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Inside Out
An open letter to Tita Cory

By Cory Quirino
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:26:00 04/07/2008

Filed Under: Health, Lifestyle & Leisure, Diseases

(Former President Corazon Aquino has been diagnosed of colon cancer. She is undergoing treatment as the country continues to pray for her.)

MANILA, Philippines?There isn?t anything any good daughter would do for her mother. As having been President of our country, you took on the role of ?first mother.? But beyond a nostalgic connection between you and your people, we continue to be connected.

If you were my mother, how could I help you survive cancer?

Familiar foe

Cancer is not unfamiliar to me. It made its dreadful presence in the lives of my parents Tommy and Nena. Our own lives as children were challenged, too, to the point of helplessness, even hopelessness.

But, there is life even with cancer. Even after Dad passed away in 1986 from lung cancer and Mom was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003 and given only four months to live, I still became a zealous advocate of health.

I refused to give up without putting up a good fight. Consulting a battery of doctors trained in Western and alternative medicine, Mom and I came up with a new life strategy.

Strong defense

When Dr. Benjie Campomanes of St. Luke?s Hospital did not opt for surgery due to her age (she was 74), traditional chemotherapy and/or radiation was recommended.

Horrified by the possibility of a burned and charred throat, Mom refused treatment. This led us to alternative and natural options and to the Paracelsus medical clinic of Dr. Omar Arabia. The therapy/strategy was the starvation of cancer cells via:

Vegetarian diet. All animal proteins would be eliminated from her meal plan. No meat of any kind, including fish and chicken or any of their by-products like eggs, cheese, milk. This was because cancer cells feed on many things?especially protein. And because they thrive on mucus, milk and any dairy had to be removed. (In alternative medicine, it is believed that dairy products increase mucus production in the body.).

No sugar. It was imperative that refined sugar be eradicated completely. Again, because the food of cancer is sugar.

No processed food. All foods in a can or carton were banned simply because the idea was to eat food in its natural state.

Raw versus cooked. To fight cancer, you require an army of enzymes?nutrients found only in raw and fresh food (preferably organic as it is grown without pesticides/fertilizers). Mom?s meals were mostly salads, vegetable juices, nuts, fruits, whole-grain breads, brown/red rice.

Coffee enemas. Organic coffee boiled for 15 minutes administered three times daily to cleanse the colon.

Alkaline water. Cancer?s home is an acidic environment. Alkaline water in the form of enagic water by Kangen, a Japanese filtration machine, was her new drink. All her veggies were also washed with this water and her regimen included 14-20 glasses daily. The only time she was allowed to drink other forms of water was when she had to take her medication for hypertension and cholesterol. No water was allowed during and 30 minutes before/after meals in order to allow the body to absorb the enzymes.

Dr. Hiromi Shinya, chief of surgery, Beth Israel Ctr., NY has used enagic water (with ph levels 8-9.5) with great success. Studies have proven that cancer cells die in an alkaline environment. Note: Normal body ph is 7.6.

Giving up

Admittedly, this radical regimen was totally alien to my mother who. at one point in her life. hosted parties nearly every week. A lifestyle that included the twin habit of smoking two packs a day and consuming four glasses of alcohol nightly welcomed a new visitor which arrived 40 years later?Stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma.

After three months of having this all-natural regimen under my supervision, she gave up. Rebelling against me and my alternative health plan, she started eating white rice, white bread, meats and sweets again. She stopped smoking and drinking five years before. So now, food was her new addiction.

Pleading with her to accept a new supplementation while still allowing her cravings, she took the following:

Virgin coconut oil as an immune booster, 6 tablespoons daily on an empty stomach.

Korean red ginseng extracts. Having heard amazing testimonials and recovery of patients with liver cancer from the powerful ?saponins? found in this potent tincture, she consumed three to five mini cups of this mixture daily. This is the authentic unadulterated extract imported by Lizada Marketing (tel. 7367732, 0928-5019508).

Essiac tea. Sent to her by my brother Butch, based in San Francisco, this strong powder mixed with water was her regular tea, twice daily. Essiac is a world-renowned formula discovered by Rene Caisse, a nurse who was given this herbal formula in 1992 by a Canadian Ojibwa Indian, possibly a medicine man. (The tea is her last name spelled backward.) She gave it free of charge to her patients, whom she observed had experienced relief. This formula is approved by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (www.essiacinfo.org).

PXP Polysaccharide Peptides by Enzacta, a US-based company, extracts the rich nutrients from organic rice and formulated to be absorbed directly by the cells. Called cell food, the immediate result is instant energy and strength. Taken twice a day on an empty stomach (tel. 6371563, 0919-2998040).

Forgiving heart

A heavy heart affects the physical body negatively. Mom had to let go of her past hurts and disappointments, more importantly she had to forgive unconditionally. This paved the way for unconditional love. Spending most of her time in prayer and the company of loving friends and family helped ease her woes.

If she were alive today, I would have brought her to the Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guanzhou Chine.

The world-renowned center for cryosurgery under Dr. Niu could have removed her tumor via the freeze-and-thaw method minus the downtime and stress on her frail body. A long chat with Dr. Xu, president of the hospital a month before she passed away, convinced me that this is the modality I had long searched for. This hospital has done over 4,000 cryosurgeries.

Other treatments using heat or Photodynamic Therapy, alcohol injection ablation and -frequency ablation are all recognized treatments designed to kill only the malignant tumors, leaving the rest of the body undamaged.

Amazing procedures using gene therapy immunotherapy and traditional Chinese medicine offer the patient a holistic approach to healing the body while undergoing chemotherapy/radiation in a localized version called seed-knife therapy.

Perhaps with these new modalities, a fusion of Western and alternative approaches, my mother could have been given a longer lease on life.

Unfortunately on Dec. 17, 2007, she finally succumbed to cancer. But not without a good fight. Fuda Hospital, Esther Law Lee Poh (tel. +60128877278, international toll free 1-800-88-1868; www.orienttumor.com).

Good news

According to World Health Organization surveys, survival rate for cancer is more than 50 percent.

Tita Cory, you have a whole realm of options. My mother?s story can only validate the transformation that alternative medicine and a healthy lifestyle offer. If she was able to defy her four-month deadline resulting in a new lease of four-and-a-half years, it was because her mind and heart were open to impossibilities. And believing in the impossible made it all the more possible.

May unlimited possibilities bless you with a renewed lease on life.

Love and light!

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