February, 2016, I had a sore throat and swollen tonsils. Went to ENT doctor who did a biopsy.
Diagnosis: Cancer. Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma. A systemically aggressive type.
Immediately after the biopsy, the cancer mysteriously began to go away without any treatment.
The Lord was healing me.
A missed diagnosis.
My immune system was attacking the cancer.
Spontaneous remission of the cancer.
Current medical status
Wait and see; no drug, chemo or radiation interventions.
Excellent health; under Functional Medical Doctor’s care.
Nutritional lifestyle changes
I have embraced a low carbohydrate, plant rich diet of known cancer fighting foods.
Summation of journey
Examined by ten doctors in eight different medical centers.
Three body scans with contrast (MRI,PET,CT), a bone marrow biopsy and two endoscopes.
Numerous blood and body fluids/ function tests from seven different labs.
Eight weeks after diagnosis, tests and examinations found no evidence of the cancer.
Personal observations and applications
The conventional medical approach for cancer treatment is protocol centered and not patient centered. Even after tests revealed no cancer, there was considerable pressure from oncologists to do the traditional rounds of chemo and radiation treatments (R-CHOP +RT). I found it helpful to get several opinions from multiple perspectives in deciding my course of treatment. A nutrition based immunotherapy was the right treatment for me. I do believe that becoming gluten free five years prior to the cancer diagnosis was providential; providing a quick response by my immune system to the cancer. I celebrate each day with thanksgiving to God!
Delores Beery was living in Germany some years back when her British neighbor invited her over one afternoon for coffee.
When Beery showed up, the neighbor told her she had made a trifle and offered to dish her up some with her coffee.
“I didn’t know what that was,” says Beery, now a resident of East Ridge.
When she learned that a trifle is a layered dessert made with cake, she told her neighbor she couldn’t have any because the cake contained flour, which she couldn’t eat. The neighbor later made Beery a trifle with flourless cake.
But dealing with wheat is the life the music teacher and Lee University adjunct faculty member has led for many years. Although she hasn’t eaten products with wheat since she was 9, when the grain proved to be the culprit of her constant stomach troubles, she is one of a now-growing number of people who have a sensitivity to gluten, the protein in wheat flour that makes it attractive for baking.
Along with her husband, Dr. L.W. “Buddy” Nichols, Beery is also the author of a new cookbook, “Gluten Conspiracy,” which provides scores of gluten-free recipes and also lays out the case for why the super-sized proteins contained in most of the hybridized wheat grown across the world are not meant to be eaten.
“Eventually,” says Beery, “everybody will have issues with wheat. It’s hidden in everything; it’s stuffed in everything.”
And when it’s not an ingredient in something, she says, a processed form of it may be on the equipment on which the item is manufactured. Among the unexpected items in which wheat can be found, according to the couple, are cinnamon, vitamins, lipstick, envelope and stamp glue, and ice cream.
“Ice cream!” Beery says. “I can’t even go over to Baskin-Robbins.”
The cookbook, however, details many items she can have, with sections on appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, vegetables, breads and sweets. Most of the recipes she either created or adapted from things she’d eaten here or from across Europe.
One of the sweets, appropriately, is Berry Trifle, which Beery adapted from the trifle she was offered by her neighbor in Germany. The trifle’s key, for those with a sensitivity to gluten, is the sponge cake, which uses tapioca starch, eggs, sugar, lime and salt instead of flour. The layers of fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, the layers of whipped cream and the layers of vanilla pudding, which alternate with the cake layers, are already gluten-free.
The sponge cake itself is a “versatile plain cake you can do a lot of things with,” says Beery. It can be used in strawberry shortcake, tiramisu or as a plain cake, she says.
While a product like Cool Whip is gluten-free, it’s much more tasty to prepare your own whipped cream, she says. And while the recipe guides the cook to make the pudding from scratch, already gluten-free Jell-O puddings will work just as well, she says.
While Beery grew up with a wheat intolerance — she is confident she has celiac, an autoimmune disease caused by gluten — Nichols never had problems with wheat products. But when he met and began to date Beery, being “a Southern gentlemen,” he eschewed bread and other wheat-based products, he says.
When he began losing weight and his doctor questioned him about it, he told him he been “chasing this pretty girl.” Well, the doctor said, “it’s working.”
Eventually, the Liberty University education professor lost 65 pounds, and his doctor took him off blood pressure medicine after 20 years. Neither he nor his now wife have to take any medications, he says.
Later, when the couple led some classes on a gluten-free lifestyle at Tyner United Methodist Church, where Nichols was then on staff, attendees asked for recipes — which Beery would hand copy — and later strongly suggested they publish the recipes in the book.
“Gluten Conspiracy” is the result, with the wheat/gluten background researched and written by Nichols and the food preparation, photography and graphic design by Beery.
“We made everything [in the book], and we ate it all,” she says. “We gave it friends and sent it out with people. I would say to [music] students, ‘Do you want to sample something? Tell me what you think.’”
The process, Beery says, took about six months, with the book released by University Publishers of Chattanooga in November.
“It was quite a stretch,” she says.
1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
1 lime (juice and zest)
3/4 cup tapioca starch
Dash of salt plus 1/4 teaspoon (divided)
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla (divided)
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups each of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
3/4 cups slivered almonds
Separate six eggs. Beat 6 yolks and 1 whole egg until frothy. In separate bowl, beat 6 whites with clean beater until stiff but not dry. Set whites aside. Gradually beat 1/2 cup sugar and lime juice and zest into egg yolks. Add 3/4 cup tapioca starch and dash of salt to yolk mixture. Then, gently fold in the egg whites. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes in greased cake pan. When cooled, cut into bite-sized pieces.
In saucepan over medium heat, warm milk until bubbles form. Do not boil. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon salt and slowly add to warm milk, stirring constantly until dissolved and slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and butter. Chill.
Whip heavy cream, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until peaks form.
In trifle bowl, place a small cube made up of 1/3 of the cake. Layer on 1/3 of pudding, then layer on 1/4 of whipped cream. Add strawberries. Repeat layering, starting with cake. Add blueberries, then another layering, topping with raspberries. Top with almonds. Dollop the last of the whipped cream in the center, and add one large strawberry.
Last Friday the Kiwanis Club of Brainerd was told about the possible health risks related to gluten in the foods we eat. Present to “deglutenize” us by explaining the “gluten conspiracy” was a delightful couple of anti-gluten evangelists: Dr. Leldon Nichols and his wife Delores. In the photo above, they are to the left of three potential “rootin-tootin-anti-gluten-disciples” Bill Pinson, Gene Goodner, and Barbara Segrest.
Both Leldon and Delores are educators. He is a professor of education at Liberty University and Delores is a professor of voice at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The couple, recently married, was introduced by Cupids Vance and Charlynne Fry. It was as they dated that Delores shared with Leldon her lifelong problem of gluten intolerance that severely hampered her health as a child until her intolerance to gluten was finally discovered. Leldon decided to follow his wife’s diet and quickly took off 55 pounds. Needless to say he continued eating only foods without gluten and experienced some amazingly positive improvements in his overall health.
Eventually, the Nichols decided to write a book about living a gluten free lifestyle. In the photo above, Delores is holding a copy of the book entitled Gluten Conspiracy that introduces readers to what they call “The Wheat Mafia”. Part one of the book exposes the conspiracy that has emerged. Wheat disorders developed as gluten was added to countless products on the supermarket shelves.
Part two of their book gives practical advice for people with gluten issues or who just want to eat gluten free for the improvement of their health. Over 150 delicious recipes with beautiful photos of gluten-free dishes are a major feature of the book.