What I would probably do if diagnosed with cancer:

Why just “probably” in the title here?

Because it’s impossible for any of us to answer this question before it happens. Not with 100% certainty. I’m a career scientist, a certified holistic cancer coach, have studied cancer independently for thousands of hours, and still it would come down to a real-time decision. Thanks to this background, I would not be terrified. More like cautious. It would be a challenge. And I would go into this challenge expecting success.

Along those lines, this is what I think I would do…pondering the question in advance, without much pressure. Others should decide what they do. It’s different for each of us.

Dietary Shift

The first thing I would do, for 100% certain, would be to improve my diet. I don’t do TOO bad as it stands, but there’s room to do better.

I’d start with a multi-day fast. Fasting shifts metabolism into a mode that makes the human body extremely inhospitable to cancer growth. Fasting is easy….after the constant gnawing hunger of day two. Ha.

It’s WAY easier for me to make dietary adjustments after fasting. I tend to crave healthy foods when coming off a fast. That’s huge.

And after that? Here’s the first big decision. Either keto, or more of a Gerson-style diet (raw, nutrient loading and detoxifying). I’d probably start with a raw-vegetable-based ketogenic diet and see how I did with that. I would load up with cruciferous vegetables, garlic, maybe flaxseed, and ginger. One possible exception to my ketogenic diet would be berries, and I’d eat a few apricot seeds along with those.

I don’t eat much meat as it is. I’d do my best to avoid all dairy. I love cheese though. Maybe I’d do the Budwig thing.

Medical Treatment?

Yes, I would work with a conventional oncologist to see what they proposed, following my own guidelines for selecting a treatment plan.

It’s almost guaranteed I would turn down radiation therapy, regardless of my diagnosis. Reading studies on radiation, I find that the risk/reward ratio is not usually favorable enough to justify the “therapy”. Yet it is still prescribed even in these cases.

For me, the yea or nay on chemo would depend highly on the prognosis with conventional treatment. I would read the clinical data for any drug(s) proposed, and use that to guide my decision. I’d rather start with natural remedies, but in cases where medicine can nearly guarantee success, I would of course consider that option strongly.

With respect to surgery:

It just depends on the specific situation. If the surgery was not going to be removing important organs (or large portions of them), then yes, surgery is something I would seriously consider. Honestly this would be a hard, cautious decision for me. Of all conventional options, surgery usually makes the most sense to me.

Immunotherapy? Just depends. It’s some promising stuff, but the side effects can be extreme here too. So I’d look at this the same way I view chemo.

I would not resort to experimental medical treatments, because I know there are already more promising options in the natural and alternative healing spaces.

Combining Medical Treatment with Alternative Care

If I did decide to use conventional treatment, I would use diet, exercise, detox, and supplementation to support my body through it. There are supplements which can be used to maintain healthy blood & help with nausea, energy levels, focus, etc. There are supplements which increase the effectiveness of chemo, and others which support liver detox (the liver needs love if you are dealing with cancer, guaranteed).

In general, I would discontinue all supplements several days before any surgery, and allow adequate time for wound healing before resuming them.

I would research and work with an oncology pharmacist to understand how supplements would affect any specific medications, and vice versa.


I would likely combine medical imaging & blood tests with other tests. Depending on the initial location of cancer, I would use either the Navarro urine test (which measures body-wide indicators of cancer) and/or thermography (which detects inflammation). It would be nice to have a baseline of each of those two tests. That way, you can repeat the tests later to determine if you are making progress in the right direction.

My goal here would be to reduce the frequency of medical testing (within reason) by using other tools to gauge my progress.


Detoxification is important because toxins can wreak havoc on our metabolism (and cancer is a metabolic problem). The genetics of cancer is a secondary issue, and in my opinion, focusing on that is barking up the wrong tree.

There are two sides to the detox equation:

1. Reducing ongoing toxic exposures
2. Helping your body eliminate toxicity

        I’m pretty good on #1 above- other than maybe adding more organic food to my diet.

        As far as #2…

        Physical exercise is a great detoxifier, and I’d increase this as able, particularly in winter when I tend to be less motivated to work out. Winter in Pittsburgh kinda sucks.

        I’d want to use an infrared sauna at least weekly.

        If necessary, there are supplements and teas which support this process.

        Natural Remedies?

        First off, remember diet & lifestyle alone is a huge part of the shift toward healing.

        I already mentioned apricot seeds which have anti-cancer effects.

        Beyond these basics, I would use an herbal remedy similar to Hoxsey, Essiac, or Cansema Tonic. This is where I would start.

        I would likely go get Rife frequency generator sessions, or buy a generator to use at home. This doesn’t always have an effect, but when it does, it tends to be decisive. It’s on my “worth trying” list. It’s not going to interfere with anything else or cause crazy side effects. Note this is different from PEMF devices, which are used to increase circulation (also good!).

        If I felt the need, I’d seek high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy. Vitamin C sounds too simple to work, but its anti-cancer effects are far more substantial than many people would believe. Things like mistletoe (iscador) therapy and hyperbaric oxygen treatment would be a consideration too. The problem with these things is cost…and time commitment. So they fall into my “only if necessary” category.

        What Else?

        Hmmm. Stress. Stress is a toxin in its own category. Worth eliminating in whatever ways possible.

        Get enough sleep, sunlight, water, and laughter. Normally these things aren’t a problem for me, so I’m blessed there.

        I’d consider occasionally repeating the multi-day fast.

        I would want sessions with a fellow cancer coach and/or naturopath. Just because I know about cancer doesn’t mean I would want to do this shit alone! Having the accountability and moral support would make an incredible difference for me.

        And really, that’s about it. These are the big things. For most people facing cancer I believe this would make a world of difference…maybe all the difference.

        Thanks for reading.

        Take Care & God Bless,

        Earth Scientist, Holistic Cancer Coach, Reiki Dude