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Successful medical treatment converts expat into activist

Sheryl Malin has a disarmingly simple metaphor that explains her passion over the last four years to promote the type of medical treatment she received in Mexico — a turtle bowl.

The two-year Ajijic resident says she recently bought two turtles and a small bowl with a plastic palm tree. 

“The pet store clerk gave me a lesson on how to take care of turtles and told me they’d only live five months. I went home and did some research and saw that the small bowls are called ‘death bowls.’ So I got a larger aquarium with healthier food and a filter. This way, I can keep them around for a long time with a quality of life.”

Her experience with cancer was similar to this turtle bowl revelation. 

“We go to the doctor and he tells us what to do,” Malin explains, “and, without researching, we go along with it because others do and the insurance only pays for what he says.”

So, since Malin recovered from cancer using unconventional or “functional oncology” treatments —T-cells, stem cells, oxygen, hyperthermia and vitamins and minerals — which she found by doing research, she began a petition campaign, wrote a book, set up a webpage and blog and was interviewed by CBS. 

Her goal is education, she says, and her motto, “knowledge is power.”  

“I was amazed to learn that cancer treatment has not changed that much since the late 19th and early 20th century. And in most cases the cancer came back in another organ.” 

As for the petition campaign, her aim is to collect 100,000 signatures and eventually direct it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other officials in the U.S., Mexican and Canadian governments. So far, the campaign has garnered 441 signatures.

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