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June 14, 2017 Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom

For the past three days Sandy has been going through a serious healing crisis involving two of the lymph nodes behind her ears (one behind each ear). The nodes became red, swollen and painful when touched (but never got so bad that we thought they would burst). She also broke out in a series of red pimples in a straight line down each side of her neck from behind her ears. The pimples itched and it was difficult for her to avoid scratching them. Today the swelling of her lymph nodes has gone down and the redness is gone, but there is still some swelling. (Note: Dr. Tufft removed a lymph node from behind Sandy’s left ear a few years ago as he thought it was ready to burst at the time of her office visit with him.)

June 7, 2017 ACE Bandage Eliminated – NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom

We are now past seven months of our NIA or chickpea therapy. I am keeping busy cutting cabbage up into squares and cutting paper towels up into the sleeves that the cabbage fits into.

Because the ACE bandage was bothering Sandy, especially when showering, we experimented by substituting a Johnson and Johnson Large Waterproof Pad to cover the paper towel sleeves, cabbage and chickpeas instead of the ACE bandage. (I bought the first box of J&J pads at our neighborhood Walgreens Drug Store — they didn’t have a Walgreens brand of 3X4 inch pads.)

At first both of us used the J&J pads only when taking a shower. For seven months we had been covering the ACE bandage, paper towel sleeve, cabbage and chickpea with a ziplock baggie and taping the baggie to our leg with Scotch Mailing tape when taking a shower, which was a hassle. So, I bought the J&J pads to use to cover the cabbage and chickpea when we took a shower. (Note: Dr. Ashkar says not to worry about the ACE bandage, paper towel sleeve, cabbage and chickpea getting wet in the shower or when swimming, but somehow we just couldn’t take a shower without covering it all up. It all gets wet anyway, but not as completely as it would if not covered with the baggie.)

Anyway, the J&J pads were so comfortable that Sandy totally stopped using the ACE bandages and began using a new J&J pad every time she changed her chickpeas. When using the ACE bandage we were always worried that the bandage would slip and fall down to our ankles allowing the chickpea to fall out of the wound, which had happened several times. After switching she kept telling me she loved the freedom the J&J pads gave her — in the shower, turning over in bed, and when walking.
Sandy believes she may have been guilty of wrapping her ACE bandages too tightly around her legs to keep them from slipping because, since using the pads, she has noticed more bloody pus (lymph fluid) flowing from her wounds.

Sandy also says the foul odor of the fluid has increased (the odor comes and goes and is due to the toxins that the body has stored in the lymph fluid).
Throughout my life I have not taken drugs except antibiotics for pneumonia when I was five and antibiotics for an earache or sore throat occasionally since then.
Therefore, I have not experienced the same amount of pus or odor coming out of my wound as Sandy has. (However, four times in seven months I was shocked by the amount of blood that spilled out of my wound, ran down my leg and got all over the floor when taking the chickpea out to change it.)

Sandy has taken many different kinds of antibiotics, pain medication, steroids and other drugs to combat the osteonecrosis or “dead bone” and osteomyelitis or “hidden bone infection” in her jawbone that was caused by being given tetracycline when she was three and which was not diagnosed until 2001 when she was 40 years old. Her doctor told us that, just like when using chemotherapy, the trick of the treatment is to kill the infection without killing the patient.

[Note: The following is an excerpt of the post of November 2013 from — I’m adding it here to help explain how Sandy could have so much more output of toxic blood and pus and foul odor.

[This is a scene of just one of dozens of Sandy’s Emergency Room visits and doctor’s visits since 2001:

[When: September 2013, three months before Sandy’s December 2013 surgery to remove the first melanoma tumor from her right sinus.

[Why: Due to congestion in her sinus Sandy paid a visit to Dr. Tufft, the doctor who first diagnosed her as having osteomyelitis.

[Where: In Dr. Tufft’s office, after examining her sinuses with a light and seeing that she had a bloody mass blocking her sinuses Dr. Tufft immediately put her on a nebulizer with a steroid, an anti-fungal, and an anti-bacterial in the mist and gave her a shot with the same contents. She had to sit there for 40 minutes breathing the mist as he talked to us about how osteomyelitis comes back even after years of it seeming to be in arrest.

[Dr. Tufft sent her home with a prescription of yet another antibiotic and an appointment to see him the next week. Well, that antibiotic didn't do much and at her second appointment he put her on an extremely strong penicillin mixed with an additional antibiotic.

[Sandy had to take dozens of probiotic capsules daily between and with doses of the antibiotics to keep from having diarrhea — she learned to do this when Dr. Tufft had her on a pic-line pumping antibiotics into her vein for three months at a time three different times trying to kill the bacteria in her jawbone — and is gradually feeling better (her cough is 50 percent better, but she is still blowing bloody mucus out of her nose).

[Dr. Tufft also has her taking steroids, which seem to help the pain she has in her breasts when the dose is strong (both times the pills are to be taken 7 on the first day, 6 on the second day, etc). So, by the time she is on just one, or, on the present schedule, 1/2 a pill, they stop working. They are the only thing that has helped reduce the inflammation she has in her lymph.]

The End

After a few days of watching Sandy’s wounds continue to discharge huge amounts of pus and blood after switching from using the ACE bandages to using the J&J pads I joined her by not using an ACE bandage and using a new J&J pad every 12 hours.

However, I started to be concerned about using the J&J pads when I realized a headache I had been having for two days might be due to using the pads for those two days. I very seldom have a headache, and when I get one I can usually figure out what is causing it by recalling what I ate or what toxin I might have been exposed to in the hours before it began. Then, by taking a coffee enema and avoiding what I suspect is causing it, my headache disappears. In this case, I could not think of anything new that I ate or that I could have been exposed to other than the J&J pads. So, to test my suspicion, I removed the J&J pad, put an ACE bandage over a fresh chickpea covered with a piece of cabbage in a paper towel sleeve, took a coffee enema, and my headache was gone. To be certain I was right, I tried using a J&J pad again two days later and 20 minutes after putting the J&J pad on my leg, my headache came back.

I told Sandy what I figured out was causing my headache and she said she was wondering why she had been feeling more and more exhausted and cranky (no headache, just feeling exhausted and irritable), but thought it was another healing crisis in her lymph system.

As soon as Sandy stopped using the J&J pads and put her ACE bandages back on over her chickpeas, cabbage and paper towel sleeves (and taking a few coffee enemas) her exhaustion and irritability disappeared. She kept telling me she is very thankful that I am doing the NIA treatment at the same time as she is and that I am so sensitive, because she might have continued feeling awful without knowing the true cause.

To understand why the J&J pads caused our discomfort, we looked at the ingredients of the J&J pad on the box and discovered it contains “Quilt-Aid” - “A technology that wicks away blood and fluid to keep wounds clean.” The “Quilt-Aid” technology is probably the toxin.

This caused Dale to call Johnson and Johnson and complain and get our money back (a check for $64.37 arrived a few days later) for a dozen boxes of the pads he had ordered through Amazon (Amazon doesn't give refunds on the J&J pads). The J&J Customer Service Representative asked Dale dozens of questions (that I helped him answer) and Dale believes the questions were a part of a prepared conversation to be used when customers complain about J&J’s “Quilt-Aid” technology.

As soon as we figured out that the J&J “additive” was the problem, I went looking for another brand of 3X4 inch pads that did not contain any added ingredients (Dale couldn’t find any on Amazon the same size).

I found what I was looking for at the CVS Drug Store and Sandy and I have been happily using the CVS brand of Large Sheer Adhesive Pads (which are not waterproof) with no ill effects. (Note: We are continuing to use a small piece of cabbage to cover the chickpea, which keeps the chickpea moist on the area of the chickpea not facing into the wound, but stopped using the paper towel sleeve.)

Both brands are approximately 3X4 inches, but the Johnson and Johnson brand is much more expensive (J&J’s cost $5 for 6 pads and CVS’s cost $5 for 10 pads).

Note: Dr. Ashkar recommends using Adhesive tape to secure the paper towel sleeve containing the piece of cabbage to your leg. The Adhesive tape irritated our skin so we did not use it. This omission may have been why our chickpeas fell out of the wound when our ACE bandages slipped down our legs.

In hindsight, we should have tried other brands of tape or switched to the CVS brand of 3X4 inch pads from the beginning as the tape surrounding the J&J 3X4 inch pads and the CVS 3X4 inch pads do not irritate our skin.

June 2, 2017 Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom (June 2, 2017)

As we enter the 8th month of our NIA therapy I have decided (I had to test it over and over) that certain foods that I eat cause my wound to be painful. I ate salad dressing one day and the next time I changed my chickpea my wound had developed a blister on the lower edge. Vinegar is the main culprit. Tomato sauce and coke also cause pain.

Sandy doesn’t seem to have the same reaction to acidic foods that I do.

We have also realized we need to discard our ACE bandages frequently as they lose their stretchability in about 10 days and we wake up with the chickpea loose in the bed. We are going through multiple ACE bandages.

PS I have decided not to start a second chickpea.



May 16, 2017 Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom

I just got over a pretty awful healing crisis that lasted two days — I had an earache that felt like electrical shocks going through my right ear over and over (keeping my ear warm helped). Yesterday the pain was really bad. I took two aspirin every four to five hours, but they just helped me stand it — they didn’t stop it. Today I’m pain free!

I have four root canal filled teeth and Sandy believes my healing crisis was about those.

I bought a fresh clove of organic garlic today and plan to start a second wound. We ordered set of Pugster plastic rings (a set of ring sizers to gauge finger size) from Amazon so I can choose a ring a little bigger than the one I used before to start our blisters.

We used my platinum wedding band to make the blisters for the wounds we have now and we think we should have made the wounds bigger because we are always searching for the smallest chickpeas in the bag.

May 7, 2017 Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom

I had my hair cut yesterday by my hair stylist, Julee, who I've seen every month for the past 28 years and mentioned how much better the skin on the back of my hands looks and she immediately agreed (the back of my hands used to have several seborrheic keratoses — benign marks — redness and just an unhealthy look). She has been listening to my chickpea story for six months... she's healthy but always remembers everything her customers tell her and passes info on to whoever she thinks might be interested (she'll be 50 July 5th — I met her when she was 22).

Dale, Sandy, Julee and I all agree that if the skin on the outside of my body is improving, the skin on the inside must be improving as well (colon, arteries, veins, liver, lungs, pancreas, kidneys, etc.).

Here’s another sign that things are improving internally: I can see on my thighs that two patches of red spider veins that I’ve had for 59 years (since I was pregnant with my son) have faded away to nothing, but two smaller (two inches long each) blue spider veins have not.

Along with all the health benefits we have been noticing Sandy and I are also having mild healing crises (pain in various parts of our bodies for a day or two, but no fever). Also, whenever Sandy and I are feeling these pains, we have been sleeping four to five extra hours a day.

Healing crises are very mysterious. In January I got a pain in my left cheek that lasted for four days. It was so painful I went to my dentist on the 4th day. Xrays showed no problem with my teeth and the pain was gone by the time I got home!

I learned about healing crises in November 1982 when I was at the Gerson Cancer Clinic in Mexico as a helper for a friend who had cancer (I was following the Gerson therapy to get rid of my allergies). While there I attended lectures given by doctors and former cancer patients about healing crises (the doctors rang bells and cheered when one of the cancer patients had a healing crisis). I experienced a mild healing crisis at the clinic and a severe healing crisis after I got home…

After six weeks (four at the clinic and two at home) of eating a strict vegan diet, drinking 13 eight ounce glasses of specially prepared (using a Norwalk juicer/press machine) vegetable juice a day and four ounces of liver juice (made by juicing and pressing baby organic beef liver) mixed with one of the carrot juices once a day, and taking two to three coffee enemas a day, I got a fever and a pain in my lower abdomen that lasted longer than three days and I ended up going to the emergency room at Stanford Hospital.

I knew what was wrong, but the doctors wanted to operate right away. I told them I didn’t need surgery, I was in a healing crisis that was brought on by following a diet to cure cancer. Well, that went over like a lead balloon. But, they allowed me to wait until the next day and I allowed them to admit me (I was married to Frank O’Sullivan then and had hospital coverage under his job at Honeywell).

That night Frank brought me a thermos of fresh, homemade carrot juice that he made after work and my enema bucket.

I wasn’t supposed to have anything by mouth (they had me hooked up to an IV giving me fluids as they said I was dehydrated), but I drank the carrot juice and took two coffee enemas (Frank brought the coffee in another thermos). The nurses who were in and out of my room all night never noticed the enema bucket sitting on my table!

Anyway, the next day was December 16th, my 46th birthday, and when the doctors came to see me my fever had gone down and I was pain free. They discharged me and I walked home to our house in Belmont as happy as I’ve ever been in my life — I knew the diet had healed me. (Frank was at work and when I called to tell him my good news I assured him I could walk and carry everything with no problem.)

This is what I believe happened: I had my tubes tied in December 1979 and the surgeon recommended I have a hysterectomy as my lab report showed I had “unhealthy tissue” removed during the operation. I felt perfectly fine, so I refused a hysterectomy. I believe the “unhealthy tissue” was what that healing crisis — three years later — healed.

April 9, 2017 Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy)

Update of Sandy and Bonnie’s NIA Treatment (Dr. Ashkar's Chickpea Therapy)

By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom

Sandy was given a clean bill of health (no sign of the tumor growing back) by her cancer doctor one year after her second surgery to remove a melanoma tumor from her sinus. She is scheduled to see him every six months.

Now Sandy has two chickpeas going (one on each leg) as she watched a YouTube video about another woman with cancer using two.

The swelling Sandy has had in the lymph glands in her breasts for 20 years (since she had a complete hysterectomy in 1997) is much less and it got even better when she started the second chickpea.

Every time Sandy changes the chickpeas she gives a big sigh and says removing the old ones makes her feel much better. Dr. Ashkar writes: “Discoloration and swelling around the wound, severe pain and bad odor are all normal, do not panic, all will go away as recuperation progresses. It will take time, be patient.”

On the subject of bad odor: Sandy smelled a strong bad odor for a few days in March. She said it smelled exactly like the amalgam fillings she worked with (preparing them and cleaning up the equipment after the dentist placed them in his patient’s mouth) when she was a dentist’s assistant in 1985. Her NIA therapy must have eliminated the mercury she has been storing in her body ever since.

Sandy has also been having severe pain in and around her wounds and flu-like feelings and pain throughout her body that comes and goes. She often thinks about giving up and allowing the wounds to heal. To do that she will follow Dr. Ashkar’s directions: “To terminate the treatment continue the process as you were doing every day. The last chickpea has to be removed and the wound kept empty, but replacement of cabbage and absorbing paper must be continued for many days until the wound heals by itself. If there is too much infection around the wound, healing will take a little bit longer, until all the infection comes out completely, or treat it as a common wound with an antibacterial medicine.”

We are very thankful someone told us about Dr. Ashkar’s NIA therapy. In my case, I’ve been noticing improvements all over my body. My arthritis is gone (I can get up off the bathroom floor when taking my coffee enemas quicker and easier than before), I can hear certain (high pitched) sounds now that I couldn’t before, my “slight” macular degeneration in my right eye has improved as I see no wavy lines on the Amsler grid any more, and the skin on my legs has no more white spots.

The white spots were caused by my kidneys not getting rid of toxins fast enough. It started when I took a special, new mineral supplement in the 80’s, which was inorganic and my body couldn’t get rid of it fast enough by the normal pathways. I had been taking a chelated mineral supplement for many years with no adverse effects, but this “special” mineral supplement was rejected by my body so quickly that within a week of taking it every day I had white spots all over my legs and arms and even on my face.

I quickly stopped taking the new mineral supplement and my face cleared up, but several of the spots stayed on my legs. Years later when talking to Dr. Kelley one day, I told him about the white spots and asked if he had ever heard of them. He hadn’t, but after searching through numerous medical reference books he finally found a description of exactly what I described to him. He found it in an old nurse’s handbook and it said the cause is: the kidneys are over loaded and the excess debris the kidney’s are responsible for eliminating is being pushed out of the body through the skin.

I tried not taking any mineral supplements for months, but since taking those mineral capsules back in the 80s I’ve always had a few white spots on my thighs. Dr. Kelley recommended I only take minerals that are from plants and eventually I found a sea vegetable mineral supplement that I take daily, which made no increase in the amount of my white spots. Dr. Ashkar writes that we don’t need to take vitamins and minerals or even eat organic foods, but I cannot bring myself to give up my regimen of taking vitamins, minerals, various amino acids, drinking only distilled water, showering with filtered water, and eating as little non-organic food as possible because I believe all of the above have kept me drug-free for 80 years.

Anyway, since starting NIA therapy the spots have disappeared (they gradually got more and more shallow and then they were gone). In reference to Dr. Kelley’s nurse’s handbook, my kidneys got sore for a day in January and then again for another day in February, so that pain may have been a healing crisis to repair the damage caused to my kidneys back in the 80s by those “new” mineral capsules).

Now maybe I’ll live longer. At least I won’t be worried about having kidney disease (my grandfather died of kidney failure and my dad died of kidney cancer).

We are planning to stay on the NIA therapy until our wounds are no longer producing pus and infected blood and the color of the wound is normal and we feel better, which signals that there are no more toxins.

January 4, 2017 Update on Sandy’s Lymph Swelling with Picture of Dr. Ashkar’s Chickpea Therapy Wound

Lymph swelling is my problem and the best advice I have found to reduce it came from George E. Ashkar, Ph.D. He has a website,, where he gives away his book, Cancer Cure (2010), and where he has posted a “How To” video for detoxifying the body.

I began the treatment on November 4, 2016 and since then I have experienced a gradual diminishing of my lymph swelling.

In December 2013 and again in January 2016 I had surgery to remove a melanoma tumor from my right sinus, so I am planning to continue the treatment for 18 months, which is Dr. Ashkar’s advice for cancer patients (two hüpfburg mit rutsche kaufen months for arthritis patients). After both melanoma surgeries my ENT surgeon advised me to have radiation treatments, but I declined.

Since 2001, due to taking tetracycline before my permanent teeth came in (I was born in 1961), I have had numerous oral surgeries to remove my teeth, and remove infected and dead bone from my jawbone.

Tetracycline caused my teeth to be malformed (long and slender roots, hyper fragile, highly sensitive, and discolored at the gum line). inflatable slide for sale No dentist or doctor I went to for face pain, canker sores in my mouth, and/or to ask why my molars had tiny fracture lines all over them realized I had a “hidden” bone infection.

At age 20 I had my impacted wisdom teeth removed and they broke apart so badly I had tooth particles working themselves out of my gums for years.

In 1996 after a dentist performed a root canal on one of my molars I was in horrific pain until he removed the tooth in a subsequent visit. It was after that, in 1996, when I was 35, that my lymph swelling began. Then, in 1997, I lost three more molars and, due to recurring endometriosis, I had a hysterectomy.

By 2001 my body was so swollen and painful I had to give up my waitressing job and, because my doctor’s only solution was to prescribe powerful opioids, I began looking into alternative medical options.

First, I had my teeth removed by an alternative oral surgeon. This was when the bone infection became obvious as I had to have more and more bone removed due to the pain in my face.

After my last oral surgery in September 2009, to remove infected bone from the roof of my mouth, the surgeon told me he had accidentally broken through the floor of my sinus and didn’t know what it would do to me health-wise (four years later, in December 2013, melanoma was discovered in my right sinus).

All of the non-surgical alternative medical methods I have tried to reduce my lymph swelling involved detoxification treatments and every one caused me to have spots break out on my skin — on my fingers, arms and legs — that oozed pus, which caused me to stop the treatments.

Dr. Ashkar’s method is working, in my opinion, due to the fact that it uses chickpeas, removed and replaced twice daily, at an appropriate area on the skin (on the calf of one leg) to remove the pus, which Dr. Ashkar says is loaded with toxins (i.e. carcinogens).

Sandra Petry, Walnut Creek, CA

April 20, 2016 Follow-up Appointment Shows No Sign of Second Melanoma Tumor Growing Back

At Sandy's follow up appointment in April 2016 Dr. Drury could find no sign of the second melanoma tumor he removed in January 2016 growing back.

Dr. Drury recommended another PET/CT scan, but at that time Sandy decided not to have another one because, even if it showed the melanoma had metastasized, she was not going to under go radiation or chemotherapy.

January 20, 2016 A Second, Larger Melanoma Tumor Removed From Sandy’s Right Sinus

In January 2016 Dr. Drury removed a second, larger melanoma tumor from Sandy's right sinus.

Sandy asked Dr. Drury if her tumor came back would he remove it again even if she did not have radiation treatments and he said he would.



December 15, 2015 Melanoma Tumor Grows Back Larger Than Before

In late December 2015 Sandy went back to see Dr. Drury at his office because of sinus pain and he discovered that her tumor had grown back even larger than before.


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