An Expat Interview: Allen Swanson’s Leap of Faith

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  1. Hi henry,Allen that is a awsome story and i am very happy to see you with henry there injoying the Philippines i to have learned so much about that place from henry,do you plane on making some videos as well ? Best of luck 🙂

    1. Hello Matt, Actually I do. I’m a scuba dive instructor, so I plan on making some dive videos of the local area which is so abundant with under water life.. Apo island is very close and is an awesome place to take some pics..Hope to hear or see you in the future. 

  2. Great video, I lived a total of almost 5 months in the philippines(in the province) and now I’m back in my country (Italy) and i have to decide if to live in italy or go back to the philippines. I’ve lived abroad already several years in 2 other countries and i find the philippines are amazing.  Best of luck to you Allen!!

  3. Great video Allen. Im green with envy. Im getting rid of my things now, soon it will be my turn to take the leap. Henrys videos have really helped me to. Merry Christmas and a happy 2015. .

    1. thank you and Merry Christmas to you too. It was so awesome to run into reekay. He’s a really wonderful person. Come here and find him, just meeting him is worth the trip.

  4. Thanks for doing this interview Allen.  Seems like the Phils are a “family affair” for you and yours. Merry Christmas & stay well 😉   Henry thanks for hosting and sharing; I really appreciate your awesome journey of discovery in the Philippines.  Clearly you have touched so many lives through your videos and info… and perhaps even saved a few 😉 

  5. Henry I saw Ned viedos and one he had was the little kids doing Christmas caroling it was so cute.           I assume your home I was wondering if you can get some footage this week kids Christmas caroling…………..Thanks Henry Merry Christmas

    1. @larry morris if you only knew.. ha!  three times i have been at my laptop upstairs.. heard the kids caroling grabbed my gopro and by the time i got downstairs, each time they are gone already.  they sing for like, 30 seconds and move on.  i’ll try to catch them though.  hopefully before christmas.  🙂

  6. Wish you all the best Alan . You really are an inspiration . It just goes to show even with medical issues you can make it happen . Is Alan available to ask some medical questions ? Great vid Henry .

    1. @Allen Swanson
      Hi Allen re: my earlier post (pressed send by mistake before completed). What advice would you give to westerners prior to leaving there homeland to live in the Philippines?

    2. @Allen Swanson
      Hi Allen and great to hear your story on here. You sound like you have really taken to life in the Philippines. I know it takes time for anyone who relocated on am international scale but what advice would you give to a westerners

  7. Hi Henry, love all your videos – honest, helpful advice on the Philippines. Also good advice to men to act with good intentions. Really enjoyed the interview and would like to see more, locals, expats, people and their lives are the most interesting part of any adventure or journey.
    Good luck mate.
    Regards Wayne.

    1. @Wayne A. Freeman this is my first Expat interview.  the day of the bohol earthquake i interviewed some college girls about the aftermath, and another time interviewed a ladyboy at a coffeeshop outside a mall.  i’ve been wanting to do more interviews but most times the locals are a bit ‘shy’ about it.  ha!  but i’ll do what i can.  🙂

  8. after watching your video s for some time now i think you have excelled yourself in this one ,,you got it just right ,,very powerful to hear allen talk about his trials and he couldnt be in a better place i know how he feels ,,,well done henry i think maybe bigger things are coming your way ,,,i will be in cebu again febuary i need my phillipines fix 

    1. @Gordie Bob thanks.  and he is a very down to earth guy to hang out with.  has a solid grasp on life’s priorities.  very cool in my book.

  9. Best wishes for continued good health, Allen!  I don’t think you can explain to the guys back home, miserable in their relationships with Westernized psycho-bitches, how nice it is to find that special Pinay.  God Bless you and Rose! 

    1. @Tyler Traveller I suppose it would depend on WHICH guy you asked.  I mean if you talked to my sis’s first husband he’d say ABSOLUTELY!  LOL., 

  10. Great video as always Reekay. The guy you had on the show, kudos to him proper for having the courage and persistence to make it happen, not be cowed by fear or lack of courage to go and do what he wanted to do. The best of luck to him and I hope he never has to deal with the rotten C again in his life or any of his family. Such a great video.

     I have been seriously ill in the past, when live and living was sheer hell and no sign of recovery is in sight and everything looked terrible but, like this brave man, I persisted and though each day was a real battle to survive I carried on and things changed so much for me. I so much hope that this guy’s health problems are gone. Certainly he’s in a fantastic environment – food for the body and soul. 

  11.  That’s a nice story you had your friend post on your channel Henry. The world is getting so bad with crime, murder, violence, war, etc. there’s very few places left where people can go to get away from it all, I totally understand why people head to the Philippines or to the Alaska bush and live an off grid lifestyle.

  12. Henry this is a great video and what make it so great for me is the new expat you interviewed.  Much Thanks to Allen and You.  God Bless and Happy Holidays

    1. Ahahahaha .. i really can’t decide whether to laugh at you or to feel sorry for you. I think it will be the latter since It must be lonely to be you. Go with peace brother and let the sunshine into your heart. 🙂

    2. Henry and anyone else in this world has the right to live and make decisions without being judged.
      Must be a nice view from the top of your throne where you sit and make assumptions on other people and judge. Your really a know it all better type of guy .. you even think you know people and there motive better then they do them self right ? But don’t answer it .. thankfully it’s your last post.

    3. I feel so sorry for you. It must be a sad life to be so hateful. You must be a very troubled individual. Calling me pervert but at the same time asking me to f**k my mother .. who is the pervert? 😉 ahahaha
      I hope you find some happiness in your life so you can rid yourself of your hate.

    4. george brett  How dare you condemn or judge others?
      Not only are you judging him but also the woman. He is not dating a child he is dating a woman who is old enough to love and old enough to make her own decisions.
      You have to learn to live and let live. Everyone is entitled to their own way of living as long as they are not hurting anyone else.
      Merry Christmas i’ll pray for love and compassion in your life cuz you really need it.

  13. Great video Henry.  A lesson to all of us to see this young man face his own mortality and still positively living his life.  All my best wishes to you Allen and to Rose his friend.

  14. All the best, mate.

    I’m a Cebuano who migrated to Australia in ’80. Want to go back and retire. Pretty girls are everywhere.

    It’s summer here. Yep. The green leaves of summer are calling me home.

  15. Thank you guys and have a good time there together.
    Best chrstmas wishes to you. I only wish for me going back to the Philippines as soon as possible, I am really homesick nowadays…especially sa pasko na 

  16. Excellent video and interview on Allen’s journey. I lived in the Philippines for 2 years, I miss it all the time. Hope to return one day soon. I completely understand the feelings about how his worse days there are still better than living in the states. 

  17. Hey Henry–I just sent you an inmail here to your private email on google here.
    It’s re- a troll and problem person on your forum. If you get a chance read it.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

    1. Totally agree with you Jon. I do like it when
      people have differences of opinion etc- it
      makes the forum a lot more interesting. Like
      U say, when people start to resort to name
      calling etc- “time to eliminate him”- I don’t
      think this guy is to bright-can’t spell or put a
      sentence together-like a Grade 2 mentality-hope he’s gone for good. Google should allow for control of jerks like him.-tc

    2. Yes I agree Grant. Differences of opinons are fine and to be expected, they can even make for stimulating discussion but name calling and vitriolic remarks are unnecessary and unacceptable.

      Thank you and I wish you the best for the holiday season also. Tc.

    3. Hey Jon- I hope we can get rid of this George
      Brett troll on here- he’s such a jerk and just
      ruins the good tenor of the forums, of which
      there’s so many great people on. I hope the guy
      is gone for good. Wishing you a great Hoiliday
      season Jon.

    4.   I’m not surprised by that one bit Henry, and I
      hope you can ban him from contaminating your
      forum with his bitter and twisted attitude. You
      have such great viewers, who are all polite to
      each other, even if they disagree with each
      other. Hope you can correct this-“soon.”
        Have a relaxing and happy Holiday Season,
      and all the best in finding your great love that
      your searching for in the new year Henry.

    1. @edwinodus he mentioned he is on meds, as for treatment you’d have to ask him about that.  he is here on the comments.  🙂

  18. This was fantastic Henry. really great. Another perspective is always great to hear. I wish Allen all the best there with his health and his new life. Thank you also Henry for information about the camera a couple of weeks back. Merry Christmas to you.

  19. Hello Henry thanx for all the great video and Merry Christmas !! This video is one of your best Im so happy to see Allen and hear his story. I had a heart attack and surgery in 2012 and recently I found your videos and It has given me focus as well. I will be creating my own Philippine adventure in about 5 months and I hope to live there and be happy thanks to you Henry and the few others that share the ups and downs with us all. Not only will you save us money but mountains of potential trial and errors and grief you will have saved people with your tips and guidance . Hopefully I will get the chance to meet you and shake your hand to thank you for helping me.

  20. My wife and I watched this video twice because Allen is such an extraordinary guy.  His love of the Philippines is so sincere that the video is inspirational.  Thanks Reekay and Allen for the bolt of pure uplifting energy.

  21. Hi again Henry! Another proof of how the Filipinos treat you there. It’s just phenomenal that despite of the hardship most native have been through, they still carry that smile and even share it to the strangers. I now can differentiate the life between in the US and the PI. Thanks again Henry.

    1. @Roberta Rodriguez an interesting update;  allen was looking to relocate from his current apartment and the one next door to mine just vacated.  so now allen will be my new neighbor.  🙂

  22. Henry if u have a chance to meet again with Allen or Alan tell him try to eat graviola fruit or drink soursop juice this is ten thousand times stronger than chemotherapy he can find this fruit in dumaguete public market….. Thank you…

  23. For you Alan ……………. Get well soon………………………………. Colon Cancer natural treatment and prevention with diet, food, vitamins, supplements and herbs by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
    October 27 2014
    The colon is part of a section of the digestive tract called the large intestine. The large intestine is a tube that is 5 to 6 feet in length. The first 5 feet make up the colon, which connects to about 6 inches of rectum, and ends with the anus. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer, in both males and females, in the western world with close to 150,000 new cases each year in the United States. Despite recent advances in screening and treatment for colon cancer, the number of people dying from the disease has remained steady since the late 1980s.

    Colon Cancer supplements, herbs and vitamins
    People who consume relatively high levels of calcium and take vitamin D supplements seem to be protected to some degree against colon cancer. Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide, and dietary factors are considered to be important in its risk. Consider the following supplements:

    Curcumin is an extract from turmeric that may be of benefit. This supplement is not absorbed too well into the bloodstream so most of it stays in the gut and it can have its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity in the GI system. Perhaps curcumin may be of benefit in those who have Familial Adenosis Polyposis, especially when combined with quercetin.
    Fish oil supplements may be of benefit. People who eat plenty of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acids could cut their risk of colon cancer. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2010.
    Ginger appears to lower some indicators of inflammation in the colon.
    Folic Acid and B vitamins may be helpful
    Vitamin D has the power to protect some people from getting colorectal cancer since it boosts the immune system’s defenses against tumor cells.
    Calcium — A daily calcium supplement protects against colon polyps, particularly the advanced type that go on to become cancer. Vitamin D supplementation is also a good idea.
    Calcium and α-tocopherol suppress cured-meat promotion of chemically induced colon carcinogenesis in rats and reduce associated biomarkers in human volunteers. Am J Clin Nutr. November 2013.
    Citrus bioflavonoids may be helpful
    Magnesium is a mineral
    Reishi mushroom extract
    Anthocyanins found in bilberry fruit
    IP-6 could be of benefit

    Medications, prevention or survival
    Use of a baby aspirin a few times a week may be of benefit in some whose tumors had mutations in the PIK3CA gene.

    The type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. Fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk.

    Diet and colon cancer
    Long-term high consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk of rectal and colon cancer. People with this condition who continue to eat a lot of red and processed meats have increased odds of dying from the disease. Higher calcium consumption is linked with reduced odds of developing colon cancer. Eating lots of preserved meats such as salami, bacon, cured ham and hot dogs could increase the risk of bowel cancer by 50 percent. Fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grain cereals and legumes may reduce colon cancer risk. Health experts estimate that about 70 percent of colorectal cancers could be prevented by changes in diet and nutrition.
    Eating foods rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) — the healthy fatty acid found in foods such as fish and nuts — may reduce a person’s risk of developing colon cancer.
    Children who consume high levels of diary products may have a greater risk of developing colon cancer in adulthood.
    Soy food consumption is associated with a lower risk.
    A high consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. Cooked Green Vegetables, dried fruit, legumes, and brown rice are associated with fewer colon polyps
    Obesity is accompanied by inflammation in the colorectal mucosa and diet-induced weight loss reduces this inflammatory state and may thereby lower risk.

    Prospective cohort study of soy food intake and colorectal cancer risk in women
    Soy and some of its constituents, such as isoflavones, have been shown to have cancer-inhibitory activities in experimental studies. Our objective was to investigate whether soy food intake is associated with colorectal cancer risk. We prospectively examined 68,412 women aged 40–70 y and free of cancer and diabetes at enrollment. During a mean follow-up of 6 years, 321 incident colorectal cancer cases were identified. Total soy food intake was inversely associated with colorectal cancer risk. Each 5-gram per day increment in intake of soy foods as assessed by dry weight [equivalent to 1 oz tofu/d] was associated with an 8% reduction in risk. Women in the highest tertile of intake had a multivariate relative risk of 0.67compared with those in the lowest tertile. This inverse association was primarily confined to postmenopausal women. Similar results were also found for intakes of soy protein and isoflavones. This prospective study suggests that consumption of soy foods may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009.

    Patients found to have elevated insulin or blood sugar levels at the time of colonoscopy to remove polyps face an increased risk of developing recurrent polyps, including advanced polyps — the type with a high likelihood of progressing to colon cancer.

    Red Meat and Colon Cancer
    Red meat and processed meat raise levels of compounds in the large bowel, which can alter DNA and increase the likelihood of cancer. The chance of developing colorectal cancer is a third higher in people who regularly eat more than two portions of red or processed meat a day compared to someone who ate less than one portion a week. Red meat consumption is linked to increased levels of substances called N-nitrosocompounds, which are formed in the large bowel. The compounds may stick to DNA, making it more likely to undergo mutations that increase the odds of cancer. The DNA damage may be repaired naturally in the body, and fiber in the diet may help the process.

    People who eat a lot of processed meats may have a higher risk of developing pre-cancerous growths — polyps — in the colon, while the opposite may be true for fans of chicken. Researchers found that among adults with a history of colon polyps, those who ate a diet heavy in processed meats had a higher risk of polyp recurrence than those with the lowest intake. On the other hand, patients who favored chicken had a lesser risk of new polyps than those who ate the least. Colon polyps are growths that, while usually benign, can become cancerous. Patients in the current study had all had polyps removed and were then followed for 4 years to detect any recurrences. Overall, the one-quarter of patients with the highest intake of processed meat were 75 percent more likely to develop an advanced polyp compared with the one-quarter of patients who ate the least processed meat, the researchers found. In contrast, those with the highest chicken intake were 39 percent less likely than those who ate the least to develop an advanced polyp. Type 2 or non-insulin dependent diabetes is associated with increased risk of developing colon polyps and colon cancer.

    Curry and Onions
    Chemicals in turmeric and onions reduce both the size and number of precancerous lesions in the human intestinal tract. Johns Hopkins researchers say a pill containing chemicals found in turmeric, a spice used in curries, and quercetin, an antioxidant found in onions could be helpful for colon cancer. The study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, found the average number of polyps dropped 60 percent, and the average size dropped by 50 percent. A research team was led by Dr. Francis M. Giardiello of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Marcia Cruz-Correa of Johns Hopkins and the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Familial adenomatous polyposis is a disorder that runs in families and is characterized by the development of hundreds of polyps and eventual colon cancer.

    Curcumin and Quercetin – Patients with pre-cancerous polyps in the colon who took a pill containing a combination of curcumin, which is found in the curry spice turmeric, and quercetin, an antioxidant found in onions, experienced a marked reduction in both the size and number of polyps. “We believe this is the first proof of principle that these substances have significant effects in patients with FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis),” Dr. Francis M. Giardiello of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore said in a statement. The potential of curcumin to prevent and/or treat cancer in the lower intestines surfaced in studies in lab rats fed curry, as well as in observational studies of Asian populations that consume a lot of curry. Quercetin has also been shown to have anti-cancer potential. In their study, Giardiello and colleagues gave five FAP patients who had five or more polyps in their lower intestinal tract with 480 milligrams of curcumin and 20 milligrams of quercetin three times daily. “All five patients had a decreased polyp number and size from baseline after a mean of 6 months,” the team reports in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The average number of polyps dropped by 60 percent, and the average size dropped by 51 percent. Side effects were minimal. One colon cancer patient experienced nausea and sour taste within a couple of hours of taking the pill, which subsided after three days and did not recur, and another patient reported mild diarrhea. Of the two compounds, the researchers believe curcumin is the key cancer-fighting agent. The amount of quercetin we administered was similar to what many people consume daily; however, the amount of curcumin is many times what a person might ingest in a typical diet. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2006.

    Lifestyle changes
    Dr. Donald Maxwell Parkin of the Cancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology in London looked at how lifestyle changes now being promoted in the UK might impact rates of the disease in the future. These include eating less red meat and drinking less alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising more, and maintaining a healthy weight. If men reduced their daily intake of red meat to just under 3 ounces, for example, Dr. Donald Maxwell Parkin found the incidence of colorectal cancer would fall by 13% by 2024. Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily would cut colorectal cancer incidence by 6%. Upping average activity levels to 30 minutes five times a week would cut risk by 2%, while limiting alcohol intake to two to three drinks a day would reduce men’s risk by 5% and women’s by 1%. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2009.

    Aspirin and colon cancer
    Long-term use of aspirin may be a cheap way of warding off colon cancer for people who are at high risk, but bleeding risks make it a bad idea for the average patient.

    Taking aspirin not only can help keep colon cancer from coming back, but it also can lower the risk of dying from the disease. Aspirin likely works by blocking the enzyme cyclooxygenase2, or COX-2, which promotes inflammation and cell division. Many tumors make an abundance of COX-2.

    Moderate exercise reduces risk of colon cancer recurrence. Whether is it jogging around the park, pumping iron or swimming, an hour of vigorous exercise a day can lower the risk of bowel cancer. Even cleaning the house, or two hours of less strenuous activity can make a difference.

    Causes of colon cancer
    This condition has many causes, including a genetic predisposition, diet, and lifestyle habits. Cigarette smoking promotes the development of polyps in the colon, especially those that are more likely to progress to colon cancer.

    Radiation for prostate cancer increases risk for colon cancer
    There is an increased long-term risk of colon cancer in men who have undergone external radiation therapy for prostate cancer. International Journal of Cancer, September 1, 2008.

    An infection from a common type of mouth bacteria can contribute to colorectal cance. The bacteria, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, can attach to colon cells and trigger a sequence of changes. Levels of F. nucleatum are much higher in people with gum disease.

    Colon Cancer Screening and Sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends traditional colonoscopy — in which a doctor uses a 3-foot-long flexible camera to examine the colon — as a screening test for colon cancer beginning at the age of 50 years and continuing until the age of 75 years.

    As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened. But a study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out their genes doubled their risk of colon cancer were no more likely than people with average risk to get screened; Oct. 21, 2014, Annals of Internal Medicine.

    2009 – The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) released new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. One key change is that screening tests are now divided into those designed to prevent colon cancer and those designed to detect the cancer. Prevention screening is preferred over early detection. The best colorectal cancer prevention test is still colonoscopy. The prior recommendation that screening colonoscopy be performed every 10 years starting at age 50 years still stands with one modification: screening should begin at age 45 for African American men. Virtual colonoscopy, also known as CT colonography, is not as effective as traditional colonoscopy in detecting small lesions and carries an unclear radiation risk. It should only be considered in subjects who refuse standard colonoscopy. If selected, CT colonography should be performed every 5 years. An alternative for patients refusing colonoscopy include flexible sigmoidoscopy, a less invasive version of colonoscopy, performed every 5 to 10 years, and annual fecal immunochemical blood test, the preferred detection test. American Journal of Gastroenterology, March 2009.

    Although swallowing a pill camera can give doctors a good picture of the colon, it is not as good as traditional colonoscopy at detecting precancerous growths and cancer.

    2007 – Sigmoidoscopy is recommended every 5 years starting at age 50. Virtual” colonoscopy is similar to conventional colonoscopy in its ability to spot large colon polyps in patients at high risk for colorectal cancer, researchers report. However, the non-invasive technique can miss flat polyps, while falsely detecting non-polyp artifacts. Conventional screening with a colonoscope inserted into the colon via the anus is the preferred test for patients with personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer.
    Doctors may be overdoing it a bit on colonoscopies, even though they can save lives. Patients who have a low-risk polyp removed in a first colonoscopy do not need to have repeat colonoscopies as often as many doctors are prescribing them. Colonoscopies involve threading a flexible fiber-optic tube through the rectum into the colon and are the most accurate way to screen for colon cancer. People over 50 are advised to undergo the procedure every 10 years. The American Cancer Society estimates that 147,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and 57,000 will die from the disease. Many gastroenterologists and general surgeons surveyed recommended surveillance colonoscopy every three to five years for a small, hyperplastic polyp, when in fact, every 10 years is sufficient. “Overuse of colonoscopy taxes the health care system and may compromise the quality of care,” the researchers wrote. A colonoscopy costs between $1,500 to $1,700 in the United States. In a second report, the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued new recommendations saying patients who have been successfully operated on for stage II colon cancer do not need any chemotherapy. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, they said patients who get chemotherapy after surgery have only about a 4 percent to 5 percent greater chance of survival five years after surgery, compared with patients who had surgery alone.
    Colonoscopy is not perfect. There can be human errors in visualizing, stool blocking vision, inability to guide the scope too deep or lack of experience or determination of the examiner. Although colonoscopy is the accepted gold standard for detecting colonic polyps, its performance is much better with polyps of 10 mm or more than it is with those of smaller size.
    Three out of four Americans aged 50 to 70 aren’t getting regular colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone get a colonoscopy to test for colon cancer at age 50. But a quarter of people surveyed say their doctor had never discussed colon cancer screening with them, and another quarter said they didn’t get screened because they had no symptoms of the disease. Twenty-eight percent said they didn’t want to have a colonoscopy. Colon cancer screening isn’t something most people are comfortable chatting about around the water cooler, despite efforts by Katie Couric and others to raise awareness of the need for colon cancer screening. If a person with no family history of the disease has a colonoscopy at 50, the doctor performing the test is able to review the entire colon, and no problems are found, he or she doesn’t need to have the test again for 10 years. The risks of colorectal cancer screening may outweigh the benefits for some patients aged 70 years and older.

    People who have a colonoscopy in the morning rather than afternoon may be more likely to have potentially cancerous growths detected. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2009.

    To prevent colon cancer or to diagnose it early
    Get a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy every five years to check for polyps or tumors, especially if you’re over 55 or if a family member has had colon cancer.
    Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat. People who regularly eat red meat and processed meat have an increased of developing colorectal cancer
    Get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.
    Consumer more fiber and spices such as curcumin and consider supplementing with one or two times the RDA in folic acid and other B vitamins.

    Erbitux ( cetuximab ) is used to treat patients with advanced colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Cetuximab is the first monoclonal antibody approved to treat this type of cancer and is indicated as a combination treatment to be given intravenously with irinotecan, another drug approved to fight colorectal cancer, or alone if patients cannot tolerate irinotecan.
    The Food and Drug Administration and Genentech have warned doctors that Avastin, used to treat colorectal cancer, increases patients’ risk of suffering heart ailments — including chest pain, strokes, mini-strokes and heart attacks.

    Radiation induced colitis
    Cancer treatment regimens that include radiation therapy to the abdominal region for cervical, ovarian, prostate, sigmoid, or colorectal cancer potentially disturb the colonization resistance of the indigenous gut flora, causing radiation therapy-induced diarrhea, enteritis, and colitis in more than 80% of patients with cancer. One approach for the prevention of RT-induced diarrhea is the use of probiotics.

    Colon Cancer Research
    Consumption of the putative chemopreventive agent curcumin by cancer patients: assessment of curcumin levels in the colorectum and their pharmacodynamic consequences.
    Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005.
    Curcumin, a constituent of the spice turmeric, has been shown to reduce the adenoma burden in rodent models of colorectal cancer. We tested the hypothesis that pharmacologically active levels of curcumin can be achieved in the colorectum of humans. Patients with colorectal cancer ingested curcumin capsules (3,600, 1,800, or 450 mg daily) for 7 days. Biopsy samples of normal and malignant colorectal tissue, respectively, were obtained at diagnosis and at 6 to 7 hours after the last dose of curcumin. Blood was taken 1 hour after the last dose of curcumin. Curcumin and its metabolites were detected and quantitated by high-performance liquid chromatography with detection by UV spectrophotometry or mass spectrometry. The concentrations of curcumin in normal and malignant colorectal tissue of patients receiving 3,600 mg of curcumin were 12.7 +/- 5.7 and 7.7 +/- 1.8 nmol/g, respectively. Curcumin sulfate and curcumin glucuronide were identified in the tissue of these patients. Trace levels of curcumin were found in the peripheral circulation. The results suggest that a daily dose of 3.6 g curcumin achieves pharmacologically efficacious levels in the colorectum with negligible distribution of curcumin outside the gut.

    New research hints that a suboptimal intake of folic acid may play a role in the development of colon cancer, which points to a possible role for folic acid supplementation in colon cancer prevention. In individuals with colonl adenomas — polyps that can be precursors to bowel cancer — folic acid supplementation reverses so-called DNA hypomethylation.

    Myricetin inhibits matrix metalloproteinase 2 protein expression and enzyme activity in colorectal carcinoma cells.
    Mol Cancer Ther. 2005.
    Colon cancer is a leading cause of human mortality due to its high metastatic ability. Because the activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) is a key factor in the metastatic process, agents with the ability to inhibit MMP activity have potential in the treatment of colon cancer. In the present study, among 36 flavonoids examined, myricetin was found to be the most potent inhibitor of MMP-2 enzyme activity in COLO 205 cells.

    Effects of commercial anthocyanin-rich extracts on colonic cancer and nontumorigenic colonic cell growth.
    J Agric Food Chem. 2004. Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Commercially prepared grape (Vitis vinifera), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), and chokeberry (Aronia meloncarpa) anthocyanin-rich extracts (AREs) were investigated for their potential chemopreventive activity against colon cancer. The growth of colon cancer-derived HT-29 and nontumorigenic colonic NCM460 cells exposed to semipurified AREs (10-75 microg of monomeric anthocyanin/mL) was monitored for up to 72 h using a sulforhodamine B assay. All extracts inhibited the growth of HT-29 cells, with chokeberry ARE being the most potent inhibitor. HT-29 cell growth was inhibited approximately 50% after 48 h of exposure to 25 microg/mL chokeberry ARE. Most importantly, the growth of NCM460 cells was not inhibited at lower concentrations of all three AREs, illustrating greater growth inhibition of colon cancer, as compared to nontumorigenic colon cells. Extracts were semipurified and characterized by high-pressure liquid chromatography, spectrophotometry, and colorimetry. Grape anthocyanins were the glucosylated derivatives of five different anthocyanidin molecules, with or without p-coumaric acid acylation. Bilberry contained five different anthocyanidins glycosylated with galactose, glucose, and arabinose. Chokeberry anthocyanins were cyanidin derivatives, monoglycosylated mostly with galactose and arabinose. The varying compositions and degrees of growth inhibition suggest that the anthocyanin chemical structure may play an important role in the growth inhibitory activity of commercially available AREs.

    The variable effect on proliferation of a colon cancer cell line by the citrus fruit bioflavonoid Naringenin.
    Colorectal Dis. 2003.
    Naringenin, a naturally occurring flavonoid found in citrus fruits, is known to have anticarcinogenic properties. We have examined the effect of Naringenin on cell proliferation of an HT-29 colon cancer cell line. HT-29 colon cancer cells were cultured in 96-well tissue culture plates. Naringenin concentrations ranging from 0.02 to 2.85 mmol were added to the wells of the Test group. The Control group contained all the elements present in the Test group with the exception of Naringenin. Cell proliferation was measured by colourimetric assay using the 2% WST-1 cell proliferation kit. RESULTS: Significant inhibition of cell proliferation was observed in HT29 colon cancer cells exposed to Naringenin at doses greater than 0.71 mmol. These results suggest a potential role for citrus fruits as a source of chemoprotective agents for colon cancer.

    What’s the difference between colon cancer and colorectal cancer?
    Basically, they are the same. Colon cancer, colorectal cancer and rectal cancer are all the same disease. Rectal cancer is more specific to the rectum, the last part of the colon as it ends in the anus.

    Do you have information on colon cleanses?
    See colon cleansing information.

    1. @Steve A that is at the Hayahay resto, north end of Dumaguete.  a very cool place with live music, bamboo ‘clubhouse’ feel to it, big bar and very good food.

  24. Nice interview! Nice meeting you Allen; we run all over Georgia a lot here! This weekend, 3-14-15, we’re running Tallahassee Retriever Club trial, held at Plantations outside of Thomasville, GA.  Hope you make a full recovery and enjoy your years! Perhaps meet up with y all in a couple of years there.

    1. @Philippines Expats Forum i’m always on the lookout for quieter locations.. near the roads is noisy. if it’s open country the wind often comes up. still looking for a primo spot. the escalator was fairly quiet. 🙂

  25. Best of luck to Allen,after surving cancer i hope he leans about some of the super nutrient food one being horse radish leaves.
    The Philippines has the best tahebu i have ever found.
    Now a interview with his DAD who sailed to a life beyond the sea’s that would be exciting to hear about.
    thanks for sharing

  26. Another good video Henry! Keep up the good work. I have been in Dumaguete, my better half is there, and with God’s grace I will be back soon! Hope we can meet!

    1. +LifeBeyondTheSea – Philippines Hey there Henry, Thanks for the reply and its good that you and Allen are neighbors. Many moons ago I took a trip to Cebu and stayed for about three and half weeks I really enjoyed myself. So, now that I am retried and Single and have the time. I am planing on coming back to the Philippines and stay for at least a couple of months and checkout a few of the Islands my first stop will be Davao. How is Davao did you like it there? I plan on living some where warm like the Philippines.

    2. +Nogomo allen is a great guy and we’ve stayed good friends since then. in fact we are once again neighbors so i see him almost daily.

  27. Hi Reekay, except for the motorbikes roaring by, (haha) nice interview. I see you posted this in DEC 2014, how is Allen today? Heard from him? Vivian and I wish you both well. Ken

    1. +Postcards From Cebu yes, in fact i was just chatting with him in person a few minutes ago. we are neighbors again so we see each other almost daily. we’ve been good friends since meeting more than a year ago. very cool guy.

  28. Mr. Swanson, I wish you the very best on your health…stay strong and gradually you will see a dramatic difference for the better.

    And of course you’re with the best (hands down) ….Mr Reekay. I always watch his U tube channel in
    reference to the Philippines. Mr. Reekay is so amazing. He is very analytical, strategical, and knowledgeable person. He is very thorough and in depth when he explains his topics.

    I myself plan to move to the Philippines, and I would love to meet Mr. Reekay. I’m quite sure that he could give me some good advice. If you’re reading this.. please tell Mr. Reekay that I said hello. The both of you….take care.
    Have a Happy 4th. Dennis

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