My Last Few Days With Dad Before He Left Us

by Sherine

LHF was a 74-year-old man from Kuala Lumpur. Blood test done on 14 October 2020 showed low levels of red blood cells, haemoglobin and platelets. He was subsequently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He did not undergo any chemotherapy for his AML. The doctors in the university hospital were more concerned about his low blood levels. LHF was in and out of the hospital undergoing blood transfusions. Sadly, LHF died.

29 January 2021.

My dad was admitted to the hospital on 29 Jan 2021, did the blood test and he had fever. The doctor said my dad’s stools had blood and suspected internal bleeding.They wanted to do a scope and made him fast for 72 hours.

30 January 2021.

They first stabilised him on 29 January and made him fast on the 30 January. Throughout this time, my mom was not allowed to visit him or to bring him food at all. My dad was not responding to our calls. My mom had to call the ward several times and the doctor reassured us that my dad was doing fine. 

2 February 2021.

He was supposed to do his scope on 2 Feb but they didn’t do it.

3 February 2021.

My dad texted mom on 3 Feb at 2.30am and told her to bring the wheelchair because he wanted to go home.

My mom called me at 7am on 3Feb and we went to the hospital. We prepared porridge and celery juice, called the hospital and the doctor said they decided not to do the scope as there was no more blood in his stools.

We insisted to see him but was not allowed. They said he cannot take porridge but okay to take the celery juice. We had no choice but to go home. My dad was without food for at least 72 hours. He only had drips.

4 February 2021.

My dad called me on at 3 am of 4 Feb and asked me again to bring the wheelchair as he wanted to go home.

At this point, he was slurring his words and I couldn’t make out what he was trying to say. I told him I would come in the morning to bring him the wheelchair.

So my mom and I went to the hospital and the professor in charge of my dad finally allowed us to see him. When we saw my dad, we were shocked as his condition deteriorated by at least 70%.He had difficulty breathing and his hands and legs were swollen.

While in the hospital, they only gave him blood and platelet transfusion and he was on glucose drips. – yes, he was on an empty stomach.

We fed my dad celery juice and some vegetable smoothie. He was not able to eat on his own. He could not even suck the juice from the straw.Before he was admitted, he was very weak. He could not stand without assistance. But he could still talk.

At this point, my dad was still responding to us. He could still utter a few words but most of it we couldn’t make out what he was saying.

I cried all the way home that day after leaving the hospital. My dad did not look good and I felt he was not going to make it. 

5 February 2021.

We went to the hospital again the next day, 5 Feb. His condition had deteriorated further. He refused to eat and he was sleeping most of the time. His breathing was laboured. I called my sister to visit him as his condition wasn’t looking too good.

I left the hospital at 3pm. I told my dad I would come again tomorrow. He nodded his head and he acknowledged it. 

I arrived home after 5pm. Shortly after this I received a call from my mom. She said the doctor called her and told her that my dad’s pressure was dropping and told us to be prepared for the worst.

The doctor told us that we could come over if we wanted to.

Evening of 5 February 2021: I saw a vision.

So I drove back to the hospital. My mom and I arrived at about 7pm together with my sister. When we arrived, my dad’s pressure stabilised. It was normal although he was not conscious. 

I spoke to him and prayed.

At this point, my dad was already not responding to us. My mom called out to him and told him we were there for him. He opened his eyes and closed back. He did not seem to respond (i.e, nod or gave hand signal – none of that).

I was at the side of his bed. My mom was holding his right hand and I held his left hand. He would open his eyes from time to time, but it did not look like he was responding. We learnt later that he was given morphine because the doctor said he was agitated and kept pulling off his oxygen mask.

While I was praying, I saw a vision of my dad. I was not asleep and I was not dreaming.

I saw my dad standing and he was looking at something in a distance. I called out to him. I said Daddy, what are you doing here, please come back okay?

He heard me and he said to me, Look, I can stand and I can walk now, I am not sick anymore.

I told him,Please don’t go, Please come back to us

He hesitated for a while and he replied me, I can’t come back, my body (physical body) is not working anymore, I have to go. 

I told him, We will miss him and we are very sad.

He replied and told me not to be sad, as he is no longer sick. He told me to take care of my mom. 

I asked him where he was going. 

He said that he saw a light in a distance and he wanted to go towards it. 

I asked him if he saw Jesus. 

He said, I don’t know., He said he wanted to walk towards the light to find out. 

After that, the vision just disappeared. 

My dad’s condition stabilised when we were there at the hospital.

We left the hospital at about 10.30pm.I did not tell anyone of what I saw that night. 

I couldn’t sleep that night and kept checking my phone for news of my dad and because of that, I woke up late. 

Morning of 6 February 2021: Dad passed on.

My mom and my sister went to the hospital at 9am the next day, 6 Feb. And they started to call me to come over as my dad’s pressure had started to drop again. I rushed to the hospital and at 9.30ammy sister texted me and said that my dad was gone. 

I arrived at the hospital at 10am. My dad’s body was still in the room. My mom did not take it well. When I told her what I saw the night before and she was comforted by it.

Writing this to you was harder than I thought. I broke down half way thru the email. I just miss my dad so much. 

It was less than 4 months from his diagnosis to his passing. My dad did not suffer much and he was not in pain. I would say our family bonded so much during these 4 short months. My mom said his last moments was peaceful. His breathing slowed down and then it stopped. 

10 February 2021: His funeral.  Email: 9 February: My dad wished to be cremated and his ashes scattered to the sea. We will get all that done by tomorrow. Email: 11 February: We just finished my dad’s funeral service and scattering of ashes yesterday. It was a really emotional time for all of us but we take comfort that my dad didn’t suffer very long and he passed away peacefully. 

Two days after the funeral.

I said a prayer and asked God to show me how my dad was doing, I saw him briefly. He was walking and talking to a young chap – a guy in his late 20’s or early 30’s. He could not see me or hear me but that was a reassuring vision that he had some company. I do not know who the young chap was with but he seemed to be listening attentively to my dad talking – and my dad loved to talk. 

Comments by Chris

1. What a wonderful story. Some people may say Sherine just made this up this story. It is all in her mind – her own imagination after being brain washed by her religious beliefs. But rest assured, this could be true and not made-up. Over the years, I have patients who shared with us stories of their encounters with the World Out There. Here are some stories for you to reflect on.

a. Divine Presence.

Mary was admitted into the hospital on 8 May and throughout those days she was vomiting and purging severely.

Then on 22 May, at about 2 a.m. something unusual happened in her two-bedded hospital room. This was what Mary said: I found myself crying and crying non-stop. I prayed and prayed asking Jesus to heal me. Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed. The hairs on my arms stood on ends. My body felt very warm. I never had such a feelingbefore in my life. I knew then that there was a Divine Presence. I sensed “Someone” was standing by my right side. This whole experience lasted about fifteen minutes.

The next morning, Mary regained her health. The vomiting and purging stopped and she could eat. She was discharged from the hospital two days later. Her doctor told her husband: This is a miracle.

(From our book: Cancer of the Colon & Rectum, pg. 254-255).

b. My father came to me in my dream.

Then, my father appeared in my dream. He walked in through the door from the balcony, clad in a maroon checkered sarong with a tongkat (walking stick) in his hand. In a serious tone he told me that one of my family members is going to die. I was terrified and was struggling in the dream. That was when I woke up in pain.

My father again appeared in my dream. This time, he was clad in a green checkered sarong. He was in my garden and was pointing to a plant on the right and indicated to me that it should be placed on the left. The plant had green stems that were about a foot high with slightly rounded to heart shaped green leaves with white streaks in the middle.

(From our book: Liver Cancer, pg. 236-237).

c. My relatives who died visited me.

Before I came here, I used to have dreams everyday when I slept. My sleep was not good and disturbed.

What did you dream about?  My relatives and loved ones who have died visited me. They told me they have already built a house for me there and invited me to come “home” with them.

You dreamt of your loved ones asking you to come “home” with them?  Yes. But I told them I didn’t want to go. We even sat down together to have a feast – eating together but I told them I did not want to stay there. In one dream, my husband and I visited the “Garden of Eden.” He was carrying a big luggage containing all my clothes.


d. My God Mother appeared in a Dream: She was smiling!

One of my relatives. She prayed that night. And then her mother appeared to her in a dream. I was very close to her mother. She was like my god mother. Her mother was smiling. The next morning, she told me about it. So I said it was okay!

(From our book: Your Breast)

Sherine: Yes, Prof Chris. Even myself, I thought I made it up in my mind, that’s why I did not share it with anyone. It was only when my mother was not taking it well that I decided to tell her. The story had such a calming effect on her and only then I realized that this sort of thing cannot be made up in the mind.

2. The following are questions I posed to Sherine.

a. Your dad was not a Christian and you are a born-again Christian?

My dad was not a Christian. My mom is also not a Christian. My dad was a free thinker and in around 1997, he brought home a statue from Thailand and he said it was to ‘jagapintu’. It was a statue of a living monk in Thailand at that time but who had already passed away.  When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, he said he wanted to give away the statue as he felt he was not able to take care of it anymore. It was finally taken away after my father passed away. One of our relatives ‘adopted’ it. I was a free thinker like my parents but accepted Christ in 2004. That was about 17 years ago.

b. For all these years in your life, have you ever experienced such a vision (like you shared above) when you prayed?

No, I have not experienced visions before. They are usually dreams. This is the first time I saw a vision. I only have dreams of people who are close to me who passed away. Only dreams, no vision.

In 2017, there was a man who “disappeared” and was never found. A week after this happened, my dead friend visited me in my dreams and told me, Look who is here with me. I took a look and he was – this man. My dead friend and I knew this man because we had attended his church service before my friend passed away in 2016.

Just last year (2020), I dreamt about my uncle who had passed away due to lung cancer in 2019. He appeared in my dreams. I knew he was already dead and I asked him what was he doing there. He said he was looking for his mother (my grandmother) but could not find her. He told me he saw 7th Aunty a few moments ago.

My 7th Aunty is still alive and when I told my dreams to my parents, they told me not to tell this to my 7th Aunty. She  may  interpret it  that she will die soon as she had breast cancer. Later when my parents siblings got together and my dad related my dream to them, they said my uncle used to have this babysitter called 7th Aunty. She had passed away a long time ago and this 7th Aunty was my grandma’s best friend.

There is another dream I remember very vividly. This dream came to me more than 10 years ago. When I became a Christian, I prayed for my parent’s salvation. One night I had a dream. I was in a place which was very chaotic, people were screaming and in fear. Everyone was unsure of what to do and they were filled with anxiety and hopelessness. However, I saw a group of people walking towards one direction, all of them very calm and composed. They knew where they were going. I saw these group of people and I immediately knew that they were walking towards Jesus.

I saw my dad with me. Dad looked confused. He saw that I was calm and the rest in fear. I told my dad that we had to follow these group of people. I told him I knew where they were going and asked him to follow me. My dad replied that he didn’t want to go there because he was not sure where this group of people were going to. He told me to leave him behind and asked me to follow the group to save myself. I told my dad that if he was not going, then I would stay here with him. The situation did not improve. In fact it got worst. My dad somehow saw how calm I was and then he finally said to me, Okay, I will follow you.

I don’t know why I am able to remember this dream that I dreamt some 10 years ago. I take it as a message from God reassuring me that my dad will finally receive salvation and I had to show him the way.

I had several occasions, when I was younger, when I could see spirits. Not very often, not scary and often times, I was left wondering if I imagined it.  It stopped once I became a Christian.

Besides the dreams, I sometimes, hear God speak to me. Also not very often. I can’t explain it, but I seem to know that it’s Him because I felt peace and I felt the authority and reassurance in the message.

When my dad had leukemia, I poured out my heart to God. He said in a still small voice, I will prolong his life but you have to trust me. I read articles that AML without treatment would only take weeks. My dad had about 4 months – so not sure if what I heard was really from God or not. I can only hear him when I am in great distress.

c. At his bedside, you prayed. What did you say to God?

I prayed that God would heal him as the story of the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his very sick servant at home. The centurion asked Jesus to just say the word and his servant would be healed. The centurion, like Jesus, is a man with authority and he just had to say the word and it will come to pass. Jesus commented that he had not seen such faith and he said, it is done. I replaced the word servant with my father and I kept repeating this prayer again and again.

I also said the prayer that if my faith is as small as a mustard seed, I can tell the mountains to move and it will move. So I prayed for my dad’s leukemia to take a hike.

I also said the prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and by His power He raised the dead. I asked for that power to heal my father and make him well. I did not lose faith, even when my dad did not look good, I wholly trust and believe that my dad will witness a miracle.

d. After talking to God, did God say anything to you?

No, God was silent. The vision appeared while I closed my eyes and as I prayed.

e. How long did this “vision” last?

Maybe less than 5 minutes.

f. Why do you say “vision”?

I was not sleeping, the chair I was sitting on was not very comfortable, my heart was anxious. I do not think I fell asleep and dreamt. I was very much aware that I was awake and I saw this vision/image in my head.

g. In this first vision — you seemed to be able to talked to him. Was the conversation like a normal humanly communication? Was it very clear like a video clip playing?

Yes, I called out to my dad and he turned to looked at me. It was like a normal conversation I would have with my dad. It was very clear. The background was clear and white. I could also see what my dad saw, the bright light up in front. It was quite a distance away. My dad was staring at the white light before I called out to him.

I can’t remember the timeline as I kept repeating the prayers again and again and again like meditation. In between the prayers, I also spoke to my dad. I did not say this out loud, I was saying this as a prayer to him and then repeated the sequence. I closed my eyes for a moment and I caught a glimpse of the vision of my dad.  

h. You only saw clear and white bright light? I supposed that was a glimpse of what heaven is like. Did you see any trees, river, animals etc?

I only saw a clear and white background. There are no trees, no river, no animals, it was just my dad and me. It felt peaceful.

i. When you prayed to God that day, did you expect God to answer you with this vision?

No. I did not expect God to answer it like this. What I expected was that my dad would suddenly wake up and said he is well and the doctors will tell me it’s a miracle. Well, I suppose God did answer my prayer, my dad was well indeed but in the spiritual realm.

j. Two days after the funeral, you said you prayed and you saw your dad with a young guy — in this one you were not able to talk to him. This was a dream? Was there any difference between this dream and the first vision?

I only saw him in a distance. This would like watching a movie and there were 2 guys walking and talking. My dad seemed to be very confident and he seemed to know his way. He did not look lost and this young guy seemed to be listening attentively to my father. I could not make out what they were talking about. This only lasted a few seconds. Just a glimpse, nothing more than that.

k. After the first episode and the second episode  — how did you feel as a person? What meaning did these give you?

I accepted the fact that it was time for my dad to go. Ever since my near death experience, I don’t try to understand why things happen but I trust and believe that all things work out for good to those who trust him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) My dad had lived a good life. He did all the things he wanted to do and he had no unfinished business left to do. The only thing he is concerned about is my mom and he had instructed me to take care of her. I have learnt not to take things for granted and be grateful for each and every passing moment. The moment my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, I surrender unto God, and that does not mean that we do nothing. We continue to seek help as guided by the holy spirit and it had led me to find you and many other resources that came along our way.

Before my dad died, he thanked me for the support that was given to him, he said he was happy and told me to be prepared because everyone had to go at some point. I had no regrets, all of us gave unselfishly of our time, effort and resources.

The lessons I learnt, I suppose, that we live to serve, to Love and give unselfishly. One day when we get to heaven, we will hear these words said by Jesus, Well done, my good and faithful servant, you have been faithful with the little, I will put you in charge of many things, Let us share your master’s happiness.


l. Did you ever hear of stories from friends or read in books about life before death or after death?

I was not a Christian before, stories of life after death was told to me by my older relatives and friends. We had no religion and the understanding of it was like ‘rojak’. My relatives  beliefs were more towards Taoism and I was taught that when a person dies, his spirit has to be ‘shown’ the way by the chanting made by the Taoist priest and after 100 days, his soul would have to be ‘invited’ to the family altar. As a child, when a someone in the family passes on, we had to burn paper money (hell bank notes), paper cars, paper house so that the spirit can receive them in hell. What I find odd was, everyone who dies goes to hell. 

When I became a Christian, I learnt that the state of the dead is very different from what I was brought up knowing. I learnt that there is a heaven and everyone can get there and death would not separate us from our loved ones. I learnt that when a person dies, he is asleep, they do not know anything or become spirits until the resurrection happens. The experiences I have seem to say otherwise. I don’t try to understand them as there are so many different types of interpretation depending on which sources you are reading it from. If this vision I had of my dad gives comfort to my mom and helps her to heal and come to terms with my dad’s passing, then I believe it is a good thing.

I had a near death experience about 3 years ago, I had a respiratory arrest shortly after dinner and my sister sent me to ER at a small hospital. The hospital was not equipped to handle my case. They did not have a ventilator and the nurses had to pump my lungs for 4 hours while waiting for the ambulance to send me to a bigger hospital. The hospital, while they had an ambulance, did not have a driver. The doctor was looking high and low for morphine as they had to intubate me. When the doctor stabilised me, they called several hospitals and none of them wanted to take my case because of the seriousness of the problem. Later, Pantai Hospital in KL called back and agreed to take my case with the condition that I had insurance coverage. This was told to me by my sister. 

I remember walking into the hospital and waking up 2 days later in a different hospital. I was in a coma for 2 days. I had no memory of what happened. I should have died that night but for some reason, God preserved me. The only thing I remembered was seeing a bright white light before regaining consciousness. It was the bright light that woke me up. I woke up with a tube in my mouth, lines coming out from my neck and there were bruises on my arms. I could not talk and I pointed to my hand to ask the nurse on duty the time, it was 12 midnight.  The doctor came to see me in the morning, checked my vitals and removed the tube that was in my mouth. He then told me if I arrived at the hospital just a little bit later, they would have lost me. 

3. Thank you very much Sherine for sharing.

I learned many things from this experience. Yes, God is real and He is a living God. There are people who are “closer” to the spiritual realm — you are one of them! I have never experienced dreams/vision like you but I have experienced God’s blessing! Unbelievable. What I asked God in my prayer I got it! So I learned to appreciate and are grateful of what I have. I am satisfied, contented and am ready to go anytime.

Yes, I understand what you wrote: My dad had lived a good life. He did all the things he wanted to do and he had no unfinished business left to do. The only thing he is concerned about is my mom and he had instructed me to take care of her. That is exactly my philosophy of life.  Do all the good we can while we are temporarily here. When all is done, go home in peace and with a sense of full satisfaction. Mission accomplished!

Your dad’s story showed me that God is always loving.

Sherine: You’re welcome Prof Chris. Yes, I suppose if it’s time to go there is nothing we can do to stop it. And if it’s not time yet, then there is nothing that can make you go. Indeed, God is good, I have learnt over time to trust Him even though things may not go the way I want it. But He is always faithful. 

One last and final question. Do you want to share this experience with others? I can put this up in our website. Others may be able to learn something from your experience. But if you don’t feel comfortable, it is okay. If you wish to share, what name do you want to use – need not be your real name if you don’t want others to know who you are. 

Sherine: Yes, I am okay to share this experience with others. I have learnt so much from others who shared in your website and I want to be able to return the favour and let others learn from my own experience. I am also okay to use my own name. 


The Treatments My 74-year-old Father Went Through After Being Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

by Sherine

1. The first email

22 October 2020: Hi Dr Chris Teo:  My name is Sherine. I came across your website while searching about Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My dad was recently diagnosed as having AML and he is still in the hospital. We are exploring all available options and have decided to seek your advice. My dad has not done chemo yet and we are not quite sure if that is the direction we want him to go through. 

We understand that there is no cure for cancer and we are also not expecting a magic bullet. We want a more humane, less toxic way, so that my dad can have a better quality of life while dealing with this leukemia. 

Chris: Why don’t you want to do chemo? After all, everyone who has cancer … everyone goes for chemo! Right?

While my dad was in the hospital, I read up everything I can on AML, both chemo treatment as well as alternative treatment. The countless sharing and stories of people undergoing chemo does not show favourable results. Everyone goes for chemo because that is what the doctors will tell you to do and they often don’t give you time to think. Looking back, if my dad did not have pneumonia and delayed the treatment, my dad would have already done the chemotherapy. We did not know better at that time.

The issue is now we are in KL and we are now not allowed to travel to Penang due to CMCO and my dad is still in the hospital. I am not quite sure how we can seek your consultation on my dad’s matter. 

Chris: No problem, we can discuss over the internet.

2. How it all started.

Sometime on 10 October 2020 my dad complained about being tired and he said felt like sleeping all the time.

On 13 October 2020, he had some trouble breathing. The next day, 14 October 2020, my mom took him to Sunway Hospital where they took his blood samples and diagnosed him with having dengue. The doctor said that he has to be treated in the ICU. The doctors cautioned us about the cost. It would cost up to RM10,000 to RM15,000 per day.

The blood test results of 14 October 2020:

Red blood cell (RBC) = 1.17 Low

Haemoglobin = 3.6 Low

Platelet count = 96 Low

White blood cell (WBC) = 8.2

ESR = 44 H

My dad does not have any health insurance. He was not admitted into this private hospital. He was at A & E for about 3-4 hours. We then transferred him to a university hospital where he has a record there for his asthma condition earlier.

3. Treatment at the university hospital

Admitted into hospital on 14 October 2020:

  • They did further test and noticed that his haemoglobin had dropped from 3.6 (blood test from private hospital) to 1.
  • From 14 October to 21 October my dad underwent the following procedures:

a. Blood transfusion – four times.

b. Platelet transfusion- one time.

c. Bone marrow biopsy – done on 15 October. This resulted in pain in the back.

  • The blood test results from 14 October to 26 October were as follows:
 HaemoglobinWhite cell count (WCC)Platelets
14 October 20203.79.261
15 October5.05.847
16 October6.05.752
17 October6.6?50
18 October6.75.138
19 October6.23.939
20 October6.79.121
21 October7.62.530
22 October7.22.747
23 October7.94.639

Results of the bone marrow biopsy dated 15 October 2020:

  • The bone marrow findings show trilineage dysplasia with excess of blast (18%). (Another report indicated 28% blast cells. Immunopheotyping report said 14% myeloblast)
  • Differential diagnosis includes: 1) Myelodysplatic syndrome with excessive blasts and erythroid predoinance. 2) Acute myeloid leukemia with myelodysplasia-related changes.

16 October 2020:The haematologist asked to meet all family members and told us my dad had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He (haematologist) said that my dad needed chemotherapy and he would have to undergo this treatment in another government hospital that specialises in leukemia and this treatment would take about 2 years. This was the initial plan. The haematologist told us to start the chemo treatment immediately and told us they would transfer him out to another government hospital within 1 – 2 days time. He also told us that the cure for leukemia was a bone marrow transplant and that would be decided later after he had gone through the chemotherapy.

4. Chemotherapy – RM7,000 per cycle!

His attending doctor informed us that my dad had 4 options:

 1) The normal chemo which was a combination of different drugs.

 2) A lower dosage of the chemo (20% of the normal strength).

 3) Vidaza or

4) Palliative care

Due to my dad’s age and health and after observing him for 2 weeks due to the infection, he may not be able to take the chemotherapy which is a combination of different drugs. A lower dosage of the chemo may not work and they suggested another alternative drug which is called Vidaza. My dad would have to take Vidaza long term and each cycle would cost about RM7,000 (which is 7 shots). If it works, then he has to be on Vidaza for long term for maintenance. If we didn’t want to do any treatment, the hospital and doctors will give palliative care which was to give him blood/platelet transfusion as and when he needs it.

What is Vidaza? This chemo-drug is used to treat blood or bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. Such people usually have problems – such as infections, anemia, and easy bleeding or bruising. Vidaza is believed to work by helping your bone marrow grow normal blood cells so you will need fewer blood transfusions. It is also said  to kill abnormal blood cells that have grown too fast and do not work properly.This drug is given by injection under the skin or into a vein, usually once a day for 7 days in a row. A 7-day course of this medication is called a cycle. This cycle is repeated every 4 weeks.

I personally spoke to the doctor and his blood test marker showed that it is at 28%, citing that his cancer is not critical yet at this point and we still have time to decide what we want to do with him.

5. Developed hospital-acquired pneumonia, chemo was put on hold.

He developed pneumonia on day 2 of his (first) hospital admission. He was weak. He could not even walk to the toilet due to the lumbar puncture test they did. They put his chemo treatment on hold while they sort out his infection.

The doctors expected the infection to be resolved after 1 week of antibiotics. But he still had fever after 1 week. They changed to a stronger antibiotic after they identified the pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae which is a hospital acquired pneumonia. They gave him a stronger antibiotics which was Eraxis. My dad responded well to this antibiotics. His lung function was OK, no issue there.

What is Klebsiella? Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterium that normally lives inside human intestines, where it doesn’t cause disease.But if Klebsiella pneumoniae gets into other areas of the body, it can lead to a range of illnesses, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, etc. It is spread through direct person-to-person contact, such as when someone with contaminated hands touches a wound. Infections can also occur through the use of contaminated medical equipment. Most cases of K. pneumoniae infection occur in a hospital setting  they are contracted in a hospital or healthcare setting through the use of contaminated medical equipment.

People who have weakened immune systems, or sick or injured people who are undergoing procedures for various health issues, are more likely to get a K. pneumoniae infection than the general population. Healthy people usually don’t have to worry about getting K. pneumoniae infections.

6. Antibiotic treatment for infection.

We anticipated my dad to be discharged on Monday (3/11/2020). Unfortunately, he developed a fever (38.1 C) on Sunday and they did a CT Scan and found that he had fungal infection in his spleen and at the adrenal glands. He had to stay another 2 weeks in the hospital – yes, non-stop taking antibiotics. It was one infection after another. First lung infection, then fungal infection. The doctor then said he would have to continue to be on antibiotics for 2-4 weeks and depending if the infection can be cleared by then. 

14 November 2020 (while in the hospital): At about 530pm, the nurse came and administered the antibiotics. Half an hour later, my dad suddenly felt cold and he couldn’t breathe. He tried to calm down and it did not work, be buzzed the nurse and told them he couldn’t breathe. The nurse immediately alerted the doctor and about 3 doctors came, gave him oxygen and nebulizer to breath. After a while his breathing was normal. We learnt later that they changed the antibiotics and caused him to go into an anaphylactic shock. My dad is allergic to the drug Vancomycin IV

7. Discharged from hospital.

19 November 2020: Was finally discharged after day 37. He lost 13kg and was malnourished. He had to continue his fungal infection oral meds for another 2 weeks. 

Chris: Do you have to pay for this hospital stay? Total cost for this first hospital admission?

Yes, we had to pay for the hospital stay, here is the breakdown:

  • Private Medical Centre (blood test and diagnosis) RM2,957.35
  • 37 days in university hospital (blood transfusion, infection treatment and admission) RM5,101. Each blood transfusion cost RM 44.00

8. Hospital experience.

On first day of admission: He was very weak and in a lot of pain after the lumbar puncture. Feeling breathless as his hemoglobin dropped to 1. He felt better after the blood transfusion, but was breathless again the following day.

Chris: In view of the Covid-19 lock down, were you able to visit your father?

We were not allowed to visit due to the Covid lockdown. My mom was able to visit him for a few hours initially. After about 2 weeks, they stopped her from visiting. She could only pass my dad food through the nurse. We could only visit my dad when the doctor wanted to talk to the family members.

No one took care of him, that’s why he was so miserable at the hospital. The nurse gave him a urinal to pee and he would poop in his diapers as he couldn’t walk.

It was a mental struggle for him as the food was bad, hospital environment is just bad and family not allowed to visit due to Covid. I would call him twice  a day and share with him what I read and the options for his treatment. I told him I found your blog and share the testimony of Pak Jam’s wife to him. He felt better and encouraged after hearing that story. 

9. On discharge from the hospital: He was weak but very happy to be home.

19 November 2020:While at home he was seated on a chair while taking his shower. My mom assisted him. After he finished, my mom went out of the bathroom to grab a towel. When she returned to the toilet, my dad was nonresponsive. He started to slide down from his chair. My mom grabbed him and called for my cousin. They assisted him out of the toilet. He seemed unconscious and as they moved him, he passed motion while in that state. When they got my dad to the bed, my mom started to call the ambulance, while giving the description to the operator, my dad regained consciousness and asked to cancel the ambulance. He was okay, dressed himself, had a snack and watched TV shortly after that — a scary episode.

My mom who cleared his poop saw that there was blood in his stools. He had haemorrhoids.

10. First encounter with CA Care.

I went thru your website and I have discussed this issue in depth with my father and my family members (my mom and my sister) and we have all decided to come to seek you for help. I have also bought your book Cancer – is there another option and have shared the book with my mother and sister to read. 

Yes, we know there is no cure. I have made that very clear to my father and I told him the only way we can do is to improve your immune system as what you have suggested in your website: i.e.: Don’t be complacent, ONLY eat food that improves your immune system and look forward that you want to take care of your health for the next 10,15 or 20 years of your life. 

He is eager and keen to hear from you and know what is next for him. We have the assurance from his doctor that he still needs to come for check up even though we decide not to do chemo, so that we can keep abreast of his health condition from time to time. 

My dad is currently taking a supplement H. He is currently taking 6 packs (120ml per day).

5 November 2020: (Although Sherine contacted CA Care on 22 October 2020 by email, it was not until 4 November that the patient was prescribed Capsule A, C, D and M).

We straight away started him on Cap A, C, D & M on Wednesday (4/11/2020). He is also taking the super protein together with Naturex combined with Supplement H (6 packets a day), Probiotics and Vitamin C. Are there any additional herbs that can help him with the fungal infection? Do you have any advice for us on how to help him fight this infection? 

11. No herbs while in the hospital

 He took the herbs for 2 days. On 6 November the doctor saw him taking supplements and confiscated everything and pass it back to my mom when she brought food over. The doctors told my dad his blood showed indication of steroids and warned him not to take any herbs while in the hospital.

At this point, he was able to move about and walk about 100 steps in the toilet as his exercise routine (the toilet it seems is quite big)

12.  Trying other therapies.

Me and my mom had a long chat with Mr. Yeong. He told us to read up as much as possible about other types of cancer treatment and we should have a backup in case CA Care’s herbs did not work for my dad. Mr. Yeong told us about X-Therapy, oxygen therapy, etc.

One of my relative had told us about the X-therapy but we did not explore further into it and when Mr. Yeong mentioned X-Therapy we decided to look into it. I spent about a week reading and downloading books (World Without Cancer) about X-Therapy and found a guy who can supply us with X-Therapy supplement. We were actually quite convinced with X-Therapy and we wanted to try that for my dad.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days, taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutathione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement. This guy, Mr.R said he can arrange a nurse to administer the X-Therapy IV after my dad was discharged. We were not very comfortable with that arrangement and asked him to recommend us a doctor who can administer this X-Therapy. That was how we got referred to Dr. X.

Dr. X is a qualified medical doctor and he practices both the mainstream and alternative treatment for many types of illness including cancer.  I called his clinic on 19 November and set up an appointment to meet Dr X on 20 November provided my dad was discharged. My dad was allowed to be discharged on 19 November and we proceeded to meet Dr. X.

20 November 2020: We went for our initial appointment with Dr. X. We told him we wanted X-Therapy for my dad and asked him how to go about it. He wanted to do a thorough medical checkup first and only then can decide what should be done.

He did a blood test and a physical examination and found that my dad  had a tear in his anus and told us my dad has haemorroids. He told us that my dad was underweight, undernourished and he (Dr. X) needs to start nutritional therapy before treating his cancer as his body is too weak to take X-Therapy.

Dr. X started my dad on 20 mg of Vitamin C IV and gave my dad a list of supplements to take. His weight at this time was 49kg. We were told that this initial consultation and checkup would cost RM850 and we ended up paying RM5,131 as he gave us a whole lot of supplements and vitamins to take.

21 November 2020: We visited Dr.X’s clinic again and my dad was given another bout of Vitamin C IV, this time they increased the dosage to 30 mg. He did seem to look better after the Vitamin C IV. We checked with Dr X again on the X-Therapy treatment for my dad. He said X-therapy is not very effective for AML and he said he will check with his other counterparts and let us know later. We checked with him several times and realized he didn’t really have the protocol to treat AML. He seems unsure and kept telling us to worry about the infection first. The cancer can be dealt with later.

23 November 2020: My dad had his appointment in university hospital. His hemoglobin was at 6.2 and platelets at 27. He was given 2 bags of blood on this day and his next appointment would be in 2 weeks time (7 Dec 2020).  My dad was getting treatment from Dr X’s clinic every alternate day until 7 Dec 2020 when he was admitted. This treatment was continued after his discharge on 13 Dec 2020 until 19 Dec 2020. The last date we consulted Dr. X. was 19 December.

7 Dec 2020: Follow up and blood transfusion at university hospital. Upon checking, his CRP (infection marker) was at 10.2 and he was admitted immediately for antibiotics drip. He had fever at 38.7. They did blood culture and it turned out negative. They were not able to identify the pathogen causing the infection. At this point we have not started on (CA Care’s) herbs yet as my dad was under Dr. X’s treatment.

When my dad was admitted, we checked in with Dr. X again. He was quite difficult to reach. We only had the clinic whatsapp and we had to wait a few days before he called us back. We asked him again what was the next course of action as the constant Vitamin C IV my dad was getting still resulted him in getting an infection and had to be admitted. He suggested to bump up his Vitamin C to 70 mg and suggested homeopathy treatment after he was discharged.

13 Dec 2020: Dad was discharged from the hospital. His arm was red from the IV with slight swelling, the hospital gave some cream to be applied on the area. He lost about 4-5 kg after this admission. Weight dropped to 45kg.

The affected area at this point was just a red bump on his skin. It was nothing major. The swelling developed around 19 December or rather the swelling was so big we only noticed it on 19 December.

13.  Second hospital admission – more antibiotics!

Dad went for his scheduled check up and developed fever on the day of the check up and they immediately admitted him. They put him on antibiotics. Did a blood culture test and could not identify the pathogen that caused his fever.He was discharged after a week.

My dad’s 2nd admission was on 7 Dec and was discharged on 13 Dec 2020 (Note: my dad’s first admission was 37 days and second admission 1 week).

14. High Vitamin C infusion again.

17 December 2020: We went to Dr. X and was given Vitamin C, albumin, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation.The swelling of his right arm was not significant and we did not place any emphasis on it as there was no fever and no pain. Dr. X also did not comment on it.

19 December 2020:  We noticed significant swelling on the arm, and my dad went to see Dr. X.Dad was advised to put cold compression on the swelling. This treatment reduced the swelling slightly but his arm was still quite swollen. Dr. X gave albumin IV, fat lipids supplement injection, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation, IV to increase nutrition absorption and Vitamin C IV. 

Dr. X gave my dad an injection that was supposed to help with the swelling but it did not help. The swelling did not reduce until we took the papaya leaf on 23 December 2020 (4 days later). The injection was about RM120.

Was the alternative treatment effective?

He was doing okay at home. He could walk about slightly and if he over exerts himself, he would feel breathless. He would be okay after taking a rest.

At this point, he lost more weight (about 4-5kg), physically was weak but mentally was doing good. At this point we checked with Dr. X and he suggested us to do the homeopathy treatment for his leukemia when he was discharged. 

We still went back to Dr. X after his discharge and found that my dad was feeling weaker.

We were at crossroads at this point as we have already spent about RM 30,000 for Dr. X’s treatment and saw not much signs of improvement after a month. He now requires blood transfusion every week.

15. Back to CA Care again!

20 December 2020: We somehow got acquainted with Ms. S whose mother has colon cancer and was also taking herbs from you. So we decided to stop going to Dr. X and started taking your herbs on Monday 21 December 2020.

25 December 2020: My dad said he felt better after taking your herbs. My dad was due for his routine blood transfusion on 23/12 and although his hemoglobin was at a low of 4.6, he was doing better than before.

I would like to check with you, with your experience in treating AML with your herbs, does he require frequent blood transfusions after taking your herbs? We were told by the doctor that he will have excess iron in his blood and may cause heart problems later on due to the prolong blood transfusions he needs to take on a regular basis. 

Reply: To help him with his blood production. Drink one papaya leaf per day …. Ask Yeong how to make the tea. It is extremely bitter. It may help with the blood production. Go read these articles in our website:

1. Leukemia – A Miraculous Healing.

2.From God’s Awesome Natural Pharmacy — papaya leaf for stubborn high fever!  This is about my son — who is now a medical doctor.

29 December 2020:My dad went for his check up at the university hospital today and his hemoglobin is at 6.6. His platelet has dropped to 2 and he received another bag of blood transfusion and platelet. He has some abscess on his right arm due to the antibiotic IV drip he had during his previous admission. They wanted my dad to be admitted on this day itself and we insisted to go back first and come back tomorrow for the admission. They wanted to give him antibiotics drip. I am sending the photo of his right arm for your reference. 

We are very reluctant to admit him again but the doctor said that if the infected part is ruptured, there might be more complication later. The admission for the antibiotics would be for a week. They made it sound so serious, we had no choice but to admit him. As you recommended papaya leaf juice, we boiled some for him to drink the night before the admission.

The doctor asked my dad to take the antibiotics 250mg x 1 every 6 hourly just before his admission. My dad took the antibiotics at 6 p.m., drank the papaya leaf juice at 9p.m., took antibiotics again at midnight and at 6 am on 30 Dec 2020. 

30 December 2020: It was at 9a.m. we realised that his swelling had reduced by half. We were very surprised to see that sort of outcome in just one night. We still made our way to the hospital and prepared for his admission. We gave him papaya juice, ACD capsules before going to the hospital. 

We showed the before and after photo to the doctor and try to persuade the doctor that the admission was not required as the swollen area had reduced in size.The doctor couldn’t decide and she referred my dad to an orthopedic specialist. The orthopedic specialist came and after checking my dad, he consulted his boss and still advised us to admit. We told him my dad didn’t want to and the swelling on his left arm was caused by the antibiotics IV drip and it could happen again on his other arm if we allowed him to be admitted. 

He understood our concerns and allowed us to be discharged with the condition that we sign an indemnity form and gave us the extra doses of antibiotics. This time he had to take 4 x 250mg of antibiotics every 6 hourly.

I took another photo of his arm today, the swelling is still there but the redness seems to have reduced. 

We did not inform the doctor that he was taking papaya leaf juice. We will keep you updated and we really have no idea why he wanted us to take so much antibiotics. The doctor told us it can be very serious and my dad could go into sepsis shock as the abscess can cause these effects in his body. The doctors want to drain the abscess by doing a minor operation and also worried that he may bleed to death due to his low platelet count. They wanted to observe him while he is warded in the hospital. 

Yes, that is indeed the question to ask, was it the antibiotics or the papaya leaf juice that helped reduce the swelling. 

We have been told by the doctors that the oral antibiotics may not work and the most effective way was to give my dad antibiotics IV drip. The swelling was caused by the antibiotics IV when he was hospitalised 3 weeks ago as the IV line was in his arm for a week for the drip and caused the infection.

We have some good news today. We started boiling papaya juice for my dad to drink yesterday 29/12 at about 9 pm. It was after I sent the email to you. He was also taking oral antibiotics every 6 hourly. We woke up this morning to find the swelling on his right arm reduced by half!

We are sending the picture over to you to have a look. 

Anyway, thank you for recommending us the papaya leaf juice, it seemed to have worked like a miracle and my dad is happily back at home today. 

We will be boiling 1 leaf a day for him from today onwards.

31 December 2020:We are all so happy to see results of my dad’s arm condition.

Now the redness in his arm has reduced alot, and it is almost close to his skin colour. We are really very surprised by the speed of how the swelling has reduced. It’s almost back to normal in just 2 days after the papaya leaf juice and also perhaps the antibiotics. I mean, with our experience with antibiotics, the results usually are not that instant. 

16. After drinking papaya leaf tea – healing started!

The swelling subsided – 4.8 cm down to 1.7 cm

Wow, almost resolved. The doctor told us then (29 Dec 2020) that the swelling on this arm WILL NOT be resolved if he did not get  admitted to the hospital.

Comments by Chris: How To Deal with His Leukemia?

1. Role of doctors / hospital.

Yes, we need the help of the doctors! So far he was admitted twice. First admission was for 37 days. Second admission was for 7 days. What did they do?

a. Took care of his infection. So we need to be careful. Due to his low body immunity he can pick up any infection from anywhere.

To fight the infections he was treated with antibiotics. The downside of this treatment is allergic reactions.

b. He needs blood transfusion as and when required. His RBC, haemoglobin and platelets were low.

c. Due to his low platelets count, bleeding may occur.

The downside of low blood counts is bleeding and inflammation. What most of us don’t know about is hemochromatosis (iron overload).  You can get too much iron in your blood if you have multiple blood transfusions. This can damage your heart and liver.

Read about risks and complications of blood transfusion –  (

In general, blood transfusions are considered safe, but there are risks. Sometimes complications show up immediately, others take some time.

Fever: It’s usually not considered serious if you get a fever 1 to 6 hours after your transfusion. But if you also feel nauseated or have chest pain, it could be something more serious. See your doctor right away.

Allergic reactions: It’s possible to experience an allergic reaction to the blood you receive, even if it’s the correct blood type. If this happens, you’ll likely feel itchy and develop hives. If you have an allergic reaction, it’s likely to happen during the transfusion or very shortly after.

Acute immune hemolytic reaction: This complication is rare, but is a medical emergency. It happens if your body attacks the red blood cells in the blood you’ve received. This normally takes place during or right after your transfusion, and you’ll experience symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, or pain in your chest or lower back. Your urine might also come out dark.

Delayed hemolytic reaction: This is similar to an acute immune hemolytic reaction, but it happens more gradually.

Anaphylactic reaction: This happens within minutes of starting a transfusion and may be life-threatening. You may experience swelling of the face and throat, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure.

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI): This is a rare, but potentially fatal reaction. It shows up within hours of the start of the transfusion in the form of a fever and low blood pressure. TRALI damages your lungs. It may be caused by antibodies or other substances in the new blood. Even though it’s rare, it’s still the leading cause of transfusion-related death in the United States.

Bloodborne Infections: Blood banks thoroughly screen donors and test donated blood for viruses, bacteria, and parasites, but infections are still a rare possibility.

  • HIV: Your chance of contracting HIV through donated blood is 1 in 2 million (a lower risk than being struck by lightning).
  • Hepatitis B and C: Your chance of contracting hepatitis B is about 1 in 300,000 and your risk of contracting hepatitis C is about 1 in 1.5 million.
  • West Nile virus: Your chance of contracting West Nile virus is about 1 in 350,000.
  • Zika virus: In 2016, the FDA began recommending that blood centers screen for Zika. Most people who have it don’t show any symptoms.

2. What about his leukemia problem?

Go for chemotherapy? This is not done yet. Will chemo cure?

Then, the family  turned to alternative treatments. The patient was treated by Dr. X.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days to be taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutatione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement.

Did it help him at all? After spending RM30,000 for these treatments. What good comes out of it?

Then Dr. X said for his cancer treatment – try homeopathy! I too had a diploma of Homeopathy! No la — that’s a long shot!

3. CA Care Therapy.

The patient was on our herbs for about a month. I was hopeful that his blood counts will improve with time. But it was not to be.

On  3 February 2021, Sherine wrote this email.

There was so much drama over the past week until today and I did not manage to update you yet. 

The last update was, my dad had another episode at home when we got home from the hospital. His condition did not improve and he was so weak he could not even walk downstairs to have his meals. 

My mom observed another 2 days, which was a Friday, and then decided to take him to the hospital as he could not walk unaided. 

They took him to A&E on Friday and his hemoglobin was at 5 and platelet 5. His gums were bleeding again and they admitted him on Friday. 

The doc told us that they found blood in his stools and suspected internal bleeding. They want to do a colonoscopy scope but couldn’t as his platelet was so low. 

So they transfuse him some blood and platelet. Don’t know how much. My dad wasn’t responding to our calls at all. 

They make him fast and prepared him to do an endoscope instead. His platelet seemed to be holding up well but his platelet not so much. 

They were supposed to do the scope yesterday (2 February) evening and we thought it was done and was planning to check with the hospital this morning (3 February). 

This morning at 2.30 am, my dad texted my mom and asked her to bring the wheelchair and come now. His message was not clear. My mom only saw the message at 6 am and she called my dad. My dad asked her to come now as he is in “great trauma”. My mom got worried and she called me so we went to the hospital immediately. 

The hospital didn’t allow us in and asked us to wait outside the ward and wait for the doctor to come. The doc only came at about 10.30 am and said that they decided not to do the scope as the blood in his stools are not fresh blood and they called off the scope. My dad has not eaten anything for 72 hours. 

Chris:  Thanks for taking time to update — I am really sad and sorry. Let us see what happen. Things have gone beyond us. Very sad.

Sherine: Hi Prof Chris,  please don’t be sad and sorry. We are not, we witness miracles happening to my dad. Doctors tell us the worst case scenario and somehow my dad’s condition improved. They said he needed scope, then don’t need any more. Let’s see what miracles we have for tomorrow… We just have to have faith.

Next story: My Last Few Days With Dad Before He Left Us

Leukemia: Chemotherapy – RM100,000 – Failed


May 2013, bloated stomach – diagnosed as gastric problem.

Gastric drugs did not cure.

Had consulted 7 doctors.

Consulted specialist in a hospital in Jakarta. Diagnosed as leukemia.

Came to Penang, Malaysia – bone marrow biopsy, confirmed Leukemia – AML.

Had chemotherapy – 6 cycles, from June 2013 until February 2014.

Costs almost RM 100,000.

Blood tests on February 11, 2014, fine.

Follow up after 3 months, May 6, 2014, Recurrence, extremely low platelets, only 4.

The doctor said chemo again, try 2 cycles first. Need to pay RM 50,000.

Before undergoing chemotherapy  did you ever ask the doctor these questions:

1. Can chemotherapy cure you?

2. What is the total cost of the chemo treatment?

3. How long would you have to undergo chemotherapy?

War Against Leukemia: The Story of Our Eldest Son

(Thank you KM for this contribution).

The day that changed the lives of my wife and I came on one Sunday in October 1998. I had just returned from an overseas trip that Sunday, arriving home in the afternoon. That morning, my wife had brought our eldest son, KW to a private hospital to do some test to see why his mild fever did not go away. She returned late that afternoon without our son. The expression on her face told me that something very serious had happened. With tears in her eyes she told me that our son, KW had leukemia.

We went to the hospital later in the evening. KW was quite calm but he did asked “why me?” I think no one can answer that question. In this world there are smokers who do not get lung diseases. And there are non-smokers who end with having lung cancer for example.

Some of KW’s close friends also visited him. KW was then 25 years old. He had returned earlier that year from Australia after graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree. He found a challenging job with a world-renowned American IT multi-national company soon after. (We were told later by his superior that he had received commendations during his short time with this company). My wife and I were very happy then seeing our eldest son had started his career while our younger son was still studying in the UK.

But this was to be the beginning of our sufferings with our eldest son.

After consultation with some friends who had connections in the medical field, we transferred KW to the Singapore General Hospital. That was the start of his ten-month stay in hospital with very short spells of home stay. That was also the beginning of ten months of suffering for KW from the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and finally the bone marrow transplantation.

I was then working for an understanding European company in a regional capacity which allowed me to have time with our son daily except when I had to travel. During work I was able to get away from the heavy heart we experienced when with KW. But it was not the case for my wife who patiently spent some ten to twelve hours each day to be with our son. Yes, daily for ten months.

My wife saw and experienced firsthand all the sufferings endured by our eldest son. Chinese New Year was spent in Singapore General Hospital together with KW. During the later part of the 10 months, I and my younger son (who was back from study break) took turn to spend the night with him. It was on a day during the last month (July 1999) of our son’s suffering that my wife was traumatised badly seeing the hospital medical personnel giving medical treatment to our son without telling her what happened even when he went into induced coma and had to be put in the intensive care unit. During our visits when he was in intensive care, we noticed tears in KW’s eyes when we talk to him. We knew he could hear us.

Days later our younger son answered a telephone call at around 11pm asking us to go to the hospital. We reached the hospital just before midnight and rushed to the intensive care unit but were not allowed to see KW as the doctors there were trying to revive him. Minutes later, the doctors came out of the intensive care unit to tell us the bad news. All three of us, me, my wife and our younger son cried quietly when we went in to see him. We were calm and we accepted the ending. THE HEAVY LOAD ON OUR SHOULDERS FINALLY WAS NOT THERE ANYMORE. In the course of those ten months, my wife and I learnt meditation and we became spiritual rather than religious. We learnt meditation, life and death including life after death from an ex-medical doctor. We found comfort here. It was with all these that we were able to face the situation better. We have learnt a lot during those ten months about human relationship, compassion, caring, etc. My wife and I also learnt that whilst we grieve we cannot do so for eternity; we have to let go and live our own lives. We accepted our physical connections and relationship with KM has ended. We know spiritually he will always be with us. He, like all human beings was born into this earth to learn, to experience, and came for a single or multiple purposes. As soon as these purposes are fulfilled one leaves the earth by passing on. But their spirit will always be around. KW died in August 1999.

The followings were events and happenings witnessed by our family after his passing on. To the unbeliever these were imaginations or hoax. But my wife, our younger son and I all believed that KW visited us and leave behind telltale signs to tell us of his presence. Our family is very close to each other. We were not afraid at all.

Two days after KW’s death, we got a call from our tenant (we leased out our house and were living in an apartment), that the mirror of one of the bathrooms cracked and shattered. When my wife (still in mourning) went to our house to investigate with the glazier who installed the mirror, she found it was the bathroom that used to be KW’s. The glazier was surprised the mirror cracked as he had not seen such crack before. We believe KW who loved the house very much visited his favourite residence (his mother had promised him that when he gets well we would move back).

One day about a month later, the ceiling fan in the living room of our apartment was spinning faster than the set speed and I told my wife that perhaps the fan control was faulty. Two days later, it happened again. Being spiritual and having learnt about life and death and life after death, my wife asked whether it was our eldest son visiting us and the reply came with the ceiling light switching on by itself. My wife asked whether he is happy over there and to confirm it. Again, confirmation came with a light switching off by itself.

Some days later, when I walked towards the balcony of the apartment where we lived at that time, the balcony light came on by itself. Our younger son returned to the UK in September about a month after the passing of his brother to continue with his studies. In December of that year I asked that he come back to Singapore for the Christmas and New Year break to spend time with his mother. On the second day of his return, I was with him in our living room, with me watching TV and him lying on the sofa. Suddenly he called out to me to look at the ceiling fan which surprisingly was spinning very fast although it was set at low speed.

Some days later whilst working on the computer near the dining room late one night, he heard a click and the light on the ceiling fan came on. Again similar things like ceiling fan running faster, light switching on and off happened to our younger son when he came back to Singapore again in March and in June of 2000. We all knew KW came back to see his brother. Around the middle of 2000 my wife who is short sighted saw the image of KW when she got up from bed one morning. Without her eye glasses, she could see clearly an image of him showing him around 15/16 years old with beige colour shirt and long pants appearing happy. His appearance lasted only seconds. He had come to say goodbye. This was to be his last presence as from that day onwards there were no more appearance, no ceiling fan running at fast speed, and no switching on or off of lights. We believed that it was time for his soul to move on.

My wife and I were happy to know that our eldest son is happy over the other side. We continue to believe that he is happy and that his soul lives on, on the other side. We believe it is difficult for spirit to manifest itself in the form of human. The vibration of spirits is very high so we cannot see them easily. To illustrate let me explain this in a simple way. When a table or standing fan with its three blades stationary, can we see through the blades? The answer is no we cannot. But if we switch on the fan at low speed we can vaguely see through them and when the fan is at high speed we can definitely see through the blades. So spirits being high in vibration cannot be seen by us although they are present; we are seeing through them.

Two years after KW’s death, my wife had breast cancer. She refused to receive any conventional medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, etc., relying on food and food supplements. She believes her condition was brought about by the emotional stress and trauma experienced during those ten months when KW was in hospital. For the past six years she was living a “normal healthy life”.

On 10 January 2008, she complained of severe pain below her shoulder blades. She could not get up after lying down in bed. Any body movement caused severe pain. The next day, the neighbourhood doctor had to make a house call and prescribed some pain killers. She had read about Dr. Chris Teo, in a book by Betty Khoo called “Cancer Cured Naturally”. She decided to consult Dr. Teo in Penang. But before the trip, I made her to see a pain specialist to address the pain problem so that she can comfortably travel to Penang. We contacted Dr. Teo who asked for a full blood test to be done so that he can be aware of my wife’s condition and not doing things blindly. The blood test showed the breast cancer had probably metastasised to the bone. Her liver functions were also not good including presence of some forms of inflammation. We went to Penang to see Dr. Teo a week later.

Dr Teo prescribed the required herbs and advised what food she can and cannot take. After taking the herbs for two weeks she was completely off pain killers and she could lay down more inclined. After four weeks of taking the herbs, she was able to sleep flat in bed and get up without pain except some pressure at the sternum. She still experienced “ache” around her shoulder blades but not those severe pain. Her energy level was higher and she can raise and stretch both her arms more easily now. She believes the herbs are definitely helping her and improving her condition. Meanwhile, my wife had PET/CT scan done on the advice of Dr. Teo and the results confirmed the breast cancer had metastasized to her spine, hips and lungs. She continues taking the herbs consciously and is extremely careful and mindful of what she consumes as drinks and food. She now thinks that perhaps had she handled her emotion better, letting go and accept the fact that loved ones can be lost, she might not be in the condition she is now in. Both my wife and I now live for the present and not worrying what can happen. We are taking one step at a time. We are also grateful to Dr. Chris Teo and his wife for helping and guiding us through. We have faith in them and are hopeful my wife will be cured.

Comments: This is the advice we give to those who come and see us. Learn to let go. When you hate, the only person who gets hurt is you. Because those people whom you hate don’t know; And the rest of the world, don’t care a damn!

Is Chasing Away Evil Spirit As Good As Taking Chemo-drug?

Radiation and chemotherapy are dangerous placebos. And placebos sometimes work
~ Dr. Julian Whitaker

Lina (not real name) is a 36-year old female. She was diagnosed with CML (chronic myeloid leukemia) in August 2008. The doctor at the Singapore General Hospital prescribed an oral chemo – Glevec (Imatinib) – for her condition. This medication cost S$3,500 per month. Initially Gleevec was good for her but after 6 months she suffered a relapse. The consumption of Gleveec was stopped.

The doctor suggested Lina undergoes a bone marrow transplantation. This procedure would cost approximately S$50,000 to S$100,000. Lina declined. She said: I would rather die than undergoing this procedure and go bald. In view of this, the doctor prescribed Lina another oral drug, Dasatinib (or Sprycel) at 140 mg /day. This medication costs S$6,000 per month. After taking this drug for the past few weeks, Lina suffered pains in her bones – the pains seemed to move around the whole body.

Desperate in wanting to find a cure for her illness, Lina went to seek the help of a medium who lives in private house somewhere in Singapore. The medium told Lina that her problem is a result of evil spirits. He (the medium) would be able to chant and pray to get rid of these evil sprits, but this comes with a price tag of S$3,800. The medium told Lina that after one chanting, she will be cured. Lina wanted to try this treatment but her husband objected.


The lessons we can learn from Lina are these:
1. Desperate people will do desperate things to find a cure that rarely exist.
2. Desperate people are vulnerable.
3. There are enough vultures around ever ready to pounce of such desperate people. They come as Black Crows or Men-in-their-white-coats.

Therefore it is up to us to be on the watch out and empower ourselves to look out for such people. There are still people who want us to believe that diseases are due to evil spirits or even as God’s punishment for our sins. As such chanting, prayers and ritual cleansing can do the job perfectly well.

My reading tells me that some diseases can indeed be due to the mind and has no organic origin. In such cases, practices that unblock the mind and restore our positive emotion may help. However, if the disease is of organic origin, i.e., due defects of basic biochemical processes or tumours, it is indeed hard to believe that only chanting, prayers, ritual cleansing or drinking of blessed plain water can cure the problem.

However, desperate people are vulnerable!

The main concern of such spiritual treatment is how it affects the patient. In this case, the worst that can happen is that Lina would be poorer by S$3,800 if her leukemia is not cured. There is no other harm.

Lina had already spent S$3,500 per month for 6 months (total S$ 21,000 for the so called scientific medicine, Gleevec) and she ended up with nothing as well. If we look at it from this viewpoint, the taking of the so called scientifically proven drug is no better than paying the medium. In fact the medium asked for much less money. We can’t blame Lina if she chooses to believe in the medium. She has put her full trust in her doctor and medicine had failed her. So what is the difference then – medium or doctor?

Now, Lina is on another drug that costs S$6,000 per month and she ended up with unexplained pains that moved around her body. What is going on?

I thought the medium ought to be a bit more clever – why offer just a chanting service? In addition to chanting, dish out some coloured sugar pills for her to swallow each day. Tell her the pills are going to cure her, besides the sms he (the medium) is sending to the devils.

Look at it this way, is the result that Lina had thus far, not about equivalent to what she had obtained by paying the hospital – S$3,500 or S$6,000 per month? And I am also sure that those coloured sugar pills (if the medium where to dish out) will not cause pains.

What is Gleevec or Amatinib

Gleevec, also known amatinib, is a new drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a cancer of white blood cells, and for the treatment of a rare form of stomach cancer called gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).

One study had shown that in 9 of the 20 patients who were treated for five months or longer, no leukemia cells could be found, which showed that the drug was eliminating the source of the cancer.

Another research paper said: imatinib has had a marked impact on outcomes in patients with CML. It remains a valuable treatment for all stages of the disease.

The truth is: As far as Lina is concerned Gleevec has failed her. Why? Perhaps she is the unlucky one or perhaps the devils are still around?

What is Sprycel or Dasanib?
After Gleevec had failed, the doctor suggested Syprycel. This drug is used to treat those with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and who are no longer benefiting from Gleevec. This means Lina has moved from taking the ineffective imatinib to another drug named dasanib. Do you see the similarity in their names? All belong to the nib family (this requires another article to explain its implications which many people are not aware of!). According to the website the long term benefits and toxicities of dasanib are currently still being studied (take note of this statement!)

Besides the high price tag, dasanib comes with a long list of side effects:
1) Can cause low red blood cell counts (anemia), low white blood cell counts (neutropenia), and low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia).
2) Can cause bleeding. The most serious is bleeding in the brain leading to death, and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. Less severe events included bleeding from the nose, the gums, bruising of the skin, and excessive menstrual bleeding.
3) Can cause fluid to accumulate in the legs and around the eyes. In more severe cases, fluid may accumulate in the lining of the lungs, the sac around your heart, or abdominal cavity.
4) Other side effects are diarrhea, skin rash, headache, fatigue, nausea, muscle and bone pain, fatigue, fever, cough, poor appetite, dizziness, moth sore, constipation, chest pain, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, chills, weight gain, etc.

My last point

After knowing the possible side effects of the new S$6,000-month-drug, I developed cold feet. My feet get even colder when I recall what happened to KW, a 25-year electrical engineer. He was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent medical treatment, including bone marrow transplantation. He died within 10 months. (Read Story 3: War Against Leukemia: The Story of Our Eldest Son).

Perhaps Lina should just opt to have the medium chase away the devils instead? At least, she would suffer no harm. If the medium could keep the devils away for 10 months, then the treatment is a real bargain.

Either way, no one seems to be right and sure, at this point in time. The medium is selling hope but he does it in a crude way. Not many would believe his stunt and most regard it as a con job. Doctors too are selling hope and they do it in a scientific way. The entire world tends to believe them. In the end, it is all about perception! Either way the result may just end up the same?

Note: By writing this case, I am not implying that you go to the medium for treatment. Going to the medium probably has similar effect as wait and see or do nothing is better than doing something aggressive and deadly. In this case Lina came to us for herbs.

Leukemia – A Miraculous Healing

Pak Jam, from Aceh, Indonesia came to Penang on 7 December 2009. His wife Nur was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) in July 2009. After the herbs she is now recovering very well.

Four months ago, Nur was hospitalized for fifteen days and received five cycles of chemotherapy at a private hospital in Penang. Her condition did not improve but instead became worse. In spite of the medication, even her coughs could not be cured during those fifteen days. The total cost of the treatment amounted to RM 30,000 and the family had run out of funds, in spite of borrowing from friends and relatives. Pak Jam had no choice but to discharge Nur from the hospital and came to seek our help.

Pak Jam said: When I was on the way to the airport bringing my wife home, I prayed that she would just survive her trip to Medan (the destination, Indonesian city about thirty-minute flying time from Penang). Please do not die in Penang or at the airport. If she expired in Medan, at least I could bring her home by car without much hassle. My wife could hardly move and I had to move her in a slanting wheelchair with her head held onto my chest. On the plane I put her head on my lap. When I got to Medan, we rested for 2 days before taking a fourteen-hour ride to Aceh. On the way home she fell unconscious.

After taking the herbs (Capsule A, Leuk 1 and Leuk 2 teas, etc., and without any of the fifteen drugs that the doctor had prescribed on her discharge) Nur started to recover. Her health improved with each day. She can now participate in the house chores, including cooking for the family and carrying her grandchild – something that she could not do before. Chris said to Pak Jam: I am amazed, it is God’s blessing. Pak Jam replied: It is your efforts but it is God who heals.

The following is the full story of Nur’s amazing recovery.

Part 1: No Cure and No More Money

First Visit to CA Care

Chris: From Aceh, fifty-six years old, now in hospital and the patient is your wife?
Pak: I could not afford the expenses anymore.

C: Oh, you could not afford the expenses but the doctor can treat her?
Pak: The say cannot cure her. Then only last night we found out about CA Care. My son phoned me and asked me to find Dr. Chris.

C: How did he know about Dr. Chris?
Pak: From the internet.

C: Let me ask you some questions first. What really happened? Let’s start from the beginning.
Pak: One lump in the anus was removed. That was done in a hospital in Medan, three months ago. The wound took too long to heal. Eventually the doctor did a blood test and found her haemoglobin was low. They did a lumbar puncture (or spinal tap in which sample is drawn from the lower spine using a needle). After that they said it was blood cancer – leukemia.

C: What did you do after that?
Pak: I requested for blood transfusion. This was done in Medan and then I brought her to a private hospital in Penang. She is already 11 days in the hospital.

C: What did the doctor tell you?
Pak: They did more tests, another lumbar puncture and sent the sample to Singapore. The result – leukemia.

C: Then, what did they do?
Pak: They said chemo. So she had four days of chemotherapy already.

C: Four cycles of chemo. How many do they want to give her?
Pak: They said five – so tomorrow will be another one.

C: Okay, five cycles of chemo – but actually what do they really want to do? Because in leukemia the treatment needs to go on for years (it is not finished with five shots of chemo).
Pak: No, I don’t want that.

C: With four or five cycles of chemo – did you ask, what is the real aim here? Can they cure her with such treatment?
Pak: No, cannot cure.

C: So, if cannot cure, what actually then is the aim of the treatment?
Pak: After five cycles of chemo, they will give her some medications to increase her haemoglobin. After that she will go home.

C: Is that all they want to do? If chemo cannot cure her – why do you undergo chemo then? Okay, how much does one cycle of chemo cost you?
Pak: I don’t know yet, but probably RM 1,000. I really don’t know because I have never had such an experience.

C: From what I know, if they really want to treat leukemia by chemotherapy, it would require three years of treatment. The treatment can drag from Year 1 to Year 2 and then Year 3. I know of patients spending up to RM 300,000 for such treatment. Yet they failed to find their cure. If we can only maintain her condition, that is good enough. But even maintenance cost so much money and patients cannot afford it.
Pak: I actually cannot afford it anymore. I would probably go back to Aceh and find some folk medicine in my kampong (village).

C: Pak, many people believe in folk medicine. You may go to the bomoh (local shaman) but we also need to rely on scientific knowledge. Some bomohs may say her problem could be due to the evil spirit, demon, etc, etc., but it is important to look at the blood parameters. We need to know exactly what had gone wrong. I also know that even medical science finds it difficult to cure leukemia. I also know of a person who spent RM 1.5 million (not 1.5 million rupiahs, it is RM) trying to cure his wife’s leukemia. But in the end, his wife died – no cure. So, we know it is difficult to find a cure for leukemia.
So Pak, if it is me, I would get out of the hospital now. In the hospital, you need to spend a lot of money and they say they cannot cure your wife. They could NOT guarantee her recovery. Think further, is there any hope with chemotherapy? It has already been eleven days that she is in the hospital, where is the hope? The doctor said there would be no cure. That means more money spent.
Pak: I called home for more money to be sent over, but there is no more money. I can only lift up my hands to God for help. Then last night my son called and asked me to see Dr. Chris and seek his help.

Part2: Discharged And Prescribed Fifteen Types of Drugs

Second and Third Visit to CA Care

Pak: I have brought my wife out of the hospital.
(Note: She was prescribed herbs: Capsule A, Leuk 1 and Leuk 2, GI tea, Chemo and Radio Tea)

C: Okay, take these herbs and in the next few days she will suffer from healing crisis. She will feel difficult, more tired, etc. Don’t worry, take it easy. If possible bring her here before you go home. But if she is unable to come, it is okay – you come and tell me what happens.

The Doctor Prescribed Fifteen Drugs Upon Discharge From Hospital

C: She was discharged from the hospital?
Pak: I bring you all the medications that the doctor prescribed upon her discharge. Tell me what drugs I need to give her and what I would just keep aside. Oh, so many drugs, which are the ones to take I don’t know.

C: I don’t know – I am confused. One, two, three … thirteen, fourteen and fifteen. Fifteen drugs to take.
Pak: Of these, are there drugs that she has to take? If not, I would just put them aside.

C: It is difficult for me to advise – too much medication.

Journey Home

Pak: When I was on the way to the airport bringing my wife home, I prayed that she would just survive her trip to Medan (the destination, Indonesian city about 30- minute flying time fromPenang). Please do not die in Penang or at the airport. If she expired in Medan, at least I could bring her home by car without much hassle.

C: Was it difficult when you brought her home on the airplane?
Pak: Very difficult indeed. My wife could hardly move and I had to move her in a slanting wheelchair with her head held onto my chest. On the plane I put her head on my lap. She had to lie down. There was no need for oxygen. When I got to Medan, we rested for two days before taking a fourteen-hour ride to Aceh. On the way home we stopped mid-way and visited our grandchild. She was very tired and fell unconscious.

Part 3: Hospital Experience – RM 30,000 And No Benefit

C: I am amazed and I did not expect this. Tell me, how many times is she better off now than before taking the herbs?
Pak: I believe the doctor would be shocked to see her, if I were to bring her back to the hospital. We spent RM 2,000 per day while in the hospital. For a week it came to RM 14,000. Every now and then I was asked to put in more money as security deposit.

C: Everyday they asked you to put in more money as deposit?
Pak: Almost every other day. When the money was almost finished they asked for more deposit. So you see when she was in the hospital, I had to spend a lot of money. I borrow from others and now I am starting to pay them back. So I have to work hard to start finding more money. Oh, to find money is so difficult. But when I have found enough money, I flew here to see you. I am very satisfied. I saw her improvements. To me this is the way to go.

C: The stay in the hospital cost you RM 2,000 per day? A day and a night cost RM 2,000? And you stayed for a week?
Pak: No, it was for fifteen days and that cost me M 30,000.

C: RM 30,000 – did you receive any benefit?
Pak: No, I did not see any benefit at all.

C: Fifteen days in the hospital – what was in your heart then? Was there any hope at all?
Pak: Helpless.

C: Did you think she would recover in the fifteen days in the hospital?
Pak: No. Looking at the veins in her arms due to the infusion, I told the doctor: Pardon me, if possible I would like to bring her home.

Infected With Coughs While In Hospital
And Doctor Could No Cure That Either

Pak: Fifteen days in the hospital, the doctor could not even cure her coughs. Her coughs did not go away. On the day she was admitted, the doctor suggested that my wife stay in a single-bedded room. But this was very expensive. I declined. So she stayed in a six-bedded room which was the cheapest. She was then very weak. The patient staying next to her bed had coughs. So my wife was infected by her coughs and started to cough too. The doctor gave her mediation for it but it was not effective.

With CA Care Herbs Her Coughs Were Gone Within Three Days

Pak: The doctor could not even cure her coughs in the fifteen days while in the hospital.

C: Could not cure coughs? But eventually her coughs were cured?
Pak: I came here and you gave me a set of cough herbs (Cough 5 and Cough 6) and after adding a few pieces of ginger, I boiled them. I let her drink the cough tea for the first time that evening. Her coughs got worse – more serious and she coughed more. I had an argument with my son. He asked me: Dad, do you believe in Dr. Chris’ herbs or do you believe in the doctor’s medication? Let’s see what can happen in the next one or two days. The next morning, my wife coughed less. I gave her more cough herbs and the next day her coughs were gone. So within three days the coughs went off but for two days she had difficulty. First day was really serious, second day her difficulty became less. Third day – coughs gone.

C: And you said when she was in the hospital for fifteen days, the cough did not go away?
Pak: The coughs did not go away.

C: Ha, ha, better than staying in the hospital! Right?

Part 4: Doc, Your Efforts But God Who Heals

C: When she was in the hospital, she had chemo, how was her condition?
Pak: No, the stay in the hospital did not help her at all.

C: Even with chemo, it did not help?
Pak: No.

C: Okay, when she was discharged from the hospital, how was her condition?
Pak: Very weak, could not walk by herself and needed to be aided. That was why I did not bring her to see you.

C: After being discharged, she started to take herbs for a week before you brought her back to Acheh. During that first week, did she show any improvements?
Pak: No, she became worse.

C: Oh, she became worse – more tired?
Pak: But I was not afraid. (Pak had been forewarned about the healing crisis). When in Acheh we checked her blood. Her haemoglobin level was 6.0 (So I called you and you asked me to go for blood transfusion). I brought her to the hospital and they gave her five packets of blood. The haemoglobin rose to 11.0. Fifteen days later she had to be hospitalized again due to high fevers. Her haemoglobin dropped to 8.5. But the doctor did not give her any blood this time. After ten days in the hospital, she was alright.

C: After this, was she getting better – healthier?
Pak: All these times, she was taking your herbs. Yes, in the hospital she was taking your herbs. Eventually her haemoglobin rose to 8.7.

C: Apart from the haemoglobin, how was her condition?
Pak; Better. Now she can walk. In the morning I brought her for a walk. Now she can walk 100 metres – up and down and that makes it 200 metres every morning. Before that she was not able to walk.

C: Before that, she was in pain, you said.
Pak: Yes, she had pains in her anus. But now no more pains. It is normal now.

C: Before she was unable to sleep.
Pak: She can sleep now and her appetite is very good. Before, she had no appetite.

C: Wow, ha, ha.
Pak: Now even at night she feels hungry and asks for food. Before that her skin was wrinkled – no flesh. Now the wrinkles are all gone and she had put on more flesh.

C: Previously you said she was tired.
Pak: Yes, even now if she walks too much. But if she is in the house, she is okay, not tired any more. She can move around the house overseeing the children doing the house chores. She can go to the bathroom and bathe by herself. Before that she was not able to do such things.

C: Oh, this is really amazing.
Pak: Her improvements are really good.

C: Before you said her breathing was difficult.
Pak: Now, it is good.

C: So compared to before and after the herbs – there are differences?
Pak: Very different. Great improvements.

C: Relax and be at easy. Now that she has improved, do you see any hope?
P: Seems very bright. Her facial expression is good now, no longer pale as before. Now, she likes to talk with others, before she would not do that. Yes, she is much healthier now. I feel happy and feel blessed when I come here.

C: I too feel happy. When you first came and if you ask me if she would recover, I would have said: Not likely, not likely. But that is it, if we did not do what we were supposed to do then, we would not come this far. I did not expect this at all.
Pak: I too did not expect this.

C: This is God’s help.
Pak: Doctor, it is your efforts but it is God who heals.

Part 5: Four Months On Herbs: Health Improved Day By Day

C: How is Ibu (mom, referring to his wife)?
Pak: Her health had improved further. I am here because the herbs are about to finish and I am afraid we don’t have enough to drink.

C: You are sure that Ibu is better?
Pak: Yes, she can cook now. But I reminded her not to over work herself.

C: Any problem – in terms of vomiting, being unconscious, etc.?
Pak: She felt pains (or numbness) around the right and left collarbone.

C: Okay, when she was in the hospital, she had chemo (five cycles). Usually after chemo there would be these side effects like numbness of the finger tips, in the legs, etc.
Pak: Yes, she felt tingling of her fingers and pains in the joints.

C: These could be the side effects of chemo. When she was discharged from the hospital, the doctor prescribed some drugs? (Recollection: She was prescribed fifteen types of drugs).
Pak: I was very concerned that these drugs would affect her kidneys. Therefore I did not allow her to take any of the drugs that the doctor prescribed. She was entirely on your herbs.

C: During your previous visit, you said she was able to walk 100 metres, up and down. Now, has that improved?
Pak: Yes. Now she can move around and can cook, can walk, etc.

C: That was just about a month ago that you came here. So she had improved further?
Pak: Yes.

C: During this period, did she ever experience any adverse episode?
Pak: No, everything was normal and she improved step by step.

C: Can she eat well?
Pak: Oh yes, she can eat a lot now. She ate more than before.

C: Her energy – more strength now?
Pak: Yes, she can carry our grandchild. Before this, she was not able to do that. Her bowel movements were good. She ate papaya everyday before meal.

C: With that, she is not tired any more? No coughs?
Pak: When I phoned home, I could communicate with her.

C: Previously, was she able to answer and talk with you over the phone?
Pak: Previously, she was not able to even see the phone number.

C: Please know that this is not a cure.
Pak: Yes, even the doctors in the hospital were amazed when looking at her.

C: Apart from the herbs, did you give her any other medications?
Pak: No.

C: Now, how is her haemoglobin – good?
Pak: Yes, good. It has increased to 10.1. The test was done four days ago.

C: Any fevers at all?
Pak: No.

C: I am really amazed. It’s God’s blessing. I cannot say anything more than that.
Pak: Yes, I am very happy.

C: Did you ever go back to see the doctors?
Pak: No.


This is an amazing story of grace and blessing. I am lost for words. I remember meeting Pak Jam the first time he came to our centre. I could feel the helplessness in him. The first words said as he sat down were: I could not afford the expenses anymore. It was a plea for help. This was a man who was lost, helpless and desperate. I could see these on his face as well. But look at the video clips of the visits after that. He was full of smile. It is so gratifying to see his face. Besides healing his wife, without any doubt we also healed Pak Jam.

Cancer treatment is about money. Make no mistake about that. If there is no money, you have no choice. You have to get out of the hospital, particularly so if you are in a private hospital. The doctors say: Yes, cancer can be treated. Of course you can, provided you have the money to pay. The catch is, treatment does not mean it can be cured. Cancer can be treated, you get that! But treatment needs money.

For Pak Jam, money is hard to come by. Fifteen days in the hospital cost him RM 30,000. This is a huge sum of money for people like Pak Jam. He had to borrow from others to help pay the hospital bill. But fifteen days in the hospital is not going to cure his wife’s leukemia. From my experience, I know patients could spend up to RM 300,000 and yet not find a cure. So what is RM30,000? As I told Pak Jam, one man spent RM1.5 million trying to cure his wife of leukemia. She died.

Based from the above, I could see the futile effort of trying to treat her further. So I told Pak Jam to check her out of the hospital. I am aware that I have stuck my neck a bit too far out by giving this advice. Many people may accuse me of being anti-hospital or anti-doctor. Let me say this: I was just being pragmatic. This has nothing to do with science. I only used my common sense. There was NO other solution left for Pak Jam. He had no more money. And what else could he do?

Take note, as his wife is still alive today, Pak Jam has to still work hard to pay off the hospital bill – the money he borrowed four months ago. This is a sad world. He did not have to borrow money to pay for our herbs. As Pak Jam said, some herbs came from us with our compliments. The more we see her determination to heal and help herself, the more we see her improvements, the more we felt the need to help her go through this ordeal. God bless us to bless others.

When Pak Jam came to seek our help, he had no other options. And he surrendered this wife to God. At that time, as a human being, I did not see what I could do to help except to promise to do my best for her. Perhaps, these are ingredients of a miracle? A total surrender to God and ask for help from the core of our soul?

Some patients come to us with intelligent heads – asking for scientific proofs, wanting to know our percentage of success, wanting to know if our works are ever published in medical journals, etc.They come hoping to find a magic bullet using their heads. And they failed right from their first visit to us. Pak Jam never did ask any of such questions. I would imagine if he did, his wife would have been dead by now. I cannot imagine how she could ever survive leukemia. But she did, up to this time of writing.

In fact, up to this day, we have never met the patient! We look forward to meeting her one day in the future. In the meantime, our hearts are in awe and full of gratitude for His mighty work – the miracle of this case.

Part 2: Understanding Medical Treatment Protocol for Childhood Leukemia

This article comes in two parts: Part 1: The Tragic Story of An Eleven-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia

Understanding the Symptoms

In leukemia patients, the normal development of the blood cells is disrupted and they are being crowded out by abnormal, immature blood cells. The full blood picture (FBC) of such patient shows abnormal blood counts. The patient is anemic with low red blood cells, haemoglobin, and platelet counts. The white blood cell may be high or low but there is usually neutropenia (low number of neutrophils).  Lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) level is usually raised.

Since leukemia is a disseminated disease it also produces a wide variety of other symptoms such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis fever.
  • Hyperparathyroidism (overactivity of the parathyroid glands resulting in excess production of parathyroid hormone).
  • Bone pain which may result in a limp, refusal to walk or localized discomfort of the jaw, long bones, vertebral column, hip, scapula and ribs.
  • Swelling of the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. Hepato-splenomegaly occurs in approximately two thirds of patients with ALL. About fifty percent of patients showed asymptomatic lymphadenopathy.
  • Paratracheal or mediastinal adenopathy and thymus enlargement may result in mild to severe respiratory symptoms.
  • Nephritis (kidney inflammation). Renal involvement by ALL can result in hematuria (blood in urine), hypertension and renal failure associated with nephromegaly.
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord). Meningeal involvement can result in severe headache, emesis (vomiting) and papilledema (optic disc swelling caused by increased intracranial pressure).

Central Nervous System (CNS) Leukemia

  • Less than 5 percent of children have evidence of CNS 2 at diagnosis (CNS 2 means less than 5 WBCs/ul but blasts are present). Unless adequate CNS preventive therapy is administered the majority of patients will eventually develop CNS disease.
  • CNS leukemia is presumed to develop either from the spreading or seeding of the meninges (membranes enveloping the central nervous system) by circulating leukemic cells or by direct extension from involved cranial bone marrow.

Testicular Leukemia

  • Clinically evident testicular involvement is rare at initial diagnosis but overt disease occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of boys with ALL.
  • Clinically overt, testicular leukemia presents as painless testicular enlargement that is usually unilateral.
  • Although it is believed that the testes are a leukemic sanctuary site, protected from systemic chemotherapy by a blood-testes barrier, animal studies suggest this is not the case.

Lymph Nodes

Nodal involvement is a characteristic feature of ALL and is often responsible for bringing the patient to medical attention. Typically the lymphadenopathy is generalized and enlarged nodes are painless and freely moveable. Nodal enlargement is an indirect measure of tumour burden and has been associated with prognosis.

Evaluation of the Patient

The diagnostic evaluation of a patient with acute leukemia is a comprehensive process involving:

  • Detailed history.
  • Complete physical examination.
  • Morphologic and laboratory assessment of peripheral blood and bone marrow, blood chemisty, comprehensive clotting studies, a lumbar puncture and CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) examinations.


  • The diagnosis of acute leukemia entails a stepwise approach. First in sequence and importance is the distinction of acute leukemia from other neoplastic diseases and reactive disorders. Second is differentiating acute myeloid (AML) and acute lymphoblastic (ALL) leukemia. The third facet is the classification of AML and ALL into categories that define treatment and prognostic groups.
  • Approximately 80% of cases of ALL have a B-cell precursor immunophenotype.
  • Approximately 15% of ALLs have an antigen profile of T-cell precursors (thymic T cells).
  • A small group of cases (<5%) of ALL have the immunophenotypic profile of more mature B cells, i.e., surface immunoglobulin.


The prognosis for ALL differs between individuals depending on a variety of factors:

  • Gender: females tend to fare better than males.
  • Ethnicity: Caucasians are more likely to develop acute leukemia than African-AmericansAsians or Hispanics. However, they also tend to have a better prognosis than non-Caucasians.
  • Age at diagnosis: children between 1–10 years of age are most likely to develop ALL and to be cured of it. Cases in older patients are more likely to result from chromosomal abnormalities (e.g., the Philadelphia chromosome) that make treatment more difficult and prognoses poorer.
  • White blood cell count at diagnosis of less than 50,000/µl
  • Cancer spread into the Central nervous system (brain or spinal cord) has worse outcomes.
  • Morphological, immunological, and genetic subtypes.
  • Patient’s response to initial treatment.
  • Genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome 

Cytogenetic, Molecular Studies and Immunonophenotyping

Robert McKenna (Multifaceted Approach to the Diagnosis and Classification of Acute Leukemias in Clinical Chemistry August 2000 vol. 46 no. 8 1252-1259), wrote:

  • Until recently, the diagnosis and classification of acute myeloid (AML) and acute lymphoblastic (ALL) leukemias was based almost exclusively on well-defined morphologic criteria and cytochemical stains. Although most cases can be diagnosed by these methods, there is only modest correlation between morphologic categories and treatment responsiveness and prognosis.
  • The expansion of therapeutic options and improvement in remission induction and disease-free survival for both AML and ALL have stimulated emphasis on defining good and poor treatment response groups. This is most effectively accomplished by a multifaceted approach to diagnosis and classification using immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, and molecular analysis in addition to the traditional methods.
  • Immunophenotyping is important in characterizing morphologically poorly differentiated acute leukemias and in defining prognostic categories of ALL.
  • Cytogenetic and molecular studies provide important prognostic information and are becoming vitally important in determining the appropriate treatment protocol. With optimal application of these techniques in the diagnosis of acute leukemias, treatment strategies can be more specifically directed and new therapeutic approaches can be evaluated more effectively.

Cytogentics is an important predictor of outcome. Some cytogenetic subtypes have a worse prognosis than others. These include:

  • A translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22, known as the Philadelphia chromosome, occurs in about 20% of adult and 5% in pediatric cases of ALL.
  • Not all translocations of chromosomes carry a poorer prognosis. Some translocations are relatively favorable. For example, Hyperdiploidy (>50 chromosomes) is a good prognostic factor.

Cytogenetic change

Risk category

Philadelphia chromosome Poor prognosis
t(4;11)(q21;q23) Poor prognosis
t(8;14)(q24.1;q32) Poor prognosis
Complex karyotype (more than four abnormalities) Poor prognosis
Low hypodiploidy or near triploidy Poor prognosis
High hyperdiploidy (specifically, trisomy 4, 10, 17) Good prognosis
del(9p) Good prognosis



The importance of defining the immunophenotype in ALL lies in its correlation with response to treatment and prognosis  In childhood ALL, immunophenotype is a major factor in determining the chemotherapy protocol. The immunophenotypic prognostic groups of ALL are shown in below:

Favorable B-cell precursor (CD10+) (Cytogenetic findings influence prognosis)
Less favorable B-cell precursor (CD10−)
B cell (Slg+; Burkitt cell leukemia)
T cell

B-cell precursor ALLs have a more favorable prognosis than the other groups; however, within the B-cell precursor category, there are subsets with a poor prognosis. Most of the favorable and unfavorable prognostic groups of B-cell precursor ALL can be identified by their cytogenetic karyotype or molecular features.

Treatment for Chilhood ALL

Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Donald Pinkel developed the concept of total therapy and demonstrated that childhood leukemia could not only be cured but CURED in approximately half of the patients. But note that acute leukemia in children is very different from the adult version of the disease.

The cornerstones of this successful treatment were:

  • Multiple drug combination chemotherapy.
  • Administration of different sets of drugs for induction and continuation of remission.
  • Specific meningeal therapy.
  • Intensive antimetabolites and alkylating agent treatment immediately after remission induction.
  • Cessation of all therapy after 2 to 3 years of continuous complete remission.

One of the most remarkable occurrences in the history of ALL therapy is the fact that there have been NO new agents introduced in the front-line therapy of ALL for the past 25 years. The same eight types of agents have been used in newly diagnosed patients since the early 1970s.

  1. A vinca alkaloid (vincristine).
  2. A corticosteroid (prednisone, prednisolone or dexamethasone).
  3. Asparaginase (four types are currently available).
  4. An anthracycline (daunorubicin or doxorubicin)
  5. An antifoliate (methotrexate).
  6. An antipurine (6-mercaptopurin or 6-thioguanine).
  7. Antipyrimidine (cytarabine), and
  8. An alkylating agent (cyclophosphamide).

Four main treatment phase or blocks are adopted by various treatment centres or international co-operative groups in their treatment protocols for ALL.

  1. Remission Induction phase
  2. CNS Preventive / Sanctuary Therapy
  3. Consolidation or  intensification phase
  4. Maintenance phase

REMISSION INDUCTION PHASE: The goal of this phase is to kill the leukemia cells in the blood and bone marrow. The treatment comprises a backbone of three systemic agents: a glucocorticoid, vincristine and L-asparaginase for standard-risk cases. Many treatment protocols add a fourth agent such as an anthracycline for high-risk cases.

The treatment is delivered over 4 to 5 weeks with the goal of achieving complete remission – meaning that leukemia cells are no longer found in bone marrow samples and the blood counts become normal. A bone marrow test is taken at the end of induction treatment to confirm whether or not there is still has leukemia. The bone marrow sample is looked at under a microscope. But take note that a remission is not the same as a cure.

More than 95% of children with ALL will go into remission after one month of treatment. A rapid early response to treatment, measured by the clearance of blasts from either the bone marrow or peripheral blood, has been shown to predict better treatment outcome.

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (CNS) SANCTUARY THERAPY: Intrathecal Chemotherapy / Radiotherapy

Anticancer drugs given by mouth or injected into a vein to kill leukemia cells may not reach leukemia cells in the CNS (brain and spinal cord). The leukemia cells are believed to have the ability to find sanctuary (hide) in the CNS. CNS sanctuary therapy is also called CNS prophylaxis because it is given to stop leukemia cells from growing in the CNS.

All children with ALL receive CNS sanctuary therapy as part of their treatment and may start simultaneously with the remission induction therapy phase.

CNS treatment involves injecting a drug, usually methotrexate, directly into the spinal fluid. This procedure is referred to as intrathecal chemotherapy and is done during a lumbar puncture.

Some patients who have a relapse in which leukemia cells are found in one part of the body (such as the cerebrospinal fluid or the testicles) but are not found in the bone marrow. These children may have intense chemotherapy, sometimes along with radiation treatment to the affected area.  Radiotherapy to their brain (cranial radiotherapy) is not done if the patient is younger than two years old.

Those with T-cell leukemia or cancer cells in the CSF, may need radiation to the head, too.  But recent studies have found that many children even with high-risk ALL may not need radiation therapy if they are given more intense chemo. Doctors try to avoid radiation because, no matter how low the dose, it may cause some problems in thinking and growth.

CONSOLIDATION or INTENSIFICATION PHASE:  Studies from the German BFM (Berline-Frankfurt-Munster) group have shown that the use of drugs such as cyclosphamide, cytarabine, and thioguanine in combination may further reduce the levels of sub-microscopic residual ALL cells. However, this treatment may lead to substantial toxicities and complications, but the cure rate increase far outweighs these risks.

These treatments may be given immediately after remission has been achieved or they may be given later such as between 4 to 6 months after remission – this phase is known delayed intensification.

In high-risk patients, repeated delivery of intensive blocks of chemotherapy courses interspersed by relatively non-myeloablative interim maintenance chemotherapy has improved cure rate substantially.

The epipodophyllotoxins, such as VP-16, are potent anti-leukemia agents, but its use is often restricted in childhood ALL because of is potential for contributing to the secondary development of AML.  But in high-risk patients, its use is currently justified.

The goal of this intensification phase is to get rid of any remaining leukemia cells that may not be active but could begin to regrow and cause a relapse.  This phase lasts about one to two months. Several drugs are used, depending on the child’s risk category. Some children may benefit from a stem cell transplant at this time.

MAINTENANCE PHASE:  If the leukemia stays in remission after the first two phases of treatment, this last phase, maintenance chemotherapy begins. The total length of therapy for all third phases is two to three years for most children with ALL.  The purpose of this third phase of treatment is to kill any remaining leukemia cells that may regrow and cause a relapse. Often the cancer treatments in this phase are given in lower doses than those used for induction and consolidation phases.

In this phase of treatment, a majority of the medications are taken orally with few side effects. This consist of:

  • Daily oral doses of 6-mercaptopurine, best given at night on an empty stomach, combined with
  • Weekly oral doses of methotrexate.
  • Every four weeks,  pulses of intravenous vincristine  combined with 5 days of oral glucocorticoid.

Patients will be able to take part in their normal daily activities for as long as they feel able to. Most children return to school before beginning maintenance treatment.

This phase of treatment lasts for up to two years from diagnosis for girls and up to three years for boys. This is because boys are at higher risk for relapse than girls. The few attempts to reduce the duration of treatment protocols to less than 2 years from remission have been associated with increased risk of relapse. Likewise, there appears to be little benefit to extending the duration of maintenance therapy beyond 3 years.

Testicular radiotherapy

In some situations it may be necessary for boys to have radiotherapy to their testicles. This is because leukemia cells can survive in the testicles despite chemotherapy.

Bone Marrow  (BMT) / Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (PBSCT)

Bone marrow contains immature cells known as hematopoietic  stem cells which divide to form more blood-forming stem cells, or they mature into one of three types of blood cells: white blood cellsred blood cells and platelets.  Most hematopoietic stem cells are found in the bone marrow, but some cells, called peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs), are found in the bloodstream. Blood in the umbilical cord also contains hematopoietic stem cells. Cells from any of these sources can be used in transplants.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy severely damage or destroy the patient’s bone marrow. Without healthy bone marrow, the patient is no longer able to make the needed blood cells. BMT and PBSCT replace stem cells destroyed by treatment. There are three types of transplants:

  1. In autologous transplantation, patients receive their own stem cells.
  2. In syngeneic transplantation , patients receive stem cells from their identical twin.
  3. In allogeneic transplantation, patients receive stem cells from their brother, sister, or parent. A person who is not related to the patient (an unrelated donor) also may be used.

Stem Cells Matching

To minimize potential side effects, the stem cells must match the patient’s own stem cells as closely as possible. A special blood test is done comparing the human leukocyte-associated (HLAantigens on the surface of the cells. In general, patients are less likely to develop a complication known as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) if the stem cells of the donor and patient are closely matched.

Transplantation Procedure

High-dose chemotherapy is given before stem cell transplantation, i.e.  giving high doses of anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. This treatment often causes the bone marrow to stop making blood cells and can cause other serious side effects.

After being treated with high-dose anticancer drugs and/or radiation, the patient receives the stem cells through an intravenous (IV) line just like a blood transfusion. This procedure takes one to five hours.

After entering the bloodstream, the stem cells travel to the bone marrow, where they begin to produce new white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in a process known as “engraftment.” Engraftment usually occurs within about 2 to 4 weeks after transplantation.

Doctors monitor it by checking blood counts on a frequent basis. Complete recovery of immune function takes much longer, however—up to several months for autologous transplant recipients and one to two years for patients receiving allogeneic transplants.

Doctors evaluate the results of various blood tests to confirm that new blood cells are being produced and that the cancer has not returned. Bone marrow aspiration (the removal of a small sample of bone marrow through a needle for examination under a microscope) can also help doctors determine how well the new marrow is working.

In the initial 2 to 4 weeks after transplantation, the patient’s immune system is not effective and is easily susceptible to infections. Hence, utmost care is required to maintain a sterile environment. The patient is put on antibiotics and other medications to protect against viral and fungal infections.

After this period, the graft begins to settle in the new bone marrow, produces blood cells and gradually improves the host’s condition. Drugs to suppress immunity may be withdrawn once the graft has taken hold in the recipient. Most patients may need re-immunization with vaccines at this stage.

Note:  Besides leukemia,  stem cell transplantation is used to treat lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplasia.

Possible Side Effects of BMT and PBSCT

  • The major risk is an increased susceptibility to infection and bleeding as a result of the high-dose cancer treatment. Doctors may give the patient antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. They may also give the patient transfusions of platelets to prevent bleeding and red blood cells to treat anemia.
  • Patients who undergo BMT and PBSCT may experience short-term side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, mouth sores, hair loss, and skin reactions.
  • Potential long-term risks include infertility (the inability to produce children), cataracts , secondary (new) cancers,  and damage to the liverkidneys, lungs, and/or heart. These arise due to the effects of  the heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy received before transplantation.
  • With allogeneic transplants, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) sometimes develops when white blood cells from the donor (the graft) identify cells in the patient’s body (the host) as foreign and attack them. The most commonly damaged organs are the skin, liver, and intestines. This complication can develop within a few weeks of the transplant (acute GVHD) or much later (chronic GVHD). To prevent this complication, the patient may receive medications that suppress the immune system.

Some Notes on T-cell ALL

  • The presence of massive lymphadenopathy or a large mediastinal mass, a particular feature of patients with T-cell disease, has been associated with a poor prognosis.
  • T-cell ALL may release a cytokine osteoclast-activating factor that results in symptomatic hypercalcemia (elevated levels of calcium in the blood) and diffuse osteopenia (mild decrease in bone mineralization, not as severe as osteoporosis.).
  • Facial palsy due to nerve root infiltration may also be an early sign of T-cell ALL.
  • B-cell ALL has a more rapid growth rate and relapses within 6 months, while B-precursor ALL relapses after considerably longer intervals.
  • The growth rate of T-cell ALL tends to be intermediate between B-precursor and B-cell ALL and the duration of risk of relapse is greater than for B-cell but less than for B-precursor ALL.

Overall Outcome of Medical Treatment of Childhood ALL

Conter V et al. of Italy wrote in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia:

  • Although the treatment of childhood ALL has been gradually intensified during the last 30 to 40 years, leading to a significant improvement of outcome, still roughly 25 percent of patients suffer from a relapse of the disease.
  • The management of relapse remains controversial but increasingly involves the use of high-dose chemo/radiotherapy and stem cell infusion. Despite recent improvements the overall results remain unsatisfactory worldwide. Relapsed ALL  continues to make a major contribution to the morbidity and mortality of childhood cancer.

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Nita Seibel (Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and adolescents: peaks and pitfalls, Amer. Soc. Hematology Education Prog. Book, 2008) wrote:

  • Survival of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is often described as the success story for oncology.  In the 1996-2204 SEER data the 5-year survival for patients will ALL was 84 percent for children and young adults less than 19 years of age and 88 percent for children and teens less than 15 years of age. This is in comparison to 3 percent reported in the 1960s. The outlook for children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL today is much better than even before.
  • However, as we all know, cure in not assured and is not obtained without sequelae (Note: sequelae means any abnormal condition that follows and is the result of a disease, treatment, or injury. E.g. deafness after treatment with an ototoxic drug, or scar formation after a laceration).

Martin Schrappe and Matin Stanulla of Germany (in International Society of Paediatric Oncology) wrote:

  • Nowadays … childhood ALL can be successfully treated in about 80 percent of patients by the applications of intensive combination chemotherapy regimens, which in specific patient subgroups may need to be supplemented with radiation therapy and /or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
  • However, although the goal of developing effective therapy for the majority of children with ALL has been achieved, significant numbers of patients still die due to recurrent disease or the toxicity of treatment applied.

Muller J et al. (Treatment results with ALL-BFM-95 protocol in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Hungary. Article in Hungarian: Orv Hetil. 2005 Jan 9;146(2):75-80) reported that  the treatment outcome of Hungarian children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia improved remarkably over the last decades. Seventy-eight percent of children suffering from ALL could be cured with the ALL-BFM-95 protocol.

Kocak et al. (ALL-BFM 95 treatment in Turkish children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia-experience of a single center, Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Mar;29(2):130-40) reported that their 13 years’ experience treating 140 Turkish  children with ALL with original ALL-BFM (Berlin-Franfurt-Münster) 95 protocol.

  • Complete remission rate was 97.7% with a relapse rate of 12.9% and death rate 17.9% during a median follow-up of 69 months.
  • The event-free survival (EFS), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) in these patients at 12 years were 75.0%, 87.1%, and 80.6%, respectively.

In the article, Hope for children with leukemia (, Eeleen Lee reported on the experiences of childhood leukemia treatment in Singapore.

  • It is a highly curable disease with intensive chemotherapy. The current cure rates in the developed world surpass 80%.
  • Associate Professor Allen Yeoh, Principal Investigator of the study and Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatrics Haematology-Oncology, National University of Singapore Hospital said: Leukemia treatment creates a conundrum. On one hand, leukaemia is a rapidly fatal cancer if not treated correctly. On the other hand, chemotherapy drugs cause significant side effects that worry both doctors and parents
  • One of the significant side effects of the treatment is damage to organs like the heart, skin and brain, which may lead to long-term complications, including secondary cancers. In fact, the costs related to treating the side effects of chemotherapy often exceed those of treating leukemia.
  • The increased complications put the young patients at a high risk of long-term side effects, which can be life threatening and significantly reduce quality of life.

G. Gustafsson and S. O. Lie (Acute leukaemias in Cancer in children – clinical management) wrote:

  • One hope for the future is that the therapy of the acute leukaemias in children should be more globally available to children. Probably not more than 20 percent of the children on this planet with leukaemias are offered a therapy that gives any chance of cure.
  • Modern, high-intensity protocols are expensive and carry a high risk of morbidity and even mortality.  Therapy-related death or complications are of great concern, between 3 and 5 percent die from therapy-related complications.
  • Long-term late effects are also of increasing concern, especially when it comes to the commonly used anthracyclines and the development of heart failure. Clearly, the risk of heart failure is very significant in children. (Note; Examples of anthracyclines are Andriamycin, Doxorubicin, Epirubicin, Indarubicin, Mitoxoanthrone).

Points to Ponder

  • Treatment of childhood leukemia represents the most outstanding achievement of oncology. In spite of such success story, still 30 percent of patients die – either of the disease or from the treatment itself.
  • Other cancers such as sarcomas, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, myeloma, follicular lymphoma are described low cure rate cancers. What do you think of the chance of success then?
  • Do you ever wonder why, Allen Rose, worldwide vice-president of Glaxo-SmithKline said (Daily Express, 8 Dec. 2003): Drugs for cancer are only effective in 25 percent of the patients?  Perhaps that is the most and the best that chemo-drugs can do for most of our common cancers!
  • Treatment of Leukemia is not cheap and comes with drastic side effects. And according to Professor Yeoh (above), the costs related to treating the side effects of chemotherapy often exceed those of treating leukemia.
  • Do you wonder if that is all scientific medical science can offer this world?
  • Has anyone ever attempted to find a better and effective alternative? No, that cannot happen because that will threaten the status quo.

Materials for this article are taken from:

Acute Lymphoblatic Leukemia:

Multifaceted Approach to the Diagnosis and Classification of Acute Leukemias

An excellent article on Childhood Leukemia was written by Theodore Zipt et al (in Chapter 81: Clinical Oncology, 2nd Ed. Harcout Publishers, 2000).

Part 1: The Tragic Story of An Eleven-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia

This article comes in two parts: Part 2: Understanding Medical Treatment Protocol for Childhood Leukemia

At CA Care we do not get to see many leukemia cases. If we have the option, we would rather ask you to go for medical treatment. This is because, according to medical literature, modern-day chemotherapy achieve good cure rate with leukemia. However, of late, we get to see more leukemia patients – especially children and young adults. One case that triggered me to write this article is that of Matt (not real name),  an eleven-year-old boy who came to our centre on 21 January 2013. Matt had undergone all the necessary medical treatments but his leukemia did not go away. Eventually the doctors told Matt’s parents to just bring him home. There was nothing else that the doctors could do for him. Under such circumstance, Matt’s parents brought him to see us. We could not refuse this case, since this is probably the last hope for Matt and his parents.  However, we cautioned Matt’s parents that they still need the doctor’s help – for blood transfusion or other life-threatening problems that may crop up.

I brought Matt’s file home to study his case in more detail – what he had gone through. Then I decided to do more reading. Let me share with you what we know about leukemia as of today.

What is leukemia?

It is cancer of the blood that develops in the bone marrow. When a patient has leukemia, the bone marrow, for an unknown reason, begins to make white blood cells that do not mature correctly. They continue to reproduce themselves very quickly and do not function as healthy white blood cells. Then the immature white blood cells, called blasts, begin to crowd out other healthy cells in the bone marrow. The patient experiences many symptoms such as infections, anemia, bleeding, etc.

Childhood leukemia

Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children. It accounts for about 30 percent of children cancers in American children.  According to Conter V.  et al. (Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Orphanet Encyclopedia, Dec. 2004) about 3,000 children in the United States and 5,000 children in Europe are diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia )each year. The peak incidence of ALL occurs between age two and five years.

The 2003 – 2005 report  of Cancer Incidence in Peninsular Malaysia indicated that leukemia was the most frequent type of cancer among male and female Malaysian children from birth up to 14 years old.

Almost all cases of childhood leukemia are acute, meaning they develop rapidly and get worse quickly if not treated properly. ALL  is the most common type of leukemia in children. It   accounts for three out of every four cases of childhood leukemia in the US, making it the most common type of cancer in children.

Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is the next most common type of childhood leukemia.

In Malaysia, about 85 per cent of childhood leukemia cases are due to ALL. The remaining cases are mostly acute myeloid leukemia (AML).  In Singapore three out of every 10 youngsters are diagnosed with ALL annually. Note: Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL) does not occur in children and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is very rarely seen in children. AML is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults.

Symptoms of Childhood Leukemia

Common symptoms are: fatigue or weakness, infection and fever, easy bleeding or bruising, shortness of breath and coughing. Other symptoms may include: bone or joint pains, swelling of the abdomen, face, arms, sides of neck or groin, swelling above the collarbone, loss of appetite, headaches, seizures, balance problems, or abnormal vision, vomiting, rashes and gum problems.

According to Conter V. et al. of Italy, the first symptoms of children with ALL are usually non-specific and include anorexia, irritability and lethargy.  Fever is the most common symptom – found in 60 percent of patients. Progressive bone marrow failure leading to pallor (or anemia), bleeding (thrombocytopenia – low platelets) and susceptibility to infections (due to neutropenia  – low white blood cells). Over one third of patients may present with a limp, and pains in the bone and joints.  Less common signs and symptoms include headaches, vomiting, respiratory distress, oliguria (small amount of urine) and anuria (absence of urine).  At initial diagnosis, 60 to 70 percent of children have enlarged liver or spleen. Lymphadenopathy  (enlargement of lymph nodes, usually painless) is also frequent (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: )

The Story of Matt

Mat was 10 years old when he had fevers, gum bleeding and both his lower limbs had bruises and petechiae (tiny red spots) rashes for four days. According to his mother, before this he was breathless and lethargic for about a month. They consulted a doctor in a government hospital in their hometown. On further examination, there were bruises at his lower lip and both lower limbs. There were petechiea rashes over the abdomen. The cervical and inguinal nodes were palpable and measured 0.5 to 1 cm in size. His liver and spleen were swollen.

Blood test showed hyperleucocytosis (abnormally excessive numbers of leukocytes in the blood) and thrombocytopenia (lower than normal platelets). Further test showed 89 percent blast cells, suggestive of acute leukemia.

Due to persistent oozing from a wound at the lower lips, Matt received platelet transfusion for three times. He was also given antibiotics, IV Cefuroxime.

Matt was referred to the General Hospital in Penang.  His blast cells were positive for CD2, CD3, CD7, CD8, cyTdT and weak for CD13 which was consistent with T-ALL.

Matt was started on ALL BFM 95 protocol on 27 December 2011.

  • IV Dexamethasone
  • Oral Prednisolone
  • IT methotrexate
  • IM Asparaginase

In addition Matt was given: Bactrim, Morphine, Ranitidine, Ceftazidime, Amikacin, Cloxacillin, Neupogen, Pyridoxine and Dexamethasone eyedrops.

After eight days, his blood showed 58 percent blast, 6786 cells – down from 89 percent.

On 21 January 2012 blood test showed 2 percent blast.

On 25 January 2012 PBF (peripheral blood film) showed no blasts.

On 27 February 2012 Matt received:

  • Dexamethasone
  • IV Vincristine
  • IV Methotrexate
  • IV Folinic acid
  • IV Ifoshpamide
  • IV Daunorubicin
  • IV Asparaginase
  • IV Kytril

However, the chemotherapy protocol was upgraded from moderate risk to HR (high risk) on 30 January 2012 due the day 8 PBF which showed blast more than 1,000.  Matt completed the following chemotherapy:

  • 1st HR1 protocol on 30 Janruary 2012
  • 1st HR 2 protocol on 27 February 2012
  • 1st HR 3 protocol on 19 March 2012
  • 2nd HR 1 protocol on 14 April 2012
  • 2nd HR 2 protocol on 25 May 2012

Among the drugs Matt received were:

  • Ara-C, Etoposide
  • Triple IT (Methotrexate + Cytarabine + Hydrocortisone)
  •  IV Asparaginase

Matt was started on chemotherapy Protocol IIa on 27 June 2012. He received:

  • Dexamehtasone
  • IV vincristine
  • IV Doxorubicin
  • Erwinsa Asparginase

In and Out of Hospital

Matt had been in and out of the hospital for quite a while. For examples:

He was admitted on 26 February 2012 and was discharged on 16 March 2012 due to the following problems:

  • Neutropenic fever: Despite being treated with IV Vancomycin, Matt developed multiple temperature spike. Despite starting on Cefepime, Matt still had persistent temperature spike.
  • Infection over chemoport.
  • Raised ALT. Chemotherapy completed on 16 March 2012 but his ALT = 144 on 16 March 2012.
  • Persistent abdominal pain.
  • Hypokalemia (lower-than-normal amount of potassium in the blood).

Matt was again admitted on 19 March 2012 and was discharged on 5 April 2012. His problems were:

  • Anaphylactic shock (sudden, severe allergic reaction characterized by a sharp drop in blood pressure, urticaria, and breathing difficulties).  Matt present with generalized skin itchness, epigastric pain, vomiting, chills and rigors. BP was lowish and pulse weak. This problem according to the medical report was a problem due to Asparginase.
  • Neutropenic fever.
  • Asymptomatic thrombocytopenia. Platelet count = 7.
  • Anemia.
  • Hypokalemia.
  • Raised ALT.  On 19 March 2012, ALT = 181; 23 March 2012 = 252; 24 March 2012 = 279; 25 March 2012 = 230.

Matt was admitted on 20 July 2012 due to:

  • Rhinorrhoea (persistent watery mucus discharge from the nose)
  • Neutropenic sepsis

For these he was covered with IV ceftazidime and amikacin. He had persistent temperature spike and had toothache on Day 3 admission and was reviewed by dental with impression of pericoronitis (infection causing swelling or inflammation of gums and surrounding soft tissues ).

Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) 

According to Mattt’s mother, they were in Kuala Lumpur for about a month. Matt underwent an allogenic  BMT on 14 August 2012. The donor was his brother.

Post-BMT Matt was on:

  • monthly IT Methotrexate (last done on 19 December 2012)
  • Cyclosporin
  • Bactrim


Matt was admitted on 2 January 2013. This is what the doctor wrote (reproduced per report dated 3 January 2013):

  • Admission for poor oral intake for two days associated with lethargy and bilateral knee pain. On examination, he was noted to splenomegaly with hepatomegaly. An urgent Full Blood Picture was taken and verbally reported by our hematologist as 75 percent blast cell seen.
  • Both mother and father were explained regarding the patient’s condition and progress. Explained that patient’s FBC is such that TW is increasing trend and other parameters are reducing trend. PBF showed blast cells suggestive of relapse.  Also explained that chemotherapy is not an ideal option in view of his condition.
  • Parents were advised regarding palliative care.
  • The life expectancy is probable for another 6 months. Explained that prognosis is grave. Parents were also counseled regarding HOSPICE (only available in Penang).
  • Parents understood.

Following are excerpts of our conversation:

Chris: (After a year of chemotherapy and BMT, he suffered a relapse). After this, what did the doctor say?

Mother: Doctor said: Go home. The doctor could not do anything more for him. He could undergo more intensive chemotherapy   –  following the adult protocol – but he might not be able to take it.

C: So, after that you were left doing nothing?

Father: We went around the village and started taking herbs and some roots of plants.

M: The doctor told us that if there is any bleeding, then we should bring him back. If there is a need for blood transfusion, we need to do that. That is all that they can do for us.

C: Okay, that is good. We need the doctor – if there is not enough blood, go quickly and have a blood transfusion while we are not doing anything, you can try the herbs. But I cannot guarantee that I can help in this case. Anyway, we can try if you like.   Over the years, I did help some patients. But don’t expect that by taking the herbs for one or two months the problem will go away.

C: (To patient) Did you suffer while undergoing chemotherapy?

Patient: Shaking his head.

F:  They put a chemo-port for him.

M: It was very difficult.

F: But he is a person who can endure pain.

M: Oh, when undergoing BMT it was worse. He had pains in the bones – throughout the whole body. He received six times of intensive radiation – twice a day for three days. Then they gave him chemo. I forget how many cycles. But it lasted only about half an hour each time.

C: Let me have a look at his medical records. He had chemo for about a year? Do you see much success while in the hospital?

Father: Many failures.

M: It was just an experiment hoping to help the children.


In short, after a year of all possible medical treatments, Matt was back to the same condition he was as in early December 2012.  And he was given six months to live. It was at this point that Matt and his parents came to seek our help on 21 January 2013.

We have learned early that chemotherapy is said to be most effective – high complete response and high cure rate – for five types of cancer: Hodgkin’s disease, testicular cancer, choriocarcinoma, lymphoblastic leukemia and childhood cancers.  So, treating ALL is supposed to be one of chemotherapy’s success stories. Unfortunately for Matt, chemotherapy had failed to help him.

Sverre Lie, President of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (in Cancer in children – clinical management) wrote:

  • The progress which has been achieved in the treatment of childhood cancer is in many ways a remarkable success story. From being an almost lethal disease 20 – 30 years ago, more than 70 percent of children with cancer can now be offered treatment with cure as most likely outcome.
  • However, this progress has its dark side …. The diagnostic process is complicated, the therapy very demanding or even life-threatening, and the possibility of relapse a constant threat.
  • The problems of long-term sequelae are a matter of concern. (Note:  Sequelae is any abnormal condition that follows and is the result of a disease, treatment, or injury. E.g. deafness after treatment with an ototoxic drug, or scar formation after a laceration).
  • Furthermore, it remains a sad fact that in spite of all the progress made, childhood cancer is still the leading cause of death from disease in children. The remaining third that we are still unable to cure with present strategies remains a tremendous challenge.
  • We have three important challenges: first we need to find effective therapy for the third whom we cannot cure with current strategies; secondly we want to get rid of long-term sequelae in the patients were are able to cure today; and thirdly we would like to spread the knowledge of effective treatment of childhood cancer to areas and countries where no such service is available.

Let me close by quoting Conter V. et al. of Italy (cited earlier):

  • Treatment has thus become increasingly complex and high levels of organization, expertise and knowledge are nowadays required to achieve optimal results.
  • For these reasons children with ALL should be treated in centers which can offer specialized personnel and provide up-to-date diagnostic tools and treatment strategies.

Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks

H-733 was a 65-year-old lady. She came to see us on 6 November 2011. She had leukemia and was treated in the hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah for eight days. Then she was in a Penang hospital receiving treatment from 3 October 2011 to 4 November 2011.

She received one cycle of chemotherapy consisting of seven injections. She was scheduled for four cycles but refused to undergo further chemotherapy. The only thing I could remember of this case was the patient telling me that her days in the hospital undergoing chemo were a real “hell”.

In this patient’s file are only two pieces of paper – the Disclaimer and Release of Liability form (signed by her son) and a short note about her case. There was no medical report of any kind. Understandable! She went to the government hospitals and if you are not “persuasive enough” or don’t know “your way” enough they don’t give you your medical reports.

Based on the patient’s story, I prescribed herbs for her leukemia.  Listen to my conversation with this lady after she took   our herbs for a week.

In this video conversation it was clear that the patient felt better after taking the herbs for one week.  I have told this patient (and many more  before her) that,  If after you have taken the herbs for two or three weeks and still do not seem to benefit from the herbs – i.e., do not benefit in any way, my advice is: Stop taking the herb. Go and find someone else. Do not waste your precious time.

Take note of what she said after taking our herbs for a week, I am happy now. One month in the hospital (doing chemo) was hell but now I am in heaven. Unfortunately we never get to see this patient again after this. Why did she not come back to see us again? Did she think that she was already cured after being well? Or could it be that someone had told her to stop taking our herbs and go for something else “better”? I can’t understand.  Definitely it is beyond me to comprehend why!

But as far as we are concern, her file was set aside and left forgotten. We know that a majority (70 percent) of patients who came to us were just shopping for a magic bullet. So this case is nothing unusual.

Nearly a year later, I received an email from the patient’s son. Let me reproduce the email exchanges we had. Perhaps we all can learn from this episode. The emails from Mr. Chin (that is what he called himself) are reproduced here as they are, without any editing.

Oct 16, 2012 Hello Dr Chris,

My Name is Mr Chin..I not sure you still remember last year December you have a Accute Myleoid Leukemia

Patient From Sungai Petani, Her name is Miss Ong. She was my Mother, she pass away this year March. The reason I write this letter to you, Just want to Inform you.. your medicine did not work at all for my Mother Case.. and I hope you can keep this Information for your own record. maybe Next time got the Some cancer patient, you can let them know my mother end result. Maybe 2 week also is a vey important time frame to the other Patient.

Thank you Chirs.. Regards, Mr Chin.

Reply: Yes…thank you. Is she the one who was in the hospital and she told me that she went through hell in the hospital? How long did you take the herbs? Only for two weeks? …two months or what? I cannot remember the case. Can you give me the file number? Chris.

Oct 17, 2012

Sorry I don’t have the File number with me anymore, yes My mother does mention she went through hell in hospital. But Chris to be frank, Me as a outsider, my Mother judgement on that time is not right anymore. Penang Hospital do the thing they suppose to do.. So nothing wrong with them. Just that time my mother is in pain and worries, and make such comment, and that time I just want her release her stress, so did not make a correction on that spot… My Mother took your herb for 2 week… Mr Chin.

Reply: You mean she only took herbs for 2 weeks … and you expect the herbs to cure her? I now remember, she came once to see me and never come back again. And you expect taking herbs for two weeks you can get a cure?

 Oct 17, 2012

Mr Chris.. In the first Place you mention to us, let my mother try 2 week, If this medicine is not work, then this medicine is not effective to her. please move on and try another remedy… I guess you are too busy till you did not remember your word.

The reason i make a afford to write a letter to you, just want to share information to you… and hope this info will benefit to another patient. You will do a Job with Love and Caring , and please don’t fall to the trap of hate and criticism..” May God Bless you” have a strange to care to another cancer patient….Thank you. Mr Chin.

Reply:  Yes… you are right. I have her file H 733 — your mother is 65 years old ..Ong WK that correct? She had chemo  once when she came and it was after 7 injections … she suffered the following side effects…a) rashes b) arms and legs swelling  c) fevers on and off and  d) skin peeled off.

She took herbs on 6 Nov 2011. That is the record I have. Yes, very correct …if you take herbs for 2 weeks and don’t benefit, go elsewhere. Yes, you are correct. I am here to help people but I cannot remember all the cases …I have people coming to see me everyday ….. especially if they come to see me only one time, I cannot remember them. How to remember? You are also correct that I need to know and keep my record so that I can learn and tell others. Yes, I am happy to tell others about your mother’s case. I also want to learn from your mother’s case.  So to make my record complete …Can I ask you the following questions so that I can help others understand what is going on:

a) Did your mother go for more chemo in the GH?
b) Or did she go to someone else for help?
c) She died in March 2012 — can you tell me what happened between this time? If she took the herbs for 2 weeks …it means that by December 2011 she has finished taking my herbs …. but you only wrote me this email two days ago — almost one years after this? I wonder why you only write me only now? Why wait for so long? I am not trying to blame you, I am just curious to understand what is going on.

I also want to tell you that I am not angry …. I am just curious to know what happen and how people think. I see all kinds of people and they all write different things. So this is my learning experience. Thank you for writing and if you have the time, please let me have your answers. Regards and God bless you too. Chris

Oct 18, 2012  Mr Chris. Below is the answer you wanted..

a) No my Mother just go for 1st round chemo, and GH already said she are not fit to go for 2nd round of Chemo..

b)  Yes.. we look for the China chinese doctor for help. 

c)  Her Body condition is getting weak, and putting palette and blood into her body.. also didn’t work for her anymore.

c)  Chris as i mention to you at the first place, Just share this info so that you can use it for your reference.. I am not here try to Blame anyone…In Fact In this world there is no 100% way can cure cancer. So instead wasting the time condemn people medicine did work and how harmful to people, why not take this precious time study how to solve this cancer problem. But I know this is very Challenging… Thank you! 

Reply: Thank you very much for replying. It is good for you to reply and complete the story of your mother. I would like to write this story.  I have just written a book and the last chapter is called My Patients My Teacher ….. I am sending this copy to you. May be you want to read it.

Over 16 years I have helped thousands and thousands of patients …and there is NO cure for any cancer. Everyone should know that. Everyone who has cancer all die. Even without cancer, we all also die.

If you have time, it is good if you can answer the question I asked you earlier but understand that no one is trying to blame anybody. We understand that.

What I would like to know is this —- your mother only took my herbs for 2 weeks and she died some months later….the question is: Why did you write to tell me about this only NOW … many months after she died or almost one year after coming to see me once? Why not write earlier? I may have helped better.

What about the Chinese doctor — he also cannot help her? How long did she take herbs from the Chinese doctor? Did you also write to the Chinese doctor and tell him that your mother died?

It would be good if you give your answers so that we all can understand the real story. And I also can write a good story about this so that all patients understand what is going on. Thank you again for writing me. Chris.

Oct 18, 2012

Thank you for Sharing Your Book… hope this book will be benefit for the cancer patients and theirs family.

Chris Hope You can understand , with Lose a family member is not a easy thing… and we need time to calm down ourself and get refresh to think what we suppose to do , to help another cancer victim..

If the Chinese Doctor can help, My mother will not be died…My mother take 2 month for this chinese doctor herb… Yup I  do wrote the letter to this chinese doctor, The answer from them is simple. thanks For Sharing, They will keep my mother as their study record. and thanks me for Informing them.

Chris  i Just hope you just can share my mother Case to another AML Cancer Patient, Your Medicine is not work For AML Patient Before and at least let them aware about it. If They Still want to try your method then is their choice….and I also think maybe for some Patient 2 week try period also is a very important time frame for them.. I believe some Patient Family did not report the result to you, and make you can not judge your method is workable for which type of cancer..

Reply: Chin
1. Did your mother go to China for treatment?

2. How long was your mother on this Chinese treatment? … also 2 weeks like mine?

3. Is she on any treatment when she died? Was she on the Chinese treatment or no treatment at all.

When I share this story, I need to have as much information as possible, otherwise I cannot understand and explain why.

Oct 18, 2012

1. Did your mother go to China for treatment? No her Condition is not fit to fly over there, and the Chinese doctor also mention no need her to go over there because of my mother condition.

2. How long was your mother on this Chinese treatment? …also 2 weeks like mine?  2 month

3. Is she on any treatment when she died? Was she on the Chinese treatment or no treatment at all.  No treatment at all when she died..

My mother also gave up for the Chinese Medicine after 2 month taking it… her condition is not improve at all, and at the last when i am on the mid of planning send her to try the DC-CIK treament is was too late. so I hope with Sharing this the next cancer Patient If have choice.. don’t waste the time to try the Medicine which is not work.. then with saving the time they maybe can find a better alternative way to treat this AML cancer.. Chin

Reply: You are right …don’t waste time on medicine that do not work …you tried the chemo …  it did not work, you came to CA Care and took my herbs for 2 weeks and it did not work…then you tried 2 months of herbs from Chinese hospital in Shandong and it did not work … so where do you think you can find medicine that can work?

Do you think that DC-CIK you mentioned can work? If so, how do you know that it will work? … my patient had this treatment in Singapore and then went to Japan for the same treatment and for many months …to do this treatment and he died. It did not work either.

It only means, nobody in this world can cure cancer  …. click this link and see what patients wrote me about their leukemia….

You can see they all need help…BUT who can cure leukemia????? Have you read anything about leukemia?

When I write your mother’s story, I shall explain that there is no one on earth who can cure leukemia. If and when you think you know where to find cure for cancer, please let me know. I too want to know.

And if you read the chapter of the book that I sent you…. I tell everyone who come to see me … there is no cure for cancer ….I have no magic bullet for cancer….that is why I tell you…take my herbs for 2 weeks and go elsewhere if you don’t think it helps you… simple as that.

It is good that you write me. I shall write some articles to let patients know more about cancer. It is not an easy problem. Chris.

Oct 19, 2012

Chris I know your frustration… Seeing people In front of you who’s seek for help and you can not do anything about it. Maybe Is good too, let me Paint my picture more clearly… as a Patient of the Family who do hope too Reduce the ” NOISE” during company our family member for the last journey… ” NOISE” mean’s the fault hope.. the hope that think this cancer can be fix, the hope thats make us didn’t prepare our family member will be gone.

I think if we were know this cancer can not be cure at all in the first place , then we will do a necessary preparation for it.

so please pardon me if i said it unclear…I believe my mother just a single small dot in your journey to help the cancer patient.. so with my mother result I telling you, maybe you can use it as a data. within of how many Leukemia person who come to seek for your help.. is benefit it form your medicine…and you can come out a percentage chart of a effectiveness of your herb toward Leukemia.

If the answer is only 1% then, you can tell the patient are they welling to try it or not, But If 0% then I guess you can cloose down your herb section for Leukimia.. This Happen Is GH Penang too , Doctor Goh do mention to us, with my mother condition, the 2nd Chemo will have a 15% success rate only. She Ask us to think cafully… so we decide not to go for it.. In my First Letter to you I already wrote in this world still don’t have a 100% effective way to cure the cancer.. we all know that…Chin. 

Reply: Thank you for your reply. After reading and replying to your emails, I think I need to send you the complete book that I wrote free-of-charge: Cancer – Is there another option. Take it, read it and try to understand it. It is definitely too late to save your mother, but perhaps it may be able to help others.  That is if read and understand it.

(Available at

Let me tell what you need to know that may help you in the future.

1. In the first two pages of the book, I talk about ignorance.

  • Over the past many years, many (thousands!) cancer patients had come to seek our help and advice. They wanted to know what else they could do, generally after modern medicine had failed them. Most of these patients were totally ignorant of what they were up against. Many think that they could easily find a cure for their cancers. They come seeking for that non-existent magic bullet for their cancer. Alas! Many failed to find a cure. At CA Care we don’t talk about cure, because we do not see a cure for any cancer.
  • Many patients come to us – not wanting to see the left or right – they have only one aim, expecting and wanting us to cure their cancer. No, we cannot cure you! Don’t ever expect that after you have taken our herbs the cancer will go away the next day or a few weeks or months later. Such expectation is ridiculous. The situation becomes even more ridiculous when patients who come had already undergone all the medical treatments and failed. Yet when they come to us they expect a miracle – to be cured!  When I think of this – and it happens very often – I am flabbergasted. Simple common sense tells you that it is not possible and unreasonable.
  • In cancer, it is worth noting that ignorance kills. To be able to find healing, patients should realise that they must do something for themselves, not to rely entirely on others to help them.

 2.  You are right – your mother is  just a single small dot in your journey to help the cancer patient. Yes, your mother died but it does not mean that other patients should follow her to the graves as well. Read Chapter 7 of my book:  Chronic Leukemia: Blood Improved While On CA Care’s Herbs. This lady works in the Hospital in Hong Kong and she has been taking my herbs for two years (not two weeks like your mother) and she is doing fine.

After you have read that story, click this link:

This is the story of Pak Jam’s wife (teacher) who had leukemia and was in worse condition than your mother. But she survived and could go back to resume teaching again. She came to see me beginning of this year (2012). And she was taking herbs for more than 2 years, not two weeks like your mother.

Then you want to know what? She died after she came to Penang (in 2012) – because she went to the hospital in Aceh and they put in the wrong blood for her!

3.  Same medicine, different patients

  • One lesson anybody need to learn is that you may give the same medicine but patients are different. If the medicine fails it is not because the medicine is not good – it may be the patients are not good. Human beings are not the same. They carry different baggages.
  • After helping thousands of patients over the years, I have learned that almost 70 percent of them are here to find a magic bullet or wanting to find cure on their own terms. Our therapy is not easy to follow. You need to heal yourself – and it is you and you alone who can heal you. Others can only help but you decide you own fate.
  •  No two persons taking the same path would end up at exactly the same destination. Cancer is about you as a person. If you are not able to change your mental attitude, your diet, your lifestyle, etc. no one else can help you. You are a goner if you come and tell me: If I cannot eat meat life is not worth living; I have no time to cook the herbs; The herbs taste awful, etc.

4. Accept Reality

One thing we all must do is to accept reality. If the cancer is already serious, there is nothing in this world that can cure it.  Read Chapter 12 of my book:  Mayo Clinic Gave Him Only One More Week to Live. The Doctor Is Not Convinced That Chemo Can Kill the Cancer This Time. Do you know what Mayo Clinic is? This is one of the best hospitals in the world. Kings and rich men all over the world go there for treatment. Yes, after Mayo this young man wrote asking me to help his father. Let us face reality! I understand – he wanted to do the best for his father. Like you wanted to do the best for your mother – and you thought buying herbs from China can cure your mother. 

Read also Chapter 13:  Salivary Gland (Parotid) Cancer: The Doctor Said: It Would Be Useless to Keep Him Alive. Do you know that the wife of this patient is a dental specialist?  She is medically trained. She too could not find a cure. She too wanted to do the best for her husband. But there is a limit to what anybody can do to help.

The same is true for you. Your mother went to the hospital and had chemo. When she came to me she was suffering side effects like rashes, swelling of legs and arm, she had fevers and her skin peeled. It was lucky that she did not die of the chemo. She was on my herbs for two weeks and then went for herbs from a hospital in China for two months. And you expect a cure for her leukemia when even the doctor in GH had told you the second round of chemo will only give you 15% success rate only. And you did not think 15% was good enough. What you don’t understand is success rate — success rate does NOT equal to cure. What is success rate? Nothing – it is not cure.

CA Care is the last one stop – we are people’s door mat

I jokingly tell patients – CA Care is your last one stop. The cases that come to us are usually beyond us to cure. Make no mistake, we are under no illusion. Over the years we always call a spade a spade and we face reality without any pretence. Death is a reality – it can happen to you or me, anytime – irrespective of whether you have cancer or not. Perhaps with cancer, the journey to the grave seems more certain and somewhat shorter!

I said this again and again, we at CA Care can only help you. Your healing is yours to seek and achieve. To those who truly need our help, we say this: Live and don’t give up hope. There is an option. There is hope. But if you want healing on your own terms and refuse to learn and change, then there is nothing much anyone can do to help you.

Okay, with this, I think I have written enough. I thank you again for writing. I would like to end this discussion and let me move on to help others who need my help. I hope you have time to read this book that I send you. Take your time to read and understand. It may help you or others one day. Chris.

Oct 20, 2012  Chris

Really appreciate your thoughtful and meaningful write back..Chris Please don’t miss understanding I am here judging what are you doing….In fact I don’t have a right and qualified to do this at all.I just hope I can provide my mother result as a data, so that maybe you can use it in the future..My mother AML Cancer is just a single case of so many different type of cancer. Me, by hoping provide you this info, you roughly may know your herb is more effective to which type of cancer…Lastly You mention to us just let my mother try 2 week your herb. but that time if you were tell us to try 2 years ( like a Hong kong Ladies) and follow your diet guide…then we will follow you…. That time is not we want to give up, we done that because you tell us 2 week is the limit.

Chris Really Thank you for Your Time ,and I think I took too much time from you.Please move on with GOD faith.. and continued your meaningful journey. ” God Bless You” Chris… Chin. 

Comments:  I have asked myself – why do I have to waste time replying to such emails? Let me tell you why.

  1. I realize that it is not only the sick person who needs help. At times, the caregivers and family members or even friends too need help. If you view it from this perspective, it makes sense.
  2. The message that Mr. Chin wants you to know is this: Coming to see us and taking our herbs for two weeks did not cure her mother of her leukemia.  I fully agree with him. In fact I want to add a bit more to this message.  If you come to us hoping to find an instant magic bullet for your cancer, then I am telling you plain and clear – you have come to the wrong place. Perhaps you have better luck going somewhere else. Go and find someone else who can promise to cure you.
  3. Some weeks ago, one lady came to see me. She had cervical cancer. After surgery, she took Sabah Snake grass every day. A year later, her cancer came back. She came to seek our help. I told her to go for chemo but she refused. She told me she understood the serious risk that she was taking in wanting me to help her with our herbs. She did not come to see me hoping to find a cure! I was impressed by her attitude and plan to write a full story of this case. Then there is another case of a man from Jakarta, Indonesia. He had pancreatic cancer. I told him I am not able to cure his cancer.  He told me he understood that very well and he wanted me to help him as best as I can. He knew that nobody can cure his cancer. I plan to write his story too.
  4. Do you see that Mr. Chin’s case came at an “appropriate” time indeed? Mr. Chin’s case adds another perspective to my two other stories. Here, Mr. Chin came to CA Care expecting to find a cure. And my herbs cannot cure his mother’s leukemia within two weeks.

Let me end this article by quoting my favourite author, Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi. This what he said, When all you’ve ever wanted isn’t enough. This is what he wrote,… the irony of the phase “the best and the brightest”… The best and the brightest was the way we described the government officials who got us into Vietnam to begin with then kept getting in deeper and deeper. They were undeniably brilliant men, honor graduates of the finest universities, armed with mountains of information from the most sophisticated computers, and still they kept making the wrong decision. They had intelligence. They had information. But they lacked wisdom… smart enough to lead, but not wise enough to know where they should be going.

It there is one lesson which I think you can learn regarding this case. Use your common sense (or be wise!) when gathering information – especially from the internet. They are a lot of “junk” information in the cyberspace. We can find all kinds of claims – this and that stuff can cure cancer. Evaluate these claims critically. Mr. Chin’s mother underwent chemo for about a month. This did not work. After one cycle she gave it up. She came to CA Care and took our herbs for two week and decided that our herbs did not cure her. The son “hunted” for more herbs – this time from China and his mother took them for two months. It did not cure her either.  Mr.  Chin was in the midst of wanting to “send her to try the DC-CIK treatment” – also in China. But it was too late – his mother died! How long can you go on trying – hopping from one treatment to another? Leukemia does not wait for anyone. You don’t have the luxury of experimenting anymore when you have cancer.  What many of us fail to realize is that healing starts from our own self first!  The real good doctor who can heal us resides within us.

Let me quote Kushner again, indeed many of us believe are smart but only … smart enough to lead, but not wise enough to know where they should be going. 


Thanks for writing! For the time ever, I received some responses after posting this article: Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks


Dear Dr. Chris,

Thank you for the sharing H733 story. In one if your book: “We also learned that for those who want to believe, there is no need for too much explanation or proof. But for those who do not wish to believe, no matter what evidence is provided, it is never enough. There is always something not right about it and there is always a reason to reject it.”

It was such a long time I didn’t visit you in Penang. But I never stop taking your herbs since Dec-2009 till now. BTW my recording is H237. God is good, He sent me to your place, I always remember “Our hands but God heals”. I just want to let you know I am very good now. I have been sharing my testimonial to those cancer patient but it is not easy to let people to believe especially Chinese medicine (Herbs). As usual they ask me how many cycle of herbs I need to take, my answer to them is that when is the last day God calls me home.

I have stopped my work and become a house maker for one year already. Life is great and I look healthy and young after taking your herbs for the past 3 years. I believe God will make a way for me. I want to Thank you again. Send my regards to Beng Im. God Bless you and your family. Jessie


Hi Chris,

Simple mind uses simple interpretation. Simple minded read your sentence and put a fool-stop. Well, I think about 30 to 40% of people think this way.

I observe that many church members sway in the direction by one speaker and then in another by another. This leads to a temporal understanding of Bible. Reality of the world today. With kind regards, Siew


Dear Dr Chris,

Thank you very much for sending me articles and updates regarding the good work  CA Care is doing.

I only have one of your books entitled Understanding Cancer War and Cure. i have read it many times over and i am grateful that you have devoted your time and life to help people ‘manage’ their cancer. i hope to purchase more of your books soon.

We all know you have emphasised time and again that you have no magic bullet to cure cancer but you are here to offer another option; the herb and holistic approach to life. To me, only God can heal and people like you, Dr Chris, are willing instruments for God and i thank God for that. In fact, i understand very well the frustrations you face when patients and loved ones expect miraculous healing (which can only come from our God Almighty). i remember now the video where you said, ‘if you can eat and sleep, what more do you want?’

i would like to encourage you to keep up your good work because many people are helped by you. To God be the glory! Blessings, Grace


Hi  there! Your reply to that Mr. Chin was awesome. Take care! GG


Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing this. I admire your patience with this Mr. Chin. The way I interpret his reason for emailing you after such a long time after the death of his mother would have to be he is still grieving and has not fully come to terms with the loss of his mother just yet. It is unfortunate there’s no grief counselors or support groups available for him to help him stop raving on like a ‘lunatic’.

On a brighter side, Chris, I had my yearly follow up with my oncologist last week and told her I had stopped taking Tamoxifen since March due to the side effects and guess what ? She agreed that I don’t really have much benefits at all taking Tamoxifen because my excised DCIS tumour was only 7mm so it is ok to stop it. This blew me away! I thought to myself then why did she prescribe Tamoxifen in the first place? Anyway, I didn’t want to waste my time disputing the issue. I just thank GOD for guiding me to seek you.

Thank you and God Bless, LC


Hi Chris and Im,

I have recently read the article you wrote re. the lady with leaukemia who tried your herbs for 2 weeks followed by 2 months of chinese herbs. All of this after receiving heavy doses of chemo prior to seeing you.

When I was diagnosed with stomach cancer over 20 yrs ago I was advised to try a new treatment called Chemo.  20yrs ago very few people contracted cancer and even the specialist whom I saw had difficulty explaining what Cancer is.   After I read many books on the subject I formed a basis of why I contracted this disease. I was very impressed with Dr Binzel’s work, Dr Hans Nepier and the Oasis of hope clinic in Mexico. I devoured these books in a few short weeks as I was told that i must act instantly if i wanted to live.  What i learned was that it is imperitive to take time and understand what was happening to my body and why.   I called dr Hans Nepier in germany and asked if I should come to his clinic. He asked me what treatment i have had and when I replied none, he asked what do i intend to do. I told him I was taking herbs and changed my diet and also letting go of much sadness in my life.  He seemed very impressed as he said I was on the right track and to continue with the herbs and my changed attitude to good food and letting go of emotional baggage.   He said to have more tests in 6 months and if all is well continue what I was doing for the rest of my liife.

The specialist was amazed to find no cancer and even feebly said that perhaps I did not have cancer in the first place. Boy, was i angry at this response as If I had done what he instructed I may not be alive today.

Very few then, if any survived according to the Australian statistics.  Chemo was not seen as a cure back then and many good doctors would advise their patients to have the surgery, if necessary, then follow a clean and healthy eating plan. I know a few people whom were given this advice and are still alive today.  No side effects and in fact feel the best they have ever felt.

When I contracted Uterine cancer stage 3, 4 yrs ago, I knew why and I was one of the lucky ones as I knew what I needed to do to heal my body.  You are spot on Chris when you say we are our own best doctors and with knowledge, understanding and assistance from caring people as you we can and do heal our bodies as I have long believed that the body can cure anything but first we need to know how. Mother nature is very powerful and I believe that god put on this earth everything to heal man’s ill.  You in your wisdom and training in the use of herbs and your unstoppable desire to help your fellow man should be the first port of call when told one has cancer.   I, like you see so many when they have exhausted all medical help and told “There is nothing more we can do”. I have seen so many times what this can do to the soul, when you put your trust in an establishment whom should be seeking the best treatment, whether orthodox or natural therapies. Sadly the medical system will not allow their doctors, oncologists etc., to administer any natural therapy as in their words “Where is the science behind such treatment”.   I say to them , “Show me the INDEPENDENT research undertaken to prove Chemo and radiation cures cancer. They cannot as all research undertaken is Kill the cancer.

In the turn of the 1900 century Professor John Beard from Edinburgh University found that cancer cells were trophoblast cells, which now have no pancreatic enzyme termination agents to curtail them.   When the people realise that instead of trying to kill the cancer it is best to heal the body and the best way to heal is to develop an action plan which I promote as E.K.A. Education, Knowledge, Action.   How can one fight an unknown if we do not know what we are dealing with.  Learn from the people who have had great successes, gain the know how of feeding the body good clean food, no animal, dairy, sugar etc. Raw is best and I love the new me and the energy and health I now have.

I was meant to find you Chris as I was guided to finding and reading your books.  I devoured 3 books in one evening as it made complete sense to me what you had written.   Modern societies, especially the west, is in the grip of an epidemic as cancer affects 1in2 of us.   I call it the rich men’s illness as the poor countries do not have anywhere near our shocking numbers.   Herbs have been used long before the introduction of modern medicine. They are the base of most drugs today, but sadly man made concoctions are added with terrible side effects. All in the name of medicine.   I have read many books and spoken to hundreds of medical, herbalists and scientists whom seek the truth above all else and honour the Hippocratical Oath “DO NO HARM’

They, as you have Chris, assisted many in their quest to optimal good health. I am so glad I found you and I am living proof that if one opens their mind and not give in to the fear tactics thrown at them , can and do go on to lead a long and happy life.   My surgeon is in awe that I am so well as I was told that without treatment, Chemo, I would not live any longer than perhaps 3 months.  I believe in knowing all there is to know about ones illness so as we can make an informed choice based on this information.

Most people are only too happy to give their permission to someone else to cure them, they take no active roll in their healing.  The brewing and taking of herbs, organic foods, clean water, being in control of your own happiness, deal with past traumas are all essential.  the cancer is a symptom of the disease. Rid the body of the cause and the symptom disappears. It worked for me and many whom I have assisted. They are alive and well today.

You and Im have dedicated your life to assisting others in their time of need and for that you are blessed with the knowledge that you have reached out to your fellow man and this is rare in our societies today.   Thank you both from the bottom of my heart for giving me your knowledge and wisdom of how I can heal my body of cancer.   Take heart that your time on earth was spent wisely and for the betterment of its people.

May you both live long and healthy, happy lives surrounded by those whom you love and marvel as I do at this wonderful world we live in.    I am sure I speak for many of your patients in saying, God Bless You Both and thank you for your guiding hands, caring for the many whom seek your help.

One day, Orthodox medicine will see the benefits of natural medicine and this will be the basis of treatment as the people will demand it.

Love to you both and keep up the good work, the world needs more Chris Teo’s.   xxx


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 5:22

H-733 was a 65-year-old lady. Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks

Dear Chris,

I wrote after seeing the above posting. My wife SJ.57 also passed away on the 24 October 2012 at 8.15am, with cancer started from her colon, ovarian, liver and lungs.

After her ops on her colon and ovarian on 22 May, 12, she declined chemo and we supported her wishes and my daughter took her to see your Subang branch and took the prepare boiled herbs for 2 months, then we went back to Sabah to attend her father’s 10 years death anniversary for 7 days. I asked her to bring all the herbs back but she said she can take the capsule type as not convenient to cook in others’ home. Told her we get a gas tank to compensate. She said too troublesome.

While there her feet swell and subside. On return my daughter saw her swelling feet and told her to go to Sunway Medical Centre but she declined. Saying there is no cure. I told them we go to Penang to see you but she declined as she said even Dato Punch Gunalan with a Doctor son also died. My daughter had to respect her wishes. She told me no cure for mum. Two weeks later her stomach bloated.

I told her that she might as well take holy water from her church if she declined chemo and Dr. Chris herbs. Then I gave Sabah Snake Grass for 2 weeks and nothing happens but her stomach kept growing every week at the rate like a pregnant woman baby growing per month. She blamed me and the Sabah Snake Grass but told her I only administrate it after her bloating stomach.

My daughter said no cure, her liver motas and discharged liquid. Her eyes showed jaundice.  We requested the Govt. Hospital to tap the liquid. The Dr. said the motas had attacked her liver and ultrasound showed no liquid. We knew it’s a matter of time before her body system will shut down completely, yet I bullied her to fight on, until she chased me away. Saying I’m killing her faster.

Finally she agreed to go to Sunway Med. for tapping, the Dr. said there is no hope and he would not give chemo to his relatives AT THIS STAGE , but do pain management. Warded to monitor for tapping and this cost about RM10K a week to stay there. Her body was shutting down, she lost about 3 kilos fast every week. Eating 4-5 spoonful mee sauh every 3 hours. Tapping done twice. She died 5 days after the 2nd. Tap.

We thank GOD and Drs. She died peacefully with very little pain and we know we have done the best for her but we lost the battle.

I wrote to let Mr. Chin, the son of the above mentioned lady that I lost my wife, I blamed nobody but fate.
Let their souls RIP. Amen.

Ng Thian Yew

Reply: Thank you for writing. Do you mind if I share this email with others. I shall cut off your name if you want me to do so, but it is good if the name remains but with no phone number, otherwise people think I am cooking up this email. Thanks. Chris.

Dear Dr. Chris,

Please do with my name too for I wish to tell the truth. You did what you can to help others. My wife made the mistake to stop taking your herbs which help during the 2 months but she wanted a cure fast which is not possible as it was too late.

We wish to thank you, please continue to help us, as Dr. Amir wrote in the STAR saying
chemo may not be the solution (barking at the wrong tree) and the specialists should heed his warnings.

It is painful to lose a dear one and it is frustrating when no cure is found, but others were cured.

Thank you Dr. I admire what you do to fight cancer. May the GOD guide your hands.

Best regards,
Ng Thian Yew

31 October 2012

Chronic Leukemia: Doing Well on CA Care’s Herbs

Sometime in August 2010, I received an e-mail from a lady from a neighboring country.  She works in the radiology department of a hospital. That means her work involves taking X-rays, CT scans, etc., for patients.  She was down with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL, suspected).  She declined medical intervention and decided to seek our help.

In fact, she is not the only person who wrote us. Two others in the same department of the same hospital  are also CA Care’s patients.  They were also diagnosed with cancer and they too took our herbs.

This lady with leukemia has been faithfully taking our herbs: Capsule A, Leuk 3, Leuk 4 and LL-tea since August 2010 until now.

On March 2012, this patient wrote:

Dr. Teo,

Attached is my blood test result on 22 March 2012  for your reference. Thank you very much for your help. Regards.

Reply:  Thanks for sending me the blood results. Wonderful ! What did the doctor say? Also besides taking my herbs, did you take any other medications? How do you feel? Chris.

Dr. Teo,

My doctor does not know why I can improve as he did not give me any medication.  I told him yesterday that I receive your herbal treatment. His response is just asks what types of herbs I take.

I only take the Herbs you give me and follow the no animal meat diet. I also inhale oxygen few times a week for 10-15 minutes, if I have time.

Starting from middle of February, I have influenza and upper respiratory infections and took   medications including antibiotics few times for these but stop a week ago before my blood test. However my flu is not completely recovered until now.  Anyway, everything is quite OK apart from the flu. Thank you very much for your help again. I will continue to keep the treatment and diet.