Correction to Previous Post

Yesterday I said I was going to try the Align brand of probiotic.  I purchased my probiotic about a week ago but wasn’t going to start taking it until I finished what I already had.  However, what I have already been taking doesn’t alleviate the gas, so I decided to start taking the new probiotic, in conjunction with the other, today.

What I started taking today is not Align, but Garden of Life brand. The package says it has 40 billion CFU’s (Colony Forming Units) and 16 probiotic strains.  The cost was within my budget and the label says it promotes vaginal health, something I need.

Garden of Life is listed on the website link inserted yesterday (and again at the end of this paragraph) as Garden of Life RAW products.  I do not know if there is a difference between the Garden of Life RAW and just Garden of Life.  However, the link below is a site that has research staff that have apparently analyzed each of the brands listed there and given a starred evaluation of each one listed.

Probiotic Pill Reviews

Garden of Life Women’s Daily Care (what I am using) states on its outer packaging that its strains are resistant to stomach acid and bile, coated in vegetarian capsules, are gluten and soy free, are non-gmo certified, dairy free, and shelf stable.  Shelf stable means that the live strains have been created to stay alive without the need for refrigeration.  This is a major improvement over the original acidophilus strain I had to take for recurring yeast infections back in the 80’s.  I always had to ask the pharmacist for it because they had to take it out of the refrigerator, and I had to keep in the fridge when I got it home.

I hope this helps.  Thanks for visiting.

Probiotics

I’m still learning a lot about foods to eat, foods to avoid, and when to eat them and in the proper combination.  Here’s what I have learned recently:

Most of the foods that are really healthy give me gas (flatulence), which is often embarrassing.  I hate it.  It takes probiotics to fight it.  There seems to be a multitude of probiotics to choose from so how do we find out which ones work and which ones don’t? My answer:  trial and error.

I tried a chewable fiber supplement to relieve the constipation that results from only having fresh fruit in my smoothie or in my yogurt.  Yogurt (the brands that contain live good bacteria) is good for fighting yeast infections.  However, the fiber supplement, by itself, doesn’t help.  It needs to be taken with a salad or fresh fruit at least twice a day.  The bottle says to take two a day, but that wasn’t enough for me.

The Secret Detox Drink I mentioned in my previous post causes yeast infections for me because of the apple cider vinegar, which is too acidic for me.  Still, I feel I need to take it in order to get my digestive system cleaned out.

The information I got on probiotics (I can’t remember the website that I copied from and when I looked for it a few minutes ago, it didn’t come back up.) gave the following criteria for finding a good probiotic:

It should contain a minimum of 50 billion live good bacteria.

It should contain 2 main substrains: Bacillus Coaguluns, and Lacto Bacillus Rhamnosus

The capsules should be coated in non-gmo organic vegetable oil

They need to be resistant to stomach acid and bile

They need to be a targeted timed-release formula

You can read reviews of the major brands to see which one may be right for you.  I am going to try the Align for Women brand because the package says it supports vaginal health.  You can see the reviews at the link below:

Probiotic Pill Reviews

Waking Up With The Blues

Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to get enough sleep at night. Some nights it’s restless leg syndrome; sometimes it’s getting up three or four times to relieve myself.  Some nights I just don’t feel tired enough to go to sleep.  Or I feel tired, lay down, and am then wide awake.  Whatever the reason, I woke up not wanting to get out of bed this morning.  Normally I am a cheerful person.

I made myself get up (I’m not feeling the blues now.) and made my new “start the day right drink”.  My husband found this recipe online yesterday.  It’s a detox drink, best consumed while still warm.  It was a little tart and a little spicy, but it’s supposed to be good for you, so I’ll try it for a couple of weeks, per instructions on the website: draxe.com.

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

1 glass warm or hot water–12-16 oz.

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T lemon juice

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 tsp. raw local honey

NOTE: Add lemon juice and honey last.

Directions:

Warm the water. Mix all ingredients together.  Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.  Drink 20 minutes before eating.  The website says to drink this two or three times a day.  I’m going to try for two.  With our schedules here, it’s hard to plan consistent meal times.

The website lists all of the benefits of the above the above ingredients, and a breakdown of the amount of daily value you get from each of them.

 

 

Enzymes for Cancer

Just discovered this website (my husband had it on his IPad, but this morning he decided to show me how to get to all of the websites he has bookmarked for fighting cancer.

Enzymes for Cancer

I have continued to make my smoothies almost every day. About once or twice a week I put the fresh honey-packed pineapple and papaya in a bowl and add a single-serving container of Dannon Oikos Triple Zero yogurt (the only kind sweetened with Stevia leaf extract) and sometimes part of a banana or blueberries. When I do that I also add hemp seeds (good for fighting inflammation), cinnamon, ginger, and flax seed. It does give me a lot of gas so I have to take a probiotic. I’m still trying to find one that works. Beano and Gas X do not work for me.

In the past two weeks I have noticed occasional bouts of sudden loss of energy, sometimes accompanied by weepiness. This usually lasts for about five minutes, and then it is gone. I’m starting to keep track of it on my calendar.

The website above has some interesting history on the study of the benefits of enzymes on the body, their function, and how we got them. It is interesting and may be of interest to those fighting any type of cancer. Whether or not you subscribe to the theories/information here, it certainly can’t hurt. I read everything, pray about everything and try to follow God’s lead on what might be best for my situation.

If time allows, I will post another article later today about a detox recipe I found today, which I will take before lunch.

Blessings to you, and thank you for visiting. Anything posted on the heading of “My Cancer Journey” may be shared on social media and/or reblogged.

“Healthy” Foods

I was watching a morning talk show (something I rarely do) a few days ago.  One of the guests they brought out came out with some new foods from the frozen foods section of the grocery store.  He read the list of ingredients on the back and the foods certainly were packed with lots of good foods.  The problem was in the sugars which were not listed as sugars.

As consumers we tend to believe that, when a product is listed or touted as healthy, we buy it.  If the ingredients are read to us we hear the good stuff and may not really hear the bad stuff.  If we want to try to prevent cancer and other diseases it is imperative that we read the labels ourselves before purchasing.  If an ingredient ends in “ose” or “xtrose” it is a form of sweetener or sugar.  All of these are hard on the pancreas.  As consumers who want to be healthy it is incumbent upon us to research some of these items before purchasing.  In this day of cell phones we now have the ability to call the manufacturer (phone number is usually listed on the package in tiny print somewhere around the manufacturerer’s name) and ask questions.  If you don’t have time to call while you’re at the store, write down the name of the product, the ingredient(s) in question, and the phone number.  Put off purchasing the product until you have the desired information.

Since I have been diagnosed with this lymphoma cancer I have almost completely cut out any processed sugar.  I use honey, molasses, or raw Stevia.  My favorite beverage is Arizona green tea.  I have had to stop purchasing it because it contains corn syrup, which is one of the worst sugars in our food.  I am hoping they will come begin to make some with just the honey, or with honey and Stevia.  I did call and leave a message with that request.

I miss ice cream, but when I went to our local health food store last week I discovered an ice cream that is only sweetened with coconut sugar.  It’s a little pricey at $8.00 a pint so it will be either a monthly or every six weeks treat, but it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  Needless to say, I’m going to make it last.  A couple of spoonsful a day will suffice.

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Apples and Pectin

Please forgive the lapse between posts. My husband is the one who normally writes these for me. Then I copy and paste them here, but he has been working so hard lately, and been so exhausted that he hasn’t had the energy to even think about it. So I decided I would do this one. My smoothie recipe will follow.

While researching the possible foods that fight cancer we have read a lot about unsweet apricot seeds, but have found nothing to confirm its benefits. Supposedly it cures every kind of cancer. The word “cures” already sends up red flags for me. They are illegal to sell in this country anyway. However, Tom read somewhere that apple seeds have the same benefit that unsweet apricot seeds do. We don’t know for sure if they will help, but we figure they can’t hurt. So they go in my smoothies along with everything else.

We always use fresh fruit when it is available, frozen, unsweetened when not in season. We cut up papaya and pineapple into 1-inch chunks per blender instructions, then pack them in raw local honey in pint jars. They will keep for six days without refrigeration.

I wash the apples and grapes before putting them in. No need to wash the papaya since we peel it anyway. We also dry the papaya seeds, which I add to salads and yogurt. If you eat yogurt (which has live good bacteria for digestion) I use the Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt sweetened with Stevia, a natural sweetener.

Aleta’s Smoothie Recipe

1 pint pineapple, cut in small chunks

1 pint papaya, cut up in small chunks

1 apple, washed and cut up in small pieces, with the seeds

1 banana, sliced

10-12 black or purple grapes, preferably with seeds, but seedless will do

I use the grind setting first. The honey the fruit was packed in may provide enough liquid to start with, but if not a little 100% juice (apple or grape) may be added. Once the fruit is ground up I use the smoothie setting and add more juice so it isn’t too thick to drink.

Makes 2 Oster smoothie cups and one 8-oz cup, or approximately 48 ounces.

 

Preserving Enzymes

First, I want to apologize for the long gap between posts. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and then my internet speed slows down because my 15 gigs of data is used up before the month is over. So, thank you for your patience in waiting for this next segment. I’m trying to figure out how to manage my time (not my forte´).

The first pineapple we cut up, we froze about half of it so it wouldn’t go bad before we could use it. When we got around to using the frozen pineapple, we noticed a big difference in how we felt. After reading about how to preserve the fruit, we discovered that it can NOT be frozen or dried. This will kill the enzymes. So how can it be preserved?

The only answer we could find was firmentation. I found a YouTube video on preserving fruit in raw honey. So we have been trying that. To be honest, we have not kept a pineapple over a week. Not that it went bad, but we have used it all. The real test will come when we buy several pineapples at one time.

On my next post I will talk about the benefits of Pineapple and Papaya. Please pray for us as we continue on this journey with cancer. I know that all things are in God’s hand and He has all the answers. Please pray that we stay open to His leading.

My husband wrote the above section about the pineapple. I want to add a note here that my battle with bloating, constipation, and gas is back. I watched a lengthy ad today on the internet about probiotics. Of course it was a sales pitch, but here is what I learned:

1) Our bodies need probiotics to combat all of the harmful stuff we ingest.

2) A good probiotic should have a large quantity of good bacteria and quality substrains of good bacteria, which should be listed next to the ingredients.

3) It should have adequate potentcy (CFU’s): minimum of 40-50 billion live cultures per serving.

4) The capsules should provide a protective delivery system, meaning a vegetable coating and resistent to stomach acid and bile so they will remain viable in the digestive tract.

5) 2 main strains of good bacteria are absolutely necessary: Bacillus Coagulans (B. Coagulans) and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

For more information on this and other digestive issues go to webmd.com.

 

 

Enzyme Research

My husband, Tom, wrote this article and wanted me to copy and paste it here.
I want to start sharing some of the research I have been doing on how to fight cancer naturally. I will start by saying that I have focused my research to the area of enzyme therapy. I will focus on 1 fruit at a time. Today I will focus on apples. The following research comes from “Base Line of Health Foundation”.
Apples contain a high level of a complex carbohydrate called pectin.

Digestive disorders
Apple pectin’s primary medicinal use is as a natural remedy for digestive disorders. It is also used to help treat colitis, irritable bowel disease, and other related digestive disorders.

Heart health
In studies of apple pectin, it has been shown that it may help lower total cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.

Cancer fighter
Another interesting study of apple pectin confirms yet one more reason why it pays to eat your fruits and vegetables. As it turns out, the pectin protects against cancer. While apple pectin benefits have been known for some time, this particular study sheds light on how pectin works specifically in fighting cancer cells. A research team at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, discovered that a substance in pectin binds to a tumor-producing protein called galectin 3. Galectin 3 allows cancer cells to detach from tumors and to reattach elsewhere, and so it’s a major factor in the spread of cancer. But pectin blocks the activity of galectin 3 and, in so doing, may prevent the progression of cancer within the body.

A research team at the University of Georgia found that pectin destroyed up to 40 percent of prostate cancer cells upon exposure, while other studies revealed that pectin helps in fighting lung and colon cancers. And in fact, apple pectin was used after Chernobyl to extract radioactive waste from victims.
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This information, and a lot more, can be found at “jonbarron.org

Personal note. My reason for eating apples is to try to keep the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body

Cancer: Installment #3

Enzyme Therapy

Ever since about a week before I got the cancer diagnosis I had been feeling sluggish, not tired per se, but not as energetic as usual. That feeling continued until yesterday when I did something different with my breakfast.

I had my usual smoothie of grapes, blueberries, kiwi, and papaya. I also add a little turmeric, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. I used 100% orange juice (we prefer Florida Natural) to make it drinkable. After I drank my smoothie and took care of my neighbors dogs, I fried an egg (in pure, cold pressed saturated coconut oil) and ate it.

I had been really grumpy with the dogs the day before. Yesterday I felt better than I had in weeks and I was nice to them. Today I did the same thing, except I used the last kiwi fruit yesterday so no kiwi this morning. I bought some apples yesterday and used apple in place of the kiwi fruit in today’s smoothie. Today I am full of energy, in spite of the rainy weather.

What I learned: balance. All fruit is full of carbohydrates. The job of enzymes (according to internet research) is to break down the proteins in the stomach to aid in the digestive process. I eat the fruit first, then the protein. I eat the same balance at my other meals. Sometimes I substitute salad for fruit. I do try to eat apple, papaya, or pineapple (sometimes all three) at least once a day.

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Cancer: Installment #2

Today is Wednesday.  My oncologist’s office called Monday evening and said my appointment had been moved from March 20 to Tuesday morning, March 12. Yay! I get more information sooner than expected.

Dr. Boatright looked over the oncology report from the biopsy and went into more detail with us. (My husband now goes to all of my appointments with me. I am so thankful for his support, encouragement, and taking stress off of me.)

After answering some questions we determined that I have probably had this cancer for about twenty years, maybe a few more. It wasn’t until after I intentionally lost thirty pounds last summer that I began to notice the lumps in my neck and collarbone areas. This may have been due to extra fat covering them up.

The doctor said there were several options available. Of course chemo and radiation were the first mentioned.  He said the decision was up to us but as this is a slow-moving cancer, we should just keep up with the natural solutions we are trying. We agreed.

My husband, Tom, read a lot online about the value of enzymes in the body. Then he went out and bought some apples, a papaya, and a pineapple. This morning I had a smoothie of fresh papaya, grapes (with the seeds), blueberries, yogurt, and grapejuice. I ate four papaya enzyme tablets, drank my smoothie, and took some acidophilus. One of the side effects of all of this fresh fruit (for me anyway) is yeast infections. I need the yogurt and acidophilus to fight the yeast (candida). This comes from my battle many years ago with recurring yeast infections. My female doctor at the time told me to purchase a book called “The Yeast Connection.” It was quite an eye-opener for me.

At lunch I had an apple and took my green tea extract and grapeseed extract. I bought them at the local health food store. They also help break down the proteins in the pancreas, according to what we have read online.

The apple produces something called pectin, an enzyme that, according to information online at Baseline of Health Foundation (jonbarrron.org), slows the spread of cancer.