Get Inspired: Unconventional Wisdom

Bucking conventional treatment, and beating cancer
By Cara Lucas

Jerry Brunetti is a cancer survivor, but he didn’t beat it traditionally. When diagnosed with life-threatening lymphoma, he took his health into his own hands and decided to forego the aggressive chemotherapy his doctor said was necessary to save his life. Instead, he educated himself in other healing methods and implemented a variety of natural, alternative therapies into his recovery process. By taking advantage of a wide variety of sources, this eco-consultant regained his health and, ultimately, his life.

You were diagnosed with lymphoma and given, at the minimum, 6 months to live. Upon your diagnosis, what went through your mind? Did you immediately start brainstorming ideas of how to beat it without conventional treatment?

I was given six months—two years if I didn’t do 30-plus chemo treatments of CHOP/MOP. Given that my variant of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is “incurable” (it usually comes back within 5-10 years if put into remission), I decided that taking the toxic “kool-aid” with all the attendant side effects wasn’t an option. I decided that cancer is a complex disorder requiring a “system approach” to fully reconcile the challenge, much like remediating a diseased farm or landscape. So, yes, I immediately began a quest to ascertain those modalities, foods, and supplements that could invigorate my immune system, arrest the inflammation, turn off the oncogenes, and detoxify my organs.

In what ways did you use food as your “medicine” in overcoming your cancer? What were the top foods that aided you specifically?

I made up a live, raw-food regimen. One part consisted of fresh-extracted juice of celery, beet, ginger, carrot, and cereal grass. The other was an animal-protein, fat smoothie consisting of raw milk, raw cream, kefir, egg yolks, coconut oil, flax oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Also, bone-broth soups with miso and vegetables.

What herbal extracts or supplements were useful to you?

Supplements consisted of food and digestive enzymes with meals; Vitamin D-3, 10,000 IU; and vitamin C “cocktails” intravenously, 1 to 2 times per week consisting of 100 grams ascorbate, glutathione, R-lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and methylcobalamin.

Aside from the black-and-white “tactical” approach you used in fighting cancer, did you employ any centering or calming techniques that were emotionally motivating in beating the disease?

Getting one’s head and heart in the “right” place is essential. Depression, resentment, bitterness, self-loathing, chronic pessimism, bad relationships, or soul-killing jobs are as important to remove (maybe more so) than tangible toxins.

What is your biggest piece of advice for individuals who have just been diagnosed with cancer? Where do they need to look first?

Hook up with “Hope!” For example, read the advice given by physicians interviewed in Suzanne Sommers’ book “Knockout.” Join the Life Extension Foundation, and utilize their physicians as advisors/counselors. Join the Weston A. Price Foundation, and educate yourself about the traditional foods and wisdom of indigenous people all around the globe! Subscribe to newsletters such as Dr. David Williams’ “Alternatives” and

Dr. Robert Rowan’s “Second Opinion.” Look for a good personal medical coach nearby who can treat you, guide you, and counsel you. Surround yourself with joy—people who love you and make you laugh. Get spiritually connected, be it a personal discipline, a cleric, a ritual, service, prayer, meditation—something beyond your “disease.”