Thursday, November 3, 2011


Basket of organic vegetables at littleclove.comOn my journey to heal my body and to fight off breast cancer, I've come across many online articles and books on the subject. The common belief in the alternative world is that all cancers have a metabolic origin, meaning that you don't catch it like a bacteria or a virus and it's not totally genetic in itself. Genetics may play a part due to the fact that families tend to eat the same foods prepared in the same ways. Families also tend to share the same lifestyle habits in addition to dietary similarities. So if your great aunt on your mother's side, your cousin, grandmother and your mother had cancer, it would benefit you to look at the habits that have been passed down from generation to generation. Like anything else, this is not an absolute, but definitely worth looking into.

For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer with no family history of the disease, take a look at your mother and your grandmother's eating habits. First of all, if you're in your 50's or 60's, your mother and your grandmother most likely grew up eating foods without pesticides and growth hormones. The foods they ate were organic or pretty close. Your grandmother probably never ate anything out of a can and possibly neither did your mother. In today's world of fast foods, microwaveable dinners and mass production farming, those healthful food alternatives are hard to come by. Health food stores selling organic produce and free range organic meats are expensive and not always available in all areas. So what do you do?

1)   If your budget allows, eat only organic foods. Taking all of those pesticides out of your diet is a great start on your way to healthful eating.  If you can't afford to eat 100% organic foods, then eat mostly organic. Cut as much of the pesticides out of your diet as your finances will allow.

2)  Start your own organic garden. You can keep it simple at first by planting just a few vegetables at a time and then work your way into a bigger, more varied garden.

FOR AN ESTROGEN REDUCING DIET  CLICK HERE. This site has advice on which foods to choose to reduce estrogen in your body for estrogen sensitive breast cancer. The site will also explain how and why each food type works.

WHITE BUTTON MUSHROOMS have also been said to decrease estrogen production.  CLICK HERE for information on this superfood and the benefits of adding these to your diet.

THE FOLLOWING FOODS WERE COLLECTED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES INCLUDING: "Foods to Fight Cancer" by Richard Beliveau, Ph.D and Denis Gingras, Ph.D. These foods are said to be essential for fighting cancer. I am listing them here in no particular order of importance.
FRUITS:  Apricots, apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes
BEANS:  Chick peas, lentils, lima beans
NUTS:     Almonds (raw - not roasted), macadamia, cashews.
BERRIES: Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries
SEEDS:    Flax seeds, sesame seeds
GRASS:   Wheat grass
MISCELLANEOUS:  Bamboo shoots, muchrooms, raw almond butter, colloidal minerals, food enzymes, lactobacillus/acidophilus supplements.

Remember to drink lots of pure clean water daily. Get plenty of exercise - as much as you can tolerate. Get out in the sunshine daily for about 15 minutes to get that much needed Vitamin D3.

Sunshine is the best method of getting Vitamin D3. Other methods are available for those who live in colder climates or during the winter months. For more information on the importance of Vitamin D3 and the different methods of getting enough on a daily basis,  CLICK HERE.  Use your own judgement as to which method is best for you. For me, the jury's still out on the tanning booths.

The Importance of Supplementation and Nutrition

We can’t always get the nutrition we need from the foods we eat. At a time where nutrition has never been as important as it is now, it’s essential to supplement your diet with good, wholesome, organic supplements. 

Choose a multivitamin that is well balanced and naturally processed. Organic is the best choice, but there are other companies that sell good quality products that are not organic. Read the labels thoroughly. There are many multivitamins that contain herbs which may not be suitable for your particular needs. For instance, if you have HER2+ breast cancer stay away from herbs such as red clover, licorice, yucca, hops and motherwort that may increase your estrogen level.

Remember to take your Vitamin D3 daily. The best source of Vitamin D3 is natural sunshine, but unless you live in the tropics this is not always practical. The next best thing is to supplement with a good quality Vitamin D3 supplement. Make sure that it’s Vitamin D3 and not just Vitamin D.

Flaxseed Oil is an essential when fighting cancer. You can use the actual oil for salads, or you can supplement with Flaxseed Oil capsules. Again, organic is best and remember to keep your Flaxseed Oil refrigerated after opening.

For many reasons, including soil conditions, we do not get the minerals that we need for optimal survival and healing from our foods. This is why it is important to supplement with colloidal minerals. I can’t speak first hand about the colloidal mineral supplements found in most health food stores. I usually don’t buy them due to the sugar content. I avoid any sugared supplements due to their detrimental effect on cancer cells. Cancer loves sugar so it should be avoided whenever possible. A good quality colloidal mineral supplement should taste nasty and it is recommended to add the minerals to water or fruit juice. My absolute favorite mineral formula is T.J. Clark’s.

Consider adding an immune booster supplement to your health regimen.  The formula I like best is Wellness Formula that can be found in most drug stores and health food stores. Take the recommended preventative dosage. Although it will not say so on the bottle, research has shown that it is a good idea to take a break from these herbs for a few days. I’ve found that taking them for 5 days on then 2 days off works for me.

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