Cancer (Johns Hopkins article)…AMAZING

Everyone MUST read this article. If you know someone in your family who has cancer, or if you want to prevent it from happening in the first place (Hopefully that would be all of you!)

“1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. =C 2

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3 When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans.. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to a void known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.


How I cured my sinus infection

I haven’t been getting sick very often. Actually I found as soon as I started bragging to people I hadn’t been sick in a year, that’s when it hit me. I had a pretty bad cold, which turned into a sinus infection. I think I had one last year at about the same time.


So I dislike antibiotics very much (More about antibiotics later). Now I know infections can be serious, and a visit to your doctor may be needed, but I got mine cleared up, and I was very surprised. I had never used a neti pot before, and really dislike the feeling of drowning, but decided to try it since I only hear amazing things. And it was totally worth it. But since I didn’t have time to use the neti pot at work, our specialist recommended I try a product called Xlear. This stuff is amazing. I also hate nasal spray, but if something works, it’s totally worth it. Now you can get neti pots at your local drug store, but more about the Xlear nose spray.


The only ingredients are purified water, xylitol, saline, and grapefruit seed extract (preservative). It isn’t addictive like your other drugstore brands. And I bet you’re wondering about the xylitol.

“Nasal Relief with Xylitol Nasal Spray

Our Nasal Spray is a combination of Xylitol and saline nasal spray that has shown to be effective in soothing and moisturizing the sinuses and nasal passages.

The Xlear Nasal Spray line contains Xylitol, purified water, salt, and grapefruit seed extract as a preservative. Using Xylitol nasal spray allows us to have a hyper-osmotic solution which helps pull moisture toward it. This action keeps the nasal passages and sinuses moist and clean for a much longer time than saline alone. Xylitol is the ingredient that sets our nasal spray apart from all of the other nasal sprays on the market.

The Xlear Nasal Spray line is all natural products, we do not use chemical antihistamines or decongestants that can leave your airways and sinuses dry. When your sinuses and airways are dry it leaves them vulnerable for increased infections.”

And also when it drips in the back of your throat, it just tastes like sugar 🙂

Here is their website. The xylitol they use is also used in the Spry gum, and there’s video’s to watch too.

I personally don’t use xylitol as a sweetener, but definitely love it in my gum instead of aspartame.

Robyn ❤

Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead

Please check out this extended trailer for one of my favourite documentaries. LIFE CHANGING


Canada’s Food Guide Part Two

So after reading the history, I explored the website a little more, and found a lot of things I wasn’t expecting.

-You can take an interactive guided tour of our current Food Guide. Here are some screen shots from my ‘interaction’





They even have an option to “Create Your Own Food Guide”


A few shots from ‘my guide’



So apparently this new interactive website has been around since 2007. They definitely do not do a good enough job of promoting it, encouraging people to take charge of their health with their eating habits. And you’re also telling me it took them 65 YEARS to realize that us as individuals need our OWN food guides?! Call me an anarchist but I still don’t buy it. I give them points for trying. In my food guide they didn’t ask me my weight, or put into account if I was a pregnant woman or not, and in my opinion, having a category of women 19-30 is wayyyy to broad. Even though I am inching closer to 30, and would like to tell myself (and others) that I am still 19, my body is WAY different (WRINKLES?! AHH!). Anyone who knows me, if I tried to follow ‘MY food guide’ I would whither away and die (considering I have a gluten allergy). But I am glad I took the time to do my research, instead of jumping to conclusions. And I know a lot of you didn’t even know about this new fangled website.

Check it out if you’re curious, its filled with lots of information. But I pretty much summed it up.

And if you’re also curious…First Nations, Inuit, and Metis have their own food guide. (Interesting)


I hope this has been of some interest to you. Now I am interested in exploring food guides of other countries!…….must study….

❤ Robyn

Canada’s Food Guide

Now I have a lot of issues with the Food Guide. We are all individuals, some have weight issues, some have heart issues, some are vegetarians, some have gluten allergies, some have religious obligations. So how is it possible for ALL of us to follow ONE food guide. Or that you see the little cow symbol on the bottom corner, surprisingly when they’re telling you to increase the amount of milk that you drink (*cough monetary sponsor *cough). So I decided to go to the Canada’s Food Guide website, to see what additional information I could find. Do they really care about us, or is it all backed by Big Industry?

Here is a little history on the Food Guide:

“Canada’s first food guide, the Official Food Rules, was introduced to the public in July 1942. This guide acknowledged wartime food rationing, while endeavoring to prevent nutritional deficiencies and to improve the health of Canadians. Since 1942, the food guide has been transformed many times – it has adopted new names, new looks, and new messages, yet has never wavered from its original purpose of guiding food selection and promoting the nutritional health of Canadians.”

Role Of Food Guides

“Food guides are basic education tools that are designed to help people follow a healthy diet. They embody sophisticated dietary analysis, and merge national nutrition goals, data from food consumption surveys, and issues of food supply and production. They translate the science of nutrient requirements into a practical pattern of food choices, incorporating variety and flexibility.”

“Little is recorded about the process used to develop the earliest food guides for Canada.” (Interesting)

1942 Food Guide






And in 1949 they introduced a new resource, Canada’s Food Rules-A Dietary Framework For All, outlined a day’s eating plan for various age groups.


Look familiar? A lot of families in 2013 seem to still be following the same eating guidelines as 1949?! I love the bread with butter recommendations. But also keep in mind back then their bread wasn’t nearly as processed and refined, and chemically riddled as ours is today.


“There have been changes in methods of food processing, storage, and transportation, which in turn have changed the types of food available to Canadians throughout the year.”



“The dramatic new look of the 1977 Canada’s Food Guide sparked much interest. For the first time, colorful pictures of foods were grouped in wheel-like fashion around a sun graphic. This Guide boasted several other innovations in addition to the dynamic design change. For instance, four food groups, instead of five, appeared – fruits and vegetables were combined since their nutrient contributions overlapped. Ranges were added to the serving suggestions, bolstering the flexible nature of the Guide. In addition, metric units made their way into the serving size suggestions to align with Canada’s move to the metric system.

More than 30 textual changes occurred with the 1977 revision. For example, the milk group became Milk and Milk Products, paving the way for the inclusion of other dairy food choices. Meat and Alternates replaced Meat and Fish, and a statement regarding the Bread and Cereals group established that “enriched” products could be used in place of whole grain. Further, Fruit and Vegetables were combined into one group, and the recommendation to eat one serving of potatoes was deleted.

The 1977 revision was guided by reports from the Nutrition Canada National Survey (1973), which represents the largest, most comprehensive nutritional study of the Canadian population to date. Data from the survey reports, in particular the Food Consumption Patterns Report, provided current information on regional and national food choices, significant since earlier food guide revisions had been hampered by the limited knowledge on national food consumption patterns. Similarly, the revision was influenced by a think piece, released in 1974 by the Minister of National Health and Welfare, entitled A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians.This document provided an insightful analysis of what contributes to health, including the role of good nutrition. The 1977 revision was also influenced by the contributions of many health professional groups and organizations.”



(Oooh dramatic!)


… after reviewing the information available on the relationship between diet and cardiovascular disease, [the committee] believes that there is an adequate basis for recommending changes in the Canadian diet.”

(Maybe it would have something to do with all the bread you were recommending)

“The four food groups remained the same. However, the name of the meat group was changed to Meat, Fish, Poultry and Alternates – longer but perhaps more inclusive.”


“The revised Canada’s Food Guide… marks a new era in nutrition guidance in Canada.”

“Historic changes accompanied the 1992 revision. The title was changed to reflect the overarching goal of the Guide, becoming Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The design changed – a rainbow graphic now displayed the four food groups, all of which bore new names: – Grain Products, Vegetables and Fruit, Milk Products, and Meat and Alternatives. The biggest change was a shift in the philosophy of the Food Guide in that the 1992 Guide embraced a total diet approach to choosing foods. Previous food guides were based on a foundation diet concept – they identified minimum requirements, necessitating those with higher needs to self-select more food. The total diet approach aimed to meet both energy and nutrient requirements, recognizing that energy needs vary. With the total diet approach came large ranges in the number of servings from the four food groups to accommodate the wide range of energy needs for different ages, body sizes, activity levels, genders and conditions such as pregnancy and nursing. The Guide also introduced the Other Foods category which included foods and beverages that did not fit into any of the four food groups and, although part of the diets of many Canadians, would traditionally not have been mentioned in a food guide.

To meet higher energy needs, the rainbow schematic encouraged selection of more servings from the Grain Products and Vegetables and Fruit groups, a concept that was graphically presented through larger bands of the rainbow compared to those used to illustrate the Milk Products and Meat and Alternatives groups. The 1992 Food Guide also introduced the notion of directional statements to give more guidance on choosing foods.

The process to develop the 1992 Guide was considered to be revolutionary in food guide history. Information was assembled from experts, consumers, literature reviews, food consumption surveys, consumer research, and commissioned scientific reviews. Consultation was an integral part of the process.”


“In some ways, the Food Guide that we use today has evolved and is quite different from the 1942 Canada’s Official Food Rules. In other ways, it is not. The same intent underlies all of the guides between 1942 and 2007: guiding food selection to promote the nutritional health of Canadians.”

Can’t Do Nuts?

Can't Do Nuts?

I recently had the opportunity to try Sun Butter, and I’m hooked. The taste is extremely similar to peanut butter, and this is healthy for you too. Great for your kids nut free schools.
And I love that it is made by our neighbours to the South, in Fargo North Dakota!


The Skinny On Obesity

I love videos and articles that are easy to understand. I don’t talk science jargon, (nor understand it). Watch this video, it is very educational! Go and watch the whole series on YouTube.


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