There have been lots of people interested in how my dad Robin is going in his battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with the rarest and most aggressive form of lung cancer early in April. He was a life long smoker. He had a 7.5cm tumour in the lower part of one lung. He was told his outlook was not good. His ability to take any form of treatment has been hampered by the fact that since dad was about 12 he has only had one kidney and in the last few years it has been a bit shakey. Dad was told that he would be given chemo in very light doses and some radiation treatment.
Anyway one of dad old mates, when he heard of dads plight, offered to give him some pills his company developed - a combination of a highly concentrated form of mussel oil and curcumin and piperine.
He said he had given them free to some of his close friends who had been diagnosed with cancer- and he told me "they are doing ok."
Clinical trials of curcumin are underway at Leicester university to look at ways to increase its efficacy. Piperine is considered to be one substance that allows the curcumin to have a better effect.
I told dad that there were no promises but he said that he was happy to give it ago.
Dads tumor has shrunk to nothing - the doctors have upped his treatments as he has responded so startlingly. He takes 23 pills a day. and has taken them since mid April.
He has been told that he has gone from being in the 90% of people who will die in a reasonably short time with this cancer to the 10% who will probably live for some time.
Anyway I think dads mate is a very smart man - self made , a pioneer in the seafood industry and he has a degree in physics.
So people have asked me just what dad has been taking . The pills are manufactured and marketed by Bio MER here in Christchurch.
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I think that my good mate may well be onto something. Time will tell. But I can say that dads recovery has surprised his doctors - astonished some in fact.
Dad is convinced the pills are a key factor in his recovery and I think he is right.