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Vindication! “Is Sugar Toxic?” April 15, 2011

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This is a very long article from NY Times Magazine, but well worth reading if you’d like to understand Gary Taubes’ connection between sugar and cancer. I, personally, am a believer–as you would already know if you’ve read even a few of my posts. In my personal battle against breast cancer, I read and researched the topic endlessly to try to understand the cause of my cancer, as I didn’t fit the typical picture of most cancer victims: I wasn’t overweight, (more…)

Amazing Wild Elephant Behavior! December 24, 2009

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This is quite amazing:

Elephants attack in Orissa after exactly one year of persecutions
Fr. Sunil De Silva, Archdiocese of Colombo, 09.12.2009
In July 2008 a severe persecution of Christians broke out in the Indian state of Orissa. A 22 year old nun was burnt to death when angry mobs burnt down an orphanage in Khuntpali village in Barhgarh district, another nun was gang raped in Kandhamal, mobs attacked churches, torched vehicles, houses of Christians were destroyed, and Fr. Thomas Chellen, director of the pastoral center that was destroyed with a bomb, had a narrow escape after a Hindu mob nearly set him on fire. The end result saw more than 500 Christians murdered, and thousands of others injured and homeless after their houses were reduced to ashes. (more…)

Is Sugar a Poison? December 6, 2009

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I just can’t resist this topic! Sugar used to be my happiness, but now I know it was destroying me. Here’s another blog post on the subject:

As many folks around the world fight the battle of the “bulge” and obesity along with the plethora of diseases that go with it, it’s good to know that there are solutions. If one is truly concerned about their health, here’s one item that, if avoided, would likely radically improve their health and reduce their weight at the same time: refined sugar. Most of us already know this. From childhood we were told to limit our sugar intake. Even though we know we shouldn’t eat as much sugar as we do (“did” in my case, as I cut it out over a year ago) the hardest part (even if we  really want to limit our sugar intake) is exercising the will power. If you know it is negatively affecting your health and you got a really good scare or two (breast cancer, in my case), these two factors combined can give you quite a bit of strength to resist the temptations to eat things sweeten with refined sugar. (more…)

Sugar–Again! November 5, 2009

Posted by mygiftofcancer in breast cancer, cancer, faith, health, healthy living, mastectomy, sugar, traditional herbal medicine.
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I knew it! Finally I see it in black and white: In the article below, Dr. Maoshing Ni gives more evidence that sugar is a major culprit in the development of breast cancer: ” Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet.
I have felt so much healthier since I kicked the sugar habit! It isn’t exactly a subtle difference, but of course eliminating sugar wasn’t the only change I made, so I haven’t followed the usual scientific method in making this claim, but there’s a lot of evidence pointing to sugar as a major factor in the development of many health problems, including cancer. (more…)

To Cut or Not to Cut (and how deep!) April 25, 2009

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Sorry–I must have been tired! I just realized the last 2 posts of my email exchanges with L. got posted too soon, so I thought I’d better explain something major(!) that took place earlier in October…my decision regarding surgery!

I visited a Vietnamese doctor who specializes in internal medicine, specifically stomach problems. He had helped me with my viral gastritis at the end of 2006 and when my husband asked his advice in April 2008 about a lymphoma on his back, he offered to do the surgery, which went very well. We’ve known him for some time, so asked his advice about the breast cancer. (more…)

Letters to a Friend, #3 April 24, 2009

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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. (more…)

Letters to a Friend, #2 April 22, 2009

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October 4, 2008

Dear L,

Thank you so much for your very helpful response to my news. Since I’ve continued with my usual schedule, what time I have left I often use for research and study. Because of my strong faith in Jesus, I don’t worry about the outcome, but have focused on doing all I can to get my body up to optimum health, so it can destroy this invader. So far, through trial and error and stumbling around a whole lot, I’m nearing the point of settling into a regimen I’m comfortable with–for now, anyway.

We’ve had a good juicer for a year and a half–since J’s first juice fast in years, last February. We often have carrot juice, but were mainly intent then on getting all the antioxidants we could, not knowing anything about food combining and my cancer. We’d heard about not eating fruit after meals, but hadn’t strictly adhered to the principle. (more…)

Is God good? April 13, 2009

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By Greg Laurie, April 11, 2009 (A wonderful message. Thank you, Mr. Laurie)

“God is good. …” We hear this statement usually in conjunction with good news or at a celebration of some kind. Also, the Bible tells us again and again that God is good. Psalm 34:8 invites us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” and 1 Chronicles 16:34, as well as a number of psalms, tells us to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” (NIV)

So God is good. And when the Bible says “good,” it means that God is the final standard of good. All that God is and does is worthy of approval. God determines what is good, and he also tells us what is bad.

But it also begs the question: What is good? It is easy to say that God is good until something bad happens, and then we wonder whether God is good. (more…)

Letters to my Family, #3 April 7, 2009

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#3

25 September 2008

Dear Mom and Dad,

Hi! It’s me again. J. just came back yesterday afternoon and we finally got a few minutes to pray together about things. I still have a busy schedule and he has to also jump right into things here (in spite of jetlag and radical change in climate!) So, for now, I thought I could at least let you know where things are at with my short-term plans.

As I mentioned before, I’ve begun drinking a herbal tea to help build up my stomach, kidneys and liver as it seems they are weak. This part of my plan, (if not exactly this method) fits (more…)

Letters to my Family, #2 April 6, 2009

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#2

22 September 2008

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thanks for your love, concern and generosity, as always. You are welcome to let others know at anytime. I mentioned that in my first letter as I thought you might receive it Sunday morning and would meet people at church whom you might want to tell. I figure the more people who know, means the more prayer power and that’s my first line of defense/attack. Even the unbelieving French doctor (more…)