Cancer Prevention and Supplementary Cures
This is a personal summary of the research Mom and I carried out, and of what we have found to be helpful in dealing with her breast cancer. Much of this advice is a good idea to help stay healthy in general and to help prevent cancer, and can be very helpful in terms of treating cancer and dealing with some of the side effects of the conventional treatments. Much of this advise deals with strengthening the immune system and the body's own defense against cancer.
Great Books to Read
Peace Love and Healing by Bernie Siegel
Published by Rider London
Heal Your Mind Heal Your Body - Joan Borysenko
The Raw Food Book - Leslie Kenton
Jean Carper, _Food, Your Miracle Medicine_ (she talks about foods for all kinds of cancer).
Balch and Balch, _Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Reduce intake of pollutants
Mother-in Law's Tongue (Sanservia loretii)
Ficus trees (Ficus benjamina)
Dragon tree Draconia deremensis
Chinese evergreen Agalonema
Peace lily Spathipilyllum
Golden pothos Epiremnum aureum
There is a theory that the cactus Cereus peruvianas will reduce electromagnetic fields - worth putting one on top of the TV, computer screen etc.
The Usual Do's and Don'ts
Reduce caffeine, especially coffee (especially in women
prone to breast cancer)
Reduce dairy (use soy milk as much as possible - another way to increase soy intake)
There are many cancer preventing vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in food - there follows suggestions of foods and herbs to include in the daily diet. If treating for cancer, try to increase the intake.
Probably one of the most important ways to good health is drinking freshly pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice. The best juicer I have found is the Champion juicer - in terms of ease of use, amount of juice extracted and durability of the machine. The Vita Mix makes great claims, but I found the juice to be chalky and hard to drink, as none of the pulp is extracted.
Carrot juice is especially important - the beta carotenes are strong cancer fighting elements.
Apple and spinach juice is delicious and full of goodies (theory is that in raw spinach and chard, the oxalic acid is not harmful - according to Leslie Kenton in raw foods)
Extra bits you can throw into the juicer - citrus fruit with some of the peel left on - the bioflavinoids in the peel and pith are strong anti-cancer agents (and for women also help to reduce Pre Menstrual Tension)
Chunks of fresh ginger (I keep some frozen in and add pieces into the juicing machine, great taste and full of good things for you)
Herbs - mints, lemon balm etc.
Berries and melons make great juice (no need to take the rind off the melon)
Veg juice (great with garlic and a little miso dissolved in water) - beetroot, carrot, celery, cabbage, spinach, tomato, cucumber, broccoli)
Sprouts are power houses of vitamins and phytochemicals which help protect the body from all sorts of illnesses. (read Raw Energy for more info and instructions)
Kidney beans - need to be cooked
Oats - they are usually cooked before selling, so just go rotten instead of sprouting
Really Good Foods To Include in Diet
Flax oil and seed - also known in England as Linseed
This is a power house of anti-cancer agents. Especially good for breast cancer, but a good general food (also good for skin problems and eczema)
Grind seeds and sprinkle onto salads and cereals
Eat the oil - don't cook with it, eat raw and only buy organic cold pressed (expensive, but worth it) - recommend 1 tablespoon mixed with 1 tablespoon cottage cheese per day, keep oil and seeds in the fridge
Oils and fats
Eat margarine or cook with sunflower oil - margarine is full of fatty acids which have been implicated in cancer - and which are not made in the body, but are commonly found in the membranes of cancer cells. Sunflower oil when cooked and heated also creates similar fatty acids.
DO eat lots of organic, cold pressed olive oil (good anti- breast cancer)
Cook with olive oil, ORGANIC butter or ground nut oil
Tofu and Miso
Wonderful soy products - great anti cancer (particularly breast cancer)
Eat tofu in as many guises as possible (always buy organic and look for non genetically modified)
Tofu is great marinated in balsamic vinegar, mustard, herbs and wine and used in pasta and Mediterranean dishes
Generally, marinating tofu makes it much more flavorful, chop into cubes and add to a bowl of sauce - stir, leave at least a day - in ground spices, soy sauce, Chinese sauces, in coconut milk with Thai herbs - turmeric, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, ginger, in curry sauce etc.
Miso is a fermented soy paste, very high in B vitamins - important for the nervous system and immune system
Do not cook miso, but dissolve a little in warm water to add at the end of cooking to soups, stews and tofu dishes. It is a fermented substance, the microorganisms are good for the digestion and will be killed by cooking
Cock a block with minerals and vitamins, especially iron and iodine - very useful for the immune system. Add to salads and soups and stir fries.
Organic Live Yogurt
Good microorganisms help the body to digest and assimilate many of the foods and minerals, especially B minerals, easy to make using a culture - a few tablespoons of live yoghurt in warm milk - kept warm over night (thermos, airing cupboard), you can keep using cultures from the yogurt you make for a while - after a bit, you will need top buy in fresh
Nature has published Swedish cancer research, proving that green tea contains a substance that prevents cancer - Especially nice as gemchai - mixed with puffed brown rice
Eat raw - in salads and add to teas
Thyme - antioxidant and anti-cancer
Rosemary - anti stress and calming
Sage - may help prevent Alzheimer's, helps reduce hot flushes - either from menopause or Tamoxifen
Chasteberry - helps reduce hot flushes - either from menopause or Tamoxifen, take as tablet
Saw Palmetto (for men) helps to reduce risk of prostrate cancer, take as tablet
Yarrow and red clover (breast cancer)
Nettles (cooked or in tea)
Turmeric - very important anti-oxidant, can also be bought raw in the root form from eastern grocery stores - grate or chop finely into salads and dishes
Lots of oily fish - salmon, tuna
COD LIVER OIL (YUM YUM)
Packs in the Vitamins E, B's, calcium and other goodies, quantities approximate
Melt 1/2 cup of miso in warm water, stirring til dissolved
Mix in 2/4 cup raw tahini (sesame paste)
Add cup olive oil
Add cup or so linseed oil
Add 1/2 a cup of wine - red or white, elderberry is fabulous
Add 2 cups balsamic vinegar (or combo of cider vinegar, lemon juice etc.)
Add herbs and crushed garlic (raw or roast garlic) to taste
Add teaspoon or so of mustard, horseradish to taste
Mix whole raw grains for grinding fresh for cereal
Mix in separate container - nutty mix to add to the grains
Chop nuts to add to the rest of the mixture every 3 days or so, to avoid rancidity in the nuts
Chopped brazil nuts (Selenium)
Brewer's yeast (B Vits)
Chopped dried fruits - figs, apricots, etc.
Carob Powder (try it first to see if you like it - full of minerals)
Spices (if you like them) e.g. cinnamon, cardamom, clove
Mix raw greens with veg
Add ground linseed
Grated lemon rind
Herbs - especially thyme, sage, a little bit of comfrey, fennel seed (especially for breast cancer) parsley, marjoram, yarrow (small quantities, its bitter)
Garlic (if you like it raw, all the better)
Eat lots and lots of raw broccoli - add the florets to salad
The more greens you can grow in your garden to add the better - lamb's lettuce, miner's lettuce, land cress, campanula
Lots of raw tomatoes - for men, help not to get prostrate cancer, tomatoes have lycopene in them and function much like Tamoxifen; thus they are not only good for men who want to avoid prostate cancer; they are excellent anti-cancer foods for women wanting to avoid cervical, uterine, and breast cancers.
Miso and seaweed Soup
Fry an onion (surprise surprise) in ground nut oil
In the meantime, Melt a 1/4 - 1/2 cup of miso and 1/2 cup raw tahini in warm water, stirring til dissolved, leave aside
Add boiling water - as much as you wish to have soup at the end to onions
Add medium chopped greens - cabbage, kale, spinach, chard (chard and spinach are high in oxalic acid and thus may be a detriment to one's health if eaten too frequently
Add hands full of seaweed (torn into bite sized pieces ) Nori, arame, wakame - whatever
Boil a few minutes
Take of the heat and stir in the dissolved miso and tahini
Add sesame seeds or sunflower seeds, or even better, sesame or sunflower sprouts
Rescue Remedy (Dr. Bach's) super for relieving stress and dealing with shock (of the news, of treatment, of surgery) add a few drops to cold drinks and sip, or place two drops on tongue, no harmful dies effects and can be taken often.
Cod Liver oil
Echinacea - remember to take two weeks on one week off, immune system
Milk thistle (can be with dandelion) - strengthens the function of the liver
Betacarotene (Only when NOT drinking LOTS of carrot juice)
Vitamin C - high doses
Iscador (anthroposophical - excellent for the immune
system, this is a specific remedy which needs to be taken as an injection - naturopaths,
homeopaths and anthroposophical schools will be able to find out more. In the UK, it is
possible to be treated (for cancer, not sure about AIDS, should be possible) with Iscador
on the national health system - through the right for homeopathic treatment, though we
found that it is necessary to work for this.)
Massage and aromatherapy for relaxing and rejuvenating
Yoga and mediation - so key to relax and strengthen your body's own immune system
Visualization - this cannot be over emphasized - stimulating the bodies own defenses read Peace Love and Healing by Bernie Siegel, Published by Rider London
There are some good tapes which help you to conduct a guided visualization, or write your own
Art therapy and write a journal - try to express your feelings and emotions read The Secret World of Drawing, Healing through Art - Gregg Farth Sigo Press, Boston
Pay attention to your dreams, read Creative Dreaming, Patrick Garfield, The Way of the Dream, Marie Louise Von Franz
Contact Cancer Support Groups in your area, Especially the Cancer Association Gentle Support Group
Check in to the possibility of homeopathic treatment from the national health or your health care provider
Be prepared to have to fight for being allowed to be treated with natural remedies and for derision from your specialists and surgeon.
I hope this is helpful - happy, healthy living.