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Vincent Gammill’s cancer experience

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on November 4, 2009


The Big Book: Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide

The Small Book: Cancer Recovery Guide: 15 Alternative and Complementary Strategies for Restoring Health  –  For more information go to http://www.fightingcancer.com

“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this.”

VINCENT GAMMILL’S CANCER EXPERIENCE

Vincent Gammil’s description of his cancer diagnosis and suggested treatments is worth reading – see below. For those who don’t know, Vincent Gammill is himself involved in treating other people’s cancers using a mix of conventional and alternative therapies. But just because you’re in this field does not exempt you from cancer itself:

It has just been confirmed that I have rectal cancer. I highly
suspected it for some time, but my HMO misdiagnosed it for six months
claiming that it was nothing but internal hemorrhoids. I have easy
access to virtually anything I need for medical purposes, but I
thought I was being prudent by letting my HMO take care of anything
that insurance covered. It has been quite an experience. I had a CT
scan done in Mexico which my US HMO refused to look at because it
wasn’t done at the HMO. I had the radiology report from Mexico which
they refused to look at because it was in Spanish. They didn’t see
fit to do a simple digital exam to feel the invasive 5.5 cm tumor
because their gastroenterologist did a colonoscopy in April and told
me I have hemorrhoids and to come back in ten years. I requested a
CEA (blood tumor marker test) but they turned me down because they
say this test is for assessment and not diagnosis. If I were anyone
else I would be outraged, but my opinion of US conventional medicine
was already so low, that all I can do is shake my head.

Every one of my HMO docs was really nice as they told me they did not
do this and they couldn’t do that. A couple of days ago I received a
25 item questionnaire from my HMO asking me to rate my last visit to
my primary physician. Every one of the questions pertained to
doctor-patient interactions, e.g., Did he/she give you enough
time? Did they listen to you carefully? Did they try to answer all
your questions? Was the receptionist cheerful? I had to rate my
physician extremely high on everything according to this
questionnaire, but if they had asked questions about competence I
would have had to flunk him. One of my board members informed me
that although the HMO is a non-profit, the physicians that work for
them are for-profit, thus all the money they save from not doing
tests goes into their own pockets. I’ll look further into this.

Now I have been sent to the HMO oncologist who recommends chemo and
external beam radiation. I asked what they do to protect immune
function (nothing), to protect against multiple drug resistance
(nothing), to protect against lymphedema (nothing), to protect
against impotency (nothing), and to protect against anal canal
fibrosis (nothing). Halfway through the treatment they will see if I
am in danger of dying from hemolytic uremia. If so they are willing
to consider reducing the dose.

I asked the oncologist about doing medical treatments in China
including neutron beam (what’s that?), BSD-2000 hyperthermia (what’s
that?), photodynamic therapy (what’s that?), fulguration (what’s
that?), sub-unit vaccines for SCC (what’s that?), but he offered me
plenty of pain killers and stool softeners.

I told the HMO oncologist that I immediately started myself on rectal
Newcastle virus (what’s that?), on dithiodinicotinic acid (what’s
that?) on CaPterin (what’s that?), on GcMAF (what’s that?), on
Miltefosine (what’s that?), on benzaldehyde (what’s that?), on
artemether (what’s that?), on hyperthermia with Lonidamine and
dipyridamole (what’s that?) and on cimetidine to help prevent
metastasis (he didn’t respond), and reticuloendothelial detox (what’s
that?). I invited him to my seminars. I am probably making early
headway as the bleeding has stopped.

The nature of this cancer had eluded me for some time as I have no
known risk factors. I have no stress, no emotional trauma, I don’t
smoke, never any STDs, I’m exclusively heterosexual, my diet isn’t
the worst. There is plenty of cancer in my family though. Squamous
cell carcinoma (SCC) of the rectum is rare and often starts from an
unknown primary such as a head and neck cancer.

If there was ever a person on this planet not to feel sorry for, it
is me. I have access to almost everything and can make about
anything, and of all the things I could worry about at least I don’t
have to worry about me suing myself. Does this mean I’m out of the
woods even before I start? Not by a long shot. One of the biggest
and most common mistakes in alternative medicine is to assume that a
particular treatment/strategy/ combination is going to work. The keys
to beating cancer usually revolve around collecting and weighing
credible information, careful assessment and analysis, avoiding
missteps that can’t be corrected, timely action, patience. So far
there has been only one area in which I could have improved: I should
have made a much greater nuisance of myself at the HMO.

Has any of my thinking changed since being formally diagnosed? There
has been a bit of a sense of relief that I now have a clear target to address.

In about two weeks I plan to go to China for about a month. I will
conduct my regular seminars and treatment program this coming week,
November 8th-14th. On November 15 I will watch the LA Lakers beat
Houston — but without any beer and pizza. (Who knew that life would
be this hard..!!!) Then it is off to China.

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (2012) is now available – see www.fightingcancer.com

“This book is very user friendly.”

Vincent

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One Response to “Vincent Gammill’s cancer experience”

  1. Amir yohannes said

    Shocking story. My story supports most arguments mentioned here

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