Friday, April 18, 2014
Three weeks ago I got the news that the cancer markers were high in numbers in my blood. Last week the PET scan confirms tumors and I am immediately counseled to have radical surgery, chemo, and radiation. I will not let cancer take control of my life. I have complete confidence, in fact I am betting my life on, the Gerson Method of treating cancer. Not the best timing, I must say, my husband was laid off a few months ago and is still looking for work, and I am a student with a 10 hour a week work-study job. I don't have a $2500 Norwalk Juicer as The Gerson Institute recommends, nor can I afford to buy and juice 30 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables daily. I can't afford the Gerson clinic or a Gerson therapist at home. If I went through conventional therapy (which I believe is poison) perhaps there would be ways to provide the treatment and pay for it forever, but not so with "alternative" therapy. I can see why some may resort to conventional in the absence of ability to pay. It is ironic that one's life-worth must be summed up in a dollar value. We barely survive by renting out our spare bedrooms. I shall not let the circumstances deter me, and will do as much as I am able with a second-hand Omega juicer and my small stipend I can purchase organic produce with, and with God's help, I will detoxify and rid my body of cancer once and for all!
The China Study showed that on a diet of 5% or less casein (the protein in dairy), cancer tumors shrink, and on a diet of 20% or more casein, cancer flourishes. I am a full time, non-traditional student, but susceptible to stress of school and lack of time like anyone else.I didn't think a few M&Ms scarfed between classes would hurt .... but 6 months of cheating on my vegan diet with M&Ms and my Breast Cancer is back. Nothing else has changed, I still eat only gluten free, organic vegan meals, drink plenty of water, and have gotten even better at avoiding chemicals in soap, shampoo, cleaning products, deodorant, makeup, etc. I use glass or stainless containers, cook only in stainless or ceramic cookware, and freshen my home using Himalayan salt lamps and essential oils. We have eliminated dry cleaning and permanent press (chemically treated) clothing, and sleep on organic cotton bedding. Thus, I can be certain the only change in my lifestyle is the small addition of casein, and I didn't run the numbers daily on my nutrients to see if it was less than 5% of my diet.
The Cancer industry is a multi-billion dollar, for-profit entity feeding off the frail, the fearful, and the uninformed. I am none of those, and will not be it's victim. I am well-read and convinced that the body can and does heal itself given the correct fuel, and not inundated with more poison. I have heard it said, "everything gives you cancer" by persons who disregard the information they read or hear as something they don't need to bother with avoiding or think it would be too hard, yet they should. I can remember 25 or 30 years ago when I heard that cooking meat over open charcoals could cause cancer, and then a meat eater, I scoffed and said, "well at least I'll die happy with a delicious tasting burger in my tummy!" I scarcely believe that was me, but I not only said that, but continued to cook many meals over charcoal over the coming years, until I went vegan. Like the average American, I actually trusted my government to keep me safe. When I heard saccharin causes cancer in laboratory mice, I decided "if it was unsafe for humans, the FDA wouldn't allow it on the market." I wonder how many substances I had the chance to avoid, but didn't because of that faulty thinking? So it is also with our food supply. Chemicals are sprayed, dusted, and even genetically engineered into our food and our meat's food, and have been for 50 years. Chemical such as hormones, steroids, and antibiotics are pumped into the meat, dairy, and eggs of this country. We actually charge more for food grown without chemicals, how in the world does that even make sense? Every morsel of food in America is contaminated unless it is 100% organic (not just claiming organic somewhere on a label) TV ads convince us our homes are smelly and dirty and we need to buy their chemicals to remedy it. Shampoos, soaps, deodorants, and toothpaste increasingly contain more ingredients made in a laboratory than are needed to get the job done. Our kitchens are full of carcinogenic teflon, BPA, aluminum, and chlorine and fluoride lurk in the water that our city's tell us are safe to drink. However, I believe it IS possible to avoid contaminants, and everyone reading this should endeavor to do so. Every step you take towards ridding your life and your body of carcinogens is a step towards health and longevity. Take control of your health, and your body!
Why am I telling you all of this? Because I became too comfortable, less-diligent, even arrogant about the massive (and the small) changes I made in my life, and I assumed I was safe from disease and from cancer. Though mostly true, the changes I made and live by from my plant based organic diet to my choices in body care and home care are well and good, keeping stress down and the mind calm is a must, as is a clean, vegan diet. So if you are one who has become less diligent about your diet (M&M's like me?) or if there is an area you haven't made the healthier change, I urge you to not let your guard down, make the change for your health, and for the planet. To read more about these chemicals, where they lurk, etc. see this post: My anti-cancer regimen
I will fight. I will win. How about you?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
I was so excited that San Antonio got another vegan restaurant, just opened last month. So we looked at their website, and saw beautiful and amazing sounding dishes like Grilled Vegetable Enchilada with Smoky Black bean Sauce and Cashew Creme, or Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Moussaka, or Stuffed Manicotti with Roasted Criminis and our mouths were watering and we couldn't wait! Oddly, we placed our order at the counter and were forced to pay the tip ahead of the service, we tipped our customary 20% hoping to get at least decent service. NONE of these foods were on their lunch menu at all, so I inquired about the dinner menu and when it would be served, but was told those menu items on their website are not available at the restaurant. WHAAAAAT??
I am a gluten free vegan, and took my omnivore family visiting from out of town with me for my first AND LAST visit to Señor Yuckie, err I mean Señor Veggie. I ordered from the gluten free menu. Two bites into my Baba Ganoush with what seemed like wheat pita bread, I went to the counter (since no server ever came by the table) and said 'is this really gluten free?' She said no. So WHY is it labeled GF with small print that you easily miss that says 'can be made gf with veggie crudités)?? So the girl at the counter suggested the special of the day, veggie menudo, saying it was very good. So I ordered that. It had a lovely flavor but a suspicious 'meaty' ingredient (I knew it wasn't meat) guess what, when I again had to go to the counter to ask, it contains SEITAN! I politely but firmly said, that is GLUTEN, YA' KNOW! Ok great now I will be quite sick and in a great deal of pain for days....and they made no offer to try and rectify the double mistake. Meanwhile my family ordered Tomato Bisque, barely edible; Buffalo Po’ Boy that was so spicy hot one couldn't taste anything in it, Sweet Potato Wedges with curry ketchup, which was actually good and ended up being my lunch, Falafel Wrap which had burned, hard, inedible chunks of falafel in it, an SV Burger which was rather tasteless, so-called super thin fries my husband and daughter said were the restaurant charging for crunchy air, and a TLT sandwich that disappointed all the omnivores, but my husband managed to choke it down saying it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. WAY OVERPRICED $71 for a lunch and tip (for non-existent service) for five, and I got gluten poisoned not once but twice and no one EVER wants to return here.
Now I am a very patient, understanding, kind and trusting person, perhaps that is what gets me in trouble; I expect the same from a service based business. It takes a lot to really upset me because I understand a thing or two can go wrong; however, the service here was the worst, our water and tea ran dry and were never refilled (by the way no other drinks were available even though the menu listed coffee, aqua frescas, hibiscus tea, bottled natural sodas, and assorted hot teas). Service is the worst in town, attention to detail is the worst, the food was nearly the worst ever, knowing how to run a service based business? THE WORST. I am so dissappointed, Señor Veggie has really let us vegans down, and let down San Antonio, and is trying to make all gluten free customers too sick to ever return. Señor Veggie is not a good business model, and not even a decent-human-being-caring-for-others model. So I blew my weekly food budget on a horrible meal, five people left the restaurant hungry, dissapointed, and worried (that I was going to be super ill)
So let me clarify this review for you. They have false advertising on their website. They claim to be a restaurant but behave like a low-end food truck with no service. The food, service, and beverages are sub-minimal at best, and they are rude, thoughtless, overpriced, and greedy.Stay away. Far away. Which isn't hard, with the poor location and tiny parking lot filled with employee cars, you won't be able to go anyway......
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
All the rich flavors of Greek cooking without the fat, cholesterol, and calories!
Prep time: approx. 2 hours
INGREDIENTS: (please use organic for your health's sake!)
· 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
· 4 cloves garlic, peeled
· ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided; or use veg. broth or water
· 1 large onion, chopped
· 3 Tbs. dried oregano
· 2 15-oz. cans chopped tomatoes
· ⅔ cup green lentils
· 1 bay leaf
· 1 cinnamon stick
· 2 medium eggplants, sliced
· 2 small zucchini, sliced
· 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
· 1 8oz. pkg. Daiya Mozzarella style cheese
· Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook potatoes and garlic in boiling salted water 10 minutes, or until soft. Drain, and reserve liquid. Mash with 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 cups cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and oregano, and sauté 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, lentils, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and 3 cups of the potato cooking liquid. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf and cinnamon, and purée lentils in food processor until chunky. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Place eggplant slices on paper-towel-lined baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Rinse, and pat dry.
4. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Coat 3” deep 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon 1 1/2 cups lentil mixture into bottom. Top with eggplant, followed by zucchini and tomatoes. Spoon 2 cups lentil mixture over top, then top with the Daiya cheese. Spread half of potatoes over this mixture. Top with remaining eggplant, and lentil mixture. Spread remaining potatoes over top, making sure to cover completely. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, or until top is browned. Allow to sit out of the oven for10 minutes before serving.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
- Dr. Joseph F. Fowler, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Louisville; Dr. Fowler's research
- David Brookstein, Philadelphia University; Textile Chemist and Colorist
- Government Accountability Office report on formaldehyde