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Not so simple

16 Sep

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I’d love to say “I did this and was healed”, but, for a start, I’m still at the start of a very long healing process and, secondly, what I’m doing towards that healing is multi-faceted and not as simple as the explanation I gave at the hospital. I’ll try to sum it up in one blog, then explain more in further blogs. My apologies for taking so long to get this out, but I’ve been plagued by a nasty headache, which has rendered me unwilling to do more than is absolutely necessary.

First and foremost has been a healing of the mind. One of the biggest factors in causing cancer is stress. For me, this has meant working really hard on my mindset, not just believing, but knowing the cancer is beaten. I’ll blog more on this separately, as there was a lot involved. Some have labelled me as optimistic. I want to take this moment to say that I am most definitely not a ‘glass half full’ type of person, but a realist who will see the glass is half full and make conscious plans to fill it!

Before the official diagnosis came through, I started planning my regime. The first step I took was to cut out ALL sugar and sugar-related products. For someone who loves chocolate, this was rather traumatic, but necessary, as sugar feeds cancer. See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJsqpg4JpeY – I selected this video because it’s short and sweet, but there’s plenty to be found online about the sugar/cancer fiasco. This led directly to my next step, to alkalise my body. Sugar, for one, is highly acidic and yes, I had far too much of it in my system. Cutting out acidic food was part of the deal, but to actively alkalise my body, I started drinking lemon water (one lemon squeezed into a litre of water) with the aim of drinking two bottles a day. For those who will ask, lemon converts to alkaline in your body, so yes, it is acid, but doesn’t stay that way. Sometimes I make it. Sometimes I don’t. Switching to high alkaline foods came with that particular package deal.

I switched back to goat’s milk, as goat’s milk isn’t acidic like cow’s milk. It helps that I think that goat’s milk is awesome on so many levels. Cow’s milk (throw all beef products into that category) is loaded with hormones too and hormones are a huge no-no (my cancer is oestrogen positive), not just for me right now, but for everyone! There’s a huge belief in Croatia about the cancer-healing properties of goat’s milk as well. I can live with that. My only cheese is a slice of goat’s milk cheese too. Regular cheese now has me rolling in agonies of acid reflux within seconds. Who would have thought it? I’ve been a huge cheese fan for so long!

VEG! Good thing I love my veggies. I’ve pretty much eliminated meat products, only occasionally treating myself to a bit of chicken, salmon or… as we’re having tonight, venison. The whole hormone thing comes into play here. I’m being very selective and this is my treat. My usual meal, if I have one at all after juicing and smoothies, is pictured at the start of the blog. What you see there is a salad with rocket (yum!!), tomato and goat’s cheese, with a dressing of yoghurt (more on that in a minute), flaxseed oil, hemp oil and a little rock salt… then some veggies. The brassica family are particularly good.

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal though. I’m on the Budwig protocol: http://www.budwigcenter.com/the-budwig-diet.php. I don’t use quark, but organic yoghurt with live cultures. Breakfast is (aside from juicing) a bowl of meusli with yoghurt, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, ground flaxseed, a little honey and a handful of blueberries.

Strictly speaking, I’m meant to be juicing all day, but, practically speaking, that isn’t possible with work. At work, for lunch, I eat cold (avoid microwave like the plague!) sweet potato. It’s alkalising and gives me energy in my high-activity job. I nibble on brazil nuts too. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which is a mineral that stops cancer growth in its tracks.

On the subject of minerals and such, the next part is supplements. At the beginning, I was on garlic, hawthorn and olive leave extract – garlic and olive leaf have anti-cancer properties. Hawthorn strengthens the cardiovascular system, which means all that precious oxygen will get around better. Cancer hates oxygen. Oxygenating my body has become a life-mission. Another supplement is turmeric, or more specifically, curcumin. I have some pineapple first, as the bromelian in pineapple weakens the cell walls, so all the micro-nutrients I’m consuming can get in. Before taking my turmeric, I also take black pepper, so the piperine can increase the bio-availability of the curcumin – ie. increase absorption by the body.

More recently, I’ve added chaga mushroom extract to my regimen. This could be a blog on its own. Basically, in Siberia where the mushroom is harvested, there is no cancer! This is because the locals there drink chaga mushroom tea in place of coffee. There’s a heap of information on the subject online, so I won’t go on about it here. I also take grapeseed extract, my own precious supply of Japanese knotweed tincture and periodically also feverfew tincture. Each of these are valuable in the fight against cancer. Japanese knotweed and feverfew can’t be taken continuously though, so I give myself a few doses on a weekly basis.

I want to do a whole blog on the mind/emotion treatment, which is, to me, the most vital part of my ‘fight’ against cancer, so keep an eye out for the next blog. There’s enough in here to chew on in the meantime, don’t you think? I’m open to any and all questions, though I hope to be doing follow up blogs explaining various parts of this regimen. For the most part, there’s a ton of information online. All I can add is knowledge gleaned from my database and the books I have on hand.

Augh… there’s so much here! I think I’ll leave it at this for now. I can’t say which part is doing the healing work – my bet is on the mind/emotional part that I still have to write about – but it’s working and I’m healing! EDIT: I neglected to go into the juicing. I juice at least 5lb of carrots daily, often with celery, cucumber and spinach added. That’s a LOT of juice!

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in cancer, healing, health

 

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8 responses to “Not so simple

  1. Tatiana

    September 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Not so simple, indeed! You’re an absolute soldier, ma! I’m so proud of you! I just know that this thing is going to tuck its tail between its legs and run for the hills. =)

     
    • tintalasia

      September 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      It had better or I’ll have a thing or two to say to it! ;)

       
  2. Linda Mclean

    September 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Interesting some of the things you are doing I have been working on the past couple of years. I had so many health issues. I also stopped eating sugar and artificial I won’t even consider. For reflux I use organic apple cider vinigar diluted in water and drink it off and on all day and definetely at the first twinge of reflux. I can’t tolerate gluten or dairy but I can handle goat cheese if I take a lactaid pill. So I also eat feta cheese, organic goat yougart and goat based cream cheese.

    Keep up the good work you are doing. Did you always have headaches or is this a new thing.?Perhaps you are going through withdrawal for something like caffine. Is there caffine in chocolate.?

     
    • tintalasia

      September 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Oh Linda, artificial sweeteners are even more toxic than sugar. The only one I’d consider is Stevia, but I don’t much like the taste, so have gone sweet-free. The headache, I believe, is a pinched nerve. It’s only when I move my head or neck in certain ways that it flares up. It’ll go eventually. I did go through caffiene withdrawal when I started out, as I stopped my daily gallons of coffee. It didn’t last too long though. Yes, there is caffiene in chocolate as far as I know.

       
  3. Debbie Patton Stephens

    September 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    You must have read all the same resources I read!! I didn’t have nerve enough to go with all natural treatment. I supplement my mainstream treatment with many of the same things you are doing. Since you are ER positive, double check for estrogenic activity on the food and supplements. I avoid anything that has those properties. And don’t overlook the tremendous benefits of good, quality sleep. A lot of the research I have done recommends melatonin, too. I take it every night. Poor sleep is a side effect of the meds I take and melatonin helps. I am expecting the best for you!! Thanks for writing about your journey. It will be a great help to so many others.

     
    • tintalasia

      September 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Sleep is one thing I get a lot of. I fall asleep right after dinner in the evenings and sleep solidly through the night. I’ve found myself very tired through all this. I think my work helps with that too. It’s tiring work. I do check for estrogen and hormonal effects of supplements and aim for phytoestrogens in my food. It is a trickier side to my ‘treatment’ though, with many grey areas. The hospital wants to put me on an estrogen blocker – tamoxifen, but I’m definitely not keen on going that route. I don’t know enough about it as yet though. I don’t want to mess with the natural cycle of my body, especially at this time of my life. Thanks for your input, Debbie. It’s good to speak to someone who’s been through it all and come out on top! :)

       
  4. Jaime

    September 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Natural, healing foods, for a naturally healing lady ;) Love and health to you!!! And you can bet I’ll be adding some of this into my daily life. Healthy happiness to all! <3

     
    • tintalasia

      September 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Jaime, the idea is for me to change to a better way of life and cleaner eating habits, though I may just have to have the occasional wine or something after all this is over :)

       

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