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Recently Diagnosed or Relapsed? Stop Looking For a Miracle Cure, and Use Evidence-Based Therapies To Enhance Your Treatment and Prolong Your Remission

Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.

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I have come to believe that my mental health is just as important as my physical health in managing my multiple myeloma. The links below show the studies that cite how important mind-body therapies are to MM patients and survivors.

I understand that mind-body therapies don’t get much respect when it comes to a MM diagnosis. All I am saying is that the mind-body therapies below are complementary therapies to be added into your regimen and that they are what I have been doing for years now.

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February of 1994.Several years of aggressive conventional therapies led to remission, relapse, remission, relapse and finally, there is nothing more we can do for you.                

The challenge faced by newly diagnosed MM patients is that the oncologist they work with will focus exclusively on toxic therapies that are designed to kill MM.

And that’s fine…as far as this therapy goes.  I believe that all MM patients need at least a little toxic therapy during their lives as MM patients.

However, anyone who has lived with MM for any length of time will tell you that there is much more to living with an incurable blood cancer than toxic therapies.

The mind-body therapies discussed below are those that I happen to think are beneficial. Full disclosure. I am not any type of mental health professional. The therapies linked below are what I think has helped me over the years. I will not take it personally if you tell me that I am wrong.

For example, I do want to be defined by my cancer. Managing my MM is the most challenging endeavor I have ever faced in my life. But like I said, feel free to disagree with me.

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I am both a long-term Multiple Myeloma survivor of an incurable cancer and Myeloma cancer coach. To learn more about evidence-based, non-toxic, therapies to manage your multiple myeloma scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Attitude as mind-body therapy:

1) Take responsibility for your health.

I don’t mean to sound trite here. You make all decisions about your body. Your doctor and others can make recommendations but you are the final say. There was a fundamental shift in my thinking when I decided that my oncologist was no longer in charge of my cancer, the fall of 1997.

2) Find a sense of purpose-

There has got to more of a goal for you than remission or even a cure. It can be seeing your daughter/son graduate/marry, it can be achieving a goal within an organization, it can be most anything. But the purpose has got to be more than your health. For me it is PeopleBeatingCancer. Researching and writing about cancer, coaching cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, all of it is extremely gratifying for me.

3) Understand and live positive psychology-

This is not about being cheerful or thinking happy thoughts. The field of Positive Psychology described by Dr. Martin Seligman in the video linked above brought a fundamental shift in how I thought about the ups and downs that come with cancer (explanatory style).

4) Grow spiritually-

Please notice that I didn’t say to become spiritual or “you need some churchin’ up” (Blues Brothers-Cab Calloway). I said to “grow spiritually.” The simple experience of facing death will help you grow spiritually.

5) Be Proud to be a cancer survivor

The two cancer philosophies that I disagree with most often are “Cancer as war or She beat cancer to the end…” and “I don’t want people to define me by my cancer…” I feel the exact opposite. I look at cancer as a chess match, as if I need to out-think cancer, not beat it.

Further, I’m proud of my scars, both mental and physical. I no longer sweat the little stuff. I’m more spiritual. I give more. Has cancer made me a better person???

Practicing mind-body therapy in your daily life-

6) Moderate Daily Exercise

In many ways, moderate daily exercise is the ultimate mind-body therapy. Before, during and after active therapies, countless studies prove that moderate exercise changes how your genes express themselves, help you loose weight, help you sleep (see #8), just feel better…

7) Be social-

Whether in a marriage or a committed relationship, cancer survivors live longer if you and your primary caregiver are partners.

8) Quality sleep-

Some the most commonsense therapies can be the most effective for cancer patients and survivors. A good night’s sleep for instance.The articles linked above cite that sleep is difficult during therapy and lack of restful sleep may worsen your cancer.

9) Relaxation techniques-

Breathing exercises, mindfulness, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, sauna- I consider all of these as being relaxation therapies…

10) Psychotherapy-

It took me a few years to figure it out but talking to someone about my cancer experiences helped me a lot. I still have “a bit of the OCD” and I think there may be a little PTSD still drifting around my head but talking to a professional talker was important therapy for me.

 

 

 

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Laura says 9 months ago

Can you recommend a good therapist

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    David Emerson says 9 months ago

    Hi Laura-

    There is too much for me to understand about your situation to be able to recommend someone. While I recommend talk therapy, it is difficult for me to go beyond this general recommendation.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Michelle says 4 years ago

Hello. My mother has stage 4 liver cancer. She has 4 tumours that are fairly huge in size , they have almost engulfed her liver. She started out with breast cancer. And they did chemo and radiation . Removed both breasts & did reconstructive surgery. She thought she was in remission, but the cancer spread & she isn’t doing too well. They tried the second time doing chemo & it was killing her. They are now talking about trying it for a third time & I just don’t think that’s the right thing for her. I’m wondering what she could possibly do to survive , as they have given her 3 months to live & have her on palliative care.. is there any hope? She’s on cannabidiol, but I’m afraid it’s too late. Recently she’s taken a mini stroke , so I dunno how much longer she truly has…

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Michelle-

    Sorry for my slow reply. You and your mom are in a difficult situation. My interpretation of your email is that your mom’s breast cancer has metastasized (spread) to her liver. I agree that more toxic therapies will a) not help your mom and 2) make her sicker than she already is.

    As you mention, her situation is complicated with co-morbidities such as her mini-stroke.

    As for therapies that might slow or eliminate your mom’s cancer, at this point there will only be non-conventional therapies such as cannabidiol. While this therapy may be anti-cancer (the research is thin), your mom should be able to manage her pain better if there is a percentage of THC in the cannabidiol. Further, there are other non-conventional therapies to consider such as intravenous vitamin C or acupunture (to manage pain) and others but the research is limited if at all and there may be expense involved.

    Studies show that cancer patients who enter pallative care while continuing with therapies will live longer with less pain than those cancer patients who do not enter pallative care. My point is that you are doing well to have already begun P.C.

    To answer your question “Is there any hope?” I can say only that there is very little chance of conventional therapies helping, and there is less and less chance of anything the more your mom’s cancer advances.

    Managing your mom’s pain and side effects through palliative care at this point is a goal in my experience as a cancer coach. Making your mom as comfortable as possible for whatever time she has left is worthwhile at this stage.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks.

    David Emerson

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    Ruth says 4 years ago

    Hi Michelle, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2010. I refused chemo and radiation, but I did have radical mastectomies and was on hormone therapy ( Tamoxifen). Last year, when I had my blood work done my tumor marker was high. And after scans, MRI and biopsies, found out that my cancer recurred and has metastasized to my liver, bone and brain. I had radiation to my back (one of the lesions was pushing near my spinal cord and might cause paralysis). I also had cyber knife surgery to the lesion in my brain. I started chemo in February ( Taxol) with targeted therapy (perjeta and herceptin). When I started the treatments, I also started to take medical marijuana ( Rick Simpson Oil) it helps with my appetite and sleep. Coral Calcium with Vitamin D supplements. I also walk my dog ( I try to walk by the river or lake as the quality of oxygen your breathing is better especially in the morning). Yoga is important for strength and blood circulation. Also you can boil lemon water and drink it first thing in the morning. I also use apple cider vinegar. Please don’t lose hope. In April while in chemo, I was really sick I contracted pneumonia, I thought I was gonna die then. My last MRI & scans shows no evidence of disease and I just had bloodwork done last week and my tumor marker is in the normal level. It is also important to live and make the most of everyday. Tell your mom that I will include her in my prayers.

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      David Emerson says 4 years ago

      Hi Ruth-

      Thanks very much for your input.

      David Emerson

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kuldeep says 5 years ago

Sir,

my mother is suffering from liver and lung cancer before that she got colin

operation with same issue so what you recommet

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Kuldeep-

    I am sorry to read of your mother’s cancer challenges. If I understand your email, your mother has advanced lung cancer that has metastasized (spread) to her liver and colon. My recommendation is to find qualified palliative care for your mom. Palliative care will not stop you from trying different therapies, palliative care is designed to manage her cancer symptoms.

    Ask your oncologist what he/she recommends for palliative care for your mother.

    David Emerson

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mrs lee lacourse says 5 years ago

David just found out my Daughter has cancer nodules on her liver she is young yet only 54 does she need a transplant or is there another option ?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Mrs. Lacourse-
    I am sorry to read of your daughter’s liver nodules. I can provide you with options but I need to ask you some additional questions to try to get a handle on your daughter’s situation.

    You use the term “nodules.” As you can read from this article, nodules can be either cancerous or benign.

    Your doctor may or may not want to removed the nodules depending on the situation. I can help you if you can be more specific.

    Let me know, thanks

    David Emerson

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Augi says 5 years ago

Hello,
Im contacting regarding of my mom’s health issue. She is in Mongolia and has diagnosed blood cancer leukima. In Mongolia they dont cure these. Could help me how i can help my mom’s mind strength and what should i do please . Thank you

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Augi-

    I am sorry to read of your mom’s leukemia diagnosis. While mind-body therapies can be effective this non-toxic therapy should be combined with other therapies for a complicated cancer such as leukemia in order to be effective. Can you tell me the specific type of leukemia and stage of disease?

    Thank you,

    David Emerson

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David says 5 years ago

David,
I’ll try and keep this short…
*diagnosed with prostate cancer
*had ‘Da Vinci’ prostatectomy procedure performed
*6 months follow up showed P.S.A. at .01(acceptable range up to 4.0, I discovered later)
*Eurologist suggested 8 weeks of radiation therapy to completely eradicate, as bladder neck and seminal visical invasion indicated with remaining cells
*went through 8 weeks of Calypso radiotherapy
*6 month follow up showed P.S.A. elevated to 2.4
*3 months later, next P.S.A. showed 4.5. My eurologist immediately suggested hormonal therapy followed by chemo if that didn’t work
*consulted another eurologist. He ordered both a CT scan and bone marrow scan – both came back negative, cancer hadn’t spread
* last P.S.A. done 3 months ago – result was 4.2
*just received results of one taken this week – 18.0 P.S.A.!!
I refuse to go through traditional cancer therapy(hormonal and/or chemo, as I know what devastating effects they render – and they aren’t cures). All the research I have done leads me to believe that my best course of action at this point and moving forward is utilizing medical marijuana tinctures – a combination of cannabidiol and THC.
What are your thoughts and do you know of someone I can consult to find out dosage/strength?
I look forward to your response.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi David-

    I am sorry to read of all of your PCa challenges but I have to say that you are working at it. This is good. Several things.

    First and foremost my belief based on my own cancer experience combined with cancer coaching other cancer patients, it that you assemble and utilize evidence-based therapies, both conventional and non-convenition to manage your PCa. I agree that chemo and hormonal therapy will not cure PCa but you can slow it’s growth for decades. Further, preventing bone metastasis is important for you at this stage. I also believe that you can employ integrative therapies to reduce the negative side effects of both chemo and hormonal therapies.

    At the same time I encourage you to use evidence-based but non-conventional therapies such as cannabidiol. This may be a challenge depending on where you live. Please let me know.

    In addition to cannabidiol, there are a host of non-toxic supplements such as curcumin and and resveritrol that research shows is cytotoxic to PCa.

    Getting back to cannabidiol. The research on cannabidiol and PCa is limited. Clients that I have worked with manage their dose and strain or type of cannabidiol themselves. Once a cancer survivor includes THC is his/her routine, the dose is based on how he/she feels. The strain and percentage of THC in the cannabidiol can vary and can have a dramatic impact on how the cancer survivor feels. Some like to get high, some don’t.

    I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I work with cancer patients to research and assemble the therapies I have outlined above. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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      David says 5 years ago

      David,

      Thank you for the quick response. I live in Phoenix and am actively looking for a homeopathic doctor I can consult with on the use of cannabidiol/THC extracts, as I am convinced that at this point, I need to move quickly and these products have proven themselves to kill my type of cancer: https://herb.co/2017/01/13/prostate-cancer-cannabis/ – the video by Dennis Hill is quite informative.
      I will certainly look into curcumin as well as resveritrol and thank you for that advice – all is welcome at this point.
      Cheers – David

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Joanie says 5 years ago

I’ve been diagnosed with rectal cancer stage 3. The onocologist is setting me up for chemo and radiation. I’m dragging my feet on this because I don’t want that poison in my body. Do you have any suggestions?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Joanie-
    I am sorry to read of your rectal cancer diagnosis. I understand what you are saying. The suggestions I have are a function of the choices you have. Do you know if your cancer has spread outside the colon into one or more lymph nodes? Are you going to have or have you already had surgery to remove the cancer?

    Your choices will depend on how advanced your cancer is. I don’t mean to be nosey I’m just trying to get a clearer idea of your situation.

    Let me know,

    David Emerson

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Daniel K Speckman says 5 years ago

My older brother has lung cancer he has a tumor on his lung and spots on his liver and trach. He was diagnosed a little over a month ago and he’s not eating not drinking fluids as much as lost 30 lb within this month and his liver enzymes I guess aren’t up to par and if they don’t regulate or whatever the term is they’re going to put him to hospice or bring hospice to the house after tomorrow which is Thursday the 31st something I can do anything medicinal help please time is fading. If the email doesn’t go through you can text me at 914-494-6528 please help thank you

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Daniel-

    I am sorry to learn of your brother’s cancer diagnosis. My guess is that your brother has lung cancer that has metastasized (spread) to his liver and trachea. To complicate things, it sounds like he has a common side effect called cachexia that is causing his weight loss.

    If by “medicinal” you mean chemotherapy or radiation, I don’t believe that conventional lung cancer therapies at this point will do much for your brother beside making him feel awful. If by medicinal you mean “evidence-based” then yes there are many therapies that can slow his lung cancer.

    I will be direct at this point. Therapy, conventional or non-conventional, is not about a cure at this point. I do think palliative therapies to manage pain can help and hospice in his home can also help.

    But there are therapies shown to slow or reverse his cachexia that are a separate challenge from his cancer.

    David Emerson
    Cancer Survivor
    Cancer Coach
    Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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zeeshan ahmad says 5 years ago

Hi i am from pakistan my dad had liver cancer 2 tumors in segment 7 and segment 8 doctor told me for liver transplant what you suggest

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Zeeshan-

    I am sorry to read of your dad’s diagnosis. The key to your dad’s liver cancer prognosis will be size and placement of the two tumors that you speak of. In other words, two relatively large tumors not on the surface of the liver are difficult to remove necessitating a complete transplant. Two relatively small tumors on the surface of the liver may be removed. Further, it is difficult for me to know what therapies may or may not be available to your dad. I am sorry I can’t provide more specific info.

    David Emerson

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W Schere says 5 years ago

Show me I have MDS and am a doubter.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    I am not sure what you are asking.

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Raj Bahadur says 5 years ago

Good morning David,
I read this post with interest since anything concerning beating cancer fascinates me. I have pancreatic as well as liver cancer. Diagnosed about 6 months ago. Doctors wanted me to have surgery for both the organs. Whipple surgery for the pancreatic condition and conventional for the liver.
Obviously, the very diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks and I was temporarily devastated. Then came the realization that I am one of the millions and reconciled with the idea of having to either beat it or lament. I chose the former and am at this moment studying, researching and trying to find a way to battle this condition with nutrition for, I refused the doctors that surgery is out!
Change in lifestyle is in.
Recently, I had a long discussion with my oncologist and requested him to halt the chemo infusions of Gemcitabine. Every time it was infused, I experienced three days of agony and distress all over my body. Could not deal with it so stopped it. Now I am trying to find if molecular profiling will be of any use to me to determine alternative treatment which may be less devastating.
That is my present state of affairs dealing with 2 conditions. I am dimayed by the fact that since 1971, approximately 600 billion dollars has purportedly gone into “research” of cancer and yet we do not have any substantial proof of any positive outcome in this regard. Shameful! The mighty drug industry and the FDA are in cahoots and that is the naked fact!
Regards,
Raj

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    HI Raj-
    I share your dismay that so many research dollars have been spent with so little progress. Good luck and let me know if there is anything that PBC can do for you.

    David Emerson

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Nick Herescu says 5 years ago

I am suspected for Waldonstrom’s macroglobulinoma (I am not even sure of the spelling!). This came up after a standard blood test showed increase number of IGM and low number of haemoglobins. I also had a bone marrow test and I will see an oncologist/hematologist to discuss the results. Nevertheless I am worried about this diagnostic and, in case it is proven right, I would not consider chemotherapy but follow a neuropathic treatment based on natural remedies. Any advise?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Nick-

    Several things. First let’s just call it WM. Secondly it is probable that you caught your WM early. This is good for your long term prognosis. Your treatment/therapy options will depend heavily on your stage at diagnosis. In other words you may “watch and wait” if your WM is early. There are foods, supplements and lifestyle therapies that you can learn about and decide to undergo or not.

    Your first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. Please contact me again if you would like.

    thanks,

    David Emerson

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Belinda Leshinger says 5 years ago

Hi David
Thank you for your informative blog. My 92 y/o father was diagnosed with Hepatocelluar carcinoma of the liver. Tumor is 7-9 cm . They wont give us a stage – they say they dont stage liver cancer but when i google it they do. Drs. just say he is not a candidate for surgery.they are recommending. Nexovar and if he is a candidate TASE and RFA. Everything i have read on these treatments have horrible side effects. He already has poor appetite has lost weight. He is taking oral medical marijuana which has helped his appetite but he is having some nausea, and itching which is associated with liver cancer. I have read about low dose Naltrexone and its efficacy for cancer. I havent asked but i doubt the oncologist with prescribe it. i have found a website LDN Science where you can have an online consultation with an LDN friendly doc who will prescribe. Can you recommend any other alternative therapies for liver cancer. We are seriously considering saying no to the conventional treatments. Our goal is to have the highest quality of life. My father is 92 but was until recently very active and people are shocked when they hear of his age he appears to look no older than early 70’s. Thanks for your help B.L

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi BL-

    I am sorry to read of your father’s liver cancer diagnosis. You are correct, all cancers can be staged. My guess is that your oncologists don’t want to get into a discussion about a possible prognosis for your dad. All clinical trials apply to the average cancer patient aka a 65 year old.

    Your thinking is correct about low dose naltrexone and conventional oncologists. Yes, there are many other non-conventional therapies to treat cancer. Your challenge will be to find and read reliable info/research on any non-FDA therapy. I agree that at 92, your priority must be quality of life. Conventional therapies such as TASE or RFA are designed to optimize length of life over QOL.

    Non-conventional therapies include:

    LDN
    Ploy MVA
    Antineoplaston Therapy (ANP)

    Evidence-based supplementation such as curcumin-

    I recommend pursuing QOL and evidence-based supplementation. I do so as I keep my own cancer in remission through lifestyle and supplementation and I cancer coach other patients and survivor based on the same strategy.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Kathleen Adams says 5 years ago

My husband has liver cancer . He has been very active all his life , so when doctors told him , he felt he could beat it with their method. Y-90 radiation. He is in the hospital for the third time this mo. Now the doctors are telling us it can not be cured and that he only has mo to live. Three wk ago he was jumping on tramp. Driving medical transport for handicap folks and exercising YOGA AND WT Lifting, now he can not hardly walk, talk and is shaky and confused. Want to get this turn around ,because he mean everything to me and many others.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Kathleen-

    I am sorry to learn of your husband’s liver cancer. I believe that your husband had good reason to “beat it with their method.

    In order for me to give you options whether you are interested in conventional, integrative or alternative therapies I need to know the stage of your husband’s cancer. When you say that your husband can barely walk, are you saying that the y-90 caused this side effect?

    Let me know. Hang in there,

    David Emerson
    Cancer Survivor
    Cancer Coach

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Florence Johnson says 5 years ago

My friend has mesothelioma.He had 3 chemo treatments .After first 2 the other didn’t work.He is 77 years old.Boston doctors are giving him experamental drugs to help boost immune system.been 6 weeks and I see no change.He is getting weaker.He barely can make it from bed to bathroom and back to bed. Do you believe frankincense could help? what exercise could he do since he has no energy?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Florence-

    I am sorry to read about your friend’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Unfortunately conventional oncology can do little for mesothelioma patients. Yes, I think essential oils as well as other non-toxic therapies could provide help for your friend. As for exercise I doubt your friend will be up to doing even the simplest exercises. I think nutrition and friendship are two of the most important therapies you can offer at this point.

    David Emerson

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Liz says 5 years ago

Hi David,

My Dad was diagnosed with Brain Cancer (Glioblastoma) in June 2016. Surgery took out over 90% of the tumor in his brain. He had radiation and chemo in August to September 2016. He’s taken chemo (temodor) 5 days/month since. The chemo is not working and his Dr said there is some growth in the tumor and suggest a change of treatment. Apparently, my Dad doesn’t even have the gene that would be positively effected by chemo so I don’t know why we even did that. I guess it’s protocol for this. We plan to start Avastin infusions and will research clinical trials. I am just wondering the other options. I currently make sure we eat healthy homemade meals with cruciferous veggies, no red meat, low-sugar or no sugar options, etc. We relax and listen to music which I think is meditative for my Dad, he’s a huge music buff. He walks the dog (often enough) and is also our “inventory manager” of household items, food, stuff like that. So we try to make sure he feels some purpose. His symptoms are loss of vision on the right side, short-term memory loss, confusion, altered concept of time, and frustration/anger with himself (if that’s considered a symptom). We are told there is no cure. But how can we further prolong life and prevent the tumor from growing? Thank you for any advice you can give me and my family.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Liz-

    I am sorry to read of your dad’s GBM diagnosis. There are a number of integrative and complementary therapies for this type of brain cancer. I cannot provide an answer to your question “But how can we further prolong life and prevent the tumor from growing?” other than to say that I too was end stage with my own cancer though it was a blood cancer not a brain cancer.

    The NovoCure is FDA approved and has been shown to slow the progression of GBM.

    With some research I can provide specific therapies for you if you are interested. Nutrition, supplementation, non-conventional therapies, mind-body therapies- let me know.

    Hang in there.

    David Emerson
    Cancer Survivor
    Cancer Coach

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    Rosie says 5 years ago

    My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor (Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma) back in 2007. It was very small and he decided not to operate at that time. In 2014 he had a grand mal seizure and we found out that his tumor had grown drastically and he would need surgery immediately. He did the surgery then radiation and chemo. I did research and changed our diet to organic. He also started taking Blue scorpion venom (from Cuba, also known as Vidatox) and he eats organic apricot kernels daily as well as a few other common vitamins, minerals etc. His tumor has shrunk from 11mm to 2mm and his cancer is now dormant and he is doing great. We truly believe in the venom and treatment using homeopathy. It may not work for everyone just as our western treatments don’t work for everyone but I truly believe it is worth it to try it out. He started taking the venom right after his surgery and took it during his treatment and still takes it today. It did not interfere with any other medications and he did extremely well when he had to do chemo (very little sickness, not much weight loss, only lost a little hair etc.) Another thing I know that helped him is his very positive attitude he is the most positive person I have ever known. Good luck and god bless.

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      David Emerson says 5 years ago

      Hi Rosie-

      Thanks very much for your experience.

      David Emerson

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Larry says 5 years ago

I have been helping people with their cancer for 16 years using High PH Therapy using our proprietary supplements (Cesium, etc.).

I am checking with you to see how I can get mentioned on your site.

Be glad to answer your questions.

You can call 951-257-4184

Thank you for what you do and have a great day.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Larry-

    To answer your question “I am checking with you to see how I can get mentioned on your site.” the way to do this would be for me to write a blog post about one or more of your products. I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. The mission of my organization is to demystify cancer through information and education.

    If I write about a product of yours that I can recommend, and link studies that cite the importance of nutritional smoothes or genistein, for example, your product will appear when someone searches for it.

    The blog post will be posted permanently. I can add whatever links and graphics that you would like. PeopleBeatingCancer is has monthly site traffic of approx. 15,000 unique visitors. The cost of a blog post featuring an Essence of Life product would be a donation of $25.00 to PeopleBeatingCancer- we are a 501C3 non-profit.

    http://www.essense-of-life.com/supplementblends/B-305/Essense-Health-Blend.html
    http://www.essense-of-life.com/specialtyproducts/S-090/Genistein-Isocare.html

    David Emerson

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Jeff Krolick says 5 years ago

Hello:
I have a stage 2 tumor on my right vocal cord. I am a 67 yr. old male who is a professional pianist / singer. I have received a recommendation to take Artemisiinin. What do you think of this and can you shed any light on how I can continue to sing
Thanks
Jeff

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Jeff-

    I am sorry to learn of your stage 2 laryngeal cancer. My guess is that you are asking about alternative cancer therapies in an effort to reduce your risks of damaging your vocal cords. You are correct in thinking that chemo and or radiation may hurt you ability to sing.

    On the other hand, stage 2 laryngeal cancer has five year survival rates of 85-90% depending on your therapies. This is an excellent prognosis. While artemisinin has potential (see the link below), it is non-conventional and therefore almost impossible to study.

    I will add that surgical removal of the tumor on your vocal cord is an important therapy for debulking your cancer. Can you have this surgery and still be able to sing?

    Also, there are a host of evidence-based, non-conventional therapies that, like artemisinin, will reduce your risk of laryngeal cancer. I myself live an anti-cancer lifestyle through supplementation, nutrition, etc. and have remained in complete remission since ’99. My cancer is very different from your cancer.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=vocal+cord+cancer+staging&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=vocal+cord+cancer,+artemisinin

    I am saying that if you choose the non-conventional therapy route, please do everything you can to reduce your risks of laryngeal cancer relapse.

    David Emerson

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NORMAND BABINEAU says 6 years ago

have bladder cancer, can u help?

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    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Normand-

    I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I can help depending on what you are looking for. Let me ask you a few questions in order for me to understand your situation.

    1) What stage of bladder cancer were you diagnosed at?

    2) What, if any, symptoms are you experiencing?

    3) What therapies, if any, have you undergone? What therapies are you considering? Surgery? Chemotherapy? Nothing?

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

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      Kiran says 5 years ago

      Hi david my husband has multiple metastised tumors in his right lung.it was spindle cell sarcoma which came again after surgical removal of mass from his upper right back,we had one of 3 chemos n went herbal after 6 months he started having fever, cough with blood n became v weak n lethargic ,,we don’t want conventional treatment, we don’t have any holistic dr here in Pakistan,, plx help

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        Kiran says 5 years ago

        He’s only 42

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        David Emerson says 5 years ago

        Hi Kiran-

        I am sorry to read of your husband’s metastatic cancer and health challenges. Spindle cell sarcoma is a cancer of the connective tissue that is relatively rare. From your description it sounds as though the original cancer site was your husband’s upper right back and while surgical removal of the original tumor may have “debulked” the cancer, clearly the cancer spread to your husband’s lungs.

        While I could recommend non-conventional therapies, nutrition, supplements and lifestyle therapies I must be honest with you and admit that I have no experience with spindle cell sarcoma.

        David Emerson

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      Sandra says 5 years ago

      My mother’s mother in law has lung cancer and she’s very yellow now. I am trying to find something to help. I have heard of weed oil or something like that. Please help.

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        David Emerson says 5 years ago

        Hi Sandra-

        I’m not sure what you mean by “she’s very yellow now.” When you refer to “weed oil” are you talking about C-B-D oil aka cannabidiol oil? C-B-D oil is often referred to as medical marijuana. C-B-D oil may help your mom’s MIL however you must access the right strain with the right percentage of cannabinoids vs. THC.

        David Emerson

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carin nye says 6 years ago

I am not able to go to sleep til 3 am no matter how tired I am. I take herbal supplements to help me sleep but it’s still not until 3 am. I know I will need sleep after my up-coming cancer treatments but I don’t do drugs so what are my options?

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    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Carin-

    I find that melatonin (1 or 2 mg) helps me fall asleep more quickly than otherwise. Further, sleep, for me at least, is a vicious circle. I find I fall asleep earlier the earlier I wake in the am. I must exercise, frequently yet moderately. Both frequent exercise and sleep will help you “prehabilitate” for your upcoming cancer treatments.

    What is your diagnosis and stage? What are the treatments going to be?

    David Emerson

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Cancer Coaching- Mind-Body therapy in cancer | PeopleBeatingCancer says 7 years ago

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    David Emerson says 7 years ago

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      Shanu says 6 years ago

      Hi David.

      My dad had 4th stage lung cancer and it has spread to the others parts of the body.

      He hasn’t done any kind of the trEtment for it.

      Docs have suggest mild cheemo for him .

      Is there a fast natural cure to stop the tumor from growing and spreading .

      Pls help

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        David Emerson says 6 years ago

        Hi Shanu-

        I am sorry to read about your dad’s metastatic lung cancer. Lung cancer is an aggressive form of cancer. Stage 4 means this aggressive cancer is advanced. My approach would be to utilized both conventional therapies such as chemotherapy and combine it with both integrative therapies as well as complementary therapies.

        I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. Let me know if you would like to learn more about cancer coaching.

        David Emerson

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