Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
September 23, 2019
I am stoked! I am a new man! I am on a positive roll!
In my last update on September 9, 2019, I described the scariest days of my life. Being bedridden since August 21st after my pathological fractures on the right side of my body, I entered a state of deep depression. I wasn’t able to function as I was before my fall. Thoughts of “giving up” played with my psyche. I stopped most of my integrative supplements and protocols because I was physically and mentally unable to continue with them for about a month. But I had a transformation that turned things around.
I began physical therapy on September 16th. My body was healing – slowly but definitely. The pain was subsiding. Movement was gradually returning.
My personal physical therapist (Patrick Rupppe, PT, MSPT) has been awesome! He helped me by demonstrating various exercises that I would perform several times a day to strengthen my severely atrophied muscles. For the first time in a month, I was getting prepared to get out of my hospital bed.
To start, Patrick helped me sit on the side of the bed. Then he guided me to stand by the side of the bed. It wasn’t easy. I felt dizzy, unstable, and pain. And I could not use my broken right arm to support me in standing.
I did several sets of “standing up”, “sitting back down”, and then “standing again” over the next several days. I slowly progressed to walking (using a walker) from my bed to a reclining chair and then back again to my bed.
I feel I accomplished much just by getting this far. However, I still am tethered to a catheter and have to use a bedpan for bowel movements. (You can’t imagine how demoralized I feel having to depend on a catheter and bedpan.)
We take our mundane daily routines for granted. My goal is to return to relatively normal functions like using the bathroom naturally, walking with the assistance of a rollator walker, and using my right arm purposely.
Looking forward, the humerus of my right arm will continue to challenge me. Today, I can “write” with my right hand, but I am unable to “lift” my right arm by itself or put any weight on my right arm. While pain is significantly reduced, total function is lacking. My orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist will help me deal with my options.
I returned to my integrative healing protocols. These are my attempts to wake up my body to heal itself.
To summarize, what I put into my body and what I avoid are the starting points for a healthy body. Over the past six years, I have published detailed descriptions of my eating and healthy lifestyles. You can read about them in various Blogs on my website.
In addition to the basics of nutrition and lifestyle, I include what I believe are exceptional means to improve my body’s healing potential. I take various specific supplements to support my bone metabolism, immune system, my entire microbiome, digestion, and detoxification.
Also, I incorporate energy medicine to improve the function of my mitochondria based on peer-reviewed medical research. I have written articles on my website about how I use Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy to accomplish this.
My caveat: I created my protocols from what I learned through my independent research. I don’t make any claims that these will be beneficial for others to follow. None of these protocols have brought my bone marrow cancer into remission. In fact, my multiple myeloma has never entered remission. However, my goal is to continue to support the natural healing processes of my body while all along maintaining the quality of my life as best as I can.
My positive attitude is palpable. I rediscovered my relevance and motivation. I am pursuing my quality of life within the parameters of my new reality.
My new reality is that I will be functioning with a weakened and damaged right arm. I also know I am prone to pathological bone fractures, which could be my “Achilles’ heel”. Other than these cautions, I will be able to write, publish, speak, and maybe even present virtual seminars for the world to see.
In upcoming weeks, I will get back to creating articles based on peer-reviewed medical research. My writings are my interpretations of the science that is out there. This information needs to be understood by all health-oriented readers.
Bravo, Al! So glad to hear you’re doing feeling and doing better!!!
Deb et al
“GREAT”NEWS…looking forward to more “GREAT” NEWS
Wonderful news!! I am so happy you are feeling better!!!!!
I have been thinking of you often. I am so glad you are feeling better. The best news!!!
Al: You are a true champion!!! God Bless
The synergy between your fabulous medical teaching and your equally fabulous spirit, Al. This is truly moving.
Your courage and stamina are admirable – Blessings for a bright future!
The good news has brought joy to my day. I continue to follow you in your journey.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Dr. Danenberg –
I so admire you – you are truly an inspiration to so many thousands upon thousands of people, all over the world, who are and have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly.
I’ve just had this email come into my in box today, and immediately thought of and about you. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of or have ever read his studies (via his blog/website), but Dr. Mark Sircus is someone I’ve been following for a few years now, and I’ve found his information to be eye-opening, on so many levels.
His latest blog post/article is about cancer treatments – the whole spectrum of choices, but also, it includes some videos, as well as his own perspective on treating cancer.
I will continue to light healing candles for you (I realise that does sound more than a bit ‘woo-woo,’ but then, is it really so different than prayer?) and I will continue to hope and wish for you to continue to stay strong, keep on keepin’ on, and know that we all are with you, supporting you with much love and much hope, that you continue to heal.
Thank You Dr. Danenberg,
I was so happy to see the headline of this email, you are such an inspiration.
From your post in early September that was so open and vulnerable to this one of such inspiration and positive energy, you are helping many that you will never know.
Thank You for sharing your Journey and for the example of finding joy in your purpose, so many of us will benefit from being reminded that we can make a difference by using what lights us up and bringing it to the world!
You are an inspiration to us all Dr Al!
Thank you for sharing your hero’s journey with us.
Let’s all stand up straight and tall and know that Dr Al is on the mend!
Love and Aloha!
Will and Susan
You are proof that ‘will and spirit’ are primary in how we traverse our life journey. Being in my eighth decade I take inspiration from the wisdom of Ram Dass in his book ‘Still Here’, a testament to dealing positively with what life brings us in our elder years. He writes of his experience following a devastating and debilitating stroke and the positives he has found in it. You are in the same realm, inspiring many. Continuing best wishes and thank you for the guidance you provide to so many of us in our lives.
So great to hear Dr.Al!! I suggest looking into ozone therapy. I hear it might help out with cancer patients. Just a suggestion.
All the best to you Dr Al!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!