As a former mainstream cancer research scientist, Dennis Hill didn’t think cannabis could cure his cancer after he had moved to California. But after researching further, he decided to try it without any conventional treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments.
The MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas is one of America’s top cancer research centers and hospitals. It is one of mainstream medicine’s elite oncology centers.
This cancer center is not holistic or integrative or inclined to tolerate natural cancer treatments. I believe it has been complicit with Dr. Stanislaw Burzinski’s constant harassment from Texas authorities for his unique method of curing cancer.
This is where Dennis Hill had worked for 10 years. He had occasionally noticed cancer patients suffering greatly within the conventional chemotherapy or radiation treatment wards, and vowed he would never go through what he had observed if he were to be diagnosed with cancer.
But Later It Happened to Him
Decades later in 2010, he was diagnosed with aggressive Stage IV adenocarcinoma of the prostate. After his diagnosis he realized he had no one for support where he currently lived. Dennis described himself as a private person who lives alone. But he was hoping for an option outside mainstream oncology that he could pretty much do alone without being poisoned.
A lady friend of Dennis’ told him cannabis cures cancer. But he thought that was ridiculous. She told him her nephew cured his cancer that way, and there was a recent cannabis conference in San Francisco. She insisted he look it up and research cannabis for cancer.
It wasn’t the idea of using marijuana for any other reason that struck him as ridiculous. He was an occasional recreational marijuana smoker during his younger days, even as a biochemist. He knew it was harmless, but considered it non-medicinal, especially for cancer. After all, he had worked in the research wing of the MD Anderson Cancer Institute for 10 years.
He took his friend’s advice and researched PubMed for studies of cannabis for medical purposes because he understood science speak. Some were in foreign languages without translations, but there were enough that were translated and others from America in English. He became convinced after reviewing many cancer cannabis studies that he had found his option.
Now that he was ready to try cannabis for his cancer, Dennis was in a quandary for a supplier. It was 2011 and he lived in a small town. A friend told him of a local person who grew and sold bud and that she would get cannabutter (cannabis infused butter) made for him from the trim, which is what’s left after removing the more profitable buds.
He had no way of knowing how much THC, the psychoactive compound, or CBD, medicinal but not psychoactive, was in the trim he used to make cannabutter. He simply dosed daily up to tolerance twice daily, finding that the more he took the more he could tolerate as time went on.
Judging from the way he experienced his self medication compared to smoking marijuana during during his youth, he estimated the cannabutter to be high THC but maybe less potent than cannabis oil. He also explained how he later came to understand that high THC is important for treating cancer.
During his self treatment with cannabis, the intern MD who had referred him to a urologist was enthusiastic and wanted Hill to stay in touch and report his progress. But the urologist wouldn’t have any of it. He was antagonistic the whole time. Fortunately this was California, and Dennis had obtained his medical marijuana card.
During that six months, Dennis Hill also discovered a cannabis co-op near his small town in California. Without money exchanging hands, everyone chipped in for the planting, harvesting, and making cannabis oils with the whole plant and not just the buds. He said it’s known as “hash oil”.
Remission and Recovery Without Interrupting His Life Routine
After only three months, the main tumor was gone, but a few metastatic lesions remained. In another three months, all traces of cancer were gone. Dennis explained that it was easy to cope with all that cannabis in his system for the whole six months. His normal routines were not interrupted “and it was fun”, he said.
He explained how the whole six month treatment that evolved form cannabis butter to whole plant hash oil created no interruptions with his daily life. He was a former track scholarship athlete at the University of Houston, and he runs two miles every morning, which he continued all through his high dosage cannabis treatment.
And he never missed a day of work at either of his two jobs during that time. He said he actually enjoyed the treatment. He took two doses daily, before work was a smaller dose and after work a heavier dose. Dennis knew how debilitating conventional cancer treatments are and how it would have been impossible for him continue his routines under those treatments.
Hill’s Updated Advice
Dennis did what he could do with limited knowledge of the mechanics of cannabis to cure his prostate cancer without surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Since then he has done enough of his own detailed research during his several years cancer free to make this advice for cancer patients on the Holistic Cancer Summit:
Use a strain that’s 50/50 THC and CBD. Because the CBD helps counteract the THC’s psychoactive effect or high, one who has problems functioning with the psychoactive effects can continue to function with higher amounts of THC.
Both THC and CBD destroy cancer cells, but they do their damage differently. The THC destroys cancer cells’ mitochondria, the part of the cell that creates energy, by breaking its walls, while CBD inhibits the metabolism of the cancer cell’s mitochondria. Thus making the 1:1 THC to CBD ratio ideal for cancer patients.
These cannabis combinations target only cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. For those who cannot get cannabis with THC because of local laws, Dennis recommended using CBD.
He agreed it’s not as potent as THC for cancer, but he declared it was a step in the right direction that could be part of another natural regimen with the right supporting diet.
Upon being asked if he saw mainstream medicine going more toward cannabis medical applications, Dennis expressed doubts. But at a recent cannabis conference, a physician did publicly remark that eventually, after further research and clinical applications, all pharmaceuticals will be replaced by cannabis.
The more he thought about it, the more he realized it is possible. Dennis Hill explains how cannabis works on cancer cells in the interview below. Sorry about the poor visual quality, but this is the most concise interview I could find.
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