Personal success by John Bettens with the use of Urine Therapy and Imagery in
the treatment of Follicular Lymphoma
John’s cancer journey began in March 2003 when he was diagnosed with prostate
cancer. After giving consideration to his treatment options, he declined the
conventional treatments of surgery and radiotherapy and instead embarked upon
radically changing his lifestyle by commencing with a 42 day fast, becoming a
vegetarian, giving up alcohol and coffee, starting a yoga practice, involving himself
in regular exercise, and extensively using supplements. In December 2006 he
stopped working as a criminal defence lawyer, and in early 2007 added a daily
meditation practice to the mix. John still lives with this cancer having kept it
localised for ten years since diagnosis.
Follicular lymphoma diagnosis
A chest and upper abdomen CT scan in January 2006 for an unrelated condition
found no evidence of lymphadenopathy (enlargement of the lymph nodes). However,
in April 2007, just four months after stopping work, John was diagnosed with
follicular lymphoma. His first inkling that something was not right was the sudden
appearance of an enlarged lymph node (40 x 20 x 25mm) on the right side of his neck
In John’s words:
“It took just 36 hours for a lump to appear at the side
of my neck. I’d had no prior warning. This was my
warning that my body was harbouring a second cancer.”
Between March and May 2007, he had this enlarged node in his neck biopsied, then
surgically removed, and again biopsied. The biopsies showed the node as cancerous.
Following these procedures, he again declined any conventional therapies, which for
this cancer were chemotherapy in conjunction with the use of a monoclonal antibody.
Throughout the remainder of 2007, and up to February 2008, he undertook a series of
CT scans to track the progress of the cancer, which had been confirmed to be located
in his neck, chest and abdomen. During this period the enlarged nodes in the neck
and chest remained largely unchanged but those in the stomach had increased in size.
According to the scan results some nodes were “significantly diseased”.
In the latter half of 2007, he embarked upon an intensive three month course of
antibiotics in the belief that his condition may have been bacterial in origin. This
treatment proved unsuccessful.
Urine therapy regime
In late February 2008 one of his doctors (not his usual GP or his haematologist) with
whom he had been consulting since 2004 in relation to his prostate cancer,
recommended urine therapy, saying that while she was unaware of any scientific
evidence to support its success, anecdotally she had known it to have been successful
in the treatment of lymphoma. The recommended regime was to drink 250mls of the
first urination of the day after voiding a small amount to clear the urinary tract. John
decided immediately to give this therapy a try. He tells us:
“As my doctor was describing this therapy to me I decided
then and there I would go with it. I started the next day
and rarely missed a day over the next four years.”
Because of his belief in the powerful healing connection between the mind and the
body, whilst drinking his urine each morning John affirmed in words that his cancer
was being healed while visualising his urine as source of healing energy travelling
first to his neck and then down through his neck, chest, stomach and pelvic region
(the four principal lymph node sites).
The results were outstanding and were confirmed by CT scans. Fig. 1 depicts the
progress of the lymphadenopathy in the stomach, chest and neck betwen 2 April 2007
and 10 February 2012. Up to August 2008 the size of the nodes in his chest remained
largely unchanged. This was also the case for the neck nodes up to December 2008.
Beyond these dates both chest and neck nodes had begun to reduce in size. Of
particular significance is the period beginning 12 February 2008 as it was in was late
February 2008 that John commenced urine therapy. In February 2008 the largest
node, located in the abdomen, had a 3cm diameter. By May 2008 that node had
reduced in diameter to 2cm, and by August 2008 it had shrunk a further 1cm. In a
February 2010 scan, no nodes in either the chest or neck were commented upon
(which is suggestive of them either not being detectable, or of little or no
significance), and the largest in the abdomen now measured a mere 6mm x 4mm.
John didn’t have a further CT scan until February 2012. The results were emphatic:
no lymphadenopathy could be detected in the abdomen, chest or neck. John
“In my view, over the four year period, but particularly in the first
eight months, the results demonstrate a strong correlation between
the use of urine therapy and imagery, and the reduction, and eventual
elimination of any detectable cancer from my lymphatic system. These
were the only changes I made to my healing regime during this period.”
Whilst many may argue there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that it was
the urine that facilitated this unusual and successful treatment, there is not, in John’s
view, any other explanation. John maintains that scientific support comes from the
CT scans, a well recognised diagnostic tool for this type of cancer. The scans
demonstrated the reduction and eventual elimination of any detectable cancer and this
reduction and elimination correlated with the period over which urine was used as a
therapy. Whilst his haematologist and ‘conventional’ GP could offer no explanation
for its success, John is adamant:
“I’m unshakeable in my view that it was the urine, the
imagery, and my belief in both that made the difference.
This was no spontaneous remission. I worked really hard
over four years for this result.”
John continues to drink his urine daily.