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Vol. 25 No.7. JULY 2010

online magazine of the Cancer Support Association

wellness news

Patron – His Excellency Dr. Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia

environment, wellness and healing

HEALING ILLNESS

A GUIDE TO THE NATURAL HEALING PRINCIPLES FOR TREATING CANCER

CLEANSE & NOURISH YOUR CELLS WITH FRESH JUICE!

HOW TO UNDERTAKE A JUICE FAST

IN THE DARKER SHADOW OF SCIENCE

THE HIGH COST OF EMOTIONAL STRESS

(AND HOW TO AVOID IT!)

CANCER AND FISH OIL

PROMISING NEW FINDINGS

ATAVISTIC REGRESSION

AS A FACTOR IN THE REMISSION OF CANCER

A RESEARCHER’S LIFELONG SEARCH FOR A CANCER CURE

Cancer Support Association of WA Inc.


editorial...

Deep Winter

wellness news monthly online magazine of the Cancer Support Association of Western Australia Inc.

Wellness News e-magazine is published online and distributed free to members of the Cancer Support Association. Wellness News magazine is dedicated entirely to environment, wellness and healing. The magazine is for people with cancer or serious health issues; for people who are well and want to maintain their good health naturally; and for complementary, alternative and integrative health professionals. Please enjoy your Wellness experience!

news team... Editor Mandy BeckerKnox editor.wellness@yahoo.com.au Editorial Consultant Dr. Peter Daale

online at...

Dear Readers,

D eep winter is the ideal time for

turning our attention to the health and healing of the body, mind and soul. We are naturally introspective and a little more focused on ourselves than at other times of the year. With a bit of research we can plan a long-term healing strategy to restore the body to homeostasis and optimum health. Following a natural healing regime requires a deep commitment to your self, dedicated time to prepare healthy foods and juices, to exercise and to meditate. Include your family and friends in your new healthy lifestyle and make it as joyful as possible! I hope this issue of Wellness News gives you the ideas and inspiration to help plan your natural healing journey back to good health! ✦ Love and peace this month, Mandy

www.cancersupportwa.org.au cover image: ‘Spiritual Essence’ by Tara D.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE!

one day cancer wellness workshop

NEW CSA members can attend free!

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile the future faces huge risks as well as great potential. In order to go on we must unite to create a sustainable global society based on respect for Nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace. This requires a huge mental and emotional transformation. It requires a new idea of what global interdependence and universal responsibility means. We must use our imagination to develop and implement a vision of a sustainable way of life at local, regional, national and global levels. Our cultural diversities are a priceless inheritance and every culture will find its own way to express this vision. Often life involves tensions between important values, implicating difficult choices. Nevertheless, we must find a way to harmonise diversity into unity, the right of freedom with the common good and short term objectives with long term results. Every individual, family, organisation, business and government has a crucial role. Our time should be remembered for the reawakening of a new respect for life, for a serious undertaking towards sustainability, and for a joyful celebration of life. Excerpt from “Universal Ethos” by Leonard Boff.

Life Changing Information for people with cancer presented by Dr. Peter Daale, Paul Alexander & Michael Sandford One day seminars for people living with cancer and their carers with a special focus on accessing key cancer information online, nutrition, and meditation. Held on the first Friday of every month. Upcoming 2010 dates: 2nd July & 2nd August from 9.30am-4.30pm.

To book phone CSA 9384 3544


in this edition... features ILLNESS a guide to the natural healing principles for 6 HEALING treating cancer 16

ATAVISTIC REGRESSION as a factor in the remission of cancer

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THE HIGH COST OF EMOTIONAL STRESS

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FISH OIL AND CANCER New ďŹ ndings

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HOW TO STAY HEALTHY THIS WINTER

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FRESH VEGETABLE JUICES Cleanse and nourish your cells

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THE ART OF EDGARDO GARCIA

regular 2 EDITORIAL Deep Winter Vitamin B6 and methionine may reduce lung cancer 5 INriskTHEby NEWS 50 percent; Meditation Reduces the Emotional Impact of Pain (p.17)

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Cover & this image by Lenore Horowitz

A GUEST HOUSE IN YOUR SOUL Emotional and Spiritual healing

RECIPES What to Juice to Support Your Health

Towards the Light

My Brilliant Image One day the sun admitted, I am just a shadow. I wish I could show you The infinite Incandescence That had cast my brilliant image! I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkess, The Astonishing Light Of your own Being! Hafiz

Meditation Made Easy weekly meditation classes with Bavali Hill Every Monday at CSA from 10am to 11.30am. Newcomers welcome. Cost: Free for CSA Members, $5 for non-members. No booking necessary.


CSA weekly program...

July/August 2010 MONDAY Meditation Made Easy .................................................................................10.00 – 11.30am Ongoing Lessons with Bavali Hill. FREE FOR MEMBERS (non-members $5) No bookings necessary.

About the Cancer Support Association of WA Inc The Cancer Support Association of Western Australia Inc is a nonprofit charitable organisation which was established in 1984. CSA’s key intention is to help people become informed, empowered and supported on their cancer and wellness journeys. CSA encourages an integrative, well-informed understanding of health and treatment options and strategies, and is committed to supporting all people, regardless of their treatment choices. CSA supports individuals who are living with cancer, their families, carers and the wider community through the services we provide, as well as through our widely distributed publications and unique cancer information website. CSA’s workshops, courses, groups, and complementary therapies are advertised throughout this publication and are held at CSA’s premises in Cottesloe unless otherwise stated.

TUESDAY Yoga with Sydel Weinstein ($10 / $5 members) ...................................... 9.30 – 10.30am Wellness and Healing Open Support Group ............................... 10.00 – 12.00noon with Dr. Angela Ebert Carer’s Wellness and Healing .............................................................. 10.00 – 12.00noon Open Support Group (when required) Reiki Clinic .....................................................................................................12.15pm – 1.30pm

WEDNESDAY Laughter Yoga with Kimmie O’Meara ($3.00) ...................................11.00am – 12.00pm Chinese Medical Healthcare Qigong ($10/$5 members) ........... 1.30pm – 3.00pm with Master Andrew Tem-Foo Lim

THURSDAY Grief and Loss Open Support Group ................................................... 1.00pm – 3.00pm last Thursday of each month

FRIDAY Meeting the Challenge 1 Day Seminar ................................................9.30am – 4.30pm 1ST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH with Dr. Peter Daale (and others). PLEASE NOTE: MEETING THE CHALLENGE WILL NOT TAKE PLACE DURING SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER.

DAILY Wellness Counselling and Information Sessions with Dr. Peter Daale ........................................................................................... by appointment General Counselling with Dr. Angela Ebert .................................................. by appointment Phone direct on 0414 916 724 or 9450 6724 or email a.ebert@murdoch.edu.au

Please phone CSA on 9384 3544 or check our website for further information. We can help you with information packs, course prices, confirm course times and make bookings.

Program Change The Grief and Loss Open Support Group will now be held on the last THURSDAY of every month between 1.00pm-3.00pm.


July 2010

in the news...

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Vitamin B6 and methionine may reduce lung cancer risk by 50 percent Although lung cancer is notoriously difficult to treat successfully, French scientists have discovered several natural substances that offer substantial protection from the malignancy. In a huge study of almost 400,000 participants, those who had higher blood levels of vitamin B6 and the essential amino acid methionine (found in many forms of protein) had the lowest risk of lung cancer – even those who were former or current smokers. For the study, which was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Paul Brennan, Ph.D., of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, and colleagues documented B vitamins and methionine levels based on serum samples from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort study. In all, they investigated 385,747 research subjects from 10 European countries. By 2006, 899 had been diagnosed with lung cancer; they were compared to 1,770 control participants and all were individually matched by country, sex, date of birth, and date of blood collection. The results of the researchers’ analysis revealed a dramatically lower risk for lung cancer among participants with the highest blood levels of B6 and methionine. In addition, a moderately lower risk for lung cancer in former and current smokers was observed in those with higher serum levels of folate. “Similar and consistent decreases in risk were observed in never, former, and current smokers, indicating that results were not due to confounding (factors that can influence outcomes) by smoking. The magnitude of risk was also constant with increasing length of follow-up, indicating that the associations were not explained by preclinical disease,” the researchers stated in their JAMA article.

50 percent reduction in lung cancer “Our results suggest that above-median serum measures of both B6 and methionine, assessed on average five years prior to disease onset, are associated with a reduction of at least 50 percent on the risk of developing lung cancer. An additional association for serum levels of folate was present, that when combined with B6 and methionine, was associated with a two-thirds lower risk of lung cancer,” the scientists wrote.

Although lung cancer is notoriously difficult to treat successfully, French scientists have discovered several natural substances that offer protection and reduce the risk.

So how could these natural substances keep lung cancer at bay? The key may be found in previous research which has shown that B vitamin deficiencies likely increase the probability of DNA damage and subsequent gene mutations. “Given their involvement in maintaining DNA integrity and gene expression, these nutrients have a potentially important role in inhibiting cancer development, and offer the possibility of modifying cancer risk through dietary changes,” the authors concluded. They also pointed out that B vitamin deficiencies are known to be high in many western populations.

Pistachios offer protection from cancer Scientists have found eating a handful of pistachios daily may offer significant protection from lung cancer. Ladia M. Hernandez, a PhD candidate at Texas Women’s University and a senior research dietitian in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, said in a statement to the press. “Pistachios are a good source of gamma-tocopherol. Eating them increases intake of gammatocopherol so pistachios may help to decrease lung cancer risk.” Pistachios have already been shown in previous studies to be a heart-healthy food. The nuts have a cholesterollowering effect and are loaded with immune system boosting antioxidants. Hernandez and her research team conducted a six-week, controlled clinical trial to investigate whether the consumption of pistachios would increase levels of gamma-tocopherol in the body. The scientists found that the research subjects eating pistachios had significantly higher serum gammatocopherol levels, compared to their baseline measurements and the vitamin E levels measured in the control group not eating the nuts. This substantially increased amount of gamma-tocopherol in the body of pistachio eaters could help lower the risk of not only lung cancer but other malignancies, as well. “Because epidemiologic studies suggest gamma-tocopherol is protective against prostate cancer, pistachio intake may help,” Hernandez said. But what about the added calories? Hernandez explained the amount of pistachios needed to lower the risk of cancer isn’t enough to pack on extra weight. “Pistachios are one of those ‘good-for-you’ nuts, and two ounces per day could be incorporated into dietary strategies designed to reduce the risk of lung cancer without significant changes in body mass index,” she stated. ✦

From naturalnews.com, 29th June 2010. By Sherry Baker.

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Healing Illness a guide to the natural healing principles for treating cancer By Tony Isaacs


July 2010

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Western medicine treats the body as a collection of parts instead of as a synergistic organism. When it comes to treating broken bones and injured body parts, mainstream Western medicine is unequaled. When this same approach is used to treat illness and disease – fixing or repairing the parts where the symptoms of underlying illnesses manifest themselves, modern medicine is not always effective. In the instance of cancer, instead of addressing the causes of cancer – toxins and a weakened immune system which result in a loss of proper cellular communication and oxidation and the cells mutating to cells that form a protective coating and replicate without dying – we see instead treatments that may further weaken an immune system cancer has already defeated and only worsens the conditions that led to cancer to begin with. Nature, on the other hand, gives us an array of tools to treat the underlying causes that lead to cancer, including foods, vitamins, minerals, supplements and lifestyle choices. The key is not merely addressing the tumours and cancer cells that are the symptoms of cancer, but addressing and eliminating the root causes that led to cancer to begin with. Here is a suggested natural health protocol to eliminate cancer cells or restore them to normal function and to address the root causes of cancer based on what we know about cancer and what nature and lifestyle choices have to offer. Natural health regimes can be used in conjunction with mainstream medicine or some people may choose them as a viable alternative.

CLEANSING As soon as possible, cleanse your body to get rid of built up toxins like heavy metals and pesticides, as well as the undigested food, faecal matter and gallstones that build up in the body by cleansing your colon and liver and by chelation to rid the body of heavy metals. Such contaminations are breeding grounds for, and causes of, disease and illness. A toxic and unclean body weakens the body`s immune system that should be your first line of defense. Plus, once cleansed, the body is much more receptive to the good measures you take to rebuild your immune system and fight disease. It cannot be stressed enough how vitally important it is to cleanse, restore and protect the liver before, during and after your anti-cancer and disease battle. As the great cancer pioneer Max Gerson observed, cancer cannot develop unless the liver is impaired to begin with. An effective cancer fighting regimen can severely tax an already weakened liver because it will result in the release of a cascade of toxins that are released when cancer cells die. Such a release can overwhelm an already impaired liver and can even be fatal if measures are not taken to protect and regenerate the liver.

Things to do for the liver • 5 day liver cleanse (consult a health professional or naturopath to guide and assist with the cleanse)

The key is not merely addressing the tumours and cancer cells that are the symptoms of cancer, but addressing and eliminating the root causes that led to cancer to begin with.

• Coffee enemas – help open the bile ducts so bile and toxins can be released properly. • Coconut oil – a wonderful item everyone should take, it helps maintain a good bile flow. • Beetroot juice – is also good for the liver and bile flow. • Turmeric – is a cancer fighter itself, especially for smokers, and it helps regulate bile flow. • Milk thistle – is a must as it helps protect the liver and actually regenerate it • Alpha lipoic acid – another liver supplement that also helps fight cancer • Selenium – a third liver supplement that is good against cancer too. In the Berkson Clinical Study, three women who were facing liver transplants or chemo with interferon (a horrendous treatment with very low success rates for hepatitis and cirhossis), took milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid and selenium, modified their diets a bit and got some daily exercise and restored their liver functions to normal. Besides cleansing and detoxing your body, also cleanse your environment to the greatest extent possible of pesticides, herbicides, household cleansers, air fresheners and other manmade chemicals. In an ideal world, you would move to the country where there was plenty of fresh air and sunshine and less stress. In the real world you may not find that possible, so eliminate common toxins in your household, workplace and other places you spend time. continued on next page...

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July 2010 Begin and maintain a healthy immune-boosting and cancer fighting diet. A good balanced diet, pure water, fresh air, sunshine and mild to moderate exercise are some of the essentials. You will find that a good diet does not have to be a bad tasting diet – far from it!

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ELIMINATE ROOT CAUSES OF DISEASE IN YOUR MOUTH If you have mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth, have them replaced. In many instances, this step alone has led to elimination of cancer. Cilantro and chlorella can help eliminate heavy metal accumulations in the body. Perhaps worse than amalgam fillings is root canals. According to Bill Henderson, author of “Cure Your Cancer” and “Cancer-Free”, root canals is “the big elephant in the room”. Bill reports that “it has been proved by many dentists and oral surgeons I respect that virtually all degenerative disease starts in the dentist`s chair and points to the book “The Roots of Disease” by Robert Kulacz, D.D.S. Bill goes on to say, “I have worked with hundreds of people who have struggled with all kinds of conventional and alternative treatment. Nothing seems to work to heal them. When these people finally wake up to the above and get their mouths cleaned up, they get well in weeks – not months. Almost everyone (85-90% of the people I work with) has root canal-filled teeth. One lady had 13 of `em. They are ALWAYS related to the cancer. No exceptions.” Dr. Thomas Levy, one of the world`s experts on dental toxicity, told me he had done a study with Dr. Hal Huggins from 1994-2000. They removed “over 5,000 root canal-filled teeth.” He said they took every one of them to the lab and tested it. Every one of them had toxins coming out of it “more toxic than botulism.” His exact words. You can see on a thermogram the root canal tooth with its inflammation on the exact same meridian as the cancer tumour in the breast, colon, prostate, etc., etc. There are over 40 million root canal fillings done in the U.S. alone every year. Is it any wonder we are all getting sick? No matter what supplements or treatments you may choose to combat cancer, you must first establish a good foundation. While vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements may help you beat the symptoms of cancer and help boost your immune system, the diet and lifestyle you live will be the ultimate keys to beating cancer and keeping it at bay once and for all because in the end it is your own body which will win the war. To fail to embrace proper diet, nutrition and lifestyle and look for answers in supplements alone is akin to putting a new roof on a house that is falling apart from a broken foundation. Immediately eliminate bad habits and begin building good ones so that you will make sure that you no longer have habits that weaken your immune system and that you will be able to build your body to fight and conquer illness. A sedentary lifestyle with a poor diet, lack of pure water, sunshine and fresh air, and constant exposure to toxins will in time lead to bad health conditions. On the other hand, also be sure to get an abundance of sleep and physical rest to conserve energy for healing and cleansing. Remember, bad health habits are open invitations for illness and disease to enter your body.

However, it should be noted that the very best and most healthy diet is one that is close to the diet our ancestors utilised: lots of fresh and uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and tubers, and fish and free range meat not subject to factory farming or feed lot practices and uncontaminated by growth hormones, artificial fertilizers or pesticides. Granted that is a tall order for fish and meat, but it is strongly recommended to consume ONLY such healthy non-toxic fish and meats and to limit meat consumption period when fighting cancer. It is also best to consume little or no grain or dairy products. It should be noted that of all the foods, essentially only raw vegetables and fruits contribute to an alkaline pH. Juiced vegetables and fruits are an excellent form of nutrition (Note: eat much more vegetables than fruit due to the high sugar content of fruits). The Budwig Diet is an excellent and proven cancer fighting diet which is highly recommended, especially the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese portion of the diet. Take the time to chew each bite thoroughly – as many as 50 chews if possible – to help aid digestion and take maximum advantage of the available nutrition.

FASTING So long as you are not physically wasted, fasting is an excellent way to begin virtually any disease fighting protocol. It helps the body eliminate wastes and toxins and reset itself to optimum health levels for healing and fighting cancer and other illness. Many people are able to beat disease and illness of all kinds, including cancer, simply by fasting. After an initial fast of a few days or longer where you provide only the water needed to satisfy thirst, continue with a one-day-a-week fast. It will help keep your body cleansed and, if you are overweight, also help you reach and maintain your optimum weight. Two good daily fasts in addition to water only fasts when fighting cancer would be 1) a dark grape fast where you eat all the dark grapes and seeds you want but nothing else other than water (the concord grape is probably the best choice and seeds are a must!), and 2) a juiced vegetables fast.

Proper Food Combining It is important to practice proper food combining in the cause of disease as this prevents the putrefaction and fermentation of foods within the digestive system, and therefore toxicity, caused by mixing a predominantly protein food with a predominantly starchy food at the same meal. For example a poached egg on wholewheat toast. Fruits should not be combined with vegetables for the same reason. Proper food combining requires far less digestive energy which is then released for other more important bodily tasks.

CSA Laughter Club with Kimmy O’Meara

HE WHO LAUGHS LASTS!

At the CSA every Wednesday morning 11.00am to 12.00pm (note: new time for 2010) Cost: CSA Members $3; Others $5. For enquiries phone CSA on 9384 3544.

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The Importance of Sunshine From the very first days that man walked upon the earth, sunshine has been a key to health and survival. The importance of the synergistic relationship between health and regular sunshine cannot be over-emphasized for both physical healing and mental health (which is itself a key to physical healing for cancer and any other illness). Contrary to popular beliefs about the harmful effects of over exposure to the sun, abundant sunlight has extremely high success rates for: • Safely stopping tumour growth, not destroying tumours (the only effect that conventional medicine recognizes), but stopping growth. • Preventing cancer by stimulating the body`s vitamin D production. • Preventing influenza like the also by vitamin D production. Don`t overdo the sunshine, but sunshine is essential to the production of vitamin D, and, strange as it may sound, has been found to be essential in warding off melanoma as well as other cancers. Be sure to get full body sun exposure avoiding the heat of the day and not allowing oneself to become more than mildly “pink” by gradually increasing exposure time from a few minutes to perhaps a full hour and more each day. Fair skin and the number of moles are the major risk factor for melanoma (skin cancer), not moderate sunlight exposure. In 1959. Jane C Wright, directing cancer research at Bellevue Memorial Medical Center in New York City, instructed fifteen cancer patients to stay outdoors as much as possible that summer in natural sunlight without wearing their glasses, and particularly without sunglasses. By that Autumn, the tumours in 14 of 15 had not grown, and some patients had gotten better. It was discovered that the one patient that didn`t have good results had not fully understood the instructions – while she had not worn sunglasses, she had continued to wear her prescription glasses. This blocking of UV into her eyes was enough to stop the benefits enjoyed by the other fourteen.

Indirect Sunlight Into the Eyes Guidelines You really can`t get enough of this type of light. Sitting in a screen enclosed porch would be the minimum exposure and would require three times the duration to get the same effect as walking in full sunlight. Walking in full sunlight might only require one hour to get full benefit. Wearing a hat with a brim in bright direct sunlight should be sufficient UV protection. The UV problem for eyes is greatly over exaggerated to sell sunglasses which, like sunscreens, should be used sparingly.

Exposure to Nature and the Good Earth From the good earth did life spring and mankind lived for eons in close contact and relative harmony with the good earth. Mankind developed for eons in harmony with nature. It is beyond mere theory that regular exposure to soil organisms and the good earth provides both physical and mental healing. Many believe that there is an actual healing synergy from exposure to the earth itself. Today, far too many of us are shut off from nature in the artificial and closed environments of offices and closed in dwellings. To remedy this: continued on next page...

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The Gawler Foundation 12 Week Cancer Self-Help Programme

Cancer, Healing & Wellbeing

Facilitated by Cathy Brown. Starts: Wednesday, 15 September 2010. 10am to 12.30pm weekly at CSA

“Cancer is a challenge – something you can conquer. Use it to make changes in your life – the things you have always been going to do. Do them now and change them now. Be open to things you may never have explored before.” ON THE PROGRAMME YOU WILL LEARN TO: • Activate your potential for healing • Relax effortlessly and meditate deeply • Develop and sustain a positive state of mind • Understand the role of nutrition and healthy diet for healing • Develop strategies to manage pain and fear • Find meaning and purpose in life

WEEKLY TOPICS INCLUDE: Week 1: Introduction and Meditation 1 Week 2: Meditation 2 Week 3: Mind Training 1 Week 4: Food 1 Week 5: Food 2 Week 6: Pain Management Week 7: Healing Week 8: Causes and solutions for cancer Week 9: Mind Training 2 Week 10: Living and Dying Week 11: Healthy Emotions Week 12: Health and Wellbeing

Cost: $350 per person. Bookings: reception

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Take frequent walks outdoors. Of course, seek out areas that are likely to be as free as possible from pesticides, herbicides and other chemical contamination. As often as possible, take off your shoes, socks and sandals and go barefooted in the soil and grass. Plant vegetable and flower gardens (and use only organic products!). If that is not possible, use pots and other containers for patio, balconies and indoors. Working with your hands (and feet) in the soil is one of the most physically and mentally healthy things you can do. Those who have not had the pleasure will be amazed at the peace and tranquillity you will experience. Indoor plants bring the added benefit of adding extra oxygen and removing toxins from you air. Everyone should have plenty of them!

A good diet, nutrition and habits are all important – they lay the foundation for a strong and healthy immune system.

Rebuild and strengthen the body`s natural immune system. It is very likely that a weakened immune system contributed to your illness in the first place. It is absolutely certain that a rebuilt and strengthened immune system will help you beat your illness and keep it at bay. Again, good diet, nutrition and habits are all important – they lay the foundation for a strong and healthy immune system. However, they are not enough by themselves. You should build a good foundation and then make your body a healthy fortress against disease and illness. Quite simply, disease and illness hate healthy hosts. The stronger your immune system is, the harder it is for disease to survive and grow. And, to be the very strongest you can be, you need extra measures in the form of supplements as well as the healthiest foods. An oleander extract very much like you get when you make oleander soup was tested in Europe in 1986 – 87 and found to have six times the immune stimulating activity of the most powerful immune stimulators known to man.

Maintain an Alkaline pH and Get Plenty of Oxygen to the Cellular Level Once cancer has gained a foothold, it does not survive well in the presence of an alkaline cellular pH level, nor in the presence of highly oxygenated cells. As Nobel Laureate Otto Warburg discovered, low cellular oxygen is a primary causal factor for cancer. His protege, Dr. Johanna Budwig of Germany, continued his work and found that in order for proper cellular utilization of oxygen to take place, our diets must contain adequate amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. Although many people use food grade hydrogen peroxide to obtain extra oxygen, perhaps a better option without the concerns some have with hydrogen peroxide is the product OxyGen. Each capsule contains oxygen and the equivalent of 12 drops of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide derived from a combination of magnesium peroxide and pure anaerocidal oxygen.

Be Sure to Take These Cancer Fighting Minerals Make sure you have plenty of iodine, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin C, calcium and Vitamin D. All have been proven to be essential in beating and avoiding cancer. As mentioned above, cancer cells have lost the ability to be shut off by the body in what is called cellular apoptosis. These cancerous cells simply become abnormal and outlive the other cells in their normal cell life/replacement cycle and end up crowding out a territory over time. Iodine goes in and both does away with the surrounding cyst where cancer has set up residence and then also goes in and allows the specific shut down of the individual cells that are abnormal, diseased, or beset w/ pathogens to make room for new cells. Some notes on iodine and selenium: Many people who take iodine and selenium take far too little for maximum therapeutic benefit. Both elemental iodine and potassium iodine should be taken and the total amount of iodine should be 100mg or more, perhaps beginning at 50mg and working up. Magnascent is a good form or elemental iodine. Lugols is also widely used. Since Lugols contains both elemental iodine and potassium iodine, the total amount of iodine one can take with Lugols is 300 mg. Selenium MUST be taken with iodine in order for iodine to be effective. The best form of supplemental selenium for fighting cancer appears to be methylselenocysteine. The most common form of supplemental selenium is selenomethionine whose general proteins have no anticancer activity. Another form, sodium selenite is more frequently metabolized to the toxic metabolite hydrogen selenide (H2Se), which does have anticancer effects but is more toxic than selenomethionine. Its primary mode of killing cancer cells (and at high levels, normal cells) is through the process of cell necrosis. Cell necrosis provokes inflammation and may kill healthy cells along with cancer cells. The recommended form of selenium, methyselenocysteine is found naturally in some vegetables including garlic, brassicas, leeks, and onions, especially when these are grown in high selenium soil. Methylselenocysteine is easily converted to methylselenol which has been demonstrated to be an effective anticancer form of selenium. Rather than killing cancer cells by necrosis, methylselenol kills cancer cells through apoptosis. Apoptosis is an orderly process of cellular self-destruction that does not

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July 2010 provoke inflammatory responses. Methylselenol is also known to inhibit angiogenesis in beginning cancer tumours. Angiogenesis, the creation of new blood vessels, is necessary for cancer cells to grow into a tumour. For cancer prevention, doses of 200 to 400 mcg of methylselenocysteine are generally considered safe without medical supervision. Nutritionally-oriented physicians may use as much as 900 to 2,000 mcg selenium from methylselenocysteine daily as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment protocol.

Drink Lots of Healthy Clean Water Water is essential for all healthy life; however, regular tap water contains trace amounts of hundreds to thousands of pesticides, carcinogens and other industrial pollutants. For that reason, the author recommends only the purest drinking water, such as reverse osmosis filtered water.

Exercise in Moderation Regular exercise does not have to be grueling, but it is essential. Exercise stimulates the immune system, stimulates the production of natural human growth hormone, stimulates the production of hormones and pheromones that make us happier and healthier, and simply leads to a longer and happier life period. Innumerable studies have demonstrated the overall health benefits of exercise and the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle lacking in exercise. It is not a coincidence that studies have shown up that those who exercise only a few hours each week have up to 50% less chance of developing many different kinds of cancer.

Do Not Neglect the Vital Trace Minerals Trace minerals are essential in beating cancer and are in fact essential to virtually all of the body`s important processes when it comes to utilizing vitamins, minerals and enzymes for good health. Two hundred years ago, the top layer of our soil contained up to 80 or more different minerals. Today, over-farming and the chemical destruction of soil micro-organisms has stripped soils the world over of all but a handful of bio-available minerals, and even those remaining minerals are at levels that are only fractions of what were in the soil 100 years ago and continuing to decline.

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Man`s body is designed to utilise at least 60 or more trace minerals on a daily basis, and did so for thousands of years by eating the plants that processed such minerals (and the animals that ate the plants with processed minerals. Quite simply, without minerals nothing else works as designed, and every mineral deficiency, whether major or trace minerals, results in the body compensating in one or more ways which are often unhealthy. The only way to get an adequate supply now is to supplement, and the very best supplementation is from plant derived minerals, such as those that come from the famous plant prehistoric vegetable deposits in Utah and contain 75 trace minerals. Those who take them regularly report remarkable improvements in their health (and the author himself takes them religiously each and every day). The head of the National Cancer Research Foundation, Fred Eichorn, asserts that mineral deficiencies lead to changes in instructions to the DNA to make adjustments for alternate ways to produce hormones and amino acids – and that these changes lead to cancer. Eichorn believes that correcting those deficiencies leads to rebalancing that will eliminate cancer and his foundation`s website has some impressive testimonials: http://www.ncrf.org

Get Plenty of Healthy Omega 3`s Good natural sources include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and organic butter, or better yet grass-fed organic butter. An excellent supplement is Doctor Mercola`s Krill Oil, which also contains a healthy ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids and has been shown to help ward against cachexia (the wasting of non-fat body tissue, especially skeletal muscle tissue).

Things to Avoid Remember, what you avoid can be just as important as what you consume: Avoid sugar to the greatest extent possible. Sugar feeds cancer and other illnesses and causes a myriad of other health problems. Refined sugar is also the number one single cause of health problems in the entire world! Likewise avoid bread and other items containing bleached white flour, which is essentially empty and harmful calories that convert to sugar once ingested. Other items to continued on next page...

A weekly group every Tuesday at CSA 10am – 12noon. Anyone who’s life has been affected by cancer or other life threatening illnesses is welcome to attend. A Carer’s Support Group is held at the same time when required.

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avoid include non-fermented soy, pork, MSG, ALL charred foods and foods cooked at high temperature, aluminum and coated cookware, micro-waved food, food in plastic containers and styrofoam.

GO ON THE ATTACK The next element of beating your disease and keeping it at bay is to go on the attack. As a matter of fact, all of the elements of the this anti-cancer and disease protocol are elements of attack, because they make the body strong and inhospitable to disease. In the case of cancer, there are many very potent anti-cancer supplements such as the ones listed above and several others. One such supplement, named Sutherlandia OPC (not to be confused with the European anti-oxidant named OPC) has been used for the past five plus years in South Africa to treat HIV and cancer. Several thousand HIV patients have taken Sutherlandia OPC now and all are reported to be still alive and well with their symptoms either reversed or stabilized. Of the hundreds of cancer patients over the past five plus years, only 8 have been reported to not survive (5 were in their very final days and could not hold down the supplement and another three succumbed to organ failure as a likely result of prior traditional Western treatment via chemo). All the rest, save two who stopped taking the supplement once the tumours were gone and returned to their old lifestyles (and had the cancer return) are now alive and cancer free or else have their cancers in remission and tumours continuing to shrink. Dosage: The supplement comes in either an extract or capsule version and instructions call for five to 15 ml of extract three times daily or or 1 to 3 capsules twice daily depending on the stage and aggressiveness of one`s cancer. Another source of oleander is the patented medicine version (AnvirzelTM) available from the Salud Integral Clinic in Honduras. More information: http://www.saludintegral.hn Iodine is an absolute must for anyone fighting cancer, especially breast cancer. Many people have beaten cancer with the help of iodine supplementation and it is a supremely powerful item to include in any cancer-fighting protocol. A supreme cancer tumour destroyer and cancer fighter for many forms of cancer is Inositol/IP6, such as is found in the product Cell

Forte Max3. According to several users interviewed by the author, it often seems to just melt away tumours in a very short time period, and works well to normalize the PSA readings in prostate cancer sufferers. One caution – Inositol/IP6 may deplete minerals and/or interfere with mineral absorption, especially calcium and magnesium. Be sure to get plenty of Calcium and Magnesium (a good thing to do anyway) and take a good mineral supplement, preferably plant derived minerals (a second good thing to do in any event). Intensive cancer fighting dosage calls for 8 to 16 capsules per day. Note: intensive use of Inositol/IP6 is not recommended for more than a few months at a time, with lesser maintenance doses of one to two capsules the rest of the time and occasional breaks from the maintenance dose of up to one month (to guard against mineral depletion). Curcumin has many similar compounds to oleander and is a potent and highly proven cancer fighter and preventive. Curcumin has been particularly effective against cancer with smokers and helps prevent cancer in general from spreading. Independent research studies on the anti-cancer properties of turmeric suggests that Curcumin has the potential for treatment of five top cancers in the U.S. – colon, breast, prostate, lung and skin. An added plus is that turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, and thus would be a vital addition for those who have brain cancer, where swelling is always a concern. To fight cancer, 2500 to 3000 mg per day is recommended, divided into two to three doses and taken either with meals or with bromelain as described below. Curcumin is can also be obtained by taking the common spice turmeric, though turmeric and most curcumin supplements are not very bioavailable. Coconut oil or milk may help absorption and some studies have indicated that absorption may also be increased with 5-10 mg of bioperine (or else black pepper). A good blood tonic, such as the Blood Support one formulated by Jon Barron and made by Baseline Nutritionals, helps cleanse the blood and the liver and makes the body inhospitable to cancer cells. Cayenne Pepper tincture is a very effective cancer fighter, especially so for prostate cancers and when used in combination with the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese elements of the Budwig diet. Black cumin oil, also known as black caraway seed oil and blackseed oil, has been shown to be a potent cancer fighter and, along with oleander, it is one of the very few natural cancer fighters that have had good success against pancreatic cancer. continued on next page...

Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself. The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself—your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure—all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life. Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you. Philip Berk

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Vitamin B-17, also known as laetrile, is a very potent and proven cancer fighter that is highly recommended although difficult to find (the best source is apricot pits). Note: laetrile by itself, or even as the primary element of a cancer fighting protocol, is best used by people who have been given 12-18 months or longer survival estimates, as it normally works best when taken for a prolonged period of time. Colloidal Silver is another must in my opinion – it has been shown to be deadly to single cell organisms and pathogens, and various cancers have been shown to have viral and/or fungal qualities, at least after they have become established. The caution with Colloidal Silver is that it may also eliminate beneficial bacteria when taken in amounts large enough to fight cancer and so it is a good idea when taking colloidal silver to also supplement with probiotics (yet another good thing to do anyway – especially after cleanses). Many recommend that colloidal silver be taken with Colloidal Gold because gold appears to enhance the silver`s actions when cancer is present. Take one to two ounces or more daily while actively fighting cancer.

Meditate, do yoga, change jobs, retire, go fishing, find a pleasant hobby – do whatever it takes to remove stress and have a positive mental outlook.

Bromelain. Several studies have indicated anti-cancer and anti-tumour properties of the enzyme bromelain, which comes from the pineapple plant. One of the primary anti-cancer properties of bromelain may be it`s ability to help prevent cancer from growing and spreading. Bromelain is also a powerful binder which can greatly increase the absorption of other supplements and medications (for that reason, a qualified medical professional. preferably a naturopathic one, should be consulted before taking large amounts of bromelain with other medications where increased absorption might be a cause for concern). Take 500 to 750 mg capsules thirty minutes before meals or two hours after meals. Good when combined with bromelain. For more information on bromelain see: Bromelain – The Wonder Supplement. Besides attacking cancer, preventing its spread and tumour growth by the process of angiogenesis is critical. Many of the items in this protocol work against angiogenesis; however there are also two powerful angiogenesis inhibitors that should be included for maximum effect: Shark Cartilage and Bindweed. Studies have indicated that shark cartilage is effective at preventing cancer tumours from growing and spreading and bindweed was shown to be 100 times more effective by weight than shark cartilage. Pancreatic Enzymes/Digestive Enzymes, especially those that contain chimotrypsin, have been very effective against cancer, especially pancreatic cancers. Digestive enzymes help in getting tumour response to treatments by disintegrating fibrinoprotein covering of tumours and make easy targets for the immune system to kill cancer cells by natural autophagy means. Also there are studies to show proteolytic enzymes mitigate tumour-induced and therapy-induced side effects, as well as indications that the enzymes are anti-metastatc. Grapeseed Extract has also been a very effective cancer fighter and a supreme antioxidant with many proven health benefits.

STRESS REDUCTION AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE The final key to winning your battle is your mental attitude. Remove as much stress from your life as you can. Stress and worry accomplish nothing – worse, they are actually allies of illness and disease. You have surely heard the term “stress, the silent killer”? It`s true! So you must do whatever it takes to remove stress from your life and make your mental attitude your ally. Meditate, do yoga, change jobs, retire, go fishing, find a pleasant hobby – do whatever it takes to remove stress and have a positive mental outlook. Equally important, if not more so, is addressing any emotional issues from the present or the past which may be contributing to stress and preventing the body from optimal healing – may even have contributed to your development of cancer in the first place. There have been many reports of cancer going into spontaneous remission after people successfully addressed emotional issues and stress. Remember, anyone or any issue which introduces or keeps worry and stress in your life is neither a friend nor an ally during this fight. And make no mistake, it is a fight – likely the most important one of your life. But it is a fight you can win.

CACHEXIA (Wasting/Rapid Weight Loss) Cachexia is loss of weight, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight, and is frequently seen in cancer, especially advanced cancers, HIV/AIDS and other conditions. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), can help prevent cachexia and is considered an essential complimentary supplement. Other items that may help combat cachexia are coconut oil and especially Garden of Life`s

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Primal Defense, a natural blend of 12 species of probiotics and Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs). It helps support normal gastrointestinal balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria, and maximizes the benefits of a healthy diet by supporting normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the gut.

FINAL NOTES Some in the field of natural health will tell you that you can beat cancer through diet alone, or through diet and detoxing. Some of the most effective and popular natural anti-cancer protocols, such as the Budwig Diet, which relies heavily on flaxseed oil and cottage cheese (or yoghurt or quark) are based on such a premise – and the use of flaxseed and cottage cheese as per Budwig`s instructions is very, very highly recommended. A healthy diet and lifestyle is without a doubt an essential foundation for any cancer fighting program; however, our depleted soils and the introduction of modern industrial toxins and contaminants makes it hard to build a strong enough immune system through diet alone. Our immune systems were not designed to handle the multitude of modern toxins they now face, which is why cancer is largely a modern disease. In my opinion, the more weapons you have in your natural arsenal which are compatible with one another, the greater your chances of success will be. That is why I advocate including several of the powerful natural supplements that have been proven to beat cancer and boost the immune system, and which address what we know about cancer. Live long, live healthy, live happy! ✦

References For ovarian cancer, see also: Ovarian Cancer (http://www.tbyil.com/Ovarian_Cancer.htm) To better understand why many of the above elements are included in the All Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol, see: Modern Medicine versus Nature in Treating Cancer – Part One (http://www. tbyil.com/MMvsNature.htm) Modern Medicine versus Nature in Treating Cancer – Part Two (http://www. tbyil.com/MMvsNature2.htm) ✦

From: www.naturalnews.com. Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day” Henry David Thoreau

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Atavistic Regression July 2010

AS A FACTOR IN THE REMISSION OF CANCER By Dr. A. Mares

Meditation helps you to grow your own intuitive faculty. It becomes very clear what is going to fulfil you, what is going to help you flower. ~ Osho

It is suggested that the atavistic regression of the mind in intensive meditation is accompanied by a similar physiological regression, and that this may involve the immune system and so influence the patient’s defences against cancer.

Last year I reported a case of regression of advanced cancer after intensive meditation. It is now 18 months since I first saw the patient. She is well, strong, free of pain, has gained 10 kilograms in weight and leads a very active life. I now wish to discuss some philosophical, psychological and physiological processes which, it would seem, not only explain her recovery, but would also explain the very rare, but nevertheless well-authenticated spontaneous remission of cancer. When something has gone wrong, it cannot come right on the foundations of the faulty state of affairs. First, there must be a going back to that state of affairs which obtained before it went wrong. Sometimes the going back can be achieved by a process of mind, rather than in a purely physical sense. But the basic truth remains that we cannot proceed to a better state by any direct forward move from the faulty state in which we now find ourselves. The growth of cancer is associated with a relative failure of the patient’s immune system. The immune reaction has gone wrong. Before it can come right, there must first be a going back to the state of affairs which obtained before it went wrong. We have within our body innumerable self-righting systems. On this basis, if the faulty immune reaction of the cancer patient could be led back to the state of affairs before the faulty reaction developed, there would seem to be a good chance of an effective normal reaction becoming re-established through the self-righting system of the body. Hypnosis and meditation are slightly different manifestations of the same basis process. I have shown that atavistic regression is the basic mechanism in hypnosis. A similar regression to a simple and more primitive mode of mental functioning occurs in meditation. In meditation the atavistic regression of mental functioning is clearly demonstrable. There is also evidence of an accompanying physiological regression. For instance, I like to meditate at night on the balcony of the high-rise building where I live. In front of me are some pedestrian traffic lights which seldom change, and from my position I can see both the red and the green lights. As my meditation becomes more profound the lights lose their colour. I see neither red nor green, but simply a blob of light. In other words, the physiology of my visual apparatus has regressed to a more primitive mode of functioning which obtained before we evolved the more recently acquired ability of colour vision. The increase in alpha and theta waves in the electroencephalogram in meditation is also probably a regressive phenomenon. From these observations it would seem likely that a degree of general physiological regression follows the regression of mental functioning. If this is so, it may well be that the immune system participates in the general physiological regression. Added to the general regression there is another important mechanism. Anxiety increases cortisone production, and cortisone has an inhibiting effect on our immune systems. Meditation reduces anxiety; so this in itself should have some beneficial physiological effect on cancer growth. I now wish to apply these principles to the pattern of response observed in the patient to whom I referred in the opening paragraph. Just as there are different forms of hypnosis irrespective of depth, there are also different forms of meditation which differ in quality from classical meditation and the modern variants such as transcendental meditation. The main difference concerns its extremely simplicity, in which the patient was brought to experience little more than her being. The significant episode in the patient’s recovery is that after the publication of the report, she had a serious relapse. I went overseas for 3½ weeks and the patient was left to continue her meditation unaided. She soon relapsed. Her breast became hard again and the skin over it became tense and discoloured. Her physical condition had clearly deteriorated. On my return, I enquired in some detail about the way she had been meditating. It gradually became clear that she had changed the pattern of her meditation. With her initial success she had become very confident. Her recovery was hailed as a kind of miracle. Her photograph was in the papers. She gave television and radio interviews and was invited to give talks on how she ‘beat’ cancer. In this burst of confidence, she departed from the extreme simplicity of the meditation she had been taught. She improved upon it. She would tell her cancer to

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get better. She would will it to get better. “I will make you get better.” And of her own initiative she came upon the way of visualising her cancer getting better. In this form of meditation there was clearly little atavistic regression. However, when she returned to the extreme simplicity of the meditation in which she was originally instructed, her breast softened again, she put on weight, and strength returned. She has continued well for the nine months since this episode. From this it would seem that the atavistic regression, the going back to the simple and more primitive pattern of functioning, was an essential factor in the patient’s recovery.

prayer irrespective of the ideational content. In prayers of worship and in prayers of asking the mind remains alert and there is little regression. However, those who pray by experiencing God, or that aspect of God which is within themselves, lose their alertness and cease to function critically. Their mind is functioning at a simple level which is equivalent to the atavistic regression in some form of hypnosis and meditation. There is a kind of unity about it all, and such people may be relieved through their prayer, through their experience of God, through the natural order of things, all of which may be different manifestations of the same basic process. ✦

It would seem that these same principles are applicable to the rare spontaneous remissions of cancer. People are reluctant to discuss the matter of personal prayer, but I have learned over the years that many patients have an unexpectedly active experience of prayer. As with hypnosis and meditation, there are various qualitative differences in

Atavistic feelings or behaviour seem to be very primitive, like the feelings or behaviour of our earliest ancestors. Atavistic regression is a hypnosis-related concept introduced by the Australian scholar and psychiatrist Ainslie Meares. This article was first published many years ago but is relevant now as it was then. Medical Journal of Australia, Vol.2 (1977), No.4, (23 July 1977), pp.132-133.

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Meditation Reduces the Emotional Impact of Pain People who meditate regularly find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less, a new study has found. Scientists from The University of Manchester recruited individuals into the study who had a diverse range of experience with meditation, spanning anything from months to decades. It was only the more advanced meditators whose anticipation and experience of pain differed from nonmeditators. The type of meditation practised also varied across individuals, but all included ‘mindfulness meditation’ practices, such as those that form the basis of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), recommended for recurrent depression by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004. “Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as a way to treat chronic illness such as the pain caused by arthritis,” said Dr Christopher Brown, who conducted the research. “Recently, a mental health charity called for meditation to be routinely available on the NHS to treat depression, which occurs in up to 50% of people with chronic pain. However, scientists have only just started to look into how meditation might reduce the emotional impact of pain.” The study, to be published in the journal Pain, found that particular areas of the brain were less active as meditators anticipated pain, as induced by a laser device. Those with longer meditation experience (up to 35 years) showed the least anticipation of the laser pain. Dr Brown, who is based in the University’s School of Translational Medicine, found that people who meditate also showed unusual activity during anticipation of pain in part of the prefrontal cortex, a brain region known to be involved in controlling attention and thought processes when potential threats are perceived. He said: “The results of the study confirm how we suspected meditation might affect the brain. Meditation trains the brain to be more present-focused and therefore to spend less time anticipating future negative events. This may be why meditation is effective at reducing the recurrence of depression, which makes chronic pain considerably worse.” Dr Brown said the findings should encourage further research into how the brain is changed by meditation practice. He said: “Although we found that meditators anticipate pain less and find pain less unpleasant, it’s not clear precisely how meditation changes brain function over time to produce these effects. “However, the importance of developing new treatments for chronic pain is clear: 40% of people who suffer from chronic pain report inadequate management of their pain problem.” In the UK, more than 10 million adults consult their GP each year with arthritis and related conditions. The estimated annual direct cost of these conditions to health and social services is £5.7 billion. Study co-author Professor Anthony Jones said: “One might argue that if a therapy works, then why should we care how it works? But it may be surprising to learn that the mechanisms of action of many current therapies are largely unknown, a fact that hinders the development of new treatments. Understanding how meditation works would help improve this method of treatment and help in the development of new therapies. “There may also be some types of patient with chronic pain who benefit more from meditation-based therapies than others. If we can find out the mechanism of action of meditation for reducing pain, we may be able to screen patients in the future for deficiencies in that mechanism, allowing us to target the treatment to those people. ✦ From: ScienceDaily, June 2010

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the high cost of

emotional stress By Dr. Ben Kim

Why is emotional stress one of the most significant causes of all chronic health challenges? Because your body cannot defend itself against the damage that emotional stress silently creates over time. Your body pays a heavy physiological price for every moment that you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, and angry.

Emotional stress sets off a series of reactions in your body that involve your sympathetic nervous system, the portion of your nervous system that would increase your chance of surviving if you were to run into a grizzly bear during a hike. In such a situation, your sympathetic nervous system would: • Speed up and intensify your heart and breathing rates, so that you could have more oxygen and nutrients available to your muscles to run or fight. • Divert the bulk of your blood supply to your large muscles groups to run or fight. • Slow or even shut down your digestive system so as to not waste blood, nutrients, and oxygen that could be used to run or fight. • Stimulate the release of extra glucose into your blood to give you a burst of energy.

If your system feels out of balance due to emotional stress you can experience improvement by following these six suggestions to improve your overall sense of well-being.

• Cause your adrenal glands to release epinephrine and norepinephrine to increase cardiac output and increase blood sugar. • Stimulate the release of cortisol from your adrenal glands to increase blood sugar and energy. • Increase the diameter of your pupils to allow for more light to enter your eyes and more acute vision for fighting and running quickly on any type of terrain. Clearly, it is to your advantage to have a healthy sympathetic nervous system and healthy adrenal glands so that you are fully capable of experiencing all of the functions listed above during physical emergencies. What you don’t want is for your body to experience all of the above on a continuous, low-grade level because of emotional stress. And this is exactly what many of us are suffering from in today’s hectic world. There’s really no need to provide a list of health conditions that are partly caused by emotional stress, because every health condition is partly caused by emotional stress. Emotional stress always equals increased output by the sympathetic nervous system, which always equals accelerated aging and breakdown of your tissues. I recommend trying Adrenal Refresh if you have already tried applying the following six suggestions to your daily life and still feel that you need extra support to re-establish healthy baselines for your endocrine and nervous systems.

1. Breathe deeply and regularly Doing so can actually decrease the tone of your sympathetic nervous system and increase the tone of your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the portion of your nervous system that promotes relaxation and good digestion.

2. Spend some quiet time every day in prayer, meditation, or a purposeful relaxation session All three have been scientifically proven to facilitate a relaxation response in your body that can decrease blood pressure, decrease pulse rate, and improve blood circulation. Meditation and relaxation sessions can be greatly enhanced by listening to any number of audio CDs that are designed to facilitate optimal relaxation and mental clarity.

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A Guest House in Your Soul

Emotional and Spiritual Healing

3. Practice visualisation Almost all great athletes practice some form of visualisation. As author Wayne Dyer says, “you’ll see it when you believe it.” Spend some time each day visualising yourself going about your day in a balanced and emotionally poised manner. You can include visualisation in your prayer/meditation/ relaxation sessions.

4. Make sure that you are getting the nutrients that you need for a healthy nervous system Your nutritional status can make all the difference between being able to handle a certain amount of stress without breaking down vs. quickly suffering health problems when faced with stress. While it’s important to your overall health that you eat a well balanced and nutrient-dense diet, for emotional health specifically, it is important to ensure adequate intake of B vitamins, Vitamin D, and two long chain omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.

5. Be honest about your feelings There’s a reason why know thyself is a proverb in virtually every culture of our world. Striving to know yourself and what you are feeling on a daily basis is absolutely essential to preventing unpleasant but genuine emotions from becoming chronic states. Anger, frustration, and anxiousness can all help fuel personal growth and character development if you are honest with yourself and seek to discover their root causes. One of the best methods I can recommend to increase your awareness of what you are feeling is journal writing. The rules are simple: no censorship, no possibility of another set of eyes being able to read your thoughts, just pure flow of thoughts from your mind and heart onto a piece of paper or your computer screen. Regular journal writing in this manner can be extremely beneficial to your emotional health.

6. Move your body It’s a well established fact that regular exercise is one of the best habits you can adopt to help you avoid depression and stay emotionally balanced. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do. What’s important is to be active and use your joints and muscles on a regular basis. ✦

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honourably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~ Rumi

Rumi was a great Sufi poet whose wisdom and heart were as large as the cosmos. His poems ring out truths that even years after they were written are still profoundly meaningful. Rumi wrote about the growth of the soul, about transcendence and metamorphosis. One of his poems about tending to and healing the emotions is particularly relevant. This is a poem about inviting in rather that locking out or rejecting the experiences that come to us on a regular basis. It’s about seeing your illness and pain as guests. It’s about the art of paying attention to the experiences of your life. If you don’t pay attention to your wife, your child, your friend, your fear, or your sadness, the problems can escalate. In our culture, we like to push things down, get rid of them, banish them, drug them into the oblivion of unconsciousness – but here we’re being invited to welcome them all into a guest house. If we suppress our feelings, they keep popping back up, like jack-in-the-boxes. If we pay attention to them, just like human beings, they are magically comforted, soothed and transformed. Your pain is like a weary traveler on the road. You may feel safe enough to open the door and welcome the traveler in. In the guest house inside your deep inner mind, you may be doing the welcoming, or someone else might be there at the door. Who is it? Is it Jeeves the butler? Michael the archangel? A Great Being – or a small child? Bill Cosby’s son used to say, “Hello Friend!” to everyone he met. Simon and Garfunkle used to sing, “Darkness, darkness my old friend…” You have your own way of greeting your pain or suffering, of saying hello to it. You may want to speak to it and say,” Come in. Here’s a place where you can rest your soul.” You may want to begin a conversation by asking it, “What’s happening? Tell me what’s going on. What is your sadness or anger or pain like? Tell me about it. Tell me more.” First there may be some emotions rising up. You can watch them and allow them. When you just “be” with this pain and suffering, a shift happens, a relaxation, a change in quality, a shift in intensity. After you pay attention to it, you may want to ask it what it needs. This is a great transformational question. Does it want some comfort? An arm around its shoulder? A change of clothes so that it can take off its disguise and reveal its true self? Does it want to experience great love? A shift in understanding? A chance for forgiveness? A life transformation? At this point, the pain may have transformed into wisdom in its pure potential. You can ask the Wise Mind to speak about what the meaning of this situation is to your life and then what you might do about it. Is this here to instruct you about what you’re attached to and how you can let go? Is it saying to you that it’s time for a change in your life? Is it saying that you may need a more appropriate form of action in a particular situation? Do you need to treat someone differently? Do you need to become more powerful? Is it time to speak up? Is it time to change the nature and quality of your thoughts? Is it possible to bring spiritual solutions into your life? ✦

Commentary by Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI. www.hypnotherapycenter.com/art_agh.html

From: www.drbenkim.com

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Fish Oil and cancer NEW FINDINGS By Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Swedish scientists recently published an important paper on the

positive impact of omega-3 fatty acids (which are found mainly in fish oil) on a certain type of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma (Gleissman 2010). These Karolinska Institute scientists had previously shown that DHA (the most unsaturated form of fatty acid in fish oil) could cause apoptosis (i.e., programmed cell death) in cancer cells. They have now extended their work to experimental animals, showing that fish oil supplementation caused either stabilization or actual regression of tumors in these animals. As they state, DHA “is a promising new agent for cancer treatment and prevention of minimal residual disease” (ibid). Their conclusions, as I shall show, also have relevance to a broader range of adult cancers. The paper actually encompasses two parts, one on treatment, the other on prevention. In the prevention half, they gave DHA as a food supplement to rats before the animals were implanted with human neuroblastoma cells. (Because they lack a thymus, the rats in question are unable to reject tissue from a foreign species.) In the treatment half of the study, athymic rats that already had established neuroblastomas were force fed DHA daily and their tumor growth and DHA levels were then monitored. The authors concluded that “untreated control animals developed progressive disease, whereas treatment with DHA resulted in stable disease or partial response.” The response depending on the dose of DHA. Neuroblastoma is a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs in children. In fact, it accounts for 6 to 9 percent of all childhood cancers. It is the most deadly solid tumor of childhood outside the brain. “Despite intensive treatment modalities, the cure rate for these patients is less than 50 percent,” the authors report, “and the majority experience relapse from minimal residual disease.” Needless to say, there is an urgent need for new treatment ideas.

control group” (ibid.). One rat receiving the DHA-enriched diet did not develop tumors at all. In the treatment part of the study, the median tumor volume index at the end of the experiment (day 12) was 3.72 for animals receiving one gram of DHA per kilogram of body weight, 5.47 for animals receiving half a gram per kilogram of DHA, and 9.48 in the control animals. The results were statistically significant. Put another way, a high dose of DHA decreased normal tumor growth by about two-thirds. As was predicted in the authors’ ‘omega-3 deficiency’ theory, the level of DHA in the tumor tissue tripled in the higher-dose treatment group vs. the controls. The finding that DHA supplements cut the amount of tumor formation by two-thirds in experimental rats was astonishing, but not exactly new. It was in line with previous findings that a fish oil-enriched diet could inhibit the formation of various other kinds of tumors, including papillomas (Akihisa 2004), breast cancer (Manna 2008, Yuri 2003, Noguchi 1997), cancers of the large and small intestines (Toriyama-Baba 2001) lungs (Toriyama-Baba 2001), colon cancer (Takahashi 1993, Iigo 1997), sarcoma (Ramos 2004), and prostate cancer (Kelavkar 2006). Other studies have shown that omega-3 is strongly associated with a decreased risk of aggressiveness in prostate (Fradet 2006), kidney (Wolk 2006) and breast cancer (Kim 2009). But DHA supplementation worked better at preventing the occurrence or recurrence of tumors than at treating established tumors. “Our study shows that DHA given as a daily oral supplement displays a moderate capacity to reduce neuroblastoma growth in the majority of treated animals,” Judith Gleissman and her Karolinska coworkers wrote, “but not in all.” Some animals simply did not incorporate DHA into their tumor tissue, and it was precisely those animals that did not respond to the treatment.

There appears to be a very special relationship between DHA and nerve tissue. For instance, a deficiency of DHA will lead to delayed neural development. Compared to normal nerve tissue, neuroblastoma is “profoundly deficient in DHA,” whereas the level of the competing omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA) is increased. This suggested to the authors that “an imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may serve as an adaptation mechanism in nervous system tumors.” Logically, then, one might expect the addition of DHA to slow or even stop the growth of neuroblastoma.

Do these recent Swedish findings have relevance to cancers in humans, including, but not limited to, children with neuroblastoma? I believe they do. The authors point to a study in an Inuit population of Alaska, which has a DHA intake several-fold higher than typical Caucasians. In one study, this group’s neuroblastoma rate was one-tenth that of a comparable lower-48 American population (Dewailly 2001). Alarmingly, in most of America, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids has “dropped precipitously” over the past few decades. This bodes ill for American children and their parents and loved ones.

This is indeed what happened when they gave DHA supplements. The authors reported: “In the DHA-supplemented group the mean time to tumor take was significantly delayed compared to the

Eating more fatty fish seems, even more than ever, a prudent thing to do. Children, too, should be encouraged to increase their DHA intake through fatty fish consumption. However, with the Gulf of Mexico oil

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July 2010 spill, finding good sources of non-contaminated fish is likely to become even more difficult than it already has been. High quality supplements of DHA and EPA may thereore be the best solution for most readers. For vegetarians, getting sufficient amounts of DHA and EPA can be a challenge. The best sources are walnuts, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, olive oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, and avocado. DHA supplements derived from microalgae, not fish, are also readily available. There are also three or four clinical trials underway to test the effect of DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids in various kinds of cancer, such as lung, breast and lymphoma. Readers can find out about these by entering the terms “DHA,” “EPA” and cancer into the Clinicaltrials.gov database.✦

References: Dewailly E, Blanchet C, Lemieux S, Sauve L, Gingras S, Ayotte P, Holub BJ. n-3 Fatty acids and cardiovascular disease risk factors among the Inuit of Nunavik. Am J Clin Nutr 2001;74:464-73. Fradet V, Cheng I, Casey G, Witte JS. Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Cyclooxygenase-2 Genetic Variation, and Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk. Clin Cancer Res 2009. Gleissman H, Segerström L, Hamberg M, Ponthan F, Lindskog M, Johnsen JI, Kogner P. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation delays the progression of neuroblastoma in vivo. Int J Cancer. 2010 May 24. [Epub ahead of print] Iigo M, Nakagawa T, Ishikawa C, Iwahori Y, Asamoto M, Yazawa K, Araki E, Tsuda H. Inhibitory effects of docosahexaenoic acid on colon carcinoma 26 metastasis to the lung. Br J Cancer 1997;75:650-5. Kelavkar UP, Hutzley J, Dhir R, Kim P, Allen KG, McHugh K. Prostate tumor growth and recurrence can be modulated by the omega-6:omega-3 ratio in diet: athymic mouse xenograft model simulating radical prostatectomy. Neoplasia 2006;8:112-24. Kim J, Lim SY, Shin A, Sung MK, Ro J, Kang HS, Lee KS, Kim SW, Lee ES. Fatty fish and fish omega-3 fatty acid intakes decrease the breast cancer risk: a case-control study. BMC Cancer 2009;9:216. Manna S, Chakraborty T, Ghosh B, Chatterjee M, Panda A, Srivastava S, Rana A. Dietary fish oil associated with increased apoptosis and modulated expression of Bax and Bcl-2 during 7,12-dimethylbenz(alpha)anthraceneinduced mammary carcinogenesis in rats. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2008;79:5-14. Noguchi M, Minami M, Yagasaki R, Kinoshita K, Earashi M, Kitagawa H, Taniya T, Miyazaki I. Chemoprevention of DMBA-induced mammary carcinogenesis in rats by lowdose EPA and DHA. Br J Cancer 1997;75:34853. Ramos EJ, Middleton FA, Laviano A, Sato T, Romanova I, Das UN, Chen C, Qi Y, Meguid MM. Effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on tumor-bearing rats. J Am Coll Surg 2004;199:716-23. Takahashi M, Minamoto T, Yamashita N, Yazawa K, Sugimura T, Esumi H. Reduction in formation and growth of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine-induced aberrant crypt foci in rat colon by docosahexaenoic acid. Cancer Res 1993;53:2786-9. Toriyama-Baba H, Iigo M, Asamoto M, Iwahori Y, Park CB, Han BS, Takasuka N, Kakizoe T, Ishikawa C, Yazawa K, Araki E, Tsuda H. Organotropic chemopreventive effects of n-3 unsaturated fatty acids in a rat multi-organ carcinogenesis model. Jpn J Cancer Res 2001;92:1175-83. Wolk A, Larsson SC, Johansson JE, Ekman P. Long-term fatty fish consumption and renal cell carcinoma incidence in women. JAMA 2006;296:1371-6. Yuri T, Danbara N, Tsujita-Kyutoku M, Fukunaga K, Takada H, Inoue Y, Hada T, Tsubura A. Dietary docosahexaenoic acid suppresses N-methylN-nitrosourea-induced mammary carcinogenesis in rats more effectively than eicosapentaenoic acid. Nutr Cancer 2003;45:211-7.

From: Cancer Decisions newsletter, 6th June 2010. CancerDecisions is the newsletter of Dr. Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. Subscribe online at: www.cancerdecisions.com

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How to Stay Healthy This Winter Sick of catching colds? These immuneboosting tips will improve your odds of staying healthy. Dose up your vitamin D Miss the sun during winter? So does your immune system. Research has found those low in the “sunshine vitamin” were more likely to get an infection. A 2.5mg dose of vitamin D, which can be found in salmon, milk, eggs or in tablet form, will help keep your body in fighting shape for at least six weeks.

Turn to tea Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants that destroy celldamaging free radicals, says naturopath Mim Beim. According to a Harvard University study, people who drank five cups of black (or green) tea every day for two weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting proteins in their blood. Don’t forget to repeatedly dunk your tea bag while you brew – it will help release more anti-oxidants.

Think zinc A US study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found elderly people with sufficient zinc in their diet were almost 50 per cent less likely to develop pneumonia – and another study shows Australian women are at risk of deficiency. “Even a mild deficiency affects your immune cells’ ability to function properly,” says the University of Newcastle’s Professor Margaret Dunkley. Zinc is found in lean red meat, oysters and nuts.

Go green Spirulina, an algae available at health food stores in tablet or powder form, is a great source of micronutrients that aren’t available in your average diet – and is 14 times more likely to increase your immunity against bacterial infections, according to a University of California study.

Snack well “Probiotics, mainly found in yoghurt, are bacteria that keep the intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs,” says Professor Dunkley. One study found people who drank a daily probiotic supplement took 33 per cent fewer sick days. Look for labels listing “live and active probiotics”. ✦ By Gabriela Baca From: au.lifestyle.yahoo.com, May 2010

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Cleanse and nourish your cells with

with fresh vegetable juices By Dr. Ben Kim I’m often asked to name one thing that can be done

The Right Ingredients

right away to get healthier. With respect to food

The key to making healthy vegetable juices is to make green vegetables the bulk of every serving. Green vegetables won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin level like fruits and sweet vegetables like carrots and red beets will.

choices, the best suggestion I have is to begin drinking freshly pressed vegetable juices. Drinking just one freshly pressed juice each day is a reliable way of infusing your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can protect your cells against premature aging and disease. Almost everyone who has studied nutrition can agree that freshly pressed vegetable juices are highly beneficial to human health. But few people make time to prepare and drink them regularly.

This is not to say that you can’t juice fruits, carrots, and red beets. Fruits and sweet root vegetables can be healthy additions to your drinks, and they’ll definitely add sweetness and flavour. You just want to make sure that they never make up more than one-third of each glass that you drink. And if you have a problem controlling your blood sugar level, you’ll want to use a blood sugar monitor to determine how much is acceptable for you. I’ve worked with dozens of diabetics over the years who haven’t been able to handle even an ounce of fruit, carrot, or red beet juice in their drinks without negative health consequences, so please consider this point before you select your ingredients for juicing. Romaine lettuce is one of the best green vegetables that you can juice. You can also juice other types of green, leafy lettuce like red or green leaf lettuce. For variety, try adding large handfuls of kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, Bok Choy, and any other dark green vegetable that you might steam before eating. For another layer of flavor, you can add a tiny slice of lemon (including the rind for its flavonoids) to your vegetable juices. Some people enjoy adding a clove of raw garlic for even more bite.

Making time to drink vegetable juices isn’t a problem for most people. It’s the time that is needed to wash fresh vegetables, feed them through a good juicer, and clean the juicer afterward that prevents most people from making fresh juices a regular part of their lives. So the first step to incorporating juicing into your life is to fully understand how good it is for your health and why making time to do it daily is one of the very best investments you can make.

Be creative and add any vegetables you crave. You really can’t go wrong as long as you make sure not to use too many carrots, red beets, or fruits. Clearly, organic vegetables are better than non-organic vegetables. But my experiences have led me to believe that the health benefits of drinking juices made with well washed, non-organic vegetables far outweigh not juicing at all. If you are only able to juice non-organic vegetables due to financial or other life circumstances, it’s still well worth your while to do so.

Preparing to Juice We like to fill up the kitchen sink with cold water and dunk all of our vegetables for a good five minutes. Before we pull all the vegetables out to sit in a colander to dry off a bit, we shake them around in the cold water to make sure that we’ve removed any dirt or even bugs that may be hiding in the vegetables, particularly in heads of celery and lettuce. If we know that we need to make a few litres of vegetable juice over several days, we store washed carrots and ribs of celery in containers full of water in the refrigerator. We store leaves of lettuce spread out and stacked vertically in a container with layers of paper towel in between each layer of lettuce to help absorb excess moisture. Fresh lettuce can last a whole week or more when stored in this way. continued on next page...

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• Elimination of stored toxins

If you’re really pressed for time and want to make enough juice to last three to four days, you can make a big batch and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator – not as good as drinking right after pressing, but still likely better than drinking store-bought fruit juices or even vegetable cocktails like V8.

• Improvement with a wide variety of chronic degenerative health conditions, including autoimmune disorders.

The Art of Juicing Juicing is, for the most part, quite easy to do. You make sure that your vegetables are small or crunchable enough to fit through the feeding mechanism of your juicer, and you push them in one at a time. It’s best to juice soft vegetables like leafy greens first, as they are a bit harder to push through the extraction mechanism than firmer vegetables like carrots and celery. Firmer vegetables like carrots and celery can actually help to push any bits of softer vegetables that are deep within the feeding tube of your juicer but not yet completely through the extraction mechanism. With leafy greens, we find that it is best to roll them up into small balls before feeding them through the juicer. This helps prevent a single leaf from getting stuck between the feeding tube of your juicer and the plunger that you use to push the vegetables down. Fruits, like firmer vegetables, can be added near the end, as you are unlikely to have a problem with pushing them down and through the extraction mechanism with the plunger.

How To Carry Out An Effective Juice Fast Now that we’ve reviewed the fundamentals of how to make healthy vegetable-based juices, let’s take a look at how to carry out an effective juice fast. Some people would call juice fasting juice dieting, preferring to reserve the word “fasting” for cases of water-only fasting. Juice fasting and juice dieting are the same for all practical purposes.

Why consider doing a juice fast? Drinking only freshly pressed vegetable-based juices for a day or two or even a week at a time can give your body much needed rest and time to heal itself of chronic health problems. Because vegetable juices are extremely easy to digest, your body can spend much of its resources on healing damaged or exhausted tissues instead of spending its energy on digesting big, heavy meals. You should only do a juice fast after consulting with your health care provider and confirming that your current health status should allow for a safe and effective juice fast.

A properly conducted juice fast may help you experience: • More energy • Healthier skin • Better quality sleep • Improved cardiovascular health • Reduction or elimination of aches and pains in muscles and joints • Decrease or elimination of headaches • Stabilisation of blood pressure • More efficient digestion • Stabilisation of bowel movements • Loss of excess weight

What’s the difference between a juice fast and a water fast? People detoxify and heal more quickly with a water fast than with a juice fast. This is because with a water fast, your digestive passageway and organs are able to rest completely, which allows almost all of your energy to be used for cleansing and repair of damaged tissues. With a juice fast or a cleansing diet of fruits and vegetables, your body must use energy (a minimal amount compared to when you are eating heavier meals) to digest nutrients, leaving less available energy for detoxification and healing. Another significant difference is that more fat tissue is burned during a water fast, as your body must rely exclusively on fat reserves to supply its energy needs after the first one to three days of water fasting. Your body stores the bulk of incoming toxins in your fat reserves. As these reserves are burned for energy during a fast, any stored toxins will be released into your circulation, to be eliminated from your body through channels like your urine and respiratory tract. This mechanism of detoxification also occurs with juice fasting, but at a slower pace. All of this considered, both types of fasting can be helpful to your health. The choice you make should take into consideration your circumstances and goals. Generally, juice fasting allows for more gentle detoxification than water fasting. Juice fasting also allows you to have enough energy to keep up with most of your activities of daily living while you detoxify your tissues, whereas an effective water fast requires almost complete physical rest. Another significant difference is that juice fasting is much easier for most people to stick with. Water fasting is best carried out in a supervised setting while juice fasting is relatively easy to do from your own home.

How long should you juice fast for? It really depends on your health status and goals. If you’re looking to give your body a short but beneficial break, it can be helpful to do a juice fast for 48-72 hours over a weekend. If you’re looking to experience significant detoxification and some big changes with your health, you might consider doing a longer juice fast, somewhere in the ball park of one to two weeks. Although it’s optimal for prepare for a juice fast by eating raw fruits and vegetables for 24 hours prior to beginning with juices only, most people do just fine in starting with juices without a pre-fasting routine. You can drink however many juices your appetite calls for throughout the day. I have found that most people do well with an average of five freshly squeezed juices per day. You can use any of the juice recipes that are listed above, or any similar recipes that you create following your tastes and instincts. While I generally recommend that people use fruit-based juices early on in the day and turn to vegetable-based juices as the day goes on, there’s really no requirement to stick to a specific order of juices.

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You can have another similar meal about two hours after the first one, and continue to eat small portions of fruits or vegetables for the rest of the day.

A typical day of juice fasting might look like this: Honeydew (cut into strips) Lemon wedge 2 carrots 2 ribs of celery 8 leaves of romaine lettuce 3 ribs of celery 2 apples Small handful of strawberries 2 tomatoes 3 ribs of celery 1 carrot Lemon wedge Large bunch of kale 2 carrots 2 ribs of celery

The second day of eating whole foods can include some steamed vegetables along with raw fruits and vegetables. On the third day, you can add a cooked starch, such as a steamed potato or sweet potato. You can also add a grain dish if your appetite calls for it. Beginning on the fourth day of re-feeding, you can add legumes, such as chickpeas or black beans. Beginning on day five, you can add small portions of clean animal foods, such as organic eggs or wild salmon. Beginning on day six, you can return to eating a well balanced diet that includes any healthy plant and animal foods that your body craves.

If necessary, it’s fine to make all of your juices for the day in the morning and to carry a few with you to work in air-tight bottles. If you take a green food supplement, it would be an added bonus to include a tablespoon of such a product to one of your vegetablebased juices. The only caveat is that your green food product should not contain any fillers like lecithin, apple pectin, whole grains, or ground flax seeds. Any green food powder that is used during a juice fast should be composed of 100 percent green vegetables if you are looking for optimal results.

Over the long term, I’ve found that it is best for most people to follow a diet that consists of approximately 80 percent plant-based foods and 20 percent animal-based foods. But again, I always recommend listening to your own instincts and cravings. Please keep in mind that this re-feeding schedule should take into account the length of your juice fast. If you do a three-day juice fast, you probably won’t have any problems following this re-feeding schedule.

I have found that it is best not to take supplements that provide concentrated amounts of high quality fat during a juice fast, such as fish oil, cod liver oil, or flax seed oil.

If you fast for more than a week, you may find that you won’t want to add cooked foods or animal foods back to your regimen until after you spend a few weeks eating raw fruits and vegetables.

The key guiding principle with juice fasting is to follow your instincts. Your body will tell you how many drinks you need per day and what types of vegetables and fruits you need to incorporate into your juices.

One last time, the guiding principle is to follow your instincts.

Ending Your Juice Fast You should end your juice fast by eating whole fruits and vegetables. Good examples include: • Small bowl of watermelon • Small bowl of honeydew • An apple • A pear • Handful of grapes • Cucumber • Tomato • Celery sticks

If you don’t do a juice fast, you can still experience significant health benefits by including vegetables juices in your daily routine on top of your regular food choices. Enough reading about the benefits of drinking freshly pressed vegetable juices. Give it a go and experience some of the benefits yourself! If you don’t have a juicer, two that I can recommend are: The Champion Juicer The L’Equip Pulp Ejector Juicer. ✦ From the blog of Canadian chiropractor and natural health practitioner Dr. Ben Kim: www.drbenkim.com, June 2010.

Be sure to chew your food until liquid. This is critical to maintaining the positive changes tcreated in your GI tract with your juice fast.

Champion Juicers are available for sale from CSA’s Wellness Shop. CAUTION: only do a juice fast after consulting with your health care provider and confirming that your current health status should allow for a safe and effective juice fast.

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juicing tips 1. Drink Them Fresh. Time is of the essence when it comes to freshly made juice. Once juiced, fruits and vegetables lose their protective outer skin and are now open to oxidation. Oxidation will begin destroying nutrients, so ideally we need to drink them right away. Vitamin C, enzymes and phytochemicals are especially sensitive to oxidation.

2. Avoid Juicing Fruits With Low Water Content Bananas and avocados are the two main fruits that are pretty dense and very low in water content. Such fruits do a lot better in the blender. If you really want to have these fruits in your juices then blend them first and then add other juice to them.

3. Don’t Mix Fruits and Vegetables When it comes to food combining fruits and vegetables don’t mix so well in the digestion. They require different enzymes to be broken down and these enzymes will compete with each other to get the job done. This will lower the bio-availability of the juice you are drinking and therefore make it less nutritious, clearly the opposite of what we are trying to achieve! Apples are the one exception, they have a neutral effect and mix fine with vegetables. This is one of the main reasons apples are often added to green juices to sweeten them rather than other kinds of fruits.

4. When To Drink? There are times in the day when we will benefit more from the nutrition a juice provides than others. These times are first thing in the morning, between meals or as a entrée to a meal. First thing in the morning on an empty stomach is prime time because we can be assured that there is nothing else in the digestion for the juice to compete with. A juice taken alone is estimated to be digested and its nutrition completely absorbed into the blood stream within 30 minutes.

5. Juice The Skins And Peels. There are exceptions to this rule when the produce your are juicing is NOT organic. Also avoid juicing the skins of oranges and grapefruits. They contain a substance that is indigestible and harmful in large quantities. Other than this peels and skins are fair game because they are loaded with antioxidants. Most of the flavonoids in apples for example are located in the skins and not so much the pulp of the fruit. handle the taste) adding in the peels or skins will only improve the overall nutritional profile of your juice. ✦

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Add ginger to your juice for protection against cancer! Wouldn’t it be nice to know that every time you took a mouthful of healthy food any cancer cells lurking in your body would take fright and commit suicide? Well that’s probably what happens when you drink a bottle of REAL ginger ale, have a cup of ginger tea or eat a bunch of those delicious slices of pink ginger with your sushi meal. This is more or less what occurs according to new research published in the February 2010 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Those of us who keep an eye on these things have known for many years that several compounds found in the ginger rhizome have anti-cancer activity. Phytonutrients such as zingerone, gingerol, curcumin and paradol have strong anti-mutagenic activity. Not only do they protect against DNA damage and the inflammation that underlies most types of cancer, but they also have the ability to kill existing cancer cells. Now researchers based in Taiwan and the USA have discovered that another gingerbased compound, shogaol also has powerful anti-cancer activities. Shogaol – the Japanese name for ginger – is a pungent compound similar to gingerol that contributes to this spice’s delicious flavor. More importantly, the researchers have found that this compound has the ability to induce leukemia cells to commit hara-kiri – or as the scientists like to call it – apoptosis. Human cells have a built-in timer, the HRK (hara-kiri) gene that programs them to die within a given time frame. This process is called apoptosis – and, as cancer cells do not have this lifespan limiting factor programmed into their DNA, they are more or less immortal and continue to proliferate. However, in spices such as ginger we have allies that can actually induce apoptosis in several cancer cell lines. By means of several mechanisms these compounds have the ability to interfere with cancer at both DNA and cellular level thereby inducing apoptosis in a number of different malignancies. Ginger based shogaol now joins this elite group of cancer fighting compounds as this current laboratory-based research shows that it has the ability to induce apoptosis in human leukemia cells. It will be a long time before anyone will be using shogaol in clinical trials to see if it can successfully treat existing malignancies such as leukemia. However this research does reiterate what many of us have been saying for a long time – that common, culinary herbs and spices contain compounds that have the ability to protect us against cancer and several other diseases. In the mean time we need to look at this research from a preventive rather than a therapeutic perspective. The evidence is there and to benefit from it we need to make a commitment to increase our daily intake of beneficial culinary herbs and spices such as ginger. ✦

Scientific reference: 1. Induction of Apoptosis by Shogaol via Reactive Oxygen Species Generation, Glutathione Depletion, and Caspase Activation in Human Leukemia CellsJ. Agric. Food Chem., February 17, 2010 Po-Chuen Shieh, Yi-Own Chen, Daih-Huang Kuo, et. al. From webMD.com by Sheldon Marks, MD

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The Art of Edgardo Garcia...

“Purple Passion” Amazingly enough the actual lotus flower in the photo I used is even more purple. My koi fish paintings are actually more about the flower and the fish interacting with each other. My intention is more romantic in nature as I ‘m always searching for love in my paintings.

“Love Blossoms” Springtime love eases the mind and lightens the heart. Edgardo Garcia was born in the Phillipines and worked as a professional artist in Hawaii since 2000. He started DAGAR of Light Productions in order to pursue his dream of reflecting the Lord’s Light through painting.

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Reflexology

“Pink Fusion” The lotus flower and koi fish are my latest passion. I love the infinite color combinations that they create which makes for creating compositions fun. For most of my paintings especially the Koi and lotus flowers, I try to express love and relationship between them as a parallel to our own lives.

In fond memory of those who have shared part of their journey with us... Fiona Kaesehagen Julie Spencer

Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow.

The benefits of reflexology include the release of toxins, chemicals and hormones that, in effect, promote relaxation and overall well-being Udo Kannapin will soon be back at CSA. Reflexology appointments with Udo are available from July 21st on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm. Please book in advance on 9384 3544

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In the darker shadow of By Dr. Robert Jones

Dr. Robert Jones has written an autobiography which covers his 36 years as a scientist dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. His revolutionary ideas have the potential to change the current cancer treatment paradigm...yet his research has been largely ignored by the medical establishment.

In the Darker Shadow of Science is an autobiography which covers almost thirty-six years in the life of a scientist dedicated to finding a solution to the most difficult problem faced by medicine ancient and modern; cancer. Seriously disadvantaged by already being in his early forties at the commencement of the project, about to be out of a job, and lacking a medical qualification, the author was beguiled by a revolutionary idea; namely, that modulation of energy metabolism within cancer cells might perhaps be the key to controlling the growth of malignant tumours in the body. In this way the concept of achieving selective destruction of cancerous cells in the living body was followed right through from an original hypothesis to helping patients. Throughout a career spanning over fifty years the author has taken an essentially pragmatic view of science, keenly feeling, in the company of many others, that scientists are under an obligation to advance the human condition in terms of health and social improvement. Against a background of growing concern at the consequences of the increasing spread of radioactivity over the planet in terms of elevated cancer risk, fundamental contributions to the understanding of cell death have been made, which in turn led to the establishment of a simple, safe and inexpensive prototype therapy successful in an encouraging number of cases. As the project progressed scientifically and clinically, not only did support wane and fall away but opposition also grew to a point at which peer communication largely broke down in an atmosphere increasingly charged with hostility. Unable to persuade the medical profession and a sufficient number of patients in this country that the new treatment had anything to offer the victims of cancer, demoralisation gradually set in. The conclusion is drawn that no matter how closely a general solution to the cancer problem is neared, for commercial reasons advances in treatment will be deliberately restricted to small, highly costly steps. Lining pockets is more important to drug companies than getting cancer patients better by cheap and humane means. Inevitably science occupies a central part of the narrative. Technical details have therefore been simplified with a predominantly lay readership in mind. For easy avoidance the more difficult passages, comprising 3% of the text, are rendered in italics. Isolated reports in the medical literature of cancer regression in patients treated with relatively innocuous well-known drugs long out of patent were never followed up. A chance acquaintanceship revealed a phenothiazine, promethazine, as the anti-cancer agent of choice. The publication on the internet of a self-medication protocol opened up valuable contacts in Australia. In scope the work looks outside the field of cancer. The poisoning of battlefields on which munitions containing depleted uranium were used is deplored; the safety of the powerful irritant CS as both aerosol and spray in the control of people is questioned; scientific backup for the Insight team of The Sunday Times over the thalidomide campaign in the United Kingdom was provided; the personal consequences of being on the receiving end of drug-induced psychosis in a senior colleague are described; concern over the hideous effects of caisson disease, leading to almost a year being fruitlessly thrown away, played a part; the increasingly intimidating and senseless economic agenda of the European Union is critically discussed in terms of the effect on cancer treatment; and examples of the dishonest and suppressive manipulation of science by both scientifically illiterate individuals in scientific communication, in government and in the drug companies are highlighted. As scientific biography goes the story is more than unusual; it is explosive. James Watson’s highly successful autobiography, The Double Helix (1968), is the nearest example of comparable works in the genre. Step by step an age-old enigma is seen to be logically unravelled, beginning with a premonition and leading to ultimate scientific, but not commercial, success. The reader follows the central character across the switchbacks of success and failure, sharing emotional highs and lows. Despite running into an occasional blind alley, the central problem was kept in steady focus throughout. Progress largely depended upon a combination of persistence and serendipity. Towards the end of the story the covert role of the drug companies in thwarting the project slowly emerged. A more recent example: the publication of the second edition in 2009 prompted the appearance on the web of a document, Promethazine == Teratogenic Agent, which appears when promethazine and cancer are entered into Google. Not only is the drug not teratogenic, but other sites recommend its use as the agent of choice for the treatment of morning sickness. More problems are anticipated. The work ends on an ambivalent note; had the effort of a lifetime had been foolishly squandered, or was the hope that one day vindication might be achieved genuine and not illusory? Let the reader judge. ✦

From: Robert Jones, June 2010. In the Darker Shadow of Sicence is available for loan from the CSA library: www.cancersupportwa. org.au. Dr Jones’reserch on Phenergan [promethazine] and Calcium is featutred on the research pages of our website.

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