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What is "chemo brain" and how to avoid it
This "forbidden" food could be the biggest health breakthrough of our time!
Your whole life, you've been warned that this substance can wreak havoc on your health.
But the bad rap could be for nothing. Because research proves this shunned food:
And you should see how it helps you drop weight!
How can one food--especially one we're told to stay away from--do so much?
More importantly--what is it? And how can you get your hands on it?
I had only heard of "chemo brain" once before, when I interviewed a young man at Dr. Ursula Jacob's clinic in Germany's Black Forest a few months earlier. The young man had had heavy doses of chemotherapy before discovering alternative treatments at Dr. Jacob's clinic. He told me he had "chemo brain."
The young lady in West Palm Beach described what it's like to have "chemo brain." She said, "I have short-term memory problems, and there doesn't seem to be anything that can be done for it." That's tragic. The high-dose chemotherapy aged her brain by many decades, leaving her with a memory problem similar to early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
But the catastrophe of "chemo brain" need not happen to any cancer victim. That's because high dose chemotherapy is optional. You make the choice.
So is high dose radiation. One of Germany's top cancer doctors told me that a cancer patient who gets the lifetime maximum exposure to radiation can never recover: the blood will be impaired for life.
A conventional doctor may try to scare a patient into high dose chemotherapy and radiation. Indeed, many cancer doctors tell their patients, "Without chemo and radiation, you'll be dead in six months," or words to that effect. But conventional chemotherapy and radiation are two choices among many different treatment options for cancer. And it's the patient -- not the doctor -- who ultimately makes the choice. The patient is the boss. It's a matter of health freedom.
Health freedom advocate Ann Fonfa -- the founder of the Annie Appleseed Project and this annual conference -- passionately spreads information about cancer treatment alternatives just as the American folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) planted apple seeds wherever he went.
How Ann survived breast cancer without chemo or radiation
Ann's story of how she survived breast cancer is remarkable. She was first diagnosed in 1993 and underwent surgery. The cancer came back in 1995. Altogether she's had 25 tumors -- nine in the breast and 14 on the chest wall. She decided against radiation because there was no proof that it offered her any benefit.
Ann also rejected chemotherapy because of her sensitivity to chemicals. She was so sensitive that if she sniffed an aspirin, she could pass out. She got into a support group, and the others asked her, "Ann, what are you going to do?" She had no idea.
From the beginning of her ordeal, Ann believed she wasn't going to die from cancer. Her breakthrough happened when she met a woman who gave her all sorts of information and advice. When Ann heard that this woman was a ten-year breast cancer survivor, she was filled with happiness to hear that you could survive cancer!
Ann considered various alternative therapies and tried some of them, including high dose vitamin A and Chinese herbs. She discovered Chinese herbs in 2001 after she met Dr. George Wong, master Chinese herbalist. That solved the problem for her.
From the speaking platform at the West Palm Beach hotel, Ann asked her audience, "Is that what everyone should do? No. You have to find something that works for you. When you try a therapy, stay the course, but if you see no progress after six months, try something else. There's no single magic bullet. It's whatever works for you."
Another cancer survivor who told her story from the platform was naturopath Lisa Alschuler, N.D., who co-authored the book Using an Integrative Approach.
Dr. Alschuler was on the staff of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, an organization that integrates some alternative treatments with conventional medicine. Nearly three years ago, at the age of 42, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She used conventional therapy plus integrative treatments.
Most people don't realize the extent to which severe stress can devastate the immune system. Dr. Alschuler pointed out that stress can cut the immune system's NK cells down by half! Although it's impossible to eliminate stress altogether, it's essential for cancer patients to learn to manage their stress and keep it under control.
The adage that "laughter is the best medicine" is literally true. Laughter and feelings of joy, relaxation and serenity increase NK cell activity.
Why night nurses get more cancer
Getting more sleep is also essential to cancer recovery, she said. One of the other speakers, Christine Horner, M.D., pointed out that night nurses have a 50 percent higher risk of breast cancer and that the time you go to sleep has a huge effect. Similar increases in cancer rates have been observed among other night shift workers. She recommended trying to sleep from 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
For an eating plan, Dr. Alschuler recommends a "rainbow diet" of colored fruits and vegetables, minimal sugar, and six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Eating right and exercising, she said, are a powerful combination: just 30 minutes a day of exercise can reduce breast cancer deaths by half and prostate cancer deaths by almost a third.
Eating the right foods the wrong way won't help
As important as it is to eat the right foods, it's equally important to eat them the right way. Many people are in the habit of eating too fast and wolfing down their food before chewing it enough. Dr. Alschuler advises chewing your food to the consistency of oatmeal. Keep chewing it until it reaches that consistency and then swallow it.
Dr. Alschuler helped one patient solve the problem of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with this recommendation alone! Thoroughly chewing food caused that patient's IBS to disappear.
One of the physicians who addressed the conference was Dr. Richard Linschitz, M.D., of Glen Cove, New York. He's an expert in Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT). He says IPT isn't a magic bullet but rather a tool. My Special Report, Adios, Cancer (co-written with Frank Cousineau), gives more information about IPT including first-class clinics in Mexico where you can obtain this treatment from distinguished doctors.
"Smart bomb" technology against cancer cells
Dr. Linschitz pointed out that conventional oncology focuses only on the tumor, not on the biological terrain. One advantage of IPT is that it takes into account the cancer patient's biological terrain, turning IPT into a "smart bomb" against cancer.
As Dr. Linschitz explained, insulin modifies cancer cells, making them more vulnerable to low-dose chemotherapy. The insulin lulls the cancer cells into letting their guard down, and then the doctor follows up with low-dose chemo to kill cancer cells by the millions.
Anyone who takes chemo should definitely take antioxidants to reduce the side effects, said Dr. Linschitz.
Next on the conference agenda was a panel discussion featuring cancer survivors. The moderator was breast cancer survivor Julia Chiapetta.
Julia introduced Jeannine Walston, a young lady who survived brain cancer. Diagnosed in 1998, she underwent a 12-hour brain surgery during which she was awake and aware that her brain was exposed to the air. She said "no" to chemo and radiation.
She learned she needed to be her own advocate. Several doctors told her, with smiles, that she'd die of a brain tumor. No one spoon-fed her information about the alternatives. No one held her hand. She says it was a hard lesson to learn that it was up to her.
Jeannine said that she'd gone to several alternative clinics over the years, including the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, a clinic that specializes in detoxification, nutrition, and other holistic therapies.
For a time, she was a patient of Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., in New York. His treatment worked, but it was arduous and time-consuming. With Dr. Gonzalez she was taking 200 supplement pills a day and four coffee enemas a day.
Coffee enemas detoxify and flush the liver. They're a widely accepted treatment among alternative doctors. The treatment was even accepted by mainstream medicine at one time — listed in the Merck Manual-- but was dropped for no reason and without an explanation.
Even though Jeannine had good results, she found the Gonzalez program too difficult and decided to try other alternatives.
She went to Cologne, Germany, for dendritic cell therapy and mistletoe therapy. But she said the doctor lacked integrity. (After the panel discussion, I asked her the name of the dishonest Cologne doctor because I wanted to avoid ever visiting his clinic or recommending him in a future edition of my book German Cancer Breakthrough. She gave me the doctor's name, which I noted.)
Jeannine made two trips to the Paracelsus clinic in Switzerland for holistic, anthroposophical treatment. Later she switched to the BioMed clinic in Germany.
Someone from the audience asked Jeannine how she could afford to go to Germany for treatment. She said that she raised money from friends and family and went into some credit card debt.
Here's what's needed to survive cancer
To survive cancer, Jeannine said you need passion and purpose: "At the age of 24, as I faced my own mortality, I realized that it's a gift to look at death as a way to awaken to life. I thought, 'What do I want to do with my time? Why am I here? What's most important to me?' I realized I could make some changes and really awaken to life more fully. That's how I try to live."
Another panelist, Jonny Imerman, survived testicular cancer. He noticed that many cancer patients -- adults and children -- are without hope. Many of them receive few or no visits from friends or family. Because he has an encouraging story of survival, he started visiting these patients to talk to them, cheer them up, and encourage them. His enthusiasm for this ministry attracted other cancer survivors to join him.
His group is called "Imerman's Angels." Jonny tries to match his angels to patients who have the same kind of cancer. The best person to encourage a brain cancer patient, for example, is a brain cancer survivor.
The last panelist was Nancy Henry, who has had breast cancer for 10 years. At the age of 52 she had two mastectomies, but the surgery didn't get rid of the lung lesions. She has lived for the last seven years with stage four cancer, metastasized to the lungs. And she appears to be in good health!
In other words, Nancy is in the state known as "stable disease." Her immune system and her cancer are in a Mexican standoff, with neither gaining the upper hand. People can live for years in a similar state of stable disease, and it can be considered a victory over cancer as long as cancer doesn't get the upper hand.
Nancy uses Dr. Wong's Chinese herbs and has also been helped by an anthroposophical doctor who gives her mistletoe extract, which she injects herself. The top cancer doctors in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are influenced by anthroposophical medicine. For a description of the most reputable clinics, including contact information, see my Special Report German Cancer Breakthrough.
Nancy also uses Rife technology, and practically swears by the Model A Rife machine by JW Labs, which she calls the "real deal." According to the theory, when Rife technology is attuned to the frequency of a pathogen, such as a cancer cell, it can "vibrate" the pathogen to death in the same way that an opera singer can shatter glass by matching its frequency. Each type of microbe — each strain of virus or bacteria — has its own Rife frequency that will vibrate it to death.
There are number of competing Rife machines, as the original invention from the 1930s was reportedly destroyed after the inventor, Royal Rife, was subjected to fierce persecution by the government and the American Medical Association. Strange as the theory sound, many experienced cancer survivors and crusaders swear by it.
Nancy explained to the audience that she "dialogues" with her tumors. She has learned to love them while not approving of their behavior. And she tells her tumors the stark truth: "If I go, you go too!"
Stay tuned for Part II of this report, coming in the next issue: "Here's what you do for the 'ugly cancers'."
And meanwhile, more news about the safety of our drinking water: The most dangerous chemical often found in water is NOT what you think. If you missed this story last Wednesday, scroll down and read it now. . .
Water: Friend or Foe?
Take Control and Make Sure...
Your water is only as good as it is pure.
Chemicals can and will find their way into your water supply through these three major routes. . .
Continued below. . .
Secret of People Who Don't Get Cancer
A century ago, a British doctor stumbled across a remote and isolated tribe at the extreme northern end of India. He lived among the tribe members for seven years to learn the secret of their robust health.
In 1921, Oxford University published this doctor's remarkable findings.
He reported that the tribe members were "unsurpassed" in freedom from disease. Cancer was unknown in this tribe. The doctor also discovered they had a long life expectancy.
He also noted a peculiar thing about what they ate: they ate a great deal of a certain highly nutritious food. And get this: It's a food that most people in the U.S. and Europe throw away! Why?? Because hardly anybody knows it's good to eat — and good for you, too!
Click here to keep reading, because this food is one of the most important secrets we've found to preventing cancer AND curing it if you've already got it.
These are the three big sources of contamination in your water:
I'll briefly discuss each of these, and how you can ensure a purer and cleaner water supply.
Source water contaminants
The source water contaminants that can be environmental cancer risks include arsenic, asbestos, radon, agricultural chemicals and hazardous waste.
The strongest evidence for a cancer risk from source water involves arsenic.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the level of naturally occurring arsenic in ground water varies from one region to the next, due to a combination of climate and geology.
'Safe' levels are said to be under 10 µg/L. (A µ is the symbol for a micron, 1/1000 of a millimeter, which in turn is only 1/1000 of a meter — in short, a micron is a very tiny unit of measurement.)
To make a big generalization, arsenic levels higher than 10 µg/L appear to be more common in the western United States than in the eastern half.
Arsenic concentrations in ground water of the Appalachian Highlands and the Atlantic Plain are generally very low (equal to or less than 1 µg/L). Concentrations are somewhat greater in the Interior Plains and the Rocky Mountain System.
Investigations of ground water contamination in New England, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin within the last decade suggest that arsenic concentrations exceeding 10 µg/L are more widespread than so-called experts used to think.
In fact, a news story from the USGS on Dec. 8, 2010 found that arsenic levels in some of Maine's private wells exceeded the federal safety standard for public drinking water by 10 to 100 times or more.
Yikes! Now there's something to worry about.
Epidemiological studies from Taiwan suggest that arsenic in drinking water poses substantial risks of liver, lung, bladder and kidney cancer. (Epidemiology is the study of the causes of disease.)
Asbestos is another proven carcinogen, but the amount that's present in drinking water doesn't appear to be significant.1 Ditto for radon, and 'possibly' for farm runoff — although emerging evidence indicates that fertilizers may pose cancer risks.2 Personally, I think pesticide and herbicide runoff from farm operations poses a far great risk than fertilizer runoff.
Studies in China suggest that people exposed to high levels of nitrates in drinking water have increased risk for stomach and liver cancer.3 Nitrates are a common component of fertilizers.
Few examples of strong links between hazardous waste in drinking water and cancer have been reported. But don't take that to mean there isn't a link. It mostly means the large scale studies we need haven't been conducted, i.e. nobody's looked very hard.
Cancer risks are somewhat challenging to detect because the number of people who live near hazardous sites is generally small. What's more, cancer develops over such a long period of time, it's hard to connect it to toxic exposures that may have occurred decades before the first symptoms appear.
However, in one national ecological study, Griffith et al. found evidence of elevated cancer rates in the vicinity of hazardous waste sites.4
How water companies harm your water — and you —
Until the 1900s, concerns about the purity of your drinking water were focused almost exclusively on the presence (or absence) of germs.
Ironically, the chlorine used to reduce the risk of infectious diseases accounts for a large portion of the cancer risk associated with drinking water in the United States.
About twenty years ago, scientists discovered that the toxic chemical byproducts of these disinfectants react with natural organic matter, like decaying vegetation, in the source water.
The most common disinfectant byproducts formed when chlorine is used are:
The EPA regulates these compounds — sort of. The maximum annual average of THMs in your local water supply cannot exceed 80 ppb (parts-per-billion), and the maximum annual average of HAAs permitted by EPA regulations is 60 ppb. However, it's important to note that your ideal level is zero.
Human studies suggest that lifetime consumption of chlorine-treated water can more than double the risk of bladder and rectal cancers in certain individuals:
And then there's that 'inconvenient' fluoride question...
Of all the compounds the authorities routinely add to drinking water, fluoride has received the greatest scrutiny and generated the most controversy.
The government, in conjunction with the National Toxicology Program (NTP), ran tests to determine if fluoride posed a cancer risk. Unfortunately, NTP is under the auspices of the Public Health Service — a heavy promoter of fluoridation.
The NTP tests confirmed tests conducted by Burk and Yiamouyiannis thirteen years earlier, which showed that fluoride causes bone cancer and an increased rate of oral cancer. NTP wasn't the first to show that fluoride was carcinogenic. Research from St Louis University, the Nippon [Japan] Dental College, and the University of Texas also showed that fluoride could induce tumors and cancer, as well as stimulate an uncontrolled cell growth rate.5
For in-depth information on fluoride, click here and get our Special Report The Secret Poison in Your Mouth. This report features information that the government, the aluminum industry, and the American Dental Association want to keep hidden from you. And the report covers far more than fluoride. Mercury amalgam fillings and root canals are among the main causes of cancer. The report tells how you can find alternative dentists (also called biological dentists) who will safely remove these poisons.
There may be aluminum in your 'city' water too
You've probably heard that aluminum may be linked to Alzheimer's. This theory remains controversial. But the rap on aluminum goes beyond Alzheimer's: It's been associated with a host of other health problems, such as:
Last sources of contamination before your water
As if all that isn't enough, you can also run a cancer risk from the distribution of your water directly to your faucet, AFTER it leaves the treatment facility.
The chemical components of your pipes, joints, and fixtures (inside your house as well as leading to your house) can be made of. . .
Any or all of these pipes can be plated or lined with suspect compounds, such as zinc, coal tar, asphalt, or vinyl. I've read that long ago, water pipes in homes and buildings used to be soldered with a substance that included lead. So if you live in an old home with old pipes you could be ingesting unsafe lead levels.
What's more, bacteria and organic matter often coat the insides of pipes within your plumbing system.
These microbes can be sources of contamination all by themselves— or they can combine with chemicals in the water to create new health risks.
So what's a person to do — drink bottled water?
I hate to pop your bubble, but choosing bottled water doesn't mean you automatically avoid all the problems I just talked about.
For one thing — 40% of all bottled water is just tap water! (Not necessarily with added filtration, either.)6
What's worse, an independent test by the Environmental Working Group (a private organization of activists) found that bottled water contains disinfection by-products (DBPs), plus 36 other harmful pollutants.
Not to mention the risks of drinking from plastic bottles… and trashing the planet. Having said all this, I drink bottled water myself, buying the highest quality I can get.
Other water choices — good, bad, or neutral?
I'll briefly mention some other water choices that you may hear hyped up from time to time.
Filtered water is economical, environmentally friendly, and easy enough to use to please even the "laziest" person...
But again, it's sometimes hard to figure out what you need. So allow me to highlight the basic types, with their pros and cons.
But before running out to buy a water filter, please do your homework!
I recommend that you first get your water tested so you know what you need to filter out — before you make a decision about what kind of filter to buy.
Unfortunately, you may have to buy more than one testing kit to get the information you really need. You will want to test for arsenic, DBPs, nitrates, E. coli (not mentioned above), aluminum, fluoride, and more.
Since it's outside the scope of this article to present every potential pollutant… you might want to buy a kit that tests for 13-15 or more contaminants, and then add specific tests (arsenic, for example) for specific pollutants not covered in the kit. There are a wide variety of kits available online.
Many of these kits produce the test results right on the spot, in your home — without waiting weeks to get them from a lab. To me, it makes sense to get the results right away, so you can fix the problem while it's still on your mind.
Types of water filters
Once you know what type of issues you personally need to address, you can find a filter that does what you need done — I hope.
For example, my friend's daughter wanted a Brita water filter for her apartment at college. Without investigating further, or asking my friend for a recommendation, she and her father bought a Brita filter, thinking it would take out the (very high) levels of fluoride in her area. It doesn't. Brita doesn't remove fluoride.
Be sure you know what you want your filter to do before plunking down your hard-earned money. That's why you want to test first.
Here are three common types of systems:
Activated carbon (sometimes called activated charcoal) is considered by the EPA to be the best water filter technology for removing a wide variety of contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), herbicides, pesticides, and THMs.
Carbon filters remove pollutants by absorption and adsorption. Absorption occurs when the contaminants in your water are trapped in the porous element within your filter. Adsorption occurs when impurities are removed from your tap water by a chemical or physical bond to the surface of the filter media.
One disadvantage of granular carbon filters is that the loose material inside can "channel". The water creates pathways through the carbon, thereby escaping the filtering process.
Carbon blocks offer the filtering ability of granular carbon, but are compressed to a solid form, which gets rid of the channeling problem. They also allow you to combine multiple media — and thereby remove a wider range of contaminants.
Your "ideal" filtration system
Ideally, you want a filtration system that offers a variety of methods so you can remove different contaminants. Unfortunately, at this time, many systems don't combine multiple types of filters. You may have to do a little strategizing to come up with the best combination.
You might want to consider a whole house system, so you don't have to buy and install so many individual components.
Or it might be easier for you to install several filters, each at an incoming water source (faucet, shower head). Then you don't have the concern with contaminants in your pipes, because the filtering is right at the point of usage.
Although this article's focus is on drinking water, please be aware that when you bask in that nice hot shower, your skin is absorbing the same contaminants in rapid fashion. Plus, you're breathing the hot steam. And it's all bypassing your digestive system. So don't just blow off the idea of a filtered shower head. It's all part of your clean water package.
1 Morris, Robert D., Drinking Water and Cancer. Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
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