The big “C” strikes fear and extreme anxiety into the hearts of most people. It seems everyone has been touched in some way by this horrid disease. The standard course of treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation, can be worse than the disease itself. The theory is that these “poisons” will kill the cancer at a faster clip than they will harm your normal cells. I am offering the following two videos from our friend, Dr. Gregor, with the hope that the new research he cites will encourage you to consider both preventing and treating cancer in a natural, safe and effective manor that is free from the devastating side effects. You owe it to yourself, and perhaps your loved ones, to take the time to watch these powerful videos. God bless
MS, multiple sclerosis, a frightening diagnosis. What would you do? Read this remarkable testimony about the power of your fork!
“Life can change in a moment. It did for me”
October 11, 1995 started out like any other grueling 24-hour shift at the hospital. I was a young, energetic physician living what I considered to be an extraordinary life. But this night was more exhausting than any I could remember. Deeply fatigued, I finally made it to bed around 3 am. Within the hour, I was awakened by a call from the emergency room. As I leapt out of bed, I experienced something so foreign that it simply took my breath away. During this brief nap I had lost feeling in my lower extremities. Something was terribly wrong. I was emergently rushed off to an MRI that revealed multiple plaques in my brain and spinal cord, confirming a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
I was no longer Dr. Stancic, making early morning rounds on her patients. I was now the newly admitted MS patient, lying in a bed as a flock of medical students and doctors took turns assessing my deteriorating neurological status. Soon thereafter came a parade of drugs with their numerous side effects, all intended to mitigate the frightening progression and symptoms of MS. I had become a drug-dependent, sick young woman struggling to accept her fate. MS had swiftly swept away my dreams and aspirations, and left behind a shadow of my former self.
In the fall of 2003, after nearly a decade of a life compromised by chronic illness, a pivotal and enlightening event occurred. I came across an article in a medical journal touting the benefits of blueberries in MS patients. The article summarized findings suggesting that MS patients who ate blueberries had improved symptoms compared with those who did not. The investigators attributed these results to the berries’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The scientist in me was skeptical, but this publication had the effect of igniting my curiosity. Could food play a role in ameliorating or even preventing chronic illness?I was consumed by this idea, and driven to explore existing medical literature in search of answers. What I found was both illuminating and transformative. There was ample evidence in respectable peer-reviewed medical journals that our diets do play a key role in the development of chronic illness!
I wondered how this topic had escaped our medical school curriculum. The power of healing that lies in a whole-food, plant-based diet is incalculable and unquestionable. I was inspired by what I had discovered and felt compelled to personally adopt this lifestyle. I discontinued all my medications and focused on optimizing my diet.
Over the years that followed, I felt stronger and energized. Remarkably, after years of difficulty walking unassisted, my neurological deficits gradually improved. I felt renewed and infused with a great sense of hope. I decided to take up jogging, which evolved to running. In the spring of 2010 I ran a marathon. It was truly an extraordinary experience.
As a physician observing unnecessary suffering and loss, I felt compelled to spread the word of this seemingly untapped therapeutic resource with whomever was willing to listen. Regrettably, in speaking to colleagues, I found many did not share my level of enthusiasm or acceptance that this approach was valid.
My sense of alienation lifted after watching Forks Over Knives. I was reinvigorated by witnessing other like-minded physicians practice medicine with this philosophy. Today, my focus is educating patients on the value of a whole-food, plant-based diet, with an eye toward reducing prescription drug dependence.
Patients need to learn that they do have control of their individual health outcomes. For my patients, watching this film is a mandatory part of their care plan. The film effectively reinforces all that we discuss, and its impactful style is both educational and entertaining.
We can, as a society, shift and make the necessary changes to improve our health and well-being. Life can change in a moment … and that can be a very wonderful thing.
I am repeatedly impressed with the brilliance of Nike’s slogan “Just Do It”. It’s simple, direct and really cuts through all the excuses, roadblocks, procrastinations and fears we tend to give power to and allow to block us from a more fulfilling life. Whether it’s exercise, diet or career oriented, the mantra of “Just Do It” playing over and over in your mind can have a profound effect. How about using this strategy with what is probably the most important quality of all…..happiness? Skeptical? If so, it’s because you are either erecting those imaginary barriers mentioned above or you believe happiness somehow resides outside of yourself and therefore is not within your control. Once you fully grasp the reality that happiness is a conscious decision and fully within your control, you can work through the artificial barriers by practicing proven strategies like the ones below.
One of the quotes spiritualist Dr. Wayne Dyer uses often is illustrative of the principle you need to internalize regarding happiness, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”. Thinking something outside yourself like material possessions, fame, status or reputation will make you happy is a recipe for disaster or, at least, a very rocky road in life. It puts your level of happiness at the mercy of things over which you have no control. On the other hand, accepting responsibility for your happiness and taking effective steps to insure it will produce amazing results.
Start today by consciously incorporating these habits into your life:
Appreciate life ~ Develop an attitude of gratitude and count your blessings! When you start looking for things to be thankful for, you’ll discover more reasons to be grateful.
Keep learning ~ Invest time and energy into continually learning and developing new skills. Keep your brain stimulated with exciting information and hobbies.
Do what you love ~ This may seem obvious, but a majority of people dislike their job! Choose a career that you enjoy and make time in your schedule for your hobbies and to pursue special interests.
Laugh a lot ~ Don’t take life too seriously! Laugh at yourself, make light of your circumstances and infuse fun into daily activities.
Forgive ~ Holding onto anger, resentment or jealousy will only hurt you. Learn to forgive others and yourself for mistakes. Let it go and move on.
Meditate ~ More and more research is showing that meditation has major benefits on health and well-being. It increases positive emotions, life satisfaction and immune function.
Love ~ Nurture your relationships with friends and family and make it a priority to spend time with and to support your loved ones.
Stop comparing ~ Happy people don’t waste their time worrying about what other people think, or with gossiping. Let go of the need to judge or criticize. Instead, concentrate on creating and living YOUR best life.
Be positive ~ Make an effort to see the glass half full and always look for the silver lining in any situation. If you notice a negative thought creeping into your mind, counteract it with a powerful, positive affirmation.
Surround yourself with the right people ~ Surround yourself with happy, positive people who truly want the best for you, who take you higher and support you on your journey to success.
You’ll notice that every one of the recommendations above requires a conscious decision on your part, followed by a specific action. Happiness is within your control so “Just Do It“!
What is it that makes marijuana have such a dramatic physiological and psychological effect on humans? It’s a biological mechanism at work in all of us, called the Endocannabinoid sysytem (ECS), that includes specific receptors in our cells, named in honor of the profound effect on this system of Cannabis sativa L, or marijuana. The external stimulation of these cannabinoid receptors within us, mainly the CB1 and CB2 receptors, regulate important functions of all mammals, such as sleep, digestion, mental processes and mood. The receptors for cannabinoids are one of the most abundant receptors in the human brain and are expressed in nearly every tissue and cell. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and nervous system, while CB2 are related primarily to our immune systems.
Happily, scientists have recently discovered different plants with compounds that can modulate the ECS like marijuana. If you want to stimulate the CB2 receptors and mimic the immune boosting effects of cannabis, go with echinacea, citrus and broccoli, but these will not give the same psychotropic effect. To stimulate the CB1 receptors found in the brain and neurons, the answer is…….carrots!
So why not just stick with marijuana and avoid having to find other sources that mimic its effects? You’ll find the medical answer to that question in the short video below, not to mention the obvious legal ramifications.
- New Ruling Finds MARIJUANA To Be The MOST MEDICINAL PLANT In The WORLD (secretsofthefed.com)
Happy Labor Day! Despite the title of today’s holiday, I am not inclined to spend a whole lot of time “laboring” and was very happy to have come across the video below by our friend Dr. Greger. Two interesting facts; our digestive system has as many nerve cells as our spinal cord and 100 times more contact with the outside world than our skin. Didn’t know that! Also didn’t know that our gut functions like a second brain in many ways. Could it be that our two “brains” actually communicate with each other? It’s been clinically demonstrated that our emotional state does indeed have an effect on our digestive system. High states of stress lead to reduced immune function and a substantial decrease in the “good” bacteria found in our gut. But does it work the other way? Can we affect our waking mental state by attending to the proper health of our second brain? Thanks to recent scientific studies, we now have a resounding “YES!” to that question. Check it out:
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I’d like to share with you a dilemma that hopefully will spark some feedback and perhaps amplify the message that cancer can be prevented and treated most effectively by our bodies’ own natural defense systems. The fact is we are all fighting cancer constantly, day and night, through the innate function of our subconscious, complicated immune systems. Rogue cells pop up naturally in the body’s process of continually replenishing the millions upon millions of cells that make up our physical selves. These rogue cancer cells have an inherent survival mechanism that has them competing with our normal, healthy cells for both nourishment and physical space. Unchecked, the cancer can spread and have the devastating effects we have all become too used to experiencing; tumors that eventually make it impossible for our bodies to continue vital functions. Normally, our immune systems are functioning properly and these rogue cancer cells are identified and killed, but environmental factors can sometimes interfere and compromise the immune system’s effectiveness, allowing cancer to take hold. Of the myriad factors that can play a role in the effectiveness of your immune system, nutrition has been scientifically proven to have a profound, selective effect. The food you eat can result in either the material fortification of your immune system or the actual fueling and acceleration of cancer cell growth.
So, back to the dilemma. Armed with this knowledge about the impact nutrition can have on both the prevention and treatment of cancer, to what extent do you go to try to get this message across to someone being treated for the disease? The situation is more complicated in that this person is a nurse with whom I only have a nodding acquaintance in the Emergency Department where I volunteer. I know she is going through the standard medical approach of chemotherapy, which is counter-intuitive to the immune system argument because it basically requires heavy doses of poison, further compromising the immune system with the hope that the cancer cells will die faster than the rest of you. However, the clinical data are now pointing to nutrition as being a more effective, safe and less costly treatment protocol. I thought about slipping an anonymous note on her desk with the titles of several documentaries making the case, like Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, The Beautiful Truth, Hungry For Change and Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. On the one hand, I don’t want to offend her because most of these sources also emphasize the ancillary benefit of losing weight and my guess is she would currently be considered obese using the Body Mass Index (“BMI”). However, on the other hand, we’re talking about life and death here and there is a large part of me that believes she deserves to at least be educated, after which she can make her own decision.
What I have decided to do, and this could be relevant to those of you in a similar situation, is to share a copy of “The Cancer Survivor’s Guide“, a scientifically-based publication by a group of doctors that not only makes the case for nutrition as an effective cancer treatment, but is also a practical guide on exactly what to do. Armed with this information as a base, she can then make a personal decision to continue the investigation. You can download your own copy of this valuable resource here.
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- Immune system boost ‘fights cancer’ (bbc.co.uk)
Before becoming much more aware of nutrition and and the role it can play as both fuel and medicine, I’m not sure I was ever even aware of the terms prebiotics or probiotics. I have come to appreciate both the importance of both these ingredients to our digestive systems and the growing body of scientific evidence defining the role they play in boosting our immune system. First, the definitions excerpted from Wikapedia:
“Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system in ways claimed to be beneficial to health”
Simply put, probiotics are the “good” bacteria in our gut and prebiotics are what specifically feeds these bacteria. Okay, so why should you be aware of and intent on getting both of these components into your nutrition? Well, collectively, they inhibit the presence of pathogens (infectious agents that cause disease) within our bodies and appear to improve the following health issues:
- Lactose intolerance
- Colon cancer
- Blood pressure
- Immune function and infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
- Viatmin production
- Calcium and other mineral absorption
- Bowel pH
- Intestinal regularity
A word of warning; immediately adding a substantial quantity of prebiotics or probiotics to your diet may result in an increase in gas, bloating or bowel movement initially. but these effects usually dissipate with continued use and the benefits far out weigh the temporary inconvenience.
In the absence of those conditions mentioned above, the most dramatic effect can be seen in something as simple as the common cold. I can personally attest to the fact that, since going plant-based and supplementing with prebiotics and probiotics through Shakeology, I have not had one cold in over 5 years. More importantly, a recent, credible clinical trial, highlighted in the short video below, now clearly demonstrates the dramatic effect prebiotics and probiotics have on our immune systems.
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- Probiotics – What Are They and Why Do We Need Them? (naturallyselectiveblog.wordpress.com)
- What are prebiotics? (yourmicrobiome.wordpress.com)