Candida . . . or Male Breast Cancer?

This is my own personal story – a story of one of my encounters with Candida.

 Post by Michael Wharton.

For many years I’ve had a very small (maybe 2mm or smaller) lump in my L breast which has never changed size for years and years. It just suddenly appeared one day and would only cause pain if I agitated it. And even then it was minor pain that stopped within seconds after I left it alone. So I assumed it was a cyst, and gave it no more thought for years – many years.

In July 2012- I started over indulging in junk food – lots of pastries, cookies and ice cream. Then within weeks, my little lump started to grow. In October my primary care physician was concerned by the lump’s sudden growth in size and the coloring of the skin next to it, so shortly afterwards, at the direction of surgeon #1, I had a mammogram. Here’s the report:

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A nodule 1.9cm X 1.8cm X 0.9cm suspicious for neoplasm (tumor). Biopsy was recommended

Dec 2012- biopsy  Doctor #2, Pathologist, examined the biopsied tissues and gave report:

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(from the above pathology report)  “cannot rule out in situ papillary carcinoma . . . No histologic evidence for invasive carcinoma is identified . . .findings are consistent with an atypical papillary lesion, Conservative but complete surgical excision is recommended to rule out an in situ papillary cancinoma . . . which according to surgeon #1 would also mean surgically removing the L nipple together with the tumor because of it’s close proximity to the tumor. Instead of a nipple I would just have a scar. Actually it is not a terrible report, but to pre-empt or rule out the possibility of it going bad, surgical removal is recommended.

Back in 2010, which was two years before my tiny lump started to grow, I had discovered and become quite familiar with the website ( ) of a certain highly controversial European oncologist, Dr. Tulio Simoncini. I had also obtained a copy of his book: Cancer is a Fungus  and had read it several times. I had studied it enough  by December 2012, when the  biopsy report arrived, and when surgeon #1 said that surgery was indicated, I had already decided that Simoncini’s technique would be my first choice for treatment if I should ever be diagnosed with cancer. Simply described, the technique involves inserting  a line catheter in the body and positioning the tip as close to the tumor as possible, then irrigating the tumor with a dilute solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).  The amazing results his patients received convinced me the technique was worth it. Here is his website: 

So I explained to surgeon #1, that I was interested in Simoncini’s treatment method and further told him that I was convinced that my cancer was caused by the fungus, Candida albicans. My belief was largely influenced by having studied Simoncini’s website and book which explain his theory in detail. The several case histories in the book and on the website were sufficiently convincing for me to shop around, if needed, to get the bicarbonate protocol performed. However surgeon #1 told me he would not do such an unorthodox treatment, and when I asked if he could refer me to someone who might be willing to try it, he scornfully said, “You won’t find 1 doctor out of 99 here in Las Vegas that will do that.” 

To tell the truth, I never asked all the remaining “98!”  Never the less, I was still going to try, so I went back  and asked my primary care doctor to refer me to another surgeon for a second opinion. One down and 98 to go? No – but I did try 4 more.

I should tell you that it wasn’t just Simoncini’s book, and website which convinced me  that the fungus Candida was #1 suspect for my tumor. There were other reasons and additional internet sources I had found that said the same thing about bicarbonate as a therapy for various cancers. You can do a search for such topics as “bicarbonate cancer therapy” in your web browser, in YouTube, etc. and will probably find several different opinions about bicarbonate therapy for cancer.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is the part of the Federal Government involved with bio/medical research.  For persons concerned with breast cancer, perhaps one of the most interesting studies by NIH (published March 2009) was to find out if control of blood pH could have any effect on

cancer metastasis. Very interesting question! Very interesting research! Because it was a NIH backed study with the work performed by some great research teams from the Arizona Cancer Center (U of Arizona), the Dept. of Pharmcology (of Wayne State U), and the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Inst (Tampa, FL), I decided to take copies to my future doctor’s appointments.

July 2013- I see doctor #3 – another surgeon, for the second opinion. We had never met before nor had made any prior contact in any other way. Here is how the appointment went: I am escorted to one of the patients rooms and told that the doctor will be in to see me in just a minute or so. Then shortly afterwards he opens the door, comes in and closes the door behind him. No introduction (but I can see his name on his name identification thing on his pocket), no greeting, no welcoming, just one question: “Have you already met with Dr. #1?” I answer, “Yes, I have.” Then again without introducing himself, nor offering any greeting, he abruptly and emphatically says, “Fungus does not cause cancer! Theres nothing wrong with you.” He immediately fills out his paperwork to dismiss me. I motion with my hand my left breast and start to talk about my tumor. But he refused to examine it even though  surgeon #1 had said I needed to have the tumor surgically removed! He won’t talk about it anymore. Do you think he had already made up his mind how to treat my searching for a specific treatment by talking to #1 and/or #2? To tell the truth, I would expect him to communicate with others familiar with my health! The money was not the problem (less than $15 out of pocket) it was the time and wasted effort trying to find someone willing to consider a different treatment for my health problem.

So much for the benefit of a second opinion when the doctor neither listens to the patient, nor will even look at the NIH report that I offered him. His mind was already made up before we ever met. I decided as valuable as my time was, I couldn’t waste any more on him. 

Nov 2013- almost a year after the biopsy report had indicated conservative and complete removal of tumor, I met surgeon #4, still looking for someone who would give bicarbonate a try for my tumor which had grown a bit more since the time when the biopsy was performed. I had abandoned my primary care physician and started asking around for referrals by myself.

In my video Candida . . . or Male Breast Cancer?, I mentioned the painful line that spread from my breast to my arm pit lymph node, and also the tumors that quickly appeared in my abdomen. These two events happened about a month or two before meeting surgeon #4 (Nov 2013). Since I had been studying Simoncini’s book, and his website, and since I had also been searching out other information on the web, I wasn’t terrified by the symptoms of metastasis. How so? Because after studying Simoncini’s book and website, box of A&H baking sodaI was convinced that Candida was the real cause of my ‘cancer.’ Also because I had read and re-read the NIH study of how effective bicarbonate was at controlling metastasis. I was convinced that bicarbonate was possibly the best antidote for metastasis – all factors considered. Certainly it was easily obtained – the nearby stores usually have the 1 pound box for sale for less than $1. Compare the cost of bicarbonate therapy with any chemotherapy – there’s no comparison. Compare the availability – no comparison. Compare the toxicity and side effects of bicarbonate with any chemotherapy – there’s no hair loss, no damage to the immune system, no leaving a person in pain and feeling weak and sick from head to toe. Again, as far as I could tell, there is no comparison. However, I will admit I don’t like the taste of bicarbonate in water, or fruit juice, or vegetable juice, or milk, or sweetened with maple syrup, or molasses, or sugar all of which I have tried. My taste buds complain less if my bicarbonate drink is sweetened a bit with stevia. But whichever way I get it down, I do like what it does for my health.

Getting back to surgeon #4 (November 2013) – I had actually been doing a bit of personal experimenting with bicarbonate after meeting surgeon #3, to see how it affected my symptoms. For example, when I drank water w/ bicarbonate, the pain would start to decrease, and when I stopped drinking the bicarbonate, the pain would start to return. Doing this for a few days now and then for two months left me convinced that bicarbonate in drinking water really did have a nice affect on my symptoms of pain.

So when I met with surgeon #4 and he had examined my breast for a few seconds, he immediately began examining my arm pit and the surrounding area (arm, chest, back) feeling for any swollen lymph nodes, or tumors. He could feel the node in the arm pit – it was larger than what a normal node should be. He asked me if I could feel any pain as he manipulated the node. I said I could feel it as he manipulated it, but it wasn’t painful. And I believe the reason was because I had been drinking bicarbonate water for days before meeting him. He examined my abdominal tumors, and I pointed out 2 in particular that occasionally were more painful than the others.

At the beginning of our meeting, I didn’t tell him about bicarbonate therapy, nor did I mention that I was already adding it to my drinking water. But I did tell him about the mammogram and biopsy from a year earlier when surgeon #1 indicated surgery was needed (but which advice I obviously had ignored). You can probably understand why he looked startled when I did tell him. I wasn’t acting or talking like some smarty-mouthed patient, but just told him it had been a year since I had been told surgery was needed.  I told him the tumor was smaller when the mammogram and biopsy were performed the prior year

He looked at me in disbelief as he sat down and said, “Well, let me ask you something: What is your understanding of male breast cancer?”

I answered that from what I had read, it has potential to be more fatal for a man than for a woman.

He said, “Well, let me put it to you this way . . . if that (pointing to my L breast with his finger) has metastasized . . . you’re basically a dead man!”

Whoa! That almost scared the Candida right out of me when he said that – except that I had already read Simoncini’s great book, Cancer is a Fungus, and I had already experimented with bicarbonate in my drinking water. I actually had a huge two-year head start on his bad news prognosis. That head start was a huge advantage. I was (still am) convinced of the cause, and also about how to best attack the tumors.

I explained that I was looking for a doctor who would be willing to try the catheter & bicarbonate therapy. I handed him a copy of the NIH study about the experiment using bicarbonate to control metastasis and he surprised me by actually glancing through the pages, Hooray! I asked if he would order another biopsy for this larger tumor, but he refused – he didn’t believe in biopsies!

latex-examination-glove-HJWdexHeAs he picked up a box of exam gloves he explained: “Lets say this box of latex exam gloves is your tumor, and this pencil is the biopsy needle. So if they take a biopsy sample on this end (pointing the pencil to one end of the box) and then a second sample over on this other end (of the box) and the lab report comes back and says ‘no cancer’ but they didn’t get a sample right here in between the others, and it IS cancerous . . . well then the biopsy missed it! . . .  and you’ve got cancer! The only thing I recommend to do is go inside you and get ALL the tumors – remove every one we can find: your breast, the lymph node in your arm, and all the tumors in your abdomen. And then start massive chemotherapy! Then they can biopsy the tumors all they want – and if they are cancerous? We got ‘em! And you are free!”

I remember that last promise very well – my instincts told me that was as hollow a promise as I would hear regarding how to treat my cancer. So I asked if he would consider doing the bicarbonate/catheter procedure for me? No! He would not! He wouldn’t even think of it! Remember surgeon #1’s prediction? “ . . . not 1 in 99 . . .”    Well this is #4 out of ’99’. But I am not going to ask all 99! Just one more.

Just a thought here about what I have observed so far. The tumor has grown since 2012, but I have kinda controlled the growth by my using bicarbonate in my drinking water. The baking soda/bicarbonate in my drinking water has definitely changed the game of tumor pain. In just a few days all the pricking pain (like thumb tacks being randomly stuck around my tumors) disappeared. I am also convinced it slows or stops the tumor growth.

So a question like this comes up: Is it breast cancer or what? If it is cancer, what stage is it? The answer depends: How big is the biggest tumor? Has it spread to nearby lymph nodes in the nearby armpit for example. Has it spread to other parts/organs of the body? What’s the answer?

It depends on who you ask, and when you ask doesn’t it?  Two years ago, it seems safe to say it was not cancer. But now, after it had produced extra symptoms such as the painful line going from breast to swollen node in my armpit, and the sudden growth of abdominal tumors, now it has become a different situation. Surgeon #4 (above) said if it has metastasized, then I am basically a dead man. That’s another way of saying Cancer in the last (IV) stage, isn’t it?

So what do I call it? I call it Candida – a very bad fungal problem.

Also Nov 2013- surgeon #5, a plastic surgeon w/experience in breast surgery performed the most thorough initial exam of any of the five. Did an exam of my chest around my breast tumor looking for any other lumps or swollen nodes, examined my arms, (I believe my arm pit lymph node was back to normal size, and pain free because I had continued my bicarbonate drinking water), He noticed the abdominal tumors (essentially no pain, for same reason), and then performed a testicular exam for lumps since there is a tendency for male breast cancer to also invade the testicles. When he couldn’t detect any testicular problem, he concluded it was either idiopathic gynecomastia (problems with hormones) or cancer. (Plato supposedly said: ‘They certainly give strange names to diseases.’ Yah buddy!).

Anyways, I showed him the NIH study, and he briefly studied it then assured me that even if the NIH study showed bicarbonate effective at controlling metastasis in a breast cancer experiment, it (bicarbonate drinking water) would have no effect on my breast tumor. How so? Because he was convinced it was a hormone imbalance problem as evidenced by the lack of any lumps/tumors on my testicles. It was hormone goof-ups, and bicarbonate would have no affect on my hormones. He recommended surgery to remove  the breast tumor.

Actually, all 5 told me that surgical removal of the tumor was the most important indication of my symptoms. All of them except for surgeon #3 who said nothing was wrong with me (without even examining my symptoms!) – what a sad excuse for a doctor!

I am still looking for a doctor willing to do the  catheter insertion to irrigate the tumor with bicarbonate solution. However, I am not looking with as much effort as before because of the great results I have had by adding bicarbonate to my drinking water – The pain is GONE! In fact, several of the abdominal tumors are completely gone!! It seems the last arrivals were the first to depart when I raised the pH bar. I don’t know how else to explain it. Bicarbonate (baking soda) is my main effort, and with the results I’ve had – can’t think of any reason to stop.

So here’s how I do my drinking water (very simple): to a glass of water I add a teaspoon of bicarbonate, and maybe a non-sugar sweetener like stevia, drink it down and after an hour or so I check my urine pH. If it isn’t at least 7.5 then next hour I add a bit more bicarbonate, maybe a rounded teaspoon to a glass of water. After another hour or so I check my pH. I keep adding small increments of baking soda to my drinking water until I reach my target pH which is 7.5 to 8. That range works very well for me.The mid 7’s is considered neutral. And as you can tell, its a very simple procedure.

There’s other nutrition efforts that I follow and will tell you about in other posts.