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The experience of treating my father with the budwig protocol after he contracted cancer

Dad didn’t survive his battle with Liver Cancer

photo of dad at school before he contracted liver cancer

Dad before he had liver Cancer

I have to admit it has taken me some time to write this or anything here, after my father lost his fight against liver cancer.

In the end it was just 3 months from diagnosis to him dying, but I know it is important to write what happened and whether I thought the Budwig Diet had an effect at all.

So I can only give you my thoughts and a gut feeling, which I am sure will not necessarily give you any real confirmation either way. What I can say is that when we knew my father had cancer I got him on the Budwig Protocol straight away, but being nearly 2000 miles away it was not easy to ensure he was following the diet strictly.  Non the less we changed his diet and cut out all the bad foods, but it was difficult because onto top of this he had no appetite for the diet or any food in fact. Looking back I know this was because of the liver cancer given him a swollen stomach and of course the ability for the liver to break down the food.

I am sure his age played a part being 76 and unfortunately his negativity, which seemed to become more pronounced the the nearer he got to the end. This could have been a result of the toxins in his body.

What was positive was he was in no pain and he was walking around right up until last day. In fact after being with him for 2 months, I returned home thinking we were winning or at least slowing the cancer down, but within a week he had died. The question of course is why did he go down hill so fast after I left him. Well the following day he went into hospital for his drain to rid the liquid that had built up in his stomach, which incidentally took 2 months to organise. The procedure should have taken just one day in hospital, which turned into a week. Whilst he was in hospital his health plummeted and of course he was not getting the care he was receiving at home. Looking back I get very frustrated that we let him go in, it seemed as though it was this that killed him.

Although I am frustrated that I could not save him from this terrible disease, which I am sure was not helped by its aggressiveness, but I do know that by having some hope and focusing on the diet it helped mum, in keeping positive and I am sure the diet took away the pain. The coffee enema which we were finally were able to persuade him to take, had a very positive effect, the result was he became more comfortable rather than getting upset by being constipated and was a huge relief to him.

At the end of the day nothing is lost by trying the diet, but as a cure it did not happen for my father. I do now wonder why I should have started this blog before I knew my father had cancer, because I was convinced the reason was that I would save my father, all I can now say is that God can only know!

Still Fighting

Since being told by the specialist that your father has just a few months to live it hs been a hard couple of weeks, but mum and I have kept being positive and have really spent each day devoted to ensuring dad gets the best possible foods allowed via the Budwig protocol.

Until about 4 days ago it felt as though we were loosing the battle, dad was just lying down sleeping all day and in pain while taking the pain relieving tablets.

The last 4 days has seen a distinct change, in fact as I write this he is  cutting the lawn, yesterday he went for a walk to the shops and has reduced the pain killers to 2 per day from 1 every 4 hrs.

I am not sure as of yet why there has been an improvement, it may be because the diet has been going just under 2 months and maybe the body is now seeing a benefit or it could be the coffee enema, which we started 4 days ago!

We are also getting into a little rhythm and getting a little better at this now, with the breakfast working better I think by changing to mango fruit and with the cream being a little more liquid making it more easily digestible.

On top of this I now make a concoction of fresh fruit and vegetables at around 11am after the enema which consists of 1 apple 1 whole broccoli, 1 yellow kiwi, 1 carrot and some times a beetroot which he hates. This is all juiced and then I add the frozen wheat grass. Not too bad a taste but crammed full of nutrients.

For lunch is a little tough as he likes his bread and cheese sandwich, here we add freshly cut lettuce or tomatoes, I have now included some fruit after this.

The evening meal is a struggle, I was doing salads but recently it have been vegetables steamed plus a potato, as this seems to be a little more filling.

One major difference is that we started having a fruit cocktail for afters, but I realised we needed to get the flaxseed oil intake up from 3 to 6 table spoons and we have achieved this by making a smoothie with the fruit and the linseed oil cottage cheese combination.

NB I have also started to include garlic whenever possible.

No Chemo for Dad

Well I didn’t expect this to be writting this as a diary of my father, but none the less the lessons I hope will help everyone!

Thursday we went to see the specialist to finally get a prognosis, which in truth we were hoping for some positive news, believing we were finally going to get his stomach liquid drained, but in the end we just had bad news.

Firstly the Doctor said that there wasnt that much water and it was just the swelling of the liver and that the cancer was also on the lymph gland near the liver.

On top of this we finally was told Chemo was not really an option now, which was to be honest frustrating to have waited over a month to get this info.

Also then to be told he has just months to live.

Mum and myself obviously were disappointed to find that the doctor was unable to do anything, but we were still positive, knowing we had a fall back with this diet.

Unfortunately, the cancer seems to be aggressive and we are not convinced that we are winning the fight at the moment and there is a realisation that we really need to get our act together.

The positive is that over the past few weeks we have been getting used to the diet , but the negative is that my father is loosing his appetite and I think a feeling of panic is setting in at present, when it comes to food preparation.

Fortunately knowing many people have been cured using the diet or at least got it under control actually gives us hope.

As I right this the negative is that dad still is in pain, but there are some positives one is there is no longer any jaundice and his swelling seems to have gone down, whether this is a good sign I have no idea.

Having read many articles on the subject II realise we must really stick as close to the diet as possible.

I am glad I have flown back to help mum with the diet, partly because I am a relatively good cook at trying to make this as tasteful as possible, which is key.

Today I actually had my first attempt at the Budwig breakfast, which seems to have gone well by including mango’s and strawberry’s, I tested it and found it very tasty indeed.

I think the hard thing about this is when you father is ill and wants a steak or a Mars bars, it is kind of depressing, but you just have to remember you are fighting for his life.

Oh and finally I apologise for the rambling and poor grammer, because I have to admit I am just saying it as it is!

Still no news!

So my parents go back to get more info from the so called liver cancer specialist last week, only to get no more answers, the blood tests have not come back as of yet and so my parents are asked to come back in two weeks, the only news is that the cancer tumour was 7cm.

In the meantime dad has to have another CT scan of which we are still waiting for an appointment, god don’t they take there time. In some ways I am glad as it give me more time to get the Budwig protocol working, before he has to have chemo.

This weekend we have been getting a little concerned as my father has been getting tired recently and for some reason his stomach has be growing, a huge concern so at this point I thought I should contact the guys on the flaxseed forum on yahoo, this is the link but I think you will need to register to read it if you haven’t the time the transcript it is below:

It sounds like he might have ascites edema.  If the liver cancer is primary, it is likely that the liver function is impaired.  The tumor size might not matter.  An impaired liver can result in a low albumen level in the blood causing fluid to leak into the abdomen.  Consider supplementing with milk thistle herb.  Also consider SAMe.  Both of these can improve liver function.  Start low and gradually increase the oil, as it requires liver produced bile for digestion.  You might use a little lecithin supplementation to help the bile.  These things should not interfere with the diet.
Mike

Hi Stephen,

Good to see you post :)

When you say “large stomach”, is it the stomach or the abdominal cavity in general. I.e. does the “largeness” go right up to the diaphram. I am thinking ascites here, which is not uncommon in liver cancer, particularly if the ablumin level is low. A palliative treatment for that is drainage, called paracentesis. (I have had 5 para’s this year). If thats not the case, I think a sneak peek at his diet might give you clues.

I started on the full FOCC straight away and had no side effects. It does vary from person to person, and some are forced to retreat to the transition diet. My best guess is that your dad would be feeling liver pain if the FOCC was too much – and that it is unlikely to cause the stomach problem. (It would be better if someone who retreated to the transition diet answered this.)

Best wishes
Peter

At this stage we need to find out more if it is the case, but in some ways I feel I am getting more help and support here than the doctors.

So now I have a better idea I feel more comfortable, also one positive the jaundice, which just started was temporary and seems to have gone again, so maybe we are winning some battles.

At the weekend as I had panicked, I thought I better get on the case with a few issues. It doesnt help being here in Spain while dad is in the UK, but I will be back over soon, sorry I digress.

Anyway there are a couple of areas which I know mum has not got onto so I decided to spend some money to solve them. The first is wheat grass which mum has not found, so after a little searching I came across this company Frozenwheatgrass.co.uk which produce the wheatgrass juice and freeze it instantly and then post out, luck they live in Manchester but it should arrive still frozen and is due today, if there any problems I will post here. Mind you I was impressed as they phoned Monday to check if they would be in before shipment, as it is perishable.

The next thing is the coffee enema, which has not arrived as of yet, but will be something which I will have problems persuading my dad to take I am sure, so we shall see! I will go into this a little more at a later stage, but interestingly Prince Charles has been out spoken on its benefits.

Thirdly I have bought two bottles of Biotta Breuss Juice, which I believe is handy as an alternative if you have not the time to produce the fruit juices.

Oh and I have ordered some Thistle Milk upon the recommendation of the above, having purchased it today I think I could have gone to a better site for this which is here as they seem to have a better combination, well at least I will know for next time and saves anyone else making the same mistake!

**update just as I finish this the weatgrass has arrived and it doesn’t taste that bad apparently!!**

2nd update the Coffee Enema has arrived too and apparently in the garage so will have my work cut out there.

OK that’s the latest I suppose another update in a week or after the CT scan.

My Father has Liver Cancer

I almost find it surreal that I am even writing this, how can it be that after starting this website on the Budwig Diet, that yesterday I find out my Father has been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Devastated as I am and added to this the success rate with this type of cancer is only 10%, I just knew that I would have to put my knowledge to good use and maybe writing this blog, could be fundamental in saving my fathers life or at least extending his life expectancy.

While at the same time what I learn can benefit other sufferers of Cancer, or more specifically Liver Cancer.

What I will do is keep this blog updated on his successes and failures so that we can all learn.

So just to give you the most recent news, I thought I would outline what I have done to date.

Firstly my father is 71 he was fit until recently going to the gym on a regular basis, until the end of last year when he founded out he needed a hip replacement and from there it all seemed to go horribly wrong, as after the operation he had problems with his heart and needed to take various drugs, which now appears he was given the wrong dosage over a longer period of time than necessary, which seems to have effected his liver and therefore could be the cause of the cancer, I will give more info at a later stage.

So as soon as my father was told he has liver cancer after a ct scan, the doctors would not say any more and said he now needs to see a specialist, talk about delays as the appointment is to be made via post!

So while we wait I have told my mother all about the Budwig protocol, which I think has given them a more positive out look, but more importantly I contacted a testimonial who had liver cancer and is using Budwig, I have to sing his praises because after emailing him for help he called back the same day and run through his experiences of the budwig diet and what he did to ensure its success after being given 6 months to live I am pleased to say 2 and half years later he is still with us and refused the chemo route etc. and went with budwig, what must have been an amazing leap of faith.

So I have past this info to my parents and I have ordered the “The Oil Protein Diet by Joanna Budwig” and I have it express delivered so they should have this tomorrow morning.

I will update this post later as I am still comming to terms with what has happened and I will try to correct the grammer and go into more details over the comming days.