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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     Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve.
    Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights….

    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

    Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. It can increase energy, memory, mood, reaction time and physical performance. It inhibits the brain chemical adenosine, which makes us sleepy and relaxed, but increases dopamine and norepinephrine, which are “feel good” chemicals. Caffeine stimulates fat burning and increases metabolism by 3-10 %. Consequently, it is found in all supplement “fat burners”.

    Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of getting some diseases. They are: type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, liver cirrhosis, depression, stroke and liver/colorectal/prostate and uterine cancers.

    Not all people do well with coffee. Some are allergic to the roasted bean, which can cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, headaches and just a sense of feeling unwell. Others, it may temporary raise blood pressure and heart rate, increase anxiety and restlessness and worsen insomnia. Coffee should not be drunk late at night and ideally, not when pregnant.

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine in it than lighter roasts. Drip coffee has more caffeine in it than espresso. Black coffee is best, minus the sugar, dairy products and flavorings.

    Buy high quality, fresh, organic whole beans when possible. Grind the beans before use. Like all things in life, moderation is best.

     

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