Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
June 22, 2020
You may not believe what I am going to tell you. It surprised me at first and then made me think. By the way, I can be very dangerous when I begin to “think”.
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer in September 2018. This malignancy was considered “incurable”, and I was given 3-6 months to live if I did nothing. For all the right reasons, I rejected chemotherapy and created my own Unconventional Cancer Protocols. While I had several setbacks (one of which put me into Hospice), I have rallied and thrived since. During my cancer journey, I tweaked my protocols frequently. On May 8, 2020, my oncologist scheduled me for a new PET Scan to determine how my cancer was progressing. Amazingly, the scan showed no active cancer cells throughout my entire body. Finally! Wow!
But this was not the surprise response I am talking about. Below is the surprise.
One specific individual who promotes “cures” for cancer read my Blog about my cancer success. This person, whom I never met, commented on my recent cancer follow-up. But he actually denigrated my positive cancer results. Yes, it is true!
I love for readers to become motivated enough to make a comment. So, after writing about my extremely encouraging PET Scan results on May 8th, I was pleased that this individual submitted his written opinion on my website.
But I deleted it. I felt it was a rant and served no purpose. Then after further thought, I decided to print it here to make my point. However, I edited out the four-letter “colorful” words that confirmed his lack of decency.
“Mr. Danenberg: Don’t you read? Real science says the only way to cure cancer is to eat plants. Your stupid high-fat red-meat diet CAUSES cancer. Real doctors say you are wrong? Juicing is the way to go. Why don’t you do “IV Vitamin C therapy”, since this kills cancer cells? You are so wrong. You are screwing others if you believe your protocols have cured you. You should be ashamed. By the way, I know what I talk about since I write about my own cancer cure using plants, IV vitamin C, and some powerful supplements. I dare you to publish this.”
First, I want to reiterate, “I have not cured my cancer, and I don’t have a cure for anybody’s cancer. What I have created is a set of protocols to support my body’s natural immune system and its ability to heal.”
And second, I am not going to cite all the current medical research that proves animal fat and red meat are healthy and necessary when they are sourced naturally. Eating animals from nose-to-tail helps prevent chronic diseases.
And third, I get his disdain for me since he addressed me as “Mr.”, referred to the “real doctors”, and said I am “screwing others”.
So, like before, I tried to think about the reason for this reader to comment like he did. I would like to understand his protocols to heal from his cancer. I don’t know what kind of cancer he had. I don’t know how long his “curing modalities” took to get the result he claims he got. And then it is possible that he is having a recurrence of his cancer and is pissed. I am in the dark on this one.
If nothing else, I am open-minded about alternative therapies. But I am only interested in the results that have been published by various reliable investigators in peer-reviewed journals. If the methods of treatment cannot be substantiated by several practitioners in humans and not just animals, I am not interested. Treatment that is studied on “cultured cancer cells” outside of the body is not the same as treatment of cancer in the living person. And anecdotal conclusions don’t cut it for me.
I am picky with what I believe, but that does not mean that I am right and that other courses of healing are inappropriate. For the most part, I believe that natural methods to help the body heal is the way to go. When the natural remedies are not working as well as they should, then an extra push in the right direction from conventional medicine is always appreciated. However, I am constantly aware that side effects from conventional medicine could feel worse than the cancer itself. That’s one of the reasons I rejected chemotherapy at the outset of my cancer journey.
So, I will let the response from this outraged reader stand as it is. I don’t want to give it any more power than I have already in this Blog.
Essentially, I want to encourage all who are threatened with a life-altering diagnosis to have an open mind and to ask a million questions to those with whom they entrust their care. If you are not getting answers which make sense to you, fire that healthcare professional and find someone else. If your current healthcare professional is disrespectful to you, dismiss that person. There are many in the healthcare professions who are empathetic, approachable, and will listen to your concerns and questions. The treatment of a severe health condition should include various disciplines working together for the same result. Also, don’t forget to pursue your independent investigation using sources like https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ and https://scholar.google.com/. These websites are resources of medical papers from all over the world.
As for me, I am not cured, and I am not in remission. But my body is free of active cancer cells as reported by my most recent PET Scan. This gives me great hope for my future and my extended quality of life. Maybe I’ll regain my moniker as the “73-year-old Poster Boy for a healthy diet and lifestyle”.