Today we’ll discuss the amazing story of how a woman cured her colon cancer using cannabis oil commonly called Rick Simpson Oil. This is the remarkable case of a South African woman who cured her colon cancer in less than two months using a tincture of marijuana.
Lindsey is from one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, South Africa. Situated at the confluence of two great oceans the toasty warm Indian Ocean and the frigid ice bath South Atlantic Ocean drawing currents off antarctica, which makes it one of the best surfing destinations on Earth.
Lindsey was diagnosed with colon cancer stage III, “with a spot on my liver” which would make it even a deadlier stage IV, on Sept 12, 2012. Colon cancer is one of the most lethal cancers to have and difficult to treat. The American Cancer Society mentions that:
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2015 are:
• 93,090 new cases of colon cancer
• 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer
Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%).[ref](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-key-statistics) 12/09/2015[/ref]
From the National Cancer Institute:
Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum.
Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth called a polyp, which may form on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. Some polyps become cancer over time. Finding and removing polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer. Deaths from colorectal cancer have decreased with the use of colonoscopies and fecal occult blood tests, which check for blood in the stool.
Anything that increases your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. Talk with your doctor if you think you may be at risk. Risk factors include the following:
– A family history of cancer of the colon or rectum.
– Certain hereditary conditions, such as familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC; Lynch Syndrome).
– A history of ulcerative colitis (ulcers in the lining of the large intestine) or Crohn disease.
– A personal history of polyps (small areas of bulging tissue) in the colon or rectum.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer:
– A change in bowel habits.
– Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool.
– Diarrhoea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty all the way.
– Stools that are narrower than usual.
– Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps.
– Weight loss for no known reason.
– Feeling very tired.
Other factors not mentioned are eating a high fibre diet and getting proper sunlight exposure are two factors that may decrease risk.
Stages of Colon Cancer
• After colon cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the colon or to other parts of the body.
• There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.
• Cancer may spread from where it began to other parts of the body.
• The following stages are used for colon cancer:
o Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)
o Stage I
o Stage II
o Stage III
o Stage IV
RISK INCREASES AS TUMOR INVADES
As you can see from above once the tumor starts growing through the mucosal layers and invades through the serosa and into the surrounding tissues, blood vessels, and lymph nodes, the possibility of a cure drops rather dramatically and death rates climb. For example, if you can discover a grade I tumor (usually by getting lucky since symptoms are very vague), it may be resected for a cure. This disease is high risk because often times there are no reliable symptoms to alert you until it’s too late and it had already spread.
ONE YEAR EARLIER
However, her problems really started about one year earlier when she presented with severe abdominal pain. She went to see her family doctor who initially thought it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with a prescription for antibiotics. However, it did not improve. She paid two more office visits. By the third visit they discovered she had an ovarian cyst and a torsion: a cyst on her ovary and the ovary itself which had twisted. This can be very painful and in her case warranted surgery for removal of the cyst and ovary.
She was scheduled for surgery to remove her ovary which they accomplished. After that, apparently things took a turn for the worse. While she was still under anesthesia they discovered something abnormal in her colon, a mass of some kind. But they didn’t explore it further for unknown reasons, and closed her back up rather than calling for a general surgeon. Adding more complications, post operatively they discovered that her colon and bladder had been punctured accidentally from the surgery. This can be deadly since the colon contains high numbers of bacteria that could easily take up residence in the peritoneal cavity, (the abdominal cavity), and multiply causing peritonitis, and sepsis (blood poisoning) as the bacteria invade the blood vessels from the peritoneum.
SECOND “EXPLORATORY” SURGERY
She was developing sepsis as her colon contents seeped into her abdomen. So they scheduled an emergency exploratory laparotomy to see what was happening inside.
Finally, after her surgery which required washing out her abdomen with antibacterial iodine tincture called Betadine, they discovered yet another problem. She had a mass in her colon consistent with colon cancer. This was removed and staged. They gave her the weekend off with plans to treat her colon cancer on Monday.
“I go back to hospital on Monday, they monitor me (I had some “mass” in my abdomen) they were worried about, two days later, they discharged me with an appointment to the oncology ward in a few weeks. The diagnosis – Stage 3 Colon Cancer. They had cut out a tumour in my colon, but it was in my nodes, and there was spot on my liver. Only course of action, 6 months of chemotherapy, once a week, for 30 weeks, and we see what happens from there.”
SIX MONTHS OF CHEMO, CANNABIS HELPS
So began her chemotherapy saga on the 14th of October 2011. She relates how the chemo wore her out and made her unbelievably sick as it “sucked the life out of me. Some friends brought over some weed to smoke which gave me an appetite for the first time while relieving my nausea.”
“I smoked some, it made things so much better, not only could I enjoy food again, I slept better, and generally felt a sense of well-being. I told my doctor about it and he said to take in as much as I can. He said he had done some research outside of his work, and believed in its healing properties, but was not in a position to give it to patients, or even to recommend it, but he was taking a chance with me because he could see I would get to the truth sooner or later.”
REPEAT CT SCAN
After 15 weeks of chemo a repeat CT scan showed a depressing event which is very common with colon cancer. She now had “spots” on her liver (four), kidney and gall bladder. These are ominous signs, because they can be from metastatic spread of the original tumor in the colon to destinations in other organs, the worst news one could receive. As you can see from above, stage IV is by definition the involvement of tumor in other areas away from the primary tumor. This leads to a sad 11% five-year survival.
However, it turns out that all of these new lesions were from the chemotherapy! So the chemo was evidently harming her while they were trying to cure her with it. However, she did have several metastatic lesions from before which were still there. At least it hadn’t accelerated like so many do.
STARTS RICK SIMPSON OIL
“The chemo was causing more harm than good.
That day I made life a changing decision (either way), I told the oncologist I want the chemo to stop and the remainder of my “treatment” to be an opportunity for me to heal myself holistically. She wasn’t happy but gave me an appointment for the 23rd May 2012. Saying they will still follow protocol and treat me even if I don’t take the chemo. I wondered whether she didn’t worry too much because she probably believed I wouldn’t be alive on the 23rd May.
Around that time I met some interesting people on facebook who had a lot to say about cannabis oil curing cancer, I did all the research I could do and could only come up with positive things about the plant. The testimonials of people who have been cured were incredible. I can’t mention names, but I wrote on the wall of one of the groups that are fighting to legalize cannabis, asking if anyone knew where I could get my hands on some cannabis oil. I already knew about the benefits while on chemo.
I managed to connect with some people who are taking the legal issue to parliament. These people knew some people who were growing the herb to heal people with cancer. I paid R7200.00 for 6 syringes for the full dose needed to ingest to kill the cancer, which was 6 syringes full. (Depending on the exchange rate, R7200 South African Rands = $900-1000 US Dollars.)
Cannabis is very strong and the idea is to build up the daily dose over time. One dose is a drop on your finger about the size of “half a grain of rice”. The syringe is the easiest way to store and produce one drop of oil at a time. I took all 6 syringes, which totalled 18 grams, in 46 days. Most people take about 90 days.”
Lindsey comments below on her “reversal” which was to reverse her colostomy.
28th March 2012:
“I’m at the hospital to see the oncologist and the surgeons who did my operation to ask for them to schedule my “reversal” Operation. I undergo a whole range of tests and scans and meet later in the afternoon with four doctors present.”
REPEAT CT SCAN REVEALS AMAZING DISAPPEARANCE OF TUMORS
There is no sign of any cancer in my body!
“What I have realised through this experience is only I am responsible for my health and it’s up to me to heal my body…no doctor can do that. And no one knows what’s best for me…but me!”
Lastly, I have to say that my cancer diagnosis was a true blessing …it facilitated a change within me on every level – emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually…it formed an unbreakable bond of love and support with my husband. I’ve become brave and confident in my own power to heal myself…and this is truly the biggest blessing…and I really want to help inspire others to do the same…
Ps: And the date of my reversal operation booked by the surgeon is 7th September 2012 (exactly a year to the day I was diagnosed – coincidence?)!
In summary, we have a female with stage IV colon cancer who was not able to continue her chemotherapy due to adverse reactions from it. She opts instead to use RSO and in about 6 weeks her metastatic lesions in her liver disappeared and her colon margins were free of tumor as well.
Chalk it up for another cure using marijuana (and possibly the effects of chemo). She also had completely changed her diet to include many supplements and increased her consumption of organic fruits and vegetables.