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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…)

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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…)

Sugar’s the Main Villain in My Book October 8, 2009

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It’s hard to believe that I’m writing about sugar again, after several earlier posts and more-or-less promising I’d leave the subject alone. I suspected that many of you were tired of hearing about it. But I was happy to read 2 more confirmation recently that there are still plenty of people out there who firmly believe that sugar (especially large amounts of it) is to be avoided if one wants to stay healthy.

As I mentioned before, I have a voracious sweet tooth when I indulge it, and I did indulge it when I was young. However, I cut back considerably during most of my adult years, but until quite recently could still easily binge when temptation overtook me. Apparently, according to my herbal doctor, it took its toll on my body in more ways than one. (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 my Family, #3 April 7, 2009

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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, #1 April 5, 2009

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Before I continue with my challenge of how to adjust my diet to defeat the cancer, I thought I’d include some of the communications I sent to my family and friends. It’s personal, but summarizes how I was feeling and thinking at the time. Here’s the first letter written when I first knew I had cancer.

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21 September 2008

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Names of some herbs used to fight cancer April 2, 2009

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It’s taken me much longer than I expected, to get the Vietnamese names translated first into Latin and then into common terms and then to get some idea of what each is supposed to do. Of course, these are just a few of the many herbs in my concoction, but I thought it might be interesting to those of you who have faith that looking to what’s available in nature is generally far safer and wiser than relying totally on chemicals combined in a laboratory somewhere by folks working for big, rich companies run by people more interested in finding ways to profit from human illnesses than in seeing those diseases actually disappear. Lord help us all! (more…)

Traditional Vietnamese Herbal Medicine March 30, 2009

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I’d like to state here for the record that this tea is not like anything you can buy off the shelf in a health food store. I have enjoyed all manner of herbal teas for years and most likely also benefitted from their natural properties, but this is totally different. Herbs are chosen because of their individual properties and/or for their synergistic effect when cooked with the entire concoction. The taste is unique to each batch’s recipe, of course depending on the ingredients. I actually have two separate batches which are prepared and drunk on alternating days. (more…)

The Research Continues March 28, 2009

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Even though much of my time was occupied by our volunteer projects and prior commitments, it seemed the rest of my waking hours were mostly dedicated to reading everything I could find on how to cure cancer naturally.
I began to apply the guidelines in “A Cancer Battle Plan” as best as I could, but found it wasn’t as straight forward as it looked. Mainly, because I didn’t have a nutritionist or any other professional to advise me and in my zeal to get everything right, I put myself under too much pressure. (more…)