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I Didn’t Die

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist
April 29, 2019

I Didn't Die*

I was diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018. I was stunned. How could that happen to a “healthy me” at the age of 71? I needed to make some decisions quickly because my oncologist predicted that I might be dead by the end of 2018.

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Obviously, I didn’t die!

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I rejected all invasive chemotherapy regimens. It made no sense to me to destroy my remaining immune system and other heathy tissues with caustic chemicals. So, I investigated unconventional cancer protocols that might allow my body to heal itself.

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I researched many supportive protocols based on unbiased evidence of efficacy. These regimens included what to put into my body, what to do physically and emotionally to my body, and what to avoid and remove from my body.

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Prior to this diagnosis, my overall health program included nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods; efficient exercise; stress reduction; and restorative sleep. Now, I needed to boost that plan to go further and deeper to heal my body more intensely. All along this path, maintaining my quality of life remains at the forefront.

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The protocols I chose don’t represent a scientifically proven cure for anything. My personal plan integrates my conventional oncologist’s experiences, my integrative physician’s natural path, and my objective investigations of many alternative modalities. I believe that selecting the most advantageous methods from all paradigms will provide the best results for me.

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Unconventional Cancer Protocols

My integrated program consists of (1) an eating program, (2) various supportive supplements, (3) pain control, (4) repair of dysfunctional mitochondria, (5) an appropriate exercise agenda, and (6) elements of energy medicine. These are the protocols I have been following with occasional tweaks as necessary.

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    1. Eating Program:

Fundamental to my program is my diet, which is an autoimmune Paleo diet([1]) with a few additional restrictions. These restrictions include removing almost all dairy, nightshades, nuts, alcohol, and high-sugar fruit. My diet also excludes commercially processed foods with added chemicals and foods that are not organically grown.

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I eat vegetables, fruits, seeds, wild-caught and pastured animals from nose-to-tail (those eating their natural foods with no added chemicals), and the healthy fats contained in these foods.

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I also do “intermittent fasting”. I finish my last meal of the day no later than 8 PM. I don’t eat anything else until approximately noon to 1 PM the next day. That provides my body with 16-17 hours of fasting. “Intermittent fasting” has many health benefits that have been reported in various medical journals.([2],[3])

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    1. Supportive Supplements:

One critical factor in my health plan is a healthy gut. I take 5 unique supplements to provide a healthy gut lining and a functional mucus layer as well as to improve healthy diversity of gut bacteria. These supplements include probiotics in the form of spore-based bacilli, prebiotics to help feed the beneficial gut microbiome, and immunoglobulins and amino acids to support the mucus layer.

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Other therapeutic supplements consisted of approximately 30 specific preparations 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. My integrative doctor tweaked these supplements every 2-3 weeks. Included in these supplements are Salvestrol([4],[5]) and Fucoidan([6],[7]), which are reported to kill cancer cells.

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Later in my protocol I introduced two products that enhanced the absorption of minerals, botanical nutrients, and enzymes through sublingual absorption using liposomal nanotechnology.

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    1. Pain Control:

For occasional pain, I only took over-the-counter ibuprofen in the beginning as necessary. I did not use narcotic medication. However, in March 2019 I had a serious setback when I experienced a pathological fracture of L3. The intense pain required narcotic medication, which I finally was able to discontinue after 4 weeks of healing. For me, cannabinoids and other herbal products were not effective to manage my pain.

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    1. Repair of Dysfunctional Mitochondria:

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy is a form of energy medicine. It can help repair dysfunctional mitochondria. PEMF is an intermittent series of harmonic long wavelengths of low frequencies with no voltage spikes. Current peer-reviewed research suggests that treatment with PEMF could improve the electrical potential of mitochondria, improve calcium channeling within the cell, and enhance the utilization of oxygen by cells. PEMF assists in healing bone and soft tissue. It may offer a noninvasive way to stimulate the natural stem cells in bone marrow. There is evidence that PEMF Therapy may play an important role in oncology.([8], [9],[10],[11],[12])

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I incorporate PEMF Therapy using a full-body mat supplied by PureWave([13]) to help repair my mitochondria and potentially improve remineralization of bone. I place this thin mat under my mattress cover and use it for 24 minutes per session, 3-4 sessions daily.

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I also take vitamin K2-MK7, which has been reported to rescue damaged mitochondria.([14],[15])

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    1. Exercise Agenda:

My exercise routine is greatly compromised at this time. However, I try to walk outside as much as I can.  I used to walk about 5 miles a day – not so now. But my goal is to get back to my daily 5-mile walks. Eventually, I will include aerobic and bodyweight strength exercises if and when I can. I am not there yet.

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    1. Energy Medicine

As I mentioned above, PEMF Therapy is a form of energy medicine. But there is another area of energy medicine, which is described by Shannon McRae, PhD in her book titled, The Healing Effects of Energy Medicine: Memoirs of a Medical Intuitive([16]). This is an area of alternative therapy that I only discovered later along my journey to heal myself.

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Summary

These protocols have improved my body’s ability to heal itself. There may be many other methods, which I have not investigated. While my plan has worked for me, it may not be effective for others. Yet, my unconventional cancer protocols have been effective in maintaining my quality of life, which has been my overriding goal throughout my journey. I am moving forward impressively without caustic chemicals destroying my immune system.

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[1] https://drdanenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/6.-30-Day-Reset.pdf

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28715993

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29063418

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=natural%20cancer%20therapy%20and%20prevention%20targeted%20on%20cancer%20cells%20and%20cancer%20stem%20cell%20based%20on%20the%20cytochrome%20p45o%20enzyme%20cyp1b1&cmd=correctspelling

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=10.1177%2F1534735408328573  

[6] https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/fucoidan

[7] https://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/13/4/2327/htm

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5119968/

[9] https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/489206

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4516580/

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4834823/

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466452/

[13] https://www.purewavenow.com/

[14] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22582012

[15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29597144

[16] https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Effects-Energy-Medicine-Intuitive/dp/0835609308/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1AVRL5R809IBH&keywords=shannon+mcrae&qid=1553769396&s=books&sprefix=shannon+mcrae%2Caps%2C254&sr=1-1-catcorr

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5 Comments

  • Dana Mccarthy

    It’s really wonderful to hear of your current status and methods for healing.

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  • Joe

    Way to go, Dr. Danenberg! Best wishes as you continue on your healing journey.

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  • Rosanne de Vries

    These interventions seem to be working very well for you. That is encouraging. Have you considered the powerful effect of prayer to the God who created our marvellous self-healing bodies and each system within them? I and others are praying for you.

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  • Sharon Jones

    Thank you for the update on your journey of healing. It is exciting to hear about the alternatives to chemo.

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  • Sarah

    Congratulations on your survival and most importantly, maintaining your quality of life!

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