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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #71

June 10, 2019

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Several newsletters ago, we printed an article about the new 5G cellular technology — the incredible hype around it AND the shocking lack of interest by industry and government in the potential dangers it poses to human health and the environment.

Now, at least, someone in government is asking the right questions. In February, at a Senate Commerce Committee meeting, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era Technology Innovation in the United States,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) stated, “I believe that Americans deserve to know what the health effects are….How much money has the industry committed to support independent research?…on the biological effects of this new technology?”

The industry rep replied:“There are no industry backed studies to my knowledge right now.” To which Sen. Blumenthal responded, “so, we are flying blind here on health and safety…We need to know whether the technology can cause cancer and other diseases.”

According to a worldwide consortium of over 200 doctors and scientists, among the many ill-effects likely to occur after the introduction of 5G are increases in blindness, hearing loss, male infertility, skin cancers, thyroid issues, nervous system dysfunction, etc. If you are concerned about the mad rush to 5G — whatever country you may be in — let your elected officials know that the “precautionary principle” must apply. Before 5G can be imposed on us, more independent research is urgently needed to assess the health and safety impacts of this new technology on all living things.

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

P.S. We greatly appreciate your continued support! View our film, Rethinking Cancer, streaming on iTunes — now with thousands of views worldwide. Check out our books, including the latest, Healing Cancer, loaded with unique and practical information. And, as always, stay connected on Twitter, Facebook and our YouTube channel!

New Cure for the Common Cold — Understand It!

“I’ve never had a cold in my life,” boasted a 75-year-old man.  (Five months after making this statement he was dead with cancer.)  He had adopted a superior attitude toward his wife, who was constantly bothered with colds.  Every winter, and all winter long, she suffered with coughing and sneezing, with dripping nose and stopped up air passages.  She was constantly dosing with cough syrups, “Vicks” salves, steam vapors, and all the patent nostrums in vogue.

To all outward appearances the wife was the sickliest of the two because she manifested illness.  And this is the conclusion that most people would come to — people who consider disease as a life-threatening outside invader to be vanquished or “cured.”  Medical doctors would say that she is lucky — she survived in spite of her constant illness.  But the fact that she outlived her husband by many years and is now hale and strong tells us something.  The colds were good for her! READ MORE

Noise, Silence and Your Brain

We live in a noisy world that exacts a toll on us, especially on our brains. Studies confirm that, even when sleeping, sound waves activate the amygdala, that part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, leading to the release of stress hormones that can make normal functioning very difficult. Research also shows that, when we experience silence, our brains are able to rebalance our internal and external environments, enabling a return to normal function and overall wellbeing. In other words, silence heals. READ MORE

Lavender — Tranquility and Beyond

Folk healers have used lavender since ancient times to treat ailments like anxiety, insomnia, depression, headaches, hair loss, nausea, acne, toothaches, skin irritations and cancer. Modern scientists have confirmed these benefits, and are in the process of discovering a whole lot more.
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Herb/Fruit Infused Water

Our bodies are about 60% water, so it’s important to hydrate throughout the day. However, if your taste buds occasionally need a bit more dazzle than pure, plain water can provide, try infused water. It’s also a pleasant way for soda-aholics, or those addicted to artificially sweetened or high sugar juices, to kick the habit, satisfy thirst and do the body a big favor. And homemade flavored waters can be quite elegant looking, a real guest-impresser.

1.  Choose a fruit and/or herb combo (preferably organic, only fresh, no dried or frozen), e.g., lemon-ginger; orange-lavender; lime-sage; strawberry-lemon-mint;  orange-lime; strawberry-pineapple; cucumber-lemon-celery; apple-cinnamon stick-red pear; kiwi-orange; watermelon-strawberry; lemon-mint-ginger-cucumber; apple-orange-cinnamon-clove; grapefruit-rosemary; lemon-raspberry-mint; blueberry-orange, ad infinitum.

2.  Wash, and cut up about a palmful of fruit and herbs. Remove citrus peel. Bruise herbs slightly to subtly increase the release of flavor. Softer fruits (e.g. citrus, strawberries) can be sliced fairly thin, halved or quartered. Harder fruits (e.g., apples) should be very thinly cut. Loose herbs or flowers (e.g. lavender buds, rose petals, dried hibiscus) can be put in a tea infuser or cheesecloth.

3.  Place in a pitcher, glass water bottle or mason jar. Fill with pure, cool or room temperature water (preferably distilled or reverse osmosis).

4.   Before placing in refrigerator, mix up or gently press fruits with the back of a wooden spoon to help release flavors. Allow to steep in the ’fridge for up to 24 hours, depending on how strong you like the flavor.

5.  If you haven’t drunk the water within 24 hours, strain out the solids and refrigerate up to 3 days. Cheers!

Warning: Instead of counting sheep at night, you might find yourself conjuring up new, exotic infused water combos!

This 1977 cartoon, from our F.A.C.T. archives, is by the great Herblock, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. Unfortunately, now, some 40 years later, the “cancer establishment” is still putting its big money and minds into finding that “miracle” blockbuster drug, instead of seriously addressing root causes.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #70

April 11, 2019

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Every winter we’re told: be afraid, be very afraid! It’s flu and cold season: get your flu shot, avoid touching doorknobs and people, watch out for rampant germs… But what’s really happening?

For centuries, scientists have been trying to find the chemical antidote to the viruses that supposedly cause the common cold. It’s a waste of time! Ancient healers, like Hippocrates, knew that the cold is not a disease. It’s an an important immune function — an acute inflammation, a vicarious elimination or periodic housecleaning that helps us maintain homeostasis in a challenging world. That is why all the symptoms are about stuff trying to get out: mucus, coughs, rash, diarrhea, itching, fever sweats, throwing up, bloody nose, etc. Conventional medicine prescribes drugs to block symptoms (anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea, anti-ache…) — in short, anti-elimination medicine. These do nothing to eliminate the cause: the gunk which insidiously piles up and gets stored in our cells and, over time, overloads and exhausts organs and glands. No wonder studies show that people who had fewer colds, or failed to let colds or flu run their course, are more likely to develop cancer and other chronic diseases down the line.

To learn more about this “blasphemous” way of thinking, check out the articles on our Resource page, in particular:
“Understanding Infection: Not a Battle, But a Housecleaning” by Philip Incao, M.D.
“New Cure for the Common Cold: Understand It!” By Edward L. Carl, N.D.
“Thank Goodness! No Cure for the Common Cold!” By Consuelo Reyes, F.A.C.T. President

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

P.S.  Thanks to your feedback and donations, F.A.C.T. is now in its 48th year! We are proud to continue sharing with you what we’ve learned over these many years. Be sure to watch our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming on iTunes and Amazon. Our latest book, Healing Cancer, is a treasure trove of wisdom and practical information that will help you become your own best doctor.  And stay in touch on Twitter, Facebook, our YouTube channel!

What Is Glutathione?

Glutathione, known as “the master antioxidant,” is all the rage these days. TV doctors and health gurus are waxing poetic about it, health food stores are selling umpteen facsimiles of it — despite the fact that it’s nothing new! Our bodies have been naturally producing glutathione to protect against oxidative stress since homo sapiens arrived on the earth. It’s good that people are becoming acquainted with this powerful tripeptide, but the thing is: why buy it when you can make it! READ MORE

The Next New Old Thing: Retro Walking

Have you walked backwards lately? This is a practice for health and well-being, believed to have originated in ancient China. Now, in the 21st Century, going in reverse, or the hipper-sounding “retro walking,” is becoming a new workout phenomenon, especially in Japan, China, Europe and the U.S.! And beyond being a popular exercise, it’s a fast growing sport with events, like the New York Road Runners Backwards Mile in Manhattan, with records being set and broken at quicker rates than forward moving competitions.

What’s the big backwards deal? Recent scientific research confirms that, for people of all ages and fitness levels, there are unique and important benefits to retro training. READ MORE

Back to Grass

Speaking of looking back in time for true wisdom — the general theme of this newsletter — raising animals on grass (no hormones, antibiotics, GMO grains), as has been done for thousands of years, is becoming the wise choice for an increasing number of U.S. farmers and consumers.

Watch this short video, Grassfed, produced by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit sustainable organization dedicated to changing the way America eats and farms. It explains why the age-old grass-feed practice is the best thing for animals, people and the planet and why modern factory farms are not.

Back to the Future: The Master Tonic

The Master Tonic is a folk remedy that dates back to medieval Europe, an era when people suffered from all sorts of epidemics and diseases. Today, perhaps because of the growing wariness of toxic effects from pharmaceutical drugs, this powerful tonic is back in vogue. And you can make it yourself quite easily (recipe to follow). However, be forewarned: this concoction is “wow” spicy; it packs a solid punch. You may feel a sense of shock when it hits your taste buds, but the benefits are well worth it! READ MORE

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #69

February 14, 2019

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Polypharmacy — the practice of taking multiple prescription drugs at one time — is skyrocketing!

If you’re not taking any prescription drugs, YOU are the minority. According to a Consumer Reports national survey conducted in 2017, 55% of Americans take  prescription drugs, with 4 different meds per person on average. The survey found that Americans are now consuming more pills than ever in our country’s history, more than any other nationality in the world. While the U.S. population has increased by only 21% in the last 20 years, the total number of prescriptions filled for both adults and children has risen by 85%. Moreover, the percentage of people taking over 5 prescription drugs has tripled over the last 2 decades. It’s polypharmacy on steroids!

Something is terribly eschew. There are times when these drugs may be necessary and even life-saving. But in far too many instances, they are not. The dirty little secret is that many common health ailments are self-limiting (if allowed to run their course) or can be corrected with lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, stress management, etc.) or nontoxic modalities (e.g., botanicals, homeopathy, bodywork techniques, etc.). Nevertheless, it’s estimated that approximately $200 billion per year is being spent on the unnecessary and improper use of medications routinely prescribed by doctors, exposing patients to the risk of serious harm, as well as higher costs.

Far too many Americans have swallowed their doctor’s line that every symptom, every inkling of disease requires drug intervention. It’s not that doctors are bad people; it’s just that our culture has instilled a hyper-reverence for a profession that is myopically trained and in thrall to the pharmaceutical industry. It’s time to reject this notion. Or, as Robert Johnstone of the International Alliance of Patient Organizations proclaimed at the First European Conference on Patient Empowerment in Copenhagen:

Doctors will get off their pedestals, when patients get off their knees!

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

P.S. Happy Holidays to all! Do check out our newest book, Healing Cancer —  the perfect embodiment of why biorepair, not polypharmacy, is the wise way to long-term health! Our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming internationally on Gaia.com, iTunes and Amazon, makes an equally potent case. As ever, we thank you for your support and look forward to “seeing” you on Twitter, Facebook, our YouTube channel!

Monsanto: Is the Jig Up?

Monsanto, one of the most powerful and, probably, most despised companies in the world, has spent decades deceiving consumers, farmers, politicians, and regulators about the safety of its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. Employing strong arm tactics — straight from the tobacco industry playbook — the agrochemical/biotech giant has suppressed and manipulated scientific studies, harassed journalists and scientists who questioned the company line, colluded with regulators and intimidated citizens who dared to claim they had suffered harm.

However, since an historic ruling in September in San Francisco Superior Court, the multinational bully could be on the verge of losing its mojo. READ MORE

Houseplants for Housecleaning

In the late 1980s, NASA, concerned about low level off-gassing of certain chemical pollutants in the Skylab space station, conducted a series of experiments to measure the effects of various plants to purify indoor air. In 1989, a study concluded that certain plants not only removed toxins from the air, but that the root system also played as important a part as the above ground foliage.

Among the plants studied were some common houseplants, many of which are easily cultivated even by those who feel they were born with the proverbial “black thumb.” Here’s a list of some of the top indoor air purifying plants, beginning with the ones that are hardest for neophytes or doofuses to kill! READ MORE

Kudos for Cabbage!

For some reason cabbage does not excite foodies the way kale or other members of the Cruciferae family do (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc.), but it should! Cabbage contains the highest amount of some of the most powerful antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables, along with ample stores of vitamins K, C, B6, B1, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and much more. This veggie may lack pizzazz, but it is a veritable health treasure chest! READ MORE

Cultured Cabbage Juice

The lactic acid in cultured cabbage juice helps purify the entire G.I. tract, killing fungi, some strains of parasites and other pathogens, as well as aiding digestion in general. The juice has been used effectively for ulcer relief and healing, kidney cleansing and acne clearing. Start with a teaspoon or so at each meal, working your way up to a tablespoon or more. You can take a few swigs any time of day, before or after meals or during digestive stress. For many, it’s an acquired taste that can become surprisingly refreshing and your G.I. tract will thank you!

About 3 cups of organic green or white cabbage coarsely chopped
2 cups distilled water

  1. Fill the blender with the chopped cabbage.
  2. Add the 2 cups of water.
  3. Blend carefully by starting at low speed and then to high for 10 seconds or less – you don’t want puree; you want small pieces.
  4. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover with cellophane wrap. Leave at room temperature for 3 days (preferably around 720F.)
  5. After 3 days, remove the cellophane and taste. If it doesn’t have quite enough tangy sourness, you can rewrap for 1 more day. Then strain the cabbage pulp from the liquid. Place the juice in a bottle and refrigerate until used up. It keeps best up to 2 weeks.
  6. When the supply gets low (or immediately after the first ferment is ready to drink), start a new batch by using the same procedure, but adding ½ cup of the previous batch of fermented juice to 1 1/2 cups water and 3 cups of cabbage blended as above.
  7. The second batch will only have to stand at room temperature for 24 hours before being ready, because of the added “starter” — then refrigerate.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #68

December 6, 2018

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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #68

FALL SPECIAL! In appreciation of all our supporters: starting today through October 31st, all F.A.C.T. publications on our Donate page — including our latest book, Healing Cancer, the DVD Rethinking Cancer, the book Rethinking Cancer, Detoxification and Triumph Over Cancer — will be discounted 20%. Just apply the code FACT20 at check-out and remember that all purchases are U.S. tax-deductible donations. Go for it!

And just for fun —  a video special: She’s 91, he’s 94. To move is to be alive! Watch this!

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

P.S. Our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now streaming internationally on Gaia.com, iTunes and Amazon. We are very grateful for your continued support and hope you’ll stay in touch on Twitter, FacebookYouTube channel and now on Vimeo!

The Wisdom of the Body
By Ruth Sackman

Ruth Sackman (1915-2008), co-founder and president of F.A.C.T. for 38 years, had a down-to-earth way of explaining things. Her writings are the heart of our newest  publication, Healing Cancer — The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman. Here’s a sample:

Physicians pour Drugs of which they know little, to cure Diseases
of which they know less, into Humans of which they know nothing.”
— Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

By far, the most important requirement to enable someone to restore and maintain one’s health is to understand physiology (body function). Lack of this understanding makes the individual vulnerable to all sorts of serious mistakes. When one understands how the body functions, one is capable of knowing what to do, when and how to do it. READ MORE

Baking Soda: Good for Practically Everything!

Most of us think of baking soda as something for baking or to keep in the back of refrigerators to absorb odors. But that would be a gross underestimation of the incredible powers of this amazing, low-cost natural remedy —  powers that include benefits for basic daily hygiene (e.g., dental care) digestive issues, kidney problems, urinary tract infections, itchy skin relief, arthritis, not to mention cleaning fruits and vegetables, removing greasy stains and mildew, brightening colors in the washing machine, unclogging drains, and on and on and on. READ MORE

What’s the Big Deal With Manuka Honey?

Honey has been coveted for food and medicine down through the ages. There are over 300 types on the planet and manuka is the best of the best — currently enjoying a boom in worldwide popularity. There is, however, a downside. The explosion in demand has led some manufacturers to engage in shady dealing. According to the UK Independent, approximately 83% of manuka honey on the 2014 global market was fake and that number is likely larger today. READ MORE

Sweet Sour Sauce*

1 cup ketchup, preferably homemade or organic
¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
¼ cup organic maple syrup (certified chemical-free)

  1. Mix all ingredients well in a small glass bowl.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Refrigerate leftover sauce in a glass jar.

Great sauce or marinade for fish, meat or veggies.

*Thanks to Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #67

September 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

To your health!

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

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

New 5G Wireless Technology: Boon or Bane?

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

This Farm Is Medicine

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

Why a Little Bitter Is Better

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

Roasted Radishes & Leeks with Thyme

Here’s a pleasant way to get your bitters:

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

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

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter – #66

July 11, 2018

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

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

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

To your health!

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

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

Regenerative: Beyond Organic

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

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

Yoga for Your Face?

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

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

Buckwheat Is Not Wheat

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

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

Basic Buckwheat

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

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter – #65

March 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Should We Fear Getting Sick?
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective 

by Rishma Parpia

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

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

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


Don’t Eat All the Cucumbers!

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

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

Tai Chi and Your Brain

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

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

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

Easy Miso Soup

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

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

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

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #64

November 8, 2017

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:41 pm

Worthy of note:

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

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

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

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

Warning: Big Pharma “Discovers” Immunotherapy!

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

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

What Is Ripe?

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

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

Hug Therapy

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

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

Avocado Sauerkraut “Boats”
(for 2)

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

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

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #63

September 7, 2017

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:30 pm

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

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

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

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

To your health!

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

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

A New Breed of Doctor

By Alan H. Nittler, M.D.

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

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

A Travel Tip: Grapefruit Seed Extract

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

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

On the Rebound

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

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

Iced Turmeric Lemonade

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

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

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

Thanks to Wellness Mama for this recipe!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #62

June 14, 2017

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 4:44 pm

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

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

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

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

Are You Grounded?

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

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

What Are You Wearing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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