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The Importance of Fitness when Dealing with Cancer

Post-diagnosis, most cancer patients reevaluate their life priorities. This list is always topped with doing everything that one can to have successful treatment, and to stop the cancer from returning. The best way to accomplish that goal is to get fit and stay that way. According to Dr. Matthew Hoffman or WebMD, exercise leads to a longer life and less recurrence of cancer. The latest research backs up this claim.

Living a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, plenty of exercise and wise lifestyle choices can lessen the risk of getting cancer in the first place. The good news is that for those that have already lived through a diagnosis, those same principles can help you survive for a longer period of time and lessen the risk of the cancer returning. You can improve your prognosis, even if you have been diagnosed with heart, lung, breast or other cancers.  Although fitness will help anyone that has been diagnosed with cancers, someone diagnosed with breast cancer usually will be able to perform more exercises than one that has been diagnosed with a rare lung disease such as mesothelioma.  

Recent evidence suggests that breast cancer survivors have a lower rate of recurrence and live longer if they exercise. The same results have been shown in colorectal cancer survivors. Most survivors are willing to do anything and everything they can to stop the cancer from coming back. This includes focusing on weight control through consuming a healthy diet and exercising daily. Multiple studies show a link between being overweight and having a greater chance of cancer recurrence. The same studies show a lesser survival time for those that need to lose weight.

Everyone benefits from regular exercise, not just cancer survivors. However, cancer survivors seek to benefit the most from and increased level of activity. Benefits of regular exercise include weight loss, muscle gain, improved mood, memory and concentration, less fatigue and an increase in self-confidence. Exercising also lowers the risk of other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, exercise is a great stress reducer, something many cancer survivors need!

Those that begin a regular exercise regimen shortly after diagnosis or treatment will reap these benefits early on. Although treatment can make you feel tired all the time, resist the temptation to stay sedentary. While an appropriate amount of rest is certainly needed, speak with your doctor about beginning an exercise plan and implement it as soon as it is safe to do so.

By: David Haas

Cancer Industry Fundraisers – Good or Evil?

Once again, even though my home phone has been listed on the Do Not Call list forever, I received a call from a Cancer fighting organization or so they say. I don’t understand why Cancer companies, police fundraisers and all home improvement firms seem immune from the Do Not Call list. I patiently listen to the appeal, ask for the representative’s name and the name of the company and then politely asked to be removed from their list. Often I say why although most times the words I say go in one ear and out the other in fact once they realize that I’m not interested in handing over any cash the disconnect is imminent. If I do get a chance I tell them I’m not interested in helping other companies battle cancer only interested in getting the word out about the only proven way to cure cancer and that is with a healthy immune system. I believe I have a right to shake my head when the Cancer fighting companies come knocking. I have spent the last four years deep within the battles waged over both my Mother’s body and my Mother-in-law’s body while they both fought Cancer and all the terrible beasts that go along with that. In addition to the body problems they also were continually shocked by the Medical industry answer. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, g-tube, tracheotomy, filters, drains, colostomy and an array of other medical industry procedures were used on these two lovely women. Yes, some of them were life saving but only because of problems with other procedures that maybe weren’t needed anyway. How can I say?

Here is a blog post comment I posted on the greensmoothiegirl.com post about a fundraiser that a Cancer fighting company held that used donuts as a sort of prize or bonus points if consumed quickly or some such stupidness…
My Mother was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2005 and as she put it “did everything her doctors said to do but nothing worked over the long term.” Sure the chemo did shrink the tumor and with it some of the negative effects of the larger tumor and so some relief and time seemed worth it but it seems that once on the bandwagon there is no getting off until you are dead and along the way more and more battles to face. My kids tease me because I continuously say that sugar is food for cancer and the Cancer loves it! I continue to ask to be removed from every telemarketer list for any sort of Cancer organization because I, like you, believe that the only CURE for cancer is a healthy immune system and Cancer organizations are really only interested in a cure, not any protection.
I do understand and agree that most people are not guilty of trying to mislead but are just unenlightened. Thus I often will only state my belief and not condemn others for their actions. What we do need more of is good information about the importance of eating whole foods rather than any over processed gunk.

Cancer is big business and with the amount of money involved and the number of people affected the epidemic seems unsurmountable. We have to keep on educating from the grass roots and up through our push we can fight the over production of food and the spread of frankenstein produced food knockoffs being brought to our kids plates.
Let’s move to more simple, whole foods for health, vitality and life!

THE CANCER INDUSTRY by Jackie “Cancer Warrior Mom”

At times I have been so mad at the ‘Cancer Industry’ that I want to go ballistic. But at other times, I am grateful for my current doctor’s intelligence and kindness, and all the ‘oh so supportive’ medical employees.
I was diagnosed with gastro-intestional cancer late in 2006, (about the same time that Farrah Fawcet was and with the same kind of cancer) and not knowing any better, went down the road toward radiation of the two areas and then chemo-procedures for treatment of cancer cells in my body.

I was definitely rushed along to the decision toward radiation and chemotherapy by the professional staff at the Clinic.

At the same time I begin to review the chemo-industry magazines’ articles available on shelves at the facility. Each magazine had a “success story” of a patient who became free of cancer, according to lab tests done at certain time periods, by use of various chemical poisons utilized for certain cancers. Unfortunately, only two chemicals of the hundreds was listed as potentially successful on my type of cancer.

Being told of the danger of waiting to have chemo-treatment, and despite all the chemical’s side effects (baldness, extreme nausea, even death), I went along with the procedures. The treatment room was full of very somber patients hooked up the water solutions to which were added the chemical in more water solutions, then followed by more water solutions ‘to protect the blood vessels.’

I was just over 65 years of age and so Medicare paid for all my treatment expenses. I was shocked that the bills could run to well over $30,000/year.

Patients usually had blood tests with each chemo treatment. We each saw ‘our’ oncologist every few weeks where results of the blood tests or other proce.edures like Cat scans were explained. This would tell us if our cancer was ‘decreasing’ or not.

At one appointment, imagine my surprise when my oncologist told me that she was dismissing me as a patient so she could treat patients with a better chance of survival. My sister had driven me to this appointment, and we left the Clinic in shock.

After that time, I tried many other procedures. I went to a Chinese doctor, did the procedures and took home tea powders to make. I also went to Tijuana once and got pills shipped to me, a tonic to dilute and drink and dietary instructions. At each of these Clinics, I was treated with great sympathy and kindness, but it was basically too late for me. And it was very expensive as well.

About this time, it became apparent that I could no longer live alone, so I was moved into one of my daughter’s home. Then we both continued to read about cancer and its treatments, about healthier nutrition, and so on. I read a book titled ‘The China Syndrome,’ published over 10 years ago, in which the conclusions were (to my understanding) that eating red meat and heavy protein diets lead to more cancer. Many other books, published over 15 years ago, stated that the current heavy protein diet as eaten by north Americans and others in developed countries, led to higher cancer rates.

Yet no one has scolded the meat or dairy industries here. I never saw major magazine articles that mentioned more that ‘eat a nutritious diet with high protein intake.’

Why didn’t I know with clarity the danger of a high protein diet? And, milk and cheese products fit into this high protein arena — white mustache or not.

Now I am on Hospice, waiting to die.

The Downward Spiral

I titled this post the “Downward Spiral” but what is really happening is a sort of downward staircase because every once in a while the Cancer Warrior, whom has been battling a fatal enemy for three years, encounters a new enemy and that takes her down for a while and then she recovers a bit but afterwards is at a new lower level of life mobility.

This time a side effect from the chemotherapy has caused more problems.  We have been having a lot of discussions about her Western doctors telling her exactly what she had to do then at some point (and each doctor except for her primary care doctor whom is still with us) after their “knowledge” is worn off they drop her.  She’s had four different doctors tell her to go on Hospice and that they can no longer offer her any further treatments.  Thank God, I say, because they have only been causing her harm with each different treatment.  She’s very disillusioned, says she thought she was doing everything right, always listened to her doctors and now where are they?! 

So let’s focus on what’s still working.  She’s still on the liquid nutritious shakes and tonics, liquid nutrition, and that seems to be keeping her immune system healthy.  Her tumor in her right leg lymphnode has broken open to the air.  When this happened a couple of months ago the doctor told me that this is what would kill her, she would develop an infection from this open wound and the infection would kill her.  Well so far, and it’s been over two months, she has not developed an infection.  When her pain is controlled she is feeling really great and is talkative and filled with plans.  She’s a pretty incredible woman with an unlimited amount of energy and projects planned and in progress.  She’s just being eaten up from the tumor but it seems to be slow moving.  Hopefully all that we are doing is keeping it at bay.

She’s keeping her edema under control and is exercising with her rebounder.  She is using the Cellerciser to exercise with the bar for stability and is jumping or at least bouncing for minutes daily.  It’s hard some days but we definitely believe that her non-working lymphatic system in her right leg would be a lot bigger were it not for her rebounding, massage and raising the leg as much as possible. 

This right leg has been a battle keeping the lymph in control so that her leg is not so large and red and hot.  But we’re working the battle and staying on top of it and it’s working. 

The latest problem that the Cancer Warrior has run into has to do with her leg.  Although the edema seems to be under control the tumor is eating into her nerves and causing pain and now extreme weakness.  Her leg seems to go in and out so it became difficult to get up from the bed or chair at times.  So we rearrange furniture so that in each place there is something that she can use to help her feel more secure getting up and down.

Sugar – The Real Bad Guy

According to Dr. Robert Lustig we all weigh 20-25 pounds more than we did 30 years ago.  Our genetics didn’t change, just our environment.

We are obese.  And remember that the current recommendation from the World Cancer is for you to be as lean as possible without being underweight.  Additionally, sugar is supposedly “food” for cancer and should be reduced as much as possible.  It’s easy to be addicted to sugar, how often do I find myself walking by the refrigerator when sugary things are in there?!  It just seems to call out to me… and in weak moments I will give in BUT in strong moments I will toss out those offending sugary foods.  Yah!

Isagenix Review ABC News

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3NfczysmsM

This review of  Isagenix included following two individuals that tried the 9 day  system.  They both felt much better and had an increase of energy with the additional side benefit of a lot of weight loss as well as inches.  The Cancer Warrior has two shakes a day and the tonic and drinks the cleansing tea in the evenings.  Her immune system is being kept as healthy as possible.  Her energy is great and she is working on writing a book on how mad she is at the American Medical association although she absolutely loves her primary care physician.

This liquid nutrition will come in quite handy when and if she gets to the end stage where she no longer can eat but will have to be fed.  We already know what we are doing for her then!   It’s been a real blessing.

Please comment and share your experiences.  Thank you.

Isagenix Review ABC News

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3NfczysmsM

This review of  Isagenix included following two individuals that tried the 9 day  system.  They both felt much better and had an increase of energy with the additional side benefit of a lot of weight loss as well as inches.  The Cancer Warrior has two shakes a day and the tonic and drinks the cleansing tea in the evenings.  Her immune system is being kept as healthy as possible.  Her energy is great and she is working on writing a book on how mad she is at the American Medical association although she absolutely loves her primary care physician.

This liquid nutrition will come in quite handy when and if she gets to the end stage where she no longer can eat but will have to be fed.  We already know what we are doing for her then!   It’s been a real blessing.

Please comment and share your experiences.  Thank you.

Nutrition and Cancer Video

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeZFcIbwCZg

Dr. Donald Abrams talks for an hour about the importance of “We Are What We Eat” (Adelle Davis).  The bottom line is we must eat well in order to be well.  In this day our healthcare system is too focused on disease management when it should be teaching wellness or “good” health activities.

When treating a person living with cancer (think of the cancer is a weed and the person is the garden) you try to make the soil as inhospitable as possible to the weed.  Basically he supported a diet that is:
  Organic, Plant-based, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory

The World Cancer Research fund publishes recommendations to reduce the risk of contracting cancer.   These include:
1.  be as lean as possible without being underweight
2.  be physically active at least 30 min a day
3.  avoid sugary drinks and limit consumption of energy dense foods
4.  eat a variety of vegetables, legumes, beans
      You cannot eat too much cruciferous vegetables!  Broccoli needs to be crushed and chewed.  Broccoli sprouts are 1000 times better than broccoli.  Kale is great.  Soy products like tofu, bean and milk are fine but limit more soy processed foods like fake meat items.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene but need to be cooked in oil so use olive oil as that is a neutral oil.  Onions and garlic are great miracle foods.  Ginger is good and tumeric is great.  Tumeric has been shown to have many activities against cancer cells.  How much tumeric?  a teaspoon a day adding black pepper since that increases absorption 1000fold.  Mushrooms are another species, not plant nor animal.  All mushrooms must be cooked and they are antioxidants and immune enhancing.  Eat heavily pigmented fruit like blueberries and red grapes.  Eat food in Nature’s packaging as that is the best!  Jasmine and basmati rice are better than the others and millet and quinoa should be added to our diet.
5.  Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats
          He lives on salmon, a cold water fish.  Also he likes Omega 3 supplements.  I love salmon and now with Costco carrying it is easy to have every night of the week if we want.
6.   If alcohol is consumed limit amount to 2 drinks for men and 1 for women. Taking resveratol capsules maybe beneficial.  Green tea is very beneficial.  I consume 2 cups in the morning and try to get in 2 at night.
7.  limit salt intake
8.  don’t take supplements instead eat more of Nature’s packaging.  Although there are some classes of people that may benefit from supplements.  Frail elderly folks who consume small amounts of calories would be able to get the nutrients they need only in supplements.

Everyone of the recommendations we have all heard and most we abide by.  Of course not smoking is the top of the list.  Keeping thinner than you think was a recent eye opener for me.  Traveling to other poorer countries educates you as to how much us Americans eat and really you don’t need to eat that much.  If you eat and drink only high quality food products then you are leaps ahead.

Please comment on your own thoughts below.  We’d love to hear from you.  Thank you.

One Less Thing to Worry About

With a Mother, our Cancer Warrior who is fighting a terrible battle with a terminal illness, there are many things to be concerned with.  She continues to have problems that the growing cancer tumors cause along with a host of other problems.  One thing that we feel so fortunate to no longer worry about is what she is eating, or not eating for that matter.  With the super nutrition products we found for her it is so very easy to make a delicious shake in the morning, adding bananas or apples or any other fruit for increased taste benefit and also for additional nutritious benefit.  After she also has a small breakfast, when she can stomach something, then at lunchtime we make another shake for her. 

If she is not in the mood for more liquid I can make it with as little or as much liquid and ice as her mood fits.  I make two shakes each time as caregiving does wear me down and the nutrition benefit serves me as well.  I definitely have more energy and so am a better caregiver, daughter, and friend to my Mom as well as a wife, mother, athlete for myself and my family.  I feel very fortunate that we found this solution.

Also, my teenager daughter used to not ever eat breakfast before going off to school in the morning.  Now since she’s seen what the products have done for us AND she tasted it she now makes herself a shake each morning.  Boy do I smile whenever I hear the blender in the morning because I know I am doing the best I can to provide her with superior nutrition each and every morning.  And with very little effort on my part other than making sure I have enough product as well as bananas and peanut butter.

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GMO Foods and Us

I’ve been hearing a lot about genetically modified foods throughout all the past years of nutrition study with the Cancer Warrior.  Withover 85% of all corn, soybeans and cotton being GMO that translates into over 70% of processed foods containing GMO.  A number of studies have shown that GMO foods contribute to increased cancer rates among many other problems.  The government hasn’t done anything to control this growing concern although in Europe GMO foods have been banned from grocery store shelves. 

Download this booklet of GMO foods and take it with you when you got to the store.  Vote with your grocery dollars and we’ll get these frankenstein foods out of there quick.  Don’t forget to tell the manager that you are not buying this brand because it contains GMO food.

http://truefoodnow.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/web_new-ge-booklet.pdf

Here’s a link to the True Food Now website with more information.

http://truefoodnow.wordpress.com/campaigns/genetically-engineered-foods/