“Dr Sommai Tongprasert MD: The Miracle Doctor Who Triumphed Over Cancer”
Readers may have different reactions when they see this title. Some may turn away. Some may want to continue reading (parsing through the pages as quickly as possible) because cancer is a cruel disease and one of the top killers in the world. The old saying: “Know your enemy. Fight 10 battles, you will win 10 times” – is still applicable. Whether we have cancer or not, understanding it will help us stay clear of this evil disease.
“Who can get cancer?
In what parts of the human body can it occur?”
If someone asked me which parts of the human body cannot have cancer, I would have to say that cancer can be found almost anywhere in our bodies. There are only three things which cancer does not affect: nails, hair and teeth. Everything else is free game. This disease is a change that is out of our body’s control. It is born from good cells in our bodies that turn into bad ones. It damages parts of the bodies, ruins all systems, and finally destroys the lives of those who have it. Many famous people have died because of this disease, including Joe Akarapol Thanawithawilart, Seksan Phupradit, and Yodrak Salakjai.
Many people who have cancer despair and give up the fight to the disease and their fate. I would like to tell you all that nobody wants to get sick, especially with cancer. If you want to live, you need your will to fight it and look for ways to survive.
Though cancer might look like the grim reaper, the will of the patient is more important. If you have found out that you have cancer, do not give up. Those who have cancer can call me to discuss and talk about their symptoms. I would tell you whether or not I am able to cure you, considering your symptoms and the possibilities of treatment. But first, I wish to change the belief that all cancer patients must die. Because of my treatments, there are many who have survived and many who were cured.
Assumptions about Cancer
As our bodies develop, the cells divide all the time. The number of cells dividing is enormous (millions at a time). Under normal circumstances, all our body parts would work and we would live normal lives. However, if there are problems in the cell division which cause the new cells to be different, we would consider them to be abnormal. Our bodies would naturally try to get rid of these abnormal cells.
Compare these unusual cells to a group of robbers who invade your home. The guard (the immune system in our bodies) would uncover and remove them. But, under some unfortunate circumstances, one or two robbers manage to get in, such as when cancerous cells that are not destroyed hang on to the tissues of that particular body part. Thus, the cells start to divide and grow and become part of these cancerous cells.
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Think of the robber hiding in the house. He certainly would seek a way to bring in his peers to rob you of your valuables. When these cancer cells grow larger, they cluster together and take away large amounts of food, minerals and oxygen from surrounding healthy cells.
When there are too many crooks, our guards become neutralized. If the cancer cells in our bodies multiply and spread out, the immune system fails. Our bodies become weaker, and before we know it, the exterior of our bodies begin to show the symptoms: lumps, wounds, pain.
These symptoms let you know that the interior of your body is badly damaged. Upon reaching that stage, patients receive their doctor’s diagnosis of which cancer stage they are at. When most of the patients realize they have cancer, it usually is already in the later stages, which makes it very difficult to cure.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Getting Cancer
Ways to Prevent Cancer
All kinds factors cause risk of cancer: from inside our own bodies, such as having atypical genes or inherited genetic abnormalities, to environmental factors, such as foods with high fat content, consumable substances which could lead to cancer (food with Alfatoxin), GMO food products, smoking, exposure to certain chemicals and the sun’s UV rays, infections, certain hormones and stress.
Having cancer is just like having robbers hiding in your house who are difficult to eradicate – though the house is closed up, they are still hiding inside, waiting to steal more of your valuables. To fight and overcome them is hard, but to prevent them from getting into the house in the first place would is much easier.
Always remember that cancer can be completely cured: you only have to find the abnormality in your body early enough.
The best ways to avoid the risk factors of cancer are taking care of your own health in order to prevent cancer and keeping track of your body, especially if you have a hereditary disposition towards cancer. If you have cancer, you can watch for the warning signals (symptoms) of the early stages of cancer, such as losing too much weight, having unusually large warts or moles, chronic wounds, or constant headaches.
In females aged 35 years and up, it is recommended to have regular check-ups and Pap smears. Men should also have check-ups at age 45 and up. Do not wait until more serious symptoms appear, such as an inability to urinate or having blood in the urine, because at that point it would be difficult to treat.
Cancer in the prostate is among the 10 types of cancer most commonly found in Thai males. The main factor that causes prostate cancer, besides hereditary factors, is frequently consuming food that contains high fat and high cholesterol levels.
Presently, cancer in the intestine is becoming more frequent and it is also one of the most common kinds of cancer among Thai people. It has many risk factors, such as heredity and age. The average age of patients is 60 years and the risk of getting intestinal cancer is high. At the beginning, there are no clear indications or symptoms. Symptoms are visible once the disease has already spread out widely. The way to prevent this type of cancer is to find it as soon as possible (in an early stage) in order for the physician to set up a better and more efficient treatment.
The noticeable symptoms include: the patient alternating between diarrhea and constipation, waste matter being mixed with blood and mucous, having cysts (which can be found in the abdominal area). Intestinal cancer usually starts out as small lobes and, after five to 10 years, becomes cancerous. By using (an endoscope) to find and remove the small lobes before they could become cancerous, with the proper treatment, it is possible to reduce the mortality rate of intestinal cancer. Furthermore, keeping a healthy habit by having good eating habits (eating plenty of vegetable and fruit), reducing red meat consumption, or keeping your body weight to a reasonable amount could also help reduce the risk of getting intestinal cancer.
To summarize, you can see that most types of cancer result from the food that we consume. You may notice that people in the past rarely had this kind of problem. It was because they usually had natural sources of food. However, nowadays when we eat fish, we eat those from farms. Those fish are fed with fish food containing chemical substances, the same way chickens, pigs, and cows are raised in farms with hormones to increase their growth. You eat farm chickens, which eat ready-made food and are GMO animals. Another case is when we buy hot food in plastic bags or foam boxes; the food absorbs some chemical substances that could cause cancer, which enters your body and accumulates there for many years. Most of the time, we forget to think about this due to our rat race way of life.
I met a 14 year old boy who had liver cancer, and learned that he ate mostly chicken. I have an important message to give my patients — whoever has cancer should reduce consumption of meat from animals fed using ready-made animal food, and try to eat more fish (either salt water or fresh water), or home-raised chickens. Since animal feed usually contains Alfatoxin, once we consume the animal’s meat, we automatically consume the Alfatoxin as well. In addition, we should avoid substances that could contain toxins, such as food with Borax, Formalin, bleach, pesticide, Salbutamol, or food that is fried in repeatedly used oil. The ingredients in these foods are the major cause of cancer.
I have read some research news about Bai-bua-bok . It is supposed to contain a great deal of cancer resistant substances and can help those who are intestine cancer patients. When Bai-bua-bok is smashed, cooked and consumed, you can find more cancer resistant substances in it than in lemongrass. However, if you have liver cancer, you should be very careful about consuming Bai-bua-bok, since it could create a negative effect by lowering the efficiency of the liver in destroying Alfatoxin in it, eventually resulting in liver infections.
The cancers most commonly found among Thai people are liver cancer, breast cancer, intestinal cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer. Prevention is better than a cure — especially when it comes to cancer. Always remember that to leave the door open allows those robbers to come in and steal from our homes — our valuables will be taken. Once you have cancer, your body would certainly lose something so start taking good care of yourselves from now on.
Sickness is a Type of Karma
These hands that some patients say can do miracles, once held guns and took lives. I used to go hunting in the jungle. I like to tell people who were sick with different kinds of illnesses or have experienced bad luck to think of doing good deeds so they will be physically well and their minds will be both healthy and clean.
I wrote about my experiences in the jungle in the book, “Kod-haeng-kam” (Rules of Karma) number 17, section “ruer-mee-tee-hai-nee-kam (Karma)”. It means no one can ever escape his or her Karma, and these examples are to remind readers to think about doing good. Your mind receives “kusol” (merit). I still cannot forget sins I have committed, although I have helped many patients a great deal. I myself believe in Karma [you reap what you sow] because of my own experiences. It was punishment from my sins that I still remember until this day.
I present to you here the stories I told in Rules of Karma. It was all in the past and will make you readers mindful of all the good deeds I have done as well as the sins I have committed, so you can avoid doing wrong deeds, which could cause those you love and yourselves to suffer in sickness and pain, even death, as payback.
Shooting the Bull
My first incident of Karma was on 10 April 1962 I went hunting in Baan-bor-sai Subdistrict, Nachaliang District, Petchaboon Province. We had to walk across two hills, because at the time, the jungle was very dense. When we arrived at the destination (where we would hide while waiting for the animals), the hunters arranged for me to stay with another doctor who was my subordinate. The two of us sat in a big hole between the roots of a large tree. About 20 meters away was a watering hole for animals in the jungle.
It was about 6:00 pm and we had sat there for quite a while when the earth began to shake. A big animal was running down the hill to get a drink. I sneaked a look and saw a huge bull walking towards the watering hole. I nudged and told the other doctor to shoot the bull after it walked past our hiding spot. We were supposed to shoot the spot between the top end of the bull’s front legs (the hunters called it “rak-rae-daeng”) because it would go straight to the heart.
My assistant and I had an opportunity when the bull passed by and we took one shot each, right at the target. It thundered past the hiding place, up the hill into a batch of bamboo, and turned around to kneel down in front of me about 10 meters away. I looked at its face and was very frightened. This was the first time I had ever shot a large animal in my life. The bull bent its knees and leaned over towards me. Blood dripped out of the nose and its dark green eyes were vengeful.
The other doctor and I did not know what to do, as it was getting dark. We did not know how to get back on our own so we were stuck sitting there the whole night without sleep. In the morning, the hunters brought many people along and told us that they had heard the gun shots and had guessed that we shot down the bull. The hunters cut up the meat for food and, after they smoked it in order to preserve it, I took the bull’s head back home.
In 1963, my brother’s car crashed and he died right around the entrance to Ban-bor-sai Subdistrict. The accident made me think of the bull’s vengeful eyes, and I wondered if it had taken my brother’s life as payback.
Shooting a Bird’s Eye
This was my second experience with Karma. It happened between 1962-1967. On afternoons during my day off, my subordinate and I liked to ride bicycles along the Singburi-Lopburi Road and shoot birds with rifles. One day, we went to shoot birds nearby the road as usual. There were very tall palm trees lining the road on both sides and a vulture was perching on one extremely tall palm tree. My subordinate challenged me to shoot the bird’s eye if I could. Being cocky and thoughtless, I aimed my gun towards the vulture’s right eye. I shot it through the eye into its brain and it fell down dead. From then on, I didn't think much about it or give it any mind.
Later, in 1987, I went to a jungle in Banrai District, Uthaithani Province. During the night, we all walked in the jungle. Unfortunately, some sawdust went into my right eye and it became irritated. Being in the jungle and unable to leave at night, I had to wait until morning.
That night, I used drinking water to clean my eye in order to reduce the irritation. When it was morning, I hurried back to the hospital to clean my eye, as well as use medicine to numb it and to prevent any infections. However, my condition did not improve. I went to see several ophthalmologists and they all said that it was not serious, just irritation. They gave me eye-drops and some medication to consume. Yet no matter what I did, nothing worked.
I continued to suffer pain and irritation, so I went to see a friend who was a doctor at Siriraj Hospital. The test results kept saying nothing was wrong. My eye remained irritated and painful. Finally, my sight in that eye got mucky to the point of complete blindness, with nothing being able to cure it. This incident reminded me of the time I had shot the vulture’s eye. It seemed I was paying for my bad Karma (what I had done to the vulture).
If you read this, please think about it carefully because it was something I have personally experienced. Please avoid harming any human or animal because it could bring you bad Karma.
Shooting the Baby Gibbon
My third experience with bad Karma happened between 11-20 April 1967. A group of us always went hunting in the Lum-Khaa-Khaeng forest, Banrai District, Uthaithani Province every year. Before went into the jungle, my sister told me that she would like to have a baby gibbon for a pet. I promised to find her one.
After setting up camp in the jungle, every day the team and I went hunting from morning to night, and then returned to sleep at the camp. On the last day, I remembered my sister’s request. We were returning the next day and I told the hunter that I wanted a baby gibbon. The hunter said that in order to get a baby gibbon, I would have to kill the mother because the baby gibbon hangs on to the front of its mother at all times.
At that time, I was not thinking about this sin, only wanting to get my sister the baby gibbon. Therefore, I told the hunter to take me to the less dense area where the gibbons lived so we could see them clearly. The hunter took me to an area where there were several small hills and some tall trees standing far apart where we could see many gibbons. I was eyeing one that held a tiny baby in front. The hunter helped chase the gibbon for me. Once it came toward me, I aimed to shoot the mother, but it escaped to another tree. I was trying to run while shooting but kept missing. After a while, the gibbon probably got tired and just held on to the tree without trying to escape.
Since I had chased the gibbon for a while, I was worn out and my hands shook. When the gibbon stopped, I aimed at it again. Though I was normally a good shot, due to tiredness and my shaking hands, I missed and hit the baby’s right leg, breaking it. Once I saw the baby gibbon holding its broken leg and crying, I was stunned and felt bad about my action. I decided to kill it so it would not suffer. After that, I handed my gun to the hunter and told him that I would no longer hunt. From that point on, I stopped killing any animal with the exceptions of mosquitoes, ants and termites.
Around 1998, while I was digging soil with a hoe to grow some plants, I felt a sharp pain near my waist that spread all over my right hip, down to the toes of my right foot. I stopped digging and returned home. I rubbed that area with ointment and took some pain reliever, then laid down to rest. The pain subsided. The next day I took an x-ray of my lower back. From studying it, the doctor told me that while I was digging I may have twisted my body too fast and caused a slipped disk (Herniated nucleus pulposus).
From then on, I kept rubbing it with ointment and took pain relievers, but my condition continued to deteriorate. Sometimes I was able to walk normally and suddenly there would be pain from my right hip down. The pain worsened to the point I needed to get an injection to numb the main nervous system in my hip. There were times when an injection and pain reliever, still did not help.
I bought a support belt to wear, but my condition remained the same. Sometimes, while in pain, I practically had to crawl from down the stairs since I was unable to walk.
Because of this situation, I thought of my shooting of the baby gibbon’s right leg. I was suffering with the same pain all along and prayed for the baby gibbon to forgive me. Because I had sinned because of my cockiness, every time I kruad-nam , I would send a good deed to those I had wronged and the baby gibbon, asking for forgiveness every time.
Although a doctor myself, I did not know how to get rid of the pain. I cannot explain the pain to you — only that it spread from the hip down to the toes of my right foot every single time. The pain was so excruciating that I even thought of overdosing on sleeping pills, just to escape my suffering.
On 20 April 2001, I moved my clinic into my house behind Singburi Hospita, and prayed a vow that from that point onwards I would stop eating red meat. I would only consume Vitamilk, fruits, small fish and water that had been used to cook rice. I also prayed for the baby gibbon to forgive me every time I kruad-nam and before going to sleep.
Suddenly, one day the pain simply disappeared, despite not getting any treatment. I did not have to use the support belt and could dig the ground just like before. (I was already 81 years old.) At the time of this writing, I feel no pain at all.
It showed me that I had finally received forgiveness from those whom I had wronged and the baby gibbon that I had shot after continuously doing good deeds and asking for forgiveness. I tried to teach people not to kill or harm animals because all living things are in pain when hurt and are afraid of death. It proved that Karma does exist, especially for me. The Karma caught up with me while I am still alive. Although I have done a great many good deeds, it cannot wipe out those bad deeds and bad Karma.