I’m excited to share this guest blog from James O’Neill, who was a throat cancer patient at Hope4Cancer Institute in November of 2014. James hails from just up the coast in Los Angeles, CA, and has impressed me with his commitment to healing and his patience with the process. Most throat cancer patients are faced with the potential of drastically disfiguring their face, mouth, and neck when they undergo the radiation treatments recommended as part of conventional therapies. They can be left with life-long issues, such as jaw and dental problems, loss of hearing, and irreversible damage to their salivary glands, swallowing mechanism, and vocal cords.
At Hope4Cancer, our non-toxic, alternative therapies bolster the immune system and rid the body of cancer cells. We have had many successes with head and neck cancers, and I’m pleased with James’ healing progress to date.
By James O’Neill, throat cancer patient, November 2014
My story began in October 2014 with the diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV) squamous cell carcinoma throat cancer. I had a 3 cm by 9 cm tumor at the base of my tongue. It all started with a small lump on the side of my neck, but other than that, I didn’t have any other symptoms.
Once the diagnosis was confirmed, my doctors gave me only one option — radiation and chemo in large doses for a full year. After some research, I learned that even though my chances of a full recovery were high (80+ percent), I would likely have some permanent side effects that I’d have to live with for the rest of my life.
I also didn’t like the fact that I was presented with only one option. So I decided to make options for myself. I did a ton of research, which led me to Hope4Cancer more than anywhere else.
In November 2014, I headed for Hope4Cancer for a three-week stay. I participated in the standard protocol, which included IVs such as high dose Vitamin C and B17/Laetrile. I also did the heat, sound, light, and oxygen therapies, and coffee enemas. My personalized protocol also included the Rigvir Virotherapy treatment.
After my three weeks of treatment, I headed back to L.A. and started my home program. During my first three months at home, the tumor in my throat reduced by 70 percent and blood flow to the mass decreased by 50 percent. I was thrilled with my progress. But when I became aware of some new therapies brought to the clinic by Dr. Tony Jimenez, I decided to advance my healing by returning as an in-patient.
I came back in May 2015 for another stay of six weeks at the clinic. Specifically, I wanted to try some new treatments. I also started the IPT (low dose chemotherapy) treatment to help rid my lymph nodes of cancer. I have continued to take the IPT treatment as an out-patient once per week since mid-June. I am continuing to see progress with my throat cancer as I approach the anniversary of my diagnosis.
The only side effect I have on IPT is tiredness a few days after a treatment. Unlike traditional chemo treatments, I haven’t lost my hair or experienced any neuropathy or other damage. Overall, I’m a little skinnier than I used to be, but I still hike and work. I’m making progress toward a cancer-free me every day.
When I arrived at the clinic in November 2014, I was in shock. I had just been diagnosed and told my doctors “no thank you” to their conventional cancer treatment plan. As soon as I entered the doors at Hope4Cancer, Dr. Tony and the staff eased my fears, assessed my situation, and got me moving forward on my healing plan.
When I was considering coming to Hope4Cancer, I feared being surrounded by other cancer patients all the time. I thought it would be depressing. But I found just the opposite — I was quickly comforted and made to feel safe by the staff at Hope4Cancer and my fellow patients.
I wasn’t as social my first time at the clinic, but when I was back for my second stay, I really engaged with my peers. By doing that, I made many lifelong friends, and we have all helped each other heal. They have given me the inspiration to keep plugging away and stay strong in my spirit, which has been needed at times along my healing path.
Every day, I remember the conversations with fellow patients at the clinic that made me laugh, cry, or think. Those moments always made me feel more powerful and stronger. I am regaining my health in part because of the community that is healing their cancer together at Hope4Cancer. I have found that staying connected to other patients through Facebook, email, and texting has been key to keeping the healing going as well.
You Are What You Eat
Diet and nutrition have been a big part of my therapy in the clinic and at home. In the early part of my healing process, I ate a 90 percent vegan diet. But after meeting with the Hope4Cancer’s new nutritionist, Oscar Puig, in June, it made more sense for me to be on a Ketogenic diet, because my blood type is O+. As a result, I have gained a lot more energy, I need less sleep, and I feel a lot better.
As part of the Ketogenic diet, I’m eating three pieces of protein a day with minimal carbohydrates. I get about 20 percent of my calories from carbs, 35 percent from protein, and 45 percent from fat. That sounds like a lot of fat, but it’s really only a few more tablespoons of coconut oil and olive oil. There are a lot of calories in fat! Once a week, I have a few more carbohydrates to avoid the “hibernation mode” that can come with a Ketogenic diet.
Keys to Success
The people that I know who have been successful with their Hope4Cancer therapies and have achieved remission or the “all clear” sign share a number of characteristics. They typically have a super positive outlook with a positive philosophy, religion, or faith. They are energetic people with a message of optimism.
Beating cancer with your mind is key. That’s one of the reasons that the patient-to-patient interaction is so critical at Hope4Cancer. I’ve had many deep conversations with other patients that helped me to heal. Their courageousness to defy convention and resist the traditional way to treat cancer inspires me and encourages me to keep moving forward.
I’ve also learned to unburden myself from anything that is bogging me down. While my cancer was likely caused by a virus and environmental factors, I’ve still learned a lot about the role emotion plays in the health of my immune system.
In Hope4Cancer’s Recall Healing, I learned that throat cancer can be related to not speaking up and feeling as if you can’t express yourself. While I believe my cancer was more environmentally induced, I have become more social and more engaging in the last six months. I’ve been using my voice more effectively. Today, I’m more in love with life than I’ve ever been.
Next Steps in Healing
I’m happy to report that nine months into this process I have everything in check, nothing is spreading, and I’m making progress. But I know that healing cancer is a long-term process.
I like to think my time at Hope4Cancer is how I turned myself around. However, the home program was where I saw and continue to see the biggest advances. It’s a little like turning a massive ship in the ocean… it takes time. But once you’ve turned that ship, you can seek your destination. Most patients who have had great results saw them once they have been on the home program for at least seven months. That keeps me motivated to stay on course.
I’m keeping my eye on all the new therapies that Dr. Tony is discovering and bringing to the clinic. He is tireless in his quest for the next therapy that will help one of his patients heal. I’m thankful that Hope4Cancer gave me an option other than the conventional system. My face, jaw, throat, and neck are intact because I took this path, and I am confident that I will achieve a cancer-free me in the not-too-distant future.
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