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Personal Testimony of a natural cancer cure experience

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on November 22, 2014


Here is a story that demonstrates the fact very clearly that doing alternative approaches a) can work b) requires effort and commitment and c) requires multiple strategies to achieve best results:
A woman posted this on a Facebook page (Cancer Cures & Natural healing):

“I joined this group a few weeks ago searching for knowledge for a friend I was assisting with her cancer care. She was given a 4 to 6 week diagnosis. She was told today that she is indeed cancer free and a miracle. I just wanted you all to know. Thank you for the advice and all the wonderful posts. You have made a difference.
Cell Power Super Silica, (and PH strips)
Hulda Clark’s Super Vitamin D,
liposomal Vitamin C,
magnesium spray,
MethylFolate,
Methyl B12,
selenium,
glutathione,
Aloha green drink,
NOW Brand GMO free lecithin,
Carlson’s Fish oil,
tumeric
baking soda
Lugol’s Iodine
eliminated all acidic foods and drinks,
monitored PH daily, (kept at 7 or above)
juiced and made smoothies (organic)
eliminated toxic hygiene products and used organic hygiene products,
eliminated sugar and high carbs,
used super silica (with cell power) in water as well as lemons and rotated with baking soda
used Aloha green drink for nutritional support
used fresh ginseng in smoothies
editing and adding her protocol here for those who do not see it in the comments ~ we kept her alkaline, cut out all junk, no sugar, processed foods, prayed, began tumeric and glutathione (limited, she would get ill in detox so she would back off), methylfolate, methyl B12, vitamin D, selenium, lugol’s iodine, magnesium spray, used alkaline veggies and fruits in smoothies, used Aloha brand green drink, baking soda, prayed some more, she used Cell Power Super Silica, she used ph strips daily, prayed some more and that is about it. Also used organic hygiene products, skipped brushing her teeth for a while (Gerson). Lemons in her water, increased water, Now brand nonGMO lecithin, fish oil, prayed some more, but the main thing was alkalinity. She worked HARD at it and would panic if it went back to 7.”

And here is another
“I Met a man who was about to have his arm cut off in ICU. Gave him little time left to live as cancer was spreading all through him. They were applying antibiotic patch’s to the sarcoma. They asked what to do. Nothing was working and the Elderly man was going ‘down’ in health. I suggested Iodine. The family then asked the Dr.s to place pure Iodine on the cancer. They did. Then I suggested Essiac Tea ….he drank lots of it and daily he got stronger and stronger….moved into a room and in 6 weeks…was deemed …cancer free. Not one Dr. asked how this was healed so fast.
*I also have to add…I used Distance Therapeutic Touch with him, as well I made him an Orgone Accumulator Blanket/ Designed by Dr. Wilhelm Reich.
Very easy to make your own!
He also made himself a mixture of Baking Soda and Maple Syrup.
The photos that accompanied this story were of an horrific sarcoma on a man’s elbow.

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Cancer? Don’t Panic – book (free download)

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on November 29, 2013


Cancer? Don’t Panic! is the title of a short book I have written designed to help people question the values and attitudes they bring to the subject – and which can get in the way of recovery. This book is available as a paperback or Kindle – or as a freely downloadable 84 page book whch touches lightly on a number of themes that people diagnosed with cancer should be aware of. You can download it from www.fightingcancer.com

It was previously published as Fifty Shades of Cancer and then as Sixty Shades of Cancer – all of these books have been replaced by Cancer? Don’t Panic.
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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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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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Fifty Shades of Cancer – update

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on August 12, 2013


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Having uploaded my Fifty Shades of Cancer to Kindle and Kobo I suddenly realised that I had a few important insights that I hadn’t included that really needed to be included and that some of the others could be shuffled to one side to make room, So, for those who have already bought the book here are the bits that I have added in. And for those who haven’t here is a taster of what’s in the book.

43. Is evidence-based medicine all it seems?
Doctors use the phrase ‘evidence-based medicine’ to define what they do. There is a clear inference here that everything that they do is supported by strong evidence and everything they reject is unsupported by such evidence. But this is not true.
This subject is extraordinarily complicated – too complex to discuss in a few short paragraphs (I have given a lengthy discussion of this in The Cancer Survivor’s Bible) but among the issues that are raised is the question of anecdotal evidence and what credence we should give to it. Anecdotal evidence is evidence based on what someone else has reported. “I heard of someone who…” There is also the issue of what credence we should give to our own direct experience.
Now, I have seen news reports that announce that ‘research proves that vitamin C does not cure colds’. I have also twice had the experience of feeling a flu come on and immediately I have started throwing vitamin C down my throat at a rate of one gram per hour – actually two or three 1,000mg tablets every two-to-three hours – and by the following morning I have been right as rain, completely clear headed (despite a few hours earlier feeling completely bunged up). So should I listen to the newspapers or to my own direct experience?
I think you can guess the answer. Among my friends I am known as Mr Vitamin C. Whatever the problem I am likely to recommend (among other things) large doses of vitamin C. One friend of mine once complained of the heavy cold she had so I went into my mantra.
“But I’m already taking large doses of vitamin C,” she said. “I take one of those big tablets every day.”
“Every hour,” I said.
“Every hour?” I could see the shock in her eyes.
“You can’t overdose,” I explained.
A week later she said to me: “I did what you said and I could just feel the cold going away.”
OK. Where have we come? The problem is this. I have direct experience of the power of vitamin C (and no it is not that I am susceptible to the placebo response) so I am happy to disbelieve any attempts to rubbish it. My friend did not have direct experience but she decided I was a good source of information, so on my say-so she increased her intake. Now let us suppose that she had told a friend of hers “My friend Jonathan says to take lots of vitamin C” – then the friend of the friend is more remote from the source of information so he or she will have less confidence in the truth (and indeed the information may have become tainted in some way) – so this is one reason that anecdotal evidence needs to be treated with some caution.
However…
Doctors and scientists frame the issue as one of ‘truth’. What is the truth about vitamin C, for example? In that case, it is perfectly reasonable to be suspicious, as they are, of anecdotal reports. That doesn’t mean these anecdotes are useless. It just means they are low-level evidence. But as we have seen anecdotes are not equal in their evidential force. The closer we are to the person who is telling the story, the more we know about the person, the stronger the evidence becomes because we will tend to trust the source more. That is why
But for the patient who has to make a decision the issue is not: Is it true or not true? The issue is: Should I do this or not do this? It is a decision-making issue, not a true-false issue,
Why does this make a difference?
We accept that there is a great deal of uncertainty in our lives. We accept that a book or film or restaurant may be disappointing despite being enthusiastically recommended by a friend. We accept that there is risk in deciding to marry this person or that – but there is also a benefit. We have to balance the risk against the benefit.
So, it is perfectly reasonable to take vitamin C for your cold, for example, on the principle of ‘suck it and see’. Just do it and see if it works. If it does, that’s good and if it doesn’t well at least you tried and now you know.
When we approach it in this way we do not require absolute proof that it is effective, we just require that there is some reasonable possibility of this based on some evidence no matter how flimsy. Obviously, if we are wise, we will balance this consideration against the possible pain and damage that might result. Or the cost involved.
In the case of vitamin C there are no down-sides. Vitamin C will not in any way, at any dose, be harmful, certainly not in the short term, and as for cost, it is very cheap. A big potential plus against a non-existent minus. So this is a no-brainer. (Note: when I talk of vitamin C I am NOT talking about those fizzy orange tablets but ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate powder that I get from a major online supplements supermarket in the States – there are a number of these. (I use iherb.com.)
Chemotherapy however offers a different equation. It might offer in the case of testicular cancer a 96% possibility of cure (the positive) against a great deal of pain and damage (the negative) or it might offer – as low as a 2.5% possibility of cure (as my wife was quoted) but it requires the sale of your house to pay for it as well as a high risk of permanent damage.
Each of us will make different decisions in the face of these facts – and that is as it should be.
So, a true-false question might come up with an answer based on proof. There is no proof that will determine whether a decision is absolutely right or wrong.
By the way, it should be noted here that the general consensus is that 80 per cent of what doctors do is NOT based on strong evidence. There is no evidence, for example, supporting the benefit of being in a hospital (and quite a lot of evidence suggesting that being in a hospital is a health risk on its own) – but this doesn’t stop doctors recommending that very sick people should go to hospital.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

44. Anecdotal evidence and placebo cures
The issue of whether anecdotal evidence is useful arouses extreme passions in discussion forums. Some people assume that anecdotal evidence is false evidence, that if someone claims a benefit that is not supported by proof that it is false – either they are lying or they have experienced a placebo cure, which wouldn’t count.
My response to the first claim is to say – try it yourself. See if it works. Anecdotal evidence can be a useful signpost.
My response to the second objection is this: If X produces a benefit to me, and if that benefit is a response to the placebo effect and not to X itself, then give me X not because it is effective but because it will create a placebo effect. Placebo effects are good. If it takes X to trigger this effect then X is good.

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Walt Whitman

45. Evidence-based medicine (part 2)
I want to tell you a story about lavender essential oil. In our house, while the kids were growing up, we called this magic oil. And it is magic. I have often cut myself in the kitchen, often quite deeply with blood gushing out and I have then poured lavender oil liberally over the wound and repeated this over say five to ten minutes. Half an hour later the cut will have completely healed itself and there will be no pain or even sensitivity and nor is there any issue of the wound going septic. This is also true of any burn. The pain will quickly go.
A friend of mine had a large steam burn on his hand that was still open and festering three days later. I poured lavender oil over this wound and within an hour there were clear signs of it healing. Within a week it had scabbed over and dropped off leaving no sign of an injury.
I was directed once to the US National Cancer Institute’s database of herbs and their effects. I looked up lavender and the consensus opinion was that it was not very effective. I emailed them and asked them to do a simple experiment. I asked them to cut themselves and pour lavender oil over the cut and then an hour later to come back to me and say it was not effective. Their reply was that several professors had said that it was not effective so that wording would stay.
Does that sound ‘evidence-based’ to you? Our direct experience is surely the strongest evidence there can be (certainly for ourselves). We know that research can be tinkered with and so we cannot really be sure that what is ‘proved to be true’ really is true – so we have to judge it.
The problem is that we live in an uncertain world. Demanding certainty in this world is bound to lead to disappointment. We just have to assess carefully the evidence from all sources and then make our decision on our own estimation of the risks and costs on the negative side against the benefits on the other.
It was the French philosopher Pascal who came up with the formulation of this by arguing that even if it was 99.99 per cent certain that God did not exist, we still needed to believe in Him because that is the only way to get to heaven (if heaven exists). For Pascal, it was not necessary to have proof of God’s existence before he would agree to believe. I would say the same to those who argue against alternative therapies. Heaven (in this case the possibility of cure without crippling pain and the strong likelihood of long term harm) can only be reached by means of the alternative therapies. But each of us has to make that decision for ourselves.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Carl Sagan

46. Evidence-based medicine (part 3)
There is evidence that conventional treatment shortens lives. A medical statistician by the name of Hardin Jones calculated that the average cancer patient was likely to live four times longer if they did nothing for their cancer than if they did something. This conclusion has never been rebutted.

“My studies have proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims actually live up to four times longer than treated individuals,” Dr. Hardin B. Jones told MIDNIGHT Magazine.
“For a typical type of cancer, people who refused treatment lived for an average of 12 1/2 years. Those who, accepted surgery and other kinds of treatment lived an average of only three years!
“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, radical surgery on cancer patients does more harm than good.”…He has traveled the world collecting data on the dreaded disease, and presented his findings to the American Cancer Society and medical schools.
Asked why ‘the medical world has ignored his findings, he replied: “Frankly, I don’t know the reasons. But they have probably become caught up in the tidal wave of individuals demanding treatment.” (quoted from http://www.rethinkingcancer.org)

I certainly know that in the case of my wife, she could not have died faster if she had done nothing. So doing nothing for your cancer is a perfectly reasonable strategy.
Scare tactics
However, say this to a doctor and you will get a response like this: “One of my patients refused to do conventional treatments and a year later she died”. And this is very possible. People with cancer do die. But the doctor doesn’t tell you about the patients who have followed his advice to have conventional treatments and have then died. The fact that a patient has died does not invalidate the journey they have travelled whichever way that is.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

47. Just imagine
Just imagine that I announced to the world that I had a new treatment. It would cure something like 5-15% of all cancers but that it would cause immense pain, would seriously damage health and would be extremely expensive. Would such a treatment be welcomed? I think not. But this is the situation today with chemotherapy. If it were a new treatment it would be rejected out of hand but because it is an old established treatment it must be persisted with. Does that make sense?

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean

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