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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)

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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.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #57

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:23 pm

Good news!

  1. Our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available on iTunes in North America, UK, France, Spain, Japan Taiwan, and Hong Kong – just for starters. You can buy or rent the film for streaming in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese) at your iTunes store. Just put “Rethinking Cancer” in the search box. In view of increasing worldwide interest, we’re working on adding more languages and countries, so stay tuned!
  2. Thanks to massive public pressure, U.S. Senate bill S. 2609 (dubbed the DARK Act, that would Deny Americans the Right to Know if GMOs are their foods) was soundly defeated in March! Despite millions spent on lobbying by Monsanto and the Big Food industry, the votes were just not there. There could be an attempt to slip through some variation on this bill, so stay vigilant. But time is running out. Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law takes effect July 1. It’s generally believed that after that the whole labeling movement will snowball. Many companies, including General Mills, Mars, Kelloggs, Campbells, have already acknowledged that it makes no sense to create different packaging just for tiny Vermont, and will change their labels nationwide. This is a great victory for consumer choice. Thanks to all who took part in this long, landmark struggle!

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

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Why Do We Cry?

Animals may “cry” by making sounds for emotional expression or pain, but humans are the only animal that actually sheds tears, which leads us to the question: why?

Scientifically speaking, tears are a result of action in the lacrimal gland situated between your eyeball and eyelid. When you blink, the fluid disperses over the eye, then drains via the lacrimal punctum (and your nose which is why crying often causes your nose to run). If tears are copious, this drainage system can be overwhelmed, and tears will flow down your face.

But all tears are not the same. There are three main types. READ MORE

The New Zen: Adult Coloring Books

Zen – a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.                                                             – UrbanDictionary.com

More and more grown-ups are discovering that following the example of 5-year olds can have great benefits. Specifically, immersion in the creative pastime of coloring for just 30 minutes is, according to psychologists, as effective as other forms of focused meditation that relieve stress, not to mention, it’s fun!

Psychologist Nikki Martinez, Ph.D. elaborates, “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills. After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” READ MORE

Bone Broth – Traditional and Trendy

Bone broth is hot! It’s the new comfort food “to go” – the hot cuppa replacing expresso and chai in coffee houses, or on tap while you wait at butcher shops to get bones, knuckles, necks, chicken feet, and other cartilaginous parts to make your own home brew.

A healthy trend, but nothing really new. Bone broths have been staples in virtually every corner of the culinary world since prehistoric times when food was scarce and the credo was waste not/use all. In other words, throw everything you’ve got in the pot! It wasn’t long before our ancestors realized these concoctions had strong medicinal benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, broths were used to support the digestive system, build blood, strengthen kidneys and nourish “jing” or life force. In the 12th century, Egyptian physician Moses Maimonides prescribed chicken soup, later known as “Jewish penicillin,” to ease symptoms of colds, asthma. In the Caribbean cow foot soup, rich in collagen, was taken for breakfast to strengthen the whole body and heal all sorts of ailments. And the list goes on and on. READ MORE

Basic Bone Broth

3-4 lb. knuckle and/or marrow bones from grass-fed animals (it’s okay to mix
bones from different animals in the same pot)
4 quarts or so pure water (preferably distilled)
2 tablespoons raw organic apple cider vinegar

  1. Place the bones, water and vinegar in a big stockpot or crockpot.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce to a low simmer, covered and cook for 24-72 hours. The longer the cooking, the more taste and minerals will be extracted. Chicken and fish bones are more fragile, so cook 24 hours or less
  4. Optional: in the last 10 minutes, toss in a handful of fresh parsley or other fresh herbs and spices for extra minerals and flavor.
  5. Let the broth cool. Strain, making sure all the marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth. 
  6. Store in glass jars in the refrig (up to 5-7 days) or freezer (up to 6 months). A layer of fat will form on top which you can add in for extra nutrients and taste when reheating.
  7. Drink the broth as is, or use in soups and stews.

This is a basic recipe. Feel free to add vegetables in the beginning like celery, carrots, onions, garlic, for more taste. For an extra kick in a drink, you can season with unrefined salt, herbs and spices (like ginger, turmeric, cumin, nutmeg, etc,). But just taken plain, this is hearty, healthy stuff!

Note: Broths need to cook many hours, so, if you want to go out or turn off the stove at night, just resume cooking later by bringing to a boil, then down to a simmer. Don’t worry about skimming the scum off the top. Unless you’re looking for a very clear-looking broth, keep it – it’s got nutrients, too!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #56

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:17 pm

With every new year — and 2016 marks FACT’s 45th! — we like to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. We’re delighted that our film, Rethinking Cancer, is in more demand than ever and that we’re increasing our presence in so many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. We’re proud to continue spreading understanding of the metabolic/Biorepair system that is helping so many people make wise medical decisions. But, while focusing on all the aspects of this comprehensive nontoxic approach — balanced diet, detoxification, skeletal and organ integrity, stress management, etc. — we realize we’ve given one area short shrift: play!

New scientific research has revealed that play actually occupies a role equal in importance to diet, sleep, exercise and all the rest. We’ve always known play is a big part of the daily lives of children and animals (just watch this video of a panda’s blissful abandon in the snow), but, turns out, it is essential for homo sapiens throughout all stages of life.

According to Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, play is activity with no greater purpose than the sheer joy of movement, freedom, safety. He explains that this is integral to our ability for adaptation, creativity, sociability and, if suppressed, we become stereotyped, inflexible, humorless, pessimistic, and, generally, quicker to react to stress with violence or depression. In short, Nature has designed us to flourish through play. Watch this excellent TEDtalk with Dr. Brown, who has spent his career studying over 6,000 “play histories” of humans from all walks of life.

Play is not a Pollyanna-ish antidote to all the ills of the world, but it is who we are, something to be nurtured and enjoyed. So, in spite of all, have a wonderful, playful New Year!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

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A Wider Angle on Vaccines and the Immunity Thing 
by Barbara Cáceres

If we want to arrive at good conclusions about immunity, we have to be sure we are asking the correct questions, and in the correct order. If we start by asking, “Are vaccines good or bad?” or “Which vaccines should we give and are they safe?” we are putting the proverbial cart before the horse. If instead we start with the question, “What is the best way to support our child’s immune system so it is robust throughout his or her entire life?” that leads us to a more comprehensive understanding of immunity that can better guide us in our lifestyle and medical choices.

The human immune system has served us well for millennia, allowing our species to not only survive, but to thrive and grow. So first we must understand how this amazing, complex and highly competent system works. What is the role of fever and inflammation? How do childhood illnesses serve to build lifelong immunity? How does cell mediated immunity differ from antibody immunity? What role does breastfeeding and nutrition play in building immunity? How do bacterial microbes throughout the body serve the immune system? How does the method of birth, environmental toxins, stress, and genetics affect the immune system? What other factors interfere with optimal functioning? READ MORE

  

Figeting With Forethought

The average American spends 9-10 hours of their day sitting, and in some occupations, like telecommunications, employees typically spend 12 hours sitting every day. This is not a healthy state of affairs —- studies show that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of death from virtually all health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Regular exercise, like going to the gym or for a jog, does not seem to significantly counteract sitting’s bad effects, but there is evidence that small and frequent changes in your daily sedentary position might. For example, research shows that for those who sit for a living, just 2 minutes out of every hour spent walking around increased their lifespan by 33% compared to those who did not. Thus, figeting has gained new respect! READ MORE

  

Is Witch Hazel in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Don’t let the name deter you — witch hazel is a good witch!

Actually, the “witch” part comes from the Old English “wice,” meaning “pliant” or “bendable.” “Hazel” is the name of an English shrub (Ulmus glabra) with very flexible branches. This hazel twig was used in early Anglo-Saxon times for divining rods (dowsing) to find underground water and came to have a certain mystical quality (though this is unrelated to the word “witch” which is derived from “wicce,” a female sorceress). When Puritans came to America, they gave the name, witch hazel, to another bendable shrub, Hamamelis virginiana, which they had learned about from the Mohegans, the Native North Americans who taught them how to use the Y-shaped twigs for dowsing.

The Mohegans also used the bark and leaves from this shrub medicinally, as a topical astringent for many skin problems, including tumors, eye inflammations, burns, hemorrhoids, colds sores. Today, we know that witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins that have astringent properties that help to reduce swelling, repair broken skin, fight bacteria and much more. READ MORE

Zen for Those Who Take Life Too Seriously

Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
A day without sunshine is like, night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
I just got lost in thought. It wasn’t familiar territory.
I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Remember, half the people you know are below average.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
Get a new car for your spouse. It’ll be a great trade!
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
Always try to be modest and be proud of it!
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just do not have the film.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
Just remember — if the world did not suck, we would all fall off.
Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright 
until you hear them speak.
How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
Is it proper for a monk to use email?
Sure…as long as there are no attachments……..

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #55

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:14 pm

 Several weeks ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen, citing strong evidence that it can cause colorectal cancer in humans. But they also designated cooked red meat as a 2A “probable human carcinogen,” suggesting, with limited evidence, that it may raise the risk of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

It should be no surprise that processed foods, in general, are loaded with chemical additives that can cause serious harm, so processed meats, in particular, containing cancer-causing nitrates, are no exception. But to throw in all “cooked red meat” as dangerous without any context does a gross disservice to consumers who are confused enough by weekly nutrition pronouncements, which often contradict each other and create more skepticism about all dietary recommendations. All red meat is not the same!

We believe that animal protein in small amounts is important for health. But the quality of the beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork is key. How the animals are raised — what they eat, whether they’re given drugs, have access to outdoors — determines whether the food is healthy or disease-promoting. We recommend eating only organically-raised grass-fed meats from pastured animals. Industrial animal factories (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs), the source of the vast majority of flesh foods in the U.S., do not, in our view, provide health-supporting material for the human animal!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season! 
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

P.S. Check out a new audio presentation from Health365 Radio, "Cancer Myths" by Dr. Philip Incao, who is featured in our film, Rethinking Cancer. As always, we appreciate your support and will “see” you on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Mayo Clinic Treats Cancer with Measles 
By Sarah Pope

Scientific research is now beginning to uncover the manner in which infectious disease plays a role not only in prevention of chronic disease, but in curing it as well.

In May of 2014, the Mayo Clinic published a very compelling report that detailed the complete remission of incurable cancer, multiple myeloma, in a female patient.

The treatment? The measles virus!

In a proof of concept clinical trial, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrated that virotherapy works by destroying the deadly cancer multiple myeloma with a virus that infects and kills cancer cells but spares normal tissues. (Ed. Note: The virus is believed to stimulate the body’s natural immune defenses, such as fever, to remove harmful foreign material.READ MORE

Tom Brady Deflates Junk Food! 

There’s big money to be made these days — especially for sports stars — in celebrity endorsements of brand name products, After all, these guys are role models for kids of all ages. So rather than touting the virtues of locally-grown veggies and grass-fed steak, super athletes are most often found on Frosted Flakes boxes or in TV commercials touting the goodness of soda or some fast food concoction. 

Tom Brady, famed quarterback of the New England Patriots, who last year defended himself against accusations of deflating footballs, has broken the mold! This October he opened an offense that sent the food industry into a spiral. Some headlines of the week: “Tom Brady Calls Coca-Cola Poison for Kids” (Wall Street Journal), “Tom Brady Wants to Deflate Us All in His War on Coco-Cola and Frosted Flakes” (Forbes), “Tom Brady Says Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola Are Poison” (Time Magazine). READ MORE

Cheers for Prunes!

It may not be the most prepossessing of fruits, but the prune, a.k.a. dried plum, has an inner beauty that you won’t want to miss. Most significantly, it contains nutritional factors that can improve gut health and help lower your risk of colon cancer.

new study by Texas A & M has highlighted regular consumption of prunes, in particular, as contributing to lower colon cancer risk. Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. today (excluding the range of skin cancers). As with most cancers, it is widely accepted that diet plays a role in your risk of this cancer. For instance, it has been shown that a diet high in processed foods like hots dogs and other luncheon meats increases risk, while a diet of whole foods, high in vegetables and fruits, lowers it.

By the way, in the U.S. now you’ll often hear “dried plums” in place of “prunes.” The reason is that the California Dried Plum Board (the state where 99% of the U.S. prune supply is grown), conducted a focus group for their target consumer cohort (women aged 25-54). Participants responded more favorably to the name “dried plums” than “prunes,” so the former term is now the official marketing name, though most everywhere else in the world no one seems to have a problem calling the wrinkled fruit just good ol’ “prunes.” READ MORE

Quinoa Prune Porridge

2 cups (preferably distilled) water
½ teaspoon unrefined salt (seasalt, Himalayan, Celtic)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped pitted (preferably organic) prunes (Note: you can soak whole prunes in 
warm water for about 15 minutes to soften and make chopping easier
)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Optional: a pat of butter from grass-fed cows per serving and whole plain yogurt, nut milk, or raw milk to taste

  1.  Boil water and salt in saucepan. Stir in quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low, simmer about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in chopped prunes, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and simmer 5 more minutes.
  3. To serve: place in bowls and, if desired, add a pat of butter atop each and whole plain yogurt, nut milk, or, if you’re lucky enough to be able to get it, certified whole raw milk. Makes 3-4 hearty servings.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #54

December 8, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 7:30 pm

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.” 
— Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)

Benjamin Rush — physician, politician, social reformer, educator — was a Founding Father of the United States. He signed the Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress. As visionary as he was, he likely could not have foreseen the medical tyranny that our democracy is under today: the mass medication via neurotoxic fluoride chemicals into our precious water supplies; mounting legislative pressure to submit ourselves and our children to the unintended consequences of vaccinations containing toxics like formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, retroviruses and human DNA — all “for the common good”; the threat to our health from unregulated chemicals and unlabeled GMOs without regard for cumulative, long-term or suspected carcinogenic effects; the fact that any physician who deviates from the limited legally approved treatments for cancer risks sanction, while patients who seek nontoxic alternatives often have to travel great distances and pay heavily for therapies not covered by standard insurance; and parents who do not want to subject their minor-age children to these toxic treatments risk the state taking custody of their offspring.

If this riles you up, take action! Let your elected representatives know what you think about these issues. Ask what are they doing to reduce the toxic overload which is insidiously fueling our epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases, especially cancer. Ask where they stand: with the corporate lobbyists who cajole them with the steady flow of unregulated campaign contributions or We the People who our founders envisioned have the right to medical as well as religious freedom?

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

P.S. Besides contacting your elected representatives, we strongly suggest supporting organizations that are fighting for health freedom, such as The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),Fluoride Action Network (FAN), Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Thanks, as ever, for your donations and feedback. Do join us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Chemicals in Your Popcorn?
By Nicholas Kristof

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common?

All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.

The scientists I interviewed say that they try to avoid these chemicals in their daily lives, but they’re pretty much unavoidable and now are found in animals all over the planet (including polar bears in Greenland and probably you and me). PFASs are used to make nonstick frying pans, waterproof clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, fast-food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, firefighting foam and thousands of other products. Many are unlabeled, so even chemists sometimes feel helpless.

This should be a moment when government steps up to protect citizens. But from tobacco to lead paint to chemicals, industry has used donations, obfuscation and lobbying to defer regulation until the human casualties are too vast to be hidden. READ MORE

The Organic Experiment

We may never be able to completely eliminate the presence of toxic chemicals in our environment, but we can reduce our exposure by paying attention to those things we can control, like personal care and home cleaning products, and, especially, the food we eat.

With this in mind, a food coop in Sweden challenged a typical Swedish family, the Palmbergs, to take part in a 21-day all-organic diet experiment. The first week, the family ate their standard non-organic diet, providing daily urine samples each day to establish a baseline of toxicity. An independent lab test performed by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute found that eight of the chosen 12 pesticides were in their systems. This included a number of insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.

For the remaining 2 weeks, the Palmbergs adopted a 100% organic diet. Again, daily urine samples were taken. Incredibly — within just a few days — almost all the pesticides were completely gone from their systems!

Others have corroberated this effect. Research published in Environmental Research found that a single week of eating mostly organics reduced pesticide levels by nearly 90% in Australian adults. The study included 4,466 participants. Watch the video!

Canola — The “Con” Oil

The food industry tells us that canola oil, like olive oil, is rich in monounsaturated fats, low in saturated fats, high in omega-3 fatty acids and, therefore, beneficial for the prevention of heart disease and protection of overall health.

Detractors say that canola oil is poisonous, derived from an industrial oil from which mustard gas (used in chemical warfare) was made, and containing hemagglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycocides, which can cause mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and immune suppression.

The truth about this low-cost, heavily marketed “health food” is not either of these extremes, but there are plenty of reasons to stay away from canola oil. READ MORE

Face Food

A chemical-free treat for your face! Avocado is loaded with anti-aging elements, including an abundance of Vitamins E, A and monounsaturated fats. Raw cacao is full of anti-oxidants and has a toning effect on skin. Raw honey, a natural moisturizer, is a rich source of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

  • 1 organic avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

1.. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
2. Smooth on skin and leave for about 1/2 hour. (This is especially effective to have on your face while taking your bath.) 
NOTE: Makes enough for 4 facials, or one facial and a great dessert!

Published in 1977, this is the work of 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock. Unfortunately, not a whole lot has changed since 1977.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #53

September 8, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 6:32 pm

Half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan, philosopher of communication theory, became famous for coining phrases like “global village” and “the medium is the message” and for predicting the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it’s arrival. But he also warned, “When things come at you very fast, naturally you lose touch with yourself.”

Also in the 1960s, Thomas Merton, mystic and philosopher who inspired the rise of spiritual exploration with his best selling books on Eastern philosophy and Zen Buddhism, noted: “Man was made for the highest activity, which is, in fact, his rest.” Merton acted on this by stepping out of the rat race and into a Cistercian cloister.

We’re not recommending joining a monastery, just suggesting that, as summer officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, why not take a cue from these foresighted figures. Set aside a little time to slow down, smell some roses and “surf” your inner dialogue, free of digital interruptions.

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

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming on Amazon! Thanks for your great support and — when you’re not smelling the roses — join us on TwitterFacebook and ourYouTube channel!

 

What Causes Melanoma Cancer — Is It All About the Sun?
By Miles Price

We’re all aware of the repeated advice “Don’t go in the sun, you’ll increase your risk of sunburn and skin cancer,” and by and large we believe this is true. Cancer organizations link UV exposure to various types of skin cancer with Melanoma linked particularly to intermittent sun exposure, however there are a few anomalies published highlighting findings that it is not as straightforward as we think.

A study published in June 2014 by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden1, showed that women who avoided sunbathing in summer were twice as likely to die as those who sun bathe every day. So avoiding the sun at all costs by putting on sunscreen is doing more harm than good! Let’s delve deeper… Read More

What Is This?

Some sort of globular fantasy from the mind of a sci-fi film director? Actually, it’s a section of sage leaf — produced by optical microscopy, also known as light microscopy. Optical microscopy can be traced back to the 17th century with the invention of the first microscope equipped with three lenses. The microscope uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify objects up to thousands of times.

You’ll find this and many other fascinating and spectacularly beautiful micro-optics in the bookInvisible Worlds: Exploring Microcosms by Julie Coquart. The author suggests trying to guess the common objects from nature, biology, chemistry, medicine, minerology, textiles — before reading the explanations. Warning: afterwards, you may find yourself looking at things differently…..

Cannabis — the New “It” Plant

It’s not surprising that a plant, used for over 10,000 years for healing a wide variety of ailments, is just now being seriously studied by the conventional medical community. Studies are costly and huge profits are generally not expected from marketing a whole natural plant (not to mention, plenty of push-back from Big Pharma, which views such plants as big competition for their synthetic drugs). The real surprise is that this new hot botanical is cannabis, otherwise known as ” marijuana,” “weed,” “grass,” “pot,” etc., the colorful and controversial source of the psychedelic “high” that figured so prominently in the ‘60’s and beyond.

Times are a-changing, largely because the mounting evidence of benefits coupled with public wariness of pharmaceutical drugs, is just too powerful to ignore. Today, 23 states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical use (with varying policy restrictions) in a panoply of conditions like PTSD, cancer, seizure disorders, MS, Parkinson’s, pain and insomnia, and more.

This is the good news. For some, the bad news may be that the most medicinally potent strains of cannabis do not contain enough of those psychoactive constituents needed to produce the typical “high” associated with the plant. Medical marijuana derives its power from a different mix of components. Read More

Cannabis Cake?

Usually, we like to offer you a recipe containing a featured food in the newsletter. However, when it comes to cannabis, it wouldn’t be fair because, at this point in time, good quality strains of edible medical marijuana are very hard to come by in the U.S. Unless you’re willing to move to Colorado, you will have a very hard time being approved for and obtaining the good health-giving stuff. Though 23 states and Washington D.C. have approved some limited medical use of the plant, bills are pending in 7 states and have failed in 11 others. Moreover, the federal government still bans cannabis in any form, creating an atmosphere of fear, especially for those crossing state lines to obtain help for themselves or a loved one.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seeks to drastically reduce the federal government’s ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs and encourage more research into the plant through several major changes in federal law.

People have the right to make their own medical choices. So the recipe is: take action! 
Become informed on this subject and let your elected representatives know how you feel!

 

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #52

June 14, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 10:05 am

Drum roll, please! We are happy to announce that our documentary film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available for streaming on Amazon.com!

The film, which tells the stories of 5 long-term recovered patients who chose the nontoxic metabolic/Biorepair approach to healing, continues to receive wide acclaim around the world and appears to have no expiration date! This is because, as more and more individuals are seeking an alternative to the horrors and limits of conventional treatments, these stories are as relevant as ever. We hope that streaming will enable more people to learn what is possible. We also hope you’ll share this with family, friends AND your doctors, so that they can view the film and broaden their understanding. People have a right to know all viable medical options.

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

P.S. The DVD of the film, of course, can still be ordered on our Donate page, but we do hope you’ll help spread the word on streaming. “See” you on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

The Reason For Childhood Diseases
By Philip Incao, M.D.

Acute inflammations like colds, flus and fevers seem to be an inescapable part of life:
everyone experiences them. Why do we get them? Many of us have noticed (if not, then our spouses have noticed!) that we often come down with a cold or flu when we are overly stressed or depleted. We explain this by assuming that stress lowers our resistance to the viruses and bacteria that, we believe, like to attack us and make us sick. Most of the time we peacefully coexist with these microbes which everywhere share our environment, and if we get sick it’s often because we’ve allowed ourselves to get out of balance. This applies to children too, but only partially.

In children, studies have shown that respiratory infections increase in frequency from
birth until a peak by age 6 followed by a sharp decline after age 7, irrespective of treatment. In other words, it seems to be a normal feature of childhood to experience a variety of acute inflammations, especially respiratory, in the first seven years of life. READ MORE

Backyard Botanicals…..

For much of the Northern Hemisphere, it was a long, tough winter. But spring has arrived and, for many of us, that means time to think about the garden. Here are a few plants you might want to cultivate for their health benefits, as well as natural beauty:

Aloe (Aloe vera) — A sun-loving evergreen with spiky yellow-orange flowers.
Uses: The “jelly” in the aloe leaves can soothe burns, itches and dry skin.
Trivia: Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, who reigned from 51-20 B.C., renowned for her intellect and striking beauty, used aloe in her skin regimen.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) — An herbaceous bush with fragrant purple wands.
Uses: Attracts helpful insects, repels rabbits and can be used in cooking. The smell of lavender is lovely, and is used both as a cosmetic scent and a treatment to reduce stress.
Trivia: In Biblical times the Queen of Sheba anointed herself with lavender and other fragrant oils to capture King Solomon’s heart. Queen Victoria drank lavender tea to ease her headaches. READ MORE

…..With Kudos to Our Wormy Friends

Charles Darwin estimated that good soil has about 53,000 worms in each acre. Taking that down to the garden scale suggests that a 10-by-20 foot backyard garden patch with decent soil has about 250 earthworms. Each worm is capable of producing, over a year, a third of a pound of castings, which works out to 80 pounds of top-quality fertilizer being added to that garden plot every year. It’s free of chemical fertilizers, requiring no transportation from the garden store and no work on the gardener’s part.

Worms don’t ask for much in return for their good work — just plenty of organic matter (from plant cuttings, vegetable and fruit peelings, etc.) and enough moisture to keep them active and healthy. But it’s not a stress-free job. Artificial fertilizers provide no food for earthworms and may repel them because of the high soluble salt content. And worms are prey to other creatures — a favorite high-protein snack for some birds, along with moles and skunks.

All things considered, it’s a beautiful system going on in the soil and worms are the key. If you’ve got good worms, generally speaking, you’ve got good soil.

Oregano — The Joyful Protector

Oregano, Greek for “joy of the mountain,” is so much more than a pizza seasoning! The herb was virtually unheard of in the U.S. until soldiers came back from Italian World War II assignments raving about it. But Hippocrates, “father of medicine,” was onto its antiseptic properties way back in ancient Greece, using it to treat digestive and respiratory diseases. The Romans favored oregano for stimulating hair growth, while the Turks found it useful for pain relief from tooth decay, as an antiseptic for wounds, and a remedy for all kinds of inflammation – psoriasis, tonsillitis, inflamed gums, to name just a few.

This culinary and medicinal herb is a nutrient powerhouse, containing vitamins A, C, E and K, along with fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium and potassium. It’s also loaded with phytochemicals, the full health benefits of which are just beginning to be understood by modern science. Multitudes of studies have uncovered the effectiveness of oregano for a wide range of conditions, from fighting intestinal and vaginal infections, parasites, food poisoning, calming colitis, treating colon cancer, Alzheimer’s and much more. READ MORE

Chicken Oreganata

  • 2 boned organic chicken breasts, split
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic clover, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • unrefined salt to taste (sea salt, Himalayan, Celtic)
  1. Wash and pat the chicken dry. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano and pepper in a small bowl. Put the mixture in a plastic ziplock bag, add the chicken and seal. Shake the bag to make sure the chicken is evenly doused with marinade. Refrigerate overnight (or about 10-12 hours).
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish, lightly coated with coconut oil or butter. Bake in a 3750 F. oven for 30 minutes, turning once midway. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #51

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 10:03 am

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. 
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day
to love, believe, do and, mostly, live.”
 — Dalai Lama

“The best things in life make you sweaty” — Edgar Allen Poe

The Dalai Lama and Edgar Allen Poe are not your usual bedfellows. But when, by chance, we came across these two quotes, we had to acknowledge a certain confluence, a shared wavelength — both celebrating the importance of living fully in the moment. We hope you’ll join in the festivities!

Welcome to the here and now! It’s 2015 — FACT’s 44th year!

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

P.S. Your continued generous support makes FACT possible — thanks so much! Check out new listings on our Practitioner Directory, and do join us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Is Tech Dumbing Us Down?

Scientists tell us that keeping our minds active is as important as physical exercise, so iPhones, laptops, and the like must be making us smarter, right?

According to The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, a Pulitzer-nominated 2011 book by Nicholas Carr, tech advancements definitely have their positive side, but excessive use can come with unintended, possibly severe, consequences. Here are some of the ways: READ MORE

Why Smile?

• Smiles cost nothing, but add value to everything.
• Smiles enrich those who receive them without impoverishing those who give them.
• Smiles happen in a flash, but the memory of them sometimes lasts forever.
• None are so rich they can get along without smiles, and none so poor they are not richer for their benefits.
• Smiles create happiness and foster goodwill wherever they are given; they are the countersign of friends.
• Smiles cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen for they are something that is no good to anybody until given way.
• Smiles are rest to the weary, sunlight to the discouraged, a morale boost to the sad, and Nature’s antidote for countless ills.
• If others are too tired, preoccupied or serious to give you a smile, leave one of yours anyway. Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none to give.

Chinese Proverb: “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.”

What’s in a “Moo”?

In search of ways to evaluate the welfare of animals, researchers in England have been eavesdropping on “conversations” between cows and their calves. Using highly advanced acoustic equipment and analysis techniques — never before applied for this purpose — they discovered that moos convey a lot more meaning than ever imagined!

The scientists spent 10 months digitally recording call sounds from two herds of free-range cattle on a farm in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. After a year analyzing all the data gathered, it was determined that mother cows use two types of contact calls with their calves: a quiet low-frequency call when the calf is nearby and a loud high-frequency call when the calf is far away. Calves produce one type of contact call when they’re separated from their mothers and they want to nurse.

But that’s not all the news about cow vocalizations. READ MORE

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Each Day
Keep the Doctor Away?

Raw (unpasteurized) apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for healing by most all civilizations going back at least 10,000 years. It’s been touted as a cure for just about everything from coughs to constipation to cancer. But is there any truth to all the lofty claims?

The fact is, not a lot of scientific research has been done on ACV because, not surprisingly, there’s not much commercial interest in investigating natural remedies. The big money is in patenting drugs made from synthetic materials. But the few studies that have been done, as well as the weight of historical and anecdotal evidence, show that ACV can be, indeed, quite a useful thing to have around for humans, as well as animals, internally and topically, for a variety of situations like managing type 2 diabetes, skin and stomach problems, infections, sore throat, cough, arthritis and much more.

The source of ACV’s power, however, is rather a paradox. READ MORE

Not Your Supermarket Ketchup

  • 1 ½ cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw honey
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt (sea salt, Himalayan, Celtic)
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • Optional seasonings: ¼ teasp. mustard, pinch ground cloves, ground allspice, cayenne
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (dry — do not soak)
  1. Blend everything except the sun-dried tomatoes until smooth. Add the sun-dried and blend until you get a ketchup-y consistency.
  2. Place the ketchup in a jar in the refrigerator. Keeps a week or so (for peak flavor).

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #50

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 10:01 am

Holiday special! As an end of the year gift to our RC visitors — and in celebration of our 50th Newsletter — we would like to offer a 15% discount on all orders submitted on our Donate page in December! Just type in the code “RETHINK” when ordering. And thanks for all your great support!

Meanwhile, high drama out in Oregon: the ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods has been in recount mode, the result to be announced tomorrow, Dec. 12th. In the Nov. 6 election only 812 votes — less than a tenth of a percentage point —appeared to separate the YES and NO campaigns. The NOs are clinging to a slight lead, thanks largely to the record-shattering $20.8 million spent by Monsanto and the big food industry producers. But it’s all a little too close for comfort for opponents of the measure who will next focus their big bucks on Congress to pass H.R. 4432 (referred to by labeling advocates as the DARK — Deny Americans the Right to Know — ACT). If passed, it will strip all states of the right to pass GMO labeling laws! Stay tuned……..

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

P.S. We always welcome your feedback at info@rethinkingcancer.org and will look for you onTwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel! Have a wonderful holiday!

Cell Phones and Your Brain — Handle With Care!

Do wireless phones present a health risk? Commercials for cell phones that fill our airwaves, newspapers and magazines routinely feature young children happily chatting with their phones held smack up against their bodies and brains, and iPads plopped directly over young gonads. Headlines have repeatedly assured us that there’s little to worry about because we do not face an epidemic of brain cancer…….yet. In fact, the brain cancer story remains complex, because the disease has a long latency — up to four decades — and because past uses and users differ radically from current ones.

According to cell phone industry statements, the overwhelming majority of published studies in scientific journals around the world show that wireless phones do not pose a risk. However, when one removes the industry-funded studies, the overwhelming weight of evidence reveals there is a significant problem. READ MORE

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows
How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do 
By Wallace J. Nichols

Reviewed by Nicola Joyce 
As I look up from the pages of this book, there’s nothing between me and the horizon but water. The only sounds are the hypnotic hiss of stones as they are dragged back by waves and the occasional call of a gull. Fresh air gusts over the water’s surface, picking up notes of saltwater and seaweed. My mind is perfectly at peace. And it’s no surprise that I’ve headed to the beach to read Blue Mind. The author, Wallace J. Nichols, would tell me that I sought out the nearest body of water because I instinctively knew it would settle my mind, sharpen my senses and put me in a more productive state. But what I didn’t know — until I read the book — was why this happens. READ MORE

The Worth of Your Salt

Humans have been harvesting salt from the sea for at least 8,000 years. A precious, hard sought commodity, salt was considered “white gold” — essential for food preservation, especially meats, proper digestion and flavoring bland foods, an antiseptic. In Roman times, the word for salt (“sal”) came from Salus, “goddess of health.” Soldiers were paid in part in salt, the origin of the word “salary.” If they did not measure up to the job, they were not “worth their salt” and their salary was cut.

What happened to this ancient wisdom? Nowadays, conventional food gurus demonize salt because it can lead to hypertension, heart disease and such. But, like so much of popular diet rhetoric today, the full picture has been lost. Our bodies need salt to survive, but we need the right kind and quantity.

The problem is, what most people are eating today is processed table salt which is completely worthy of vilification. Processed table salt contains 97.5% sodium chloride. The rest is man-made chemicals, e.g., moisture absorbents, flow agents like ferrocyanide, aluminosilicate, etc. The refining severely alters the chemical structure of the salt, so that it is, indeed, an irritant to the body. Natural unprocessed salts, such as sea salt, Himalayan or Celtic salt, contain about 84% sodium chloride. The remaining 16% are naturally-occurring trace minerals, such as silicon, phosphorus, vanadium, vital for proper body function. READ MORE

Hazelnut Not Too Hot Toddy

Hazelnut milk:
1 cup raw hazelnuts (soaked in water 3 hours or so)
3 cup pure water, preferably distilled

  • Toddy:
    2 cups hazelnut milk
  • 3-5 pitted dates (like medjool), soaked in water about an hour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • few dashes cayenne pepper (opt.)
  • ground nutmeg for garnish
  1. First, make the nut milk. Pour off soaking water and place hazelnuts in a blender. Add 3 cups water and blend very well. If not using a high-speed blender, like Vitamix, you may have to strain the “milk” with a strainer or nutmilk bag.
  2. Make the toddy just before serving. Pour off date soaking water. Place 2 cups nut milk in a blender, along with dates, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne. Blend until smooth and warm, but not hot. Pour into mugs, sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and serve! Cheers!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #49

December 9, 2014

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 7:10 pm

We have come to the conclusion that we must expand our international outreach! While our Practitioner Directory has been steadily growing, most of our resources are concentrated in North American and Central Europe. But thanks to the incredible reach of the worldwide web, we are receiving an increasing number of referral requests from other areas, like Asia, Africa, South America, Middle East, etc., and, thus, are very limited in our ability to help. So we’ve got a plan:

1) To create foreign language web pages with key content and video streaming, starting off with the languages subtitled in our film, Rethinking Cancer (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese).

2) Establish local contacts in various countries to enlist practitioners who understand the Biorepair concepts. These reps would be volunteering their time, but would be reimbursed for travel and other expenses. Already, we have someone in China who is attending medical conferences, interacting with patients, referring patients and doctors. Check out our new Chinese web page.

In short, we want to do everything we can to give individuals looking for a nontoxic approach to treatment an opportunity for health. Funds will be needed for this, so we’re hoping you’ll consider contributing (tax-deductible in the U.S.) on our new crowdfunding page at Razoo, a site that specializes in nonprofit projects. Our goal is $10,000. It’s a big, important undertaking – we sincerely hope that you, our loyal readers, will join us!

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

P.S. We welcome your feedback at info@rethinkingcancer.org. As always, stay in touch on Twitter,Facebook and our YouTube channel!

Understanding Alternative Cancer Therapies
by Ruth Sackman, Co-founder and Former President of FACT

Perhaps you’ve just received a cancer diagnosis. From previous experience and, possibly, the loss of a friend or relative because of cancer, you have decided to use an alternative to radiation, chemotherapy or hormones. Chances are you are aware of a plethora of therapies, and no doubt there are many more with which you are unfamiliar. The information overload can be overwhelming. How does an inexperienced person choose the right direction? Read More

“Health Nuts” vs. “Normals”?

In the early 1980’s, someone sent this list to the FACT office comparing what was then perceived as “health nut” behavior vs. so-called “normal.” Rereading it now in 2014, over 30 years later, we realize the “nut” activities don’t sound particularly far out, while the “normal” stuff seems pretty dated. Can it be that “health nuts” are becoming the norm and the “normals” are now the ones out of touch? Not so surprising, considering the last 3 or so decades have seen U.S. sales of certified organic products grow at a yearly rate of 10-15%, projected to reach $40 billion this year! According to the latest Gallup poll, nearly half of U.S. households, including all income levels, now prefer organics and most buy them at least on an occasional basis.

(If we are in a new”normal,” who are the real “nuts” today? Could they be the “normals” of the future – the ones way ahead of the pack leading us to new and better horizons?)

  • If a person presses his own vegetable juice, he’s a health nut, but if he drinks the commercial V-8, he’s normal.
  • If a woman buys cosmetics from the cosmetics counter, she’s normal; if she makes her own honey/turmeric masque, she’s a health freak.
  • If someone meditates for 20 minutes after a long day, he’s a New Age weirdo, while a normal guy just grabs a beer and stares at the TV. Read More

What About the Paleo Diet?

There is little doubt that poor food choices play a major role in today’s epidemic of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic degenerative diseases. But is eating like cavemen the answer?

The Paleo diet is “hot” these days. It’s the latest health trend since vegan and gluten-free became “in” with the celebrity chef and movie star set. But what exactly is it? The Paleolithic period (”Stone Age”) encompassed several million years – from the beginning of human existence to around 12, 000 years ago. Those early humans were hunters and gatherers who ate what they could forage locally and seasonally – vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots, and meat from wild fowl, bison and the like. Dr. Loren Cordain, so-called founder of today’s Paleo Movement, used this as the touchstone for a dietary regimen restricted to lean meat, seafood, nuts, fresh fruit and non-starchy vegetables. That’s it. No dairy, no grains or legumes, sugar and little or no added salt.

Though this modern incarnation of the Paleo Diet may have advantages over the typical American fare of highly processed, chemicalized foods, refined sugars and grains, etc., it’s nothing like what the hunter-gathers actually scraped by on for their 20-40 year life spans. It also has serious nutritional flaws for today’s humans. Read More

A Sandwich for the 21st Century

Here’s something Paleo man might have loved, if only he’d had the chance.

  • 2 slices whole grain sourdough or sprouted bread
  • butter from grass-fed cows
  • thinly sliced meat, like roast beef or corned beef from grass-fed cows, organic chicken, etc.
  • raw aged cheese, thinly sliced
  • generous dose of sauerkraut
  1. Spread butter on bread and fill with meat, cheese and sauerkraut.
  2. Sauté the sandwich lightly on both sides in a small amount of butter or extra virgin olive oil until lightly browned and warmed all over.

With thanks to Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, president of Weston A. Price Foundation.

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