The Perseus Patient Experience

At Perseus PCI, it is incredibly important to us that not only are our patients treated well, but that they are well treated. We have made extensive efforts to guarantee not only revolutionary treatment but an experience as easy as it is painless. Cancer is hard enough to fight without adding additional stress and pain.

One of our current patients has been very outspoken about her experiences with the Perseus medical staff and her journey through the personalized immunotherapy treatment process.  We asked her if she would be willing to let us relate to you in her own words, what she experienced at Perseus. Celeste Yarnall has been in the public eye for years and has been very vocal about using all resources at  our disposal to help the body heal itself.  When asked why she chose to receive the Perseus PCI Vaccine, she said, “The idea of using only my body’s biological materials, i.e. personalized medicine, making injections for me with the tumor tissue from my surgery and my own blood and nothing else, just made perfect sense. As I truly believe everything we do in medicine, be it mainstream or alternative is simply giving the body something to work with to cause a particular action, however there is nothing better than our own bodies biological materials.”

She went on to say, “It just seemed quite natural to me to now along with everything else I continued to do and frankly had done my whole life, to now give my body the added benefit of the Perseus protocol. Especially when I learned from Dr. Wagner personally how cancer hides from the immune system. ”

Having chosen to pursue the Perseus PCI Vaccine, Celeste describer her experience in Grand Cayman, “The [hospital] is where I would go to see my doctors for check ups rather than a private office and that is so overwhelming. They attempt to give you a personal experience however it is still a huge institutional setting that covers blocks and blocks of real estate and it feels like an institution. Then when we met the 3 person team at Perseus where the office and lab is so lovely, I was just so impressed that they had everything they needed and specialized only in this treatment. It is such a wonderful feeling. It is all brand new looking, immaculate and professional… yet warm and comfortable. My husband is a fine artist and he is dreaming of doing paintings for their walls!”

Celeste concluded, “The best part of the Perseus experience is the confidence that tremendous research has been done by exceptional people at Perseus, such as Dr. Wagner and Dr. People’s. This knowledge and comfort level set me in action right away after speaking with the amazing Pauline Nichol on a very deep level. She connected me with another patient who had had wonderful results and a great experience doing his immunotherapy at Perseus. He prepared me for this wonderful experience.”

Her positive attitude amidst cancer battle has been incredible, rather than mourn over her own illness, Celeste took the time to thank us in the kindest way, “I wish Perseus all the best and success in the world and am so grateful to all of them for making their own personal sacrifices to bring this technology to fruition. I hope to be a poster girl for just how well it works!”

We strive to make sure every personalized experience at Perseus meets the expectations of our patients as we grow and treat more cancer patients, we hope to tell thousands of stories just like that of Celeste.

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Celeste Yarnall in Perseus’ Cayman facility.

You can read more about Celeste and her experience by following her at Theartofwellnesscollection.com

The Benefits of Community for Cancer Patients

The area of cancer prevention is extremely difficult to study in the scientific laboratory. While Perseus PCI is totally focused on providing immunotherapy to victims of cancer, no organization deeply involved in the cancer arena can help but consider ways to avoid cancer in the first place. We’ve studied cancer for decades and seen its devastation firsthand. Though cancer prevention is not easily tested in a lab, it is often helpful to talk to others who have had some experience with cancer. For instance, if a certain type of disease runs in a family, and all the members of the family contract the disease except for one person, the health patterns of that one person would be worth studying. For this reason, it is often helpful for cancer patients to reach out to others who have been touched by cancer. In today’s world, some of these communities can be easily accessed online. One online cancer community that Perseus PCI supports is Cansurviving. You can access a wealth of information at Cansurviving and also establish connections with other cancer patients. By perusing and engaging in online forums, cancer patients may interact with people who have experienced similar diagnoses and experiences. This is often a source of great comfort and encouragement as you interact with survivors and their families about what helped them overcome their disease. At Perseus PCI, we encourage all cancer patients to be actively involved in a supportive community. The experience of cancer is often overwhelming and extremely taxing on cancer patients and their families, and strong community support often alleviates some of the burden from the cancer patient’s shoulders.

Cancer and Your Immune System

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things you should strive for is a healthy and strong immune system. According to Dr. Thomas Wagner, Perseus PCI founder and cancer researcher of 51 years, a strong immune system can be one of the strongest weapons in your battle against cancer. Wagner advises, “Once you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, don’t sit back and say, ‘Oh, I’m sick, I’m in bad shape.’ Forget that for a moment. Say instead, ‘I am now in a fight for my life against this disease. And in order to help win that fight, I have to maximize my immune system. I have to strengthen my immune system in order to let the natural processes in my body defeat this disease as best as it can.” Below are a few tips to help you maximize your immune system.

Modify your diet to include fruits and vegetables, among other healthy foods. Since ancient times, plant materials have been used for their health-inducing qualities. Why? The efficacy of herbal medicines was a result of the herb’s ability to stimulate the immune system. This suggests that plants—fruits and vegetables—ought to be a major nutritional source for a cancer patient. Dr. Wagner suggests, “The cancer patient should not think in terms of eating to consume calories for energy. Instead, eat to provide nutrients required for your body—and particularly for your immune system—to function. The diet of a cancer patient should be rich in fruits and vegetables.”

Reduce stress. It has long been known that people who have suffered a tragedy—death of a parent, spouse, etc.—often are at a high risk of developing cancer. Why? Mental energy—particularly depression and stress—are major depleters of biological energy, claims world-renowned cancer researcher Dr. Thomas Wagner. When biological energy is exhausted by stress and mental energy, it is not available for other processes in the body. The immune system recognizes and defeats most cancer starts, but when biological energy is being depleted through stress, this energy is not available to the daily needs of the immune system. A weak immune system is going to be a less effective fighter against cancer.

Stress is a part of life. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, however, it is particularly important to take measures to alleviate stress. Surround yourself with a loving and supportive community. Eat well, exercise, and take measures to cope with stress. Give your body its best fighting chance against cancer.

Commit to an exercise routine. In addition to taking action to reduce stress and eat a diet rich in plant material, exercise should be an important component of a cancer patient’s lifestyle. Dr. Wagner claims, “This is true for several reasons. First, physical exercise is extremely effective at reducing stress. Additionally, exercise is necessary to have a healthy metabolic rate. The suggestion that metabolic rate decreases with age is a misnomer. Metabolic rate is determined by a person’s muscle to fat ratio. The higher the muscle to fat ratio, the higher the metabolic rate. A strong metabolic rate not only impacts a person’s overall health, it also strengthens the patient’s immune responses. In conclusion, exercise—specifically including resistance exercise—can affect the patient’s overall physiological health by increasing their metabolic rate.”

Perseus PCI advocates for healthy living in all of its forms. Modifications in diet, reductions in stress, and an exercise regimen are important parts of a lifestyle that gives the cancer patient their greatest chance of surviving their disease. This is all true because of the important connection between a healthy, strong immune system and cancer survival.
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Tips for Eating the Healthiest Meal of the Day

You know that you should eat breakfast. But what does that mean? Too often this logic leads people to justify sugary breakfasts that damage their overall health. While eating breakfast is certainly important, there are certain things you need to consider. In order to achieve all the good that eating breakfast has to offer, you must eat a healthy breakfast. Bleached, starchy, sugary cereal has no place in the diet of a healthy individual. Here are just a few considerations for making your breakfast as healthy as it can be. The benefits are yours for the taking!

When picking your breakfast, pick a few items from each food category to maintain a balanced meal. For instance, you may include grains, dairy, and fruits or vegetables. Milk and cereal, granola and yogurt, and juice or fresh fruit make for great breakfasts that are quick, simple, and well balanced in nutrient content.

Think ahead before you go shopping for your week. Will you have mornings at home or will you be on the go most mornings? Plan your shopping list accordingly. While those at home may be able to mix and match their own medley of yogurt, fruit, and granola, someone who is on-the-go all week may need to consider picking up portable breakfast options. Granola bars, individual yogurts, and chopped fruit may be easier to throw in a gym bag or purse and take out the door. If breakfast is hard for you to make time for, make it easier on yourself by making breakfast a stress-free endeavor.

Eating a healthy breakfast is just one part of leading a healthy lifestyle. At Perseus PCI, we fight cancer by using the patient’s own immune system. It is our belief that by leading a healthy lifestyle, we can best equip our body to fight off diseases like cancer.

The Benefits of Breakfast

You’ve probably heard someone, at some point in your life, tell you that breakfast is important. You may have even been told that it is the most important meal of the day! But how true are these suggestions? We are going to explore not only why breakfast is important, but also why a HEALTHY breakfast is important. After reviewing these quick points, you may consider waking up an extra 15 minutes just to make sure that you get a good breakfast and that you are prepared to face your day.

Without breakfast, you are less likely to be able to concentrate during your work day or school day. It is essential that students get a good meal in the morning in order to be able to focus during a long day at school. After all, chemistry or math is hard enough without your stomach growling!

Without breakfast, you can have a hard time managing your body weight. When you miss breakfast, your body goes into “fasting” mode. What does that mean for your weight? It means that when you do eat, say, your large lunch, your body is programed to save and store all of those extra calories. Your body is simply preparing for its next fast!

If you miss breakfast, you will likely not get all the nutrients your body needs that day. Eating a healthy breakfast may help you get all your daily requirements of vitamins and nutrients. Even a simple breakfast can include nutrients that will not only help you throughout your day, but also help you achieve and maintain good health.

Here at Perseus PCI, we advocate for healthy living in all of its forms. Eating a healthy, simple, and balanced breakfast every morning is just one way that you can achieve and maintain overall health as well as help your body fight against disease.

Health Benefits of Yoga

When you think of yoga, you may think of humming monks in the Far East in the downward dog pose. Or, what comes to your mind when you think of yoga might be women in tight pants contorting themselves into strange positions on a mat. If you’ve ever thought: “that’s just not me!” this article is for you. Yoga is a great exercise for any one of any age or ability. Here are a few reasons why you should consider giving yoga a chance.

Yoga helps you attain and maintain flexibility. Each yoga pose is designed to stretch particular muscles in your body, which gives your muscles relief from stiffness. Additionally, results are easy to attain. One study indicated that people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga.

Yoga helps you improve your posture. When practiced correctly, most yoga poses build the core strength that is essential to maintaining a good posture while sitting and standing. Additionally, yoga will help you be more aware of your posture so that you are more likely to correct yourself in the event that you catch yourself slouching.

Practicing yoga can result in health benefits. Yoga is known not only for lowering blood pressure, but also lowering cholesterol. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke, yoga is the exercise for you.

At Perseus PCI we support all forms of healthy living! The health benefits to be gained from yoga can help your immune system function well, which can help you fight against diseases like cancer.

Health Benefits of Lifting Weights

When you think of weight lifting, what first comes to your mind is probably chiseled individuals from magazine covers and television commercials. It is obvious that these individuals have logged countless hours at the gym, and often you may even doubt whether they live normal lives. While your goal doesn’t have to be getting on the cover of a fitness magazine, setting and attaining specific weight lifting goals can help benefit your health holistically.

First, building muscle gives your metabolism a boost. Muscle required energy to be built, used, and maintained. In short, the more muscle you build, the more calories you will burn! If you want to freely enjoy an extra piece of pizza, simply lift more weights.

Like many other forms of exercise, lifting weights reduces symptoms of depression. Many people find that by lifting weights they are able to set their mind free from daily cares and relieve some of their stress.

Lifting weights also helps combat osteoporosis and the losing of muscle and bone mass as you age. This is of special concern for women, who have weaker bones to begin with. Weightlifting helps fight this natural reduction of muscle because as your bones feel stress, they will become stronger.

Weight lifting will help you become a stronger and better-rounded athlete. According to fitness expert John Carrico, weightlifting improves dexterity, endurance, and hand-eye coordination. These traits will help you maintain good fitness and excel in your sport.

Next time you feel that your body could use an extra boost, go to the weight room! Your metabolism, your state of mind, your bone strength, and your athletic endeavors will reap the benefits.

At Perseus PCI, we vouch for healthy living in all of its forms. Living a healthy lifestyle will give your body the strength that it needs to fight off disease, especially cancer.

The Superfood Your Body Will Thank You For

It’s hard for any food in the cabinet to match quinoa’s health and nutritional benefits. If you are looking for a simple starch to add to your weekly menu, one that does not include gluten but is loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals, quinoa is the superfood for you. Here are a few reasons why you should add quinoa to your diet.

Quinoa contains flavonoids. Though flavonoids are most often found in richly hued foods such as blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries, the flavonoid content in quinoa is surprisingly greater. These flavonoids—quercetin and kaempferol—are well known for their health inducing benefits. Not do flavonoids provide rich antioxidants, they also provide anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular system benefits. Flavonoids are also considered to have anti-cancer elements. Quinoa’s high volume of flavonoids is just one reason to eat this superfood!

Quinoa is very high in fiber. Fiber is necessary for healthy blood sugar regulation. Eating a diet high in fiber can also help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. The high amount of fiber found in quinoa can also help you achieve a healthy weight. Because fiber isn’t digested—it simply passes through—a high fiber meal may feel more substantial and leave your hunger satisfied for a longer amount of time. By adding quinoa to your diet, you will reap all the benefits of a fiber-rich diet.

Quinoa contains high levels of minerals. Quinoa is an excellent source of iron, copper, calcium, and potassium. These minerals support vital functions of the body, aiding in the production and formation of red blood cells, helping regulate growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis, controlling heart rate and blood pressure, and other health inducing benefits. Quinoa is also rich in magnesium, a mineral that relaxes blood vessels leading to the brain, which helps cure headaches and depression.

With these healthy facts in mind, add quinoa to your shopping cart and browse the web for delicious recipes. Quinoa is easy to add to any meal… take it away!

Perseus PCI advocates for healthy living in all of its forms. It is our belief that living a holistically healthy lifestyle will strengthen your body and your immune system, giving you your best fighting chance against disease, and especially cancer.

Benefits of Swimming

Have you ever felt the need to exercise, but not been sure where to start? If you are thinking about adding something new to your workout routine, consider swimming. Swimming not only offers unique health benefits, but also opportunities to become part of a team or program with other swimmers.

Why Swimming Is Unique Compared to Other Exercises
As opposed to exercising on land, water’s buoyancy alleviates the pressure from your bones and joints. Water also provides a unique resistance, not allowing you to make any sudden movements and resistance accompanies every move. Also, if you’ve ever tired of overheating during exercise, the water in a pool cools your body as you work. This property often makes swimming more comfortable than land exercises!

Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming can help you become more flexible and can improve your strength. Swimming is often recommended for people seeking to improve their muscular balance and those recovering from injury. It is known for increasing circulation and strengthening your heart and lungs.

Social Benefits of Swimming
Swimming is also fun because it is easy to do in groups! Whether you are interested in swim lessons, swim team, doing water aerobics, or training for a triathlon, many fitness facilities offer opportunities for people to swim no matter what their age or experience level. Check our your local fitness center and see what kinds of opportunities they provide for swimmers!

At Perseus PCI, we vouch for healthy living. Exercising is just one component of a healthy lifestyle! We believe that achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will give your body its best fighting chance against disease.

Running and Your Immune System

Getting enough exercise can be challenging, especially when the distractions of life interfere with your spare time. Everyone knows that exercise is important, but sometimes—especially after a long time away—it can be difficult to know where to begin. While the mere thought of running may cast you immediately into despair, you cannot discredit the activity’s numerous health benefits. Perhaps a better understanding of these benefits will help you view running in an entirely new light and help you dust off those sneakers! Here are three reasons why you should consider giving running a chance.

Running improves your overall health. “The biggest benefits come from vigorous exercise like running,” says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Running can help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthen your bones, and help you concentrate better. Additionally, regular exercise can help you sleep better and can help protect you from upper-respiratory-tract infections, breathe easier, and live longer. According to Active.com, “a review of 22 studies found that people who work out 2.5 hours a week are 19 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t exercise. A separate study found that active people have a 50 percent lower risk of premature death.” These are just a few of many reasons to lace up those tennis shoes and hit the trails!

Running helps prevent disease. Studies indicate that for women, running can actually help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Running also reduces risk of heart attack because it helps strengthen your heart and keep arteries elastic and strong. Like other types of exercise, running can aid those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It is clear that running and regular exercise not only a way to maintain your physical strength, but also a helpful way to treat particular ailments.

Running is an excellent way to reduce stress. Stress takes a heavy toll on your body, so it is important to take measures to alleviate and cope with the stress in your life. Exercise such as running forces your body to use extra energy and hormones, providing relief from tension. When you are stressed out, anxious, or depressed, likely the last thing you want to do is run. However, running results in the release of hormones that lighten your mood and help you achieve a better emotional state.

These are just a few of many ways in which physical exercise, such as running, can help you achieve and maintain good health. At Perseus PCI, we prescribe healthy living as a highly effective way of protecting yourself from certain ailments, such as cancer. The stronger and healthier your body and immune system are, the better you will be able to fight disease.