Friday, October 3, 2014

Celeriac Root Soup in Minutes

Blended up a soup fast and easy yesterday - literally minutes (thanks in part to a loan of a Vitamix from a friend), as we focus on raw food eating for its healing properties. This recipe is "elimination diet" friendly - no dairy, soy, gluten, etc.

1 Celeriac root - trimmed off outside "rind" and cut into chunks
3 organic carrots
3-5 garlic cloves (5 produces some heat)
1/2 onion - cut into chunks
1" piece of organic ginger root
1 cup raw cashews (soak for 2 hours prior)
1 tsp. turmeric
2 pinches Celtic Sea Salt
1 carton organic vegetable broth

Depending on blender size...this may need to be done in several batches.

Place 2 cups liquid in blender first, root vegetables, blend until fairly smooth. Add remaining ingredients and puree until creamy texture. May be eaten cold - drizzle with EVOO. Or simmer on low heat (lower heat maintains integrity of healthful enzymes) and enjoy.

There are MANY healthful benefits to the ingredients in this soup - anti tumor, anti biotic, anti bacterial, anti oxidant rich.

To your health,
Rita

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Countdown to Juice Time!

Thomas Hudson MD describes whole food supplements as such: "There are basically two types of nutritional supplements. One type is based on the whole food; the other type is fragmented. Whole food based supplements usually consist of fruits and vegetables which have been dehydrated to a powder form. They aren’t the whole food, of course, but they’re a pretty reasonable facsimile. The magic of the whole food, which lies in the synergy of all its parts, is largely preserved. Technically speaking, they aren’t even supplements. They are whole food concentrates."
I admit - juicing seems a lot of work. Perhaps it is the type of juicer one has - although we are using a high end Green Star Elite on loan from a friend.  It  is powerful, and preserves enzymes vs. heating and depleting. 
By the time I gather from the garden or pluck vegetables from the frig, rinse off and chop as needed to fit into the rather small chute...juicing is not a fast and easy part of convenient living. No one can deny it makes a mess, and clean up can be a chore.
Then there is waste...lots of organic vegetable pulp making its way to compost. I tried making soup, but realized that vegetables from which water has been extricated, does not cream well, and the texture is not the same.

When I juice I try to make more than one glass - one for my husband, one for myself, and if I can freeze even half a jelly jar for another time...  When I made juice the other day it was comprised of 2 carrots, 1 large beet - root and top greens, 1 pear, carrot greens, purple cabbage leaf, fresh dandelion greens, basil leaves. Plenty of great nutrients from multiple color spectrum of foods...in about an hour, although it seemed more.
As a comparison, I used the whole food concentrate - Greens Balance from Arbonne - to create a beverage that I would venture provides a greater supply of nutrients due to its full spectrum, synergestic blend. In 30 seconds, shaken in a canning jar with a screw top lid - I had at my disposal...wheat and barley grass, chlorophyll, spirulina, cabbage, tomatoes, blueberries, acai, carrots, Omega 3 from flax, quinoa and other seeds, and so much more. I can email you a PDF of the complete ingredient list if you would like to see it.
Greens Balance tastes much better than other green super food powders I have tried, and if you are new to consuming super green anti oxidant foods - you may wish to add a bit of raw honey. I feel, from all I have read, that adding a little honey will help this powerhouse of oxygen, get into cells quicker for faster turnaround when one is ailing.
As winter approaches and organic produce will experience a price increase, I am grateful for Greens Balance. When my garden is finally put to bed for the winter...I will turn to this as a super blend of whole food goodness at a reasonable price, not to mention a huge time saver.
To your health, 
Rita S.





Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monitor Your Active Cancer Level

Cancer is not an overnight condition...it grows silently, often undetected, over time.
Did you know that you can monitor the cancer in your body? I sure did not...until this past July. I learned that you can take an inexpensive test called an HCG test. Read more about it here, at the Navaroo Medical Clinic.
If you have a family history of cancer, are a survivor enjoying remission... remember that exposure to radiation (commonly used in diagnostics) is fuel for cancer cell growth. The HCG test is a SAFE monitoring system...and can tell you if you need to make some lifestyle changes to achieve a pH correct state of being to switch those cancer cells off. For those in remission, it is recommended to take the test twice a year, or as often as you feel comfortable, or as your doctor suggests.
For those currently in cancer treatment, the HCG can be an early warning if your treatment protocol is not working. This past month I heard a testimony from a man whose cancer cells actually fed off of chemo and radiation...instead of dying the cancer spread! An HCG test would have warned this man early on if the treatment was working, or not. It is recommended to establish a baseline as soon as possible after one's diagnosis, and retest every 2-3 months. If this test were done during treatment...it would provide an early on indicator if the chosen path of treatment is successfully working. If not, find a new treatment plan of action.
As long as your actuve cancer cell count number remains constant or goes down...you are on the right path. I am willing to bet your doctor, probably even your oncologist, is not aware of this test.  This test does NOT tell you what type of cancer you may have - it is not cancer specific, it only measures activity.
It is encouraged to send a sample to the Navaroo Clinic direct, pay the $55 out of pocket and a postage stamp, as it is not likely covered by insurance. According to the site, cancertutor.org, the test, if done in the U.S. would cost well over $300. In addition, if this test were done in a U.S. lab the clinic would do a blood draw, it is quick and convenient for them. However, in Bill Henderson's book, "Cancer-Free", he explains that the urine sample test is more accurate, and therefore it is a better choice to send your uric acid sample direct to the Navaroo Clinic. Their website provides complete instructions and you can use PayPal to pay for the testing. Results are emailed to you often within a couple of weeks.
For a person such as myself, who has not had a cancer diagnosis, I can have peace of mind knowing I have cancer at bay. OR I may get a red alert and will get even more serious about a more healthy eating plan... I know I have sugar too often, especially as of late, and  I am fueling my cancer cells each time I have a sweet treat. 
STRESS also increases cancer cell activity. Learn to give up and let go that which is out of our control!  If you are concerned you will get cancer, constantly have testing done, or even have a breast removed to avoid cancer...in all liklihood - you will still be diagnosed with cancer. What you think about you bring about...there is all kinds of research on the power of the mind and whether we will become ill or be healthy.
We all have cancer cells once we get past 30 - actually, with today's toxic world I don't doubt my kids have cancer cells as well. However, it is one's ability to switch cancer cells on or off that matter. Cancer will affect 1 in 2 people, which means 50% of us manage to switch cancer cells off. You can probably figure out which group you ma be in if you are honest with yourself about lifestyle choices, and matters of your mind.
We did not know about the HCG test at the first indication that my husband may have cancer. Had we, we would have sent out for the HCG test right away and it would have been able to give us a baseline and monitor our treatment for progress. Rather, we did the HCG test 6 weeks into our alternative treatment. The test came back on a positive note in that it is/was a low number. We are going to retest at the end of this month, that being said, we are not waiting for another HCG test and making some changes due to the weight loss.
To your health,
Rita S.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing Newest Super Green Whole Food on Market

INTRODUCING!! Arbonne Greens Balance - Pure, Safe, Beneficial
The product I have been waiting for for two years has arrived and is now available to everyone! Its formulation is so much better, way above and beyond, anything I may have suggested…which I did after reading so many books on cancer prevention back in 2010.  I came up with a list of super foods that I wanted to see in one formula, and sent it in the suggestion box.
 Arbonne research and development may have already been working on it…but I am grateful that consultants can make suggestions, and we are heard. Tonight this product was revealed globally, and the buzz is lighting up Facebook. At only $50 for a 30 serving container, it costs less than the Designs by Health brand I have been using, that was not full spectrum. Plus I can shop at a discount with Arbonne all the time, with no monthly minimums or points accumulation required.
  • -       Alkaline formula
  • -       Full spectrum (few super green foods offer this)
  • -       Anti oxidants and phyto and micro-nutrients

The Arbonne difference – 4 color groups + Omega 3 blend.

Greens  - support GI health and cleansing with chlorophyll, polyphenol, Vitamin A, K, E and more.
Reds – powerful anti oxidants, such as lycopene (important for prostrate health), carotene, polyphenols.
Yellows –cartonoid rich, providing Vitamin A, C, flavonoids
Blues – anti oxidants such as reservatol and vitamin C

In addition, Greens Balance offers the Prebiotic fiber – inulin. In attending the Cure to Cancer Summit this week one speaker suggested that prebiotics could be more important than probiotics in the war against cancer.
Also unique is an Omega 3 seed blend containing chia, flax and quinoa.  OMG!! This really blows me away because I know all of these foods to be the power hitters in the world of Omega 3s – say good bye to your fish burps!!

Why is Greens Balance essential to any truly healthy living regimen? It supports an alkalizing effect to create healthy pH balance. If you want to learn about the importance of pH and the critical relationship it has for our cellular health, please visit these articles by author of "Never Fear Cancer Again", and "Never Be Sick Again", Raymond Francis, M.Sc.


May you get your green on and get your cells healthy!
Rita S.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Cancer Diet....Guess What, it is NOT ENSURE!

42-55% of all cancer patients die of malnutrition. What do conventional doctors do? They give patients Ensure, which is full of sugar...talk about putting GASLINE to the fire....cancer feeds on SUGAR! Check out this link for an Ensure label....just because doctors recommend it DOES NOT mean it is a healthy choice - but it certainly keeps them in business, doesn't it?

You cannot CURE cancer if nutrition is not addressed, and incorporating a HONEST TO GOODNESS cancer diet.  This means NO cake, pancakes, breads, muffins, no processed meat and food. Period.
This does not mean forever, but if you want to become cancer free - diet is a HUGE part of recovery.

Does it mean no cake forever, no...but until cancer is in remission, YES. BUT it does not mean you can return to your former unhealthy food choices lifestyle.  Once you have cancer (and we all will - cancer cells are inevitable - unless we are being proactive), and you make the decision that you WANT to LIVE - then healthy food choices is not an option, it becomes a part of life because food either GIVES LIFE or it kills us. Unfortunately most of us don't know we are killing ourselves with food until it is too late.

If you put toxic foods into a body that is already weak in the first place you will not get positive results. Cancer is a wasting disease.

A Study at University of Sydney Australia, where 20 different cancers were looked at ...they found Chemo has a 2.1 success rate with a five year survival margin. Biggest contributors to death among cancer patients...chemo, radiation, diet.   But don't take it from me....learn the TRUTH ABOUT CANCER with the You Tube video in which Ty Bollinger interviews oncologists, PhDs, cancer patients, research scientists from around the world.

May you feel great, look great and live great!
Rita S.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vitamin D Deficiency and Links to Cancers, Disease, Infant Mortality

This week I have been listening to The Cure to Cancer Summit. Anyone can register for free, and all talks are available for 48 hours after they have been live. If you are interested in improving your own health, helping a loved one with their battle for cancer, or if you have a health and wellness business (nutrition, medical, oncology, etc) - I highly encourage you to take advantage of the 2nd annual summit.
Carole Baggerly, of the Vitamin D Society, is one of the guest speakers and her talk is "Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention". Below are some of the notes I have taken while listening to her talk...
Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. It is critical for cells to function. People work day jobs that are primarily indoors, children play on computers and watch television more than they play outside....our lifestyles create vitamin D deficiency. If everyone had Vitamin D levels of 40-60 it would help take care of many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, and several cancers. An oncologist who spoke at the summit last week, who practices in California, said that well over 90% of his patients are deficient in Vitamin D.
BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer diagnosis can be reduced 75% if all women were given a Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy test.
- Blood serum nano-gram levels should be in the 50-60 range. Research is indicating that breast cancer is truly a disease of vitamin D deficiency.
- 10,000 units a day is being recommended. Don't fear the toxicity scare - every report of toxicity has been result of industrial accidents, stop taking D and the levels normalize.
- Women WITH breast cancer have an increased rate of cancer survival with high doses of Vitamin D. This research has been published just in recent months.
OTHER CANCERS
Colon cancer prevention specifically requires combination of calcium (10-12,000 mg) and Vitamin D. (Baggerly states that the concern of calcium/vitamin D and kidney stones is a myth, and kidney stones are clearly linked to dehydration).
- Prostate cancer research by Dr. Bruce Hollis at the Medical University of South Carolina were given 4,000 units/day to men with stage 1 prostrate cancer. In a one year period, 55% had fewer lesions than when they started, and allowed them to bypass treatment. This also holds true for African American men, which have a greater percentage of prostrate cancer diagnosis.
For men diagnosed with lethal prostrate cancer, a 57% reduction of cancer occurred when men got their Vitamin D levels up past 37.
OTHER DISEASES
Children should be checked for deficiency as well, they are inside all the time now.Rickets is on an upsurge - we're going back to the epidemic of the 19th century. Doctors are not recognizing it because we are misled into thinking rickets is not a disease of modern times.
Type 2 Diabetes is an epidemic as well. Research indicates that 60% of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented if nano-gram levels of Vit. D were maintained at 40%.
Regarding Type 1 Diabetes, in the 1960's inn Finland it was a medical practice to give infants 10,000 units of Vitamin D a day. Type 1 diabetes was virtually non-existent.
Unfortunately, Finland noticed that the U.S. was only supplementing their infants with 400 units of Vitamin D, so Finland switched over to this practice. The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes increased steadily, and Baggerly states it is the clearest evidence she has seen that indicates Vitamin D can help prevent this childhood disease. Vitamin D is a major game changer with diabetes.
It is important to realize that there is a problem with Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and infant mortality. Not surprising, those who get their vitamin D level to the 40-60 range are reporting disappearance of chronic pain, muscular pain, absence of kidney stones,
Baggerly also stated that the recommendations to wear sunscreen has increased our populus vitamin D deficiency, and that most sunscreens are toxic and promote cancer.(Of course, this is why learning about what is in your skincare products is so important, and why my family chooses Arbonne for sunscreen, skincare, shampoo, etc.)
As you can see, it is very important that physicians begin testing everyone for Vitamin D levels. If yours does not, I urge you to be your own advocate and request the test.
To learn more on Vitamin D benefits visit the Vitamin D Society. I also encourage anyone wishing to donate to cancer research that makes a difference, to donate to Vitamin D research for cancer prevention, and therapy as well.
http://www.vitamindsociety.org/videos.php?sub=GrassrootsHealth.net%20and%20Carole%20Baggerly

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Are Vitamin & Mineral Supplements A Waste of Money?

Since incorporating quality supplements into our family grocery budget we have been able to eliminate all OTC and RX drugs. In the past 3 years sick days total maybe two for adults, and 4 for the kids. Our key brand of supplement has an ORAC score of 8-10,000 - bio available and absorbed in 30 minutes. We are pretty healthy eaters, with limited processed foods.

Purity standards should also be taken into consideration. Inexpensive vitamins contain fillers, and petro-chemicals, artificial ingredients are commonplace. These types of ingredients contribute to endocrine disruption/hormonal imbalance. Not to mention we are flushing our money down the toilet.

Even with an organic whole food diet, the nutrients are not what they used to be in our food supply. Our soils are depleted of nutrients.  Since I began studying cancer preventative/alternative health four years ago - you will not find one holistic cancer treatment protocol that does not include supplements. In fact, the list can be quite long for cancer patients incorporating nutrition protocols into their treatment plans. Patients using supplements fare far better when used in combination with conventional treatments.

The goal of supplementation, of course, is to fuel the body with nutrients and oxygen to maintain, and even reverse the start of disease (including cancer cells - if you are past 30 you can be you have them - a healthy body has the function of apoptosis - programmed cell death - to eliminate these cells).
Toxin elimination also needs to be a part of remaining healthy. Another subject, but it is important to keep the liver functioning at optimal levels as it is your filtering system.

A functional medicine/holistic wellness practitioner can test you for deficiencies. Not everyone is short on calcium. If colon cancer is a part of family genetics or a concern, one will want to monitor and ensure adequate calcium. Certain forms of calcium are recommended for absorption, as well as other vitamins/minerals for a synergestic effect.

Omega 3s are one supplement that many consider the most important. If you take only one supplement, choose Omega 3 with DHA. Ocean contamination is a very real issue, even more so since the Japanese nuclear disaster.  Personally, I opt for a vegan flaxseed oil based Omega 3 in which the sea algae (which provides the DHA benefit) is grown in an environmentally controlled lab to ensure purity standards are adhered to. I encourage you to investigate the purity standards of any brand you consider. Oils should be cold processed and preserved with nitrogen.

Confused by the choice of fish vs. vegan Omega? During the Curing Cancer Summit 2014, taking place right now, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy stated that the latest research indicates that a vegan, flaxseed oil based Omega 3 is more effective in cancer treatment protocols.  Personally, if it is good enough to fight cancer, why wouldn't I choose the flaxseed O3 over fish and krill?

Magnesium deficiency  is, across the board, a common deficiency in breast cancer patients, according to a report in the Blaylock Wellness (Russell Blaylock MD) newsletter. The same holds true for prostrate cancer.

I have not actually read anything specific about people being prone to Vitamin C deficiency, but with upcoming winter months it is definitely worth considering. Lypo-Spheric Vit. C (specifically by Livon Labs) is the number one choice for those battling cancer, per Bill Henderson in his book, "Cancer Free". It is a gel pack and considered to be highly bio available...even more beneficial than Vit C IV therapy. I can't say it tastes awesome, but it can be mixed into other foods/drinks.

A supplement many overlook but definitely to be considered, in my opinion, is Vitamin D. Doctors in Florida have reported over 90% of their patients deficient. Consider our lifestyles - most people are indoors in offices by day. Vitamin D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin, and is critical for other hormones to be produced by the body. A healthy person can snythesize D2 into D3 (D2 is a vegan form), but if health is compromised one should utilize D3.

Although there are many who warn of Vit.. D toxicity...you can search  this subject in PubMed and find not one case...but instead, the astonishing benefits of high doses of D3.  I am currently reading a fascinating book on the miraculous benefits of extremely high doses of D.  Vit D must be taken with K2. ZRTLabs.com offers in home test kits for a variety of deficiency concerns, hormonal imbalances, including Vitamin D as well.

May you feel great, look great and live great,
Rita S.