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January 2016

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Testing 1.. 2.. 3.

Yesterday I had a myriad of blood tests which prove once again that I am not only a human Guinea pig, but a human pincushion as well. Let’s just say the nurse wasn’t particularly gentle with her approach to collecting blood samples for analysis. I have these tests done every 3-6 months to keep an eye on various health markers so that I can keep on top of everything and maybe make some adjustments if I need to. Just some of the tests I have include:  Full Blood Count (FBC) Bone Profile C-reactive protein Renal function test Tricglycerices 25 hydroxy vitamin D I find that the C-reactive protein test is very important because on of the characteristics of cancer progression is that it goes hand in hand with systemic inflammation. There is a relationship between favourable readings from this test (low readings) and better cancer survival rates that we can see in the literature.  Here is an explanation of the validity of the test as summarised in the literature.  Elevated C-reactive protein in the diagnosis, prognosis, and cause of cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22035340 I should have the results in 4-5 days and then I will scrutinise them myself as I usually do rather than rely on the doctor’s typical non descriptive response of ‘oh yes, they’re fine’ or the familiar ‘no action needs to be taken’ response that means very little. Measures to simply avoid deficiency or serious complications are not always enough when you are aiming for optimal health which is why I have my own targets for these measurements.  Among these tests I had an ECG which I don’t have very often but I do believe it is important, particularly as I play around with my sodium, potassium, and magnesium ratios which can all effect heart rate and blood pressure differently…

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Week 1 of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy means the delivery of oxygen under pressure at different ‘depths’ or ‘atmospheres’. People use HBOT for a number of reasons to help with neurological conditions, cancer, diabetes, sports injuries, tinnitus, stubborn infections and ulcers. It can also speed up wound healing and recovery from radiotherapy damage. Under the right conditions, brain tumours don’t like oxygen. Typically for brain cancer patients an oncologist would only advise the treatment for radiation induced necrosis and you would most likely have to ask. Radiation necrosis can be a huge problem because it can cause a lot more mutations. I never had this problem thankfully but I would recommend HBOT to help treat any cancer. Regarding radiation necrosis: ‘In the clinical situation of a recurrent astrocytoma (postradiation therapy), radiation necrosis presents a diagnostic dilemma. Astrocytic tumours can mutate to the more malignant glioblastoma multiforme. Glioblastoma multiforme’s hallmark histology of pseudopalisading necrosis makes it difficult to differentiate radiation necrosis from recurrent astrocytoma using MRI.’ http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1157533-overview HBOT is also great for combatting extreme fatigue like ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The Oxygen Therapy Service I am using is provided by Hertfordshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. They can be found at http://www.hertsmstherapy.org.uk/ The chamber fits up to 7 people at a time. Cancer patients can get the treatment at a reduced fee by contacting Yes to Life at www.yestolife.org.uk As readers of this may be aware, I am aiming to get similar results to the encouraging animal studies using a restricted ketogenic diet and HBOT as a powerful synergistic treatment for cancer management. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0065522 I also draw inspiration from Ketopet. Dogs get even more brain tumours than humans so it is inspiring to see positive results from this treatment at the Ketopet Sanctuary. http://www.ketopetsanctuary.com/ Note: a lot of people take antioxidants during HBOT. DO NOT DO THIS!! Think about it, HBOT works,…

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Omega 3 experiment- the fishogenic diet

This was just a fun experiment because I get bored sometimes. I wanted to increase protein to see what happens. The end result is nothing much! These are typical readings for me but it’s interesting how eating more fish doesn’t change much compared to other sources of protein. I could eat half the amount in red meat and the effect on my blood glucose would be twice as much. That’s why I don’t eat much red meat and when I do it’s just lamb heart.  I would definitely recommend red meat on ketogenic diets, I just do this because of its easier to consistently stay in therapeutic ketosis for cancer management this way. Tomorrow I start hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I have my own diet protocol for that which is quite different but challenging to explain. It will be a whole lifestyle change starting tomorrow and not just diet related. Should be fun! I went for a long walk early this morning and then decided to eat a little bit differently to compare results with my normal diet (restricted protein, organ meats, fatty insects, no carbs). I quite enjoyed this as something simple and different to my usual routine. It does feel strange on my stomach having plant fibre again as opposed to animal fibre but I don’t mind too much. It’s tolerable.  For the experiment I increased meal frequency, protein intake with foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, and added some plant fibre-coconut flour, flaxseed, avocado. Today’s food experiment:  2 omega 3 enriched eggs, 50g ghee, 8g coconut flour- makes a coconut flour ‘bread’ 2 omega 3 enriched eggs, 50g ghee, 10g flaxseed- makes a flaxseed ‘bread’  1 avocado  (I can eat these now so I do occasionally. A great source of potassium to complement the magnesium supplementation) Macadamia…

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DHA- More important than ketones for brain cancer management?

What is DHA and why is it so important?DHA is Docosahexaenoic Acid. Its a bit of a mouthful so you can see why we just call it DHA! It is the preferred dietary n-3 Fatty Acid for the development of the brain and the retina. It is essential for brain maturation as we age and the literature shows that with neurological disease we see a significant decline in DHA in the brain compared with healthy brains.When we look closer at how DHA is so incredibly important in how our brains develop, it reminds me of the fact brain cancer is the biggest cancer killer of the under 40’s. I see a lot of children with brain tumours, particularly neuroblastoma. With this in mind I feel it would be irresponsible at best to not make dietary adjustments to optimise DHA intake while also monitoring vitamin D status in paediatric brain tumour patients, particularly as they’re brains are still developing. There is the possibility of, at the very least having neuroprotective benefits to combat neuroinflammation and perhaps the harsh treatments families may wish to pursue for their children. I have seen unequivocal evidence of the benefits using this kind of approach on children with neuroblastoma in the literature but it is not applied clinically. I believe this should be standard practice. The most interesting work I have seen with DHA has been observations of brain tissue in gliomas. Even though I was diagnosed with a high grade glioma, I assure you that I am not just being biased, I wanted to show that even in the worst case scenarios DHA has a profound impact on optimal neurological functioning. Is it as a cause or a consequence? I don’t know, all I can do is share the information and provoke discussion. Can we reverse…

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