Induced Remission Therapy

(IRT) (Dr. Sam Chachoua)

Remission from Breast Cancer:
Diet, Mistletoe, Carctol and Park Attwood

by Nicola Wicksteed

"I hadn't hoard of the Park Attwood
Clinic in 1999 when 1 was first diagnosed
with breast cancer, so 1 didn't henefit
from its care until very much later.
My various treatments included a
lumpectomy. Unfortunately, there
followed three years of intense stress to
do with my family, and bereavement. By
the summer of 2003 this had eased, but
there was to be no respite.

I was deeply dismayed to discover a
large lump close to the site of the original
tumour. Hospital appointments con-
firmed that the disease had recurred. A
swollen lymph node under my arm meant
it was possible that tho cancer had
already started to spread. The surgeon
said I would need a mastectomy followed
by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and five
years of Taaioxifen. It was a daunting
prospect.

I had beard of the Mistletoe Therapy
available at Park Attwood and decided to
investigate further. I visited tbe Clinic;
it was reassuring to he told that mistletoe
acts as a good partner to the medical
procedures I had been recommended; it
enhances theii- henefits whilst alleviating
their side-effects. This still did not per-
suado me to agree to the full programme
of conventional ti-eatments. but I consent-
ed to a short-term course uf Tamoxifen,
wbich 1 took alongside the Mistletoe
Therapy.

Initially. I stayed at Park Attwood
for three weeks in order to receive
the first stage of treatment, and to
ensure that my on-going regime was
est,ahUshed. Injected doses of mistletoe
were steadily increased until fevers
were induced, signalling tbe fact tbat
a strong immune response was
underway. As expected, they lessened
witb time.

Tt occurred to me that the overt
effects of mistletoe aren't really what we
would think of as 'side-efTects', This is
because instead of being harmful, they
are indicators of the bealing process. The
early fevers are one example, but so is
tbe temporary inflammation or redness
around the sites of tbe subcutaneous
injections. It is another sign that the
immune system is being alerted.
I only went to Park Attwood for the
mistletoe therapy, but what I discovered
waa an entire therapeutic system known
as AnthropoHophic Medicine. It includes
Art Therapy, and Eurhythmy which com-
prises a series of movements with each
step and gesture being linked to a sound.
Eurhythmy was something I had never
heard of, but the cumulative effect of the
sessions was surprisingly invigorating.
Tbe rhythmical massage therapy was
botb reviving and relaxing. Various com-
presses administered by tbe nurses were
soothing and comforting. Indeed, there
was an overall sense of being nurtured
within the caring atmosphere: how
refreshing it is to know that clinics don't
have to be clinical!

The experience sei-ved as a boost to
my weilbeing. After three weeks I went
home, hut made regular return trips for
injection.'* near the breast tumour which I
could not self-administer. I continued
self-injecting at home in more general
areas, such as my tuinmy or thigh. Being
subcutaneous, there was no need to seek
out veins, but courage failed me anyway
and I eventually sougbt the help of a
kind-hearted local nurse.

1 also used diet to hack my treat-
ments and this included short-grain
brown rice and freshly made carrot and
vegetable juices, all organic, I also took
various natural food supplements.
As autumn progressed, results were
encouraging but not as dramatic as I had
secretly hoped. The tumour shrank a
little, and the swollen lymph node under

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