The British Medical Journal has just published 1 a 3 year follow-up to a case report of a woman who was treated at TrueNorth Health Center (TNHC) for stage IIIa, grade 1 follicular lymphoma with nothing other than a 21 day water-only fast. The results are astounding.
The patient was first accepted to undertake a 21 day water-only fast at TNHC (True North Health Center 2 ) in November, 2014. On arrival the patient presented with enlarged lymph nodes. Following the 21 day fast, her lymph nodes reduced significantly in size. The patient continued to implement a non-SOS WFPB (no added salt, oil or sugar wholefood plant-based) diet when she returned home.
At the 3 month and 6 month medical check-ups, the patient’s lymph nodes were found to be normal in size, and she was symptom free.
The British Medical Journal first published a case report on her experience in December 2015 3
Three years later, during which time the patient continued to maintain the diet, follow-up medical examinations discovered that she is without any evidence of the disease.
The initial regression observed has persisted for 3 years with no additional intervention or treatment, other than water-only fasting and dietary change.
The following shows the change in size of the lymphoma:
Patient’s perspective (From the above study)
▸ In 2012, I had a hysterectomy and bladder suspension surgery, and ever since then my pelvic area had been sensitive and tender, so I would periodically massage it. Two years later, as I was doing this, I felt something hard in my right abdominal area. I was not sure if it was scar tissue or something else, so I made a doctor’s appointment right away.
▸ In 2014, my doctor examined me and then asked about my family’s medical history. When I told her that my dad had died from cancer, she immediately called the imaging department to request an emergency CT scan. The day after my scan, I received a call from my doctor asking me to come in to review the results. She told me that the scan had revealed tumours on both sides of my abdominal area, and that she needed to refer me to an oncologist.
▸ The oncologist my doctor referred me to was very kind and open to my request of wanting to avoid conventional treatment. He told me that my cancer was a non-Hodgkin’s, slow growth, follicular lymphoma, and requested more tests and biopsies (one of the scans of my chest also revealed other small tumours under my right armpit). The doctor then explained that having found tumours on both the upper and lower parts of my body, and on both sides of my body, elevated the cancer to Stage III.
▸ His recommendation was not to treat the tumours with chemotherapy or radiation. He said the chemo would cause more damage than good and that my disease was not curable. His only course of action was to monitor me every 3 months. The first thing I did after I left my oncologist’s office in 2014, was to contact Dr Klaper. After reviewing my test results, Dr Klaper said, “You are a good candidate for fasting.” I checked into TrueNorth and was scheduled to do a water-only fast for 14 days. During my fast I met a veteran faster who shared with me her story of healing. After hearing about her progress, I decided to ask about fasting for a longer period. I was on my tenth day of fasting, and during morning rounds I asked Dr Klaper if it would be okay for me to extend my fast.
All of my laboratory results as well as my mind, body and spirit were aligned, and he gave me the thumbs-up! I ended up extending my fast to 21 days.
▸ The first 3 days of water fasting, as the doctors will tell you, can be the most challenging, but after the third day it becomes easier. I was fortunate not to have experienced any severe symptoms (nausea, dizziness, fatigue). I was energetic and focused on my healing, and I listened to my body and rested when I needed to. The doctors visited me twice a day to check my vitals and to answer any questions or concerns I had. Once a week I had a blood test, and one thing that I found extremely helpful was that in each room’s library of videos there was a video by Dr Klaper explaining how to read blood test results. I felt safe and found comfort in knowing that the doctors and interns were always available to answer my questions.
▸ Each patient at TrueNorth is given guidance on refeeding. My fast was broken systematically as solid food was slowly introduced. My first meal was vegetable broth (it was quite tasty and satisfying), and a day or two later, I had my first vegetable juice, which took me about 2–3 h to drink. I thought I would be extremely hungry, but the flavours of the juice were intense. I could now taste each individual vegetable because my taste buds had been cleaned out and reset. I consumed only vegetable juice for the next 6 days before I began to gradually add in raw vegetables. I was well monitored from the day I arrived to the day I left.
▸ I was on a roll, and I felt happier than I had ever been in my life. I knew that great things were happening inside my body, and that I was doing the right thing for me and my family. All I could think of was my kids and how they needed me to stick around longer than the expiration date traditional medicine had given me: 20 more years. I would be 62 by then, and I certainly did not want to die the day after I retired. My family was my inspiration, my strength and my motivation. Every day during the fast I would wake up thankful for another day, feeling happy that I was giving my body the needed time to heal. My fast at TrueNorth was one of the most life-changing and awe-inspiring experiences in my life. My water fast led to incredible reductions in the size of my tumours: When originally examined, the right inguinal node measured 4.5×2.0 cm, and now 2.6×0.3 cm. My left inguinal lymph node measured 2.1×1.5 cm, and now 1.1×0.2 cm. My right axillary node measured 2.8×1.9 cm, and now 1.5×1.0 cm. These results are truly amazing. My oncologist is pleased with the results and has asked me to keep doing what I am doing. He is very supportive of my fast and diet. Initially, he had indicated that he would observe me every 3 months, and now he says every 6 months is fine since I am making such good progress.
▸ My family and friends are impressed with my results and many of them have made significant changes in their diets as well. I’ve consulted with Dr Klaper and Dr Goldhamer since my fast, and am planning on doing a second fast later this year. Through my fasting and dietary changes my tumours have shrunk, and will continue to shrink and hopefully disappear.
▸ When we allow the body to rest, heal and regenerate, the results are impressive. I was fortunate to have met remarkable people, who, like me, were there to get better, and all of whom were determined to have successful outcomes. I sincerely believe that it’s all about our will and positive attitude, and our determination to get well and stay healthy. My water fast changed my life, and I plan to continue to eat a wholesome, plant-based, SOS-free diet for the rest of my life. This is my medicine, this is my treatment.
When something as simple as water-fasting and the subsequent eating an optimally healthy diet can have this sort of effect on a lymphoma, doesn’t it make you sad or perhaps angry that the medical profession as a whole seems so determined to only treat with aggressive medications and surgeries?
As more and more powerful research results, such as this one, are published in the best peer-reviewed journals, maybe the general public will find that there’s a positive change when visiting the GP – not just 5-ten minutes of the doctor typing away on his/her computer and then automatically dispensing the ubiquitous, and comparatively harmful and ineffective, medications for conditions that could be better treated with simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
Time will tell how long this tunnel will be…
- BMJ Case Rep. 2018 Aug 9;2018. pii: bcr-2018-225520. Follow-up of water-only fasting and an exclusively plant food diet in the management of stage IIIa, low-grade follicular lymphoma.
Myers TR, Zittel M, Goldhamer AC.
- True North Health Centre Website.
- Water-only fasting and an exclusively plant foods diet in the management of stage IIIa, low-grade follicular lymphoma. Goldhamer AC, Klaper M, Foorohar A, Myers TR. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Dec 10;2015. pii: bcr2015211582. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-211582.