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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We did not get to see him again after that.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck, DK.

 

 

Colon cancer: After three surgeries and two cycles of chemo, he wanted to give up

Sam (not real name) is a 43-year-old Malaysian from a town in central Malaysia. He came with his family to seek our help. Unfortunately, he came empty-handed — no medical reports.

Generally in a case like this, we would ask the patient to go home and bring his medical reports before we prescribe the herbs.

But in this case, I could not send Sam home empty-handed since he had travelled so far to come and see us. I made clear to Sam that I am “blind” and I would take what he tells on faith, as the real truth. The next time, if he ever returns, I asked him to try and get all his medical records.

Sam said since he received treatments in a government hospital, it is not likely that they would release this records. I know this is not necessarily true!

This is  Sam’s story.

  1. His problem started with abdominal pains and difficulty in moving his bowels. This happened a year ago, April 2017.
  1. Sam went to a private clinic. But the GP asked him to go the government hospital for help.
  1. In May 2017, a colonoscopy and biopsy were done. He was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
  1. Sam underwent an operation in July 2017. He stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks. After his discharge, just a few days at home, Sam suffered abdominal pains again. He was again admitted to the hospital. On examination, Sam was told that there was an internal leakage.
  1. Sam had to undergo a second operation. A colostomy bag was installed. This time, he spent 2 weeks in the hospital. About 3 weeks at home, he had problems again. This time pus started to ooze out through the wound.
  1. Sam was readmitted to the hospital for the third time. This time the doctor drained out 8 liters or 2 gallons of pus from his abdomen.
  1. While in the hospital he was in coma for 3 days. After two weeks of hospitalization, Sam was again discharged.
  1. Sam was told to undergo 12 cycles of chemotherapy.
  1. In February 2018, Sam received his first shot of chemo, followed by another shot 2 weeks later.
  1. The chemo made him sick — he had fevers on and off for 2 weeks and his back ached. It was at this time that Sam felt he could not finish the scheduled 12 cycles, and decided to come and seek our advice.

Listen to our conversation that morning.

 

Comments 

Can we learn some lessons from this tragic story? Yes, absolutely.

Lesson one: not all doctors have the same expertise and capabilities. Not all hospitals can offer equally effective treatment for cancer.

When patients with colon cancer come to us for advice, this is what I would say: Go and have the tumour removed. If you want a “good” colorectal cancer doctor, go and see Dr. X in Hospital Y in Kuala Lumpur. I have sent many patients to him and he did a very good job! According to my patients, he is also a compassionate doctor.

Let me be up front. By sending patients to Dr. X, I do not get any “referral fee”. Get that right. I am sticking my neck out for him because I want you to get the best treatment possible! I know Dr. X professionally through my patients and I am not sure if he even knows who I am either!

Not long ago, a man whom I knew years ago, came to see me because of his wife’s leukemia. She was seen by a doctor in a government hospital. Apparently she was not  given any “chemo-drug” and was sent home. To me, it looked like it was a “gone” case. I suggested to his man, Why don’t you bring your wife to see Dr. N. (in P hospital). He is good with leukemia. At least go and listen to what he has got to offer.

This is what the man answered me, What is it that the Dr. N can offer that cannot be found in the government hospital? After all the medicines are all the same. And the doctors are just as qualified. 

Yes, I know this man always acted “smart” since I knew him. There is no use for me to argue with him.

Not long after that, his wife died. It looked like he believed he had given his wife the best! Or, was it because treatment in a government is free of charge (being a retired government servant) whereas going to a private hospital cost money? Your guess.

Lesson two: Before you undergo any treatment, ask the doctor there basic questions! Can your treatment (surgery, chemo or radiotherapy) cure me? What are the side effects of the treatment? How much is the treatment going to cost? (in case your bank account cannot stand the “drainage”). 

In Sam’s case, can the three surgeries cure his cancer? Not likely. In fact, these could even make the cancer spread more aggressively.

Sam did ask the doctor about the side effects of chemo. The doctor explained there was no other option that he knows of. Yes, chemo causes many severe side effects. But without chemo, the cancer would spread. So it is a choice between the devil or the deep blue sea. Unfortunately, doctors are not taught more than this! If you have been reading my case reports in this website, you will learn that many colon cancer patients do not need  chemotherapy after their surgery. Yet they live!

Lesson three: Be knowledgeable. Read as much as you can about your problem. One point that sticks out like a sore thumb is the question about diet. Patients are often told to go home and eat anything they like. Take eggs, eat meat to become strong so that you can go through your chemo easily.

At CA Care we tell you to take care of your diet. You cannot take all these! What you eat will determine the direction of your healing.

Dr. Vincent deVita is one of the outstanding, “blue-blooded” oncologists in the United States. He was once the director of the National Cancer Institute. Read what he wrote (in Foreword, The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan):

  • We know that the cause of more that 70% of malignancies may be due in some ways to what we eat — what we eat has a tremendous influence on whether we will develop cancer.
  • Why has it taken the medical community so long to appreciate the connection between diet and cancer?
  • Most doctors are regrettably uneducated about the connection between what we eat and our health.
  • Most medical students receive little or no training in nutrition.

Read what Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote:

 

 

Brain Cancer: Amazing Healing After a Week on CA Care Therapy. Then Bad Food Made Thing Worse Again

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Just a week ago, both Z’s father and mother came to see us because Z had a brain tumour — a glioblastoma. They wanted to try our therapy instead of radiotherapy. Her story was posted earlier: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/10/26/brain-cancer-glioblastoma/

One week on our herbs, Z and her mother came to see us. It was a big surprise indeed.  Z seemed to have “recovered” and appeared okay and well. I could not believe that Z would recover that fast.

Chris: After the installed the shunt in your head, you here discharged and went home. How long were you at home before you came to see us?

Mother: She was at home for about a week.

C: While at home that week, how was your condition? Well and healthy as this morning?

Z: No. I am much better now.

M: After taking the herbs for about two days she started to improve. She felt better. Now, you see she can smile and talk to you. Before taking the herbs, she would not even want to talk to anyone and would not smile!

C: How was her condition while at home that week — any pain?

Z: Yes, some pain.

M: She was always drowsy. Slept for a while, then woke up for a while and then went to sleep again. Now, she can go shopping already!

I am really glad to be able to help Z to get well. Praise God the All Mighty for this wonderful blessing! But then, will this blessing last? It all depends on you — the patient! Most often, patients get sick again after believing that they are already well. That’s human nature!

After one week of an apparent good health, Z’s father came to our centre and reported that this morning Z had problem again, like before. My question was, What did you do wrong, a day or two before this? Go home and ask. Find out what had happened. In the meantime Z should take Pain Tea.

A week later, Z and both her parents came to our centre.

Chris: Now, tell me what did you do wrong last week? What did you eat a day or two before the problem cropped up?

Mother: I cooked Thai Fragrant Rice. She ate that. She took it for dinner. Then in the night she started to have problems — dizziness of her head like before.

C: Given a scale of 0 to 10, what would give to this situation?

M: About 2.5 (out of 10).

C: I gave the Pain Tea. And you took that?

M: Her problem started to improve after taking the Pain Tea. Now, she is back to about 7.5 — not yet fully recovered yet, like before. She is a bit slow and still finding difficulty talking normally.

C: At first I thought the shunt that they installed in her head could be blocked. But from what you told me, it could not be the cause of her problem. Why don’t you go back to the doctor and ask him about this. But for me,  I think the problem is the food! I don’t know what chemicals they use to make the rice fragrant! I have not eaten this kind of rice before too. And this is something you have not eaten before, why do you want her to eat something that you have not eaten before?

M: We pity her, so I thought she should eat this special rice.

Chris: Well, we like to pity people, but by our ignorance we  can also kill people.

As I am writing this story. I receive an email from another brain cancer patient who is now blind after his surgery and radiotherapy. Since the past few weeks, he had been on our therapy and his health improved tremendously. Then I received this email.

Hello Prof .. Apa Kabar ??

Prof  Malam tadi Brother saya Kejang , kemudian Mata Sebelah Kanan Agak sedikit Berat , Dan Jahitan Di Kepala Bekas Oprasi Agak sedikit Sakit Prof.

(Hello Prof .. how are you?? Prof yesterday my brother had fits, his right eye felt heavy. He had pain at the operation stitches on his head )

My reply: Makan apa yang salah —- 1 atau 2 hari ini —- Buat apa yang salah?

(What wrong food did you eat, 1 or 2 days before this. What did you do wrong?)

Makan ikan goreng pakai minyak Wijen dan Beras ketan.

(Ate fried fish using sesame oil and glutinous rice)

Note: Just a week ago, this same brother wrote to ask if the patient can eat pizza or not! My answer, NO!

There it goes, another silly mistake! Just madness that patients and his/her caregivers don’t seem to be able to learn. Let me share with you another story. There was this lung cancer man who ate durian at about 3 p.m. By 6 p.m. he landed in the ICU of one hospital. A CT scan showed there was nothing wrong with him, although he was breathless. The doctor told the son, The problem could be due to the durian! Did he expect the CT scan to show a durian in this man this man’s lung? Many patients died after eating durian — that much I can say! One patient died after eating salted fish and glutinous rice laced with sugar!

Some educated minds want to ask what proof do I have to say that it is the food that caused the problem? Where is the research data to make up my conclusion? Anecdotes are not acceptable evidence in science. Well, there is no need for me to dwell in that.  The proof is there! You see it  and you can experience it! If you don’t believe what I say try to repeat your stupidity and see what happens.

 

 

 

Rectal Cancer: What to do next? Oncologist said he has not come across any research report that links diet to cancer.

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WL is  35 year old Malaysia male. On 25 September 2015, he sent us an e-mail as below:

Hi Dr Chris,
My name is WL. I have worked in Penang for the past 12 years. Recently I have took  up a job in China and I have been there for about a month. Last week I went back to Malaysia and I went to see doctor in Ipoh because I found blood in my stool. Also it’s not easy for me to pass motion.

Initially, I thought it could be my piles which I’m having for more than 10 years back. During that time the doc asked me to leave it since it was not serious. When I got back to see the same doctor last week, he felt something was not right. He asked me to do an endoscopy.

Unfortunately, the report said, “moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma”.

I am going back to Penang next Wednesday (9/28) to get more opinions from different doctors. I’m thinking if I can meet you, I can find more from you about the alternative way of using herbs. Can I know if you will be available next week or the following week? If yes, should i come to see you after or before the tumor surgery? Kindly advice. Thanks.

Reply: Go and get the cancer removed. Either do it in KL or Penang. There are many doctors who can cut you up but be careful where you go to.

Hi Dr Chris,
Thanks for the reply. Attached files of medical report. I understand your point. Do you have any recommendations for a doctor in Penang? It will be easier for me and my family because my wife is just 4 months pregnant.
CT scan, 19 September 2016: Slight irregular and eccentric wall thickening at lower rectum n keeping with lower rectal tumour/lesion as noted clinically.

Histopathology report: Rectal tumour biopsy – moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.

WL came to seek our opinion. This was what I told WL.

  1. There is no other option. The tumour has to be removed.
  2. The main concern is whether WL has to use a colostomy bag after that, because this a rectal cancer. According to WL the doctor he consulted said that might be the case. It would indeed be a great disadvantage if WL, being a 35-year-old, has to deal with such a bag throughout his life. Stressful and messy indeed. The idea is try to avoid having to use a colostomy bag if possible.
  3. I suggested that WL take time to “shop” around for a better surgeon. One surgeon I had in mind was in Kuala Lumpur. It would be worth that extra effort for WL to consult him and let him do the operation if there is not necessary to use a colostomy bag after that.
  4. I also informed WL that there is a surgeon in Singapore (in private practice) who would be able to construct an “artificial rectum” should there is a need for one. In this way, WL would not have to use a colostomy bag. It would be worth spending some money to go to Singapore to consult him. But perhaps, before seeing someone in private practice, it would be a good idea to start seeing someone in Singapore General Hospital and take it from there.

About three weeks later, WL came back to see us again.  He had his rectal tumour removed by the surgeon in Kuala Lumpur, as suggested. The total cost of the treatment was RM 40,000. WL was hospitalised for a week.  After the surgery, WL had to use a temporary colostomy bag for a few weeks. After that he needs another surgery to rejoin the rectum.

Before the surgery,  as suggested, WL went to Singapore General Hospital for consultation. The total cost of the surgery would be SGD 50,000 — almost four times more expensive than the cost in KL hospital.

Chemotherapy

An oncologist came to visit WL while he was still in the ward. According to the oncologist WL needs to undergo chemotherapy, using Xelox regimen (Xeloda + Oxaliplatin). WL needs 8 cycles and each cycle would cost about RM 4,000. Chemotherapy would start 2 to 6 weeks from the operation date.

The oncologist told WL the following:

  1. You are still young.
  2. Your situation is very critical.
  3. If you don’t do chemo, you will lose the battle.
  4. Within two years the cancer will spread all over.
  5. If you don’t do chemo, you have a 65 percent chance of recurrence, i.e. the cancer would come back.
  6. If you do chemo, you have a 65 chance that the cancer will not come back.
  7. You can eat anything you like. According to the oncologist he has not come across any research report that links diet to cancer.
  8. While warded in the hospital, WL had diarrhoea. The oncologist suggested that WL take fried food to stop the diarrhoae!

Chris: Do you believe what the oncologist told you about the diet — that your husband can eat anything he likes?

Wife: No, I never believe him.

There are three lessons we can learn from this case.

One, chose you surgeon wisely. If you go to the “wrong” surgeon, you may end up having to wear the colostomy bag the rest of your life!

Of course, it is logical to expect that it is more expensive to undergo medical treatment in Singapore than in Kuala Lumpur or Penang. No one to blame here — it is the exchange rate! It cost almost the same on a dollar-to-dollar basis.

Two,  when told to do chemo, always ask if this treatment is going to cure you? What is your chance of obtaining a hundred percent cure — after all this is what you want anyway.  When you get the answer from your oncologist, evaluate his answer critically.

WL was told: If you don’t do chemo, you have a 65 percent chance of recurrence, i.e. the cancer would come back. What does this mean? In  simple language, it means that even without chemo there is a 35 chance that you will survive! Not ALL those  who do not do chemo ended up dead. Right?

WL was told: If you do chemo, you have a 65 chance that the cancer does not come back. It means that even if you undergo chemo as suggested,  there is 35 percent chance that the cancer can come back — meaning chemo does not guarantee you a cure! Right?

Therefore, it is up to YOU — the patient — to decide which path to take! Make your own decision because no one can help you  in this dilemma.

Third,  even WL’s wife — an ordinary housewife, could see the fallacy of the oncologist’s advice about diet. But if you need to read to believe, there are hundreds and hundreds of books written about diet and cancer. In my library at home I have no less than a hundred books on food and cancer! For those who prefer not to buy books, then go to the internet for free information. Click this link: http://www.wcrf.org/,  http://www.aicr.org/cancer-research/.  In 1982, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) was founded to advance the simple but then-radical idea that cancer could be prevented. AICR focused on the link between diet and cancer, and immediately began supporting cutting-edge research in this area and educating the public about the results. It has published three global expert reports:

  1. Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective, published in 1997
  2. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, published in 2007; and
  3. Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, published in 2009.

For those caregivers, be forewarned though, that teaching patients to become healthy makes no money! Asking them to change to good diet and lifestyle means you cannot prescribe any more drugs or herbs for their ailments. And when patients become healthy they don’t need to come back and see you again! So, from all angles, it appears that suppressing the truth and letting the status quo prevails is better?

For busy people out there, let me help you a bit on this connection between diet and cancer. Read what these outstanding doctors said:

1-devita

3-oncologist-dont-know-nutrit

8-diet-must-be-integral-par

 

6-pig-knows-better-nutrtion

Ho, ho, I believe we all want to be just as smart (or even smarter) than a pig, right?

 

 

 

 

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He Gets to Keep His Prostate

Budi, in his mid-sixties, had problems with urination in 1996. The doctor suspected BPH – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. He was prescribed Proscar. This medication was effective and Budi took this for about 2 years. With the medication, his PSA readings were normal.

Date PSA
June 1997 0.86
November 1999 0.67
November 2001 0.95
October 2002 1.02
May 2004 1.32
May 2006 1.22
November 2007 2.26

 

In 2008, Budi was prescribed Avodart, a stronger medicine, according to the doctor. He was on this drug for a year. With time, his PSA started to increase.

Date PSA
May 2009 2.13
May 2011 7.7
June 2011 8.0
July 2011 11.97

The doctor suspected something was not right and did a digital examination on Budi. There was no swelling. Budi refused to perform a biopsy because according to him he would not want to undergo any form of medical treatments  after that. No, he would not what to have his prostate or testes removed. Neither would he agree to chemotherapy or radiation.  Budi told us that his relative had his prostate removed but the PSA still kept going up after eight years.

 

 

Budi came to see us in July 2011 and was started on the herbs. He also bought an e-Therapy machine for use at home. It has been 5 years now and Budi is doing fine — as healthy as ever. The best part of the deal is he gets to keep his prostate! Below are his PSA readings over the years.

 

PSA after herbs

 

From 11.97 his PSA started to decline. In January 2015 it was 4.6. Because things went on so well for Budi, he started to eat some “forbidden” foods. In March 2016, Budi realised his misadventure. His PSA shot up to 8.0. Budi said he already knew why the PSA was high. Now, I am already back to my “good diet” again.

 

 

If you don’t take care, you will die. Your husband can find a new wife!

Sixty-two-year-old WG is from Indonesia. She came to see us in October 2012. Her problem started after she found 2 lumps in her right breast about 3 years ago. She did not consult any doctor then. She took Chinese herbs for a few months. The lumps grew bigger.

In October 2012, WG came to  Penang and consulted a doctor in a private hospital. The doctor suggested a mastectomy. She was told that the cost of the surgery would come to about RM 4,000 and she has to stay in the hospital for about 5 days.

After seeing the doctor WG came to seek our advice. These are what we told her:

  • Yes, she should go ahead with her surgery.
  • The doctor whom she met was also the “right” doctor. So there is no reason to go “shopping” elsewhere.
  • Tell the doctor not to do any biopsy — just remove the whole right breast right away.
  • After the surgery, she could come back with all the medical reports and we shall then decide what to do.

WG went for surgery as suggested. The total hospital expenses came to RM 4,800 and she stayed in the hospital for 8 days.

The histology report dated 16 October 2012 indicated the following:

  • A well defined solid necrotic tumour measuring 45 x 30 x 30 mm.
  • The subareolar tissue contains a cystic tumour with papillary structures measuring 30 x 30 x 20 mm.
  • One out of 8 lymph nodes shows metastatic deposits of tumour.
  • The tumour is negative for estrogen, progesterone and c-erb-B2 receptors.
  • Stage 3 B — T4bN1 Mx.

WG had a metastatic triple negative cancer. The doctor suggested that WG undergo follow-up chemotherapy. She refused and came back to seek our help. She was started on herbs and was told to take care of her diet.

The following are the blood test results over the years.

table blood test

In April 2016, WG came to Penang for a routine check-up. It has been more than 3 years since her breast surgery. Over the years her blood test seemed to be satisfactory (see table above) We have always cautioned her about her diet — Do not eat anything you like! Take care of your diet. Unfortunately, our plea did not get into her head! She admitted at times she did “curi makan” (eat the forbidden food), but not often.

Since our message did not seem to sink into her, we had to be more blunt but we tried to pass that message in a jovial and joking manner. We are glad that WG and her husband took our message in good spirit. Listen to your conversation that day.

Chris: Your liver function does not look good (table above, April 2016). Did you take care of your diet? Never pantang?

WG: Yes, I ate bad food once a while. If I don’t eat my legs and hands felt numb.

C: Well, I really don’t know what I can do. You have survived more than 3 years now. It is good that you can live that long. Some breast cancer patients would not even last that long. So please take care of yourself. I can’t really do much. So learn how to take care of yourself. Please don’t eat too much of bad food!

WG: Eat also die, don’t eat also die!

C: So, go home and eat what you like and then die faster after that.

WG: Yes, better die sooner so that I don’t have to come and see you anymore.

C: Good, you don’t have to disturb me also. So, go home and eat a lot of bad food and die faster.

GW: I also don’t have to spend any more money.

C: Ah, your husband can find a new wife. Prettier and younger one some more! See, uncle is smiling.

Comments

It is most unfortunate that most cancer patients feel that they are “cured” after being alive and well for 2 to 3 years. They often go back to their own lifestyle and diet. No one likes to know or be reminded that the cancer can recur. Unfortunately, cancer does recur in most cases. A study in Italy showed that the critical year for recurrence is at the 2nd and 5th year. And cancer does not go away even after 15 years!

Breast Cancer Recurrence paattern

Most patients are being taught to believe that after 5 years they are “cured.” This is NOT true. My aunty died when her cancer recurred 13 years after an apparent “cure”. Last month, a breast cancer patient suffered recurrence after 14 years. Read what Dr. Susan Love has got to say:

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Colon Cancer: Stress and bad food — recipe for disaster!

SY was 62-years-old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her problem started with severe LIF (left iliac fossa) or left abdominal pain with difficulty in bowel movements and vomiting. There was blood in her stools. She struggled with her problem for about 3 months before going to see a doctor.

A colonoscopy done in August 2012 showed a sigmoid tumour with extensive colitis and ulceration extending from the tumour site to the ascending colon.

SY immediately had a surgery.

Colonscopy-sketch 5

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The histopathology report confirmed an infiltrating, ulcerating, moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma. The surgical margins were not involved but 5 out of the 12 mesenteric lymph nodes contained metastatic tumour. The omentum was free of tumour. This was a Stage C1 or Stage 3 (T3N2Mo) cancer.

SY was asked to undergo follow-up chemotherapy. Her family refused chemotherapy.  SY late husband had nose cancer and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He suffered badly from the treatment. Not too long ago, a relative had cancer, underwent surgery and chemo and then died. So the children did not want SY to go through the same journey. SY’s children came to seek our help in September 2012.

The first week of taking our herbs, SY had diarrhoea 7 to 8 times a day. But this problem resolved by itself after a while. She complained of poor appetite. After taking Capsule E, this problem was resolved after a week. She gained 1 kg after this. Apart from this, SY did not have any more problems. We never get to meet with SY at all because the family did not want her to know that she had cancer.

SY’s progress was monitored through blood tests as follows:

Date Platelets CEA CA 19.9 CA 125 ESR Remark
27 August 2012 582  H
26 Sept 2012 346  H On herbs 7 Sep 12
9 Oct 2012 n/a 4.0 n/a n/a n/a
13 April 2013 215 0.5 11.7 4.2 20
3 Jan 2014 276 5.0 11.2 5.5 15
23 Sept 2015 3.5
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For three years on CA Care Therapy, SY was doing fine. Her CEA was always within normal limit (below 5.0). Then in November 2015, SY’s children were alarmed as the CEA had increased to 9.5. They came to ask why for the past 3 years, SY was doing fine, and now the CEA was starting to increase? My answer to them is blunt and simple: What sin have you committed? Your mom must be eating all those bad food that we tell you not to eat!

At first, the children’s reaction was “to defend the indefensible.” No, she is on her proper diet! Really? No need to think too far behind. In September 2015 her CEA was at 3.5 and 2 months later it shot up to 9.5. What did you eat these past 2 months or what did you do wrong?

Slowly, we begun to unearth the answers of what went wrong!

  1. SY started to eat things like tosai, huat koi, kaya pau, putu mayong, chee cheong fun, poh piah, biscut, etc. Her justification was why can’t she eat all these since she is healthy now? She did not get any cancer anyway! (Note: those of you who do not want to tell your dad or mom that he/she ever has cancer, please take note!).
  2. From 2 October 2015, one of SY’s children opened a shop to start his business. SY was tasked with baby-sitting her grandchild. She was stressed out by this. She became bad tempered and she slept late, even as late as 1 a.m. and woke up as early as 5 a.m.

Our advice to SY’s children: Go home and have a family meeting.

  • Decide whether you all want your mother to live a longer life or you want to continue to make her a baby sitter and she will be dead soon after that.
  • Also if she wants to get well again, stop eating bad food.

Listen to our conversation that day.

Part 1: Three years on doing fine with CA Care Therapy

 

Part 2: Stress and bad food — recipe for disaster!

 

 

 

 

Lymphoma Part 3: Digging my own grave with my folk and spoon!

Lymphoma Part 1: Eighty-percent-cure-rate-chemo Failed. No to Bone Marrow Transplant. I don’t want to die before my parents. 

Lymphoma Part 2: Healing in Progress After Two months on CA Care Therapy. Full of fear. But you would not die in December! 

Lymphoma Part 3:  Digging my own grave with my fork and spoon!

 

Forty-two-year-old Daisy had 6 cycles of chemo for her peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The treatment failed to cure her. The cancer relapsed 6 months after completion of her chemotherapy. She was asked to undergo more chemo and bone marrow transplantation. She refused and opted for CA Care Therapy instead. One year on, Daisy said she was not so worried about her cancer but her diet caused her much distress. I want to eat! 

Listen to this video.

 

Chris: The only thing that you cannot do is eat any “rubbish” that you like. Is that okay?

Daisy: Hm, hm. I have been tolerating this. I cannot help it. But sometimes I had the urged of wanting to eat …

C: Do you think one day, you would just say: Never mind la — eat and die, that’s okay.

D: Especially when I watched the cooking program on Astro … I felt like I wanted to eat and die, it’s okay.

C: You are already one year and you are not getting worse?

D: But I have been tolerating the food. During Christmas and Chinese New Year (CNY) everyone was eating …turkey, etc. and I could not eat. You know, I cried. They can eat but I cannot eat. I stayed home and cried.

C: So your main concern now is not cancer anymore? Now, food is more important? You worry about your food.

D: When people are alive, they want to eat (anything).

C: The last time when you came, you were so worried that you would die because of your cancer. Now do you still think that you are going to die?

D: No! I know I can live. Last time I was so worried that probably when I go to sleep I would not wake up the next morning.

C:  Ha, ha, is it not better (to die that way)? So today you go to sleep, you know that you would wake up?

D: I know, I know ( I can wake up).

Chinese New Year is coming – be careful with your diet!

C: Chinese New Year is coming. Don’t go and start eating “rubbish” ah.

D: Already two years I cannot eat. Since 2012 until now (2015) cannot eat, you know!

C: But you were supposed to die within four months! Now you’re well — you are healthy, you are okay. What do you want some more?

D: I want to eat. Eat first before I die.

C: Okay, if you want to eat, go and eat a lot. Eat a lot. To eat a piece of chicken and die … not worth it. It’s stupid. Eat a lot and then die. That’s okay.

D: I want to dig my own grave with my fork and spoon.

Gentle Warning: Itchy rashes that took months to go away

D: For two years, I never eat ….

C: What did you eat (during the Chinese New Year, 2015)?

D: I ate 2 kampung chicken eggs .. twice .. some CNY cookies … chocolates .. not much,  plus fish. After that …

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C: When you came home after eating all these …  any problem? Itchy?

D: No.

C: Before you ate all these, did you have such problem?

D:  No such problem. About one month after taking these CNY food this problem happened. I felt itchy and I started to scratch.

C:  And until today?

D: Yes, it’s already one and half months. It takes a long time to heal. Before I had cancer it was easy to heal.

C: Food is important. If they say you eat anything you like — that’s not true.

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All patients who come to seek our help are always told: Apart from taking the herbs, you have to take care of your diet. You cannot eat anything you like. We would also want to remind everyone, if you can’t take care of your diet, there is not point coming to see us. We would not be able to help you. This is because food  ….

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The unhappiness expressed by Daisy in this case, is understandable. Most patients would not want to change. The moment they get well — when they don’t feel that they are going to die anymore  — they will come with all the excuses for wanting to forget what we tell them about food.

One classical example that came to mind now is the case of an Indonesia lady who had lymphoma. She underwent chemotherapy and almost died from the treatment. After the treatment the cancer recurred. There was a hard swelling on her cheek. She was asked to undergo more chemotherapy. She was not prepared to accept that anymore.  She told us that she prayed that God would grant her the strength to come and see Chris Teo in Penang. Then if she died after that she would be satisfied. We took care of this lady for three years and she was well. The swelling in her cheek was gone. Then, the “monster within” started to awaken. She told us that she had been taking the herbs for so long. It caused much strain on her children, etc., etc. We knew what her real problem was! We also knew that if the heart would not want to change there is nothing we can do to help.

Later, we were told she went to Singapore for a holiday. Ate  …. (we did not know what). After she came home to Jakarta, her stomach became bloated. That was when she wrote us for help. Our answer was: Go to the doctor and ask for help. She had chemotherapy. After the second shot of chemo, she died.

This is another lymphoma case. This story is beyond our comprehension. TL was a 59-year-old man. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2012. Like the Indonesian lady above, he had surgery to remove part of his stomach. He was subsequently asked to undergo chemotherapy which he declined.

He came to seek our help in October 2012. From the very beginning we explained to TL that it would be futile to take our herbs without taking care of his diet. In short, he must eat rightly and under no circumstances take junk food.

On many visits, TL asked us about what food to eat and what food not to eat,  giving us the impression that he was eating right!

About 8 months later, TL suffered a relapse.  It shocked us to learn that all along TL had been pretending and  “cheating” on himself as far as his diet was concerned.  Listen to his “confession” that day (4 November 2013).

A few days after this “confession”, TL checked into the hospital, underwent medical procedures and died while in the hospital.
Why did he play such a game and cheated himself?  We cannot understand.

One outstanding lymphoma case is that of Devi. She had radiotherapy and was well. But about a year later, her cancer recurred. She was asked to go for chemotherapy.  She had chemo but at the same time started to take herbs and change her diet and lifestyle. From 1998 to this day (2015) Devi stayed on course and is extremely well.

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/07/05/the-story-of-devi-a-lady-lawyer-about-40-years-old-afflicted-by-non-hodgkin%E2%80%99s-lymphoma/

Chris: Why were you on morphine?

Devi: Because I was in pain. The moment I consumed food, I had very severe pain. I was lying in the hospital for two weeks until one day I went berserk because I had an overdose of morphine…I was not getting any better. I discharged myself (from the hospital)….I went to a clinic that practised chelation therapy and the doctor asked me what sort of diet I was on? I was told to stop taking solid food and to go on fruits, vegetables, semi-solids and fluids. Within two days on the recommended diet, the pain was gone. 

C: Did you take any other medication? 

D: No. I was only on the diet, no medication whatsoever. I was on fruits, vegetables and semi-solids. Within a month, my digestive system was back to normal. 

C: After the radiation, you thought you were cured. Did you go back to your old diet? 

Yes, I went back to my old lifestyle. I forgot about the fruit juices. I had a relapse of the cancer, this time in the abdominal region.

The doctor said radiation was out. I went for six cycles of chemotherapy. 

Devi came to seek our help and was well. 

C: What about your diet?

D: I am more of a vegetarian now, I keep off red meat and sea food except for fish. I eat fruits and vegetables. 

C: Some people say that if I cannot take my favourite food, life if not worth living. What is your comment to that ? 

D: What I have to say to those people is, life is worth more than just your favourite food. It is a very small sacrifice to make. Life is much more that just food. 

C: You were a meat eater before and now you are a vegetarian. Many people say that if you don’t eat meat, you have no strength. What have you got to say about that? 

D: No, not really. In fact, I feel much healthier now that I cut meat out of my diet. I have not lost energy at all. 

Patients, you have a choice — to live or to die. If you wish to live, CHANGE — your lifestyle and your diet.

The choice is yours!

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Look at the Bigger Picture Part 1. Misguided advice about your diet!

Ina called to ask if she could come to our house. She was so excited and wanted to share with us the “good” news after meeting her doctor.

Who is Ina?

She is our patient and also a friend. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012, almost 3 years ago. She had a mastectomy but declined chemotherapy, radiotherapy and taking of Tamoxifen. Indeed a daring lady!

Ever since after her breast surgery to this day Ina had been under pressure from her doctor urging her to   go for follow up chemo and radiation. Ina flatly refused! Then the doctor insisted that at least she should take Tamoxifen!

Why was Ina so adamant in not wanting to follow her doctor’s advice?  

Before her breast cancer diagnosis, her mother had lung cancer.  She brought her mom to see us and was on the herbs. So Ina knew what the herbs could do! Compare that to her father who had suffered and died of cancer, at least mom was much better off with the herbs. Also, Ina (being a business woman) knows of many people who have cancer and how they suffered while undergoing chemotherapy! Some died.

Ina’s sister had lumps in her breast and had to undergo surgery a few times to remove these lumps. But after taking our herbs, she said “good bye” to her routine breast lump surgery!

Probably all these made Ina realised that there is “another way” for her.  She decided to “stick” with us.

Why was Ina so excited and wanting to see us?  

Two reasons. Reason number one — No sign of recurrence and right breast lumps were benign.

A few days before seeing her doctor, Ina came to see us. She felt a lump in her right breast. And this bothered her very much. It hurts when she lifted her right arm. As usual, our advice was, Don’t panic!  Go and see your doctor and do an USG. Find out what exactly it is. And then come back and we discuss what to do after that.  We cautioned her:  Of course, if it bothers you then have the lump removed. At the same time, do a full blood test.

Results of the blood test: 14 May 2015

Total WBC 4.2
Total RBC 4.0
Haemoglobin 12.1
Platelet count 192
ESR 7
Creatinine 66
Tumour markers
CA 125 9
CA 15.3 17.10
CA 19.9 16.66

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USG of right breast: 14 May 2015

  • Multiple right breast simple cysts, some of them containing inspissated fluid. The largest is a palpable lesion close to the areolar margin and at around 8 o’clock position measuring 31 mm.
  • The second measures about 7.5 mm at 3 o’clock position.
  • The others measure about 3 to 7 mm in sizes.
  • No solid right breast mass seen.
  • A benign right axillary lymph node seen measuring about 15 x 6 mm.

Based on the above report, Ina’s doctor said she is healthy and there is no cancer. Of course, like all patients, Ina was happy to hear such a positive comment. BUT, this good word was followed by a depressing statement. The doctor said, But you look thin. You must been following a special diet. No, go on and eat anything you like. Are you still on Chris Teo’s herbs?  Ina answered, YES, absolutely.

The doctor wanted to remove the big lump in her right breast. Right away, he scheduled a surgery for Wednesday — a few days away. Ina said she wanted to go home and think about it first.

When Ina told us about this, we reminded her that even before her cancer diagnosis, she already had 6 lumps in her right breast (only the lump in her left breast was malignant). It hurts when she lifted her right arm and the pain was along her bra line.

It hurts when you wear your bra? The answer is Yes. What if you don’t wear bra? Does it hurt? No! We suggest that Ina stop wearing her bra!

Another question we posed was, The doctor wanted to remove only one lump in the breast. What about the rest (5 others)? Wait for them to grow bigger and then do surgery again and again like her sister?

What if Ina were to take the herbs for breast lump for about 3 months and see what happens?

Ultrasound 2012

Indeed if we compare the two reports, we know that 3 years ago the largest cyst was already 2.9 cm. Perhaps this one has gown bigger. After our discussion Ina decided to defer her surgery!

Eat anything you like and grow fat!

What is most upsetting to Ina is her doctor’s insistence that she go ahead and eat anything she likes. He has been harping on this issue every time Ina went for her routine checkup (another more annoying and dangerous insistence is the need to undergo chemotherapy or taking Tamoxifen — another story to follow).

This is our message to all cancer patients

Diet plays a significant role in your healing of cancer. It plays a similar role in the recurrence of your cancer. Take care of your diet.

Is our advice on diet based on scientific evidence? Of course, there are thousands of papers in medical journals about this “sore and sick” topic on diet and cancer. What you need to do is just take time to read them. Get yourself educated. If you don’t have the time to read, at least take a few minutes to “listen” to what doctors themselves have got to say.

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In this article, we asked you to look at the bigger picture. Is healing of cancer only about surgery, chemo, radiation or taking of Tamoxifen?

There is another point – make a google search using this phrase, wearing of tight bra and incidence of breast cancer. You will be surprised to find articles about this subject which your doctors may think it is just another “crazy” idea.

This is what I got after my google search.

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In the “Bra and Breast Cancer Study” in the United States, it was discovered that women with breast cancer had a history of sporting tighter and longer bra-wearing than did the women who had not (yet) developed the disease. In fact, virtually all of the cancer group wore bras over 12 hours daily with 18% even sleeping with their bras which means they wore bras 24 hours daily. In contrast, the comparison groups had 25% of the women either bra-free or wearing bras less than 12 hours daily.  Only 3% of this group slept with their bras on. This study revealed a significant link between bras and breast cancer that is three times greater than the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer! http://www.health2us.com/bra.htm

Women everywhere are discovering that wearing bras can make their breasts droopy and stretched out, and also cause cysts, pain, and cancer. For some women, enough said. The bra goes. It was the first thing they took off after work, anyway. It was always so uncomfortable. And more women are becoming bra-free in the name of comfort and health. For other women, no way! The bra stays no matter what. The cancer detection and treatment industry loves these women. They want women to wear bras. With one million bras sold EACH DAY in the US alone, that’s a lot of women binding and constricting the health out of their breasts in the name of fashion. http://www.killerculture.com/breast-cancer-is-preventable/

As a breast cancer surgeon, I not infrequently have to deal with many of the common myths that have sprung up around breast cancer. Some are promoted by quacks; others are just myths that sound plausible but aren’t true … One such myth has been …. that wearing bras increases the risk of breast cancer is one of those unsinkable rubber ducks (as James Randi would put it) of a myth that just won’t die … It’s unclear where and how long ago this myth first appeared, but there’s little doubt on when it was first popularized: 1995. That was the year that a book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer entitled Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras was published. The central thesis of the book was that bra-wearing is a major cause of breast cancer because of its claimed effect on lymphatic circulation. Basically, the idea was (and still is) that bras interfered with lymphatic drainage and thereby, though unclear mechanisms, caused cancer. The claim was that there are all sorts of “toxins” (of course) that cause cancer and that the lymph vessels drain those “toxins” away from the breast. Thus, if you believe Singer and Grismaijer, these “toxins” are concentrated in the breast by the constriction that bras produce and result in breast cancer. https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/one-more-time-no-wearing-a-bra-does-not-cause-breast-cancer/

Okay, here we are again. Another great debate like diet and cancer! We leave it up to you to read more and find your own “truth”.

Ina said she had pains when lifting her arms because of her tight bra. She did not have this problem if she did not wear her bra. Our simple suggestion is, either wear a loose bra or don’t wear it at all! For the business minded, why not design a breast-cancer-friendly bra. That may probably cool down the debate a bit and at the same time may enrich your bank account!

 

 

 

 

Colon Cancer: Take Care of Your Diet if You Want to Live

Paul is a 53-year-old from Indonesia. In 2012, he had diarrhoea. An endoscopy indicated rectal cancer. Paul immediately underwent an operation at Pondok Indah Hospital in Jakarta. Histopathology report confirmed a “well differentiated adenocarcinoma of the rectum, suspected that distal margin still contain tumour cells.” The doctor said it was a Stage 2 cancer.

As a follow-up treatment, Paul underwent 30 sessions of radiation at Gatot Subroto Hospital in Jakarta.

A CT scan after the radiation treatment showed rectosigmoid thickening “perhaps caused by inflammation after radiation, residual tumour still present.”

Paul consulted a doctor in Graha Kedoya Hospital and was prescribed an oral drug, Futraful. And a biopsy in March 2013 indicated residual adenocarcinoma.

In April 2013, Paul consulted a doctor in Medistra Hospital. A PET/CT scan was done at MRCCC Hospital. The result indicated “hypermetabolic lesion at anastomosis site suspect of residual malignancy.” There was no spread to the lymph nodes and other organs.

MRI done in May 2013 at Gading Pluit Hospial indicated mucosal wall thickening in the post operative rectal tumour area. The doctor suggested colonscopy and rectal biopsy.

In June 2013, Paul went to Singapore for further consultation. He underwent an immediate surgery at Mt. Alvernia Hospital on 18 June 2013. A diverting ileostomy was created. The histopathology report confirmed a recurrent adenocarcinoma at the rectal stump.

Paul returned to Jakarta and was started on chemotherapy with Oxaliplatin + oral Xeloda. He received a total of 8 cycles of chemo at 3-weekly interval at Medistra Hospital. All treatments were completed in February 2014.

In March 2014, Paul started to use the electrical capacitive cancer treatment apparel (terapi rompi).

In April 2014, Paul was again on Xeloda.

PET / CT scan done at MRCCC Hospital in Jakarta indicated “suspected regional recurrence.” Paul went back to Singapore to consult his previous surgeon at Mt. Alvernia, He was asked to undergo 3 cycles of chemotherapy using Forfiri + Ebitux. The doctor said if the chemo could shrink the tumour, then Paul need not have to undergo any operation. If the treatment did not shrink the tumour the Paul ad to undergo another surgery again.

Paul refused further medical treatment. He returned to Jakarta and consulted a doctor who practised traditional medicine. He was started on herbs and followed a healthy food regimen. Paul also had liver detoxification.

In July 2014, Paul went back to Singapore again and this time consulted with a doctor in NUH. He was given the same advice as the doctor at Mt. Alvernia.

In August 2014, Paul came to seek out help and was started on herbs. He felt better after taking our herbs. His liver function results showed improvements.

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ESR 30 45 30
Alk. phosphatase 165 139 98
AST 109 74 50
ALT 149 79 58
GGT 184 150 128
CEA 3.9 2.3 n/a 8.62
CA 19.9 17.6 25.3 n/a
CA 125 3.6 2.8 n/a

In late January 2015, we got this email from Paul.

Dear Dr. Chris,

Today I am very surprise that I got CEA test with 8,62. This is the highest value I have, and even higher than when the first time I got (2,35 before operation in 2012).

I still discipline to eat all capsules and herbal tea until now. I also still have vegetarian diet.

Just for your information, during end of last year I have vacation to Kuala Lumpur and I ate Chinese food but without meat. And last week, 24 Jan, I also ate Yamien noodle. Is that all the reason?

Dr. Chris, please help advise me what to do. From now I will strictly do my vegetarian diet. Do you think that my CEA may down again? Do I need more dosage capsule or herbal tea? Dr Chris, please advice, and thank for your help.

Reply: This man is from Jambi and you are from Jakarta …same problem la…..read this story carefully. 

8 cm Liver Tumour Shrunk After 8 Months On Herbs. Still Alive and Well After 2 Years 

Again let me repeat what I told this patient that night was very clear, crude and blunt. When patients are “half dead,” they would follow our advice without protest. But when they get well, most of them will “misbehave.” That is normal.  This advice also applies to  all cancer patients.

  • To live or to die is your choice.
  • There is no need to be upset about the patient’s choice. If he wants to die, let him die.
  • My experiences have shown that if a patient eats anything he/she likes, this “good time” would probably last about 2 months. After that the cancer would recur and he/she cannot “enjoy” food anymore.
  • I also told AS, Perhaps it is time you stop taking the herbs. Go home and eat a lot of what you want to eat and “go” faster.
  • AS had lived for almost 2 years. He should be grateful that he is still alive – healthy and without pain. What more do you want? Be grateful for what you are now!

Dear Dr. Chris,
I still want to live, and my choice is back to your way of life. Hopefully it is not too late, and I believe I can do my diet strictly. Thanks for your advice.

Reflect on the following seriously.

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Can we eat to starve cancer?

When you have cancer, you are told: Eat anything you like. Cancer has nothing to do with your diet!

And you believe that this a a great advice? Based on science facts or research?

Hang one, listen to Dr. William Li,  head of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.

Click this link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li

This video has 3,286,376 hits. So don’t miss out. Listen to what a “real scientist” has got to tell you!

The following are some important points you may want to remember — check with your doctors if you like!

  1. There’s a medical revolution happening all around us, and it’s one that’s going to help us conquer some of society’s most dreaded conditions, including cancer. The revolution is called angiogenesis, and it’s based on the process that our bodies use to grow blood vessels.
  2. The human body is literally packed with them (blood vessels): 60,000 miles worth in a typical adult. End to end, that would form a line that would circle the earth twice. The smallest blood vessels are called capillaries; we’ve got 19 billion of them in our bodies. And these are the vessels of life, and, as I’ll show you, they can also be the vessels of death.
  3. We get most of these blood vessels when we’re actually still in the womb, And what that means is that as adults, blood vessels don’t normally grow. Except in a few special circumstances: In women, blood vessels grow every month to build the lining of the uterus; during pregnancy, they form the placenta, which connects mom and baby. And after injury, blood vessels actually have to grow under the scab in order to heal a wound.
  4. The body has the ability to regulate the amount of blood vessels that are present at any given time. It does this through an elaborate and elegant system of checks and balances, stimulators and inhibitors of angiogenesis.
  5. When we need a brief burst of blood vessels, the body can do this by releasing stimulators, proteins called angiogenic factors that act as natural fertilizer and stimulate new blood vessels to sprout. And when those excess vessels are no longer needed, the body prunes them back to baseline using naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis.
  6. For a number of diseases, there are defects in the system where the body can’t prune back extra blood vessels or can’t grow enough new ones in the right place at the right time. And in these situations, angiogenesis is out of balance. When angiogenesis is out of balance, a myriad of diseases result … there are more than 70 major diseases affecting more than a billion people worldwide, that all look on the surface to be different from one another, but all actually share abnormal angiogenesis as their common denominator.
  7. Now I’m going to focus on cancer because angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer, every type of cancer … a tumor: dark, gray, ominous mass …. under the microscope, you can see hundreds of these brown staining blood vessels, capillaries that are feeding cancer cells, bringing oxygen and nutrients.
  8. But cancers don’t start out with a blood supply. They start out as small, microscopic nests of cells that can only grow to one half a cubic millimeter in size; that’s the tip of a ballpoint pen. Then they can’t get any larger because they don’t have a blood supply, so they don’t have enough oxygen or nutrients.
  9. In fact, we’re probably forming these microscopic cancers all the time in our body. Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts, about 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60s have microscopic prostate cancers, and virtually 100 percent of us, by the time we reach our 70s, will have microscopic cancers growing in our thyroid. Yet, without a blood supply, most of these cancers will never become dangerous.
  10. So the body’s ability to balance angiogenesis, when it’s working properly, prevents blood vessels from feeding cancers. And this turns out to be one of our most important defense mechanisms against cancer. In fact, if you actually block angiogenesis and prevent blood vessels from ever reaching cancer cells, tumors simply can’t grow up.
  11. But once angiogenesis occurs, cancers can grow exponentially. And this is actually how a cancer goes from being harmless to deadly. Cancer cells mutate and they gain the ability to release lots of those angiogenic factors, natural fertilizer, that tip the balance in favor of blood vessels invading the cancer. And once those vessels invade the cancer, it can expand, it can invade local tissues.
  12. So, if angiogenesis is a tipping point between a harmless cancer and a harmful one, then one major part of the angiogenesis revolution is a new approach to treating cancer by cutting off the blood supply. We call this antiangiogenic therapy, and it’s completely different from chemotherapy because it selectively aims at the blood vessels that are feeding the cancers.
  13. Now, obviously, antiangiogenic therapy could be used for a wide range of cancers. There’s 12 different drugs, 11 different cancer types. But the real question is: How well do these work in practice?
  14. I started asking myself, “Why haven’t we been able to do better?” And the answer, to me, is obvious; we’re treating cancer too late in the game, when it’s already established and, oftentimes, it’s already spread or metastasized. And as a doctor, I know that once a disease progresses to an advanced stage, achieving a cure can be difficult, if not impossible.
  15. So I went back to the biology of angiogenesis and started thinking: Could the answer to cancer be preventing angiogenesis, beating cancer at its own game so the cancers could never become dangerous?
  16. What could we be adding to our diet that’s naturally antiangiogenic, that could boost the body’s defense system and beat back those blood vessels that are feeding cancers? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer?

Well, the answer’s yes.

  1. So let me show you what happens when we put in an extract from red grapes. The active ingredient’s resveratrol, it’s also found in red wine. This inhibits abnormal angiogenesis by 60 percent. Here’s what happens when we added an extract from strawberries; it potently inhibits angiogenesis. And extract from soybeans. And here is a growing list of our antiangiogenic foods and beverages that we’re interested in studying.

So here are four different teas that we’ve tested. They’re all common ones: Chinese jasmine, Japanese sencha, Earl Grey and a special blend that we prepared. And you can see clearly that the teas vary in their potency from less potent to more potent. But what’s very cool is when we actually combined the two less potent teas together, the combination, the blend, is more potent than either one alone. This means there’s food synergy.

And here are the dietary factors going head to head against these drugs. You can see, they clearly hold their own and, in some cases, they’re more potent than the actual drugs. Soy, parsley, garlic, grapes, berries; I could go home and cook a tasty meal using these ingredients.

  1. Now, I’ve shown you a bunch of lab data, and so the real question is: What is the evidence in people that eating certain foods can reduce angiogenesis in cancer? Well, the best example I know is a study of 79,000 men followed over 20 years, in which it was found that men who consumed cooked tomatoes two to three times a week had up to a 50 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer. Now, we know that tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, and lycopene is antiangiogenic.

But what’s even more interesting from this study is that in those men who did develop prostate cancer, those who ate more servings of tomato sauce actually had fewer blood vessels feeding their cancer. So this human study is a prime example of how antiangiogenic substances present in food and consumed at practical levels can impact on cancer.

  1. If we’re right, it could impact on consumer education, food services, public health and even the insurance industry. For many people around the world, dietary cancer prevention may be the only practical solution because not everybody can afford expensive end-stage cancer treatments, but everybody could benefit from a healthy diet based on local, sustainable, antiangiogenic crops.
  2. Albert Szent-Gyorgi once said that, “Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no one has thought.” I hope I’ve convinced you that, for diseases like cancer, … there may be a great power in attacking their common denominator: angiogenesis. And that’s what I think the world needs now. Thank you.

Pain Recurred After Eating Rojak

Patient, 66-year-old, was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her bones and brain. She had undergone radiotherapy, took Iressa and later switched to Tarceva but the treatments failed her. After 9 months of medical treatment she decided to try out our CA Care Therapy.

Patient led a miserable life. She was constantly in pain and had difficulty sleeping. Patient, her husband and daughter came to CA Care Penang on 8 June 2014. She was started on the e-Therapy. After 4 days, her pains were gone!

When she got well – no more pain, good appetite, happy, etc…. she ate young coconut followed by rojak at 10 p.m. About an hour later she started to cough badly and the pain recurred. Things went bad for the whole night.

Listen to her story.

 

 

Our message to all cancer patients.

1. Take care of your diet if you want to live.

2. This is my observation. When patients are dying they will listen to our advice. But the moment when they get well, they easily forget what we teach them.

3. Patients come up with various reason why they want to eat whatever they like! One amusing story. A liver patient told his family. He would not want to die with an empty stomach, else he would turn into a hungry ghost. He ate whatever he like, he lived for 1 year and 8 months, went into a coma and died. Everyone in the family was happy!

4. Very often you were told you can eat anything you like. Food has nothing to do with your cancer. It is your choice!

5. Learn, please learn from this story.

Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ: Eat anything you like!

Quoted from Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis, pages 112-113 & 145

Never-fear-cancer-again

 

Unfortunately, conventional physicians have almost no training in nutrition and biochemistry and give patients advice that makes matters worse. Most oncologists will tell their patients that cancer has nothing to do with nutrition and that it doesn’t matter what they eat.

Typical is the case of Stacy, a forty-eight-year-old cancer patient who was suffering a recurrence of metastasized melanoma. Stacy questioned her physicians about diet. She was told she could eat whatever she wanted. One doctor told her that nutrition had absolutely nothing to do with cancer. He told her to eat whatever made her happy, and he jokingly said he would write her a prescription for ice cream. Like most doctors, he was simply unaware of the critical role nutrition plays in causing disease.

Stacy’s oncologist actually served candy to the cancer patients in his waiting room, oblivious to the fact that sugar drives cancer like gasoline drives fire.

Stacy’s recurrence of melanoma was diagnosed as a “significant metastasis …”  She was advised to undergo immediate surgery – she refused. Her oncologist was adamant. He followed her out of the office into the hall saying, “Schedule the surgery now! Schedule the surgery now!” Stacy was sufficiently well informed to know that her metastasized melanoma was a death sentence. Given the grim statistics on that type of cancer, she knew that conventional medicine could not save her. If she wanted to live, Stacy would have to take charge of her own health.

Stacy purchased organic vegetables, juiced them, and took vitamin supplements. Three months after the “significant metastasis” diagnosis, all testing showed her to be cancer free. After her radiologist called her with the good news of her test results, she told him what she had done to rid herself of the cancer. He simply stated “Well, whatever it is you are doing, keep doing it.” He didn’t ask her any questions and was not curious about how she had accomplished this incredible feat.

Seven years later, with no medical treatment, she is still in robust health.

Since Stacy’s original melanoma diagnosis in 2003, four family friends were diagnosed with melanoma. Despite pleading with them to take a more natural approach to healing … they all chose conventional treatment with surgery, chemo, and radiation – they were all dead.

Dairy

When I tell people not to drink milk, they often ask, “Where will I get my calcium?” I inform them that 70 percent of the world’s people do not drink milk. Where do they get their calcium? They get if from plant foods. Green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli and collard greens, are loaded with calcium.

Comments:

Why don’t you ask the cows where they get their calcium from? They only eat grass but only drank their mother’s milk when there were calves … they don’t drink other people’s milk! The  only animal species that drink other people’s milk is the Homo sapiens (i.e. human being).

The above story happened in the United States. It also happened in this country … exactly! Perhaps the quotation … great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ … is true?

Quotations from other people

1 deVita

2-Medical-profession-which-

5 Oncologsit-harm-patients

8-Diet-must-be-integral-par

6 Pig-knows-better-nutrtion

 

Foods That Inhibit Angiogenesis

By Yeong Sek Yee And Khadijah Shaari

The concept of angiogenesis is very new. It was only in 1994 that, after Dr Judah Folkman’s key concept of his new theory of cancer was published in the periodical “CELL” that overnight, angiogenesis became one of the principal targets in cancer research. What then is angiogenesis?

Briefly angiogenesis means blood vessel formation. Tumour angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels that tumours need to grow and this is caused by the release of chemicals by the tumour. Conversely, angiogenesis inhibitor is a substance that may prevent the formation of blood vessels. In anti-cancer therapy, an angiogenesis inhibitor may prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumours need to grow.

In “ANTICANCER: A NEW WAY OF LIFE,” Dr David Servan-Schreiber, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, described Dr Judah Folkman’s various experiments in the late 1960s and 1970s that gave him (Dr Folkman) the first glimmering of a wild inspired hunch. What if cancerous tumours, in order to expand, needed to trigger the growth of new blood vessels to feed themselves? And if that was true, what if a way could be found to stop that growth? Could cancers be starved to death? Experiment by experiment, Dr Folkman built up the key concepts of his new theory of cancer (i.e. angiogenesis). Some main points of Dr Folkman’s theory (see page 52 of ANTICANCER) are:

  • Micro tumours cannot change into dangerous cancers without creating a new network of blood vessels to feed them.
  • To do so, they produce a chemical substance called angiogenin that forces the vessels to approach them and to sprout new branches.
  • The new tumour cells that spread to the rest of the body i.e. metastasis are dangerous only when they are able, in turn, to attract new blood vessels.
  • Large primary tumours send out metastases….but as in any colonial empire, they prevent these distant territories from becoming too important by producing another chemical substance that block the growth of new blood vessels – angiostatin.(This explains why metastases sometimes suddenly grow once the principal tumour has been surgically removed)

Dr Folkman spent 20 years in the wilderness. Nobody believed him. He was scorned, criticised and described as a looney. Other doctors shook their heads at the waste of a great mind, and ambitious young medical researchers were told that accepting a position in Folkman’s lab would be the death of their careers. In “ANTICANCER,” Dr Schreiber described Dr Folkman’s 20 years journey in the wilderness as “Crossing the Dessert” (page 53). This is a classic example of Schopenhauer’s saying:–All great truth goes through three phases. First, it is ridiculed, then violently attacked, and finally accepted as self-evident (page 53). This will probably be the case in the concept of anti-angiogenic foods as described in the ensuing sections.

(NB: Perhaps, if you would like to follow Dr Folkman’s journey “Crossing the Desert,” do read “DR FOLKMAN’S WAR” written by acclaimed science writer Robert Cooke. Reading the forward by Dr Everett Koop, MD, ScD, you will soon realise that the title of the book is not Dr Folkman’s War against cancer but it was a war against the scientific and medical community which took more than 20 years to recognise his concept of angiogenesis).

Today, many drugs similar to angiostatin (such as Avastin, Sutent and Nexavar) have been developed by the pharmaceutical industry. But “their effect on humans when used alone have turned out to be disappointing” (ANTICANCER page 54). This view is also shared by medical oncologist Dr Richard Frank, MD (in FIGHTING CANCER WITH KNOWLEDGE AND HOPE) in which he said that…“although targeted therapies (angiogenesis inhibitor drugs as mentioned above) were developed with the hope that they would be magic bullets that would neatly eradicate cancer through the selective targeting of one critical molecule, in general they have fallen short of their lofty goal” (page180). Anti-angiogenesis drugs have produced more troublesome side effects than foreseen. As a result, they are probably not the long-hoped-for miracle drugs (ANTICANCER page 54).

According to Dr David Servan-Schreiber, as an alternative to waiting for the miracle drug, there are natural approaches that have a powerful effect on angiogenesis without side effects and that can be combined perfectly with conventional treatments (page54). These are:

  • Specific dietary practices (many natural anti-angiogenesis foods have been discovered recently, including common edible mushrooms, green tea, spices, and herbs)..
  • Everything that contributes to reducing inflammation, the direct cause of the growth of new blood vessels.

Anti-angiogenesis foods listed by Dr Schreiber are green tea, olives and olive oil, turmeric and curry, ginger, cruciform vegetables, garlic, onion, leeks, shallots, chives, vegetables and fruits rich in carotenoids, tomatoes and tomato sauce, soy, mushrooms, herbs, and spices, seaweed, berries, plums, peaches & nectarines, citrus fruits, pomegranate juice, red wine, dark chocolate, vitamin D, Omega-3s, probiotics and foods rich in selenium. (For a complete exposure of these foods we urge you to read Chapter 8: The Anti-Cancer Foods. We also urge you to watch the DVD entitled “AntiCancer with Dr David Servan-Schreiber.” Some links are available on YouTube.com as follows:

a)   Dr David Servan-Schreiber’s Remarkable Story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfddD6keYq0

b)   Natural Defences in Preventing and Treating Cancer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaDt3AJQ98c 

Anti-angiogenis or anti-angiogenic foods? Your doctor/ oncologist will in all probability pour scorn on this concept with the usual comments–not proven, not scientifically tested, etc. But frankly, are all the conventional cancer treatments properly and scientifically and independently tested?

Who else has done research and written about anti-angiogenic dietary factors under the concept of angiogenesis?

In the forefront of such research is Dr William Li MD, the founder of The Angiogenesis Foundation, the world’s first non-profit organisation dedicated to conquering disease using the new approach based on angiogenesis, the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body.

According to Dr Li, many foods contain naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis. When these foods are consumed and absorbed into the blood stream, the inhibitors act to boost the body’s existing system that suppresses undesirable angiogenesis that can promote or accompany disease.

The following is a list of foods (according to Dr Li) that have innate properties which inhibit angiogenesis, thus working to cut off cancer tumours from blood supplies. These are green tea, berries, citrus fruits, apples, pineapple, cherries, red grapes, red wine, cruciferous vegetables, soybeans, ginseng, mushroom, liquorice, turmeric, nutmeg, lavender, artichokes, pumpkin, sea cucumber, tuna, parsley, garlic, tomato, olive oil, grape seed oil, dark chocolate. (Source: Angiogenesis Foundation Website: http://www.angio.org).

Also we recommend that you watch a video of Dr William Li enlightening you about “angiogenesis,” its impact on the human body, its connection to cancer and how you can deal with it.

To view the video, try the following links: –

a)    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_5Z31mUmtc

  • or just type in Dr William Li on YouTube or on Google 

Dr Judah Folkman’s visionary ideas on cancer treatment served as a starting point and inspired two Canadian cancer researchers to theorise and confirm that “there is some weakness in the armor of tumor cells that might allow us to better our chances of destroying them” (Incidentally Chapter 4 in Dr Schreiber book “ANTICANCER” is entitled “Cancer’s Weakness”) These two researchers Dr Richard Beliveau, PhD and Dr Denis Gingras, PhD worked on the premise that “despite its great power, its versatility, and its enormous ability to adapt to hostile conditions of neighbouring cells, the cancer cells remains extremely dependent upon its energy needs. To grow, a tumour requires a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. Their studies strongly suggest that certain types of cancers can be prevented by modifying our dietary habits to include foods with the power to fight tumours at the source and thus prevent their growth.

According to Dr Believeau and Dr Gingras, “nature supplies us with an abundance of foods rich in molecules with very powerful anticancer properties capable of engaging with the disease without causing any harmful side effects. In many respects, these foods possess therapeutic properties on par with those of synthetic drugs” (Ha, Big Pharma definitely won’t like this statement)

Some of the specific foods researched by Dr Beliveau and Dr Gingras are: cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onions, soy, turmeric, green tea, berries, omegs-3s, tomatoes, fresh fruits, and dark chocolates.

Dr Beliveau and Dr Gingras distilled their research findings into a simple book for the lay person- “FOODS TO FIGHT CANCER” –the goal of this book is to present a summary of the scientific studies currently available.

Another medical doctor who believes and has written on the subject of angiogenesis is Dr Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. In this book “SUPER IMMUNITY” Dr Fuhrman touched on angiogenesis in Chapter 3 under the heading, “The Anticancer Solution” The salient points in this section are: –

  • Many plant foods contain natural angiogenesis inhibitors- especially mushrooms
  • Dietary angiogenesis inhibitors are now being investigated as a preventive strategy to “starve” cancers while they are still small and harmless.
  • If our diet contains plenty of angiogenesis inhibitors, it can prevent small tumours from acquiring a blood supply and growing larger and becoming more aggressive or cancerous.
  • Some anti-angiogenic foods/nutrients listed by Dr Fuhrman are allium vegetables, berries, black rice, cinnamon, citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, flax seeds, ginger, Grapes, green tea, mushrooms, Omega-3 fats, peppers, pomegranate, quince, resveratrol, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes, and turmeric. (Scientific studies are quoted by Dr Fuhiman in the end NOTES)
  • On the other hand, “there are foods and nutrients that promote angiogenesis–and thus obesity and cancer. These include white-flour based breads and sweets that raise insulin levels, and the high-fat, high-cholesterol, standard, Western diet. These modern, unhealthy foods promote fat storage in addition to having a high-caloric density. They are a double negative, while green, mushrooms, onions, berries and the other foods listed above are a double positive”

In concluding the chapter, Dr Fuhrman laments that… “many people choose to reject new science even when the evidence is overwhelming. This book, SUPER IMMUNITY, may be attacked by people in powerful positions of authority whose livelihood is dependent on competing interests such as “recreational” foods, drugs and medical technology. Does this sound familiar to you?

In “FIGHTING CANCER WITH KNOWLEDGE AND HOPE,” oncologist Dr Richard Frank clearly stressed that:

  • Diet can promote or inhibit the formation of cancer in many ways
  • There are both good and bad foods to influencing the development of cancer
  • More direct links between particular components of food and cancer have been confirmed by some recent studies. A classic link is attached.

Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17699009

Although “anti-angiogenesis drugs (like Avastin, Sutent, Nexavar) prevent tumours from growing the blood vessels they need to grow, none is perfect” (page 481). This is the view of Dr Keith Block, MD an Integrative Oncologist who explained that “just as tumours can switch to a second growth pathway if their primary pathway is blocked by a chemotherapy drug, so tumour can switch to a backup pathway for growing blood vessels when the first pathway is blocked by an anti-angiogenesis drug”(page 481).

Just as drug cocktails are a hot area of research in mainstream oncology, so combinations of anti-cancer compounds are some of the most exciting advances in integrative care…. there exists natural compounds that target the same growth pathways as leading-edge pharmaceuticals (page 505).

Some of natural compounds that have anti-angiogenic properties are berries (most types) which inhibit production of VEGF, a common growth pathway, and also prevent angiogenesis. The soy compound genistein also inhibits VEGF and angiogenesis which may be one reason soy is associated with lower cancer rates. Other natural compounds that can stimulate cells of the immune system to seek out and identify malignant cells are: aloe vera, acemannan, ginseng, curcumin, green tea polyphenols, resveratrol, mushrooms, grape seed extract, etc. (page 505/507)

All the above comments by Dr Block are contained in his bestselling book “LIFE OVER CANCER” which we recommend that you read the whole book or at least chapter 4 “The Anti-Cancer Diet” In this chapter, you will learn why you should not eat the following when you have cancer: –

  • Animal Protein
  • Bad Fats
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Dairy Products

Dr Block strongly believes that diet affects cancer both directly and indirectly. Nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. They indirectly help control the cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either encourage or discourage the progression of malignant disease. The bottom line is that what you eat can spell the difference between conquering your disease or having it rage out of control (page 56).

For more information of the book by Dr Block, visit the following links:

a)    http://www.lifeovercancer.com/

b)   http://lifeovercancerblog.typepad.com/

Dr Margaret Cuomo, MD, and a board–certified radiologist wrote the book, “A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER” gave a few tips on “Fighting Cancer with Nutrition and Physical Activity.” Dr Cuomo suggests the following for a Cancer-Prevention Diet: –

a)    Eat more fruits and vegetables – such as berries, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes, dark green, leafy vegetables (page 205).

b)   Buy organic – The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies more than 400 chemicals, including those used in pesticides, as carcinogens (page 206).

c)    Eat more Fibre – fibre dilutes the carcinogens in the colon; reduce the time in which they remain there, enhanced anti-oxidant action, or produce bacteria that promote, or produce bacteria that promotes a healthy digestive tract (page 206).

d)   Avoid Red Meat – a growing body of evidence points to an association between beef, pork, lamb, and goat and cancers of the colon, prostate, pancreas and kidney (page 208/209). Carcinogens may also be present in smoked, salted, or cured meat and in meats cooked at high temperatures.

Besides the above, Dr Cuomo also advise cancer patients to eat more fish, drink green tea, increase consumption of resveratrol, flavor food with turmeric and lastly to limit processed foods (page 207-209).

For further reference, read Dr Cuomo’s article:

  • Cancer Prevention Tips from Dr Margaret Cuomo, MD

Link : http://blog.tjmartell.org/cancer-prevention-tips-from-dr-margaret-cuomo/

Another prominent medical doctor, Dr Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, believes that “nutrients do block angiogenesis” (pages 182/183)….especially the flavonoids from edible plants such as genistein extracted from soybeans, catechins found in grape-seed extracts, apigenin and luteolin which occur in high concentrations in celery. In his book, “NATURAL STRATEGIES FOR CANCER PATIENTS,” Dr Blaylock advised that doing two things will significantly reduce tumour angiogenesis:

  • Correcting your dietary ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats,
  • Increasing your intake of vegetables.

Essentially, it means that a diet of omega-3 products inhibits angiogenesis and a diet high in the omega-6 fats powerfully promotes cancer growth and spread. Nicotine also increases angiogenesis.

A prominent cancer researcher and scientific advisor to the University of Texas Centre for Alternative Medicine, D John Boik, PhD is the author of 2 very scientific texts……CANCER AND NATURAL MEDICINE and NATURAL COMPOUNDS IN CANCER THERAPY. In the 2 books, the subject of angiogenesis is extensively covered.

Some of the natural inhibitors of angiogenesis are curcumin, EPA and DHA, garlic, melatonin, resveratrol, plant flavanoids (genistein, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, green tea catechins such as EGCG). Read Chapter 8-Natural Inhibitors of Angiogenesis. In this chapter, Dr Boik also pointed out that…”eicosanoids derived from omega-6 fatty acids facilitate cancer progression and eicosanoids derived from omega-3 fatty acids inhibit it.”

Finally, we would like to share with you an E-Book or Nook Book that we found and it is written by Dr Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and a prominent cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who has specialized in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, robotic surgery and vein disorders. In 40 FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER,” he shares his wisdom as follows:

  • Some foods can help you to fend off cancer, while others could actually be increasing your risk of cancer. Knowing the right foods to add to your diet is very important.
  • Choosing the best foods will be able to help you strengthen and build your immune system, which means fighting off diseases is going to be easier. The right foods are going to make your body stronger and increase your overall health

The following are the 40 Foods that Dr Karamanoukian recommends in his book:

  • Eat more vegetables……broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, seaweed, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, onions, summer and winter squash, spinach, olives and Brussels sprouts.
  • Add more fruits to your diet…..tomatoes, avocadoes, grapefruit, figs, oranges, papaya, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pears, grapes and lemons.
  • Spices, beans and other foods to help fight cancer…..garlic, sunflower seeds, oregano, turmeric, red wine, peanuts, ginger, tea, brown rice, black beans, ground flaxseed, quinoa, peppermint and fish.

BESIDES THE ABOVE BOOKS REVIEWED, YOU MAY WISH TO READ FURTHER. WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

a)    THE ANGIOGENESIS FOUNDATION    http://www.angio.org/

On the main page, click on UNDERSTANDING ANGIOGENESIS and then click on DIET, LIFESTYLE AND ANGIOGENESIS. 

b)   EAT TO DEFEAT CANCER  http://www.eattodefeat.org/

On the main page, click on Food to view the list of foods profiled as cancer-fighting foods and then click on Evidence for a list of articles to read.

c)    www.doctoroz.com   http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/stop-cancer-growing

d)   AG SCIENTIFIC BLOG

Part 1: http://info.agscientific.com/blog/bid/132253/Eat-For-Your-Life-Top-Anti-Angiogenesis-Foods-Part-1

Part 2: http://info.agscientific.com/blog/bid/133114/Eat-For-Your-Life-Top-Anti-Angiogenesis-Foods-Part-2 

e)    www.mercola.com    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/06/08/dramatically-effective-new-natural-way-to-starve-cancer-and-obesity.aspx

There are a lot more of other such articles…..just google for either anti-angiogenesis or anti-angiogenic foods.

After you have read this far, you would definitely be able to differentiate between foods that inhibit angiogenesis and foods that promote angiogenesis. Remember, your life is in your hands….not in your doctor’s and the choice is yours to decide. 

NB: If you are still unsure as to what to cook or how to cook, get hold of a copy of HEALTHY COOKING …A Beginner’s Guide to Preparing Healthy Meals by Ch’ng Beng Im Teo. (ISBN NO: 978-983-2590-25-5).

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NB: THESE NOTES, COMPILED BY YEONG SEK YEE AND KHADIJAH SHAARI, ARE MEANT STRICTLY FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND NOT INTENDED TO DISSUADE YOU FROM SEEKING CONVENTIONAL CANCER TREATMENTS. THIS HAS TO BE SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY/DISCRETION.

 

Prostate Cancer: PSA Dropping and He Preferred CA Care Herbs to Casodex and Zoladex

ML is a 69-year-old male from Indonesia. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 6 September 2011. Before this diagnosis ML already had problems with his prostate since April 2008. His PSA on 1 April 2008 was 9.31 and this kept rising over the years.

On 8 December 2011, we received an e-mail from ML.

Dear Dr. Chris,

I’m ML from Jakarta who went to meet you on 21 October 2011. After taking Prostate A tea and Mountain Guava deTox tea and capsule A, my PSA went down to 0.37 from  4.67.

Before that my doctor advised me to change my diet and gave me Casodex + Zoladex. These helped my PSA to go down to 4.67. Then I stop these drugs and took your herbs. My PSA went down to 0. 37. What must I do? Do I still have to take the herbs and for how long?

Thanks for your help.

On 16 December 2011, ML sent another e-mail.

Dr. Chris,

Congratulation, Praise The Lord from ML, Jakarta. I checked my PSA on 14 December. My PSA = 0.19.

Below is his brief medical history:

  1. 1 April 2008, PSA 9.31. Took prostate glands pills (Kai Kit Wan)
  2. 23 Jan 2009, PSA 11.83. Still on prostate glands pills
  3. 19 Jan 2010, PSA 23.7  Still on prostate glands pills
  4. 26 May 2010, PSA 19.83 Still on prostate glands pills
  5. 15 June 2011, PSA 33.23 Conprosta capsule (Qian Lie Kang capsule)
  6. 1 Aug 2011, PSA 32.8
  7. 6 September 2011, Biopsy:  confirmed adenocarcinoma of the prostate .Gleason score 4+3=7. USG:  prostate size twice the normal size. Bone scan was normal, no metastasis.
  8. 17 Sept 2011, Infection of the prostate, pain. Doctor prescribed  Levoproxacine & Ratinidine tablets.
  9. 20 Sept 2011, PSA 47.67 Medical treatment with Casodex & Zoladex. Vegetarian diet.
  10. 15 Oct 2011, PSA 4.67  On Casodex.
  11. Stopped Casodex on 30 October 2011.
  12. 21 Oct 2011, Visited CA Care Penang. Spoke with Chris Teo.
  13. 25 Oct 2011, Singapore General Hospital. Urology Department. MRI : no metastasis, prostate cancer (organ confine ). Advised to undergo surgery / radiation. Surgery, robot – assisted radical prostatectomy. Radiation : IMRT technique ( 37 session ). Declined medical treatment as suggested by SGH doctor.
  14. 1 Nov 2011, Start on CA Care’s herbs: Capsule A ,Prostate A & Mt.Guava Tea for two weeks.
  15. 15 Nov 2011, PSA 0.37 Continue with CA Care’s herbs.
  16. 14 December 2011, PSA 0.19.

This is indeed an interesting case. However, there are many things that need clarification. We requested Pak Teddy in Jakarta to meet up with ML and get some answers from him.

Below is Pak Teddy’s e-mail.

Hello Prof. Chris,

These are the answers from him. He came yesterday. He visited for about 45 minutes and had to go to another place after that.

 Questions 1. When and why did he come and see you?
He came to see me on 27 Sept 2011. He wanted to know about the herbal therapy from CA Care.

2. Who asked him to come?
A friend in the church inform him of my address.

3. When he came — did he believe what you told him? 
At that time I don’t know he believed me or not. But he bought some herbs that I suggested. And he came again the second time. During this second visit, he explained that after he had met me, he opened his Bible while at home. He read the page that he opened and there was this information about the Diet which I have explained to him earlier. So he followed the Diet that I suggested. He also informed me that he checked in the net about the ingredients of Capsule A. He learned that Typhonium flageliforme has the ability to fight the cancer cell. He had more confidence on our herbs.

4. He came to Penang … after he saw you — but he did not take the herbs yet. Why — he was not sure? After he came to Penang he started to take the herbs? 
Yes, he did not take the herbs immediately after see me. This was because he was not sure of it. At that time he was on Casodex. He wanted to know how far the Casodex works. He started Casodex + Zoladex Injection (first injection ) on 23 September 2011. He stopped taking Casodex on 30 October 2011.

On 21 October 2011 he visited you in Penang. After meeting you and after reading the book he bought (Prostate Cancer Healed Natually), he became more confident that he was on the right track.

On 25 Oct 2011 he went to Singapore General Hospital, Urology Department. He was advised to undergo surgery/ radiation. Surgery is robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Radiation is IMRT technique  (37 session ). He refused the suggested medical treatments.

5.  Besides the PSA going down,  did he feel better after taking the herbs?

Yes he felt that his body  was more comfortable.
6. He was taking Casodex and Zoladex injection, for only one month and the PSA went down from 47.65 to 4.67 — that means the medication is working. Why did he give these up and go for herbs? 
Because he is afraid of the side effects of the drugs.

7. With less than a month on Casodex and Zoladex…what did he expect the PSA to be? — I think PSA dropping to 4.67 is very good indeed.
Yes he knows that. If he continues with the Hormone therapy he can get the PSA to go down but on the other hand he did not want to take the risk of the side effects  …bone destruction , etc.. He doesn’t want to have additional disease or problems. He better take the herbs. He believes herbs do not have side effects.

8. Did he stop the Caxodex and Zoladex totally when he took our herbs?  
Yes he totally stopped  Casodex on 30 October 2011. Then he start with our Herbs on 1 Nov 2011(only herbs).

9. Now his PSA is 0.37  — how sure is he that it is the herbs that make the PSA go down? It can be due to the effect of the Casodex/Zoladex. 
He knows that. May be the Zoladex effect is still at work ( 3 months effectiveness ) but once again he doesn’t want to continue because of the possible side effects. Now he is happy and explained to me that he only wants to continue with the herbs.

His doctor friends were surprised. You have a prostate cancer problem, but you keep smiling and  you seems to be  easy going ( because they know that prostate cancer can kill  him). He explained to me that all his doctor friends were worried about him.

He always replied them: I don’t have to go for surgery. But my PSA is now almost zero. Bye , bye  surgery  ( with a smile on his face ).


10. Is he going to stop taking the herbs — or when is he planning to continue taking the herbs?

No, he wants to continue with the Herbs.

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 There are a few lessons we can learn from this case after you have listened to our conversation in this video.

1.  About being a stubborn person

ML’s PSA reading was elevated since April 2008. It was then at 9.31. ML took herbs (not from CA Care). The PSA kept increasing inspite of this herbal treatment. It was not until September 2011 that ML had a biopsy toconfirm what was wrong with him. A biopsy indicated prostate cancer with Gleason score of 7 – take note the maximum score possible is 10. So medically this was a rather serious cancer.

I asked ML this question: You were taking the herbs from April 2008 – the more and longer you took the herbs the higher the PSA went up. Why did you continue taking the herbs – increasing PSA means the herbs were useless – why continue taking the herbs or doing the same thing?  His wife replied that he (husband) was stubborn. Being stubborn can be either bad or good. Stubborn combined with “foolishness or stupidity” can lead of disaster.  If things do not work out the way it should for you, why hang on to it? At CA Care we tell our patients this: “Take the herbs of two or three weeks – a month at most. Ask yourself if the herbs help you or not. If you don’t benefit from the herbs within this time frame, stop taking them. Go and find someone else to help you.”  Hanging on to our herbs for months without any benefit is not only a waste of money but more importantly risking your life.

The good side of being stubborn (or having a mind of your own) is that you are not like a cow to be led by the nose! Just because the expert said something, you must follow. ML went to the experts in Singapore and he was offered robotic surgery or radiotherapy.  How do you like that? Better to be stubborn?

Dr. James Watson is a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. This honor was in recognition of his discovery of the DNA double helix structure. He also was the first director of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Project from 1988 to 1992. Now 83 and the chancellor emeritus at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dr. Watson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After looking into radiation treatments and surgery, he decided on a course of “watchful waiting.” He said, “I was 80 and probably won’t live to be 90. So I will probably die of something other than prostate cancer.”  He takes ibuprofen (pain killer) every morning as well as a diabetes drug.  He also gets “hard exercise” in the form of vigorous tennis matches.  Being famous as he is, he could get the best medical treatment for prostate cancer in the world but he did not want to go for medical treatment. Why? Sometimes it is good to be stubborn!

2.  Side effects of Casodex and Zoladex

ML did not wish to continue with Casodex and Zoladex (even though they seemed to help) because of the risk of side effects.  I came to know that both ML and his wife were “medically trained”. So they know what “scientific medicine” is – they believe herbs are safer. Each of us has our preference – some would say herbs are not scientific or proven and liken them to snake oils, while others like ML thinks otherwise.

Let me remind you this – do not make choices solely on your preference, personal liking or belief. Make your decision based on research data available to you. Read and learn for yourself – research the facts and write these down and then use your head and heart to make sense of what you know.  That is a better  way  to make a wise decision. Before that, read and know the facts first. So here are the facts about the side effects of Casodex and Zoladex.

Common side effects of Casodex: Back, pelvic, stomach, or general body pain; constipation; decreased sexual ability; diarrhea; dizziness; frequent urination, especially at night; gas; headache; hot flashes; nausea; stomach upset; sweating; trouble sleeping; weakness.

SEVERE side effects of Casodex: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; difficulty swallowing; unusual hoarseness); black or bloody stools; blurred vision or other vision changes; bone pain; breast growth or pain; changes in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; dark or bloody urine; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; flu-like symptoms; increased hunger, thirst, or urination; joint pain, stiffness, or swelling; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes (e.g, anxiety, depression); muscle aches or weakness; numbness or tingling of the skin; pale stools; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or headache; severe or persistent nausea or stomach pain; shortness of breath; swelling of the ankles, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting; weight change; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Less serious side effects of Zoladex:  hot flashes, sweating, headache, dizziness; mood changes, increased or decreased interest in sex; vaginal dryness, itching, or discharge; impotence, fewer erections than normal; breast swelling or tenderness; bone pain; diarrhea, constipation; sleep problems (insomnia); or acne, mild skin rash or itching.

Serious side effect of Zoladex:  back pain, severe numbness or tingling in your legs or feet; muscle weakness, problems with balance or coordination; loss of bladder or bowel control; urinating less than usual or not at all; pain or burning when you urinate; blood in your urine or stools; feeling like you might pass out; trouble breathing; pale skin, easy bruising; nausea, loss of appetite, increased thirst, muscle weakness, confusion, and feeling tired or restless; high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss); sudden numbness or weakness, sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision or speech; or chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.

(The list on side effects is obtained from the website, http://www.drugs.com/zoladex.html)

In our question to ML we asked: Besides the PSA going down, did he feel better after taking the herbs?

His answer was:  “Yes he felt that his body was more comfortable”. This is important. Do you learn anything from this  often repeated statement –  “The operation is a success but the patient died of complication.” What is the point of having an operation if this is the outcome? It is most shocking to read what Dr. James Forsythe wrote in his book, The Compassionate Oncologist, According to Big Pharma and the cancer industry, death from chemotherapy is acceptable as long as standard chemo protocol has been adhered to” (page 91).  Can you believe that?

3.   Diet for your cancer

This is the most frustrating point of all. Over the years working with cancer patients, we have this uphill task of telling patients to take care of their diet. Diet is important for your cancer. But it is a hard battle. Dr. James Forsythe (in The Compassionate Oncologist) wrote, “I know from firsthand experience that oncologists and physicians aren’t allowed to talk about supplements or diet as part of cancer treatment.”

  • Patients were being told that they can eat anything they like. Diet has nothing to do with their cancer – eat anything and be happy! Eat well so that you can come back for more chemo or radiation! Unfortunately many cancer patients don’t like the idea of not being able to eat what they like. They say: “I am already dying and now you tell me not to eat what I like. I better eat now before it is too late.” Others would say: “Go and see this Chris Teo and you die because you cannot eat many things you like.”  I remember one classical case of a medical doctor who came to ask for help. He had undergone chemos after chemos but the treatment did not cure him. After I told him to take care of his diet he said, “No, I don’t believe you. I cannot follow what you advised me.” To that I replied, “No, my therapy is not for people like you. If you are not prepared to take care of your diet, go somewhere else for help.”
  • Lately, I learnt that there is a bit of progress. A patient came to us after being told by his doctor that he should go home and just wait, but at the same time to take care of his diet. His liver cancer is too advanced and no medical treatment is indicated. I asked the patient what did his doctor say that he cannot eat – what does “taking care of your diet” mean? To my surprise the answer was, “No he did not tell us what to eat or not to eat. He just said, take care of your diet!” It is indeed amazing such a thing does happen! How do you expect the patient to know how to follow your advice if you don’t provide more information?  At CA Care we have our books, Food & Cancer, to tell you exactly what you need to know. Then, to guide you in your kitchen there is Healthy Cooking. There is no reason now why cancer patients do not know how to take care of their diet. Even more, there is no reason why cancer patients cannot eat healthy, good tasting food.
  • In this case, ML is really lucky to find a medical doctor who encouraged him to take care of his diet.  Cheers to this doctor! Dr. Dean Ornish is a medical doctor and president of Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Ornish has directed randomized controlled trials demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer and even reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Go to his website, http://www.pmri.org/dean_ornish.html and learn for yourself what diet can do for your cancer.

Updated:

Dear Dr. Chris Teo,
Lama tidak ada kabar dari saya, tapi masih tetap berhubungan dengan Pak Teddy. I’m doing well,  my PSA  is 0.3 in mid-February, and I’m still taking your Herbs as usually, I want to ask you is there a minimal dose to mantain my psa level, or should I take the usual dose. Thanks beforehand.  Greetings from all of us and Happy Easter.

 Update 2:

I would like to inform you, I’ve check my blood on 24 May 2012, My PSA is 0.52.