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Hoax? I’m a Conspiracy Theorist For Sure

Which means I don’t believe Johns Hopkins when they discredit this information.  I do believe that they never published this information, not for public consumption anyway, but I don’t believe that it is untrue.

What am I talking about?  Well, I was forwarded this email which I found very interesting!  A little research told me it was not published by Johns Hopkins but I still want to share it with you as I am not convinced the content is untrue.

Let me know on Facebook what you think!

Johns Hopkins Update 
This is an extremely good article.

Everyone should read it.

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

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,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
and by 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 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 other meat,
like chicken. 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. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, 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. By
refraining from or eating less meat it 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 bodies 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, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
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 help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

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’s 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.

Please share this with your whole email list…………………….
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.

Please, come over to fb and share your thoughts on this article.  Do you think any or all of this could be true?  I know I am dead set on some of the points being true but there are a few others that I’m not so sure on…

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Good-Bye Gluten

I didn’t bother with any gluten eliminating over the holiday, it was overwhelming enough just being GMO-free.  But yesterday I accompanied my sister while she did her groceries (I didn’t need anything!!) so I was able to do some in-store research to get a feel for what is and isn’t ok and created other questions I have to look into.

After leaving Whole Foods it was decided that this wasn’t going to be easy.  Sure there are plenty of gluten-free foods and plenty of organic or GMO-free foods, but I noticed a lack of products touting both.  I left there with a very wish-washy idea of moving forward with this plan.  (I think that means, I like the idea but am not liking what it entails and am not 100% sure I am willing and/or able to do this.)  Next we went to Job Lot and I loaded up on everything I found to be free of GMOs and gluten, which surprisingly was a nice assortment of things!  I got two boxes of granola, one is chocolate the other is honey nut; a box of chocolate cookies; and a bag of cheddar tortilla chips.  I felt a little better after that as I love cookies, crackers, cakes, and cereals so to find alternatives helped me relax a little.  My sister and I discussed a time line for this all to happen, I personally didn’t land on anything conclusive.  I needed more information.

This morning I started a food journal – my favorite! LOL  I figured if I could record what I eat I could go back and research each item to see if it is permitted, giving me an idea of what I already eat can stay and if not, what it can be replaced with.  I found a good search source today and what I couldn’t find there I just typed into Yahoo “is _____ gluten free?”  and I got pretty much everything I was looking for.  The only exceptions were half and half (it’s TJ’s brand and they say all their dairy is gluten free, this is also backed up by the fact that milk and cream are both gluten-free so …), craisins (these are organic, WF’s brand.  I just looove how WFs hardly lists any product information on their site!  I will check the ingredients and look them up individually), WF’s Thai-ginger sauce on their salmon.

So my intent this morning was to go along, business as usual, and just journal everything and research it later.  However, I am encouraged at what I have found so far and will actively start avoiding gluten!  Yes, I will share my journal with you, of course!

Until then, I will leave you with this: Out of yesterday’s food, I only ate 3 things containing gluten (not including the 3 items I listed as “unsure of” above), 2 Clif Mojo bars and Italian salad dressing.  So far today, I have not eaten any gluten!  I am feeling pretty good today, which makes me wonder if it’s gluten; luckily I have old food journals that I can look at and see just how much gluten I was consuming in those weeks!

Eliminations

It’s no secret my diet has been full of poison for the last few months – just typing that makes my stomach turn and I hang my head a lil lower.

I’ve been curious about gluten and have wanted to research the topic a little bit more; to be honest I don’t know anything about gluten other than I heard it may affect your mental stability (focus, depression, emotional imbalances).

My boss has told me many stories about her using an elimination diet to figure out if certain foods are causing certain issues (e.g.: goat cheese caused her migraines).

Reintroducing GMOs into my diet gave me the opportunity to see just how much of a negative effect they have on my body, physically and mentally!  Seeing this has convinced me that there may be other items in my diet that should be eliminated, at least temporarily to see if they are causing adverse reactions that I may be unaware of.  To know I could improve my quality of life by tweaking my diet a little is very inspiring.  I want to be the best person I can be, mostly I want to be healthy and happy.

Today I finally got the chance to look into gluten and right off the bat I know this is something that deserves my attention!  I’ve had arthritis since I was a child, at 22 I was prescribed naproxen and was refered to a rheumatologist.  I refused to take the naproxen based on the negative things I’ve heard about the drug and I was smart enough to recognise that I was in charge of my body and just because a Dr prescribed something doesn’t mean I had to take it.  Still today I am happy of that decision.   My mother was also concerned when I was in Jr. High and requested I be tested for lupus.  I tested negative but she had a hard time believing those results.   Now, most recently, I am having issues with my thyroid and testosterone levels and my Dr is concerned about those results and is requesting additional testing to rule out cervical cancer and try to figure out what the issue is.  After the little research I was able to do today, I am convinced gluten could be the cause of all of these undiagnosed symptoms!

I’ve decided to start a series of elimination diets to try to get to the bottom of this and improve my mental well-being.

So far the two biggest culprits are:
~Caffeine
~Gluten

I’m told it takes two weeks but I don’t believe that, I think I will abstain for at least a month and then reintroduce the substance and see what happens.

As far as caffeine, I drink two full-caf cups of coffee a day during the week and one on the weekend days.  I feel like I am od’ing on caffeine.  I am very sensitive to caffeine where I cannot drink coffee after 4pm or I won’t sleep.  I also know I don’t need caffeine to wake up, I never missed it when I was going to the gym in the mornings (even though I still drank one cup afterwards).  I do love to drink coffee, it’s like my morning cigarette (No, I don’t smoke!).  So last night when I needed to buy coffee I looked for a flavored, organic decaf – not happening.  I settled on a bag of each (figured it was best I don’t go cold turkey anyway as I have a tendency to get migraines when I skip caffeine); so I mixed them 50/50 and will decrease the caffeinated part each time the container needs filling.   I am not against caffeine, the opposite actually; I believe caffeine is healthy in moderation so I may keep a 25/75% mixture.  My intent is to lower my consumption to a more healthy (for me) level.

I will keep researching gluten and start eliminating it from my diet – something tells me this is going to be very difficult.

Feed Your Soul

Things are a little better as far as what I am eating, but far from where I want to be.
[I can’t believe I haven’t written in over a month!]

The Distraction has been around daily since my last post (but probably not so much from this post on :/ ).  He looked at me Saturday morning while I sat with my pen to blank list and rolled his eyes.  I said, “What, it’s Saturday again?”   He said I put too much stress into it.  It’s not true.  I don’t make the stress.  I want delicious meals that are easily prepared throughout the week that will make good lunch left-overs.  It’s hard to come up with different meals every week!  I do my best not to stress it but inevitably I have weeks (more often than not) that I become complete mush and can’t think of a single meal to make.

Since my last post we’ve been out to eat a few times (of course out of necessity and not for pleasure!): South of the Border (2x) and we went to breakfast 2x .  That’s an awful lot of GMO’s in a month!  UCK!  Of course, I have my own life outside of him and am faced with numerous offerings every day.  I’m noticing it was so much easier to say “no” last year than it is this year, what’s up with that??  I’ve eaten cake at work a couple of times and a few other little offenses around the office, I don’t know why I am feeling more okay about it than ever.  Is it because I have the GMO’s in me??

I’ve been really crazy lately, emotionally I just am a mess which is very out of character for me.  My sister was watching me break down last night when she looked at me, eyes wide and declared, “It’s the GMO’s!  I bet in a couple of weeks when you’re back to normal with your eating, you’ll feel better.  IT’S THE GMO’S YOU’RE SAD ABOUT LOSING!”  We both know that’s not entirely true but she is right, if my diet had been pure for the last few weeks/months, I would be more able to deal with the turmoil happening in my life right now.

With that being said, I have to go to my company Christmas dinner tonight 😦
So frustrating sometimes!

Anyway, I came here to tell you all the good things I’ve been eating!

          Salmon!  YUM!  I’ve hated fish my entire life but slowly as I age I have been acquiring a taste for it.  I was served salmon at a friend’s house and I am hooked!  I’ve made it so many times since!  Can’t beat the feeling of a home-cooked, super healthy meal for lunch at work!  So I just take some potatoes, zucchini, then top with kale and then salmon on top, wrap it all up in foil and bake!  (Like 350 for uh, I can’t remember, 15 minutes?)

     Apples!  I told you I got orchard fresh apples brought to me all fall long and I sure did bake up a storm with them!  I made my Memere’s apple pie, an apple crisp, apple cobbler and a German apple pancake.  I love baked apple stuff!

Chicken pot pie is a favorite of mine in the winter.  It’s a complete meal, not too hard to make and feeds me for days; oh, and it tastes like awesomness!  (I made my own cream of chicken soup for this, also TJ’s pie crust & frozen foursome veggies, and once I didn’t have sour cream so I used cream cheese and it was wicked good!)

I wanted to make my mother’s [infamous] turkey pie (but with left-over chicken) but I couldn’t make gravy from scratch without poodsies so I had to come up with something else.  I found a recipe for a puff pastry turkey pie and I had been craving phyllo dough oddly enough, so I had to make it.  It came out good but I put off making the recipe for a while and I started to feel sketched out by the ingredients as they had been prepped in the fridge for about a week.  I wish I had flavored my chicken somehow before adding it to the recipe because it tasted like meat (I have this thing with meat, I just don’t want it to taste like dead animal).  Overall, it was easy to make (I really enjoyed cooking leeks for the first time!) and tasted good, plus it was really pretty! (maybe not so much in this picture though LOL)

I have made sausage and lentil soup and kale soup a couple of times each already and have a few servings in my freezer.  I mashed up some carrots and turnips and have that frozen, along with some sweet potato and the butternut.

My sister just gave me an awesome recipe for chicken that I just had for lunch and OMG it is ridiculous!  Mix some maple syrup with a little mayo (more syrup than mayo).  Pound your chicken breast out thin then coat it in the glaze then coat in crushed up pecans and panko (we both had found pecan panko breading at WF’s, which is why she went looking for this recipe).  Bake the chicken (400 for 20-30 mins?  You know I suck at this part LOL)  I had some of my turnips & carrots and kale with it – I’m still smiling from how delicious it all was!  ~ OH! Remember back in March when I visited my parents and we had the soy sauce debate?  Well, I’ve been cooking my kale in a covered pot with a splash of tamari and enough water to cover the bottom, and just cook it til it wilts – YUP!  It was the GMOs I didn’t like!  Because this is slammin!

USDA Organic… in China??

I’m not a big fan of buying anything made in China (or outside of the USA) but admittedly don’t always remember to check.  My sister and I have had a few back-n-forths about buying organics from outside of the states but the argument was usually distance related.  Well, my loving Sister so kindly shared this video with me.  Ugh.

Ugh

I totally suck!  NO!  The fact that I can’t eat out (comfortably) sucks!!

Again this weekend I printed recipes, made an appropriate shopping list, bought said ingredients … but never cooked a damn thing!  UGH!  What did I eat, you ask?  – We went out for hibachi 😦  (Well, it was super delicious and just what I needed and, did I mention, super delicious??)

I was asked what was so wrong about eating out on Sunday nights, “It’s just once a week”  Once a week?!  That’s a lot, no??  I think so!  I think once a month is a lot!
But alas I was running on empty and could barely get myself to the restaurant… and I wasn’t even driving!

This has got to stop!  Clearly my schedule has changed and I need to come up with a solution.  Something’s got to give and obviously it’s me.  Flexibility is key.

Gloopy Gluten

It keeps slapping me in the face, the realization that upwards of 75% off my diet consists of some sort of gloopy gluten!  Slowly this realization has crept into my mind and even more slowly has my mind decided to contemplate the consequences of this.  I mean there are so many people out there who have stopped eating gluten and have cured everything from IBS to depression!  Could I be one of the statistics??  Could I too, be happy and find my lost positivity?

Well, first I’d have to figure out if I could live without this drug.  I’m almost embarrassed to divulge how much of it I actually consume :/

Settled.  I will do another week-long food diary for you, Fall Style!   Maybe then I can do some serious research on the subject and start to rid my pantry of the Gluten Goblins.