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:…

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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


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.”



Paleo Resources

Paleo Cookbooks:

Well Fed and Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan

The Ancestral Table by Russ Crandall

The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by Joshua Weissman

The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Tam, and a link to her bookshelf full of awesome cookbooks and other paleo/primal resources.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, and by Elana Amsterdam

Eat Raw Not Cooked by Stacy Stowers (this is a raw food cook-book, and while I don’t think that a raw diet is healthy for everyone, she’s got a lot of great whole-food, grain-free and dairy-free recipes in here.  And beautiful photos 🙂

ZenBelly Cookbook by Simone Miller – She is my new cooking hero.  I love her story, her recipes, and what she is up to now.

Other Cookbooks I love:

Fast, Fresh and Green by Susie Middleton (I’m not a huge fan of all the oils she chooses but this is a great place to learn a bunch of different delicious vegetable cooking methods)

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Paleo Resource books:

The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne

The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser

The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolff

Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo

Online Recipe Resources:

Chris Kresser’s Paleo Recipe Generator – I haven’t tried this out yet, but if you want access to a whole lot of paleo recipes, and you’d like to let someone else do your meal planning and make your shopping this, this seems like a reasonable deal for a great service — just $9.95 a month (and no, I don’t get a percentage 🙂

Online Healthy Eating Resources:

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

Resources for healing from sugar addiction and finding freedom from emotional eating


Here are some of my favorite folks, their books and programs, and websites to support you on your healing adventures:

Geneen Roth:

When Food is Food and Love is Love (audio)

When Food is Love

When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull up a Chair

Women, Food and God

Geneen’s Eating Guidelines

Karly Randolph Pitman:

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

Martha Beck:

The Four-Day Win

The Joy Diet

Byron Katie:

Loving What Is — My blog about learning to listen to my body, and about my journey in finding freedom from emotional eating.

 ~ This list is a work in progress.  I would love to hear about any resources you have found to be valuable in this area. ~