Welcome to the Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #15
As 2010 prepares to be tossed into the “dustbin of history,” we at F.A.C.T. would like to pause a moment and be thankful for the last 12 months. We’re especially grateful that we’ve been in contact with so many of you, new and returning visitors to the site, through this Newsletter and your email feedback. We hope to continue and expand that relationship in 2011. We’re also pleased we’ve been able to add so much valuable information to the site, all with the goal of helping you gain a deeper understanding of all your viable medical options.
If you’re looking for great gifts, don’t forget to check out the books and DVD on the Donate page. As mentioned in last month’s Newsletter, everyone buying the DVD will receive a gift book: Diseases Peculiar to Civilization by Sir William Arbuthnot Lane.
Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy holiday! “See” you next year!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)
A recent New York Times article, “Report Questions Need for 2 Diet Supplements,” has probably stirred up more confusion than enlightenment. A committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that Vitamin D and calcium supplements, heretofore widely touted by doctors and health advocates as absolutely essential for nearly everyone today (and, hence, added to a host of common foods like milk, orange juice, etc.), are generally not needed and could cause harm.
We at F.A.C.T. have been saying this for decades, but for reasons well beyond those of the IOM. Here are two articles that should shed light on the subject (both written by our former president and co-founder, Ruth Sackman):
Osteoporosis, Calcium and Sunshine
Bone Up On Calcium: The Calcium Myth
Food Color Matters
“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead” is an old saying which demonstrates the wisdom of old-time farmers and housewives who knew, somehow, without any help from nutrition experts or food chemists and technologists, that, when the germ and bran were removed from the grain, to make milling easier for the miller and baking easier for the baker, the white flour which was left did not contain what was needed to nourish their families. READ MORE.
Natural Food Colorings
Speaking of colors, here are some natural dyes kids and adults might want to play around with this holiday season — great for puddings, coconut, frostings, dressings:
Red: Beet powder or juice
Yellow: Turmeric powder
Blue green: Spirulina
Orange: Beet powder and turmeric
Green: chlorophyll capsules (prick 2-3 capsules with a pin and squeeze out contents)
Two Color-Full Recipes
Butternut Squash Salad
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, picked over and rinsed
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and seeded
Opt.: 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1. Combine the cranberries, orange juice and ginger in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until the berries have begun to break, 7-10 minutes or so. Remove from the heat and add the oil, honey and some salt and pepper, if desired. Stir until well combined.
2. Meanwhile, grate the butternut squash by hand or in a food processor. Transfer the squash to a large bowl, add the warm cranberry dressing, and toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Or cover and refrigerate the salad for up to several hours; bring to room temperature before serving.) For an extra splash of color, sprinkle minced parsley on top before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
2 large apples, peeled, seeded and sliced*
about 20 whole raw cranberries, picked over and rinsed
few dashes ground cinnamon
raw honey to taste
about 1/2 cup water to blend
Place sliced apples, cranberries and cinnamon in a blender. Add enough water to blend until smooth to applesauce consistency (start on low speed and work up). Taste and add honey, if desired. Blend again briefly.
*Pears can be substituted for apples; no need to peel, if organic. (Organic apples, however, should be peeled because the peel is tougher and does not blend well.)
This festive pink “sauce” is delicious as a dessert with yogurt or ice cream on top, or as a condiment with meat or vegetables. It stores in the refrigerator for 3-4 days (but seldom lasts that long!).
Symptoms of Inner Peace
Be on the lookout for Symptoms of Inner Peace! The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to Inner Peace, and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has been, up to now, a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world!
Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
• A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
• An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
• A loss of interest in judging other people and in interpreting their actions.
• A loss of interest in conflict.
• A loss of the ability to worry. (very serious symptom)
• Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
• Feelings of connectedness with others and Nature.
• Frequent attacks of smiling. (also very serious)
• An increasing tendency to let things happen, rather than to feel that you have to make them happen.
• An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others, and the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
— Author Unknown