On January 12, 2016, on the recommendation of my family practice medical doctor, I visited a Dermatologist for an evaluation of a small brown spot, which I assumed was a liver spot, on my right cheek that I noticed had begun to change in color. I left his office with an area that was the size of a large freckle biopsied. Several days later, the Dermatologist personally called me and quite directly told me the biopsy revealed that I had Melanoma skin cancer and that beneath the skin it was quite broad and a Stage 0-1 Melanoma. Furthermore, he told me that he had personally scheduled me for surgery several days later with a Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who specialized in treating melanoma.
After concluding the call and telling my wife Joy of the diagnosis, I was left with the feeling that I had been placed on an assembly line conveyor belt, not of my choosing. I immediately called the surgeon and rescheduled my surgery for one week later for the purpose of exploring my options.
After several days, I decided to go ahead with my previously scheduled plans to attend the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) Symposium in Las Vegas. I also choose to begin a treatment that was highly recommended to me by an acquaintance who is a research scientist, which consisted of applying a salve to the lesion area twice a day. Unfortunately, this did not prove to be sound advice, as the salve almost destroyed my face. Fortunately, I finally listened to my wife and daughter and discontinued the salve and began work on healing the erupted areas. Needless to say, my face was not pretty looking for several weeks. I visited the Dermatologist again and used a cream he prescribed to heal the wound. The dermatologist also explained to me that the salve I had used could cause scarring of the underlying tissue and make a definitive diagnosis difficult, as the scared tissue could provide a ‘home’ for cancer cells to hide. Fortunately, I was human looking again by the time I flew off to Las Vegas.
Attending the symposium in Las Vegas turned out to be a wise decision. Many of the speakers and attendees were medical doctors with experience in treating melanomas, including Dr. Jiminez, an oncologist who owns and practices in two clinics, one in the USA and one in Cancun. His lectures were technical and enlightening, as were those from a Neuro Surgeon from Taiwan. I was fortunate to have individual consults with each of them plus several other doctors.
The day after returning from Las Vegas, I kept my appointment with my Dermatologist. He sent in his nurse to prepare me for a second biopsy, three weeks after the first one. I declined to have another biopsy. I wanted time to continue healing and to absorb all that I had learned at the symposium before I took another step. The Dermatologist was not pleased with my decision. He explained that since I had canceled the surgery twice and now did not wish to have another biopsy, he was required by law, and to protect himself, to write me a letter pointing out that I had refused his recommended cancer treatment for Melanoma Cancer. This letter would be sent to me to sign and returned to him to file with the Medical Ethics Board. He also explained that as time progressed, the cancer would grow and my alternative treatment would kill some of the cancer but ultimately would not kill it all and it would disperse to other areas. This concept, in part, was consistent with what Dr. Jiminez told me in Las Vegas. This being said, the Dermatologist left the room and his nurse returned saying I was to “come back when you will have your next biopsy.” During this time, Joy and I discussed me having a consult appointment with the surgeon, which pleased the Dermatologist. He scheduled the appointment for me. The appointment with the surgeon was a complete, polite and caring experience, where she explained in detail exactly what the surgery would entail.
After this, I took the following steps:
* I asked for and received a spiritual healing from our creator.
* I gave thanks for this blessing and never allowed doubt to enter my mind.
* I gave and continue to give many affirmations of gratitude each day, confirming that I am cancer-free.
* Understanding that God expects us to do our part, I reviewed my options: cut, burn or poison in the USA, or travel to Cancun for a natural cure (lovely trip but expensive).
Then it occurred to me that I am knowledgeable of many of the holistic protocols for treating cancer naturally, and I have many highly qualified friends and acquaintances with whom I could consult as I pursued my path to becoming cancer free. I began by using kinesiology to muscle test herbal protocols and products one at a time on a daily basis. It’s amazing how one’s body speaks to ones self if we just listen to what it is telling us! It’s also amazing that I had not proactively used my knowledge of the healing power of herbal products in the beginning.
I learned thru muscle testing that using Pau D’Arco Lotion and Pau D’Arco capsules were two herbal products that my body needed. I also received strong confirmations to drink Pau D’Arco/Taheebo Tea. I completely eliminated coffee from my diet, which I modified to 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 high quality protein, and severely limited my intake of sugars. As I normally do, I drank only pH balanced pure water, 3-4 quarts per day, knowing that these changes would halt the progression of my cancer but probably not cure it. I doubled my consumption of Immune Stimulator so that I would keep my immune system strong and functioning during its battle with the cancer.
Next, I was told by a very knowledgeable herbalist that Frankincense Oil, mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil, will kill melanoma cancer cells. Since my cancer by then covered a large area, I decided to apply it heavily to my entire face, which after a few days ballooned up like a pumpkin and I could barely open my eyes, looking out through small slits that were not sealed shut. Since Nature’s Sunshine was arriving in two days to interview us and film our business, I stopped the Frankincense Oil application for four days and began applying Vitamin E Oil for healing. I had to wear makeup during the two day visit from NSP, which my daughter artfully applied each morning, during the filming because my face was red, blue and purple. After I resumed use of the Frankincense Oil, I used lesser amounts and applied only to the affected areas. (An interesting note is that initially we were out of Carrier Oil, so I used Coconut Oil as a carrier. It was after I switched to the carrier oil that I experienced the swelling – to me this is proof of the quality and action of our carrier oil versus using a substitute).
At this point, I was muscle testing for being healed of my cancer by May 9, and I scheduled with the dermatologist for a biopsy on that date. Knowledge again took over, and I remembered NSP’s former Health Science Director Dr. Jerry McLaughlin and his 35 years of research on Paw Paw. I wanted to speed up my healing process as much as possible so I could tell my success story to people at Nature’s Sunshine’s Convention in April. I added Paw Paw Cell Reg to my regime, testing only for 1 in the morning and 1 each evening, knowing the Paw Paw would prevent the cancer cells from reproducing.
Within days, I muscle tested that I was cured and on March 25, I had my last biopsy done. On April Fool’s Day, I was pronounced cancer free. It was a long wait to get the results but I had been told that it would be at least one week before all the microscopic testing and analysis would be completed. What a great day this will always be in my memory bank! I give credit for my healing to prayer, God’s support, the vast array of wonderful natural herbal products that are a part of my daily diet, and to those I know and love who were such a strong support team for me.
In conclusion, I believe that several of the reasons that I still live an active life at age 87 is because of the continuing education and par excellent products from Nature’s Sunshine. They put a spring in my step and joy into my life!
In addition to the herbal products I took during my battle with melanoma, I continued to take my repertoire of Nature’s Sunshine products that I consume on a daily basis. I always take quite a few of the Core Health products to meet my body’s needs for continued good health and healing. During my cancer treatment phase, I seriously increased my consumption of Citrus Bioflavonoids, not only to support my Immune System and increase collagen production, but to also increase the tissue healing without scarring.