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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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It’s Been a While/Mammograms–Just an Option? September 25, 2010

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I’m still here! I fully intend to get back to my blogging one of these days–I’ve heard that quite a few bloggers don’t last very long and I understand the challenge it is to keep it up, but I’m going to keep trying. One of these days, I’m even going to finish my personal cancer story, which I’ve titled “Choosing Cancer”. Don’t hold your breath–it may still be a while.

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist the temptation to post the article I just read in the New York Times called, “Mammograms’ Value in Cancer Fight at Issue”. As I’ve written before, I discovered the tumor in my breast myself and wish I’d never done the mammogram as other means of examining (more…)

Sleep Problems and Breast Cancer Connection? December 26, 2009

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It looks like I’ll have to give a bit higher percent credit to my sleep problems as a contributing factor to my breast cancer. I’ve assigned a large percent to my sugar addiction in my younger years and chemicals from all sources, but in this latest article, Olivia Judson informs us of the consequences of a little light in the middle of the night: “Exposure to light in the night has been linked to breast cancer; consistent with this, women who are totally blind have a lower incidence of breast cancer than those who can see even a little bit.” Read her whole article below. (more…)

Flax Seed’s Power Over Cancer June 23, 2009

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Flax seed is probably best known for its high fiber content, but I first heard about its potent cancer-fighting lignans when reading up on the famous Dr. Budwig’s Cancer Diet.

She recommends combining flax seed oil with quark (or cottage cheese, which is more readily available in the US). I couldn’t find either here, but after researching flax seed a bit more, I was impressed also by how researchers uncovered its power in the ground form when they added freshly ground flax seed meal to the diets of  prostrate cancer patients already scheduled for surgery. The men all experienced a slower rate of growth of their tumors. That’s pretty convincing! (more…)

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!

Reponse from L. to message in “Cut!” April 30, 2009

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(This post should actually be following “Cut!” It was in response to the message I sent to all my family and friends)

October 30, 2008

Dear ___________,

This is, indeed, very good news and I am so very happy to hear from you! I really hope you can avoid hormone therapy and chemotherapy but I would listen to their suggestions and weigh the risks. It is fabulous your tumor shrank from 2 cm to 1.7 cm. You are doing something right! (more…)

Cut! April 26, 2009

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Many of my friends and family replied with relief and support to my announcement that I would be admitted for surgery and my request for prayer, so, of course I was very encouraged and entered the hospital without fear and full of faith. I had that peace of mind that comes only when we’re trusting Jesus completely. I knew I was in His hands and nothing would happen without His allowing it for my good somehow, because He loves me. Long ago I chose Him as my Master, my Anchor and my Friend, and I trust Him completely—as my Husband—even until death. (Death is not the end anyway–the best is yet to come! it’s only a door to the beginning of a truly Heavenly life! So what is there to fear?) (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…)

Reply from L. #2 April 23, 2009

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October 7, 2008

Dear  _____,

I was so very glad to hear from you again, as I was afraid that what I said in my previous e-mail might have been too overwhelming.

I think you have a wonderful attitude and it sounds like you are on your way to beginning this new diet and lifestyle.

To try to answer some of your questions: (1) Yes, I think beans can cause some gas problems. I think it helps if you soak the beans for 24 hours before you cook them. Also, I think your body gradually gets used to it. You can experiment with different beans as they may have different effects on you. I think lentils may be the easiest to digest. (Great lentil soup recipe: brown onions in a little oil; add lentils (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…)