Just like food and supplements, treatment protocols are personal. If you’re waiting for every oncologist or MD in the country to endorse what you’re doing, or for a large body of double-blind studies to confirm the efficacy of every treatment, you’ll be waiting a long time — and sometimes time is not on your side.

I like to think I’m a healthy mix of skeptic, researcher, and optimist. And that is the mental cocktail I brought to each of the alternative (aka non-chemo) treatments I explored. You might not agree with some or any of them, and that’s ok. But I’m really happy with the treatment I’m getting, and if you or someone you love is desperate enough, you may be ready to take a chance on these, as well. And when your alternative is poisoning yourself with chemotherapy, a treatment that — in my case — has placebo-level efficacy, these treatments start to look extremely appealing. (Bonus: I get to keep my hair and not make myself sicker.)

And here’s the great thing: The treatments I’m getting are not just for people with cancer. They are excellent ways to constantly optimize your health and operate preventatively, as well.

These are the treatments I’m getting:


This sounds far more new age than it is. It’s actually all physics. I’m getting treatments at Quantum 360 in Malibu (their website doesn’t do it justice when it comes to explaining the science behind all the therapies, but if you want more info, just call and speak with their extraordinarily knowledgeable founder, Aaron, or their brilliant scientist, Justin (who cured his rare blood disorder with this technology), and they’ll do a far better job than me at explaining everything. [For those not on the West Coast, there is a clinic that uses some similar methods on Long island, the New York Center for Innovative Medicine. I haven’t been there, but a friend rid herself of Lyme’s disease thanks to them after battling it for 3 decades.]


Quantum 360 uses the Sensitiv Imago machine to scan your body and identify very specific imbalances in each part of your body (i.e. all the pathogens you’ve been exposed to, with a very precise number that indicates how acutely it is still affecting you). The scans are done using headphones, a heat sensor over your thyroid, and bare feet on metal pads. Doubters and skeptics do the scans and are shocked when it reveals ailments and diseases they have not told the practitioners about.

They also use other frequency machines like the Perl and M.O.P.A., as well as a Bemer chair, a HyperVibe, and a custom built hydrogen cloud/mineral room. Before you dismiss these as pseudo-science gimmicks, keep in mind this frequency technology was developed and used by the Russians for warfare and is the same technology believed to be used against the American diplomats in Cuba that fell ill due to “microwave-based weapons.” This technology can be used to harm or heal. Hang around there for a while and you’ll hear story after story from people who have shrunk tumors and cleared cancer and other chronic diseases using their many therapies — their stories are so incredible that some might call their healing a miracle; I call it under-utilized, remarkable science. It’s not cheap, but after a month of treatments and countless conversations with both practitioners and other patients, I do believe it’s effective.

You may be wondering why these “miracle” machines aren’t more widely used. To answer that, one has to look at some hard truths of the American medical system. (Ask Aaron to walk you through it; it’s enough to make you crazy and question everything.) Never underestimate that keeping people sick is big business. I know that sounds cynical, but after my experience and research, I do believe that our medical system is first and foremost a capitalist endeavor. And being healthy — if it doesn’t involve a lifetime on pharmaceuticals — is not a money-making venture.

Anyway, back to the positive stuff: I’ve been going 2x per week for the last month, and since my scans have improved so much (yay!) — including clearing pathogens in my uterus (which they believe were connected to the ovarian cancer) and a parasite in my liver which I never knew I had — I am now cutting back to once per week. Each session involves a repeat scan and several hours on their various machines (they change it up each time). Not only are my scans significantly better, but I feel better after each session. I will taper off my treatments to once per month and then once every 3-6 months indefinitely. I still plan to get monitored using blood tests, ultrasounds, and CT scans with my oncologist, but those have done a very poor job of catching things early so far and/or been very inconclusive. So these scans are an essential complement for me since I’d like to ideally catch imbalances and tumor growth before they are visible to the naked eye. Some of my “healthy” friends are planning to get scans here to monitor and optimize their health, and I’m going to take my mom there when she visits.

Explaining the physics that powers these treatments is beyond my scientific pay-grade, but contact the clinic and they’ll be more than happy to talk your ear off about it. Be sure to tell them I sent you!

So the treatments at Q360 are my focus at the moment. To help support my overall health now and in the future, and to boost my immune system, I’m also doing the following treatments:


A 2018 study (summarized here by the Moss Reports) at the University of Iowa supports what many have long thought (and seen in anecdotal cases): that intravenous high-dose Vitamin C fights cancer. In short, high-dose vitamin C is cytotoxic to cancer cells via severe oxidation, but cell-protective to non-cancerous cells.

The Riordin Clinic in Kansas is at the forefront of Vitamin C IV therapy. This is the Riordin protocol for high vitamin C IV therapy, and this is a great conversation with the director of the Riordin Clinic on the topic.

Before getting the therapy, you have to get a G6PD blood test to ensure it’s safe for you. If you’re lucky enough to live near the Riordin Clinic, I recommend going to them. For everyone else, seek out a naturopath in your area. There are a lot of med-spa IV therapies popping up in large metropolitan areas, but they don’t always give the high dose version that has the oxidation / cancer killing effects — so call around.


I’ve had acupuncture over the years, and it’s really helped me. After my surgery, I started going 2x per week for a while to heal and regain energy, but now I’m going 1x per week and will cut back to every 2 weeks soon. I currently go to Adam Griffin at Acutonix in Venice and Culver City. I previously went to Misha Cohen at Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Misha is a terrific herbalist, so I will likely get a custom formula from her that I will take indefinitely / cycle through periodically. She works with doctors to develop a protocol, taking a truly integrated approach. And she’s been doing this for 40 years, so the breadth of her knowledge and resources is invaluable. I can’t recommend her highly enough.


Infrared saunas are different than regular saunas and have a bunch of great benefits, including immune boosting, wound healing, circulation, relaxation, and detoxification (read more about how they work here). They produce radiant heat and warm you from within, mimicking the sun. They’re safe, feel great, and as a bonus, really make your skin glow. I’m aiming to go once every 7-10 days.


I won’t dedicate much time to discussing these modalities here, but I find they are a nice addition to this treatment plan. Read about reflexology benefits here.


This isn’t so much a treatment as a mission to fade my surgical scars (I have 8 of them on my abdomen). I bought Mederma and am using it daily (it’s supposed to take months to work, but I’ve heard good things). I was also told to use coconut oil, and would love to get my hands on some high-quality, medical grade Manuka honey.

Other treatments I’m not doing now, but that are on my radar:

  • Foundation Medicine molecular testing of tumors: Your doctor can order this (requires your signature) and it takes about a month to get the results. It indicates whether the molecular profile of your tumor makes you a good candidate for targeted therapies, including immunotherapy. My results are not back yet, so I’ll report back if there is anything promising.

  • Chronomodulation Chemotherapy — chemo administered using your body’s particular cycles and rhythms; the BlockCenter for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Chicago finds that it improves chemo efficacy. I find this particularly compelling: “In one chronotherapy study, patients with metatstatic ovarian cancer showed a quadrupling of five-year survival rates.” So if I ever do decide to get chemo, I would opt for this kind.

  • Viral therapy: (bigger in Germany; hard to access in the U.S.)

Oncolytic Viruses to Treat Ovarian Cancer Patients

Cancer Killing Virus Plus Chemotherapy Drug Might Treat Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), led the cell and animal study. Reporting in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, the researchers showed that the oncolytic virus called 34.5ENVE has significant antitumor activity against ovarian cancer on its own, and that its activity is even greater when combined with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin in an animal model of disseminated peritoneal ovarian cancer.

Mayo Clinic 2008

MV-CEA is a novel viral agent deriving from the Edmonston's vaccine strain of measles virus, which was developed at the Molecular Medicine Program of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The virus has been engineered to produce CEA, that serves as a trackable marker of viral gene expression and can be used for monitoring of viral therapy in vivo. In preclinical work we have demonstrated significant antitumor potential of the virus, both in vitro and in vivo against ovarian cancer animal models, while CEA levels in the serum represented a very helpful correlate of viral gene expression.

Yale Medical School

Going Viral: Using a Deadly Disease to Kill Ovarian Cancer

April 18, 2017

After studying viruses for 15 years, Dr. Anthony van den Pol believes he has found one that can safely and effectively kill chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer.

“The body does not recognize ovarian cancer as a foreign invader that would normally trigger the immune system to attack, so the cancer can continue to grow unimpeded,” van den Pol said. “But the reason these viruses can infect cancer cells, and particularly ovarian cancer cells, is that 80 percent of human tumors have a deficient innate immune response. The cancer cell cannot defend itself against a virus.”

Anna AkbariComment