These are what we currently have growing in our medicinal garden
We plan to add some others next spring if we can find seed and at that time I will be able to list what new items we were able to plant.
I haven't had cancer, fortunately - but I have been going deep down a rabbit whole about the ketogenic diet and fasting recently, and come up-on some very exiting research.
Dr. Walter Longo has some really exiting results with his "Fasting Mimicking diet", which has been clinically tested on cancer patients - and it appears that the fasting in combination with chemo is extremely effective in knocking out the cancer cells, and in protecting the healthy cells from the toxic effects of chemo. I have an acquaintance who is currently in chemo, and her Doctors are really impressed by how well she is doing - not just wrt. killing of the cancer, but esp. wrt. side-effects: the deeper in ketosis she is prior to chemo, the less side effects she has. It seems like the ketone bodies have a neuro protective effect. Most kinds of cancer feed on sugars - they use this fact in diagnosis, so it is well established scientifically. If you starve the body of sugars, the cancer cells can't survive. Also the fasting starves the body of protein for a while, which kicks it into autophagy - which is the mechanism with which the body eats itself. Not only will people loose fat, which in itself can reduce the risk of cancer, but they also loose protein. But as opposed to what is commonly believed, this protein is generally not muscle (except if you are already underweight), but most often it is old cells that are already dying, or possibly mutating - ie. this can be cancer cells, or the plaques and tangles found in Alzheimer, or the loose skin you get when you loose weight. It is really very interesting - I myself have noticed that as I fast i get less wrinkles and less loose skin on my body - not more, which is usually what occurs in people who loose weight. So I actually look younger now than I did a year ago. Dr. Ronda Patrick (she has an amazing YouTube channel for anyone who wants to geek out on this) has done a study on how people look and the length of their telomeres - the protective region on the ends of your chromosomes. What she found was the the way you look corresponds very well to how long your telomeres - and previous studies have shown, that the length of your telomeres are indicative of your risk of cancer. To get back to Walter Longo - he believes that if everybody would fast for 7 days every years, we could get rid of cancer. I'm not sure if that is a bit too optimistic - but I do believe that it would reduce the incidences significantly.
The cool thing about both keto and fasting - is that it can be done regardless of wether you are vegan or paleo. Fasting can even be done while you continue to eat a SAD diet when not fasting... though I wouldn't recommend it...
I am all for botanicals - I think they are extremely healthy, but I do think that the most important thing we can do is to not eat all.the.time - give the body some time to clean up once in a while.
Wrt. the medical industry. I used to work there, and slowly lost my faith in much of what is done there... worked for an insulin producer, one of the worlds largest, and I saw dollar-signs in their eyes when they talked about the diabetes epidemic. Worked for a producer of anti-depressants, who behind closed doors admitted that they had no idea how their drugs worked in children - all the while their drugs are pushed on more and more children, and that cannabis and psychedelic were probably not the reason people people became psychotic, but more a question of self-medication prior to diagnosis... I have become more and more alternative over the years, but still remain a sceptic.
I do believe that people seek alternative solutions, because the conventional system is failing them. Cancer is a disease that the conventional system still hasn't cracked the code of. But I would still - if I was ever to get cancer - be scared of going the alternative way 100%. Steve Jobs did, and he died from a cancer that is generally considered curable... many people have done so, and died. Many people go the conventional way and die too - but I do believe that the conventional way has a better success rate. If I was diagnosed with incurable cancer - as my father in law was - I would not do chemo therapy. I do believe that it cut months of his life and made his last months insufferable. But if there was a chance of survival, I would take it - and combine it with cannabis and diet and herbs etc. etc.
But first and foremost - I will try to focus on not getting it.
Dr Stephanie Seneff Senior Professor MIT proved the connection cancer Alzheimer's and autism connected to vitamin d level but more than that vitamin d level is a level of cholesterol sulfate(how fast the cells multiply) also cancer has to develop in people and why. It is a study of the root of the problem. Adddress the root you see it disappear. I believe right now they are looking for anyone with cancer who has had vitamin d level over 50 for eight weeks. Also eat foods not only high in vitamins but also glycans. You will know by the taste. Tastes sweet.
First, sorry for my English, English is only my second language.
I want to share with you our experience with breast cancer (and I truly hope it helps with most cancers). More than ever, after this experience, I know that cancer (like most disease), is the result of an imbalance in personal or family life, either at a nutritional/physical condition level or at the mental/emotional/spiritual level (or combined).
When the diagnosis of 3rd stage breast cancer came, it was a shock. But we never lost our hope. On the contrary, the whole family truly believed it's curable.
Then, in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, we started the research. Traditionally convinced of natural remedies (we are the product of nature, and we thrive best in clean, rich natural conditions), we came up with the following daily routine:
- a large glass/mug of root vegetables juice. This is essential, it's unbelievable in healing effects and not expensive. Usually in the morning, as breakfast or with a plain toasted slice of whole wheat bread, or with dry whole cereal and seeds bread/crackers (I don't know their exact name, they are thin, crunchy, and they usually come in plastic transparent packages like biscuits). Look for all natural, no or very little added salt/sugar, organic/bio are always the best choice. To make the juice, we bought a slow masticating juicer—that's very important, because it doesn't destroy the nutrients when pressing. The list of root vegetables (again, organic/bio are the best, whenever possible, for they have none or very low content in chemicals) for the juice (do not forget to wash them well, with cold water, and only peel the portions showing too much dirt or anything, otherwise leave them unpeeled when cutting into pieces for the juicer, because there's plenty of nutrients in the peel as well):
> beetroot (the root of a medium sized red beet)
> carrots (together, the beetroot and carrots are the basis of the juice)
> celery root (the size of a normal bread slice per juice; there's not much juice coming out of it, but it's powerful)
> ginger (a small piece, enough for you to feel the spice in the juice; if you can bear more, don't hesitate—it is also very powerful in healing properties)
> whenever one of the above ingredients is missing, especially when the beetroot or carrots are missing, you can substitute with other roots: parsnip, turnip, and even green leaves. But try to hold to the carrots + beetroot recipe. Fruits can be added to the juice, but they are not as strong in their healing properties, and they provide too much sugar when squeezed (sugar must actually be avoided during cancer, except from raw fruits (not juice)).
> drink it fresh, don't leave it for later (if you must, keep it covered in the fridge)
> DO NOT add sugar or salt
> sometimes, instead of a juice you may prefer to make a salad of all these (again, look to shred/grate the roots yourself, without heat), which is just fine—you just need to eat a lot of it. With extra-virgin olive oil, some walnuts and seeds, it's another cocktail to boost your body resources and immunity. You can also have both, a vegetable juice and a salad at different times in the day.
- another very powerful dietary element: in a small cup (like those for alcohol shots), mix a teaspoon of honey (any kind of true honey, organic/bio is the best) with a few drops of propolis tincture. If you can afford, every now and then you can add/combine with a bit of raw royal jelly and Manuka honey (the amount of those depend on their strength, check the labels; usually not more than a small teaspoon or even less for the royal jelly). From this you can take breaks of 1 week every couple of weeks, or depending on how your stomach can stand honey and propolis (and for manuka it's recommended to take breaks on its intake). Regarding honey, propolis and royal jelly, we found readily organic products as vials/ampoules combining them all together, sometimes even with ginseng.
- the meals were low calorie (in cancer, it is important to boost the skills of the metabolism and keep the blood clean and 'armed', and not giving too much protein to both regular and cancer cells), very low in sugar (down to weeks with no sugar at all, because the cancer cells love sugar), also very low in animal products (we gave up on all kind of meat and animal grease, because animal meat and grease are heavy to the body and inflammatory, and studies showed that they bring unexpectedly harmful toxins; no milk or cheese, or little low-processed cheese; a little butter is okay; a boiled egg every now and then; because animal fat and proteins are also one of the favorite foods of cancer cells)
> B12 might be necessary (every now and then), on the period when the diet is low on animal products. But no B6 and no Calcium.
- whole bread, muesli cereals, cereal germs; without (or very little, if you can't find otherwise) added sugar or salt; avoid added B6 vitamin;
- boiled whole chickpea, lens/lentiles, couscous, bulgur, quinoa etc (always whole); avoid pasta, unless whole wheat (even then, pasta is not a great choice, it's inflammatory and low in nutrients)
- raw nuts, grains and seeds; walnuts and flaxseed/linseed are particularly great, but any combination is good; for the grains, small seeds and muesli, you can have them in a cold/bit warm (never hot, to not ruin the grains/seeds) bowl of chamomile/linden/mint tea, or in a low-fat natural (plain) yogurt.
> nuts, seeds and grains must be stored protected from mold and fungus. If you suspect any of it, get new ones.
- raw tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers; extra virgin olive oil + a bit of lemon juice salads from lettuce, cabbage, spinach, Belgian endives, basically any green leaves (such green salads are amazing detoxifiers, both in normal conditions and after a chemo session); steamed or 1-2 minutes boiled beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini etc.; raw broccoli sprouts are believed to contain cancer-fighting ingredients ;
- apples, pears, bananas, cherries, plums, blueberries, raspberries (all berries are great) etc; not too much fruit, though, and not as juice (and citric acid must be reduced)
- soft tea infusions (chamomile/linden/mint etc), green tea is good as well, but one a day is enough
- if you find, use fresh/dry Oregano (Origanum vulgare) in your salads, food (sprinkled over, in your plate) etc, I found that it fights cancer (it is said to help even when taken with a teaspoon, kept under the tongue, 1-3 times per day, then swallowed with a bit of water; highly antioxidant, antiinflamatory etc; I read it stopped cancer cells and even killed them in a test)
- no alcohol, no cigarettes, no sodas;
- a little chocolate, from time to time, but really dark chocolate (80-90%+ cocoa), low in sugar (preferable not more than 10% sugar); the darker, the better, because cocoa is a great antioxidant
- hydrate a lot (clean, still water, avoid sparkling; plus the teas)
- not all the above are necessarily tasty, but I heard a saying that "bitter is medicine"
This diet helped both to regenerate from the side-effects of chemo and radio, and to provide the body with the best instruments to heal itself, improve its immunoresponse etc. It's like soaking your system in all the nutrients and natural cleaning agents that eventually reach all the corners of your body, not letting it fall back into fatigue, lack of resources and toxin accumulations. And that puts all your immunity back into the pilot seat, while the cancer cells are slowly deprived of their chemical and biological friends.
Exercise: 10-20 minutes of stationary bike (or treadmill), depending on the fatigue caused by chemo, on slow pace. Even when really low, still tried to go outside for some walk (though not always successful, but it's important to try).
Psychologically/emotionally: it is very important to remove stress as much as possible. Sleep. Try to get some personal comfort, and to focus on yourself, in terms of resting, tranquility and peace of mind. Your boss is not important anymore, traffic is not important anymore, nothing that used to bother you is important anymore. Stay close to your close ones, give up quarreling, make peace with anyone (or step aside/keep the distance when not possible) and kindly ask for support whenever needed. Forgiveness and love are the keys. Let other things go. Pray to God (it's not His fault for our sickness). Surround yourself with good and beautiful, be it books, paintings, music, ambient sounds or movies. Simple meditation sessions help too. You need inner balance and detoxifying your heart/mind as much as your body.
With each new medical control, the tumor got smaller and smaller, beyond expectations. And, after approx. 5 months of chemo, though the doctor didn't initially think that would be possible, the breast was saved (only a regular surgery). The tests showed no more cancer (but still followed radio, as recommended).
Of course, this is only one's experience. Consider what you think it may do you well, and do not follow any of the above advices if you feel they don't bring you any good (or adapt in any way you may think appropiate to your case).
Hi Bryant, I see this is an old thread, perhaps you might update your herb garden contents for us since you mentioned you were in the process of adding.
My "herb garden" is primarily wild herbs and is likely different because of location, the nice thing about natural cures is the best cure for anyone is the one found in their backyard.
I will only mention a couple additional herbs, red clover is one, easy to grow here, really more an ag crop then a garden herb , but when Dr. Christopher (founder of the school of natural healing) was asked for one word associations with each of 100 herbs, red clover was the only one he said cancer for. Red clover is a blood purifier, and since cancer is primarily a disease from environmental toxins, purifying the cellular environment reduces the risk of most cancers and can even help some cancer tissue heal and revert to normal.
I know the big C scares everyone into chemo, but the master herbalist that ran that one word association list, Richard Schulz, had a very successful practice when he taught at the school, and his experience taught him that he would not even work with anyone doing chemo. Since chemo puts a severe burden on the liver which should be working overtime to detoxify the blood in the first place.(The liver is the primary organ associated with cancer formation, since it's job is to clean the blood) The actual cancer may form elsewhere, but the origin of that cancer lies in it's toxic environment'
To that end, Garlic is one of the best liver herbs around--fresh and raw is best. that's an easy herb to grow with multiple uses.
The idea of a clean vegan diet just to live and maintain health was paramount, and mono juice fasting was also part of the regime..the three Dr. C preferred were carrot, apple, and grape, fresh squeezed, but Dr. C used to say more people had healed themselves of cancer using Welches grape juice than ever squeezed a grape. (sort of a light humor exaggeration of the point --don't get too obsessed with perfection.
One story told was of a woman with a breast cancer open and weeping, the size of a tennis ball, and the hospitals had not treated her since she had no insurance and was quite poor. Along with the diet, the specific herbal treatment used a shredded poke root poultice (don't take poke internally experimenting with poke on a non professional level can cause SEVERE vomiting-- I've read that chamomile is the antidote, but if I need to vomit I'd use a larger amount lobelia)) Poke has the power to draw toxins out of the tissues and is quite well known for this effect. The tumor shrank back down to golf ball size, was clean and no longer weeping but showed clearly several tendrils running off into the tissues. At this point they talked with a surgeon friend of theirs because they thought they could speed the healing if they could just get the golf ball out of the way, so he simply grabbed the remaining tumor , twisted and broke it free of the tendrils leaving a crater with tendrils running back into the body. They continued the poke poultice and the woman eventually was free of cancer.
So I would add poke to that list (an eastern US herb)
Which leads to another herb for the "garden" although I have yet to be able to coerce it to grow in my garden, is lobelia, which comes up wild where it pleases. While not a cancer specific, it has been used as a "lead sheep" in formulas, opening up centers of diseased tissue and allowing other herbal phytochemicals to penetrate more easily.
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