New Direction

A lot has happened this past week. I have a final diagnosis on what is wrong with my thyroid. I have been given the diagnosis of Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma. Certainly not what I wanted, but at least I know what I am fighting. From what I have read this is a slow moving cancer. This may give me a different perspective than what someone else has. I resonate with what Susan Somers said, “Having cancer is a lonely experience. It is the one time in your life that you cannot ask those closest to you, ‘What should I do?’ It’s too heavy a burden to place on another person. This is your life, your decision, and cancer kills.” I am not telling anyone what they should do if they get cancer. I merely want to journal what I am doing and to let people know they may have options. Every person is different, and each cancer is different. I have a rare cancer around 4% of all diagnosed cancer is thyroid and out of the few cases of thyroid cancer only 25% occur in men.

I am no longer a Beachbody coach. My naturopathic doctor said that the adaptogens in Shakeology were over stimulating to my immune system. This was when my problem looked like hyperthyroidism. When I stopped the Shakeology, I was very tired, but did feel better after a day or two. Also at that time my thyroid area was so swollen you could not see my Adam’s Apple. In about a week this swelling was reduced. At this time I was primarily taking supplements to calm my body.

You may be asking if I think Shakeology caused my condition. I do not, but I think it aggravated my condition. I have a family history of thyroid problems. One case of diagnosed thyroid cancer and another suspected. In both, the thyroids were removed. This is the standard care for thyroid cancer, removal. Thinking I had hyperthyroidism, I have studied the thyroid. It is a very important organ. One I deeply desire to keep.

This begins my journey. I am going against the standard care and looking to food and herbs to cure me. I have been reading Knockout by Susan Somers and have been intrigued by what these doctors are able to accomplish. I am also familiar with the Gerson Therapy.

What am I doing now? Well, we are still working on that. Laetrile will be a big part of my healing. Did you know Laetrile is illegal. You can learn more by watching a documentary I saw recently. It is called Second Opinion. There is a way around this. You see, Laetrile is the extract from apricot seeds. I have 2lbs on order. I found a recommendation online for these. They are supposed to arrive tomorrow so I will post about them later.

I also found information about the Gerson green juice and found a website about how someone beat cancer using food. Last night I used my new juicer I purchased off craigslist to make his Carrot, Celery, Beet and Ginger Juice. It was rather strong and the pain I was feeling in my neck went away. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I’ll try it again. I will also make the green juice today.

I believe food is medicine and I will be using it as such. I am thankful to my God for the wisdom He is providing to me and my doctors.

Stick around to see how this plays out.

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Joshua Smith

I am the father of six beloved children and a husband to a lovely woman. I am also a follower of Christ, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a cancer fighter and a motorcycle rider

6 thoughts on “New Direction”

  1. I, for one, am following you Josh, hoping, praying and listening. If you ever need an ear, I’m here. Please keep journaling this and let’s hope you find a miracle.


  2. Hey Josh.
    I’m friends with Nikki and Nancy, and am Kelly Cudney Wesleys Aunt, 😎 and will totally be following you! I work in the medical field as a CMA and and I too, have read about the Gerson theory. I am very interested in it!! Love to the family! Gods so got this!
    Love, Patti Roll


  3. Hello Josh,
    This is Sheila, Hannah Keeley’s ex asst.
    Standing with you in the power of Jesus name and praising Him for the victory of healing that is yours!


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