Guna is a 45-year-old Indonesian. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy for his colon cancer. Things were fine for a while. But two and a half years later, his cancer recurred in his abdomen and lung. The doctor suggested a PET scan to be followed by another surgery and/or more chemotherapy.
What to do now?
From our years of experience, this is the stage when most patients come to CA Care for help. And their expectation — to find a magic bullet to cure their cancer! To them I have this answer. No, I cannot cure you! That was exactly what I told Guna and his wife.
I spent about two hours listening to his sad story. But what can I say? What had to be done (based on the doctor’s recommendation) had been done. The result is a tragic failure.
If I have my way, I would want to send Guna and wife away and tell them to do what the doctors want them to do. Then we see what happen next and at the same time hope for the best! But I did not have the heart to say “no”.
I saw the despair in their faces. Guna and his wife probably expected me to say that I can cure them! I cannot! And I told them I am not god. It is better to be honest than to mislead them — to sell false promise or false hope!
It is always my policy to tell patients the truth — clearly and bluntly. I hope they can learn something from what I said. Likewise, I also hope that Guna and his wife have learned their lesson after this failure. The reality speaks for itself. But many people cannot see reality. You need to tell them that they are blind! Hopefully they learn how to see.
For Guna, there are two options.
One, go back to the doctors and undergo what medical science has to offer. But no, Guna and his wife did not want to do that.
Two, follow our therapy. His wife said, let’s take the herbs and hopefully this will cure him. But I said, No way!
Before I sent them away empty-handed, I asked one final question. To whom do you pray? The wife answered, Buddha.
Okay, why don’t you go home and take time to talk to Buddha. Ask Him for guidance. Then follow what He says. For those reading this article, this is exactly what I would say to YOU too, if you come and see me at this late stage. What else can I do?
Guna’s wife answer turned the table on me. After being told of his relapse, Guna’s wife was very upset and confused, not knowing what to do. She then went to pray and consulted the medium of two Buddhist temples in Medan. She was told “not to undergo further medical treatment and should see Dr. Chris instead.”
They did exactly that — flew to Penang specially to consult with us. I could not send them home just like that — “empty handed.”
Listen to our conversation.
Gist of our conversation
Chris: What can you do now? Yes, follow the doctor’s advice. Go for a PET scan. With the scan we can know if the cancer has spread elsewhere. This is from the doctor’s viewpoint. But for you, I am not sure what benefit you will get out of it.
As you told me earlier, the first time you did chemotherapy the doctor said chemo was going to reduce the chances of recurrence. Without chemo, the chances of recurrence would be higher. You did what the oncologist asked you to do. And the cancer still come back! So, what is the benefit then?
Perhaps, if you did not do the chemo, you would be better off? Who knows?
How long after the chemo that the cancer came back?
Wife: After two and a half years.
C: Ask yourself this question. If after the PET scan they find more tumours. Can you cut out all of them? Not likely. Yes, can cut, but can that cure you? Earlier on one big tumour was cut out. What happened? It came back in spite of the cutting and the chemo. So what do you expect the result is going to be this time around?
W: According to your opinion, what is the best way out?
C: I don’t know. If I use my head, option1 is for you to follow your doctor’s advice. Go for a PET scan, operate and chemo. I really cannot say if this is going to do you any good. It is up to you.
Guna: What is your advice? I am already confused.
C: I am just as confused. If I tell you to take our herbs, and after a few months the scan shows that the tumour has grown bigger, you will blame me! How?
Go, Seek Spiritual Guidance
C: Who do you pray to?
W: To Buddha.
C: Okay, you can go home. In your quiet time pray to Buddha and ask Him to show you the way. Take your time — one or two weeks, to meditate and pray. Ask Buddha to open a path for you. You are already confused and lost. Ask Buddha to help you.
I am not Buddha. I can cheat you. Buddha will not cheat you. So go home and pray.
After that follow what Buddha tells you.
W: Last week, I went home to Medan. I went to two temples to pray. I consulted the medium. I told him about my husband’s problems. I also told him about my plan to fly to Penang to see Dr. Chris. The medium replied: Yes, go and see Dr. Chris. Both the two medium told me it is better to consult Dr. Chris instead of the doctor.
C: The medium did not tell you to go for medical treatment?
W: No, go and see Dr. Chris.
C: Are you sure?
C: Did you really go to consult these medium?
C: (Asking Guna) Now the medium told you to come here. Do you believe that?
G: I have no choice. No other option. I don’t know what to do. So I have to believe what the Spirit told me.
C: If our therapy does not turn out right — no good results — who is going to be responsible?
G: That’s my fate.
C: So, you would accept it as fated. And you are not going to blame me if our herbs are not effective?
G: Yes right (we will not blame you).
C: Since you have no other way out, let me explain again. You have two options. One is to follow your doctors and do what they want you to do — scan, operate, chemo and chemo. Spend all your money and eventually you die. This is one option.
Option two, is to see me and follow our therapy. No scan, no chemo. But there is no cure. You want that? You want to follow this path?
G: You say cannot cure. But does that mean we can make the cancer stop growing? Can live longer?
C: I cannot answer that. I cannot guarantee. Different people react differently. But I know this — if I am a businessman and only think of making money — I can say these to you:
Yes, the herbs can shrink the tumour, they herbs will stop the cancer from spreading, the herbs will prevent recurrence. Also if you take our herbs, it will prolong your life.
If I say all these to you, know that I am just bluffing — telling you a bunch of lies.
Do you understand what I am trying to tell you?
I don’t want to cheat my patients. Also understand this — if you take our herbs and you believe that you will not be cured, know that you will never be cured! You will not benefit from our therapy. On the other hand, if you believe that our herbs will heal you, may be you will be healed. I cannot tell you for sure.
Do you understand this?
I have many patients who took our herbs and followed our therapy after their surgery. They did not go for any chemo. They survived for many years — eight years, ten years and are still okay today.
What does this mean? Healing is about YOU. And only YOU can heal yourself. Do you really want to take care of yourself? Do you really want to follow our instructions? Do you really want to change your lifestyle and your diet? What is in your head is important — the worry, the stress, etc. These are all important.
If you want to take our herbs but don’t believe in what we do, then don’t take our herbs. It is not going to help you. No use.
In the same note, after taking our herbs, everyday you worry and ask when you will be cured — my answer is, you will never be cured! You make your life too stressful, fighting inside you!
If you take our herbs and feel good. Can eat, can sleep, no pain — don’t think too much. And don’t ask for more.
The most important thing to remember is to take care of your diet. Don’t eat what we tell you not to eat.
Be at peace without yourself. May be you may end up living longer a bit.
We tell our patients to learn how to live with their cancer.
A Patient Who Does Not Understand Gratitude
There was a man who had liver cancer. The doctor could not cure him. He came and took our herbs and he lived for two and half years without any problem. He was strong and healthy.
But I told him, I could not cure his cancer.
He came to know about a treatment in China. Someone said in the hospital there they can cure your cancer! So this man told his family: Dr Teo’s cannot cure me. I want to go to China for my cure. He spent S$60,000 and after six months of treatment he came home on a wheelchair. His stomach was bloated. He died.
Too bad. He was with us for two and a half years. He did not have to spend that kind of money. He was okay and well. But he wanted a cure!
So if any one of you come here and ask me to cure you, my answer is simple and blunt: NO CURE!
CA Care Therapy
Back to you. If this is what you wanted to do — take our herbs and follow our therapy, let me remind you again.
Take care of yourself.
Take care of your diet.
Change your lifestyle.
Believe in what you are doing.
I don’t know — may be one day you may end up healing yourself. I have many patients who survived for years and are still doing fine.
But can I cure you? I don’t think so. But can you live a normal, healthy life? Yes, many patients are doing fine but the moment they don’t follow our instructions, they die!
This is another article which I believe for many would not like to read or find it difficult to swallow. I make no apology for saying what I have said. If you want to survive cancer, you have to be on the right track — do the right thing and have to make hard choices. The question is: Do you really want to live or to die? What a question to ask!
Yes, many who came always tell us — I have a strong desire to live. I am ready to fight. Really?
Seventy percent of those who came to us, are patients I know cannot make it — say what you like. It is easy to say I want to live. But for these people, to do what it takes to live is another matter! If I cannot eat laksa, life is not worth living! And you dare say you have the will to live!!!
There are a few lessons we can learn from Guna’s tragic story.
- 1. Medical treatments — surgery and chemo — did not cure cancer. Chemotherapy was given based on meaningless expectation. If chemo can reduce recurrence by only 10 percent, then what use is it?
Guna was not explicitly told by the oncologist the reality that the treatment had a 40 percent chance of failure, based on the statistics he quoted.
Patients want 100 percent chance of NO recurrence. You don’t need to have a university education to understand that what Guna was subjected to did not make sense from day one!
Patients are just like pawns. Trapped like the foot soldiers fighting in the battle field, while the general sits in the safety and comfort of his bunker. Helpless patients are confused and desperate. Full of fear, they panic and don’t know what to do.
That was how Guna and his wife felt after the battle was lost. They did not know what the next step is.
- There is another failure in medicine. Dr. Barry Boyd in his book, The cancer recovery plan, wrote:
- Many doctors don’t bother to counsel their patients after treatment. Once cancer treatment is completed, most patients are left on their own to cope with the rest of their lives. This is what I call falling off the cliff. Patients are left in free fall.
Correct. After surgery and chemo, Guna was left on his own, to fend for himself. There is no guidance of what to do after the treatments. When the cancer recurred, the doctors have ready answers for him: do PET scan, go for more surgery and more chemo — more of the same treatments that did not work, right?
Now, let me share with you a few quotations written by doctors who understand a bit more about cancer. Hear what they said.
Dr. Martin L. Rossman in his book Fighting Cancer from Within, wrote:
- Conventional medical care for cancer has for many years concentrated on destroying tumors without paying much attention to supporting the patient as a whole person, with innate healing capacities … Most people put themselves in the hands of an oncologist and did what they were told. While you almost certainly need a good oncologist to prescribe and monitor your medical treatment, there is often much more to surviving cancer.
- A strong spiritual belief system is helpful when fighting cancer.
Charles Smith, M.D., is a prominent urologist who specialized for years in treating prostate cancer. Then he himself had prostate cancer. After going through medical treatment, he wrote:
- Cancer is not just a lump in your body that can be cut out or killed by radiation or drugs. I have come to the conclusion that you, as a patient, cannot simply allow the management of your cancer and your life to be limited by the narrow views of the physicians you encounter.
- A major problem with the conventional approach to cancer …(is) it does little or nothing to promote the health, vitality, and well-being of the person who is fighting that cancer.
Rachel Naomi Remen was born into a family of doctors and nurses. At age 15 she was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s disease. Throughout medical school, residency and fellowship she was a very ill person. In all, Dr. Rachel Naomi was chronically sick for over fifty years.
She survived her sickness and is now professor of family and community medicine at the University of California San Francisco. This is what she wrote (in Foreword, Fighting Cancer from Within):
- A diagnosis of cancer is a personal encounter with the will to live … the will to live cannot be measured, which puts it beyond the reach of science.
- Science defines life in its ways but life is larger than science. Many things happen that science cannot predict or explain.
- In my forty years of medical practice, people have often told me that they have recovered from their cancer because of chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.
- Chemotherapy and radiation may be the means by which we recover but the reason that we recover may be something quite different, something we brought with us to our doctor’s office and not something that we found there.
- We each heal in ways that are as unique as our fingerprints.
In other words, to heal and survive cancer, patients need more than just surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Now many of you reading this, know this truth? How many of your doctors or oncologists dare to admit that patients need more than their surgery, chemo or radiation to overcome cancer?
Guna said he is just a layman. He followed everything what the doctors wanted him to do. He ended up in a deep, dark pit and did not know how to get out of it.
I really don’t know what is going to happen to Guna. I can only pray that he keeps to his words to live well, keeps up his spirit and perseveres.