powerful testimonial tells how a woman used natural supplements
and diet to overcome her bout with colon cancer.
February 2, 2001, 8:41 pm
the letter I wrote NSP in 1996 about my mother, who is alive
and well and colon cancer free today.
address and phone number remain the same.
East, 1700 South
Provo, Utah 84606
may be one of the happiest women alive today, and I'm sure my
mother is, too. I asked my NSP Manager, Mariann Cade, how I
could thank everyone at Nature's Sunshine Products and get the
word out about the fantastic achievement we've seen in less
than six months. She told me to write you and to send the following
to the Sun Net Newsletter:
began with an insidiously steady weight loss, 34 pounds from
August 1995 to February 1996. My well-cushioned 78-year-old
mother, Ruth Hildebrand, insisted she preferred weighing less.
She regarded vitamins, minerals and herbals as "drugs" and refused
to take them, although she was accustomed to drinking the Nature's
Spring reverse osmosis filtered water (the only way Cleveland
water is potable).
the lower abdominal pain began; she refused to see a doctor
until it became excruciating. A CAT scan revealed a perforated
retroperitoneal abscess (a blown diverticulum, the natural outcome
of untreated diverticulitis) and she was admitted from the doctor's
office to a Cleveland hospital March 7, 1996 with a white count
of 25,000 and severe peritonitis. The nightmare had begun.
hospital is one of the finest in this country, yet its doctors
suffer from the usual allopathic medical delusion that "what
we say is the only right [answer]" so they kept her NPO and
on IV fluids and antibiotics six days until she was extremely
dehydrated. Then they operated, removed her entire descending
colon (the transverse and sigmoid were left intact for later
reconnection, a temporary colostomy) and sent it off to pathology
who pronounced it malignant.
was fitted with a subclavian feeding tube for parenteral "nutrition"
(the bare minimum of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in bottles
and bags needed to keep her alive), monitored for malnutrition
and our whole family was assaulted by oncologists. The nightmare
was well underway.
five phone calls from them in one day, I called the oncology
doctors a school of sharks a step away from feeding frenzy;
I'd met aluminum siding salesmen who were easier to get rid
of! They were selling chemotherapy! The emotionally loaded scare
words were unmistakable and peppered their sales presentation:
"only a six-week window of opportunity" existed until "possibility"
of "metastasization" became "probability." We were made to feel
as though we were trading our mother's life for our resistance
to their magic bullet.
were adamant; mother threw them out of her hospital room and
referred them back to me. I am a hard sell because I have watched
close friends die of lung, breast/bone and liver/pancreas cancer.
The element they held in common was not the cancer, but their
belief in the primacy of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy
over basic nutrition and health. A disease and medicine-centered
mind set is lethal.
internist "fired" us when we refused chemotherapy. Mother's
surgeon discharged her from the hospital because after three
weeks she was borderline malnourished and unable to eat the
hospital's visually attractive but thoroughly unpalatable food.
stomach was shrunken; we had to feed her five or six times a
day, or as often as she could eat. She had one major incision,
two drain wounds plus the colostomy. She was too weak to get
out of bed on her own. Within five days I was suffering from
on I asked my NSP Manager, Mariann Cade (who is also an NSP
District Manager) for help in filtering all the advice and suggestions
everyone offered. Mother needed a unified, coherent approach
to regaining health. Here's the "Nutritherapy" we devised:
generous scoop of SynerProTein went into her daily oatmeal and
soups (which were prepared by NSP Distributor and good friend
Flo Dyer, who deserves ten million gold stars for her help saving
my sanity in the face of five or six meals a day!). Family friends
were asked to prepare an "extra serving" of hearty soups, casseroles,
etc., to provide variety in mother's meals; it's amazing how
generously people respond when you just ask.
tablespoons of Vitamin C Ascorbates powder went into every juice
drink (fresh citrus, carrots and other vegetables; several juice
recipe books are available but carrot and citrus were mother's
favorites). She drank Aloe Vera and Liquid Chlorophyll. We alternated
NutriCalm and B Complex, MegaChel and Mineral Maintenance in
maximum doses and crushed the tablets for her (this made the
foods "look funny" but didn't overwhelm the taste).
nightmare was fading and mother's bowel reconnect was scheduled
for June 25, 1996; then it started again: A fever and chills,
the ER, more tests and another two weeks in the hospital because
proteus, the original peritonitis infection, was back in a rectal
fistula. This time, her stay was different; the surgeon wrote
mother's "Nutritherapy" and meals from home into her orders
and we remained in the health business.
no further complications, surgery was rescheduled for July 31.
One ominous "glitch" surfaced; the current CAT scans showed
"swelling of tissues in the left lower quadrant consistent with
continued tumor growth." Words to strike fear that are repeated
to the family verbatim to apprise us of the continued risk in
not opting for chemotherapy, a medical "cover yourself" maneuver.
had been using a "shotgun" approach to mother's nutrition and
felt fortunate that she accepted this much; she still refused
pills, tablets and capsules. We needed to defeat the proteus
and potential malignancy. Now we brought out the rifles: Goldenseal,
Echinacea and the Pau d'Arco Power Pack. She resisted; her daughters
(she includes Mariann Cade in that category, too) insisted.
Mother capitulated and the race entered the homestretch; we
had one month to win. It was rough.
surgeon's attitude had shifted to pessimistic; she was trying
to prepare us for a terminal illness. "No," I told her, "that's
not what will happen. When you go in to do the reconnect, you
will find no cancer, no infection; you'll remove the fistula,
reconnect her gut and she will heal perfectly!" I went home
and added AD-C, NutriCalm and more time release Vitamin C to
my own regimen. The medical pin-pricks continued to the last
moment; you should have seen the surgical release form mother
had to sign.
operated July 31 at 8:40 a.m. At 1:32 p.m. the surgeon walked
up to me in the waiting area; I stood to meet the news: "Well,
it was just what you ordered," she said. "No cancer, none; she's
absolutely clean. No infection, either, so we removed the fistula,
corrected some adhesions and reconnected her bowel. She's in
recovery and will be in her room in an hour and a half."
vitamins, minerals and herbs alone produce this miracle? Of
course not. God only knows the volume of prayers and declarations
of perfect healing offered by my mother and on her behalf. But
my husband and I have used Nature's Sunshine Products exclusively
since 1984 and will continue using them for the rest of our
lives and mother will, too. She will continue taking the Pau
d'Arco Power Pack another six months and will remain on Una
de Gato for six months after that. We'll continuously reevaluate
the approach to use.
toured the NSP production facility in 1985. As a former industrial
magazine editor, I toured several major pharmaceutical manufacturing
facilities and can verify that NSP's plant is their technical
and sanitary equivalent; take the tour, if you can.
yourself. Read everything you can to build your knowledge base.
Ask those who may know more. It's what you don't know that can
use this testimonial as you wish. If you have questions, I may
be reached at 216/291-9281 days and evening.
you Linda for this awesome testimonial!