Well yesterdays visit to my Oncologist was a very interesting experience. I have mixed feelings about what happened. Rita, my wife went with me and her reactions were very much like mine. The Doctor reviewed all the recent tests and results I have had over the past few months, asked me a few questions about how I was feeling. Out side of my current throat problems, very well. No pain in my bones, or when I urinate, etc. She asked me about my refusal to do chemotherapy. She gave me the standard lecture about how I would get a "positive response" from chemotherapy. What they mean is that the cancer tumors will reduce in size for at least 3-4 months. What they don't tell you is that while the chemo (poison) will be killing the cancer cells, it also kills good cells including wiping out your immune system. What they don't tell you is that the chemo will not kill all the cancer cells. 30-40% will survive the process and with your immune system compromised, the caner they say is "knocked down" then comes roaring back with a real rapid growth with out your body's ability to fight it! Beside all the side effects of the chemotherapy (loss of hair, extreme weakness, chemo head i.e you are unable to think clearly, lots of aches and pains, sickness to your stomach, and with out your immune system you are open to any and all infections that may come your way, etc). The Doctor was very polite as she told me I should do the chemo and that I should reconsider my decision. I've heard all the current Oncology propaganda before and I just politely declined again. That when to my surprise she told me that then she wouldn't be able to treat me and she was closing my case, but I could recontact her if I changed my mind. My wife and I looked at each other in shock. So if I wasn't going to accept the only type of treatment she knows or offers, I'm on my own. While I expected her try and convince me to do her standard type of treatment, I didn't expect she would not at least want to follow my progress and test me occasionally to see if my cancer was stabilizing, maybe going away, or advancing. Rita and I walked out very angry at her. In a way, I'm glad it happened. It just reinforced my opinion that the current "standard of care" by most Oncologists is just following the pharmaceutical model of poisoning the body as their only way to treat the cancer patient. And of course that is a huge profit making business for all concerned! The pharmaceutical companies can't make money off food and natural supplements so they attack that method and anyone who advocates it. Alternative treatments Doctors have to be very careful as they are in constant danger of losing their medical license if they don't follow the pharmaceutical "standard of care". I hate being a cynic but my experience over the past 18 months has left me no other way of thinking about the current cancer treatment in our country. But I will follow my own path and try to do the best I can to fight my cancer with the most healthy and natural methods I may discover! For my family and friends sake and love, I pray I will be successful!
Lawrence M. Smith ACSW, LISW-S
Mental Health Clinician & Administrator
AKA as IronSmith (Pen name when I wrote articles in old PowerMag magazine)
Held Drug Free Powerlifting State, National, & World Records in the Federations NASA, AAPF, ADFPA, & Amateur IPA.