Delina's Recovery from Breast Cancer

Updated: Jan 24

Delina Yuill was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2017. After much research, as well as trial and error, she found the right combination of treatments to heal herself naturally and since March of 2019 has had multiple test results indicate that her body is clear of cancer.


Diagnosis

Delina Yuill had what she thought was a benign cyst in her breast for over two years before deciding it could be something more serious. A full cranial dental breast upper thermography exam in July 2017 confirmed her worst fears.

A thermography exam uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns in body tissue, which could be indicative of cancer. It is thought that since cancer cells multiply faster than healthy cells, they require more blood to grow. As the blood flow to the tumor increases, so does the temperature.

Delina’s 3cm lump contained blood vessels, so she knew it was a tumor and likely malignant. A follow-up ultrasound led to a biopsy, which resulted in her ER+/PR+, HER2- breast cancer diagnosis in November 2017 (1).



At this time, Delina was studying to become a holistic nutritionist. Her concurrent education provided the information she used to make an immediate decision regarding her treatment – she would use holistic/natural protocols to heal rather than allopathic cancer treatments. The process was not easy. It required a lot of research as well as trial and error.


August 2017

Delina’s thermography report also showed a direct connection between her breast and teeth.



She’d had five root canals to date and could see red lines directly connecting her teeth to her breasts. Concerned that the root canals were linked to the lump in her breast due to their being an ideal breeding ground for microbes (2), Delina followed up with a dentist to have her teeth removed. Before she was officially diagnosed with cancer, she had her teeth replaced with biocompatible, metal-free (to prevent heavy metal toxicity) zirconia tooth implants (3), which enabled her to address the source of repeated root canal infections and hopefully a connection to the lump in her breast.


November – December 2017

Initially, Delina followed very general recommendations to heal herself. She immediately implemented the following lifestyle changes:

  • A ketogenic diet;

  • Multiple whole food and mineral supplements, each with its own cancer healing properties;

  • Cannabis oil highly concentrated with THC (1 gram daily);

  • Coffee enemas;

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy 5 days per week; and

  • Intravenous Vitamin C treatments 2 days per week following hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

At the end of December 2017, Delina had blood work done to evaluate whether or not these lifestyle changes were having a meaningful impact. The results were difficult to digest. Absolutely nothing had changed, and one of her markers had gotten worse! Her liver enzyme was nearly 100, up from 9, indicating it couldn’t tolerate the high fat content of the ketogenic diet.


Delina did not give up! Instead, she pushed forward, determined to find the right lifestyle changes that would work for her.


January 2018

Delina made the following adjustments to her healing protocol:


Genetic Testing

Delina had genetic testing and reporting done through 23andMe and FoundMyFitness. From her customized DNA report she learned:

  • Her body does not digest Vitamin C very well;

  • She needs higher monounsaturated fats (and even saturated fats) than the average person;

  • She was low in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in oily fish. DHA supports brain function and eye health. It also may help reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases, including breast and other cancers (4);

  • Her melatonin was low; and

  • She has a gene variant that is a circadian mismatch. This means that that she is not supposed to eat after sundown (5). It also means that her breast cancer risk is higher than the average woman’s (6)(7).

Circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock controlled by the hypothalamus in your brain. A healthy circadian rhythm efficiently regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is important in determining the feeding and sleeping patterns of all living beings (8). A circadian mismatch is a conflict between a person’s natural circadian system and the external demands placed on it (9).


Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain that helps control the body’s daily sleep-wake cycles. Melatonin is regulated by the body’s circadian rhythm as well as the amount of light to which the body is exposed each day. Low melatonin can impact the body’s ability to sleep and get the appropriate amount of rest necessary for healing (10).


Ceased Some Existing Treatments and Supplements

  • Delina stopped using the IV Vitamin C and hyperbaric oxygen therapy since they were expensive and didn’t appear to be helping.

  • She also ceased using almost all of the supplements she’d been taking and began a new, customized supplement regimen based on monthly blood and organ tests. As her blood and organ results changed, so did her supplements. (Vitamin D, however, has remained a constant supplement throughout Delina’s healing process.)

  • She discontinued the coffee enemas, since they were not compatible with the NORI protocol (see below.)

Dietary Changes

Based on the results of her DNA report, Delina replaced the ketogenic diet with a combination of the NORI (Nutritional Oncology Research Institute) protocol and the antiangiogenic diet. She chose the NORI protocol to (i) slow tumor growth using a methionine restricted diet and (ii) trigger apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells using commonly available natural and nontoxic compounds (11).

Methionine is an essential amino acid that is found in foods containing animal protein. According to Daniel E. Epner, MD (Baylor College of Medicine), a methionine-restricted diet is well tolerated by normal, healthy cells in the body, but not cancer cells. Low to no levels of methionine may inhibit the growth of or cause the death of some cancers (12).

The antiangiogenic diet would help to prevent the formation of blood vessels that the cancerous tumors require to grow and would literally starved the tumor of its blood supply (13).


Dilena’s diet now consisted of low methionine fruit and vegetables in whole form (NOT juiced) with absolutely no animal proteins. She says that even though fruits contain a lot of sugar, they are healing and very easy for the body to digest. With less energy needed for digestion, the body can put more time and energy into healing, strengthening the immune system and addressing other imbalances. While fruits are controversial due to their high sugar content, according to NORI, the natural sugars found in fruit do not feed cancer cells and do not cause problems as long as fat intake remains low (14).


Finally, Delina restricted her food intake to daylight hours to address her circadian mismatch. She eats her meals within a 10-11 hour window and then fasts for the remaining 13-14 hours, a.k.a. intermittent fasting. The benefits of not eating at night include reducing the time and energy required for digestion, allowing the body to focus on healing, repair and growth while she is sleeping (15).


Cannabis Oil Modification

Delina switched from using a high THC cannabis oil to one that contained a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. Since beginning to use cannabis oil in November, she had learned that high levels of THC may make estrogen-dominant cancers grow (16), so she decided to reduce the level of THC going forward.

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two most prominent compounds found in Cannabis plants, which include both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana has a higher concentration of THC, which causes a euphoric effect, while hemp has a higher concentration of CBD. Both CBD and THC interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body. (17) Although they share many of the same medicinal benefits, there are a few differences so it’s important to research how each can help alleviate your specific ailment when using cannabis oil for medicinal purposes.


Body Detoxification

During her work in the Canadian military as an explosives technician, Delina was exposed to many toxic chemicals. In addition, she’d had many vaccines containing chemical adjuvants (18), used drugs while suffering from PTSD, and knew that her lifestyle hadn’t been as clean as it should be. To eliminate toxic chemicals and pathogens from her body, she used the following detoxification program:

  • Daily sauna set at 135 degrees for 40 minutes, causing the body to sweat, which aids in eliminating toxins;

  • Nightly bath soaking in magnesium salt, Epsom salt and baking powder;

  • Daily ozone therapy, which increases the amount of oxygen in the body through the introduction of ozone;

  • Bi-weekly colon hydrotherapy treatments, which consist of flushing warm water through the colon to remove waste, while rehydrating the bowels;

  • Use of an ionic footbath after each colon hydrotherapy session to restore energy while continuing the detoxification process;

  • Use of a Rife frequency machine to eliminate any harmful pathogenic organisms (e.g. fungi, bacteria, virus, parasite, amoeba, mold, etc.) from her body;

  • Followed Dr. Morse’s 14-week herbal detoxification and regeneration program to help detox every organ of the body; and

  • Used a homeopathic program for detoxing metals.

Mind Detoxification

In addition to physical detoxification, Delina needed to address the stress and emotions caused by PTSD from her time in the military. She began practicing yoga, meditation and visualization to detoxify her mind. Eventually, she took up Qigong. She continues to work on connecting with her intuition to read signs from her body as to what she needs to address, whether it be physical or mental, such as forgiveness.


Increased Melatonin Levels

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure during the day and complete darkness at night.”(19) In order to program her body to produce melatonin for sleep at the right time of the evening, Delina began ensuring she was getting enough exposure to daylight by:

  • Looking at sunlight (sun gazing) first thing in the morning to reset her circadian rhythm (20); and

  • No longer wearing sunglasses.

Exercise

Delina began rebounding 10-15 minutes daily to: (i) improve blood and lymph circulation, (ii) provide nutrients to her cells while removing toxins and other waste products, and (iii) strengthen her immune system.

Rebounding involves jumping on a rebounder, which is very similar to a mini-trampoline, but designed specifically for exercise. Repeatedly jumping up and down for 5-10 minutes at a time, at least 5-6 times per day improves both blood and lymph circulation, thereby strengthening the immune system (21).


Between January and June 2018, Delina’s blood work continued to fluctuate up and down. While she believed her protocol was “managing” the cancer, she knew it was not helping to reverse it.


SUMMER 2018

By June, Delina was confused as to why her results weren’t better. She decided to reevaluate her treatments, beginning with the cannabis oil, which she had tested. The results were shocking! The high quality cannabis oil, which cost $1,500 per month, was FAKE, containing less than 8% CBD and no THC!


Losing faith in all cannabis oil vendors, by August 2018 Delina learned how to make pure cannabis oil herself. She began purchasing 200 grams of raw cannabis monthly, from which she extracts a 30-day supply of oil. Once again she lowered the THC in her oil, this time to a 6:1 CBD to THC ratio, and ingested one gram daily underneath her tongue. (A month later, she reduced the THC levels even further to a 10:1 CBD to THC ratio.)


In addition, Delina began one of two black salve treatments. For the first treatment, she spent 13 days working with an experienced homeopathic practitioner, who taught her how to apply the black salve. The treatment included 7 days of applying the black salve ointment directly to the tumor spot on her breast and then 6 days of monitoring. A follow-up blood test showed her cancer markers decreased by 50% after the treatment. This was followed by another 7-day black salve treatment in October, after which a subsequent blood test showed another decrease in cancer markers.


LATE 2018 / EARLY 2019

As Delina continued her meticulous research, she incorporated even more lifestyle changes throughout the next six months:


Nullify Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposure

In order to reduce her daily EMF exposure, Delina began using some EMF devices sold by Alan Maher.

EMF exposure comes from a multitude of sources: cell phone towers, cell phones, laptops, wireless game controllers, wearable mini-computer watches, health fitness bands, wireless stereo systems, smart meters, bluetooth and any other type of wireless electrical traffic. While our bodies can eliminate some EMF exposure, too much causes a build-up in various muscles and organs. This build-up leads to inflammation, which is a medically recognized cause behind many ailments typically attributed to diet or aging. When it comes to cancer, low frequency EMF radiation is categorized as a class 2B possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (22).


Minimized Blue Light Exposure

Blue (wavelengths of) light are naturally occurring in sunlight and benefit the body by boosting attention, reaction times and mood during daylight. However, blue light exposure at nighttime (from energy-efficient lights and any electronics with screens) can be detrimental because it suppresses the secretion of melatonin, thereby affecting the body’s ability to sleep and get enough rest during the night (23).

In order to minimize exposure, especially after sundown, Delina did the following:

  • Replaced LED light bulbs with incandescent ones, since they are most similar to sunlight (24).

  • Began wearing blue light blocking glasses (blue blockers) when she’s inside, working on the computer, watching TV, or any other time she’s exposed to artificial blue light. During the day she wears 40% blue blockers. However, at night she wears 100% blue blockers to fully eliminate exposure to artificial light before going to bed. This prevents artificial light from interfering with her eye’s melatonin receptors (25).

  • Added locking devices to all of her computer and phone screens so she never looks at an LED screen with bare eyes.


Grounding

Grounding is the practice of connecting to and absorbing the negatively charged energy of the earth by direct physical contact (e.g. walking barefoot, sitting on the ground outside, etc.) to achieve energetic balance in our bodies (26).

Living in a 2nd and 3rd floor apartment, Delina rarely has direct contact with the earth. In order to rectify this, she began: (i) using a magnetic pad under her bed, (ii) sleeping with a grounding pillow, (iii) carrying around a personal grounding device in her purse so it’s always near her body and (iv) grounding while sun gazing every morning.


Results

While still present in Delina’s breast, the original breast cancer lump has changed and is now much softer and smaller than before. Since she refuses to do any invasive procedures, she relies on the combination of several different “alternative” health tests to monitor her progress.

  • Ultrasound: In March 2019 Delina’s follow up ultrasound results indicated that her breast lump now appears to be fibrocystic rather than cancer! However, the doctors stopped short of saying she was cancer-free, indicating that the only way to know for sure would be to undergo a follow-up biopsy, which Delina will not do since it’s invasive.

  • Thermography: As of July 2019, Delina’s thermography results have dropped 15 points, bringing her right breast within normal range and her left breast just outside of normal range.


  • Bloodwork: Delina has been carefully watching her liver and white blood cell counts, as any elevated numbers together would indicate suspected metastasis. To date, her numbers remain normal.

  • Navarro Urine Sample Test: The Navarro test is a check to let her know if any cancer is present in her body without indicating where the cancer actually is. Devina’s last Navarro test measured 53, just 3 points higher than the cancer threshold of 50. However, she was told that a slightly positive result is normal in people without cancer, so she is continuing to monitor.

Delina is incredibly happy with these results, especially since the original lump is still there. She’s been told that while the lump may never go away, at this time it is no longer considered cancerous. Her family practitioner even told her, "I don't know what you're doing, but keep doing it!"


An added benefit to her lifestyle changes is the reversal of Delina’s pre-diabetes. Prior to her breast cancer diagnosis, she had a 6.5 blood sugar level, but now it's been reduced to 4.8 in spite of consuming a high fruit diet!


Moving Forward

Although Delina is thrilled with these results, she is not complacent about her health. Even though her latest test results indicate she appears to be in the clear, Delina follows her intuition, which tells her to continue her healing protocol for at least another year. That being said, she has made the following tweaks to her wellness program:

  • Eats a more balanced whole food, organic diet, while still avoiding meat. Delina has completely given up all processed foods and only uses natural sugars (e.g. honey, maple syrup and dates.) She rarely eats out and makes everything from mayonnaise to salad dressing from scratch.

  • Decreased frequency of colon hydrotherapy treatments from bi-weekly to monthly;

  • Reduced cannabis oil CBD to THC ratio to 20:1 beginning in May;

  • Lowered cannabis oil dosage to 500 milligrams per day until she gets at least three clear ultrasounds;

  • Added the Wim Hoff method of breathing to help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system;

  • Decreased sauna, ozone and bath soaks to a 2-3 times per week rather than nightly and reintroduced coffee enemas to this routine.

  • After a second clear ultrasound, she will reduce the frequency of blood & organ testing to once every four months.

Delina will continue getting ultrasounds twice per year, thermography once or twice per year and a Navarro urine sample test once per year for the foreseeable future.



Key Learnings

Not All Cancer is the Same

While Delina addressed her cancer pretty quickly using lifestyle changes, she made it very clear that not all ER+/PR+ HER2- breast cancers are the same. What worked for Delina may not work for others, as each person’s body and cancer is unique. Delina says she would never recommend her specific protocol to anyone, because it was based on her unique body and situation. She believes, “Saying there’s a blanket cure for all cancers is wrong and dangerous.”


DNA Tests are Critical

Instead, Delina believes everyone should have their DNA tested and develop a bespoke healing protocol based on the test results. While there are many ways to heal, it’s important to find the right healing modalities for your body. Some known cancer-fighting supplements may not digest well in your body due to a DNA variant. According to Delina, “Without knowing individually what a person has in their DNA, how can we responsibly and reasonably guide people?” The most important thing is to find out and address the root cause of a person’s cancer and understand why their body is out of balance. The root cause will be different for everyone.


No Quick Fix

Delina believes her healing can be credited to the collective lifestyle changes she made rather than a single component. As she says, “I think the combination of detox and changing the terrain inside my body was key, along with paying attention to being human and connecting with the Earth which has been proven to be a huge antioxidant. We are all searching for the one quick fix and it's just not that way. It is readjusting someone's entire life to becoming human again... connecting with Mother Nature, mind body and soul.”


Always Question

Delina emphasizes the importance of always questioning. Looking back on her road to wellbeing, she constantly reevaluated her healing protocol and was never afraid to modify her treatment plan. She says if she hadn’t questioned and tested the cannabis oil, she would have assumed it to be ineffective, stopped it completely and shared incorrect information with others.


Be Hopeful

Delina believes everyone facing cancer deserves to have hope. As she says, “We've all grown up [to believe] cancer equals death, and that's just not the case. It's a process that can be reversed. We've never been taught that.” She believes cancer is the best thing that’s ever happened to her given all that it has taught her. She now realizes that she knows more about her body than anyone else, including her doctors and refers to cancer as her “profound teacher” that has taught her how to trust herself again.


Today, Delina lives a different life than she was living a few years ago – a life where she’s connected more deeply to both herself and a higher power. As she says, “When we resonate with our own information, it’s where we find our answers.”


Delina has since returned to school and is now taking her holistic nutrition studies in a new direction. She looks forward to giving hope to others as an oncology nutritionist when she graduates in December 2019.


Additional Resources

Delina's Journey to Wellness Facebook page

Dr. William Li, MD

Dr. Robert Morse

Heal Yourself with Sunlight

NORI

Root Canal Cover-Up

Endnotes

(1) Since Delina opted to use natural treatments, she never had a mastectomy and never learned what stage her breast cancer was. Staging is typically determined during the mastectomy procedure.

(2) Meinig, George E. Root Canal Cover-Up. Price Pottenger Nutrition, 2008. Book available here.

(3) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Be VERY Careful When Replacing Missing Teeth,” //www.mercola.com, (August 8, 2008). Full text available here.

(4) Marsha McCulloch, MS, RD, “12 Health Benefits of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid),” // www.healthline.com, (September 23, 2018). Full text available here.

(5) Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS, “Late Night Eating: The Modern Circadian Mismatch,” //www.drbubbs.com (June 9, 2017). Full text available here.

(6) He C, et al, “Circadian disrupting exposures and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis,” //www.pubmed.gov (September 27, 2014). Full text available here.

(7) Yang WS, et al, “Light exposure at night, sleep duration, melatonin, and breast cancer: a dose-response analysis of observational studies,” //www.pubmed.gov (July 2014). Full text available here.

(8) https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/what-circadian-rhythm

(9) https://www.minddisorders.com:Br-Del:Circadian-rhythm-sleep-disorder.html

(10) https://www.sleep.org/articles/melatonin/

(11) https://noriprotocol.com/nori-protocol/

(12) Daniel E. Epner, MD, “Can Dietary Methionine Restriction Increase the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy in Treatment of Advanced Cancer?” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 20, No. 5, (2001): 443S–449S. Full text available here.

(13) Daniel E. Epner, MD, “Can Dietary Methionine Restriction Increase the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy in Treatment of Advanced Cancer?” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 20, No. 5, (2001): 443S–449S. Full text available here.

(14) https://noriprotocol.com/nori-protocol/

(15) Hyman, Mark. Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss (New York: Atria Books, 2006), 104-105. Book available here.

(16) S. Takeda, I. Yamamoto, and K. Watanabe, “Modulation of Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol-Induced MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Growth by Cyclooxygenase and Aromatase.” //www.pubmed.gov (February 4, 2009). Full text available here.

(17) https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-vs-thc

(18) Megan Pond, “Adjuvants in Vaccines,” //www.westonaprice.org, (August 3, 2015). Full text available here.

(19) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Are There Benefits to Blue-Blocking Glasses?” //www.mercola.com, (August 11, 2016). Full text available here.

(20) https://earthclinic.com/remedies/sun-gazing-health-benefits/

(21) David Scrivens, “Rebounding: Good for the Lymph System,” Well Being Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3 (May/June 2008). Full text available here.

(22) Robert Baan, et al, “Carcinogenicity of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields,” The Lancett, Vol. 12, Issue 7, (July 1, 2011): 624-626. Full text available here.

(23) https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

(24) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Top 3 Dangers of LED Lights,” //www.mercola.com, (January 30, 2019). Full text available here.

(25) Alexandre Sasseville, et al, “Blue Blocker Glasses Impede the Capacity of Bright Light to Suppress Melatonin Production,” Journal of Pineal Research, Vol. 41, No. 1 (June 26, 2006): 73-78. Full text available here.

(26) Clint Ober, Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., and Martin Zucker, “Grounding the Human Body: The Healing Benefits of Earthing,” //www.chopra.com, (March 28, 2017). Full text available here.

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