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I will donate each and every dollar generated from this article to charity. That is determined by the number of views that this article receives. So help get this article as many views as possible. On digg, yahoo, reddit, e-mail it, tweet it. Do whatever you can, every view will help. All proceeds will go to one of the charities listed below for cancer research. Thanks for your help.

A few days ago I learned that someone very important to me’s mother was not in good shape. She has been fighting cancer for many years now. Fighting the fight that unfortunately many of us have seen, either first or second hand. This article is dedicated to her. Please send your thoughts, prayers, positive energy or whatever you personally believe her way.

Cancer is defined as any group of cells that display uncontrolled growth. Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic code that create the cells in our body. These abnormalities could be caused by pollutants, chemicals, sunshine, hormones, microbes, or just random bad luck. There are many ways to damage the fragile DNA that lives inside almost all of the cells in our bodies.

Cancer does not just harm humans. I grew up in Monterey, CA, a place famous for its majestic pine trees standing like sentries looking over the ocean. Every year for Christmas we would go to a Christmas Tree farm. It was a magical place, filled the the smell of pine trees and grass. It was basically just a huge park filled with pines. (I can see the horror coming over most of your faces. These were the days before the popularization of those cheesy plastic trees, and I assure you that for every tree cut down, there was a tree planted in it’s place). Even as a child I could appreciate the reforesting of the park because every year I would come back, and every year I was amazed that we would cut down a tree for Christmas, like many other families, and every year there seemed to be even more trees than the year before.

That is however, until Monterey pines started getting pine pitch canker. A type of tree cancer caused by fungus infection. I will always remember the year that we went to the Christmas tree farm, and hardly any trees stood where there was always a majestic forest of pines. There was a kindly old man who owned the park, whom we would talk to every year. I will always remember the disappointment on his face when he described that his once lush park had been devastated by pitch canker. I think this moment made me question how things work. It was one of the seeds that grew my interest in science. That forest spare and depleted really meant something more. For everything that happens in life good or bad, they always leave a legacy.

Yet, for most of us we aren’t dealing with pine trees. We watch helplessly as our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters fight against their own biology. As a medical student, I know how notoriously difficult most cancers are to treat. It is our own body’s cells betraying us. To fight cancer we have to destroy our bodies. Usually with doses of chemicals or radiation which will kill rapidly dividing cancer cells just a little bit more quickly than our non-cancer cells.

Cancer has touched us all in one way or another. Some more than others. I urge you all to watch The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, or read the book. It is an inspirational tale that will leave you in tears, but really highlights what is important in this short journey on earth that we call life. I am better off for having watched it, and I think you will be too.

Since cancer has touched us all in one way or another, I urge you all to join me in fighting cancer. Do it through whatever means you have. If you have money please donate to some of the reputable charities I have listed below.

Again, I will donate each and every dollar generated from this article to charity. That is determined by the number of views that this article receives. So help get this article as many views as possible. On digg, yahoo, reddit, e-mail it, tweet it. Do whatever you can. Every cent will go to one of the charities listed below.

If you don’t feel like you can donate in these rough times, get a ribbon, or simply spread this article to your friends. Do whatever is within your means. Often times I know we feel helpless, like we can’t make a difference, but what we do in life leaves a legacy that can last forever in ways we never could imagine.

This is for the ones we have lost and loved and the ones we love who continue to fight. They all touch us in how they live, and we shall honor them in keeping their love within us.

CANCER AIP GRADE
Breast Cancer Fund A–
Breast Cancer Research Foundation A+
Cancer Care B+
Cancer Research Institute A
CureSearch/National Childhood Cancer Foundation B+
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center A
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation A+
National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund A
Prevent Cancer Foundation A–
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (ALSAC) B+
Susan G. Komen for the Cure B+

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About the Author

Daniel is a graduate of University of Southern California with a degree in Biology and Anthropology. He attended Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies located on Catalina Island where he did environmental research and marine biology. Daniel has also spent time studying primate social behavior. He currently attends medical school at PCOM-GA. You may contact Daniel on his website http://www.danielhohler.com or on twitter @danielhohler.
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  • David,
    I was very surprised that cancer can even attack trees! Although I guess I shouldn’t with everything that is going on with the environment.. that is why I think it is very important to raise awareness and I applaud you for your article and ambition to get the word out.

    Everyone is right cancer has affected all of us, whether it be someone we know, our pets, or even in this case our environment!

    I also think its up to us to not just accept traditional medicinal treatments but to research our own. Our company is very passionate about educating people on the cancer fighting benefits of pomegranate seed oil,our main ingredient.During such a difficult time in someone’s life they should feel and look as best as they can. We will definitely forward and post your article!

  • David… No problem.

    I did a quick glance and it seems to be well researched. I am not sure why more physicians in the US are not using this technique. It makes perfect sense to me biologically. Probably just takes a while for the old crotchety medical community to change it’s ways and adapt something new. As a medical student I will definitely keep this in mind for the future.

  • Thanks for the reply, Daniel. Apparently the US medical community is aware of insulin potentiated chemotherapy (that is the official name for it); it is used on occasion here by doctors. I believe the other part, the DNA testing and treatment adjustment technique, is relatively new and is more advanced in Germany. If you are interested I could find out more details and give them to you.

    It seemed to me that from what I heard, a recovery of that type from advanced metasticized breast cancer is unusual. It seems like more than a coincidence, doesn’t it? I have read in standard medical papers that tumors have higher energy needs, and so the use of temporary “starvation” of the cells via a short fast and insulin, and then giving chemotherapy linked to sugar so the tumors grab the chemical in a concentrated form — it seems to make a lot of sense.

  • David… That is an interesting technique. I will look more into it.

    I agree that often the US medical community is closed minded, but there are a lot of ol’ wives tales out there that just don’t work. It is hard to distinguish sometimes the techniques that do work and doctors are closed mined to look into and the quackery.

  • The wife of a friend of mine refused treatment for breast cancer and treated it nutritionally for seven years. Finally, however, it did spread. When it was in her brain, bones, lungs, and liver, she found a treatment that had two important points that are not often used:
    1) chemotherapy drugs were selected for her based on a blood sample she provided; the lab (in Germany) looked at her DNA and designed the appropriate chemical mix
    2) she would fast before each chemotherapy treatment and then the doctor administered insulin. When the tumors (which have high metabolism) were exposed to the chemotherapy mixed with sugar, the tumors absorbed the poison. After each treatment, she felt better, instead of feeling sick.

    I have condensed a lot here, and may have missed some technical points. However, she was tumor-free three months after treatment started, and has remained healthy for an additional year.

    My point is that a lot of money is wasted. Not all of it, but a lot. If medicine would pay more attention to the immune system, there might be more cures and more prevention sooner. We should support institutions that are open to researched but more progressive treatments. Again, for the record: other treatments do have value, but I am sure many suffer and die due to overly restricted options in the USA.

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  • Ranae S McDougal

    Beautifully written. So many people in my life, My daughter Megan, My Mother Raylene, My Mother In Law Barbara, have faced this challenge. And having 4 kids of my own, the fear of something like this happening again to someone I care about,or especially young children,scares the hell out of me, to the point of keeping me awake at night. NO ONE should have to face this battle. My Husbands best friend is RIGHT NOW facing brain cancer.. I pray that there is a cure in our lifetime!!