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To Improve Creativity, Do This! August 21, 2009

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Here is a very interesting concept regarding our use of time, written by John Ortberg. It comes along at a most opportune time, as I’ve been really feeling the need to get away from everything and just didn’t know where to go, can’t really travel at the moment and have plenty to do right here anyway. But still, I feel like I need a vacation–a full retreat into a cool, lushly wooded fragrant forest with ferns all around and the feel of soft natural mulch underfoot. Oh it sounds so inviting!

When I’m afraid I’m spinning my wheels, going through the motions, doing what I need to do, but lacking the spiritual power that makes it all worthwhile, I know a change is needed. That’s how I’m feeling now. I’m missing that peace that comes when you know that every task was given the right balance of time, prayer and focus. Ever feel like that? (more…)

Alternative Cancer Therapy August 18, 2009

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a batch of herbsVIETNAMESE TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE

Here’s a batch of herbs carefully prepared as part of the prescription for my husband’s painful knee. After seeing my improvement and progress due to using herbal medicine to treat my breast cancer and other minor ailments, my husband was willing to try my Vietnamese herbal medicine doctor. Since he would be traveling in a couple of weeks, he needed to have his knee in good shape to be able to manage his heavy luggage and long walks at the airports, etc.

I took him for his first visit last Thursday morning and he began drinking the specially prepared tea that afternoon. Now, the following Tuesday, he says he can feel the improvement already. It seems likely that he’ll be physically ready for his trip–now he just needs to finish all his other preparations!

I’ve put together a page on my MY GIFT OF CANCER website (not my blog here on WordPress) (https://sites.google.com/site/mygiftofcancer/home) Google Sites with photos and a description of a usual trip to this type of doctor, what happens, what you see (and smell) and a bit about the preparation of the herbal tea at home. Check out the article here.

Traditional Herbal Medicine–Pro’s and Con’s August 16, 2009

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Interesting development–the swelling in the corner of my eye turned out to also be a boil. Very strange for me, as I’ve never had this type of skin affliction, at least not as far as I can remember. But it was the 4th problem that had developed in a short time. The two weeks prior had seen mostly nights of broken sleep and some nearly sleepless nights. That seemed to result in a sore throat and runny nose–a 3-4 day cold. Just when my nose was drying up and the skin still tender, the boil started developing on the end of my nose. Then, as that was shrinking and my embarrassment over the bright red bulb was also in decline, lo and behold, the sensitive spot in the corner of my eye was growing more painful and swelling noticeably. (I was afraid people would think I’d been given a black-eye in a fight!)

What was going on???

There was a connection between these 4 events, but I just didn’t see it. (more…)

Raw Honey and Turmeric to the Rescue! August 12, 2009

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Thought  you might be interested–honey and turmeric seemed to work just fine to shrink my boil and it’s now the size of a fading pimple–no swelling, no redness, no pain or tenderness! It took about a day and a half. I used raw, unfiltered, non-heat-treated mountain honey from Sapa, Vietnam mixed with powdered turmeric to make a paste and applied it to the boil. I covered the goo with a tiny bit of tissue to keep from accidentally touching anything to the potently colorful mixture and thereby reducing the chances of staining clothes, etc. The two nights I used the paste, I also covered the area (on my nose!) with a band-aid to avoid disturbing it or messing up my linens while I slept. (more…)

Oh no! A Boil! August 9, 2009

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What’s the most prominent and humbling place you can think of, where you really wouldn’t want to get a big, red, ugly painful boil? In my opinion, that would be the end of my nose. And yes, that’s where it sits, as I write.

I’ve never been particularly fond of my nose, though there’s really nothing about it to make me complain. In fact, I guess I’ve gotten used to it and haven’t complained about it and its plainness since my youth, but suddenly it’s hard to keep my attention off it. These last few days, I’ve been frequently pulling out my mirror and checking its size, shape and hue, and watching the development of the nasty boil on the end of it. (more…)

Watch Out for “Chemo Brain”! August 8, 2009

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As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to want to avoid chemotherapy–now they tell us that it can also cause “prolonged effects” with memory and concentration problems known as “chemo brain.” It is medically termed “chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment.”

Some researchers are finding that there might even be a connection between chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes and DNA damage in breast cancer survivors.

More confirmation for me that I made the right choice to skip radiation and chemotherapy (and especially hormone therapy–see my previous blog on this point here) after my breast cancer surgery. (more…)

Why Don’t I Trust Pharmaceutical Companies? August 7, 2009

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Of course I’ve read, heard, and experienced plenty to make me doubt that pharmaceutical companies have our best interests in mind when they develop new medicines, but this little revelation (below) certainly confirms that all they care about, their bottom line, is profit. And, sadly, they will go to any lengths to deceive the public (as well as the medical profession!) into using their products. (And yes, I’m still angry with the big chemical producers–Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and others–the big pharma’s parent companies (more…)