When things occur, I like to find out what made them do so. I am quite thorough in my search and eventually get to the heart of any matter. To me it’s the way to go about life. Hence the breast cancer quest. I showed the same keen curiosity with breast cancer five years ago as a three year old in a summer field. I remember a sense of wonder throughout. Perhaps I am a child at heart. Some people call me that, sometimes sarcastically. But who cares? Relying on instinct rather than common sense, I felt no shame about being diagnosed and universalized this particular quest. I was scared a lot of the time these past five years but the nagging fear of reccurence eased at the three year mark and has now dissipated completely. Then I stopped worrying about mets (distant recurrence with a Greek twist- metastasis-) and started blogging to help others. Like Hippocrates, the original life coach, I believe in nature and all things natural. I opt for healing rather than popping toxic pills. Call me child-like if you like, but I have retained my sense of humour throughout. It’s ironic really but the other day I read with a lot of consternation that even back in Ancient Greece, Hippocrates was fighting against the Medical Establishment who saw his natural approach as a threat to their infallibility. You won’t ever catch me calling the illness “my cancer” to use this common but odd expression. Whimsically, I did not want it to be mine or anybody else’s for that matter.. . Ever. It was ”the cancer” and at a quite late stage, too. Stage three. That means it was diagnosed as invasive but still localized in the breast. It never became mine. And my goal was to heal. Gently and naturally. I am now pleased to report that I am five years out from stage three breast cancer and the anniversary of my diagnosis is October 13, right in the middle of Big Pharma pink ribbon month. I plan on having a special toast with a favourite wine, without preservatives. Organic even. This journey, as the expression goes, does not end here; I believe in life-long learning. And I choose life..
There is a guru cancer survivor that is so noticeable and memorable that Scientific American did an article on her and her miraculous long term survival . Kris Carr. She has been defying early death for ten years now. I don’t know what colour your lungs are but Sci Am described hers- and her liver- as resembling the milky way… They are that bad…
You can read about her natural 80% raw approach online at Kris Carr com or look for crazy sexy cancer survivor. Using this off beat nickname she has written books that made it on the New York best seller list.
She just sent me a news letter warning me off sugar, which as she points out exists even in health foods like sweet potatoes. It’s fashionable lately to remind the consumer that glucose fuel like cereals entered the food chain fairly recently and that Stone Age man did not cultivate or eat them. Presumably wild oats were OK with our hairy ancestors. And lest you are addicted to hybrid wheat products, know that the ancestor crop you should be purchasing is the more digestible spelt.
I follow closely breaking news about Otsy, the stone age Tyrol guy that was found intact, preserved in ice on the Alps even with a bit of food stuck between his teeth. His teeth were not in good condition. Nobody can figure out why… The other day I read that scientists have concluded that he was murdered.
Otsy met his death violently but escaped the havoc that sugar and refined flour can wreak on your health. They hadn’t been refined yet. The obesity epidemic came much later in our supersize virtual world of mass loner wolves dizzy on fizzy drinks and denatured snacks.
If you want to be healthy eat as naturally as you can. Food from the ground or tree, not a packet, unsprayed. As nature intended.
Just yesterday while trying to treat my teen’s acne I read that it’s known as skin diabetes. I then googled leprosy and raw food and I found a study of lepers in Sri Lanka. Their complexion responded to raw food but the skin of the control group which was on mere vegetarian food didn’t……
If you are not shy the world is yours……Old Greek Cypriot proverb I have given this post what I hope is a catchy title and did my best to select a couple of eye catching photos. I believe that I am marketing aware and now want to explain what I mean by my brilliant career.. I borrowed the title from an Australian film I saw years ago, about a woman in the 19th century who wanted a career as a teacher and managed to have it through sheer persistence. This trait Isee also in my child who is a fresher at Cambridge University, She is ambitious and work oriented like this Australian pioneer who chose her career over marriage and kids.. The film director- and this I remember very vividly- was a woman. The film was very sweet with a message and if I find it again I will certainly watch it. I hope Eleni will have children one day. I believe that the pros of having them are more than the cons. A couple of years ago she represented her school in an international debating competition in Brisbane Australia. This post is about me and my eldest daughter and I will combine some comments about both our characters and inclination with a more universal message and then be a bit didactic in the next post providing a list of anti cancer tips which have been floating around this last week and a bit longer. This week Mercola on his blog included quite a few tips about how not to get breast cancer He did not mention dairy. This staple of the Western diet is suspected of contributing to breast cancer but I think the Mercola site likes raw milk from properly fed animals. Raw milk is unpasteurized non-boiled milk with all its enzymes intact. I will gather some more tips from the British press and then give them to Eleni to read. Five years ago when I told her I had been diagnosed with breast cancer she immediately became a vegetarian. She is mainly concerned with animal welfare. Animals are her friends and she does’t eat her friends. Here I am quoting George Bernard Shaw who lived to be 90 plus and was a vegetarian. He was a different zodiac to my daughter Eleni. In fact, I think he was a sunny Leo native. She is a Libra like Linda Mc Cartney, These cool guys love animals with a big,non-negotiable passion. These two ladies, however, got their nutrition a bit wrong, in my humble opinion. Linda got breast cancer and succumbed to it and Eleni thinks pizza is a health food. I will rephrase that. Some pizzas are healthful but not the brand she orders for takeaway more often than is good for her. Does she ask for less cheese and more veg on top? Not to my knowledge. Does she have healthful soup on cold winter nights or chilled soup in summer like Irish leek and potato soup the French have dubbed vichychoise for instance? I am afraid not. I will lay off the criticism and instead be proactive. Here is a recipe for healthy home-made pizza. I call it Isabel’s pizza because the recipe was given to me by Isabel, a Portuguese friend when I was living in Portugal back in 1981. Watch this space….to be continued. Isabel’s pizza Base for pizza 2 cups whole wheat flour sieved 1 cup corn flour, sieved 4 tbspoons corn or sesame oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon tamari (soy sauce) a liitle lukewarm water Sieve flour well for better results. Add the bran back to the rest of the flour. Roll out the base and bake blind in a shallow buttered dish. Mix the dry ingredients adding oil and a bit of water (only sufficient quantity to bind them together.) Pierce the base with a fork. Bake it until it’s half cooked and then add the filling. Filling for Isabel’s pizza 3 onions cut in half 1 carrot cut in round pieces small pieces of cauliflower 1 egg, corn oil, gruyere cheese or tahini Cook the onion in oil, add the cauliflower and then the carrot. Add salt or tamari, add the yolk to the vegetables after it’s cooled down, put the mixture in the dish then put cheese or tahini in a medium oven for some minutes. Beat the egg white and add it on top and bake until it cooks. For other pizza ideas go to http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal ideas/10 healthy-pizza-recipes/ slide2