129: Childhood Cancer: Avoidance, Treatment, & Understanding the Odds with My Kid Cures Cancer

129: Childhood Cancer: Avoidance, Treatment, & Understanding the Odds with My Kid Cures Cancer

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Childhood Cancer- Avoidance, Treatment and Understanding the Odds with My Kid Cures Cancer

You’re the CEO of your child’s health.

This simple and powerful statement by Ryan and Teddy Sternagel certainly caught my attention recently. It sums up a powerful lesson they learned from a difficult journey. I’m so grateful they’re here to share not only what parents in this situation can do to fight cancer, but also ways to help reduce kids’ risk in the first place.

If you are in this situation or know someone who is, or if you just want to know what you can do to protect your kids (as much as any parent can), this episode is for you.

Fighting Childhood Cancer (With All We’ve Got)

At age one, Ryan and Teddy’s son Ryder was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. By combining the best of conventional and alternative cancer treatments Ryan and Teddy were able not only to help their son, but now also contribute to a greater solution for all kids and families through their amazing website and podcast, My Kid Cures Cancer.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending and Ryder is doing amazingly well! The Sternagel family’s story serves as a shining example of how hard a mom and dad will fight for their child’s health.

Prayers and hugs to all of you out there personally affected by cancer and fighting this hard battle.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • how Ryan and Teddy Sternagel learned of their son’s diagnosis, and their untiring fight to save him
  • statistics on conventional cancer treatment success rates in children
  • ways conventional and alternative cancer treatments can co-exist
  • how much choice parents actually have in their child’s treatment
  • what the statistics say (and don’t say) about the success of conventional cancer treatments
  • ways parents can cope with difficult (paralyzing) medical decisions
  • how to start a family lifestyle of wellness and detoxification at home to reduce cancer risk
  • simple ways to create a safer home environment with fewer toxins and carcinogenics
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Follow Teddy and Ryan Sternagel and their work at MyKidCuresCancer.com

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Books the Sternagels Recommend

Related Episodes & Articles

Have you or someone you love fought cancer? Did you try any natural or alternative methods that helped? Please share!

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Reader Comments

  1. You mentioned that you keep your phone on airplane mode during the day, so my question is how do you receive calls or texts then?

  2. I just want to let all parents who have had a child pass away from cancer know that it is not because they did not do enough. My son was a breastfed, cloth diapered baby. ALL of his baby food and food thereafter was homemade organic nonGMO food. No artificial colors. You name it, we did it. We do not use Wifi and have EMF meters to read and got all dirty electricity out as best we could. We have air purifiers, water filters, shower filters and salt lamps. We used and diffused essential oils. Right after my son turned 8 he was diagnosed with a golfball sized tumor on his thalamus which is in the center of his brain. We tried everything including every alternative option available we could to try to save him, even as far as getting a hyperbaric chamber in our house. He passed away 8 months later. “The Sternagel family’s story serves as a shining example of how hard a mom and dad will fight for their child’s health.” Every family with a child with cancer are shining examples. I am so thankful for their outcome, but I also salute the families that fought with every ounce they had and still had to hold their dying child. Sometimes, despite our best efforts(and yes, I would do everything we did from birth all over again!!) cancer still happens, and sometimes we don’t win. Much love and knowing sympathy to the parents who are missing their child. You did enough. Don’t ever doubt that.

    • Thank you for your comment, I have yet to go further with the links here but as a mom of a 5 year old daughter with a brain tumour on her thalamus and brain stem I know that cancer can also simply be out of our control. We too have consulted a naturopath and other complementary therapies since her diagnosis ,and have tried our best including diet and lifestyle factors. I hope that parents caring for a child with cancer will not have added guilt from reading this family’s experience. All the same, I appreciate trying to do all I can to optimize my child’s health, especially as she lives with this cancer. Thinking on all those families who live and have lived with cancer in their days.

  3. I’m sorry, I just can’t listen to or read the text of your podcasts (or any, for that matter). I can’t follow the conversation when people add in, “and, you know”, “I don’t know” in the middle or end of a fragmented sentence that they never finish, “I mean” – OFTEN (we get it), “like” (superfluous).

    A written article gives the writer time to proof-red and revise sentences so that the audience can follow smoothly. This was an awesome story and the information much needed out in the public. Too bad, it was sprinkled with bad grammar, superfluous words, and fragmented sentences. Please consider just articles.

    • I’m sorry you find the way most people talk so distracting, but considering how many people download and listen to the podcast each week, I think you’re in the minority on this one. There are over 1200 written articles published, so you’re welcome to read those instead…

    • It’s a podcast, not a proof-read, be-recorded script. Of course, there is going to be imperfect grammar. It’s like with any kind of Q&A. It’s very impromptu, and the person has to literally answer on the spot with not a whole lot of time to perfectly articulate their answer or response. Why did you even bother to waste time commenting on something that has got nothing to do with the topic at hand. Just don’t listen to the podcasts, then.

  4. I feel in the spirit it is a good comment and covers a lot of territory which was need in the space. I don”t care about grammar and all such things. And truthfully neither does Jesus.It’s a soul thing.

  5. And a HUGE thank you to you as well. I have used MANY of your household recipes through the years!! Homemade laundry detergent, toothpaste, cleaners, baby wipe. Thank YOU for all you do!! You have been a part of our home for a long time 🙂

  6. Both links for the rebounder lead to the upgraded version. 🙂

    and I LOVE your podcasts, so keep it up!!

  7. I would like to just reiterate what a few other parents have mentioned here. Your child’s illness, condition, or death is NOT your fault. I have a now 6 year old child with Type 1 Diabetes that was diagnosed at one and a half years old. I was diligent about having the healthiest pregnancies and births as possible. I read a different healthy, natural pregnancy birth book with each month of my first pregnancy and tried for natural births with all three of my children, and all three ended up born by c-section. I myself was raised by a mother who was very much into health and nutrition even for back in those days when there was no Whole Foods and hardly any health food stores, and any thing healthy had to be ordered online or made as a special request in stores. My mother was like a pioneer. The biggest joke in our house was that everything was brown, brown soap (she made her own), brown rice, etc., and it always smelled like an herb garden (she was very into essential oils). I brought this healthy way of living into my adult life, and I still had a child with an illness. It came out of nowhere and was just in the cards for me (and him), so they say. It wasn’t anyone’s fault.

  8. Another parent of a child with brain cancer here to weigh in. I found a strange mix of hope and also some guilt as I listened to the Sternagles tell their story. We are smack in the middle of treatment, which started almost immediately after our son’s diagnosis, which occurred a mere 12 days after the first symptom. I too, had begun a slow and steady journey towards healthy living long before his birth, so we were blindsided by all this. There was so much information on the disease, then the treatment, then conflicting opinions, research, conjecture. I was not only overwhelmed by the shock of our lives being over turned in an instant– but the sheer time and mental energy it would take to be informed of all options and then decide on the best was beyond my capability. It felt like my child was about to die and the only way to save him was to pass the bar exam with one day to study.
    Parents like us do not need the pressure. We do not need the insinuating remarks from well meaning people that we haven’t exhausted all resources. We don’t need inflammatory emails about the microwave on our countertop when all I’ve thought about today is getting food into my queasy kid. (Yes that happened to me.)

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