What I did
The following details the naturopathic approach I took as an alternative to conventional medicine in the treatment of my triple negative breast tumour (ie does not respond to oestrogen, progesterone or herceptin).
There are many areas of my life that I have changed. I do not know which of the items detailed below had an effect of my tumour. It may have been just one thing that I did or it could have been a combination of all of them. Due to the nature of the condition, I was unable to try just one supplement or dietary change for a few months, to see if that worked. I had to include all of the following at the same time.
The main areas I worked on were as follows:
Based upon the work of Otto Warburg, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1931 for his work with cancer cells. He discovered that cancer cells thrive in an oxygen free environment and utilise sugars for their fuel. "Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar." -- Dr. Otto H. Warburg in Lecture.
In order to monitor its effectiveness, I measured my urine PH level every morning and evening. Although urine PH is not a direct measure of the alkalinity within the body, it does give a reading of what is being eliminated and therefore a general indication of the overall state of the body. I aimed to maintain a reading of 8 to 8.5, i.e. very alkaline. Information I gleaned from the internet suggested a range of 6.5-7.5 for a healthy body and greater than 8 where any pathology was present.
I alkalised my diet as much as possible. In particular I:
Eliminated all sugar and sugar products (including artificial sweeteners). Natural sugar in the form of fruit was OK in moderation. If I wanted something sweet, I ate a few grapes or melon.
Eliminated all cow's dairy with the exception of organic butter. (Based upon "Your Life in Your Hands: Understand, Prevent and Overcome Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer" by Jane Plant"). When I wanted some dairy I ate goat's cheese and yoghurt or sheep's cheese e.g. feta. I drank Rice Dream as an alternative to milk. I could have used soya milk, but I have a personal intolerance to soya milk.
Eliminated all white flour products and white rice products. If I wanted bread, I ate wholemeal or better still, spelt products. For rice I used brown rice or occasionally wild rice. I ate quinoa as an alternative.
Avoided all red meat - beef, pork, lamb etc. I ate a little chicken and occasional fish, but only 2 or 3 times a week.
Eliminated alcohol, coffee, soft drinks (including sugar free), tea (including rooibos). I drank only filtered or bottled water or bambu coffee substitute or herbal infusions.
Ate as many vegetables as possible. Lots of salads and products in season. Eating organic where possible.
Drank at least 2 juices a day (I invested in the best juicer I could afford). In the morning I made a delicious juice of organic apple, carrot, whole lemon and ginger. Later in the day I made a veggie juice, with several green vegetables e.g. cabbage, kale, chard, watercress, spinach or whatever was in season, organic where possible. To this I also added some red pepper, yellow pepper, red cabbage or beetroot.
To aid the alkalising process I took a teaspoon on bicarbonate of soda, dissolved in water, every morning and evening.
Aimed to drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day (filtered or bottled only).
Click HERE for a pdf of the basic alkalising chart I followed. I don't know the original source of this image, but it is widely available on the internet. Many apologies if using this image contravenes any copyright.
I took many supplements covering several areas:
General well being and boosting the immune system
Liver, Spleen and Kidney support The liver is the main organ of elimination and therefore is clearing toxicity from the body. The kidneys and spleen are also important in this process.
The following supplements are reputed to have a direct effect of malignant tumours.
Resvertrol (polygonium cuspidatum)
200mg twice daily
(If at any time there was any light headedness or dizziness after increasing, the quality was decreased again for several days before increase was attempted again.)
To help remove the unwanted toxins from the body, in addition to the supplements and alkalizing diet that promoted the detoxification, I used the following methods. At least one of the following each day: