Waldo Dwyer was six months old he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer. Doctors said he had a 50 percent chance of losing his eye. Today Waldo is tumor free, an active, outgoing kid full of energy, thanks in part, according to his parts say, to cannabis oil.
It’s one of many success stories out there, and in the lab, it’s scientifically established that cannabis can kill cancer cells, but it’s not firmly established in humans, or many animal studies. It’s quite a head scratcher why clinical trials have not taken place. When it comes to a pharmaceutical drug that shows half of much potential as cannabis does, and has, clinical trials are funded and set up right away. Again, despite decades of promising research, clinical trials for cancer have yet to commence.
This is not stopping parents taking things into their own hands, and many have done so and attributed their child’s recovery to cannabis. The last story we covered regarding this was with Mykayla Comstock.
The story regarding Waldo Dwyer is quite similar.
The doctors recommended starting chemotherapy immediately. After his initial treatment, Waldo got sicker and sicker. He lost weight, he was vomiting, suffering from constipation, listless, irritable, and not interested in eating. “He was turning into a shell of the kid I knew,” Dwyer says.
To treat his reaction to the chemo, doctors gave him anti-nausea medication and other drugs. One suggested opiates. They warned Waldo’s parents about how careful they had to be with all the medicine to avoid even worse effects. He could go deaf, blind or sterile, or suffer second degree burns if some of the drugs touched his skin. (source)
One of his advocates was Brandon Krenzler, father of Mykayla and executive director of Parents 4 Pot, an organization that supports parents using or seeking medical marijuana for their children, as well as those who face charges because they broke the law to access medical cannabis. “Communion is very important,” Krenzler says. “And counsel. It’s the number one thing you provide someone in their time of need. Everyone needs someone to lean on in their time of stress or worry.” (source)
The good news is cannabis has shown promise in treating childhood cancer as well as epilepsy, autism, and other illnesses and disorders that frequently defy conventional interventions. In addition to helping with nausea, appetite loss, pain, and other symptoms, there is evidence that cannabis can help treat the underlying cancer itself through the body’s endocannabinoid system. Research has been limited, however, due in large part to government restrictions and the stigma surrounding marijuana usage. (source)
When Waldo’s parents started using the oil, he changed immediately. He stopped loosing weight, stopped vomiting, and felt great. He continued chemo with the cannabis oil and stopped all other pharmaceuticals. His parents never even revealed that they were using cannabis and the doctors called his recovery a miracle.
After six months, the chemo regime was over and Waldo has been healthy ever since. His eyes are fine, although he still needs regular checkups to ensure that the cancer has not returned. Now having witnessed the effects of cannabis oil first-hand, Dwyer is eager to spread the world and help other parents in need. He was haunted by the desperately sick children he passed in the hospital when Waldo was undergoing treatment, and wants parents to know there is another path. (source)