The Truth About Chemotherapy – History, Effects and Natural Alternatives

The Truth About Chemotherapy

By Ty Bollinger

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Treating cancer is BIG business. In fact, each year in the USA, allopathic (conventional) cancer treatments generate over $200 billion in revenue. Despite this, cancer is still the #2 leading cause of death in the United States and Great Britain, and the #1 leading cause of death in Canada and Australia. Experts believe these statistics are only going to worsen.

So how can we stop 14 million people every year from being diagnosed? How can we prevent 8 million unnecessary deaths?

The truth is, cancer odds can be beaten. This article is going to change how you think about this devastating disease.

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Big Pharma, physicians, and others involved in the “Cancer Industry” profit heavily each time a cancer patient submits to the conventional “Big 3” treatment model, involving 1) cutting out essential body parts via surgical intervention, 2) poisoning with chemotherapy, or 3) burning the body with ionizing radiation… or perhaps a barbaric combination of the three, hence the slang “cut, poison, burn.”

In this article, we’re going to focus solely on chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy was discovered during World War II when a ship carrying sulfur mustards – a nerve agent to be used in chemical warfare – was bombed and the troops on board were exposed to the chemical. Those men affected tested for depleted bone marrow and lymph systems – cells that naturally divide faster than other cells.  Scientists, at the time, wondered if mustard gas could be used in the treatment of cancer cells that also divide faster than normal cells in the human body.

The first versions of chemotherapy drugs were called “nitrogen mustards.” In 1942, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center secretly began treating breast cancer with these nitrogen mustards. No one was cured. Chemotherapy trials were also conducted at Yale University around 1943 where 160 patients were treated. Again, no one was cured. But, since chemotherapy shrunk the tumors, researchers were so excited that they proclaimed the chemotherapy trials to be a “success.”

Gradually, synthetic versions of the nitrogen mustards were developed, but they all had one common trait; they are unable to differentiate between “healthy” cells and “cancerous” cells. They kill everything. All the healthy cells (immune cells for example) that are naturally fast dividing are mowed down as surely as the fast-dividing cancer cells.

As an analogy, suppose you were to tell an exterminator that you have a termite infestation in your home. The exterminator, a professional whom you are entrusting, tells you that the best course of action would be to use a chemical which is known to eat away at both the wood and foundation of homes, as well as cause irreparable damage to furniture and windows. Would you do it?

The repercussions of chemotherapy on the human body are intense. Some people call them “side effects,” but the truth is they’re “direct effects.”

“As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.” ~ Alan Nixon, Ph.D, Past President of The American Chemical Society

The Truth About Chemotherapy

Most Common Direct Effects of Chemotherapy

Cognition is affected during chemotherapy. Many patients who have undergone this modality refer to it as “chemo brain” – difficulty with memory, basic thought processes, coordination and mood.

Peripheral neuropathy is tingling in the extremities and may be accompanied by general fatigue or weakness, shakiness, numbness, or pain. These symptoms also affect basic balance, reflexes, and coordination.

Xerostomia is extremely dry mouth and can lead to sores in the soft tissues, difficulty swallowing, and make you more prone to bleeding. Patients report that taste is also affected.

Nausea is one of the most common direct effects of chemotherapy.

Dehydration as a result of vomiting or diarrhea is a concern and drinking plenty of water is critical during chemotherapy treatment. Adequate hydration may ease symptoms of xerostomia and protect your kidneys (working hard to flush the chemo toxins from your body) as well.

Anemia occurs when your body can’t make enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry the oxygen to your tissues and lack of necessary oxygen results in fatigue, dizziness, inability to concentrate, feelings of being cold and overall weakness.

Neutropenia is what happens when your body doesn’t have enough white blood cells – the backbone of your immune system. This leaves you more susceptible to infection and reduces their ability to fight the residual cancer.

Thrombocytopenia is caused by a low platelet count. You need platelets for blood clotting and not enough means you are more likely to bruise or bleed.  This can cause issues with your menstruation, cause bleeding in your digestive tract that manifests in vomit or stools, and cause you to have nosebleeds.

Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle. This may cause irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) which can increase your risk of a heart event.

Alopecia will affect all the hair on your body and usually occurs quickly when this treatment is begun. Within several weeks after the conclusion of chemotherapy, the hair begins to grow back. Fingernails and toenails may change as well, either turning colors or becoming very brittle.

Skin Sensitivity is also common and patients report symptoms of irritation, itchiness, rashes, dryness, and burning more easily in the sun.

Infertility in both men and women can occur with chemotherapy; affecting hormones and sperm count. It may also wreak havoc on menstrual cycles, impact overall sex drive, and cause extreme vaginal dryness.  And sometimes it triggers  the onset of menopause.

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass. As you age, this is a natural occurrence (women are most at risk). Chemotherapy speeds up the process by lowering estrogen levels rapidly and weakening bone marrow.

As you can see, the impact of chemotherapy on the body can be brutal. It lays waste to your immune system, which is your first line of defense against cancer.

So, as a result, another direct effect of chemotherapy is … ironically … cancer. Yes, it’s printed right on the chemo drug warning labels — in small print, of course. For instance, Doxorubicin may increase your risk for developing leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells), especially when it is combined with other chemotherapy drugs and radiation.

“Doxorubicin may increase your risk for developing leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells), especially when it is given in high doses or together with certain other chemotherapy medications and radiation (x-ray) therapy… Doxorubicin may cause serious or life-threatening heart problems at any time during your treatment or months to years after your treatment has ended…”  

You can read the warning label here.

Another common drug, Cyclophosphamide, increases the risk of bladder cancer and ovarian cancer. And the list goes on and on…

So, if you go into a cancer treatment clinic with one type of cancer, and you allow yourself to be injected with chemotherapy, frequently a second type of cancer develops as a result. Your oncologist will often claim to have successfully treated your first cancer even while you develop a second or third cancer directly caused by the chemo used to treat the original cancer.

According to a study conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northern Sydney Cancer Centre and published in the December 2004 issue of Clinical Oncology, the actual impact of chemotherapy on a 5-year survival rate in American adults is a paltry 2.1%. ( See the chart below.

The Truth About Chemotherapy - Oncology Study - Chemo Success Rate 2.1 Percent

Dr. Hardin B. Jones (former professor of medical physics and physiology at the University of California, Berkeley) found that cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy actually died sooner than those who refused any treatment. In his study, he found that people who refused treatment lived for an average of 12 ½ years, whereas those who did chemotherapy (and other conventional treatments) lived only an average of 3 years.

I’ll bet you didn’t hear that on the nightly news!

Sadly, the truth is that many people who “die from cancer” really die from the conventional treatments long before they would have actually died from the cancer itself. To put it plainly, the treatment kills them before the cancer kills them. As a matter of fact, the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil “5-FU” is sometimes referred to by doctors as “5 feet under” because of its deadly side effects. Not to mention that a team of researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Harvard Medical School have linked 5-FU to a progressing collapse of populations of stem cells and their progeny in the central nervous system.

For most adult cancers, the typical best case scenario is that the “Big 3” treatment model buys a little time. In a worst case scenario, you will die from the treatment rather than the disease.

“Chemotherapy is an attempt to poison the body just short of death in the hope of killing the cancer before the entire body is killed. Most of the time it doesn’t work.” ~ Dr. John R. Lee, MD

For evidence-based information on preventing and treating cancer naturally, without the life-threatening risks and side-effects of pharmaceutical intervention, please visit Wake Up World’s cancer research page.

About the author:

Ty BollingerTy Bollinger is a CPA, health freedom advocate, cancer researcher, former competitive bodybuilder and author. After losing several family members to cancer, he refused to accept the notion that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery were the most effective treatments available for cancer patients. He began a quest to learn all he possibly could about alternative cancer treatments and the medical industry. What he uncovered was shocking. There is ample evidence to support the allegation that the “war on cancer” is largely a fraud and that multinational pharmaceutical companies are “running the show.” Ty has now made it his life mission to share the most remarkable discovery he made on his quest: the vast majority of all diseases, including cancer, can be easily prevented and even cured without drugs or surgery.

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  • This is scary stuff. Seeing it written makes it so real and I learned a few things as well. Never, never, never will I ever do chemo for any cancer diagnosis.

  • jane

    Perhaps he should do more research. Without chemo, I would have LOST several friends and family members. They combined chemo with natural and alternative medicine but no chemo at all is not always the answer. A CPA as a cancer expert? I’m not buying apples off of that cart…

    • Dana Tischler

      Sorry for your loses Jane….even with natural healing you have to know what to use.or that to can be ineffective..but chemo is defiantly a no no

  • Laurie

    The research has become his mission in life. He is a CPA, yes, his knowledge of cancer cures and the mis conception that chemo and radiation help cancer comes from experts in this field that he searches out and interviews for us to learn. Im glad chemo kept your family members alive and well, they are the exception to the rule and I hope they are all doing well for years to come. For me, my cancer and I went on the natural journey, and its working very well. I have an agressive lung cancer, well, had. I was diagnosed with SCLC almost a year ago, and I am living well with my natural approach, and my spiritual approach…Ty is an amazing person, and very dedicated to this as he lost many family members to cancer treatments.

    • JoAnne Bickel-Custer

      Hello Laurie – I have NSCLC but would love to know what natural remedies you used and in what amounts? Right now I am using 15 drops of CBD oil, 4 oz of liquid oxygen, 1 apricot kernel (will slowly increase). I tried Chaga tincture but got nervous when it made my mouth numb with one drop LOL! Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

  • James Peters

    Across all types and stages of cancer then 50% will survive for 10 years or longer

    You can read more about the study cited here

  • James Peters

    Across all types and stages of cancer then 50% will survive for 10 years or longer

    You can read more about the study cited here

  • Buffet

    Thanks for a very informative article.

  • Anna Kurtz

    Excellent information. Thank you.

  • Fiona Clark

    My Mum refused chemo and healed herself by changing to an even more holistic life style, certain herbs, meditation etc. That was back in the 70’s. Her Dr was blown away as it was a very aggressive cancer and she nearly lost her leg and died twice during surgery. She was totally determined and still is. State of mind must have a lot to do with it too. She is humble and loving . She’s like an Earth Angel.