A quick re-cap for newcomers to this blog: I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Stage 1) and spent approximately 1.5 years doing alternative treatments, but the tumour kept growing so I had a mastectomy. I woke up from the mastectomy to find my left arm paralysed and numb due to nerve damage (to the brachial plexus) caused by tractioning of the arm during the mastectomy. I had to have further surgery to release the nerve and because of that, I had no conventional adjuvant treatment. Nine months after the mastectomy, I finally regained use of my arm. Nine months after the mastectomy, the cancer recurred. This is a summary of the options I was exploring after the recurrence.
I’m going to try to update my blog more often. I regularly check the other cancer blogs I follow and start getting antsy when I don’t see any recent updates. I’ve also had readers e-mail me with a polite: “How are you?” which reading between the lines, seem to me to also be asking: “are you still alive?”
It must feel as if I am dragging out the whole recurrence and cancer journey story. But I find it painful sometimes, relieving what happened and the humps and bumps along the way that have derailed me. Early on I made a choice to write in retrospect so that I would have the wisdom and perspective of distance to give me objectivity. But doing so has meant that I’ve lost a lot of the immediacy of the moment and have to rely on medical reports on e-mails. Fortunately I kept very detailed e-mails.
This post is about my visit to a clinic which used a form of GcMAF called Goleic. The clinic has since been shut down and I do not think that the company who was running the clinic, ImmuneBiotech, is running any more clinics (thank god). It’s also a post about smoke-and-mirrors, and needing to kick the tyres of any cancer treatment that purports to be a cure.
For more information on GcMAF, please join the GcMAF and GcMAF Cancer forums on Facebook – they are closed groups, so you have to wait for your membership to be confirmed. They contain up-to-date information on sources of GcMAF, and also feedback and contributions by people who are using GcMAF.
Updated 21 June 2014 – there is a new version of Bravo Probiotic called EasyKit – like it says on the can it is easier to prepare and is also slightly-cheaper because it comes with colostrum already included.
Updated 21 March re. daily cost of Bravo Probiotic, with adjustments for interest rates and also addition of US$ cost.
I’ve previously posted about Maf314 (which is the original version of Bravo Probiotic).
Now thanks to the generosity of friends and family who donated to my cancer-fighting fund, I’ve been able to afford a new set of Bravo Probiotic cultures.
Updated March 2016 – For more information on GcMAF, please join the GcMAF and GcMAF Cancer forums on Facebook – they are closed groups, so you have to wait for your membership to be confirmed. They contain up-to-date information on sources of GcMAF, and also feedback and contributions by people who are using GcMAF.
[GcMAF can be obtained from Sansei-Mirai or ImmuneBiotech. I’ve heard that the Sansei-Mirai product is very potent and stable.]
I was recently privileged to witness Professor Dr. Marco Ruggiero demonstrate his expertise in conducting ultrasound scans (or sonography as it is known on Continental Europe).
I was familiar with ultrasounds conducted on tumours, but in the hands of a master, it can reveal conditions not clinically evident in blood tests, thus providing an early signpost for more in-depth testing and treatment.
Image credit: endocrinesurgery.ucla.edu
I’ve previously always posted about Professor Ruggiero as the genius behind GcMAF. He is also a trained clinical radiologist and uses ultrasound to measure the success of GcMAF treatments. This was the first time I saw him demonstrate his mastery in ultrasound scans.