A Little History and a Storm

Not long ago, I was a runner. I have two marathons, two Hood-to-Coasts, one Klondike Road Relay, some half-marathons, and a quite a few other races under my belt. That, however, was another life. Currently I have no idea if I will ever be able to return to running. Last weekend I spent a little time working in the yard and it took a few hours before I could get my thyroid to settle down. That was not confidence inspiring.

So what is this picture of Tophill? Tophill is a trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail. It is a 21 mile trail that, who would have guessed, goes from Banks to Vernonia. It is a rails to trails park. I have spent many hours running this trail, but it was many years ago. My favorite long distance, think 10 or 20 miles, runs were on this trail. Over the years they have paved it. I have also spent a little time riding a bicycle on this trail and I have dodged horse manure too. Let’s just say I have fond memories.

I have gone for a couple of different rides where I end up on Highway 47 south of Vernonia at this trailhead, it has a pit toilet which can be helpful at times. I take a break here and remember a previous life. Here is a video, a snapshot of that area.

Motorcycle Therapy – Why I Need It

With all the health issues I have, depression comes easy. I have always been active. I have ran the Hood to Coast Relay race twice, the Klondike Road Race, two marathons and work on my 5 acres. I work on cars and have a bus we want to convert to a motor home.

But something has happened. I got to feeling better, and sometimes energetic, but no stamina. Was it me being out of shape?

I ran across the Spoon Theory and cried a bit. It was at this point I understood why I can’t do what I once did. My chronic illnesses, cancer and hyperthyroidism, takes too much away from living life. I wake up with less spoons than I once did. Sometime I wake up and am already out of spoons.

This is where my motorcycle comes in. Riding on the worst day doesn’t take any spoons away and on a good day adds some. Riding my motorcycle makes me feel alive. Riding gives me time to clear my head and focus on the now.

A really interesting fact is I am not the only one who feels this way. There was an interview with Long Haul Paul, aka Paul Pelland, who discussed some extreme long distance riding and dealing with MS. Here is a link: Long Riders Radio to the podcast. The whole podcast is great, but starting at 23:00 is where he discusses how his health has improved due to riding. Paul rides to raise awareness and funds for MS. See his website here: Long Haul Paul.

Cancer Update

It has been some time since my cancer last update. It is often hard to place myself out there. Battling cancer is hard enough.

For the last five months my cancer has been stable!

How did this happen? Was it the Hoxsey formula? Was it the carrot juice? No. I it was a combination of therapies pivoting around enzymes.

There is lots of conflicting information on the web. But after reading Suzanne Somers’s book Knockout, the Kelley Enzyme Protocol made the most sense to me. I did some searching and found a local naturopathic doctor who learned from Dr. Kelley’s only pupil.

I am on a rather large dose of enzymes. I am slowly increasing to the maximum dose because a high dose only stopped growth, I need to reverse it.

There are a few other things that I am still doing, like eating organic, drinking carrot juice and sauna therapy, but the enzymes are central to my healing.

Another therapy which helps me feel alive and beat depression is motorcycle therapy. There will be more on this later.

Hyperthyroidism

I am dealing with hyperthyroidism. At first glance this seems like a nice thing to have. I mean more energy, the ability to lose weight without hardly trying. But with this comes other things like irritability and fatigue. Sometimes people are given a diagnosis of bipolar when they actually have hyperthyroidism. Being a male with thyroid issues is a rare thing and hyperthyroid is not very common either.

I believe this condition can be managed with diet. The problem I’m having is that there is some mixed information about what to eat. Some of the things I have found so far is that peanuts and almonds are helpful. I’ve read that these have iodine uptake inhibitors. I didn’t realize how important it was to stay away from iodine until one day I took an herbal formula specifically designed to help the thyroid which contained kelp. Wow, that morning I was buzzing. The tremors I had that morning were substantial.

I have heard that I am to stay away from cereal. I don’t know what that really means. My working definition of cereal includes oats. The picture below shows what I refer to as designer oats. I seem to do well with this, but I’ll still keep an eye on it.

Breakfast is an interesting meal. I have read the best thing for me to eat is savory foods. I have always been someone to eat sweet breakfasts. I am beginning to experiment.

If you suffer from a thyroid condition, especially hyperthyroidism, please comment and let me know some of the things you have for breakfast.

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Upcoming Decisions

My doctor visit yesterday had a big impact on me. I have attempted to analyze myself to determine if I was in denial. I did not think I was. I know what I have to fight and have been taking steps to do just that. But yesterday talking with the doctor and his very aggressive suggestions made me realize I have been in denial in regards to the seriousness of what I am facing.

Tomorrow I meet with a cancer surgeon. After I get information from him, I then have a choice to make. Which route do I go? Do I continue with what I have been doing, a modified Gerson? Do I do what the surgeon says, which will either be complete removal and/or radiation or chemo? Or what the Naturopathic Cancer doctor says, a metabolic approach involving enzymes? The choice is mine. If I go an alternate route, I will need to keep the conventional route open. I want to keep my thyroid, but not at the expense of my life. If I go conventional, the alternative world would support me and assist in making it easier for me. They have no hard feelings, they just want to help.

If you look up Gerson or Kelley, you will find lots of warnings against them. This is no longer an academic exercise, this is my life, my decision, and cancer kills.

6/30/16 Update

Resting Heartrate

When I awoke this morning I did what I often do, I looked at my fitness tracker data. The downward trend of my resting heartrate continues. On June 14th my resting heartrate decreased to 78bpm then increased to 81 by the 16th. It reached a peak of 82 on the 21st, the day after my biopsy, but has steadily decreased since then. I thought the decrease would have started on the 24th, the day the pain started to decrease. Yesterday my resting heartrate fell to 77bpm, the lowest since I started tracking it again. Eventually I will determine how to view the data from last year before the band of my tracker broke. I have noticed the last few days my heartrate when I first awake is in the mid 60s.

Why is all of this important to me? Since my first blood work on 4/8/16 I have been hyperthyroid. Without bloodwork my way of tracking this is through heartrate. As I heal my resting heart rate should eventually be around 72.

How Can This Help You?

When I was running watching my resting heartrate would help me determine if I had over trained. If you don’t have a tracker and want to get an idea of how you are doing, get your heartrate when you first wake up. If you record this a few times a week you will have a baseline. This is similar to taking your temperature a few times when you feel well. The normal human body temperature is not necessarily your normal. For me a normal temp means an elevated temperature.

Pain and Juice

I continue to maintain that the Carrot-Celery-Beet-Ginger juice assists in my pain reducing. I could be scientific about it and take it away to determine if the pain comes back. But being a little more human than that, meaning I don’t want pain, I am doing the opposite. I am not going to drink the other juice, all my juice today will be for pain. My belief is that pain is your body telling you something is wrong. If you give your body what it needs the pain should go away. If this juice is achieving this end, then I will give it more.

A New Doctor

Yesterday I met with a naturopathic doctor who specializes in cancer. He uses the Kelley Enzyme Protocol. Dr. Kelley was a dentist who determined a way to cure cancer. Dr. Nicolas Gonzales, from Susan Somers’ book, Knockout, based his therapy on Dr. Kelley’s work.

This new doctor mentioned how different therapies work for different people. His is very rigorous. He also mentioned how Ralph Moss reviewed the Gerson Institutes records and could not find in their records a case of cancer remission. I have listened to podcasts of a lady, independent of Gerson, describe what she did down there and declared she was healed. This new doctor did say that Gerson does good things, but some of his patients were those who tried the Gerson Institute but came to him for healing.

I’m going to keep with what I am doing for now. I have an appointment on Tuesday for bloodwork and to talk with a nutritionist. Things may change then.