I chose the website name "icuredcancer" because it is technically true that I am a pivotal factor in my healing, and of course it is an appropriately stark and provocative title. But I did not actually cure my cancer, and it is not fully cured yet. It is an ongoing, team effort, with the following essential players: God, the creator and healer (physically, mentally, spiritually) and answerer of prayers, the hundreds of people around the world (family, friends, and even strangers) that care enough to pray for me and encourage me regularly, the amazingly sophisticated human body that God designed with the innate capability to repair itself, the awesome power of nutrition and disease-fighting that God infused into plants as food and medicine, the amazing work of many others who researched and proved and promoted these methods, Al Gore The Benevolent Inventor Of The Internet where an avalanche of life-saving information is available at our fingertips unfiltered by the conventional "experts" and elite gatekeepers as in the recent past, those two conventional doctors (out of about 30 so far since this started back in the day) who ultimately acquiesced to my relentlessness and approved of my methods, the naturopathic doctor who was on board from my first appointment, and my own tenacious diligence and objectivity. I repeatedly attribute my healing progress to God, and in answer to skeptics who prefer to believe the therapy regimen deserves more credit than God, I remind them of God's creative powers and resources described above, and the fact that much of the battle is escaping the "conventional" paradigm, such that it was a miracle that God led me out of that deadly trap. There are tentacles of its grip I'm still discovering and learning to extricate myself from all the time, a process that God continues to help lead me through. And the personal spiritual factors are integral to the journey. Without God's help, I would be at a serious disadvantage, if I would have this progress at all. God is indeed healing me.
My cancer was diagnosed in February 2019. It is technically called "metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoma." The disease is more generally called Zollinger Ellison Syndrome (ZES). The tumors themselves are called "gastrinomas." They are "neuroendocrine" tumors, which means their diabolical design is to produce hormones. In this case, the tumors produce gastrin hormone, which is the hormone that stimulates the stomach to produce acid. Normally, the body produces gastrin on a regulated basis, which stimulates the stomach to produce acid on a regulated basis, switching on and off as needed for digestion. But the tumor produces gastrin all the time, which stimulates the stomach to produce acid all the time, and that flood of excess acid causes chronic, severe digestive system distress, primarily heartburn and diarrhea. Those were the symptoms that caused me to go to the doctor to get checked out. I also have a mild level of a complication called "carcinoid syndrome," which means the tumors also produce excess serotonin hormone, which causes flushing/redness of the skin, and even more severe diarrhea; in my case the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome are only intermittent.
This is my second time around with ZES. I originally had ZES in the 1990s. It was a single, 5cm gastrinoma tumor in the abdomen, which was removed surgically in 2000. I first started having symptoms in 1992, but it took many years to get the correct diagnosis of ZES, because it's so rare none of my doctors believed that could be it, until there was nothing else left to test for after having tested for everything else. (This summary does not do justice to the 8-year drama.) At the time, the gastrinoma tumor was diagnosed as benign, not cancerous, because it was not in an aggressive-growing state, and it was singular, it had not spread. After surgery, I was fine for many years.
But then when similar symptoms arose again in recent years, on my first doctor visit to get checked out, I already knew what tests to ask for to test for ZES. The first blood tests showed the tumor markers were off the scale (gastrin, chromogranin-A), much higher than they ever were in the first episode of ZES. So I knew I had a big ugly gastrinoma tumor. The next questions were, where was it, and would it be amenable to surgery? A PET scan answered those questions. It was not a single tumor, there were numerous tumors, which was shocking news. There was a 9cm tumor in the abdomen (about the size of a softball), plus 35 smaller tumors throughout the body, in the liver, lymph nodes, and bones (vertebrae, ribs, pelvis, femurs). In other words, this time it's not benign, it's cancer, and it's stage 4. Maybe it was never really benign the first time; I'm coming to believe there is no such thing as a benign version of ZES.
It goes without saying that receiving a cancer diagnosis hits you like a death sentence, which sends you reeling as you collide with the reality of your own mortality. Being a Christian did not exempt me from this shock, although it certainly starting alleviating it right from the start. I'll add to this story to describe more about the impact when I have time; this website is a work in progress. But I will say this: I never asked "why me?", I never got angry, I never felt it wasn't fair, I never despaired, etc. The "why me" question answered itself two different ways. First, I accepted the fact that life is hazardous, things happen, nobody is exempt from misfortune, and God's faithfulness remains; it's no more complicated than that, and nothing new. Second, when I learned, contrary to the conventional wisdom, the truth about cancer, that it's not just a random occurrence or genetic bad luck, but a result of identifiable factors within my control, it was no longer a mystery why it happened. I realized my own lifestyle and environment, even though relatively "healthy" by conventional standards, were in fact carcinogenic. The real underlying disease was the conventional wisdom, and my own ignorance, typical of the average person. This not only explained why the cancer occurred, but how to reverse it. Curing that root defect, in other words, liberating myself from the flawed conventional wisdom, was the first step to curing the cancer.
The cancer is a slow-growing type, but eventually it typically becomes aggressive, it's just a matter of time. So I wasn't in an immediate crisis, but still, the matter was serious, and the cancer was, by conventional medical standards, ultimately terminal. It was not amenable to surgery, because the big tumor was too deeply embedded in the abdomen to be reached safely, and the rest of the tumors would remain anyway, so surgery could not cure the disease. My oncologist said that it's "treatable," and the prognosis was that I would have "a long life." When I asked for more specifics on the time-frame, she said "five to ten years," which I don't consider a "long life" at age 52, with a wife and two kids ages 16 and 10. The "treatment" is a drug called octreotide (brand name Sandostatin LAR Depot), which is a hormone-blocker. It blocks the tumors' production of gastrin and serotonin, which prevents my symptoms. Octreotide is also reputed to have a tumor-suppression effect, slowing (but not reversing) tumor growth, which supposedly puts off the aggressive phase of the disease, and extends lifespan. It is prescribed continuously for the rest of the patient's life. I was on it for three months, and it does prevent the symptoms. I originally consented to it, even though I was becoming leery of conventional treatments, because, hey, it wasn't chemotherapy, and was supposedly the best and only treatment. But because of the negative side effects I was experiencing and reading about, the existence of other, safer symptom-control options, my research which revealed that the longevity effect of the drug was ridiculously overrated, and my growing skepticism of conventional treatment, I quit it, against my oncologist's advice. I am not receiving any conventional medical treatment for this cancer. Instead, I am applying the natural regimen described on this website, and the cancer is healing.
By conventional medical standards, there is no curative treatment for this type of cancer, the octreotide is only palliative. By conventional medical standards, this disease never diminishes under any circumstances, it typically only inexorably gets worse and is terminal. But that is not happening in my case, due to a lot of prayer and nutritional therapy. My discovery of nutritional therapy was the result of receiving a gift from an acquaintance, a book called "Chris Beat Cancer" by Chris Wark. The theory is that healing cancer involves the following elements: (1) overdose of plant-based nutrition (no animal products), particularly incorporating juicing because it's the only way to get a high enough volume of nutrients, (2) detoxification, (3) exercise/sunshine, and (4) mental/emotional/spiritual de-stressing; prayer and devotion to God are key. I immediately saw the soundness of the theory the first day reading that book; by the time I finished the book the next day I had already radically changed my lifestyle, and have never looked back or slacked off. My healing progress is the result of lots of prayer and the natural therapy described on this website. My cancer has reversed course and is diminishing slowly but steadily, without medical treatment. This progress is unprecedented, and is blowing my oncologist's mind. Follow up scans show all of the tumors are shrinking; the primary tumor has shrunk 32% in mass so far (as of Dec. 2019). On top of that, I feel fantastic, I lost 40+ pounds without trying, various aches and pains are gone, and I feel like I'm in my 20s again. This type of regimen is not only cancer-fighting, it's health-promoting in general, and can be effective against a wide variety of chronic diseases. My regimen is intense because it's aimed at healing an active case of cancer. But if a chronic disease is not your issue, a milder version could be used for disease prevention or general health.
Is the regimen I describe on this website (or something similar but tailored to your needs) difficult to follow? As a practical matter, yes. As a matter of commitment and perseverance, yes. But it all comes down to motivation. Before I was diagnosed with cancer and was compelled to research these issues, I thought of myself as rather conscientious and informed about diet and health. But I have since learned the facts were very different than what I thought; the toxicity in the standard American diet is shocking, the professional complainers (ideology aside) are actually correct. So I have a completely new understanding and motivation. I was liberated from the ignorance I didn't know I had, so I can't un-know what I now know. What made the difference in my motivation is that my very life was at stake. So it was not hard at all for me to make the drastic switch, and stick to it. People ask me if I miss all the stuff I used to eat. Nope, I've never looked back; I simply can't afford to, so I made a choice not to. It's easy for me to not take the bait, because I now see the hook conspicuously sticking out of it. And of course I can't deny the tremendous beneficial results; why would I want to undermine that? It all comes down to realizing what's at stake. If you are in crisis now, you may know what I mean. If you are not in crisis, you may not think you need to make drastic changes; it may take a crisis to shatter your apathy or assumptions. But please take it from me, you are not immune, crisis probably WILL come someday, the odds are against you. But you're now ahead of where I was, because you now know my story of both the crisis and what helped me. Let that be your motivation to commit to a plan aimed at prevention. Here's an example: My oncologist prescribed monthly blood tests, including for liver function (because this disease typically eventually kills the patient by tumors overtaking the liver). I've had normal liver function test results all this time. But my naturopathic doctor said that your liver function could be diminished 80% by the time liver function blood tests show abnormal results. The point is, the human body has a lot of resiliency, and a very wide margin for surviving dysfunction, so you could be slowly declining in health and never know it until it crosses a certain threshold and symptoms appear. In other words, just because you feel healthy, doesn't mean you are, and just because your standard, common diet hasn't killed you yet doesn't mean it's not slowly doing so. You may be in crisis and not know it.
I hope my story will motivate you to re-think what you thought you knew, and motivate you to do some research and make needed improvements. I thought I lived a pretty healthy lifestyle, and never thought I'd face a deadly crisis. I thought I had defeated the tumor monster the first time, once and for all. Then I got incurable cancer, at a relatively young age. I learned the hard way that our assumptions about what is healthy are very incorrect, and the risks we think won't affect us almost always do, it's just a matter of time. Neither the statistics nor the clock are in your favor; I can say with relative accuracy that your deadly crisis is coming, unless you make drastic changes now, and maybe even if you do. Don't let what happened to me happen to you; don't wait for the deadly crisis to arise to motivate you to learn what you didn't know before, and make the necessary drastic changes. Take a shortcut and review the resources I recommend to you now, rather than scrambling to discover them in an emergency. Switch roads now, while you have the most time in front of you. You may already have cancer and not know it yet; it's very common for it to exist for years before being discovered, only when it is so advanced it starts showing symptoms. There's no time to waste, get serious now.