Is pancreatic cancer curable?
YES! IT IS!
This book describes how.
Guiding Ideas of Nonsectarian Humanity
Nature Message to Earthlings
Is it a death sentence?
Among the notorious cancer diseases, pancreatic cancer is one of the major killers, as a rule within about six months of diagnosis. What results is an unsuccessful struggle within the brackets of modern conventional medicine, using very harmful means of intervention into the human body. The last six months of life for someone with this disease is typically a time of extreme suffering as the patient experiences severe symptoms of disorders and pain in the digestive tract, accompanied by terrifying attritional insomnia and complete frustration.
I describe here my personal journey struggling against pancreatic cancer. I share it because I believe my story might be helpful for others experiencing the same or similar health problems. I intentionally use the nickname "Naturalist" on the cover of the book to emphasize that the main, overall healing method in curing my cancer was abidance by the laws of nature. The method is absolutely natural and completely avoids all artificial harmful interventions, such as "chemistry" or radiation. It returned my life to one of the vibrant health I enjoyed in my youth.
When I speculate on the reasons why this healing method works, I am far from thinking that I say something really new. Indeed, many of these speculations were probably presented before in a better form and from more learned professional sources. However, the composition of the material is such that makes them simpler and less wordy. At least, I believe, it is persuasive enough since contains my personal experience and experiments with my personal health that I describe as precisely as I can.
I was "lucky" to experience all the symptoms that accompany pancreatic cancer in January 2005. That was when I began to feel a sudden impairment of health, expressed in severe digestive disorders, pain in the gut, and frustrating insomnia. My visits to clinics and consultations with doctors did not provide any explanation. However, my good friend from a Research Medical Center found solid spots in the pancreas using ultrasonic diagnostics. A blood antibodies test confirmed his suspicions about tumors in the pancreas. Not a very long and joyful future lay ahead of me.
Nine years have passed since that time, and today my life is full of energy, impressions, and ideas. While my experience does not set up a claim to a scientific study, I hope the reader might find some ideas interesting to check. This story does not contain any universal prescriptions that might be good for everyone. If you decide and feel able to follow the same road, you can follow it in your own personal way, using what feels good for you and doing it at your personal discretion and taking full responsibility.
I am not a medical doctor and have no right to prescribe any healing medicine to anyone. My opinions are based on my good education and vast experience in research work that has committed me to the so-called "scientific method”: experimentation, deriving conclusions of data, making speculations and substantiating them with further experiments.
What does a person with pancreatic cancer feel during the development of the cancer? There are multiple symptoms and ways of developing, individual for each person, depending on one's physiology and lifestyle. In my case, the development was slow enough to think about the causes, and began at the end of January 2005, with mild disorders of digestion, accompanied by diarrhea. It should be noted that I was not a weak person and at the age of 59, regularly engaged in athletic activities, such as tennis, snorkeling and mountain skiing. I am not ready to describe the reasons and details of getting ill in this story, but shall note that it was an introduction of cancer cells from outside.
Within about two weeks time the diarrhea was becoming more severe and unpredictable and could wake me up in the night, or catch me somewhere on the road. It was accompanied with moderate but insistent pain in the guts. This also caused insomnia, nervous agitation and anxiety, aggravated by the fact that visits to medical clinics and seeing MDs did not bring any answers, on the contrary, brought more frustration because of mindless and snap prescriptions, made by the practitioners.
The symptoms were aggravated by eye irritation and a slight fever. Various medical tests also revealed chlamydia in my body. So, I had to undergo treatment for this nasty bacterium with strong antibiotics for three weeks. Yet this did not help to alleviate my digestive problems.
I wish I had kept a diary at this time, but I did not. A diary could protocol a record of the cancer development and provide me with a better understanding, but it was a time when problems did not encourage proper thinking and analysis. Despair prevailed.
As stated in the Introduction, my friend helped me to understand the reasons of the health disorders. My reaction was ambivalent. On the one hand, this understanding brought the comfort of certainty; on the other hand, the future looked gloomy. It might be interesting to note here that a short time before this, in December of 2004, not yet knowing what trials I would have to go through, out of plain curiosity I attended a workshop by former prominent neurosurgeon Galina Shatalova. That was one of those workshops that she delivered in many places of Russia and of the world, promoting her System of Natural Healing (SNH).
Galina Shatalova developed this system around 1970, successfully using it since then. At that time she was working as a major medical consultant and selector of cosmonauts at the "Star Village" (the center of cosmonaut training near Moscow, Russia). In her late fifties she switched from conventional, officially adopted medicine to naturopathy, using food products as medicine. She achieved remarkable results with her method, bringing many people who were facing the grave back to a normal life. Among her successful patients were people with cancer (up to fourth stage), diabetics, and autoimmune disease, on kidney dialysis, heart attacks and strokes victims, with high blood pressure, with gastric ulcer and so on.
At this workshop, she described one of the latest cases, which was her successful treatment of a woman in the fourth stage of cancer (more about Galina Shatalova and her method in the next chapter). Therefore, after being diagnosed, I had no hesitation following Shatalova’s advice, and adopted a vegan diet as the primary treatment, accompanied with athletic activities and organism hardening procedures. All animal products and all fats and breads containing artificial yeasts and sugars were excluded from consumption. So my diet was limited to fruits, veggies and porridges. I also included into my diet red beets (she believed that red beets inhibit cancer cells), garlic, and I cooked and brewed teas with distilled water (more precisely, water purified with reverse osmosis) only.
I also limited the amount of food that I had every day to about three pounds of fruits and vegetables, a half of a pound of cooked whole grains and some nuts. Five billions of a naturally grown strain of bifidobacterium every day accompanied this diet for a week. The only difference between her advice and my diet was that I did not drink, as she recommended, 1.5 - 2 liters (3-4 pints) of fresh juices, considering it as not very important because I replaced juices with fruits and vegetables in their original form or had them as smoothies. She advised consuming uncooked sprouted wheat grains due to the fact that sprouts are rich in alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), but I was unable to follow this advice due to the limited conditions of my living space at that time.
She drew attention to the importance of properly mixing food with saliva, when one eats. In her words, the number of chewing movements should be at least around fifty times for a single bite of food in the mouth. This advice was too difficult for me to follow, taking too much time, but I still tried to chew thoroughly enough, mixing food with saliva. Otherwise, I followed closely to everything that I heard at her workshop in December 2004.
Results developed as she predicted within three months, accompanied with weight loss of about 20%, from 172 to 130 pounds (I am 6’2” tall). My emaciation was frightening to the people around me. The insomnia that always accompanies cancer disappeared and I was sleeping at night more or less well. The diarrhea disappeared. Three months later the weight loss stopped, and it seemed, my body got adjusted to the new diet and quantity of food.
At first, cancer cells were circulating through the body, massing here and there in the form of small tumors in the body or bones, but after 9 months they stopped showing and disappeared. Besides, there was the nice addition of my physical capabilities in terms of endurance. I noticed that I could dive with snorkel in water a distance of 250 feet instead of 165 feet before, and could hold my breath in statics for 4.5 minutes instead of 3 minutes. I could spend hours mountain skiing and swimming miles without any noticeable signs of fatigue. My brain worked more efficiently, and my memory improved.
The vegan system by Shatalova's style was so impressive that there was no a question of turning back anymore. Although, this was not absolutely new to me. From my previous experience of preventive fasting and abstention from animal meat for 30 years, I can say about myself that my physical abilities and mindset have changed dramatically with the transition to such restrictions in food as veganism, despite the fact that before this I was a fisheterian and mostly followed what is known as the Mediterranean diet.
In regard to the volume of the vegan food, which I tried to follow, there were some more or less steady habits. In the morning hours (from 6 am till 1-2 pm) it was teas only, brewed with various herbs containing no caffeine. My favorite was tea made from dried rose hips and schizandra berries. I also liked tea brewed with ginger. I never drank the usual tonic teas and coffee because of their strong influence on the nervous system, which added some nervous agitation. Solid types of food had their turn in the afternoon at one or two o’clock, having up to three meals a day, of one or one and a half pounds of vegan food (vegetables and fruits in pure form without the addition of vegetable oils).
When grains (such as wheat, millet, rye, amaranth, buckwheat, rice) and nuts were included, the amount of food could even be reduced. This corresponds approximately to the recommendations by Shatalova in calories. When I started eating more (for example, at the end of the summer there are a lot of delicious fresh apples - hard to resist the pleasure of eating them, because it seems that each of them adds an amazing life force), bringing the amount of food eaten to 7-8 pounds per day, I gained some additional weight that could reach up to 155-158 pounds and I felt worse then. The weight that I consider most appropriate for me and try to remain at is 145-150 pounds (I am 6’2” tall).
Sometimes I had food only once a day, but it required reasons such as important work or meetings, when I preferred to keep my thinking uninfluenced by food. As a rule, I never have food when I plan to go to the mountains or a swimming pool, especially since skiing in the mountains may take the whole day, I have no choice but to have food only once. In the usual days with no trips hunger began to interfere with the work. Besides, when one feels hunger, it is easy to overload stomach, having more than one and a half pounds of food, so I chose to have one meal a day at special occasions only. Over the years of the healthy life I enjoy now, a balance was developed that keeps the scales from tipping too far in the direction of the animal desire to eat to satiety and understanding that there is no great need of this.
When one is trying to limit the amount of food, it is always very helpful to employ some interesting activity that allows forgetting about the food and hunger. It is important though, not to overload the stomach after that as a result of hunger. Generally, in such a way of life one should make friends with the sense of hunger, realizing that it is a friend, not a foe. Overeating always slows down thinking and causes a desire to sleep and unwillingness to work. Then laziness always leads to overeating - a vicious circle.
My experiments with a complete abstaining of having food (fasting) in this period had not brought me positive results. There had been a resounding effect in terms of recovery, but the physical weakness prevented efficient work and brought a loss of weight which was scary. It's important to note that the results of my regimen are not indicative in all cases, and that others may choose different ways, allowing them to achieve better results. Here we are talking only about the fact that even such a small effort that I made by changing to a vegan diet produced tangible results.
Athletic activities were not very intensive at that time and corresponded to my job as researcher in experimental physics in the university. Yet, avoiding all obstacles, I always scheduled to spend at list one hour in a swimming pool, swimming without a single stop, or two hours of mountain skiing without rest in the wintertime, or playing tennis for two hours in the summer. And I did such activities at least two-three times a week, changing them depending on the circumstances.
Hardening of the organism was another point of the healing system. The most frequent of these activities were showers with water of changing temperatures, going from one close to the body temperature to room temperature. I never used really cold water except when taking a Russian style steam-room (described in chapter VI of the Book).
Those were the results of the System of Natural Healing implementation. I am grateful for the efforts of the system’s founder Galina Shatalova. Though I never was her patient and never discussed my disease with her, and simply followed the general rules, I consider her as my doctor, who treated me. To be precise: so far I owe her nine years of my healthy and interesting life after cancer was suppressed. This is why I consider it important to describe Shatalova's life and her system of healing in more details in the chapter II of the Book.
I wish you all good luck.