Linda is a Life and Wellness Coach, and founder of the Kawartha Holistic Health Network, and the Peterborough Wellness Expo, Linda Devine.
Linda has such an incredible story to tell us. I love this story, because it fills me with hope for the future, for women and for their daughters all over the world.
I think it is so important for people to know the truth, which is why I am motivated to share my story. In June of 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to a doctor and he found a tiny lump. They decided to do a mammogram, which didn’t thrill me, but I agreed. In the mammogram they did see something, so they did an ultrasound and then the doctor confirmed that it was definitely cancer. He recommended surgery and then radiation. I asked him then about natural therapies and he just kind of laughed at me.
I was so scared that I honestly didn’t know what to do. I think it was worse because of their attitude. To them it was just routine and not a big deal. I got the feeling that I was just a number, not really a person, you know? Their bedside manner was absolutely horrendous.
The physician made an appointment for me to see an oncologist and immediately scheduled the surgery and radiation. When I left that office, I was in such a stupor that I was just beside myself. The very first thing I thought was: ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die, I’m going to die.’
When I really started to think about it though, I thought: ‘Its only a little lump. They caught it really early so maybe they can just remove the whole thing and it will be gone.’
I don’t believe in the cut and burn thing, that’s just not me. Here I was advocating natural health and yet I was considering having this done? Then I kind of got my head back and I decided: ‘No, I’m not doing it.’
I talked to them about my choice and they tried to talk me out of it. Basically my doctor fired me.
When I was diagnosed, at that very first appointment, they were already booking surgery and radiation. I was in shock. I didn’t have time to even think about it. The doctor told me that if he hadn’t been so busy, they would have done it that day. It seems that they don’t even want to give you a chance to think. Thank goodness I had that time because my appointment wasn’t scheduled for another week.
After the doctor’s visit, I knew I couldn’t drive home because I was just too shaken up. I walked home instead and in that walk I decided: ‘I’m not doing surgery, I’m not doing radiation.’ My body just told me: ‘No, it’s the wrong thing to do.’
It’s a horrible situation to find yourself in but once you get past that initial shock, you realize that you are the only person who can take responsibility for your own body, and it’s not up to them. You have to find out about what happens to your body and if you really listen to your body, you will know the right thing to do. All the research I did guided me to exactly what I needed to see, what I needed to read and where I needed to go.
I did some research around various diets and foods and what would be the best thing for me, again listening to my body. About six or eight months previous, I’d started doing some research on Macrobiotic eating and it’s funny how your body leads you to things like that. I thought there was obviously a reason why I was already led to that, so I did more research on Macrobiotics and it just felt like the right thing, so that’s what I did.
I was really, really strict on myself, which is difficult for me because I absolutely love bread; so, no wheat, no gluten, no yeast, nothing like that. That was tough but I did it.
As far as supplements, I took B17, which is Laetrile, for about six months. Every once in a while I think: ‘I am okay without it,’ and I’m just guided and just listen.
I also took Maitake mushrooms in capsule form, from New Chapters called Host Defense. It’s very difficult to get pure Maitake without anything else in it, so there are various other mushrooms in it as well.
I went to a Naturopath who recommended I take Zymactive, which is a proteolytic enzyme. He also suggested I read, How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine, by Dr. Michael Murray. It’s an excellent book so I would recommend that too.
I took extra Vitamin C to bowel tolerance, meaning I took a large enough dose to induce diarrhea, then I backed off a slight bit.
I was walking outside quite a bit for Vitamin D so I wasn’t taking supplements when I was outside. When I can’t get outside as much because of the winter weather, I take a Vitamin D oil supplement. I also take Omega 3, a really good multivitamin, Vitamin A and turmeric.
I did meditation and visualization. In one meditation I actually saw the cells being removed and I just observed instead of trying to control it in any way. I have meditated for years on and off now, every day for five to ten minutes so it’s easy to get into that mode of meditation. Even though, there’s angst and panic and fear, once you get into that meditative state, that all goes and you can focus on what’s in there and what you need to do. You can visualize where the cancer cells are, where the illness is and that’s how I guide people, to really just sit with it and be there, be there with whatever it is. Then you can guide your body to do whatever you need it to do.
Regarding nutrition, as I said the macrobiotic diet had shown itself to me so I followed its recommendations, including lots of sea vegetables. Basically the macrobiotic diet is grains, greens and beans; about 40 to 50% grains, about 40 to 50% green vegetables and 10 to 20% beans and other things that you can put into soup.
Miso soup is a big one on the list so I eat it almost every day. The broth is made with fermented organic soybeans and full of beneficial bacteria, which are very important for immunity. Then organic tofu and nourishing strips of Kombu or another sea vegetable are added.
The macrobiotic diet is based on the climate you live in. In our North American climate, leafy greens that point towards the sun are really good for our bodies because we are pulling that energy from the sun. Grains are more nourishing and less troublesome than nightshade vegetables: potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. So about half of your intake is whole grains and half vegetables and local fruit and things that grow in this North American climate. That means Swiss chard, kale, spinach, cabbage, apples and carrots. In your climate, it may mean something completely different.
I stopped eating bananas even though they are so rich in potassium. To bring things in that are grown in a completely different climate doesn’t gel with our bodies’ needs.
The way you cook is also important. Macrobiotics includes lots of chopping and cutting. It considers your frame of mind when you are preparing meals.
It also takes into account the yin and yang energy, which depends on what type of food it is and what kind of energy you need to cure the illness you have.
It’s really, really important to stay as positive as you can. This isn’t easy because you are scared and you hope you are doing the right thing but you also may have doubts about what you are doing. The key is to use your inner strength to hold that positive state.
Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people helps as well. If you’ve got a friend that is rather negative, just remove yourself from that person for a while. Stay away from negative TV shows.
Just focus on yourself, you really need to do that.
I know my cancer is gone because I feel it and I confirmed it with a thermograph exam. In only ten months, I cured my own breast cancer and brought myself back to an excellent state of health and I feel great as well.
I am confident that natural therapies work and I think a lot of people are not quite that confident yet. I know people who believe in natural therapies, then they are diagnosed with a life threatening illness and they let their doctor talk them into conventional treatments. I’ve seen people die from it. For example, I know a man who developed pancreatic cancer and he agreed to surgery. Afterward it just spread through his whole body.
It doesn’t make sense to me, to expose someone to something that is detrimental to their health, when they are already sick. Why would you do that? That doesn’t make any sense. It is just heart wrenching when I hear about these things happening to people.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer do research, for your own good, do research.
Stay as positive as you possibly can. I know it’s hard, but very important, so stay as positive as you possibly can. Once you pass the initial shock, it gets a little easier and a little easier.
Find a support system. I met some awesome friends who I could talk to, cry on their shoulder and vent to when I needed.
Have faith. Whether you call it God or the Creator or something different, there is a higher power out there, so have faith. It’s not meant to be, for you to be sick. Everyone is meant to be healthy but we need to learn to take responsibility for our health. If you just allow others to do it to you, and follow their advice, that’s not necessarily the best thing for your body. You have a chance to control your health and your future.
If you are someone who is worried about cancer, and you have not been diagnosed, then meditate and really get into that space and ask: ‘Is there anything I should be concerned about, anything that I need to take care of?’ You will be guided to the right trail.
Some people believe that macrobiotic cooking is not the right way, because they believe in a raw food diet. That’s okay, for some people it’s the way to go. The macrobiotic diet is not the answer for everyone but it’s certainly healthier than the diet most people are eating and it’s providing their body with the nutrients they need. There are many other things out there that are equally as good but this is what suited me.
Taking away all that junk food is the primary problem and what people need to do. Stop going to fast food places. You know you’re eating burgers with ‘heaven only knows what’s in them,’ and French-fries, and bags of potato chips. That’s garbage for your body. It’s horrible stuff. You are filling your body with chemicals and transfigured, damaged fats and depriving your body of the nutrients it needs for protection. That’s the main problem.
Adding sea vegetables provides a rich pool of nutrients. There is one dish that I make with Daikon radish. I grate Daikon radish and a whole carrot and boil that with one umeboshi plum, chopped in little pieces. I add small pieces of Nori, the seaweed used to wrap sushi. It’s like a soup and it’s really good for reducing tumor growth and so many other things.
When you start eating healthy, you will find that healthy foods do so many good things for your body, not just one thing. You have so much more energy and clarity too.
I also used whey protein to help my liver manufacture glutathione, an important antioxidant and cell protector. The macrobiotic diet is a kind of cleanse in itself, but I started on an Isagenix program of shakes with whey protein. The whey protein in their products is not denatured and it hasn’t been exposed to any pesticides or any kind of pharmaceuticals. The whey comes from cows in New Zealand, who aren’t exposed to pesticides or injected with hormones. It’s the purest form of whey protein that you can possibly get and that’s what I’m looking for. They also have a product called Ionic Supreme that has about 200 nutrients in it. I took a shot of that every day for a couple of months. Some of these products are expensive but it’s your health, and when you are dealing with your health, it’s worth it.
Regarding thermograph scanning, it doesn’t harm in any way. The more we make people realize what the options are, what is available, that you don’t have to do the cut and burn, that its just not necessary; then we all can make intelligent decisions, based on what we know.
There’s a lot of information on the Internet, but I would caution people to not take everything seriously that you read on the Internet. Make sure you know what the source is and where it’s coming from, because anybody can write anything on the internet, so just be careful where its coming from.
Michio Kushi, Founder of the Kushi Institute, the world’s premier macrobiotic education centre, has written several books on macrobiotics and healing, which detail his experience with cancer and nutrition. There are lots of case studies in his books, that outline the treatment given to people with lung cancer — cured; people with liver cancer — cured; all kinds, skin cancer, and worse, much worse cases than what I’ve had.
So you know it can be done, absolutely, with no question. I think the most important thing for you to do is to listen to your body and take responsibility for it. That’s the biggest thing. It’s huge; because there are just too many people that go to their doctor and say I’m sick, fix me. Well, they are normal people just like we are and they don’t know what the cure for cancer is.
By Linda Devine
Conversation with Linda is an interview from www.IncredibleHealingJournals.com, where you can see, hear and read more true stories of how people have completely cured themselves of ‘incurable’ diseases!