Oct 10, 2010 - 11:11 pm
"Did you know that cancer loves sugar?" my husband asked me.
My husband, Bob has just come back from his doctor’s appointment with Dr. Miles Hassell, Internist and Director of Alternative Medicine at Providence St. Vincent here in Portland, OR. Bob decided against a plan of treating his melanoma with very caustic chemicals. He instead has chosen this particular doctor because of his particular background with alternative medicine in treating cancer in a more natural way. Bob’s doctor explained the idea of a more organic diet and cooking style and its benefits in helping build up Bob’s immune system. This would help Bob fight the melanoma in a more natural way through his diet and bringing the best ingredients nature had to offer and best suited in building up his immune system and giving it the strongest chance in fighting the cancer that has threatened his life.
“Good Food Great Medicine”. Bob set the book down in front of me and on its cover it read… “An evidenced-based guide to using the Mediterranean diet and your kitchen in the pursuit of optimal health. A homemade cookbook, a homemade Cookbook Recipes and ruminations from a medical practice.” Our new homework and new way of life sitting before me on my dining room table. I'm not even much of a cook, I don't like to cook if I am honest, but we are in this together for better or worst, in sickness and in health. Reading food labels is a must, no processed foods, no enriched flour, no pop, no sugar, no corn fructose syrup additives, limited red meat, etc.
Adding to our diets are Vitamin C, D3 and Cod Liver Oil.
My husband is stage 3c, his tumor was almost 3 inches in length located near in his upper leg near his groin and surgically removed last July. The lymph nodes above and below were taken (18 in all) and were tested negative. Bob's primary was never found and so believes his immune system destroyed it. BUT so his doctor says... that doesn't mean a few cells COULD have escaped while the tumor was being developed or in the removal of it. Well time will tell, huh? And eat better, try to walk more, and think positive. And we wait for the next test in December.
I would like to hear from anyone who has taken this path, the alternative way, the no chemical treatment. We are reading lots of books but this seems to be an important start.