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Update on Mom (5/19/09)

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Last Friday, Mom’s hand started hurting quite a bit and three of her fingers started getting purple.  After the incident with her thumb, we knew what that meant.  So, Dad and Gretchen loaded Mom up and took her back to the ER.  They saw the same ER doctor we saw last time (which was helpful, as he was already familiar with Mom).  He couldn’t find a clot with the doplar, but felt they were probably small clots that were down in the capillaries of her fingers.  He wrote them a prescription for some nitro glycerine ointment which had to be applied to her hand every few hours and wrapped up.  This ointment is such a strong vasodialater that the person applying it had to wear gloves and be careful not to let their skin come into contact with it.  He said to use this through the weekend and if it didn’t help by Monday, to get Mom in to see a hand doctor.

Dad faithfully applied the ointment all weekend and Mom’s hand was still hurting quite a bit – so much that she needed to take pain pills to take the edge off the pain.  From what I’ve read, the pain from circulation problems caused by blood clots is quite terrible.  Mom and Dad had a pretty rough weekend with it with very little sleep.

On Monday morning, Gretchen started bombarding the primary care doctor’s office with requests for a referral to a hand specialist ASAP.  They were right on the ball and Mom had an appointment for 11:00 AM this morning.

I am still recovering from the flu (the normal one), so I still haven’t seen Mom since the morning of the 15th.  So, Dad and Gretchen took Mom over to the hand doctor this morning.  He did an x-ray and found that the clot was further up her arm, near her armpit.  The doctor was respectful, but still didn’t have any good news either.  He looked at Mom’s three fingers (which were now purple) and said that she would lose them, as well as the index finger and the rest of her hand.  He said all we could do was make her comfortable until all this happened and he could amputate her right hand.  He gave her a prescription for Darvocette and sent her on her way.

Well, this was definitely not the kind of news we wanted to hear.  But, we’ve learned that allopathic doctors generally don’t have good news for us (except for a few who we’ve appreciated so much).

Gretchen called me when they got home from the doctor and she was pretty shook up.  I imagine all three of them were – especially Mom.  I was also pretty shook up too.  I asked Gretchen how long she was going to be at Mom and Dad’s house and she said she was going to be there for a few more hours.

I got on the internet and started looking for anything that looked like it might work.  After only about 30 minutes of searching, I was amazed to find information about a supplement called Nattokinase.  It is an enzyme that aids in breaking up fibrin (a strand-like portion of the blood) that forms blockages in veins.  The Nattokinase is derived from fermented soybeans and has long been used in Japan to deal with and/or prevent blood clots.  It comes in a standardized formula which Gretchen was able to purchase at the health food store for around $30 (but available MUCH cheaper online through VitaCost for less than $7).  But, we needed it today, so Gretchen paid the $30 for it today.

She also picked up some stuff to make a blood thinning soup — it consisted of an organic beef broth base, onions, garlic, and green cabbage.  All of these veggies are good for naturally thinning the blood in both the arteries and the veins.

So, at 4:00 PM tonight, Mom was hurting, a bit scared, but encouraged that we had possibly found a solution that would save her hand.  She took her first 2,000 FU Nattokinase pill.  Gretchen also made the soup and Mom scarfed down a good portion of that too.  And, then we waited…

Gretchen came home (where I was babysitting her kids) at around 9:30 PM, and she said that you could already see a difference in Mom’s fingers.  She said that all day today the three fingers had a very delineated purple line straight across where the circulation was being compromised.  But, only 5 1/2 hours after taking the Nattokinase, the lines were no longer straight and it was now blotchy (with areas of pink) where they had once been only purple.

Gretchen called back at Midnight to remind Dad to give Mom her next dose of the Nattokinase and he said he had just given it to her.  But, then came THE BEST NEWS —- Mom’s hand no longer hurt.  She was sleeping and in absolutely no pain!!!  She hadn’t taken a pain pill since the morning and her hand was no longer hurting.  It had been hurting terribly since last week – but, the pain is now gone.  Gretchen asked if it was still purple, but he said they were in bed and the light was off and he didn’t know.  But, since the pain was gone, that can only mean that the circulation has been restored to her fingers and hand.  Isn’t that just awesome?

The thing that we have come to realize in this journey with cancer is that we, as a family, are alone.  We can’t count on my Mom’s doctors to know what to do anymore because they just simply don’t know what to do anymore.  Perhaps the insurance company doesn’t want to pay for any more treatment for her because they’ve now classified her as “terminal.”  Who knows.  But, perhaps it’s the best thing that could have happened to us.  Because, we’re finding that there are answers out there for many of the things that conventional medicine says are hopeless.

Mom has been taking her Poly-MVA now consistently for a few days and her appetite is returning.  Tonight is the first time in several weeks that she hasn’t had some kind of pain or another.  We’re praising God about that.  He’s been with our family through all of this and showing us that His ways are higher than our ways — His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

Well, it’s very late and I need to get to bed.  Thank you to everyone (both those we know and those we don’t) who’ve whispered a prayer to heaven on Mom’s behalf.  We know we’re not really alone.  But, sometimes it feels like it.

Until next time (I’ll try to update tomorrow on the status of Mom’s fingers and hand) …



Laetrile: The True Story Behind B-17 & Cancer Treatment

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Dr. Ernest Krebs

Dr. Ernest Krebs

During 1950 after many years of research, a dedicated biochemist by the name of Dr. Ernest T. Krebs, Jr., isolated a new vitamin that he numbered B-17 and called ‘Laetrile’. As the years rolled by, thousands became convinced that Krebs had finally found the complete control for all cancers, a conviction that even more people share today. Back in 1950 Ernest Krebs could have had little idea of the hornet’s nest he was about to stir up. The pharmaceutical multinationals, unable to patent or claim exclusive rights to the vitamin, launched a propaganda attack of unprecedented viciousness against B-17, despite the fact that hard proof of its efficiency in controlling all forms of cancer surrounds us in overwhelming abundance. Why has orthodox medicine waged war against this non-drug approach?

G. Edward Griffin, author of the book World Without Cancer contends that the answer is to be found not in science, but in politics, and is based upon the hidden economic and power agenda of those who dominate the medical establishment.

Each year, thousands of Americans travel to Mexico to receive vitamin B-17 (Laetrile) therapy. They do this because it has been suppressed in the United States. Most of these patients have been told that their cancer is terminal and that they have but a few months to live. Yet, an incredible percentage of them have recovered and they are living normal lives. However, the FDA, the AMA, the American Cancer Society, and the cancer research centres continue to pronounce that Laetrile is fraud and quackery. The recovered patients, they say, either had “spontaneous remissions” or never had cancer in the first place. If any of these people ultimately die after seeking Laetrile, spokesmen of orthodox medicine are quick to proclaim: “You see? Laetrile doesn’t work!” Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of patients die each year after undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, but those treatments continue to be touted as “safe and effective”.

In the U.S. the FDA has tried to use strict regulations, not law, to ban vitamin B-17 for over 18 years. Vitamin B-17, or Laetrile Therapy is only used by some hospitals in Mexico, which treat cancer with nutrition. These hospitals achieve nearly a 100% recovery rate with virgin cases (localised tumours/cancers that have not yet been burned up with radiation, poisoned with chemotherapy, or cut into with surgery). A majority of Laetrile-treated patients report positive responses, ranging from increase in the feeling of well-being and even brighter outlook of life, to such noticeable reactions as an increase in appetite, weight gain and, frequently, restoration of natural colour, reduction or elimination of cancer-connected pain and cancer-caused fetor. In thousands of cases, total regression of all cancer symptoms has been confirmed.

Vitamin B-17, commonly known as “Amygdalin”, or “Laetrile”, is a natural substance that can be found in a variety of species in the Vegetable kingdom. The greatest concentration is found in the seeds of the rosaceous fruits, such as apricot kernels and other bitter nuts. There are many seeds, cereals and vegetables that contain minimal quantities of vitamin B-17 and form part of our daily diet.

With great satisfaction we are proud to present this vegetable agent whose anti-cancer properties have been known empirically for many years, but in the last twenty years they have been scientifically proven, primarily through the clinical studies directed by Dr. Ernesto Contreras Rodriguez and carried out in the OASIS of Hope Hospital formerly known as the Centro Medico y Hospital Del Mar at Playas de Tijuana, B.C.N. Mexico. More than 100,000 patients have sought Contreras’ care since 1963.

The information on this web site will educate you on the benefits of metabolic therapy and prevention. All the food supplements mentioned in this site can be easily obtained by patients who are not able to go to Mexico because of financial reasons, patients who are too weak to travel, and by patients who have already been to these hospitals and need to remain on metabolic therapy. You will be taught how to benefit from metabolic therapy either in Mexico, or at home at a fraction of the cost. You will find information on where to obtain metabolic products in the “contacts” section of this site.

Throughout this web site you will find valuable information such as documents, research, and studies relevant to vitamin B-17, its monographic summary, clinical studies, the biological and chemical descriptions of the destruction of cancer cells by the components of B-17, testimonials, case histories, biographies, bibliographies, photos, graphs, links, and much more. This guide was created to explain the different elements of metabolic therapy and act as a reference when needed during the course of your therapy. Should you have questions, please refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Source:  World Without Cancer

Update on Mom (12/16/08)

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Well, we’ve had a whirlwind couple of days – but, things have calmed down enough for me to sit down and update you all.  As you know, Mom had an MRI on Friday (12/12/08) of her brain at the recommendation of her neurologist, Dr. Kumar.  He felt pretty certain there was metastic activity in her brain based on the type of issues whe was experiencing in her left arm and leg.

So, on Friday morning Mom went to the lab and had a blood draw and then at 12:30 PM she had an open MRI of her brain.  Since she had such a tough time with the brain MRI back in August, we pushed for an open MRI and the neurologist gave her a prescription for one Valium to help with any anxiety.  She did really, really well with it and the MRI tech at SimonMed was really wonderful – allowing Dad to be back there with her to hold her hand.

She felt great when she came out and we went home to wait for the results.  We were only home about an hour and 20 minutes before the neurologist called to tell us that the MRI confirmed his suspicions.  Mom has a 2 cm brain lesion in the right upper part of her brain that’s putting pressure on the part of her brain that controls her left side motor functions.  He told us that we needed to get her started on Decatron (a steriod) right away to relieve the pressure on her brain.  He said the best place for Mom to be was in the hospital.  So, we got Mom’s things together and took  her to Banner Baywood Hospital around 4:00 PM.

The people at the hospital were all very nice and took excellent care of Mom.  Dr. Kumar was consulted by the ER doctor and she was started on the Decatron.  They gave it to her through her IV line with a push.  Within an hour or so of receiving it, she was already able to lift her left leg up and down.  I guess it works pretty quickly to relieve inflammation – so we saw results with it right away.

Mom consulted with an oncologist while we were there and he was a little irritated that she was seeing a naturopathic doctor.  He couldn’t sell his full brain radiation to Mom because we had already done the preliminary research on Gamma Knife radiation.  So, he agreed to give her a referral for that – which is done in Phoenix at the Barrows Neurological Institute.

Mom was discharged Sunday afternoon.  The Decatron has continued to relieve inflammation and each day since Friday she’s had more and more movement return to her left side.

We are now in the process of getting her set up for a consultation with Barrows Neurological Institute.  Currently, they are reviewing her records to determine if she’s a good candidate for the Gamme Knife radio surgery.  This is a non-invasive procedure that shoots a highly targeted beam of radiation into the lesion.  The surrounding healthy tissue is unaffected and there are none of the typical side-effects of radiation.  There is no hair loss, no fatigue, no burns, etc. 

From all the research I’ve done and from talking to Mom’s naturopathic doctor, there aren’t any alternative treatments we can do that will work quickly enough to reduce the inflammation on her brain.  Time is of the essence with this situation because we need to get that inflammation down so she can get her movement restored.  The longer the tumor presses on her brain, the more chance for permanent damage to her left side.

From everything I’ve read, Mom seems like the perfect candidate for the Gamma Knife radio surgery.  The best outcomes occur with patients who have brain metastasis that are under 3 cm in size.  Mom’s met is only 2 cm – and Dr. Porter told us yesterday that with all the steriods she’s been taking to reduce inflammation, it’s likely to be even smaller now (not that it’s shrunk – but, that it was likely swollen.  And, with the swelling reduced, the size will be reduced).  Gamma Knife radio surgery has a 90% success rate in tumor control – which is very exciting to us.

Mom is in great spirits.  She hasn’t lost her sense of humor and she and Dad laugh a lot together.  Dad has been a real pillar for her and he’s the best kind of husband any woman could ever hope for.  We have a day off from doctor appointments today – so, we’re all trying to rest up and catch our breath.  She sees Dr. Porter tomorrow for another high dose Vitamin C IV, and she sees her neurologist, Dr. Kumar, on Thursday for a follow-up.  We expect to hear back from Barrows Neurological Institute by the end of the week for Mom’s first step toward her Gamma Knife radio surgery.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and positive thoughts.  We can certainly feel it.  Things seem to just fall into place for us as we continue along this journey.  God is good and we know this part of the road will be just one part of Mom’s story.  This is the part of the story where the protagonist is up in a tree and the antagonist is throwing rocks.  Mom is doing a great job of dodging the rocks.  🙂

Written by Tracey

December 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm