Big C vs Vitamin C-A A +A
Monday, October 11, 2010
EARLY in March of this year the doctors found out I had lymphoma (cancer in the lymphatic system). The discovery was just about a week before my wife Blandy, our son Gino and I were to visit our daughter Kaye and son-in-law Anton in New Zealand. The oncologist from St. Luke’s Hospital recommended that I undergo chemotherapy after a biopsy shall have determined the type of lymphoma that was growing inside my body.
The prospect of chemotherapy was definitely not pleasant, so when we reached New Zealand the first thing I discussed with the family was the option of me undergoing homeopathic treatment instead. Homeopathy is not yet generally accepted by doctors, but I prefer its approach when it comes to treating sickness. Unlike chemotherapy, for example, treatment is not focused on and does not attack the cancer directly. What the practitioners do is make the patient very healthy and maximize his immune system so that the body will on its own attack and cure whatever is wrong with it. This is done by first changing the patient’s diet so that he reduces his consumption of harmful toxins. Then he is made to ingest herbal supplements so that he takes in more than his usual share of natural vitamins (like massive doses of Vitamin C) and minerals. Adding exercise to the formula, the patient in theory then becomes physically prepared to combat any disease, including the major ones like cancer.
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I was glad everyone in the family felt like me, so when we came back from our out-of-country visit late in April, I went to the clinic of Dr. Regio Sales and submitted myself to his recovery program. To make a long story short, my lymphoma has not bothered me, it seems to have leveled off and I have never felt better and healthier.
A few weeks ago, our younger brother Danny was found to have colon cancer. He had to undergo immediate surgery and, like me, chemotherapy was recommended for him. At some point after the surgery he decided to give homeopathy a try too, and he went to Dr. Boy Cabalfin, a family friend and homeopathic practitioner like Dr. Sales.
According to Danny, on just his first day of treatment his strength came back so dramatically that two days after he checked out of the hospital he was able to visit the farm. While still deciding whether or not to undergo chemotherapy, his experience with Dr. Boy opened up another option for him.
I am not writing this article to declare that homeopathy cures major diseases like cancer. It’s too early in the day for that. I understand that even with traditional chemotherapy the total cure rate is only something like 5%. The thing with cancer is that most often the body does not recognize the malignant cells as an enemy since its genetic make-up is basically the same as that of the good cells.
What I am saying from my personal experience is that homeopathy has allowed me “quality of life” while the doctors and I try to restore my body’s normal balance, something that the aggressive nature of chemotherapy does not and cannot offer. At least I still have my head of hair, I do not throw up what I eat, my appetite is as normal as ever and my immunity level is definitely way up there. Even if the worst case scenario happens, that the Big C wins in the end, I have already had eight months of a perfectly normal and happy existence. That is already a blessing worth writing about.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 11, 2010.