Yesterday I went for a checkup at Bedford Hospital’s ENT department. I met with the two surgeons most familiar with my case, who always gently recommend chemotherapy and radiation, which I, equally gently, always refuse.
This time they both observed that the outstanding tumour on my neck was definitely smaller. I have to be honest: it doesn’t matter how rebellious you might be or how into natural therapies and alternative medicine, the authority of experienced, serious doctors is deeply ingrained; despite myself, their words filled me with renewed confidence. Before every appointment I consider cancelling, partly out of fear, but I go anyway because I enjoy their company.
Like me, they are looking for answers, and I just happen to be caught in the middle as both experimentor and experiment. I feel if I can convince them, I must have nothing to worry about. Being open minded, one took notes about my vegetable juice regimen, including watercress – which prevents tumours co-opting new blood supplies – and lemons, which raise the pH. After hearing how I abandoned my extreme coffee habit he seemed concerned about his own of ten a day, perhaps more so after seeing me bound into the surgery, down to the same weight as when I was 18, without a sniff of caffeine in a year.
Half jokingly I asked if they thought any surgeon anywhere would – for a modest fee – just excise the lump and send me on my way. I was told in no uncertain terms this would contravene every medical princple in the book: treating one tumour in isolation from the original, giving the patient a false sense of security while leaving their fate unchanged. I was assured they would personally report such a doctor if they ever found out his name, and get him debarred.
No doubt they were right, and deep down I agreed, though I still think it’s worth asking! But only when driving home I realised that the position should actually be broader still. Currently medicine treats tumours (even as a networked group) in isolation from their only possible true cause, that is , the tissue milieu from which they grew – and will grow in the future – from a predictable need to survive adverse conditions. This milieu provides their opportunity once the immune system, closely woven with the mind, becomes overburdened or distracted. Without question in fifty years it will be a debarring offence to treat cancer in this way – assaulting the tumour with chemicals and deadly radiation while leaving the person unchanged; giving them hope of a cure while leaving the cause in place.
I recently came across an NHS cancer leaflet which recommended high sugar foods to gain weight lost during chemo. I was so incensed (glucose feeds tumours, something so well known that PET scans rely on it to prove their location) that I tracked down the person who wrote it, and we actually had a very productive chat in which she assured me she relied on expert testimony but promised to review new evidence from her researchers. Let’s hope they aren’t the same people selling the chemo!
Speaking of healthy diets, while in the ENT waiting room I heard a carer describing to her elderly and hard of hearing charge about the meal she’d prepare that afternoon. “It will be your favourite,” she enunciated: “peanut butter sandwich, yoghurt, cup of tea, a Kit Kat, and a slice of cake.” I think her food, and her future as a patient, are both assured.
Speaking of not eating..
Interesting news this week in the Telegraph that fasting for three days completely rebuilds the immune system. How incredible is this!
Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable”.
Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.
The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.
Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.
During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.
In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period.
Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth.
“We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system,” added Prof Longo.
“When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Dr Longo said.
“What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?”
Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy.
“We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system,” added Prof Longo.
ge London, said the study sounded “improbable”.Chris Mason, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at UCL, said: “There is some interesting data here. It sees that fasting reduces the number and size of cells and then re-feeding at 72 hours saw a rebound.
“That could be potentially useful because that is not such a long time that it would be terribly harmful to someone with cancer.
“But I think the most sensible way forward would be to synthesize this effect with drugs. I am not sure fasting is the best idea. People are better eating on a regular basis.”
Predictably the one-track mindset in some wants to turn a free natural resource into a drug. Such a step would mean doctors are still needed and corporations still able to patent profitable products. In the same vein a Scientific American essay showed that meditation lowered stress levels. The medical writer excitedly claimed this “discovery” might usher in a new generation of drugs which mimicked the effect of meditation to lower stress! Just imagine!
Excuse my medical ignorance, but what about just learning to meditate, and gaining a lifetime benefit - for free?
Lie Detectors on Overtime!
Another newsworthy article appeared recently, showing conclusively that the Sandy Hook “shooting” was a fake and that thankfully no children died. All evidence pointed to this anyway, including the recent work of a school safety investigator named Wofgang Halbig, an ex-state trooper threatened with jail if he continues to ask pointed questions about the absurdities at Sandy Hook.
This gathering storm of evidence shows that those who publicly insist the Sandy Hoax, and the even more ludicrous Boston Smoke Bomb were not second rate fakes have to be in on the act. This includes the notorious Mick West of Metabunk, who by some incredible coincidence believes everything the government believes, namely:
- on 9/11, two planes brought down three massive WTC buildings
- a garage-door sized hole in the Penatgon means an airliner dematerialised
- putting the “highly corrosive, unstable poison” industrial sludge named hydrofluosilicic acid into drinking water is a non-event
- Sandy Hook and Boston were genuine events
- chemical trails, left daily by unregistered jets, which twist on their own axis and persist for entire days in all weathers are simply condensation
This kind of blatant conartistry riles me. Knowing he couldn’t possibly believe a single one of these fairy tales, let alone all of them, I challenged him to pass a lie detector test to be undertaken by a nearby and police approved unit in California. The expert assured me that since all police were required to take one before being hired, and since he had been called on to administer such tests in court cases, he could guarantee the truth.
At first West expressed his agreement, which only a day or two later turned to a blank refusal. It would be a waste, he said, of time and money. Well, it was my money – $400 – and since the investigator would travel to any place of West’s choosing, the time would have taken twenty five minutes for ten simple yes or no questions. The great difficulty with lies is that more of them are always needed, whereas as the great writer Gopi Krishna said, “truth is a strange substance, growing stronger in adversity, and enlarging itself in the face of criticism.” Which in effect means…
..there’s no such thing as bad publicity!
Last week I put the finishing touches on my house fresco. As I’d suspected, those who had commented loudly on the scaffolding’s extended presence could hardly remember it being there only two days later.
I was invited to talk on the radio, and while waiting to go on-air for my second interview I heard the DJ discuss Richard Dawkins’ recent claim that fairy tales were bad for children as they blurred the lines between fantasy and reality.
The timing was perfect, so to my delight I was able to rebut this nonsense with a quote from Einstein, to the effect that if you want your children to be smart, read them fairy takles; if you want them to be smarter still, read them more fairy tales. Since every amenity was first a flight of fancy – cars, lasers, telephones, computers, televisions, submarines, airplanes, rockets, moon landings – a stimulation of the imagination is the most likely doorway to progress, and forbidding it to wander the fastest route to decay and stagnation.
Although the BBC which took such interest last year limited their enthusiasm to local radio, to my surprise a charming reporter from ITV turned up and had in no time flat taken in all the technicalities and enough film to put together a wonderfully concise piece which appeared on TV only a few hours later, proceeding to hit the coveted 10:00 pm national news slot: