Looking at my diary, I saw that Pauline Summers had booked in for a consultation. The name seemed familiar, but I could not place her. When I looked at her file I knew why. It had been nearly four years since I had last seen her. At the time, she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. She began to follow my recommendations but had given up after three appointments and I had not heard from her since. I was interested to hear what she was doing since I had last seen her. It soon became clear.
“It was all far too difficult. I couldn’t stick to your diet recommendations of no sugar and low starch, and I couldn’t give up many of the convenience foods that I love (sandwiches for lunch, ready-made desserts and diet coke). I didn’t have time to do the detoxing and I hated taking so many supplements (only about seven). On top of that, it was all too expensive.”
I asked her what she had been doing in the meantime.
“I went to Mexico and spent two weeks there which was alright, but I didn’t much like the food and then once I got home, it was just too difficult to stick to. Then I went to a Gerson clinic but felt awful. I have tried mistletoe therapy but hate the injections. I’ve been to other clinics, mostly in Germany and one in Istanbul, but they mostly insisted on chemotherapy and I refuse to do that, and the cost was high.”
And so it went on. In effect, Pauline had spent nearly four years travelling thousands of miles chasing various clinics and practitioners, in a variety of countries, looking for help in the form of a magic bullet that would cost next to nothing, with minimal demands on her time or changes to her diet and lifestyle. She basically wanted to continue living in the same way that led her to cancer in the first place. She found these other clinics and programmes a lot more expensive and demanding than my protocol.
She was now back to see me and insisting that this time she would stick to the plan.
“The other clinics had a lot in common, and I have to recognise that I do need to make an effort to change if I want to get well. I also realise now that it is a lot cheaper to stay close to home with easy access to a practitioner and the supplements that I need and also a support group. And your way does make sense.”
I have encountered this scenario with various clients many times over the last forty years or more. One client in Sydney left my practice after coming to see me because of candidiasis and was heard saying as she left, “I’m going to find a different practitioner, one who doesn’t say I have to give up sugar, bread, wine and cheese and use a propolis douche.” Again, I was hardly surprised when she came back a year later with the same problem, but this time willing to follow the suggestions she was given.
I talked further with Pauline. I was saddened, but hardly surprised to learn that her cancer had spread. It is always easier to help people in the earlier stage of a problem. Now she presented a greater challenge to me and to herself. After advising her on the various courses of action she might consider following elsewhere, most of which she refused, I started her on a basic protocol. I advised her to make regular contact with me any time she had a problem with anything I had advised and made a note in my file to contact her at regular intervals to try to keep her on track.
As the weeks went by, I was interested and pleased to find out that this time she was sticking to the protocol and was gradually beginning to feel better. The better she felt, the more confident she became and the more enthusiastic she was about what she was doing. This created a hopeful situation for both of us.