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Letters to a Friend, #3 April 24, 2009

Posted by mygiftofcancer in cancer, faith, Letters to a Friend, prayer, traditional herbal medicine, vegetarian.
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October 21, 2008

Dear L,

It’s such a blessing to be in touch with you at this time. I see it as more than a coincidence that we had lunch together this past summer and could connect on this very important issue. I do keep coming back to “A Cancer Battle Plan” and am so glad I have a copy.

However, as much as I’d like to say I’ve got it all figured out now, I’m still unsure of my best course of action eating-wise. I know that getting the results of the tissue analysis will help some, but I also expect the doctor who delivers that news will also be armed with the usual pharmaceutical options and I’m not interested in that route. At least, not now. I’ve read enough to give me hope in the body’s own ability to wipe out the cancer.

However, I have some major battles going on with my diet right now. For one thing, I can’t seem to get enough calories and continue to lose weight I can’t really afford to lose! I think it has to do with my lack of clarity regarding food combining. What exactly constitutes protein in a vegan diet? Right now, I’m not eating meat, fish, dairy or eggs, but I may add yogurt back in. Anyway, if we can combine vegetables with proteins and vegetables with grains, but not proteins with grains, does that mean proteins are seeds, nuts and legumes? And therefore I shouldn’t combine them with grains? Then there’s the ground flaxseed which I need to add to my diet somehow. Should I consider it a protein and not eat it with grains? And if I add yogurt back in, can I no longer eat it with oats, seeds and raisins? HELP!

With all my attempts to combine food right and major on live foods and keeping the alkaline/acid balance I’m stressing too much and not eating enough! Any advice?

I’ll try to summarize what I’m doing now:  (Some of what I was doing in October ’08, I am doing differently now, in April ’09 and some of my many questions and dilemmas about foods and food combining have since been resolved, thank the Lord!)

From wake-up to noon, I eat fruit, usually twice during that time and I’ve started adding Vit. C in the mornings, (working up to 4-5 grams at least 3 times a day, but now at about 2 grams X 3). In a week or so, I should receive the Kyo-green (purchased and sent by my sister-in-law’s sister in Seattle, who is also now taking it and very happy with the benefit to her compromised immune system–I’m so glad others can also benefit.) I’ll start taking that in the morning, too.

Around noon I drink carrot/beet juice every day. About 1/2 hour later, I have lunch with whatever supplements we’ve found here. That’s mainly Vit. C and E, Spirulina, cod liver oil, and since surgery, I’ve started taking gac oil again. (Gac oil is from a local “fruit” and has been used here and in China for centuries for its healing properties, but it was considered too “hot” a food to take when I was drinking the herbal tea.) I haven’t decided about going back to the herbal doctor, yet. Maybe I’ll wait until I get the results of the tissue analysis. (April ’09: I’m back on the herbal tea, but have now “graduated” from drinking it twice daily, to drinking it twice a day for two days then skipping two days, then drinking it again for the next two days. My doctor says my stomach, liver and kidneys are all doing much better! What an answer to prayer!) Then I will also know about soy products, I guess. I usually have salad and cooked veggies or veggy soup with potatoes or beans or rice.

I usually have about 3 Tbs of ground flaxseed added to some concoction of fresh and cooked vegetables. That’s a very boring flavor, by the way. That’s my other main dilemma–how to add flavor to all these veggies. I use some olive oil and apple cider vinegar on my salads, but worry about getting too much acid. I hardly use any other seasonings or flavorings and am steering clear of soy products, so my meals are not what I’m sure they could be if I knew what would be safe to add and how much, etc.

You said, “We did add flax seed oil to our salad dressings, but did not mix it with cottage cheese as she suggested as we had read a lot about the mucus that dairy products produce and how some people think cancer thrives on mucus. I think I would want to try that plan now, however, since I know more about it.” What do you think about dairy products? I’ve had yogurt every morning for years and really wouldn’t mind adding it back in for some variety if it would make it easier for my body to absorb the flaxseed oil from the ground flaxseed. And as I said above, I like it with oats. (J. brought back organic oats from Europe, but I haven’t eaten them because I don’t know how anymore! They were part of my breakfast routine, but now I only eat fruit for breakfast.)

For dinner, it’s usually some variation of lunch, actually, now that I think about it. And I add seeds to both meals. What do you think about all this? I’m willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary for good health, but I’d like to have a better handle on what is flexible and how to balance things out so I’m not stressing over food!!!

I’d like to start drinking green tea again, it’s full of antioxidants, but is it a no-no?

Another problem I have, a bit related to food, is that when I take in too much in the way of fluids (which can be very little in reality) at dinner, I wake up in the night to pee and can’t go back to sleep for a couple of hours. If I don’t have enough liquid with the flaxseed powder, it will clog my system, and I get thirsty! Woe is me!

What do you think about all these troubles I’m pouring out to you? Sound familiar or sound crazy? Sorry to burden you with this drama, but you happen to be the one person who made herself available who could actually be of some help on this complex subject! And I’m very thankful for you! I hope you don’t regret it now! Ha!

I’ll have to stop here in order to send this off. I actually started writing it 2 days ago, but just in bits and pieces. Today, I finally got time to finish it. So, thanks again for your offer to help. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a good day and don’t worry about me. Most of this is over dramatized. I’m fine and I’m sure this will all get sorted out sooner or later.

Lots of love,




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