For my Father
The story of About Health is different to most other companies. While most businesses start with an entrepreneur who has an idea for a product or service, About Health is really the result of two stories, what happened to my mother and what happened to my father.
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In 2009 my father passed away. Dad died of one of the worst cancers you can get, pancreatic cancer. The thing that makes this cancer so deadly is that by the time you are diagnosed, it has usually spread to other organs, like your liver. This means that from the point of diagnosis, you generally live just months.
Dad didn’t live a faultless life as far as his health was concerned, he was a builder, and a big part of being a builder (and life in general) in the 1970’s, was smoking. There is quite a bit of evidence that smoking increases your chances of getting certain cancers later on in life, even years after you have stopped. The unfair aspect to this is that Dad did stop, he had not smoked for many years, but the damage was likely to be already done.
Dad was old-school and somewhat stubborn. He put his faith in doctors and did what they told him. I wasn’t there when he received the news from his specialist that he had pancreatic cancer, but his oncologist later told my mother that he could see the fear in his eyes, a fear that he successfully hid from his family until the end.
Most of the times I saw him in hospital he was in pain, and he was very yellow (due to pancreatitis), and permanently on morphine. The constant pancreatitis was (apparently) caused because of a miscommunication between the surgeons who operated on him. The first surgeon installed two ‘stents’ (drains, not the ones for heart patients) and these were meant to be a temporary solution. The second surgeon whose job it was to remove them did not know there was a second stent inside him. The one that was left became dislodged and caused the constant pancreatitis, and that meant he was simply too sick to undergo any further treatment.
Putting on a brave face
He never recovered and was on palliative care for most of his last week. I recall his strength while he was in hospital, at least around me anyway. Around six days before he died, I was in hospital visiting and we had a conversation. He was trying to be light hearted with me about his chances. Even to the end he tried to prevent his family from feeling the pain of loss, and he told me things that he did not say to my sister or my mother. He said to me, almost exactly one week before he died, ‘Dan, I think there’s a better than even chance that I am not getting out of here’. I realised in that moment that this was his way of telling me he knew he was dying. As a scientist, I also knew that nothing short of a miracle would save him, and he was simply waiting to die. He hated being in hospital, he was always the kind of person who relied on himself. I recall saying to him ‘you know, when you are born Dad you get a number, don’t you…’ and he chuckled. He knew exactly what I meant. Dad knew I was the only one he could talk to about such things. He gave me some instructions and told me to look after my mother and to make sure she went on holidays.
Dad was only 67 when he died, and I think that’s far too young. I also know that his story is mirrored across the country countless times every year.
A tribute to my father
During his illness, I often thought to myself; What could I have given my father, Lester, that could have reduced his chances of getting sick in the first place?’ and from that question came Lester’s Oil.
I will discuss the complete formulation of Lester’s Oil in another article, but one feature of the formulation is Vitamin D, a vitamin that normally forms when sunlight falls on our skin. Unfortunately, due to recent campaigns painting the sun as the great enemy, we have not been getting enough sunlight and because of this we have not been making enough vitamin D. As one recent study demonstrated, sunlight nearly halved the chance of getting pancreatic cancer; this is further supported by a Harvard study demonstrating that people with the most Vitamin D had around a 30 percent reduction in risk of getting the same cancer. I wish I had known that a few years before Dad got sick. For this reason, we included the maximum amount of Vitamin D in Lester’s Oil that we are legally allowed to in New Zealand.
Interestingly, the vitamin D protective effect may not be present for smokers, if you needed another reason to quit.
Lester’s Oil is also backed by science. A 2014 human study conducted by a major University in NZ, showed an increase in Omega-3 fatty acid levels by an average of 59% in just four weeks.
Read the article here: http://www.beaconhealthadvice.com/lesters-oil-human-trial-results-hdl-cholesterol/
Daniel King MSc (hons)