But in his book, The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry wrote about four more dangers that we should avoid:

  • Artificial Sweeteners such as sucralose, saccharin, aspartame, etc.
  • Endocrine or Hormone Disruptors, found in most plastics, scented cosmetics, preservatives and sunscreens. etc.
  • GMO — Genetically Modified Foods and the herbicide Roundup.
  • Constant exposure to Blue Light — as in televisions, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices and even certain energy-saving light bulbs which are bad for health.

As a conclusion, let me quote what Drs. Justin & Erica Sonnenburg wrote in their book, The Good Gut:

  • “Your genome is not your destiny — while there is nothing we can do to change our human genome, our microbiome offers opportunities to exert control over the genetic hands that we’ve been dealt. Changes in our microbiome can’t affect our eye color or the shape of our nose, but many aspects of our biology, such as weight and immune system are heavily influenced by our gut microbes.” 
  • “Environment plays a huge role in our internal collection of bacteria. Since there is much we can do to shape the environment within our gut, we have control over our microbiota and can compensate for the lack of control we have over our human genome.” 
  • “One of the largest levers we have to control the inhabitants in the gut is diet. The modern Western lifestyle (and diet!) has resulted in an alien environment for the gut microbiota.” 
  • “There are four main tenets of a microbiota-friendly diet. 

Consume foods that are rich in dietary MACs — microbiota accessible carbohydrates ( not to confuse with the Big MAC, please!). This MACs come in the form of brown rice, whole barley, beans, vegetables, fruits, etc. Limit your consumption of simple carbohydrates, refined flours, etc. Stay away from factory-produced packages foods.

Limit saturated fat intake. Diets high in saturated animal fat are detrimental to microbiota diversity. Bacteria that are able to flourish on a high-fat diet include … pathobionts … that can trigger inflammation in the gut. Plant-derived monounsaturated fats don’t promote pathobionts as readily.

Consume meat in limited quantities. Red meat contains the chemical L-carnitine, which certain microbes in the gut can convert to trimethylamine (TMA) which then gets oxidized into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). High levels of TMAO increase risk of strokes, heart attacks and other cardiac events.

Consume beneficial microbes or probiotics… in the form of fermented products like yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, etc. The modern Western way of eating … coupled with the rising rise of antibiotics and antibacterial products, presents numerous challenges to the microbiota.

For the past twenty plus years, we at CA Care have been telling patients to take care of their diets and to change their lifestyles. Now, I am real glad to learn that more and more research are pointing to the same direction — diet has a lot to do and to contribute towards your healing!

 

Are we 100 percent human? Nope

Some weeks ago, I bought some books. I am glad to say that I read and learn many things from them. Often we buy books but never read them! I am even more glad that the information in these books made me think harder — to evaluate what we have done thus far in CA Care. Indeed, what we have been telling cancer patients all these years are now being substantiated by newly discovered scientific research!

I have to write more to share with you what I have learned. Let me start by asking this question: What are we? Are we really 100 percent human? Let me say that I am asking this question strictly from the point of view of biological science — it has nothing to do with “religion” okay?

Here are more questions to ask before we can get to really know what we are.

What are we, humans made up of? In school we learn that the smallest living unit of life is the cell. So we are a collection of cells — I stress, human cells.

How many cells are there in a human body?  Try searching the internet and you get different numbers for the answer. The figure varies from 15 to 70 trillion cells. But presently scientists concluded that the average human body contains approximately 37.2 trillion cells!

Each of these cells contains genes — that determines what we are and how healthy we are.

How many genes are there in the human body? Before the completion of the human genome project, many scientists expect to find 100,000 or more genes in our genomes. This is based on the assumption that we are the most complex creatures on Earth — so we should have a lot more genes than other animals. But it turned out the we only have about 24,000 genes — this is just a few more than a chimpanzee or a mouse!  Are you surprised that even bananas (with 30,000 genes) have more genes than we do.

What is a gene? A gene is the basic physical and functional unit of heredity. Each of us has two copies of each gene — one inherited from each parent.  Most genes are the same in all people, but a small number of genes (less than 1 percent of the total) are slightly different between people. These small differences contribute to each person’s unique physical features. Also, some of these differences are what makes us have or be prone to certain diseases.

The above are just basic stuff that they teach in school. But, how many know that we are more than our human cells and genes? Many of us may not be aware that our body is also  a house for microorganisms or microbes — like bacteria, virus, fungi, worms etc. These microbes are also cell and they also function like our human cells.

How many microbes are we housing in our body? Some years back, scientists say there are 10 times as many bacteria in the body as human cells in the body (that makes us only 10% human, right?).

But a recent study stated that the number of microbes, mainly bacteria, may actually be very similar to the number of human cells in the body (with this statistics, are we then 50% human).

Where do these microbes live in our body? They live on the surfaces of the human body — inside and out. For example the skin, face, nostrils, mouth, between our teeth, vagina,  and the intestines. The gut or large intestine is by far home to the largest population of microbes. Trillions of them live in the dark and nearly oxygen-free world of our gut.

There are 1,000 bacterial species that make up the microbe population in the gut.  The microbial population in our gut contain more than 7 million genes. The bacterial genes outnumber the host (human) gene by 360 times.  What does this statistics tell us? 

Are these microbes harmful? Some co-exist with us, without harming us. Others are said to have a mutualistic relationship with us , i.e. each individual benefits from the activity of the other. Certain microbes perform tasks that are known to be useful to the human host but the role of most of them is not well understood. However, there are also harmful microbes (less than 1% of bacteria) which invade our body and make us ill.

Dr. Emeran Mayer in his book, The Mind-Gut Connection wrote, 

  • “Just a few years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction. But new science confirms that our brains, guts and the gut microbes talk to each other in a shared biological language … they live in intimate contact with the major information-gathering systems in our body” … they listen in to the brain signals … and they can influence our emotions. In fact the “gut has capabilities that surpass all your other organs and even rival your brain…. it has its own nervous systems .. and is often referred to … as the “second brain.”

Here we are — scientists are now suggesting that we actually have two brains, not just one. Unfortunately, this other brain in the gut is often neglected and its importance not recognised. 

There is great lesson to learn from this new found knowledge. Read what Dr. Emeran Mayer wrote:

  • “When President Richard Nixon signed into law the National Cancer Act of 1971, Western medicine acquired a new dimension and a new military metaphor. Cancer became a national enemy, and the human body became a battleground. On that battleground, physicians took a scorched-earth approach to rid the body of disease, using toxic chemicals, deadly radiation, and surgical interventions to attack cancer cells.”
  • “Medicine was already using a similar strategy successfully to combat infectious diseases, unleashing broad-spectrum antibiotics — antibiotics that can kill or cripple many species of bacteria — to wipe out disease-causing bacteria.”
  • “In both cases, as long as victory could be achieved, collateral damage became an acceptable risk.”
  • “For decades, the mechanistic, militaristic disease model set the agenda for medical research. As long as you could fix the affected machine part, we thought, the problem would be solved; there is no need to understand its ultimate cause. … The machine model was useful in medicine for treating some diseases. But when it comes to understanding chronic diseases of the body …. it’s no longer serving us…. Are we failing because our models for understanding the human body are outdated?”

Dr. Steven Gundry, a distinguished surgeon, was professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University. He changed his focus to curing modern diseases via dietary changes. In his book, The Plant Paradox, he wrote:

  • “One of our biggest health misconceptions comes from our collective lack of awareness of who we really are. The REAL you — or the WHOLE you — is actually what you think of as “you” plus those multitudinous microbes. In fact, 90 percent of all the cells that constitute you are no human. To go a step further, 99 percent of all the genes in you are nonhuman.”
  • “The multiple life-forms with which we coexist may seem like an alternate reality. Yet you and your microbes are literally in this life together. You health is dependent on them — as theirs is on you. At the most basic level, you are not alone. Most of us think that we are totally in charge of the decisions we make and the things we do. Your microbes … would vigorously disagree. You may recoil at the thought that minute nonhuman organisms … exert so much power over you … we know that this is true.”
  • “Germ-free mice, which are raised without a microbiome, are shorter and small, live shorter lives and are more susceptible to disease because their immune system never develops properly. As a result, we know how vital it is that you keep your holobiome well fed and happy.”

(Note: microbiome = the combined genetic material of the microbes;  holobiome = the sum total of the component genomes in an organism)

Next article:  Hurt your gut microbes, you hurt yourself

 

 

No chemo for me. My husband died within minutes after completion of his 6th cycle of chemo

Julie (not real name) is a 54-year-old Indonesia. She was initially diagnosed with TB (tuberculosis) and has been taking TB medication for the past seven months. No, her problems did not go away.

Blood tests showed her CEA was at 39.7 (high) and a CT scan showed a mass in her lung.

The doctor wanted her to do a biopsy and if it is cancerous, Julie would have to undergo chemotherapy. Julie do not want chemotherapy. My question to her, “Why don’t you want to go for chemo?”

Julie had a bitter experience to share.

About 5 years ago (in around February 2013) Julie’s husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. He underwent an operation — performed by one of the best colorectal surgeons in Singapore. He was then sent to a well known Singapore private hospital for chemotherapy. Chemotherapy was started in June and by December Julie’s husband was dead.

After receiving 3 cycles of chemo, he had difficulty walking.

Chris: “Did you still continue with the chemo?”

In spite of the early warning that something had gone wrong, the oncologist still wanted the patient to finish the scheduled six cycles. Julie’s husband eventually completed the six cycles of chemo. Within a few minutes of completing this last cycle — after the “needle” was removed from his arm — he died.

C: “Did you ask the oncologist why your husband died?”

The oncologist said his heart could not stand the toxic drug.

C: Before you started the chemo, did you ever ask the oncologist if chemo can kill?”

The oncologist said the chemo is going to cure him!

C: “In total, how much money did you spend for his treatment?”

About one milyar (one billion) rupiah.

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This is a story of two tragedies. One, Julie had been taking TB drug for the past 7 months because the doctor thought she had TB. She was not getting better.

Julie said every day, throughout the day, she has pain and numbness on the right side of her chest. Once a while blood oozed out from her right ear. She could not sleep at night because of her cough. She had no appetite and felt tired all day long. She became breathless when climbing the stairs.

The doctor was monitoring her progress through X-rays. It was not until May 2018 that a CT scan was done. After seeing the scan, it was not about TB anymore. Could it be lung cancer? Or to be more precise, could it be a metastatic lung cancer?

Why did I say metastatic lung cancer?

Julie told us that in 2011, she had a hysterectomy. Then in 2013, she again had an operation to remove her ovary. I asked Julie if the doctors at the time ever indicated that she had some sort of cancer? Julie did not know. It was indeed unfortunate that such medical history was not taken into account (perhaps they did not even want to know?) when the doctors came to the conclusion that she had TB.

Tragedy number two. Julie was told that she would have to undergo chemotherapy if the biopsy turns out to be positive. No chemo for me — that is Julie’s position. Her husband was killed by that kind of treatment.

Julie specially flew to Penang to seek our help. Yes, we understand her predicament.  I have heard many such stories before. If you have colon cancer you don’t have to die within 6 months even if you don’t do any chemo. We have patients living ten years and more, after surgery but without any chemo. So the story of Julie’s husband  is  pathetic.

I spent almost an hour trying to help her in any way I can. I have also reminded Julie that I cannot cure her — to help yes, but to cure, NO. In a situation like this we can only do our best to heal ourselves. But first and foremost she must be willing to help herself. Are you prepared to take that responsibility?

You don’t have to wait until your partner dies before you believe what these doctors said:

 

 

 

 

Lymphoma: Swollen neck, refused surgery or chemotherapy. Opted for CA Care Therapy!

These are emails I received not long ago.

26 February 2018 

Hi Dr,

I am from … Kedah and would like to meet to review my cancer (Hodgkin lymphoma) and what treatment that is suitable for me.

I dont have much clinical info of my cancer because I did not seek medical treatment from the hospital. The only treatment that I had was in 2014 in which I did radiation therapy to reduce the size of the tumor. In 2016 I had a relapse, and by end 2017 it had spread more and now grows bigger on my neck.

Terima Kasih, Mat (not real name).

Reply: You need to see the doctor first to know what happen — without medical reports, I cannot help. 

27 February 2018:  Tq. I’m actually going to see the doctor on Feb 27 to do the medical examination and I can bring the report. I need to decide if I need to go for surgery to remove the tumor on my neck or I can go take your herbs without surgery. Once I complete the medical report I shall email you again to make an appointment.

Hi,

I have my blood report and CT scan from hospital. Can I make appointment to meet?

Reply: Go and do all the necessary medical tests and see what the doctor wants to do. Complete all works by the doctor first before coming to see me. 

Mat and his wife eventually came to our centre on 2 March 2018. He presented with the following:

  1. Big lumps around his neck

  1. CT scan showed that there are many lumps all clustered together to cause that swelling.

   3. CT scan of lung.

Medical report of 27 February 2018: Multiple enlarged right level II, bilateral level III and level V and right supraclavicular, right axillary, mediatinum and paraaortic lymphadenopathy. Consistent with recurrence of lymphoma.

This is Mat’s story.

In March 2014, Mat had a lump on his chest. A biopsy was done and confirmed a nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma.  Had underwent 25 cycles of radiotherapy, but he refused chemotherapy.

Mat sought the help of traditional/religious healer who prescribed him virgin coconut oil, pegaga (Indian pennywort) and some other herbs.

In 2016, fluid accumulated in his lung and Mat had  it tapped out. He was told that the cancer had spread. Mat did nothing about it.

In February 2018, Mat wrote us to ask for help (emails above). He also went to a hospital and did a scan (above). Mat was then told to undergo 12 cycles of chemotherapy — once every two weeks. Each cycle costs RM5,000.

Upon seeing his condition, I suggested that Mat seek medical help. But he was adamant that he would not want to undergo any chemotherapy. Surgery has risks and Mat was not willing for go for surgery either. So I was stuck and had no choice but to prescribe him some herbs — Capsules A, C and D; M and Lympho 1 + SAP, Lympho 2 + PLM. Although there is “something” in his lung, I did not prescribe any Lung Tea. Why? I was not even sure if Mat should even take our herbs in the first place!

I warned Mat that if the herbs do not help him after a month, he should stop taking our herbs. Go and see the doctor instead. Remember, Mat is 51 years old and I do not wish to mislead him to do something which is not helpful for him!

This was what happened after THREE weeks on the herbs.

 

 

THREE MONTHS later, I met up with Mat again. Listen to our conversation that morning!

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What can we learn from this amazing story.

  1. Almost all patients who came to see us had seen their doctors. Medical treatments failed them. That is fine with us. After all we are here to help such helpless people. However, not all patients who came to see us can be helped. When I received Mat’s email, my initial reaction was, Go and see the doctor and let him help you. But Mat was adamant. He wanted to see me. So, I agreed.

Unfortunately, not all patients are like Mat. Often I was “interviewed” by patients or their family members, before they would decide to follow our therapy. These people generally come here to find a “magic cure,” or to find healing on their own terms — never mind after having spent thousands of dollars for their failed medical treatments. To such people, I would generally say, Go home, think first before you take my herbs! This is my polite way of telling you, Please go and find someone else to help you.

  1. Mat presented with a “difficult” case indeed. I was not “confident” that the herbs would help him. But what else could I do — send him home empty handed? But then, trying taking herbs for two weeks would not hurt. So, let’s try, that is, if you still believe me! And now, I must say, the “gamble” is worth it. I never expected such an amazing result.

So, to all patients — can you benefit like Mat? Not likely if you are not committed to your healing. This is the most important take home lesson. If you are half hearted or unsure, please don’t follow our Therapy!

  1. When Mat started on the herbs, he experienced “healing crisis” which we have already forewarned him. He felt tired, sleepy and his legs itched more than before. In addition, due to our diet, he lost weight. I always tell patients there is nothing to worry about these. But, let me tell you, I have many emails from patients who were worried after experiencing these (in spite of being forewarned). To them, after taking herbs for a few days — this not right, that not right! Here pain, there pain! No, we cannot help such people.

So, this is another lesson patients should know — healing crisis.

  1. After Mat took the herbs for two weeks, the swelling in his neck shrunk by 3 cm! That is amazing. But it grew a bit bigger after attending a “wedding party.” This is another human nature that we have to contend with. Most patients will misbehave after they get well (or assumed that they get well). So Mat is not the only one who misbehaved.

One other lesson to learn from this case: If you want to get well, take care of your diet. If you want to die sooner, go eat anything you like. Of course, the “stubborn” ones will argue, But my doctor said I can eat anything I like. No need to “pantang”. Perhaps, such doctors don’t know much. Tell this to Mat. See what happened to him!

Then read what these good doctors tell us about cancer and diet:

5. After three months on the herbs, Mat seemed to be on the right path to healing. I once again suggested that he go to the doctor for help — perhaps, go for an operation or chemo! No, he and his wife would not take that suggestion.

I also warned Mat that this healing journey would be a long struggle. For example, we had a lymphoma patient who had three small lumps in the neck. It took THREE YEARS to shrink them. Mat has a much bigger and complex masses. We cannot predict if these can ever go away. But I have confidence that if Mat stick to his path faithfully, he can benefit from the herbs. As it is now, only after three months, his quality of life is better. He can turn his head, left and right, without problem. The mass is getting smaller. He leads a normal life.

What else do you want? Instant, magic cure? No way! This is my final message for those reading this.

 

 

Kidney Tumour Shrunk: Amazing healing, amazing grace!

On 1 April 2011, James (not real name), a 53-year-old Singaporean, walked into our centre asking for help. He had just gone for a routine medical checkup. The doctor found a 4.1 x 3.3 cm nodular mass in his left kidney. Since no biopsy was done, we cannot be sure if it was cancer or not, although the report said, “a renal neoplasm cannot be excluded.”

What was James going to do now?

James said his doctor suggested surgery to remove the tumour.  I told James that operation was the best option for his long-term survival. But James did not want any surgery — he believed in natural healing!

I requested James to go home first and think properly — take my advice, Go for surgery! However, if he was so a hundred sure that he did not want to go for surgery then he could come back to see again. James went home empty handed!

Six days later, James flew in from Singapore again. He had made up his mind. He did not want to go for any medical treatment. He wanted to follow our CA Care Therapy.

James presented with the following:

  • Severe pain in the hip and back.
  • Disturbed sleep — total sleep only about 3 to 4 hours each night.
  • Stomach wind.
  • Burning sensation when urinating.
  • Nose block (one side).

He was prescribed herbs.

 

On The Right Healing Path 

One month on the herbs and e-Therapy, James came back to see us again.

He felt better. His severe pains in the hip back was gone after the e-therapy. His sleep improved — 5 to 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. No more stomach gas. Two days on the herbs, no more burning sensation when urinating. Nose block was also gone.

James was on the right healing path. And he was real pleased.

Two years later, James came to our centre and reported that he was doing fine. His doctor was following the progress of his tumour growth. So far so good. The tumour had not grown bigger, in fact the size had shrunk slightly. 

Date Size  
14 Feb 2011 4.1 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm Before CA Care Therapy
28 June 2011 4.0 x 3.1 x 2.9 cm  
19 October 2011 3.3 x 3.0 x 2.9 cm  
4 June 2013 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.8 cm  
12 December 2013 3.2 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm  

I told James that was great — I would worry if the tumour had grown in size. We shall try to keep it that way. The wonderful thing was, James’ health had improved tremendously and he was free from pain! Can’t ask for more.

Listen to our conversation in this video.

 

Seven Years Later:  Amazing healing, amazing grace! 

What a surprise, James came to our centre one morning in May 2018, i.e. seven years after his first visit. 

James said he is healthy all these years. Over these seven years he had to take antibiotics only once. This was because of tooth infection. Other than that he was not on any medication — he was only on our herbs and the e-Therapy.

According to the latest USG of his kidney, the tumour is still there but it had shrunk by 40 percent.  This is indeed good news.

Listen to our conversation that morning. 

 

Chris: When your doctor realised that the tumour had gone smaller, did he ever asked what you did? 

James: I told him I was on herbs. He noted that down. He is not an oncologist. He is a kidney specialist who took care of me all these years.

C: All the while, you were on our therapy and also the e-Therapy, did you also take any other medication?

J: No, no. I kept as much as possible to your therapy. I came here, I believed and that’s it.

C: Who asked you to come here in the first place?

J: Some Indonesians.

C: How do they know us?

J: The Indonesians know more about you than anybody else! They gave me two addresses. One, a Chinese chap in Kuala Lumpur. I went to see him, but no. Then I came to see you.

C: After you came here — did you have any doubt at all about our therapy?

J: No, I just believe.

C: Why did you believe right away — just jump straight into the hole?

J: I read a lot before I came here. You are just telling us the plain truth.

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Many people who read this story may have the impression that we have “magic potion” to make the tumour or cancer go away. Far from it. When James first came to us, I specially warned him that it would be crazy for me to say that “my herbs can make your kidney tumour go away.”

The best option for James was to go for an operation and have his kidney removed.

Based on this story, does it mean that if you have a lump in your breast or a tumour in your colon, you can escape surgery? No. I would not see you if you do not go and have the tumour removed first i.e., if the cancer is in an early stage and has not spread yet. Yes, I have sent many patients to see the surgeons first before following our therapy.

So, why the exception in James’ case? He did not go for surgery! Remember, at the beginning, I sent James home without any herbs.

But barely a week later, James appeared again and he was adamant that surgery was not what he wanted. I had to respect what his “heart says”. In this case, I am glad that it turned out that I was wrong and James was right!

Let me remind all of you are reading this. All of you want the tumour or cancer to go away. All of you don’t want to undergo surgery, but are you prepared to be like James? No, most patients come to “shop” for an easy and cheap way out. They are not prepared to do what it takes to heal themselves.

Over the years, I have learned that only 30 percent of those who come are sincere and serious enough in wanting to find their healing. The remaining 70 percent are patients who cannot be helped. I repeat, cannot be helped. They want healing on their own terms. Their excuses: The herbs are bitter — give me capsule only! I have no time to brew the herbs. If cannot eat laksa, life is not worth living. What if I was invited for a wedding dinner? What if I want to travel — can I not take the herbs for a while?

That’s it — putting in minimum effort, wanting maximum benefit.