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.

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.

7/5/16 Update

For my last update I noticed a trend that wasn’t very big, but it was exciting. Now I look at my resting heart rate and I see what I would consider a normal resting heart rate for me. This tells me that I am on the right path.

I have been eating a Gerson related diet. Lots of juiced veggies and a little fruit. I have modified it with a bit higher fat than he calls for. Today I will have more blood tests and meet with a nutritionist. I have recorded my last three days of eating and have been fasting for the new blood work. I am excited to learn more information.

Another bit of information I have encountered along this journey is body temperature. There are those out there who use hyperthermia therapy to treat cancer. It is said that cancer has a low metabolic temperature and brings down the body temperature. My body temperature has been on the low side, around 97, for a very long time. The therapies suggested to raise body temperature usually involves a sauna. I saw a video for a DIY sauna for under $150. It involves heat lamps. I will look into this more, but for now I am using a diaphoretic herb, yarrow. This is a way to raise the body temperature from the inside. To truly get my body temp up, I would like to try a sauna and yarrow working together. I did do my exercises in the sun yesterday as well as drinking 3 cups of yarrow tea. This morning, my body temp was up. I don’t know if our thermometer is correct, but yesterday it said my temp was 96, and this morning it was 97.3. I will keep track of this and see if I can verify this thermometer. I question it because everyone in my house had a low body temp.

I’m not sure exactly what is working, the Gerson-ish diet, the apricot seeds, the body temp, but I am feeling better today. Thanks to everyone for their prayers.  God is guiding me, showing me what my body needs. Please pray for the doctor and nutritionist visits today. I am looking forward to learning more.

Do something for your health today. A few minutes deep breathing could help beat that stress. Your choices today will mold your future.

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.

 

New Juices

Here it is, the fourth day of this juicing thing.

I have determined that something in the Carrot-Celery-beet-ginger is doing me good. If I go for a while without it, the pain comes back. Carrot juice nor carrot-apple juice does anything for the pain.

Gerson’s Green Juice, pictured above, is not the best tasting, but the cancer fighting properties in it is worth it. It is also packed with numerous enzymes and nutrients. I think it is a keeper. Gerson calls for it 3 times daily, I’m only making it twice a day.

Each day I am juicing 5lbs of carrots, 2 bundles of celery, 1 beet, 5 granny smith apples, and a good amount of ginger. This is just the juice for the day. I still use lots of dark greens for that Green Juice.

I have been making all this juice the night before and carrying it to work in two 40oz stainless steel water bottles. I have a pint glass like the one above and drink about 8oz every hour, alternating as the day goes on.

With the help I am receiving from the Carrot-Celery-Beet-Ginger, I am considering only using that and no longer making the Carrot-Apple.

I talked with a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in cancer care today and he said that his protocol typically calls for less carbs that what Gerson does. Depending on how my visit with him and the nutritionist, I may be decreasing my carrot juicing.

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.