Natural cold remedies to get rid of this lurgy!

My cold is at its best now and I am expelling mucus like it’s going out of fashion! Ha ha! That said my chest isn’t causing me any issues and I have been feeling pretty good. We put it down to the good night’s sleep and putting Vicks on the soles of my feet! I know weird right but I am game for anything when it comes to getting better! I have been working today and to avoid spreading germs I have been wearing a mask. I look weird but at least my clients won’t get my lurgy.

I believe natural remedies are the best way to overcome colds so I regularly use ginger and lemon as a way to really get the system going.

It is a common misnomer that people are deficient in vitamin c when it comes to getting a cold. This can be true but for most that eat a healthy diet this is not true. Here is an article from Mind Body Green that explains what will help you whilst having a cold;

‘Contrary to popular belief, mega-doses of vitamin C are not the best way to get over a cold. While vitamin C supplementation does support the immune system in some people, once you have a cold, it will not help you get over it faster.

According to a review by Cochrane of 30 randomized trials involving more than 11,000 adults, for the general population, supplementation with vitamin C doesn’t reduce the incidence of colds or upper respiratory tract infections in most adults.

However, for people under extreme stress, or who don’t consume an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, supplementation does appear to offer some protective benefits, and lower their risk of colds.

Regardless, the review found that once cold symptoms show up, taking a therapeutic dose of vitamin C will not affect the duration or severity of the common cold. (Note that companies like Airborne, which sell therapeutic doses of vitamin C, have been successfully sued for false advertising, and no longer use claims that they can prevent or cure common colds.)

Since colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics, which fight bacteria, won’t help either.

Instead, turn to these natural remedies to shorten the length or severity of colds and flu:

1. Zinc

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in immunity. Those who avoid meat, in particular, can be at risk for a zinc deficiency. The recommended daily intake (RDI) is 15 mg/day.

Studies show that adequate zinc consumption, or supplementation, not only prevents the onset of colds and flu, but also decrease the duration of them by a day or more, if taken at the onset of symptoms. Zinc is presently believed to be the most effective remedy against the common cold.

Some foods that contain zinc are oysters, crab, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, cashews, black beans, and shiitake mushrooms.

2. Elderberry Extract 

Black elderberry juice can inhibit the growth of influenza viruses and shorten the duration of symptoms, while enhancing antibody levels against the virus. It helps reduce swelling in the sinuses and reduce congestion.

Elderberry can be taken as a liquid, syrup or tincture, as well as a lozenge and in capsule form.

3. Ginger

Studies have found that fresh ginger effectively fights respiratory viruses. The same results were not found in powdered form, so use ginger in cooking or teas.

If you’re looking for a good way to boost your nutrient intake this winter, try this Almond Ginger Monkey Smoothie. You can also prepare a simple tea by pouring boiling water over a few slices of fresh ginger and allowing to steep for at least 10 minutes’

Don’t forget to ensure you use natural cleaning products to avoid the spread of germs. Stay healthy and happy!

 

P.S I received a lovely message form a facebook follower. Here is what she said;

Hi Claire,

 

I came across your Facebook and Blog while researching different groups dedicated to increasing awareness about triple negative. I hope you are feeling okay, your treatments are going well, and I am sending positive thoughts your way.

 

I am writing to you because my sister and I have been working on raising awareness for triple negative breast cancer to honor our mom. Last year we organized a charity event in NYC which raised almost $30,000 for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and this year we are in the process of becoming our own nonprofit. Our goal is to educate others about triple negative and fund research to find targeted treatment options.

 

Kind Snacks is currently running a competition where the project that wins the most votes this month gets 10k. If we win we will use the money to further our mission by identifying organizations and researchers who can use the funds and organizing educational programming. We would really appreciate if you could help us spread the word on voting. More information can be found here: http://projects.kindsnacks.com/project/carols-crusade-for-a-cure/

 

Warm regards,

Lexi Klebanow

 

Thanks for the message and anything we can do to support you and I hope we can help you and your cause! I have already voted so go on vote!

Light and Love.

Claire X

 

 

Ultra refined pure omega 3’s the answer to inflammation?

Today between clients I have mainly been studying the latest module of my health coaching course.  Each week I am astounded as to the vital point or information I obtain is so very relevant to my personal health situation. Obviously every dietary theory covered will always focus on diseases and causes of disease. CanSer is mentioned a lot. The biggest cause of canSer as we know is inflammation of the body. Today’s lectures have been by Dr Barry Sears who invented the Zone diet. His medical background has led to him devising this diet and he mainly focused on silent inflammation of the body as the underlying cause to all illnesses. I won’t bore with you all the nitty gritty details but a major relevant factor of his diet is taking omega three fish oils.

It occurred to me whilst listening that I haven’t been taking any omega three supplements for some time as I was directed by a dietician that I could obtain this from natural fish sources. But on listening to the lectures it turns out that every fish has high levels of toxins frorm the seas and rivers they swim in. Even if they are organic they will contain high levels of toxins and as Dr Sears calls them ‘sewers of the seas’.  It is apparently highly important that everyone should take ultra refined EPA and DHA concentrated fish oils. Ultra refined means that all nasties would have been removed to leave the purest form of fish oil available. It is essential, as you know, that omega threes play in our health and if nothing else, can improve mental clarity and energy levels. But for someone with disease such as diabetes, heart diseases and of course canSer it could be game changer, for the better.

This has inspired me to introducing this supplement into my diet massively. There are no side effects of having too much of this stuff and I will look to have about 7.5grams of fish oil a day, in liquid form ideally. This amount was recommended by Dr Barry Sears. I feel a little excited. I know it’s another thing to take but I am all for improving every element of my body.

Now with all dietary theories you take some things with a pinch of salt but the reminder of the benefit of omega three fish oils is a great one and I am feeling very positive about having it prompted to me.

Tomorrow I have a Skype meeting with a nutritionist and I am keen to ask her many questions with regards to supplements and extreme diets such as the ketogenic diet. The last thing I want to do is become extreme and cause more inflammation. I believe life is about balance to the individual. What works for one may not work for another.

 

I have in the last few days been desperately trying to book my few treatment appointments and get an idea in my mind of what is coming up over the next few months. I guess you could call it controlling and I am not letting life flow but I feel that these things require preparation.

With this in mind I have been contacting Dr Nesselhut’s office and GcMAF to book in. I have been failing miserably. My emails haven’t been replied to by either clinic and when calling I am told to call back and wait for email response. Do they know me at all? I try to be patient but I am like a dog with a bone. Someone said this to me when I was working in credit control for Pete’s business. A good attribute to have when in that role I think! Ha ha! I finally got through to Nesselhut’s office who told me to call back this afternoon at 3pm. Me being me… and not being very clever forgot that they are an hour ahead in Germany. Nevertheless I called back and was told he was busy… again…

I called GcMAF and was told that despite being told yesterday that they would call me in the afternoon and take payment for the deposit I was, this morning told, that they are very busy and I would have wait a few days. This is like a red rag to a bull I am afraid. In the most polite manner that I could muster I asked what the delay was and why when they told me they would call yesterday I was now being told to wait a few days to give them money!? The lack of response spurred me to ask a question…. Do they know they are dealing with canSer patients? It’s the fact that they have no sense of urgency. The fact that they do not even have an automatic reply to emails or have the courtesy to send an email to say that the member of the team you are trying to contact is out of the office or that they will endeavour to respond within 24 hours, for example. Callme old fashioned but surely knowing you are dealing with people who may not have time and are living with a hugely stressful situation, doesn’t that warrant a better response and a more compassionate reply?

I should be a consultant. I have always been big on customer service and I am the hardest person to deal with as my expectations are massive but then I am the best at giving this advice. The response I got was, ‘yes, we are aware’. I felt like I was talking to a 12 year old with no life experience and not a care in the world. Needless to say this fell on deaf ears. Despite my efforts of asking for a particular person to call me and leaving my number I didn’t get a call back.

I took a deep breath and carried on with my day. I don’t need to panic or get myself in a tizzy but in my usually persistent manner I did call both clinics back this afternoon.

I had some success with GcMAF and did finally speak to the person who is dealing with my booking but I have been told to wait until they can book the dates I want… no further forward. I have to be patient.

Then I got a call from Dr Nesselhut. It’s always good to talk to him. He is such a jolly fellow. He said that his son had told him I had an allergic reaction to the last gamma delta treatment. He asked how I felt and how soon I recovered and how have I been feeling ever since. He thinks that this could be a good sign and mentioned something to do with tumour degradation. He wants to wait until my scan results to make a decision regarding my next appointment as if the tumours have reduced massively that less is better than more. So there I go again having to be patient. The urgency isn’t really because I want to go but because they get booked up so quickly. But this is the risk I will have to take. Well at least I know now. Dr Nesselhut finished the conversation wishing Pete good regards. Bless him.

Tonight I am going to have one of my usual Epsom salts baths to detox and purify my body and most importantly relax…

Here’s a sketch I did of my bath time…

C

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What should triple negative canSer survivors eat?

This week is flying by and it’s Ffffriday! I have got that Friday feeling and the weekend is almost upon us. Today I had a very early start. In order to get everything done before my hyperbaric oxygen appointment I needed to drag myself out of my lovely bed at 6.30am! Well in fact Pete had to drag me out. He pulled back the duvet… the cruel Bear! But I have to admit I feel great for having got up done meditation, 10 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes of  hard core extreme rebounding ( I sweat a lot, it’s not a pretty sight!) then heat and air for 30 minutes, jumped in the shower after body brushing and saying affirmations then juiced and had supplements.

I was as ever reluctant to go to the hyperbaric appointment, however they are such lovely people there and I kept myself calm and thought an hour and twenty minutes will fly by… (Please!?)

It did until about 15 minutes to the end and then everyone was jittery and looking at their watches. Thankfully the mask I used today was comfortable and I didn’t have any ‘moments’ whilst in there. It’s like anything, the more you do it the easier it gets.

I have since got home, done a coffee enema and had company. That sounds weird right? My kitty decided she would curl up the floor with me whilst I lay there relaxing for 15 minutes. I’ve done a few clients and now I am free for the afternoon preparing for our Burns Night tonight. A night of fun, frolics, tartan and haggis! (Mine’s vegetarian)

 

More deliveries

I have today received an order of Flor essence in the post. I was urged to buy this after reading many positive things about it. Flor essence is a great brand of Essiac tea. Essiac tea is a well known tea blend of Burdock root, sheep sorrel herb, slippery elm bark, watercress herb, Turkish rhubarb root, kelp, blessed thistle herb, and red clover blossom. It has been featured for many decades as a canSer cure in the early stages of canSer but the reason I bought it is that it is a great liver detoxifier and immune system booster. It can aid people whilst on chemotherapy and also be of comfort to those who are in much later stages of canSer. Laboratory experiments show that the blend possesses such properties such as; antioxidant, immunostimulant, and anti-inflammatory effects.

When the Essiac mixture was originally formulated by a Canadian Ojibwa healer an unknown number of years ago, it was intended to purify the body and maintain balance between body and spirit. In accordance with this, Essiac is frequently used for its antioxidant properties.

Because of it immune strengthening effects, Essiac is commonly used for treating pain and swelling associated with generalized inflammation (such as that associated with arthritis and respiratory tract infections), HIV/AIDS, other infections, and cancer.

I haven’t tried it yet but will let you know when I do.

 

What should triple negative canSer survivors eat?

I received an email from a blog

ging friend with a link to a website regarding food for breast cancer. Click the link below and it gives full information on what foods should be avoided and what foods that would benefit for those with triple negative breast canSer. The website Food for Breast Cancer is written by Sarah Charles, a breast cancer survivor with a mathematics degree from UCLA and a graduate degree from Harvard.  The information provided on her site is supported with a lot of scientific research and links to evidence. I have found it really interesting and quite exciting.

Here is the link:

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/articles/what-should-triple-negative-breast-cancer-patients-and-survivors-eat%3f

Right enough chit chat I have neeps and tatties to peel and chop, haggis to prepare and I guess I ought to try and practise my Scottish accent. I bet everyone will think I am from Wales not Scotland! Ha ha! Pictures to follow.

Have a great weekend all!

Light and Love.

C

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Ketogenic diet… it’s not that simple..

Today I had a Skype meeting with the nutritionist I mentioned. She specialises in ketogenic diets and helping cancer patients. What makes her so good is that she has a melanoma in her eye. She is actively doing the diet so it is tried and tested. She gave me plenty of information and I look forward to receiving more details by email. She said that the ketogenic diet is generally 80% fats from things such as coconut oil, and avocado then a small percentage of protein. Obviously I cannot have much protein as this turns to glucose and then leafy green vegetables. I would be limited with grains and seeds but I could have a small amount of lentils and low carb noodles.  She was very specific on grams of each thing according to my weight. So there is a scientific background to this. She specified eating my whole day’s food within eight hours and fasting for the rest. She also said that I would need to integrate into this diet slowly so as not to overload the liver too much. She mentioned the fact I was on metformin and said that it was a real benefit as this assists with limiting insulin. I thought to myself, good old Nesselhut thanks for introducing me to this!

Overall I think this is going to be challenge but I am willing to give it a go. I did ask if I was eating meat what she would recommend. She suggested lamb as good option as it digests well. I mentioned travelling to Germany a lot and she said how good bratwursts can be. If they are of good quality they contain no nitrates and are not over processed. This will cheer Pete up. And me actually. I love good sausage when in Germany.

I picked Patricia’s brains about supplements and she suggested taking digestive enzymes with meals to assist me. I told her I had read a lot about omega 3’s and she advised that whilst on chemo to avoid taking omega threes other than the oily fish that I eat. There are studies apparently that show omega threes can interfere with chemotherapy. This surprises me so much. I am always a bit dubious of those findings.

She supported me with having no dairy especially with having breast cancer but suggested goats butter as a good fat to take. She did also mention a good drink, well, concoction I would call it, to incorporate fats into my diet. It involves coffee but knowing I don’t drink caffeine she suggested using chaga mushroom powder. It apparently makes thick creamy drink that gives lots of mental clarity. I will approach this with caution.

Luckily for me she will be launching an eBook hopefully next week with tried and tested meal plans and some of which are vegan. I am keen to get hold of that! It’s like any new regime. It’s a lot to take in and try to understand all the rules.

I don’t love the idea of this diet. I am all for a simple life but in the process of wanting to keep this disease on its toes then needs must. Pete said the fact that it is reacting in an extreme manner inside me warrants an extreme response.

After such a positive meeting I left for a pranic healing session. After the fall out of missing my appointment last week it was good to finally see Les and have a lovely treatment. I genuinely feel great at the moment and despite chemo I feel that coffee enemas are really helping and my mental state is grounded and strong. Les feels that my energy is good and there aren’t really any weak points on me, not even in my lungs. He thinks the scan could be really positive. I am thinking as positively as I can and I can’t remember feeling as cancer free as I currently do. I feel quite free. Long may it continue.

Banish Blue Monday…

Another weekend has come and gone and as ever it has been full of fun and love. We visited our friends who we only see a few times per year. It’s not for the want of seeing them it’s just they are very busy people! After a thoroughly jolly time Bear and I headed off to use the facilities of a spa. We worked out, had a swim, steam and jacuzzi as well as a facial together. It was bliss and a great way to spend our Sunday.  Note to self must have more treatments together. It’s such a lovely way of maintaining closeness sharing time like that together.

On our return there were yet more deliveries waiting for me and I always get a little bit alarmed at the thought of what have I bought this time?! It’s amazing how quickly I forget. I have been ordering many new supplements that I have read about in a few books recently and in the process thought that a few may benefit me and also Pete. I am having a meeting this Wednesday with a specialist dietician so I will ask her thoughts on them before taking them. Once I have the low down I will share on here.

I have been preparing for the appointment by completing food diaries and divulging all the supplements and medication I currently take. The list is endless it feels like…

The thing with taking supplements is that you can get carried away. There is no denying that I feel great and would I feel great if I didn’t take these supplements? I know it is best to always get as many vitamins and minerals from actual food intake except for the obvious things such as vitamin D3 which unless you live in a sunny country and spend a great deal outside is needed in a supplement format.  It is possible however to get vitamin d form certain foods.

Here are some foods high in vitamin D;

Shitake and button mushrooms

surprisingly, the dried versions of shiitake mushrooms are high in vitamin D. This may be due to the fact that these mushrooms are great at sucking up sunlight. Shiitake mushrooms are also rich in B vitamins like B1 and B2. Make sure that you find mushrooms that have been dried in the sun, not by artificial means, in order to achieve the benefits of high vitamin D content.

Mackerel

A small, 3½ ounce portion of these high omega-3 containing fish will give you 90% of your recommended daily amount. Currently, it is recommended that people eat more of these oily fishes to infuse their bodies with the vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that the human body cannot produce on its own.

Sardines

Sardines are one of the best foods sources of vitamin D. One small tin can of sardines will provide you with approximately 70% of your daily needs. These tiny canned fish are also a great source for vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and selenium.

 

Eggs

Eggs are another food that contains vitamin D in small amounts. Eating one egg daily will provide you with approximately 10% of your daily needs. I recommend eating free range organic farmed eggs from a local source if possible.

 

That said I still always have my eyes open and my ears close to the ground as you never know what could be the one thing that helps stop canSer such as modified citrus pectin which may prevent metastases. Hearing about these sorts of things with such bold statements stop me in my tracks and I can’t help but think well if it doesn’t do any harm then why not try?

Modified citrus pectin is derived from the pulp and rinds of citrus fruits which have been altered to produce shorter sugar chains. Thanks to these shorter sugar chains, the pectin is more easily absorbed through the intestinal tract and into the bloodstream. This has a mean ability to halt metastasis – the spread of cancer. In one study involving melanoma cells, MCP decreased tumour metastasis to the lung by more than 90%.Along with mopping up cancer cells MCP can also draw toxins and heavy metals from the body – often the underlying cause of disease. Well based on that snippet of information that has caught my attention and I wonder why I hadn’t heard of it before?

But as I say I have a list of about 5 supplements that have caught my attention lately and I will ask some advice before adding or alternating for some I already I take.  I don’t want to overload my body anymore than it already is.

I have today taken steps to booking to go to…. Switzerland! I am not off on another holiday but booking for a week at a treatment centre to receive GcMAF. After having received a lovely email from a patient who has just returned from there with nothing but positive comments I felt compelled to give it a go. The cost is currently less than having treatment in Germany at only 3000 Euros for the whole week plus hotel and flights. On checking out the data it seems it is very close to Lake Geneva and the airport is only about 40 minutes away. It won’t be until March but at least I know it is being booked. At least I get to see some of the world whilst travelling for treatment. There is always a bonus to every situation.

Today is apparently Blue Monday as it is classed the most depressing day of the year. I am unsure as to why as I feel that January has so much to look forward to. But if you are feeling blue here’s a little picture to cheer you up….

 

 

Light and Love.

C x

Quitting sugar in all forms for the Greater Good…..

I need to quit sugar- in every form. I have technically stopped eating processed simple sugars (well almost a few biscuits might have fallen into my mouth at the weekend when I felt a bit sick. Pete said his dad said digestive biscuits cure all sickness!) But I have to give it up in all forms including starchy vegetables, fruits, and look on every label going. I already limit those sorts of foods and I have been considering the ketogenic diet but more and more things have been popping up recently. Last night I saw  a post on the famous ‘I quit sugar 8 week program’ by Australian Sarah Wilson again and then today whilst doing my coursework for the health coach course the speaker went on and on about how sugar is so toxic and what damage it can do. It’s not like I haven’t heard it before but I am hearing, seeing and feeling the signs and I simply cannot ignore them anymore. I have been ‘very good’ for such a long time although I do have lapses (clearly!). On the whole I avoid all things sugary, starchy and so on but during the winter months I have been known to have bread, potatoes, rice and pasta albeit gluten free, dairy free and so on. But I am getting the hint that this is simply not enough and I really should address this issue with a more serious approach.

Sugar is and will always be a ‘baddy’ not just to canSer survivors but to every single human being on Earth. It’s toxic and it’s addictive. There are no two ways about it. It pains me to say I have to give it up seriously but that’s the way the cookie crumbles (Argh more sugary foods!). Even if I didn’t have canSer with all the other health implications I would seriously be considering this anyway. And whether he likes it or not, I feel Mr G may have to do it with me. I’m not being cruel in dragging him into it but we all have ailments of some sort and I believe that eliminating all sugars will be benefit us both.

For canSer survivors this could be the thing that saves their life. Sugar really does feed canSer and it sucks up as much glucose it can get its hands on, so it’s a no brainer really to do it properly.

I have a Skype meeting booked with a nutritionist next week who is going to guide me through a ketogenic diet. I already have the idea but it would be really good to get actual meal plans and ingredients that I can eat.

I have also ordered the I Quit Sugar 8 week program book. It’s full of recipes and advice on quitting sugar. I’ll let you know how I get on. Don’t expect me to be happy all the time! Poor Pete. But it’s for the greater good! (Said Hot Fuzz Styly!)

Anyone that wants advice on this please don’t hesitate in checking out this website; http://www.iquitsugar.com/8-week-program/ or alternatively contact me for advice and support.

Light and Love. (I’m going to need it!)

C

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RGCC testing… another option to help me out?

It’s Monday already and the weekend has been fun! Saturday started with an early morning drive to the beautiful countryside and there we had over two hours of learning archery on a private estate. The views were breathtaking and the lesson was great. Anyone that knows me may be surprised by this as I don’t automatically like outdoor pursuits! Well not when they are surprised on me but as this was planned I didn’t overreact and hate every minute. I wouldn’t say I was a natural but I wasn’t awful either. I am so surprised as to how achy the whole of my arms and shoulders are right now! To top it the weather was outstanding. Cold and fresh but bright sunshine. I had plenty of vitamin D, lots of fresh air and lots of feel good hormones. Plus it was lovely doing something with my man. I know we do everything together but he really enjoyed himself and that makes me feel great too.

From there we drove a few hours down to the coast and after a short stress time were out having dinner with our good friend. I devoured plenty of vegetarian Thai food and had lots of soft drinks… No alcohol for any of us. It was refreshing and surprisingly easy!

Sunday we were recommended to go to an amazing grocer in Brighton known as Taj. There you will find a whole range of fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world. We bought some items we had no idea what they were and what to do with them. After some research we found we had bought a taro root thanks to one of my followers from India who told me. We are having a yummy taro root and coconut milk curry tonight with fresh spinach.

I was amazed at this independent grocer that stocked such a huge world wide range and in each department there were also many organic, gluten free and vegan options. It was brilliant. We could have spent hundreds of pounds.

Sunday was a dreary day so we decided that we should head home and start cooking. Pete was chomping at the bit to get in the kitchen and start creating. We made parsnip and butternut squash, taro root curry and turmeric juice. In Taj I purchased a bottle of turmeric juice and fresh turmeric root. When I finished the bottle of juice we decided to replicate it and make our own using the same ingredients. I now have my very own turmeric root juice waiting to be drunk. As you know turmeric has the active extract Curcumin in it which is hugely anti inflammatory and believed to be anti carcinogenic. In fact everything we ate yesterday was loaded with turmeric.

So here I am back to Monday. I am really happy and grateful and have so much to look forward to. I have finally received a date for my next scan which is now right at the end of this month. I still feel really well despite having taken a high dose of vinorelbine and I hope that continues.

I have a few things in the pipeline that I am planning and my new friend is helping me out with sharing information. I am thinking about having an RGCC test. This is a test for circulating tumour cells and is used for predicting canSer as well helping people like me with metastasised canSer to decide what treatments may help such as chemosensitivity as well as herbal and complimentary medicines.

Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are a subpopulation of tumour cells derived from the primary cancer site which have breached the surrounding cell matrix and entered the blood stream. Their detection can:

1. Aid in the early diagnosis of a malignancy

2. Provide information about risk of disease progression and/or likelihood of relapse after treatment

3. Provide information about best treatment options (chemosensitivity testing)

From the time a malignant tumour reaches 2mm in diameter, it needs its own blood supply to ensure that enough oxygen and nutrients reaches the cells to enable their continued growth. From this point, it becomes possible for malignant cells to enter the bloodstream. Many will be destroyed by the body’s immune system, but the most resilient cells will persist. These are the ‘circulating tumour cells’. They have ‘metastatic potential’ as they can settle and grow in distant organs, which is the basis of ‘metastatic spread’. These cells also have ‘stem-cell like properties’ because they can both generate new cells, and reproduce themselves.

The presence of CTCs doesn’t automatically mean there is metastatic spread, but it indicates that this potential exists. The ‘micro-environment’ in the body, plus the individual’s immune system, as well as a range of other factors seems to determine whether these cells activate and generate metastatic disease, or remain quiescent. They can remain quiescent for years. When a cancer relapses many years after the primary tumour was diagnosed and treated, it is because some cancer cells were left behind with the potential to re-activate and generate new disease.

Cell counts as low as 1 cell per ml are detectable. For a tumour to be visible on a scan, between 109 – 1012 cells must be present.

As CTCs are essentially the ‘engine’ of the cancer, in terms of its potential to metastasize and grow, they are increasingly of interest to researchers and clinicians. The hope is that they will become the target for future treatments.

A growing number of clinical trials have been conducted, in which CTC counts are made and correlated with the clinical outcome of the patients involved. There is therefore some guidance about what each specific cell count means, but there are no formal reference ranges yet due to the lack of formal clinical validation of these tests. It is clear, however, that the number of CTCs detected in a standardised blood sample does provide information about prognosis.

CTCs can also be tested to see which treatments they are sensitive to. This is chemosensitivity testing, and it forms the basis of personalised cancer therapy.

What does RGCC detect?

1. Individuals with a current diagnosis of cancer who are interested in undertaking a CTC assay and/or chemosensitivity testing for additional information about their disease and treatment options can do so under the care of their own Oncologist (if he/she is happy to facilitate the tests). Alternatively they can consult a doctor known to RGCC who can organise the tests, interpret the test results and facilitate treatments.

2. Individuals without a current diagnosis of cancer, but with a higher risk of developing cancer e.g. on account of their family history, or on account of a pre-malignant condition, may also be interested in undertaking a CTC assay. The purpose of this screening test would be to add information to their standard screening options, in order that the presence of a malignancy can be diagnosed as early as possible.

CTC assays are not yet routinely used for the early detection of cancers, and standard methods of diagnosis exist which are usually based on histology e.g. via tissue biopsy. As the latter requires a detectable tumour (at least 0.5cm diameter on a scan) it is possible that there can be a delay before a formal diagnosis can be made, and therefore before treatment is initiated. However, the knowledge that CTCs are present (and immunophenotyping can also help identify the origin of the cells) may allow proactive screening programmes to be implemented, as well as lifestyle changes which will not only expedite early detection of the malignancy but may also improve outcome.

I suppose the question is why didn’t I have this sooner? Well as you know it’s a mine field out there and it can become all so overwhelming. At first when I heard of this testing I would have had to send off my bloods to Greece but as I have discovered through word of mouth it is possible to do it here. As with everything it costs and what with everything else I do I have to bide my time and when it feels right do it then. I don’t always want to seem like I am looking for the next thing and be too keen to book things because I want to believe that I can be cured and for all I know that right now things are working for me maybe. One has to live as well as plan for the future and be one step ahead of canSer but there is a fine line between one step ahead and being pessimistic.

I think the time is right for me now if it possible despite me having chemotherapy currently. Let’s get the ball rolling. Some people may think it’s never ending… Well it is but I don’t ever feel exasperated by it because if it wasn’t this it would be something else.

 

Fermented foods are good for your gut….

Morning! I am feeling particularly spritely today despite a bad night’s sleep. I go on a lot about sleep but it’s so important in keeping healthy. The way I see is that I can go to bed early tonight so let’s fire on all cylinders today.

I have used my morning wisely by meditating, doing 15 minutes of yoga followed by 40 minutes of rebounding then after having a green juice and supplements I had a coffee enema and cleared my sinuses using the neti pot with Himalayan salt.

I am a tad excited. This weekend I had friends visit us whom we met in Ibiza. It was brilliant to see them and catch up and I didn’t even drink any alcohol. That’s a first for me.  I’m also excited as we go to Germany on Wednesday to Dr Nesselhuts clinic to have both our bloods taken for the next round of DC therapy. I still have many unanswered questions following my last visit but I guess I will have to wait until I get there.

I am feeling really buoyant at the moment. Things are sorting themselves out. Little irritations like skin rashes and spots as well as Candida in the mouth are all going away on their own. I can only hope it is because I am being good to my body.

Last week during the recovery of Candida I did some research into gut health. Little did I realise how good German cooking is for me! Being married to a half German I had always embraced his traditions but was delighted to find out that sauerkraut is so very good for you. Thankfully we had a big jar of sauerkraut sitting in our cupboard which my hubby made into a tasty supper.

It seems like every day, another scientific discovery is made showing the link between the bacteria in our gut and the health of the rest of our bodies. The best way to boost your gut bacteria is to consume nutrient- and probiotic-rich fermented foods. Here are just a few reasons why you should add them to your diet:

Fermented foods improve digestion. Fermenting our foods is sort of like pre-digesting them (sorry about the mental image!). That makes them easier to digest, and easier for our bodies to absorb their nutrients.

Fermentation actually makes foods more nutritious. On top of the fact that we can more easily absorb their nutrients, studies have shown that traditionally fermented dairy products actually provide more vitamins than conventional or even raw milk. (of course I don’t consume dairy but this is still an interesting fact for those of you that do) Veggies, fruits, beans and grains also become more nutritious after they ferment.

Fermentation also helps get rid of anti-nutrients. Fermentation helps eliminate phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that hangs out in grains, beans, seeds and nuts. Reducing the phytic acid makes it easier for our guts to absorb minerals, so you get more bang for your buck.

‘Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause damage while fermented foods heal.’
Fermented foods;

Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is finely cut fermented cabbage that is packed with vitamins C, B and K. It also contains a ton of probiotics, including leuconostoc, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. If you’re buying sauerkraut at the store instead of making your own, make sure to choose unpasteurized brands (they should be in the refrigerator aisle.) Pasteurization kills all the helpful bacteria.

Miso

Made from fermented soybeans, miso is a very good source of manganese, zinc and antioxidants. It’s often used in soup recipes, but it can also add flavour to other dishes

 

 

Coconut yogurt
Coconut yogurt is packed with probiotics, and since its non-dairy, it’s a lot easier to digest than conventional yogurt. Coconut is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial, plus it’s high in electrolytes, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

 

Pickles
Pickles are filled with active bacterial cultures and enzymes. Like sauerkraut, make sure you purchase lacto-fermented pickles from the refrigerator section, not the kind made with vinegar — they may taste similar, but they don’t have the same health benefits. And remember to drink your pickle juice!
With all this in mind I happily chowed down a huge helping of sauerkraut last week and aim to introduce fermented foods into my diet more readily. I’m going to go and make a miso mug right now!

Mistletoe, Fermented Soy and Cannabis? Whatever next..Well if I must, in the name of research!

When you embark on the canSer research route there are many claims as to what is the cure for canSer and it is usually something natural and nothing to do with the big Pharma companies.

I am true believer of having an open mind and I am still coming across information of things that are beneficial. In the last couple of days there have been a few things that have sprung out at me.

Mistletoe therapy is the first one. Mistletoe extract has in fact been used for centuries to treat illnesses such as hypertension, epilepsy, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility and arthritis. And more recently it has been used to treat those diagnosed with cancer. This isn’t what I do with mistletoe… Kissing comes to mind!

The treatment was first introduced by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman in the 1920′s and since then, a number of research projects have been undertaken to investigate the effect of using mistletoe on tumours in animals or plants, in vitro, and on cancer patients.

What’s so good about Mistletoe?

  • Extracts of mistletoe have been found to kill mouse, rat and human cancer cells in lab tests
  • Improves immune function
  • It has anti-tumoural effects when administered either directly into the tumour or systemically
  • It is classified as a biological response modifier (a substance that stimulates the body’s response to infection and disease)
  • Extracts of mistletoe have been shown in the laboratory to prevent the growth of new blood vessels needed for tumours to grow
  • MT can be used safely alongside conventional treatment such as chemo, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapies such as Herceptin or Avastin
  • MT has an excellent safety record and is widely used in Europe as a “complementary therapy”
  • Protects the DNA in white blood cells in the laboratory, including cells that have been exposed to DNA-damaging chemo drugs

How is it administered?

MT typically starts with low doses of Mistletoe administered intravenously gradually over time working up to higher concentrations. The aim for using higher doses is to jump-start the immune system and help it to recognise any foreign bodies such as rogue cancer cells.

 

Then popped up something called Haelan 951. I came across this on another blog from someone who has been using it for ovarian cancer.

 

 

The fermented soy beverage, Haelan 951, has, over the last 20 years, shown that it will significantly improve a cancer patient’s clinical conditions and quality of life,’ says Don Lofquist a representative at Haelan Products Inc, ‘The product has reversed some Stage IV cancers where other treatments could not.’

Haelan 951 is a fermented soy product which isn’t easy to get hold of and apparently tastes terrible.

The history of it stems back to 989 Lesley Todesco learned of a fermented soy product from China that had worked wonders for a friend of hers.

After learning more about the benefits of the product, Lesley and her husband Joe decided it needed to be made available in the United States.

The company now sells thousands of bottles a week to people all around the world.

According to, head of the Haelan Research Foundation, Walter Wainwright, the fermented soy product fights cancer through the following mechanisms:

* Anti-angiogenesis: When a cancer cell becomes deprived of its blood flow it secretes an enzyme, which causes new blood vessels to grow around the oxygen deficient cells. This process is called angiogenesis. Haelan helps cut off this blood supply.

* Promotes apoptosis: In other words Haelan helps cancer cells die. In one study Haelan 951 reduced the anti-apoptosis gene expression BC12 on breast cancer cells twice as effectively as chemotherapy (doxorubicin).  It also increased the pro-apoptosis gene expression 500% better than doxorubicin (without the risk of leukaemia, heart failure, infertility, vomiting and mouth sores that comes with taking the drug).

* Supercharges Immunity 700%: The fermented soy product has been shown to significantly boost the number of active macrophage – the large white blood cells that digest cellular debris.

* Slows Cancer Growth: Patients resistant to platinum chemotherapy have been shown to do remarkably well on Haelan 951. When one patient was treated with chemotherapy her tumour doubled every 30 days. But after consuming Haelan 951, for nine months, the tumour doubled every 365 days instead.

* Reduces circulating oestrogen levels:  Haelan has been shown to significantly lower the oestrogens which damage cellular DNA and increase breast, ovarian and other hormone driven cancers. Studies have shown an 81% decrease in the ‘bad oestrogens’for healthy women consuming this whole soy product.

Well for me this is exciting and as always I didn’t stop there. I have since found the European stockist who has emailed me and told me that I would need a bottle of this stuff every day for at least 20 days then half a bottle a day for another 40 days. The cost is as expected not cheap. One box with 20 bottles cost € 950 plus transportation € 70 to deliver to the UK. I am still deciding if this is something I should do… I feel spoilt at the moment as I try not to have anything that I don’t like. But I guess in the hope of being cured I have to man the hell up!

Then the last new thing is cannabinoids. After my friend posted me an article in the Sunday Times about a woman who has a brain tumour who should have gone blind, if not dead by now I decided to look into this further. She decided not to have any conventional treatment and isn’t afraid of dying. I am in awe of that attitude. Instead she came across the ‘Wizard of Woodacre’. He is a man who lives in California where cannabis is legal. But this isn’t cannabis as we know it. Imagine me sitting here with a spliff in hand… Yeah man! No I don’t smoke and I certainly don’t want to do cannabis! But this is different.
If you are looking for the latest advances in medical cannabis, then you need to know about CBD rich strains. CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is one of the many cannabinoids that make up the medicine’s active healing properties. In order to qualify as “CBD Rich”, the product must have more than 4% CBD. Research has identified CBD as the main ingredient responsible for inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. In addition, CBD shrinks tumours and inflammation. CBD is also good for reducing pain and helps with insomnia. It has significant analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduction in anxiety and stress.

All strains that are CBD rich have a lower THC content. THC is the ingredient that makes one feel “high” or “Stoned”. CBD acts to mitigate the “High” of the THC. For this reason, most recreational strains have been bred to reduce the CBD content.

I decided in the name of research to contact the Wizard. I had a Skype meeting with him yesterday. He is a very calm humble guy who explained how they work with a very small number of people and the ingredients are all organic. The product is given in a tincture form. The tincture is made up of 190% alcohol and I would need to take 3ml of the blends 3 times per day for at least three months. The lady featured in the article has been using it since January. Again the cost isn’t cheap. Including shipping from the US I would be looking at approximately $800 dollars per month which is approximately £495. So this is food for thought. I am worried about side effects. The Wizard said I may feel a bit ‘high’ for the first few days as I would get some sort of effect from the THC in the tincture. However this would be rectified by the CBD’s in it. I have to admit I am not thrilled in the thought of using this but it’s an option and if I am to be pushed into a position whereby I am running out of options then all three of these things I would definitely consider. I really liked speaking to the founder of the product and can’t wait to speak with him again sometime.

When it comes to cost and having an open mind I am so very fortunate to have Pete. He would happily find the funds for me to have any of these treatments. He weighs it up with the cost of other spending that we do or used to do, going out on a Saturday night for example and buying clothes.

I think I will let it all sink in a few days and maybe wait to see what feels right.

Ever since the pranic healing  and following his advice to remove crystals from my environment I have extracted every single one hanging, sitting and hiding around my house and from my being. I feel better, actually. I am convinced that canSer has to be treated on every level and that includes the etheric body. I will make a decision on the physical body in due course. If anyone has experience of any of these healing therapies mentioned please do contact me and share!

Light n Love… Man! He he!

Have a great weekend. Wrap up and bolt everything down because there is a storm coming!

 

Blueberries cause programmed cell death inTNBC….

Today has been another good day. After having pranic healing yesterday I was keen to know if I would ‘feel’ anything over night. Well what can I tell you? I didn’t feel anything because I slept so soundly! Ha ha! That’s a good sign I think. I do feel light though not wearing my wedding, engagement and eternity rings! It feels weird but good all at the same time. Pete has said we will find something to replace my wedding ring so that I don’t feel divorced! I am thinking maybe wearing something large and dressy… but then I looked on the Tiffany website. Oops! I shouldn’t have done that as I have now seen a beautiful band with hearts… It’s perfect for me what with loving hearts n all. (Can you hear the tone of my voice and imagine the expression on my face?! I look like a needy pet!)

Really it wouldn’t matter to me if it were a cheap ring having something on is better than nothing I say.

I had an email from Les the pranic healer this morning and he has provided me with a forgiveness prayer and also advised me of a meditation cd he will give to me the next time I see him. One his patients who advised me to see Les said that orange is a really good healing colour. And that consuming things and surrounding yourself with these colours would be beneficial. With that in mind I made a large carrot, orange and ginger juice… Mmmm

I have been responding to many emails again today of people who simply want to save themselves and their families. It’s so touching hearing their stories and I can feel the desperation in their messages. I want to help everyone and wish every one of them the best. I wish I had a sure fire cure. In more ways than one!

One lady that has been emailing me has kindly shared another blog with me. It is called mum’snothavingchemo. And features a woman whose mother had cancer who decided not have chemo or other conventional treatment. (I guess that was clear to you by the title!) I have read a few features within it and I am really impressed at the depth of the research and how expansive it is. There are already a few things on there that have really got my attention. One thing that stood out to me is about blueberries and how they cause programmed cell death in triple negative breast cancer cell lines and metastatic cancer. This is a really interesting read on her page but also check out the links;

http://www.mumsnothavingchemo.com/

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/blueberry-inhibits-growth-and-metastatic-potential-triple-negative-breast

 

Pete has had more correspondence from Dr Baxter in Australia who has had a success using two drugs to break down the sheath that protects triple negative breast cells. Quite infuriatingly and saddening is that if the university in which the research is being carried out does not get any more funding the research will cease. Pete asked how much funding they would need to carry on, thinking that the costs would be £800,000 or more for the year… No £148,000. That’s all. This news almost bought Pete to tears. He simply couldn’t understand how little they require and yet they still may not get funding to continue such amazing research. The world we live in today sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out!

Here’s the Dr Baxters’ research; http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/47183-one-two-punch-knocks-out-aggressive-tumors.html

 

Tomorrow is Wear it Pink Day 2013 in aid of breast cancer campaign. If anyone wants to get involved it’s not too late go to; http://www.wearitpink.org/ I’ll post some pictures of Pete and his colleagues getting dressed up and raising money!