Thursday, July 22, 2010

Take Care of You

The more I read about cancer, the more I am convinced that there is something dreadfully wrong in our country.  According to the American Cancer Society, 1,529,560 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010.  This year, 569,490 people will die from cancer -- more than 1,500 a day. More than 11,700 people will die from melanoma this year. (Source:  "Cancer Facts and Figures 2010")   Why was I always so smug to think that cancer wasn't something that would ever happen to me?  If it is true, as according to David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, and author of Anticancer:  A New Way of Life, that all of us have cancer cells in our bodies, but not all of us will develop cancer, why don't we hear more about ways for the bodies that God created to fight the harmful agents that have infiltrated our systems?

The food we eat, beverages we drink, and the air we breathe have become our attackers. How do we change what we've always known and, quite frankly, enjoyed about food?  It's not easy; it's not very enjoyable, but it is absolutely essential.  Why don't we see more studies about natural ways to treat the health issues we face?  I am not a conspiracy theorist, by any means, but I believe with all my heart that our health system today is being manipulated by pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies.  And, as with most of the failures in our country, it's all about greed.  There's simply no money to be made by recommending that people juice, add turmeric to their food, eat red grapes and blueberries, consume dark chocolate, drink green tea, give up meat (except for omega 3-rich fish), give up white bleached flours, beware of plastics and cans, and exercise. And, the insurance companies would rather pay for a one-time invasive procedure than have you be monitored by sonogram every three-four months or pay for preventive therapy.

So, it's up to us to change our behavior, to live a more healthful life, and to educate ourselves in how to do that.  It's up to young mothers to introduce that healthful behavior to their families. I'm choosing to fight melanoma by changing just about everything I put in my body. I welcome your input and hope you will share your stories.  We hear a lot about people who die from cancer, but there are many survivors.  I heard of one today:  a breast cancer diagnosis with recommended double mastectomy.  She refused the surgery, deciding to help her body fight the cancer.  That was fourteen years ago.  She's still going strong.

Dr. Servan-Schreiber has teamed up with M. D. Anderson to examine the effects of an innovative, standardized integrative oncology program based on the model outlined in his book.  This is great news for all of us.  Someone you love, if not you, will have cancer.  Maybe our focus will shift to preventing cancer rather than curing it.  Not an original thought, I'm sure.  I just didn't pay attention before.


  1. Great post! And, how true that we have to be our own best caretakers. And, that it starts with what you do and eat. Can't wait to read more.

  2. Mrs. Karen, I couldn't agree more. I, also, wonder the connection b/t the medical community-insurcance-and the food industry.....

    Being adopted, I have found my birth family and know that various forms of cancer run on my bio. mom's side. She, actually, had three types of cancer. Diabetes runs on both my husband and my side. So we are being very proactive to make necessary changes to promote good health. In the last several years, my husband and I have drastically changed how we eat: no more white flour (or very, very little), processed foods, or chemicals. And many more fruits, veggies, natural sweeteners, and lots of water.

    We are doing our best to being to purchase organics, or all-natural meats & poultry, but have really been convinced that eating more fish and even a few meatless meals a week or best for our family. We live in an area of the country where there are numerous all-natural produce stands/farms.

    Thankfully, we love ethnic foods; Indian, especially, which has turmeric in the curry powder blend. As well, I have begun to transform my Southern favorites, such as Jambalaya and Gumbo, using olive oil and whole wheat flour for the roux and serving it both with brown rice. Sure, it taste a bit different, but is far more healthy and we get used to the subtle new flavors.

    This is great information. Keep it coming!

    Blessings to you and know our prayers are with you!


  3. Thanks for this post! My grandma was diagnosed with melanoma in the early 80's, and after having very invasive treatments and therapies, was basically sent home with the doctors saying there was nothing more they could do. She decided that wasn't good enough, and so she did a lot of research on her own and found out about a recommended diet that included drinking a lot of carrot juice and essentially eating the way you mention above. Well, she drank so much carrot juice she turned orange! But, when the doctor who had treated her called a year later to check in and see what had happened to her, she answered the phone and scared him because he had assumed she must have passed away. She ended up living another 15 years after that diagnosis, and never had a reoccurrence of the melanoma! Best of luck to you in this next phase of your journey!

  4. KK--i love this post. it is so true. it is amazing all the crap that we put into our bodies and don't have a clue as to what it is. sean and i have been trying our hardest to eat "whole" things and to not buy things w/ ingredients that we don't know what they are! i'm so glad of all your great news! love you!!

  5. This is a great post! And it makes sense because as obesity is on the rise, so is cancer. I needed to hear this today.