Saturday, January 29, 2011

Surviving Cancer Program

This 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program developed by the Puna Wai Ora Mind-Body Cancer Clinic and Healing Center, has been designed to educate you on how cancer came to be present within your body, so you can take the necessary steps to heal within.

Step 1 – Healing Emotions / Eliminating Internal Stress

This area is most often neglected or in denial or totaled dismissed by some cancer patients. Emotional stress (anger, hurt, grief, hate) causes cancer at the cell level, by causing a depletion of adrenaline, which results in a build up of sugar, leading to low oxygen levels, fermentation, and cell mutation (cancer). Healing emotional pain (anger, hurt, grief, hate) is the most CRITICAL step in recovering from cancer. It is the first step in your 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program.

Step 2 – Avoiding / Removing All External Stress

Any external stress will feed cancer at the cell level by causing a depletion of adrenaline. ALL stress should be avoided, without exception.

According to Lothar Hirneise, world-renowned cancer researcher, late stage cancer survivors have all made considerable SYSTEMS CHANGE. This means they have either changed jobs or stopped working altogether, ended relationships or marriages that are stressful or depressing, moved house, moved to a peaceful location etc, all for the purpose of removing ALL stress from their lives.

Step 3 – Reducing Stress Hormone Cortisol Levels

Finding additional ways to remove / reduce stress inside your PHYSICAL body will help to calm the autonomic nervous system and lower stress cortisol Levels that have been proven to suppress immune system function. Those with cancer have abnormally high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Regular aromatherapy massage, yoga, tai chi, meditation, relaxation techniques, and regular laughter, will all help to lower stress cortisol levels. Lowering stress cortisol levels is an important part of your 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program. A DAILY regime of one-two or more of these relaxation techniques should be a minimum requirement for those recovering from cancer.

The use of laughter should be strongly considered. There are many instances of cancer patients who have used laughter therapy (i.e. Watched VERY funny movies/comedies everyday during their recovery) without using mainstream medicine and have fully recovered. Laughter is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.

Step 4 – Increasing Melatonin Levels

Those with cancer have abnormally low levels of melatonin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland of the brain during deep uninterrupted sleep. This is important because 1) Melatonin is responsible for inhibiting cancer cell growth and 2) because melatonin is the hormone responsible for regulating the immune system. Those with cancer have low melatonin levels because the internal stress they feel means they have difficulty sleeping well.

Daily meditation has been shown in studies to significantly increase melatonin levels and should be strongly considered as a key element of your 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program. It has also been shown that those who meditate regularly, have very low incidence of cancer.

Step 5 – Boosting / Supporting The Immune System

High stress cortisol levels, parasites, pathogenic microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungus), chemotherapy and radiation will all significantly weaken the immune system, whose job it is to keep the body healthy and to destroy cancer cells and other harmful pathogens in the body. Therefore it is vitally important to support the immune system during recovery from cancer and during remission.

Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy can also be used for this purpose and should whenever possible, be used PRIOR to chemotherapy and radiation.

Step 6 – Cleansing the Body of Microbes and Parasites

Prolonged stress suppresses the immune system. When the immune system is suppressed, somatids (tiny healthy organisms necessary for life that live in our body and our blood) - pleomorphise (change) from harmless (spore like forms) to harmful viral, bacterial, and fungus like forms.

Cancer cannot exist without these viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus that a) ferment the glucose in normal cells, breaking the (oxygen) krebs cycle of the cell, causing cell mutation and the birth of new cancer cells and b) ferment the glucose in cancer cells, providing a natural growth factor for cancer cells and tumors to grow within the body.

It is also important to de-worm larger parasites within the body. These parasites weaken the immune system and secrete toxins in the body. A herbal formula such as Clarkia or another parasite cleanse should be undertaken every 6 months.

Step 7 - Detoxifying the Body

What are toxins? Toxins include “mycotoxins” or acidic waste products caused by 1) microbe and parasite secretions, 2) a poor diet, 3) chemicals, alcohol, tobacco, 4) anti-biotics, 5) chemotherapy agents, 6) fermentation of stress hormones, 7) poor exercise regime causing build up of lactic acid, 8) dead microbes and parasites, and 9) dead cancer cells.

These toxins build up primarily in the liver – the master immune system organ. When the liver is overloaded with these toxins, your immune system is weakened, you feel sicker, and cancer and virus-bacteria-fungus thrives. It is very important to have an on-going detoxification plan to detoxify the liver (the master immune system organ), the colon (intestinal immune system), the gall bladder and the kidneys, to prevent toxins building up within your body.

When you are killing microbes and parasites or using an alternative or orthodox cancer treatment to kill cancer cells, it is important to detoxify the body at the same time, as your liver cannot remove from the body all the dead microbes and cancer cells that are being killed in the process.

Step 8 - Cancer Nutrition / Re-Alkalizing the Body's pH

Cleansing your body from the inside out also means making sure whatever you put in your body from now on is free from toxins. It is PARAMOUNT - as part of your 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program - to stop smoking and to stop drinking alcohol and to change your diet to one rich in anti-cancer foods. These are foods whose compounds have been proven in studies to fight and kill cancer cells in the body.

It is also essential to have a strategy to re-alkalise the body's cells to a pH of 7.0 or greater. Cancer cells can only survive in a low-pH environment and this is why nearly all those with cancer have a low pH of between 4.0 - 6.5pH.

This low pH is caused by the excretion of "mycotoxins" which is the acidic 'waste product' of the fungus-microbe in the cancer cell. And the presense of the fungus-microbe itself is caused due to prolonged emotional stress and poor nutrition.

As cancer cells find it difficult to survive in a high pH alkaline environment and cannot survive in a pH environment of 8.0 or greater, it is therefore essential to include a 3 step protocol to restore correct cell pH.

Step 9 – Overcoming the Subconscious Death Wish

All late stage cancer survivors have a strong inner belief that they can beat their cancer and overcome it. This is because all cancer begins with a 'subconscious wanting to die', and if this can be reversed, then the patient will survive.

This strong will to live sends direct messages to the immune system to 're-activate' and destroy cancer cells in the body. Those who feel cancer has beat them, or who feel tired of life and have lost their passion and joy for life, in other words have lost their will to live, send subconscious messages to their immune system to shut down and stop working altogether. It is important to understand that cancer is only a warning that you have momentarily 'lost your will to live' and that you can regain it at any time.

Step 10 – Connecting To God / Accepting Divine Healing

Those who have faith in God to heal them have a much higher rate of survival according to many cancer studies undertaken in this area. Prayer is a calling to God that you want to live, and this helps overcome the subconscious death wish, mentioned above.

Step 11 - Choosing An Alternative Cancer Treatment

The final step of your 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program is to choose at least one alternative cancer treatment that feels right for you. In most cases you should only need to choose one treatment in addition to the above steps of the 11 Step Cancer Survivor Program.

We highly recommend that your alternative cancer treatment at least include one dietary cancer treatment such as the Johanna Budwig Diet, the Gerson Therapy Diet, the Bill Henderson Diet Protocol (which is based on the Budwig Diet) or the Brandt Grape Cure (if you are up to it). These are a few examples and there are more. Very important: Always choose a diet you enjoy, as it is important that everything you do in your life bring you joy, not misery.


  1. Dear CT,

    From following your blog, it is obvious that you do quite alot of reading on healing and management of cancer. Yet I wish to pose you this question, "How many of these practices do you use in your own healing"? For eg, when you talk of "avoiding/removing stress" have you listed down your sources of stress and worked to remove them?

    W.r.t. to emotional healing, are you able to allow yourself to feel anger or are you like so many people who mistakenly think that it wrong to feel angry and suppress it? Are you filled with guilt?

    Do you meditate daily?

    I fervently hope that you practice what you post because I believe what your article says, 'they are critical steps in surviving cancer" if you embrace them in your daily life on a deeper level.

    My wishes to you for a great CNY!

  2. To answer your question, I do as many of the practices as I can.

    Some areas like emotional therapy, I do seek counseling. I find it helpful to understand the feelings and how to manage them. It's not a straight forward process and takes times to untangle the anger and guilt feelings.

    The idea of sharing is to share in whole of the best practices. Due to my own shortcomings, I may not be able to follow fully the recommendations. However, it is my hope that other patients be able to do more and better than me.

    My strategy is simple, I do the best I can.

  3. CT,

    Being an accountant by training, its natural to have a tendency to analyse matters and categorise between what is right and what is not so right. Accountants tend to see things in black or white, so much so, they tend to lose focus with the grey reality of things. Its this conditioning that perhaps make it challenging for you as everything must either balance, make sense or reconcile to the dot.

    However, CT, life is not always like that. It saddens me to read of your sharing this new year. Somehow, energy has been sapped out of you and I get the sense that you are getting 'tired' - not in the physical sense. You need to find strength to persevere and sustain yourself, not begin to lose hope.

    Continue doing what you have been doing and do not think of the outcome. Persevere with your spiritual meditations. Don't allow hopelessness to creep in as it can compound itself. Whether you are a Buddhist or Christian, be the best that you can. Know that there is life after death. Do not be afraid - keep living!

    Believe that you are doing the best you can; there is no right or wrong, cancer cannot be reconciled. I miss the times when you use to share your personal feelings and thoughts; it is this inner side of you that you must encounter daily through your blog so that others can draw hope. Open yourself up. Don't waste your time cutting and pasting 'best practices' because it will sap your energy. The other patients can take care of themselves.

    Blog about youself, what fears you most, your concerns, your joys, your family...confront these and I am sure you will find peace. Keep juicing, etc. Most of the battle is in the mind and most of the solution is in your heart.

    Your were created as yourself as a gift to the world, to others...bring back that personal touch to your daily blog. I assure you that encountering your deepest thoughts and journalling these will keep you going and complement all your current practices.

    Focus on yourself and what you deem best to do under such have done well...don't get distracted.

    Hope you can share what bothers you deepest in your heart right now in your next blog and take it on from there. Through you, someone else out there may encounter the divine...even you.

    Keep that beautiful simplicity and don't get too human, be vulnerable...then, you will be strong

  4. Chang,

    Just want to share with you 2 Buddhist quotes and my reflection.

    “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

    Choose to keep living and sharing what's most important to you; everyday, strive to share your legacy...

    “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

    The heartfelt sharing of your innermost thoughts, reflections and insights would be something that is priceless and most healing...

    Take care, friend.


  5. From the great Tibeten Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche, he says:

    "Every spiritual tradition has stressed that this human life is unique and has a potential that ordinarily we don’t even begin to imagine. If we miss the opportunity this life offers us for transforming ourselves, they say, it may well be an extremely long time before we have another.

    Imagine a blind turtle roaming the depths of an ocean the size of the universe. Up above floats a wooden ring, tossed to and fro on the waves. Every hundred years, the turtle comes, once, to the surface. To be born a human being is said by Buddhists to be more difficult than for that turtle to surface accidentally with its head poking through the wooden ring.

    And even among those who have a human birth, it is said, those who have the great good fortune to make a connection with the teachings are rare, and those who really take them to heart and embody them in their actions even rarer—as rare, in fact, “as stars in broad daylight.”

    The quality of life in the realm of the gods may look superior to our own, yet the masters tell us that human life is infinitely more valuable. Why? Because of the very fact that we have the awareness and intelligence that are the raw materials for enlightenment, and because the very suffering that pervades this human realm is itself the spur to spiritual transformation.
    Pain, grief, loss, and ceaseless frustration of every kind are there for a very real and dramatic purpose: to wake us up, to enable, almost to force us to break out of the cycle of samsara and so release our imprisoned splendor."

    I hope this brings meaning for you, mate. Wishin that you always choose the way of wisdom from this day forth.

  6. Thanks for posting this. I think it's a great summary.

    I started taking 20mg of melatonin every night. I've been doing so for about a month now. My biggest challenge is making time to meditate or do yoga or something similar. I find that the Gerson and other therapies are very time consuming and somewhat demanding, and between that and all the regular tasks around the house I don't have much time left for my stress reduction program.

    Thanks for the reminder of how important it is!