Shannon Norris, Kelowna BC

In February 2012, I was diagnosed with Colo-rectal cancer. My prognosis was dismal and I was in a state of disbelief and shock. My naturopath in Vancouver referred me to Dr. Garrett Swetlikoff (Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic).

From the moment I arrived at the Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic I felt assured, comfortable and safe. As time went on the Clinic became my sanctuary.
Dr. Swetlikoff reviewed all my test results and discussed in detail naturopathic treatment options for cancer. A treatment plan was formed, and while I waited for additional tests (scans etc.); I attended at the Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic for Vitamin C IV therapy twice a week. In addition to this, a series of tests were done, and the findings gave Dr. Swetlikoff the information he needed to make diet and supplement recommendations. I followed the diet plan very carefully.
When my CT and MRI results came in, the results of the treatment plan were obvious; the tumor was no longer visible.

It was a difficult decision, based on the scan results, to decide whether or not to proceed with surgery. In conjunction with Dr. Swetlikoff and my surgeon, we decided that surgery was my best option for a complete “cure”. In preparation for surgery Dr. Swetlikoff prescribed a regimen of supplements to be taken pre and post-surgery. I came through the surgery well. I healed quickly and, within two weeks after surgery I was walking ½ mile each day. Three weeks after surgery I was able to plant flowers in my garden.

Postoperative Pathology showed there wasn’t any spread to the 13 lymph nodes that were removed and consequently conventional treatment was not recommended. My most recent blood work came back with excellent results and no evidence of cancer.

My next series of tests (scopes, scans etc.) will be in June 2013. Dr. Swetlikoff and his team continue to monitor my well-being very closely and, as a precaution we continue with the Vitamin C IV treatments on a bi-monthly basis.

I am very grateful to Dr. Swetlikoff and his team for everything they are doing to support me through this challenging period in my life.

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    Other significant health threats that are often overlooked in a woman’s life are as follows:

    Heart disease:  most common cause of death in women, underdiagnosed because the public thinks it’s a man’s disease, often appears silently.

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    Autoimmune diseases:  3x as many women suffer with conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS etc. than men.

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