Strike 2

When I first discovered Devascularization as a potential cure I was very sceptical. It failed the only clinical trial and for me that was evidence enough and I moved on. It was not until later, when I came across laser ablation and the immune response this triggered, that everything clicked into place. I realised that Devascularization and Laser Ablation, where blood vessels are cauterized, causing cancer cells to die from starvation rather than apoptosis worked on the same principle.

I revisited Devascularization, I read the clinical trial in detail, I searched for more evidence, case studies etc. I talked to former patients, doctors that performed the procedure and vets who currently use it as the standard treatment for cancer in the Czech Republic. The more I researched, the more I became convinced that I was onto something. Over 800 patients had the procedure before it became illegal, with virtually no serious side effects from the surgery. The clinical trial also showed that the procedure is safe, even on very ill, terminal patients. The clinical trial I came to realise, had no chance of showing a positive result, because of the type of patients selected. This procedure needs a healthy immune system to work and terminal patients after several lines of failed chemo do not have much of an immune system left.

I gathered my evidence and approached a few Australian colorectal surgeons. I assumed they would be just as excited as me after reading the case studies, animal trials and the current success in veterinary medicine. After all this could help 1000’s of cancer patients who have no other chance for a cure. How naive of me. The first surgeon I saw said that he skimmed over the documentation (would be nice had he actually read even the summary) and concluded that the risk of a septic reaction from leaving a chunk of necrotic tissue in situ was too great and refused to have anything to do with the procedure. Septic Reaction really? There are over 800 case studies that say otherwise.

Strike two, a second colorectal surgeon I saw today. This one came across as quite arrogant. Refused to discuss it and every time I tried, he cut me off and just repeated that its not going to happen as there has been no phase 3 trial.

When I discussed this procedure with a researcher that was involved in the Laser Ablation study, he said that the science behind it made sense, and he recommended that I should have it done, if there is no other traditional path to a cure. He did however warn me that no Australian surgeon was going to touch this. I was more optimistic then, now I am not.

For me its a no brainer. I am convinced that the procedure is safe and that there is little to no risk of a septic reaction. It will get rid of the primary tumour in the same way as a traditional colon resection. The bonus is that if the necrotizing tumour, when left in situ, does indeed create a sustained immune response as research suggests, this has the potential to clear all my mets and provide a cure. But I guess none of the colorectal surgeons give a damn.

All I can do for now, is drool over the numerous case studies showing a complete response. I am still hoping that I can find a surgeon curious enough to give this procedure a try, but I doubt that it will be anyone in Australia.

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IV C Max Dose

20130222-111036.jpgI had my 6th high dose vitamin C IV today. The dose was gradually increased over the last two weeks and I have finally reached my maximum dose of 90g. This translates to roughly 1.5g per kilogram of body weight.

The science says that at this dose, Vitamin C should start to behave as an oxidant, which is the reverse of its usual role. Vitamin C should start reacting with metal ions to produce hydrogen peroxide, a powerful oxidant. If the theory is correct, this should start doing damage to the cancer cell DNA, and when this gets severe enough, trigger cell death through apoptosis.

Vitamin C is structurally very similar to Glucose and cancer thrives on glucose. Cancer cells soak up vitamin C like a sponge, probably thinking that it is glucose. Unlike glucose however, Vitamin C can not be used for energy and I hope that this also helps to starve my little mutants. 🙂 Normal tissue does not have the same affinity for Vitamin C and there the concentrations should not build up.

The IV now comes in a one litre bag. That’s a lot fluid to infuse and takes 2-3 hours. The vitamin C is given in its sodium ascorbate form. I imagine that giving pure Vitamin C would acidify the blood too much and probably kill you. (So for any ‘do it yourself’ buffs, remember to use sodium ascorbate, not ascorbic acid)

I have not experienced any negative side effects following even the 90g infusion. I am noticing one positive side effect however. On days when I have my IV, I have very little or no nausea. Nausea is something that I have been struggling with, even before chemo, due to my extensive liver damage.

I have been taking Vitamin K2, K3 and lipoic acid to enhance the Vitamin C action. Next week the lipoic acid will be given as part if the IV. I also get 0.8g of sodium bicarbonate added to the IV. I have read about the various benefits of sodium bicarbonate and a higher blood ph, but the clincher for this decision were my blood tests. They consistently show below normal sodium bicarbonate levels, where as they were in the normal range when I was cancer free. I don’t think that this is a coincidence.

I don’t believe that high dose Vitamin C is a cure for cancer, as some claim, however I do believe that it is another piece of the puzzle. I also believe that its use is limited, as eventually cancer cells will mutate and learn to express additional DNA repair mechanisms. After this, it is likely that High dose Vitamin C will become ineffective as an oxidative chemo agent, though it may still play a role in supporting the immune system. This may also cause other treatment methods like oxaliplatin, cisplatin, or even radiotherapy to become less effective, as these also induce DNA damage.

My oncologist still rolls his eyes, whenever I mention my Vitamin C IV, but I figure “what does he know anyway?” He does not know how to cure me and does not believe that there is a cure. It would thus be insane to just follow his advice. Right?

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Alpha Lipoic Acid & Naltrexone

20130222-125934.jpgAnother day, another treatment to add to my ongoing battle with colorectal cancer. Having tolerated high dose Vitamin C, its time to up the ante with Alpha Lipoic Acid IV in combination with Low dose Naltrexone.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone is a drug typicaly used to treat alcohol and opioid addiction. It is an opioid receptor antagonist. Higher doses can cause liver damage, however Low dose, 4.5mg of Naltrexone is considered safe for daily use. Naltrexone is being used off-label by many Integrative Medicine clinics as an adjuvant cancer therapy. The following have been suggested as its possible methods of action on cancer:

1. Increasing the level of the endorphin metenkephalin and beta endorphin in the blood stream.

2. Increasing the number and density of opiate receptors on tumour cell membranes, making them more responsive to the growth inhibiting effects of endorphins. These induce apoptosis (cell death) in the cancer cells.

3. Increasing the natural killer (NK) cell numbers, the NK cell activity and lymphocyte activated CD8 numbers, which are responsive to increased levels of endorphins.

I am starting with 2.25mg of Naltrexone and will increase the dose to 4.5mg in a week’s time.
Note: these are non standard concentrations, and will need to be made up by a compounding Chemist.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant and is present in every cell. It it is made by the body and helps to convert glucose into energy.

ALA is believed to increase the mitochondria respiration and trigger apoptosis in cancer cells through oxidation. In some cancer types, ALA can also inhibit cell division in the G0 and G1 phase.

ALA acts as a chelating agent and can remove heavy metals, such as Mercury, from the body.

Alpha lipoic acid also inhibits an enzyme known as matrix metalloproteinase. This enzyme breaks down cell structures, allowing cancer cells to invade healthy tissue resulting in the formation of metastasis. It has been shown that ALA can retard the spread of metastasis.

Resources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15843897
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12548552
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18435927
http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/ldn_and_cancer.htm

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FOLFIRI Cycle 3 (22 Feb 2013)

20130225-155527.jpgMy low grade fever continues. Every evening my temperature is elevated, between 37.2 to 37.5 degrees Celsius. Still struggling with a gum infection, which may be its cause, but I feel that this not likely. Seeing a Dentist early next week, the earliest time that was available that did not clash with what is now a very busy schedule.

High Dose Vitamin C IV I am starting to like. This week I got up to the full dose of 90g, which roughly works out at 1.5g per kilogram of body weight. I have it 3x per week, and every day that I have it, my nausea has been greatly reduced or eliminated. Today I actually feel normal which after 6 months of near constant nausea is an amazing feeling.

My nausea is getting stronger however, but this is more due to my liver problem than chemo. I have made the decision not to take any anti nausea medications, especially since Zofran did not seem to do much anyway. I figure my liver does not need the extra load. I am learning to live with it.

My blood counts following Round 2 were the lowest to date, but still good enough to continue with this cycle. Especially red blood cells. I got sloppy with my nettle tea consumption, so will try harder as this herb seems to help.

Avastin continues to cause havoc and blowing my nose is often quite a bloody experience. Wounds are slow to heal, which I am seeing with a burnt elbow (don’t ask, long story involving my home made local hyperthermia device).

No other side effects to report, which is good.

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CTC Results from RGCC

20130225-154510.jpgI finally got my CTC (Circulating Tumour Cell) test results back from Greece. The test extracts circulating tumour cell from a blood sample. The cells are multiplied in a culture medium and once there are enough, a range of tests can be performed on the sample. I believe that the more information one has the better, so I ordered all relevant tests:

1. Chemosensitvity test to find out which chemo agents the cancer responds to the best.
2. Oncotrail test – malignancy phenotyping
3. Nutraceuticals test to identify possible nutraceuticals the cancer may respond to.
4. CFS panel to identify any viruses present.

There are other possible tests, but at this stage of my disease only the above I thought relevant.

Organizing the test was quite simple. First an email to RGCC requesting the test kit. This arrived promptly within a week. Next getting the blood drawn, packing it in ice and organizing the courier. There was quite a bit of paperwork involved, but that was just tedious. The important thing is to time the courier delivery as the blood samples have a limited shelf life. The DHL delivery was estimated at 5-6 days, so I had the blood taken and dispatched on Monday.

I don’t know how accurate the RGCC test is. One concern is that during the culturing of the cells, new mutations not present in the original cancer can develop, giving potentially false results. This may however just be propaganda from rival services using biopsy samples for their tests, which are claimed to be more accurate.

The chemo sensitivity test is quite interesting, though most traditional oncologists will not direct their chemo based on these results. The american society of clinical oncology (ASCO), has advised all its members not to rely on CTC tests for chemo, but to follow the standard protocols.

For me the most interesting aspect of the test were the gene and protein expressions. This gives me some new directions in possible treatments and already Celebrex is high on my list due to the elevated COX-2 expression, Celebrex being a COX-2 inhibitor.

The nutraceuticals test is also interesting and I will be adding several new supplements to my daily regime. Namely Quercertin and Ginistein.

Just for interest, below are the actual conclusions from the tests:

The Results

We notice that the thalidomide cannot inhibit the neovascularization and infiltration procedure and it cannot induce the apoptosis to the cancer cell coming from the above named patient.

There is indication according the marker profile that there is an activation of
autoimmune response that causes the CFS.

Chemosensitivity Test Results

From the investigation above we concluded to the following:
1. From the whole neoplasmic population we have an expression of MDR1 in a percentage of 65% over control sample (positive in the check of resistance).
2. The activity of GST is stable in the low limits ( no resistance to platinum compounds ).
3. The activity of GammaGC is in normal range (no resistance to platinum compounds).
4. The activity of CES1 and CES2 is in normal range (no resistance to camptothecin compounds).
5. The concentration of p180 is in normal range.
6. Increased activity of the Laminin and the MMP (increased invasive ability).
7. There is no sensitivity in taxanes (Paclitaxel ,Docetaxel).
8. There is no sensitivity in alkaloids of vinca.
9. There is no sensitivity in Eribulin.
10. Partial sensitivity noticed in 5FU, in MTX, in Capecitabine, in UFT, in Raltitrexed, in Pemetrexed, no sensitivity
noticed in Gemcitabine, in Cytarabine, in Fludarabine but there is great sensitivity in (Fudr).
11. There is no sensitivity in Epothilones.
12. Increased sensitivity in alkylating factors ( Cisplatin, Mitomycin ).
13. There is great overexpression of NFkB (15% over control), EGF (55% over control), TGF-b (40% over control), but
there is suppression of expression of IkB(a,b,c) (10% below control).
14. It appears to have no sensitivity in the inhibitors of topoisomerase II a and II b.
15. There is great sensitivity in the inhibitors of Topoisomerase I ( CPT11 ).
16. There is great over-expression of COX2 (25% over control), C-erb-B1 (50% over control) but there is normal expression
of 5-LOX, SS-r, C-erb-B2, Estrogen-Receptor and Progesterone-Receptor.
17. We notice great neoangiogenetic ability (overexpression of VEGF-R 65% over control sample).
18. Finally, there is no sensitivity in Dacarbazine.
19. We notice that taurolidine cannot induce the apoptosis to the malignant cells (in IV route dosage).
20. We notice that taurolidine can induce the apoptosis to the malignant cells (in intraperitoneal route dosage).
21. We notice down-regulation of HSP27 ( Heat Shock Protein ) at 15% below control, HSP72 ( Heat Shock Protein ) at
25% below control and HSP90 ( Heat Shock Protein ) at 10% below control.
22. There is over-expression of ANG 1 at 35% over control, ANG 2 at 30% over control, IGF-r 1 at 25% over control, IGF-r
2 at 25% over control, but we notice no down-regulation of ALK, EML-4-ALK, C-MET, NPM-ALK, CD 117 (c-kit), HDAC, HAT, NR3C4-A and NR3C4-B.z

Conclusion :
The specific tumor appears to have resisting populations because of the MDR1 overexpression that can be reversed by the use of verapamil combined with imidazole compounds (ketoconazole).
The neoplasmatic cells have the greatest sensitivity in the alkylating agent ( Cisplatin, Mitomycin) , in the inhibitors of Topoisomerase I ( CPT11 ) and in the antagonist (Fudr).
Also can be used Bevacizumab as inhibitor of neo-angiogenesis and Pazopanib as inhibitor of VEGF-r.

CFS Test Results

An EBV viral genome for the above tested viruses has been amplified and
detected.

Nutraceuticals Sensitivity Test Results

It seems that this specific population of malignant cell have greater sensitivity in Super Artemisinin , in Amygdalin-(B17) , in Ascorbic acid , in Bio D Mulsion NuMedica Micellized D3 , in DCA (dichloroacetate) , in Genistein , in Salicinium , in New PME , in PME , in Quercetin , in Curcumin (turmeric)

Resources

http://www.rgcc-genlab.com/

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Pushing The Envelope

20130226-160739.jpgHad an appointment today with my oncologist at Peter Mac. He’s not too bad, in fact the best of all the traditional oncologists I saw or consulted with to date, though he still tends to suffer from the same problem as most other traditional oncologists in that anything outside of the box is not something he is willing to explore or consider. I must say however that today he managed to surprise me and I think there may be hope for him yet. 🙂

I discussed Metformin to get my blood glucose as low as possible, to starve my little mutants. I discussed Celebrex as a COX-2 inhibitor, in light of my over expressed COX-2 as reported on my recent RGCC CTC tests. I discussed Cimetidine, a histamine receptor antagonist, which has received a lot of attention in relation to its anti-cancer properties. And lastly, I mentioned Naltrexone which my integrative clinic doctor prescribed together with Alpha Lipoic Acid.

He rolled his eyes at Naltrexone, and did not understand why I was prescribed this. He did however ask for more information on the studies I mentioned which were the reason for the prescription. Wow finally an oncologist willing to learn something new and from a patient no less.

He shot down Metformin, saying that there is no evidence that blood glucose plays any part in cancer growth, and he felt that the danger of hypoglycemia that can even result in death was too great. I disagreed and he said that he will request the drug’s safety profile and get back to me. Again impressed that he is willing to look into things further.

Cimetidine and Celebrex he had no issues with and after we discussed these, he wrote a prescription for both. I expected a fight to get these prescribed, but all I had to do is ask and explain my reasons. He just informed me of the possible risks of cimetidine with avastin and the increased chance of bowel bleeding and perforation the combination can cause.

Lastly I mentioned the week before, a comprehensive molecular test offered by Foundation One in the US. Again a surprise as he had the paperwork and request form for the test ready and filled out. In comparison, the last oncologist I asked for a non standard test just told me to organise it myself.

Overall a good feeling afterward, which is the way things should be.

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Qigong

20130228-181756.jpgYesterday had my fourth qigong session with a chinese qigong master. The fact that this is my fourth, despite it not being cheap, says something, but I’ll start at the begining.

A friend of my father’s told him about an elderly chinese doctor and suggested that he may be able to help me. Since western medicine offered no hope for a cure for my stage 4 colorectal cancer, I was curious about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So I made an appointment.

First thing I noticed is that the doctor had no formal practice and offered his treatment in his living room. I then discovered that he was not a TCM practitioner, but a qigong master. Very highly respected according to his daughter who acted as an interpreter. The master had very basic grasp of jinglish, but with an accent so thick to be almost incomprehensible.

The session started with an examination. The master did not want to know what my problem was. He said that he would tell me. He proceeded to run the back of his hand up and down my body, checking my qi or chi. His arm jerked in a very spasmic way, which to him indicated the problem areas.

When he was done, he began to tell me what was wrong with me. I was told I had weak lungs, weak heart, problems with my pancreas and digestive system. Major problem with my prostate as well. The only major organs he left out were the kidneys, liver and brain. He then asked me whether I had any problems with the organs he identified. My answer was pretty much NO to everything, to his obvious frustration. I then told him that I had colorectal cancer, with extensive mets causing major problems in the liver. He beamed and said “I was right, you have problem with digestion system”. The fact that he listed almost every other organ other than the liver, did not seem to bother him. “What did I get myself into?”, I thought to myself. Another shaman and quack. In his defence, I was on chemo, so it is possible that all my major organs were struggling.

He then began his treatment. This started with the purging of negative energies out of my body and the infusion of positive qi, from his. This was done in a ritualized fashion with lots of arm waving and deep exhales on his part.

The next phase of his treatment was a head and shoulder, followed by back and legs massage. It was the most bizarre and interesting massage I ever had. It was quite enjoyable I must say. It was a very jerky and pulsating massage with emphasis on what I assume were specific pressure points.

The last part were qigong exercises. He taught me the first three of many, and told me to do these 4 times a day. “Very Important”, he added. The exercises were quite simple and combined basic slow movements with deep breathing. I can see how the deep breathing can be beneficial to cancer patients and if done properly qigong can also be relaxing, though I still struggle with the relaxing part. I have yet to find enough patience for the exercises, but I’ll get there.

In the end, we had a discussion about my cancer and his work. He said, “Don’t worry, I will cure you, no problem, just do exercises and believe in me.”, or something to that effect. He also suggested that if I still felt ok, that I should stop chemo. He is very charismatic and his words were very uplifting, but when he suggested that I stop chemo, that was a bit too much for me. I decided there and then that this was a huge waste of money.

On the way back in the car, I however noticed something odd. I realised that I actually felt good and my ever present nausea was gone. I was nausea free for the rest of the day as well.

So now I had my fourth session with the qigong master and made a weekly booking for months in advance as he is very much in demand and booked out weeks ahead as I found out. I had to wait a month to get my second booking before a spot was available.

In the last 2 sessions something odd happened. During my regular qi check, the master’s hand stayed perfectly steady, with no rapid jerking motions. He then stopped, with a very perplexed look on his face. He said, “I feel nothing. You have no cancer. Trust me I feel cancer, and you no cancer”. I wish this was so, but I still feel my tumours with slight hints of dull pain at the major tumour sites, I still feel nausea due most likely to the histamines the cancer cells release and my CEA blood markers are still through the roof. May be just a coincidence, but at about the same time when he could ‘feel nothing’, I started my high dose Vitamin C IV treatments.

Still, I do feel better after each visit with the qigong master, so I continue….

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CEA Setback?

20130301-154932.jpgJust got my latest blood results. I was hoping for some good news, but alas that was not to be. My CEA is again on the rise reaching 2499.0, which is another fifty point increase over last week. This is the second rise since starting on second line FOLFIRI chemo. I saw the same pattern during my first 5 rounds of FOLFOX chemotherapy with steady CEA increase, almost tripling in value over the 2.5 months. Later I found out that FOLFOX had no impact as far reducing my tumour size. If FOLFIRI behaves in the same way as the CEA markers indicate, I may be out of standard treatment options.

High CEA can also mean tumour death, so there is still some hope that Irinotecan is doing its job. The definitive answer will come on the 12th of April when I am due for the next CT scan. I am hoping to see at least some tumour shrinkage. The only positive sign, is that my liver function tests show a mild improvement and I have noticed a slight decrease in Nausea over the last 4 days.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

20130301-162450.jpgSince western medicine offers no cure for stage 4 colorectal cancer, I became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I finally found a TCM practitioner who I feel had the right credentials, and is highly respected both in Australia and China.

The difference in attitude between east and west is very different and apparent within just few minutes of the initial consultation. Just like my qigong Master, the first thing he said is that we will beat this disease. He said that I am the healer and that he will just give me the tools to enable me to cure myself of my cancer. Overall a very positive attitude and you walk out feeling and believing that you will indeed beat this disease. Its most likely just false hope, but I believe that psychology has a lot of impact on physical and emotional wellbeing, which ultimately is reflected in the immune system.

In contrast, with western medicine, all traditional oncologist I consulted with simply told me that there was no cure, no hope for a cure and that my average life expectancy was 2 months without treatment, 12-36 months with treatment (assuming that it works that is). When you are told this, you feel devastated and feel like there is no hope. Still, it forced me to research alternative treatments and follow the path less travelled. Had my oncologist given me hope with chemo, I would most likely undergo dozens of chemo cycles until the cancer, or the treatment killed me. Many cancer patients, like one of my close friends, do not die of cancer itself, but the secondary infections due to a destroyed immune system. My friend almost beat his cancer, but died of pneumonia he contracted at the hospital where he was being treated and his immune system was too weak to fight it off.

Acupuncture

As part of my TCM treatment, I had my first acupuncture. I felt like a pin cushion, but it was not too bad till the doctor stuck a pin in-between the toes of my left foot. For some reason it hurt like hell. He then told me that this specific point was for liver detox. I found that very interesting considering that my liver is the major source of my trouble.

I was left alone in the room for the next twenty minutes with needles and all. I must say that I did feel extremely relaxed after the 20 minutes were up. I have not noticed any other obvious benefits. Unlike sessions with my qigong master, the acupuncture had no effect on my daily nausea. A pitty.

TCM Herbs

Lastly I was given 32 tablets containing extracts from various chinese herbs. (Great, more tablets. I was expecting raw herbs that I would brew as a tea, but I will enquire about this next week). I was also advised not to try too many different therapies at the same time so as not to congest my body and overwhelm the liver and other organs. This certainly is food for though and I will consult with the TCM doctor next week and go over and possibly prune my current supplement list. In addition to the herbs I got some weird powder, a mixture of 5 different flowers, I was told, to make into a smoothie 2x a day.

I was recommended yet again a different diet. Very few restrictions, with focus on light, easy to digest foods and preferably low GI. The 4 foods that were out were Sugar, White Rice, White Flour, Dairy and all processed foods.

I have scheduled weekly appointments with the TCM doctor and will continue to update my blog if there is any progress or noticeable benefits.

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My Supplements

20130303-162304.jpgI have decided to publish my current supplement list. Most of the supplements I have researched and I have a good reason for taking, however I do acknowledge that it is getting out of hand and will try to prune it over the coming weeks.

Most of the supplements are on the list because some scientific evidence exists of their benefit for cancer, however please note that very few clinical trials exists to prove the eficacy.

 

Supplements

AHCC Active Hexose Correlated Compound, 2x 500mg, twice daily noon and night
Beta Carotein, 25000 IU in the morning.
Beta-Glucans, 4g per day in the evening.
CoQ10, 1x 100mg, morning
Curcumin, 2x400mg, 2 times daily morning and night
Dihydroquercetin, 4x10mg, 2 times a day, morning & night
EPA/DHA, 4x 1000mg in the evening
Fish Oil, 4x 1000mg in the morning
GCP (Genistein Combined Polysaccharide), 3 x 15mg, 3 times daily
Green Tea Extract, 1 x 365mg polyphenol, 2 times daily noon and night
Iodine, 1000mcg, 3 times a day morning, noon, night
Magnesium, 500mg in the morning
Melatonin, 2x 10mg at night
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, 600mg, twice daily, morning and night
Pancreatin, (50k IU Amylase, 50k IU protease, 50k IU trypsin & chemotrypsin, 4000 IU Lipase) – three times a day with each main meal.
Phospholipids PNAE (Ovosan), 3x 150mg, 3 times a day, morning, noon night.
PSK, 3x 500mg, twice a day, morning and night
Resveratrol, 250mg, 2x a day, noon and evening
R-Lipoic Acid, 1×300 mg, morning & noon, only on days When I have no IV
Selenium, 200 mcg, in the morning
Silybin (Milk Thistle Extract), 1x 84mg, three times a day, morning, noon & night
Vitamin B6, 100mg, morning
Vitamin B12, 1000mcg, morning
Vitamin C, 4×1000 mg, 2 times a day, morning & night, only on off IV days
Vitamin D3, 7x 1000 IU, 3 times a day morning, noon & night
Vitamin E, 1x 30IU, in the morning
Vitamin K1, 1000 mcg, morning
Vitamin K2, 1100 mcg, morning
Vitamin K3, 10mg, morning
Zinc, 30mg, in the morning

Amino Acids, 3.6g, I only take this after resistance training, so 3-5 times a week. The formula contains:

Glycine, 0.32g
L-Arginine, 0.40g
L-Histidine, 0.45g
L-Isoleucine, 0.36g
L-Leucine, 0.45g
L-Lysine, 0.65g
L-Methionine, 0.04g
L-Phenylalanine, 0.16g
L-Threonine, 0.22g
L-Tyrosine, 0.23g
L-Valine, 0.32g

Prescription Medicines
Celebrex, 200mg 2 x daily, noon & night
Cimetidine, 400mg, 2x daily, noon & night
Aspirin, 1x 109mg, in the morning
Naltrexone,2x 2.25mg at night
Amlodipine, 5mg, in the morning

TCM Herbs

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbs I started taking recently. These are generic formulations, not specific to cancer treatment. I expect to add sone cancer specific TCM herbs in the near future however.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Six Formula), 8 tabs, noon and night.
Contains:

Rehmannia Glutinosa Root 187mg
Dioscorea Opposita Root, 187mg
Cornus Offcinalis Fruit, 68mg
Poria Cocos Root, 136mg
Paronia Suffruticosa Root, 136mg
Alisma Plantago aquatica Root & Rhizome, 119mg
Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root, 17mg

Xiao Yao San (Bupleurum & Danggui Formula), 8 tabs, 2 times daily, noon & night

Bupleurum Faicatum Root, 127mg
Angelica Polymorpha Root, 127mg
Paeonia Lactiflora Root & Rhizome, 170mg
Atractylodes Macrocephala Root Wood, 127 mg
Poria Cocos Root, 144mg
Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root, 51mg
Mentha Haplocalvx Leaf, 51mg
Zingiber Officinale Root, 51mg

5 Flower Formula, not sure what this contains at this time. It’s an extract from five different chinese flowers. 2 tea spoons twice daily inbetween meals to be taken with a pawpaw smoothie.

IV Treatments

Every monday, Wednesday and Friday I have an IV infusion. It contains:

Vitamin C as sodium ascorbate, 90g
Alpha Lipoic Acid, 800 mg
Sodium Bicarbonate, 0.8g
Zinc

Injections

Once a week I inject 2.5ml of GCMAF
Once every 2 days I inject Iscador (Mistletoe extract)

Diet

Every day I have a serving of MAF878, probiotic yogurt which I brew at home from starter cultures.
I have a cup of berries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with 1/2 tea spoon of cinnamon.
I try to have at least 4g of pure cocoa powder, which I mix with hot water and a little cream.

I also brew a herbal tea and have 4 small cups each day. The Tea contains. Chamomile, Mint, Lemon Balm, Soursop Leaves and Stinging Nettle. Sometimes I add few slices of raw ginger.
The Chamomile, Mint and Ginger is to help with nausea. Lemon Balm has a calming effect, Soursop is said to have anti-cancer properties, and Stinging Nettle is to help red blood cells to recover after chemo.

The Future

In the near future I intend to add, Metformin, Quercetin and additional Ginistein, as I feel the GCP formulation does not contain enough. Due to the high copper on my recent blood test, I also intend to start copper chelation with ammonium tetrathiomolybdate.

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