The following case histories were originally compiled to suit the needs of my professional body, the British Association of Nutritionists (BANT). Initials only identify the following people but for the BANT project their full names were included, with each patients written approval. It is not a particularly representative list of the type of client we have helped, but they do give a very clear indication that Nutritional Therapy is worth considering even in the direst of circumstance. It is the experience of The Caring Clinic that nutritional therapy does have a positive influence with most if not all medical conditions.
Most of my clients with this diagnosis will use Nutritional Therapy in a complementary manner. In my experience using nutritional help before and even during orthodox treatments, most clients will experience substantially less side effects from Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. In my own case it was the severe depletion that I experienced during Radiation Treatment (26 doses) that actually prompted me to look at alternative ways of recovery. On the other hand S. P. (see below) asked a lot of questions right from the outset of diagnosis. She did a great deal of exploration around complementary therapies and generated her own strategy for dealing with her cancer and consequently experienced considerably less side effects from the orthodox treatment.
Brian Hampton Dip I.O.N. diagnosed August 1982, aged 42 (I am probably my own best case history.)
At the time of diagnosis I had many health problems including very severe acne and very severe psoriasis that had persisted, despite medication, for at least 22 years. Significantly, when I did radically change my diet and started to use a modest level of supplements the severe acne cleared up within two weeks. This gave me a clue that what I was doing could have benefit in overcoming the cancer. This was the beginning of my investigation of nutrition as a healing device, initially for my own ends, but mostly by reading and attending weekend workshops. There were very few therapists available at that time. There was an immediate and obvious boost to my health within the first few weeks. There were additional benefits of pursuing nutritional therapy including the virtual absence of colds and flue. The increased vitality and the clarity of thought remain with me today. These improvements developed progressively over a few months. It was this that convinced me that I had to look at deeper studies so that I was able to qualify as a clinician. I have now helped at least 5,000 people on a one to one basis, to find a better quality of life, and at the age of 65 (2005) have to add that my own quality of life surpasses anything I would have thought possible in 1982.
S. P., first seen September 1997 at age 43.
A very capable lady who had done a great deal of research into both the orthodox approach to cancer and complementary medicine. When I first saw her she was going through radiotherapy prior to a full mastectomy, with a subsequent reconstruction. Her prime requirement from me was to establish a suitable supplement programme to see her through this and subsequent treatments. Her diet was had already been modified by her own research. During last year she was given the all clear by the hospital. i.e. 2003
A. E., first seen in September 1990 at age 47.
At the time of this appointment the presenting problems were severe back pain (progressive deterioration), headaches, stress, tinnitus, cramp in feet and legs, breast cancer (treated by hospital 1985) and catarrh. There was a current breast lump, which proved to be benign. Within 5 months of setting a suitable supplement programme and reviewing her diet, most of the presenting problems had substantially improved or cleared up. There have been ongoing problems with her back problem; other therapies have been used to further contain this problem, in conjunction with nutritional therapy enabling Anne to lead an involved and very active life.
FANCONI ANEAMIA (a leukaemia like condition with additional problems, often affecting skeletal tissue and skin). This is not an adult condition. Very few patients with this diagnosis survive beyond their mid-teens.
L. W., First seen April 1993 at age 10.
She was already getting the top end of the survival age range and very dependant on regular blood transfusions, devoid of energy and very ill. By mega dosing with vitamin C and the use of very high dosage of supplements, blood transfusions quickly ceased to be necessary and bone marrow transplant was avoided. Her mother was already tentatively exploring the nutritional route for Lindzy; having lost a son to the same condition some years earlier, consequently the commitment to change was very good.
I last saw L. formally in February 2000 age 16 when we adjusted the supplement programme to suit her now near adult body weight. L. has for a long time been using supplements in a preventative roll for many years, a programme that includes only modest levels of vitamin C. L. is probably the oldest surviving Fanconi patient in Europe, she is self-employed working from home and spends some of her time helping her mother to campaign for wider acceptance of nutritional therapy for this condition. (F.A.B. UK). She is due to celebrate her 21st birthday in July of this year. i.e. 2004
B. K., Male,contact made at the age of 10 months.
Brian and his twin were born prematurely and both needed incubation. Helen the first-born has made " a normal progress" after a difficult start. Brian had a string of health problems including being born without radial bones in both arms and was not expected to live beyond one year of age. In desperation his mother phoned me from her home in Northern Ireland after speaking to FAB.UK. Brian was very ill and clearly not thriving in any sense of the word. The initial focus was uncontrolled nausea and vomiting and extreme constipation (There was no sibling match for bone marrow transplant). We started by encouraging the use of grated ginger made into a drink to stem the vomiting and added a supplement programme including anti-mutogenic mushroom extracts, plus high levels of general vitamins and minerals adjusted for his very slight body weight. Modest to high levels of vitamin C seem an essential requirement to keep Brian thriving. Mega dosing vitamin C was used for a short period of time initially.
Brian is now a lively 3 years old (2005), has avoided chemotherapy, holds his own with his two siblings and has ably adapted to the distortion of his hands. There have been some scares along the way but each time we have come through it. We keep telephone contact and continue to adjust his supplement programme as his body weight changes.
n.b. I have seen other children with FA but I have either not convinced the parents of the potential of this treatment or there has been such overt scepticism on the part of the consultant that there has been little or no compliance by the parents in respect of food selection and use of supplements. They did not survive in to adulthood despite the use of bone marrow transplants.
S. B., first seen October 1998 at age 25
This lady was severely depressed and wheelchair bound and her condition was described as aggressively progressive by her consultant. There was incontinence, imbalance, fatigue and dizziness. The first thing we had to do was overcome the near fatal depression. Once we had engendered hope, transformation followed. The diet was changed and a lot of supplements swallowed. Since that time there has been no further deterioration. S. can move about her flat unaided, i.e. without the use of her wheelchair. She has absailed for charity and is campaigning heavily for other MS sufferers, particularly the young, to consider nutritional therapy. S. remains actively involved in her further recovery and has been working for herself and off sickness benefit since early 2002. Better still she is now in a permanent relationship and life looks good.
G. B., Female, first seen March 2002 aged 55
G. had had an initial diagnosis 32 years earlier and deterioration was slow but progressive. Change of diet was encompassed without problem but the initial supplement programme was limited by cost. As the benefits began to show through the, supplement programme has been extended and G. has done a great deal of reading around this subject and continues to make progress with improved quality of life, including improved mobility. Some of the improvements can be attributed to the removal of the amalgam fillings in her teeth, again supported with specific nutritional therapy to reduce the heavy metal burden left in the body.
J. E., Female, first seen December 1981 aged 17
Presenting problems at that time were asthma, (diagnosed 12 years earlier), eczema, (diagnosed 15 years earlier) and persistent fatigue. Schooling was being missed. The first thing was to eradicate dairy from her diet, encourage a greater variety of whole foods and the extensive use of supplements. By March 1982, her peak flow reading was 510 (465 is considered acceptable). Prior to this she had not been able to achieve 300. By this time medication had largely ceased. The eczema was insignificant and energy levels were considered good and have remained so. J. was able to complete her education and now works at the local hospital. She still has some allergy problems and needs to avoid some foods but her major problem involves medication, particularly anaesthetics.
A. B., Female, first seen June 2001aged 61
Her body weight was 14 stone and the presenting problems were breathlessness, affecting her for at least 6 months, sinus problems that had persisted for 40 years and arthritis. I last saw her for a formal appointment in October 2001. Her breathing was a lot better and remains so. Her body weight had dropped over a stone and she was complaining, tongue in cheek, of a little stiffness in her shoulder when overreaching. I spoke with her on 8 January 2002 and she confirmed her hot sweats had stopped and her dry scalp was virtually clear.
F. B., Male, first seen June 2001 at 67
F. came with his wife (as above). He had suffered with diabetes for 9 years; there was also joint pain (medically described as degenerative spinal disease), which had afflicted him for 11 years. There was also a leaking heart valve to consider and he weighed over sixteen stones. By October the Metformin supplied to control the diabetes had been reduced by half, and by the following January it was no longer needed. At that time there were no problems from the spine, no palpitations. He was enjoying walking regularly. His body weight was now less than 14 and half stones. (He is six feet tall). His heart specialist said his heart was in better order but wanted him to continue with low dose Aspirin and Atenolol, although the suggested use of Statins for high cholesterol had been avoided. Simply changing the diet and using a modest to high level of supplements achieved this beneficial change for both husband and wife. With a greater cross over of skills, orthodox to complementary, I would anticipate it should be possible to stop the Aspirin and possibly the Atenolol.
By November 2002, both husband and wife were sticking with the suggested eating pattern and using a maintenance level of supplementation and both were continuing to do very well, enjoying a better quality of life in retirement than they had anticipated.
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