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I feel as if I’m now fully embarking on a new leg of my cancer healing journey. I am currently still diagnosed with ‘stable’ stage 4 breast cancer ( which spread to bones in 2017).
I believe that living with cancer stem cells in my bones, even in a state of stability or non-progression, is NOT the future that I want for myself, or anyone else. We can do better!
“The ultimate life hack” is the how one of my friends with breast cancer describes the book by Jane McLelland that explains how to target cancer stem cells with affordable re-purposed medications and herbs.
Book Title: How to Starve cancer without Starving Yourself by Jane McLelland
There is a mountain of valuable information in the book that I have had to extract and personalize in order to present it to the people who are supporting me, such as my doctors, my friends and my family. I also imagine that many other people who are currently taking this approach or about to take on this approach might be interested in reading these notes too.
If this is your journey as much as it is mine, I encourage you to follow this blog and keep up to date with my progress and any changes I make along the way…and buy the book.
Once you have the book please join my private Facebook “How to Starve Cancer Book Study Support Group” . The group will help you to join in conversations with others who are figuring all this out alongside me. You can invite your friends to the group too via the ‘invite’ window on the group’s page. Update Note: As of May 5th to join the book group, you now need to be a member of Jane Mclelland’s group first. Her group is called “Jane McLelland Off Label Drugs for Cancer” You can use the groups as a way of learning, connecting and sharing your own cancer healing journey with myself and others too.
p.s..This approach is actually designed for everyone with cancer. We are all in this together…breast, lung, colon..you name it. There will be something helpful for everyone with cancer in Jane’s book. Being diagnosed stage 4 myself, I didn’t get too hung up on my phenotype as it’s well known that cancer is a slippery little eel at this point in it’s life, and I don’t feel comfortable leaving any metabolic pathway open for it to use.
So this is What I’m Doing…in February 2019
Using the book.
Buy the electronic version of the book. Read the book thoroughly.
Make, a strictly personal-use only, copy of the McLelland Metro Map.
I had the electronic version of the book open on my i-pad and took a screen-shot of the screen. This screen-shot gets automatically saved as an image in my ‘all photos’ photo album on my i-pad.
NOTE: The McLelland Metro Map is only available (for personal use) to people who purchase the book:
How to Starve-Cancer without Starving Yourself by Jane McLelland.
I encourage everyone reading this page to please purchase the book, if you have not done so already. Trust me, if you have cancer, you don’t want to try and simply copy what someone else has done, without reading the book for yourself.
Here’s the Amazon Australia link to the electronic version I purchased to read on my Kindle App that I have on my i-pad and desktop:https://www.amazon.com.au/Starve-Cancer-without-starving-yourself-ebook/dp/B07B2XMLT9
I opened the i-pad’s photo application and found the photograph of the map where I had saved it in my private photo album and then used a pen tool in the photo ‘edit’ program to ‘edit’ the screen shot image I took of the map.
Editing it involved choosing a pen tool from the tool pallet and running a green colored line under the names of drugs/medications/herbs I was able to access. And yes, of course, I could have also made a copy of the map on to paper and underlined it in pen, but for personal reasons chose to do this step on my screen.
More on purchasing the book;
I highly recommend anyone interested in killing cancer stem cells buy the electronic version of the book, as it the ongoing researching, is ‘super’ easy compared to using a paperback copy.
e.g when reading an electronic version of the book you can right click on any word and choose to “Search Google” for more info, or right click and choose to “search book”…wow..You can then read everything Jane wrote on that drug or topic. It saves a lot of time when you are piecing together the puzzle. You can also quickly highlight large areas and they are automatically saved to your Kindle or e-reader notes.
So this simple 2 step process above is where I started engaging with the metabolic pathways and what I could do to block them.
1) read book, copy map (for personal use only)
2) underline medications accessible to me in green.
The medications accessible to me in Australia without prescription were the first to be underlined.
BERB being Berberine
LowGI being the diet I was/am already on
EGCG being Green Tea
URS being Tulsi tea
CURC being Curcumin
HYDROXY being Garcinia
RES being Resveratrol
Many people who I have engaged with, in the “How to Starve Cancer…” Facebook groups are taking this same, new and advanced metabolic approach to starving and killing caner stem cells, but with the help of an international oncology clinic.
Many of my fellow Facebook “How to Starve Cancer…” private group members from all over the world, are on, and/or at least considering ‘going to go on’ the Care Oncology Clinic (COC) complimentary off-label medicine protocol. The COC is based in the U.K and U.S.A and consult with patients and thier GP’s from all over the world via Skype.
As I understand it, the COC doctors will communicate with their patient’s local GP (or at least a GP in the patient’s country, about getting on board and supporting the patient with a simple yet powerful complimentary approach to their current treatment.
The COC doctors provide the patient’s GP or oncologist with the understanding and confidence required to prescribe the complimentary off-label, FDA approved medications shown below.
I believe that Care Oncology Clinic (COC) are currently (as of Jan, 2019) conducting self-funded research into this 4 drug metabolic approach to killing cancer stem cells ( all types of cancer) and are only prescribing these 4 complimentary medications (listed above) to each and every patient. I’m not doing this protocol. I may in the future.
Out of interest, I created a second personal copy of the McLelland Metro Map onto which I underlined in green just the COC prescribed medications. I compared the two maps.
I noticed right away that COC prescribed Mebendazole (MBZ) and it is not on the McLelland Metro map and so I did some more research. I discovered that it would be useful to anyone with any type of cancer, and that I could but it from the local chemist. I added it to my shopping list right away. ( I took fro 6 weeks and then stopped taking it, not because of any side effects, but thought I’d keep things simple and this one up my sleeve in case of progression)
When comparing the two maps, I did observe that the COC protocol was blocking many metro Map pathways with just a few medications. My first map showing the non-COC approach meant buying a larger quantity of meds/herbs and still there were gaps.
My personal leaning was towards the more natural herbal supps map I made first. I decided I would try to fill the map with the most natural over the counter medicines first and attempt to incorporate the COC drugs selectively if I ever needed to. That’s just who I am.
I connected with some of the people who were signed up to the COC protocol via my participation in the “How to Starve Cancer…” Facebook groups and soon discovered that many of them were taking a cocktail of cancer stem cell (CSC) metabolic pathway blockers including herbs and supplements ‘on top of’ the four main COC medications.
This led me to begin asking myself;
“How many Metro Map pathways do I need to block?”
After giving this question some consideration I came to the conclusion that I would attempt to block them all and see how this felt.
This decision to BLOCK THEM ALL was based on the following:
My stage 2 diagnosis was made 5 years ago and after a mastectomy, and spell of ignorance my stage 4 diagnosis was made mid 2017 (almost 2 years ago). At this point in time I have no knowledge as to which metabolic pathways, if any, are currently up-regulated and/or which are likely to be up-regulated next. My breast cancer was last reported (Dec , 2018) to be stable, in my bones, (nowhere else) and I’m not willing to, or perhaps even able to, biopsy these bone lesions to obtain further information regarding their preferred energy sources etc..
I am sure I will in time, but for now I have no idea exactly what metabolic pathways my cancer stem cells prefer right now. So after reading the book I learnt that stage 4’s are really better off to be covering all of the pathways at once to reduce the risk of pushing the cancer to a more aggressive state. I will do that; Block them all ( or as many as I can)
The ER+ & PR+ ER- hormone receptor status of my breast cancer was reported via breast tissue biopsy when I was first diagnosed stage 2 in 2014. I had a really crap alternative GP back in 2014. It’s almost impossible to believe now, but this really crap local GP advised me, , (me being someone who got a 95% ER+ via biopsy) against taking any hormone therapy. In fact she advised me against seeing an oncologist full stop. OMG, it’s frightening to think she’s still in practice. Anyway, I am very grateful now that I have both a great integrative GP and a great oncologist.
As far as my own personal hormone situation goes, I was still pre-menopausal, at the time of my secondary diagnosis (2017) and immediately awoke from my spell of ignorance placed on me by the 1st GP and went to and oncologist that started me on a monthly Goserlin (Zoladex) implant which stops my ovaries producing hormones, ( Plus I dove straight in with consistent use of high dose Vitamin C, the ketogenic diet for cancer -for at least 6 months, plus loads of ginger powder & curcumin with each meal. Please read www.healingbreastcancer.info for that leg of my journey. I didn’t know it at the time but the curcumin and high doses of vitamin C and the Zolodex were already blocking some of my cancer’s metabolic pathways.
O.K, so where am I …as of February 2019?
So I’m not blocking them ‘all’ right now.