My deeply Loved “Rosie”
My precious Rosie passed away on Feb. 1 of this year, at the all too young age of 18 years and one month, the equivalent of 126 human years, so I am told. Our new R.J., or Rosie Junior, is named after Rosie. He was given his name by my friend Ian. We both missed our little Rosie so much, that our hearts cried out for her precious, healing Spirit to live again. So our students traveled to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter to find another precious puppy to save and to love. They selected, with Ian’s approval, our wonderful new friend, “R.J.”
The first photo of little “R.J.” taken at the animal shelter. Ian, pictured left, is giving very careful consideration to his choice.
The tragedy of our unbearable loss was turned into the realization of salvation for a beautiful new love and a truly great joy.
And now, I wish to share with you another story that possesses a hidden dimension of deep and abiding Love and affection, together with the power of prayer to save life. This story is not about a pharmaceutical. It is a story about the Love of God. And it emanates from the small heart of little dog, rescued literally, on the road of life so very long ago – my little Rosie. read more
Sharing this takes some courage. But I know, within the heart of every creature created by our Lord, there dwells enough Love to light a dark night in the life of someone. And so, in honor of Rosie’s abiding Love, I share with you the following story of her salvation, and mine. There is, my friends, another reason, unknown to you until now, that Rosie lived for so very many years. And I feel that you need to know.
Rosie had cancer. I cannot express to you how heartbroken I was. And so I prayed for guidance. I prayed for anything that would help my deeply Loved little friend. Yes, I still needed her Love. And, I felt that it was not time for her to depart from me. And so I prayed. Yes, I tearfully prayed for a great love in my life, my little dog, my precious Rosie.
My last photo of precious Rosie.
The next day it was time for my annual physical examination. And during this, my wonderful physician of many years, whom I deeply admire, gave me a new prescription for a per-diabetic condition.
My cautionary statements in previous weblogs about Sugar, a type of carbohydrate, and other carbohydrates that come in a variety of forms including, complex carbohydrates and fiber, come from personal experience. If you monitor the amounts of carbohydrates you have throughout the day, optimal blood sugar levels can be achieved in part by controlling carbohydrate portions. read more
Upon leaving the examining room, my Doctor said something quite intriguing. After shutting the door, he cracked it opened again and softly said: “This drug has a beneficial side effect.” And then, he quietly closed the door and left, again. It was almost as if he was sharing a secret!
Rosie chaired the counseling department. She was a great listener and always agreeable. Well, maybe not always.
From all the commercials I have survived, I thought prescription drugs only had detrimental side effects! You know, the ads that leave you feeling so good you change the channel, and then forget what channel the movie was on – you take this product and your face falls off, you die but not before suffering and wondering about your ability to use sound judgement, you lose functionality of essentially all biological systems, nausea (always pleasant), vomiting, stomach upset, weakness, dizziness, seizures, etc, etc. But, hey, your skin looks great!
How about the one for “slow stream” that causes cancer. Or the arthritis drug Vioxx, that may have led to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market. The list just goes on and on and on.
Well, back to my story. I really did not think much about what my Doctor said, or the manner of opening the door again just to give me this message, until I arrived home. It was an intriguing comment, so I placed the name of the new prescription, Metformin, into a search engine. And the Doctor was so right. But more importantly to me, in that instant, I was jolted to an awareness that, perhaps, God was answering prayer, again.
So, then I typed in, “Metformin and Cancer”. So that you may become better informed, I suggest you do the same.
Well, you guessed it, it does not cause cancer, but on the contrary prevents and treats cancer. This is the beneficial side effect my Doctor was referring to. What a truly sad commentary that in this country, it is prescribed only for diabetic and per-diabetic conditions, although it has been well known to treat and prevent cancer.
Perhaps, there is just too much money to be made from the suffering of our fellow Americans. Perhaps, we are witness to one of the greatest sins against mankind. Perhaps. I, too, wonder if money is the root of all evil. And what are we witnessing?
Let me allow the miracle of Rosie’s life to shed a little light in a darkened corner of our recent history.
Rosie came into my life at the very moment I needed her – on the way to the funeral of my dear friend, John Hammons.
Metformin belongs to Biguanide class of anti-diabetic drugs and originates from the French lilac (Galega officinalis), a plant used in folk medicine for several centuries.
One of the oldest, cheapest, and most widely used diabetes drugs may be a promising new cancer treatment. In new research from the Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer patients who took the drug metformin survived longer than patients who did not take it.
The study is just one of dozens under way worldwide examining the drug – which costs just pennies a pill (editorial comment: “and may explain why is not widely known for cancer”) – as a treatment for breast, colon, prostate, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers. read more
So, yes, I decided to share my prescription with my Rosie. (I would have gladly given my little friend the rest of my time on this earth. Perhaps, that is another definition of Love.) And after two weeks, the large tumor on her shoulder simply fell off. My mouth fell open and I had to sit down. And, all of the other small tumors disappeared within another two weeks. I quietly said a prayer of Thanksgiving.
My Rosie continued her life on this earth for several more years. Then, one day, I just knew she was cured. She looked and acted really good. (The photo at the top, when Rosie was about 18 years of age, was taken about the time of this decision.) So I stopped sharing my Metformin. And, after a couple of months, she passed away.
I do deeply regret not following my early instincts and continuing the medication. But, in looking back, I now realize just how old she was. She had lived over eighteen years and I was truly privileged to share her Love for a long, long time. But most important, I believe through the Love and Compassion of God, I was given a long time to say goodbye.
By the way, on a follow up visit, and shortly after my decision to share my medication, I told my physician that I was sharing this miracle drug with my dog. He just stared at me for a long time (kind of goes with territory of knowing me), and then, recognizing the fact that she was near death, approved with a nod and knowing look. He acknowledged that he was not a veterinarian, but after much discussion, recognized the anti-cancer properties. He parted with, “Do what you think is in your heart”. I did.
The miracle of extending Rosie’s life brought back the memory of being with my Mother, Marie. She was rushed to Baylor hospital when I discovered her near death in 1981. She was admitted, on an emergency basis, for surgery and the surgeon told me just prior to the exploratory operation, “Son, you need to know that it is a 100% probability that she has cancer and that it is terminal”. Such were her symptoms. Her condition was that bad.
I have never prayed like I did on that dark night. During the surgery, I went before God on my knees in the small hospital Chapel. I begged Almighty God for more time to say goodbye. I still needed my precious Mother. I needed more time. And I begged for more. It was a very tearful two hours.
Following the operation, the surgeon looked stunned. As he approached me, I felt as though he should not have the look on his face that I saw. He smiled and then shared with me his astonishment that he could find absolutely no evidence of cancer or anything else. And once again, I felt the Loving Compassion of God in my life.
My Mother lived for another ten years. And I had the time I needed to say thank you and goodbye. And for that, I am to this day, tearfully grateful.
Yes, Love has been good to me.
I share these stories, and others, so that you may see there is more to this world than we will ever be capable of knowing. Throughout the world, in every walk of life, every faith, every religion, there are similar stories – very, very, many similar stories.
My friends, beneficial properties of this French flower, which possesses a beauty far beyond what we can see, need to be made readily available for the prevention and treatment of Cancer. Please visit with your own physician to discuss this. But prior to your visit, please do the research necessary for your discussion. Print copies of the information you wish to share.
Your Doctor is only human, and a very busy person. Believe it or not, he or she will love the personal interaction with you and the interest you take in such topics. He or she may very well not be that informed on this topic. The Physicians I have met in my life are truly dedicated to what they do. They have all proven to be caring and loving and have my deep admiration and sincere appreciation. And, by the way, they love to talk.
And I know you do too. (And so do your children.) So here is some basic information about a life saving, and beautiful flower:
Metformin originates from compounds derived from the French lilac (Galega officinalis). The plant has been used since the Middle Ages to relieve the symptoms of diabetes. Upon analysis, it turned out to contain compounds related to guanidine, a substance that decreases blood sugar by mechanisms including a decrease in insulin resistance.
According to the language of flowers, the lilac is often given as an expression of new love or young love. It is an emblem of the springtime of life. Perhaps, the meaning is deeper than we can see.
Metformin and cancer
The potential for application of metformin in oncology was first recognized in retrospective epidemiological studies of diabetic patients with cancer. Numerous observational studies reported decreased cancer incidence and cancer-related mortality in diabetics receiving standard doses of metformin. For example, Evans and colleagues reported a reduced risk of subsequent cancer diagnosis in diabetics receiving metformin (vs those patients not receiving the drug), with the protective effect increasing with greater metformin exposure. Additional studies examining all forms of cancer have reported reduced cancer risk in diabetics on metformin.
Currently, a number of clinical trials examining the use of metformin as a cancer therapy are underway including studies in prostate, breast, endometrial and pancreatic cancer patients. In fact, the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group has initiated a large phase III clinical trial examining the effect of metformin versus placebo in over 3,500 women with early stage breast cancer. Coupled with the implementation of new preclinical models, these clinical trials will be integral to the development and effective use of metformin as a potential anticancer therapy. Read more.
Mechanism of action in cancer
The anticancer effects of metformin are associated with both direct (insulin- independent) and indirect (insulin-dependent) actions of the drug. The indirect, insulin-dependent effects of metformin are mediated by the ability of AMPK to inhibit the transcription of key gluconeogenesis genes in the liver and stimulate glucose uptake in muscle, thus reducing fasting blood glucose and insulin.
The insulin-lowering effects of metformin may play a major role in anticancer activity since insulin has mitogenic and prosurvival effects and tumor cells often express high levels of the insulin receptor, indicating a potential sensitivity to the growth promoting effects of the hormone. Further, obesity and high insulin levels are adverse prognostic factors for a number of cancers particularly those of the breast, prostate and colon.
Consequently, metformin may diminish the negative effects of insulin on tumor development and growth. Metformin suppressed the stimulatory effects of obesity and hyperinsulinemia on lung tumor growth in mice by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering circulating insulin. In addition, metformin reduced circulating insulin levels by 22% and improved insulin sensitivity by 25% in non-diabetic women with breast cancer, highlighting the insulin-lowering effects of metformin as a potential mechanism of action in the treatment of breast cancer.
Conclusions and future work with
metformin in cancer
The clinical safety, well characterized pharmacodynamic profile, and low cost of metformin make it an ideal candidate for development as an anticancer agent. The recent convergence of epidemiologic, clinical and preclinical evidence supporting a potential anticancer effect of metformin has led to an explosion of interest in evaluating this agent in human cancer.
My friends, these stories
are not really about a pharmaceutical.
They are about answers to Prayer.
They are about something far more powerful –
the precious Love of God.
And my prayer for you is to go to our Father in Prayer.
Is more than Blessings be,
As I come to know
All hearts are one.
From Sacred Seed,
Warmed by the Sun’s Love,
When there is need.
May the Love of God
Abide with you
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