Claiming victory

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By The Staff

Dr. Gary Storkan, a local chiropractor, spent seven-and-a-half years in battle. Now, he is announcing his victory.

Storkan, who has lived and worked in Los Alamos for 20 years, came face to face with his enemy, Squamous Cell Carinoma, when he was diagnosed with the cancer, which was found in one of his tonsils, on May 31, 2001. The cancer had manifested in a bronchial cleft cyst in his neck.

This diagnosis started a seven-and-a-half year ordeal to beat this foe.

In June 2001, he had a tonsillectomy and decided, because of his background, he would resort to alternative methods to beat the cancer.

Storkan explained chiropractors are more oriented to natural, alternative practices.

He investigated several clinics in Mexico and throughout the world before selecting the Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland.

Storkan said he chose a clinic outside the U.S. because at the time he did not know of any clinics in the states that utilize alternative cancer therapies. He stayed at the clinic for a month before going to its sister clinic in Santa Fe, called Whole Life Clinic.

So was alternative medicine beneficial? Storkan said it was.

“What I found was, yes, it helped strengthen my body,” he said, but it did not get rid of his cancer.

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