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Alternative Treatments

Between the surgery and radiation I do not dwell on the surgeon’s words. “Your cancer could come back anytime, anywhere, in any organ . . . don’t worry about it. There is nothing you can do about it.” I do not agree and seek other opinions and directives. I send the pathology report which says I have stage 2 cancer, no papillary serous to two alternative medicine doctors – both also trained in western medicine, Dr. Marie Mulligan and Dr. Beverley Kane. I also go to Dr. Chen, my Chinese acupuncturist as soon as I feel well enough to leave the house. He holds my wrist, he looks at my tongue. “We need to increase your chi, balance your body” he says. “Don’t worry. You will live into your 80’s.”

Acupuncture

Marie (Dr. Mulligan) graciously consults with me on the phone. She makes many recommendations; her knowledge is encyclopedic. I can barely write fast enough to get it all down.

See your acupuncturist regularly – for the rest of your life. He will feel dedicated to healing you. The Chinese doctors I know feel responsible when their patients get cancer. There are mushrooms that are good for cancer and particularly for radiation – Maitake and Reishi, also called Lingzhi. Start taking blue green algae, Chlorella in particular. It rids your body of heavy metals, cleans and supports your blood. Keep your body more alkali by drinking lemon juice in water – a pint/day. Eat millet and plenty of vegetables – sweet potatoes, squashes, garlic, onion, leeks, cilantro, cabbage, broccoli. Good fruits are blueberries and raspberries. Drink Green Tea. By the way, the diet doesn’t have to be boring. There is a wonderful cook book, One Bite at a Time, Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends, by Rebecca Katz, with really delicious vegetarian fare. You can look into the Coenzyme Q-10.

I look into the Mayo Clinic’s report on Q-10 – there are currently no conclusive studies about it’s use for cancer, but there is interesting information about it:

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.

Levels of CoQ10 in the body can be increased by taking CoQ10 supplements, although it is not clear that replacing “low CoQ10” is beneficial.

CoQ10 has been used, recommended, or studied for numerous conditions, but remains controversial as a treatment in many areas.: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coenzyme-q10/NS_patient-coenzymeq10/DSECTION=evidence.


I think Dr. Marie must be finished with her advice, not realizing the extent of her abundant resources. She continues with recommendations for a two week annual cleansing diet of lemon juice and water and steamed vegetables. “You can even try a juice fast for week – just water with lemon juice or a pinch of baking soda. Get a lot of exercise, reduce your consumption of dairy and above all DON’T WORRY. WORRY=ADHESIONS. You are not really the type I associate with this kind of cancer – it tends to appear in women with a lot of stress.”
Hmmmmmm.

Meanwhile, morphogenesis:

From humble beginnings: