My Complements to Traditional Treatment
I’m in the middle of having to make some big decisions on the route to my future treatment plan. I’m pretty much on point with what’s available to me from a clinical perspective, but I have yet until recently looked at what alternative options could be used. I wouldn’t say I’ve been radical with my choice of treatment, and after diagnosis, I opted to go for the BCG, which my urologist voiced as being tried and tested and has been around and used for decades! Unfortunately for me, over the 18 months that I’ve been using BCG, I’ve had several recurrences with tumors returning, so I decided that something must change, but nothing that was going to be too radical or invasive.
Deciding to try something new alongside BCG
I’ve always had quite a few family and friends commenting on other treatments that they believed I should be trying, and although they meant well, it was always frustrating to hear what they felt was best for me, when all I wanted was for my current choice of treatment to work. Looking at other treatment options can be quite a scary proposition, because do you stick with conventional treatments or go down the alternative treatment route or even a mixture of both? I’ve started doing a mixture of both and looked at alternative products that were naturally formed. I told myself when I was first treated for my bladder cancer that I would give my medical team a good chance to rid me of the cancer, but it’s not quite worked out the way I wanted. So, these are the complementary choices that I’ve made alongside my BCG treatment and why.
CBD oil and bladder cancer
The most commonly voiced alternative treatment being discussed with many of my friends and family was the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil. I was always very suspicious of the CBD, thinking it was just as good a case to get yourself high as it was to treat your ailment. So, I researched the CBD thoroughly to find out some of the facts. What I’ve learned is the extract CBD which, when taken from the hemp plant, does not include any of the THC, which is the extract that allows you to get high. The amount of THC that gets into the CBD extract after cultivation is hardly measurable at less than 0.03%. The CBD works by enabling your endocannabinoid system within your body to activate its own defense system. We have many thousands of endocannabinoid receptors within our body that allows the body to help fix itself naturally when CBD is introduced.1,2
Taking CBD oil after my latest recurrence
It’s quite important to state, however, that not all of us will react to this treatment, which in my knowledge is pretty much the same as some of the more commonly used clinical treatments out there! Understanding how the CBD worked was important for me, and finding the right source to obtain the CBD oil was also crucial. There are several differences to the CBD oil that can be purchased, from 3% to 30% in strength. The higher the strength, the more effective the CBD will be. I’ve started taking CBD after my latest recurrence in September 2018 and will continue until I go for my next cystoscopy in March 2019. I’ve heard many a story of how others have taken CBD with great outcomes, but I have yet to meet or talk to anyone specifically. If I am to be successful in my use of this substance, then you the reader will at least know someone who is bonafide and genuine that has tried this.
Growing up hearing about Irish Moss
I am also of Jamaican descent, and one of the most-used ingredients in the Caribbean, believed by many to help with the healing of several different ailments including cancers, is a natural product called ‘Irish Moss’. I’ve grown up knowing all about this product, but I never really took any notice because I never up until being diagnosed gave any significant thought about looking after the insides of my body. I must admit, however, that I’ve always been impressed with how a large percentage of the elderly in the Caribbean look strong and healthy, which by all accounts is down to natural product such as Irish Moss.
My research on Irish Moss to treat my cancer
So, as well as talking with others, I’ve done some research to find out more about its use. Irish Moss is a form of seaweed that grows on rocks in and around the islands of the Caribbean and can also be found in North America and parts of Europe. Its nutritional values act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agent, helping to get rid of infections, and it's a source of potassium chloride, which helps dissolve the build-up of inflammation in the mucous membranes.3 The mucous membranes line many tracts of the human body, including the urethra and urinary bladder, which became the main reason for me to start looking at using this to assist with my healing. In many cases, Irish Moss is boiled and taken in liquid form. You can also add other ingredients to help with the individual taste. As with the CBD, I’ve started taking Irish Moss and will continue to do so until my cystoscopy in March 2019.
Will they make a difference?
I am just as intrigued as some of you may be to learn if my additional use of these products will make any difference in my bladder cancer returning. I will be living testament to its effect on me and will obviously follow up sometime in March to discuss its outcome.
How are you raising bladder cancer awareness this month?