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March 14, 2011
by Rhonda

iodine, kelp, iodine pills and radiation

You need to take kelp regularly, everyday, to prevent your thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine.

Kelp is a food that naturally contains iodine.  If your thyroid has enough iodine already, it will not need to absorb the radioactive iodine.

Iodine was given to people at the Chernobyl. They are giving it to people in Japan. Don’t wait for the government to give you iodine.  Take a natural food, like kelp, that contains moderate amounts of iodine.

There is iodine in salt, but you probably aren’t getting enough iodine from it.

Kelp is an edible seaweed. You can get it in a capsule form, a pill form, or as a powder.

Take kelp now, if you don’t already, in case there is any radioactive fallout from Japan. Take at least 1 – 5 capsules of kelp a day. If you are not used to it, start with one and build up.

The daily recommended allowance of iodine is 150 mcg (micrograms) for an adult. Most kelp capsules, like the one pictured here,  contain 780 mcg, (listed as .78 miligrams).  If you are deficient, and most people are, you need between 12 to 50 mg per day.

I have been taking kelp  for many years and my 19 year old daughter started taking it 2 month ago, and has found it increases her energy. No ill effects.  It’s good for you. It is key to preventing breast cancer.

Make sure you are also getting enough selenium (about 100 mcg). The body needs selenium for the iodine to work.

No Thyroid?

My father has been taking it for the last 30 years, (he had his thyroid removed in 1983 due to thyroid cancer).  He’s very fit.

You can still by Thyrosafe pills - click on this photo

Emergency Iodine Pills

If you are directly exposed to radiation you need a lot more iodine.  In this case you need an iodine pill like Thyrosafe and the government may distribute them.  You might want to get a pack of these…in case….but they are for emergencies only. They have side effects, and may harm your thyroid.

March 10, 2011
by Rhonda

The Herceptin Miracle – Be careful what you wish for

Cancer societies are backed by Drug Companies, and Cancer Societies use women’s stories to lobby for funding for drugs.

Women around the world are demanding the right for the drug Herceptin.  The new drug that will cure breast cancer!   Governments are holding back, and limiting who will be funded for this drug.  People are outraged.  However, this drug is not the most miraculous miracle.

Herceptin, also called Trastuzumab, is usually given to women after the regular chemo and surgery are finished.  This could be 6 – 9 months after the treatments start.

It is only given to women whose tumours are Her-2 postive because it is only effective on this form of breast cancer.  They determine this by analysing the tissue from a biopsy, or surgery.  Her-2 postive cancer is  more agressive then other forms of breast cancer.

The drug has serious possible side effects.  They will warn you that you may have a heart attack the first time you take it.  After that you  won’t likely have a heart attack.  But you should expect some damage to your heart because the drug is cardio toxic.  They  monitor your heart during the dose, and sometimes after that.

The drug is supposed to double your chance of survival, which sounds good….but the way my oncologist explained it to me is, if your
likely hood of  surviving 5 years is 3 percent, (without all the other treatments)   then herceptin increases your survival another 3 percent.  (I was told that the surgery, chemo and radiation increase my chance to 20%, and the herceptin added 3% more to this.)

The cost for this drug (when I did it 6 years ago) was $30,000.  They had just started paying for it in Ontario.  People were selling their houses to get it before that.  The drug company promotes it as a miracle drug, so women believe in it. I’m hoping that eventually they come up with better miracles then this.

Yes, you should have access to this drug, but be aware that it may only marginally improve your survival and  it may hurt you.  Be wary of institutions that promote news stories, and petitions about  the  struggle between the poor victimized women, and their ruthless governments.  This publicity may benefit these women, but it definitely benefits the drug company.

If you want to improve your chances of survival by a few percentages, there are many strategies you can take, all of them improving your chances by a few percentages.   Do not leave your life and health up to institituions.  You have some responsiblity for your own health and survival.

February 13, 2011
by Rhonda
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primal blueprint

Book Review

Summary:  Sorry earth creatures, I’m gonna catch you and eat you.

The Primal Blueprint is written  for people who want to lose weight.  Interesting though,  the authur, Mark Sisson has come to many of the same conclusion as I have, in my quest to survive cancer and recover from chemo.

Everyone innately knows that a natural diet and way of life will give health…   But we need to revisit the question, ” what is natural?”  Everyone looks to the past for answers… but some, like Sisson, look to the distant past, before farming became a way of life.

What does this mean?  Eat what you can imagine catching or finding.  Vegtables, meat, fish, fruit.

Many of our health problems relate to sugar and grains.  These things are very hard on our body, and once these are gone from our diet, many minor torments will disappear.   Natural oils and fats are recommended and many man made oils, like corn oil… are to be avoided.

Many naturopaths will advise cancer fighters not to eat meat.  (Including my own dear naturapath.)   I have tried vegetarianism, and macroboiotics.  Each time, when I returned to eating meat, I was noticeably stronger.  I suspect that people who advocate vegetarianism do so for ethical reasons.  I have not seen any human studies that relate eating meat to cancer.  Of course, you must only eat naturally raised, drug free, and hormone free meat.

Sisson’s got some ideas about exercise that might seem crazy to you now… but in time you might just find yourself jumping for joy, or engaging in fisticuffs…

I agree with Sisson’s findings, and his approach is useful to cancer fighters in general… just add to this fresh vegetable juices and nutritional supplements, because we need extra help.

October 4, 2010
by Rhonda

Breast cancer linked to mouse virus

According to this video, current studies are showing that 30-40 percent of breast cancer may be caused by an infectious virus that may be spread by mice. More studies are needed to find ways of preventing the spread of this virus and treatments specific to this type of cancer.

In the meantime… keep your immune system strong!

September 21, 2010
by Rhonda

pumpkin pie – gift from the ancestors

The Mystical Pumpkin

This voluptuous vegtable transported Cinderella, nurtured Peter P. P. Eater, kept his wife well, and of course, it’s the face of Halloween.

Food  makes it’s way to myths and fairy tales  for a reason.  The ancients are trying to tell us something. In this case, they are saying “children… eat pumpkin”.

Pumpkin Nutrients:
Home cooked and canned are both nutritious. But don’t eat too much raw pumpkin or fresh pumpkin juice .
– Excellent source of vitamin A, (alpha and  beta carotene) which prevents cancer, important for night vision, and slows down the aging process
– Vitamin b5 (pantothenic acid) balances hormones
– Vb9 (folate)
– Vitamin e
– Potassium
– Magnesium
– Fiber

How to cook the Pumpkin
Use a pie pumpkin if you can.  They are a bit smaller & rounder then a Halloween type pumpkin.  But they all work. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove seeds and strings and bake at 350 till tender.  After it cools take off the skin and puree in food processor (or mash).


This delicious pie is full of goodness (except for the sugar, of course). Use organic ingredients if possible.

I often bake it on a bed of toasted walnuts, instead of making a crust, for home use.  It’s easier and healthier.  But if I am baking it as a gift, I go for the crust.

The Crust

½ cup of almonds (or walnuts) coarsely chopped.
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour, (or 1 cup of unbleached sifted flour)
3 tablespoons ground flax
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
8 tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons of cold water

Toss the nuts, flour salt and sugar in a bowl.  Then cut in the butter using knives, pastry thing, or dough hook.  Then add the water.  Press into a 10” pie pan and bake for 10 minutes before filling

The Filling

    2 cups of pureed pumpkin
    1 cup of cream or milk
    4 eggs, whisked
    1 cup of sugar, (or ½ cup of maple syrp and 1/3 cup of sugar, and use ¼ cup less milk)
    2 tsp Cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground cloves
    ¼ Nutmeg
    1 ½ tsp ginger
    Candied ginger optional, chopped

Mix together. Pour into pie shell.  Add chopped candied ginger.

Bake at 350 until set in the middle.

More Goodness in Pie

  • Cloves – gets rid of parasites, contains eugenol, anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant
    Cinnamon – regulates blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, fights leukemia and lymphoma
    Ginger -fights inflammatory disease, lymph cleansing
    Eggs – protein, may prevent breast cancer, good for eyes, nails, hair
    Flax seeds – fight breast cancer
    Nutmeg – good for liver and kidneys, anti declamatory…but too much (over 6 tablespoons in one day) is poisonous
    Walnuts – vitamin e, fibre, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids
    Butter-vitamin a, lauric acid, selenium, anti oxidants
    – protein


September 17, 2010
by Rhonda

Knit your own breast

If you’re handy, you might want to make your own breast.  Beryl  has kindly supplied the  pattern on her site.

Or, you can order one in any colour, size or style.

My friend knitted me up one in light pink cotton, and I like to stuff it into my bathing suit, or yoga top, especially on a hot day.

These are fun and not scary like a some breast forms.


September 10, 2010
by Rhonda

B Vitamins Fight Cancer

B Vitamins fight cancer. I have been taking a B vitamin complex since completing chemo in 2005.  I also consume foods high in Vitamin B’s.

Even though I take supplements, I make sure I get my B’s in a natural food form too, because the  body absorbs the vitamins from food differently then from supplements.  Food combines vitamins and mineral in ways that science is just beginning to understand.

If you take a specific B vitamin, take a B complex as well,  because they work together. Taking a single B vitamin can cause a depletion in the other B vitamins. I take B50’s which is a balanced combo of all the B’s and inositol.

Studies show that women with breast cancer have low levels of vitamin B.

How do B vitamins prevent cancer?
– Niacin breaks down excess estrogen and repairs damaged DNA, and suppresses tumour growth.
– B6 slows the growth of of estrogen receptor positive  and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer.
– Vitamin B12 reduces breast cancer in post menopausal women.
– IP6 combined with inositol (in a ratio of 4 to 1) helps your killer cells to target the cancer cells and  slows the cell division of cancer cells.

Why you might not be getting enough B’s

Your body can be depleted of vitamin B from stress, estrogen from taking the pill, alcohol, some drugs, raw egg whites or by a vegetarian diet.

What else do Vitamin B’s do?

Chemo recovery

Do not use B vitamins when taking chemo because they may make the chemo less effective.

But definitely take them when you are done chemo. I found that part of my feet, and some of my fingers were numb for months after I finished chemo. The B’s helped repair this nerve damage. I have regained all feeling back.

The B’s also  help you rebuild white blood cells, and promotes the manufacture of red blood cells.

Biotin  helps hair growth. I take extra biotin everyday to try and recover from the hair loss caused by chemo.

Help Stress
B vitamins use to be known as the stress vitamin.  Vitamin B’s help you deal with stress, and the symptoms of stress. You use  up your B vitamins when you are under stress.  So it’s important to make sure you replenish them.

Mental Health
B12 slows the progression of Alzheimer’s, so it probably helps chemo brain too.
It helps some forms of  mental some  illness.

B’s also, strengthens your immune system, lowers cholesterol and gives you energy.

Quality Food Sources
Beef liver (the best source of b12)
Fish (Salmon, Snapper, Tuna, Sardines, Clams)
Brewer’s yeast

Problematic Food Sources
Beans, Brown rice, Whole grains and Oatmeal.  These contain Vitamin B’s but are hard on the  digestive track, and the insulin required to digest them has a negative effect on the immune system.

September 4, 2010
by Rhonda

10 Rules to Kick Sugar Addiction

These tips help to stabilize your blood sugar levels – the key to ending sugar cravings:

1.Take chromium supplements
2. Avoid and reduce carbs
3. Eat high protein snacks like cheese, eggs, nuts and meat
4. Eat only 85% chocolate
5. Eat a high protein breakfast
6. Don’t eat artificial sweeteners
7. Eat fresh fruit and berries for dessert
8. Clear out sugary  foods and baked goods from your house
9. Replace white rice with brown rice, and limit intake
10. Exercise regularly to stabilize blood sugar level

September 3, 2010
by Rhonda

Quit Sugar Now! The 6-week plan

You must quit sugar.

Sugar is addictive, and it has the addictive quality of a drug. You will crave it, but after a few days of no sugar, the cravings go away. The more you eat, the longer it may take to adjust.  But you will.

If you are fighting cancer this is essential.  Eating sugar makes your body a friendly place for cancer and other diseases.

Week 1: quit soft drinks and bottled juice

Week 2: replace cereal breakfast, with eggs or unsweetened yogurt

Week 3: quit candy, cakes, cookies, muffins, granola bars and gum

Week 4: cut out sugar from tea and coffee

Week 5: reduce bread, pasta and rice intake by 50%.

For example, if you have bread for lunch, don’t have bread products for supper

Week 6: reduce alcohol consumption

Limit drinks to 1 per day.  Red wine is best, white wine or beer is second best.  Avoid other types of alcohol

August 17, 2010
by Rhonda
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Fresh Pineapple Juice fights cancer

Pineapple contains Bromelain

Bromelain is a digestive enzyme that has shown in studies to protect against breast and lung cancer.  It is has anti inflammatory, anti invasive and anti metastasis (spread of cancer) qualities.

Tumours often have a protective covering made of fibrin that can be dissolved by the  bromelain.  Once this coating is dissolved, the white blood cells identify them as foreign cells and  break them down.

Pineapple also:

  • – activates the immune system
  • – fights  many inflammation based diseases such as arthritis and gout
  • – aides digestion by breaking down  protein
  • – contains vitamin C

How to make fresh pineapple juice

First,  you need fresh pineapple…canned pineapple and canned pineapple juice  is cooked, and does not have the same nutritional and medicinal qualities as fresh.

What i do

I have been using this breville elite juicer for 5 years. It's the best. It's fast, friendly...but a bit expensive.

  • – I eat one or two pineapples a week (as juice).
  • – I add a tablespoon of yogurt to get the probiotics, for my digestive system and immune system
  • – I add 1 teaspoon of modified fruit pectin, (has shown to slow down spread of cancer in animal studies)
  • – I add vitamin d in the winter, because lack of vitamin d causes cancer