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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #74

March 3, 2020

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“Our country faces a national nutrition crisis. Our food system is a major cause of poor health, ever-rising healthcare costs, strangled government budgets, diminished economic competitiveness of American business, reduced military readiness, and hunger and disparities. Americans of all backgrounds see these problems, and are hungry for and value leadership to create lasting solutions.”

So begins Tuft University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy 2019 Public Impact Statement announcing a new bipartisan “Food Is Medicine” initiative. (“new”!? Of course, Hippocrates was onto this several millennia ago when he declared emphatically, “Food Is Your Best Medicine.”) A look at the initial “Key Facts” download lists the need to eat more nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, with no mention of grass-fed meats, raw dairy, fermented foods, bone broths, high quality vegetable and animal fats, or even “organic,” anything, etc. But, hey, at least it’s an acknowledgment of a deathly problem for which pharmaceutical drugs are not the definitive answer.

Nevertheless, this is all the more reason to stay far ahead of establishment medical thinking and become your own best doctor, which is the goal of this website! Sadly, it often takes generations, even centuries, for Nature’s true wisdom to filter down to mainstream gospel, as noted in our article below, “Medicine and the Fine Art of Vilification.”

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

P.S. Welcome to 2020! This is F.A.C.T.’s 49th year which YOU have made possible with your enduring, generous support. We hope you’ll continue to take part via a donation or purchase of our film, Rethinking Cancer, or books (all US tax-deductible), so that we can keep on sharing the knowledge we’ve gained working with thousands of patients over the years. There is so much more! And, as always, we hope you’ll stay in the loop on Twitter, Facebook and our YouTube channel!

Medicine and the Fine Art of Vilification
by Consuelo Reyes, F.A.C.T. President

There are many ways to deal with new ideas. One would be to welcome them with open-minded inquiry. Another might be to stigmatize the purveyors of  “heretical” notions that dare to shake the status quo and perhaps threaten the egos (and fortunes) of the status quo keepers.

In other words, shoot the messenger. The history of medicine is rich with examples of great messengers who did get shot! And, unfortunately, the practice continues today. Here are just a few eamples. READ MORE

The Case for Vaccine Choice, Asking the Right Questions.
by Joseph Cooney, MD

I’ve had many conversations with parents regarding their concerns over the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their children. They are actually quite torn about it. On one hand, the medical world makes the argument that you are either crazy or selfish not to vaccinate. Vaccines help us avoid acute illness and, in doing so, lower death rates. It’s a no brainer, right? Not necessarily, because on the other hand, these parents hear about the association with declining acute illness in childhood and the growing chronic illness, allergy, and immune dysfunction in children and adults. They simply want what’s best for their child and they’re not sure what to do. How can we resolve this? Now with mandatory vaccination being advanced in some places, the issue is begging for review and reflection. READ MORE

Purple Power!

Nutritional gurus wisely tell us to eat a wide variety of colors when it comes to fruits and vegetables. This insures that we get the full range of phytonutrients the plant world has to offer. However, perhaps you’ve noticed, lately there’s a whole lot more purple in the produce section amidst the usual greens, yellows and whites. We’re taking about more purple-colored stuff than beets, eggplants, red cabbage and onions: purple-hued kale, cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, peppers, potatoes, even sweet corn, etc., etc.! And for good reason — turns out, deep red, blue and purple-colored foods contain perhaps the richest amount of a most powerful phytochemical, the antioxidant anthocyanin, which research is finding to be especially beneficial for cancer prevention, heart and gut health, dementia, osteoporosis, insulin resistance and more. READ MORE

Purple Carrot Ginger Soup

4 medium-large purple carrots, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
4 scallions, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2-inch piece ginger, minced or grated
Unrefined Himalayan or Celtic sea salt and black pepper to taste
Dried coriander
Several cups (preferably distilled) water, vegetable, beef or chicken stock

  1. In a small covered pot, bring carrots and about a cup water to a boil over medium heat until cooked through, soft but not mushy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add scallions, shallot, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until shallots begin to soften and turn transparent.
  3. Transfer carrots, cooking water and sautéd veggies to a food processor or blender. Add coriander to taste and about 1 cup warm water to reach desired consistency. Process until smooth.
  4. Serve garnished with additional scallions and ginger.

(Bonus) Purple Ice Cream

3 ripe bananas, broken into 1-2 inch pieces, frozen
About 1 cup seedless purple grapes, washed and frozen

  1. Blend the frozen banana pieces in a food processor. You could do it in a blender, but let pieces thaw a bit before processing. Blend until you get a smooth, slightly stiff cream.
  2. Then add the frozen grapes and blend until it all becomes a frothy, creamy mass.
  3. Scrape it all out into a bowl with a pastry scraper. You can put the bowl into the freezer for about 30 minutes to get a firmer texture.
  4. Remove from freezer and indulge!
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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #73

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Most women dread mammograms, as well they should. Not only is the experience uncomfortable, time-consuming and anxiety-inducing, the diagnostic is increasingly acknowledged to be inaccurate, ineffective and, in many cases, harmful.

So here’s a hot new idea: mammogram boutiques! Many medical clinics across the country are creating spa-like spaces designed to entice reluctant women to submit to this questionable procedure. These facilities feature warmed-up robes, soft music, beverage bars, all in cheery, pastel colors, gently lit, with potted plants, inspiring quotes on the walls. One clinic serves pretzels, graham crackers and juice. Another highlights a chandelier and scent diffuser. Evidently, the V.I.P. treatment is working, as many clinics report more women now responding to their friendly notes saying, “It’s time for your yearly mammogram.”

This trend may be good for business, but is it good for women? The nonprofit Institute of Medicine, affiliate of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, has stated that the toxic effects of mammogram radiation are a significant factor in the development of breast cancer: just one mammogram can expose you to the radiation equivalent of 1,000 chest X-rays. Mammograms also carry an unacceptably high rate of false positives — up to 6 percent — which can lead to repeat screenings that expose you to even more radiation, as well as unnecessary invasive medical procedures, e.g., biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy. Moreover, the stress of a false positive can create havoc in daily life and body function. Too often, pre-cancerous masses, such as DCIS, which rarely lead to malignancy, are treated unnecessarily. Statistics show that mammograms do not save women’s lives or improve survival rates more than an annual physical examination alone.

In our view at F.A.C.T., a far better cancer screening option would be periodic thermography testing — a noninvasive diagnostic with no negative side effects. Thermography can detect problem areas years before cancers or other degenerative conditions fully develop. This kind of early stage detection can motivate an individual to get on a good Biorepair-type program, and, hopefully, avoid the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. Check the resource listed in our Practitioner Directory.

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

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The Truth About Drug Companies —
How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

by Marcia Angell, M.D.
A Book Review by Consuelo Reyes, F.A.C.T. President

This review was written in 2004, when the book was first published. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then, though the subject matter is more relevant than ever and well worth revisiting. Author Marcia Angell is an American physician, a professor, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. Now in her 80’s, she is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

This book was not a “quick read” — not because it isn’t a very well-written, fascinating exposé
of one of the most powerful industries in our country (if not the world). Rather, it was slow going because every page contained so many outrages (e.g., examples of deception, manipulation, sheer unethical behavior at the public’s expense, etc.), I had to put it down frequently to cool off.
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What Is A Friend?

In these fast-paced, too often polarized and stressed out times, perhaps the one thing we can all agree upon is that true friendships are really important. But it’s not so easy. It’s takes time to cultivate genuine friends, and to keep up with them through the thick and thin of decades. Most would concur, however, that it’s worth the time and energy.

So what is a real friend? Here are 7 qualities identified by a Facebook group. No doubt there are more you might come up with. READ MORE

Saving the Planet:
It’s Not the Cow; It’s the How!

There’s a myth afoot in the Environmental/Health Movement, that, if you’re really serious about saving the planet and being healthy, you have to stop eating meat! After all, don’t animals produce methane that increases global warming and doesn’t meat contain all kinds of hormones, antibiotics and other stuff bad for human well-being?

The reality is, there is nothing intrinsically bad about homo sapiens eating animal foods. In fact, animals have provided populations with vital sustenance for thousands of years. The problem is the way we manage animal production in this so-called advanced industrial age. When managed properly, livestock have the potential to strongly support human life and positively impact — even reverse — the effects of global warming! READ MORE


Goats in Gotham

Speaking of humans and animals partnering for a healthy environment, this summer Riverside Park Conservancy, in Upper West Side Manhattan,“hired” 24 goats in charge of weed control for steep areas overgrown with invasive and dangerous plants, like poison ivy and such. Goats are natural weed whackers, consuming vegetation like an all-you-can-eat buffet — as much as 25% of their body weight in one day! READ MORE

Grass-fed Spaghetti Sauce*

1 pound grass-fed ground beef
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2  cup beef or vegetable stock
1/2 cup red wine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped or 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
Sea salt and pepper to taste

  1. Sauté ground meat in a heavy skillet until crumbly.
  2. Add onions, stock, wine and rosemary. Bring to a simmer uncovered for 15-30 minutes until liquid has been reduced to a thick sauce.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve over a grain like buckwheat, soba noodles or zucchini noodles.

*This is based on a recipe from the wonderful Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Special thanks to artist and F.A.C.T. trustee, Ellen Rixford at EllenRixford.com

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Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #72

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

Benjamin Rush — writer, educator, personal physician of George Washington — was a Founding Father of the United States and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. One can’t help wonder what he would be saying about the state of today’s medical dictates. We now have laws allowing separation of minor age children from their families, if parents do not submit their child for the legally-sanctioned toxic cancer treatments. We are experiencing a massive push to legislate mandatory vaccination, despite well-documented evidence of problems with the safety and efficacy of these pharmaceuticals. Fluoridation of our public water supplies — a form of mass medication — continues as more and more studies reveal health dangers related to toxicity.

There is a frenzy afoot, based on fear instead of facts, profits over accountability, threatening the individual’s right to choose how to protect his/her health and that of their families.

First and foremost, be informed about your choices. Investigate; question. If Dr. Rush were around today, more than likely he’d be out there urging you to let your legislators know how you feel about your right to medical freedom!

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

P.S. F.A.C.T. has existed for nearly 5 decades because so many people care to take the time to be informed about all their viable medical options in order to make wise, independent decisions. We hope you’ll continue to support our efforts and make use of our resources — our film, Rethinking Cancer,  now streaming on Itunes, and our many publications and articles. And do stay in touch on Twitter, Facebook, and our YouTube channel.

The Choice Is Yours by Ruth Sackman

This article, first published in our official F.A.C.T. magazine, Cancer Forum, is now included in our latest book,  Healing Cancer — The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman.

How do you decide what to do when your doctor says, “It’s cancer”? You’ve heard about alternatives, but there are so many and the claims of efficacy sound so dramatic. Can it all be true? You know that the conventional cancer treatment of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy has an overall claimed cure rate of 50%. You find yourself in a panic about making a decision. Let me try to clarify the information for the lay person and dispel the myths perpetuated by both the conventional adherents and alternative supporters. READ MORE

Eye Aerobics

We live in a sea of screens. Indeed, many people spend 8 or more hours every day staring at various versions of them. Moreover, our eyes are constantly being stimulated by artificial lights — blinking traffic lights, neon lights, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), even energy-saving LEDs (which emit blue light that can generate high amounts of oxidative stress). Over time, this can spell trouble for the eyes, resulting in a condition now called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), characterized by: squinting, blurred vision, dry, red eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, double vision, headaches, neck or back pain. READ MORE

Burdock — Know Your Roots

You’ve probably seen burdock in the produce section of your health food store — gnarled, rather grungy-looking roots that don’t look particularly exciting to the taste buds (though the taste is actually quite pleasant). But beauty is way more than skin deep and this one’s got a whole lot to offer, e.g., as a blood purifier, lymphatic strengthener, natural diuretic, skin healer, a defense against diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc., not to mention being the inspiration for Velcro AND a possible aphrodesiac! READ MORE

Burdock Tea

This medicinal herbal tea helps cleanse the body of toxins, restore and stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and, in general, help to rebalance and revitalize the whole body. Because of its strong diuretic and detoxifying actions, it should be taken no more than 2-3 times a day and for short intervals of time. For some people, prolonged use of burdock may cause urinary tract irritation. Check other precautions in the burdock article above,

  1. Bring 2 cups of pure water to a boil.
  2. If using fresh burdock, take a firm root, wash and scrape clean. Use about 1 tablespoon chopped or sliced for 2 cups of water. For dried, use 1-2 teaspoons.
  3. Place the herb in a pan or bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Strain and drink no more than 2-3 cups a day for short periods of time. This is a strong tea with a soothing, pleasant flavor. If you like, you can add a bit of raw honey or lemon juice.

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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

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 9:46 am

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.

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