Crowd source funding for study of Artemisinin in Bowel Cancer

Crowd funding – a new phenomenon or a new name for something else? – an innovative way to fund important research.

Amazing!! Amazing!!! Artemisinin is a chinese herb previously used to treat malaria but it seems to have anti-cancer properties. This research study is not being run by big pharma – but by proper doctors and funded by the great unwashed masses!!! It is trying to answer a very important question. I am a very naughty patient and started taking artemisinin 1gram daily in the summer – when I felt the recurrence of the lymph node in my neck. (You can buy almost anything on the internet – but of course I absolutely most definitely wouldn’t recommend that!!). My oncologist told me at the outset that this node was a sentinel for the primary – i.e if the primary is coming back the lymph node in my neck would show itself first. Instant panic and I formulated a new plan of attack – bump up the home remedies and redouble my efforts meditating. I don’t know what it means but the lymph node gradually disappeared – was it the artemisinin? Who knows – I am taking so many herbs…. This would be a phase 2 study looking to see if artemisinin has any beneficial effects on the course of disease in colon cancer patients. An amazing development if more studies like this are planned. 

So which song mentioning  herbs do these lyrics come from?

“Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.”

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam……..

I’ve never been a political animal really, but in my old age some things just don’t seem right.

Sir Richard Doll – he wanted to be a mathematician but got pushed into medicine and discovered the statistical relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. News normally travels fast – even without the internet but it didn’t just take years for his message to filter through – it took decades. “Stuff” goes viral on YouTube in minutes but an age elapsed before the first public information campaigns to tackle smoking. Even in the 50s the telephone, telegraph, telex and television could disseminate information pretty rapidly. So why did it take so long for the life saving message to get through – well it is due in part to sustained and orchestrated dirty tricks played by the tobacco companies to subvert the public health message..

The parallel today is that we face an equally dangerous public health issue  – that is the relationship between the SAD diet (Standard American /UK Diet) and ill health. A relationship which is ignored – partly or wholly due to pressure from the big food corps.

So here is a bit of information – it is a longish video – but very entertaining if you like medical jokes…

Alternatively if you like your meat – here is The Spam Song!

About Me and My Blog

Dear Reader,

Welcome to My Destiny Lies Before Me. Thank you for visiting. This blog is…. well I am not quite sure what it is yet or what it will become. Is it a journal? Or perhaps a way of reviewing the latest books, articles or diets? And, of course I want the blog to be fun!!

It is twenty months since I was given a diagnosis of inoperable metastatic adenocarcinoma of the small bowel.  Rare as hens teeth – there is no body of medical literature to direct my treatment. My tumour did show similarity to colorectal cancer so I was given chemotherapy best suited to the large bowel. I was treated really well and my lumps duly shrunk. Then came the difficult bit: “Watch and Wait” the NHS said after finishing eight cycles of chemotherapy. I prefer a more active approach – always have. After finishing chemotherapy I read many books. Reading, reading, searching and trawling through the immense internet and medical literature became an all-absorbing task. It became apparent to me that there is a massive literature on alternative treatments for cancer. The alternative press does not always have pure evidence based medicine at its disposal, often relying on smaller studies and anecdotal reports.

These four books I found truly inspirational:

Surviving “Terminal” Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won’t Tell You About – Ben Williams PhD

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer against all Odds – Kelly  Turner

Beyond the Magic Bullet, the Anti-Cancer Cocktail: A New Approach to Beating Cancer – Raymond Chang

Getting Well Again – O. Carl Simonton

A little bit about me: I am 51. I am a doctor. I qualified in 1991 from Oxford University. I was a General Practitioner until I took medical retirement. I am not currently licensed to practise. I am a Husband and a Dad. I live in Bristol UK. I love my God, my wife, my daughters, my family and friends. I love hill walking, cinema, reading science fiction and fantasy, beach life, Doc Martens, cooking. Also Marvel – particularly the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange and Iron Man.

So let’s see! Who knows – anything could happen in the next half hour!