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“The Shack” a must-read! (Post edited June 3, 2009) May 24, 2009

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I’ve got to confess, I’ve never read a book before that had me so in its grip mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I couldn’t put it down! I’ve just finished it and am already looking forward to starting my second reading. I marked so many pages for reviewing and studying more deeply, but right now, I just feel so high and so free!

I’m definitely picky about my reading material and don’t feel I have a lot of free time for recreational reading and usually limit it to old classics I should have read in my youth. So, I didn’t expect it to live up to the hype, but  The Shack by William P. Young, completely enthralled me. I highly recommend it!

Read a review by Gordon MacDonald, of Leadership Journal: (more…)

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Two Doctors’ Articles for Prevention and Healing of Cancer May 20, 2009

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In “The Budwig Cancer Diet–What it Does“, you can read about Dr. Johanna Budwig’s diet for healing someone with cancer. It leans heavily on a mixture of flaxseed oil and quark (or cottage cheese). I’ve posted some information about it in the section “Interesting health articles from others” along with Dr. David Sevan-Schreiber’s very good article called “We can stop the cancer epidemic.”

Please take some time to read these articles, especially the latter, which is also shorter and easier reading.  Thanks! Have a great day!

“Sitting? and Aging?” May 16, 2009

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Two new articles have been added. Don’t miss them! One is “Just Say No to Aging?” and the other is “Some News You Don’t Want to Take Sitting Down”

No Salt, Please! May 11, 2009

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I just found out that my mother (89) has congestive heart failure and was hospitalized a few days ago because of her extremely high blood pressure (over 200). We have a history of high blood pressure on her side of the family (oddly enough, my father has low blood pressure!) and she has always tried to eat a low sodium diet, but recently her doctor has urged her to try to do even better.

Here in Vietnam, my traditional Vietnamese medicine doctor has also told me to keep my salt intake low, to make it easy for my heart, liver and blood. So, I started to do a bit of research on “how-to”.

Since my cancer diagnosis and subsequently switching to a more-or-less vegan diet, I thought I’d removed most salt from my diet already. We almost never have any processed foods or eat in restaurants, so the worst culprits have no power over us! (more…)

Happy Mother’s Day! May 10, 2009

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Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby……….

Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “Normal,” is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct…

Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring……

Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.  (more…)

Reply from L. #4 May 9, 2009

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(An earlier post had the same title, but that one is now changed. It was actually a response to a message I sent to all my family and friends. This is a reply to my fourth letter to her personally.)

Hi _____________,

I think it is absolutely right to use the diet now to grab any stray cancer cells and keep your immune system strong.  It is great that J. is interested in trying the same diet–it makes it so much easier when you have that kind of support.

Yes, I think it is best not to drink near meals.  I think D. drank juices three times a day or so, and at least one of those juices had kale and some kind of green power (like kyogreen or spirulina) in it.

I think you probably have to eat potatoes to help you keep from losing weight. (more…)

Living Well on Live Foods May 8, 2009

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Back to the details of my personal method and attack plan for fighting breast cancer:

In hindsight, I can see the progress I made in the first weeks after diagnosis a little more objectively, but at the time, I was often really floundering around. I thank God for the many years I spent reading His Word and doing my best to obey it, because that is what has given me faith to trust Him even in my confusion. My letters to my parents sound quite upbeat, which was how I felt when writing them, but when I wrote to my friend, L., more of my frustrations were exposed. Cancer has that weird effect on people—it makes you want to panic. My case wasn’t even so advanced, for which I was and am thankful, but it is still that “c-word”. You want to somehow run away from it, but you can’t. (more…)

I’m a What? A Kidney Person? May 6, 2009

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On a recent visit to my Vietnamese traditional medicine doctor, who prescribed the herbal teas I’ve been drinking for 8 months now, he explained a little about my body type and how to improve my health through avoiding certain foods and the time and type of exercise I should do.

Although he mainly emphasized that I’m a “kidney person” and my kidneys tend to be weak and too cold, his advice extended to my blood (too hot) and liver (weak, maybe also hot, I can’t remember.) These things have been out of balance in my system and need my cooperation to keep them in balance. (more…)

Beans are Making a Comeback! May 3, 2009

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Check out a great article from the Mayo Clinic called: “Beans and other legumes: Types and tasty tips”. Beans are cheap and nutritious and can be served many different ways. They’re great for providing protein for a vegetarian (or just shoestring-budget) diet. I’ve got lots more vegetarian tips coming. Stay tuned!

Vegetarian? May 1, 2009

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I’m reviewing and researching more about vegetarianism as some time has passed since I eliminated meat, milk and eggs from my diet and I’m sometimes tempted to worry that I’m not getting all I need to stay healthy.

Over the last few years I’ve collected many useful articles on how to eat, exercise, sleep and live well to stay healthy. Specifically on the topic of diet, I’ve noticed a trend towards emphasizing fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes and endless warnings against sugar, processed foods and red meat. So, I’ll start adding more of these very helpful articles to my pages under the heading of “interesting health articles from others”. (more…)