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Let’s be proactive not reactive with our health.

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Blog, Cancer | Comments Off on Let’s be proactive not reactive with our health.

Johns Hopkins Update

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 nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, to 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, and 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 effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

*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. With regards to water, it is best to drink purified water, or filtered water, 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. Refraining from or eating less meat 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 body’s 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, unforgivness and bitterness puts 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 helps to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in microwave.

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 circulated 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 Castle 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. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It is 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 in 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.

Forgiveness

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Blog, Forgivenss, Inspiration | Comments Off on Forgiveness

FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS IS A GIFT TO YOU

 

I have found “true forgiveness” to be one of the most difficult emotions for me to reign, yet it has reaped some of my greatest rewards:  Forgiveness has afforded me a more awake, conscious, peaceful, and happier life.

We all know that grudge holding takes up an incredible amount of internal space; and often it can smother life’s goodness, and lead down the path to feelings of resentment and bitterness.  I believe that the way we think about forgiveness directly influences how we feel about it, because it is our mind which is the vehicle that gets us to the door of happiness and grudge holding is probably the equivalent to putting sugar in our tank.

The actions of others give birth to the need to forgive.  These actions can vary, big or small, personal or collective, accidental or deliberate, in isolation or habitual in kind.  Some offenses are harder to forgive than others; some even seem unforgivable; God’s work not ours.

The internal boundaries etched into our psyche indicates where our limits are and what we deem forgivable and what we don’t.  In my own case, I find it particularly hard to forgive what I perceive as egregious disloyalty, so I have to work harder at it, in contrast to an act I find less offensive to my spirit.  Though I know that healing is the by-product of forgiveness, often it has been a long and arduous process, leaving me with a knowing of what it feels like to be a blade of grass moving through a slab of concrete, trying to make my way towards the sun.  Forgiveness calls on me to exert my strength of will, the gathering of the courage to hammer through to the other side of my pain, despite what my ego would like to do, which is standing in self-righteousness.  Forgiveness forces me to push pass my perspective and look through the lens of the other.

When I have been successful at making my way through the concrete into the tenderness of my heart, it has accelerated my growth as a person in profound ways.  There are still instances where I have not succeeded in my efforts to forgive, but I continue to hammer away, while affording myself compassion for my effort.

Sometimes it is hard to wrap our heads around exactly what the meaning of forgiveness is.  I have found that it is easier to define what forgiveness does not mean.  For instance, it does not mean we ever forget, excuse, or deny what has happened.  It does not mean we have to continue in assoication with the person or persons who have harmed us.  It does not require an apology or a genuine display of remorse.  No, forgiveness should not be contingent on anything. The person can be living or dead.

Forgiveness calls for a willingness to let go, unshackle ourselves, so that it does not influence our experience of today.  Forgiveness is not contingent on the actions of the other. We are the ones who benefit from forgiveness.  It allows us to heal and move on.  Actually, forgiveness can be a purely selfish affair.

Rejection

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Blog, Inspiration | Comments Off on Rejection

How we experience rejection has a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves and how we choose to use our will and power of choice!

At some point in our lives, we all experience feelings of rejection, that feeling of not being enough, feeling unwanted or inadequate. These feelings brush up against our souls like paint on a canvas and often bruise our self-esteem, because something or someone we want does not want us. Rejection comes in countless shades, intentional or unintentional, with or without malice. It can come disguised as a friend, family member, lover, spouse, employer, or peers.

Rejection can grab us early on in our lives, often leaving us stained with a sense of inadequacy or inferiority. Others experience rejection in their teen years, leaving the hues of doubt and insecurity, while others experience it in adulthood, leaving us angry and wounded. I have not found a definitive way to defend against the experience itself, as rejection is just one of those things that comes along with being human.  No one goes unscathed.

I have, however, discovered that rejection has its perks as does everything else in life, but only if we are able to shift our perspective and reframe its meaning.  Just as a color on a canvas has no inherent value, only the value we ascribe to it, the same is true for rejection. We have the power to choose how and if  we give value to the experience and the painful feelings that accompany it.  Here are a few ways I have chosen to reframe rejection in my own life: 1) It affords me an opportunity to exercise my will; no one can make me feel anything, unless I am willing to cooperate; 2) It has given me the opportunity to declare my own worth, despite what others may think, believe, or feel about me. It is nice to be validated by others, but it is a powerful experience when you do not need it, because you have defined you own worth; 3) I try to search for the lesson in rejection, as I believe there is a lesson in every experience, providing us with an opportunity for growth; 4) My personal favorite is: “REJECTION IS GOD’S PROTECTION.” I have found this to be true when I did not get what I wanted whether it was a person, a place or a thing. In hindsight, I have been deliciously thankful that I did not; 5) And this one is my ace, when nothing else seems to work, I remember that all pain is a temporary affair, and given time all bruises fade, like everything else in life eventually does.

Now, none of this means that rejection does not hurt. What it does mean is that we have choices about how we choose to experience it.  I say, the next time you experience rejection of any kind, remember that you have the power to give meaning to your experience. No one else holds that power.  So by all means, exercise your power of choice.  Some rejection, if experienced wisely, we should be thankful for!

Desiderata

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Blog, Inspiration, Poetry | Comments Off on Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste

And remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,

Even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

They are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;

For there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

For the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

Many persons strive for high ideals;

And everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment.

It is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But, do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

No less than the trees and the stars;

You have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God

Whatever you conceive Him to be.

And wherever your labors and aspirations,

In the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

It is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann, 1927

Death and Grief

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Blog, Death, Grief | Comments Off on Death and Grief

Death is never easy. We are never truly prepared; it most always catches us off guard. Let’s be mindful, so we don’t have to live with regret.

Grief

My dear friend of 23 years lost her father last week. Although he was 93 years old and lived a great life, the loss is still a difficult one for her. Her father adored her and she adored him. She affectionately called him “Bab,” short for Baba, which means father in Armenian. Bab was a caring, compassionate and loving father who valued his family above all else.

The memorial was held at “Holy Martyr’s Armenian Apostolic Church,” I walked in late, as is my habit of late, to the smell of burning incense, soft light filtering through stained glass windows, and paintings of saints, many of which I did not know. The Eulogy and song were in Armenian, but the deep sadness I felt in the room transcended language.

My friend was fortunate to have had a caring and loving relationship with her father, and she has no regrets. Some of us are not so lucky and have complicated or strained relationships with our fathers. So when death approaches us, we feel lost, confused, unloved and abandoned. Because we have few good memories to moor us, we often find ourselves floating in our grief for years. We have nowhere to anchor our regrets, sorrow and unspoken love, so we hold on tight to feelings of resentment and anger at not having had the opportunity to receive and give love to our fathers.

What I learned today is that it is never too late to work it through. Death does not just take, but it also gives. It provides us with opportunity to grow by extending the gift of forgiveness and compassion, not just to our fathers but also to ourselves. As we said our good-byes to my friend’s wonderful father, I took the opportunity to extend forgiveness and compassion to my own father who died in 1990. I realized that not every father can be like “Bab.”