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Playing at Going Green

LettuceI know what I need to do.

Like lots of people my age and older, it’s getting harder for me to move. Arthritis has robbed me of my once-cherished ability to spring from the floor to a standing position free from pain. Sure, I can still manage to help an actor with a 30-second quick change that involves both shoes and hat, but it’s not as much fun as it used to be.

It’s ok. I know what I need to do.

I’ve been researching cures for arthritis and joint pain for years, and I know why I keep looking. It’s because I’m not particularly wild about the answer I keep coming back to. A Raw Diet? Really? Maybe if I keep looking, I’ll uncover scientific evidence that the real cure is fettucine alfredo and dark chocolate.

So, I’ve been dabbling for weeks with improving my diet- adding more vegetables, particularly raw greens; eliminating or at least cutting back on things I know are acidifying. No, I haven’t given up my beloved coffee yet, but I have been combining it with my alkalinizing substitute. I talk a good game, but I’m really only playing at going green.

It’s time to crack down and focus on feeling better. It’s either that or start searching eBay for a used walker.

I’m serious.

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The Truth About Cancer

ACS

ACS

 
  This is what I’ve been saying! I’m so glad this information is getting out into the mainstream.

 

  

John Hopkins Update – Good article 

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY. 

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins : 

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.  

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime. 

3  When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors. 

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system. 

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc,=2 0and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc. 

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs. 

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction. 

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications. 

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites. 

11. An effect ive way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply
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*CANCER CELLS FEED ON: 

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus.. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved. 

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer. 

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). 

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it. 

12.. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes.. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup. 

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells. 

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells. 

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life. 

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells. 

1. No plastic containers in micro

2. No water bottles in freezer

3. No plastic wrap in microwave

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circul ated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Pa per isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. 

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in2 the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

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Green- My New Favorite Color

Glorious Green

Glorious Green

Actually, green has always been my favorite color, but that wouldn’t make for much of an analogy.

As I delve further into the idea of eating for pH balance, I get more confused. I know this is just a phase that I’m passing through enroute to culinary enlightenment, but it’s difficult to shift your thinking so far from the norm. It really isn’t a new concept to me that our Standard American Diet doesn’t do us any favors, but there’s so much emotion, tradition, and habit wrapped up in the way we eat. How do I gently transition my family and myself into a healthier way of being that’s so far from what most everyone else is doing? How do I feed them normal-seeming, guilt-free meals that they’ll eat and enjoy?

I believe my next step for myself has to be several weeks of pretty much nothing but green juices, raw veggies and soups. I’m wondering though how people do that. With everything I have to do, I need more energy than I get from nibbling on raw broccoli.  

I’m enjoying reading “The pH Miracle”, but it does throw me into a bit of a panic. I’m at a point in the book where it just seems like the authors’ aim is to zap the fun out of everything. No meat? No fruit? Are these people insane?

On the other hand, the thought of pain-free joints and renewed vitality is pretty motivating. I could drink a lot of spinach juice on the promise of that.

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The Upside of Bunny Food

My Faux-ka

My Faux-ka

I’m happy to report that I’m wearing my very skinny jeans- the ones that I’ve kept in my closet just-in-case. I’m wearing them, and breathing too.

Also, my hip pain is waning. It’s still there, but it’s much gentler than it’s been in weeks. I’m not sure if this is due to my diet, but hope springs eternal.

I’m re-reading “The pH Miracle” by Robert. O. Young, PhD. I read it last year and while it got me thinking, it was a bit too overwhelming to act on at the time. It’ s funny how your perspective changes when a health issue shows its flair. Now as I read, I’m encouraged by all the stories of people bringing their bodies back from serious illness and restoring their vitality just through diet changes. It makes me wonder how people can think of this as “nonsense” in the face of so much positive evidence. Actually, I know how. People get downright angry when you try to take away their Big Mac. I don’t blame them. I feel the same way about my double tall soy mocha.

Speaking of that, I found a coffee substitute that’s actually alkalinizing and tastes great. My personal barista, aka my daughter, just made me a “faux-ka” with almond milk. It’s an alkalinizing treat that I can almost believe is the real thing when I have it in my Starbuck’s mug. All that and no caffeine.

If you want to check out the “coffee” for yourself, click here to go to their website.

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Goodbye to Acidity

Going Green

Going Green

Today is Day one of a new cleanse of sorts. As I was coming off the Master Cleanse, I read Christopher Vasey’s book “The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimal Health”. There are a lot of books out now about eating green and balancing your body’s pH. They basically state that if you eat more foods that are alkalinizing than foods that are acidifying, your pH will be in balance. According to the theory, no disease can exist in an alkaline environment. It makes sense if you think about it. The alkalinizing foods are the foods we know we should be eating more of, and the acidifying foods… well, let’s just say it’s not hard to guess which list Twinkies are on.

There’s a pretty substantial list of ailments that can be a direct result of too much acid in the system, including my personal favorites- joint pain and fatigue. Could my answer be at hand?

I’ve been intrigued by the pH balanced diet as a way of preventing disease and maintaining health, but this book really set me on a different path. Dr. Vasey classifies foods as “acidifying”, “alkalinizing”, or “weak-acid”. According to him, the foods in the third catagory can be acidifying or alkalinizing depending on the ability of the individual to metabolize acids. This really got me thinking, because the foods in that catagory do seem to be a problem for me. I get really tired after I eat sometimes, and that would seem to explain it.

The problem is that two of the foods on that list are the foods that were my mainstay on the Cleanse- lemons and oranges.

So, if the source of my achiness and fatigue is too much acid in my body, did I spend the two weeks on the Cleanse actually intensifying my problem rather than solving it? Hmmm….

Fortunately, Dr. Vasey gives an easy plan for reducing the acids in your system. He states that if you eat only alkalinizing foods and take an alkaline supplement, you should be able to tell fairly quickly if your symptoms are the result of too much acid. It might take awhile to entirely correct the problem, but it seems worthwhile to test it.

Some sources will tell you that there’s nothing to the pH theory. In his book “An Apple a Day”, for example, Joseph Schwarcz calls it “nonsense”. What are we to believe? I need to have hope that there’s a solution for my health issues, and I’m certainly willing to give eating more greens a try.

I do want to add that I’m still a big fan of the Master Cleanse, and I do believe it did me some good. I’m holding out hope that not only will my pain go away, but that my ability to metabolize acids will correct itself and I’ll be able to do the cleanse again as I had planned. So, for the coming week (if I can stand it, that is) I’m going to stick to Dr. Vacey’s recommended alkalinizing diet and see what happens. He doesn’t advise sticking to this diet for more than a week, since it is pretty restrictive. I’m really anxious to see what happens. If I don’t pass out from hunger.

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