The only thing we are sure about in cancer treatment is that it has a direct link with good nutrition. Proper nutrition,which includes essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats, ensures that the body has the vital ingredients to rebuild and repair its tissues and cells during the vigorous treatment regimes. Eating healthy before, during and after treatment is essential to help the patient heal.

However, not everything is clear about nutrition therapy and cancer.

Like, for example, we don’t know the extent to which nutrition can help, or that can cancer be completely cured only through nutrition therapy? Can we bypass chemotherapy and radiation by adopting proper nutrition? Is it possible to stop cancer metastasis by consuming the right diet?

For the last 50 years, chemotherapy has been the only choice of treatment for different neoplasms i.e. abnormal growth of tissues. However, some carcinomas can be cured through medication only as well. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancerous as well as normal cells. Apart from nutrition, the role of botanical extracts and herbal medicines is also unclear. It should be noted that one of the most powerful anti-cancer drugs is ‘Taxol’ which contains plant extract of ‘Taxus brevifolia’.

The fact of the matter is that cancer patients are given a Hobson’s choice for their treatment. Hospitals, doctors and pharmaceutical industries, intentionally or unintentionally, propogate the idea that conventional treatments are the only cure for cancer.

Otherwise the only option left is death.

Cancer patients don’t have much of an option, even though there are many stories of cancer survivors who have shunned conventional treatment and who claim to have cured their cancer using an aggressive nutrition regime or botanical extracts. One such story has been narrated by Carol Smith about her husband’s battle with bladder cancer.

The Smith Cancer Saga

According to Carol Smith in 2012 her husband Trevor Smith, 52 years old at the time, was diagnosed with stage T2A bladder cancer. After double consultations in the UK and the US, Trevor was recommended chemo, radiation and radical surgery which would remove Trevor’s bladder, prostate and intestines. An artificial bladder would also be constructed for Trevor to pass urine.

There was a twist in the tale.

The doctors forgot to tell the couple that if Trevor undergoes the operation, he would only be able to live for 24 to 30 months and that too as an invalid.

The couple decided to think this through and seek alternative treatments. In Carol Smith’s own words, “The oncologist and the surgeon were nearly forcing us to get the procedure done. The surgeon even booked a date for us. We just felt that we needed to slow down a bit and consider all the options.”

During these tumultuous times, Carol stumbled upon a natural cancer cure called ‘Essiac’ h. Essiac is an alleged herbal cure for cancer made up of four different herbs:Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark, Sheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root. All the herbs have roots in native Canadian Ojibwa Indian culture  and the treatment was discovered by Rene Caissie.

Trevor was administered the treatment within a week of his diagnosis a naturopathic was also consulted.

Following the blood tests, it was found out that he was deficient in Vitamin D. A new plan of action was put together and his diet was revised. It should be noted the couple did not forgo conventional medical aid such as the use of MRI scans, biochemical tests and even laser surgeries to remove Trevor’s tumors, but instead used them in combination with their alternative plan of natural healing..

“The conventional doctors gave my husband 18 months to 2 years to live,” Carol said, adding “It has been 19 months since my husband was diagnosed and my husband is cancer-free and he has his bladder intact.”

Candidly, Carol Smith also acknowledged the use of an illegal substance, Cannabis Oil, for her husband’s treatment for 90 days and said that it had played a major role as well. Contrary information on the association between marijuana and cancer exists in the scientific community. Some literary reviews cite it as a probable cause of cancer, while others argue the use of weed through smoking may be a contributing factor, while some clinical trials have shown positive effects of using poppy plant extracts to kill cancerous cells. The Cannabidiol (CBD) present in cannabis was recently found to be effective in killing cancerous cells in breast cancer through the process of apoptosis i.e. programmed cell death and is being proposed for further investigation as a potential antineoplastic agent.

In the same way, Trevor Smith’s diet was completely changed and he was no longer allowed to consume dairy, sugar, white flour, white potatoes or any kind of processed foods such as pastries, meats, cheeses etc. Trevor only ate a plant-based diet with small portions of fish and chicken, He was also given large doses of vitamins such as C, D3, B17 and K2. Likewise, in the initial stages, detox powders were added to the diet but later on he was given DHEA to boost the immune system.

Carol Smith has also written a book on her husband’s cancer journey called ‘Taking Control’ under the pseudonym of ‘Alyssia Sade’. “It is shocking that we are led to believe that there is no cure for Cancer, our story is a 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,” said Carol Smith.

Most oncologist would say that nutrition-based treatment is not being adopted due to lack of substantial scientific evidence. However, if there is a window of opportunity, why not explore it?