Congratulations for your interest in improving your health. The fact that you came to this website shows that you are at the very least curious about what you can do to make your life better when it comes to health and wellness.
Ivan gets request after request to share his foods list and eating protocol—so many that we have created the Misner Plan in order to share this information with many more people than he is able to email on a daily basis. We all know and love far too many people who are obese and/or suffering from many health issues which are due primarily to how and what they are eating. Many people know they need to make changes, but they are not interested in doing so. Many people want to make changes, but they don’t know exactly what to do. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there and there may not be a lot of support for the changes they do want to make.
The Misner Plan offers both information and support for you as you seek to transform your life and improve your productivity, not to mention increase your outlook for a long and healthy life. In the process of doing changing how you eat, many ailments, conditions and even diseases may simply disappear. There are three phases we followed after Ivan received his diagnosis: The 8-Day Detox, Post Detox and Happily Ever After.
You will find detailed information about the three phases on this site. Click on Take the Challenge at the top of this page to join one of our health-coached packages for our upcoming Misner Plan 90-Day Challenge. We are now enrolling for the January 8, 2018 Challenge!
On this Misner Plan site, you will find articles and blog posts with our personal experiences, struggles and successes, as well as contributions from other well-informed and renowned health-care professionals. You will find recipes using the specific food list Ivan has been using during his recovery. As you read through the content, please share anything you feel would be of benefit with your own social media followers and join in the conversation on the blog page. We invite you to pour a cup of green tea, get comfy and spend some time browsing our site and becoming familiar with the contents of it.
Your success means so much to us, and we are very thrilled you have found the Misner Plan!
Ivan’s reaction to the diagnosis
Some time ago I made the commitment to have yearly physicals as recommended by the medical profession. Each year my test results have been very good–my blood pressure good, my heart great and my blood work strong; however, in early 2012, I am very glad my primary doctor jumped quickly on what he felt was not a good PSA for me to have at my age, even though it was just a slightly elevated level. He referred me to a very competent and, I realized later, fairly conservative urologist. When the ultrasound he did showed a small lesion, he felt it would be a good idea to perform a biopsy.
read moreWhen I returned to him to get the results of the biopsy, he didn’t come right out and tell me the test was positive. I could tell by the way he was preparing me for the “reveal” that he had gotten a positive result, so I just came right out and asked him, “You are diagnosing me with cancer, aren’t you?” He confirmed that he was. Eight of the twelve samples tested positive for adenocarcinoma. I was stunned. This was not what I had expected.
My urologist presumed I would pursue surgery, but did not rush me into it. He let me know where I stood and what my risks were, sharing with me that I had time to learn more about this type of cancer and what all my options would be for treatment. When I called Beth to share this news with her, I was still feeling stunned. Looking back on it now, it seems strange that we would have not gone to this appointment together, but we were both very confident that the results would be negative, not positive!
As I drove to join her in San Diego for the BNI event the next day, I began to think about other “positive results” to this news. I actually made some notes of what some of those positive results might be. Here are some of the things from my list:
- I’ll lose weight.
- Beth and I will get closer.
- It will guide me to better health choices.
- It will be a good reason to take some more time off.
- It’s a good reason to say “no” to things that aren’t in my mission.
- It gives me an opportunity to cut back on those things that aren’t working as well as I’d like.
- I will expand the limits of what I am willing to eat (maybe even grow to like some things I didn’t like before).
- I will get better at meditation.
My mother used to say that the secret to happiness is the ability to adjust, then readjust and then readjust again. I had to really adjust to the idea of having a diagnosis like this. Although my diagnosis was not extreme and the prognosis was very, very positive, the changes I would need to make would definitely take adjustment on my part!
I have to be honest when I say that I did not take the alternative approach with the idea that it would bring the healing it has brought. I hoped it would and felt that it certainly wouldn’t hurt. I knew I had time to decide which treatment to follow and so in that time I figured I would give it a shot and see what happened. At the very least I believed my immune system would be strengthened prior to any other kind of intervention. And I approached all the changes I needed to make with complete dedication and commitment. No cheating here…I wanted to maximize my chances of total recovery.
In addition to going straight in to the great team of doctors at the Center for Advanced Medicine (and former BNI member Dr. Mark La Beau), I learned about the phytonutrient a British doctor in Cambridge, England, was producing. I signed up for his research study and began taking his extract, known as GC18000. He has been studying the effect of certain phytonutrients on cells which have suffered DNA damage. Cancer cells have damaged DNA. In my case, the lesion began to fade after taking the extract for a month. Each subsequent month the lesion faded more and more until it became barely discernible.
In the meantime I continued following the very specific dietary protocol, all the supplements recommended and the other lifestyle changes I was advised to make. The travel I had planned for the year caused an interesting wrinkle to the protocol, but we were able to make even that work out well.
In September of 2012 Beth and I went to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute’s annual conference. Wow. I left that conference completely sobered and even more committed to an alternative approach. These guys were very open and honest about their conditions and what the side effects had been of the radiation, focal therapies and chemotherapy, not to mention the surgeries. I wanted nothing to do with any of those side effects. My dedication to doing everything I could do to have a positive impact on my health was redoubled.
I had several friends and family members who have dealt with prostate cancer and talking with them was very helpful, even though what they shared with me did not make me happy! There was no way I wanted to go where they had gone. It told me what I didn’t want to do unless I had no other option. For most of the men I spoke with personally, a medical intervention (surgery or radiation) was what they did first. I was beginning to understand that the treatment protocols recommended by urologists are typically surgical, because urologists are surgeons. When all you have is a hammer, everything you come across looks like a nail!
After about six months, my urologist called me, concerned. He had not heard from me during those six months and so presumed I was ignoring the issue and just doing nothing. When I went in for my next appointment with him, he was surprised to see my notebook with charts, test results, and graphs. I had been getting nearly monthly PSA tests and monthly ultrasound scans to monitor the lesion during the research study I was participating in. He said, “Oh, you’re not doing nothing.”
After looking at the ultrasound scans, he said, “This is becoming an interesting case!”
He recommended that I try the new PCA3 test, a genetic test for cancer in the prostate. When that test came back just one point away from the nothing-to-worry-about marker, he told me it appeared I was in remission!
When we got the call from him with that result, our friend Yakov Smirnoff was spending some time with us in our home at Lake Big Bear. Here is what he remembers about the call:
“I was privileged to witness something miraculous. I had scheduled a getaway weekend with the Misners. It was done way in advance, but there have been some changes in our friend Ivan Misner’s life–he was diagnosed with cancer. For a lot of people that could be devastating and disabling. Not for Ivan and Beth. They faced a challenge. And they hanged their diet based on Beth’s previous life experiences and changed their lives for the better. With a strict diet, mostly vegetarian food, alkaline water and many other state-of-the-art, yet holistic supplements, they beat the odds. I was there on the night when they were waiting for a call from a doctor who had the results of the latest tests that would determine whether what they were doing was working or not: The phone rings and everyone holds their breath in anticipation. Ivan picks up the phone and Beth is in leaning in to hear the conversation. I am mesmerized with the amount of love and caring between those two–like the lovebirds clinging together for better or for worse. As the conversation with the doctor progresses, you can see a smile growing both of their faces. As they hang up the phone, they embrace in the triumphant hug and the relief of joy. I am ery blessed to have witnessed this.”
Now that I am in remission, there is no room to slack off! I plan to follow this same protocol most of the time, making sure I get (and stay) as healthy as I can. There are some things I will go back to in small quantities eventually, for example Tabasco Sauce, which I really miss. Not being able to have vinegar has kept this one off my menu. I will have the occasional great filet mignon with a big, bold Cabernet. And I may even have a dessert now and again. But for now, I am still very focused and committed to keeping things on an even keel.
I don’t have monthly tests done at this point, because as Dr. La Beau put it we are “watching the hour hand, not the minute hand.” I feel greatly relieved and elated that my body has responded so well to this protocol. I am so glad to share the details of what we are doing here with you through the Misner Plan, and I hope that what I have gone through may help you in some way.
The credit for the development of the Misner Plan goes to my bride, Beth. She put it together with the input of the doctors we consulted and I have followed it diligently. It may not be exactly what you need to follow for your own particular condition–please consult your own doctor, as we are not doctors, and while we have medical professionals working with us to create our plan, they are not YOUR medical professionals, and you may have slightly different needs.to top
Beth’s reaction to the diagnosis
It is a very interesting dynamic to be so connected to someone you love so deeply and to have them going through something only they can go through. I have found myself saying things like, “We are having another PSA test done this week,” or “We can’t eat coconut right now, because of our medical condition.” In reality, Ivan has to walk alone on this part of the road. I was not on that path. At least not at the beginning!
read moreThat said, we are in this together. When I learned Ivan was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I tend to be pragmatic and very good under fire, so my next thought was, “Well, we will get through this.” My second thought was, “It will be interesting to see what Ivan will do in response to this news.”
When we were newly married, we discussed our differing approaches to serious medical issues. I have always been alternative-health minded, while Ivan leans toward traditional, Western medicine. I told him if I were ever to be diagnosed with something like breast cancer, I would be visiting a clinic in Mexico, or something like that. I think that stressed him out at the time! Little did I know how well that would prepare ME for what was ahead in my journey.
The irony that I was at my “comprehensive” doctors’ offices in San Diego (about 2 hours away from our home) when I got the news was not lost on me. I had actually just finished a mineral IV after having done a chelation treatment. I went straight in to Dr. Kellas and shared Ivan’s diagnosis with him. His reassurance that they were equipped to help him build up his immune system and help his body during this challenge was very calming. It is very true that those to whom we give authority or look to for direction have a huge influence on how calmly we handle crises.
What was little surprising to me was that Ivan was willing to come in and consult with the doctors at the Center for Advanced Medicine immediately. He was on his way to San Diego for a BNI event the next day. The day after that, he made immediate appointments with several of the doctors there. He listened carefully to all they had to say, started on the supplements they recommended, and agreed to follow up appointments.
As he was being advised on various things to do to maximize his body’s health, I was coming to a deeper understanding that I had to allow this to be Ivan’s experience. I completely realized that he may have or may have not embraced what he was being told would be good to do and I needed to not let his choices cause me stress. Even if I felt he was not making the best choice.
There is no doubt that I would have done some things differently than he did them—that is fact. But I knew I had to let him do what he wanted to do and was able to do. Jack Canfield shared something with us in a seminar once regarding choices a loved one may make. I applied his philosophy to this situation: “I have a husband—I am not my husband.” I understood completely from day one that I needed to let him make the decisions about what he would do and not nag him. This was his experience, not mine.
Later when he was being leaned on by one doctor to do something in particular, another doctor we were consulting said, “Ivan is the captain of his body. He needs to be the one to make the decision.” That was very good advice. I think this is what I was coming to understand. Ivan is the captain of his experience, not me. I have been a good supporter and encourager, but I never wanted to be a drill sergeant or a mommy.
Another area where this diagnosis impacted me was in my schedule. I tend to keep a very full calendar. There wasn’t a lot of room in that calendar for day trips to Encinitas, hours to shop, cook and clean, and getting four sets of vitamins ready for each of us in the morning before work. I was going to have to trim my schedule and open up some serious chunks of time so that I would not become resentful or feel like my own life and plans were being derailed. I needed to hold my plans very lightly, because his health and treatment had to come first.
I drove him to CAM weekly or bi-weekly for many months so he could work from his laptop, take phone calls, and write. I changed my workout schedule so that I was free in the early morning to cook a homemade breakfast for us both and prepare lunch for Ivan to take to the office, as well as get the many supplements ready for breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. I ended several coaching partnerships I had at the time so that I would have the freedom and availability to source the various organic foods he needed, prepare baked goods from scratch, and prepare for our travels.
Traveling while on a very limited, specific dietary protocol can be complicated. But we have made it as easy as possible. And when we travel, we end up coming home at either the same weight or one or two pounds lighter. I would have never thought that to be possible! It was very important for Ivan’s continued health that he ate very specific foods, foods which supported his immune system and complete health. I decided at the beginning to eat the same way, with a few exceptions, both for solidarity and for my own health’s sake.
Although we were on different paths at that time with regard to our respective health conditions, we are very much on the journey of life together. This experience has brought a new depth and flavor to our love for each other. If you’ve gone through something like this with a loved one, you know what I mean. I can honestly say now that I’m grateful for the many positive outcomes from what could have been such a devastating thing in our lives.to top
Testimonials for the Misner Plan
I found some time for Reflection today as I now look forward to completing the first 30 days on the Misner Plan and also look forward to moving into Phase 3 of the plan. I wanted to take a moment and share my thoughts and gratitude with you.
Throughout my personal health journey over the last few months my biggest successes have certainly been: beating the bladder cancer (and the resulting chemo reaction); and lowering my blood glucose SUBSTANTIALLY! But in addition I feel absolutely AWESOME! I haven’t felt this good in a long, LONG time.
Now to top it off, yesterday I received the results of my A1c testing, just completed a few days ago. The test revealed an A1c of 6.5! Normal is considered as a range 3.9 – 6.1 %. I am just outside of what would be considered as normal blood glucose and I think the next test will be even lower since my blood glucose is down quite a bit since three months ago (A1c is a measurement of your Blood Glucose Average for the last 90 days).
I wanted to pass along my heartfelt thanks to you, Beth and Ivan, for sharing the details of your AWESOME PERSONAL SUCCESS through the Misner Plan. This motivated me to push harder and be better. I am truly blessed to have had your help in this journey. I am also very blessed to have the support of my dearest Rose. Rosa has followed along every step of the way and supported this effort. She was there to motivate me on those days when I was ready to break out the bacon and grab a piece of chocolate.
Lastly, I will mention all of the encouragement and support I have received even from the folks in the group here has helped me stay on track as well. I am truly blessed and very VERY thankful to have had all of these folks on my team.
I was looking for something to change my life for the better, and I definitely found it in the Misner Plan. THANKS for sharing & guiding, Beth and Ivan.
Mark J. Hackbarth