The Truth about Cancer – a docu-series

If you or someone in your life has been diagnosed or is living with cancer and would like more information, see the link below to the docs-series, The Truth About Cancer. It is a pretty extensive exploration of all the many ways there are to heal a body that has cancer. It is playing on-line for free for the rest of this weekend.

It also speaks of the practice in our country of treating chemotherapy and radiation and surgery as the ONLY viable options and what I’m learning is that those options don’t necessarily do any healing of the body, they just try to remove or suppress the symptom, and from what I have learned, the main reason cancer grows is as a result of a weak immune system.

Cancer is able to grow in the body when the body isn’t able to do the natural process of clearing out damaged cells, and other non-supportive organisms. In order to heal from cancer, we must learn how to support the body, physically, emotionally and spiritually, so it can regain its ability to find the natural balance it is always moving towards. Especially when chemo, radiation or surgery (or a combination) is the treatment you choose, please consider learning about and using other ways to support your body to heal the root cause of the issue.

Cancer doesn’t make us sick; we get cancer because we are sick.

A couple of the specifics that I took away from this series are:

*The importance of eating fresh, organic (as much as possible) food and supplementing with quality herbs and micro-nutrients.

*Not consuming refined sugar, for more reasons than I can list, but a few of the top ones are:

– Sugar (glucose) feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth

– Sugar suppresses immune function

– Sugar is “onco-genic” and can change cells into cancer cells

*Heal your gut! A majority of the immune system comes from the gut and when this system of our body is out of whack and not functioning optimally, it greatly affects our ability to stay healthy.

Here are a few notes on the “Seven essentials”: from Doctor Veronique Desaulniers

  1. Let your food be your medicine
  2. Detox
  3. Balance your energy/hormones – acupuncture, polarity therapy, etc
  4. Heal your emotional wounds, find ways to manage stress, “grow your life or grow a tumor”
  5. Look at biological dentistry, teeth are connected to energy lines in body
  6. Herbs and vitamins
  7. True prevention – thermography, blood tests which measure certain hormones.

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Some of the issues in this series are controversial and the thing that I love about it is that no one is doing this to make money. These people are so passionate about helping people heal. The purpose of this documentary is to share the information that is out there about how to heal a body with cancer, or to stay healthy and prevent the growth of cancer.

You can buy the series through Sunday night for $47 dollars if you don’t have time to watch it this weekend, or if you want to be able to share it with people you know.

Link to watch The Truth About Cancer:

https://go2.thetruthaboutcancer.com/agq/replay/…

Christmas Day-2575

Winter Beech

Winter Self-Care

Some thoughts on self-care for the winter season.

The body often needs time to come back into balance after the stress of the holidays from social pressures and expectations, not to mention less sleep and more treats than the body is used to. Refined sugars and flours take a toll on the body, and that combined with eating less of the healthy vegetables you usually consume can put a strain on the immune system.  Sugar is also an immune suppressant, so when you’re eating more sugar, combined with more stress, less healthy veggies, and less sleep, it’s sort of the perfect storm for the body.  It doesn’t mean the body can’t come gracefully back into balance, but it may need some extra special care to get there.  

Now is a good time to get extra sleep, eat plenty of nourishing foods, such as fresh veggies and soups, broths, seafood, organ meats, cultured foods, and maybe take a few supplements to help you get back in balance.  Also make sure to drink enough water, even if you aren’t noticing being as thirsty as in warm weather.  I will sometimes fill a thermos with hot water in the morning and sip from it throughout the day.  

I take vitamin C and D regularly in the winter, and will add zinc sometimes, and B6&12 (if I’m not eating much liver or nutritional yeast).  Even though it is often the time when many folks start a new exercise regime, this is also a time when the body likes to rest and repair, using this season of long, cold nights to do some extra deep healing work. So it’s a good time to rest more than feels normal… and then I often don’t come down with a cold to make me slow down. I really like to check with my body about what it has the energy for, especially once the weather starts to get cold. 

What would it be like to listen to the body’s desire to cuddle up by the fire with a good book, or snuggle in with a movie, or gather with loved ones for games and good cheer?  Bundle up and get out in the sunshine (or wind and rain) and fresh air for a walk when you feel you have extra energy to burn. 

One more simple thing is to sing yourself a little song: “every little cell in my body is happy, every little cell in my body is well”.

Calendula in November

November Calendula

November Calendula

The bright orange of the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana, is my color for the day.

sunshine calendula

butternut-pumpkin pudding,

with orange egg yolks,

baked in a steam bath

whippoorwill farm carrot, raw bite, right out of the bag — the sweetest thing ever

getting ready for stock-making.

mom’s down vest when she stopped by

for a cup of ginger tea

on the vermilion couch.

Sweet fall carrots

Calendula, the common marigold, wears the orange of the second chakra.  Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra, is the center of passion and pleasure.  The place where creativity is born.  Where feelings arise from.  The home of sensuality, intimacy and connection.  This energy center, alive with the element of water, is a place from which movement and transformation arises.

This chakra is the location of some of the challenges that I am exploring at the moment.  How do I let myself be expressed in my physical being?  How do I let my creativity flow?  I am finding that the relationship between the root chakra (which relates to having basic needs met) and the sacral chakra is a dynamic one.  It is not only that I need to have my basic needs met in order to feel safe enough to freely express myself creatively.  I think it may also be just as important to let my creativity flow in order to be able to take care of myself and meet my basic needs.  This means there must be movement in order to feel safety.

It makes me think of the way that when you ride a bicycle, you must move forward at a decent speed in order not to fall over.  Staying still, in interactions with a bicycle, is not necessarily the safest place to be.  And what if it’s true that humans were designed to move?  So when I am paralyzed with fear, and feel scared for my life (how will I make a living, what is my purpose?), and I have the instinct to stay still, I am not necessarily doing what is best for my life as a whole.  My life needs some movement.  Even if it is scary.

Sacral Chakra Affirmations

(from http://www.chakra-anatomy.com)

I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

Back on the subject of calendula, I use this calendula flower essence tincture from Floracopeia every morning. It “supports personal empowerment, receptivity and internal comfort, especially in communication dynamics. Supports digestive and skin health.”

orange/water/spiral

orange/water/spiral

Fae’s Fabulously Festive Kale Salad

Sweet fall carrots

a tub of freshly harvested carrots, gleaned in the fall from Morning Glory Farm

My dear friend, mentor and acupuncturist, Fae Kontje-Gibbs, co-hosts Thanksgiving dinner with an old friend and when she made this salad last year it was a huge hit. So, on the menu it went again this year.  I helped her to prepare the salad this past November, shredding mountains of carrots and juicing many limes, and since then I have been hooked.  The colors, textures and flavors are all fabulous, not to mention its nutrient-dense ingredients.

Fae and I have a similar way in the kitchen–we often don’t measure with cups and spoons; instead we measure with our eyes, our hands, our tongues and our good old sixth sense.  Quantities are approximate.  Work with what you have and don’t be afraid to experiment.  The key to the dressing is balancing sour and salt with the sweet of the currants (or raisins, or whatever dried fruit you have on hand), and using enough good extra virgin olive oil to make the dish satisfying and also to help your body absorb the good stuff in the veggies.  Use organic produce if you can, especially the kale and carrots.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (or more if you’d like) dried currants

a few tablespoons of fresh citrus juice lemon, lime, grapefruit or tangerine, or a combination of all three, with at least one lemon or lime.  You can substitute champagne- or rice wine- or apple cider vinegar for the sour citrus if necessary.

A bunch of carrots, shredded…about 2-3 cups.  It’s fun to use multi-colored carrots if available.

a bunch of kale, washed, pulled from stems and torn into bite size pieces.

1-2 grapefruits, peeled and “supremed” (the fleshy sections are cut away from the membranes )– my addition to the salad.

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt to taste

Directions:

Soak currants in citrus juice.  Toss shredded carrots with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and then massage in the kale–think carrot salad with a generous portion of kale for color and texture, as opposed to kale salad with some shredded carrots.  Add the currants and juice and toss to combine.  Season to taste with salt and more lemon or lime juice.  Gently mix in grapefruit sections.  Serve immediately, or let rest as long as overnight–chilled and covered.  Test seasoning again before serving; if needed, spruce up with a bit more lemon or lime juice and a touch of salt.

Enjoy!

When carrots become candy on day #8

One of the coolest things I have found about not eating refined foods, and minimal carbohydrates, is that my taste buds come back alive.  I will bite into a carrot, or sweet pepper and have the experience of it being SWEET.  Like the kind of sweet that I sometimes desire after a meal, or when I’m feeling low energy.  I also begin to find food in general, even when prepared very simply, seriously delicious again;  I find myself eating the most basic meals with “enjoyment, gusto and pleasure”, as Geneen Roth recommends we do in her eating guidelines for healing from compulsive and emotional eating issues.  And of course you don’t have to be healing from eating issues to enjoy eating that way!

I said that I would talk a bit about the other things I’m eating/taking to support my health.  On a daily basis I currently take Vit C (1000mg), Vit D (2-4,000 iu), Vit B6 (200mg), zinc (50mg), magnesium (2oomg, and more when I’m in the last week of my moon cycle), a concentrated fish oil called “OmegaBrite” (for mood), and lavender oil capsules called “Lavela WS 1265” (for anxiety). [These are the supplements and amounts I have found to be supportive for me right now.  Please don’t assume they will also be the right ones or amounts for you.  You can work with your health practitioner to determine that.  Also,  just to be clear, I don’t live my life and make my choices based only on scientific evidence.  I appreciate the information science as to offer, but for me it is not the bottom line.  My intuition is what I trust above all else.  Though I am a certified health coach, I am not medically trained, and I don’t have “solid evidence” to support everything I share on this blog, but I have been experimenting with food and health for the last 20 years, and I’m happy to share what I have found.]

For anti-inflammatory support, I recently began consuming 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric, with a bit of black pepper and some fat to help with absorption–I’ll often put them all in a mug of warm chicken or beef broth with a bit of sea salt–I eat at least 1 teaspoon of un-refined sea salt per day for essential minerals.  Fresh ginger is also good for reducing inflammation, and I’ll grate it into my broth, or sauté it with veggies.    I include lots of healthy fats, and for me, those are primarily coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, some nuts and seeds (soaked and dried), eggs, fish, and pastured meat and poultry.  I’m still determining whether raw, organic grass-fed cow or goat dairy has a happy place in my diet.

I usually eat at least a couple of tablespoons daily of a lacto-fermented food, such as sauerkraut or kimchi (though I’ve been off the kimchi for the moment because I made my current batch with pepper which is a nightshade).  And I start the day with a coconut oil swish for about 20 minutes, called “oil pulling”.  I just swish about 1 teaspoon of coconut, sesame or olive oil in my mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, and then spit in trash or outside–not down the sink, and then rinse with warm water.  It has many benefits including gum/teeth health, pleasant breath, digestive support, and may also help to remove toxins from the body that have landed in the mouth.  I do it because it feels good, my dentist recommended it, and it makes my breath feel fresh.  I often follow it with a glass of warm water with lemon juice and a touch of sea salt.  And lots of warm water through out the day.

Other things in my morning routine, though not edible, are meditation, yoga, writing, walking, reading, swimming in the ocean (my last swim was 10/30/14…brr!) and dry-skin brushing–this is good for helping move lymph (part of the body’s detoxification system) through the body.  I use a long-handled bath brush with natural bristles, and I always work towards my heart with each stroke because the main lymph ducts are located in the upper chest.  Although I usually don’t get to include all of these every day, along with real food, they are some of the tools that truly make my life work.

 

Experiments don’t always go as planned…day #7

Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. Or, not chew as the case may be. Last week I got excited to clean up my diet with an eye on reducing inflammation. My heel pain had come back, I was feeling sluggish and having all sorts of cravings. And then, while I was at it, I figured I might as well do an elimination diet at the same time to determine whether there are any other foods besides grains, sugar and nightshades that give me trouble. I figured I would check some of the usual suspects such as eggs, dairy, and nuts. I also eat a lot of coconut oil, and while I’m pretty sure it agrees with me, I thought it would be a good time to take a little break from it as well.

My understanding of an elimination diet is to eat a very clean diet for a few days to a few weeks–as long as it takes for symptoms to clear up. Once you are not experiencing symptoms then you can try adding foods back in, one at a time, and see if you get a reaction. There’s a specific way to do this that is most effective and it includes eating a certain amount of only that one food and waiting a certain period of time.  At this moment, I don’t remember the details, so I’m going to have to look them up.

What I am remembering about myself as I take on this experiment is that I don’t particularly like to follow directions when I am experimenting. I like to try things out, but I don’t generally have the patience or attention span to record my results for more than a few days and I get bored with procedures. This is why I have never had much success with elimination diets in the past.

Luckily for me, there are other ways to find out if a certain food is causing issues for me…like allergy testing, muscle testing (applied kinesiology), and medical intuitives! I have used the latter two resources in the past, and I think, for me, they are the way to go.  I am interested in the possibility of getting some lab food-sensitivity testing done as well, because they now have some very detailed tests, specifically for wheat/gluten and dairy.  I think it might be interesting to know exactly what I am reacting to in those foods.

So far, I’ve been feeling lighter, and slightly less inflamed, but have really struggled to get enough fat in order to feel satiated, and like my brain has the food it needs.  I haven’t been eating late at night, and have been waking feeling alert and ready to go.  My heel pain is still hanging on.

 

…an “Eating clean” experiment – Day #4.

I’m doing an experiment.  It’s called an anti-inflammatory-elimination-diet.  I’ve done similar ones before, and I have found that when I eat only some foods and not other foods, my body and mind feel better.  Sometimes I forget and I slip back into eating more of the foods that seem to lead to my body and mind not feeling good.  But then my body gives me little nudges and hints, and I am reminded of what is possible…

Today is day #4 of eating clean, and the biggest thing I have noticed so far is that my nose is less stuffed up–my sinuses are clearer.  I think it’s also possible that the heel pain in my right foot is a little bit less.  I have recently been listening to an on-line summit about the paleo diet, specifically geared towards women, and although I don’t call the way I eat “paleo”, it is very similar and listening to other folks speak about their success in healing with this diet and way of life has been supportive and inspiring.  You can check out the summit here.

I was moved, in part, to re-“clean” my diet after the heel pain that I’ve had for the last couple of years, on and off, was getting worse again, even after the pain had almost gone away with lots of physical therapy and bodywork.  I didn’t feel like I had re-injured it, per se, so I looked at what else could be affecting it.  I had been pretty stressed out for the last few weeks, which increases inflammation in the body, and I had also been getting less sleep, another cause of inflammation.  I reflected on my diet, and I realized that I had been eating large amounts of veggies from the nightshade family, lots of nuts and corn and some other grains and beans.  Tons of peanut butter.  Lots of cheese. And some sugar and chocolate.  And basically too much food in general.  I had fallen back into my habit of eating lots of comfort food, and late into the night.  All these could be triggering an inflammatory response.

In the past, my instinct used to be to think that I should go on a fast when I found myself in this situation.  What I have realized, though, is that for me it actually works better to just switch tracks to eating a clean, nutrient-dense diet first so I can curb the cravings a little less abruptly. This way, I am also less likely to end up binging after the cleanse the way that I have in the past when I have done a cleanse where I consume very few calories.

So, here I go!  I am eating lots of veggies, some fruit, lots of seafood, poultry and meat, and fat anywhere I can find it.  I am playing around with dairy–so far I have cut out everything except butter and I’m thinking I might want to go off butter for awhile too.  I may try ghee (clarified butter) and see how that feels, but my sense is that I could use a break from dairy all together.  They other place I’m playing around a little bit is with nuts.  I find that I get much of my fat from butter and nuts, so I’m wondering how I’ll be able to get enough fat if I’m not eating either one.  I’ve decided to do only macadamias for now, and see how that feels.  In the past I’ve gotten much of my fat from coconut oil, but I’m noticing that I feel a little sensitive to that too so I’m considering taking a break from coconut as well.  And EGGS! same thing.

WHAT ON EARTH WILL I EAT?? I’m sort of wondering this myself.  I’ve done a similarly strict diet in the past, severely limiting my carbohydrate intake so as to encourage my body to burn fat, heal from candida, and also to get the beneficial affects of ketosis.  Ketosis is something I am still learning about so I won’t try to explain it now.  I ate a LOT of eggs and coconut oil during that time, and since I’m playing around with the idea of taking a break from both of those, part of me is definitely wondering what I am going to end up eating. And whether it’s even possible to limit all of those things at once.  It’s basically an elimination diet, and the cool thing about them is that generally you don’t need to follow them for too long before you start adding foods back in to see how you react.

So, for the rest of this week, I’m planning to eat vegetables, focusing on green and leafy veggies with a few starchy ones for treats and variety, and olives and avocados for fat.  I’ll skip nightshades which include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes (sweet potatoes are ok).  I’ll eat lots of fish, especially salmon and sardines, and some chicken, beef, lamb and a bit of pork.  I’m going to see if I can make it through the week without eggs, coconut oil, butter and nuts.  I’ll use extra virgin olive oil, fatty meat, avocado and olives for fat.  And maybe I’ll lay my hands on some lard and organ meats.  I’ll use warm bone broth to provide a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. And lacto-fermented veggies for fun and a healthy gut!  And next time I’ll write a bit more about what herbs and spices, vitamins, minerals and other supplements I’m taking to support the anti-inflammatory diet, and my system and mood in general.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in the possibility of trying out a diet like this and would like some support.  I’m hoping to post some simple recipes and other tips and tricks that I have discovered while eating this way. Thanks for reading!  Here’s to our health!

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