“You know that crazy natural stuff you’re doing? Keep on doing it!”
Rickey and I were unbelievably blessed to sit beside a woman on our last flight who spoke my language…giving me a little more credibility with my husband, I might add!
Actually, she was a beautiful woman in (I’m guessing) her 40s who had been given a month to live by her oncologist…whether she consented to have chemotherapy or not.
At the time we met her, that verdict was 1 1/2 years in the past, and she looked and claimed to feel great! She was flying out to stay with a daughter who was getting ready to deliver a new baby, and she was enjoying life to the fullest.
So how had she beaten the death sentence handed her by a very traditional doctor?
She did have chemo treatments, AND she went the natural route.
Her doctor, who happened to be from India, told her several months into the thing to positively keep doing whatever the “natural stuff” was…and this is so often the way it goes for cancer patients who have doctors who never look at the entire picture…never address the fact that there might be something we should do that goes beyond chemo and radiation.
Thankfully, our new friend simply refused to go down without a fight.
1. She attended seminars, educating herself on diet, supplements, etc.
2. She learned how to keep her system alkaline as opposed to acidic, understanding that 100% of cancer patients are acidic.
3. She took the carbs out of her life.
4. She added spices into her diet.
5. And she added curcumin, a spice important enough to have its own spot in this article, into her daily diet. If you are completely lost on this particular spice, you might start by finding what Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. has to say on the subject; however, you do need to understand that she does have her own particular formula that she markets.
“The name curcumin may not be a household word — yet. But turmeric, the bright yellow spice from which it’s derived, has been used for centuries as both a medicine and a spice in Indian cooking, especially in dishes known as curry.
“Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric, a plant related to ginger. A few years ago, I learned that some of our most devastating chronic health conditions, including arthritis and Alzheimer’s, are far less common in India and Asia. Upon reflection, I realized that our traditional diets could play a role. Americans tend to consume processed, prepared, low-nutrition food and beverages that spur inflammation. In other words, the way we eat is killing us…”
Of course, as to which of the many brands is the best, you will need to do a little more research, maybe even talk to a nutritionist. While Rickey takes a capsule each day, I use a liquid under the tongue. Our friend from the plane told us that she buys her curcumin through an MD Anderson website. I did not, however, find it there.
Happy studying on this very interesting subject!