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Asbestos and Cancer: A Survivor’s Tale

Asbestos and Cancer: A Survivor’s Tale

At any time in your life have you been exposed to asbestos? Then you may be at risk for mesothelioma. The link between asbestos and cancer was discovered based on correlating the incidence of mesothelioma and chronic asbestos exposure, especially for construction workers. The worst part of being diagnosed with mesothelioma is that once diagnosed, most people only live up to a year or less.

With that being said there is hope. There are some cases where people diagnosed with mesothelioma have lived years beyond what the doctors predicted. How did these people do it? They did it with alternative cancer treatments, using natural substances and by changing the way they lived their lives.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos dust. The particles from this dust get stuck in the membranes that surround the vital body parts. These particles begin to cause the cells to grow in ways that are not healthy, causing this form of cancer.

What are the Symptoms?

Unfortunately the early signs of mesothelioma are similar to flu-like symptoms, for example a cough that will not go away, difficulty in breathing etc. These symptoms get worse over time and finally manifests as cancer.

The saddest part of a mesothelioma diagnosis is that for the most part it is a death sentence with a survival rate of about a year. Primarily, the reason for this is due to misdiagnosis, or late diagnosis. In other words, it is normally not caught until it is in advanced stages.

Treatments for Mesothelioma

Radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy are the conventional treatments. Until now.
There is hope with some of the alternative cancer treatments that people can survive and outlast the entire prognosis they are given. Using natural remedies and changing the way they live is the beginning of their fight for survival.

Mesothelioma Survivors

Would an alternative cancer treatment for mesothelioma work? Paul Kraus is one example of how making some simple changes can pay big dividends. After being diagnosed with a form of mesothelioma he turned to supplements, vitamins, and fresh squeezed juices to fight his cancer. He also changed his lifestyle, and he became a vegetarian. In addition to changing his diet he also embraced ozone therapy, which has been used extensively for cancer treatment by practitioners of alternative medicine. There has been research that says cancer cells do not like oxygen rich environments, and ozone delivers easily available oxygen through the respiratory channels at a cellular level.

Inspired by Hippocrates, Rhio O’Connor decided to fight his mesothelioma with supplements. He took more than 100 a day and lived seven years. He decided that the traditional methods for fighting cancer would have left him too weak to enjoy the time he had left, and it worked. He actively partnered with his doctors to develop an alternative cancer treatment plan customized just for him, including mind-body medicine.

O’Connor also wrote a book detailing his journey through this disease called “They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor`s Story.”

Mesothelioma Does Not Have to Be A Death Sentence

There are many different ways to attack a disease like mesotheloioma, and cancer in general. Throughout history there have been many herbs and other natural substances that have aided in the treatment of cancer. The main problem is that since it is not possible to find anything proprietary the drug companies do not want to spend time exploring these options. However, they still exist and just need the light of day to show what they can do. The coming years will likely see an increase in those turning away from the large pharmaceutical companies and returning to a more natural approach to their own healthcare.


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3. “They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor`s Story”, by Rhio O`Conner, Published by Cancer Monthly.

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