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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…)

Sugar–Again! November 5, 2009

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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…)

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…)

Chapter 13, More Questions for L. July 20, 2009

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March 2, 2009

Dear L,

It’s hard to believe that it’s been another 2 1/2 months since I last wrote. Lots has happened since then, including moving house! Our previous landlady got greedy and wanted more rent money, then, when she realized we were not willing to pay more than before and we would therefore be moving, she begged us to stay at the same price, long contract, blah, blah, blah. But we’d already found a better place, so we moved. The new place is bigger and better for the same price. So, that’s done now, but there are still things to do to get fully set up, so we’ve been busy.

How are you and yours? We’re all fine. Of course the cancer is still a concern and affects my meals most of all, (more…)

Chapters 9-12 Posted July 7, 2009

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Chapters 9 through 12 have been posted in my book-style story of my cancer journey, which I’ve titled “Choosing Cancer–My Story”. Yes, I will, sooner or later, get around to explaining why I’ve called it that. For now, there are some interesting points in the 4 most recent chapters: “Chapter 9, Biopsy Results–Good News!“, “Chapter 10, In Remission (And Confusion!)“, “Chapter 11, Questions for L.”, and “Chapter 12, Encouragement from L.”

Please do read them and feel free to comment or ask questions. Some things have changed since originally writing this material, (more…)

Choosing Cancer–My Story June 5, 2009

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I’ve started arranging my earlier posts about my cancer story, book-style under its own heading. (See above.) Where I originally posted 5 posts in my blog under the general heading of The C-word, I now have them grouped together as chapter 1. Hopefully, I’ll get the whole story up there sooner or later. I hope and pray my story is a help in some way to those who read it.

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…)

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…)