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Non-Traditional Approaches to
the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #61

April 12, 2017

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Welcome to our 46th year! Things have changed a lot since Ruth Sackman and her husband, Leon, co-founded FACT in 1971. In those days, cancer was a very hush-hush, almost taboo topic. Even the idea of putting the word “cancer” in the name of the organization, as Ruth did, was considered very bold and possibly risky. Doctors who dared to treat patients with nutritional therapies, i.e., not the legally sanctioned surgery, chemo, radiation, could be raided and/or jailed.  Alternative practitioners warned their patients never to say they were being treated for cancer, rather just trying to improve diet and overall health.

Today cancer is at epidemic levels and everybody’s talking about it. Many have seen the failure and suffering wrought by the “legal” treatments (all focused on destroying cancer cells rather than the repair and strengthening of the body) and there are far more resources openly supporting unconventional approaches (though conventional treatments are still the only legally sanctioned modalities). The alternative health movement is booming — over $30 billion in profits last year. But with commercial success, there have also come a lot of questionable resources, the lack of clinical experience, the touting of ineffective, sometimes harmful new miraculous cures, superfoods, supplements and the like.

As a nonprofit educational organization, we have no vested interest in the alternative health industry. Our role is to give you the facts as we’ve learned them over many years of experience with a wide range of patients, clinicians, therapies and facilities. As you may have noticed, we don’t focus just on cancer. Cancer is the end result of a long process of unnatural living, avoidable and sometimes unavoidable toxic exposures, overstressed lifestyle, etc. We believe that cancer can be managed — and in most cases prevented — by learning to make wise lifestyle choices compatible with this fast-paced 21st Century world. We seek to give you overarching principles that will help you make sense of the deluge of information and misinformation out there.

In short, we want you to be your best doctor.

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

P.S. Thanks so much for all your input. If you feel the information you receive here is of value, we hope you’ll consider any sort of (tax-deductible in the U.S.) donation. And do check out our film on iTunes  and keep in touch on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!


Are Germs Really the Problem?
By Ruth Sackman, Co-founder and Former President of FACT

There is a school of thought about germs that differs radically from the germ theory of disease based on the work of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). And Pasteur’s germ theory is what most of our medical care today is based on.

Pasteur believed that germs were the cause of disease and, therefore, the primary goal of treatment should be their elimination. But at about the same time that Pasteur was propagating his theory, a highly respected chemist-physician-biologist, Dr. Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908), along with others, strongly disagreed. Their views, though logical, were obscured by the more exciting presentation by Pasteur, whose talent for self-promotion, some have posited, far exceeded his scientific investigatory skills. Read More


An Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal medicine is the oldest and still most widely used system of healing in the world today. Preparations, made exclusively from plants (seeds, roots, stems, flowers, leaves),  may be put into many forms — tinctures, extracts, teas, salves, etc. When used appropriately, these remedies can be highly effective, relatively inexpensive and minus the toxic side effects of synthetic pharmaceutical meds. Here are some suggestions for your home herbal first aid kit: Read More


Blue Light — Something Else to Worry About?

Cavemen had plenty of things to worry about — lions, bears, starvation….. Today, in the digital age, we’ve got a different set of anxieties. One that is coming more and more into the spotlight is blue light.

Before the advent of artificial lighting, the circadian rhythms of all living things — the natural 24-hour wakefulness and sleep cycle which affects many biological processes — were attuned to the major source of light: the sun. People spent their evenings in relative darkness, a time of rest and recuperation, and rose with the morning sun, energized for the challenges of daily survival. But today, our evenings are filled with manmade illumination. Too often we are up at all hours and the rhythms of our bodies are all jangled up in pursuits no caveman could have fathomed. Read More

Kale Chips

Should you be eating all vegetables raw every chance you get? No, actually. Contrary to the belief of many smoothie/salad afficionados, kale, for example, is not a good choice for raw eating. A little is okay, of course, but overloading on this, as has become, for many today, almost a religion, can create thyroid problems. A member of the cruciferous family, kale contains goitgrogens that interfere with the formation of thyroid hormone, especially in people with iodine deficiency. Gentle cooking above 2120 F.(1000C.),  however, significantly reduces the goitrogens, so you can enjoy the pleasures and many nutritional benefits of this vegetable. This would be true for other cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, collards, etc. (For those who suffer chronic thyroid disorders, it might be wise to consider bypassing cruciferous vegetables altogether.) 

  • 6 cups torn and de-stemmed curly kale, in 2 inch or so-sized pieces
  • 2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil, cultured or grass-fed organic butter or ghee
  • ¼ tsp. unrefined salt
  1. Wash and spin dry the kale leaves until completely dry.
  2. Place dried leaves in a large bowl. Add the oil and toss with hands until every leaf is coated.
  3. Sprinkle on salt and toss again to spread evenly.
  4. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and arrange the kale evenly without overlapping.
  5. Bake in a 300-degree F. oven until crisp and dark green, approx. 12-15 min.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from the pan or eating. This allows the chips to crisp up further. Keep in an air-tight containing. (Don’t refrigerate — the chips will soften with moisture and loose their crunch!)


Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #60

February 12, 2017

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Here’s some good news from the last U.S. election:

  • Sonoma County, California passed a GMO crop ban, creating the largest GMO-free zone in the U.S
  • San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, California plus Boulder, Colorado voted to tax junk, sugar-laden Big Soda products.
  • Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Montana approved medical marijuana initiatives, making that 29 states and Washington D.C. with varying restrictions.

    And other good news:

  • The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to remove carrageenan, a potent inflammatory agent and possible carcinogen, from the list of approved additives in organic food.
  • Mirabile dictu! The New York Times recently cited studies showing that good food, including whole fat dairy, was an effective treatment for acne! When FACT began 45 years ago, the idea that food could be a protocol for healing anything was a joke to most conventionally-trained doctors. Over the years, we’ve seen acknowledgement of denatured, sugar/chemical-laden foods as disease-causing, acceptance of good food as disease prevention, as well as the use of certain active ingredients in plants as templates for drugs, but the idea that “food is your best medicine” for the ailing has generally been consigned to the bin of wistful Hippocrates zealots. This may seem like a lot of “duh” to those of us who live the nontoxic Biorepair approach to health and healing. We know that the skin is a window on what’s going on inside – get the bad stuff out, put the good stuff in and the skin will reflect that with a glow. Still, let’s hope that, perhaps, just perhaps, when it comes to other chronic conditions, this acne cure will inspire some sort of awakening in the orthodox symptom/drug-oriented medical community. Imagine a world where food, not drugs, is in the vanguard of healing.

Rejoice in the good stuff and have a great holiday season!

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

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming on iTunes in North America, UK, Ireland, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, and more coming soon. Spread the word! FACT is a non-profit, so your support makes it all possible. Thanks so much and do join us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Why Dirt Makes Us Happy

For centuries people have been finding solace and joy futzing around in their gardens. Now, in the 21st Century, science has figured out why.

Researchers have long theorized that the sharp rise in autoimmune conditions, like asthma and allergies, could stem from living too clean (the “hygiene hypothesis”). The idea is that routine exposure to harmless microorganisms in the environment, like soil bacteria, strengthens our immune system and trains it to ignore benign molecules like pollen or hairs on a neighbor’s cat. A series of studies reported in Neuroscience took this hypothesis a step further by treating depression with a specific soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae. They found, for example, that lung cancer patients injected with killed M. vaccae reported better quality of life and less nausea and pain. The injections also eased skin allergies in other patients. Additional studies have shown promise with M. vaccae in improving cognitive function, Crohn’s disease and even rheumatoid arthritis. READ MORE

What Do Those Food Labels Mean?

Nowadays, trendy restaurants and food stores know that customers are partial to foods that are healthier for humans and the environment than the typical “factory” fare.  So, perhaps you’ve noticed that more and more menus are adorned with terms like “grass-fed” or “pasture-raised” steak, “organic” seafood, “free-range” chicken. These labels sound nice, but what do they really mean? Here are some common terms you might encounter and what you might want to read between the lines: READ MORE

Pot for Pets

Now that medical marijuana (cannabis sativa) is legal in 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, perhaps it’s not surprising that humans are not the only ones experiencing the therapeutic virtues of this age-old plant.

Animal lovers who may or may not partake of marijuana themselves, are turning to cannabis-based products to alleviate a host of their pets’ maladies, including seizures, inflammation, anxiety and pain, arthritis, loss of appetite and nausea – and they are reporting impressive results. Moreover, the treatments are being used not only for cats and dogs, but also pigs, horses, and domesticated wild animals. READ MORE

Jolly Jam Cookies

  • 1 cup raw almonds, ground
  • 1 1/4 cup spelt flour or other low-gluten flour (e.g., kamut, amaranth, barley, rice)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • fruit jam – homemade or from the health food store
  • 2 tablespoons (preferably distilled) water
  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients (maple syrup, melted coconut oil, water) and blend well.
  3. Shape the cookie dough into walnut-sized balls and place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Indent with thumb and fill with the fruit jam.Shape the cookie dough

Bake at 350 F. about 16-20 minutes – until golden brown. To store, place in a jar or other container with a few pieces of orange or lemon peel to keep fresh, though chances are these cookies won’t be stored for long!

*Great thanks to Eileen B. and daughter, Melissa, on Long Island, NY, for sending us this delicious holiday recipe!


Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #59

December 13, 2016

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First, the infuriating news: Just as Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law was taking effect this July, the U.S. Congress passed, and the president signed, the gutless bill, S. 764, which, in effect, lets anti-labelers off the hook. This is a depressing manifestation of the power of money vs. the will of the American people. According to Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto and other Big Food corporations (e.g., Kellogg, Dow, Dupont, General Mills, Coca Cola) have spent well over 100 million dollars fighting our right to know if GMOs are in our food. For the time being, they have won. But we still hold the winning card: we don’t have to buy what they’re selling! Join in the boycott of products from these conglomerates, many of which are gobbling up small organic companies that you may have come to rely on.

And now, some good news: We are delighted to announce a new addition to the roster of materials on our Donate page. It is the audiobook for Detoxification by Ruth Sackman, co-founder and former president of FACT, narrated by current president, Consuelo Reyes. This is a concise handbook for anyone interested in taking charge of their health — more accessible now in audio as people are increasingly juggling busy schedules with the need for solid information. In the next few months, we’ll also introduce a new ebook, The Unconventional Wisdom of Ruth Sackman, a compendium of her writings over the past 4 decades. The book will be loaded with practical, timeless information, expressed in Ruth’s inimitable down-to-earth style.

To your health!

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

P.S. Remember to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now available for streaming on iTunes in North America and many countries. Thanks for all your comments and support. Do join us on Twitter,Facebook and our YouTube channel!

What Is a Healthy Diet?

A recent New York Times article surveyed a panel of nutrition “experts” and the general public about which foods they thought were good or bad. There was vast disparity between, as well as within, the two groups. Foods that the “experts” generally considered less healthy (e.g., granola bar, coconut oil, frozen yogurt, granola) were considered very healthy by the public. Foods considered healthy by the “experts” (e.g., quinoa, tofu, sushi, hummus, shrimp) were designated less healthy by the public. While both groups pretty much agreed on the goodness of foods like kale, apples, oatmeal, so-called experts and the public were nearly equally unsure about the healthfulness of basic items like butter, red meat, whole milk, pork chops, etc. —foods, coincidentally, containing saturated fat  which many well-publicized studies have shown to be good for heart and overall health, contrary to myths propagated by the food processing industry.

What’s missing in all this is awareness of any overarching principles. For clarity, we look to the expertise of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), an organization founded on the wisdom of traditional cultures, unburdened by TV, fast food producers, certified nutritionists or dieticians. READ MORE

The Balancing Act

Improving balance is a lifelong project — from wobbly toddlerhood to the freedom-loving Golden Years. Good balance gives us confidence to move about in a fast-paced world. It’s the key to just about any activity from riding a bike to navigating a slippery sidewalk to doing yoga or any sport and it’s especially important to help prevent falls and maintain an independent lifestyle.

So here are a few exercises to hone your daily balancing act at any age. For best results, do these at least 3-4 times per week and, if possible, go barefoot. READ MORE

DIY: Personal Care Products

Read any good product labels lately? Too many personal care products, even on health food store shelves, abound in questionable ingredients like parabens, phthalates, chemical emulsifiers, artificial colors, alcohol, synthetic fragrances (which can have up to 500 unlisted components), artificial flavors, sweeteners, and numerous other multi-syllabic synthetics.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average adult absorbs up to 5 pounds of chemicals in their care products every year — many of which have been shown to contribute to hormonal imbalances, cancer, eczema, and a wide range of other conditions. A lot of these chemical additives are banned in other countries, yet still allowed in the United States. Moreover, many of these ingredients, aside from being outright harmful, are very drying to the skin, such as alcohol and water (usually the first 2 ingredients listed on most “moisturizers”) or otherwise counterproductive, especially to chemically-sensitive individuals.

Why spend a lot of money on things you can make yourself with fewer and far better materials? Here are some easy-to-do items: READ MORE

Switchel — The Healthy “Gatorade”

Gatorade Thirst Quencher, the highly sugared sports drink purported to rehydrate and refuel athletes, contains water, sucrose (table sugar), dextrose, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium chloride (table salt), sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, and flavoring/coloring ingredients; some Gatorade flavor variations use brominated vegetable oil as a stabilizer.

Who needs all that when you can rehydrate and tonify your body with a refreshing drink made with just a few unquestionably health-inducing ingredients? Switchel was a popular summer drink in the American colonies in the late 17th century and became a traditional thirst quencher for farmers during harvest time by the 19th century. Today, several companies are producing it as interest grows in “new” traditional foods, but it’s easy to make you own:

2 quarts pure water (preferably distilled)

½ cup raw apple cider vinegar

½ cup raw honey (orange blossom or tupelo go particularly well with this recipe) or pure

maple syrup

2 tsp. organic ginger powder or 2 ½ Tbsp. fresh grated ginger

Optional: 1 tsp. turmeric powder, pinch of cardamom

  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Let set a few minutes, then you can add ice and drink immediately. Store the rest in glass jars in the refrig. If you use fresh ginger, strain as you pour the switchel into your glass.
  2. For a more fizzy feel, with probiotic benefits, carefully pour the mixture into large glass bottles, preferably the ones with wire and ball stoppers. Fasten lids and leave the bottles on the counter for at least 2-3 days (up to a week or 2 in cooler weather). Refrigerate. When serving, open slowly in the sink in case the switchel “pops” out of the bottle. Again, strain if fresh ginger was used. Cheers!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #58

September 6, 2016

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“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”
– Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

We live in a turbulent world populated by humans charged with emotions both constructive and destructive, conscious and unconscious, reasonable and totally baffling. Sir Newton, one of the most influential scientists of all time, couldn’t figure it out, but now the Dalai Lama is taking a crack at it.

The famous Tibetan Buddist monk has gone digital to help us understand our emotions and find inner peace: “We have, by nature or biologically, this destructive emotion, also constructive emotion. This innerness, people should pay more attention to, from kindergarten level up to university level. This is not just for knowledge, but in order to create a happy human being. Happy family, happy community and, finally, happy humanity.”

Atlas of Emotions is his new website. It’s really a map of the human psyche, created with the help of some of the Dalai Lama’s good friends, including psychologist Paul Ekman, who advised the creators of Pixar’s “Inside Out,” an animated film set inside a girl’s head. The site is well worth a visit. This is not about religion. The Dalai Lama’s hope is simply that it could be a tool for cultivating good in the world by overcoming the bad within us. “Ultimately, our emotion is the real troublemaker,” he says. “We have to know the nature of that enemy.”

The “Atlas” might not get you straight to inner peace, but you may find, as we did, that by going through the various steps, you catch yourself watching what you’re feeling a whole lot more closely…

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

P.S. A reminder: our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available for streaming on iTunes in North America and several other countries. Check it out! We rely on donations and we truly appreciate your support. Please take a look for us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Are Genes Destiny?

It’s a depressing thought – the idea that regardless of what we do, our genetic make-up predisposes us to certain health problems. The problem with this thought, however, is: cutting edge science is telling us that it simply is not true!

From 1990 to 2003 millions of federal dollars were spent on the Human Genome Project. The goal was to figure out the role of every gene in order to develop drugs to “fix” “bad” ones and thus avoid or cure virtually any disease, the operative model being that the human body is simply an assemblage of replaceable or fixable parts. Researchers, however, were surprised to discover that there are far fewer genes than suspected, all with multiple, often indecipherable purposes, as well as complex and unpredictable interactions. They realized that messing with any one gene could have dire and unintended consequences.

Most importantly, they learned that the presence of any kind of gene is very different from the expression of that gene (active vs. inactive) and that the “on” or “off” is determined largely by the way we live. READ MORE

Fall Asleep Faster with Acupressure

Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It applies the same principles as acupuncture (without the needles) to treat disease and enhance mind/body health. According to theory, special acupoints lie along energy meridians or channels in the body. It is believed that vital energy – a life force called qi (ch’i) – flows through these invisible channels, connecting organs and creating a network of energy flows throughout. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. The goal of acupressure is to restore balance to the body’s channels by applying pressure to the appropriate acupoints.

Using fingers, palms, elbows or feet, acupressure can be an effective way to relieve a wide range of ills, e.g., nausea, headache, anxiety, nasal congestion, fatigue, etc. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, here’s one technique, suggested by a faculty member at leading naturopathic Bastyr University, to promote sleep: READ MORE

Dandelion – A “Weed” Worth Cultivating

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is so common, it’s often dismissed as a pesky weed, but that would be gross defamation of character. This plant (whose name comes from the French for “lion’s tooth” because of its jagged leaves), has been used therapeutically for centuries to treat infections and kidney disease, increase bile flow, correct liver problems, improve appetite, digestion and general health.

Now modern science has discovered that extracts of dandelion – leaves, flowers and roots – contain bioactive compounds with potential anti-cancer properties. In lab research with mice these extracts can kill leukemia, melanoma and pancreatic cancer cells without harm to healthy cells and human clinical trials are currently exploring the use of extracts to treat blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma. READ MORE

Dandy Salad

If you’re new to dandelion greens, start with a small amount of dandelion in proportion to other greens and monitor your body’s reaction. Some people may be more sensitive.

  • ½ lb. torn dandelion leaves and other leafy greens
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried basil

Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • drizzle of raw honey
  • pinch salt (unrefined) and pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, toss together dandelion greens, onion, tomatoes and basil.
  2. To make dressing: put all ingredients in a glass jar, cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Drizzle gently over the salad and toss. Makes a cup of dressing. Store in the refridge, but let come to room temperature (and give a good shake) before using.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #57

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Good news!

  1. Our film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available on iTunes in North America, UK, France, Spain, Japan Taiwan, and Hong Kong – just for starters. You can buy or rent the film for streaming in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese) at your iTunes store. Just put “Rethinking Cancer” in the search box. In view of increasing worldwide interest, we’re working on adding more languages and countries, so stay tuned!
  2. Thanks to massive public pressure, U.S. Senate bill S. 2609 (dubbed the DARK Act, that would Deny Americans the Right to Know if GMOs are their foods) was soundly defeated in March! Despite millions spent on lobbying by Monsanto and the Big Food industry, the votes were just not there. There could be an attempt to slip through some variation on this bill, so stay vigilant. But time is running out. Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law takes effect July 1. It’s generally believed that after that the whole labeling movement will snowball. Many companies, including General Mills, Mars, Kelloggs, Campbells, have already acknowledged that it makes no sense to create different packaging just for tiny Vermont, and will change their labels nationwide. This is a great victory for consumer choice. Thanks to all who took part in this long, landmark struggle!

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

P.S. Speaking of streaming, we’ve also streamlined the checkout system on our Donate page - a bit easier, faster. As always, your enthusiastic support is greatly appreciated. Do stay in touch on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Why Do We Cry?

Animals may “cry” by making sounds for emotional expression or pain, but humans are the only animal that actually sheds tears, which leads us to the question: why?

Scientifically speaking, tears are a result of action in the lacrimal gland situated between your eyeball and eyelid. When you blink, the fluid disperses over the eye, then drains via the lacrimal punctum (and your nose which is why crying often causes your nose to run). If tears are copious, this drainage system can be overwhelmed, and tears will flow down your face.

But all tears are not the same. There are three main types. READ MORE

The New Zen: Adult Coloring Books

Zen – a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.                                                             –

More and more grown-ups are discovering that following the example of 5-year olds can have great benefits. Specifically, immersion in the creative pastime of coloring for just 30 minutes is, according to psychologists, as effective as other forms of focused meditation that relieve stress, not to mention, it’s fun!

Psychologist Nikki Martinez, Ph.D. elaborates, “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills. After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” READ MORE

Bone Broth – Traditional and Trendy

Bone broth is hot! It’s the new comfort food “to go” – the hot cuppa replacing expresso and chai in coffee houses, or on tap while you wait at butcher shops to get bones, knuckles, necks, chicken feet, and other cartilaginous parts to make your own home brew.

A healthy trend, but nothing really new. Bone broths have been staples in virtually every corner of the culinary world since prehistoric times when food was scarce and the credo was waste not/use all. In other words, throw everything you’ve got in the pot! It wasn’t long before our ancestors realized these concoctions had strong medicinal benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, broths were used to support the digestive system, build blood, strengthen kidneys and nourish “jing” or life force. In the 12th century, Egyptian physician Moses Maimonides prescribed chicken soup, later known as “Jewish penicillin,” to ease symptoms of colds, asthma. In the Caribbean cow foot soup, rich in collagen, was taken for breakfast to strengthen the whole body and heal all sorts of ailments. And the list goes on and on. READ MORE

Basic Bone Broth

3-4 lb. knuckle and/or marrow bones from grass-fed animals (it’s okay to mix
bones from different animals in the same pot)
4 quarts or so pure water (preferably distilled)
2 tablespoons raw organic apple cider vinegar

  1. Place the bones, water and vinegar in a big stockpot or crockpot.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce to a low simmer, covered and cook for 24-72 hours. The longer the cooking, the more taste and minerals will be extracted. Chicken and fish bones are more fragile, so cook 24 hours or less
  4. Optional: in the last 10 minutes, toss in a handful of fresh parsley or other fresh herbs and spices for extra minerals and flavor.
  5. Let the broth cool. Strain, making sure all the marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth. 
  6. Store in glass jars in the refrig (up to 5-7 days) or freezer (up to 6 months). A layer of fat will form on top which you can add in for extra nutrients and taste when reheating.
  7. Drink the broth as is, or use in soups and stews.

This is a basic recipe. Feel free to add vegetables in the beginning like celery, carrots, onions, garlic, for more taste. For an extra kick in a drink, you can season with unrefined salt, herbs and spices (like ginger, turmeric, cumin, nutmeg, etc,). But just taken plain, this is hearty, healthy stuff!

Note: Broths need to cook many hours, so, if you want to go out or turn off the stove at night, just resume cooking later by bringing to a boil, then down to a simmer. Don’t worry about skimming the scum off the top. Unless you’re looking for a very clear-looking broth, keep it – it’s got nutrients, too!

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #56

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With every new year — and 2016 marks FACT’s 45th! — we like to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. We’re delighted that our film, Rethinking Cancer, is in more demand than ever and that we’re increasing our presence in so many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. We’re proud to continue spreading understanding of the metabolic/Biorepair system that is helping so many people make wise medical decisions. But, while focusing on all the aspects of this comprehensive nontoxic approach — balanced diet, detoxification, skeletal and organ integrity, stress management, etc. — we realize we’ve given one area short shrift: play!

New scientific research has revealed that play actually occupies a role equal in importance to diet, sleep, exercise and all the rest. We’ve always known play is a big part of the daily lives of children and animals (just watch this video of a panda’s blissful abandon in the snow), but, turns out, it is essential for homo sapiens throughout all stages of life.

According to Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, play is activity with no greater purpose than the sheer joy of movement, freedom, safety. He explains that this is integral to our ability for adaptation, creativity, sociability and, if suppressed, we become stereotyped, inflexible, humorless, pessimistic, and, generally, quicker to react to stress with violence or depression. In short, Nature has designed us to flourish through play. Watch this excellent TEDtalk with Dr. Brown, who has spent his career studying over 6,000 “play histories” of humans from all walks of life.

Play is not a Pollyanna-ish antidote to all the ills of the world, but it is who we are, something to be nurtured and enjoyed. So, in spite of all, have a wonderful, playful New Year!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

P.S. Forty-five years and counting — thanks for all your great support! As always, we appreciate your feedback and will look for you on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

A Wider Angle on Vaccines and the Immunity Thing 
by Barbara Cáceres

If we want to arrive at good conclusions about immunity, we have to be sure we are asking the correct questions, and in the correct order. If we start by asking, “Are vaccines good or bad?” or “Which vaccines should we give and are they safe?” we are putting the proverbial cart before the horse. If instead we start with the question, “What is the best way to support our child’s immune system so it is robust throughout his or her entire life?” that leads us to a more comprehensive understanding of immunity that can better guide us in our lifestyle and medical choices.

The human immune system has served us well for millennia, allowing our species to not only survive, but to thrive and grow. So first we must understand how this amazing, complex and highly competent system works. What is the role of fever and inflammation? How do childhood illnesses serve to build lifelong immunity? How does cell mediated immunity differ from antibody immunity? What role does breastfeeding and nutrition play in building immunity? How do bacterial microbes throughout the body serve the immune system? How does the method of birth, environmental toxins, stress, and genetics affect the immune system? What other factors interfere with optimal functioning? READ MORE


Figeting With Forethought

The average American spends 9-10 hours of their day sitting, and in some occupations, like telecommunications, employees typically spend 12 hours sitting every day. This is not a healthy state of affairs —- studies show that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of death from virtually all health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Regular exercise, like going to the gym or for a jog, does not seem to significantly counteract sitting’s bad effects, but there is evidence that small and frequent changes in your daily sedentary position might. For example, research shows that for those who sit for a living, just 2 minutes out of every hour spent walking around increased their lifespan by 33% compared to those who did not. Thus, figeting has gained new respect! READ MORE


Is Witch Hazel in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Don’t let the name deter you — witch hazel is a good witch!

Actually, the “witch” part comes from the Old English “wice,” meaning “pliant” or “bendable.” “Hazel” is the name of an English shrub (Ulmus glabra) with very flexible branches. This hazel twig was used in early Anglo-Saxon times for divining rods (dowsing) to find underground water and came to have a certain mystical quality (though this is unrelated to the word “witch” which is derived from “wicce,” a female sorceress). When Puritans came to America, they gave the name, witch hazel, to another bendable shrub, Hamamelis virginiana, which they had learned about from the Mohegans, the Native North Americans who taught them how to use the Y-shaped twigs for dowsing.

The Mohegans also used the bark and leaves from this shrub medicinally, as a topical astringent for many skin problems, including tumors, eye inflammations, burns, hemorrhoids, colds sores. Today, we know that witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins that have astringent properties that help to reduce swelling, repair broken skin, fight bacteria and much more. READ MORE

Zen for Those Who Take Life Too Seriously

Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
A day without sunshine is like, night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
I just got lost in thought. It wasn’t familiar territory.
I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Remember, half the people you know are below average.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
Get a new car for your spouse. It’ll be a great trade!
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
Always try to be modest and be proud of it!
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just do not have the film.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
Just remember — if the world did not suck, we would all fall off.
Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright 
until you hear them speak.
How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
Is it proper for a monk to use email?
Sure…as long as there are no attachments……..

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #55

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 5:14 pm

 Several weeks ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen, citing strong evidence that it can cause colorectal cancer in humans. But they also designated cooked red meat as a 2A “probable human carcinogen,” suggesting, with limited evidence, that it may raise the risk of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

It should be no surprise that processed foods, in general, are loaded with chemical additives that can cause serious harm, so processed meats, in particular, containing cancer-causing nitrates, are no exception. But to throw in all “cooked red meat” as dangerous without any context does a gross disservice to consumers who are confused enough by weekly nutrition pronouncements, which often contradict each other and create more skepticism about all dietary recommendations. All red meat is not the same!

We believe that animal protein in small amounts is important for health. But the quality of the beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork is key. How the animals are raised — what they eat, whether they’re given drugs, have access to outdoors — determines whether the food is healthy or disease-promoting. We recommend eating only organically-raised grass-fed meats from pastured animals. Industrial animal factories (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs), the source of the vast majority of flesh foods in the U.S., do not, in our view, provide health-supporting material for the human animal!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season! 
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

P.S. Check out a new audio presentation from Health365 Radio, "Cancer Myths" by Dr. Philip Incao, who is featured in our film, Rethinking Cancer. As always, we appreciate your support and will “see” you on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Mayo Clinic Treats Cancer with Measles 
By Sarah Pope

Scientific research is now beginning to uncover the manner in which infectious disease plays a role not only in prevention of chronic disease, but in curing it as well.

In May of 2014, the Mayo Clinic published a very compelling report that detailed the complete remission of incurable cancer, multiple myeloma, in a female patient.

The treatment? The measles virus!

In a proof of concept clinical trial, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrated that virotherapy works by destroying the deadly cancer multiple myeloma with a virus that infects and kills cancer cells but spares normal tissues. (Ed. Note: The virus is believed to stimulate the body’s natural immune defenses, such as fever, to remove harmful foreign material.READ MORE

Tom Brady Deflates Junk Food! 

There’s big money to be made these days — especially for sports stars — in celebrity endorsements of brand name products, After all, these guys are role models for kids of all ages. So rather than touting the virtues of locally-grown veggies and grass-fed steak, super athletes are most often found on Frosted Flakes boxes or in TV commercials touting the goodness of soda or some fast food concoction. 

Tom Brady, famed quarterback of the New England Patriots, who last year defended himself against accusations of deflating footballs, has broken the mold! This October he opened an offense that sent the food industry into a spiral. Some headlines of the week: “Tom Brady Calls Coca-Cola Poison for Kids” (Wall Street Journal), “Tom Brady Wants to Deflate Us All in His War on Coco-Cola and Frosted Flakes” (Forbes), “Tom Brady Says Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola Are Poison” (Time Magazine). READ MORE

Cheers for Prunes!

It may not be the most prepossessing of fruits, but the prune, a.k.a. dried plum, has an inner beauty that you won’t want to miss. Most significantly, it contains nutritional factors that can improve gut health and help lower your risk of colon cancer.

new study by Texas A & M has highlighted regular consumption of prunes, in particular, as contributing to lower colon cancer risk. Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. today (excluding the range of skin cancers). As with most cancers, it is widely accepted that diet plays a role in your risk of this cancer. For instance, it has been shown that a diet high in processed foods like hots dogs and other luncheon meats increases risk, while a diet of whole foods, high in vegetables and fruits, lowers it.

By the way, in the U.S. now you’ll often hear “dried plums” in place of “prunes.” The reason is that the California Dried Plum Board (the state where 99% of the U.S. prune supply is grown), conducted a focus group for their target consumer cohort (women aged 25-54). Participants responded more favorably to the name “dried plums” than “prunes,” so the former term is now the official marketing name, though most everywhere else in the world no one seems to have a problem calling the wrinkled fruit just good ol’ “prunes.” READ MORE

Quinoa Prune Porridge

2 cups (preferably distilled) water
½ teaspoon unrefined salt (seasalt, Himalayan, Celtic)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped pitted (preferably organic) prunes (Note: you can soak whole prunes in 
warm water for about 15 minutes to soften and make chopping easier
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Optional: a pat of butter from grass-fed cows per serving and whole plain yogurt, nut milk, or raw milk to taste

  1.  Boil water and salt in saucepan. Stir in quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low, simmer about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in chopped prunes, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and simmer 5 more minutes.
  3. To serve: place in bowls and, if desired, add a pat of butter atop each and whole plain yogurt, nut milk, or, if you’re lucky enough to be able to get it, certified whole raw milk. Makes 3-4 hearty servings.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #54

December 8, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 7:30 pm

“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 — physician, politician, social reformer, educator — was a Founding Father of the United States. He signed the Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress. As visionary as he was, he likely could not have foreseen the medical tyranny that our democracy is under today: the mass medication via neurotoxic fluoride chemicals into our precious water supplies; mounting legislative pressure to submit ourselves and our children to the unintended consequences of vaccinations containing toxics like formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, retroviruses and human DNA — all “for the common good”; the threat to our health from unregulated chemicals and unlabeled GMOs without regard for cumulative, long-term or suspected carcinogenic effects; the fact that any physician who deviates from the limited legally approved treatments for cancer risks sanction, while patients who seek nontoxic alternatives often have to travel great distances and pay heavily for therapies not covered by standard insurance; and parents who do not want to subject their minor-age children to these toxic treatments risk the state taking custody of their offspring.

If this riles you up, take action! Let your elected representatives know what you think about these issues. Ask what are they doing to reduce the toxic overload which is insidiously fueling our epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases, especially cancer. Ask where they stand: with the corporate lobbyists who cajole them with the steady flow of unregulated campaign contributions or We the People who our founders envisioned have the right to medical as well as religious freedom?

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

P.S. Besides contacting your elected representatives, we strongly suggest supporting organizations that are fighting for health freedom, such as The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),Fluoride Action Network (FAN), Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Thanks, as ever, for your donations and feedback. Do join us on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

Chemicals in Your Popcorn?
By Nicholas Kristof

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common?

All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.

The scientists I interviewed say that they try to avoid these chemicals in their daily lives, but they’re pretty much unavoidable and now are found in animals all over the planet (including polar bears in Greenland and probably you and me). PFASs are used to make nonstick frying pans, waterproof clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, fast-food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, firefighting foam and thousands of other products. Many are unlabeled, so even chemists sometimes feel helpless.

This should be a moment when government steps up to protect citizens. But from tobacco to lead paint to chemicals, industry has used donations, obfuscation and lobbying to defer regulation until the human casualties are too vast to be hidden. READ MORE

The Organic Experiment

We may never be able to completely eliminate the presence of toxic chemicals in our environment, but we can reduce our exposure by paying attention to those things we can control, like personal care and home cleaning products, and, especially, the food we eat.

With this in mind, a food coop in Sweden challenged a typical Swedish family, the Palmbergs, to take part in a 21-day all-organic diet experiment. The first week, the family ate their standard non-organic diet, providing daily urine samples each day to establish a baseline of toxicity. An independent lab test performed by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute found that eight of the chosen 12 pesticides were in their systems. This included a number of insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.

For the remaining 2 weeks, the Palmbergs adopted a 100% organic diet. Again, daily urine samples were taken. Incredibly — within just a few days — almost all the pesticides were completely gone from their systems!

Others have corroberated this effect. Research published in Environmental Research found that a single week of eating mostly organics reduced pesticide levels by nearly 90% in Australian adults. The study included 4,466 participants. Watch the video!

Canola — The “Con” Oil

The food industry tells us that canola oil, like olive oil, is rich in monounsaturated fats, low in saturated fats, high in omega-3 fatty acids and, therefore, beneficial for the prevention of heart disease and protection of overall health.

Detractors say that canola oil is poisonous, derived from an industrial oil from which mustard gas (used in chemical warfare) was made, and containing hemagglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycocides, which can cause mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and immune suppression.

The truth about this low-cost, heavily marketed “health food” is not either of these extremes, but there are plenty of reasons to stay away from canola oil. READ MORE

Face Food

A chemical-free treat for your face! Avocado is loaded with anti-aging elements, including an abundance of Vitamins E, A and monounsaturated fats. Raw cacao is full of anti-oxidants and has a toning effect on skin. Raw honey, a natural moisturizer, is a rich source of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

  • 1 organic avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

1.. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
2. Smooth on skin and leave for about 1/2 hour. (This is especially effective to have on your face while taking your bath.) 
NOTE: Makes enough for 4 facials, or one facial and a great dessert!

Published in 1977, this is the work of 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock. Unfortunately, not a whole lot has changed since 1977.

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #53

September 8, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 6:32 pm

Half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan, philosopher of communication theory, became famous for coining phrases like “global village” and “the medium is the message” and for predicting the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it’s arrival. But he also warned, “When things come at you very fast, naturally you lose touch with yourself.”

Also in the 1960s, Thomas Merton, mystic and philosopher who inspired the rise of spiritual exploration with his best selling books on Eastern philosophy and Zen Buddhism, noted: “Man was made for the highest activity, which is, in fact, his rest.” Merton acted on this by stepping out of the rat race and into a Cistercian cloister.

We’re not recommending joining a monastery, just suggesting that, as summer officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, why not take a cue from these foresighted figures. Set aside a little time to slow down, smell some roses and “surf” your inner dialogue, free of digital interruptions.

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

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our film, Rethinking Cancer, now streaming on Amazon! Thanks for your great support and — when you’re not smelling the roses — join us on TwitterFacebook and ourYouTube channel!


What Causes Melanoma Cancer — Is It All About the Sun?
By Miles Price

We’re all aware of the repeated advice “Don’t go in the sun, you’ll increase your risk of sunburn and skin cancer,” and by and large we believe this is true. Cancer organizations link UV exposure to various types of skin cancer with Melanoma linked particularly to intermittent sun exposure, however there are a few anomalies published highlighting findings that it is not as straightforward as we think.

A study published in June 2014 by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden1, showed that women who avoided sunbathing in summer were twice as likely to die as those who sun bathe every day. So avoiding the sun at all costs by putting on sunscreen is doing more harm than good! Let’s delve deeper… Read More

What Is This?

Some sort of globular fantasy from the mind of a sci-fi film director? Actually, it’s a section of sage leaf — produced by optical microscopy, also known as light microscopy. Optical microscopy can be traced back to the 17th century with the invention of the first microscope equipped with three lenses. The microscope uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify objects up to thousands of times.

You’ll find this and many other fascinating and spectacularly beautiful micro-optics in the bookInvisible Worlds: Exploring Microcosms by Julie Coquart. The author suggests trying to guess the common objects from nature, biology, chemistry, medicine, minerology, textiles — before reading the explanations. Warning: afterwards, you may find yourself looking at things differently…..

Cannabis — the New “It” Plant

It’s not surprising that a plant, used for over 10,000 years for healing a wide variety of ailments, is just now being seriously studied by the conventional medical community. Studies are costly and huge profits are generally not expected from marketing a whole natural plant (not to mention, plenty of push-back from Big Pharma, which views such plants as big competition for their synthetic drugs). The real surprise is that this new hot botanical is cannabis, otherwise known as ” marijuana,” “weed,” “grass,” “pot,” etc., the colorful and controversial source of the psychedelic “high” that figured so prominently in the ‘60’s and beyond.

Times are a-changing, largely because the mounting evidence of benefits coupled with public wariness of pharmaceutical drugs, is just too powerful to ignore. Today, 23 states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical use (with varying policy restrictions) in a panoply of conditions like PTSD, cancer, seizure disorders, MS, Parkinson’s, pain and insomnia, and more.

This is the good news. For some, the bad news may be that the most medicinally potent strains of cannabis do not contain enough of those psychoactive constituents needed to produce the typical “high” associated with the plant. Medical marijuana derives its power from a different mix of components. Read More

Cannabis Cake?

Usually, we like to offer you a recipe containing a featured food in the newsletter. However, when it comes to cannabis, it wouldn’t be fair because, at this point in time, good quality strains of edible medical marijuana are very hard to come by in the U.S. Unless you’re willing to move to Colorado, you will have a very hard time being approved for and obtaining the good health-giving stuff. Though 23 states and Washington D.C. have approved some limited medical use of the plant, bills are pending in 7 states and have failed in 11 others. Moreover, the federal government still bans cannabis in any form, creating an atmosphere of fear, especially for those crossing state lines to obtain help for themselves or a loved one.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seeks to drastically reduce the federal government’s ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs and encourage more research into the plant through several major changes in federal law.

People have the right to make their own medical choices. So the recipe is: take action! 
Become informed on this subject and let your elected representatives know how you feel!


Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #52

June 14, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 10:05 am

Drum roll, please! We are happy to announce that our documentary film, Rethinking Cancer, is now available for streaming on!

The film, which tells the stories of 5 long-term recovered patients who chose the nontoxic metabolic/Biorepair approach to healing, continues to receive wide acclaim around the world and appears to have no expiration date! This is because, as more and more individuals are seeking an alternative to the horrors and limits of conventional treatments, these stories are as relevant as ever. We hope that streaming will enable more people to learn what is possible. We also hope you’ll share this with family, friends AND your doctors, so that they can view the film and broaden their understanding. People have a right to know all viable medical options.

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

P.S. The DVD of the film, of course, can still be ordered on our Donate page, but we do hope you’ll help spread the word on streaming. “See” you on TwitterFacebook and our YouTube channel!

The Reason For Childhood Diseases
By Philip Incao, M.D.

Acute inflammations like colds, flus and fevers seem to be an inescapable part of life:
everyone experiences them. Why do we get them? Many of us have noticed (if not, then our spouses have noticed!) that we often come down with a cold or flu when we are overly stressed or depleted. We explain this by assuming that stress lowers our resistance to the viruses and bacteria that, we believe, like to attack us and make us sick. Most of the time we peacefully coexist with these microbes which everywhere share our environment, and if we get sick it’s often because we’ve allowed ourselves to get out of balance. This applies to children too, but only partially.

In children, studies have shown that respiratory infections increase in frequency from
birth until a peak by age 6 followed by a sharp decline after age 7, irrespective of treatment. In other words, it seems to be a normal feature of childhood to experience a variety of acute inflammations, especially respiratory, in the first seven years of life. READ MORE

Backyard Botanicals…..

For much of the Northern Hemisphere, it was a long, tough winter. But spring has arrived and, for many of us, that means time to think about the garden. Here are a few plants you might want to cultivate for their health benefits, as well as natural beauty:

Aloe (Aloe vera) — A sun-loving evergreen with spiky yellow-orange flowers.
Uses: The “jelly” in the aloe leaves can soothe burns, itches and dry skin.
Trivia: Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, who reigned from 51-20 B.C., renowned for her intellect and striking beauty, used aloe in her skin regimen.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) — An herbaceous bush with fragrant purple wands.
Uses: Attracts helpful insects, repels rabbits and can be used in cooking. The smell of lavender is lovely, and is used both as a cosmetic scent and a treatment to reduce stress.
Trivia: In Biblical times the Queen of Sheba anointed herself with lavender and other fragrant oils to capture King Solomon’s heart. Queen Victoria drank lavender tea to ease her headaches. READ MORE

…..With Kudos to Our Wormy Friends

Charles Darwin estimated that good soil has about 53,000 worms in each acre. Taking that down to the garden scale suggests that a 10-by-20 foot backyard garden patch with decent soil has about 250 earthworms. Each worm is capable of producing, over a year, a third of a pound of castings, which works out to 80 pounds of top-quality fertilizer being added to that garden plot every year. It’s free of chemical fertilizers, requiring no transportation from the garden store and no work on the gardener’s part.

Worms don’t ask for much in return for their good work — just plenty of organic matter (from plant cuttings, vegetable and fruit peelings, etc.) and enough moisture to keep them active and healthy. But it’s not a stress-free job. Artificial fertilizers provide no food for earthworms and may repel them because of the high soluble salt content. And worms are prey to other creatures — a favorite high-protein snack for some birds, along with moles and skunks.

All things considered, it’s a beautiful system going on in the soil and worms are the key. If you’ve got good worms, generally speaking, you’ve got good soil.

Oregano — The Joyful Protector

Oregano, Greek for “joy of the mountain,” is so much more than a pizza seasoning! The herb was virtually unheard of in the U.S. until soldiers came back from Italian World War II assignments raving about it. But Hippocrates, “father of medicine,” was onto its antiseptic properties way back in ancient Greece, using it to treat digestive and respiratory diseases. The Romans favored oregano for stimulating hair growth, while the Turks found it useful for pain relief from tooth decay, as an antiseptic for wounds, and a remedy for all kinds of inflammation – psoriasis, tonsillitis, inflamed gums, to name just a few.

This culinary and medicinal herb is a nutrient powerhouse, containing vitamins A, C, E and K, along with fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium and potassium. It’s also loaded with phytochemicals, the full health benefits of which are just beginning to be understood by modern science. Multitudes of studies have uncovered the effectiveness of oregano for a wide range of conditions, from fighting intestinal and vaginal infections, parasites, food poisoning, calming colitis, treating colon cancer, Alzheimer’s and much more. READ MORE

Chicken Oreganata

  • 2 boned organic chicken breasts, split
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic clover, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • unrefined salt to taste (sea salt, Himalayan, Celtic)
  1. Wash and pat the chicken dry. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano and pepper in a small bowl. Put the mixture in a plastic ziplock bag, add the chicken and seal. Shake the bag to make sure the chicken is evenly doused with marinade. Refrigerate overnight (or about 10-12 hours).
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish, lightly coated with coconut oil or butter. Bake in a 3750 F. oven for 30 minutes, turning once midway. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

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