"You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."
I recently read this quote somewhere, and it speaks volumes to our journey!
Prior to Kicker's Leukemia diagnosis on December 4th, 2013, I had only met one other person whose child had beat cancer. From my perspective, it was totally unheard of, and if anything, cancer was a death sentence, especially for children.
Seriously, have you seen the heartbreaking St. Jude’s commercials...you know, the ones that have all of those images of bald, sad looking children with tearful parents looking hopeless? I always hated those commercials and never could watch the whole thing because it was too upsetting. But that was my perspective of children with cancer...always lying in hospital beds and pushing around their IV poles. In fact, if you had told me that kids with cancer could still play, could still laugh, could still jump on trampolines, could still go swimming or could still cry from scrapped up knees, I probably wouldn't have been able to comprehend it.
Now please, don't get me wrong. I do fully understand that some of these precious children are so sick that they are in their beds and being monitored 24/7...and that breaks my heart! I am also very aware that kids die from Leukemia! In fact, over 2,000 kids die every year from cancer. However, the minute we were told of Kicker's diagnosis, a strength...that I didn't know I had...came into play, and not for one second did I ever believe he would not win this fight because if I let my thoughts go there for even a second, my strength would have crumbled!
Being strong is the only choice that I have.
And when I now look at all of the things kids with cancer CAN do and the reality that many of them who are so incredibly sick are still smiling in between the heartache, are still going to the oncology floor playroom in between treatments and are still playing video games with their roommate after procedures, I am speechless! These kids are beasts and their cancer diagnosis does not have to equal hopelessness!
Even with the deep moments of sadness and hopelessness, it isn't just a bald headed child starring out of a hospital window and looking helpless, and in fact, I would say that much of the time, childhood cancer is a picture of hope and fight!
As a primary caregiver in my son's fight against Leukemia, I am very aware of how absolutely essential it is to maintain strength!
It would be so much easier and require so much less strength to simply give into everything the doctors have said, not do any of my own research, and not keep Kicker on a nutrient dense, real food diet. It would have been so much easier to just throw in the towel on daily fighting him to take all of his supplements and do all of his detox remedies! But what would have happened? Because looking back, I am convinced that my not giving up and continuing to ask God for strength...every!damn!morning!...allowed my son to heal and not just fight cancer, but to also thrive while he was fighting!
Being strong was the only choice I had.
Sadly though, from what I have seen is that many of our cancer kids are also not given the appropriate tools to fight this disease with adequate physical strength. Their fragile little bodies are pumped so full of medicine and toxic drugs that it slowly starts to break them down, and no one ever gives them the tools and resources to detox or build their bodies back up.
Think about this for a minute...when you break down a tumor, it releases dead tumor waste that is extremely toxic to the body and needs to be eliminated. Yet, I have never met an Oncologist who advises their patients to detox the dead cancer cells out. So, wouldn't it make sense that this is part of the reason that many cancers come back?!
Yes, our bodies do have the ability to naturally detox through urine, waste and sweat, but when someone is pumping the body full of toxic medications and killing toxic cancer cells, the bodies natural ability to detox is not nearly enough! Therefore, I personally believe that one of the most important parts of treating cancer is detox, and from my experience in dealing with conventional medicine, there is absolutely NO incorporation of this into a treatment protocol.
It is also the reason that I, as a holistic nutritionist, immediately employed my own knowledge and the knowledge from a team of alternative physicians to put together a protocol outside of conventional treatment to best support his body during this process. I wanted to help ensure that he had the strength to fight like a beast and to give him the best quality of life after the 3.5 years of treatment!
Below are 4 of the detox therapies we used with Kicker...and why I believe he has experienced no side effects from the toxic drugs he received!
Castor Oil Pack Detox: The castor bean (Oleum Ricini) is known principally as a cathartic (strong laxative). So, as a pack placed over the abdomen, usually with heat applied, the oil is absorbed into the lymphatic circulation to provide a soothing, cleansing and nutritive treatment.
Use: The Castor Oil Pack is specific for detox. It is very effective in the use of non-cancerous uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Other conditions which seem to respond well include headaches, liver disorders, constipation, intestinal disorders, gallbladder inflammation or stones, conditions with poor elimination, nighttime urinary frequency and inflamed joints. It is not to be used during pregnancy, heavy menstrual flow or the presence of internal bleeding.
- Castor Oil
- A sheet of plastic (a garbage bag is fine)
- 36” x 18” piece of cotton flannel
- Hot water bottle or heating pad
- Rub a generous amount of castor oil over the skin on top of the liver area, both on the front and on the back.
- Place the cotton flannel over the covered area. Then wrap in plastic to ensure the cloth is held in place.
- Place heating pad or hot water bottle on top and lay on your right side for a minimum of 45 minutes. You may even fall asleep and wear the pack all night. If using a heating pad, unplug it before falling asleep.
- For maximum effectiveness, apply the pack as often as possible, at least 4 consecutive days per week for at least 4-6 weeks. Daily use provides the most beneficial effects. Kicker holds the Castor Oil Pack for at least 20 minutes (the length of a cartoon), and during his treatment, he did it 5 nights a week.
Epsom Salt / Baking Soda Bath with Essential Oils: The sulfates in epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body and harmful toxins along with it. The baking soda helps with ridding the body of chemicals from food, drugs, radiation exposure, etc.
- Add 2 cups epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda to very warm bath water. Let dissolve for 5 minutes.
- Add 4 drops each of Rosemary and Juniper Berry Essential Oil, as both of these are specific for detoxing the body.
- During treatment, we did these at least 4 days a week.
Nebulize Glutathione: We purchased this nebulizer, and our Osteopath put together a ‘cocktail’ of detox nutrients that stimulate glutathione, which is a very important antioxidant because its job is to prevent damage to cells.
As Dr. Mark Hyman states, "(Glutathione) is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease," and although our body does produce it's own glutathione, it becomes incapable of producing the necessary amount of glutathione when the liver is burdened with toxins from medicine, environmental toxins, radiation, etc. Therefore, it is even more important when detoxing for cancer!
Green Juice: This green juice is an important detoxification routine because it assists in the rapid removal of metabolic wastes from the body and the rebuilding of damaged tissues. Juicing also helps to clear the kidneys of toxins and contributes to the proper digestion of food.
One of Our Favorite Green Juice Recipes: 4 Servings
- 1 apple (to sweeten)
- 1 orange
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1 carrot
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 8 beet greens
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green cabbage
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 bulb of ginger
- It is very important that all produce is organically grown.
- I do not recommend powdered greens as most of them have been preserved and are not in their most nutrient dense state.
- It will last refrigerated for about 3 days. However, you can also freeze it jars and then thaw it on the counter.
- Feel free to add some healthy fat, gelatin, or raw liver to get even more healthy nutrients.
- During treatment, Kicker drank this at least 4-6 days a week.