My name is Dan, and I am a 64-year-old male. For the last several years, I have been 50 pounds overweight with high blood pressure that required daily medication. Over the past five years, I have had several painful episodes of gout in my feet, and repeatedly developed large kidney stones. Under anesthesia, I had four laser lithotripsy procedures to break them up. Those were relatively painless procedures, but the ureteral stents that followed were more excruciating than the stones. At one point, a stone that wasn’t moving created a serious kidney infection. I remember calling my wife from the urologist’s office to tell her I had to be hospitalized immediately. After my first words, she thought the call had been dropped because she didn’t hear me say anything else. In truth, I had stopped talking because I couldn’t say more without breaking down. The news was that shocking and frightening for me. I went into emergency surgery and was in the hospital for four days. I had pain, chills, vomiting and generally a miserable time. Later, the urologist said that I had been very close to going into sepsis, meaning that life-threatening toxins would have gotten into my blood stream and been very hard to treat.
On January 22, 2018, the urologist informed me that I had prostate cancer. I knew that he had been watching my climbing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores after each blood draw but had no idea it had gone that far. Although the cancer wasn’t advanced, he said, I had to do something – surgery to remove my prostate or a radiation treatment called “Cyberknife” – and I had to do it soon. My immediate future now involved talking to doctors in those two fields and deciding about which treatment, both with undesirable side effects, to undergo. What was happening to my body?
In 2010, I had retired from over thirty years in the Maryland education system and a job I loved. I was a high school crisis counselor and most days saw 20 to 30 kids. I frequently ran into former students in the community, and many told me what a difference I had made for them. Some even said I had saved their lives. I was reluctant to leave, but my wife had been offered a dream job (and a much higher salary) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so off we went to Memphis, TN.
At first, I thought I was adjusting to being retired and in the new (and very different) community, but I became increasingly unhappy. Although I saw a few private practice clients, I was constantly frustrated trying to find a new purpose, and thoroughly discouraged with my body and the extra pounds. I had initially been excited about writing a book about energy psychology and the dream of one day opening a holistic wellness center, but I quit writing and played video games for hours on end. I also started to drink more every day.
When the urologist gave me the cancer news, I was listening to him explain the options when an internal voice suddenly said, “What a beautiful opportunity this is”. What? Really? I realized right then that this cancer was doing me an incredible favor. It was my trumpet-blowing wake-up call to reclaim my body, my purpose, and my life. It was time to put my money where my mouth was and do for myself what I had done with many of my clients. I told the urologist that I was going to heal my cancer with different energy psychology techniques. He promptly looked at my wife, who thoroughly understood what I was saying and nodded in approval. He didn’t seem too thrilled with that declaration, but said I had six to eight weeks to “do my thing”. We agreed that I could retake the PSA test after that time, and if the results were improved, he would agree that no treatment was necessary. I also agreed to visit the doctors who would do the cancer treatments just in case I failed. Let the games begin!
I had another blood draw on March 20, 2018, and got the results one day later. My PSA score, the nurse reported, had gone down, and I no longer needed surgery or radiation. I had also lost 40 pounds and my blood pressure was no longer high. So, how did I do it? These are a few of the more important steps I took.
I used “muscle testing” every day to determine the best practices to reverse and heal the cancer. I believe that our bodies have a built-in intelligence that is as powerful as a super-computer, that their natural state is wellness and optimal health, and that they’re willing to communicate with us about how to achieve that. Sometimes that communication is through intuition and dreams, but it can also be accessed immediately using muscle testing. (I have a full description of how to muscle test on one of my blogs at www.danlohrman.com.) Every morning I muscle tested this question: “Do I have prostate cancer?”, and on day fourteen, my body said “No”.
I Loved My Cancer
What? I “loved” the evil disease that terrifies us and takes over our lives? Yes. Remember, I had realized that its presence created a fantastic opportunity to get my life back. How could I hate and fear something that was actually working in my best interests? What if those cells were calling the highest version of me to love and appreciate them, instead of my defeated self continuing to barrage them with anger, disappointment, frustration and disillusionment? So, I acknowledged, appreciated, and accepted those cells that were a part of my super-intelligent body. I did this through meditation and “heart-mind integration”. The process went like this: I meditated for twenty minutes using a mantra, then I repeated carefully chosen words very slowly, over and over, for another 15 minutes. I repeated: “happiness, celebration, appreciation, gratitude, compassion, inner peace, inner light, inner strength, finest prostate, finest blood pressure, finest body weight”. I did all of this twice daily. I first heard about this exercise from Gregg Braden’s Missing Links series on www.Gaia.com (S1; EP 11). He does a wonderful job explaining how all of this works. A shorter version of this practice comes from the HeartMath Institute (www.heartmath.org). They recommend sitting still, closing your eyes, taking a few strong inhales and exhales, touching your heart, and repeating these words for three minutes: appreciation, gratitude, compassion, and care.
Fasting, EFT, and a New Diet
I did four water fasts in which I drank only bottled purified water for five days at a time. This provided me with two benefits: rapid weight loss and the opportunity to resolve a lot of my negative emotions and feelings about myself. Fasting tends to bring these feelings to the surface very quickly. When they arose, I used an energy psychology technique to process them called the “The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)”. EFT is a form of Chinese “acupressure” that can be used as a “do it yourself” method for reducing physical pain and healing negative emotions. It involves tapping your fingers on different upper body parts while you say positive affirmations. Tapping for just five minutes at a time allowed me to quickly work through and eliminate the negative beliefs I had about myself, which in turn allowed me to reclaim my natural state of happiness, love and wellbeing. You can get more information on EFT (including a free EFT manual) at http://www.eftuniverse.com.
I also started the ketogenic diet between fasts, which kept me in a constant state of ketosis. This diet first caught my eye when I watched a video of neuroscientist Dr. Dom D’Agostino discussing how ketosis can starve cancer cells. He states that our bodies usual fuel of glucose feeds cancer cells and switching the body’s fuel to ketones will help starve them. In addition, ketones fight inflammation in the body. So, instead of a diet of meat, potatoes, chips, alcohol and sweets, I switched to the plan of 75% healthy fats, 20% proteins, and 5% carbohydrates. I now eat organic eggs, cheeses, low carb nuts, fish, poultry, and green vegetables cooked in ghee, avocado, or coconut oil. With fasting and my body using ketones to burn fat, I lost 40 pounds in about two months. To find out more about this diet, watch the YouTube video “Starving cancer: Dominic D’Agostino at TEDxTampaBay”.
Daily Exercise and Stretching
Although I did a moderate workout almost daily, I upped my game after the prostate cancer diagnosis. I spent 45 minutes in the morning on an elliptical machine and another 30 minutes on the treadmill before dinner. I also incorporated some yoga stretching and used a tennis ball to roll away the tension and aches on different parts of my body, especially my lower back and upper legs. It was uncomfortable at first but got easier each day and left my body more refreshed, relaxed and flexible. I also took a hot bath each morning before my workday.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
“NLP may be the most powerful vehicle for change in existence.”
Modern Psychology Magazine
There is a lot I could say about NLP and how much of a difference it has made over the years for my clients and now finally for myself. NLP is the study of how our minds work. NLP techniques give us access to our body’s innate intelligence quickly and easily, and allow us to create personal change in mere minutes. It’s like a very advanced form of muscle testing which I like to call “body talking” (not an NLP term). One of the basic principles of NLP is that everything that happens in our body, be it a headache, pain, anger, anxiety, depression, etc., has a well-meaning purpose. When you are willing to tune into that communication and discover the purpose, you get answers that will guide you back to your natural state of health and wellbeing. You can ask your body anything, and it will respond by giving you pictures, words, or feelings. Because I lean toward physical/auditory learning, my body uses feelings and words to communicate with me. My wife is a visual/auditory learner and she receives pictures and words in response to her questions. That internal voice at the urologist’s office and my insight into the purpose of my prostate cancer is my best example of how our super-intelligent bodies communicate with us. And, NLP is a highly effective tool for facilitating that communication. (More information on NLP can be found on the internet and YouTube.)
Thank you for letting me share my story with you. Being given a diagnosis of cancer started a wonderful eye-opening, life-changing experience for me and I hope my telling you about it has made a difference for you. I have gone back to writing my book on energy psychology and the techniques I described above. I’ll let you know when it’s finished! For now, I leave you with the words that are my guidelines for daily life: