Category Archives: Cancer Protocols

This is a listing of different cancer protocols that you may be interested in looking into.

The Budwig Protocol…

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What is the Budwig Protocol?  It is a cancer protocol that was developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig (1908 – 2003), a German pharmacologist, chemist and physicist with a doctorate in physics. In the 1950s she developed a specific recipe of cottage cheese, or as she called it, “quark” and organic flaxseed oil. Specific quantities are blended together until the two products become “one.” Dr Budwig discovered that the chemical reaction produced at that point made the oil “water-soluble,” which becomes more easily absorbed into the cell membrane.  This would normally be administered daily, along with other dietary changes/restrictions like no animal fats, no low-grade vegetable oils, no meat, no butter or margarine, and no sugar.  Like other programs that emphasize eating foods in their natural state, the basic rule with the Budwig diet is “If God made it, then its fine!”

Does this protocol work on other conditions?  Along with working to heal persons with cancer, they report at the Budwig Center that the Budwig diet has been successfully helping people with arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes, blood pressure issues, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, psoriasis, eczema, acne and other chronic conditions.  To be honest, when I was sick I never knew or cared about other conditions that her protocol cured.  I was only in my little “bubble” of fear and anxiety.  What I have learned since that time, is that Dr. Budwig has said in her books that her healing plan works on “improving the overall cells of the body.”  It does not matter where the diseased cells are located, or even what name is given to your illness, because the Budwig program addresses the basic cause of the illness in the first place. Personally, I do not find this unreasonable sounding at all! She just seemed like a really great woman, and doctor, and I am truly sorry that I never got to tell her how much “I” appreciated her protocol during my time of crisis.

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The directions for the basic protocol are as follows:

  1. 2 Tbsp of freshly ground flaxseeds, ground in a coffee grinder.  NOTE: Do not use already ground flaxseeds, as they will be rancid! ALSO, make sure that you eat your flaxseeds within 20 minutes of grinding, or they will not work!
  2. Mix the flaxseeds with 1 tsp of raw, unpasteurized honey.  I just mix it with a spoon, in a cereal bowl.
  3. For every 1 Tbsp of flaxseed oil, you need 2 Tbsp of low-fat cottage cheese. Mix 2-3 Tbsp of organic flaxseed oil and 4-6 Tbsp of low-fat, organic cottage cheese together using a hand-held immersion blender. It mixes best when you add 1-2 Tbsp of milk, as the mixture is too thick otherwise.  REMEMBER: It is adequately mixed when everything is of equal consistency and there are no strands of oil showing, and no clumps of cottage cheese.  NOTE:  The cottage cheese MUST have some fat in it, so do not buy fat-free or it will not work correctly.
  4. Dr. Budwig encouraged people to add fresh fruit or unsweetened applesauce, along with some cinnamon to make it taste better. NOTE:  I cannot eat the mixture by itself because it is too oily for me to stomach, so I turn it into a parfait each time.  I layer it in the cereal bowl, with the honey/flaxseed mixture on the bottom; then I add 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh fruit (peaches, strawberries and blueberries is my favorite!). Over this, I pour the cottage cheese/oil emulsion; and then I top it all off with ground cinnamon, walnuts and sometimes I add some dried cranberries. It’s delicious!
  5. Eat it within 20 minutes, as the cancer-fighting properties will expire. ALSO: Flaxseed oil has an expiration date and MUST be kept in the refrigerator.  Any other oil will not work!

How often do I eat the mixture? Dr. Budwig would say that you should eat it a minimum of one time per day, and encouraged ill patients to have it two times per day. I ate this every morning as a healthy breakfast.  Now, post-cancer, I still have it; although, I do not have it every day.

How much does this cost?  Literally pennies a day.  The oil is the most expensive thing, and can cost you $20-$30 for a bottle at health food stores.

Why is this not talked about by doctors?  This is one of those crazy cancer stories that gets deliberately distorted by people who are in the mainstream medical profession.  For as many “good” testimonials that you find on-line, you can find an equal amount of negative ones.  It is widely known that Dr. Budwig met with many doctors, to discuss her findings, but they only wanted to be involved if they could turn it into a profitable business venture. This goes against everything that Dr. Budwig stood for.

Where can I learn more about this?  I have listed a few links that you can check out below, but feel free to go on-line and do some research yourself. Dr. Budwig wrote several books that can educate you further about her cancer protocols, which also were helpful for other disease conditions.  Also, I have a link to a Youtube video that will walk you through the entire history of her analysis of disease, what causes it, and what she recommends to cure it.

Flax seeds and uses

For more information, please feel free to check out the links below:

http://www.budwigcenter.com/johanna-budwig-biography/#.VNAJytLF_Sg

http://www.cancertutor.com/budwig/

http://www.amazon.com/Johanna-Budwig/e/B003Q1L2H0

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Reducing Sugar Immediately…

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images (22)So what’s the deal with sugar? For me, the biggest change that I made when I found out I had cancer was to stop eating foods with sugar in them.  Somewhere along the line, I learned that “sugar feeds cancer,” but it wasn’t from my doctor.  I learned about it after reading books on nutrition and how it can be used to heal from cancer.  Armed with that knowledge, I began a crusade of eliminating sugar from my diet. When I was in the middle of my Lymphoma struggle, I really had no problem with this.  My goal was to stay alive for my family, so this was an easy battle to me.  It only became a problem afterwards, when I was healthy.  Then I found it to be hard…really, really hard!  On one hand, you are so happy to be alive; and on the other hand, you can’t believe that you can’t eat as many chocolate chip cookies and ice cream as you want!  It is a constant thought that I have…not obsessive, mind you; it is more of a general “awareness” that I have.  I now pay more attention to high-carb or sugary-laden anything, and I don’t just ingest it “willy nilly,” like I did when I didn’t know better.

What’s the background on sugar?  Glucose, more commonly called sugar, is an important energy source that is needed by all the cells and organs of our bodies. Glucose comes from all the different foods that we eat. Carbohydrates such as fruit, breads, pasta, and cereals are all common sources of glucose. These foods are broken down into sugar in our stomachs, and then absorbed into the bloodstream.

An increasing number of medical scientists, along with many alternative practitioners, have learned that the most logical, effective, safe, necessary, and inexpensive way to treat cancer is to cut off the supply of its food (glucose) to tumors and cancer cells. The selective starvation of tumors, by modifying one’s diet, is one of the principle forms of therapy that many cancer patients are using to increase their chances of survival.

Ways to decrease sugar in your diet are varied, and some are easier than others.  For some people, it means that they will no longer eat any sugary-laden sweets or drink sodas and other sugary beverages.  For others, it might mean that they are going to stop eating all the sugary foods and beverages that they used to enjoy, but they also plan to decrease the amounts of fruits that they eat and increase their consumption of vegetables and lean sources of protein.  On the other end of that spectrum is the Ketogenic Diet, where you are in a constant state of ketosis all the time.

Ketosis is when your body doesn’t have enough glucose available to use as energy, so it switches into a state where molecules called ketones are generated during fat metabolism.  All cells, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. If you deprive them of glucose, they switch to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies.  The interesting thing about how it relates to cancer is that cancer cells have a defect that prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel. Since all other cells use glucose or ketone bodies, this diet starves cancer of their glucose…their fuel.

The Ketogenic Diet consists of almost no carbohydrates, but includes lots of natural proteins and fats.  The diet focuses on clean eating, with no sugars, salts and chemicals.  Meats are in their natural form, and are not processed like cold cuts and hot dogs.

So what can I do about my sugar intake?   Many experts are starting to realize that we need to take a more holistic, long-term approach to cancer, and to pay closer attention to the overall health of patients suffering from disease. Getting to the root of underlying health issues like obesity, unbalanced hormones, chronic stress, and inflammation of all sorts can cause a body to get out of homeostasis.  Using proven strategies such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, and targeted supplements can reduce inflammation and boost immunity, which can reduce the risk of cancer.

Common sense says that it is advisable to find a balanced way to approach sugar consumption and your own health. Exercise, eating a healthy diet, taking vitamins and supplements, and learning about how to reduce stress and inflammation are all positive changes you can start to make immediately.  If you do not know where to begin, you may want to start with your doctor or naturopath to get some lab tests done to help you see where you are on the health spectrum.

In closing, reducing sugar is good for reducing weight and eliminating other risk factors associated with negative health.  That being said, it obviously would seem to be one of those good things to do for “you!”  .

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Check out these links to learn more about this subject:

http://drsircus.com/medicine/cancer/sugar-cancer-growth-research

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/december/starving-cancer-ketogenic-diet-a-key-to-recovery/

lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/KetogenicDiets/a/What-Is-A-Ketogenic-Diet.htm

https://experiencelife.com/article/integrative-oncology-a-healthier-way-to-fight-cancer/

Laetrile…

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images (20)What is Laetrile?  Laetrile therapy, also know as amygdalin or Vitamin B17, is a very well known alternative treatment for cancer, and is used more commonly in other countries. Laetrile works by targeting and killing cancer cells, leaving healthy cells alone.  People who use Laetrile will often use other protocols, and typically include changes in diet and an increase in supplements that rebuild the immune system.

Where do I find Laetrile?  One of the highest concentrations of B-17 is found in raw apricot and peach seeds, also called their “kernels,” but it can also be found in many everyday fruits that we commonly eat (apples, cherries, nectarines, plums, and berries).  Also, you can find amounts of laetrile in sprouts, nuts, wheat grass, and flax seeds. Laetrile seeds can easily be purchased online, but you may have to search around a bit to find oral or intravenous laetrile.

Do I eat the pit?  Um…kind of!  Most people never even get to the inside of fruit pits and seeds, as they typically get thrown away when we eat the fleshy part of the fruit. Just for fun, take your pit outside and smack it with a hammer some time. The kernel is located within the pit, and it looks just like an almond. The taste is bitter and rather unpleasant; but, then again,cancer is no picnic either!

Aren’t these seeds poisonous?  Did you ever here the old wives tale of “Don’t eat the seeds inside an apple…you might die!”  Interestingly, the rate of cancer in the parts of the world where people are still eating the seeds of these fruits is almost non-existent. In fact, for centuries we we would routinely eat the bits and pieces of the pits when we ate homemade jellies and jams. Also, it was much more common for us to eat nutritious breads that were made with millet and flax seeds, both grains which are not even heard of by many Americans. If you are interested, these grains are available online and in health food stores, and you can find pits available in your natural fruits. Also of interest, there has never been a case of anybody being poisoned by the amygdalin found in these natural sources, but you can sure find cases of people being poisoned by many over-the-counter and prescription medications.

What is the protocol for cancer?  Along with a healthy, organic diet and a severe reduction in consuming sugar, a typical protocol for laetrile is to start by grinding up and ingesting smaller amounts of the seeds, then working your way up to 10, 20 and, sometimes, even 30 per day. Explore a reputable website that you feel comfortable with, and work to find an amount that seems appropriate for your specific type of cancer. Afterwards, you may want to continue on a maintenance program of 5-6 seeds per day.

How would I know if I have ingested too many? You will experience symptoms that include nausea, dizziness, or headaches.

If Laetrile works, why aren’t doctors already giving it to us?  Like all the other “funny” little issues about alternative ways to fight cancer, it is made from a natural ingredient, so it cannot be patented. If there is no way that big pharmaceuticals can make money off of it, then they do not want it on the market to compete with their supposedly “state-of-the-art” medicines. There is a pretty extensive history of how this has been covered up by the FDA, so feel free to read to your heart’s desire.  Please note, there has never been a case of anyone dying from B17, even though you will find stories, rumors and cover-ups that make reference to it.

What do I do next?  If you like what you have learned, then perhaps you should explore the links below.  Laetrile can be used with other alternative protocols and mainstream treatments. Bulk supplies of these seeds cannot be purchased at stores in the United States, but you can find reputable sources by looking online.  It is important that you find seeds that are organic. Always know that your own health and wellness can be obtained using common sense strategies for improving your immune system, eating a diet that is primarily raw, and increasing your vitamins and supplements.

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Please check out the following links to learn more:

“A World Without Cancer”  Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m18y3keyNjY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytCp5v4d8VI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyvSmhrlJwE

http://www.oasisofhope.com/laetrile-therapy.php

http://www.cancertutor.com/laetrile/

http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/b17-laetrile-alternative-cancer-treatment-suppressed-50-years/

http://www.naturalnews.com/031336_laetrile_cancer_cells.html

http://www.vitaminb17.org/is_cancer_merely_a_vitamin_deficiency.htm

http://www.anticancerinfo.co.uk/b17_therapy.html

http://www.rawapricotseeds.com/vitamin-b17.html

http://www.asianhealthsecrets.com/vitamin-b17-apricot-kernals-anyone/

http://www.naturalnews.com/031336_laetrile_cancer_cells.html#ixzz3QXBZaLCa

Essiac Tea…

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download (4)Essiac Tea…unless you have cancer, or know of somebody who has cancer, it is not on the radar of the average American consumer.  Upon searching for this exciting cancer option, you will find that some health food stores will carry it as a stock item; and it would most likely be found in the area where they might have all their loose teas at.  I found it on-line, which I suspect is common for most people.  The name Essiac comes from Rene Caisse, who was a nurse from Canada who made it her mission to educate people about the amazing tea that cured cancer.  The name Essiac is actually her last name spelled backwards, and it is reported that she got the recipe when she worked at Haileybury Hospital. There, an elderly woman informed Rene that she had cured herself of breast cancer years earlier, and it was an old recipe that the woman had learned from Indians in the region.  Rene died in 1978 at the age of 90, and it is reported that she took no money for this cure.  This sounds positively old-fashioned and quaint, especially since we seem to be living in this “get rich, quick” age!

Essiac Tea consists of four main herbs (Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm inner bark, and Indian Rhubarb Root).  These are all native plants that grow in the wilderness of Ontario, Canada.  The Sheep Sorrel and the Burdock Root are the two main ingredients that target the cancer, and the Slippery Elm and Indian Rhubarb Root work to rebuild the weakened immune system. All of the Essiac herbs are good sources of vitamins and minerals, and each of them contains antioxidants.  Antioxidants, as you already know, are known to protect against cell damage caused by free radicals.

The original formula is believed to have its roots from the native Canadian Ojibway Indians.  It is reported that when Rene was treating patients, she would make the tea herself and then have it to her customers within 48 hours. Nowadays, when you order Essiac Tea by mail, these herbs may be several months old. There are many versions of Essiac Tea for sale, but they are not all the same. Teas that have different ingredients, or more than the four ingredients are not the true Essiac Tea, but I will not tell you that they are bad for you; you should look into it further to determine if you are comfortable with the extra herbs and the manufacturer.  It is advisable to obtain Essiac Tea from a business that you can trust, and who can guaranty that the ingredients are organic.  Do not buy inexpensive versions of Essiac Tea, as you are most likely getting a lower grade product.

Making Essiac Tea is a very specific process.  It is advised that you not use plastic or aluminum utensils, cooking pans or any container that you store the finished product in.  There is a protocol for drinking the tea and for its storage. Contamination can occur, so you must read about the entire process before you follow along with this treatment protocol.

Essiac Tea is not advisable for pregnant or nursing women, people trying to conceive, nor has it been tested on children.  There are risks associated with using it with specific diseases and cancers, so I will post a link to a website that can go over more information about that. It is advisable that you research Essiac Tea before purchasing it, and that you read through your instructions before making it.  

My experience with Essiac is through purchasing the organic bulk tea at Starwest Botanicals.  I found the procedure of making the tea and of drinking it not overwhelming.  It is very “earthy” smelling, and looks just like you took a big scoop out of the bottom of a dirty pond.  Other than that, I did not have any problems with storage or spoilage.

Please read more about Essiac Tea at the following sites:

http://www.cancertutor.com/essiac/

http://www.essiacinfo.org/

http://www.cancertutor.com/essiac_warnings/

http://essiacfacts.com/#how-do-i-prepare-essiac-tea

http://www.essiacinfo.org/caisse_pop_4.htm

Juicing…

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How many times a week do you stop and get convenience food for you or someone in your family? We live in such a fast paced, hectic world, where we run from one place to another, sacrificing our health, and those we love dearest, because we don’t have time to stop off at home and eat a good meal. Do you find yourself cutting food corners because you are too busy running your kids from piano lessons to soccer, or to baseball? Is your work preventing you from eating a healthy, well-balanced meal? Maybe you eat out at lunch every day, or you quick grab a soda and a candy bar from the vending machine, vowing to eat something healthier later.  Your body is probably screaming out to be fed something nutritious and you didn’t even know it.

What if I were to tell you about a wonderful way that you could start to increase your fruits and vegetables, starting immediately?   The beauty of this healthy tip that I want to tell you about, is that it is so easy to incorporate into your lifestyle…anyone can do it!  What you put into your body is one of the most important things in the battle to fight and prevent cancer.  Too often, the prepackaged stuff that we call “food” is not supporting our bodies in a way that encourages them to heal themselves.  Many of us don’t even know that we are deficient in the basic nutrients that our bodies need.  One of the biggest things to learn about cancer is that it’s anaerobic, which means that it only lives where there is little or no oxygen.  Exercise can get your blood moving and increase your oxygen, but another way to do this is to start juicing, daily if possible.

You might be asking yourself, “But isn’t this difficult?”  I’m here to tell you that it is one of the simplest things that you can do and you will start to feel better immediately.  For your information, juicing can be as complicated, or as easy, as you would like it to be.  I first started juicing  when I purchased my Jack Lalane juicer, which I still use and really enjoy.  At the time, it was about $130 and it is fairly simple to use.  I learned that kale and dark greens were full of oxygen, so I started with that as my main focus, and then I included apples, berries, carrots, beets (and their greens), ginger root, etc.  Whatever I had on hand was what I put into the juicer, and I loved the flexibility of coming up with fun and interesting recipes.  Unfortunately, sometimes I do not  care for the mess of the machine, which always is a small production to clean.

After I did that for a while, my sister told me of this wonderful book called Green for Life (I put a link at the end of this page)It went over all the details for blending greens in your kitchen blender, as well as educating me on all the wonderful ways that you could make beverages that tickled the taste buds of anyone.  Plus, it was so much easier than the other one that I became a blender-juicing addict, and now I almost always make it a part of my daily routine.

Juicing in your blender is such an easy way to enrich your body with the most oxygenated foods that feed your body, fight off cancer and help clear out your digestive system.  The basic recipe is that you fill your blender up with two cups of water, then you add a handful or two of good greens (my favorite is kale, but I’ll take spinach, romaine, arugula, etc.) and blend it till it’s liquified.  Then, you just add whatever else you like.  I like the flavor of citrus, so I usually throw in a grapefruit, orange, or lemon, and then I might add some berries, a cored apple, or a banana.  Then you blend it all up so that it is incorporated as well as possible and drink up throughout the day.  The book says that you can use the same batch all throughout the next day, but the nutritional value starts to diminish and it isn’t as potent, so I always try to drink it up on the first day.

Each morning I make a full blender of “sludge,” which is my affectionate name for this green concoction.  It’ very green and looks like you could probably feed it to cattle, which often gets strange looks from my co-workers and family members.  I drink at least one cup of it while I’m getting ready to go to work, and then I take along a good sized bottle full of it with me, so I can drink it throughout the day.  Sometimes I leave the remainder in the blender pitcher at home and then I drink it up when I get home.  It’s a healthy pick-me-up treat that gives me lots of energy.  Plus, I absolutely love” the taste of it!   As soon as I drink it up, I know that it’s getting into my cells and storming around, kicking out anything that shouldn’t be there.  I almost can see the sludge coursing through my body, setting the foundation for some serious anti-cancer butt-kicking!

Sometimes, just for added nutrition, I’ll add a teaspoon of turmeric (circumin) to the drink, along with a shake of black pepper(see my link at the end of this page). Turmeric has a host of wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits that will only add to your health experience.  It is one of those spices have been known to assist with fighting cancer, and I make a point of having it several times a day in my juice and in my teas. I’m a six-year survivor, and I have no intention of ever going down that frightening path again. If mixing a little Turmeric into my morning “sludge” is going to help me out, then believe me, I’m going to do it. Plus, if you combine it with a healthy fat and some ground black pepper, it increases the healing properties by several hundred times. That’s a massive “big plus” for me!

Other things that I like to add to my blender or juiced beverages are Aloe Vera Juice, psyllium hulls, flax and/or chia seeds, and flax seed oil.  While I’m drinking it up, I’m also downing my early morning vitamin regimen, which makes me feel like a million bucks too!

If you don’t have a juicer, you can get by with using your blender.  Just remember that a blender cannot juice things like beets and carrots, as they will probably break it.  You can find a nicer mixer that will do that, but the cost does go up several hundred dollars.  Make it a point to pick up some greens at the supermarket and start going on the offensive with your prevention and recovery.  If you can, get organic produce over the rest.  Better yet, grow your own, or get yourself down to your local farmers market if you have one.

Much love.

Green for life

The benefits of turmeric 

Crazy Sexy Life, the benefits of juicing 

Kick Cancer in the butt with green juice!