Story By Gary
I completed Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for lymphoma and the results were very positive. I have been asked to share my experience with others who are considering this alternative medicine cancer treatment, and I am happy to do so since it was so helpful to me.
First a bit of background. I am a 55-year-old male, a clinical psychologist by profession. I had enjoyed generally good health throughout my life until a year or so ago when I began suffering from chronic nausea and occasional vomiting. Like a lot of men, I minimized the problem and just "toughed it out" for two months until it got so bad that my wife took me to the hospital emergency room early one morning (wives sometimes are much more sensible about these things than their husbands!). After tests were run, I was told I had a blockage of some sort in the bile duct. I got a second opinion and eventually scheduled surgery in early October 2002 to remove the "blockage" (nobody knew exactly what it was yet). It turned out to be a tumor, and the subsequent pathologist's report diagnosed a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (not being a medical person, I forget the exact diagnosis). The surgeon recommended I obtain follow-up chemotherapy, and sent an oncologist buddy to see me. He was a nice fellow, but having heard many exceedingly unpleasant stories about standard chemotherapy, I elected to seek treatment at an alternative medicine clinic. Unaware of any alternative cancer centers in Arizona, I opted for one in Tijuana, Mexico (one of many such clinics there, by the way). Things went well, and I was feeling better as I healed from the surgery (a major trauma in itself, but I won't go into that; let's just say that the pre-op description by the surgeon and the post-op reality were more than a little incongruent).
Then in March 2003, the nausea returned although not as bad. Again I didn't do anything immediately (some people are remarkably stubborn!) until one morning after a bad night I realized I was having lots of thoughts about dying (a message from my unconscious, I believe). That scared me enough to get me moving. Fortunately my wife had heard about IPT for cancer treatment while we were in Tijuana, and she got on the Internet to research it (she is good at that and finds some amazing information on the web). We live in Arizona, and fortunately it turned out there were two practitioners of IPT in the Phoenix area, including Dr. Frank George. I made an appointment with Dr. George, DO, MD(H), and liked him immediately on meeting him. He is a quiet but self-assured professional with none of the hurriedness or arrogance that one sometimes finds in allopathic doctor these days. I was amazed that he spent THREE HOURS reviewing my medical records, interviewing my wife and me, answering a lot of questions, and giving me a physical exam. That alone tells you a lot about his mode of practice. I felt I had found a caring, competent professional. He confirmed that IPT would be an appropriate treatment given my symptoms and history, and he gave us several handouts about IPT and related therapies/meds.
After arranging to take three months medical leave from work so as to concentrate on getting well, I had my first treatment within a couple of weeks (early May, 2003). Initially I was surprised at the number of meds that were used. While lying in bed in a treatment room in Dr. George's office, I got not only an IV in one arm for the insulin, chemo drugs, and glucose, but a second IV in the other arm for Careseng (from ginseng), which was an option I chose (two IVs are not bad really, except scratching your nose is a challenge!). Also, I took several pills and a liquid med (artichoke extract, not exactly yummy but I've had worse). I had three (I think) injections in the posterior (all with just one needle poke, so not to worry). The results were immediately positive. I had the usual reaction to the insulin (sweating, feeling a bit light-headed) but was very hungry as soon as the treatment was finished. That was remarkable in itself as, due to nausea, I had had very little appetite during the weeks before the treatment and was losing weight rapidly. The treatments tire you out, and I slept on the way home (we live in a small town about 90 minutes from Phoenix). But when dinnertime rolled around, again I was hungry and ate the first good meal I'd had in some time. Frankly, I was amazed, and I felt very optimistic.
The IPT cancer treatment continued, initially twice per week and then reduced to once weekly (there was a month's interval between the final two treatments, which I just completed). Oddly, I sort of enjoyed them because I knew I would feel better later. This is just the opposite of what most people experience who receive standard chemo--they usually report feeling weak, sick, nauseous, etc. after treatments. I never had any adverse reactions to the alternative medicine cancer treatment at the EuroMed Foundation. In fact, I would usually wake up early the next morning (by early I mean REALLY early, between 2 AM to 4 AM), wide-awake, cheerful, full of energy, and I'd feel that way all day. Now that's really remarkable. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the chemo drugs that caused those positive feelings, but I'm not sure what was responsible. I'd like to know, actually--maybe I'd go back just for more of that!!
In between office visits, I was a "good patient." I took all my meds on a daily basis, and I did the castor oil packs and coffee enemas (now who would think there would be a learning curve involved in taking enemas? In that regard, I suggest you do them in your bathtub--just in case of accidents). And I focused on maintaining a positive attitude. Basically, I did not just sit back and passively depend on the doc to "cure" me, but I took responsibility in contributing to my own recovery.
Now as I write this (August, 2003), I have completed the IPT cancer treatment. It took four months for me, but I'm sure the time varies with each patient. Over the course of treatment, the periodic blood work results got better and better, and the latest report shows all the important variables within normal limits. A PET scan did not find anything suspicious or suggestive of cancer (that was a good day). I feel good, eat a lot, have re-gained about ten pounds, and for the past month have been back to work part-time. I still get tired easily and my overall energy is not back to 100%, but I can feel myself healing, getting better and better. I am now continuing treatment with a mistletoe extract aimed at rebuilding the immune system; this is done at home with injections. My daughter who is a paramedic taught me to do this for myself, not a big deal really when you consider the thousands of diabetics who inject themselves with insulin on a daily basis. For me this will continue for only a few weeks (three injections a week).
So there you have it--my IPT experience. But if you will keep reading for just a moment longer, I would like to draw your attention to a couple of additional ideas. As a psychologist, I am aware of just how important one's mental/emotional attitude is in regard to healing from any illness, including cancer. I am not referring to pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but to the increasing number of scientific studies that confirm that attitude can make a big difference, with positive feelings and thoughts being associated with faster and easier recovery from surgery, faster healing time from illness in general, the need for less medication, and even with ultimate survival. There are also a number of studies that show prayer and meditation can make a difference. (Check it out for yourself on the web or at the library.)
Knowing this, one of the things I did early on in my treatment with Dr. George was to go out and buy myself a guitar and sign up for lessons! Now that might initially sound a bit off-the-wall, but there was a reason for that. Since I'd already had a message from my unconscious (actually more than one but I won't go into that), I wanted to send it a return message, basically saying, "I plan on sticking around for a long time to come. So I'm committing myself to a long-term learning program, one that will bring me joy. I just wanted you to know that." Notice that I did not just say this to myself, I TOOK ACTION. It is my personal belief that this is important for anyone who wants to recover from a life-threatening illness. Other actions you might want to consider are:
- Instead of spending time fretting and feeling sorry for yourself (easy to do if you're not careful), deliberately choose to spend your time in any upbeat activities that bring you pleasure and joy. For me that includes, playing the guitar, reading spiritual books, and playing with my grandson.
- Spend time with positive people. If the people around you are negative, gloomy or pessimistic, get away from them as much as possible. Attitudes are contagious, believe it or not. You will have to deal with your own tendency to be fearful and so forth, so you certainly don't need to be getting that from others as well. With your life possibly on the line, this is not a time to be worried about offending people, so don't hesitate to make excuses or, in extreme cases, even end old relationships. If you need to cultivate new friendships, now is the time to search those out. Don't wait.
- Looking at the possibility of death, you may find yourself feeling very vulnerable and unusually sensitive to all kinds of stimuli. I certainly did. For example, I found that after viewing certain kinds of movies, I felt like I had been emotionally "beaten up." Again I suggest you avoid the negative and seek out the positive. Unfortunately, when you really start to pay attention to the quality of the stimulation you're taking into your mind, you'll notice Hollywood and much of the media in general offer a poor selection, so use discernment in choosing movies, books, TV shows, newspaper articles and TV news programs. Remember this stuff goes into your unconscious, and you really don't need the usual daily doses of negativity right about now. Especially avoid themes of death (oops, there goes about 80% of the video rentals). Uplifting themes are preferable. You do have a choice.
- This is a delicate but very important issue. I suggest you have an honest talk with yourself about why you might want to live rather than die (assuming you do). Are you just going to hang around and suck up resources, or is your life going to make a difference to the world, i.e. to something or someone beside yourself? If you don't like the answer you get, well, then you've got some serious thinking to do. I suspect it's a lot easier to contribute to your treatment and, if necessary, change unhealthy lifestyle habits if you know you have a good reason for doing so (and not just to avoid dying--that's going to happen sooner or later anyway). There is help available in this area if you want it.
- Don't ignore your intuition about what you should or shouldn't do.
Good luck to each of you who reads this. Be hopeful! I survived, as have many, many others, and so can you.
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