The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of my wife’s journey with leukemia. From being told that she had a maximum of 10 years to live unless she underwent a bone marrow transplant, to being downgraded to Stage 0, it has been a journey of many twists and turns along the way.
Her diagnosis was delivered on Valentine’s Day. After meeting with her first oncologist, we decided to get other professional opinions for treatment options. My wife has several medical doctors in her immediate family in Europe who strongly believe in alternative medicine. After examining the pros and cons of each treatment option, we pursued the natural venue first. For the next 10 years, our cupboards were full of natural supplements and various teas to boost her immune system. Books on healthy eating and stress-free living could be found in every room of the house.
Maggie’s disease progressed slowly and steadily, leaving her beyond tired most days. Her quarterly appointments with her oncologist were something my wife dreaded. His consistent reminders that natural supplementation did not work, and that she could expect to be dead within 10 years, did not sit well with Maggie. I strongly recommended that she look for another oncologist.
She fired that doctor the same day she was a guest on Croft Woodruff’s Healthy Living show, where she discussed and answered questions about alternative therapies. Eventually, we found an oncologist who is respectful of Maggie’s choice to seek alternative treatments. His blessing to keep doing what she is doing is definitely encouraging.
In 2004, Maggie experienced another life-changing event. She was introduced to mangosteen juice, which contains a rich source of powerful phytonutrients called xanthones. A medical doctor friend directed us to a 2002 study that found that xanthones isolated from the mangosteen were effective against leukemia cell lines. We have passed this document on to many people over the years. My wife initially noticed that her energy levels and her arthritic pain improved. Her usual spring allergy seemed to have disappeared as well. What we didn’t anticipate was that, after about five months of consuming the mangosteen juice, her blood picture started to show improvement.
Fast forward to 2012. Consuming the mangosteen juice daily, eating mindfully, exercising moderately and getting enough rest paid off. At her first visit of the year, Maggie’s oncologist downgraded her from Stage 2 to Stage 0, and she has remained there to this day.
Maggie’s journey with leukemia continues to be a real-life testimony, not a double-blind petri-dish study. Testimonials like Maggie’s are still frowned upon today by many allopathic physicians. As a former police officer, I find this rather interesting, as it is the opposite
expectation of giving a first-hand testimony in a court of law.
This article first appeared in the magazine Health Action and can be found at http://www.hans.org/blog/post/maggies-20-year-journey-with-leukemia Reprinted here by permission of the author.
Author Bio: Ron Gale is a retired police detective and the past president of Health Action Network Society. He has been in the health and fitness field for more than 30 years. firstname.lastname@example.org | (778) 294-0611