I am not a doctor or a scientist. I am a self-educated, chemo-free cancer survivor and I often have people contact me who want to know more about what I did. So, I am going to explain, in the simplest terms, what I have come to understand about chemotherapy. And why I did not do it.
Tell me if this story sounds familiar:
Someone you know finds out they have cancer. They have surgery, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation. During treatment, the cancer shrinks and disappears. The doctors tell them they can’t find any cancer in their body. They are “NED” (No Evidence of Disease). They announce to the world that they are “cancer free.” Everyone is relieved and excited and celebrates.
Some time goes by, and the patient has more tests only to find out that the cancer is back. And this time it’s spread to their liver, their lungs, their brain, their bones…
They go through more rounds of chemo and radiation, but the treatments don’t work as well the second time. The doctors can’t seem to stop the cancer. Every time you see the patient, they look worse and worse. Eventually, after a difficult battle ranging from a few months to a few years, they die.
So what happened?
This is what happened:
Chemotherapy is toxic poison. It works by attacking rapidly dividing cells in your body, which affects your hair, nails, skin, digestive system, and blood. This process makes you very sick and can cause permanent damage to various parts of your body, including your brain, liver, hearing, and reproductive organs.
Chemotherapy attacks rapidly reproducing cells, which includes some types of cancer cells. But it also destroys your immune system.
NOTE: Your immune system is what keeps you alive.
We all have pre-cancerous cells in our bodies that are eliminated by the natural processes of our immune system.
If you have cancer in your body, your immune system is fighting it; albeit not very well, but it is fighting it.
If the cancer is growing, that means your immune system could be overwhelmed or suppressed, and not functioning as well as it should. But having cancer doesn’t mean your immune system is doing nothing.
If you take chemotherapy and it doesn’t kill all the cancer cells, you will find yourself in a very vulnerable position with a decimated immune system. You will have little defenses left to prevent any remaining cancer cells from reproducing.
Here’s the scary part. If you still have cancerous cells in your body, they will proceed to take over like wild fire. I’ve seen it happen over and over with friends and family that went through chemo; chances are, you have too.
Sometimes, chemo will stop one kind of cancer, but then the patient will develop an entirely different form of cancer. The chemotherapy and/or radiation caused new, new cancer.
Most chemotherapy drugs are carcinogenic, that means they can cause cancer. Many chemo drugs are so toxic that nurses have to protect their skin from exposure when administering it to patients. These are chemicals that will burn through your skin, but they have no problem putting it in your veins.
This may also sound familiar:
I ran into a friend of the family who had undergone chemotherapy recently. Let’s just call this person “Pat.” Please try not to picture Pat from SNL. Of course, now that’s exactly who you’re picturing… Whatever, here’s the story. I saw Pat several months before the chemo started. I didn’t see Pat again until after nearly a year of chemo. When I did, I was shocked. Pat looked 10-15 years older. Pat went from “middle aged” to “elderly” in less than a year. It was heart breaking. The transformation in Pat’s face alone was unbelievable. Pat’s face was sunken in. Pat’s skin was leathery and wrinkled, and Pat’s hair had grown back thin and lifeless. Pat is still alive and, as I write this, I don’t know the condition of Pat’s health. But one thing I do know and witnessed firsthand: the ravaging after effects of chemotherapy are real.
(Addendum: Pat passed away a few months after I wrote this post.)
When the doctors told me I would have to have chemotherapy, I accepted it, but I didn’t feel good about it.
It just didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t have peace about it.
Then I began to study the effects that chemotherapy would have on my body and immune system, which explained my instinctive resistance. I remember thinking to myself, there’s got to be another way…
This was my thought process:
-My body is designed to heal itself.
-Something inside me is malfunctioning and affecting my immune system, allowing cancer to grow.
-Chemotherapy is poison that will hurt my body and destroy my immune system.
-I don’t want to hurt my body and destroy my immune system. I want to build it up.
-Cancer is not the cause of a sick body, it is the effect of a sick body.
-I’ve got to find therapies that strengthen my body and my immune system, so it can heal itself.
And that’s exactly what I did. I radically changed my diet and did every natural, alternative, and holistic therapy I could find.
If all else failed, chemo would be my last resort.
“An investigation by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia, into the contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year survival in 22 major adult malignancies, showed startling results: The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.”
-Royal North Shore Hospital, Clinical Oncology (2005): 17.4, pg. 294.
The research covered data from the Cancer Registry in Australia and the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results in the USA for the year 1998. The current 5-year relative adult survival rate for cancer in Australia is over 60%, and no less than that in the USA. By comparison, a mere 2.3% contribution of chemotherapy to cancer survival does not justify the massive expense involved and the tremendous suffering patients experience because of severe, toxic side effects resulting from this treatment. With a meager success rate of 2.3%, selling chemotherapy as a medical treatment (instead of a scam), is one of the greatest fraudulent acts ever committed. The average chemotherapy earns the medical establishment a whopping $300,000 to $1,000,000 each year, and has so far earned those who promote this pseudo-medication (poison) over 1 trillion dollars. It’s no surprise that the medical establishment tries to keep this scam alive for as long as possible.”
-Andreas Moritz, Natural News
I have shared my story and convictions with many people diagnosed with cancer. I’ve listened to them agree with me and say to me, “You’re right. I know deep down you’re right.” And I’ve watched them choose to do chemotherapy anyway.
Some of them survived (miracle), most of them have not. The hardest part for me is wondering whether or not I could have said something else that would have made the difference. Those experiences added more fuel to my fire, which is why I’m doing this now.
Sometimes when we’re in difficult situations, we just want someone to tell us what to do. I sure did. More than anything.
But, in this case, I can’t tell you what to do. And neither can anyone else. Whether or not you take chemotherapy is a decision only you can make.
And it’s a hard one.
If you have cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy now, what you just read might be terrifying. You may be feeling more confused than ever. I know. I was exactly where you are, back in 2004. This is the time where you need to pray. Ask God to reveal himself to you. Ask Him to lead you in the direction you should go. That’s exactly what I did. The God of the Universe who created you and loves you, has a plan for your life. He answered my prayers and He will answer yours.
I want to encourage you to do your own research outside of what the doctors are telling you, in order to make an informed decision. Take responsibility for your own health. This blog should not be the only thing you read.
This book was profoundly helpful in my decision-making process:
God’s Way To Ultimate Health by George Malkmus. Buy it.
Your body is designed to heal itself.
Your immune system keeps you well.
Chemo kills your immune system.
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