Manouchehr Parhami: Grandfather Survives Brain Tumor with CBD
MMJ Patient: Manouchehr Parhami, Glenview, IL
Two years ago, he sat in the doctor’s office with his family and was told face-to-face that he had a Stage IV Brain Tumor, and that due to his old age and the malignant nature of it, he wasn’t expected to live more than 6 months. Well, it’s been two years and he is standing here today to tell us how taking CBD supplements not only alleviated the cocktail of side effects he suffered with traditional medicine, but shrunk his tumor and gave him his life back.
What medical condition have you been struggling with?
I was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Stage IV Brain Tumor, which was devastating to discover for both myself and entire family. My age was yet another factor that worsened the prognosis; being that I was 81 years old, I was not equipped with a body that could take much more. The doctors sadly told me that even if I went through with surgery, my condition wouldn’t look any better and I was given 6 months to live. Many in the past have suffered from similar tumors, like Senator Ted Kennedy, and the survival rate is slim to none.
How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?
I underwent surgery on November 18, 2012, nearly 2 years ago, on a Sunday morning. It was a very scary day because my family were waiting with the uncertainty of whether I was even going to survive the surgery due to my old age. However, I promised them that I would not give up and was convinced that it wasn’t my time yet. I asked all of them to continue saying their prayers while I was going through surgery.
With God’s blessings, it went well. But, even then, the doctor told me the average life span post-op was roughly 14 months and once again, I was determined to beat these odds. So far, with the great support from my family and God, I am still standing. My goal is to continue on this successful path, regardless of it being difficult at times.
I was determined to beat these odds.
What do you believe caused this medical condition?
It is hard to say, but in my past, I owned a printing company in Iran. I was exposed to lead-based materials for a long period of time in that industry and modern day literature suggests that this is an apparent possibility.
What medications have you been taking that was prescribed to you by your doctor?
There is limited treatment for this kind of malignant brain tumor. After surgery, one undertakes radiation treatment for roughly 6 months, accompanied by a couple of chemotherapy treatments. In addition to these treatments, you have to adjust your lifestyle and accept certain limitations. One additional treatment regime that I implemented, at the behest of my daughters, was a natural supplement to my diet, involving CBD hemp oil and other hemp-based products. These are supplements that are entirely legal and all-natural, but are not well known or well researched due to the lack of funding available to obtain sufficient scientific results. However, my daughters did their thorough research on it and history proves that hemp was used in the past to cure many diseases and health problems.
According to history, the founding fathers of the United States knew of the power of hemp and used it in many ways which includes consuming hemp seeds. I chose to do the same by adding them daily to my diet: in my juices, meals, shakes, and sometimes even in my cocktails.
What side effects did you experience from the prescribed medication by your doctor?
The side effects of radiation and chemotheraphy are well known: loss of energy, loss of hair, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and other bodily weaknesses. I suffered from all of these side effects and believe me, I became sick of it. I knew there was a better way and thanks to my daughters’ research of hemp, my prayers were answered.
What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?
As noted, I have utilized a regime of hemp-based dietary supplements ranging from raw hemp oil to CBD oil capsules. This has been a blessing as it has alleviated many of the continuing side effects of the tumor itself, as well as the side effects that come from the radiation and chemotherapy treatment. These alternative medicinal supplements also boosted my energy and thwarted off muscle weakness, mood swings, depression, and headaches. If my daughters’ research hadn’t had brought us to supplementing my cancer treatment regime with hemp and cannabidiol, I don’t know how I would be surviving the awful side effects.
How long have you been using the alternative medicine?
For at least the past 6 months and I intend to continue using these alternatives as long as I live.
How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine? Compared to your prescribed medications?
There is no comparison. Standard medicine is just that; it has side effects. If you take your circumstance into your own control, you can address the issues you face with more vigor. I have done so, not only by fighting the effects mentioned above, but also working to minimize the growth of my tumor and gain more control of my body and get back to living my life. But for the alternative supplemental and medicinal regime that I swear by, I believe that I would not be in the position I am today without it. In fact, as my MRI scans demonstrate, not only have I not experienced any regrowth of my brain tumor (which would itself cause immense problems), but it has actually decreased in size and scope. My tumor has shrunk to a fraction of the size.
But for the alternative supplemental and medicinal regime that I swear by, I believe that I would not be in the position I am today without it.
Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?
There is no question about it. Not only has my family saved a ton of money from having to pay medical bills and treatments to save my life, but I am also here today, able to share my survival success story with others. As a brain cancer survivor, I am honored to be the evidence that the use of alternative medicine can be the difference between life and death. Even though I just turned 81 years old, I believe these alternative medicinal products can keep me going far beyond the statistics of ‘Modern Western Medicine.’
And, the most important reason I will continue to use the cannabidiol (CBD) supplements that my family obtains for me, is so that I can stay strong and continue to support my wife, my daughters, my precious grandchildren, and live as God’s steward.