Warmest Wishes for 2013 – Happy New Year!

Hello  – Given my last blog topic is away and dusted on this New Year’s eve – I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my subscribers a joyous peaceful and meaningful New Fireworks new years eveYear.

2012 has been a rewarding year for the Grace Gawler Institute with strongly alliances built with many doctors and oncologists around the world; especially in Germany. We have been able to support many patients and their family members

Personally with another year and another birthday going by I remain grateful every day for the second chance at a good life thanks to my Dutch and Singaporean surgeons who combined skill,  compassion and out of the box thinking during the past decade gave me my ‘Bionic’ solution and a life!

2013  means another battery change for my bionic device which actually means a device change and another overseas surgery to achieve this.One feels like the Duracell Bunny – I wish my batteries were easier to replace – but it is a small price to pay for the life I have been given.

This year I have been able to add some water sport to my activity list – an unbelievable gift given my prior prognosis and loss of many of my hobbies and passions. Philip my partner converted an old canoe into Trimaran assisted by a GP friend of ours, they made pontoons and voila – add a tiny outboard and we have a stable craft that I can travel in. Last week we went fishing in our new watercraft and as well as catching a flathead for dinner, we watched a bright pink sunset over the mangroves as a school of dolphins made their way down the estuary.
Life is good!Voice America internet radio show is a personal achievement for this year: I invite you to listen to inspiring interview with Gold Coast specialist GP Dr Bruce Whelan on Navigating the Cancer Maze last week. select this link:

In October 2002 Dr Whelan became personally involved in the aftermath of the Bali bombing that killed 202 people. I this interview He describes the impact on his family & resultant PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) he suffered. However, after his recovery, he returned to medicine with new insights and understanding having been through a ‘dark night of the soul’ experience. (Highly recommended NY listening)

This past year I have enjoyed meeting many new cancer patients and feel honoured they have shared such a significant time of their lives with us and we look forward in 2013 to further assisting their survival. I am also thinking of families of those patients who are not with us this New Year’s eve. For some partners I know this is a challenging time of great loss and grief that only time can hope to heal. Our thoughts are with you.

Every patient after 38 years touches my life uniquely.  I still learn so much about humanity and cancer. This year has seen an increase in children with cancer and their parents needing help. It has been a nice development that thanks to donors we have been able to offer assistance to these families at no charge.
It is my New Years wish that the interventions of the Grace Gawler Institute can continue to impact Cancer through awareness and education and promotion of early diagnosis.
May 2013 be a year of possibilities, hope, joy peace and inspiration for everyone….  I leave you with this message:

cancer child message of hopeWarmest New Years Greetings….

Grace & Philip (Pip)
The Grace Gawler Institute
Gold Coast Australia

www.gracegawlerinstitute.com  and www.germancancertreatments.com
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TB or not TB? A second opinion on Ian Gawler’s cancer ‘cure’

TB or not TB? A second opinion on Ian Gawler’s cancer ‘cure’

Today Tonight segment; Cancer ‘guru’ miracle worker?

It is hard to believe that one year on from http://www.smh.com.au/national/cancer-experts-challenge-gawlers-cure-20111230-1pfns.html that Channel 7’s Today Tonight (TT) recently chose to run a story that yet again smokescreens the actual question of TB or not TB-in other words; a diagnosis of secondary bone cancer or TB?  Writing recently in “The “Conversation”online Prof George Jelinek and Guy Allenby
author of Ian Gawler’s Biography – The Dragon’s Blessing made a creative play on those famous words from Hamlet….To be or not to be with their TB or not TB.

[ ‘The Conversation” is an online independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector viewed by 550,000 readers each month.}

I had decided that I was not going to write on this subject on my blog again, however TT and the Conversation both appeared to misrepresent Ian Gawler’s recovery story Haines Lowenthal 2012 IMJand promote the implication yet again “If Ian did it I can do it too” theme. This in combination with TT”s cursory glance at a well written hypothesis by eminent professors of Oncology that lasted but a few seconds, left many wondering what the segment was trying to achieve. Anyway the segment concerned me so deeply that to end 2012 –  I thought it necessary to make what I hope is a final comment on this subject.

To begin with there are two crucial points to address:

  1. TT gave neither professor a right of reply to address their reasons for the hypothesis they published. Rather we see Prof Ian Olver from the Cancer Council making an unrelated comment about the use of alternative medicine!
  • In the TT interview Ian Gawler states: “It is clearly a personal attack on his story and his Integrity.”

If patients could access the 2012 IMJ Haines and Lowenthal Hypothesis – They would find in fact that Professors Haines and Lowenthal approached Ian Gawler and his story in a  somewhat kindly and dignified manner. Certainly not a Spanish Inquisition or a personal attack as has been claimed! It is on the record in fact that Prof Haines politely asked to review Ian Gawler’s case – and as should have happened in such a public health matter, Ian Gawler accepted then withdrew and the matter was in the hands of a litigator. The Hypothesis paper was then forwarded to the Internal Medicine Journal who appropriately believed it to be in the public interest to publish. Surprisingly, there had never been a medical investigation into the reasons why Ian Gawler recovered.

To quote from Haines and Lowenthal’s controversial IMJ Hypothesis:

“In presenting this hypothesis, we emphasise that we are not in any way criticising the patient’s medical attendants who unquestionably acted fully in accordance with the standards of the time. Indeed, the need to consider obtaining histological confirmation of presumed metastatic disease is only now becoming part of standard oncological practice. We note that one of the leading textbooks of oncology states in its latest edition in relation to possible cancer recurrence: ‘Whenever possible, tissue acquisition for diagnostic confirmation . . . should be considered.’

Whatever the correct diagnosis, we acknowledge the courage and determination of the patient that allowed him to recover from a prolonged and very debilitating illness. We especially note the psychological resilience that enabled him to overcome the dire prognosis he was given that fortunately turned out to be inaccurate.

Nonetheless, there is an aphorism, attributed to the late Carl Sagan, that exceptional claims require exceptional evidence. We contend that unequivocal evidence that the patient was cured of widespread metastases is lacking, and that the unusual treatments that were employed in this case cannot be held out as an example of a path to be followed by other patients with metastatic cancer.” Continue reading “TB or not TB? A second opinion on Ian Gawler’s cancer ‘cure’”