ADELAIDE, JULY 2014

After 7.5 years of successful treatment to halt the progression of  mesothelioma, my condition has been considered stable with the disease confined to the left lung only.

Around 6 weeks ago, began to have severe pain in my back which inexplicably moved around with treatment so after having no real success, my Doctor suggested I have a CT Scan.  Even my Doctor was amazed at the results of the scan, having had so much success in keeping the mesothelioma stable.

The scan revealed that whilst there was no activity in the areas previously treated in China, there was new activity in three areas in the left lung and now in the right lung.  Wow!

My Oncologist in Adelaide advised that there has been no different treatments available today than there were 7.5 years ago when I was first diagnosed, even more so now that it is in both lungs.  The first thing to do was give me a number of pain killing drugs to give relief from the pain – I need not describe it to my other Meso Warriors!  On Monday next week I start with 2 chemo drugs every 3 weeks.

I am feeling really  confident that the chemo will again stop the progression, then I can look into the China option again.  After my problems with chemo before, I always said I would never have it again, but when your back is against the wall there are no nevers!   I told my oncologist that we have booked a cruise to New Zealand in November – so get cracking with the treatment.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers – love and light to everyone !

 

CHINA 2014

10010540_10201563696128626_8383662524531947684_oHappy Mother’s Day from my lovely Girl!

ADELAIDE 2014

12 MAY 2014

Just a general chat.  I went in today to have my infusion port removed from my chest.  The titanium power port was inserted in March 2009 because it was not possible to access my tired veins for chemo, blood etc.  Over the years it has been a very good friend, having had no trouble with it, but in recent times the upkeep has been a bit cumbersome, as even though not used so much recently it has to be flushed and heparin dose block put in, around every 6-8 weeks.  I spoke to my surgeon before he removed the port and he was surprised to see me, as usually mesothelioma patients don’t come back for removal.  Although he did say that port removal was his favourite operation – very simple and quick.  Just a few dissolving stitches (I can’t tell you how many as it has a dressing), not too much discomfort, another problem solved!  In our discussion my surgeon did tell me that I was one of the first power ports he installed and is now the only port he considers to have such a good track record, less infections, less clots and good blood access.  Our parting comment to each other was that we hoped we would not see each other again!

Of course my main problem currently is the abysmal condition of my back due to a couple of car accidents long, long ago.  My ongoing attempts to keep on top of the pain is boring in its regularity.  My practitioner said about my current very painful episode, that it is the first time in 22 years of treatment the has seen problems in 4 areas  occurring at the same time – so again, I am ‘special’ for something not generally favoured!  I live in hope of a speedy recovery – until next time!

Came across a really good read recently – ‘The Emperor of all Maladies.  A Biography of Cancer’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University.  Winner of thePulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2011.  Sounds very dry and boring – but is is such a good read,  from the very early cancer treatments to modern times in layman’s language about various cancers, trials, patients, and the science explained – not many words about mesothelioma though, but still very interesting.

Love and light to all, L

CHINA 2014 – 11th VISIT TO CHINA , 14 April 2014.

TREATMENT PHASE:

I arrived at Southern Medical University Renkang Hospital, Houjie, China on 14 April 2014, to meet up with Professor Dr Wang Xiaohuai and Dr Kun Li to discuss my treatment for my Left Pleura Malignant Mesothelioma. It was decided that I would go to Guangzhou Military Hospital on 15 April to have my blood taken to be cultured for DC-CIK Immunotherapy (Dendritic Cell–Cytokine Induced Killer therapycells with a precise role in killing tumour cells). This was done, although this time my veins did not co-operate so not able to go on the machine to separate the white cells, consequently the nurse just removed about 100 mls of blood and it was whisked away to the laboratory to extract the white cells and have all the exciting and wonderful things done to the blood over the next 14 days!

DC-CIK – Laboratory Guangzhou

So then I was free to have 12 days free time before I was to return to the Renkang Hospital for 2 days of IL-2 (Recombinant Interleukin-2) only, then a further 3 days of both the IL-2 and the DC-CIK. This process occurred between 26 – 30 April. Dr Li is always surprised that I do not get a high temperature after the IL-2 infusion as his belief is that a high temperature means the IL-2 is working (which is not really the case with me), and he was disappointed yet again – no temperature. I had no other problems during this time, and the treatment caused me no discomfort.

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Nurses looking over me

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Administering DC-CIK through chest port

I met with Dr Wang on the morning of 30 April for the plan of my future treatment regime. (A recap up to this time: on Dr Wang’s advice had 1 year of DC-CIK at 3 monthly intervals, 1 year at 4 monthly intervals, 1 year at 6 monthly intervals – which brings me to the current treatment.) Dr Wang said that he was very pleased with my current condition, also taking into account that the CT scans I had in Australia in February showed no change in my left lung compared with the previous study 6 months ago, and the right lung remains clear with no pleural thickening and the conclusion is a stable appearance compared with the previous study. This being the case, Dr Wang has suggested that I continue to have DC-CIK on an annual basis for the next 5 years – I am so overjoyed – I DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE TREATMENT FOR ONE WHOLE YEAR! Woo Hoo! What an important step forward for me, considering it is just under 6.5 years after diagnosis. I will continue to take the medications Dr Wang prescribed for me previously, namely Metformin (nb: google ‘metformin and cancer’) and the Salvestrol supplements.

What great news to take home to my family and friends. It has been a long journey, but the destination at this point is a good place to be in. I am so blessed and grateful to everyone who has played a part in my success up to now and the continued support that I have been given. A big thank you to the medical fraternity also everyone in China, from Drs Wang, Li, Lu, Zhang, nurses, translators – too many people to mention – but they know who they are (this also means you Geoff K, and my wonderful MD in the Barossa Valley).

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The Renkang Hospital ‘gang’ – April 2013

The last very important thing I would like to mention are the other patients at Renkang Hospital, past and present, who are all coping with the repercussions of the worst possible news anyone can get regarding your health. The strength and optimism displayed during their treatment is very humbling – you can’t help but admire each and every one of them, especially the bond of friendship and social interaction they freely share with each other on a daily basis. Of course, the partners / wives / mothers / sons etc. who are there keeping everything happening on a day to day basis, are a tower of love and strength to each and every patient, you are all great – take a bow and a pat on the back! Sending love and light to each and every one of you, and I wish you all the very best of everything always.

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My friends Polly, Sammy & Dr Zhang

HOLIDAY’ PHASE:

During my 12 days between treatment, my husband and I visited a number of areas in Dongguan. We usually go on a holiday to places further afield, but this time decided to stay locally.

Firstly we went and spent a few nights at Well Garden Hotel in Houjie near the hospital, this allowed me to meet up with the new patients from Australia, Hungary and Indonesia, many of whom had read my blog. It was really great to spend time with them. We were also able to go to a few of our favourite Italian Restaurants in Houjie, and also do a spot of shopping.

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Grand Noble Hotel, Humen.

Then went to Humen and stopped at Grand Noble Dongguan Hotel for 4 nights. We usually take the fast train from Humen to Guangzhou, a trip of 17 minutes travelling at over 300 kph – on the road it takes up to 90 minutes. This time we took the hotel bus which was dropping off guests to the famous Canton Fair in Guangzhou. We taxied to the centre of Guangzhou and visited a number of places where we have purchased articles previously and renewed our association. Then caught the Metro – they have a wonderful substantial underground Metro system in Guangzhou which is very easy to use as the ticketing machine has English options. It’s a great people mover. Our first option for the return to Humen was of course the fast train, but it was booked out until 10.30pm, and as it was only 4.30pm, then the next option was the Guangzhou bus station, where we caught a local bus non-stop back to Humen, about 1 hr 20 mins. We always enjoy our time in Humen, the hotel is good and has a nice Italian Restaurant, good breakfast buffet, there is Starbucks in the lobby and the shopping nearby is excellent.

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Kande International Hotel, Nancheng.

For something different we then went to Kande International Hotel in Nancheng. This is a 5 star hotel which only just opened in December 2013, so we were very lucky that we got very good opening rates, including breakfast. Our room was on the 35th floor, verrrry nice, everything high tech., even the room safe was fingerprint recognition to open/close. The bed had electric controller, so made it great to watch HBO movies in bed! The breakfast buffet on the 37th level was great – we had the best coffee we have had, served by white coated waiters with bow ties, very special. Whilst in Nancheng, we did a bit of walking around looking at the local shopping centres, then went to lunch 2 days in a row to one of our favourite places, ‘One for the Road’ – a British Pub – great food. Then back to the Well Garden to await the start of the immunotherapy on 26 April.

 After I finished treatment on 30 April, we spent one night at the Well Garden Hotel, Houjie, then 2 nights at Grand Noble in Humen – where we catch the ferry back to the Hong Kong Airport, which takes about 70 – 90 minutes and drops you off in the Departures area. During our time at Grand Noble, we caught their free shuttle bus to the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, managed to register and had a really great day looking around just about everything China has to offer to the world – an amazing exhibit of merchandise from medical equipment, sporting gear, clothing, shoes, accessories, jewellery, and the list goes on and on.

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Inside entrance Hall A, Canton Fair

We will be glad to get home and hug the family.   Over and out for this visit!

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One of the many McDonalds at Canton Fair, huge!

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Professor Dr Wang Xiaohuai

PS: I think it is worthwhile revisiting Dr Wang’s professional story, so here it is – my Chinese Oncologist, Doctor, friend and hero:

Professor Dr. Wang Xiaohuai

*World renowned oncology expert – both at home and abroad countries including Japan, Korea and Malaysia and commended by medical experts and patients from many countries.

*Much sought after by foreigners and overseas Chinese for diagnosis and treatment.

*36 years of experience in clinical work in oncology.

*Specialist in internal oncology, tumour biotherapy, photodynamic therapy for tumour and diagnosis and therapy of advance stage tumour patients with all its inherent complications.

*Studied in the USA in his early years and undertook advanced studies for 3 years in a famous cancer centre in Texas USA. Well regarded as an oncology specialist and scholar in the US.

*Inventor of the SPDT machine for treatment of cancer.

*Has served as: a long standing council member of the Standing Committee 
of the China Medical Association -Oncology section; a co-editor of ‘Oncology Magazine’; Director of the Guangzhou Military Oncology Profession 
Committee; Director of the Guangzhou Military District Hospital 
Oncology Department.

*Currently serving as mentor to Doctoral and Masters Degree candidates at The First Army Medical University and South China Science Polytechnic Institute. Most of his students have gone on to become the backbone support for their respective hospitals.

*Highly regarded by the World Health Organisation for the advances and breakthroughs he made in the field of photodynamic therapy. He is the inventor of an advanced version of the PDT equipment called SPDT.

*A senior medical expert who receives monetary subsidies from the State Council in recognition of his work.

*Currently doing research on photodynamic therapy combined with special chemotherapy to effect a cure for tumours. The success of his research will herald a revolution in oncology and give the cancer patients worldwide new hope for a better life.

 

 

 

 

CHINA 2013

TREATMENT PHASE, OCTOBER 2013 – 10th visit to China:

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Dr Li, Claire, Dr Zhang, Prof. Pong, LV,  Dr Lu, Dr Wang

We arrived again for China Cancer Treatment on 9 October, 2013, and went to Renkang Hospital, Houjie, to make arrangements for the visit to the Military Hospital Laboratory in Guangzhou to take the blood for culturing the DC-CIK Immune Cell Therapy. The next day, accompanied by the interpreter, we went on the road trip from Houjie to Guangzhou to have around 100 mls of white cells harvested from my blood, which took around about an hour with no problems. After this, I was told to be back at the Renkang Hospital for treatment in 12 days. During this time over 14 days the white cells will be cultured, and the increased volume will be introduced into by body over 3 days 500 ml at a time. The reason for coming back to the hospital in 12 days, is that the two days before having the DC-CIK, I was given 100 ml of Recombinant Interleukin to enhance the DC-CIK, then in the 3 days of the DC-CIK was also given Interleukin at the same time. Interleukins are part of a family of proteins called cytokines. Immune system cells in the body normally make small amounts of interleukins as a way to communicate with each other. Different interleukins make parts of the body’s immune system more or less active. It is a form of immunotherapy – it boosts the body’s immune system to help fight cancer. Interleukin 2 causes the body to make more of certain immune system cells, prompts immune system cells to be more effective, and causes the cells to make more of some other cytokines.

Before beginning the treatment, Dr Wang asked if I would consider also taking a new supplement called Salvestrol. In the 6 months that I have been away between treatments, Dr Wang has been using Salvestrol with patients and has had a lot of success in increasing the effectiveness of the cancer fighting treatments. Salvestrols cannot be made in the body. They have to be supplied through our diet and, to date, herbalists have identified Salvestrols in many organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. The main feature of Salvestrols is that they target a specific enzyme called CYP1B1 (pronounced “sip one, bee one”) found only in diseased cells of the human body. When the Salvestrols are metabolised by CYP1B1 it starts a series of processes that result in the death of the diseased cell (known as ‘apoptosis’ or programmed cell death). Healthy cells, containing no CYP1B1, remain and the diseased cells die. Salvestrols act as a natural rescue mechanism, ensuring our cells function corr Salvestrols actively eliminate damaged cells, helping us heal before sufficient accumulation can make us sick. After reading the information supplied, I was more than happy to take Salvestrol. See website: http://www.salvacare.co.nz/index.php/salvacare-home

The five days of my treatment completed, I was told that as my condition is now considered stable that I come back in 6 months for more China Cancer Treatment.   All is good!   Yay!!!

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HOLIDAY PHASE:

My son, wife and grand-daughter flew to Hong Kong from Adelaide with Gerry and I, and they then stayed over for three days in Hong Kong and did the tourist thing, which included a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. During the time they were in Hong Kong, we came to Houjie to see Dr Wang and Dr Li at the Renkang Hospital to have blood tests and arrange the visit to the Laboratory in Guangzhou. This having been completed, we all met up at the Well Garden Hotel in Houjie on 12 October for the start of the 10 day ‘holiday’ together. It was pretty exciting for them as they had never been to China before.

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We spent 2 nights together at Houjie and we took them around to all the local shopping spots as well as showing them Renkang Hospital. On 14 October we then went to Baiyun Airport Guangzhou to catch our flight to Guilin, where we overnighted at the Sheraton Guilin Hotel – of course not missing another shopping opportunity before retiring for the evening. The next morning we had an early start as we went on the Li River Cruise. This is a 4 hour trip meandering along the beautiful Li River and got off in Yangshuo.

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Yangshuo is another beautiful location, and our Moondance Boutique Hotel around 9 miles from the hustle and bustle of the very touristy town was a perfect retreat for us for 3 nights. The first night we went to see the famous Light Show ‘Impression Liu San Jie’, which is a must see. This show is just fantastic, performed right on the river, and was a product of the famous Chinese Director Zhang Yimou – he also directed the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony. The show is a 75 minute performance on the Li River with over 600 actors and actresses from the local villages. The story entails the famous third sister of the Liu family who fell in love with Brother A Niu under the ancient Banyan Tree. The show is an artistic translation of the story which combines local elements and modern choreography, high tech. effects and superb lighting.

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The next day we went on an enjoyable day trip, saw very old bridges including the curved Yulong bridge, 700 years old, and the Gongnong Bridge. We also visited the very old Jiuxian Village and were able to go inside one of the homes, where a seemingly ancient woman showed us her treasured photos and also memorabilia from Chairman Mao era. Went to a very cute hotel in an old home, called the Secret Garden, and had the very best meal ever there. After lunch, went to the Fisherman’s Village of Yangdi, where we boarded our bamboo rafts for a 2 hour ride down the Yulong River, which was very relaxing and scenic.

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18 October flew back to Baiyun Guangzhou airport and were transported to our home for 3 nights, Grand Noble Dongguan Hotel, Humen. We spent a great day shopping in Humen and finding incredible bargains (again) and the next day caught the fast train from Humen to Guangzhou South Railway Station. This trip would take around 90 minutes by car, but only 15 minutes in the fast train – very good! We then got on the metro underground at the train station and got off in the part of Guangzhou near to the Military Hospital, where we proceeded to shop till we dropped (again). Returned tired but happy on the 7pm fast train back to Humen. 21 October, the family caught the ferry from Humen to Hong Kong airport for their return to Australia and we went back to the Renkang Hospital for the 5 day treatment. Then 2 days at Well Garden Hotel and 2 more days at Grand Noble Dongguan Hotel and back on the ferry to Hong Kong to go home on 29 October.

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CHINA APRIL 2013 – 9th visit:

FIRSTLY MEDICAL:

Our first stop the morning after arriving for China Cancer Treatment on Wednesday 3 April, was to go over to the Renkang Hospital Houjie Dongguan, to see Dr Wang, Dr Li and the other doctors, nurses and interpreters to discuss the treatment plan. Unfortunately, from 4-6 April is Qingming Festival (also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day), which falls on either April 4th or 5th of the Gregorian calendar. From that date temperatures begin to rise and rainfall increases, indicating that it is the crucial time for plowing and sowing in the spring. Qingming Festival therefore has a close relationship with agriculture, however, it is not only a seasonal symbol; it is also a day of paying respect to the dead, a spring outing, and other activities. So my standing appointment for blood to be taken at Laboratory on Friday 5 could not go ahead, but they were opening on Sunday 7 for me to have it done. Even Dr Wang was not available due to the upcoming holiday. So we just went to Guangzhou anyway to await the start of the treatment cycle on Sunday 7 April.

I went to the Military Hospital Laboratory for the extraction of about 200ml of blood for culturing for DC-CIK – less than an hour on the machine, then back to being a tour guide for the next 2 weeks. The shortest ever time!

19 April Gerry and I returned to the Renkang Hospital for the re-infusion of my DC-CIK. Treatment commenced on 20 April for 5 days total. Everything went well except my chest port decided to misbehave but fixed ok, and at the conclusion of the 5 days we were told by Dr Wang and Dr Li that as my condition is very stable, I do not need to come back for 6 months. The new cycle is 6 monthly for 1 year, commencing October 2012, then the plan after that is yearly visits for the DC-CIK.

All is good.

Renkang Hospital Mozzie nets
Renkang Hospital Mozzie nets

CHINA TOUR, APRIL 2013;

T&J, Gerry and I started in Houjie, just a couple of hours by car from Hong Kong.  The Well Garden Hotel near the Renkang Hospital was quite good and T&J were able to see the hospital where we have spent a lot of time having treatment.   We took them over to meet some of the staff, including interpreters and doctors and it was good for them to see how warmly they greeted us.   T&J also took the opportunity to start their shopping experience.

Next stop was Guangzhou where Gerry and I lived in the Military Hospital for 5 months at the beginning of the treatment.   The hospital was only a 10 minute walk from the Dong Fang Hotel and were able to show them around the immediate district and also the city generally, as well as a few local sights – Liu Hua Lake complex, Chen Ancestral Academy Museum and Tomb of the Nanyue King Museum.   We walked everywhere, having a look around the hospital and meeting one of our favourite doctors from the Military Hospital, Dr Shoa.   We also did some more shopping.  The area near the hospital and hotel is very busy, as is the rest of China, but there are also some peaceful lakes and parks within easy walking distance.

Guilin
Guilin

We flew to Guilin, short flight away, and checked into Guilin Bravo Grand Wing, a nice hotel near an branch of the Li River.  There was a beautiful lake nearby and we spent lots of time wandering around looking at the sights, one day walking for about 6 hours including a lunch stop and an afternoon tea stop.   The local food is very interesting and we have tried many different dishes, some awful and some delicious.   T lost his wallet in Guilin and had to cancel all the credit cards.  Replacements were organised without difficulty.  A taxi driver returned the wallet about 6 hours later, with the cards intact but the driver must have taken all the cash as a reward!

Longi Terraced Rice Fields
Longi Terraced Rice Fields

We took a private car tour with guide to Longi Terraced Fields in Ping’an Zhuang Village Rice Terraces. The 70.1 sq. km. Rice terraces are 1180 m at the highest point and 380 m lowest above sea level. There are 6 villages, and we visited Ping’an, where we looked around and had lunch a local eatery (very basic). It was good to be able to experience how the local minority people live. The scenery in this area Is stunning, but the minority groups are very dependent upon visitors. We were to see the long hair tribe, but due to rain there was a landslide and the road impassible. Next time!

Li River
Li River

Leaving Guilin after 3 nights, we took a 4 hour trip down the Li River on a cruise boat.  We enjoyed the cruise but conditions were very basic.  It was cold and grey but we were rugged up.  We had a guide and being without one would be difficult.  We travelled in a group of about 14 boats, each with 100-150 people.  Between Guilin and Yangshou the river meanders for 83 Km. Scenery was interesting through the imposing limestone karst mountain peaks lining the banks, but commentary was sparse and difficult to understand at times.  The boats are old and not luxurious; ours had 3 toilets but only one was western style. Han Yu, a great poet of the Tang Dynasty, wrote a popular poem to praise the beautiful scenery of this river – ‘The river winds like a blue silk ribbon, While the hills erect like green jade hairpins’ – probably better viewed without rain!   There was plenty of food, a Chinese buffet, but the locals are not good at waiting in a queue.   Overall the cruise is interesting and worth doing but our Yangshou hotel owner suggested that a bamboo rafting trip is more enjoyable, even if many of the rafts are made of PVC pipes shaped to look like bamboo. Again, you would need better weather!

Yangshou, near hotel
Yangshou, near hotel

The Moondance Hotel at Yangshuo is quite good, probably about 4-star (Chinese version).   It has only 12 rooms and is more like a B&B, with western toilets, a small bar/lounge area, small dining room and really, really nice staff, some of whom speak good English. Their hot ginger tea is really great, and the included breakfast adequate.  It is a 10 minute taxi ride from the small village near the hotel into Yangshou.  It is very interesting to see village and farming life going on around us.  The pool is empty but will be filled from May to November, not heated, and there is a nice garden.

West Street, Yangshou
West Street, Yangshou
Sanje Liu Show, Yangshou
Sanjie Liu Show, Yangshou

West Street in Yangshou is a shopping haven, very touristy with a number of Western eating options. We were glad not to be staying in one of the hotels in the town because they can be very noisy from traffic, tourists, bars and the Light Show ‘Impressions Sanjie Liu’. The Light Show is worth seeing.   We paid the extra money for VVIP seats for A$50 a seat as this provides for a guide to meet you at the gate and escort you to the seats and a very good elevated view.  You can get a taxi to and from the Show for about A$12 return trip.  The show is musical and classical Chinese, with very good lighting and special effects.   There is a cast of over 600 performers and the area of the stages is almost 2 km with 12 mountain peaks in the background on the banks of the Li River.

HuangYao Old Town
HuangYao Old Town
HuangYao
HuangYao

We also took a trip to 500 year old Huang Yao Ancient Town, and enjoyed that experience.  It is a 90 minute drive each way, at a cost of about A$150 for car, driver, guide, lunch and entrance fees; very interesting.   You can also do the rice terraces from here, as it is a 2.5-hour drive from either Guilin or Yangshuo.

Next stop is Xi’an.  We left Yangshuo for a 2 hour drive to the Guilin airport, then a 2-hour flight to Xi’an.

Tang Dynasty Hotel Xi'an
Tang Dynasty Hotel Xi’an

Our hotel in Xi’an was the Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel. The hotel was a redeveloped 5 years ago, originally a museum that was also very old, so has many articles of note from the Tang Dynasty.  With 8 million people  Xi’an is a very busy place but we stayed in a relatively quiet area that was built only in the past 5 years.  The centre piece of the development was a 1400 year old pagoda, called the Wild Goose Pagoda.  Early before the 119BC, a trade route began to develop gradually, starting from today’s Xi’an and reached directly to the Mediterranean Sea, with silk as the leading source of trade – it was later named the ‘Silk Road’. From the year 25AD during the Eastern Han period, Indian Buddhism was introduced to China eastward along the Silk Road. In 645AD the expansive Big Wild Goose Pagoda of Da Ci’en Temple was built – the very one we can see today!

Wild Goose Pagoda Xi'an
Wild Goose Pagoda Xi’an

Built around the pagoda was a virtually complete new suburb of hotels, shops, restaurants, parks, gardens, tourist facilities and houses that are probably occupied by quite wealthy locals. In the park surrounding the hotel is also a famous (in China) series of water fountains with a light and sound show, with performance nightly for locals and tourists alike.

Two Extra Warriors!
Two Extra Warriors!

There are a number of interesting sights to see in and around Xi’an but the highlight of Xi’an are the famous Terracotta Warriors.  These warriors were made 2200 years ago by the Emperor of the day who wanted protection in the after-life.  It took 38 years to build the army, while he was alive of course.  Although the location of 10,000 warriors is known, only a small group have been unearthed because the Government doesn’t want to expose any more to the atmosphere until technology is developed to allow better preservation than exists today.  The warriors underground are all coloured but exposure to the air obliterates the colour within a very short time.  The site of the Emperor’s tomb is also known but it remains uncovered for the same reason.  The warriors have all been recovered damaged except one one that has been salvaged in original condition, the kneeling archer.  The Emperor had everyone who was involved in producing and placing the warriors in formation executed – 720,000 people were executed – but still some survived and robbed and destroyed the warrior pits 2 years after the emperor died.  It is an amazing museum.

After Xian we flew to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport with a car transfer to Humen, where we spent the last few days with T&J.  We stayed at a very good 5-star hotel Sofitel Dongguan Humen Oriental Hotel (now being rebadged as part of the Regent Hotel chain).   We were fortunate to be able to attend a introduction party for some hotel guests to meet the movers and shakers from the new Management of Regent Group. We had a great social time for a few hours eating and drinking to excess, and met some amazing people.

Humen Oriental Hotel
Humen Oriental Hotel

We did some final shopping here, just in case we had missed a couple of shops in other places.  Prices in China are amazing for Aussies.

Once we waved goodbye to T&J for the next adventure in Europe for them, we returned to Renkang Hospital. At the end of the treatment we spent 2 nights at the Well Garden, then got a taxi to Humen (20 minutes) to wait in our Hotel for 4 nights to meet our flight from Hong Kong to Australia via the Humen Ferry. Home on 1 May!

 

CHINA 2013

9TH VISIT TO CHINA
APRIL 2013
Thought I would share this article passed on from my lovely daughter with you all.
LATEST CANCER INFORMATION from Johns Hopkins
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumour size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumuor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiply. What cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Floressence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.   Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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