Interviewer: Tamara, you recently wrote a book called Defeat Cancer Now. Can you just briefly talk about the story behind that book.
Tamara St. John: Yes. Well in 2009, it was April 2009 and I had found a lump on my breast. And because I was busy getting my masters degree and I was almost finished. I was going to finish in June of 2009. I said, OK, you know, I knew what it was. In the back of my mind and I was, like, OK. Well I can't deal with this now. I'm busy getting my degree. So I put it on the back burner. And then in May of 2009, I'd lost my job. And so now I was unemployed and with cancer and I was, like, I still can't think about this right now. I have a month until I graduate so it was put on the back burner. Well in that time of two months it had actual spread to my lymph nodes. So then I had, like, five or six lymph nodes under each armpit and everything, it was visible and swollen. And by that point everything was throbbing all across my breast area. And it was really painful, difficult to sleep and then it was itching at the site of the lump on my breast. And so by the time I finally graduated I just, you know, cause I didn't have any insurance and I didn't have any money. So I just sat in front of the computer and I cried and I said, you know God, you put this on me for a reason so you're going to have to help. And I just asked him, what do you want me to do. Lead me in the right direction to what's going to heal me naturally. Because there was no way, I saw my mother going through chemo and radiation, like, 30 something years prior when I was like twelve years old. And there was no way I was going to do that. So I just left it in his hands and he lead me to the, you know, the Budwig Protocol [SP] and apricot kernels and things like that.
Interviewer: It's Layatril [SP], right.
Tamara St. John: Well not the Layatril cause that's the I.V. injections.
Tamara St. John: But the, just the apricot kernels themselves. So I immediately started on Budwig, in June of 2009. And within a couple of weeks the lumps started going down. And the pain got less and the throbbing got less. So I knew something was happening. Something was working, you, know, by June I was already sleeping, like, 15 hours a day. I was that exhausted. And always, like, in a fog. So I know that the cancer was pretty advanced at that point, especially cause it spread to the lymph nodes. And then about a couple of months later I started adding in apricot kernels and then I added in juicing and starting to detox my body. And of course I was exercising a lot, you know, going hiking and getting out in the sun. And doing stuff like that. And I started healing. About September of 2009 a rash appeared around my neck in the form of a ring. And I didn't know what was going on so I had talk to doctors and I had talked to biochemist and I talked to nutritionist and I talked to other people with cancer. And other people had told me, well that's the epidermal growth factor receptor. It's the rash that comes out when you have cancer in your body and it will come out while your body is detoxifying from cancer. Not everybody get's it because it's more prevalent in her one type cancers. So advanced stage breast cancers or non small cell lung cancer. So that came out and I, you know, I asked these people. Well how long's it going to be till it goes away cause it was really itchy and nothing was helping it, you know, I put aloe vera or anything on it. Nothing was working. And they said when all the cancers gone in your body the rash will disappear. And it took over seven months from that point until it finally disappeared. Sometime in April of 2010 is when it finally, you know, was going away. And so I figured, OK. Well I must be healed. And then I stopped doing all of the good stuff I was doing and went back to eating donuts and sugar and stuff that I wasn't suppose to do. And within six months the cancer came back worse than before. So within a few months from it coming back at this point I was now sleeping 21 hours a day. And always in a fog just when you're awake you just don't, you don't feel like yourself or like you've even slept. So I just, you know, by December, 2010. I was so exhausted and nothing was working and I felt myself dying. I felt my body shutting down and I just I laid down and I just cried and I just said I'm done. That's it God, it's up to you. I'm not detoxing anymore. I'm not doing anything. I'm just, I'm done. you know, and I'm happy with that and I was ready to die. And I went to bed and the next morning I woke up. And all of the sudden I ran to the bathroom and I just, you know, kept having diarrhea and then I would get out of the bathroom I'd run back to the bathroom. It's like I was detoxing. By the fourth time I had done that all of the sudden it felt like someone lifted a shade really slowly up from the bottom of my chin up to the top of my head. Like the fog was being lifted and it was just so, it was just so profound. How that happened. And I knew that that had to have been a miracle. No, the cancer wasn't gone but it gave me enough energy to where I kind of had the will to live again. To were I was able to start detoxing again and doing all of the other stuff. So I, you know, started the juicing and the apricot kernels again. The detoxing and this by the way takes practically all day to do it. And it's a long process. But you know when considering the alternative of chemo or radiation or surgery. That's just not an alternative to me. So I was glad that I didn't have insurance. And I was glad, you know, that I didn't have any money because I would have went the other way. I would have made the decision to surgery and chemo. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad that it happened that way.