I was reading an article and came across a blog post about a way to do your own mammogram with your camera and iphoto software. The blog post also tells you how to interpret the pictures and then how to treat it. This was a very empowering for me to read as it is nice to have options when you find a lump. Many people (including myself now) hesitate to get a biopsy as this has shown to disturb the cancer and possibly spread it. For that reason many of us search for alternatives. Thermograms are an option but it is unclear what to do if the result is abnormal or perhaps we just want to “see” it for ourselves. I see this as a great option for those who want to buy themselves some time or who are reluctant to do a needle biopsy or incision. A formal cancer diagnosis can be costly, dangerous and can instill unnecessary trauma. Many of us learn this the hard way and now want to have the power in our own hands. We just want to know if the lump is cancerous or not. This method seems simple, cheap and definitely worth a try.
The information is from Sari Grove’s blog post – Step by Step Do It Yourself Mammogram at Home. Her posts are a little hard to follow in my opinion so hopefully my summary helps to direct you and find the information in a lot less time than it took me.
Sari’s story as written in a comment on her post:
“Ok…So I was diagnosed DCIS Easter 2014 & have been working on my own lump since then…For shrinkage, the thing I have had the most success with is an herb that is actually a component of real chemo…It is called Madagascar Periwinkle & it works like an Iodine to break down Calcium…Calcium is the base of most lumps, benign or malignant…The only thing about the herb is that it makes you tired like real chemo…Which can feel depressing…It is not expensive, you can get a large bag of it from a local good herbalist store, & the way I take it to maximize effect is put a pinch in my mouth, add some liquid & just swallow it down…It is stronger that way than boiling it to make tea…The other thing I took alot of is Licorice root…Now this is not for shrinkage…Licorice root buys you time…A benign lump is Calcium Oxalate(oxalate means iron)…A malignant lump is Calcium Phosphate…The difference is the Phosphorus…So if you want to try to induce Phenotypic reversion(cancer cells revert back to normal cells), you need to obliterate all the Phosphorus…This also prevents spread…Coppers kill Phosphorus…Licorice root is a great Copper for that…I developed a way to take my own DIY Mammo pictures with a mac & a digital camera…So I can track what the lump looks like & the size & chemistry…When I started the Licorice root I could actually see the Phosphorus on my lump in my pictures…The day after I took some, it was a Licorice tincture back then I took, I could see the lump clearing up…Anyways…Those were my two favorite things to take…(I am on a break now-I need a bit of a rest from self-medicating)…Anyways…I hope this helps…I do have blog posts about much of this if anyone wants to try the DIY Mammo or anything…I do hope this helps…It is rare that I meet other women who are on a similar path…”
Video to see how to do the “mammogram” with your camera:
UPDATED! – Do it yourself Thermogram. This is another great video to explain that process that is more similar to a Thermogram than a Mammogram.
Do it yourself Thermogram:
Sari talks only about how to alter the picture from your camera on a Mac using iphoto software. If you have a Windows based computer there may be other software you can use. I am testing a few and will post if I find something that works so far I can’t find anything identical. I did find iphoto for Windows but it is not the same software as what Apple offers. Currently Apple’s iphoto software is not available for Windows users. Looks like in order to replicate what Sari has done you will need to have or borrow a Mac.
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