Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy
Non-Toxic Biological Approaches to the Theories,
Treatments and Prevention of Cancer

Our 53rd Year

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #27

Welcome to the Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #27.

Thanks so much for all your enthusiastic support over the past years. This website and our work to provide information about the nontoxic approach to health and disease would not be possible without your continued feedback and generous donations. We hope you’ll join us again this year (our 41st!) to explore more body/mind-enhancing ideas and information for your health.

Breaking ebook news! In addition to Detoxification by Ruth Sackman, Doris Sokosh’s excellent cookbook, Triumph Over Cancer – My Recipes for Recovery, is now available on a variety of platforms, including Kindle at Amazon US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy; Nook (Barnes & Noble). Coming soon on Sony US and Canada Reader Store and on the iPad.

“Old-fashioned” print editions are always available, of course, on our Donate page.

To your health!

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

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Who Was Hippocrates?

Hippocrates is widely acclaimed today as the “Father of Medicine.” All M.D.s take the Hippocratic Oath when they are about to enter medical practice. We all know the name, but who was the man? Read More

It’s the Pot That Counts

Doctors at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine were perplexed when cancer patients with similar conditions and symptoms responded differently to treatment by the same medicinal herbs, says the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Vol. 9, No. 2 ). They investigated and found that the problem lay in the type of pot used for preparing the herbs. Read More

Spice of the Month: Star Anise

Star anise (Illicium verum), with its sensual curves, firm body and alluring scent, wins the spice beauty pageant! And it’s beauty is more than skin deep.

The perfect 8-pointed star with slender pods, each pod cradling a seed, is the sun-dried fruit of native Chinese evergreens. Its most noticeable characteristic is it’s licorice aroma – much stronger, sweeter and denser than the more common Spanish anise seeds. This licorice taste comes from anethol, just one of this spice’s compounds that have been shown to possess healing powers for a wide range of maladies, such as fighting infections, relieving arthritis, colic, cough, indigestion and more. Read More

Fruit Salad With a Star Anise Twist

  • 2 pink grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1 white grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 3 small oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1/4 cup red or black grapes
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Grade A maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  1. Prepare the fruits. Toss all together in a bowl and chill in the fridge.
  2. For the syrup: in a small pan, mix the orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and star anise and warm for several minutes. Stir well to infuse the flavors. Remove from the heat and chill in the fridge.
  3. Just before serving, arrange the fruit into shallow dessert bowls, drizzle with the chilled syrup and garnish with fresh mint.

Other fruits can be used, like pear, persimmon, pomegranate. This serves 2-4, depending on how hungry everybody is!

Take Time for 12 Things

A new year is traditionally a time to take stock, perhaps to make some changes. Here are a few things you may want to consider:

  1. Take time to Work – it is the price of success.
  2. Take time to Think – it is the source of power.
  3. Take time to Play – it is the secret of youth.
  4. Take time to Read – it is the foundation of knowledge.
  5. Take time for Gratitude – it deepens the heart and strengthens the spirit.
  6. Take time to Help and Enjoy Friends – it is the source of happiness.
  7. Take time to Love – it is the one sacrament of life.
  8. Take time to Dream – it hitches the soul to the stars.
  9. Take time to Laugh – it is the singing that helps with life’s loads.
  10. Take time for Beauty – it is everywhere in Nature.
  11. Take time for Health – it is the true wealth and treasure of life.
  12. Take time to Plan – it is the secret of being able to have time to take time for the first eleven things!