Mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer – January 2015

On Jan 1, 2015, a forum member posted this article to our group.

Wikipedia Definition of Mesothelioma:

Mesothelioma (or, more precisely, malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to Asbestos. The most common anatomical site for mesothelioma is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall).

Budwig Protocol Led to Dramatic Comeback for Mesothelioma Survivor

James B., Mesothelioma Survivor

When they left the hospital in June, Marilyn B. was told that her husband, James, belonged in a hospice facility, where they could make him as comfortable as possible through his final weeks with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Fortunately, she didn’t listen, taking a detour to their home instead, arriving with her own shot-in-the-dark plan, unwilling to accept the medical advice that previously led to the chemotherapy regimen that almost killed him.

Thank goodness, she didn’t listen this time. She just started feeding him.

The couple turned to the Budwig Protocol, a change of diet that revolves around a special oil-protein mixture that includes cold-pressed flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. It provides the essential omega-3 acids that become the sparks for cells to detoxify, fill with oxygen, and function optimally.

It has worked miraculously for James.

“When we left the hospital, all they talked about was palliative care, that he needed to be where they can take care of you when you’re dying,” Marilyn said from their home in Ottawa, Ontario.  “I said no, no, no. There has to be something else out there. We just weren’t ready to give up. I don’t know exactly why this works, or how long it will work, but it’s remarkable how well he is right now. He went out and shoveled some snow off the drive the other day.”

James, 74, came home in a wheelchair, with an oxygen tank to help his breathing, a PleurX catheter to regularly drain fluid from his lungs, and with kidneys that were hardly functioning. You wouldn’t know that today.

Over the following few months, the wheelchair became a walker, then a cane, then disappeared entirely. The catheter is long gone because the lungs are working at 95 percent capacity with no trace of fluid. He has regained more than the 20 pounds he lost. His complexion is back to normal. And the nurse who used to come every few days to check on him, has no reason to come anymore.

“You can’t ever get rid of the mesothelioma, but you can get rid of, or shrink, the tumors,” Marilyn said. “I do know something very good has happened since he went on this diet. Most doctors really don’t know enough about nutrition, supplements and the natural process, I don’t think. Most people I know still go the conventional medicine route. And at the beginning, we went there, but it just didn’t work. People should understand that other things can work.”

First Diagnosed in 2011

James was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in July 2011, but it was too far advanced to make surgery an option. The usual chemotherapy combination of cisplatin and Alimta didn’t do much except leave him with frustrating side effects as the disease progressed.

Early in 2012, he was switched to the chemotherapy drug Gemcitabine, which sent him on a downward spiral that included dramatic weight loss and multiple blood transfusions as his white blood cells and platelet counts dropped to dangerous levels. His breathing worsened, and his lungs were filling up with fluid.

“They pretty much told me, there was nothing more they could do,” Marilyn recalled. “They didn’t think he had much longer to live. So we had nothing to lose, by trying this diet. Every night I’d leave the hospital, I’d go home and search the Internet for answers. This one made sense. That’s why I wanted to bring him home.”

Budwig Protocol

She found the Budwig Protocol, an anti-cancer diet that was first conceived in 1952 by Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist. In addition to the flaxseed oil/cottage cheese mixture, the diet consists of meals high in fruits, vegetables and fibers. It avoids all processed foods, meats, poulty, fish, eggs, sugar, hydrogenated oils, butter and margarine.

Mesothelioma - a rare form of cancer - January 2015