Margaret Bermel shares the therapies that she used to heal from ovarian cancer.
It was in late 2009 when Margaret found out that she had ovarian cancer. She immediately scheduled a surgery to remove both of the tumors from her ovaries where it was discovered that one was the size of grapefruit and the other was the size of an orange. Doctors confirmed that both of the tumors were cancerous.
The diagnosis was stage 1A clear cell carcinoma which can be a nasty and aggressive form of ovarian cancer with a poor prognosis when it is discovered in the later stages, and it is generally resistant to the standard chemotherapy regimens that are often prescribed to treat it. Her doctor said that the cancer had not spread further but he did recommend that she have chemotherapy treatments as a preventative measure.
After exploring the history of chemotherapy, Margaret says that she was troubled to find out that it was developed from the mustard gases that were used during world war 2. She felt very strongly that it is often the use of chemotherapy and not the cancer itself that brings premature death to cancer patients. She says. “Although it may be toxic to cancer cells, it is also toxic to the patients who use it.”
She went looking for other options and consulted with three different oncologists at various cancer treatment centers but they all recommended the same chemotherapy protocols. She asked the doctors. “What else do you have?” The answer from all of them was, “Chemotherapy is it, and if you aren’t willing to take chemotherapy then I cannot treat you.”
Margaret also went to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America where she said they seemed more willing to explore the disease itself, but nobody wanted to address what may have caused the cancer in the first place, and she was even more disappointed to learn that the complementary therapies that they offered are only available to the patients who follow the conventional treatment protocols. She began researching alternative therapies at the encouragement of her husband and decided to be treated at The Linchitz Wellness Center in New York .
The therapies she used following the surgery.
- She began eating an organic, vegetarian diet.
- She began an exercise routine
- Reiki therapy
- Chi Gung
- Chiropractic care
- Learned relaxation techniques and avoided stress as best she could.
Detox Strategies– She looked at her environment and what she was putting into and onto her body. By examining the foods, beverages, and personal care products she was using she was able to make appropriate changes. She says that she no longer colors her hair, and avoids all products that contain aluminum (which is commonly found in antiperspirants), and sodium lauryl sulfate which is commonly found in toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and detergents. She also avoided artificial sweeteners, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, additives and preservatives in her diet.
Margaret took a variety of supplements:
- Cinnamon Bark Capsules
- Chlorophyllin Capsules
- Garlic Capsules
- Ginger Root Capsules
- Triple Action Cruciferous Vegetable Extract
- Extra Strength AHCC
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)
- Optimized Resveratrol
- Curcumin X4000
- Natural Vitamin C
Her favorite websites for alternative information:
Books that she recommends for the newly diagnosed:
- Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
- Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing
Documentaries that she found helpful, you can find some of these on youtube for free viewing:
- Healing Cancer From Inside Out – 2nd Edition
- CANCER is curable NOW DVD
- The Beautiful Truth: The World’s Simplest Cure for Cancer
- You Can Heal Your Life, the movie
Listen to an interview with Margaret as she shares the details of her story:
Update: In March of 2014, Margaret discovered that her cancer had returned. She had not had any cancer screenings since her initial recovery and by the time the cancer was discovered she was already as stage 3. She passed away on June 26th after developing sepsis, which is a severe infection following a surgical procedure that was related to the cancer. Margaret spoke out very strongly against the use of chemotherapy and believed it to be an ineffective treatment for cancer. Given her situation it would have offered her less than 9% five-year survival rate. Clearly the odds would not have been in her favor if she had chosen that route. Unfortunately we will never know if she could have successfully battled it again using alternative methods.
The Cancer Odyssey: Margaret chronicled her diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2009, and her quest to find effective, non-toxic treatments for cancer. The book also uncovers the dark side of the cancer industry and offers an approach to dealing with cancer by empowering patients to challenge the medical advice of chemotherapy and to search for alternative options that can be more effective. She says that she wrote this book to help others overcome the fear that surrounds a diagnosis of cancer and as a guide so that patients can find a path to wellness. The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness