Monday, October 22, 2012
As our elected rulers in the sham of democracy lead us more and more in the wrong direction in every part of our existence, the enlightened populous, and I take it that most who read this are enlightened, have begun to take back their lives and go in saner directions. We have begun to recognize the errors of the rulers and are doing what we can to moderate and modify our lives in every way. We have begun to be more modest, living inside our personal wealth more. We are eating better and the farmers who are growing organic food are hard pressed to keep us supplied with cleaner food. The gyms are fuller as people start to care for themselves. In health we are seeing more people using alternative medicines and living healthier life styles. It is the obligation for each of the enlightened to encourage the others to better themselves in these ways. The entertainment community is by and large more aware of this than any other group in the working society. It is to a large extent why California is the leader for change to healthier living so often. It is why the famous lend their support to positive action against war and the many wrong directions of our rulers. My responsibility is clear in making my Pocket Pack and selling it as cheaply as possible; for the more I sell, the more I can give away to people waking up. I made my documentary, “me, the bees and cancer” so that I could show it and talk about other ways of healing and encourage people to take charge of their lives for the better. I am clear in creating a magazine that is called “Homeopathy and Us” for people to trade stories of their successful use of Homeopathy. It is right that the magazine is free so that the curious can begin to know that there are other safer ways to deal with health problems. It is my part in the education process that is going on in every direction to bring us into being better and more useful people. Each of us has an inner obligation to show by example how to deal with life in a better more humanistic way. Each of us can teach our children, our friends and our community what we ourselves know through our actions to support what we know. We are richer than the richest billionaire for we have the power of knowledge. Every Pocket Pack that reaches beyond those who know it is a tool for reform. Every person who buys two and gives one to a friend or strangers is giving a powerhouse of proof to that person. I encourage you all to think on this and whether it is inviting friends to partake of a meal of clean food or joining you in exercise or using gentle Homeopathy for illnesses, you are being a force for change. Our society needs your help to move to a better place. You can make a difference.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It is a beautiful fall morning and the breeze is rustling in the trees and is warm. The word challenge seems to dominate my life. First there was and is the challenge of cancer. It is ongoing as I try to rid myself of it through the various efforts of good food, good supplement support and healthy living. The bee stings were daunting and some painful and were a big challenge to use this as a means of healing. I ended up stinging myself over 1200 times. The 1K Wave Challenge which I was one of the winners of had a budget ceiling of $1000 and a filming to be finished by the end of July. It was taken on with much trepidation but I have persevered and on Friday night, 2 days from now we shall see how I did with it. My next challenge is upon me now. I have had a goal over the last 10 years to bring Homeopathy into as many lives as possible. To raise the awareness of this successful and safe way of dealing with illness. The Hollywood Survival Kit was in production and selling for 4 years but it was too expensive to make and to buy so I was advised to make a smaller Pocket Pack that was less expensive for people to buy and was therefore and effective way to introduce Homeopathy to people.. The Pocket Pack was first issued in 2007 and indeed it is a wonderful introduction for people as it has remedies almost all of us need from time to time. For stress, anxiety, colds, sprains, toothaches, headaches and sleeplessness to mention a few of the the conditions it deals with. My challenge now is to sell 500 Pocket packs before the year is over. Here is why. It all happened at the beginning of September when my supplier of the remedies BJain said that they could now supply my remedies for the Pocket Pack from their new laboratories in India. BJain is perhaps the largest publisher of Homeopathic books in the world and are tireless in their efforts to expand the use of Homeopathy world wide. Their Canadian Manager Yves Lavoie, a fine homeopath himself, has known me since he was at Dolisos who supplied the first Hollywood Survival Kit with remedies. It was on September 27th at a meeting in downtown Toronto when they said they could supply my Pocket Pack with product by the 1st of December. I signed the contracts and have taken the challenge to live by it. They broke the payments down to reasonable for the 1000 that I felt I needed to really launch the kit. All my efforts to create this launch of the Pocket Pack have taken place in the last two weeks. My financial obligations to do this has to be met by selling Pocket Packs as I have no bank roll to pay for it. I have to find 100 people who can understand my quest and will support it by buying Pocket Packs before October 15th when my first payments are due. Another 100 Pocket Packs must be sold by November 15th to meet the next payment. It is a challenge and I am rising to it. I want to reach the public. I will use as my marketing to the public a free magazine called "Homeopathy and US, that will be at Toronto health food stores by mid November if I can raise the $1000 to publish the first issue. It is already written. It will be for people like you and I who use Homeopathy and are willing to share their experiences. People who will write testimonials to share with the public. Homeopathy is a peoples medicine and I am sure it will grow as more and more people read the testimonials and buy the Pocket Pack and discover that Homeopathic remedies are successful. That they have no side effects is a great plus for even herbal remedies have side effects. My life is full of challenge and I rise to each as best I can. I have gone forward with the launch of the Pocket Pack at this time as I feel my old and new friends and those I reach will buy the Pocket Pack and use it to deal with everyday health problems that we all share. On the 12th I will see my film for the first time with an audience and know how well I dealt with the !KWave challenge to make a feature documentary for $1000. I will also begin
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Today is the 15th and on the first of July I started to document my progress using bee stings to see how my lymphoma would react. I am not up to 490 stings as I began in late May to do the therapy. 20 stings under my arm every other day and 3 in the centre top of my head. Ouch I can say for sure. The tumour has not gone down but the area seems to be changing. I have cut dairy out of my diet. I am taking one or more tablespoons of sauerkraut every day for my digestive system. I am eating some haddock and halibut fresh from the ocean which I buy at the farmers market. It comes by FedX and tastes so good it is hard to believe. I also do a meal of chicken breast every week. This week I added fresh sweet white turnips and more shitake mushrooms. I will be adding some sea weed soon. My diet supports me very well and with the supplements I have the feeling I am healthy but not well due to the cancer. I drink no or very little coffee at all. My major hurdle is my smoking and although I stopped at the beginning of the month I find myself puffing away again for no really good reason. It is that problem which I feel is standing in the way of my healing so I am dealing with it as best I can. Every day at a time.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Went to a movie and saw Ingrid Veninger's I am a good person/I am a bad person. I loved it and when I left the cinema I spoke to her. She recounted her first memory of me. She was running away from the bad guys on camera and tripped but bravely got up and kept running. Finally the director yelled cut. She remembers me standing over her with a bottle of Bach Rescue Remedy asking her if she wanted some. I looked up her site Punk Films and there was this $1000 challenge. Here is the outline that got me one of the five prizes. For many thousands of years mankind has explored one form of medicine or another. It comes as no surprise that there are possible complimentary and alternative treatments to "modern" medicine which merit study. Here is my exploration of 25 years that ends with the use of bee stings in an effort to cure my own cancer. Me, the Bees and Cancer – a documentary feature In 1986, at the age of 52 while working as a 1st Assistant director on feature films, I had the pleasure of being on set with Louis Malle for the feature film, Atlantic City, Norman Jewison on Agnes of God, and I had begun a string of films with David Cronenberg: The Brood, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, and The Fly. I had worked with stars like Sophia Loren, Jeremy Irons, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Bert Lancaster to name a few. Life was wonderful and full of challenges. I started a TV movie, A Christmas Wife, starring Jason Robarts, Julie Harris and Don Franks. There was only one problem, I had arthritis in my left hand, joints that ached, and my baby finger would not curl up properly. On Agnes of God, I used to go with Jane Fonda to small towns near Guelph and do her video workout program with the local ladies who came to participate. It was fun, but did I ache! Arnica cream brought relief. It helped my arthritic hand for a while, but I knew I would have to do something more serious to get rid of the problem. More by accident than anything else I went to Thompson Homeopathic on Yonge St., just north of Bloor. It’s been there since 1868. They gave me two remedy mixtures, and my arthritis disappeared for almost a decade. That was an epiphany, and my interest in alternate healing techniques began. I started to carry homeopathic books and remedies on film sets. Colleagues on Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, M Butterfly and series like Friday’s Curse and Pit Pony used the remedies so often and so effectively I became known as “Dr. John”. Over time, I found that the homeopathic remedies were excellent for acute situations. I learned more on every film. For the next 10 years I plied my avocation, and wrote up the case histories and the events that led me to a favorite group of remedies. My question became, how could I tell the world what I had learned? In 2004 I created the Hollywood Survival Kit using remedies I had found most efficient and effective. I began to market this kit to film companies, stars and crews. Jeremy Irons bought the first 10, and Woody Harrelson bought 11. The kit was a bit expensive, so I introduced a Pocket Pack with 5 remedies; a smaller version of my first kit, and a good way to approach the public with an inexpensive way to treat themselves. By 2008 I was raising money and completing business plans to expand my market. Presently, I am designing fiscal and marketing plans to bring these kits to the general market place. In August of 2010 I found a lump the size of two peanuts in my right armpit. I took the normal route: biopsy, CT scan and blood tests. The diagnosis was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stage 1. The doctors said it was an early stage, and I could go on working producing the feature film, Hello October; and deal with the cancer after that. We filmed in October, and I had to direct the last week, as the director my best friend Doug Dales became dreadfully ill and hospitalized. He had terminal cancer and he died in little more than a month. In January of 2011, my CT scan and blood tests were almost the same as the first tests. I had lost my best friend and the awareness of my own circumstance became more real. Motivated by my loss and inspired by those who were helped through belief in what I had preached, I took my own "leap of faith". I decided to opt out of Chemo Therapy and Radiation. I had already changed my diet to organic and vegetarian foods. In addition, I was taking supplements including baking soda, magnesium, resveratrol, curcumin and vitamins B, C, D, and E. My August 2011 blood tests showed a slight deterioration and the addition of Epstein Barr Virus, which at first they thought was Aids. Again, the oncologists at Princess Margaret Hospital recommended the standard treatment. Again, I refused. I felt I could succeed with my diet, supplements and homeopathy. In November of 2011 I went to Costa Rica to spend the winter in a hot climate and swim in the ocean. I lived in the mountains about 18km from the Pacific Ocean. For the first months I fared badly, and lost more than 10 lbs. I decided to do more exercise, swimming, hitchhiking and walking between rides up and down the mountain. I was able to gain some weight and strengthen my body. I arrived back in Toronto in mid-April, brown and looking healthy. My spring blood test results were slightly better which gave me hope. My weight was up to 130lbs. My Epstein Barr Virus was still present and this was worrying everyone. I added Vitamin B12 and folic acid to my supplements and took up swimming again to add more strength. At this point my brother, Stephan, who is an apiarist with about 200 hives, suggested I try bee stings to exact a cure. He had already helped a woman survive cancer after the standard treatment of mastectomy with chemo and radiation had failed. I was apprehensive, as were my nutritionist and homeopathic doctor. My brother introduced me to Don Downs who had taught him the art of using sting therapy for ailments like MS and arthritis. Don is a board member of the American Apitherapy Association and a teacher of sting therapy. My advisors remained skeptical, so I set up a conference call between them and Don. The call satisfied my advisors. I began a course of bee stinging every other day. I currently do 20 stings at a time around the lymph node and 2 in the top of my head and aside from the initial pain of the stings I feel ok. I have done about 200 stings so far. I hope by the time I have 500 stings under my belt I should see clinically positive results from my efforts. I would like to make a documentary that chronicles my years exploring alternative remedies and my seemingly radical struggle with the relentless disease: cancer. The Visual Presentation. As I go through my experiences using Apitherapy I will present the healing and learning events of my early career to express a continuity of experimenting with alternative remedies. I will relate through pictures and narration what I have learned from the stars and crew members who showed me, through use, the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. The film will deal with my experiences using Apitherapy and the use of bee stings to help heal my cancer. I will visit my brother’s honey farm and interview him to better understand the use of bee products for healing. My homeopathic doctor and my supplements advisor will add their wisdom to my case. You will hear and see what I have tried so far. Throughout the film I will be building to a climax of whether I have progressed or not during the filming period. By the end of July I will have stung myself over 500 times and it will be clear to me how I am. My final question will be what to do in the future to continue healing. The good and the bad of me, John Board, will be there too as I work to bring my smoking under control and essentially clean up my own act. It will be the adventure of one man’s search for good health in the world of alternative ways of healing.