Sue Macco heals from stage 2 breast cancer with alternative therapies
Hearing the words “you” and “have cancer” in the same sentence was overwhelming. I couldn’t process it. It was an unimaginable shock. Why, when I was promoting natural health, would I get cancer? Why me?
My journey started at the Green Bay Cancer Center where I was surprised to find a bowl of candy in the lobby. I felt like I was on a conveyor belt, no choices, no say in the matter, no coordination. When I asked about nutrition, I was given a binder with the four food groups and the recommendation to eat Jell-O if nauseated from chemo. When I asked about supplements to strengthen my body and to offset the damages of the proposed treatments, the Radiation Oncologist replied… “Vitamins just cause expensive urine.” I was stunned, and told him so in no uncertain terms and walked out.
When I met with the Chemotherapy Oncologist, he felt that I probably wouldn’t need chemo; just a lumpectomy and tamoxifen, and maybe a little radiation. Although I felt pressured to make a decision, I didn’t feel comfortable. My husband felt prompted to do some research on his own too. So between the two of us, we were a research machine; the procedures, the treatments, the drugs, the options., and we did not limit our options. We started narrowing our options and came to realize that Tamoxifen, with its profound side effects, was not a risk I was willing to take.
I then traveled to the Mayo Clinic, which was a nicer facility and more organized, but it was essentially the same conveyor belt as Green Bay. After hours of waiting in exam rooms for for late doctors, and listening to the ridiculous protocols, I ended up sobbing through my lunch in the cafeteria. It was a pleasant spring day so we went out on the patio after lunch to wait for a phone consult we had set up with Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico. That phone consult was a breath of fresh air at a very perfect moment. We still made no commitment, but at least we were starting to have choices. On the second day at Mayo, my husband and I were sitting in the office of plastic surgery wondering why they had scheduled this appointment. Up to that point we had assumed we were all talking about a simple lumpectomy, but it was apparent that Mayo was assuming mastectomy, so we left for the day.
That evening I took a phone consult with the Seattle Cancer Center to discuss and learn more about a procedure they promoted there, but it was a frustrating and unproductive call with a Doctor who was clearly steeped in what passes for modern breast cancer protocol here in the US. We may not have figured out what was best for us, but we were quickly understanding what was not best for us. Green Bay, Mayo and Seattle all sounded as if they are following the exact same outline we understood we needed a different path. We called the Nurse at Mayo, canceled the rest of our appointments that week, and went home the next day.
I then met with doctors at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. They advertise that they incorporate nutrition and spirituality in their treatment, but we soon found out that their basic protocol is quite typical. The tour included a very nice facility along with a stop at the “heart” room. I ask why we would need to tour the heart room. We were told that “If you have radiation, we know that you will probably have heart damage.” We then had to walk through the chemo room at CTCA, and saw chair after chair of severely compromised people with buckets next to their chairs. I had enough!
The Sanoviv Medical Institute
The name Sanoviv is derived from the Spanish words “healthy living.” The healing center is located on the Baja Coast of Rosarito Beach, Mexico to provide your mind, body and spirit a toxic-free environment to restore and replenish health. Myron Wentz, PhD, founded the Sanoviv Medical Institute based on a new approach to healing the world of debilitating diseases. He says that he wanted all patients to have access to integrative medicine based on their biochemical individuality with care that focuses on the whole person, not just the disease. Their philosophy is that the body has the power to heal itself when provided with the proper nutrients while simultaneously being relieved of its accumulated toxic burden.
The institute treats many cancers-including late stage, as well as degenerative diseases, and they offer anti-aging and wellness programs. Each guest receives a personalized treatment plan that is based upon their individual needs, some of these may include biological dentistry, whole body hyperthermia, carnivora, dark-field microscopic blood analysis, bio-energetics, lymphatic and craniosacral massage, hydrotherapy, infra-red sauna, Thalasso thermal therapy, biological response modifiers to boost the immune system, a complete detoxification program, and access to nutritional and health education classes. Guests learn new techniques for managing stress, gain an understanding of the mind-body connection, learn proper breathing techniques, and how to meditate.
Sue writes this about her experience at Sanoviv “I just know that Sanoviv is the FIRST place i would ever go if I had another serious disease. They look at everything; not just physical & nutritional health, but dental, psychological, and spiritual too. They have it all. I think for me, going a second time as a companion to a friend, I was able to really see and experience the emotional part of healing. They not only care for you, they TEACH you how to go home and care for yourself. They have actual classes! It’s just so complete. The atmosphere is healing, the staff is great, and many of them became my friends, not only staff, but other “guests” (they call you a guest, not a “patient”) became my friends too! They are “real” people.”
Sue writes that, “we were picked up at our San Diego hotel by the very attentive and friendly driver. My first impression upon entering the lobby at Sanoviv was pure healing. It was a feeling that has never left me. From that moment on it was everything to do about diagnosing the root cause of dis-ease, and healing the body, the mind, and the spirit. From the meals to the water, the clothing and the salt on the tables all organic and systematized to augment the overall healing process of this unique medical complex. The next day began the exams and testing like you’ve never seen. Special lab work, I can’t begin to name them all, but the dark-field live blood analysis was particularly impressive. Other evaluations in addition to medical, were nutritional, chiropractic, psychology, fitness, digestion, chemo-sensitivity testing, allergy testing, measurement of toxic chemicals, thermography, and biological dentistry. The atmosphere throughout the facility was a welcome change from Western Medicine. Even now, more than six years later, I’ve stayed in touch with some of the staff and some of the other patients who I now call my friends.”
The therapies that I received were based upon my evaluations and they included:
- I ate a mostly raw, organic, detoxifying diet with fresh salads and some meals having salmon or other white fish
- Each morning started out with warm lemon water with cayenne pepper
- I drank green juice twice a day,
- I drank wheatgrass juice twice a day
- Each night ended with some fresh coconut water.
- We drank smoothies on occasion,
- Every Thursday was a day for juice fasting day, so no solid foods.
- I took a variety of vitamins and minerals, enzymes
- colon hydrotherapy.
Medical/Dental therapies that I received included:
- Daily IV therapy: High dose Vitamin C with Glutathione and Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Various Detox Therapies
- Vichy Shower and Spa detox therapies
- Rife Therapy
- Electro-Acuscope Myopulse Therapy
- Mistletoe Extract
- Dental mercury filling removal
- Soaked in sea water pools
- Access to a fitness room
- Walking track
- Energy medicine
- Access to the library
- I had a Lumpectomy and the removal of 12 of my lymph nodes.
- Tumor samples were sent to a lab for antibody prep in making the Specific Transfer Factor
Therapies that I continued at home:
- Continuing to follow a nutritious diet plan
- I made my own juices and smoothies
- I sprouted seeds and nuts
- I continued to take nutritional supplements such as USANA Essentials Vitamins and Chelated Mineral, 224 tablets
- IP-6 Supplements
- Protective Breast Formula
- Calcium D-Glucarate
- AHCC Capsules
- Coq10 supplements
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Optimized Liposomal Vitamin C
- Primal Defense probiotic
- 4Life Transfer Factor
- Mistletoe Extract injections that I gave to myself once a week for six months
- Thymoject intramuscular injections – given to myself once a week for 3 months
- I had a phone consult follow-up every three months with the staff
Suzan Macco, R.N., C.N.H.P., L.D.H.S.
Breast Cancer, Stage 2
Diagnosed April 27, 2007
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