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Non-Traditional Approaches to
the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #67

September 10, 2018

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According to a recent major international study, many women with early-stage breast cancer, who are being prescribed chemotherapy under current medical standards, do not need it!

While this sounds like a breakthrough and will, no doubt, allow thousands of patients to avoid devastating toxic protocols, it is, by no means, to use a familiar phrase, “rethinking cancer.” For well over a century, conventional orthodoxy has defined cancer as the tumor which simply appears for some unknowable reason. Therefore, the answer to cancer has been, and remains, the destruction of the mass using procedures, such as chemotherapy and radiation, which, indeed, kill cancer cells, but can severely harm healthy cells and impair normal body function. These treatments have no intrinsic healing properties. They can buy some time, but the damage can be permanent and, too often, the cancer returns because the body’s natural healing capacity has been so compromised.

The Biorepair approach views cancer as a systemic problem. The tumor is a symptom of a biochemical breakdown which has resulted in the production of abnormal cells. This can be corrected with a comprehensive, non-toxic metabolic program which re-balances and strengthens all body functions in order to produce healthy cells and restore well being. Without correcting the cause of the problem, you can annihilate all cancer cells at any given time, but the body will continue producing abnormal cells. It becomes a game of whack-a-mole.

So, yes, it’s good that early stage breast cancers, which would likely never develop into serious disease, will not longer be treated with chemo, though Tamoxifen and other hormone treatments will continue and have their own problems. Sadly, in all cases, the primary goal of conventional cancer treatment remains the destruction of cancer cells, instead of the repair of the whole body.

To your health!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. For more unconventional wisdom, may we suggest our latest book, Healing Cancer — The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman (now also available on Amazon). Ruth, co-founder and former president of F.A.C.T. for 38 years, helped literally thousands of people regain and maintain good health. Also, we hope you’ll take a look at our film, Rethinking Cancer now streaming internationally on Gaia.com, iTunes and Amazon and stay in the loop with us on Twitter, Facebook and our YouTube channel!

New 5G Wireless Technology: Boon or Bane?

We all love “the latest thing.” But when it comes to dazzling innovations in wireless technology, is there such a “thing” as too much speed, coverage and responsiveness for our own good? READ MORE

This Farm Is Medicine

Murray Provine used to be your typical Type A kind of guy — a financially successful, traveling executive with a stressed out no-exercise lifestyle, fueled with the standard American diet.
Everything changed, however, after Murray was diagnosed with prostate cancer. READ MORE

Why a Little Bitter Is Better

Most people are naturally drawn to the taste off sweet. Perhaps this sends a message to the brain that you will get energy to carry on. But a bitter taste emits a very different signal — on guard, this could be poison! Here’s the bitter truth: bitter foods in small doses have tremendous health benefits. READ MORE

Roasted Radishes & Leeks with Thyme

Here’s a pleasant way to get your bitters:

2 bunches radishes (approx. 1 lb.), cut in half if small, or quartered, if large
2 tablespoons butter from grass-fed animals — let soften at room temperature
½ teaspoon unrefined salt (seasalt, Celtic, Himalayan)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large leek, white and light green part — halved and sliced thin
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine or ¼ teaspoon dried

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Mix radishes, 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper in a bowl, then spread out on a large roasting pan.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, then stir in the leek slices.
  4. Continue roasting about 10-15 minutes more — until the radishes are lightly browned and tender.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish. Stir in the thyme and remaining tablespoon of butter.
  6. Serve warm as an appetizer or side dish.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter – #66

July 11, 2018

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a taxpayer funded “watchdog” agency charged with protecting public health. However, as numerous independent investigations have found, it has a reputation for reshaping its mission to be more in line with private industries that do not particularly have the public interest at heart.

The latest scandal focuses on CDC coziness with Coca Cola. Scientists worldwide are in broad agreement that consumption of sugary sodas has contributed mightily to the obesity epidemic and could be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths per year. U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a nonprofit consumer group researching food industry practices and influence on public policy, uncovered evidence that Barbara Bowman, director of CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, advised a senior Coca Cola executive on how to prevent World Health Organization (WHO) from cracking down on added sugar. Two days after this disclosure, Bowman quit. Documentation has also surfaced that other CDC staff provided political guidance to Coca Cola on how to lobby CDC to play down health risks of sugar and that CDC has accepted large contributions from the soda pop megacorp to the CDC Foundation.

Are we naïve to think that government agencies should actually work for the people? Where is Congressional oversight? Where’s the outrage? If you care about integrity in government, call your Congressional representatives and demand answers. More on this investigation at: usrtk.org/our-investigations/#coca-cola.

To your health!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Heads up! In a few weeks, we will introduce our most comprehensive publication to date: Healing Cancer — The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman. Ruth, co-founder and former president of F.A.C.T., is someone you will want to know. Also, our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now streaming internationally on Amazon and iTunes, and will soon be on Gaia.com. As always, thanks for your support and stay tuned in on Twitter, Facebook and our YouTube channel!

Regenerative: Beyond Organic

In the 1967 movie The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is confused and worried about his future. Early on in the film, a corporate buddy of his dad takes the young man aside. Standing beside the swimming pool of a glitzy L.A. home, the exec looks Ben in the eye and says one word, “plastics.”

In the opinion of a growing worldwide body of scientists, farmers, environmental groups, think tanks, organic food and clothing producers, et al, today the word — the key to the future — would be very different. That word is “regenerative” as in Regenerative Agriculture. READ MORE

Yoga for Your Face?

The Internet is a great information resource, but it’s become a truism that it is also a place where unsubstantiated claims for weird stuff often resides.

A group of dermatologists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago were highly skeptical of the proliferation of websites touting facial exercises to reverse the visual effects of aging. Presented by men and woman with no medical credentials, these programs were touting “nonsurgical face-lifts” with only anecdotal evidence of any beneficial effects. The dermatologists decided to find out if there was any scientific proof behind these claims. READ MORE

Buckwheat Is Not Wheat

Buckwheat is classified as a pseudograin (also called pseudocereal)! It may look and cook like a cereal grain, but it doesn’t come from grasses, like rye, oats or wheat. Rather, it is a fruit seed from the flowers of a plant related to rhubarb and sorrel. Do not be deterred, however. When it comes to health benefits, there is nothing pseudo about buckwheat. It’s the real deal, rich in nutrients and nutty flavor and, by the way, gluten-free.

Buckwheat is one of the oldest cultivated crops. First grown around 6,000 BC in Southeast Asia, it spread to Central Asia and Tibet, then onto the Middle East, Europe and the New World where it became a popular traditional food.  However, in the 19th century, with the advent of industrial agriculture and synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, buckwheat became less common. The new technology favored mass production of wheat, corn and soy — grains that have become highly processed and overused to a point harmful to the environment as well as human health. But since the early 2000s, demand has been surging for healthy “gluten-free” ancient grains, and buckwheat, along with quinoa and amaranth, is making a comeback. READ MORE

Basic Buckwheat

  • 1 cup raw or roasted buckwheat groats
  • 1¾ cups pure (preferably distilled) water
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter from grass-fed animals, to taste, unsalted
  • ½ tsp unrefined salt, or to taste
  1. Rinse buckwheat well and drain (easiest to use a colander and let excess water drain off).
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine buckwheat with 1¾ cups water, 1 Tbsp butter and ½ tsp salt. Bring just to a simmer, then cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 18-20 min. Just like with rice, you should hear hissing while cooking and it will get quiet when done. Stir in additional 1 Tbsp butter, if desired. Keeps 3-4 days in the fridge and freezes well.
  3. For a little pizzazz, while still warm after cooking, use a fork to fold in some extras, like a small amount of chopped parsley, chopped mushrooms, pine nuts or chopped walnuts.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter – #65

March 13, 2018

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The scene: An attractive couple walking hand in hand along the water’s edge of an exotic beach at sunset.
The woman (close up): “My (name of dread disease) was not improving. In fact, I was barely managing symptoms, so my doctor recommended (awkward-sounding multi-syllabic name of a new drug) and now my life has never been better!
Soothing voiceover (soft music playing): “(drug name) can cause serious side effects, such as diabetes, tuberculosis, kidney disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, cardiac arrest, depression, suicidal tendancies, sudden death…….Ask your doctor if (drug name) is right for you!”

Why is it that direct-to-consumer TV ads of prescription drugs like this are banned in every country in the world, except the U.S. and New Zealand? Drug companies spend millions a day to air them — $4.5 billion in 2016, an investment leading to higher drug prices and creating demand for the newest, flashiest, most expensive drugs which may be less safe or effective than older time-tested products. AND, of course these commercials do nothing to support the notion that there are ways other than toxic drugs to overcome serious health issues, or just manage symptoms.

Even the American Medical Association (AMA) has called for a ban on these promotions. But our Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done nothing to crack down on them, perhaps fearing litigation on commercial free-speech or just the power of the drug lobby. If you’ve had enough, let your Congressional representatives know that they need to stand up to Big Pharma and get these ads off our airways! You can also sign this petition.

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Heads up! We have a powerful new book coming out, hopefully, by the end of this year. It’s called Healing Cancer, a must-have for your health library. In the meantime, be sure to view our film, Rethinking Cancer (streaming on iTunes in Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States) and stay in touch on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Should We Fear Getting Sick?
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective 

by Rishma Parpia

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and is one of the oldest healing systems practiced for thousands of years. The discipline relies on the following four guiding principles:

The body is an integrated whole — All parts of your body are interconnected and each part plays an integral role to its harmonious functioning as a whole; this includes your mind and your emotions.

The body has a natural self-healing ability —Your body contains all the necessary instruments it needs to heal itself. It has the capacity to regenerate just like nature does. In some cases it may appear that the self-healing ability is decreasing, however, in most cases, it is not completely lost. Read More


Don’t Eat All the Cucumbers!

Cucumbers are a wonderful food. Though about 90% water, they contain an impressive array of vitamins — C, A, K, B5 — and minerals — potassium, magnesium, manganese — which fight inflammation and infection, produce energy, and strengthen bone and heart health. Recent studies have also shown that cucs contain powerful lignans that contribute to reduced risk of some cancers, including, prostate, breast, uterus, and ovarian and they are loaded with other phytonutrients, called cucurbitacins, known as strong inhibitors of cancer cell development.

But there are ways other than eating to enjoy the benefits of cucumbers. This member of the gourd family (technically a fruit because of its seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables come from other parts, like stems, roots, leaves) is a real treat for the skin! Read More

Tai Chi and Your Brain

You may have seen them in the park: small groups of people in loose clothing doing weird slow motion poses. This is not some fanatical dance cult! It’s tai chi chuan, an increasingly popular, moderate form of exercise that combines deep, diaphragmatic breathing with flowing, dancelike stances — a surprisingly effective workout for all ages.

Many recent studies have shown that tai chi improves balance, leg strength, cardiovascular endurance, pulse rate, muscular flexibility, immune function, sleep quality, happiness, self-esteem, and cognitive skills like the capacity to concentrate and multitask. Even cows appear to benefit: farmers from a British dairy organization that promotes organic milk perform Tai Chi in front of cows because they believe it “can bring an additional spiritual uplift to their herds, fields and farmyards.”

new study revealed especially impactful results on the brains of older adults who had been practicing this gentle martial art for several years. Read More

Easy Miso Soup

After your tai chi class, how about a healthy soup from Japan? Miso, along with natto and tempeh, are fermented soy products, a process that makes nutrients readily available. Miso provides beneficial probiotics, improves digestion, helps normalize blood pressure, has anticancer effects, and supplies important nutrients, like copper, manganese, Vitamin K. Unfermented soy (soy milk, tofu, TVP, soy cheese, soybean oil, edamame, etc.) is a very different product. It inhibits enzymatic function and may contain high levels of toxins and anti-nutrients. It is not recommended, which is why we do not add tofu to this recipe.

2 cups pure water (preferably distilled)
¼ cup chopped green chard, bok choy, collard greens, kale, cut in thin strips
¼ cup chopped green onion
1 ½ – 2 Tbsp. organic white miso paste (fermented soy bean paste)
1/2 sheet (1/8 cup) nori (dried seaweed), cut into large rectangles

  1. Place water in a medium saucepan and bring to a low simmer.
  2. Add nori and simmer 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put 1 1/2 Tbsp. miso into a small bowl, add a little hot water and mix until smooth. Then add to the soup and stir. This ensures no clumps.
  4. Add greens and onion to the pot and simmer for another 5 minutes or so. Adjust seasoning, add more miso if desired. Serve warm for a soothing, gastric-friendly dish. Often served at the beginning of a meal to calm the body/mind and “awaken” the taste buds.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #64

November 8, 2017

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Worthy of note:

•  Our public health officials tell us that vaccines are “safe and effective” and that to dare to question this mantra is to be anti-social, anti-science or worse. But there is much more  to this story than what we’re typically told. A new book, Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies,” contains summaries of 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers — many published in mainstream journals like Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine and with protocols approved by CDC or U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services — which provide disturbing evidence re: vaccine safety and efficacy. This book is recommended for anyone who wants to make informed decisions about their own or their family’s health.

•  Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created a U.S.Tap Water Database compiled from 30 million state water records. You can look up your town or county and see a quality analysis of what contaminants are in your water. Be prepared: the results may be concerning. Knowledge, however, is power. You may want to revisit our article, Why Distilled Water.

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. The revolution is now! Our film, Rethinking Cancer (streaming on iTunes in Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States) presents a time-tested, biologically-sound alternative to failed toxic conventional cancer treatments. Help us spread the word and stay connected on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Warning: Big Pharma “Discovers” Immunotherapy!

Healthy cell production is the goal of the Biorepair/metabolic program that F.A.C.T. has supported for the last 46 years. This system naturally repairs and rebalances body chemistry, including energizing the immune system to the greatest extent possible in order to remove abnormal/cancer cells. F.A.C.T. also recognized early on the value of Immune Augmentation Therapy (I.A.T.), pioneered in the early 1960s — to much derision — by Lawrence H. Burton, PhD., who injected cancer patients with natural immune components to boost immunity. The use of I.A.T. adjunctively with Biorepair in appropriate cases was shown to be capable of producing good, long-term results.

But now, many decades later, the New York Times reports big news: conventional medicine is on the cutting of immunotherapy, thanks to an “utterly transformative” genetic-engineering technology which is “turbocharging” the patient’s own immune components to kill cancer cells. Researchers call it a “living drug,” with treatments expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So far, results have been mixed. Patients have suffered severe side effects, a number have died, in others the cancer progressed, a few have survived, including one about 18 months. The cancer establishment and, of course, the “blockbuster”-hungry pharmaceutical companies, are all agog! READ MORE

What Is Ripe?

Are you one of those people who looks for the guy in the produce department to tell you whether the pineapple or melon you’ve picked out is at the peak of ripeness? Are you a little in awe of those humans who, with a surgeon’s precision — a little pinch here or sniff there —  can know if an item has reached its prime? Do you believe that some individuals are simply born with this special “ripeness sensibility” and that you are destined to look to them to verify your produce choices?

If these kinds of thoughts run ’round your head, rest assured, you are not alone. However, enlightenment is in sight. Anyone can learn how to judge ripeness. You just have to take the time to get to know what you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s about color, other times, touch or smell. Here are some tips to help you become a fruit ripeness expert (note: a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the flower of the plant; vegetables are all other parts, like roots, leaves, stems): READ MORE

Hug Therapy

Here’s a therapy that energizes the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety, encourages sleep, increases compassion and feelings of well-being, and has no negative side effects. And the more you engage in it, the greater the benefits.

It’s called “hug therapy.” Despite the lack of a long scientific-sounding name, this is quite a well-researched area of healing. Scientists have found that hugging/touching  plays an essential role in the emotional and physical health of humans (and likely all living creatures), triggering the release of “feel good” hormones like dopamine and oxytocin and reducing the production of cortisol (the “stress” hormone) in your body. READ MORE

Avocado Sauerkraut “Boats”
(for 2)

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup raw fermented sauerkraut
  • few dashes seasalt and black pepper

    1.Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
    2. Fill the pit holes with about ¼ cup sauerkraut each.
    3. Sprinkle a bit of sauerkraut juice over the exposed parts of the avocado to avoid browning, unless you’re planning on eating immediately.
    4. Top off with a few dashes of seasalt and blackpepper.
    5. To enhance the boat analogy, you might add a thin carrot stick for a mast, and perhaps embed a piece of Romaine lettuce cut in a triangle for a sail, and sail away….

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #63

September 7, 2017

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Occasionally, we get a question on our info@rethinkingcancer.org that makes us wonder if we’re getting our message across as effectively as we’d like. Here’s a recent example:

“I take two 500 mg of clove caps. Is this too much? I read it was the top antioxidant food.”

Clove may contain many beneficial elements, including antioxidants, but taking this amount routinely, particularly as a supplement, can be too harsh on the system. Supplements should be used sparingly and only for as long as needed to resolve a difficiency or other issue. Real food is what the body is designed for. Moreover, doubling down on one food, like clove, because of its antioxidant content is flawed thinking. Antioxidants are found to some degree in a multitude of fresh, whole foods, but to focus on one edible item because of one attribute is to miss the panoply of vital elements — many of which may not yet even be known by science— in other so-called “lesser” foods. There is no “magic bullet” food to insure health or protect us from all disease. Nature has provided us with a food supply of stunning diversity, each creation containing its unique tapestry (essential synergism) of phytochemicals, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, etc., for sustaining life. Don’t miss out on any of the goodness. Mix it up! Listen to your body! One day you may find yourself drawn to a cauliflower, the next day it’s something else. Some days you’re very hungry, others not. The body is a dynamic instrument and does not do well on “automatic

”Cloves are nice, but variety is truly the “top” spice of life.

To your health!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Take a look at our Donate page, now with links to a “variety” of classic books essential for your health library.  And don’t forget, you can stream our film on iTunes and on Amazon. Do keep in touch on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

A New Breed of Doctor

By Alan H. Nittler, M.D.

The great need of the average citizen of planet Earth is to know how to live a healthy, productive life, free of disease. In 1972, Dr. Alan Nittler wrote a book called A New Breed of Doctor in which he lamented the fact that very few doctors focus on teaching this sort of thing in their practice. He hoped that a new breed would emerge who considered it infinitely more important to keep you well than to try to help you when you’re sick. Today, 45 years later, there are more doctors who understand this (many of whom can be found on our (Practitioner Directory), but there is still a great need for more. Here are some of his thoughts:

The doctor of the future will influence the political process and the food and drug laws. He will see that restaurants do not serve food that brings on degeneration. He will have a voice in food processing, manufacturing and packaging. In the future, we will have hospitals that will not allow patients to check out before they know how to change their habits and prevent future recurrences of their condition. We will learn how to cook right. Read More

A Travel Tip: Grapefruit Seed Extract

As the Northern Hemisphere moves into summer, many of us will be heading for exotic locales. But nothing can ruin a vacation faster than picking up some exotic bacteria or other assorted critters from the local water or food, leading to a case of  “Montezuma’s Revenge” (a.k.a. Traveler’s Diarrhea) — a quick way to turn a dream trip into a nightmare.

So here’s a little known secret: grapefruit seed extract (GSE). Read More

On the Rebound

The simple act of bouncing on a rebounder (mini-trampoline) is a uniquely powerful form of exercise. While most types of workouts target specific muscles or just increase cardiovascular function, rebounding uses the forces of acceleration and deceleration to activate literally every cell in the body without stressing any particular part.

The idea of rebounding has been around for quite a while. However, it really picked up steam in the 1980’s when NASA was looking for the most effective way to counteract the harmful effects of weightlessness on the body, namely, that after as little as 14 days in space, astronauts can lose up to 15% of bone and muscle mass. After conducting studies comparing the benefits of various forms of exercise, they found rebounding to be the superior choice. Read More

Iced Turmeric Lemonade

After bouncing on your rebounder, you might be up for something refreshing to drink. Iced turmeric lemonade combines the flavor of earthy turmeric with fresh lemon and natural sweetness for a surprisingly delicious, salubrious drink. A spice superstar, turmeric has long been known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which benefit virtually every organ of the body. Current studies focus on it’s potential to lower the incidence and severity of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and to improve blood sugar balance, support kidney function, lessen the severity of arthritis and some digestive disorders.

  • 1 cup pure water (preferably distilled)
  • 3/4 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • ½ -1 tsp. teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia drops (or more to taste), or about a teaspoon of other natural
  • sweetener like raw honey, maple syrup, etc.
  • tiny pinch of black pepper (increases the benefits of turmeric)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until ice is completely blended in.
  2. Let rest about 30 seconds before pouring. Serve over more ice, if you like.
  3. Drink immediately for peak flavor and potency.

You can also substitute limes for lemons; for oranges, double the juice and reduce the water by 1/4 cup.

Thanks to Wellness Mama for this recipe!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #62

June 14, 2017

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This newsletter asks a lot of questions (see article titles) which we hope you’ll find informative and even intriguing. We all have questions and perhaps the best way to find answers is to have reliable sources, like books, at our fingertips. For four decades FACT’s official publication, Cancer Forum, included a very select listing of books which we felt we’re essential for understanding the way the body works and how to regain and maintain optimum health. In short, they contain the essentials of the Biorepair/metabolic healing program that has produced so many long-term recovered patients, as well as so many healthy individuals who never had to deal with a cancer diagnosis.

There are many books out today with catchy titles, proclaiming miracle cures, super foods and supplements for every ill, etc. The books on our list are from a different time, when natural healing therapies were not part of an alternative health industry worth billions a year. These books were written by clinicians with years of experience with a wide range of patients. They are full of wisdom and practical advice. We have now added links to many of these classics on our Donate page, so that you can add them to your library. Take a look!

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

P.S. We’re always glad to hear your questions and comments at info@rethinkingcancer.org. And watch our film on iTunes/Amazon as well as follow us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Are You Grounded?

Is it possible that the simple, regular act of walking barefoot on the Earth can reduce stress, improve sleep, relieve chronic pain and reduce insidious chronic inflammation?

We humans spend our entire lives on this planet, yet we barely make physical contact with the actual ground. Most of our time is passed indoors, often living and working in units hundreds of foot above the ground, wearing rubber or plastic soled shoes that insulate us from the earth, surrounded by electromagnetic fields (EMF) —WI-Fi, mobile phone waves — and other types of pollution that build up positive ions in the form of free radicals in our bodies. READ MORE

What Are You Wearing?

More and more of us today are striving to live a healthy lifestyle. We avoid chemicalized, denatured, over-processed foods. We drink pure water instead of municipal tap with its cocktail of toxic additives. We exercise regularly, practice meditation in its many forms and try to get a good night’s sleep. But how many of us consider that the clothes we wear may be hazardous to our health?

Most of the clothes produced today, including popular high and low-end name brands, are made from synthetic fibers — marketed as “wrinkle resistant, easy-to-clean, durable” — that contain a host of toxic chemicals such as PFC, phthlates, cadium, formaldehyde. Moreover, the manufacturing process of these goods causes major pollution in our food, air and water, along with dangerous working conditions for those who do the labor. Even Monsanto is in the game with its new super-toxic GMO dicamba-resistent cotton, a big seller, otherwise known as “frankencotton” by concerned environmentalists. READ MORE

Will the New GMO Apple a Day 
Keep the Doctor Away?

Heads up: a new kind of apple could soon be on supermarket shelves near you. It’s the GMO “Artic” Apple, owned by Intrexon, the company that brought us the GMO salmon and GMO mosquito, with peaches, cherries, pears and more in the pipeline. The apples, expected to be approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture later this year, will carry a label that says “Arctic,” but, thanks to a labeling obfuscation bill passed last year by Congress, nowhere on the product will there appear the letters “GMO.”

Friends of the Earth (FOE) has identified 10 stores in the Midwest currently consumer-testing packages of the sliced GMO apple. In other words, they are using people as GMO apple guinea pigs. The “Arctic” is the result of an experimental, unregulated technique called RNA interference that blocks genes related to enzymes that cause an apple to brown when cut. Scientists have warned that this genetic manipulation poses health risks as the manipulated RNA gets into digestive systems and bloodstreams and can lead to negative consequences. The new apple will also be drenched in toxic pesticide residues, also untested by FDA and unlabeled. In short, the “Arctic” apple may not taste great, but it will look eternally fresh! READ MORE

How About Some Good “Old-Fashioned” Apple Slices?

Fresh apples will naturally brown after being sliced. But you don’t need un-brownable GMO apples, whose natural enzymes have been blocked by RNA manipulation, to enjoy un-browned apple slices.

2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into slices
juice of 2 oranges

Dip each slice of apple in the orange juice and arrange on a serving plate. The orange juice keeps the slices from turning brown and combines well with the flavor of apple.
 
Thanks to Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, President of Weston A. Price Foundation, for this recipe.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #61

April 12, 2017

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:08 pm

Welcome to our 46th year! Things have changed a lot since Ruth Sackman and her husband, Leon, co-founded FACT in 1971. In those days, cancer was a very hush-hush, almost taboo topic. Even the idea of putting the word “cancer” in the name of the organization, as Ruth did, was considered very bold and possibly risky. Doctors who dared to treat patients with nutritional therapies, i.e., not the legally sanctioned surgery, chemo, radiation, could be raided and/or jailed.  Alternative practitioners warned their patients never to say they were being treated for cancer, rather just trying to improve diet and overall health.

Today cancer is at epidemic levels and everybody’s talking about it. Many have seen the failure and suffering wrought by the “legal” treatments (all focused on destroying cancer cells rather than the repair and strengthening of the body) and there are far more resources openly supporting unconventional approaches (though conventional treatments are still the only legally sanctioned modalities). The alternative health movement is booming — over $30 billion in profits last year. But with commercial success, there have also come a lot of questionable resources, the lack of clinical experience, the touting of ineffective, sometimes harmful new miraculous cures, superfoods, supplements and the like.

As a nonprofit educational organization, we have no vested interest in the alternative health industry. Our role is to give you the facts as we’ve learned them over many years of experience with a wide range of patients, clinicians, therapies and facilities. As you may have noticed, we don’t focus just on cancer. Cancer is the end result of a long process of unnatural living, avoidable and sometimes unavoidable toxic exposures, overstressed lifestyle, etc. We believe that cancer can be managed — and in most cases prevented — by learning to make wise lifestyle choices compatible with this fast-paced 21st Century world. We seek to give you overarching principles that will help you make sense of the deluge of information and misinformation out there.

In short, we want you to be your best doctor.

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Thanks so much for all your input. If you feel the information you receive here is of value, we hope you’ll consider any sort of (tax-deductible in the U.S.) donation. And do check out our film on iTunes  and keep in touch on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

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Are Germs Really the Problem?
By Ruth Sackman, Co-founder and Former President of FACT

There is a school of thought about germs that differs radically from the germ theory of disease based on the work of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). And Pasteur’s germ theory is what most of our medical care today is based on.

Pasteur believed that germs were the cause of disease and, therefore, the primary goal of treatment should be their elimination. But at about the same time that Pasteur was propagating his theory, a highly respected chemist-physician-biologist, Dr. Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908), along with others, strongly disagreed. Their views, though logical, were obscured by the more exciting presentation by Pasteur, whose talent for self-promotion, some have posited, far exceeded his scientific investigatory skills. Read More

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An Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal medicine is the oldest and still most widely used system of healing in the world today. Preparations, made exclusively from plants (seeds, roots, stems, flowers, leaves),  may be put into many forms — tinctures, extracts, teas, salves, etc. When used appropriately, these remedies can be highly effective, relatively inexpensive and minus the toxic side effects of synthetic pharmaceutical meds. Here are some suggestions for your home herbal first aid kit: Read More

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Blue Light — Something Else to Worry About?

Cavemen had plenty of things to worry about — lions, bears, starvation….. Today, in the digital age, we’ve got a different set of anxieties. One that is coming more and more into the spotlight is blue light.

Before the advent of artificial lighting, the circadian rhythms of all living things — the natural 24-hour wakefulness and sleep cycle which affects many biological processes — were attuned to the major source of light: the sun. People spent their evenings in relative darkness, a time of rest and recuperation, and rose with the morning sun, energized for the challenges of daily survival. But today, our evenings are filled with manmade illumination. Too often we are up at all hours and the rhythms of our bodies are all jangled up in pursuits no caveman could have fathomed. Read More

Kale Chips

Should you be eating all vegetables raw every chance you get? No, actually. Contrary to the belief of many smoothie/salad afficionados, kale, for example, is not a good choice for raw eating. A little is okay, of course, but overloading on this, as has become, for many today, almost a religion, can create thyroid problems. A member of the cruciferous family, kale contains goitgrogens that interfere with the formation of thyroid hormone, especially in people with iodine deficiency. Gentle cooking above 2120 F.(1000C.),  however, significantly reduces the goitrogens, so you can enjoy the pleasures and many nutritional benefits of this vegetable. This would be true for other cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, collards, etc. (For those who suffer chronic thyroid disorders, it might be wise to consider bypassing cruciferous vegetables altogether.) 

  • 6 cups torn and de-stemmed curly kale, in 2 inch or so-sized pieces
  • 2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil, cultured or grass-fed organic butter or ghee
  • ¼ tsp. unrefined salt
  1. Wash and spin dry the kale leaves until completely dry.
  2. Place dried leaves in a large bowl. Add the oil and toss with hands until every leaf is coated.
  3. Sprinkle on salt and toss again to spread evenly.
  4. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and arrange the kale evenly without overlapping.
  5. Bake in a 300-degree F. oven until crisp and dark green, approx. 12-15 min.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from the pan or eating. This allows the chips to crisp up further. Keep in an air-tight containing. (Don’t refrigerate — the chips will soften with moisture and loose their crunch!)

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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #60

February 12, 2017

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 11:10 am

Here’s some good news from the last U.S. election:

  • Sonoma County, California passed a GMO crop ban, creating the largest GMO-free zone in the U.S
  • San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, California plus Boulder, Colorado voted to tax junk, sugar-laden Big Soda products.
  • Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Montana approved medical marijuana initiatives, making that 29 states and Washington D.C. with varying restrictions.

    And other good news:

  • The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to remove carrageenan, a potent inflammatory agent and possible carcinogen, from the list of approved additives in organic food.
  • Mirabile dictu! The New York Times recently cited studies showing that good food, including whole fat dairy, was an effective treatment for acne! When FACT began 45 years ago, the idea that food could be a protocol for healing anything was a joke to most conventionally-trained doctors. Over the years, we’ve seen acknowledgement of denatured, sugar/chemical-laden foods as disease-causing, acceptance of good food as disease prevention, as well as the use of certain active ingredients in plants as templates for drugs, but the idea that “food is your best medicine” for the ailing has generally been consigned to the bin of wistful Hippocrates zealots. This may seem like a lot of “duh” to those of us who live the nontoxic Biorepair approach to health and healing. We know that the skin is a window on what’s going on inside – get the bad stuff out, put the good stuff in and the skin will reflect that with a glow. Still, let’s hope that, perhaps, just perhaps, when it comes to other chronic conditions, this acne cure will inspire some sort of awakening in the orthodox symptom/drug-oriented medical community. Imagine a world where food, not drugs, is in the vanguard of healing.

Rejoice in the good stuff and have a great holiday season!

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming on iTunes in North America, UK, Ireland, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, and more coming soon. Spread the word! FACT is a non-profit, so your support makes it all possible. Thanks so much and do join us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Why Dirt Makes Us Happy

For centuries people have been finding solace and joy futzing around in their gardens. Now, in the 21st Century, science has figured out why.

Researchers have long theorized that the sharp rise in autoimmune conditions, like asthma and allergies, could stem from living too clean (the “hygiene hypothesis”). The idea is that routine exposure to harmless microorganisms in the environment, like soil bacteria, strengthens our immune system and trains it to ignore benign molecules like pollen or hairs on a neighbor’s cat. A series of studies reported in Neuroscience took this hypothesis a step further by treating depression with a specific soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae. They found, for example, that lung cancer patients injected with killed M. vaccae reported better quality of life and less nausea and pain. The injections also eased skin allergies in other patients. Additional studies have shown promise with M. vaccae in improving cognitive function, Crohn’s disease and even rheumatoid arthritis. READ MORE

What Do Those Food Labels Mean?

Nowadays, trendy restaurants and food stores know that customers are partial to foods that are healthier for humans and the environment than the typical “factory” fare.  So, perhaps you’ve noticed that more and more menus are adorned with terms like “grass-fed” or “pasture-raised” steak, “organic” seafood, “free-range” chicken. These labels sound nice, but what do they really mean? Here are some common terms you might encounter and what you might want to read between the lines: READ MORE

Pot for Pets

Now that medical marijuana (cannabis sativa) is legal in 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, perhaps it’s not surprising that humans are not the only ones experiencing the therapeutic virtues of this age-old plant.

Animal lovers who may or may not partake of marijuana themselves, are turning to cannabis-based products to alleviate a host of their pets’ maladies, including seizures, inflammation, anxiety and pain, arthritis, loss of appetite and nausea – and they are reporting impressive results. Moreover, the treatments are being used not only for cats and dogs, but also pigs, horses, and domesticated wild animals. READ MORE

Jolly Jam Cookies

  • 1 cup raw almonds, ground
  • 1 1/4 cup spelt flour or other low-gluten flour (e.g., kamut, amaranth, barley, rice)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • fruit jam – homemade or from the health food store
  • 2 tablespoons (preferably distilled) water
  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients (maple syrup, melted coconut oil, water) and blend well.
  3. Shape the cookie dough into walnut-sized balls and place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Indent with thumb and fill with the fruit jam.Shape the cookie dough

Bake at 350 F. about 16-20 minutes – until golden brown. To store, place in a jar or other container with a few pieces of orange or lemon peel to keep fresh, though chances are these cookies won’t be stored for long!

*Great thanks to Eileen B. and daughter, Melissa, on Long Island, NY, for sending us this delicious holiday recipe!

 

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #59

December 13, 2016

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:57 pm

First, the infuriating news: Just as Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law was taking effect this July, the U.S. Congress passed, and the president signed, the gutless bill, S. 764, which, in effect, lets anti-labelers off the hook. This is a depressing manifestation of the power of money vs. the will of the American people. According to Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto and other Big Food corporations (e.g., Kellogg, Dow, Dupont, General Mills, Coca Cola) have spent well over 100 million dollars fighting our right to know if GMOs are in our food. For the time being, they have won. But we still hold the winning card: we don’t have to buy what they’re selling! Join in the boycott of products from these conglomerates, many of which are gobbling up small organic companies that you may have come to rely on.

And now, some good news: We are delighted to announce a new addition to the roster of materials on our Donate page. It is the audiobook for Detoxification by Ruth Sackman, co-founder and former president of FACT, narrated by current president, Consuelo Reyes. This is a concise handbook for anyone interested in taking charge of their health — more accessible now in audio as people are increasingly juggling busy schedules with the need for solid information. In the next few months, we’ll also introduce a new ebook, The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman, a compendium of her writings over the past 4 decades. The book will be loaded with practical, timeless information, expressed in Ruth’s inimitable down-to-earth style.

To your health!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

P.S. Remember to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now available for streaming on iTunes in North America and many countries. Thanks for all your comments and support. Do join us on Twitter,Facebook and our YouTube channel!

What Is a Healthy Diet?

A recent New York Times article surveyed a panel of nutrition “experts” and the general public about which foods they thought were good or bad. There was vast disparity between, as well as within, the two groups. Foods that the “experts” generally considered less healthy (e.g., granola bar, coconut oil, frozen yogurt, granola) were considered very healthy by the public. Foods considered healthy by the “experts” (e.g., quinoa, tofu, sushi, hummus, shrimp) were designated less healthy by the public. While both groups pretty much agreed on the goodness of foods like kale, apples, oatmeal, so-called experts and the public were nearly equally unsure about the healthfulness of basic items like butter, red meat, whole milk, pork chops, etc. —foods, coincidentally, containing saturated fat  which many well-publicized studies have shown to be good for heart and overall health, contrary to myths propagated by the food processing industry.

What’s missing in all this is awareness of any overarching principles. For clarity, we look to the expertise of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), an organization founded on the wisdom of traditional cultures, unburdened by TV, fast food producers, certified nutritionists or dieticians. READ MORE

The Balancing Act

Improving balance is a lifelong project — from wobbly toddlerhood to the freedom-loving Golden Years. Good balance gives us confidence to move about in a fast-paced world. It’s the key to just about any activity from riding a bike to navigating a slippery sidewalk to doing yoga or any sport and it’s especially important to help prevent falls and maintain an independent lifestyle.

So here are a few exercises to hone your daily balancing act at any age. For best results, do these at least 3-4 times per week and, if possible, go barefoot. READ MORE

DIY: Personal Care Products

Read any good product labels lately? Too many personal care products, even on health food store shelves, abound in questionable ingredients like parabens, phthalates, chemical emulsifiers, artificial colors, alcohol, synthetic fragrances (which can have up to 500 unlisted components), artificial flavors, sweeteners, and numerous other multi-syllabic synthetics.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average adult absorbs up to 5 pounds of chemicals in their care products every year — many of which have been shown to contribute to hormonal imbalances, cancer, eczema, and a wide range of other conditions. A lot of these chemical additives are banned in other countries, yet still allowed in the United States. Moreover, many of these ingredients, aside from being outright harmful, are very drying to the skin, such as alcohol and water (usually the first 2 ingredients listed on most “moisturizers”) or otherwise counterproductive, especially to chemically-sensitive individuals.

Why spend a lot of money on things you can make yourself with fewer and far better materials? Here are some easy-to-do items: READ MORE

Switchel — The Healthy “Gatorade”

Gatorade Thirst Quencher, the highly sugared sports drink purported to rehydrate and refuel athletes, contains water, sucrose (table sugar), dextrose, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium chloride (table salt), sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, and flavoring/coloring ingredients; some Gatorade flavor variations use brominated vegetable oil as a stabilizer.

Who needs all that when you can rehydrate and tonify your body with a refreshing drink made with just a few unquestionably health-inducing ingredients? Switchel was a popular summer drink in the American colonies in the late 17th century and became a traditional thirst quencher for farmers during harvest time by the 19th century. Today, several companies are producing it as interest grows in “new” traditional foods, but it’s easy to make you own:

2 quarts pure water (preferably distilled)

½ cup raw apple cider vinegar

½ cup raw honey (orange blossom or tupelo go particularly well with this recipe) or pure

maple syrup

2 tsp. organic ginger powder or 2 ½ Tbsp. fresh grated ginger

Optional: 1 tsp. turmeric powder, pinch of cardamom

  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Let set a few minutes, then you can add ice and drink immediately. Store the rest in glass jars in the refrig. If you use fresh ginger, strain as you pour the switchel into your glass.
  2. For a more fizzy feel, with probiotic benefits, carefully pour the mixture into large glass bottles, preferably the ones with wire and ball stoppers. Fasten lids and leave the bottles on the counter for at least 2-3 days (up to a week or 2 in cooler weather). Refrigerate. When serving, open slowly in the sink in case the switchel “pops” out of the bottle. Again, strain if fresh ginger was used. Cheers!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #58

September 6, 2016

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:32 pm

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”
– Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

We live in a turbulent world populated by humans charged with emotions both constructive and destructive, conscious and unconscious, reasonable and totally baffling. Sir Newton, one of the most influential scientists of all time, couldn’t figure it out, but now the Dalai Lama is taking a crack at it.

The famous Tibetan Buddist monk has gone digital to help us understand our emotions and find inner peace: “We have, by nature or biologically, this destructive emotion, also constructive emotion. This innerness, people should pay more attention to, from kindergarten level up to university level. This is not just for knowledge, but in order to create a happy human being. Happy family, happy community and, finally, happy humanity.”

Atlas of Emotions is his new website. It’s really a map of the human psyche, created with the help of some of the Dalai Lama’s good friends, including psychologist Paul Ekman, who advised the creators of Pixar’s “Inside Out,” an animated film set inside a girl’s head. The site is well worth a visit. This is not about religion. The Dalai Lama’s hope is simply that it could be a tool for cultivating good in the world by overcoming the bad within us. “Ultimately, our emotion is the real troublemaker,” he says. “We have to know the nature of that enemy.”

The “Atlas” might not get you straight to inner peace, but you may find, as we did, that by going through the various steps, you catch yourself watching what you’re feeling a whole lot more closely…

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

P.S. A reminder: our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available for streaming on iTunes in North America and several other countries. Check it out! We rely on donations and we truly appreciate your support. Please take a look for us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Are Genes Destiny?

It’s a depressing thought – the idea that regardless of what we do, our genetic make-up predisposes us to certain health problems. The problem with this thought, however, is: cutting edge science is telling us that it simply is not true!

From 1990 to 2003 millions of federal dollars were spent on the Human Genome Project. The goal was to figure out the role of every gene in order to develop drugs to “fix” “bad” ones and thus avoid or cure virtually any disease, the operative model being that the human body is simply an assemblage of replaceable or fixable parts. Researchers, however, were surprised to discover that there are far fewer genes than suspected, all with multiple, often indecipherable purposes, as well as complex and unpredictable interactions. They realized that messing with any one gene could have dire and unintended consequences.

Most importantly, they learned that the presence of any kind of gene is very different from the expression of that gene (active vs. inactive) and that the “on” or “off” is determined largely by the way we live. READ MORE

Fall Asleep Faster with Acupressure

Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It applies the same principles as acupuncture (without the needles) to treat disease and enhance mind/body health. According to theory, special acupoints lie along energy meridians or channels in the body. It is believed that vital energy – a life force called qi (ch’i) – flows through these invisible channels, connecting organs and creating a network of energy flows throughout. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. The goal of acupressure is to restore balance to the body’s channels by applying pressure to the appropriate acupoints.

Using fingers, palms, elbows or feet, acupressure can be an effective way to relieve a wide range of ills, e.g., nausea, headache, anxiety, nasal congestion, fatigue, etc. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, here’s one technique, suggested by a faculty member at leading naturopathic Bastyr University, to promote sleep: READ MORE

Dandelion – A “Weed” Worth Cultivating

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is so common, it’s often dismissed as a pesky weed, but that would be gross defamation of character. This plant (whose name comes from the French for “lion’s tooth” because of its jagged leaves), has been used therapeutically for centuries to treat infections and kidney disease, increase bile flow, correct liver problems, improve appetite, digestion and general health.

Now modern science has discovered that extracts of dandelion – leaves, flowers and roots – contain bioactive compounds with potential anti-cancer properties. In lab research with mice these extracts can kill leukemia, melanoma and pancreatic cancer cells without harm to healthy cells and human clinical trials are currently exploring the use of extracts to treat blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma. READ MORE

Dandy Salad

If you’re new to dandelion greens, start with a small amount of dandelion in proportion to other greens and monitor your body’s reaction. Some people may be more sensitive.

  • ½ lb. torn dandelion leaves and other leafy greens
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried basil

Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • drizzle of raw honey
  • pinch salt (unrefined) and pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, toss together dandelion greens, onion, tomatoes and basil.
  2. To make dressing: put all ingredients in a glass jar, cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Drizzle gently over the salad and toss. Makes a cup of dressing. Store in the refridge, but let come to room temperature (and give a good shake) before using.

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