Old Friend, Science, Dead of COVID-19

I’m going to share something about 2020 that deserves a second glance. If you don’t like Trump, forgive me, I’m going to quote him…it’s for a good cause. Remember, this isn’t about Trump. It’s about my friend, science, who was killed by coronavirus last year.

Edit, March 3, 2021: He said that as we increase the testing, we’d see more COVID cases. I’d originally quoted a news source here- I think it was CNBC- but they’ve since taken down the story.

Remember that?

Say there are 100 people in a room, and 10 of them have COVID:

Let’s watch what happens when we measure COVID cases using various sample sizes: 20-, 40-, then 80-person subsets.

First, let’s test 20 people in the group:

Case number = 2
[notice it’s still a 10% infection rate rate in the sample population. 2/20 = 1/10 = 10%]

Now let’s test 40 people in this same group:

40 people tested, 3 positive

Well wouldn’t you know- the case number jumped up to 3.
[interestingly, the infection rate in this sample population is 3 out of 40, or 7.5%]

Let’s test 80 people:

80 people tested, 8 positive

Now the total case number is 8.
[Infection rate is 8/80 = 1/10 = 10%]

Does the number of positive test results (cases) increase with the number of people tested? YES.

Trump was correct.

There’s a positive linear relationship between the number of tests administered and the number of positive test results.

Granted, I’ve effectively modeled random sampling here. I tested arbitrarily from the left, and worked my way to the right, with cases randomly distributed, and no pre-screening. With real world pre-screening, you’d expect some selection bias. People who have symptoms are more likely to seek & receive testing than people without symptoms.

However, any selection bias would remain fairly consistent over time (despite being influenced by shifting administrative policies deciding which people and how many people receive testing). Without an in-depth analysis, I’m quite certain a positive linear relationship still holds true in the real world, across time. I admit this is an assumption.

more testing = more cases

Crazy talk? Nope. Just common sense. It’s only funny if you don’t think about it for a second. Which is funny, too.

Ah, but when the media told us to laugh, we laughed. People are trained to soak in information without taking time to consider it. The average plumber is a better scientist than most scientists, because a plumber learns to think for himself.

Doesn’t matter how much you know, if you don’t have an ounce of common sense! Which brings us back to fake journalism.

The American media has been consistently presenting case numbers as if it were a meaningful way to measure COVID.

Case numbers only has meaning when we compare it to:
a) the number of tests – this gives the positivity rate
b) the total population – this gives the infection rate

Of course, the reliability of the PCR test for diagnosis is dicey, which makes the whole discussion of case numbers and case rates dicey. Reliance on inappropriate test parameters has been yielding inappropriate results. You’re not going to hear this from the NIH, NIAID, FDA, CDC, or the WHO, because they have a financial stake in a successful ongoing fear campaign leading to drug and vaccine implementation. The inventor of the PCR test said you can use PCR to “find anything in just about anything”. See video here. Then there’s the matter of presumed cases, which I’ll leave to medical professionals for comment.

Now, the CNBC article I quoted above DOES get into the positivity rate a bit, which is nice. They of course dance around the issue and paint a slanted picture of doom & gloom. As CNBC stated in their article, “However, public health specialists have repeatedly said the data does not indicate that increased testing accounts for the recent surge in daily new cases.”

Recent surge? It’s a joke and a sham. Here’s why:

Have a look at the following graph from the CDC (FYI- you can access the current graph here). This is data CNBC would have had access to back in June (for the relevant time period), so let’s use it for the sake of discussion.

Notice the solid black line, which represents Percent Positive. It peaked at just over 22% in early April, 2020. Then it dropped hard for five or six weeks, taking us into June. At the time the CNBC article was written (June 23, 2020), it looks like Percent Positive may have climbed again by three or four percent. Of course, I recall the media painting a horrifying picture by saying things like “case rates are up by an incredible 150% in this second surge“.

While that’s a true statement, I can present the same data differently by saying, “Positive test results are up just slightly in June, from 7% to 10%”. We can affect people emotionally by presenting data certain ways. Please be conscious of this next time you listen to the news.

And….

Dudes? What the hell happened to the Influenza-Like Illnesses (green line) during the winter of 2020-2021? No flu cases this winter? Really? Or is COVID the new word for influenza? I see why doctors and nurses have been blowing the whistle about changes to diagnostic criteria.

Percent Positives for COVID are down compared with last Spring, yet the combined total deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and COVID are similar to those during the first wave of COVID. Okay. Is it truly a more lethal strain of COVID causing this, or is it pneumonia?….or is it actually the flu which nobody seems to be diagnosing this year? There isn’t enough data here to say, since everything is lumped together. Changes in diagnostic criteria and hospital admission trends have been obfuscating reality. See this statement from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for perspective.

Truth, honesty, openness, and science have been herded into a dark corner and told to shut the hell up.

Science may be dead, abused, or taboo today. Help bring back science by thinking for yourself. We are each as smart as the brightest scientist, and almost as clever as the handiest plumber. Plumbers are badass.

I’m not saying we have the big picture completely wrong….but we do place far too much trust in “authoritative sources”. It’s crazy.

Turn off the TV news, step back, and breathe. Then curl up with some raw data and find the truth for yourself!

Take Care & God Bless,

 – Brandon
cancercoachb@gmail.com
http://www.PathLifeCoaching.net

How Strong is a Cancer Cell?

Years ago, I was working as a geoscientist with an environmental & engineering firm. The job involved a lot of travel. I was home one Sunday in November when my mother called to tell me she’d been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM). This is a cancer which affects the way blood cells are produced.

It took a while to get over the shock. At that point, I started researching. Not much else to do when you live in hotels.

The more I learned, the less afraid I became. Let me tell you why.

First off, cancer is NOT a genetic disease.

You aren’t doomed to inherit your mother’s breast cancer, your father’s prostate cancer, or your grandfather’s lung cancer. Have you heard about “epigenetics”? It’s the fancy way to say “lifestyle choices matter”.

Epigenetic research shows we can change the expression of certain genes- essentially switching them on or off- simply by changing our lifestyle habits. Here’s an article on the history of epigenetics, and another describing how genes may be switched on or off.

We aren’t doomed. Cancer is the result of the habits we inherit; not just the genes we inherit. Salads and exercise were historically recognized as good medicine. Now, with epigenetics, science is re-learning what our grandparents knew all along.

Secondly, thanks to the work of people like Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, we know cancer cells have a breathing problem.

Cancer can’t produce energy as easily as a healthy cell. It’s actually far less efficient. Cancer requires way more fuel (food) to produce energy. So when we fast, we place more stress on cancer cells than on healthy cells.

Cancer is also largely dependent on sugar (and some amino acids) to survive. Meanwhile, healthy cells can derive energy from fats. Various anti-cancer diets rely on these principles.

Thirdly, as much as nobody loves the idea of using chemotherapy, consider how it works. It’s “cytotoxic therapy”. Poison. If cancer cells were stronger than healthy cells, would this work? No! The healthy cells would die first. But normally what we see is cancer cells dying preferentially to healthy cells. Same thing goes for radiation treatment, to a lesser extent.

Ever stop and think about that?

Cancer cells are the weakest cells around.

They’re easier to starve, easier to poison, easier to kill. Period.

Cancer is not a genetic disease (and even if it were, we do have control over our genetic expression).

Over the years, I’ve learned many ways to take advantage of cancer’s multiple weaknesses naturally. This is how I help my clients today.

I’ve learned “The Big C” isn’t as terrifying when folks know what they’re up against. So rest easy!

Take Care & God Bless,

– Brandon
cancercoachb@gmail.com

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#1 Reason to Try a Coach

 

Important: Are you sitting on a dream?

Is there one thing you’d really like to be doing right now, but there are too many obstacles?

Does it seem like your most important goals are always on the back burner?  Endlessly waiting for the “right time”?

Feeling stuck?

What’s the whole point of coaching?

It’s to find your best way forward.

 

Feeling a little bit stuck is the #1 reason to be working with coach.

This is where coaching really shines. We’re not going from bad to okay, but from good…to gooder. Grammar, go to hell.

 

Here’s a basic example of how it works. You may want to answer these questions:

 

1. Name one big dream you have in life.

Got it in mind?

Focus on it.

Good.

 

2, What’s your next thought?

 

It’s usually some sort of obstacle.

Think about that single obstacle. (If you thought of multiple obstacles, pick one and focus on it.)

 

3. What exactly makes this an obstacle?

Think about it. How exactly is this obstacle getting in your way?

And after you answer that…consider the next questions:

What other resources are you aware of which can help offset this obstacle?

How can you implement these resources?

How might this not actually be a true obstacle?

 

[end of example]

 

Certain questions can provide immense clarity on a topic. Even if these weren’t the perfect questions for your scenario, you probably got some new ideas along the way.

 

Do you believe your big dreams are important?

Are you actively chasing them?

Because the big dreams are everything. They’re what we are sent here to accomplish.

So for God’s sake (perhaps literally), work with a coach! Dream faster. And have more fun doing it.

Click here to schedule a session – I’ll follow up with you on the details!

Take Care & God Bless,

– Brandon
cancercoachb@gmail.com

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Why You would want a Cancer Coach?

When I tell people I’m a cancer coach, a common response is “Eh, WTF is that”?

So once in a while I create another video or post describing why folks might want to use a cancer coach. Every cancer patient should have one.

A few reasons:

Because some people take more time shopping for a new car than shopping for a cancer treatment.

Because there is a wide range of helpful tools for cancer patients…and many people have no idea where to find them.

Because the techniques we teach can be safely used for prevention.

Because, when you see hospital systems using the words integrative, or Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM), you should realize it’s not a checkbox. It’s not just yes we have this or no we don’t. It’s a sliding scale of services. You may notice in most hospital systems today, integrative care includes acupuncture, music or art therapy, yoga, and perhaps a few other supportive services. While this is definitely positive progress, most places are still only scratching the surface when it comes to CAM techniques that help eliminate cancer.

Because people are prescribed therapies (usually chemotherapy) which have been scientifically proven to NOT work for their type of cancer. Before I began cancer coaching, I spent a decade working as an earth sciences consultant. Some of our medical practices for cancer rely on junk science. Well branded, well marketed, junk science.

Because, in this sea of options, which can quickly become overwhelming, a coach helps simplify everything. I never tell a client what to do, but I do help them decide.

What do I mean by “sea of options”?

Let’s say you want to find an herbal supplement that works against cancer. There are thousands of herbals out there. How do you know which to choose? How do you decide which combination is best? How do you decide how much to take, and when? It takes a ton of research. As a newly diagnosed cancer patient, you may not have the luxury of time to learn all this on your own. A coach helps.

And that’s just supplements. What about nutritional approaches? Which is best for you?

What about alternative therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen? What about lifestyle changes you can do at home, like juicing? It’s easy to drive yourself crazy. A coach helps you make a plan you’ll actually live with (and enjoy doing).

Because beating cancer doesn’t have to be difficult, or overwhelming, or anxiety-ridden, or painful. A coach helps you find relief…and even joy. We’re here to help you heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

And because a coach enables you to do all of this on your own terms. Confidence is key!

Why wouldn’t you want a cancer coach?

Take Care & God Bless!
– Brandon
cancercoachb@gmail.com

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– Brandon

Our Newest Form of Voter Suppression: Opacity.

A Better Way Forward

My blog usually covers health and healing. I’m addressing this topic because there are some threats we can’t afford to dismiss.

If you voted in the 2020 US election, you probably did so with an expectation of fairness.

I did.

And now, along with tens of millions of men and women and of all people the My Pillow guy, I’m seeing evidence of election rigging on a massive scale (keep reading for the links). This perspective, right or wrong, makes me hesitant to participate in future elections.

Par for the course these days, when so many feel as though they have no voice.

If you’re thinking, “good, you loonies won’t be voting in 2022!”, I understand. Enjoy your victory today. But remember- this sword cuts both ways. There’s no guarantee it will favor your own position in the future. This is why fairness in elections is so important.

Our courts and legislatures- with help from the media- have failed to address many outstanding concerns including a sworn affidavit from the Italian courts, a detailed mathematical analysis by Senate hopeful Dr. Ayyadurai, apparent vote-switching caught on live news feeds (a candidate’s vote tally actually decreased in at least one instance), and the blocking of long-time poll observers from serving their role. Not a partisan observation, by the way. The list goes on.

We can all bury our heads in the sand along with any realistic expectation of self-governance. Or we can face this problem.

What I want next time is Transparency.

We need physical ballots, with physical records. Those records should have complete chain-of-custody & safeguarding procedures. We need physical local votes and counts, in the open, for all eyes to see. We need an open, shared database where those local results are compiled all the way up to the national level. Everyone should be able to see the math at every level.

And yes, we need robust voter identification. Here in Pennsylvania, the ID requirements to buy a bottle of red wine are more thorough than the requirements to vote. This invites fraud.

Help make this a work in progress.
Please offer your own thoughts, insights, and suggestions in the comments.

Take Care & God Bless,
(I still love this country….”Merikuh!”)

– Brandon
cancercoachb@gmail.com

Mistletoe for Cancer

Mistletoe (Iscador) has been used in Germany for a long time as an adjuvant therapy for cancer. Over the years, I’ve read multiple studies that showed significant results (not just statistically significant; I’m talking about results that may actually be meaningful to the cancer patient). Do your own research, as usual. Here’s a search result page to get you started.

The reason for this brief post today is to share some good news: Mistletoe therapy is currently offered at the Riordian Clinic in Kansas. Check them out.

Thanks & God Bless,

– Brandon
earth scientist, cancer coach, Reiki practitioner
cancercoachb@gmail.com

Five Basics of Natural Cancer Healing

This is not medical advice or medical information. This is information about the natural ability known as healing!

Welcome!

If you’ve been following my blog or videos, you already know I don’t rely solely on a “miracle cure”, whether conventional or natural. There are many ways to attack cancer, and they work best in concert.

So in this post, I’d like to outline five components of a complete holistic approach to beating cancer: nutrition, oxygenation, The Triangle, detoxification, and anti-cancer foods.

1. Nutrition

Cancer is a metabolic disease, rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction. For a great explanation, see this article from Dr. Mercola.

Proper nutrition is just like selecting the right fuel for your car.

Better Fuel –> Better Combustion –> Better Performance (less waste & more energy)

Diet alone can have a tremendous impact on cancer. This is the basis for Gerson Therapy and many other nutritional approaches.

We help avoid or eliminate cancer by reducing processed foods, commercial dairy, and meat.

We can also fight cancer by paying attention to WHEN we eat, and timing the use of certain nutritional supplements.

2. Oxygenation

Continuing with the analogy of fuel, remember: oxygen is necessary for proper combustion. A century ago, Otto Warburg noticed he could induce cancer metabolism in cells by depriving them of oxygen.

There are various ways to improve your oxygenation including exercise, hyperbaric oxygen, pulsed electromagnetic frequency therapy (pEMF), and eating more raw vegetables- I usually think of leafy greens and beets.

If you’re doing chemotherapy or radiation, you may want to use foods or supplements which improve blood cell counts. This will help you maintain normal energy levels during treatment, partly by keeping you oxygenated.

3. Emotional & Spiritual Healing

There are anecdotes of people who initially failed to improve during treatment, yet recovered fully after they had a sudden shift in mindset, or made a meaningful lifestyle change. How is this possible?

Well, “Stress leads to inflammation … and inflammation leads to disease“, as noted by the folks over at Nutritional Frontiers. Yes! Well said!

Three Connected Aspects of Being & Wellness

In the holistic view, healing happens in our Body, Mind, and Soul. All at once. Picture it like a balanced triangle. Everything we do to nurture one, nurtures the others. Grow the triangle.

I love walking in nature.
For me, it’s a physical, emotional, and spiritual experience.

You can ask yourself, “What empowers me on all three levels“?
Then GIFT yourself the time to do it!!

Put time for healing on your calendar, if that’s what it takes.

4. Detoxification

I realize this probably isn’t news to anyone reading this blog…but yeah.

Our bodies eliminate waste through urine, feces, breathing, and even through the skin. A complete holistic health plan assists these natural processes.

Remember, cancer burns fuel very poorly, creating excess waste (up to 20x more waste than healthy tissue)! If you have cancer, help your body clear the waste. Otherwise, it can build up and cause other problems.

About detox… It doesn’t have to come in the form of a coffee enema (although these can be extremely helpful). It can be as simple as drinking enough purified water to allow your body to flush unwanted materials. Exercise moves the lymph for waste removal. There’s a wide variety of alternative approaches for detox. Hit me up for ideas, or ask your local naturopath / health coach.

Detox is especially important when a cancer treatment is working well! As tumors die off, we should be helping the liver, lymph, pancreas, and kidneys as they remove or recycle cellular material.

Many conventional cancer therapies are toxic. It can be helpful to give your liver some extra love during cancer treatment. Avoid alcohol and processed sugar. Consider using the herb milk thistle or other substances to support liver function & repair.

Thinking back to the triangle above, you may realize there’s also a whole realm of emotional and spiritual detox. It’s often helpful to address the things buried deep within that may be eating at us. There are many ways to do this: meditation, reflection, conversation, therapy, prayer, etc. Personally, I love Reiki.

5. Anti-Cancer Foods and Supplements

Nature contains everything we need for survival & healing. At least one chemotherapy drug is modeled directly from a plant substance. Some people still insist there’s no way to use plants to heal.

I mention this because I see a lot of disinformation tactics used by medical corporations and even non-profit groups for cancer.

Bottom line: there are many well-documented natural substances with anti-cancer effects (to get a sense of this, do an internet search for the phrase “apoptosis ginger”).

Every one of us is different, enjoys different foods, and is willing- or unwilling- to make different lifestyle changes. No problem. I help people decide which of these approaches best fit their needs and preferences.

Why this matters to me:

Too many people who have cancer go through the motions of conventional treatment without any clue how to heal. For some of them, sure, it’s no big deal: conventional treatment will be enough, and they tolerate it well.

For others, conventional treatment takes a huge toll on their physical, social, and emotional well-being. Conventional treatment alone may NOT be enough to provide the outcome they hope for. In these cases, I find myself thinking, “if only they knew ALL their options”. These people obviously benefit from having a cancer coach.

And then there are people who fall somewhere in between. Those whose treatment is going well, but then again, the side effects are disruptive. Natural healing approaches can reduce or even eliminate the negative effects of conventional cancer therapy.

Finally, with national & global cancer rates as high as they are, we can always consider using these approaches preventatively….Take your pick!

Have a very good day,

– Brandon

Scientist, Reiki Healer, Certified Holistic Cancer Coach

available for coaching / Reiki / intuitive energy work, by appointment
contact: cancercoachb@gmail.com

Cancer.org, Fear-Mongering?

Hello again.

Earlier today I came across an article on cancer.org which seemed like a deliberate attack piece against natural healing.  I’ve linked that article in-full here, but I quote the whole article in blue on this blog post, along with my point-by-point commentary and rebuttal.  If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, stay tuned; I’ll probably do a video on this in the next few days.  Here we go:

“The Truth About Alternative Medical Treatments”

“Almost 40% of Americans believe cancer can be cured through alternative therapies alone, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This is alarming because evidence shows that people who use alternative therapies in place of standard cancer treatments have much higher death rates.”

Okay, first of all, “almost 40% of Americans” are correct.  Cancer can be eliminated without the use of any conventional medicine.  To imply people have never achieved this is irresponsible and ignorant. I am NOT saying alternative approaches are the best way, nor am I saying anyone should completely ignore conventional medicine.  I AM saying there’s a time and a place for everything. It’s absolutely shameful to attempt to scare someone out of an approach which may in fact be helpful, whether that approach is natural, conventional, or somewhere in between.

As far as “evidence shows that people who use alternative therapies in place of standard cancer treatments have much higher death rates”…higher death rates compared to who?  Does this hold true across all cancer types and stages?

Some conventional treatments are statistically guaranteed to end in the death of certain patients.  What about them?  Is conventional medicine truly the best or only solution in cases where it holds ZERO HOPE of success, and yet carries with it a host of extremely debilitating side effects?

That’s a personal question which- unfortunately- many cancer patients must ask themselves.  As a scientist and health coach, I’m not going to get in their way. Not by trying to hyper-inflate the value of one particular out-of-context statistic. We each need to trust science- to a degree- but we need to use common sense and intuition.

“The terms “alternative,” “complementary,” and “lifestyle” medicine are used to describe many kinds of products, practices, and treatments that are not part of standard or traditional medicine. Alternative therapy refers to non-standard treatment used in place of standard treatment, while complementary therapy usually means methods used along with standard treatment. Lifestyle medicine is a newer field that describes its approach as preventing and treating illness through healthy eating, physical activity, and other healthy behaviors without the use of medicine.”

Okay, we agree.

“In some cases, complementary methods can help cancer patients feel better when used alongside standard treatment and with the advice of a health care provider.  Alternative and complementary therapies are often appealing because they use your own body, your own mind, or things that may be found in nature. But sometimes these methods wrongly claim to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer even when they have not been proven to work through scientific testing.”

Yes, however it’s worth knowing that natural cures, treatments, and prevention are against the law in the United States.  So even when these things HAVE been proven to work through scientific testing, the providers of these products cannot legally tell you so.  This has a chilling effect on funding that otherwise would go toward developing natural products for the purpose of cancer treatment, and the treatment of many other diseases.

“And in the worst cases, some alternative or complementary therapies may be dangerous or even deadly.”

True. Same thing with conventional medicine, which is arguably more extreme by far. And in both cases, sometimes it’s worth the risk. Personal decision.

“Some may also interfere with how standard cancer treatment works. If you’re thinking about using any non-traditional therapy, it’s important to first discuss it with your health care team.”

True, but this risk is far less common and serious than cancer patients are led to believe. Also, in my experience, most oncologists lack the training or resources to honestly say which natural approaches will interfere with conventional treatments.  If you have these questions, you will probably want to work with a pharmacist and a cancer coach or naturopath.  And do your own research.  Involve your doctor, but don’t rely on them for knowledge they probably lack. That’s not fair. Listen: the nutrition advice typically given to cancer patients here in Pittsburgh is usually “eat whatever you want”.  It’s a total joke. Obviously we can do better than that.

“Alternative and complementary therapy can pose dangers

Some of these therapies promise wellness using a method that sounds simple, wholesome, and without harmful side effects. But this is not always true. Some concerns include:

  • Delaying surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or other traditional treatment by using an alternative therapy can allow the cancer to grow and spread to other parts of the body.”

This assumes conventional treatment always works and alternative therapy never works.  Anyone who has studied cancer even a little knows this is a bad assumption.

  • “Some complementary and alternative therapies have been reported to cause serious problems or even deaths.”

Yes. However, your odds of causing “serious problems or even deaths” from natural approaches pale in comparison to those of conventional therapy for cancer.  We need to use common sense when comparing our options.

“Certain vitamins and minerals can increase the risk of cancer or other illnesses, especially if too much is taken.”
Again, I’m calling the authors of this article out on their obvious double-standard.  Many cancer drugs are themselves mutagenic or oncogenic. And again, let’s apply common sense: anything is dangerous “if too much is taken”.  Even pure water.

”Some companies don’t follow Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules about making claims and labeling supplements properly.”
True, but watch how fast the FDA drops the hammer on those companies, and be amazed.

“In some cases, harmful contaminants can get into dietary supplements because of how they are manufactured or handled.”
I actually agree with this! And worse, sometimes the supplements don’t contain what they claim. As with anything, you need to know what you’re doing. Don’t just go into Wally World and expect to get a top-notch supplement. Third-party lab verification is helpful. If you’d like brand recommendations for any particular supplement, you can contact me.

“How complementary medicine can be helpful and safe

Some complementary methods have been studied and shown to help people feel better while they’re undergoing standard cancer treatment under a doctor’s care. Examples might include meditation to reduce stress, peppermint or ginger tea for nausea, or guided imagery to help relieve stress and pain during medical procedures.

Many complementary treatments are unlikely to cause harm and won’t interfere with your cancer treatment. Here are some examples:

  • Acupuncture may help with mild pain and some types of nausea.
  • Art or music therapy may promote healing and enhance quality of life.
  • Biofeedback uses monitoring devices to help people gain conscious control over physical processes that are usually controlled automatically, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, sweating, and muscle tension.
  • Massage therapy can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and pain and increase alertness, according to some studies.
  • Prayer and spirituality help many people with the emotional side effects from cancer.
  • Tai chi and yoga have been shown to improve strength and balance in some people.”

Right.  You’re scratching the surface of a very deep lake, here.  If my clients limited themselves to only these approaches- which have mainstream approval from conventional medical professionals (who have effectively zero training, experience, and education in natural healing techniques)- my clients would be at a huge disadvantage.  Most people being treated for cancer are missing out on an entire world of options, and it’s sad. In my view it’s perhaps even criminal.

“Warning signs

If you are thinking about using any method instead of standard evidence-based medical treatment, it is important to talk to your health care team first. And watch out for these warning signs:

  • Be suspicious of any treatment that says it can cure cancer or other difficult-to-treat diseases (such as chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, etc.). It’s important to remember that those claims have not been proven.”

Again, those claims are illegal in the United States whenever we’re talking about non-medical approaches.  If a natural substance helps cure cancer, its manufacturer (and distributors) legally cannot tell you.  Your doctor legally cannot tell you.  I, a scientist, legally cannot tell you.  Let this sink in.

Side note: any time I see a statement like “those claims have not been proven”, or “there is no evidence to show…” I wonder, did they literally check everywhere?  It’s like me saying, “there is no evidence anyone is standing on a boat with a smile on their face right now”. Did I check every boat?  No.  So how certain am I, really?  It’s difficult to prove a negative.

Any statement claiming to prove a negative is probably being used as a marketing tool to persuade you to see things a certain way.  It’s unscientific.  Almost every major cancer-related organization publishes these statements in slam pieces against unconventional medicine. This is why I feel the need to speak up.

  • “Be suspicious of any treatment that claims to offer benefits with no side effects. Even herbs and vitamins have possible side effects. If the treatment is marketed as having no side effects, it has likely not been studied in rigorous clinical trials, where side effects would be seen.”

This is true.  You need to know what you’re doing, which takes a lot of self-education.  (A great reason to work with a health coach or naturopath!)  Listen: a lot of natural approaches are just that- natural.  Too much water, too much time in the sun, too much exercise, or too much carrot juice can all be harmful.  Don’t let that keep you from drinking water, going out for a jog, then enjoying a glass of carrot juice.  Avoiding a healthy lifestyle for fear of doing yourself harm just doesn’t make sense.  Know your own needs and limitations.

  • “Be suspicious of promoters who attack the medical or scientific community or who tell you not to use standard or traditional medical treatment.”

Sure, but let’s turn this around for the sake of fairness, because I could just as easily say, “be suspicious of promoters who attack the naturopathic or scientific community or who tell you to only use standard or traditional medical treatment. These people make a lot of money from standard treatment and have even infiltrated the government and major non-profits that offer guidance on cancer treatments”.

I mean, that’s an obvious character attack, right?  There’s an element of truth in both cases, which is why you need to learn to evaluate information based on its own merit, not by its source.

If a doctor says, “Your foot is actually just a tool to help you remove earwax”, do you automatically believe them? Eeeesh.

  • “Beware of treatments you can get in only one clinic, especially if that clinic is in a country with less strict patient protection laws than those in the United States, the United Kingdom (UK) or the European Union (EU).”

Definitely. An extra layer of caution is smart in these cases. Just don’t let this scare you off from considering all your options. Sometimes a breakthrough treatment comes along which has some degree of success, but hasn’t been (or can’t be) approved for use in the United States. Obviously, clinics offering these treatments cannot legally operate in the USA. Some of these clinics were started by doctors who left the USA for this exact reason: freedom to help their patients as they see fit.  It’s crazy.

  • “Beware of terms such as “scientific breakthrough,” “miracle cure,” “secret ingredient,” or “ancient remedy.” Beware of personal stories that claim amazing results but provide no actual scientific evidence.”

Yeah, I agree.  Never put all your eggs in one basket and expect a singular miracle cure.  What worked for someone else may not work for you. That said, if somebody you know & trust believes they were helped by a particular approach, it’s wise to at least listen.  Not everything has been studied and reported in a peer-reviewed journal.  I am willing to consider strong anecdotal evidence, when there’s enough of it.

  • “Find out about the training and education of anyone supporting the treatment or using it to treat you. Find out if they are medical doctors and whether they are experts in cancer care or complementary medicines.”

Yes, but don’t rely on anyone simply because they are a professional doctor or scientist / cancer coach.  We all have our limits, myself included.  Each of us has our own expertise.  One of my jobs is to help people find the right expert at the right time.  Don’t fall into the trap of sticking with one particular medical provider, unless things are going really well for you.

  • “Find out whether scientific studies or clinical trials have studied this treatment in people (not just animals), and what side effects have been reported. Find out if the treatment could harm you or interact badly with your other medicines or supplements.”

This is great advice for any treatment you are considering. Yes.

  • “Learn whether the findings have been published in trustworthy journals after being reviewed by other scientists who are experts in the same field, or if they have been promoted only in the mass media, such as books, magazines, the internet, TV, infomercials, and radio talk shows.”

This is helpful, but in my experience, not everything of high value has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.  I love to find a good study when I can.  But again, this is the logical fallacy of “Appeal to Authority”.  Good science is everywhere, and bad science is everywhere.  Work with someone who knows how to read a study.  Even if you see a study in a peer-reviewed journal that seems to support a certain concept, be sure you’re using that information in the proper context to guide your decisions.  It’s foolish to assume everything you find in scientific journals is automatically more truthful and more useful than everything else.  Judge the quality of the information, not its source.

Well that wraps it up!

Bottom line: know what you are doing, carefully consider every option, then move forward confidently.  Confidence itself is healing!

Take Care & God Bless,

– Coach B
scientist, CHCC, Reiki practitioner

Response to COVID19 Needs a Reality Check

Over 1.2 million Americans die from heart disease and cancer (combined total) annually.

So…
Why haven’t we shut down every fast food restaurant in the country?
Why haven’t we outlawed BBQ?
Why haven’t we made exercise mandatory?
Why haven’t we banned high-fructose corn syrup?

When it comes to the two leading killer diseases here in the USA, there are a lot of preventive actions we COULD enforce, but haven’t.

ONE-POINT-TWO-MILLION DEATHS…..EVERY YEAR…with NO END IN SIGHT….FOREVER.

And we’re cool with those deaths. Our government is, anyway.

Yet, at the same time, our government is happily enforcing soul-crushing, business-destroying restrictions in response to COVID19. Our government is promoting terror in the name of fighting this virus.

A virus which might end one-third as many lives as cancer OR heart disease. Depending on how you count, which is debatable.

A virus which- because it’s just that- a virus– will likely naturally attenuate in both severity and lethality over time.

That’s before we even consider medical advances in COVID treatment. Some of these have been censored by the news and the medical journals, which are financially dominated by pharmaceutical interests.

(“Pharmaceutical interests” = the people who make money from a vaccine)

Surprise!

So. Why aren’t the 1.2 million deaths from cancer & heart disease provoking a similarly dramatic response?

The magnitude of governmental response to this virus obviously isn’t about the number of deaths. How do we justify the disproportionate response to COVID19 compared to these other diseases…which are obviously far more destructive?

Personally, I find that extremely difficult.

Disproportionate:
If you found a termite on your wall, would you smash down your entire house?
The entire neighborhood?
Just to “stay safe”?

Because this is exactly what we’ve done.

Support your local businesses, folks.

(and if you’d like to support MY business…treat yourself to a Holiday Distant Reiki session!)

Take Care & God Bless,
– B
cancercoachb@gmail.com
pathlifecoaching.net