Sunday, June 13, 2010

Countdown to the end of chemo begins...

I really have been counting down since I started this nightmare, but I really can't believe that the number is now at 3. Yes, 3 days till the end of chemo. It's more like 2 actually because most of you probably won't get to read this until Monday so then it will be 2. 2 more days and I will have my last treatment. I simply can't wait. You have no idea. The scary part is I have no idea what my future holds. After my treatment, my shot and the PET scan in a week or so after that, I have no idea what will happen. I am just hoping and praying that the scan comes back clean.

I am finally coming down from my cloud 'o birthday bliss. Man, what a good birthday. I catch myself just smiling here and there because I'm reflecting on what a great day it was and how much it meant to me. I know I had a hard time putting it into words, but like my Mom said, it's hard to explain awesome. Exactly true.

I broke down and called the nurses on Friday about my hands. They called me back and told me it was a side effect from the Vincristine (one of the drugs I get). She told me to take vitamin B6 and be sure to discuss it with Dr. Nabong on Wednesday. I have taken the B6 for 2 days and so far, no relief. Maybe it takes a bit to get "working" in my system, but who knows. At least I can tell my Doc on Wednesday if it's working or not and go from there. It really is annoying and definitely not getting any better.

I had a good weekend though, it was a busy one at work and today I did some yard work and cleaned my house. It really needed it. I also met a high school friend for dinner who had just flown in from Cali. Thank you Facebook for the re-connect!

I got this email the other day and I thought I would share it with you. It's really interesting. So until the next time...I hope you all had a great weekend! Thank you again for making my 32nd birthday so special. :) :) :) :) Love, Erin

Johns Hopkins Update - Very Good Article


AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY
IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY', BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
size.


2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
person's lifetime.


3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
forming tumors.


4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.


5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune
system.


6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.


7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.


8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor
destruction.


9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.


10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other
sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

*CANCER CELLS FEED ON:


a.
Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off
one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar
substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful
. A better natural substitute
would be Manuka honey (a New Zealand Honey - can be found at some health food stores or online {
Amazon.com}) or molasses, but only in very small
amounts.
Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.


b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
cells are being starved.


c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based
diet
is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken
rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock
antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
harmful, especially to people with cancer..


d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells.. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).


e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
caffeine
Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic
buildup.


13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.


14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.


15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy
life.


16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen
therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer
cells.


1.
No plastic containers in microwave.

2.
No water bottles in freezer.

3.
No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.


Interesting huhh?

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