Mesothelioma Survivor Takes Alternative Medicine Path

Stories from Survivors

Written by Tim Povtak

Reading Time: 4 mins
Publication Date: 01/02/2020
Fact Checked
Our fact-checking process begins with a thorough review of all sources to ensure they are high quality. Then we cross-check the facts with original medical or scientific reports published by those sources, or we validate the facts with reputable news organizations, medical and scientific experts and other health experts. Each page includes all sources for full transparency.
Reviewed is the nation’s most trusted mesothelioma resource

The Mesothelioma Center at has provided patients and their loved ones the most updated and reliable information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure since 2006.

Our team of Patient Advocates includes a medical doctor, a registered nurse, health services administrators, veterans, VA-accredited Claims Agents, an oncology patient navigator and hospice care expert. Their combined expertise means we help any mesothelioma patient or loved one through every step of their cancer journey.

More than 30 contributors, including mesothelioma doctors, survivors, health care professionals and other experts, have peer-reviewed our website and written unique research-driven articles to ensure you get the highest-quality medical and health information.

About The Mesothelioma Center at

  • Assisting mesothelioma patients and their loved ones since 2006.
  • Helps more than 50% of mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually in the U.S.
  • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • 5-star reviewed mesothelioma and support organization.
Learn More About Us


My family has only the highest compliment for the assistance and support that we received from The Mesothelioma Center. This is a staff of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who respect what your family is experiencing and who go the extra mile to make an unfortunate diagnosis less stressful. Information and assistance were provided by The Mesothelioma Center at no cost to our family.
Mesothelioma patient’s daughter
  • Google Review Rating
  • BBB Review Rating

How to Cite’s Article


Povtak, T. (2022, September 23). Mesothelioma Survivor Takes Alternative Medicine Path. Retrieved June 2, 2023, from


Povtak, Tim. "Mesothelioma Survivor Takes Alternative Medicine Path.", 23 Sep 2022,


Povtak, Tim. "Mesothelioma Survivor Takes Alternative Medicine Path." Last modified September 23, 2022.

Mesothelioma survivor Tammy House

Tammy House didn’t need a specialist or a big-city cancer center to beat the long odds and become an inspirational mesothelioma survivor.

She did it her way.

House, 49, lives in Port Saunders, a small fishing village on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada. It is more than 2,000 miles away from the expertise usually critical to fighting mesothelioma, a deadly cancer with no cure.

“I took a different path, but to each his own. Based on everything I heard about this cancer, I had nothing to lose,” House told The Mesothelioma Center at “So why not give it a try?”

Hitting the Three-Year Survival Mark

House, who will reach the three-year survival mark in January, took a holistic, alternative approach to treatment after being diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, opting against major surgery at a specialty center or debilitating chemotherapy.

Instead, she embarked on an aggressive regime of products and procedures at home that are not all based on scientific evidence.

At one point, she was taking 92 different supplements in a day.

“I just thought there has to be an alternative to the chemotherapy and radiation therapy that everyone is using and just dying. It’s sad but true. It just ruins your body,” she said. “I was ready to try something else.”

It started after a discussion with a friend of a friend whose husband had beaten two different stage 4 cancers to regain his life after it seemingly was over.

She could not resist giving it a try.

mesothelioma guide
Get a Free Mesothelioma Guide
Learn about your diagnosis, top doctors and how to pay for treatment.

First Exploring Her Options

House made the decision after considerable contemplation and prayer. The diagnosis didn’t come easy, and neither did the decision to reject conventional treatment.

“I don’t think some of the doctors believe in it, but it’s the journey I’m on now. I grew up in a Christian home, and I put my life in God’s hands,” she said. “I’ve taken the more natural approach.”

Doctors closer to home first believed it was a less serious illness, then admitted their uncertainty, sending her 800 miles away to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

She was diagnosed accurately there, but doctors suggested she find someone with more experience in treating this rare cancer.

They sent her to the nearest specialty center, 2,000 miles away in Toronto, where she received palliative radiation to ease the pain, a confirmation of the diagnosis, and a recommendation to treat the cancer aggressively.

After listening to the prognosis, she and her husband decided against chemotherapy and surgery.

Spreading the Word

House returned to Port Saunders and met with an herbalist. She began a regimen that started with a significant change in her diet, an all-natural, organic menu with absolutely no sugar.

The supplements included large amounts of graviola, turmeric, omega 3 oils, magnesium, a variety of vitamins and ample amounts of green tea. She did coffee enemas regularly, too.

Graviola extract comes from a type of broadleaf evergreen tree. Turmeric is a flowering plant that has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb.

Neither has been proven scientifically to cure or slow cancers, but believers have existed for centuries.

House returned to Toronto months later, and doctors were surprised by what they saw on her scans. She flew back a third time, almost a year ago, and the tumors were negligible.

“The doctors were amazed because the tumors were almost all gone,” she said. “They hardly believed what they saw. The blood work was all good, too. They told me, whatever you’re doing, just keep it up.”

House’s daily routine today isn’t the same as it once was. But it is considerably closer than it has been in three years.

Instead of the full-speed-ahead, working-three-jobs lifestyle she once enjoyed, she has slowed considerably.

The toughest part now has been mentally, wondering how long her alternative treatment methods will work.

She worries how her health might affect her 20-year-old daughter, or her husband, who has his own trucking business.

“I was always such a hard worker, then suddenly my life just stopped. I was only 46 at the time. It was upsetting, and it’s still upsetting to me,” she said. “But I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at now.”

She has returned to work part-time as a caregiver for an elderly couple. She believes in the path she has taken, wanting to let others know there are alternatives to conventional medicine.

“I was fortunate that God put someone into my life who recommended this path. I would not be here today if not for that,” she said. “My plan now is to stay on this path and see where it leads.”

open book icon vector illustration
Free Mesothelioma Guide
Get Answers to All Your Mesothelioma Questions