On July 2012, at age 54, Trevor Smith was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with stage T2a bladder cancer.
The cancer had spread to the inner part of the bladder muscles and his doctors were not optimistic.
In fact, they felt Trevor had at most, 2.5 years to live even if he accepted treatment and only 2, if he did not.
And the treatment options were severe: remove his entire prostate, bladder and lymph nodes, as well as a part of his intestines in order to make a neobladder from them so that he could pass urine.
On top of that, he would also have to endure both chemotherapy and radiation.
While Trevor was never told about his supposed chances of survival, he was informed, however, that he would most surely be incontinent for up to a year and have to deal with reoccurring infections and would be impotent for the remainder of his life.
Looking For An Alternative
Trevor’s wife, Carol was not about to accept the treatment options the doctors were offering—or their life expectancy odds for that matter.
According to her post on Cure Your Own Cancer, she decided to do some research into the matter herself. When she told the doctors that they wanted a little time to digest the situation and look into different treatment options and healing modalities, not surprisingly, they cautioned against it.
In fact, according to Carol, they became quite aggressive, advising her and her husband that they already had the date set and that waiting was only prolonging the inevitable. “We felt like we were being railroaded into the surgery far too fast and we needed to slow it down a little so we could have time to digest everything,” she writes.
“Something was screaming at me to take some time before making this radical decision.”
Overcoming Your Worst Fear
For many cancer patients, this is not an uncommon scenario. The word cancer is huge. It invokes all kinds of emotions—mainly fear—and people become confused, which makes them turn to their doctors for guidance.
And when doctors see only one way to deal with cancer—the traditional surgery, drug and radiation way—it does not always bode well for the patient.
So, instead of letting their fear dictate their decisions, Carol and Trevor stood firm and found a naturopathic doctor who was open to looking at alternative treatments and guide them through the entire process including: monitoring their blood tests and helping them to correctly incorporate a new diet, add the necessary supplements and vitamins into Trevor’s treatment plan.
Taking a Natural Approach To Cancer
While Trevor continued to monitor his health using conventional tests such as MRIs and other scans to determine whether the alternative methods were working or not, he never lost faith in what he was doing.
1. Herbs and Supplements
One of the supplements Trevor began using was Essiac tea, named by Rene Caisse (“Caisse” spelt backwards), the Canadian nurse who discovered a natural herbal formula that she used to cure cancer in her clinic in Toronto, Ontario from 1934 to 1942.
Trevor also started taking mega doses of vitamins C, D3, B17 and K2. He then added Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland to help build his immune system back so that his body could heal itself.
2. Dietary Changes
Along with supplements, Trevor’s diet also required substantial changes. To begin, he needed to completely eliminate sugar. He also needed to eliminate all dairy, white flour, and all processed food. Today, Trevor only eats fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens and small amounts of chicken and fish.
3. Cannabis Oil
Eventually, about a year later, they began adding cannabis oil to his treatment.
Carol had watched the movie “Run from the Cure,” a documentary about medicinal hemp oil, but could not get any of it because of where they lived at the time, but as soon as they were able to get some, they eagerly added it to Trevor’s regime.
“It felt like I was going into the unknown, but the cannabis oil changed things for the better. When doctors told me I had gone into remission, I was lost for words,” Trevor said, according to the Derby Telegraph.
Cannabis oil is by no means a “new” alternative treatment, but it has definitely caused a lot of controversy (the Rick Simpson story).
Today, researchers for the US government now even claim that cannabinoids—the active ingredients in cannabis—can inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.
According to a health researcher on the US government’s Cancer.org website, “Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.”
Free From Cancer
While studies continue to discover and debate the efficacy of cannabis oil, no one had to convince Trevor or Carol of its effect on his cancer. By the time Carol wrote her post in August 2014, Trevor was completely cancer-free (~19 months after his diagnosis).
“[It] is shocking that we are led to believe that there is no cure for cancer; our story is living proof there is another way, and I am now consumed with only getting the word out that Cancer does not need to mean death,” Carol wrote in her post.