“Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients”

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I finished reading this book a while ago and never got around to putting my two-cents worth about it until now. In my opinion, “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients,” is a must have book, even if you don’t have cancer. Dr. Russell Blaylock is a retired neurosurgeon and has known about the importance of nutrition as part of a successful cancer treatment for over twenty years — he has written medical papers on the subject.  I featured one of his videos in my past blog posts; you’ll find it by clicking on the video section in my blog header and scroll down the list.

It’s amazing to me that more physicians still don’t know about the importance of eating good food — my guess is that the pharmaceutical company has something to do with that. Even my doctors told me to eat anything I wanted. It was a hospital social worker that told me to stay away from sugar and dairy. I listened to him and then when I was able, I researched the Net to find out why.

As with the majority of books I buy, I found this one on Amazon. I highlighted the heck out of my copy and refer to it regularly for information. Dr. Blaylock also writes about the importance of herbs and supplements. There is an appendix that lists reputable  sources to buy them.

I cannot stress this enough — knowledge is power and when you’re sick you want all the power you can get. You are the captain of your medical team and its up to you to find out all you can to have the best chance of success. I do understand there are circumstances that don’t allow you to do research but as soon as you can — do it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to live a healthy life.

Peace and Health!

Inge

Multivitamins are Getting a Bum Rap

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Vitamins are back in the news again. It is being reported by mainstream media that we don’t need them. As usual, the media didn’t go into detail of what the study actually said. I hope to clear things up.

To begin with, two major studies were done. One had to do with men’s brains and their memory, and the other had to do with the prevention of heart disease among people who already had a heart attack. Both studies were done by the Annals of Internal Medicine. The report said that vitamins did not do anything to help with those.

But the report I listened to from my local NPR station forgot to mention that. They just made a blanket statement that vitamins are a waste of money. Dr. Cynthia Mulrow from the institute of Medicine was quoted as saying, “People over time and particularly people in the United States have been led to believe that vitamin and mineral supplements will make them healthier, and they’re looking for a magic pill.”

Well duh! Isn’t that what most people want these days? I run across that mentality over and over when I speak with cancer patients. They want the drugs to work fast so they can go on with their lives and abusing their bodies. They don’t stop to think how they ended up that way. Most think its, 1. fate 2. genetics (its proven that disease is only 10-30% genetics and the rest is environmental or lifestyle). It’s the same with supplements. I know some who pop a daily multi vitamin and continue to eat junk food, smoke and drink alcohol. They are fooling themselves. It’s only a matter of time when their lifestyle choices will catch up with them.

My guess is when they do get sick, they will want a ‘magical’ pill to make them well or at least feel better. I can think of at least two people who have type 1 diabetes — they take their insulin BUT continue to eat sugary foods — both have lost limbs from their disease but they don’t seem to want to give up the very foods that caused their problems in the first place. I don’t understand it.

I will agree that most of the vitamins available today are junk. They contain more fillers than actual good stuff. I also agree there are herbs being sold to us that do not contain what is on the label. As with anything of importance, I suggest ‘buyer beware.’

So how does one know which ones to trust?  I have a list on “Make Mine GMO Free” section. I continue to add to the list as I find them. There also is an online company that researches herbs and supplements called ConsumerLab.com. They were featured on the Doctor Oz Show recently.

I take B12 and vitamin d3. I went to my oncologist a few months ago and asked her to check my vitamins levels as part of my 3 month blood work checkup. I was low on both vitamins I mentioned. I suggest you do the same. It couldn’t hurt to see where your vitamin levels are. If yours are fine then don’t take supplements.

If you think you’re getting your vitamins from your processed food, your kidding yourself. Most of those so-called fortified vitamins are junk. Let’s take Tums as an example. The commercial ads claim that Tums is fortified with calcium and that’s good for women with Osteoporosis. Sounds good right? Wrong! Tums is an antacid and since it stops acid, it also nullifies the effects of calcium — calcium needs stomach acid to be absorbed by the body.

Children’s chewable vitamins contain sugar or aspartame and food coloring. Those ingredients are not healthy and do not belong in vitamins.

If you eat the standard American diet (SAD) you probably are nutrient- deficient. If we were getting the right amount of nutrients, we wouldn’t be getting sick. Our gut is where all the action is. Keep your gut happy and you will probably be healthier.

If you do eat fruits and vegetables, are they organic? Conventional produce is grown in soil whose nutrients are depleted from all the herbicides. Roundup comes to mind. It contains Glyphosate,  a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds. Recent studies showed Glyphosate to be in human urine. Does that sound good to you? If the soil doesn’t have the right amount of nutrients, how can the produce grown in it?

Then there is the problem with genetically modified foods (GMOs). Independent studies done outside the United States (due to Intellectual Property issues and possible lawsuits) show a myriad of health issues showing up. GMOs are also in many supplements.

Organic contains a  great deal more nutrients and there is no herbicide residue. You also don’t have to worry about GMOs.

I know of many testimonials from cancer patients who added supplements to their treatment regimen. They are now cancer free, but they also changed their diets. Here is one testimonial:


So in a nutshell,  If you’re not sure you are deficient, get your blood tested. Supplements work for me. If you decide to take them, do your research first. But none of them should be taken in place of eating healthy organic foods.

Be Happy and Healthy!

Inge

Interviewed by Mr. Cui — the “Larry King” of China

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One never knows what’s just around the corner when it comes to this fantastic journey called “life”. If you told me five years ago I would be interviewed by a famous news person from China, I would have laughed at you.

Mr. Cui

Today I was one of three women interviewed by celebrity CCTV anchor, Cui Yongyuan.  Mr. Cui is considered to be the “Larry King” of China and has millions of viewers tune in to his shows. He is from Beijing and came to the United States to find out what regular Americans think about genetically modified foods (GMOs). From what I understand American pharmaceutical and pesticide companies have been weaving quite a web of deceit to Beijing officials. They are working on getting their foot in the door with their GMO products and are not in favor of telling their public about it, via labeling laws. China currently does label GMO ingredients and has recently refused the import of  GMO corn grown in the United States — but that doesn’t mean these corporations are working to change their minds.

The pharmaceutical companies are claiming that Americans have been eating genetically modified foods for at least twenty years and have no health problems as a result. So, Mr. Cui decided to come to the U.S. to see for himself.

We were chosen because of our activism and efforts to raise awareness about the effects of GMOs on our health. If you spend any amount of time with me, the subject of GMOs always comes up — by me. If I hadn’t eaten a steady diet (without my knowledge) of those toxic foods, I probably wouldn’t have to poop in a bag or use a walker to get around. I would not have gotten cancer. I have done hours of research about this subject and I know I am right and I am not the only one.

Am I angry about these companies throwing their weight around, spinning lies and paying off our politicians in order to increase their bottom line? Your damn right! We are told we live in a free market — but in order for that to work like its intended, we must be able to make an informed decision about our purchases.  My bottom line is that I have a right to know what I am eating.

Zen and Kathleen started Moms Across America after Prop 37, the “California Right to Know” initiative lost. We teamed up a few times in the past, marching in local parades and handing out flyers — getting the word out about GMOs to the unsuspecting public. I was honored to be among such strong women today. They have children with severe health issues linked to GMOs and after changing their families’ diets to fresh organic, those problems are almost gone. They know as well as me what’s hiding in our food and it’s making us sick.

Zen, Kathleen and myself are examples of what regular people can do when it comes to changing the world — you never know whose eye you’ll catch. It might be a celebrity news anchor from across the globe.

Peace and Good Health!

Inge