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My Fight Against Cancer
By Dr.Wong Hon Sun, N.D.

The surgeon untied his head mirror. His face was extremely grave. He had just examined my nasal passages and throat, and what he had seen had confirmed his worst fears. On his table lay the Biopsy Report Sheet, upon which were scrawled the three fatal words: "Anaplastic Epidermoid Carcinoma!"

"Can't you operate on the tumor, doctor?" I pleaded.

The surgeon shook his head. "The tumor is large," he said slowly, "very large. It is quite inoperable."

The tumor, being of the advanced, "anaplastic" type, had a tendency to enlarge rapidly. In the X-ray film it appeared as a large mass in the nasopharyngeal area (the region high up the back of the throat). It had grown so large that I was absolutely unable to breathe through my nose. I had lost all sense of smell and could swallow and speak only with difficulty. Moreover, there was persistent bloody post-nasal suppuration with intermittent nose bleeding.

So this was it! This, it seemed, was to be the end of the road for me.

I was then yet a young man in my early 30s; a man who had never smoked or drank alcohol in his life, and who had from early childhood been under the constant care of doctors. How could I accept with resignation this cruel death sentence?

There was now nothing more that the surgeon could do for me. Feeling like a man condemned to the gallows, I left the hospital grounds to go home and die.

This may be a story. But it is a true one, for it is my personal story. And it might well be the story of hundreds, probably, thousands of other people in Malaysia; and, perhaps of thousands more yet to come.

In Malaysia today one out of every five persons falls victim to cancer during his or her lifetime. In Singapore cancer has become the No. 1 killer disease. It takes an annual toll of at least 1000 lives on the island and the number is relentlessly increasing every year. In Hong Kong the incidence rate is even more alarming eight people in this colony of hardly four million die of the disease every day!

Cancer has become a graver threat to the human race than even the atom bomb, and to its alarmingly increasing incidence rate medical science has as yet found no answer. Is there no way of curing this fearful pathological menace, or is cancer really a disease that is so mystifying and unique that it can never be adequately understood or controlled?

Under medical treatment advanced and inoperable cases of cancer are subjected to radiation treatment, more as a palliative measure than with any hope of cure. So I was subsequently given X-ray irradiation.

In my early youth I had been constantly ill with indigestion, sore throat, colds and sinusitis. These illnesses had worsened under the strain of my medical studies, and were the starting point of a progressive deterioration of my health. Now, greatly emaciated by cancer and, moreover, constitutionally anemic, I was in no condition to undergo any protracted course of radiation treatment, which is extremely destructive to the red blood cells.

After a few doses of X-rays my blood count fell to a dangerously low level and the treatment had to be stopped. I could not, in any case, have gone on with it, being then unable, in my weakened condition, to tolerate further any excruciating after-effects of X-ray irradiation: the parched, burning sensation in the mouth and throat; the fearful nausea; the giddiness and splitting headaches.

So I resigned myself to death. The tumor had undergone some shrinkage, but I was still unable to breathe through my nose. There was still difficulty in speech and deglutition, and the bloody post-nasal suppuration had not ceased. The tumor being of the anaplastic type, it could swell up again rapidly at any time.

When one is dying slowly of a disease like cancer, one has a lot of time to think. I had read many books on the science of Natural Healing or Naturopathy. I had not paid much attention to them before, but it now became increasingly apparent to me that the Theory of Natural Healing was quite in accord with the fundamental principles of Human Physiology, a subject which I had exhaustively studied in the medical course. I dug up from my bookshelves the works of Benjamin, Lindlahr and other notable naturopaths and, after careful study and deliberation, enbarked upon a series of desperate self-experiments which were to prove the means of pulling me back from the brink of the grave.

There is no standard naturopathic treatment for cancer, and I had to plan my own methods of self-treatment. Some of these were adaptations of the general methods used in the naturopathic treatment of chronic diseases; others were entirely my own, based on fundamental physiological and naturopathic principles.

I planned my self-treatment of cancer along two main lines: (a) The elimination of the deep-seated toxemia pervading my system as a whole and the region of the cancerous growth in particular, and (b) The building up of the health and vitality of my body to resist the disease.

It took more than 6 months, from the beginning of my self-experiments, for the nasal obstruction to clear up completely; more than a year for the bloody post-nasal suppuration to cease.

I shall discuss briefly two main methods which I used in my self-treatment of cancer:

(a) The Single-Meal Routine

Bearing in mind the naturopathic principle of the unity of disease, I now gradually came to understand the close relationship between cancer and my chronic illnesses as mentioned above. Anatomically, the nasopharynx is situated at the upper end of the alimentary canal and forms also a continuous airway with the sinuses. Any long-standing toxic condition of the digestive system or the sinuses would, therefore, be reflected in the nasopharyngeal tissues. It became evident to me that unless my chronic digestive and sinus troubles were cleared up, there was little hope of a recovery from cancer. In other words, I had first to eliminate the factors which set up my chronic illnesses.

In a grave disease like cancer the body requires all its natural healing powers to cope with the disease. These natural healing powers can be brought into full play only when food is withheld, for digestion of food is a long and complex process which imposes no small amount of work on the body. On the other hand, prolonged fasting deprives the body of the vital nutrients necessary for its proper functioning and weakens it. I could think of only one practical solution to this problem, namely: reducing the daily food intake to the 'Physiological minimum" that is, the least amount of daily food necessary for proper functioning of the body. But what is the daily quantity of food which constitutes the "physiological minimum"?

If we were to look at the animal world, we would find that few predatory creatures in their natural environment could have the opportunity to take, on the average, more than one meal per day all the year round. The elusive, swift-moving prey has first to be hunted down and caught. And there are always those foodless days when injury received in combat or accident renders hunting out of the question. But such are the conditions governing the mealtimes of the wild animal in its natural surroundings. And such were the conditions under which man sought his food in his primitive days, when he was in his peak physical form and knew no illness or disease.

I shall not weary the reader with tedious accounts of the dietetic self-experiments which I underwent. Suffice it to say that in no case was I able to rid myself of my chronic digestive and sinus troubles until I restricted myself to one meal a day of natural, un-spoilt foods a dietary routine to which I have adhered for the past 12 years.

It might be thought that on one meal a day I shall henceforth refer to this dietary routine as the Single Meal Routine there would be serious malnutrition and undernourishment, great loss of vigor and rapid deterioration of health. Undoubtedly, if the Single Meal Routine were not well balanced, such symptoms could occur. Indeed, I had in the initial stages of my dietetic self-experiments experienced some of these symptoms (in mild form), and it was by repeated alteration and modification of my menu that I was eventually able to work out a diet that, despite the restricted daily intake of food, was both nutritive and adequate for my body's metabolic needs.

(b) The Flushing Treatment

The three most potent weapons available to man in his fight against disease are abundantly provided by Nature fresh air, pure water and sunlight.

It is common sense that fresh air must play an indispensable part in the treatment of diseases affecting the upper part of the respiratory tract. In other words, the passages of the nose, throat and sinuses must be kept frequently flushed with fresh air Nature's own fresh air to prevent the stagnation and re-absorption of toxic secretions, a condition which could prove rapidly fatal.

Forced deep breathing cannot be indulged in for long without producing distressing symptoms in the body. But Nature has provided every animal, man included, with an ingenious way of flushing his system thoroughly with fresh air by exercising, not so much the lungs, but the legs.

Living under a hot tropical sun induces profuse sweating, and I drank water by the jugfuls the simplest and most effective way of cleansing and purifying the system. I also made use of various subsidiary forms of naturopathic treatment, but owing to limitations of space, I shall not discuss them here.

The treatment for cancer does not end with the cure; the cure is but the beginning of the treatment. Even though the tumor had regressed, I still lived in the shadow of death. The therapeutic measures which I had used to overcome cancer were continued as preventive measures to guard against possible recurrence of the disease. It is appalling to think of the number of supposedly "cured" cancer victims who continue to die needlessly every year because they would not make any personal effort to guard against recurrence of the disease!

It is now more than 12 years after the biopsy; at least 14 years since I first experienced the symptoms of cancer. There was a time when I thought I would surely die, but God willing, I survived. I had staked my life on a theory of treatment, and the theory had not proved to be a delusion. For the past 12 years there has been no recurrence whatsoever of the cancerous growth (as confirmed by medical check-ups); for the past 7 years I have not been ill a single day. Despair had given way to hope, illness to health, debility to vigor.

Surgery and radiation are today the standard medical treatment for cancer, but medical science frankly admits that these two methods of treatment are only "palliative" in cases of advanced cancer. Unfortunately, cancer is such .an insidious disease, that, when clinically diagnosed, it is often already in the advanced stage. Must these unfortunate victims of advanced cancer be allowed to die, or should they not be given the right to choose another method of treatment, however unorthodox, if it could offer them some hope of cure?

I make no claims to having discovered a universal cure for cancer, but on the basis of my personal experience of the disease and the numerous investigations I have made on the case histories of other cancer victims, I firmly believe that, even in advanced cases of cancer, complete recovery by naturopathic treatment is by no means impossible.

The cure for cancer must ultimately lie with the patient himself, and the reward of recovery is only for those who are prepared to undergo with fortitude some degree of self-denial. To those cancer victims whose prospects of recovery seem dim I would say: "As long as there is still breath in the body and the will to live, there is always hope ... there will always be hope ..."

Reprinted from The Provoker

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