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Fighting For Time: Update

Editor's note: Bob Iritano died on Sept. 1, 2011. He was 51. Here is David Lazarus' column from that day.

David Lazarus revisits the story of Bob Iritano, the Westlake Village man with terminal cancer who was denied coverage for a previously approved treatment by his insurer, Health Net.

Our earlier report, Fighting for Time, and Lazarus' column in the L.A. Times, explored the
predicament of a person who knows he’s going to die but is battling for as much time as he can get with his wife and four kids.

As a result of our shining a light on the matter, Health Net told Iritano he could have the treatment, but on a one-time-only basis. Lazarus reports the procedure — radio frequency ablation — went well and left Iritano relatively pain-free, at least for a time.

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Can you please advise which type of doctor does this treatment,
an ancologist, eurologist, and what is the name of the doctor who treated Mr. Iritano and where does he practice?Thank you so much for your reply......God Bless Mr. Iritano....and that
doctor who treated him.....
Janie Coccio
ps...I am mailing my check to KCET tomorrow.....I am already
a member, and donate more when I can afford it....Thank you


Mr. Lazarus, I watched this KCET video on Mr. Iritano after reading your September 4, 2011 article. My sympathies to his family. One thing I noticed immediately about the Los Angeles Times photo of Mr. and Mrs. Iritano in their kitchen is the pot on the stove. Was that pasta cooking in the big pot of water? I'll bet it was. And the name Iritano sounds Italian. If my observations are true, the Iritanos--for the future health of their family-- need look no further than their meals, which, if they are in fact Italian American, is full of starch-based foods, especially pasta. No one should blame Health Net for Mr. Iritano's cancer or Health Net's reluctance to allow more treatment for recurring tumors. The problem stares Mr. Iritano and his family in their faces every time they eat semolina, durum semolina, or bleached or unbleached pasta products. Like white rice, bleached and unbleached white flour, and dairy products, semolina pastas, if eaten often, will break down the body's mucus membrane, that protective lining in the body that staves off disease, including cancer. Western diets, including Italian diets, are starch-based and dairy full. These diets are mucus-generating. Mucus solidies and turns into tumors. These tumors live well in bodies where the immune system is unprotected. And if you're eating lots of carbs and starch-filled and dairy foods, your immune system is unprotected, especially if you're not washing the carbs and starches out with lots of drinking water. Please let the Iritanos know that if they continue to eat pastas, eat spelt or kamut pastas. These ancient natural grains do not have the high starch content that others do. Quinoa, couscous, and wild rice are also healthier alternatives for families. Chickpeas are also good replacements. For more information about me and why I'm on a personal crusade to alert folks about their diet, read Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing: Why An Herbalist's View Matters More Today Than Ever Before. Thank you and again, my condolescences to the Iritanos.

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