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Friday, January 27, 2017

We're all Just Passing Time...

Pancreatic cancer doesn't play favorites...

Men, Women... Too Young, Hardly Old Enough... Mothers, Fathers... Neighbors, Celebrities...

I have yet to meet a cancer warrior who hasn't fought with everything they had.

Our personal story with this cancer beast has forever changed our lives, and has left us fighting still, seeking treatments, encouragement, hope and most of all a cure  ...

We celebrate each victory and weep with each loss.

Today, pancreatic cancer stole another from our midst and hearts grieve...


Known best, in our circles, for his role as Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series, he was a prolific and well-known actor.

Diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer in June 2015, he battled hard, but the cancer battled harder... there is an ache for the family he leaves behind... for a wife, for 2 sons... his legacy will live on, but they will surely miss his presence with a fierceness that can wreck a heart.

Early on in his cancer journey, he was interviewed by Radio Times and shared some truth...

"I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.  We're all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly."

Honoring a life, lifting a prayer, offering gratitude for this brief time we are given... Life is such a gift, determining not to squander even one moment...

Praying Grace over your days, Hope for the battles, and Peace to see the time passing before it's too late.

My Love, Always,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Cancer-Fighting Bloody Mary!

The Fabulous, Healthy, "Non-Alcoholic" recipe comes from TTAC (thetruthaboutcancer)...

Here is a look at the ingredients in this ultra-healthy and delicious juiced drink:
Red Beets – Beets help protect against cancer, particularly colon cancer. There is also something called “Beet Therapy” which doctors have used to get rid of tumors and to help with blood diseases and leukemia. Beets are also rich in betaine, which stimulates liver cell function and helps keep the bile ducts healthy and flowing so that the body can properly eliminate toxins.
Carrots – Carrots and carrot juice have been widely used to successfully beat cancer, sometimes as a standalone treatment. Among the many healthy compounds found in this root vegetable are polyacetylenes, which studies have found to be beneficial against inflammation and cancer.
Tomatoes – In addition to providing the tomato juice that gives the characteristic red color to Bloody Mary drinks, tomatoes help guard the DNA in your cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Tomatoes contain a particularly high concentration of the antioxidant called lycopene.
Baby Spinach – Spinach is one of the healthiest dark green leafy vegetables. It contains a large number of valuable vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Spinach is especially rich in folic acid. Folic acid helps maintain the cell’s genetic code and regulate normal cell division.
Broccoli – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable − a group of vegetables that are among the most powerful cancer fighting foods to be found. Cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and important antioxidants such as beta carotene and sulforaphane compounds. Cruciferous vegetables contain isothiocyanates. These are phytochemicals which help break down potential carcinogens. They also contain indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which help prevent estrogen-driven cancers.
Wheatgrass – Wheatgrass is one of the most potent superfoods on the planet and is used as a primary component of some alternative cancer treatments. Primary among its many cancer-fighting ingredients is chlorophyll, which has almost the same molecular structure as hemoglobin. Chlorophyll also contains the noted cancer-fighters selenium and laetrile.
Celery –  Celery is a powerfully healthy vegetable that is most noted for helping regulate blood pressure. It is also a powerful cancer fighter and it contains apigenin and luteolin, compounds which are bioactive flavonoids that fight cancer cells.
Garlic (2-3 cloves) – Garlic, as well as onions, leeks, and chives, have immune-enhancing allium compounds. These compounds increase immune cell activity, help break down cancer causing substances, and block carcinogens from entering cells. Studies have linked garlic to lowering the risk of stomach and colon cancer. Diallyl sulfide, a compound found in garlic oil, has also been shown to incapacitate carcinogens in the liver.
Cayenne (as much as you can comfortably drink) – Hot peppers such as cayenne (chili peppers) and jalapenos contain capsaicin − a chemical which fights cancer and helps neutralize certain cancer-causing nitrosamines. Hot peppers are especially valuable for helping prevent stomach cancers.
Whole Lemon – Lemons are widely used in anti-cancer diets and treatments. Studies have found that lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
Turmeric Root (or powdered turmeric if you can’t find turmeric root) – Turmeric is a popular kitchen spice whose main ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin has become a rising star against cancer in recent years. Its powers have been detailed in a whopping 8963 studies and papers in PubMed, the U.S. national library of medicine.
Tip: Choose organic and fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible for the healthiest recipe. Also, wash all fruits and vegetables well before cutting or adding to the recipe.

Directions for Making a Juiced “Bloody Mary”

1. Use a more or less equal amount of the above ingredients, except for perhaps using a few extra tomatoes, using only a few cloves of garlic, and using only as much cayenne pepper as you can tolerate.
2. Juice the above ingredients in a quality low-RPM juicer such as the Omega Vert 350HD used by this author. Note that high RPM juicers oxidize the ingredients and greatly reduce the juice’s health benefits.
3. Add fresh ground black pepper, turmeric powder (if you cannot find turmeric root to juice), and Himalayan salt to taste after making the juice. Then, plop in a celery stalk and perhaps a couple of green olives and enjoy!

Recipe Tips & Notes on Juicing

  • As a cancer preventive, enjoy a couple of glasses several times a week. As a cancer fighter and detoxer, drink 6 or more tall glasses per day for at least a week with no other food consumed. After that, continue drinking several glasses a day along with a healthy diet and other cancer-fighting supplements thereafter.
  • For a sweeter morning version, substitute apples for the tomatoes and also add ginger.
  • The key to getting the maximum benefit from juiced drinks is to consume them while the plant enzymes are still “live.” Thus it is best to only make as much as you will be able to drink within a couple of days instead of making large batches that may take days to consume.

I've always wanted a good juicer and this recipe gives me the push needed to get started... Join me?  Starting the new year determined to clean up our diet and make healthy eating/drinking a lifestyle that sticks!  So, All together... Bottoms up!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

And Suddenly... It was Toast!

Alright, then... I woke up and realized it was 2017!

So... welcome 2017!  Yep... surprised me a wee bit you did.

Praying it's a good year! And sending love and hope in abundance to each one traveling this cancer road.  May all your surprises be, always and only, the best kind :-)

My Love, Always