Stan and Barb Rutner are no strangers to cancer. The married couple, both in their 70s, have run into it before. Barb battled bouts with breast cancer—twice. And about 20 years ago, Stan, a retired dentist with a thriving mini storage business, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. “I just thought I had a cold, flu, type thing. That was it . . . I wasn’t thinking cancer at all,” Stan recalls.
Fortunately, after treating the lymphoma for about six months, it—like Barb’s successful battles with breast cancer—became a thing of the past. By 1989, it was a closed chapter. But in 2011, it came back.
Like before, it struck Stan in the lungs first. Manifesting as a persistent cough, a doctor later revealed cancerous nodes in the lungs that were the real culprits. “Yeah, [my doctor] was really diplomatic. He says, ‘You’re in deep shit.’ Or words to that effect,” Stan recalls. “Yeah, he didn’t sugar coat it at all,” Barb adds. As if that wasn’t enough, doctors later discovered that the cancer had metastasized to his brain.
Like before, the Rutners were able to successfully battle—and beat—Stan’s cancer. But this time, after going through chemotherapy and radiation, they wanted to find a natural medicine that would improve Stan’s quality of life and maybe even prolong it. Medical cannabis did all that and more, surpassing anything they could have hoped for. CULTURE spoke with Stan, Barb, their daughter Corinne and her husband John about this intense and life changing experience with cannabis.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
I have to admit that, prior to my own return to naturally sustained good health, by the use of Serrapeptase, an enzyme, originally derived from silkworms, stories like this one, would have found me sceptical. Not any more! My own experience has taught me that stories like the Rutner’s, should inspire, and remind us that health is a natural state, and not a product of the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
Following My Serrapeptase Adventure, which charts my personal journey towards good health, I believe that a naturally sustainable approach should always be my first choice, because it is the state in which the human body functions at its best, and to which it will return as soon as it is given the right nutrition and environment in which to do so.
Clearly, this approach still provides a defined role for medical professionals, clinicians, therapists, and nurses. I believe that it is the duty of every one of us who values real health care to encourage and also to defend people who have dedicated themselves to providing it, or educating us about its potential, wherever we find them, even within the allopathic system.
We must make it clear to the pharmaceutical industry that good science must become, once again, the powerful servant of good health that its pioneers knew it to be. We must not allow ourselves to confuse a thriving pharmaceutical industry, with the provision of safe and effective health care.
It is challenging enough to sustain and, if necessary, to return to a natural state of good health. No one should ever have to consider the need to fight the health-care system itself, in order to ensure that it is focused upon providing real, safe, and effective medicine.