Living with Multiple Myeloma. Herbs helped her.

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

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

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

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

Initially after taking the drug:

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

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

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

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

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

Alex’s first visit, December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the side effects of Lenalidomide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brain Tumour: Amazing healing after four days on herbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOUR DAYS ON HERBS: Amazing healing

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

Watch to this video.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Let’s watch this video first.

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

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

Where are you from? 

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

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

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

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

Who ask you to come and see us? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why are you here? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sarcoma: Without chemo die within 6 months! Six years on CA Care Therapy, still alive and well!

A few days ago, just before the Chinese New Year (2018), a couple from Indonesia came to seek our help. The husband, 58-years old was diagnosed with liver cancer.

As usual, my first question to patients who come to see us for the first time is, Who ask you to come here? The wife answered, H asked us to come and see you.

Chris: Oh H.  When did you last saw her? Is she still alive? Still healthy?

 Answer: Yes, she is doing very well. We communicate through handphone.  This is her picture she sent me yesterday.

C: I am really glad to know that she is alive! When you go home please tell her that I was thinking of her. I have not heard from her for a long time. I thought she had passed away.

Listen to this conversation this morning!

 

What is so special about this case you may want to ask. Oh yes, very special indeed.

About 6 years ago, H was diagnosed with a rare cancer — sarcoma “sitting” on top of her lung. The oncologist in Singapore said, Without chemo, 6 months to live. With chemo, you may live up to 2 years. But no cure.

H refused chemotherapy and came to seek our help instead. She was well. But we did not get to see H for some time already. The question in my mind, How is she doing? Still alive? Probably dead.

So, this is a miraculous case — thank God for such a blessing!

Below is her full story.