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Cervical cancer cure may never come to market?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 30, 2013


A woman posted this message on a forum

Though this seems like a joke, its not. Went to Mexico in 2010 and got cured. I had CIN III Mild displaysia strand 16- the cancer causing one. Here is the site. http://www.virolabintl.com/ingles

Another contributor reported:

The vaccine is still in phase 4 trials and is not available outside clinical trials for commercial use.

The company has no money to continue production.
Quote from the company that has ‘developed’ this vaccine:

Our current therapeutic vaccine product candidate MEL-1 is the only therapeutic product for which we have any rights, and our blood-based HPV diagnostic test is the only other product for which we have rights. Neither of these may ever be successfully marketed or manufactured, and our business would suffer substantial harm if they are not successfully commercialized. To date, these product candidates have only been tested in Mexico on a limited number of humans and the clinical trial database is not sufficient for approval in the United States, Europe and possibly other territories.
http://www.hotstocked.com/10-k/–684281.html

The full discussion can be found here
http://www.inspire.com/groups/national-cervical-cancer-coalition/discussion/there-is-a-cure/?ref=as&asat=113675584

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A brave personal message from someone confronting cancer

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 30, 2013


This message was posted on my Facebook group Cancer Recovery by Sheryl Malin who is, along with her husband, battling a diagnosis of Cancer. Her site is http://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/

And what a wonderfully brave and heartfelt message it is:

HOPE

As I turn through the pages of my past year, I have gained spiritually as well as mentally and physically from the experiences of cancer. I have gained a lot of knowledge through incredible top rated people and through this sharing with others ; the hope and comfort it brought me.

Cancer can be controlled, but you need to treat it with respect. You need to know what you are dealing with and how to treat it daily. Its learning how to reorganize what’s important to our bodies and lives we lead. As I close the last chapter of this book, I will let you on a secret! Its your choice and you need to take control of the issue not leave it up to others to make the decisions for you. I started with a program that enhanced the quality of my life by first changing the way I ate and drank. I learned ways to meditate to release stress and made time to exercise. Its those important steps that maintain hope of never seeing cancer again.

We need to stand up to what is effecting us, the environment and face the final curtain by thinking out side the box and realizing what we are working with.

I will continue to manage my cancer and help any others that are going through it with the support of my heart. I am a survivor of knowledge and not of cancer. I will not let it control my body and mind. Individually we are a drop, but together we can create an ocean, lets start now ~ its your choice.

Courage is standing face to face with fear… and smiling at it!

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Cancer Survivor’s Stories – not just anecdotal evidence

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 26, 2013


I get p’d off with those hyper rationalist sceptics who say X doesn’t work because ‘it’s only anecdotal evidence’ (as if that was a meaningful rational statement. Anecdotal evidence is evidence. It may not be strong evidence but it cannot be dismissed. Two anecdotal reports adds strength, three adds more strength. That’s why it is important to list the stories of people who have survived cancer using natural approaches. I have listed some in my free pdf which you can find at the bottom of the home page at www.fightingcancer.com

One of those stories is Chris Wark’s. And I see that he too has a list of other people who have recovered at his website at www.chrisbeatcancer.com – one of these survivors is Penelope Villabert who used, among other things, guayabano: Here is what she wrote.

“And my natural chemo is Soursop (aka Guyabano, Graviola, Chirmoya). I eat the fruit or sometimes have it juiced. Once in a while I boil 18 leaves with 7 cups of water. You start timing the moment you turn the stove on medium heat for 15 minutes. Then turn it off. You can take it purely as tea or let it cool in room temp and make it as additional liquid intake. Consume the same day”

Chris’s list of survivor’s stories is certainly powerful evidence – a very clear signpost – that alternative therapies are the way to go. Also note the incredible hostility and obstructionism of the mainstream doctors. I mean really? What are they thinking?

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And radiation damages other parts of the body too (see last post)

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 23, 2013


Here is what a patient said about the undesired impacts of radiation treatment for anal cancer:

“Now lets get to the late effects of the treatment. Complete urinary incontinence. Partial fecal incontinence. (That means if I get loose stools I have no control. Some of this I can control with diet, anti-diarrhea pills or pain pills, that have a side effect of constipation.) Hip and pelvic pain. I had a double hip replacement during the year previous to the cancer diagnosis so when I heard that pelvic radiation patients had hip pain afterwards I figured I could skate on that one, after all my hips were titanium! WRONG. I also expected that these things would get better over time: diet and physical exercise. Again I was wrong. I am getting progressively worse. Chemo brain: I was led to believe that would improve over time. Nope: not better and maybe worse. Pain in my anal area? Feels like there is a tennis ball up there. Makes sitting very uncomfortable, to say the least.
I have also developed some heart wall thinning and depression.
I believe: (and have been told) cancer survivorship is a new field of medicine. Not a lot is known by a lot of Doctors, be they oncologist of primary care, especially around late and long term effects of the treatment. Because: cancer patients are living longer after treatment. One Senior Radiologist told me that my cancer is so rare that there have not been enough survivors to run a comprehensive study and that I wouldn’t live long enough for all the damage done to my intestines by the radiation to completely heal. “We pretty much fried everything in your pelvis and those burns heal very slowly: at about the same speed a glacier moves.” Encouraging? Hell, NO.
Back to the new oncology guy: he was at least honest with me when I asked about these late effects. I am quoting him: “Learn to cope. These symptoms are not going away. This is the price you pay for having had cancer. But at least you’re breathing.” I can’t even begin to tell you how much his words offended me: THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR HAVING CANCER? OMG: a blown transmission is the “price you pay” for having bought a used car. An STD is the “price you pay” for having unprotected sex. <- my words, not his. His are in quotes. And BTW: these were the words of the so-called "compassionate" oncologist. (I repeated this all to my gastroenterology doc last month, his response was about the same level mine was. He is also the only physician that asked me flat out "tell me how you are feeling." After which he left the room and came back with a referral to a cardiologist.) I see the cardiologist next month.
Yes, folks, we have the responsibility to help educate our doctors about late and long term effects of treatment. Maybe if we do those that come after us will receive better treatment."

Read that last paragraph again. This is something everyone affected by cancer therapies needs to do.

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Radiation damages vaginas

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 21, 2013


The accounts below of radiation damaged women come from a longer discussion at http://bit.ly/1bxijnJ. They make painful reading. This is about radiation treatment now – mainly for vaginal and cervical cancers. Having seen what radiation did to my own wife, I am horrified to see that this kind of damage continues.
“The only thing that I wish~ was to be informed of the longterm effects of chemo and radiation and I wasn’t informed of anything like the painful hips that I have everyday, the cystitis and incontinence of my bladder, neuropathy in my hands and feet, brainfog, memory loss, but of course that could be my age, but I really doubt it.”
And
“My surgery was back in 2000 and adno carcinoma cervical cancer. I had radiation and chemo internal radiation and external radiation. cisplatin was my chemo drugs. My v vaginal cancer was caused by the radiation per my doctors.the radiation also caused my bladder to fail leading to the point where I had to get 5 units of blood.I do think more research needs to be done and if you do not absolutely need radiation you should not get it just my opinion I now wear a bag but it is so much better than bleeding every day.”
and
“I have Radiation induced Lumbosacral Plexopathy from my radiation treatments. 2 months after my treatments ended I could not climb the steps anymore. Physical therapy did not help. My legs continued to deteriorate in 2012 and I was basically almost wheelchair bound. I’m 39 years old. Not only did this disease ruin my fertility but the treatments were leading to physical disability. My horror story with hpv and cancer started when I was only 26 yrs. old. My life was forever changed and all innocence in life was gone from that year on. I lost all strength in my legs and fell many times due to leg weakness. I could barely walk from the car to the entrance of my job. While laying on the floor, I could barely lift my legs. My oncologist missed this diagnosis.

I have always felt I lost all my rights to a quality life once I got cancer and was put through the treatments that can create life altering side effects. I never knew I was signing my name to the damage I have incurred. I have found very few people who can identify with me. I realized nobody goes unscathed by cancer treatments. They are hardcore, but where do you draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable side effects? There is no line.”
This person found some benefit from chiropractic
“I found an extremely gifted Chiropractor by the grace of god. He diagnosed me and created a treatment plan. This man has forever changed my life. 8 months of hardcore therapy and I can do 80% of what I was able to do before cancer. I am about 70% rehabilitated. I started out learning to lift my legs again with my Chiropractor’s assistant. I was so weak I could not lift leg weights so they would use rubber leg bands to build strength. Today I can lift 25 lbs using the leg extension and 35 pounds on the leg curl machines. I can clean, walk long distances and climb hills. I still cannot run, but I am determined to get there. I want to do a 5k one day.”

and
Why anybody should be advised to engage in the use of a barbaric, intrusive vaginal ‘dilation’ is a source of amazement. There is no proof that it does any good and studies show that the practice can be downright dangerous.

Routine dilation during or soon after cancer treatment may be harmful. There is no reliable evidence to show that routine regular vaginal dilation during or after radiotherapy prevents the late effects of radiotherapy or improves quality of life. Gentle vaginal exploration might separate the vaginal walls before they can stick together and some women may benefit from dilation therapy once inflammation has settled but there are no good comparative supporting data. Inflammation inside the vagina will never heal if the tissues are constantly being irritated by a plastic phallus.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20824858
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029784402026248

They may have been used successfully when a man has a sex change to help create a ‘vagina’ but that does not mean that they should be used after cervical cancer treatment to an already compromised vagina.”
But this is all anecdotal and so will not be taken into account. It saddens me that many of these deeply damaged women justify the damage they have suffered with the refrain: “It’s better than the alternative.”
It may be better than the alternative (death) but is radiation really better than the alternatives (diet, herbs, vitamins, minerals etc)

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Quackbusters and Anecdotal evidence

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 19, 2013


Here is a personal story that was posted on the ‘oleandersoup’ yahoo group:

“My 80 year old stepdad has had pancreatic cancer for the last 3 years and is doing great.! He takes plenty of Oleander (the caps or liquid) maximum dosage and 4 oz of (Utopia Silver’s) colloidal silver every day . . .

He takes the silver for until he finishes the gallon and then takes about a 2-3 week break and then starts the silver again. My stepdad has a bile bag because the tumor was blocking his bile duct, but now there is nothing going into the bile bag and he is doing great. All signs point to the tumor shrinking and the bile is now traveling the correct way through his body.

Like I said he was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was yellow and given only a couple of months to live. He went from 230lbs to about 135 in about 5 months. Now he is around 150 and plays golf weekly! He was doing pretty good with the oleander alone, but once he added the silver he really started to see some improvements. Best of luck, i know how hard it can be to see your loved ones in pain and going down. Don’t lose heart, there is so much hope! – God Bless, Tracy.”

Tony Isaac brought this to my attention in an article where he compares this story with what happened to Patrick Swayze: http://www.tbyil.com/Swayze_versus_Survivor.htm

This brought to mind a recent discussion I had with some people who spend their time complaining about people who are ‘falsely persuaded’ by anecdotes. In the above case we have two examples of anecdotal evidence – one widely reported and the other widely ignored.

As Tony Isaacs said in his article anecdotes are not proof that anything works. But by God they are signposts – and in the absence of anything remotely proven to be beneficial [as opposed to proven to give you pain and proven to be useless] a signpost is better than nothing.

Felicity Cordin-Wheeler is another terminal pancreatic cancer case who is out on the golf courses. She is winning club level golf competitions at the age of 70+ – and she is free from the pancreatic cancer her doctors said they couldn’t treat. Her story can be found in Cancer Survivors’ Stories that can be downloaded free from www.fightingcancer.com

Each signpost adds strength to the message that cancer can be defeated (or contained) by non-toxic means – even a cancer with such a poor prognosis as pancreatic cancer.

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