Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
February 24, 2020
I had a virtual dagger thrown at me. So much rage, loathing, and mistrust are out there.
Someone in the cyber universe read my recent article about the Carnivore Diet. Yet, that stranger who read my words was so offended that he or she took the time to message me and questioned my integrity and intelligence. He or she wrote, “Are you a paid shill or just plain stupid?”
In that Blog I explained how I integrated an animal-based way of eating into my Daily Cancer Protocol. I described my current experiences and reasons why this diet made sense to me. In that article as well as my other updates, I explained the medical science that I could find that supported the biological benefits of the Carnivore Diet.
I did not hold a gun up to the head of anybody to read my thoughts or to agree with me. I did not push over-marketed, ineffective, and expensive gimmicks for purchase. I did not produce fake news to cloud and confuse my personal research and desire to get healthy. I just cited peer-reviewed research and case studies that impressed me enough to begin the Carnivore Diet to help me heal from incurable bone marrow cancer. I just wanted to share.
My First Impression
The reason I wanted to bring life to this reader’s comment is because it is indicative of the world in which we live today. What brought me to writing today’s blog is reminiscent of what stimulated me to write a blog I published on my website on March 9, 2019. I titled that post, Vitriol in Healthcare.
When I opened Messenger and read “Are you a paid shill or just plain stupid?”, I was taken aback. My first thoughts were how could someone accuse me of being “on the take” for some unsavory or fraudulent company pushing a worthless product? And why did he or she accuse me of blatant stupidity?
Then, I was disappointed that this person did not use a real name so that I could have some sort of discourse with him or her. I really wanted to know who my accuser was and what prompted that statement.
And then I rationalized that this person was in personal pain – possibly intense pain. I thought he or she was severely led astray in the past. Maybe this individual had serious medical problems. Perhaps he or she knew a close friend or relative whose life had been gravely damaged or ended by a medical mistake or complication. I’m just guessing here; I don’t know. But I don’t have any resentment toward this person. I just wish I could help this individual deal with his or her sadness and discomfort.
Coincidentally, while trying to unpack what that message really meant to me, I received an email from a reader who also read the same article about my Carnivore Diet and my Cancer Journey. In contrast, Melissa G. wrote to me:
“I now consider you a hero: what Dr. Wahl’s is to multiple sclerosis, you are to multiple myeloma, the carnivorous diet, and the importance of oral hygiene in health! I am grateful that you are sharing your experience so that all of us can learn and benefit from it. As you know, it is so difficult to know “what is what” in the medical field, and your background and training make you such a perfect and trustworthy conduit of complicated research and information. You empower us to take control of what we can. You inspire us with your positive attitude. You tell us Your Gut is Killing You! But you tell us why and what we can do to regain control and foster good health.”
My Place Now
Since my diagnosis and realization of my mortality, I’m in a place where I want to “give back” and “pay it forward”. I have so much for which to be thankful.
I literally am dying to communicate with you, but not because I was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018. And not because I was told at the time of my diagnosis that I probably would be dead by the end of 2018.
I wish to convey to you that I have taken this devastating life challenge and changed it into an inspiration for me to heal my body without chemotherapy or other chemical insults. How could I accept caustic drugs destroying my immune system and other cells and then still die from the complications of this aggressive multiple myeloma? Remember, I said this disease of malignant plasma cells is not curable through conventional methods today and will eventually kill me.
I hope to impress in you that no matter what life-shattering or life-threatening challenges you or your loved-ones have, you can reframe your outlook. As I see it, there are two paths you could travel:
- In one direction, you have the option to go into denial, falling into an abyss of depression, and believing you are the victim. I’ve been there; I’m only human too. But I never stayed there.
- In the other direction, you could see your glass-of-life half-full and ready for you to become proactive and create memories for your family and close friends. You could create a quality of life for your remaining months, years, or decades on this earth. You could begin to “give back” and “pay it forward”. You could establish a legacy of whom you really are in this universe.
I want to encourage you to research your situation, ask all the pertinent questions, and never take “no” or “it can’t be done” for answers. Acknowledge your support group of family and close friends who are there for you. Don’t reject them or push them away. They are hurting – not as you are but in their own special ways. For me, my wife is my strongest pillar. She is the star in my unconventional cancer journey. She pulls me up when I get depressed (as I said, I get deeply depressed at times). She gives me tough love when necessary to get me back on the straight and narrow. She is undaunting in her commitment to me and my struggle. You too have someone who cares about you as much as my wife cares about me. Show that person unconditional love and appreciation for what he or she is going through and doing for you.
I’m excited to let you know that I am doing exceptionally well and may actually cure this incurable monster that has attacked my skeleton and immune system. I’ve had too many fractured bones stemming from this cancer coursing through my body. However, my experiences after the diagnosis have strengthened my resolve, my spiritual being, and my physical body. My life has been dramatically changed by this malignancy, but it has been changed for the better.
Take this home with you. You are the author, producer, and director of this play called “Your Life”. You are in control. You can make things happen. You could include many scenarios in your play. Make your play as memorable as the best Broadway production ever casted.
My newest news about the benefits of the Carnivore Diet as it relates to my Unconventional Cancer Journey is just an extension of me “giving back” and “paying it forward”. I’m neither a “shill” nor “just stupid”. I am sincere and honest. My aims are to inform and help wherever and whomever I can. In turn, I want to celebrate a quality life for as long as possible with those I hold dear.