If the HER2 had come back positive, I would have done the oncological treatment of chemo and Herceptin. But after my mammographer and Dr Carige Golding said they wouldn't do the chemo if HER2 was negative, I have decided not to. This was my gut feeling. This decision just feels right for now.
I am not saying no to ever having chemo, but right now it does not feel right and I am trusting my intuition. The long term side effects out weigh the risks.
Even if I don't do the chemo (for the off chance a cancer cell has gone somewhere else in my body), I need to reduce my estrogen levels as the growth of the cancer was stimulated by estrogen by 66%. I don't want to take Tamoxifen so I need to find another route.
Some breast cancer cells require estrogen to grow. Estrogen binds to and activates the estrogen receptor in these cells. Tamoxifen is metabolized into compounds that also bind to the estrogen receptor but do not activate it. Furthermore tamoxifen prevents estrogen from binding to its receptor. Hence breast cancer cell growth is blocked.
Tamoxifen was discovered by ICI Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) and is sold under the trade names Nolvadex, Istubal, and Valodex. However, the drug, even before its patent expiration, was and still is widely referred to by its generic name "tamoxifen."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamoxifen
Tamoxifen is an artificial substance that is foreign to the body and has side effects, including uterine cancer!
I went back to Dr Craige Golding (preventive medicine specialist) today. He did blood tests 2 months ago (now that saliva and urine tests are available in South Africa), I will go back and do these next week as these are more accurate at showing hormone levels etc) for:
- liver functioning
- adrenal functioning and hormone
- sex hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone)
- thryoid functioning and hormone levels
- various cancer markers
- Liver blood results were fine -so my liver is breakdown estrogen fine.
- Adrenal gland hormones: the results showed I have high cortisol levels (from adrenal glands). Cortisol is produced in reaction to stress. Cortisol affects sex hormone levels. It can prevent the proper breakdown of estrogen into less harmful forms.
Craige if the 3rd practitioner to suggest the cancer was started by prolonged intense stress. (Dr Carol Benn said cancer started about 2-4 years ago which is when my intense stress period started. I my sessions with Jimmy NLP, I walked back to 4 years ago on my history time line so all ties up).
Maybe my body was also in a compromised state after living it up in my 20's which, and when put under a period of intense stress, cancer developed.
- My sex hormones were low - so even though estrogen is low, it is not being broken down on time into less harmful forms so I overstimulating estrogen sensitive tissue.
- My thyroid is slightly underactive - which can happen as cortisol suppress all hormones and immune function. the immune system is supposed to detect cancer cells but if weaken, does not.
Craige has put me on a nutritional supplements that facilitate the breakdown of harmful/strong estrogen molecules into less harmful/weaker ones, block any estrogen receptors with a weaker form of estrogen, as well as herbal product to reduce my cortisol levels.
List of my supplements:
• I3C + DIM complex: 2 caps/day
• Melatonin: 6mg/night - I am still questioning this dose - hope to do urine test to determine correct dose.
• Vit D3: 2000IU/day
• Reservatrol: 2/day
• NAC: 2/day
• Rhiodiola + Ashwaganda: 2/day = herbal adaptogens to reduce cortisol
• Flax for omega 3 or krill oil - I take fresh ground flax and the oil
• Phosphyltidal serine = PS
• Vit C 2g per day
NOTE: While some of this supplement protocol standard for breast cancer, it is not the same for everyone with breast cancer. It is determined by the body's hormonal levels. I feel certain supplements may still need to be added and I am finding out about these.
I am still on a mostly raw, low sugar, no diary, no meat, no soya, no alcohol ( although Craige said pinot noir red wine is good for breast cancer) diet. I am eating 2 tablespoons of ground flax + 2 tablespoons of flax oil each day (for omega 3).
I am meeting 3 doctors next week:
- Dr Priscilla Rowan: she will do another slide looking at my blood (live blood analysis) to see whether there is still fungal growth.
- Dr Dimitri Vlachos: to explore Chinese herbal medicine more as I have no experience in this field and am nervous to just take them after the reaction I had to the herbs in December. I also want to understand the more subtle signs one can look for using the body's energy meridians to see a state of cancer before Western medicine diagnoses it.
- Dr Bullatoff: to explore the relationship between parasites (like fungus etc) in the blood/body and cancer.
I would obviously have to then work on other ways to change my body's terrain so the parasites are not able grow ie. change the pH to more alkaline, reduce sugar, reduce stress, etc.
Oh, and I have started studying 3 courses:
- PNI: physco neuro immunology (the effect you thoughts have on your body). I did the NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioners course a while back and am now doing the masters course (not a masters degree - just refers to 'mastering' the material). The topic this year just happens to be health - how can I not do it!
- Preventative and anti-ageing course medicine course run by Dr Craige Golding. This focuses on looking inside the body at hormone levels and the endocrine system of the body to help predict future disease. Fascinating! Imagine if I had seen the effect my stress had had on me 3-4 years ago?? Could I have detected my breast cancer, or the possibility of if developing, long before a mammogram or ultrasound could have??
- I have ordered a course on 'how to teach raw food classes' for the UK and plan to start teaching this year.....if I don't blow my stress levels out the water!
Lots to keep myself busy with!!
All in all, I am super happy and wonderfully positive!
I am feeling all those prayers, thoughts, and love - THANK YOU!!