The sober look on the doctor’s face relays the dreadful news even before the words, “I’m sorry, but you have Cancer” ever leave his mouth. And to be hit with such a blow is everyone’s worst fear, as the modern-day disease is estimated to affect 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 2 men.
For reasons such as these and a strong intuition, Tom Arguello knew the conventional route to treat his diagnosed testis cancer was not for him. And because of this, he found strength to seek alternative form of treatment and heal himself through dietary and lifestyle change. Read for yourself his extraordinary journey, and become inspired by the positive attitude he adopted while dealing with and learning from his bout with Cancer.
Disclaimer: In no way is Tom’s first-hand account meant to treat or diagnose any disease. Instead, the information offered is to share one man’s experience of overcoming Cancer holistically so others may become better educated on alternative forms of treatment to heal from such a debilitating disease.
“I thank God that I got cancer.
It was two weeks before my 37th birthday that I (reluctantly) went to see a Urologist about an “abnormality” in one of my testicles. I first noticed it 9 months prior and like a typical male, I shrugged it off as a non-issue. As the weeks and months progressed, I noticed the size of the testicle increase and change in texture. It was now unusually firm. I had spent countless hours trolling every medical website in a desperate attempt to self-diagnose. As I searched every possible outcome, one was a constant and distinct possibility: cancer.
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Its a great city and a fantastic place to raise a family, but it has also been consistently ranked in the top 10 of the nation’s “fattest cities”. I used to fit into this paradigm perfectly, eating an unhealthy diet of Mexican food, fast food and binge drinking soda. At my heaviest, I weighed in at close to 220 lbs. I’m 5’7…you do the math. Did I know it was wrong at the time? Absolutely! Did I care? Maybe a little, but I was young. I was invincible. I had all the time in the world… or so I thought. What I failed to realize at the time is a little thing called consequence.
So there I sat nervously in the waiting room, desperately trying to convince myself that what I had was normal, probably some sort of infection that would go away with antibiotics. Upon a physical inspection, I began to come to the realization that things would not go my way. I could see it on the Dr’s face. He immediately sent me across the hall for an ultrasound. Still, I held the faintest hope that it could be something else, but soon that hope would be gone as well. The Doctor reviewed my ultrasound and immediately ordered a CT scan, blood-work and scheduled me for surgery. “Cancel your business trip”, he said. Wow. It was 5:00pm on a Friday afternoon. I was the very last patient in the office, and I just got the Cancer bomb dropped in my lap. Not the ideal way to start the weekend. I had now reached the lowest point of my life. I felt lost. I felt hopeless. I felt numb. I felt like a victim.
After my surgery, I went back to see the Doctor to go over the results of my pathology report. I was diagnosed with stage IB Seminoma Testicular Cancer. Still caught relatively early, but there were complications. The cancer had spread to the epididymis and there was “Vascular Invasion”, meaning a greater likelihood that the cancer would spread to other parts of the body. As he reviewed survival rates and treatment options with me, I felt uncomfortable with his “One size fits all” approach. The fact that all of this information was coming from some sort of medical reference on his laptop did nothing to put me at ease. I felt like a statistic and not a person. The next week, I went to see an Oncologist who reviewed my prognosis and then urged me to undergo a few rounds of chemotherapy so I could “Sleep good at night”. During this conversation, he also encouraged me to eat McDonald’s after chemotherapy if that sounded good to me. That was a huge red flag! So here I was, caught in the brutal grips of the thriving cancer industry and modern Western medicine. What choice did I have? This is what you have to do. There are no other options, right?
After speaking to my wife, I decided to go ahead with the chemotherapy. I was first sent to talk to a financial counselor who urged me to get as many chemotherapy sessions in as I possibly could before the new year, before my insurance deductibles reset and I would have to pay out of pocket. How could SHE know how many rounds of chemo I would need? She wasn’t a doctor! My next stop was back to the area of the office where they administered the chemo for an education class. The nurse proceeded to tell me every possible thing that could go wrong (loss of hair, loss of appetite, loss of feeling in fingertips, etc.) , and that I would most likely end up in the emergency room multiple times because chemotherapy lowers your white blood cell count, leaving your immunity shot. (Shields are down, Captain!) This was a classic case of the side effects being worse than the symptoms! I quickly decided against chemotherapy.
Tom’s Green Juice. Credit: Tom Arguello
So there I was, all alone. I had turned my back on conventional treatment. So how would I heal myself to ensure that the cancer was gone for good?It was at this point that I delved into research. For the next few weeks, I lived, ate and breathed anything and everything related to alternative cancer treatments. What I found was a treasure trove of information. Countless testimonies of people being healed of late-stage cancers by nutrition and other natural herbs and oils. I’ve always been something of a risk taker in life, and the thought of “sticking it to the man” appealed to me greatly. More importantly, during all this research I noticed that the cancer rates in this country had spiked to epidemic levels. Every day on social media sites, my news feed was inundated with people either getting cancer or knowing someone who had cancer. I knew at that point that I wanted to use my story to help people. I decided to forgo traditional cancer treatments and pursue natural cures because God forbid, if any of my friends or family ever got cancer, I wanted to be able to help them through it. More importantly, I wanted to show my kids that I could overcome adversity and do it my way.(Just like Ol’ blue eyes!)
So here’s how I did it: A raw food diet.
Every morning starts out with a glass of Kombucha. (Fermented tea with natural probiotics for digestive health because all disease starts in the gut). An hour later, I juiced copious amounts of organic vegetables and fruits. I typically drink anywhere from 20-48 ounces throughout the day. What kinds of fruit and vegetables do Ijuice? Lots of green, leafy vegetables like Kale and spinach. I also juice beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, parsley and Swiss Chard. I like to mix it up every day. I also drink alkaline water throughout the day. Raising your internal PH is vital because cancers thrive in an acidic environment so by increasing your internal PH, it makes it really hard for cancer to live in your body. Consuming organic vegetable and fruit juice also help to raise your PH level a great deal. Next, I take supplements. Tumeric and Garlic has been proven to be effective cancer fighters. I also take Moringa, which is also fantastic and loaded with key vitamins and minerals.
Now lets talk snacks. (One of my favorite subjects) I typically eat lots of raw nuts: Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, etc. I used to eat organic yogurt, but I realized that dairy can promote cancer so I cut that out as well. I have also dramatically reduced the amount of meat I consume. I have completely cut out red meat and only consume Atlantic, wild caught fish and some chicken. Exercise is also a crucial element of healing. As I recovered from surgery I began to take long walks outside. The fresh air and vitamin D in the sunlight are not only great for the soul, but they definitely do a body good. I also began doing muscle and strength training at my local gym.
Since my initial diagnosis I have had multiple clean blood tests that show that I no longer have cancer. I don’t like to use the word “remission” because that implies that it could come back. I am here to tell you that cancer CAN be beat naturally through a complete transformation of the mind, body and spirit! You truly have to change your life to overcome it. This means getting off processed foods and GMO’s. As a society, we often choose to take the easy way out. To me, chemotherapy seemed like taking the easy way out. I realized that surgery and chemo doesn’t really cure anything. You could cut off a tumor and have it grow back. What really needs to be addressed is the root cause of the problem: diet and lifestyle. The only cure for cancer is a lifelong dedication to clean eating and to health and wellness.
My life is forever changed for the better as a result of cancer. My family has also benefited a great deal from my lifestyle change. We have planted a large organic garden that we use for food and juicing. I also have a strong desire to give back and help people. I am now in the process of starting a non-profit organization that will provide real, organic food to people who either don’t have the access to, or the means to obtain it.
So yes, I thank God that I got cancer because it gave me the cosmic wake up call that I so desperately needed. I have transformed my life and now I’m in great shape and for the first time in my life I FEEL HEALTHY!
More importantly, my wife and I have made our ongoing health and wellness a family affair and our first priority. One of the most rewarding things about my entire ordeal is witnessing the transformation in our children. They no longer crave or ask for junk food! They love gardening and living a healthy lifestyle, and that is possibly the greatest gift I could ever give them.”
Tom’s story is shared to example that holistic healing from fearsome modern-day diseases – like Cancer – is possible. And individuals need not wait until they receive a crippling diagnosis, as their power to prevent and even reverse such illnesses lie predominantly in their dietary and lifestyle choices.
For anything to become manifest, it must have a cause or a source. Holistic, natural modalities work with every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit to clear any underlying reason which has resulted in illness; this is where Western medicine lacks. But if one becomes inspired enough to take action today, they need not worry about modern day diseases crippling their health tomorrow.
Written by: Amanda Froelich