I’ve been researching medical treatments quite a bit lately. I know too that I haven’t even scratched the surface regarding some of the things I’ve been looking into. Of course if you’ve followed this blog of mine you’ll have followed my rise up from a heart procedure through to discovery that I had Uterine Cancer and everything in between and that followed.
So why am I researching all this now when it is seemingly after the fact?
I really believe there are more humane methods out there, treatments that are more effective and less toxic to the body than the current regime of chemotherapy and radiation.
Having poison pumped through your veins and being exposed to radiation that leaves the area affected to be a wasteland, a dead zone as it were, isn’t conducive to good health.
I recognize that I made bad choices in my youth regarding lifestyle, nutrition and self-care choices. Many people have and they don’t end up with cancer.
When I was growing up we rarely heard of people with cancer and if we did they were quite old. I can now name several people that I know that have gone through cancer or know someone who has or is currently experiencing the machine that pushes you unceremoniously through treatment. It’s become far too common.
The search for the ever elusive ‘cure’ is ongoing.
Having now been diagnosed and gone through surgery and the subsequent treatment, I have a very different outlook and opinion on the whole thing.
Fear, unfortunately, played a huge part in my decision making. And I know, I most definitely know that making decisions based upon scare tactics is never a sound testament to anything.
Still, as much as fear directed my path, I challenged it.
When I was diagnosed, as is my nature, I began to research this thing that had invaded my body. Uterine cancer results from an over abundance of the female hormone, Estrogen which can create an imbalance thus causing endometrial cancer (aka uterine).
My first thought when I read this was what occurred as menopause set upon me. I initially had a two month menstrual cycle that resulted in very heavy bleeding. I’d never had any issues with my monthly cycle…ever. As my physical body began this transition, however, that was the precursor to major discomforts. Hot flashes left me looking like I’d taken a shower within a few minutes.
Hormone therapy was suggested by my doctor and I rejected it outright. In my mind, women have been going through this natural aspect of their life cycle since the dawn of our species. I did go for acupuncture which balanced the hot flashes out and they were not quite so severe.
It was, by all accounts, a discomfort. Nothing more.
Flash forward to my diagnosis and seemingly endless meetings and appointments with various oncologists over a short period of time and as I offered up information regarding my suspicions of when this may have begun, I was always duly dismissed and told the information I was providing was irrelevant.
Really? How can they say this?
Perhaps we need to look at what may in fact be causing the rise in cancers. Two factors that I immediately considered are:
The North American diet is a variety of what I consider non-food. Prepackaged goods soaked in sodium, modified nibbles made of oils and fats. Then we have the zero calorie soda pops out there. The packages of food that scream zero Trans fat, Gluten Free! For some gluten is an issue. For the majority of us, however, it is not an issue.
That roast beef your are eating may have come from a cow that was shot full of drugs and hormones to make it grow faster and do we know the impact this has on our system? Sadly, no we don’t.
So think about the things that cows produce other than just a roast or a hamburger. What about milk? A main staple for our children.
Then we have our non-foods. Take margarine for example. It is one molecule away from being a plastic. if you leave it out…it won’t go bad. And bugs steer clear of margarine as well.
We may not be fond of bugs, flies and the like, but if they are interested in what your are eating then its a chance the food being consumed is good. I remember reading a book a few years ago. It was about the 100 mile diet. This basically encourages us to eat locally and within a 100 mile radius from where we live.
He had a Twinkie on his desk for two years. It never went bad, nothing ever crawled on it and it was still spongy.
Many us have now heard that these big food manufacturing places have in fact put additives in the food to affect our brain as well. Some of these additives were designed to dull the sensory that tells us we are full, hence, we eat more. Then we crave the food. Wanting more. A little suspicious, yes?
And this is just a small example of the whole food issue.
Then we come to technology. Do we know how damaging all the unseen forms of energy are that now pollute our air space? We’ve heard the stories of women who carried their cell phones in their bra (I can’t imagine why someone would do this), and ended up with cancerous tumours the same shape as the cell phone.
Perhaps the most alarming rise in cancer is in our young people. Hell, I was 55 years old when diagnosed. Now it seems that younger people, seemingly healthy individuals are ending with this insipid disease.
Yet the Cancer Agency does not do any background studies. Even the side that came over and wanted me to participate in a study, which I did for a time. I though certainly they would want to see if they could find the correlation as to how these illness’ manifest themselves.
I’m someone who asks questions. I’m curious by nature. As I traversed through the cancer odyssey, I became increasingly despondent to the point where I realized that to these people I was another test subject…another number on the conveyor belt of treatment. Oh, I have no doubt they believe very strongly in what it is they are doing. They are trained to remove themselves emotionally though.
And I get it. But sometimes it was absolutely maddening!
I’m at my checkup.
“Would you like some medication for that? Are you thinking of hurting yourself?”
“No. I’m not going to hurt myself and I don’t want medication.”
Having researched the benefit of Phoenix Tears (hemp oil with THC) to manage pain, I took the form in for medical cannabis and they refused to sign it.
My family doctor did though.
Trying to initiate a conversation regarding this with the oncologist fell on deaf ears. I’d have been far more appreciative had they stated they would not sign the document as they did not know enough about the substance.
Instead I was lectured about “snake oil salesmen who would sell me useless and ineffective treatments for thousands of dollars.” The doctors’ did not address what I was inquiring about and simply dismissed it.
I did get the Phoenix Tears by the way. It was $80 per gram. It worked beautifully at offsetting the effects of Chemo…with no side effects. This was in fact cheaper than the prescription drugs I’d been offered.
Where am I going with all this?
I’m going back to the beginning of medicine. The trials and the errors. The remedies that were passed down through the ages. With the invention of the printing press common remedies could now be written down and shared on a massive scale.
Medicine was no longer passed down in a sometimes mysterious manner. And as medicine became mainstream, doctors began to experiment and pharmacology was born as a result.
Influenza, small pox, tuberculousis (a.k.a. consumption), measles, mumps, polio, etc. were major illnesses back in the day.
Now that humans were living in cities and more confined areas, these illnesses had an incredibly devastating effect.
And science was looking at where these diseases came from. Yellow fever for example, from mosquitoes. Indeed, it’s amazing was we can contract from so small an insect and still can.
Hygiene was certainly another issue regarding sickness. London, at one time, burnt an awful lot of coal that subsequently harvested many lung and breathing issues.
It is safe to say, that we’ve learned much by trial and error.
And here we are today with children who are increasingly asthmatic. Why do you think that is?
We’ve become a nation of germ-a-phobes! Everything around our children is now sterilized and cleaned beyond the pale.
Our poor little darlings are not building up an adequate immune system as a result.
To the new parents out there, let your children eat dirt (a.k.a. mud pies). Let them sample a worm or two or any other bug for that matter. Let them go outside and get dirty! These are the things that will assist in their the construction of their immune system.
Over 16,000 Americans alone die from an overdose of Tylenol and Advil every year!
The majority of synthetic drugs (pharmaceuticals) are designed to mask or reduce the pain threshold, therefore making us feel ‘better’.
Advil I recently learned should never be taken if you suffer from high blood pressure. Guess what? Doesn’t say any of that on the bottle. Again, look into what these do overall. It’s fine to take a pain reliever once in a while but overuse can kill you.
We trust so easily in those we believe to be the ‘experts’.
Please, ask questions. It’s just good medicine.