Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
December 3, 2018 [printfriendly]
I Am Open-Minded
I research everything that makes sense to me. You see, my life depends on it. I am fighting a “terminal cancer” in my bone marrow.
I continue to search for the best unconventional treatments to fight multiple myeloma. My journey has led me far and wide – from conventional oncologists with an open mind, to alternative healthcare professionals, and to individuals who have dealt with their own struggles with cancer. Currently I see a local conventional oncologist as well as an unconventional integrative physician – both of whom have contributed tremendously to my treatment regimen.
Sometimes I have encountered medically trained specialists who have a closed-mind and denigrate everything that does not coincide with their myopic views. In my post on November 9, 2018, I reported on one such oncologist whom I was contacting for a second opinion.
A friend introduced me to this well-known oncologist by email. Although the oncologist was located far away in another state, his nurse contacted me and confirmed that he would look at all my medical records and test results. She stated that the doctor promised to send his opinion by email to me.
My personal oncologist who originally diagnosed my disease sent him all my records and test results. I then emailed the distant medical doctor with questions, which his nurse promised he would answer. However, his email response to me indicated that he never read any of my records. His response basically told me that only conventional treatment could treat my aggressive disease. He also wrote that he needed more test results before he could give me a prognosis. He then finished by saying I would be foolish if I pursued alternative treatment.
After seeing his reply, I emailed him back and wrote that indeed all the test results and records he requested where already sent. I waited for his response, which never came. I described all this in my previous post on 11/9/18.
Then, a few days after this, his nurse contacted me again by telephone. She said that the doctor lost my original blood work results and wanted me to resend them. So, I did. But again, he didn’t respond.
Three weeks went by, and another of his nurses contacted me. She said that the doctor wanted to review my newest blood results. I told her that it did not appear that the doctor was interested in my unconventional approach. I told her he did not respond after I sent him my blood results for a second time.
This second nurse asked me to send my most current test results and assured me that he would respond. I immediately sent all the data, which included when I was diagnosed up to the newest results. Within 20 minutes the doctor emailed me.
The out-of-state oncologist wrote that there was no difference in any of my current blood tests compared to my earlier results. He then concluded my current alternative treatment was not working.
Did he even read the numbers in the lab tests that I sent him? Clearly, the recent numbers showed continued but slight improvement over the last two months of tests. They were there in black and white. Anyone could read the numbers, which mostly were moving slowly in the right direction.
When I forwarded this oncologist’s email to my integrative physician, he was surprised but not shocked. He told me that he has experienced that type of response from many oncologists all over the country. My unconventional integrative physician said some oncologists will never acknowledge that some patients can overcome their cancers without conventional treatments like chemotherapy. These biased oncologists will never look outside the box. They believe that alternative therapies never could produce positive results. Some doctors may only know what the drug reps tell them. I don’t believe the drug reps will talk about alternative therapies.
A Different Look
There is published research that suggests that cancer is a mitochondrial metabolic disease and not just a genetic disease. Based on this, my approach is to improve my immune system and mitochondria and not destroy them further.
Fundamental to my program is my diet, which is an autoimmune Paleo diet with a few additional restrictions. My treatment regimen is tweaked every couple of weeks. It now includes about 25 specific supplements recommended by my integrative practitioner to support my immune system, break down biofilm surrounding cancer cells, destroy malignant plasma cells, reduce inflammation, assist in bone remineralization, and improve digestion and natural detoxification. I also incorporate pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy by QRS PureWave to help repair my mitochondria, cannabinoids to reduce malignant plasma cells, and a well-designed protocol to support my gut microbiome by Microbiome Labs.
Take heed, and don’t ever be afraid to take an active role in the treatment of your disease – be it acute, chronic, or terminal! Do your own research and question all healthcare professionals. Make decisions based on science and based on what you feel makes sense for you.
For me, my overriding belief is that quality of life is more important than quantity of life. Be assured, I will continue to report the results from my monthly blood work. I also will continue to search with an open-mind and to research all therapies that have science to back them up.
For Your Information
Here are a chronological series of links to my published articles where I discuss my battle with multiple myeloma and how I am dealing with this incurable disease.