This is not medical advice. Instead, it is…philosophical advice.
You see, I have a different philosophy of health and medicine than the average person. This is by and large because I have studied health from many different viewpoints and modalities. Therefore, the framework by which I think about health, the values and beliefs that drive it, are extremely different. (See the Health Sovereign Creed.)
I am not a doctor. I do not practice medicine.
You might think of this as “meta-cine”. Over and above the physical art of medicine because there is much more than the physical.
So let’s talk about cancer.
I’ve been asked before, if I were to be diagnosed with cancer what would I do?
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Before I can even answer that I need to mention some things about diagnosis! In many ways Western medicine is great at diagnosis. Technology certainly can be useful here.
But in many other ways our advanced technological means not only fail miserably, but cause more suffering.
Medicine is a business. Hopefully that is not all it is, but we have to recognize these facts. As a business, more customers can be had by diagnosing disease more often. And we see this happen a lot. Just a couple quotes:
- False positive “incidence rates associated with screening programmes in North America have proven to be variable, ranging from 10.2%11 to 14.4% of the screened population” (study)
- “In the United States, about one million men undergo prostate biopsies annually because of an elevated serum PSA, of which approximately 70% do not detect prostate cancer.” (study)
- “It is difficult to quantify overdiagnosis in cancer screening programs, which explains the wide range of estimates published for overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening (0%–57%)” (study)
(I won’t even talk about the problems of PCR testing, cycle counts. Suffice to say for now that 2020 through to the present day isn’t even unique there.)
Over-screening, over-diagnosis and over-treatment are all problems with our healthcare system. They’re all financially incentivized to occur.
(Of course, under-diagnosis is problematic too in its own right, so a careful balance must be struck.)
What to do with this? Realize that not all tests are equal. Just because something has been done for decades, doesn’t make it correct either.
My philosophical advice begins with getting a second and third opinion, especially using different methods of diagnosis, not just relying on one. The bigger and worse the diagnosis (such as cancer) the more important this becomes.
What I Wouldn’t Do for Cancer
Even among oncologists, they often refer to treatment as “slash, burn, poison” referring to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Even among oncologists, they speak of the problems of this system and how it really is losing the war on cancer. (See for example The First Cell by Azra Raza.)
Personally, I absolutely 100% would not do radiation or chemotherapy.
It is my personal belief that in 10 to 100 years from now these will be looked at the same way we look at doctors of yesteryears approaches of bloodletting and mercury-based purgatives.
(Some, including doctors, are ahead of the curve and view them this way now.)
These treatments are torture. I’ve witnessed people, including my own mother, go through them.
It is my personal belief that there are better ways than to torture yourself, killing your immune system and body in the hopes of killing the cancer first.
If the goal is health, then this path by its very intent, is doomed. Again, this is not medical advice, just philosophical.
And that’s not to say this path can’t work. It obviously is successful for some.
I would consider surgery in certain cancer circumstances. However, I would look at this as a last resort, not a first step. Surgery is invasive and must be treated as such.
These are steps I would begin with right away.
#1 Becoming a Cancer Expert
First and foremost, I would become a cancer expert myself. What I mean by this is that I would study, study, and study some more. I would read the latest research. I would look at many alternative viewpoints.
That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t act right away. While I am no cancer expert right now, I have learned a few things over the years. But having cancer would cause me to learn far more.
There’s an idea that you should simply trust the experts. Your doctor knows more than you about cancer. While there is no doubt that this is true it is only narrowly so. By that I mean they have a specific, reductive view of cancer that they may know tons about. But it is not the only viewpoint.
#2 Megadosing Medicinal Mushrooms and Other Herbs
These are immune system educators. Cancer is, in part, an inability for your immune system, as well as other functions, to handle cells gone awry.
There is a good amount of research on certain medicinal mushrooms for helping in this area. Some of it even shows the mitigation of side effects for those that do go through conventional treatment (chemo and radiation).
I will not point to specifics, but the research is out there. I must walk a fine line here as I sell mushrooms, and the FDA is especially good at cracking down on those who make any claims of cancer.
(Sadly, as regulators, their job is to protect the good ol’ boys club more so than to protect people. Extensive documentation here.)
And I do mean megadosing! Mushrooms are quite safe; therefore you can easily do 5-10 times the normal dosage, or even more.
There are many other herbs that have beneficial properties. As much as I take herbs now, I’d be taking much more and many different ones were I to have cancer.
#3 Ketogenic Diet and/or Fasting
Cancer thrives on sugar.
Cut outs it’s fuel supply and well, the cancer might just go away.
I’d also explore some things about loading up on anti-cancerous phytonutrients when you do consume sugar, via a cyclical ketogenic diet and/or breaking a fast, as the cancer would gobble up the sugar along with these other nutrients. Like a Trojan horse, this might be the way to victory. This is something I’d research more…
I’m also learning more about dry fasting (no food but also no liquids at all) that could potentially be useful here.
Intensive fasts, especially if you’re not building up to them, should best be done under medical supervision.
#4 Clean Up Your Environment
“Tobacco, UV rays, viruses, heredity, and age are the main causes of cancer.”
– Harold Varmus, former head of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
He’s forgotten endocrine disrupting chemicals, heavy metals, EMF’s , lack of nutrition, and a whole host of other things.
There’s a fallacious idea that cancer is mostly about genetics. Sure, those play a role but its small. Epigenetics, the turning on and off of genes, which occurs due to environmental pressures is much more so.
While this stuff is great to do as best you can before you get cancer (aka prevention), with a diagnosis I’d double-down and get cleaner.
Our soil is depleted. The chronic stressors of modern life use up even more of these nutrients as well. It’s a one-two punch that affects…well, just about every single disease.
Selenium is anti-cancerous. Many people don’t have enough of this mineral.
Intravenous vitamin C is something that has long been touted that I would explore doing for cancer.
Vitamin D is anti-cancerous. So much so that while higher exposure to the UV sunlight is linked with more skin cancer, having higher vitamin D levels makes those cancers, and all cancer, less deadly.
(Can’t help but to mention this latest study either: COVID-19 Mortality Risk Correlates Inversely with Vitamin D3 Status, and a Mortality Rate Close to Zero Could Theoretically Be Achieved at 50 ng/mL 25(OH)D3: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.)
It’s so simple that we need all the building blocks to be healthy. Lack of vitamin D is not just about rickets, but plays a role in virtually every disease. And yet some 70% of people are deficient in it. This is one critical nutrient of many.
Still so little attention is paid to these things and ensuring that people actually get enough.
#6 Energy, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Work
From acupuncture, to qi gong, EFT to German New Medicine, there are many, many modalities that can help here. Cancer is not just a physical thing, so I don’t think it should be treated as such.
Even if it was, everything involved interplays with how you think and feel and therefore these must be addressed.
Philosophically, I look at health challenges as a chance to grow personally. Though it certainly isn’t easy to do in a tough situation, it’s a better frame from which to act then to play the victim.
What is life trying to teach me by delivering this cancer diagnosis? This answer is not going to come from a book, but through internal exploration of thoughts and feelings.
How can I come out as a better person on the other side of this?
Now, cancers are adaptive. They are living cells that can and do evolve, based on pressures put on them. That means that these steps may not work in every case.
This is a large reason why something that works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for the next.
Continual feedback is needed on the cancer to gauge your progress. Mostly this is going to look at tumor size and growth rate. If things are going well the tumor should go down.
There may be other markers (in the blood or elsewhere) that can also be measured.
That’s just a few ideas off the top of my head. This list is not exhaustive. Again, this list is not medical advice. Just one person’s perspective.
I started this up because I’ll be diving into the topic of prostate cancer specifically soon. But I figured I needed to cover the overall picture first.