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Hospital Feeds Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

19 Sep

Free Drinks for family or friends at the Hospital in the Surgical Waiting Room

What’s Wrong with Animal Based Foods and Processed Foods?

If you’ve watched the recent documentary Forks Over Knives, which is now available in DVD or on Amazon Instant Video or on Netflix, the message from highly respected and reputed doctors (Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Dough Lisle, Dr. Terry Mason, Dr. Neal Barnard and Drs. Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde) is clear and simple:

  • the quantity of animal based foods and processed foods consumption is directly correlated to degenerative diseases, especially heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and even erectile disfunction.
  • animal protein has shown that its addition into the diet alone can turn on and off cancer.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to cure many diseases.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to prevent many diseases.

Hospital Serves Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

Would you give an alcoholic a bottle of wine?  Would you temp someone who just quit smoking with a cigarette?  Then why do hospitals serve Cancer patients, and other patients who are struggling with health and possibly life itself, processed foods and animal products – the very foods that cause disease in the first place?

Last week, someone very close to my heart had a lung operation to remove cancer cells.  While I was undoubtedly saddened by the news, I was appalled at what kind of food was served to her at the hospital.  And this was in a very well known and respected hospital!

Her very first and subsequent drink offers at the hospital:

  • ginger ale with high fructose corn syrup with loads of ice
  • cranberry juice from a plastic tub (the kind that makes the juice taste like plastic)
  • apple juice concentrate from Argentina and China.

She also noted that she had quite a difficult time getting the nurses to give her just plain water without ice.

Her very first meal was breakfast:

  • oatmeal (the healthiest choice on the tray)
  • French toast
  • 2 pieces of greasy bacon (after surgery? really?) and 
  • canned fruit.

Lunch:

  • turkey and gravy
  • mashed potatoes (with butter?),
  • green beans and grapes (at least!).

Dinner:

  • beef stew and
  • broccoli (another at least!).

Snacks: Family and friends were offered ice cream, which was full of  artificial ingredients except for the first ingredient, milk.

The total ignorance in choices offered by the hospital’s food service is appalling but not really surprising.  I remind myself, this is probably how many people eat.  This is considered normal food.  But it is wrong on so many levels.

What To Do To Change What Hospitals Feed Patients?

While many of us are unable to make drastic changes to hospital food services, we can make our choices known!

For family and friends of patients, bring better options for your loved ones:

  • filtered water
  • raw healthy juices
  • fruits and
  • easily digested vegetables (i.e. pureed soups).

For patients: ask the hospital staff if they have Vegan options.

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Raw Syrup for Chest Colds

6 Jun

A Spoonful of Honey Makes The Medicine Go Down!

At 3 am the other night, I quickly whipped this up for my son who was coughing up a storm.  After a taste, he exclaimed half-asleep: “This is better than our other cough medicine!”  Spicy, sour, sweet and RAW, this is a kid- AND adult-friendly syrup “for coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, mucus and lung congestion due to coldness.”  Needless to say, my son was able to sleep and so did the rest of the house!

Enchanted Garlic Syrup

Reprinted here with the kind permission of Lesley Tierra from her book, A Kid’s Herb Book.

Puree together in a blender:

dash of cayenne pepper (this is a must if you like feeling the medicine go down)

1 tsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped

5 large cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (at 3am, I used raw apple cider vinegar)

1/2 cup raw local honey

1/2 cup water

Take 1 tsp every 2 hours.  The syrup will keep for 1 week if refrigerated.

For Kids Only Salad Dressing

5 Feb

 

How quickly can I eat this salad?

Use both hands!

One of my son’s favorite ‘medicines’ when he has a cough is his Raw Apple Cider Tea: equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey mixed together with warm water.

So, I thought how about a salad dressing?  This obviously worked as he used both his hands to finish a bowl full.

Mix together:

2 tbspns raw apple cider vinegar (you can also use lemon or lime juice)

5 tbspns raw honey

(optional) add your choice of ground mustard, poppy seeds, ginger, herbs, etc.

Lightly dress your kid’s fave greens and watch the salad disappear.  Alternatively, you could use it as a dip too.

What's in our Medicine Cabinet? Essential Oils!

21 Sep

Did you know that essential oils are:

– so potent, you only need a couple of drops

– 70 x more effective than dried?  1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to the potency of 28 cups of peppermint tea!

– in their most usable form: 30 seconds after applying them to the bottom of your feet, they are already in your bloodstream doing their ‘work’?

I never liked smelling essential oils for the immediate headache I would get. I’ve since learned that most oils are SYNTHETIC and not all natural (this includes oils that are therapeutic grade!).  So, healing with essential oils never attracted me – until my NAET doctor introduced me to dōTERRA products.  Now they ARE my medicine cabinet (along with food of course!) because of their profound benefits to our health and well being.  dōTERRA essential oils are the highest grade of essential oils available today.  In fact, they have created a new standard of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

As the company explains:

“dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize dōTERRA’s superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils.”

doTERRA essential oils can be diffused aromatically into the air, applied topically on the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements.  We have the Family Physician Single Kit and the Aroma-Touch kit in our medicine cabinet and we use them mostly as topical ‘medicine’.

The 3 most used essential oils for us, a family with a rambunctious little boy, are Lavender, Melaleuca and Peppermint.  Although we use Lavender a lot for relaxation during the night (and sleeping through it), Malaleuca for disinfecting and Peppermint for breathing, they are mostly used for when we get insect bites, wounds and mixed into our Jojoba Oil which we use as our moisturizer.  We  use Lemon for dry skin, I use Frankincense with my facial moisturizer (for wrinkles!), we use Breath-Ease when there is a cough or cold and we drop On Guard in our soap dispensers filled with Dr. Bronner’s soap.  Just this week, we used Deep Blue on my husband’s aching back and the usual week’s  worth of pain was gone in 2 days.  The Aroma-Touch kit can be used with special techniques to rid pains and discomfort.

We love dōTERRA products.  They are high-grade, natural, SAFE, non-toxic for everyone in the family and, very simply and most importantly, they WORK!!!  These essential oils are a MUST everyday resource for a family who wants to take control over their overall health.