Iceman Wim Hof inspired a man with terminal liver cancer. Marcos Jarvis, 47, started taking ice baths, went vegan and took up tai chi to give himself the best chance of survival.
And it worked as Marcos is now back healthy and has to tackle a mega race in South Africa, reports The Mirror. The builder was diagnosed with terminal four cancer in 2019 after suffering pain during a marathon.
He needed chemotherapy after doctors discovered 12 tumors on his liver. But he refused to give in to the disease and, after being inspired by extreme athlete Wim, made drastic changes to his lifestyle.
Dutchman Wim, 63, is famous for his ability to cope with freezing temperatures with his breathing techniques, which have been shown to have health benefits. He is currently giving celebrities such as Gabby Logan, Alfie Boe and Tamzin Outhwaite a crash course in his techniques on BBC One’s Freeze The Fear.
Marcos said: “I read about cancer treatment and decided to remove alcohol, meat, sugar and stress from my life. After learning the Wim Hof method, I started to taking cold showers, taking daily ice baths and running shirtless too.
“I messaged Wim thanking him for helping me beat cancer and I was amazed when he wrote back. He was really happy that I contacted him and really happy with my progress .
“He asked me to keep him updated, which I did. I hope to meet him one day.
Father-of-one Marcos, from Hailsham, East Sussex, said the new mindset and support from his family was key to his recovery. He added: “The last thing I heard from my oncologist was that I no longer have cancer.”
Marcos now plans to run 100 miles over five days in South Africa to raise money for family cancer charity We Only Live Once (Wolo) in October. Marcos, his wife Hannah and six-year-old son Archie were supported during his cancer journey by Sussex-based Wolo.
Co-founder Justin Wright said, “Marcos is an inspiration.” The Wolo 100 will also focus on conservation, supported by Eastbourne-based hiking experts Africa Wild Trails.
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