***Please make sure to read the UPDATE at the bottom of the article!***
For the last three years, my mother has been suffering with a type of skin cancer called Basal Cell Carcinoma. This is the less aggressive form of skin cancer, deemed as non-life threatening by the medical industry, in contrast to the more malignant form of skin cancer known as Melanoma.
The basal cell first began as a small, red lesion on the crown of my mother’s head. It would start to bleed, then scab, then bleed again and scab some more.
The scab continued to grow, and over the course of three years it nearly quadrupled in size. Not only did it grow wider, but it grew higher as well. Unfortunately, it took this long before my mother finally decided to go to the doctor.
She was referred to a dermatologist by her GP. A biopsy was done and the lesion was confirmed as cancerous. At the initial consultation, the dermatologist said what every doctor says: “There is no cure for Basal Cell Carcinoma, but we can surgically remove it.”
He couldn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t return. Regardless, she scheduled an appointment to have it removed.
Not too long after the surgery, the basal cell returned — this time with a vengeance. It seemed to grow much quicker, and within two weeks after the surgery, the bleeding and scabbing was back again. It was extremely frustrating to witness this, and I truly felt powerless over the matter. I made the decision to go to the dermatologist with my mother on her next visit, and I was prepared to ask him a plethora of questions, my first being, “What the heck is this thing?”
That is when I learned the medical term for this type of skin cancer.
Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands
Equipped with the term ‘Basal Cell Carcinoma’ and Google, I researched everything I could about it, including natural treatments. I recalled reading some articles about how sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, has a high success rate with various types of cancers, so I looked into the topical use of baking soda on basal cells. Surprisingly, I found quite a few personal testimonies from people who had healed a basal cell completely, using just baking soda and water. Cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment, and that’s exactly what baking soda produces.
My mother had the basal cell removed surgically twice more before she finally let me try the baking soda treatment. And five weeks ago is when this treatment began.
I modified the concoction by using coconut oil instead of water, as raw organic coconut oil helps in the regeneration of skin cells. I mixed one part baking soda and one part coconut oil (a teaspoon of each) in a shot glass and stirred it up until it became a malleable paste, which is what I applied to the affected area. The results were truly astonishing.
Please keep in mind that, starting at an early age, my mother began to experience hair loss. However, her thin hair made it much easier to apply the treatment, and the effect of the treatment was more visible.
1) Feb 13 – Day 1: On the first night, after two applications during that day, the entire scab fell off on its own. The area was very tender, and the basal cell was revealed as a fleshy bulb of skin that would easily bleed when even minimal pressure was applied.
2) Feb 17 – Day 5: The basal cell started to shrink in size. The area around where the scab had been was all flaking, but the coconut oil was helping to clear all the dead skin away.
3) Feb 18 – Day 6: The basal cell had completely disappeared, and there was no more bleeding.
4) Feb 23 – Day 11: The skin where the basal cell had been was very tender, so we applied Polysporin at night to allow for healing and prevent infection.
5)Feb 26 – Day 14: The open wound where the basal cell had been was starting to get smaller.
6) March 2 – Day 18: The affected area began patching itself up, closing up the wound. The area was still very tender and sore, so we stopped using the baking soda and coconut oil and applied Polysporin instead.
7) Mar 6 – Day 22: The wound had closed up entirely. We thoroughly cleaned the area and gently picked away all the leftover dead skin.
8) March 6 – present: The skin surface has remained clear of the basal cell. For now I am still continuing to apply the baking soda and coconut oil EVERY DAY, along with apple cider vinegar soaked cotton pads that I place over the area to reach the basal cell root. My mother will be scheduling regular followups with her doctor, as well as another biopsy.
The Method I Used
- Raw organic coconut oil (the brand I used was Artisana)
- Aluminum-free baking soda (I purchased it at a holistic health food store
- A shot glass, to effectively stir the mixture within
- Something to stir the mixture with; I used the narrow handle of a small metal spoon
- Polysporin Triple 3 Antibiotics, or any other antibiotic ointment to apply at night
I stirred one part baking soda and one part coconut oil in a shot glass until it became a malleable paste that was easy to apply. It helped to apply a bit of warmth to melt the coconut oil faster, so I let the shot glass run under hot water for a bit.
Using the handle of the spoon that I stirred with, I applied the mixture to the affected area. I DID NOT RUB IT IN. Instead I gently slathered the area with the paste and let it remain there for as long as possible. Then I applied a shower cap to keep the treatment in place.
I aimed for three applications a day for the first week, and two for the second week moving forward, and made sure to properly clean the affected area before each application.
A basal cell has roots that reach much deeper into the skin than it appears — it is not just on the surface — and so I learned that it is important to continue using the treatment even when the skin has fully patched up.
What We All Learned From This Experience
Looking back at the start of this whole experience, I realize that I was just as skeptical as most people with regards to a successful treatment that costs only a few dollars, not to mention one that is sitting in my kitchen pantry! I completely understand why a simple solution like baking soda and coconut oil would be cast aside in favour of a more ‘sophisticated’ treatment.
While I am by no means completely against mainstream or allopathic medicine, it is my opinion that we have been heavily conditioned by the medical industry to believe that we have absolutely no power over our own physical and mental health, and that the solutions and cures to our ailments lie far beyond our reach; that only a large sum of money can buy a cure.
I can’t stress enough that this is simply untrue.
Throughout my mother’s healing, my whole family had experienced firsthand how effective an alternative treatment can be. Not only is it effective, but it is affordable, safe, and free of side effects. Needless to say, my family’s opinion on mainstream/allopathic medicine has shifted significantly.
My hope is that people who are going through a similar experience can come to understand that the power is in their hands to heal themselves. No one is going to spoon-feed us the truth about how we can heal using simple and affordable methods — especially not the medical industry. We must do our own research and reclaim our healing power.
****UPDATE July 5, 2014****
Hi everyone! I just wanted to update you all on what has been happening with my mother and the basal cell. As my article states and the pictures show, the entire skin surface did clear up by the beginning of March.
Sometime in April I accompanied my mother on a visit to her doctor in order to relay the details of this whole experience to her, and I brought pictures which documented the process. The doctor was very impressed at the response of the basal cell to the coconut oil and baking soda. But, to be safe, she referred my mother to a dermatologist (another one this time, who is apparently very good) for a more thorough assessment and biopsy. This appointment is scheduled for mid-July.
We stopped using the treatment in April — partly because we got extremely busy planning for a big trip in May, and partly because we were curious to see what would happen if we just left the affected area alone, without any treatment. The area stayed clear until the first week of June.
At the beginning of June we noticed the small lesion returning, in its usual place. We were on vacation at the time and waited until we returned to resume treatment. Toward the end of June we started applying the baking soda and coconut oil, with a cotton pad soaked in organic apple cider vinegar placed on top. Within only a day the skin started to clear up again. The scabbing fell away on the first day and within two days the area had patched itself up. We are continuing to use the treatment.
It is evident that the treatment is working on a surface level. The cancer seems to respond by shrinking away and clearing up. But basal cells have roots under the surface of the skin. We are trying to ascertain at this point whether the treatment will eventually eradicate the root of the basal cell if we keep using it, even when the skin surface is completely clear.
Another thing I must note, which I’m trying to get my mother to understand, is that the process of healing cancer is holistic, meaning it is not just a silver bullet solution that heals it (in this case a topical application). It is an amalgamation of different healing modalities which work to keep the body, mind, and spirit in a vibration that cancer can’t thrive in. This includes a healthy diet and lifestyle, the elimination of toxins from the body, a positive mindset, and the integration of other healing practices such as reiki, acupuncture, and yoga/meditation.
I have been hearing from other people’s personal experiences that taking certain vitamins and supplements was very helpful in combating their skin cancer, in conjunction with a topical application. It makes sense, since proper nutrition allows the body to heal itself. We are going to look into this for my mother.
I will once again make an update to this article upon receiving further information and results.
Thank you to everyone for your contribution and sharing your experiences. It’s nice to get a broad spectrum of perspectives on the matter.
Blessings, namaste, and much love,
While this worked for me, it may not work for everyone. This is not intended as medical advice; anyone who reads this takes full responsibility for their actions and neither myself nor Collective Evolution will be held liable for the statements made.
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