Wednesday
Jun182014

Addictions, Anxiety and Early History

Do you know someone with an addiction? I’ve known a few. It could be an addiction to gambling, to alcohol, smoking, food, sex, even to work. My wife claims that I MUST be addicted to reading, ‘cuz I buy so many books. Would you believe that ALL addictions have the same root cause? From my point of view, unless I can treat that root cause, the problem is not going to go away. Like the game of Whack a Mole, as soon as the patient clears one addiction, another pops up in its place. A man cured of a smoking addiction may take up chewing. A woman cleared of a food addiction may take up gambling. There’s a common cause here, so let’s start at the beginning.  

What’s the difference between a habit and an addiction? Both involve doing something repetitively. I’m sitting at home right now, in my stocking feet. Soon I’m going out to the mailbox for the mail. When I put on my shoes, my left shoe always goes on first. If for some reason I want to put on my right shoe first, I could write a little note to myself and put it by my shoes. That will remind me to change that habit. On the other hand, when I drive to Granite Falls, the road leads past the Prairie’s Edge casino. If I HAD to pull into the casino and spend an hour playing the slots, if I could NOT pass by that turnoff without the excitement of the slots, that’s an addiction. Everyone has habits. Some have addictions. What do you do if an addiction is messing up your life? 

 For me, an addiction is something done to quell an anxious feeling. Frequently the anxiety comes from the person’s early history. Clients have shared that the reason for their addiction is a history of sexual abuse when they were very young. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACE) examined the medical histories of more than 17,000 adults, and found direct connections between unresolved childhood emotional trauma and several physical conditions as adults. These include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, bone fractures, depression and drug use. Compared to a person without childhood trauma, a person with high numbers of adverse childhood experiences is three times more likely to smoke and thirty times more likely to commit suicide. Physician and author Dr. Gabor Mate’ writes, “In most cases of breast cancer, the stresses are hidden and chronic. They stem from childhood experiences, early emotional programming and unconscious psychological coping styles. They accumulate over a lifetime to make someone susceptible to disease... Research suggests that women are more prone to develop breast cancer if their childhoods were characterized by emotional disconnection from their parents or other disturbances in their upbringing; if they tend to repress emotions, particularly anger; if they lack nurturing social relationships in adulthood; and if they are the altruistic, compulsively caregiving types...”  (p.63 ff, The Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner, Hay House, 2013). 

To release the anxiety may take several hours of emotional housecleaning with a good therapist.  If you get rid of those old emotions, you will probably find it much easier to quit smoking, overeating, overdrinking or other addictions. Hypnosis helps, EFT is faster and often equally effective. Many cases should be resolvable in a couple of days. When you’ve cleaned the dust bunnies and monsters out of your emotional closets, you may find that your addiction is gone, too!  

Thursday
May292014

An herbal treatment for MS, ulcerative colitis and diabetes

An Herbal Treatment for MS, Diabetes, & Ulcerative Colitis

By Charles Reinert ND, PhD; Helping To Heal Clinic

 

Dear S., 

 

When you stopped in a few days ago, we discussed ways of helping family members with a few specific conditions-- multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and diabetes (I & II).  All are currently considered “incurable” by Western Medicine, with care only seeking to make the afflicted more comfortable. I have a stepdaughter with MS, a sister and cousin both died from diabetes I, and I know one or two individuals with ulcerative colitis.  Nasty conditions, all.  

 

After our chat, I did a quick search seeking “root causes” of these conditions, in particular whether the “new” label of “oxidative stress” might be associated with them.  Oxidative stress refers to the cumulative effects of “oxidation” in the body, for we now know that oxygen, while vital to life, also rusts it out, like rust on the moving parts of an engine. About 5% of the oxygen fed to the mitochondria (engines) of our cells ends up escaping and being wasted, therefore available for this “rusting” process.  

 

Here are links to three scientific papers which speak to the association between oxidative stress and the conditions you and I briefly discussed:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15015004, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12616644, and  http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/3/353.short.  You can find more simply by Googling “ (disease) + oxidative stress”. It appears that each of these conditions may be improved in the patient if oxidative stress could be reduced.

 

The herbal nutritional supplement Protandim appears to be able to markedly reduce (viz. by 45% ) oxidative stress within a few weeks when used as directed (e.g. typically one tablet daily). Protandim is simply an appropriate mix of five herbals: green tea extract, turmeric extract, milk thistle extract, bacopa extract, and Ashwagandha, all of which have seen rather extensive use in treating human illness for many years, sometimes for centuries.   

 

From everything I have heard and read, negative side effects of taking this herbal seem to be minimal.  Individuals who have a heavy toxic load (e.g. from smoking) may experience a mild toxic side effect, similar to a brief case of influenza. This seems to dissipate in a few days, however.  

 

The cost of the product amounts to about $1.50 per day when the individual is on “autoship”.  

 

I became an “independent distributor” for Protandim, having convinced myself that the product can be very helpful for some of my patients as well as for myself and members of my staff. There are many other independent distributors in Minnesota, nationally, and now becoming worldwide.  You can probably find them by Googling.

 

Protandim seems to act a little like “taking a vitamin pill”:  The first vitamin pill you take will probably not have a great effect. Over a period of weeks or months, you’re likely to notice a difference, however. I have been taking the product since last July, and although I’m normally a pretty healthy guy, I did notice a few things after I’d been on it for a month:

* The memory is definitely better.

* I feel ill much less often, and when it does happen, the illness seems much less.

* I did not notice the Minnesota winter as much as before.

* I definitely have more energy. 

* I seem to require less sleep, perhaps an hour or so less per night.  

 

Should you want to learn more about Protandim, below are some youtube sites which seemed helpful to me:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh36LIA72fY   (John Quinones on Protandim)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8f_Pw5KcW4  (Ohio State Heart Project)

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM5Iq33e7ss   (Arabian Horse study)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM9a62N_lhg   (Protandim & weight loss....)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7O3yfNWyvw   (PBS Healing Quest program)

 

From where I sit now, Protandim seems to be the closest thing to an “anti-aging” pill that I have found.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Charles Reinert ND, PhD

 

*  If you wish to access individual papers, go to the PubMed site (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed), which contains “all” of the published medical research available, and type in the topic of interest, such as “oxidative stress and cancer”.  You’ll usually get a long list of relevant papers from which to choose. Sometimes you get just the Abstract; other times you can read the whole paper without charge, and sometimes you can purchase a copy of the paper for about $30...

Thursday
May292014

There is No Death

I lost a good friend to cancer the other day. “Manly” was courageous to the end, but the body’s wonderful systems finally gave way and he’s now at Peace. In this season of Memorial Day and the rebirth that happens in our beautiful spring, I wanted to reassure his lifelong companion that Life is indeed eternal, and that their parting is only temporary. I sent her this story, from the book, On Life After Death (Celestial Art, 1991) by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross MD. Dr. Kubler-Ross, eminent pioneer in the fields of death, dying and the afterlife, shares a provocative personal experience about her meeting with Mrs. Schwarz, a woman she worked with who had died ten months earlier.  At the time, Kubler-Ross was teaching seminars on death and dying at the University of Chicago, and she was frustrated by the minister who taught with her, because, unlike her, he enjoyed the publicity their work attracted. To end the situation, she decided to leave the university. She writes, “Today, immediately after my Death and Dying seminar, I’m going to give notice.” When she tried to communicate this to her colleague, the minister didn’t hear her because he remained preoccupied with what he was saying to her. Exasperated, Kubler-Ross finally grabbed his collar to physically focus his attention on her and her message to him.  

 

“At this moment a woman appeared in front of the elevator. I stared at this woman...you can imagine what it’s like when you see somebody you know terribly well, but you suddenly block out who it is. I said to (my colleague), “Who is that? I know that woman”... The moment he entered the elevator, this woman walked straight toward me and said, ‘Dr. Ross, I had to come back. Do you mind if I walk you to your office? It will only take two minutes’... This was the longest walk of my life. I am a psychiatrist. I work with schizophrenic patients all the time...When they would have visual hallucinations, I would tell them, ‘I know you see that Madonna on the wall, but I don’t see it.’ Now I said to myself, ‘Elisabeth, I know you see this woman, but that can’t be.’ “ 

 

“All the way to my office I did reality testing on myself... I was both an observing psychiatrist and a patient... When we reached my door, she opened it with this incredible kindness and tenderness and love, and she said, ‘Dr. Ross, I had to come back for two reasons. One, to thank you and Reverend Gaines’ (he was a beautiful black minister with whom I had a super, ideal symbiosis) ‘to thank you and him for what you did for me. But the other reason I had to come back is that you cannot stop this work on death and dying, not yet.’ I looked at her, and I don’t know if I thought by then, It could be Mrs. Schwarz. I mean, this woman had been buried for ten months, and I didn’t believe in all that stuff. I finally got to my desk. I touched everything that was real.  I touched my pen, my desk, my chair... I was hoping that she would disappear. But she didn’t... Then the scientist in me won, and I said something very shrewd... ‘You know Reverend Gaines is in Urbana now... He would just love to have a note from you.  Would you mind?’ And I gave her a piece of paper and a pencil... I needed scientific proof...  And this woman knowing every thought I had--and I knew it, it was thought transference-- took the paper and wrote a note... Then she got up, ready to leave, repeating, ‘Dr. Ross, you promise,’ implying not to give up this work yet.  I said, ‘I promise.’  And the moment I said (it), she disappeared. We still have the note. “

 

When your loved one passes, it is NOT the end....  

Wednesday
May072014

Preventing Heart Attacks

My father died from a stroke. Lee, my favorite electrician, died suddenly of a heart attack. Heart disease is one of the most common causes of early death. What to do? An aspirin a day is no longer the answer. The FDA now says that a daily aspirin isn’t recommended to people who have never had a heart attack because the drug raises the risk of stomach and brain bleeds. (Bloomberg.com/news, May 5, 2014)  Here’s what I do:

 

I don’t like statins. And, while statins may reduce cholesterol, I have found little evidence that reducing cholesterol levels has much to do with circulatory health. Early work by U of MN scientist Ancel Keys found that folks in countries where the diet had little cholesterol, had fewer heart attacks. Now it appears that he cherry picked his countries, and one could just as well make the case that countries with HIGH consumption of cholesterol had fewer heart attacks. Much later in life, professor emeritus Dr. Keys admitted, “...There’s no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. And we’ve known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn’t matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit (Malcolm Kendrick PhD, The Great Cholesterol Con, John Blake Publishing, London, 2007). There may be some people who need to watch their dietary cholesterol intake, but the percentage is low.

 

I DO take a good quality fish oil, and sometimes I eat chia seed, which provides the same Omega-3 benefits without a fishy taste. Moderate exercise probably helps prevent cardio problems-- moderate exercise is good for just about everything. A diet with lowered amounts of saturated fats is not necessarily helpful either, for we know that our brains need saturated fats for proper function. Eskimos subsisting on whale blubber were shown to be no less healthy because of that diet of saturated fat.

 

If cholesterol itself doesn’t cause heart attacks, what does? Recent evidence points to OXIDIZED cholesterol as a major culprit. If you can keep your blood cholesterol from oxidizing, you may be just fine. There may now be a way to prevent that “rusting”. Performed at Ohio State University and published in 2010 (Free Radical Biology & Medicine 50 (2011) 700-709), the experiment used portions of human vein like those used for bypass surgery. This was an important experiment, for bypass surgery has a short lifetime. The walls of the veins used for the “detour” become thicker with time and the “detour” squeezes down and plugs up. The experiment basically involved two pans. One pan contained vein pieces, bathed with fluids simulating bypass conditions. The other pan also contained vein segments, but included a special mix of 5 plant extracts (green tea, milk thistle, curcumin, bacopa and ashwaghanda). The researchers watched and measured. The “control” vein segments gradually thickened and closed just as in real life bypass surgery, but the test segments, with the plant mix, remained open and flexible, with NO observable change. You can view the results of the work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8f_Pw5KcW4. What this means to me, as an old guy who’d like to hang around for a few more years so he can iron out his character kinks, is that this herbal mix will likely PREVENT cardio events, when taken on a daily basis. It’s low cost heart attack prevention, so that’s what I do. 

In full disclosure, I did decide to become an "independent distributor" for this herbal product, called Protandim, so that I could more easily acquaint my patients with it.  I've received the grand sum of about $300 in the past 10 months for playing this role, so it's certainly not a big money maker, but it does help me keep in touch with the company and what they're doin'.  If I were you and I were concerned about heart attacks, I'd view the youtube video referred to above, probably several times, until I felt that I understood it.  Then I'd look around Youtube for other Protandim videos and come to my own judgement about its value.  The research looks very good to me, the price is perhaps a bit steep just for general health, but if it prevents heart attacks, then $500 per year is a no brainer for lots of folks.  

Again, remember that these blogs are for general information and not to treat any medical condition.  Check with a healthcare provider whom you have learned to trust, do your own research and go from there...

 

Tuesday
Apr222014

Recovery from Cancer, a physicist's view...

April 22, 2014, Tracy, Minnesota

(A note of explanation:  I am formally trained as a physicist; obtained my PhD in (astro) physics from the University of Minnesota in 1969, then taught physics and did research in various areas from 1969 through 1998.  I then took "early" retirement and retrained in natural therapies health care. In 2004 my wife and I purchased a two story building in tiny Tracy, MN, and remodeled it as a clinic. We have now been operating it since that time. Recently, I began taking a special interest in cancer treatment, and we have accumulated a little experience in that area.... CR)  

 A correspondent sent me a message this morning, inquiring whether I could help a friend’s husband, who is dealing with lung cancer.  As someone who lost a mother, an uncle, and many friends and neighbors to this pesky condition, I have thought about it a good deal, and have come to some understanding of the condition and the circumstances under which recovery seems likely.  A few true stories may help me to explain.

 

The Story of Mr. Wright

This summary is taken from an account written by psychologist Dr. Bruno Klopfer, concerning a patient of his in the 1950’s, as it appeared in Dr. Bernie Siegel’s classic book, Love, Medicine & Miracles (1986, Harper & Row). Mr. Wright was seriously ill, in what surely seemed to be the final stages of lymphosarcoma. As it happened, the hospital where he lay was also one that had been chosen for the evaluation of Krebiozen, a new “miracle drug” for the treatment of cancer.  Mr. Wright heard of this trial, soon to begin, and he BEGGED to be included with the patients to whom it would be given.  The doctors were reluctant, for as ill as he was, with orange sized tumors littering his body, it was unlikely that he would survive long enough to give the drug a fair trial. They finally consented to give him one shot on a Friday, fully expecting him to be gone by Monday.   

 

On Monday, they found that Krebiozen had done NOTHING for ANY of the patients in the trial, EXCEPT for Mr. Wright.  In only that two day period, his tumors had shrunk like snowballs on a hot stove.  He was strolling the halls, proclaiming to his nurses and anyone else who would listen, just how WONDERFUL he was feeling.  

What was a doc to do?  They included him in the study, and ten days later, all signs of the tumors having disappeared, he was discharged and went back to flying his airplane. 

 

Within two months, reports of this first trial of Krebiozen began to appear in the newspapers. Reading of the dismal record of the new miracle drug, Mr. Wright became discouraged. A few days later, he was back in the hospital in the original tumor-laden condition. At this point, Klopfer and colleagues sought to learn more.  They told him a LIE: “We have discovered that the original shipments of Krebiozen to the various hospitals had gone bad in the bottles. These things happen with new drugs.  HOWEVER, the manufacturer has sent a fresh shipment, which will arrive in a few days...”  Mr. Wright quickly became his former self, and he awaited the new injections with passionate faith.  On that special day, the doctors arrived, and with syringes in hand injected the new, FRESH dose of Krebiozen, consisting however of FRESH WATER and nothing more!  AGAIN, tumors disappeared from his body, even more quickly than the FIRST time, and he was soon out of the hospital and resuming normal life. He remained symptom free for over two months. 

 

Then, negative reports once again appear, this time from the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, which pronounced, “Krebiozen Found Completely Ineffective in the Treatment of Cancer!”  Mr. Wright was soon readmitted to the hospital in extremis, and he died a few days later.  

 

WHAT DOES MR. WRIGHT’S STORY TELL ME?  It tells me that the patient’s attitude, faith and trust may be all important in the treatment of cancer.  It suggests to me that IF the belief and trust are strong, then it’s likely that the patient will recover.  If not, then medicine’s best may not help.  

 

The Story of Ron 

Ron was a trucker in the Vietnam War.  He was sprayed regularly by Agent Orange, but was never physically wounded. He returned to Marshall (MN) to start an auto repair shop on West College Drive in that city.  He became my favorite Toyota mechanic.

 

One summer day in early July, 1991, I stopped as usual for maintenance work, but Ron was not there. His employees said, “Ron’s in the hospital with cancer...”  That was in the days when I knew almost nothing about cancer, except for a few books I’d read.  I dropped off two of them for him, but unable to do more.  I heard nothing from him until November of that year, when I received this welcome call, “Hi, this is Ron! I bet you’ve been wondering what happened to me??”  He told me about the obstructed colon, the abdominal surgery, the discovery of a huge tumerous mass enveloping his large intestine, his spine and other organs. “The docs took out what tumor mass they could, but they couldn’t remove it all without gutting me like a fish.  So, they sewed me up again and told me to get my affairs in order, for there was only One Chance in One Hundred that I could survive this cancer. They gave me some token chemo and let me go home.”

 

I asked Ron what he had done between July and November. He said that he felt he needed to finish repairs on their homestead, so that his wife would at least have a decent place to live and raise their 4 kids.  Weak as he was after the major surgery, he began cleaning and fixing. He did NOT want to crawl into bed filthy and greasy after his day’s work, so he decided to use his basement sauna before bed each night.  Ron also had an epiphany.  Having been told that only one in one hundred survive this kind of cancer, he realized, “Hey, why can’t I be that one man?”  He also began to use visual imagery while sitting in the sauna. He visualized his cancer cells as kernels of popcorn, and his immune cells as the little “Pac Men” from the popular video game.  He visualized the Pac Men devouring the popcorn kernels, then searching his entire body for OTHER popcorn kernels not in evidence.  

 

In mid October that same year, he began thinking about Christmas, and realized that he and his family needed to know if he would be with them on that special holiday.  Ron scheduled an appointment with his oncology doc to see how much time remained. On the appointed day, the doc came in to talk with him about the results.  “Ron, I don’t know how to tell you this, but YOU NO LONGER HAVE ANY CANCER IN YOUR BODY!” Ron has been cancer free now for more than 22 years. 

 

WHAT DOES RON’S STORY TEACH ME?

In 3 months of sauna and guided imagery, this man had gone from a “1 in 100” chance of survival to a “No evidence of cancer in the body”.  Negligible chemotherapy, no radiation, basically no medical care for those 3 months except for his own SELF CARE. 

Ron received virtually only the initial surgery from his medical people. His cost? Maybe $25 for the sauna electricity.  The most important factor in his recovery, as he told me later, was a STRONG WILL TO LIVE.  This seems crucial for cancer recovery.  

 

Group Therapy, with Just One Man...

In 2004 a former colleague of mine at a nearby university came to see me.  “It’s cancer”, Fred said, referring to his abdominal area.  I was newly trained in clinical hypnotherapy, so suggested we use this tool for the cancer. Fred was ready. We used a form of hypnotherapy known as “ego state” therapy, much like therapy used for family problems. When he was nicely relaxed, I invited him to take a seat at an (imaginary) conference table, in an imaginary, quiet room.  I then asked permission to invite into that room, others to sit at the table-- others whose point of view might be different from his own. Three more did. Then the first one spoke, “I represent a part of Fred which feels that HE MUST BE CURED OF HIS CANCER!  UNLESS HE IS CURED, HE WILL DIE.  THERE IS NO CHOICE!!   Now the second aspect of Fred’s personality spoke, “Wait!  If Fred is cured of his cancer, he will no longer be eligible for his Social Security pension.  Without that pension, how will he now live as he’s been accustomed to living? Who will hire him at his age?”

 

Finally, the third aspect of Fred’s personality spoke up. “Perhaps we can compromise:  Suppose the cancer does not get any worse, so that Fred can tolerate the pain.  And, suppose it does not get any better, so that he doesn’t lose his pension. Can that work?”  The other two had a few comments to make, but they soon agreed. I emerged Fred from his hypnotic state, and Fred went out the door, happy as a lark.  So far as I know, he’s still out there somewhere, tolerating his pain and living comfortably well!

 

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM FRED’S STORY:

Just because you have cancer does NOT automatically mean that you are ready to heal from this pesky condition. Sometimes a disease is allowed in the body for other reasons. In this case it was financial. The patient may also want additional attention, to penalize a family member (who then must help to care for the patient), or because of a lack of purpose in Life, or for other reasons.  More about this when we talk about “Mitchell” later on.  

 

Sally’s Story

Sally had been a practicing nurse, then had come to work for us. Now as she came through the door, her first words were, “I have breast cancer...” She knew something about how our staff dealt with cancer, and listened while I recommended daily sauna , daily energy work (Qigong with our Qigong master Wu), guided imagery (because of Ron’s remarkable success), plus a goodly amount of a special type of vitamin C called Ultrabsorbic C (aka liposomal C), because of what I had learned from my new mentor, Sir Arnold Takemoto of BioImmune, Inc. of Scottsdale AZ. She agreed, “I will give this six weeks and then I will have exploratory surgery to see if it has worked”. 

 

Daily except Sundays for six weeks, Sally came to our clinic on 3rd Street in Tracy, MN. She used the sauna, had energy work with Master Wu, and chatted with us about her progress. Her guided imagery imagined that her cancer cells were like the little weed sprouts that come up in every Minnesota garden in the spring, well before the peas and the carrots. She imagined herself sitting in her garden, patiently plucking out those little weed plants and tossing them onto a compost pile. In the fifth week, she remarked to me that she could not find any more weeds in her garden. In the sixth week, the exploratory surgery revealed that, where there had been a sizeable tumor in one breast, there was now only a tiny vestige of the original.  Virtually all of the growth was gone. (We have learned to expect that the time it takes for a soft tumor to disappear is three to four months, about the same time as for the recycling of normal soft tissue in the body as a whole.

 

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM SALLY’S STORY

Sally had a very positive attitude, followed all of our recommendations faithfully, used her own good judgement and had her surgery in the sixth week to see if all was really moving ahead.  An excellent patient, and her cancer therapy worked.  Estimated cost: about $5,000, primarily for the special vitamin C.  

 

Lise’s Story

Lise had had emergency surgery for a major brain tumor a year earlier, and had endured some chemo thereafter until she became sensitive to it. Knowing of our work with cancer, she and her husband came to us when there seemed no other choice. The cancer-- glioblastoma multiforme-- had a reputation as the very worst cancer, because virtually no one survived 5 years.  We worked with Lise, using a nutritionally based brain cancer protocol designed by Sir Takemoto, asked her to come 3 days per week for energy work with Master Wu. I used EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) with Lise to clean out any dusty emotional closets in her psyche, and trained her in guided imagery as well. They purchased an inexpensive sauna online so that she could do her daily sauna regimen. She followed our recommendations cheerfully, raised no objections to the rather strict “vegan” diet we asked her to follow, and in general was a model patient. Lise said later that she also used prayer before making any decisions about her treatment.  

 

Lise worked with the Mankato branch of the Mayo Clinic, which involved monthly scans to check progress.  At the end of the first month, the report indicated that, “... the tumor looks much better, and may even be a little smaller...”  At the end of the second month, the scan reported, “No evidence for a tumor anywhere in the brain!!”  At our urging, Lise chose to continue all aspects of the protocol for two more months, just to be sure. At this date, nearly a year after her treatment with us began, Lise remains cancer free, and apart from some scar tissue remaining from the initial surgery, is doing just fine.  We billed her about $16,000 for the work, some of which was donated by our clinic.

 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM LISE...
A very cooperative, cheerful patient.  Lise seemed “close to God” in the best sense of those words, and “certain” that she would soon be cancer free.  We remain good friends, and her husband calls regularly for the few supplements that constitute the maintenance program that will be hers for several more years.   

 

Mitchell’s Story

Mitchell and his wife Mary came to us late last year. “Mitch” had undergone surgery for colon cancer; the cancer had now spread to his liver.  He was no longer able to take chemo or radiation, so they came to us. We were a little concerned, for he was a smoker, formerly had used alcohol to some excess, but we decided to go ahead nonetheless. We put him on the vegan diet (mostly organic vegetables, a little fruit, no dairy, no meat, no fish, NO sugar), and his wife promised to make that rather bland diet as palatable as she could.  He began energy work 3x weekly, had emotional work with me to clear out any remaining grubby “emotional closets”, used his portable sauna daily, and did some guided imagery to boost his immune system.  After he had begun, I attempted to help him with smoking, but that was unsuccessful. After about two months on the protocol during which time he seemed to do remarkably well, he took a downturn, for reasons that are not yet well understood. I was suspicious about the smoking habit, but at the time did not suspect that smoking per se may have been a SYMPTOM of what we call “Secondary Gains”.  Later, Mitch developed a blocked liver, apparently because of the presence of a large tumor in the liver, and underwent surgery to deal with it.  

 

Shortly after this surgery, I happened to see a medical paper from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), in which the psychologist, Dr. Mark Schoen, disclosed his results from working with 110 patients at the center-- patients with cancer, cardiovascular problems, autoimmune conditions and such.  He was curious about Secondary Gain, (a situation in which the patient may decide that he is NOT ready to heal, because somehow, he is benefitting from having the condition. Perhaps it’s additional attention, perhaps he’s doing it to “get back” at a family member, perhaps it’s because he’s lost his will to live. (See the description of “Fred”, earlier in this paper.)  Schoen interviewed his 110 patients in the usual way, and found, as expected, that CERTAINLY, every one of them wished to become well.  THEN, however, he put each one under hypnosis, and found that some 40% were actually NOT ready to become well!  Some of the indicators for this 40% were...

* A noncompliant patient (not willing to follow instructions)

* Reluctant to leave hospital, or insisting on returning even when medically unnecessary.

* Unwilling to give up unhealthy habits, such as poor diet, drugs, or smoking.

(From “Resistance to Health: When the Mind Interferes with the Desire to Become Well”,  Marc Schoen PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, April 1993, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis)

 

At this point, Mitch is still with us, and I’m awaiting word that he wishes to continue with us.  If we accept him back, I will want to use appropriate therapy to discover if there underlying reasons why he may be one of the 40% which Dr. Schoen discovered, did not wish to heal.  If we can resolve those underlying reasons, then Mitch may still have a chance.  

 

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM MITCH

A patient who insists that s/he IS ready to become well but is not responding as expected, MAY be feeding us a story. Consciously, they may be “one” with getting well, but at depth, perhaps not. We have come to believe that a smoker who continues to smoke, an addict who will not quit drugs, a patient who will not follow a healthy diet, is probably NOT a good candidate for what we do. He or she may be simply seeking an “out” from a Life that they have not been very happy with, and therefore for us to take his money and his time would be unethical. 

 

OUR OPTIMAL PATIENT FOR CANCER RECOVERY

* Patient should REALLY want to become well, even when questioned deeply.

* Patient should be able to swallow capsules, since most of our protocol is in capsules or as powders (for liquid solutions).

* Patient should be open to solving his problem with means that he may not be familiar with, such as a different diet, use of a sauna, mental imagery and such.

* Patient MUST have a strong will to live, or be willing for us to work with him so as to bring that about.

* We prefer that patient has no other obvious health issues, other than the cancer.

* Patient must gave a good family support system-- loving children, parents, etc. who can emotionally support the patient during his recovery.

* It definitely helps to have a strong spiritual background.  

* Patient must be ambulatory, able to travel to our clinic several times weekly for consults and energy work, and ideally live within 100 miles of our Tracy clinic. 

* Patient must have financial resources sufficient for the work, typically about $5,000 per month for as many as 4 months. Family can often help with this, but if patient worries too much about the expense, that can tend to slow the recovery.